Valentine’s Day Reminder

Posted February 9th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

While we do not have Valentine’s Day classroom parties, students will have the opportunity to exchange Valentine’s Day cards during the day on Friday, February 12th.  If you choose to send valentines, we ask that you send one for every student in class.  Please do not send food items with your child.  Any food or candy will be returned home at the end of the day.

February: A Month of Kindness

Posted February 6th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

As we begin the month of February, our PBIS team has planned a month focused on kindness and gratitude.  One activity is the Armstrong SOARing Awards, where students can nominate each other for acts of kindness.  We read these nominations during morning announcements to recognize the small acts of kindness that make a big difference here at Armstrong.  This week we recognized students for helping a kindergartener find his bus, sharing a great idea during a turn and talk, helping a teacher stack chairs at the end of the day, and helping a classmate pick up materials that were spilled during a lesson.  Ask your child if he or she has nominated anyone else, or has been recognized for being a positive example for others!

Engineering Is Elementary in Room 104

Posted February 4th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

The students in Room 104 are hard at work learning about ocean engineers and how they use their knowledge of science, math, and creativity to design and test technologies that solve problems related to ocean environments.

Last week, these 1st and 2nd graders predicted and tested whether vials filled with various materials would sink or float in water. They observed how changes in mass and volume affect whether an object floats or sinks. Next, these students will be using the Engineering Design Process to design a submersible. Everyone is excited for this next step!


Quaver Music: There’s an App for That!

Posted February 2nd, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays
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Quaver’s QStudent App

Armstrong School again this year has the opportunity to use Quaver Music resources in music classes and at home.  In addition to accessing the site on your home computer, students can explore all kinds of music activities on mobile devices.  Search “QStudent” and download the free app.  All K-6 students at Armstrong have their own log in and the password for all students is music54armIf your child did not bring a letter home sometime this year or has forgotten their log in “name,” please contact Ms. Hays via e-mail and she will send it to you.


Craft Club News

Posted January 31st, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

Armstrong’s new Craft Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There was such a great response for this club, instructors Mrs. Noonan and Ms. Turner had to open two more sessions!  The club is for 1st and 2nd graders with the current session running until mid-February.  Session Two begins February 23rd and there are few spots still available for Session Three which will begin after Spring Break.  For additional information you can contact Mrs. Noonan.

Here’s an example of a recent project:CraftClub_owls


District 211 – Join the Discussion

Posted January 29th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

Residents of Township High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas about the future of District 211 schools at upcoming monthly Community Engagement meetings from February through May. The information gathered will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the District. There will be two meetings each month, both on the same topic, to make it convenient for people to attend.  The first two meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 1 at Fremd High School, and February 2 at Schaumburg High School. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings, is available online at

Schaumburg Parent University Classes

Posted January 26th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

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 three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

Adult ESL classes in District 54

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

This winter, Adult ESL classes for District 54 parents will be held on Monday nights at Churchill School beginning January 25th and at the District Professional Learning Center beginning on February 29, 2016. For more information and to register, visit the Department of Language and Culture on the District 54 website It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to practice their English skills, meet other parents in the community and learn about the culture in US schools.
Este invierno, las clases de inglés como segundo idioma se realizarán el lunes por la noche en la escuela  Churchill a partir del 25 de enero y en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito (PLC) el 29 de febrero de 2016. Para más información y para registrarse, visite el sitio web del Departamento de Lenguaje y Cultura del Distrito 54.  Es una estupenda oportunidad para que los padres practicaran sus habilidades de ingles,

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 23rd, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

Beginning January 11, teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.  All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Thank you to the parents who completed the survey at home or during conferences last week.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. We are hoping to meet the target this year at Armstrong.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at one of our local libraries. We can make one available at an alternate time as well. Just call the office at 847-357-6700 if you are interested in taking the survey here.

To take the parent survey, please visit between January 11 and March 11, 2016. When searching for our school name, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under N for Neil Armstrong Elementary School, not A for Armstrong).  Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.  Please read the attached Parent Survey letter 1-16.pdf for more information.

Friday Night! Movie Night!!!

Posted January 21st, 2016 by Judy Meyer Hays

Come watch “The Wizard of Oz” in our Armstrong gym Friday, January 22nd and enjoy popcorn and ice cream, all free, compliments of the Armstrong PTA.

Doors open at 6:30, the movie runs from 7 to 9 p.m.  Children must be accompanied by a parent.