August 28, 2020

Kindergartener at Supply Pickup

Our first week of remote learning for students in grades 1 thru 6 has been a success!  Our teachers have enjoyed connecting with students during live sessions this week.  We appreciate all of the parent support throughout the week as children are becoming familiar with their devices and schedules. One important request we are making of our parents at this time is to please not record Zoom/Google Meet sessions or take photographs of students in your child’s class during Zoom/Google Meet sessions.  This request is made out of respect for the privacy of the other students in your child’s class.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this, please contact me directly.

We are excited to highlight one of our classes each week this year.  This week’s focus is from Mrs. Tufexis’ 6th grade class.  Students in room 113 wanted to share some of their #MagnificentMoments from the week. 113 Class Highlight.pdf  

This week we enjoyed welcoming our kinder students during screening sessions and at supply pick up.  We are looking forward to their first day of school on Monday, August 31st!

Fall Virtual MAP Assessment

This Fall we will be continuing to test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  This year the computer based assessment will be administered to the students while they are in a remote environment.  The purpose of the assessment will be to inform teachers of the immediate instructional needs of students.  MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs.  

With this being our first time remote testing it will be important to partner with families to help this new process be as successful as possible.  If families have any technical difficulties while attempting to complete the assessment they can call our MAP hotline at: 847-357-5153.

Important Details on the Virtual MAP Assessment:

  • Communication regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from your child’s teacher.
  • Students in grades kindergarten through second grade will begin a test session on Zoom with the teacher.  A caregiver must be present to support the child logging into Zoom and into the test session.  
  • Our students in third grade through eighth grade will be proctored by a teacher via Zoom while they complete the assessment.
  • Students in grades kindergarten through second grade have 90 minutes to complete the assessment.
  • Students in third grade through eighth grade have 120 minutes to complete the assessment.
  • If your child does not complete the MAP assessment in this window the test will not be scored.  
  • Please note that this data will be used to inform your child’s teacher for instructional purposes, therefore we ask that parents refrain from assisting their child with answering questions on the MAP assessment. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more details.


McKinney-Vento Information.pdf 

PTA News, Directory, & Spirit Wear

Dooley Spiritwear is available now!!

In-person or virtual, you can still let your Dooley spirit shine!  Use the link below to view the spiritwear selections, including Magnificent Moments, and order online.  

All orders are due by Friday, September 18th!

Spiritwear will be shipped to Dooley and you will be contacted with a date and time to pick up your items.  Contact Jacqi at [email protected] with any questions

Spiritwear Store:

Use access code:  DOOLEY2020  (all CAPS, no spaces)

Be a part of the Dooley PTA Family Directory!

ALL DOOLEY families can be listed in the directory by completing this form.  
Dooley このフォームを提出されたご家庭が名簿に記載されます。

Information must be submitted by Wednesday, September 16th!

The directory will be given only to parents in our school and will not be released to the general public.  この名簿は本校保護者にのみ配布され、それ以外の公の場で使用されることはありません。

Dooley Directory Form:

For more information about Dooley PTA or to become involved, contact Stacey Bowden, president at [email protected]

District 54 Virtual Run to Read Weekend: Sept. 25-27

The year 2020 has proven to be quite an unpredictable year for all of us. For the past 16 years, the District 54 Run to Read has been a race dedicated to promoting health and wellness for all ages. With that in mind, our 17th annual Run to Read is going virtual. Run or walk anytime from Sept. 25-27 and make sure to share your photos with us by using the hashtag #54Run2Read.

All money raised this year will be donated to the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, to provide food and other necessary supplies to District 54 families who are struggling financially during this pandemic.

As in years past, you can choose from a variety of distances. Pick the distance that works for you and map out a route near your home. If walking is more your style, pick a distance and walk it instead.

Every registrant will receive a Tshirt and a medal. To receive the Tshirt before the event, please make sure to register by Sept. 8, 2020. Any orders received after Sept. 8 will be delivered to participants as soon as possible. Tshirts and medals will be shipped to your home.

For more information and to register, visit

Important Technology Notes for the Start of the year

District 54 has created a Family Resources site that families can access to learn how to navigate the apps and programs that students will be using.

Additional resources for the apps and sites that teachers use will be added. What is on the site as of this moment are the “need to knows” for the start of the school year.

For K-2 Families:  How Students Will Join Classes on the First Day

We have created a brief run-through of how students in K-2 will sign in and be present in their classes on the first day. The videos highlight 3 key points – How to login/join, how to switch between classes, and how to navigate to tasks/activities. 

Students Starting School Using Seesaw

Each day, please remember to open Seesaw and go to your child’s Homeroom class and navigate to activities for the day.  This will allow you to obtain the Zoom link for the daily morning meeting.

Using Zoom on the iPad Tutorial – For Students

Internet Access

Hotspots are also available for financially struggling families who don’t have internet access at home. Please contact our office if you are experiencing financial hardships and need a hotspot. 

Device Support

Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider.

People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email [email protected] so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email [email protected].  Please do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive.

Notes from the Nurse

Kindergarten and 6th grade parents, please remember to submit new physical exam and immunization records to the school.  Parents can email these documents to Mrs. Johnson, [email protected], mail them to the school, or drop them off at the office by scheduling a time 847-357-6250.

20-21 District Calendar – Updated

The 20-21 District Calendar was recently updated, and can be viewed here: 20-21 District Calendar.  Please note the first day of school for Grades 1-6 is August 24, and the first day of school for Kindergarten is August 31.

Important Dates

August 31: First day of remote learning for kindergarteners

September 7: Student non-attendance day, Labor Day

September 14: PTA Zoom Meeting @ 6:00

September 16:  Student non-attendance day due to teacher inservice and remote planning