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Last Science Fair Help Session Thursday, May 26

Posted May 24th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

There will be a Science Fair help session after school Thursday, May 26 from 3-4pm in the LRC.  Plan on attending if you have questions about your project or written report.  The Science Fair has been moved to May 31.

Mr. Natrop, Mr. Loredo and Mr. Doerpinghaus

Science Fair changed to May 31, 2016

Posted May 24th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

The Muir Science Fair has been moved to May 31, 2016.  Setup will be in the gymnasium from 7:45 – 8:30 am on that day.  The awards ceremony will take place around 3:20 pm.  Please expect to remove all projects that afternoon.  Thank you.

Mr. Natrop, Mr. Loredo and Mr. Doerpinghaus

Principal’s Message

Posted May 10th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please read below for important information in the Muir Community.

MAP Testing

MAP testing begins this week. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast prior to testing. We are excited to see all of their hard work pay off as they complete the reading and math tests. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate the specific days your child will test.

Before School Supervision

Before school supervision begins at 8:20 each morning. Please remind your child not to arrive prior to 8:20. When your child arrives to school they must stand in line outside their door and refrain from playing on the playground. Thank you for your support!

Field Day

Field Day is on Wednesday, June 1st and we need your help! It takes many parent volunteers to make the day go smoothly. Mr. Terry will be sending home a flyer asking for volunteers. If you are interested, please fill out the form and return it to school.

D54 Foundation awards $26,500 in student grants
Support the foundation that supports our students

The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is thrilled to announce that it approved all 233 grant applications submitted this year by District 54 students for extracurricular summer activities. The Foundation will distribute about $26,500 to these families, who face extenuating financial circumstances. These grants, called Memorial Grants, are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away. For a list of names, you can visit http://d54foundation.com/in-memory.

In addition to these grants, the D54 Foundation supports our school district through a variety of ways. Two of the Foundation’s current initiatives include breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs. Did you know that 30 percent of the students in School District 54 qualify for the federal free lunch program? That means 30 percent of the students live in a household where the annual salary is less than $32,000 for a family of four.

To fully fund these programs, the Foundation reaches out to corporations and organizations for donations, and hosts other fundraisers that everyone can support. Please consider supporting the D54 Foundation by participating in one of these upcoming events.

  • Schaumburg Boomers game – May 20
    Please join the District 54 Foundation for the Opening Night game at the Schaumburg Boomers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. Tickets cost $11 and include free parking and post-game fireworks. In addition, children in attendance are invited to run the bases at the ballpark. To order tickets visit www.boomersbaseball.com/dist54 and enter promo code 2016d54; or click here to print out the District 54 Boomers Form and mail it to the Boomers with your payment.
  • Golf Outing – June 13
    Please consider golfing, joining us for dinner or sponsoring the annual golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club. To register for golf or dinner, or for more information, click here. In addition to mailing in a form with your check, we also have an online registration option this year. The cost of $150 per golfer (or $550 for a foursome) includes golf, a cart, lunch, dinner and various hole contests, such as Closest to the Pin and an opportunity to shoot for a $1 million hole-in-one. If you can’t attend, but would still like to make a donation to the silent auction, the Foundation would appreciate that as well.

Important Dates

05/09-MAP Testing begins

05/10-PTA Meeting @6:00

05/12-Talent Show @6:00pm /Art Show @5:30pm

05/17-Incoming Kindergartener Parent Night @6:00

Principal’s Message

Posted April 8th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please read below for important information in the Muir Community.

Family Fun Night

On Thursday, April 14th Muir PTA will host our Family Fun Night from 6:00-8:00. There will be games, a face painter, a magician, prizes and much more. For more information, please click on this Flyer.

Join D54 Foundation at Schaumburg Boomers game – May 20

Please join the District 54 Foundation for the Opening Night game at the Schaumburg Boomers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016. For each ticket sold, $5 will be donated to the Foundation to support students in School District 54. Some of the Foundation’s current initiatives include

  • Grants for students to participate in extracurricular activities,
  • Breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and
  • Educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs.

Tickets cost $11 and include free parking and post-game fireworks. In addition, children in attendance are invited to run the bases at the ballpark. To order tickets visit www.boomersbaseball.com/dist54 and enter promo code 2016d54; or click here to print out the District 54 Boomers Form and mail it to the Boomers with your payment.

High School District 211 Community Meetings – April 4 and 5

The next series of High School District 211 Community Engagement meetings will be held at Hoffman Estates High School on Monday, April 4 and at Palatine High School on Tuesday, April 5.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic – Student Involvement & Wellness. The final round of meetings on Finances and Facilities will be May 2 at Conant High School and May 3 at Fremd High School. Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year strategic plan for the district. Additional information, including materials from the first two rounds of meetings, is available online at http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Schaumburg Parent University – April Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two upcoming evening programs.

  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning:  District 54 instructional coaches Hobbs Behrouzi and Becky Meyer will discuss how our teachers are integrating technology into the curriculum to support students, foster collaboration and differentiate learning.  This discussion for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 14 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available.
  • The Truth About Nutrition:  Registered Dietician Samantha Woulfe will explore common facts and myths about nutrition in an interactive workshop for children in third through eighth grade and their parents. The program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. April 20 in the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Childcare is available for younger children.

If you are interested in attending these events, please click on the links above or visit the Schaumburg Parent University website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Multicultural Event—April 9, 2016

School District 54, the Schaumburg Park District, and the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC) will be hosting our annual Multicultural Event from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Community Recreation Center (CRC—505 N. Springinsguth Rd. in Schaumburg). Please join us for cultural performances by students of School District 54, crafts and games, and food from around the world. Admission to the Multicultural Event is free, and food is available for purchase (cash only). Click here to access the informational flyer.

Important Dates

04/11-04/22-PARCC Testing Grades 3-6

04/12-PTA Meeting @6:00

04/14-Family Fun Night 6:00-8:00

Principal’s Message

Posted March 14th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

No School – March 15

District 54 schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 15, due to the primary election. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in District 54. On most days our doors are locked; visitors must ring the doorbell and be admitted by staff; and then visitors must proceed to the office first to sign in. However, on election days, 24 of our 28 school sites serve as polling places and therefore the doors must be kept open. State law requires schools to serve as polling locations if asked and in Cook County about one-third of the polling places are in schools. In years with a presidential election, higher numbers than usual are expected to vote. Therefore, in order to put safety first, District 54 students and staff will not attend school on March 15.

PBIS Goal

Our new PBIS goal is arriving to school on time and having no unexcused absences. This goal will run all the way to Spring Break. Each week a student has no tardies or unexcused absences, they will receive a ticket that will go into a drawing for some great prizes. Since we know this is a family effort we will acknowledge students with a Community Celebration on March 17th.  Attached is the flyer with additional information.  Community Celebration Flyer 2016.pdf

Summer STEM Academy

What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be: “I built and programed a robot, learned the principles of flight through rocket construction, or used a 3-D printer to design my own car or jewelry.”   With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expands on the interests of students.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the Summer STEM Academy is $40.00 per student, checks/ money orders are to be made payable to Schaumburg School District 54, which includes a camp t-shirt.  Registration opens on Monday, March 7th and closes on Friday, March 18th.  Information and registration forms have been mailed to your home address – payment for the Summer STEM Academy with the registration form is mailed to the Department of Student Learning (524 E. Schaumburg Rd.).

Note from High School District 211

Residents of High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas to help shape the future of District 211 schools at the next series of Community Engagement meetings on March 14 at Palatine High School and March 15 at Conant High School.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic — Academic Programming. Student Involvement & Wellness will be the featured topics at the April meetings on April 4 at Hoffman Estates High School and April 5 at Palatine High School. Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings and materials from the first meetings, is available online at: http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Important Dates

03/15-Non-attendance Day-No school

03/17-Community Celebration @7:45 a.m.

03/21-03/28-Spring Break-No School

Summer STEM Academy registration will be held March 7-18

Posted March 6th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

What did you do on your summer vacation? Your answer could be “I built and programmed a robot;” “I learned the principles of flight through rocket construction;” or “I used a 3-D printer to design my own car.”  With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math alive through authentic hands-on activities, District 54’s Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expand on the interests of students.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers the following:

  • A range of fun camps designed to appeal to a variety of interests for students entering first through eighth grade in the fall of 2016;
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula;
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers, who are experienced with STEM, in a positive environment;
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used in the real world; and
  • A STEM Certificate of Achievement recognizing the achievements of students.

The Summer STEM Academy will be held June 20 through 24 at a number of schools in the district. The cost is $40 per student and includes a camp T-shirt. Students are limited to one class.

Registration for the Summer STEM Academy opens on Monday, March 7, and closes on Friday, March 18. A confirmation of registration and enrollment will be mailed by April 30, 2016.

Information and registration forms have been mailed to the home address of all District 54 students and can also be accessed online if you click here. Checks or money orders (no cash will be accepted) should be made payable to School District 54. The payment for the Summer STEM Academy and a completed registration form for each child should be mailed to the Summer STEM Academy, School District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL 60194.

Principal’s Message

Posted March 1st, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please read below for important information in the Muir Community.

PBIS Goal

Our new PBIS goal is arriving to school on time and having no unexcused absences. This goal will run all the way to Spring Break. Each week a student has no tardies or unexcused absences, they will receive a ticket that will go into a drawing for some great prizes. Since we know this is a family effort, we will acknowledge students with a Community Celebration on March 17th. More details will follow.

5-Essentials Survey

Thank you to all the families who have already completed the 5-Essentials Survey.  The window to take the survey goes through March 11th.  If you have yet to have a chance to complete it, you can access the survey by clicking on the link below and searching schools by typing in John Muir Literacy Academy. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/

Note from High School District 211

Residents of High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas to help shape the future of District 211 schools at the next series of Community Engagement meetings on March 14 at Palatine High School and March 15 at Conant High School.  Both meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature the same topic — Academic Programming. Student Involvement & Wellness will be the featured topics at the April meetings on April 4 at Hoffman Estates High School and April 5 at Palatine High School. Information gathered at these meetings will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the district. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings and materials from the first meetings, is available online at: http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Mindfulness: An Interactive Approach to Managing Your Child’s Anxiety or Depression. District 54 Social Worker Trisha Johnson will explain how to use mindfulness in your everyday life and activities you can do with your children to help them manage difficult emotions. This discussion for adults only will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 10 in the District 54 Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Painting Party. Join art teacher Lauren Tocmo in an interactive workshop for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and their  parents. There is a $5 fee for the canvas, upon which you will create a spring-themed painting. The program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 14 at Stevenson School, 1414 Armstrong Lane, Elk Grove Village.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Important Dates

03/08-PTA Meeting-6:00 p.m.

03/15-Non-attendance Day-No school

03/17-Community Celebration

Summer Band and Orchestra Registration Now Open

Posted February 23rd, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.

Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 11-28 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Frost Junior High School. Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram

If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call       847-357-5138.

Principal’s Message

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Kindergarten Registration
Registration for the 2016-17 school year will be on February 11, 2016 at Muir from 9:00-11:00 am; 1:00-2:30 pm; and 6:00-8:00pm. We are always excited to welcome new families to our school.  Feel free to spread the word to new neighbors so we can get them set for the upcoming year.

Schaumburg Parent University Classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, click on the flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

5-Essentials Survey

Thank you to all the families who have already completed the 5-Essentials Survey.  The window to take the survey goes through March 11th.  If you have yet to have a chance to complete it, you can click here https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ for the survey.  Enter and search for John Muir Literacy Academy which is located in Cook County. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

 

Important Dates

02/09-PTA Meeting-6:00p.m.

02/10-Half Day Teacher In-Service-Dismissal at 11:40

02/11-Kindergarten Registration (see times above)

02/15-No School-President’s Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday – Schools Closed January 18

Posted January 17th, 2016 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

District 54 schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18.