5th & 6th Band Performance at Eisenhower Tuesday

Posted March 1st, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

The 5th and 6th Grade Eisenhower after school bands will perform a concert in the Eisenhower gym on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 PM. Also on the program will be the District 54 Jazz Band. Students should dress nicely, arrive by no later than 6:45 PM, and report to their seats in the gym. Students need to bring their instrument, music, and their music stand.

There will be a special combined after school rehearsal for both 5th and 6th grade bands on Tuesday, March 3 to prepare for the concert that evening. The rehearsal will be from 3:30-4:15 PM. Students do not need to dress nicely for the rehearsal.

6th Grade after school band will not rehearse on Thursday, March 5 due to the March 3 rehearsal but will meet on March 12 and 19.

A letter with Eisenhower 5th and 6th Grade Band Important Dates was given to after school band students (click on the link to download).

Have you completed our survey?

Posted March 1st, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent 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.

If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.  If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

To take the parent survey, please visit between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.

Apply now for a summer camp scholarship!

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Although there’s snow on the ground, it’s time to start thinking about applying for a STC Elementary Scholarship.  Applications are due to the school office, in a sealed envelope, by Monday, March 30th.   You’ll find additional information HERE.

Congratulations to Our Reflections Winner!

Posted February 20th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Armstrong 5th grade student Reagan Guthrie was recently recognized for advancing to the state level for Reflections, a PTA writing and fine arts competition. The theme of the 2014-15 Reflections Program this year was “The World Would Be a Better Place If.” District 54 students were able to submit an entry in any of the following six arts areas: Film/video production, dance/choreography, literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts.

There will be a reception honoring the Reagan and other  Reflections students from PTA District 37 (which includes School District 54) whose entries advanced to the state level on March 3, at Virginia Lake School, in Palatine.

Reagan’s entry was choreography for the song “Wake Up World.”

SPU presents “The Ins and Outs of IEPs”

Posted February 19th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

You’ll find additional information about this THURSDAY, February 26th event HERE or online at

School closed Thursday, February 19

Posted February 18th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

All District 54 schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory until noon Thursday, which calls for wind chill values as low as -26.

Our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather. Thank you for your understanding and support.

All after-school and evening activities at schools on Feb. 19 are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 will be held.

The District 54 Choral Festival scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, will still occur. The event is located at Frost Junior High School.

Child Care

The Hoffman Estates Park District, Schaumburg Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. For more information, visit the websites below.

  • The Campanelli YMCA will offer a drop-in program for any child in kindergarten through sixth grade at its facility at 300 W. Wise Road in Schaumburg. The cost is $38 per child. Children will be engaged in active games and activities throughout the day and will have the opportunity to use the gym and the pool.  Please send your child with a lunch and a drink.  Register at drop off or reserve your spot today.  Visit for more information.
  • The Schaumburg Park District will offer care at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road. The program is available only to children currently registered in the KASPER or Kapers program and is offered from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children will enjoy crafts, games, gym activities, swimming and an afternoon snack. Please send a labeled swim suit, towel and sack lunch (reminder, we are peanut free). The cost is $38/child.  Fees will be collected at the time of sign in at the CRC. Visit www.parkfun.comfor more information.
  • The Hoffman Estates Park District will offer child care for students in kindergarten through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Students will take a field trip to Poplar Creek Bowl. The cost is $38 per child. Registration is available online using code #156415 (click here) or at the Triphahn Center Ice Arena service desk in the morning. You MUST show proof of registration if you registered online. Breakfast will not be served and children must bring a sack lunch and drink. Please contact Jessica at with any questions. Open to residents and non-residents.

Another Dinner Night Out this Wednesday

Posted February 15th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Every third Wednesday of the month, the Armstrong PTA sponsors a fundraiser at Garibaldi’s in Hoffman Estates.  Between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. 20% of the cost any food ordered with our flier will come right back to our school.  Consider changing your routine on Wednesday this week!

PTA Winter Dance This Friday

Posted February 15th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Mark your calendar for Friday, February 20th from 6-9 pm, and join us for dancing, fun, and a photo booth!  Please note that  this is not a drop-off event, so all students must have a parent or guardian present.  Click HERE  for more information. 



February Tips from Tier 2

Posted February 11th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

The Armstrong PBIS Tier 2 Team is excited to bring the Armstrong Community tips each month to help all our students be successful.
Here are our February Tips!

1. Homework is not finished until it is in the folder and the backpack has been checked and packed for the next day.
2. Reward the effort of homework and not what is right or wrong.
3. Write a note to the teacher if there was a problem or assignment your student struggled with.

Kindergarten Registration This Week

Posted February 10th, 2015 by Judy Meyer Hays

Kindergarten registration will be held at Armstrong on Thursday, February 12th from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1:00-2:30p.m., and 6:00-8:00p.m. If you have neighbors with kindergartners who may not be aware that registration is coming up soon, please let them know!  We will also hold an informational meeting on February 18 at 6:00p.m. for the families of incoming kindergartners.