January 13, 2023

Photo of students' one word projects

We had a wonderful week welcoming students back after winter break.  On Monday, we kicked off 2023 with a school assembly. Students made commitments for a positive year and listened to Mr. Pappas and Mrs. Boyd read, One Word for Kids, by Jon Gordon. In classrooms this week each student chose their ‘one word’ for the year.  We have enjoyed hearing kids talk about their word and seeing so many inspiring words posted in the hallways. Determination, generous, try, proud, and brave are just a few of the words students chose.  We encourage you to ask your child about their word for 2023 and the steps they can take to make their word a reality.  

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 16th.  We hope our families enjoy the three day weekend!

SEL Survey

District 54 is committed to ensuring not only the academic success of each child, but also their social-emotional wellbeing. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth. To gather your perspective, District 54 will send families of students in grades 3-8 an email link for each child to the District 54 Personal Assessment of Core Competency Survey on Monday, January 9th.  Thank you in advance for participating in this survey, as we believe the home-school collaboration is critical to best support your child’s overall well-being. 

PTA Baskets

Our PTA is coordinating auction baskets/items for the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Each year the Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s offers college scholarships to former District 54 students, and summer experience scholarships to current students.  The funds to support these scholarships are raised during our annual Silent/Live Auction event.  Each of the 28 schools are asked to contribute.  

Since all our students can benefit from the scholarship funds offered by the STC (visit for application), we are asking the entire school for donations (but make sure to to join our school’s PTA so you can apply for the scholarship).  We have given examples of donations below, or we welcome a Target or Walmart gift card that can be used to purchase items.  Donations are tax deductible (please contact Nicole Lacy for donation letter).

Thank you for your help!!

All items need to be received prior to January 28th.  Please coordinate donations with auction chair, Nicole Lacy [email protected]

*gift cards or cash donations

*new, unopened items such as family board games and art supplies. 

*If you have a business we would love to highlight it either with a product or service donation (with your business named on the auction platform)

*If you have a talent/skill please consider donating that service to the auction (for example a zoom class teaching cooking, crafting, fitness, etc)

A Note From Nurse Johnson:  The Dentist Is Coming!

Once again, we are pleased to offer the Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists program to Dooley students.  This OPTIONAL program will be held at Campanelli School (310 So Springinsguth Rd, Schaumburg) on January 26, 2023.  Services provided are exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, and sealants. You can register to participate in the dental clinic by clicking on the link and completing the form.


Parents of Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students: please note that by May 2023 you must show proof that your child has had a dental exam within the past 18 months.  This is a requirement for all children in the State of Illinois. If the Smile Illinois dentist examines your child, you have fulfilled this obligation.  Please contact Maureen Johnson RN (Dooley Nurse) with any questions:  847-357-6260

Now available!  Become a District 54 Paraprofessional Using a Short-Term Paraprofessional License.

Have you always wanted to work full-time in District 54?  Have you always liked the idea of assisting a teacher or helping a student reach their full potential?  If you hold a high school diploma (or the equivalent) you are now qualified to become a District 54 Paraprofessional through the short-term paraprofessional license.  It is simple to apply for this license and the information is available here.  Be sure to visit the District 54 website and click on the Careers button to apply!

Dates to Look Forward to

January 16:  No school 

February 8:  S.O. Where are they now? Zoom @ 7:00

February 17:  Half-Day 11:40 a.m. dismissal for students

February 20:  Non-attendance day