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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!

Armstrong School Celebrates High Five Day

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.

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.

Illinois Report Card

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2018 report card information is expected to be posted on Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the state’s website. District 54 will also make it available on our school district’s website.

The Illinois Report Card Website contains results from the PARCC assessment, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 4 through 8, certified staff and parents last year.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-6700. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Armstrong Recognized as a Model PLC School

Armstrong has been recognized as a “Model PLC” school by the All Things PLC website.  According to the All Things PLC Website, “a Professional Learning Community (PLC) is an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve.” To receive this recognition, we submitted evidence of our collaborative practices, instructional and assessment systems, and student results over the past few years.  Armstrong is one of seven schools in District 54 and one of twenty-one schools in Illinois, and only about 200 schools in the US and Canada have received this recognition. You can view our school profile here. 

Armstrong School is on Twitter

Many of our teachers are on Twitter sharing amazing pictures of learning happening at Armstrong each day.  You can find links on Armstrong School’s Website under “Classroom Connections”.  You can also go on Twitter and use the hashtag #D54Armstrong to check out the posts!

Crisis Plan

Student safety is a top priority in District 54 and at Armstrong.  Each year, we practice safety drills for fire, severe weather, bus evacuation, and emergency response in coordination with our local police and fire departments.  Please see the Crisis Plan Letter and the Crisis Plan Letter – Spanish.

Academic Enrichment – Earn Free Books

Academic Enrichment is a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) sponsored program at Armstrong School.  To earn free books, your child just needs to read the required reading minutes for his/her grade level and complete the Academic Enrichment Program Reading Log.

To earn a free book, Kindergartners need to read for 100 minutes.  First grade students need to read for 200 minutes to earn a free book.  Second and third grade students need to read for 300 minutes to earn a free book.  Students in fourth grade and higher need to read for 400 minutes to earn a free book.  Reading logs must be signed by a parent in order to be valid.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mielke at 847-357-6742 or at

Digital Learning at Armstrong


What is a Chromebook

This is our second year incorporating digital learning with Chromebooks for fifth and sixth grade students. Students have shared that they feel more ownership of their learning, and are able to collaborate more frequently to deepen their understanding. Here is a resource for parents who may be interested in learning more.