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Smiles Dental Clinic Coming to Armstrong

Smiles Dental Clinic will be coming to Armstrong School on March 14, 2019 to give dental exams to students.  Paperwork was sent home on January 15, 2019 to be completed if you want your child to participate.  You can contact Marie Harrington, Armstrong’s School Nurse if you have further questions at 847-357-6735 or at MarieHarrington@nullsd54.org.

Kindness Week Update from Principal Lipman

We ended 2018 with our first Kindness Week, and thanks to our committee who planned each day, it was a huge success.  I hope your kids mentioned something that made them smile!  The week included two service trips to Feed My Starving Children, a mitten drive organized by our K-2 team, and a buddy activity to make cards for our community members.  This afternoon we ended the week with our annual Winter Sing Along in the gym, where older students sat with their buddy classroom from a primary grade.  We wanted to make this sing along extra special – ask your child about how we made it snow in the gym!  Many special moments were shared on Twitter, so be sure to search the hashtag #D54Armstrong to see the activities that made this week a memorable one for all.

As we bring 2018 to a close, I want to express how grateful we are to have you and your family as a part of the Armstrong community. We wish all of you much joy and family bonding over the holidays, and we are looking forward to hearing all about your adventures when we return on January 7, 2019!

2019 Multicultural Event Performance Information and Interest Form

District 54 is once again excited to host our annual Multicultural Event in collaboration with the Schaumburg Park District. Our event will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) in Schaumburg. During the event, student groups have the opportunity to give performances that reflect various cultures.

If you are interested in performing, please complete and submit the online Performance Interest Form no later than Monday, December 17, 2018. More information can be found on the Performance Information Flyer.

If you have questions about the Performance Interest Form or the informational meeting, please contact Nancy Hellstrom at 847-357-5068 or Nicole Lumpp at 847-357-5072.

Report Cards Available Online

Parents/guardians will be able to view report cards online this trimester currently on the District 54 Infinite Campus Parent Portal. We want to ensure that all of our parents have access to this early viewing of the report card, so it is  highly encouraged that you sign up for the District 54 Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal. The portal is a website and app where parents and guardians can view their children’s grades, assignments, immunizations, test scores, demographic information and report cards. If you have not previously logged on to the portal, contact our office at 847-357-6700 for instructions on how to obtain a secure Campus Portal Activation Key.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan and Recess

Snow has officially arrived, which is a sign we are entering the winter season! Please encourage your child to wear the proper outerwear for the change in weather.  We want all students to enjoy recess with their friends, stay comfortable in the chilly/wet weather and remain safe outside.

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, we wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

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. 

2nd Graders Explain Flexible Seating

At our whole school meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, second grade students shared their thoughts about the flexible seating options in their classroom.  They shared that flexible seating helps them work faster, stay more focused, and feel comfortable in their classroom.  Take a look at their video in this post! The second grade teachers are part of a team of 10 staff members from Armstrong on the Innovate 54 Taskforce this year, which is part of District 54’s Strategic Focus Area 2: Cultivating Innovation in Learning Space and Instructional Design.  You can read more about Strategic Focus Area 2 here.

Adult ESL Classes

The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Nerge, Armstrong, and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The classes will meet 8 times.  All classes will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Classes at Nerge School will be on Tuesday evenings beginning on October 9, 2018.  They will conclude on December 11, 2018.

Classes at Armstrong School will be on Wednesday evenings beginning on Oct. 10, 2018.  They will conclude on December 12, 2018.

Classes at Hanover Highlands School will be on Monday evenings beginning on September 24, 2018.  They will conclude on November 19, 2018.

The Adult ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on the Language and Culture Website. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

Universal Screener

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.