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District 54 Summer Band and Orchestra

Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  Students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument in the District 54 instrumental music program for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 8-25 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Addams Junior High School.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at  If you have questions, please contact our band/orchestra teacher, Mr. Sroka or Mrs. Martin, or call 847-357-5138.

Armstrong Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and we showed support by “Lighting It Up Blue” on Wednesday, and joining the “Inclusion Revolution” with a rock-and-roll spirit day today.  We also highlighted ways we can be champions of inclusion during our whole-school meeting this afternoon. Students and staff took a pledge to join the “Inclusion Revolution” by overcoming the fear of difference and replacing it with the power of kindness. It was a powerful commitment that we made together!

District 54 Education Foundation 2019 Memorial Grant Applications

The District 54 Education Foundation proudly offers memorial grants for District 54 students to cultivate an academic, cultural or athletic interest. The grants are intended for children from families facing extenuating financial circumstances. Applications for the 2019 Memorial Grants are due Friday, May 3, 2019 to the child’s school social worker. 

Registration for the 2019/2020 School Year

Registration for the 2019/2020 year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.  If you do not have a parent portal account, you should have received an email on March 15, 2019 with instructions and a link to do so.

Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.  We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.

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!

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.

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.