Halloween Details

Posted October 26th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Halloween at Muir will occur on October 31 and will begin after the lunch hours conclude. Due to various allergies present in our classrooms, we would once again ask that you please refrain from sending any treats to school for your child to pass out to his/her classmates. Teachers will oversee the distribution of a class treat and it will be provided by the classroom teacher or a room parent and will be a pre-packed item.  Students with food allergies would need to bring a treat from home to ensure it is appropriate for their diet.  Muir staff is not allowed to make these determinations.  No other treats will be shared during our class parties.


In the afternoon, students who choose to dress in school appropriate costumes for Halloween will be able to put on their costume.  Students will need to be able to do this independently.  Students should not be signed-out and miss instructional time for the purposes of dressing in elaborate costumes. In order to ensure the safety of all of our students, we will be using the following guidelines for our school celebration.


In choosing an appropriate costume for your child, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students are able to change into their costumes in a short time and by themselves
  • It would be helpful for students to put their costumes on over a shirt and pair of shorts or something similar that they wear to school
  • Keep make-up to a minimum (there is only a short time given to students to get into costumes, so save the best for trick-or-treating)
  • No one may wear make-up or costumes to school in the morning (Kindergarten students are the exception)
  • No costumes depicting excessive violence (no fake blood/guts please)
  • No weapons of any kind (squirt guns, plastic swords, etc.)
  • Students should not bring hairspray to school
  • Be certain that your child can see through his/her mask


  • Class parties will begin at 1:30 (12:30 for 3rd grade due to their lunch hour)
  • If the weather allows, at 2:00 our kindergarten through third grade students will parade in front and around school.  Fourth through sixth grade students will participate in extended class parties.
  • At the conclusion of the parade, our kindergarten through third grade students will continue to participate in class parties.


Teachers will be overseeing the class parties so we ask that parents wishing to assist with the party make arrangements prior to October 31.  If you are volunteering in a classroom, you need to sign-in at the office. Only those on the volunteer list in the main office will be allowed to help at the party. Our teachers will communicate details to the main office for sign-in organization.

Senate Bill 16

Posted October 17th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Dear Muir Community,

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.  Presentation – Oct 30
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.  Legislative Forum – Oct 21



Carolyn Smolinski                                                        James Schwartz

Principal                                                                         Assistant Principal


Posted October 13th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Thank you to all the parents that attended conferences.  Your children were excited to show you what they have been learning about and tell you about their goals.


School Resumes Tuesday, October 14th

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

School will resume regular hours on Tuesday, October 14th after the Columbus Day holiday.

PTA Meetings

Posted September 8th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The next meeting of the John Muir PTA will take place November 11th at 8 am.  We hope to see you there.

Thank you in advance to all adults that assist with programs for our children.  It makes a difference.

Pizza lunches every Friday

Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Pizza will be sold during lunch for $2 a slice every Friday throughout the year.

Principal’s Message

Posted August 10th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

#1 Muir Community,

It is with great excitement that I welcome you back to this upcoming school year. I hope your summer was filled with time spent with family and friends. The dedicated Muir staff have been busy preparing their classrooms and planning lessons in anticipation for the students to arrive on August 26th. We are all eager to get the year started!

I am also pleased to announce that Mr. James Schwartz will be joining the Muir community as assistant principal for this upcoming school year. Mr. Schwartz joins us from Keller Junior High and will make a great addition to our school. I have worked closely with Mr. Schwartz the past several months and he looks forward to meeting everyone in the Muir community.

Please see below for some important upcoming dates:


Thursday, August 14th-Information Day

On this day from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM, you may drop off any registration information, physical paperwork, pick up school supply lists and pay consumable fees.


Monday, August 25th-Welcome Back Picnic

From 4:30-6:30 we will have an open house at Muir where students can drop off their school supplies, meet their teacher and enjoy a light snack from our PTA. We will also be selling Muir spirit wear and you will have the opportunity to join our Muir PTA. We hope to see all of you there!


Tuesday, August 26th-First Day of School 1-6

Students should arrive between 8:25-8:30 each day and lineup with their teachers. Instruction begins at 8:40 so it is very important that students arrive on time.


Thursday, August 28th-Meet and Greet with the Principal

From 8:00 AM-9:00 AM I will hold a meet and greet for all parents. As I serve in my first year as Principal of Muir, I look forward to meeting all Muir families and building a strong relationship between school and home. Come and join me for a cup of coffee and light refreshments on the 28th!


Tuesday, September 2nd-First Day of School for Kindergarten



Ms. Smolinski and Mr. Schwartz

Summer Reading Video

Posted June 9th, 2014 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Congratulations from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please read the attached letter acknowledging the academic gains made by the students at John Muir Literacy Academy.  Duckworth

Chicago Tribune article about Muir

Posted June 19th, 2013 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

An article about Muir was recently published in the local section of the Chicago Tribune.  Here is a link to the article,0,1169787.story