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Run to Read September 22nd

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you requested if you register by Friday, August 30, 2019. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit


Remember to call our attendance line at 847-357-6702 by 9:00 a.m. each day your student will be absent.  Be sure to include your child’s name, teacher, classroom number, and reason for the absence.  Students who are not called in absent will be marked as unexcused.  Please make every effort to schedule vacations and medical appointments around the school calendar.

Pizza Friday Permission Forms

Every Friday, students can choose to purchase pizza for $3 per slice during lunch.  This is cash-and-carry, so payment does not need to be sent ahead of time.  Before a student can purchase pizza, we need a parent permission form on file for the 2019-20 school year.  This form was sent home with students on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.  A printable version of this permission form is also available.  Please be sure to return this form by Thursday, August 22, 2019 if you would like your child to purchase pizza this week.  Kindergarten students should return the permission form by Friday, August 30, 2019.  Our first Pizza Friday will be this Friday, August 23, 2019 for all students who have returned the permission form.

Order Hot Lunch and Snack Day!

Armstrong PTA (Parent Teacher Association) will be offering an optional Snack Day and Hot Lunch through a pre-pay program. We are collecting order payments for the months of October 2019 through May 2020.

If you are interested in ordering, please complete the Snack Day Order Form and/or the Hot Lunch Order Form that were handed out to students and parents.

Snack Day orders must be received by Thursday, September 19, 2019 to ensure your child will receive a Snack for October.  Hot Lunch Orders must be received by Friday, September 20, 2019 to ensure your child will receive a Hot Lunch for October.

You may purchase for one month, two months, or as many as you like!  Please remember to send a lunch with your child on snack days as these are only treats and should not be considered a lunch.  No drink will be included, so please send one with your child as you normally do.  Please remember to mark all selections on the forms, including choice of toppings and flavors on a snack or sides with lunch. If no choice is made, your child will receive the first option.  There will be no refunds or substitutions.   Our hot lunch program does offer peanut free choices.  However, we cannot guarantee everything will be soy free.  If your child is absent on a Snack Day or Hot Lunch Day, you may pick it up in the office at Armstrong at 11:30 a.m.

Please calculate the total on the order form and return it with the exact amount of the payment due in an envelope labeled, “Snack Day” or “Hot Lunch”, with your child’s name, room number, teacher’s name, phone number and parent signature. Over payments will be considered a donation to the PTA. Checks or money orders made out to Armstrong PTA are strongly preferred. No cash accepted.

You will receive a confirmation on your order indicating the food order and dates you have selected.

Thank you in advance for supporting the Armstrong PTA!  If you have any questions, please contact Robyn Reich at rmr341@

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Students may enter through the front doors of the school starting at 8:25am. There is no adult supervision before this time, so students should not be dropped off earlier than 8:25am.  If you will be picking up your child after school, the best pickup location is near the flagpole in front of the school.  Please contact our office if your child(ren) will attend daycare after school.  If the plans for your child’s transportation needs to be altered at any time, parents must contact the office directly. For example, if a child takes the bus, he/she will be expected to take the bus unless we receive a phone call to the office stating otherwise.  We want to ensure the safety of all our Armstrong students!

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 2:55–3:10 p.m.

School, Lunch, and Office Hours

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Office Hours

The Armstrong office is open from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. each weekday.

School Hours

School hours are 8:40 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 8:25 a.m. Students will be dismissed 30 minutes early at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, beginning on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Please remember that our parking lot is closed from 8:20 a.m. through 8:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. through 3:10 p.m. for the safety of our students.

Lunch Hours

Be sure to send your child to school with a lunch each day.  It helps the office greatly when student come to school with their lunch already packed.

First lunch (grades 1 and 2) is from  11:15 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

Second lunch (kindergarten) is from 11:45 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Third lunch (grades 3, 4, 5, and 6) is from  12:00 p.m. through 12:45 p.m.

Reminder to Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners, Sixth Graders, and Students new to District 54

Please return the Certificate of Child Health Examination (physical examination form) completed by your child’s doctor to our school office.  The form must include documentation of required vaccines, a completed health history section with parent signature as well as the physician’s signature.  We ask that all medical forms be turned in to our school office by the first day of school.  You are welcome to fax the form to our office at 847-357-6701 or email our school nurse at

Welcome Armstrong Kindergarteners!

We cannot wait to welcome our Kindergarteners to Armstrong School! Many great experiences lie ahead in making new friends, learning new skills, and developing a love for school!  The first day of school for kindergarten students is Monday, August 26, 2019.

On Monday, August 26, 2019, kindergarten teachers will be waiting outside the front doors with a sign, and students will line up outside the school. At approximately 8:35 a.m., students will enter the front doors as Armstrong students for the first time!  We invite parents to line the front walkway to cheer for our kindergarten students on their first day.  It is sure to be an incredible start to the day!

Our kinder teachers have mailed home a “Kindergarten Screening Time” for the week of August 19, 2019. If you cannot attend the scheduled screening date assigned to you, please contact the office at 847-357-6700.

School hours are 8:40 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 8:25 a.m. Students will be dismissed 30 minutes early at 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday during the school year, beginning on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  Please remember that our parking lot is closed from 8:20 a.m. through 8:40 a.m. and 2:55 p.m. through 3:10 p.m. for the safety of our students.

Kindergarten students who take a bus will be escorted daily onto their bus by our Armstrong Safety Patrols.


In order to ensure your child is placed in a classroom for next school year, please make sure you have completed the registration process. Students who are not registered will not be assigned to a classroom. Please call the school office if you have any questions at 847-357-6752.

School Supply List for 2019-2020 School Year

School Supply Lists are available for the upcoming school year!