Winter Break? Think Science Fair!

Posted December 17th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Armstrong’s PTA will be hosting their first Science Fair on March 31st. Winter break could provide the perfect opportunity to go over the Science Fair packet and begin thinking about an experiment. All registration forms are due on January 9th. If your child hasn’t picked up a packet yet, he or she can  stop by the front office or you can download it HERE.

December PBIS News

Posted December 16th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Our PBIS cool tool focus this month has been to make positive choices, even during unstructured times of the school day.  With the holiday break approaching quickly, there will be more free time for children at home.  You can encourage your child to make good choices at school and home!   We remind our students to think before they act with these questions:

  • Am I making a choice that is safe for me and others?
  • Is my choice responsible?
  • Is my choice respectful? Will it make my parents proud? Will it help my family, friends, etc.?

Armstrong School students and staff also focused on how each and every child can make a difference.  We encouraged all of our students to make positive choices to ensure that their difference was a positive one!  HERE is a blank copy of the home matrix as well as a sample home matrix. This would be a great time to revisit expectations at home and positively reinforce good choices.  Some ideas for positive reinforcement at home are:

  • Sticker charts/ Home stamp card to redeem for a prize when filled
  • Pleasurable activity
  • Extra screen time
  • Tangible item
  • Compliments

As always, the Armstrong PBIS team appreciates your support through the year. Our communication and teamwork is sure to help your child develop respectful, responsible and safe habits at home and in school.

Dinner Night Out on Wednesday

Posted December 15th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Our wonderful Armstrong PTA would like to remind all families that once again on this third Wednesday of the month, they’ll be hosting a fundraiser at our local Garibaldi’s.  20% of proceeds will go to support all of the great programs offered by our PTA.  Let’s help them out!  Don’t forget your official flier.

School Traffic Reminder

Posted December 14th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

We appreciate the help of our staff and community in keeping our students safe.  It is important for students to use the crosswalks on Kingsdale.  Please let our crossing guard assist our children in crossing the street.  It is not safe for them to cross anywhere else even if accompanied by a parent.

Also for our students’ safety, please avoid making U-Turns on Kingsdale.

Nacho Day on Monday

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Our final “Nacho Day” before winter break will be on December 15th.  Students can bring in $2.00 for a special lunch.

Student-Led Conferences Are Coming

Posted December 10th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

During the student-led conferences on January 15th and 16th, your son/daughter will share his/her winter MAP scores, reading goal, and mathematics goal. There will be multiple conferences occurring at the same time and in the same location with your child serving as the facilitator. Information will be going home on December 12th to be returned by December 19th.

Another School Wide Celebration in December!

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Congratulations to our Armstrong students for once again earning a school-wide celebration by keeping our PBIS referrals to under 80 for the month of November.   This makes THREE months in a row for this school year!  This past week we’ve talked about how each individual can make a positive difference and there’s no question that this was the case for this month as we came dangerously close to 80!

Our celebration this month will be “Classroom Choice” to be celebrated on Friday, December 19th.  Students are encouraged to continue to follow the “3B’s”  Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe so that we can continue as a community to make Armstrong School the best it can be where our behaviors enhance and support our learning.

1st/2nd Tickets for December 16th

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

For the first time, an Armstrong School evening music performance will require a ticket to attend.  The tickets are FREE but must have been requested prior to Thanksgiving.  Each 1st and 2nd grader involved in our “Celebrate Tchaikovsky” performance on Tuesday, December 16th will be bringing home their tickets TODAY.  Parents–please check your child’s backpack!  If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hays, music teacher, via e-mail ( or phone (847-357-2177).

Hour of Code This Week!

Posted December 8th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.  This week join people around the world from ages 4 to 104 and try it out!

Click HERE or HERE for a variety of fun activities to spend an hour coding.

For additional information about the movement click HERE.


Schaumburg Parent University Presents…

Posted December 6th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

On December 10th, District 54 will sponsor “Youth Suicide–A Community Conversation About Awareness and Prevention.”  This program is free and childcare is available.   You’ll find additional information HERE.