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Conference wrap-up

It was great to see so many young faces here to lead their own conference this week.

We will see you bright and early Tuesday morning because there is no school on Monday.  Enjoy the long weekend and remember to dress for the weather.

Student-led Conferences

Student-led conferences continue this morning for the families that did not conference yesterday.  We hope to see all of you here.

Our Scholastic Book Fair continues this morning in the main hallway.

Monday is a non-attendance day to observe Columbus Day.  School resumes at 8:40am on Tuesday.

Principal’s Message – October 4, 2019

Muir Community,

Another great week at Muir! Today we had an assembly with the Hoffman Estates Fire Department to discuss fire safety in recognition of Fire Prevention Month. Please ask your child what they learned today! See below for important information in the Muir community!

Twitter
We use Twitter to share and celebrate the wonderful things happening at Muir. Please follow me @carolyn_allar and our Muir page @WeAreMuir54.

The Power of Positivity
Last year, we rolled out to all students and the entire community our work with positive psychology. We incorporated these principles in our weekly SEL lessons as well as our daily interactions with students. This year, we continue to build upon our learning in creating long-term optimism in each and every student at Muir. Below you will find a newsletter our Happiness Committee put together to share our work with you!
Happiness Newsletter

PTA
Thank you for those who have already joined our PTA! They sponsor several activities within the school and support the students in many ways. Please consider joining! Below is the PTA newsletter.
Falcon Flyer

Important Dates
10/10-Conferences-1/2 Day-Dismissal @11:40
10/11-Conferences-No School
10/14-Columbus Day-No School
10/15-PTA Meeting @6:00 p.m.

Carolyn Allar – Principal
Cory Burke – Assistant Principal

Picture Day – Online Ordering Open Until Friday

Muir students had their picture taken on Wednesday, September 25.  Orders will still be accepted online up to 48 hours after picture day at mylifetouch.com.

Principal’s Message – September 20, 2019

Muir Community,

This week, students were released early on Wednesday while teachers met together as a whole staff. During that time, our staff discussed each student individually. In those discussions, we focused on what we can do as a staff to be a champion for each and every child. Action plans were developed to ensure we are committing to each child individually. Our students are why we are here and we want to make sure each child feels supported! Please read below for important information coming up in the Muir Community.

Twitter
We use Twitter to share and celebrate the wonderful things happening at Muir. The following staff members are new to Twitter. Please follow me @carolyn_allar and our Muir page @WeAreMuir54.
Therese Scanlon-Intervention Teacher-@MsScanlon1
Tasia Collins-6th Grade Classroom Teacher-@MsCollins13

PTA
Thank you for those who have already joined our PTA! They sponsor several activities within the school and support the students in many ways. Please consider joining! Below is the PTA newsletter.
Falcon Flyer

Important Dates
9/25-Picture Day
9/25-Title I Game Night @6:00 p.m.
10/10-Conferences-1/2 Day-Dismissal @11:40
10/11-Conferences-No School
10/14-Columbus Day-No School

Carolyn Allar – Principal
Cory Burke – Sssistant Principal

Half-day on Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday, September 18 will be a half-day of school for students.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40 am.  Students do not eat lunch at school.

That day is also one of our spirit days and students may wear clothing celebrating their favorite sports team.

Principal’s Message – September 6, 2019

Muir Community,

Another great week at Muir! We are finishing up MAP testing and I have been so proud to see students put forth their best effort. We have a lot of great things coming up in the Muir community. Please see below for details.

Twitter
We use Twitter to share and celebrate the wonderful things happening at Muir. Please follow me @carolyn_allar and our Muir page @WeAreMuir54.

Arrival and Dismissal
Due to the large number of students who walk to and from school each day, we close our parking lot to cars. The parking lot closes each day at 8:20 and reopens at 8:40. In the afternoon, it closes at 2:50 and reopens at 3:10, or until all busses are gone. During those times, we limit cars moving in order to maintain safety. Also, due to the large number of students dismissing at once, we ask that older siblings picking up students for grades 3-6 wait at the gate of the entrance to the parking lot.

PTA
Thank you for those who have already joined our PTA! They sponsor several activities within the school and support the students in many ways. Please consider joining! Below is the PTA newsletter.
Falcon Flyer

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity
Lou Malnati’s – September 18
The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 18, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!
Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidad de apoyo – Lou Malnati’s – 18 de septiembre
La Fundación se ha asociado con Lou Malnati en Schaumburg para recaudar fondos para estudiantes. Coma en u ordene de Lou Malnati en Schaumburg o Lou Malnati Barrington Road el 18 de septiembre, y el 20 por ciento de las ventas totales serán donados a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54. Usted debe traer o mencionar la hoja volante de promoción en el momento de su orden; haga clic aquí para el folleto.

Gracias a todos los que apoyaron a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 el pasado fin de semana, Día del Trabajo, durante el Septemberfest al estacionarse en la Escuela Collins o al comprar comida de nuestro socio sin fines de lucro Riccardo’s.

Important Dates
9/10-PTA Meeting @6:00 p.m.
9/18-1/2 Day-Dismissal @11:40
9/25-Picture Day
9/25-Title I Game Night @6:00 p.m.
10/10-Conferences-1/2 Day-Dismissal @11:40
10/11-Conferences-No School

Carolyn Allar, Principal

Cory Burke, Assistant Principal

Curriculum Night

Thank you to all of the families that attended Muir’s Curriculum Night.  It was great to see so many in attendance.

Principal’s Message – August 23, 2019

Muir Community,

What a great first week had with students. We were so excited to see everyone after summer and meet some new friends too! Please see below for important information coming up in the Muir community.

Twitter

We use Twitter to share and celebrate the wonderful things happening at Muir. The following staff members have Twitter pages. Please follow our Muir page @WeAreMuir54.

Carolyn Allar-Principal-@carolyn_allar

Cory Burke-Assistant Principal-@cory_burke4

Sabrina Chhabra-Kindergarten Teacher-@MrsChhabraMuir

Laura Malewig-Kindergarten Teacher-@MMalewig

Anne Salinas-1st Grade Teacher-@MrsSalinas54

Steve Loredo-2nd Grade Teacher-@loredo-mr

Janet Pisterzi-2nd Grade Teacher-@JanetPisterzi

Anthony Laudando-2nd Grade Teacher-@laudando54

Jennifer Sword-3rd Grade Teacher-@MrsSword54Muir

Jody McGuire-3rd Grade Teacher-@MsMcGuireMuir54

Brynn Kathrein-4th Grade Teacher-@MsKathrein

Erin Demars-4th Grade Teacher-@DemarsErin

Traci Reiner-5th Grade Teacher-@MsReinerMuir

Julia Bolotin-5th Grade Teacher-@BolotinJulia

Emilio Saraga-5th Grade Teacher-@Mr_Saraga

Magali Williams-6th Grade Teacher-@williamsmuir54

Jennifer Siemieniec-6th Grade Teacher-@JenniferSiemie1

Wendi McClellan-Math Teacher-@MrsMcClellan54

Karen Starke-Intervention Teacher-@StarkeKaren

Dawn Czajka-Intervention Teacher-@DawnCzajka

Valerie Chang-Intervention Teacher-@MrsChang54

Marisa Schenke-Intervention Teacher-@MarisaSchenke

Celeste Foley-Intervention Teacher-@celestefoley21

Kristin Tzanetopoulos-EL Teacher-@MrsTzan54

Alexie Barba-EL Teacher-@alexiebarba

Amy Syed-Speech and Language Pathologist-@AmySyed2

Colleen Heffernan-Social Worker-@JohnMuirSW

Caitlin Gallagher-Behavior Coach-@MsJohansen54

Janel Lacey-Behavior Coach-@mrslaceysd54

Laura Schramuk-Art Teacher-@MuirART54

Todd Doerpinghaus-Library Resource Teacher-@TDoerpinghaus

Kadyn Walther-Paraprofessional-@MissWalther54

Bilqees Khalil-Paraprofessional-@bilqees1136

Cynthia Christian-Paraprofessional/Breakfast Club Sponsor-@MsCynthia54

 

MAP Testing

We will begin MAP testing on Monday, August 26th. All grades will take the MAP literacy test next week with math beginning the week of September 3rd.  This is a great way for our staff to get baseline data for each student.

 

Arrival and Dismissal

Due to the large number of students who walk to and from school each day, we close our parking lot to cars. The parking lot closes each day at 8:20 and reopens at 8:40. In the afternoon, it closes at 2:50 and reopens at 3:10, or until all busses are gone. During those times, we limit cars moving in order to maintain safety. Also, due to the large number of students dismissing at once, we ask that older siblings picking up students for grades 3-6 wait at the gate of the entrance to the parking lot.

 

Fees Reminder:

You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account.  This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.

If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.

The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.

If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance.  Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

 

PTA

Thank you for those who have already joined our PTA! They sponsor several activities within the school and support the students in many ways. Please consider joining! Below is the PTA newsletter.

Falcon Flyer

 

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest

The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit www.d54foundation.org.

Apoye a la Fundación durante el festival de septiembre ‘Septemberfest’

La Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 está recaudando fondos para los estudiantes del Distrito 54 durante el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo en el Festival de Septiembre “Septemberfest”  de Schaumburg. Usted puede apoyar a la Fundación estacionando su auto los sábados y domingos, 31 de agosto y 1 de septiembre por solo $ 5 en la escuela Collins, ubicada en el 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg. La calle Summit está ubicada entre Roselle y Plum Grove.  La Fundación también está participando en un Día “sin fines de lucro” el lunes, 2 de septiembre, durante el “Septemberfest”. Si usted compra ese día una comida de nuestro socio, Riccardo’s Ristorante, las ganancias apoyarán a los estudiantes del Distrito 54.

La Fundación se compromete a asegurar que todos los estudiantes del Distrito 54 tengan las mismas oportunidades financiando programas de desayunos para estudiantes de familias con dificultades financieras para asegurarse de que comienzan su día listos para aprender, y becas a estudiantes de familias con dificultades financieras para que puedan participar en actividades extracurriculares.

Para más información sobre la Fundación, visite la página web www.d54foundation.org.

 

Important Dates

8/26-First Day of School for Kindergarten

8/26-MAP Testing begins

9/2-Labor Day-No School

9/4-Curriculum Night-6:00-7:30

9/10-PTA Meeting @6:00 p.m.

 

Carolyn Allar                   Cory Burke

Principal                           Assistant Principal

Back to School Night – Thursday, August 15

Thursday, August 15th Back to School Night

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!

Class lists will be available during our Back to School Night just outside the main office.  Kindergarten class rosters will be finalized after kindergarten screening and will be available outside the main office on Friday, August 23rd from 12:00-3:30.

Monday, August 19th First Day of School for grades 1-6

Students should arrive between 8:25-8:30 each day and line up with their teachers. Just as a reminder, the parking lot closes at 8:20 and 2:55 each day for arrival and dismissal. Instruction begins at 8:40 so it is very important that students arrive on time.