A Note About PBIS

Posted November 25th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

An important piece of PBIS is the positive feedback a student receives each day.  At school, some of the ways we recognize positive student behavior is the stamp card, our PBIS School Store, prize drawings, and Student of the Month recognition.  At home, think about how you recognize the choices your child makes.  The goal is for a ratio of 5 positive remarks to every negative.  Even a simple comment like “I really appreciate how you picked up your room” can make a difference!

Report Cards Home Today

Posted November 24th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

November 13th, marked the end of the first trimester.  Tuesday, November 24th, your child’s first trimester report card will be sent home.  Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.  Our students have been hard at work since the very first day of school and we are proud of how well they have been doing. Let’s congratulate them for their efforts as they continue to strive for improvement as we move into the second trimester.

6th Grade Chorus performs at Wolves game

Posted November 22nd, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

On Sunday, November 22, Armstrong’s 6th Grade Chorus performed along with other suburban school elementary choruses at the Allstate Arena for a Wolves hockey game.  41 of our students participated and this weekend field trip also included 41 additional family members.  The performance can be viewed on Armstrong School’s Facebook page.  Thank you to Mrs. Dudlicek for her media assistance!

Lockdown Drill a Success

Posted November 21st, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Friday morning, the Hoffman Estates Police Department came to our school to conduct a hard lockdown drill with our students. In a hard lockdown, students are brought into their classroom, doors are locked and students are grouped on the floor in a safe area of the classroom away from doors and windows. No one is allowed to open classroom doors until a school administrator or emergency responder says it’s OK.  We are happy to report that our staff and students did an excellent job following directions and acting quickly. We appreciate the support of the Hoffman Estates Police to help us to prepare for emergencies.

1000 BOOKS!

Posted November 20th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

The School District 54 Board of Education recognizes classrooms with 1,000 books for students.  Last week, Board of Education member Teresa Huber visited Armstrong to recognize Mrs. Holzman for reaching this milestone.  Mrs. Holzman joins a group of Armstrong teachers with 1,000 books, including Mrs. Alibhai, Mr. Blaszko, Mrs. Conway-McQuade, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Rai, Mrs. Simms, Mrs. Sliwinski, and Mr. Tribble.  Congratulations to these awesome educators for their dedication to putting books in the hands of our students!


Paperback Book Exchange FRIDAY

Posted November 19th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

This Friday is our last PTA Paperback Book Exchange before winter break! Please remind your children to bring in their own used books to make trades.  The book exchange will be set up in the upstairs hallway near the FUSE lab.

PTA does not accept Armstrong or public library books or teacher/classroom books BUT they are taking non-perishable food donations in exchange for books. These items will be taken to the Keller Food Pantry at Keller Junior High School.  In addition, children who do not have books to trade can read aloud the first page of any book and then take it home!

A HUGE thank you to our Armstrong PTA for providing this awesome opportunity for our students.

Please note, there will not be a Paperback Book Exchange in December or January.  It will return in February, 2016.

Winter Weather and School Closings

Posted November 18th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, You will find a letter HERE  from Superintendent Andy DuRoss regarding District 54’s Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open. We want students in school learning. However circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Our biggest concern in making a decision to close is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car). To help parents District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold.

If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit for instructions.

GEMS Club Reports and Awesome Field Trip!

Posted November 14th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays
Last week the Armstrong GEMS Club took a field trip to Roosevelt University, Schaumburg Campus, and visited the science lab. Here the girls worked on a few experiments with staff members of the Science Dept. Girls used microscopes to identify different body part cells (skin, muscle, bone, and  blood). We also viewed a leukemia blood cell and an onion cell.
Skeleton models of the eye, hip/leg, skull, brain, lungs & heart had pull apart pieces which became the puzzle task for  the girls. Observing an experiment where DNA was being separated in the chemistry lab by a graduate class was awesome, as well as the dissected pig model in the biology lab.
GEMS is a club to promote careers in engineering, math and science.  and we are confident that we have accomplished this goal for many of our girls this year!

Bilingual Parent Advisory Council

Posted November 13th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Please join us for the upcoming Bilingual Parent Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center. Matthew Rodriguez, the President of Illinois PTA and a bilingual parent himself, and Susan Budak, the President of the Schaumburg Council of PTAs will speak about the mission of PTA and the importance of parent involvement in the schools. Please click here for more information. Childcare is available.  
Únase a nosotros para una presentación especial con el presidente de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros
Matthew Rodriguez y la Sra. Susan Budak, Presidente del Consejo de la PTA de la comunidad de Schaumburg para aprender más sobre la PTA, sus metas, organización y como involucrarse en su escuela local. ¡Todos los padres del Distrito 54 son Bienvenidos!

News from the Nurse

Posted November 11th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

While head lice are not a health, hygiene or safety concern, we realize it may be a nuisance. We would like to encourage parents to periodically check their children’s hair and heads. Should you suspect or find that your child has head lice or you have any concerns, the school nurse is available to answer any questions regarding District 54’s lice management protocol and review recommended treatment options. Mrs. Rogers can be contacted at 847-357-6735.