Dear Addams Community,
The first week of school was a roaring success! The 7th graders are quickly getting used to opening their lockers and finding their way around this large building while the 8th grade students are assuming the challenging role of being the student leaders of the school. Teachers have spent time going over school rules and “cool tools” for ensuring a successful school year. Mr. Szwed and I also met with all students for “administrative chats” to explain our academic and behavioral expectations for the year. Please take some time to ask your child what was discussed at the assemblies. Also, you can refer to the student handbook inside the district calendar that you received on Information Day.
Additionally, yesterday students in all classes took part in PBIS kick-off activities for the year. We utilized our first FLEX schedule of the year. FLEX (or alternate) schedules are used on many Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year to enable us to provide enrichment or intervention opportunities for our students. Although we followed the “math” FLEX schedule yesterday, the time was used by the staff to provide a lesson on “Living above the Line”, our PBIS slogan for the year. We demonstrated and practiced “Living Above the Line” – taking ownership and following the tenets of choice, power and freedom. Those people who live below the line become the victims by laying blame, justifying, denying or quitting. So feel free to ask your children … Where are you living?
The following are other valuable reminders from Addams and District 54:
- Picture Day: Wednesday, September 3rd is Picture Day at Addams. Students will take pictures during their regularly scheduled gym period. A form should have gone home yesterday that needs to be brought to school on the 3rd. If your child did not bring home a form or lost theirs, they can stop by the main office to receive a new one. Thank you to the PTA volunteers for organizing and helping to run Picture Day!!
- Schedule changes: We hope that your child is enjoying his/her classes thus far! We shared with the students that at this point, we will no longer be making schedule changes to electives or classes, unless the staff sees an academic need to make the change. The scheduling of a middle school is a complex process, and continually changing student schedules can upset the balance that we strive for in each class. Thanks for your continued understanding!
- Letter from State Superintendent: Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent Koch Letter to Parents 8-14
- Run to Read – September 28: District 54 will host its 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 28, at Dirksen School in Schaumburg. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website http://sd54.org/runtoread/. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.
- Schaumburg Parent University: District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. They offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.
This year SPU has already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit their website at http://sd54.org/spu. SPU will be planning the rest of the classes for this school year and would like to hear from you: What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1767964/Schaumburg-Parent-University-Survey so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.
- PTA fun lunch and meeting dates: Please see that attached letter for ADDAMS PTA HOT LUNCH ORDER FORM INFORMATION. Also, here is a list of PTA meeting dates for the year with times. Please mark your calendars and join the PTA for monthly meetings on the following dates, as they provide such a wonderful support to our kids.
|9/25 @ 4:15 PM||10/23 @ 6:30 PM||11/20 @ 4:15 PM|
|12/11 @ 6:30 PM||1/22 @ 4:15 PM||2/19 @ 6:30 PM|
|3/19 @ 4:15 PM||4/23 @ 6:30 PM||5/21 @ 4:15 PM|
*All meetings will occur in the Addams teachers’ lounge.
Finally, remember to mark your calendars for Curriculum Night, which will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm. Please see the attached document Curriculum Night 2014 for more information. Your child will receive and should bring home a paper copy next week.
Everyone enjoy a wonderful three day weekend! As always, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Szwed or me if you have any concerns or questions.
Chris Bingen David Szwed
Principal Assistant Principal
Jane Addams Junior High