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Please Donate Empty Tissue Boxes and Cardboard Rolls

Armstrong’s Maker Space (Library) is in need of empty tissue boxes and empty cardboard rolls (toilet paper or paper towel) for upcoming projects.  Please save any empty boxes or rolls and have your child bring them to the Armstrong Library.  Thanks so much for your support!

Muffins with Moms April 4th

Armstrong’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) would like to invite all students and their Moms (and/or other significant women such as Grandmas, Aunts, etc…) to join us and share some muffins, juice and coffee before school on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 8:00 am through 8:35 am.

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.

We are still looking for help with serving at 7:45 am and clean up at 8:30 am.  We would appreciate some dads to help out at this event!  Please contact Kim Conjardi at if you are available to help.

Please note that the school parking lot will be closed for Muffins With Moms. Please use on-street parking. Only busses will be allowed to enter the parking lot.

Please return the bottom portion of the Muffins with Moms Flyer, which was also sent home with students, by Wednesday, April 3, 2019. You only need to send in one invitation response per family.

Summer of 54 Camps

What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirit.  Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal.

Happiness Month at Armstrong

Our last week of Happiness Month at Armstrong was filled with activities that reminded us that happiness is a choice, and our actions have an impact on not just ourselves, but everyone around us.  We celebrated on March 15, 2019 with “give a high-five to a friend”.  Check out a video to see examples of the creative “fives” our students came up with!  The week of March 19, 2019 we celebrated World Happiness Day with a Shine Buddy activity that focused on one of the five habits.  Classrooms went outside for a walk, created a “Happiness ABC’s” book, and wrote thank you cards to our custodians.

Here are a few more ideas of things to do for Happiness Month for the remaining days in March.  These were taken from the calendar that was sent out at the end of February.

March 23, 2019 – clean up your room without being asked.

March 24, 2019 – decorate a rock and place it where someone can find it.

March 25, 2019 – elevate your heart rate

March 26, 2019 – play outside

March 27, 2019 – spend quality time with family

March 28, 2019 – share your toys or games

March 29, 2019 – write a note of gratitude to your mail carrier

March 30, 2019 – help with the dishes

March 31, 2019 – focus on saying kind words all day

Armstrong School Celebrates High Five Day

Spanish Speech Contest

MacArthur School will host the annual District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2, 2019. District 54 students in third through eighth grade are eligible to participate in this event. Contestants will be divided into two categories: Native speakers and Spanish as a second language. The application deadline is April 12. Click here to access the online application. If you have questions, contact Lucrecia Temoczuk at or (847) 357-6666.

La Escuela MacArthur tendrá el Concurso Anual de Oratoria en Español del Distrito 54 el 2 de mayo. Los estudiantes del Distrito 54 en tercero a octavo grado son elegibles para participar en este evento. Los concursantes se dividirán en dos categorías: hispanohablantes  y español como segundo idioma. La fecha límite para la solicitud es el 12 de abril. Haga clic aquí para acceder a la solicitud en línea. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Lucrecia Temoczuk en  o (847) 357-6666.

Mrs. Astrahan’s Math Class Celebrates!

Mrs. Astrahan is standing with students all wearing a black Blackhawks T-shirt. They are standing in a classroom in front of a whiteboard.Mrs. Astrahan’s math class received a surprise to celebrate their hard work and awesome achievement on the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test.  Everyone was awarded a free T-shirt from the Chicago Blackhawks!  Many thanks to Julie Lovins @ Chicago Blackhawks!


Congratulations to Mrs. Maduzia!

Mrs. Maduzia was the recipient of the District 54 Ensuring Student Success award!  We are grateful for the work she does each day with students and staff at Armstrong.  In her role as Literacy Coach, she brings her expertise and love of learning to positively impact the students she works with.  You can see a few posts on Twitter about the surprise award recognition – including this impromptu group hug from students in Ms. Klimisch’s class!  It was an incredible celebration of Mrs. Maduzia’s impact at Armstrong and throughout District 54.

March is Happiness Month at Armstrong

During the month of March, we are celebrating Happiness Month at Armstrong School!  A copy of Armstrong’s Happiness Calendar March 2019 will go home with students on February 28, 2019.

There will be an activity, act of kindness, or special event each day in March that will focus on increasing your happiness and spreading that joy to others.  During the weekdays, we will complete the activity at school.  Be sure to ask your child about it, and feel free to double-up by doing the activity at home.

We are asking families to focus on the suggested activities at home during weekends and Spring Break. If you are unable to do the activity planned, feel free to brainstorm another idea that could spread happiness to others.

Many staff members will be sharing pictures and video on Twitter throughout the month, so you can follow along using the hashtag #d54Armstrong.  If you have a Twitter account, feel free to also use the hashtag #d54Armstrong to share your posts with us.  Our theme this year is “Shine Brighter Together”, and during Happiness Month we will have many examples to prove this statement true!

Calendar of happiness events

PBIS Tier 2 Update

Here is an update from our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) team.

The first rule of caring for your child’s emotional or behavior struggles is that there are no rules. 

When you are dealing with your child’s emotional or behavioral struggles, remember to encourage your child to communicate with you.  Make sure your child knows that he/she can share and talk with you about any feelings, thoughts or struggles they are having.  When your child comes to you, listen first to what they are saying.  Even if you do not agree or understand, you should accept that the struggles they are having are real and important to them.  Think back to when you were their age and remember what difficulties you may have had at that time.  If your child knows you will listen, he/she will talk and share what is going on.
This is from the website, Mental Health America.