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!

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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.

Book Fair This Week

Posted October 7th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

The first PTA Scholastic Book Fair of the school year will be Thursday, October 9th from 12:00-7:30pm.  All proceeds from this book fair fund the PTA Academic Enrichment and Birthday Books programs. Come volunteer or buy books and support this worthy fundraiser that directly benefits Armstrong kids!  For more information on volunteering, please contact Patty Bonilla, Book Fair Chairperson, at (630) 639-1177.

Picture Retakes MONDAY

Posted October 4th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

Picture retake day will be on Monday, October 6th. Students who previously had their pictures taken are bringing their pictures home with them today.  Students who would like to retake their picture should bring the packet back with them on Monday and have their picture retaken.

LEGO Robotics is Here!

Posted October 1st, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

This year, Armstrong’s 3rd and 4th graders are involved in a science curriculum featuring open-ended problem-solving activities that connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through real-life robotics.  This project features three main sections with a total of 15 different projects.

In Make It Move students are challenged to design, build and program robots that move using motors with rotation sensors.  Students will apply mathematics and science knowledge to create robots that measure distance and speed, move without using wheels, maximize power to move up an incline, and move and turn to create regular polygons. Students will also apply their knowledge of simple and complex machines and use rations to describe proportional relationships.

Make It Smarter challenges students to add sensors to their robots to control behavior and to measure, graph and analyze sensor data.  Classes will develop robots that use sensors to measure ambient and reflected light, distinguish specific colors, measure distance from an object, recognize a touch-sensor state, and measure angular displacement or rate of change.

The Make a System project allows students to design, build, and program robotics systems built from subsystems.  Students will develop systems that move a ball, pick up and place objects, simulate manufacturing, sort colors, and communicate their location.  Students test their system, gather data, and use that evidence to engineer system optimizations and improvements.

The LEGO Robotics program is designed to help students develop the 21st-century, creative-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills required for success in school and beyond.  For additional information visit

Engineering at 1st and 2nd grade?

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Judy Meyer Hays

YES!  Here at Armstrong School our 1st and 2nd graders are involved in a science-based program called Engineering is Elementary (or EIE).  This is a rigorously researched, classroom-tested curriculum that increases students’ interest in and confidence about engineering.  EIE is designed to encourage all children to envision themselves as potential engineers.  The 20 EIE units present fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge in meaningful ways.  Each unit is introduced by a storybook about a child who solves a problem through engineering.  Set in locations around the world, the storybooks integrate literacy and social studies–and provide context and meaning for the hands-on activities that follow.  For additional information about our Engineering is Elementary program please visit