Thanksgiving Break – School Closed

Posted November 24th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Muir will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on November 25-27.  Classes will resume on Monday, November 30.

Read to Succeed

Posted November 15th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Muir has begun our annual Read to Succeed reading challenge.  All students at Muir are challenged to read for 360 minutes and turn in a completed reading log.  That works out to about 4 minutes of reading per night.

Each student that turns in a completed reading log gets a free ticket to Six Flags Great America.  Let’s see if every student at Muir can complete the challenge this year.

Which classroom will be the first one to have ALL students complete the challenge?

Principal’s Message

Posted November 15th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus



Carolyn Allar, Principal
(847) 357-6444


Please read the attached newsletter for important information from the Muir PTA.

Winter Weather and School Closings

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I am attaching a letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.

Wind Chill Warning

A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.

  • Classes will be cancelled.
  • Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
  • The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
  • All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.
  • If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit for instructions.

Wind Chill Advisory

A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

  • Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
  • Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
  • All field trips will be cancelled.
  • All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education.

For more information, please click on a link below to read the letter from Superintendent DuRoss.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan – English

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan – Spanish

Important Dates

11/24- Report Cards sent home

11/25-11/27-No School-Thanksgiving Break

11/30-MAP Testing begins

Carolyn Allar                   Kelly Dvoracek

Principal                            Assistant Principal

5th Annual Turkey Trot a Success

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Thank you to all that participated in the 5th Annual Turkey Trot.

All the food collected is going to the District 54 food pantry to help families in need.  Thank you for being generous with your time and also donating food.


Pumpkin Decorating Night – Thursday, October 29 – 6pm

Posted October 27th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Please join us for Pumpkin Decorating Night on Thursday, October 29th from 6 to 8 pm.

You will be able to choose from multiple activities in different areas.  Decorate a pumpkin, watch a movie, complete a craft, or ???

What will you choose?

You must be a PTA member to attend this event!  For just $7.00, you will get FREE admission to ALL John Muir Family Nights throughout the year.  PTA will be accepting membership forms at the door.

Student-led conferences and Book Fair – October 8th and 9th

Posted October 6th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Student-led conferences have been scheduled for Thursday, October 8 and the morning of Friday, October 9.  Most Thursday conferences have been scheduled between noon and 6:45 pm.  Friday conferences will be in the morning.

Please check with your child’s teacher if you need to confirm the time of your conference. Students will be leading the discussions.

The 2015 Muir book fair will also be taking place during conferences.  You will have a chance to purchase books for your children Thursday until 7:00 pm and also Friday morning.  Proceeds from the book fair will allow us to purchase additional materials for students at John Muir.


PTA Family Game Night was fun

Posted September 13th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Family Game Night was a success.  There were many comments about how much fun the games were, and families are already looking forward to Family Game Night next year.

A great big thank you to all the families that joined the John Muir PTA tonight.  The PTA funds many enjoyable activities throughout the year.  Take some time to get to know what they are all about.  The next PTA event will be Pumpkin Decorating Night.  Look for more details to follow.

Principal’s Message

Posted August 30th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

Muir Community-

This first week of school was a huge success and a great indication for what lies ahead for this school year. Our students were hard at work reviewing expectations and procedures and diving right into core academics. We are so excited to welcome our kindergarteners to school tomorrow and look forward to having them with us all day! Please read the important information below regarding some upcoming events in the Muir Community.


Schaumburg Parent University District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments for more information about the rest of the fall classes or visit our website at Registration information is also found at this website.


Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a T-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Sept. 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit


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MAP Testing

Fall MAP testing begins this week on Tuesday, September 1st and runs through Friday, September 11th.  Makeup testing will continue the following week.  Each student will take one reading and one math session over the course of two days.  Your child’s teacher will let you know their individual testing schedule.


Upcoming Dates:

8/31-First Day of Kindergarten

9/1-9/11-MAP Testing

9/2-Curriculum Night 6:00-7:30

9/7-Labor Day (No School)

9/8-PTA Meeting @6:00



Have a wonderful week!


Carolyn Allar                                                                    Kelly Dvoracek

Principal                                                                            Assistant Principal

Arrival and Dismissal

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Mr. Doerpinghaus

School for students in first through sixth grade begins at 8:40 and dismisses at 3:00 (2:30 on Wednesdays).

Students normally arrive at school between 8:25 and 8:35.

We look forward to seeing all of you at school today.

Principal’s Message

Posted May 18th, 2015 by Ms. Smolinski

Muir Community-

Please read below for important upcoming events in the Muir Community.

District 54 Foundation Event:

The District 54 Foundation is hosting a Family Night Out at the Schaumburg Boomers Game on May 29th . Please see the attached invitation for more information.  BoomersFlyer2015 

District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council:

The final Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 19th. Please see the attached flyer for additional information.  Bilingual Parent Advisory Council – May 19


As a reminder, all junior high or high school students picking up siblings in grades 2-6 must wait at the fence near the entrance to the parking lot. If they are picking up K-1 students they may wait outside of Door 11. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates:

05/19-Talent Show at 6:00 p.m.

05/21-Science Fair

05/25-Memorial Day-No School

05/26-Art Open House from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  Art Open House Flyer

06/01-Student Non-Attendance Day-No School

06/12-Last Day of School



Carolyn (Smolinski) Allar


John Muir Literacy Academy