January 20, 2023

Drawings of MLK

This week’s classroom highlight is Ms. Sanders’ 1st grade dual language classroom.  Students were busy writing New Year’s cards in Japanese and learning Kanji. Our Japanese Chorus Club has been busy preparing for their performance at the SD54 Multicultural Fair on March 4th.  We hope you enjoy the Room 106 Highlight!

Wednesday, January 25th is the SD54 Open Enrollment Fair.  The fair will run from 6-7:30 at the Professional Learning Center. More information is listed below.  

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. 

Open Enrollment

New this year – families interested in applying for their children to attend one of District 54’s open enrollment schools will be able to apply during online registration. For more information about the open enrollment programs, visit  Parents wanting to learn more are invited to attend the Open Enrollment Fair on January 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center.  Families looking to learn more about the Dual Language or Early Instrumental programs at Dooley are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Thursday, February 9th at 1:00, Dooley Elementary
  • Wednesday, February 15th at 9:00, Dooley Elementary

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!


District 54 will hold kindergarten/new student registration for the 2023-24 school year by appointment only. Starting Wednesday, January 25, 2023, families that have a student currently enrolled in District 54 can register incoming kindergarten students through their Parent Portal account. Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website ( ).

Once your online registration is complete, please contact your school to schedule your in-person appointment to complete your student’s registration and provide documentation. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

El Distrito 54 llevará a cabo la inscripción de estudiantes que entran al kínder para el año escolar 2023-24 (únicamente con cita previa) a partir del miércoles 25 de enero de 2023.

Las familias que ya tienen estudiantes inscritos en el Distrito 54, pueden inscribir a su estudiante entrante a kindergarten usando su cuenta del Portal para padres. Las familias que se inscriben por primera vez en el Distrito 54 pueden registrarse a través del enlace en nuestro sitio web (

Una vez que complete su inscripción en línea, comuníquese con su escuela para programar una cita (en persona) en la cual se requerirá que provea la documentación necesaria para completar la inscripción de su estudiante. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor llame a nuestra oficina.

Dates to Look Forward to

January 23:  PTA Meeting @ 6:00

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