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at John Muir Literacy Academy

Principal’s Message


Lou Malnati's Flyer

Students had a great time during their Halloween parties this week. Thanks to the parents who were able to help out during the party. Your help was much appreciated. Please see below for important information coming up in the Muir community.

Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser

The PTA will be sponsoring a Lou Malnatis’ fundraiser. Please see the attached flyer for additional information. Orders are due by Tuesday, November 21st. These certificates will make great gifts! Click here for the Lou Malnati’s Flyer

Parent Portal and Report Cards
Report cards will be online this year. If you have a parent portal account you will be able to see your child’s report card by November 21, 2017. If you had not created a portal account but had supplied District 54 with an email address, then you received an email during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you do not receive email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office at 847-357-5700.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control may dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedes el Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council
Would you like to volunteer or become more involved in your child’s school? Join us as we hear about the benefits of being part of a multicultural community from MPAC parents who have successfully gotten involved in PTA and their school community. They will also share strategies for helping yourself and others feel more comfortable volunteering in the schools.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road. Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. Click the link for more information in English, Japanese, Spanish and Polish: Multicultural Parent Advisory Council Informational Flyers.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

As we enter this season of gratitude and giving, the District 54 Education Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported the Foundation this year by donating funds, sponsoring or volunteering at our golf outing or Septemberfest, participating in a dine and share or shop and share event, or serving on our board or a committee. We greatly appreciate you helping us make a difference in the lives of students.

The Foundation is partnering with Visions Photography Portrait Studio in Schaumburg on a fundraiser for the Foundation. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, Visions will donate 25 percent of the cost of your portrait package to the D54 Foundation and also provide you with a 25 percent discount if you bring in the flyer or mention the Foundation. For additional information, click here to view the flyer.

Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidades de apoyo

Al  entrar en esta temporada de agradecimiento, de dar y recibir, la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 desea agradecer a todos los que han apoyado a la Fundación este año al donar fondos, patrocinar o ser voluntarios en nuestros eventos de  golf  y/o  el festival de septiembre, al  participar en las actividades “Dine and Share”  y  “Shop and Share”, o al servir en nuestra junta o algún comité. Apreciamos enormemente que nos ayuden a hacer la diferencia en las vidas de los estudiantes.

La Fundación para la Educación del Distrito 54  y  el estudio fotográfico “Visions Photography Portrait Studio” (Schaumburg) se han asociado para ofrecer una promoción especial para recaudar fondos para la Fundación. Entre el 15 de noviembre y el 15 de diciembre, Visions donará el 25 por ciento del costo de su paquete de retratos a la Fundación D54 y también le ofrecerá un descuento del 25 por ciento si trae el volante de promoción o menciona la Fundación. Para obtener información adicional, haga clic aquí para ver el folleto.

Important Dates:
11/10-Spirit Day-Red White and Blue Day
11/14-PTA Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
11/22-11/24-No School
11/27-12/8-MAP Testing

Carolyn Allar, Principal
Cory Burke, Assistant Principal

Halloween Party/Parade

Muir’s Halloween parade will begin at 1:30 for grades K-3.  Classroom parties will follow.  Food or candy will NOT be served during these parties.

Students will be allowed to change into their costumes after 1:00 pm.

Sports Spirit Day – October 27

Muir students and staff are encouraged to support their favorite sports team on Friday, October 27.  You can wear a jersey or just wear the colors of your favorite team.

Pumpkin Decorating Night – October 26

Muir’s annual Pumpkin Decorating Night will be held on Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Students that bring a pumpkin will be given a decorating kit.  There will be music, movies and more.  We hope to see you here.

No School on Columbus Day – October 9

All District 54 schools and offices are closed on Monday, October 9 for Columbus Day


Thank you to all the families that participated in conferences this week.

Principal’s Message

Muir Community,
We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the Muir Community, so please read below for the updates.


We are excited to launch our Twitter page to keep families in the loop of events happening at Muir. Please follow us @WeAreMuir54. I also have a Twitter page setup to share with families all the happenings in Muir classrooms. You can follow me @carolyn_allar.


We will be hosting parent and student conferences on, Thursday October 5th.  Teachers will be sending home information in regards to your conference time.  During conferences, students will share with their parents their goals from the year, MAP data and their action steps.  Conferences are a great way to partner with your child and their teacher.  If you have not received information in regards to your child’s conference please contact the classroom teacher.

Spirit Days

We be continuing our Spirit Days here at Muir again this year. Most Spirit Days will be on the last Friday of each month, but due to days off we may have to adjust. Please see the schedule below:

October 27th-Sports Day

November 10th-Red,White and Blue Day

December 15th-Hat Day

January 26th-College Gear or College Color Day

February 23rd-Dress to Impress Day

March 23rd-Mismatch Day

April 27th-Baseball Day

May 25th-TBD


Important Dates

10/5-Conferences-Dismissal @11:40

10/6-Conferences-No School

10/9-Columbus Day-No School




Carolyn Allar, Principal

Cory Burke, Assistant Principal

Schaumburg Parent University/Universidad de padres de Schaumburg

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 evening programs scheduled for September.

  • Playing Together. District 54 Behavior Interventionist Kelly Santell will teach parents and their children in preschool through second grade how creative play promotes learning. This hands-on activity will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Mindset Matters. Engage in activities that illustrate the process and benefits of growth mindset, as well as the research behind it. This presentation is for adults only, but free childcare is available. The program is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – Clases de septiembre

La Universidad de padres de Schaumburg (SPU) está diseñada para involucrar a más padres en la vida de la escuela, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares y mejorar las habilidades de crianza que en última instancia se traduce en mejor éxito de los estudiantes académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente. Hay dos noches programadas para el mes de septiembre.

  • ¡Jugando Juntos! –  Los padres y los niños  desde grados de primera infancia hasta el segundo aprenderán cómo el juego creativo promueve el aprendizaje. El programa se llevara a cabo el 6 de septiembre en horario de 6:30PM a 7:30PM en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional  del Distrito 54, localizado en  522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • ¡Su mentalidad importa! – Participe en actividades que ilustran el proceso y los beneficios una mentalidad de crecimiento y  conozca sobre investigaciones al respecto. Esta presentación es solo para adultos y se llevara a cabo el 14 de septiembre de 6:30PM a 8PM en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional  del Distrito 54, localizado en  522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Si usted está interesado en asistir a estos eventos gratuitos, haga clic en los enlaces.  Habrá cuidado de niños. Para más información sobre Universidad de padres de Schaumburg y registrarse, visite nuestro sitio web en

13 Reasons Why – 13 Razones por las qué

School District 54 is sending this note to all parents, to make sure they are aware of the new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” which is being watched and talked about by teens in the District 54 community and nationwide. The series is a fictional show, based on the novel of the same name that contains mature content about a teen suicide. It is rated TV-MA, which means it may not be suitable for children under 17. While the show has seen praise from critics for its content (intended for mature audiences), many mental health experts have been critical of the show for the lack of addressing mental illness or providing examples of how suicide can be avoided.

With so many students having access to watch Netflix in private through their phones or other devices and sharing their Netflix passwords with their friends, we feel it is important that we are all aware of this series, its popularity and its mature content. In addition to suicide, there are a number of other difficult themes touched upon such as bullying, sexual assault, depression and drug use.

If your child is watching or talking about the show, we encourage parents to talk about the issues and offer the following tips:

  • Reassure them that talking openly and honestly about emotional distress (their own or a friend’s) with a trusted adult is okay and encouraged. Let them know who they can turn to if they ever need support – you (the parent), a school counselor or teacher, another family member or trusted adult.
  • Take the time to talk about the people and resources available to support individuals with depression, suicidal thoughts and mental illness.
  • Explain that the series is not a good representation of reality. Suicide is not a common response to life’s challenges; others are not to blame for a suicide; and suicide is not heroic but tragic.
  • If you have any concerns about your child, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk, but instead creates the opportunity to offer help.
  • For any immediate concerns about your child, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-TALK, or text START to 741741.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 14.

Our school social worker is always available to support you and your children in navigating this and other sensitive topics. In addition, we have provided additional resources below that you may find helpful.

El Distrito Escolar 54 está enviando esta nota a todos los padres para asegurarse de que están al tanto de la nueva serie de Netflix “13 Reasons Why” (“13 Razones por las qué”), la cual los adolescentes en la comunidad del Distrito 54 y en todo el país están viendo y comentando.  La serie es un espectáculo ficticio, basado en la novela del mismo nombre que contiene contenido maduro sobre un suicidio adolescente. Se ha calificado como TV-MA, lo que significa que puede no ser adecuado para niños menores de 17 años. Aunque el programa ha visto elogios de los críticos por su contenido (destinado a audiencias maduras), muchos expertos en salud mental han criticado el programa por la falta de abordar la enfermedad mental o proporcionar ejemplos de cómo se puede evitar el suicidio.

Con tantos estudiantes teniendo acceso a mirar Netflix en privado a través de sus teléfonos u otros dispositivos y compartiendo sus contraseñas Netflix con sus amigos, creemos que es importante que todos conozcamos esta serie, su popularidad y su contenido maduro. Además del suicidio, se aborda una serie de temas difíciles tal como el acoso, la agresión sexual, la depresión y el uso de drogas.

Si su hijo está viendo o hablando sobre el programa, animamos a los padres a hablar sobre los problemas y ofrecemos los siguientes consejos:

  • Asegúrele que hablar abiertamente y honestamente acerca de la angustia emocional (su propia o la de un amigo) con un adulto de confianza está bien y fomentado. Hágales saber a quién pueden dirigirse si alguna vez necesitan apoyo – usted (el padre), un consejero escolar o maestro, otro miembro de la familia o un adulto de confianza.
  • Tómese el tiempo para hablar sobre las personas y los recursos disponibles para apoyar a las personas con depresión, pensamientos suicidas y enfermedades mentales.
  •  Explique que la serie no es una buena representación de la realidad. El suicidio no es una respuesta común a los retos de la vida; otros no tienen la culpa de un suicidio; y el suicidio no es heroico, sino trágico.
  •  Si tiene alguna preocupación sobre su hijo, no tenga miedo de preguntar si ha pensado en suicidarse. Elevar el tema del suicidio no aumenta el riesgo, sino que crea la oportunidad de ofrecer ayuda.
  •  Para cualquier preocupación inmediata acerca de su hijo, puede llamar a la Línea de Vida Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio al 1-800-TALK o envié  un mensaje de texto con la palabra  START al 741741.

Según los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades, el suicidio es la tercera causa de muerte entre las personas de 10 a 14 años.

Nuestro trabajador social de la escuela siempre está disponible para ayudarlo a usted ya sus hijos a navegar este y otros temas delicados. Además, hemos proporcionado recursos adicionales a continuación que puede resultar útil.