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Order Gift Cards Through PTA SCRIPS Fundraiser

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PTA SCRIPS Order Form

If you are interested in purchasing gift cards through this PTA Fundraiser, please turn in the PTA SCRIPS Order Form by Wednesday, November 15th!

Please be sure to put all money and forms in an envelope when you send them to school with your child.  Write your child’s name, classroom number or teacher, and what the envelope is for (ex: PTA Scrips Order) on the outside of the envelope.  This will help ensure your form and payment stay together.  Thank you!

 

 

NIU STEMfest

Northern Illinois University is sponsoring a STEMfest on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Admission is free, and there will be interactive activities for curious minds of all ages.  Visit the website here for more information!

Donuts with Dads October 27th

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Donuts with Dads Flyer

On October 27th at 8:00 a.m., Armstrong’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) will be hosting Donuts with Dads.  This is an opportunity for dads, grandpas, uncles, or other significant males in our students’ lives to come and share breakfast with Armstrong’s students before school.  Come join us!

 

In light of the fact that this food is prepared off site, trace amounts of peanuts and other nuts may be present. If your child is allergic to nuts or other food substance(s), caution should be exercised

PLEASE NOTE: For the safety of the students at Armstrong, the school parking lot will be closed for Donuts with Dads. Please use on-street parking.

Please return the bottom portion of the Donuts with Dads Flyer to your child’s teacher or the office by Tuesday, October 24th.

 

Dine at Salata and Support the District 54 Education Foundation

Throughout the month of October, when you dine at Salata at 140 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg and “salute” the District 54 Education Foundation at checkout, 15 percent of your bill will be donated to the Foundation.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Foundation last month by dining at Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg and to everyone who attended the Schaumburg-Hoffman Lions Club and Schaumburg A.M. Rotary Club Foundation’s Trivia for a Cause event. We are so appreciative of the community partners who help us make a difference in the lives of District 54 students!

To learn more about the Foundation, visit their website.

Parent Portal and Report Cards

District 54 launched an online report card at the end of last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online by November 21, 2017. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address will receive an email during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you do not receive an email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office.  If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office.

October PBIS Celebration

Our October PBIS assembly was full of celebrations!  We recognized our Students of the Month, and all students were recognized for increasing their positive behavior on the bus.  To celebrate, students in grades K-2 had a dance party in the gym, students in grades 3 and 4 spent some time on the playground, and students in grades 5 and 6 celebrated with time to connect with their friends.  We are so proud of our students!  This month, we are focusing on reducing disruption in the classroom.  Each homeroom will talk about how to meet our goal by following the teacher’s directions the first time, listening to adults, including acceleration teachers, guest teachers, or lunch supervisors, and being respectful of classmates. We are looking forward to seeing our results in November!

A Tip from the PBIS Tier Two Team

If we give children the opportunity to learn how to behave without requiring adult intervention, we set them up to practice resilience, independence, and self-confidence.  Parents can pre-teach problem solving strategies, then help children self-regulate and calm themselves down, for example by taking a deep breath or walking away.  When an adult is present, children naturally rely on the adult to manage behavior.  Whenever possible, have children work out differences themselves with guidance from adults only as needed.  A simple question like “what do you think would help this situation?” gives the child the ownership to find a resolution.

Teaching your child self-control will have a lasting positive impact on their lives into adulthood.  Set consistent consequences for behaviors that demonstrate a lack of self-control.  For example, if your child takes a sibling’s toy when the sibling is playing with it, your child needs to return the toy.  Talk about how the sibling felt when the toy was taken.  This helps your child connect how their action made someone else feel.  Teach your child how to ask for the toy by modeling the words they should use and having them repeat it.  If this is repeated behavior, your child may then need to have a timeout. Timeouts should not be more than one minute for each year of your child’s age. For example, if your child is 5 years old, your child would have a five minute timeout.  Following the time-out, remind your child of what they need to do the next time they want a toy.  These are just a few examples of how to teach and support your child to develop self-control as they grow.

Schaumburg Parent University October Classes

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 two evening programs scheduled for October.

  • Back-to-School Power Moves. Former Illinois PTA President Matthew Rodriguez will provide tips for parents to help support learning at home. This presentation is for adults only, but free childcare is available. The program is from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 in the District 54 Board Room, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Presented in cooperation with the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs.
  • Escape Room: Family Math Night. Parents and children in kindergarten through sixth grade will use math and logical thinking to unlock clues and solve problems. This hands-on activity will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

Armstrong is on Twitter!

Armstrong teachers are sharing the learning happening every day on Twitter!  A few teachers you will find are Mr. Sun (@MrSunSmileys), Ms. Todd (@MsJennyTodd), Ms. Adamo (@MsAdamo54), Mrs. Paradise (@105paradise), Ms. Kerulis (@D54ArmstrongArt), Mrs. Mielke (@ArmLibrary54), Ms. Cooper (@Brecooper54), and Mrs. Lipman (@diana_lipman).  More teachers will be joining, so search the hashtag #d54armstrong to find our posts, and follow along for a glimpse into what makes Armstrong a GREAT school!

Armstrong Library Update

Each week, students get to check out a book from our library.  Students in Kindergarten are allowed to check out one book each week.  Students in first and second grade will be able to choose one book each week, but will then be able to check out two books beginning in January.  Students in third through sixth grade are allowed to check out two books each week.  Books are due back to the library one week after being checked out.  Students may renew books if they need more time to read them!  We DO NOT charge fines for overdue books. We DO expect students to return books and materials on time. There is a charge for replacement costs for lost or damaged books.  We are excited to see all of Armstrong’s students in the Armstrong Library each week!

Below are the days when each class’s books are due:

Mondays
Ms. Adamo, Ms. Turner, Mrs. Rysavy, Mrs. Moeller (IC), Mrs. Simms, Ms. Klimisch, and Mrs. King

Tuesdays
Mrs. Noonan, Mrs. Sarley, Ms. Christensen, and Ms. Whipple

Wednesdays
Mr. Sun, Mr. Blaszko, Mrs. Faso, and Mrs. Paradise

Thursdays
Ms. Reid, Ms. Todd, Mrs. Blakely, Ms. Moeller (1st Grade), and Ms. Harris

Fridays
Mr. Tribble, Ms. Balogh, Mrs. Rengers, Ms. Voy, and Mrs. Maciel

If you would like more information about Armstrong’s Library, please visit our website.