And the winners are…

Posted October 31st, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays








A Message from Mrs. Dvoracek

Posted October 29th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Dear Armstrong Community,

This past week our school practiced a Hard Lock Down Drill under the guidance of the Hoffman Estates Police Department.  This is the drill that students and staff would use if there ever was a safety risk in the school.  Our students and staff did a terrific job!  This drill was an unannounced drill so that we could test our systems and evaluate how we respond.  Officer Turman and Sergeant Crimmins were impressed with our students and how well they did during the drill.

We will be talking as a staff about the drill while looking to identify additional ways to keep everyone safe.  We obviously hope never to need to use these procedures, but it helps all involved to know that they have the skills needed to respond if an emergency should arise.

 Kelly Dvoracek
Interim Principal

Armstrong Clubs Abound!

Posted October 27th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Students at Armstrong have the good fortune of many lunch time club opportunities.  Here’s what’s going on!


1/2 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
3/4 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
3/4 Art Club with Mrs. Cavallini
5/6 Battle of the Books with Mrs. Miller
Garden Club with Ms. Walz (in the Spring)


3/4 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
5th Grade Advanced Art with Mrs. Cavallini
6th Grade Chorus with Ms. Hays
SOS (Service Over Self ) with Mrs. Kopstain


1/2 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
3/4 & 5/6 Math Club with Mr. Sun & Mr. Tribble
5/6 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
Rocketry Club with Mrs. Miller


3/4 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
3/4 Battle of the Books with Mrs. Schwichtenberg & Mrs. Kopstain
5/6 Music Ensemble with Ms. Hays
6th Grade Advanced Art with Mrs. Cavallini


1/2 Sports Club with Mr. Parks
1/2 Battle of the Books with Mrs. Kocemba & Mrs. Newman
3/4 Art Club with Mrs. Cavallini
5/6 Sports Club with Mr. Parks

In addition Reading Club is available each day during lunch AND we have the following after school options as well:

6th Grade Chorus meets on Mondays
5/6 Coding Club meets on Tuesdays
Kindergarten Fine Arts Enrichment meets on Wednesdays
Girls on the Run for 3rd-5th graders will meet on Mondays & Thursdays in the Spring
Talent Show rehearsals will be held after Winter Break on Mondays & Thursdays

Important Halloween Information

Posted October 24th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Halloween2014Armstrong’s Halloween celebration will take place on the afternoon of Friday, October 31st.  Students in grades 1-6 must bring their costumes to school on Friday.  Please make certain that they are able to change into costumes by themselves within a reasonably short time.  If there is a need to change privately, we will provide 20 minutes at designated locations. Students in grades 1-6 should put make-up and hair spray on at home. They may NOT bring those items to school.  Kindergartners should come to school already dressed in their costumes.

We will have a costume parade that begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.  If weather permits, we will parade the students around the outside of the building and around the block.  Parents are welcome to watch outside from the designated area in the front of the school.  All students and teachers will march through and/or around the school and around the block, and back to their classrooms.  In case of inclement weather, parents are invited to watch the parade in the gym after 1:00 p.m. Kindergarten AM classes will have their parade and PTA parties in the morning.

As you plan your child’s costume, we want to inform you of some necessary considerations for this year.  The District 54 School Board has a policy that prohibits weapons at school.  “Look alikes” of any weapon are prohibited.  With our societal concern about violence in schools, we ask that you be especially thoughtful in creating costumes.  Roller blades and scooters are not allowed as part of a costume.  As part of our continued awareness of unhealthy media influences on our youth we also are not permitting costumes that show gratuitous blood and guts.  Dracula is okay but costumes that depict victims of violence are not.

A party arranged by the PTA Room Parents will take place following the parade in their classrooms.  These parties will be CLOSED, meaning they will only include Room Parents, students, and staff members.  Dismissal on Friday will be at the regular time (3:00 p.m.) and students will not be expected to change clothes prior to their departure.

Thank you in advance for your careful attention to this year’s Halloween celebration information.  We are looking forward to some great safe fun on Friday!

Students Vote for Favorite Pumpkin!

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Our library  is currently displaying the creative talents of the Armstrong staff.  During library time this week, each student will have the opportunity to vote for the pumpkin they like best.   You can check them out at home by clicking on each of the numbers below.  Stay tuned for the results which will be announced on Halloween!

1         2         3         4         5         6         7                 9         10         11

Emergency Drills

Posted October 16th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

We will  participate in a variety of different emergency drills throughout the year including Shelter in Place Drills (Tornado drill), Fire drills, and Lockdown drills. These drills are designed to familiarize students with what they should do in the event of an emergency. These drills will be held during the school day and will usually be unannounced.  A letter was sent home earlier this year with additional details.

Superintendent’s Article on Senate Bill 16 – District 54 would lose $12.5 million

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Dinner at Garibaldi’s this week?

Posted October 13th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

It’s that time of the month–time to support our Armstrong PTA by taking your family to Garibaldi’s in Hoffman Estates for dinner.  The third Wednesday of each month, 20% of all food purchased using our official flier will go to our PTA.  Please help us out!

Donuts with Dads is October 14

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

The Armstrong PTA is busy planning for the Donuts with Dads event on Wednesday, October 14th from 8:00-8:35am in the gym.  We would like to invite all students and their dads, grandpas, uncles, or other significant males in your family to join us for breakfast.  After refreshments, please feel free to accompany students to their classrooms before school begins at 8:40am. 

Family Activities During Conferences

Posted October 8th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

In addition to our Book Fair in the gym and the FUSE Lab Open House, there are a few other family activities to visit during conferences.  In the ART Room, Mrs. Cavallini will be offering a “Make & Take” paper puppets activity.  Visit the MUSIC Room where Ms. Hays will be showcasing 5th/6th grade “Painting Performances,”  3rd/4th grade “Poetry Performances,” and 1st/2nd grade children’s book activities.  Stop by the GYM where Mr. Parks will have a miniature golf course set up.