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March PBIS Assembly

This week, Armstrong students and staff gathered together during the PBIS Assembly to recognize Students of the Month, hear from our Spotlight students in fourth grade, and review our data from February.  These monthly assemblies are a highlight in our week; a time when our whole school community is together.  Thank you to Mr. Blaszko and Mrs. Sliwinski, our PBIS team leaders, for coordinating these assemblies each month!

Armstrong Walkout

Today, some of our students in fourth and sixth grades walked out of their classrooms at 10 a.m. and participated in a peaceful protest. Our students observed a time of silence in the hallway for about 17 minutes and then peacefully returned to class, as instructed, to continue learning. At Armstrong, we respect the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and support their efforts to do so in an authorized and orderly manner while at school. We thank our students for the way they conducted themselves today while allowing their civic voices to be heard. Thank you for your continued support of Armstrong.

Mrs. Lipman


Report Cards Online March 13th

The second trimester ended Friday, March 2nd.  Report cards will be available via the Parent Portal on March 13th. As a reminder, paper copies of report cards are only sent home to parents who request it. Please contact the school office or your child’s teacher if there are any questions or concerns, or if you need support with the Parent Portal.

Happiness Month

Did you know March is Happiness Month? District 54 schools are celebrating with many exciting activities to recognize the importance of positive psychology and choosing happiness – be sure to check out the Twitter hashtags #54happiness or #d54armstrong to see the inspiring events!  Mark your calendar for a special spirit day coming up.  On March 21st, Armstrong students and staff will be celebrating International Day of Happiness by wearing orange. We hope to see so much orange that the school lights up!

PTA Summer Scholarship Application 2018 Due Monday, April 2nd


As part of its commitment to life-long learning, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) offers scholarships for summer programs/camps to District 54 students currently in Kindergarten through 7th grade who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences.

Copies of the Scholarship Application Identification and Verification Form were sent home, but if you need another copy you can find it here.


Registration is strongly recommended so that your child can secure a spot in the camp/program you have put on the application. If you choose to wait to see if you have received a scholarship, you run the risk of the camp/program that you have applied for being full or cancelled.  

Changing of programs/camps will not be permitted once you have been notified that you have received the scholarship awards for the camp/program listed on your application.

A full and complete application must include all the following:

  • Student Statement (consisting of one (1), two-part question with a maximum of 300 words) on the STC application form provided. Statement must fit on the front only of the page either typewritten, computer generated or neatly handwritten with text able to be clearly copied. Please only use I/he/she when completing statement. Do not identify the child or have child sign statement. No pictures please.
  • Completed Identification and Verification Form.
  • A copy of the summer camp/program brochure with description (including cost information). Do not send entire catalog/website information.
  • A copy of the completed application/registration form (no exceptions).
  • A copy (not the original) of the parent/guardian PTA/PTSA membership card for the 2017-18 academic year, or written verification of PTA/PTSA membership from local unit membership chair or local unit president. (Parent/Guardian must be a PTA member at the school attended by the child applying for the scholarship. Must be a PTA member by March 1, 2018).Please note that any application not meeting all the criteria will be disqualified.  One application per student.  No student will be awarded a scholarship for more than two (2) consecutive years.The summer program or camp must start on or after June 1, 2018 and be completed by September 1, 2018. To comply with the Bylaws of PTA, to be “noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan,” a camp with the purpose of religious instruction will be ineligible for a scholarship.  Please return a completed application in a sealed envelope to your schools office marked Elementary Scholarship. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, April 2.  All candidates will be notified of committee decisions by the beginning of May, 2018.Scholarship recipients are encouraged to notify STC describing the benefits of having attended the camp/program for which the scholarship is received.  Please note that this program is not the same, nor is it affiliated with the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation Memorial Scholarship Grant program.

No household will be awarded more than one (1) scholarship each year.

All scholarship checks will be forwarded directly to the summer program/camp.

Scholarships will be awarded for the full cost of the summer program/camp up to $125.

No materials will be returned.  Please do not staple, tape, or paperclip anything together.

Schaumburg Parent University – March 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 March, which are described below.

Yoga Class (Finding Peace with Your Family) – This class is for parents and students.  This class will teach you a variety of yoga styles sure to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. The class will follow the Vinyasa Yoga practice, which is one of the most popular styles of yoga in the United States. This type of practice involves synchronizing your breath with a continuous flow of postures. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. This class will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Decoding “I’m Fine” – This event is for adults only.  Madelyn Burbank, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will discuss the subtle impacts of divorce on children.  This presentation looks at divorce from the perspective of the child.  It blends research and personal experience to explore best practices for mitigating negative consequences.  We will look at how to assist your child in adjusting to life post-divorce, including talking to your child about the divorce, managing transition and difficult behaviors, identifying behaviors which may require extra support, navigating co-parenting, parents dating and blending families.  There will be a special focus on things you can do, regardless of how the other parent chooses to parent.  This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Spanish Speech Contest

MacArthur School is hosting a Spanish Language Speech Contest from 8:30 a.m. to noon on May 3, 2018, for students in third through eighth grade. Application, speech drafts written by applicant himself/herself, and video recordings no more than 3 minutes (one video recording per participant) must arrive at MacArthur School by April 3. The maximum length for speech drafts is 2 pages. The finalists will be notified via mail by April 26. Please contact Ms. Lucrecia Temoczuk at or (847) 357-6666 with any questions. If your child is interested in participating, please complete the Spanish Speech Contest Application.  If you are unable to print the electronic form, paper forms can be picked up in your school office.

Animal Club Donation Drive a Success!

Thank you so much Armstrong teachers, students, and families for contributing to the animal supply drive in January. The Animal Club teachers delivered the supplies last weekend, and the shelters were so grateful! Your supplies are going to really help the animals at Chicago Animal Care and Control and Famous Fido Rescue.

Ms. Turner, Ms. Flanagan, and Ms. Harris deliver donations to animal shelters. A cat rubs up against a teacher delivering animal shelter donations. A dog is pet by one of our teachers delivering donations to the animal shelter.

Library Update

We have noticed several books were returned to Armstrong Library that were damaged or wet.  Please remember to keep pets and small children (younger siblings) away from the books.  Food should not be eaten near library books as well.  Also, if your child carries a water bottle to and from school, make sure that the water bottle and library book are not together in the backpack.  This could cause the book to become wet.  If books become wet, we can no longer keep them on the shelves due to the mold that develops.  Please discuss these tips with your child to keep our library books in the best condition possible!  Thank you for your support!

Armstrong Update

Thank you to the many parents who attended Student-led Conferences last week.  It was exciting to hear students sharing their personal goals for the future, and see them take ownership by showing evidence of their work in their data binders.

It has been an exciting week at Armstrong!  Our sixth grade students received Chromebooks and are engaged in a series of lessons designed to prepare them for a digital classroom experience.  Our fifth grade students have been part of the Chromebook pilot that started this fall, so we are excited to have this additional group of students engage with digital learning!

Students have been hard at work supporting a few important community organizations and showing that kindness matters:

  • In January, our Animal Club sponsored a pet supply drive to support local shelters.  We are excited to share that we met our goal and collected 321 items!  Thank you to our families who donated items to this worthy cause.
  • Our fifth grade students and teachers coordinated Valentines for Veterans to share with the James A. Lovell Health Care Center.  Many of our students’ hearts were also selected to be displayed at the Long Grove Village Tavern to support this service project.
  • Armstrong students also participated in a change drive last week, Monday through Wednesday, to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and raised over $230 to support research. I am so proud of our students’ focus on giving back to others!