Wednesday, September 17th, marks Armstrong PTA’s first Dinner Night Out this year. It will be at Garibaldi’s in Hoffman Estates. Our PTA earns 20 percent of our school’s total food receipts. Bring along this flier in order to participate. Every third Wednesday of the month throughout the school year, we’ll be back at Garibaldi’s. Hope to see you there!
District 54 is a great place for PARENTS to learn too! Consider these September opportunities:
STEM Family Fun Night on Tuesday, September 16 additional info
“Erin’s Law” on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 additional info
Please remember the following safety tips during arrival and dismissal times:
- The parking lot will be closed from 8:20-8:40am and 2:55-3:10pm.
- Remember to only cross the street at the crosswalk where we have a crossing guard.
- Avoid pulling into driveways and backing out, as well as 3-point turns.
- Be respectful of our neighbors by not blocking driveways.
- Use the sidewalk to walk around the school; please do not cut through the parking lot or grass.
- Refrain from using your cell phone when driving in a school zone.
Thank you in advance for helping to keep our children safe!
MAP testing will begin on Monday, September 8th and will continue until Friday, September 19th. Please be sure your children get a good night’s rest and encourage them to show what they know. Our teachers use these assessments to determine their students’ progress to date and plan for instruction to meet your child’s specific needs.
Please be reminded that it is very important that ALL students AND parents cross Kingsdale Road near the intersection where our crossing guard is located. You and your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us.
Also, for the safety of our students NO vehicles are allowed IN or OUT of our parking lot from 8:20 am-8:40 am and again from 2:55 pm-3:10 pm. Wednesday afternoons the time is 2:25 pm-2:40 pm.
Finally, school doors are locked at all times. Please ring the front doorbell to gain entrance and always stop at the office before going to any other part of our building.
Acting Principal: Kelly Dvoracek
Acting Assistant Principal: Amy Ancona
Secretaries: Maria Sagastume & Kim Ward
Nurse: Sue Rogers
Kindergarten: Rose Maciel & Suzy Blakely
1st/2nd Multigrade: Guen Sliwinski, Gretchen Paradise, Colleen Conway, Jenny Todd, Lorinda Simms & Mary VanMoffaert
3rd/4th Multigrade: Derrick Sun, Madeline Schwichtenberg, Mack Tribble, Tara Kuemichel & Heather Walz
5th/6th Multigrade: Cindy Garand, John Blaszko, Kelly Astrahan, Deb Faso, Brenda Rengers, Jan Sarley & Tina Mielke
Art: Virginia Cavallini
Music: Judy Hays, Sean Sroka (band) & Amanda Martin (orchestra)
PE: Chris Parks
Bilingual Resource: Naseem Alibhai, Deepa Rai & Yolanda Kocemba
Learning Resource: Carmel Cottrell & Nancy Newman
Gifted Resource & Enrichment Coach: Shannon Miller
Psychologist: Laura Kopstain
Social Worker: Margaret Smith
Speech: Xochitl Stankiewicz
SSTs: Karen Mueller & Kallie Dalton
Literacy Coaches: Sara Maduzia, Kate Karasek & Laurie McSweeny
Special Education Assistants: Jeannette Boehmer, Brittany Boyd, Lynne Feagan, Kelly Holt & Donna McSweeny
Custodians: Dan Christopher, Antonio Diaz & Kevin Christopher
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 26th for students in grades 1 through 6. This will be a FULL DAY of school. Kindergarten students’ first day will be Tuesday, September 2nd.
When students arrive on the first day of school, they will line up outside on the blacktop with their classroom teacher. Staff members will be outside to assist the students. If your child has difficulty finding his/her teacher, a staff member with a balloon can direct them to the correct location. In case of rain, students should enter through the front doors. Teachers will be inside the school standing outside of their classrooms, and staff members will assist students in finding the correct classroom.
After the first day of school, all students will enter the building through the front doors. In order to ensure the safety of our students, the parking lot will be closed from 8:20–8:40 a.m. and again during dismissal between 2:55–3:05 p.m. Children should not arrive at school any earlier than 8:25 a.m. because there will be no adult supervision until that time. It is also extremely important to notify the school office as well as your child’s teacher of permanent daycare arrangements. This information must be put in writing by the first day of school, and must be updated if your childcare arrangements change throughout the school year. We want to make sure that we have a clear understanding of where our students are going at the end of the day to help ensure their safety.
We know this year will be filled with success and celebrations, and we look forward to seeing you often throughout the year. We are looking forward to another successful school year with your child!
Please mark your calendars for Monday, August 25th. Our school will be open from 5:30-7:30 to kick off the new school year! This is an exciting evening because parents and children will get to meet their new teacher, drop off supplies, and hear about the curriculum and grade level expectations for the upcoming year.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
5:30 – 5:45 Welcome and Introductions (gym)
5:45 – 6:00 STEM Presentation (gym)
6:00 – 6:15 Fine Arts & PE Enrichment Presentation (gym)
6:20 – 6:50 Session 1: Classroom Presentations
7:00 – 7:30 Session 2: Classroom Presentations
During Classroom Presentations families will have the opportunity to listen to teacher presentations regarding curriculum and behavior expectations. This is a great time for you and your child to meet the teacher and hear about the exciting learning opportunities for this upcoming school year. Both sessions will be the same presentation to accommodate families with more than one child. Please be sure to visit our Art Room, Music Room, and Gym for an overview of the Fine Arts and PE curriculum during either of the classroom presentation sessions. All children MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend this event.
Please note, Armstrong’s PTA will not be sending home packets this year. Please visit the PTA table at School Information Day or Back to School Night for information on Hot Lunch, Pizza Days, Snack Days, membership, volunteer sign-up, and watch for our new PTA informational website coming soon!
Visit Armstrong School this Thursday from 9:00-12:00am or 6:00-8:00pm.
Choose a time that is best for you in order to…
* Pick up a Welcome Back letter from your child’s 2014-15 teacher
* Sign up for parent-teacher conferences
* Complete registration and update student information
* Turn in physical (K and 6th only) and medical forms
* Sign up for PTA and to be a Room Rep
* Pre-Order Milk, Hot Lunch, and Snack Day foods
Our school secretaries will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 12th. Please feel free to call us at 847-357-6700 if you have any questions.
We’re looking forward to a brand new and exciting school year!
We look forward to seeing you again in August. Here are some important dates to mark on your calendars:
8/14 School Information Day – 9am-noon, 6-8pm
8/25 Back to School Night
8/26 First Day of School for Grades 1-6
9/1 No School – Labor Day
9/2 First Day of School for Kindergarten students