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Muir Field Day – Thursday, June 1

Thursday, June 1 will be field day at John Muir Literacy Academy.  Activities and games have been organized by Mr. Terry.  Please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Pizza lunch will be provided for all students that have turned in their permission slip.  Enjoy your last day of school.

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.

Muir hosts Earth Day celebration

An IDOT representative talks to Muir third graders about planting treesJohn Muir Literacy Academy hosted a mini Earth Day celebration with third-grade students the morning of April 21. A representative from the Illinois Department of Transportation demonstrated how to plant a tree, and talked about the benefits of trees and the importance of preserving our resources. Each student got to take home a sapling to plant, donated by IDOT.

Muir student council collects items for District 54 Food Pantry

The Universal Student Council students at Muir recently ran their first food drive to
Two students putting items in a donation box for the food drivebenefit the District 54 Food Pantry, and it was a great success. Student Council members orchestrated the advertising of the drive through posters and scripts for afternoon announcements. They encouraged each classroom to decorate their own collection box to generate further excitement about the drive. In all, 24 boxes of food were collected in a little over a week to help stock our district food pantry and serve our community.

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 evening programs scheduled for April.

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

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – Clases de abril

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 abril.

Si usted está interesado en asistir a estos eventos, 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 https://sd54.org/resources/spu-Spanish.

Community Celebration – Thursday, March 23

Our next Community Celebration will be on March 23 at 8:00 am. We are celebrating students arriving to school on time.

Students may attend the celebration with a parent or guardian. Refreshments will be served.  Attendance is not necessary to win a prize.

 

5Essentials Survey

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ by January 30, 2017. When searching for your school’s name, remember to look up the full name (look under J for John Muir Literacy Academy in Cook County).

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey. If parents have more than one child at a school, you can complete one survey for each child. However, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

Computers will be available during conferences to any parent wishing to take the survey at John Muir.

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.

 

Muir Art Show and 4th Grade Music Concert

Thank you to all the students and parents that viewed the Muir Art Show or the Fourth Grade Music Concert.

Thank you to Mrs. Torres and Ms. Aguayo for all of your hard work organizing these events.

Muir Food Drive

The Muir food drive brought in almost 600 pounds of food to help supply the food pantry.  Thank you for your generosity at this busy time of the year.

Thank you also to the John Muir PTA and volunteers that sorted and packed the food into boxes.