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Emergency Closings?

Posted October 29th, 2014 by evandesampel

Not now thankfully, but with the fast moving fall and the onset of winter as well as our past experience from last year – there is always a possibility. If you have any questions to what would happen in the case of an emergency closing please refer to: School closing sources of info [School closing sources of info in Spanish], which can be opened and/or downloaded at your home for your convenience. Thanks!

Schaumburg Parent University – November Classes

Posted October 29th, 2014 by evandesampel
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 classes scheduled for November.
·         Family Fitness Night on Nov. 13 at Stevenson Elementary School:  While the music is pumping, families will choose different stations to work their muscles and learn about at-home fitness opportunities.
·        Schaumburg Parent University presents How to Build a Better Plate – Nov 19 9 at the District Office: Alexian Brothers Lead Clinical Dietician Kirsten Johnson will talk to parents and guardians about how to eat right, plan right and shop right.
If you are interested in attending either event, 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.

Halloween

Posted October 29th, 2014 by evandesampel

This FRIDAY will be our school Halloween celebration.  All families should have received a letter outlaying the timeframe for our parade and parties.  Here are a few reminders in regards to Halloween and costumes.  Please help your child in making an appropriate choice when it comes to selecting a Halloween costume to wear at school.  Students should wear costumes that allow them to move around easily and do not obstruct their vision.  For safety reasons, we are asking that toy swords, toy guns, or any other large, sharp, pointed objects be left at home. They will be taken away if brought to school.  We also ask that students avoid costumes that may be potentially frightening to younger children in the building such as costumes that depict blood and violence. Roller blades and/or other such accessories must also be left at home. Thank you for considering these items in guiding your child as he/she prepares for our school Halloween celebration.  It is our hope that this time set aside is fun without being offensive to any child.  We are hoping for an afternoon free of rain so that our students can participate in our school parade.

5th Grade Math Acceleration Dabbling in Stocks…

Posted October 29th, 2014 by evandesampel

In Mr. V’s 5th grade Math Acceleration Group, the students have been working with the stock market. Students formed partnerships within our classroom and were provided $100,000 to work with and invest. This year long endeavor is competitive as our groups have joined an online competition working against students in grades 4-8 from all over. As we progress, students have learned a little bit about what stock is, how the market fluctuates as well as what mutual funds are at this point. Daily, students are able to check in their portfolios and make decisions based on real time stock quotes. It is always entertaining to witness the students react to the UPS and DOWNS of the stock market. Thankfully, we’re not dealing with real money. But hopefully, this unit and the lessons we work through will set them up for a mathematical application that can follow them into the real world.

 

Each team's current equity and ranking...out of 455 teams!

Each team’s current equity and ranking…out of 455 teams!

Tonight – It’s time again!

Posted October 24th, 2014 by evandesampel

PTA’s Annual Halloween Bash coming up on Friday, October 24th. This fun filled evening will include Trick or treating with the teachers & staff, DJ & Dance Contest, Carnival Games and Food for sale! The Halloween Bash on Friday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. and will end at
8:00p.m.  Students may wear the Halloween costumes to this fun PTA event. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Students will not be allowed into the school for the Halloween Bash if they are unaccompanied by an adult. Fall Classroom Parties are also coming up on October 31st! A BIG THANKS to everyone who has submitted Classroom Party Money ($7 per student). Fall Party Volunteers have been contacted – THANK YOU for your help, we couldn’t do it without you!

Senate Bill 16 – It will affect you.

Posted October 20th, 2014 by evandesampel
A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.
The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.
When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.
  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights.
  • I would also like to thank our PTA for the information it shared about Senate Bill 16 at its general meeting on October 14th

Districts 54, 211 and 15 to host Senate Bill 16 Forum on Oct. 30

Posted October 20th, 2014 by evandesampel

Posted by Terri McHugh on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Parents, community members, staff and legislators are invited to attend a public forum hosted by Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54, High School District 211 and Community Consolidated School District 15 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at Schaumburg High School, 1100 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

The purpose of the evening will be to share information about Senate Bill 16.

Senate Bill 16 dramatically reduces state funding to our three school districts by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities for a total estimated loss of $31.5 million annually. District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually; District 15 would lose $11 million annually and District 211 would lose $8 million annually.

Senate Bill 16 has already passed the Senate and is expected to be discussed in the House when the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose about $1,000 per student.

We believe that every student deserves the same opportunities to succeed regardless of location or economic status. However, that should be accomplished by giving additional resources to districts in need, not by redistributing money from other school districts. The best solution is for the state to fully fund education and stop imposing unfunded mandates.

In addition, on Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. Click here for more information on that forum.

Literacy Acceleration…

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel

Getting a little more practice in prior to the real take!

 

In Mr. V’s fourth grade Literacy Acceleration block, the students had spent several days reading, blogging and analyzing a play script version of Lois Lowery’s The Giver. After a solid discussion and good understanding of the various themes presented in the text, the students worked on the creation of a script of their own – one in which they were to set up an interview scenario in which they are talking with Jonas about how life is different back in his Community, to what he’s experienced in our own community. After the groups worked on their script, got some rehearsal time in, they took on the roles of the various characters – including the cameraman – and recorded! We spent one period viewing the interviews and reflecting on the activity as well.

A practice run to get the feel of being on camera...

A practice run to get the feel of being on camera…

Math Acceleration in Action

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel
Ahmed sharing his data and asking questions about the different graphs.

Ahmed sharing his data and asking questions about the different graphs.

The fourth grade students in Mr. V’s math acceleration group conducted a self-created survey of their peers. As a part of the data collection process, the students had learned how to organize data in four different forms: Bar Graphs, Frequency Tables, Picture Graphs and Line Plots. Students then took their data, graphed accordingly, and created questions that could be asked based on their data results. Finally, they spent a day having a “Walk and Talk,” within the classroom as they shared their data and quizzed each other walking about learning about data, data collection, analyzing data as well as the findings of each survey.

 

Data, data, data...

Data, data, data…

PTA

Posted October 19th, 2014 by evandesampel

The latest PTA newsletter [Spanish version] is hot off the press and there is a lot of important information about upcoming events within the PTA newsletter [Spanish version].  Our PTA hosts a Halloween Bash, where children can enjoy trick-or-treating, dancing and some fun carnival games.  Please note that parents must attend the event with their children.  We are very fortunate that our PTA provides these wonderful events please consider becoming a member of the PTA.