This Thursday, grades 1-6 will be going to Hoffman Estates High School to watch the musical, Into the Woods. We will be leaving the parking lot at 8:45, please make sure your children are on time. We will be returning to school at 11:45 at which time all children will eat lunch. If you have any questions, please call the office at 630-736-3500.
Registration for 2015 Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!
District 54 students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.
Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 6-23 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Keller Jr High.
Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at http://sd54.org/music/instrumental/summerprogram.
If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or
District #54 Instrumental Music Staff
Recently, our school board approved full-day kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year. We will be holding an informational meeting for prospective kindergarten parents on Thursday, February 26th at 6:15 pm.
Friday, February 20th is Movie Night in the Anne Fox gym. Breakfast for dinner is $2 per person at 5:30 with The Lego Movie beginning at 6:15. Snacks will be available for purchase.
If you are interested in helping, please call Liza at 773-988-0570.
The Newspaper Club is proud to announce the first issue of our new student publication. Check it out!
Click on the link below to read a PDF copy of our newspaper.
Kindergarten registration will be held on Feb. 12
District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, Feb. 12. Registration will take place from 9-11 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at all elementary schools. Parents should go to their neighborhood school to register their child, even if they are applying to attend another school. (Lincoln Prairie is not a neighborhood school). A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2015, is eligible to enroll in kindergarten in 2015. District 54 follows the Illinois regulations and does not admit students whose birth date is after Sept. 1. The registration packet for new students includes the Student Enrollment Form, Family Census Form, Proof of Residency Form, Home Language Survey and a $50 Consumable Materials Fee. The parent or guardian must also provide the following information to complete the enrollment process:
- Proof of immunizations
- Birth Certificate (original with seal). Official birth certificates are issued by the county clerk in the county in which the child was born. Hospital certificates are not acceptable.
- Phone numbers of people to be contacted in emergencies (neighbors, other family members and work numbers)
- Proof of residence
More information on what parents need to bring to registration and how to prove residency, as well as some of the forms, can be found on our website at http://sd54.org/registration/.
Illinois offers 5Essentials Survey
Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.
The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.
All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.
If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.
The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.
The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.
To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).
Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.
Teacher Survey All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.
The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
January 12-15 Book Fair
January 15 – Half Day (11:40 dismissal and no Kindergarten Classes)
January 16 – No School Parent-Teacher Conferences
January 19 – No School Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
The PBIS focus for the month of January is Respectful Peer Interactions. The staff agreed that January is the perfect month for students to show their classmates respect by using kind words and actions. Student earn Fox Pride Tickets when teachers catch them exhibiting this respectful behavior. These tickets earn them a chance to be chosen during our Friday drawings where they can earn a prize from the office. Take some time this week to talk with your child about how they can follow the expectations and earn Fox Pride Tickets.
Culver’s Benefit Day/Night
Fox has partnered with Culver’s on Wise Road for a benefit day/night on Thursday, January 15th. This is a half day for the school so it provides more flexibility for families. If the attached flyer is presented Fox will be credited for anyone who eats there from 12 noon until 8 pm. This means a portion of the proceeds comes back to our school! There will also be a “Classroom Battle” where the classroom that raises the most money will get a free custard party supplied by Culver’s!!
All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.
We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.
However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.
The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.
All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.