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!
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.