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Read Like a Champion

The Armstrong staff has been planning fun and creative activities with the goal of keeping the Armstrong community connected. So far during v-learning, we have enjoyed two Spirit Weeks, including last week’s Better Together spirit week, and a Champion for Our Students Flipgrid with positive messages from Armstrong teachers.

This week, Armstrong staff would like to connect with our community by celebrating reading!  Families can visit our Read Like A Champion Flipgrid to choose a few stories to listen to as a family, read aloud by an Armstrong teacher.  We hope you enjoy!

NEW Online Reading Resource Site

During these unique times, many families are having trouble finding access to reading materials.  School District 54 has created an Online Reading Resource Page.  On this site you will find ebooks (only available for students in grades 3-6), Public Library collections, online encyclopedias, and virtual field trips.  As always, items on the web are ever changing so please let us know if something is no longer available.  We encourage you to browse these resources as a family.  Please contact Mrs. Mielke, our Learning Resource Teacher, with any questions or concerns at ChristinaMielke@nullsd54.org. Happy reading!  Armstrong Online Reading Resources

Check Out Positive Messages from Armstrong Teachers

The news that our schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year is difficult for our Armstrong staff, students, and commuity.  The Armstrong teachers and staff miss seeing our students, and we wanted to send something special to make you smile.  Visit the Flipgrid link to see a menu of positive messages from our teachers.  Our students get to know numerous teachers from their years at Armstrong, small groups, clubs, and even as their lunch supervisors. We hope these videos bring a smile to your child’s face this week.  Even though the school doors are temporarily closed, the heart of our school is much more than the four walls.  We are Arm-STRONG because of the support and connection of our school community – our students, families, teachers, and staff.  We are all in this together!

 

PTA Events Cancelled for Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year

The STC (Schaumburg Township Council) has requested that all PTA (Parent Teacher Association) events for the rest of the year are cancelled.
This will include Hot Lunch and Snack Day, which will also be cancelled.  Instead of receiving a refund for Hot Lunch and Snack Day, PTA is asking if you could consider donating the money to PTA.  This would help support programs such as Birthday Books, Teacher Appreciation, Movie Night, Academic Enrichment, and so many more for the next school year.  The Armstrong PTA appreciates your donation immensely during this unprecedented time.
If you do need a refund for your Hot Lunch and/or Snack Day order, you may request one before Friday, May 22, 2020 by contacting the Armstrong PTA at ptaneilarmstrong@nullgmail.com.
Otherwise, it would be considered a donation to the Armstrong PTA to

Foundation Crisis Fund

District 54 has received several inquiries from families asking if they can make a donation to support those in need during the school closure.  Thank you for your care and concern for our community. Anyone wishing to donate is welcome to make a financial contribution to our District 54 Foundation Crisis Fund.

Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 8 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through July 16 at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. 
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Illinois Department of Human Services has a new special benefit called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer to help families buy food for children who would normally receive free lunch when schools are in session. To apply online, families should visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access and click on Apply for Benefits.

Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families that do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive free lunch, will need to apply on this website. A paper application in English and paper application in Spanish is also available and can be submitted as an attachment by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. A Spanish version of the flyer is also available.

Crisis Fund

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Lugares de despensa de alimentos y oportunidades de donación

A medida que la situación en torno al nuevo coronavirus de 2019 continúa cambiando, el Distrito 54 está trabajando con increíbles socios de la comunidad para proporcionar alimentos a las familias que tienen dificultades financieras. Las familias que necesitan asistencia pueden beneficiarse de lo siguiente.

  • Miércoles:  Willow Creek Community Church llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 a.m. a mediodía cada miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.
  • Jueves:  Distrito 211 de Township High School, cinco días de almuerzos, cinco días de desayuno y medio galón de leche de 9 am a mediodía cada jueves en la escuela secundaria Hoffman Estates, 1100 W. Higgins Road en Hoffman Estates. Esta es una camioneta drive-through. Cuando llegue a la escuela, quédese en su vehículo. Cargaremos las bolsas en su maletero o asiento trasero.
  • Viernes:  Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 4 a 5 p.m. cada viernes en la escuela Keller, 820 Bode Road en Schaumburg.
  • Schaumburg Township – La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg ahora está llevando a cabo una recolección de 1 a 3 p.m. los martes y jueves en la oficina del municipio,  One Illinois Blvd. en Hoffman Estates. Para obtener más información, llame al (847) 732-7166.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo Despensa, 1451 Bode Road en Schaumburg, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 2 a 5 p.m. Cerca de los garajes.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road en Elk Grove Village, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 11:30 a mediodía.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove en Schaumburg, está abierto de 4 a 6 p.m. Jueves y de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. Sábados.

Nos gustaría agradecer a la cantidad de personas y organizaciones que han preguntado cómo hacer donaciones para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que puedan estar luchando. Creemos que la mejor práctica es trabajar con organizaciones que actualmente ofrecen estos servicios en nuestra comunidad y, por lo tanto, no recolectarán alimentos. No traiga donaciones de alimentos a la oficina del distrito como se mencionó anteriormente.

La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg y muchas organizaciones benéficas religiosas están proporcionando alimentos a las familias de nuestra comunidad. Haga clic aquí para acceder a una lista de estas despensas en el sitio web del municipio de Schaumburg. Para alentar el distanciamiento social, estas organizaciones no están recolectando alimentos en este momento.

Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois tiene un nuevo beneficio especial llamado Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos para ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para niños que normalmente recibirían almuerzo gratis cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Para solicitar en línea, las familias deben visitar https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access y hacer clic en Solicitar beneficios.

Las familias que actualmente reciben beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) no necesitan solicitar los beneficios P-EBT. Estos beneficios adicionales de P-EBT se cargarán en las cuentas de Illinois LINK EBT junto con los beneficios regulares de SNAP. Las familias que actualmente no reciben beneficios de SNAP pero tienen niños que reciben almuerzo gratis, deberán presentar una solicitud en este sitio web. Una solicitud en papel en en español también están disponibles y se pueden enviar como archivo adjunto por correo electrónico a DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS creó un volante para ayudar a las familias con el proceso de solicitud. U

Crisis Fund

La Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 también ha creado un nuevo fondo llamado D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, que se utilizará para apoyar a nuestras familias más expuestas, incluido el 20% de los estudiantes que califican para el almuerzo gratuito. Este fondo de emergencia ayudará a las familias afectadas por este virus y podría usarse en el futuro para proporcionar acceso inmediato a asistencia financiera para familias con dificultades financieras.

Para donar, visite cualquiera de los siguientes sitios web:

Update About Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

This letter is to inform you of symptoms of conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.

Symptoms can include:
* Itchy, burning, watery eyes
* Sensitivity to light
* Clear to pus-like discharge from the eye
* Crusted or sealed eye lids upon awakening
* Redness of the white lining of the eye

Diagnosis:
* Confirmed by health care provider

Causes:
* Conjunctivitis may be caused by a bacteria, virus, or allergen
* Direct contact with an infected person
* Indirect contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

Treatment:
* Consult healthcare provider
* Eye medication may be prescribed depending on the cause
* Medication should be given a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school

Prevention:
* Child should use own towel and wash cloth
* Remind child to avoid touching/rubbing their eyes and wash hands frequently
If your child develops symptoms similar to those of conjunctivitis, please keep your child home from school, contact your healthcare provider, and inform the school nurse of a confirmed case. Remember that good hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.

Esta carta es para informarle de los sintomas de conjunctivitis.

Los síntomas pueden incluir:

* Comezón, ardor, ojos llorosos
* Sencibilidad a la luz
* Secreción clara del ojo que después se convierte en pus
* La secreción que tiene mientras duerme ocasiona que los parpados se queden pegados al despertar

* Enrojecimiento en la parte blanca del ojo

Diagnóstico:

* Confirmado por un doctor

Causas

* La conjuntivitis puede ser causada por una bacteria, un virus o un alérgeno * Contacto directo con una persona infectada
* Contacto indirecto con superficies u objetos contaminados
Tratamiento

* Consúltelo con su doctor
* Medicina para el ojo puede ser prescrita dependiendo la causa
* La medicina debe ser administrada mínimo 24 horas antes de que regrese a la escuela

Prevención

* El niño debe de usar su propia toalla o pañuelo
* Recuérdele a su niño/a que evite tocar/tallar sus ojos y lavarse las manos frecuentemente
Si su hijo/a desarrolla síntomas similares a los de la conjuntivitis, por favor mantenga a su hijo en casa, contacte a su doctor, e informe a la enfermera de la escuela si su caso es confirmado. Recuerde que lavarse bien las manos es una de las mejores maneras para prevenir la transmisión de enfermedades contagiosas.

Update about Sore Throats and Strep Throat

Causes for sore throats include viruses, bacteria and allergens. Viruses are the most frequent cause. Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by A Streptococcus bacteria.

 Symptoms

* Sore throat
* Fever that begins suddenly
* Red throat, sometimes with white patches
* Tender, swollen glands in neck
* Vomiting

Diagnosis

* Throat culture performed by medical professional
* Rapid strep test is quicker but is not as reliable

Transmission

* Spread by person-to-person contact
* Spread indirectly through articles soiled with nasal secretions or saliva
* Symptoms begin 1-3 days after exposure to illness

Treatment

* Antibiotics are prescribed and taken as directed by physician
* Student should remain home from school for 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotics
* Student should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medication)
* Follow the course of treatment to prevent complications such as rheumatic fever

If your child develops symptoms similar to those of strep infection, please contact your physician. Inform the school nurse of a confirmed case. Remember that good hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.

 

Causas del dolor de garganta incluyen virus, bacterias y alérgenos. Los virus son la causa más frecuente. La faringitis estreptocócica es una infección bacteriana causada por la bacteria A estreptocócica.

 

Síntomas

* Dolor de garganta

* Fiebre que comienza repentinamente

* Garganta roja, algunas veces con manchas blancas

* Las glándulas del cuello se ponen suaves e inflamadas

* Vómitos

Diagnóstico

* Mediante un cultivo de la garganta realizado por un doctor

* Una prueba rápida de estreptococo es más rápida pero no es tan confiable

Causas

* Transmitida por contacto de persona a persona

* Transmitida indirectamente a través de objetos contaminados con secreción nasal o saliva

* Los síntomas comienzan 1-3 días después de haber estado expuesto a la enfermedad

Tratamiento

* Los antibióticos prescritos por el doctor deben ser tomados tal como él lo indique

* El estudiante debe permanecer en casa de 24-48 horas después de comenzar con los antibióticos

* Los estudiantes deben permanecer en casa hasta que estén libres de fiebre durante 24 horas (sin medicamentos para reducir la fiebre)

* Seguir el curso del tratamiento para evitar complicaciones como fiebre reumática

 

Si su hijo/a desarrolla síntomas similares a los de la infección por estreptococo(faringitis), por favor contacte a su doctor. Informe a la enfermera de la escuela de un caso confirmado. Recuerde que lavarse bien las manos es una de las mejores maneras para prevenir la transmisión de enfermedades contagiosas.

 

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 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website and on the District 54 website at sd54.org/schoolreportcards.

The illinoisreportcard.com website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 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.

Join the Armstrong PTA Today

There is strength in numbers!  Please join our PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and help support our school!  Donations are put back into our school and spent on enhancing school programs for the benefit of all of our students!  The PTA sponsors field trips, family nights/activities, Academic Enrichment/Birthday Books, field day, staff appreciation week, educational programs, and so much more!

Please complete the form and send in your money to Armstrong School.