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News from Addams 11/17/2017

Students Breakfast

Dear Addams Community:

As we gear up for the short week leading to the Thanksgiving holiday break, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Addams “family”. I never take for granted the privilege of working in a community that is so supportive and collaborative in the educational process. It is a gift to work with such amazing students, staff and parents as we have here at Addams. I wish all an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving with friends and family.

This past Wednesday, Ms. Phelan and I were honored to take part in the District 54 Partnership Breakfast. At the event, we gave thanks to some of our partners in education including the Culvers on Wise Rd., Old Town Pizza, WACO and the Schaumburg Police Department. Additionally, the Addams 8th grade orchestra did a fabulous job as the featured performers at the event.

Before we head out to places near and far, we have some exciting events planned for our students. On Monday, we look forward to holding our next Be Addams Assembly. The focus of the day and the assembly will be on how showing gratitude can lead to a happier life. As always, we will also honor many students and staff at the assembly.

Then on Tuesday, students will end the day with our world famous music bingo as a reward for all that we have accomplished this first trimester. Music bingo is always a huge hit as DJ Blingin’ Bingen and Funky Phelan will take to the Addams airwaves to play some sweet tunes.


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal              Assistant Principal

Read on for noteworthy items from Addams and District 54.

Important Dates

11/21 – Report Cards posted to Infinite Campus Parent Portal
11/22-24 – No School
11/30-12/1 – MAP Reading Assessment
12/4-12/5 – MAP Math Assessment
12/6 – 6th Grade Parent Night

Online Report Cards and Parent Portal Updates
District 54 launched an online report card at the end of last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online by November 21, 2017. All parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account but have supplied District 54 with an email address should have received an email during the first week of October with a direct link to sign up for the portal. If you did not receive an email but would like to create a portal account, please contact our office.  If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact our office. For Parent Portal account information, please click here.

MAP Testing
The next round of MAP testing begins Thursday, November 30, 2017.  We are excited to see the growth that our students have made since the fall administration of the assessment. We will assess Reading through language arts classes on that Thursday and Friday, November 30-December 1. Math will be assessed on Monday and Tuesday, December 4 and 5. Please be sure to remind your child to get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and put forth his/her best effort.

5Essentials Survey
The Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey was scheduled to go live this week. Unfortunately, the Illinois State Board of Education sent an email announcing that the survey has been delayed. In case you were planning to take the survey this week, it is currently not working and the state has not set a new date. Our plan is to have students take the survey in December. That may also change, based on the state’s timeline. I will let you know when the survey is up and running, as we do value your feedback.

For more information about the 5 Essentials Survey, please click here.

Sixth Grade Parent Night
We are excited for our sixth grade students to become part of the Addams family.  This informational night is a great opportunity to find out some useful tips for a smooth transition into Addams Jr. High. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 pm – 7 pm. Our partnership is important for the success of your child.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Addams and about the transition to junior high. For more information please visit the following link on the Addams website.

Special Olympics
Come support District 54 Special Olympics athletes from Jane Addams Junior High at our first ever Pack the Stands event Monday, November 20, 2017 at Jane Addams Junior High.  Be ready to cheer for all the athletes – our hometown District 54 students as well as the Palatine Bluejays from District 15 – as they compete on the basketball court.  At halftime, our Poms team, the District 54 Sensations, will perform their routine as well!  It will be a fun evening for all!  Arrive at 6:00 pm to be sure you get a seat!

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature:

  • District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game;
  • A District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime; and
  • A pre-game career panel for middle school students featuring front-office executives from the Chicago Bulls and Windy City Bulls.

The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets.

Próxima oportunidad de apoyo  a la  Fundación educativa del Distrito 54
Los Windy City Bulls albergara una noche de compra de boletos dedicada al Distrito 54 el miércoles 20 de diciembre en el Sears Center Arena de Hoffman Estates, y una parte de los ingresos de cada boleto comprado se donará a la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54.

¡Haga clic aquí para obtener más información o para comprar boletos!

La noche de adquisición de boletos a beneficio del Distrito 54 contará con:

  • Estudiantes del Distrito 54 que participaran en presentaciones y otras experiencias en la cancha antes y durante el juego;
  • Un partido de baloncesto de entre los participantes del programa de Olimpiadas Especiales del Distrito 54 durante el medio tiempo; y
  • Previo al juego habrá un panel profesional y de carreras con ejecutivos de la oficina principal de los Chicago Bulls y Windy City Bulls para estudiantes de las escuelas intermedia.

Los Windy City Bulls participaran en una asamblea en la escuela que venda la mayor cantidad de boletos.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity
As we enter this season of gratitude and giving, the District 54 Education Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported the Foundation this year by donating funds, sponsoring or volunteering at our golf outing or Septemberfest, participating in a dine and share or shop and share event, or serving on our board or a committee. We greatly appreciate you helping us make a difference in the lives of students.
The Foundation is partnering with Visions Photography Portrait Studio in Schaumburg on a fundraiser for the Foundation. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, Visions will donate 25 percent of the cost of your portrait package to the D54 Foundation and also provide you with a 25 percent discount if you bring in the flyer or mention the Foundation. For additional information, click here to view the flyer.

Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 – Próximas oportunidades de apoyo
Al  entrar en esta temporada de agradecimiento, de dar y recibir, la Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 desea agradecer a todos los que han apoyado a la Fundación este año al donar fondos, patrocinar o ser voluntarios en nuestros eventos de  golf  y/o  el festival de septiembre, al  participar en las actividades “Dine and Share”  y  “Shop and Share”, o al servir en nuestra junta o algún comité. Apreciamos enormemente que nos ayuden a hacer la diferencia en las vidas de los estudiantes.
La Fundación para la Educación del Distrito 54  y  el estudio fotográfico “Visions Photography Portrait Studio” (Schaumburg) se han asociado para ofrecer una promoción especial para recaudar fondos para la Fundación. Entre el 15 de noviembre y el 15 de diciembre, Visions donará el 25 por ciento del costo de su paquete de retratos a la Fundación D54 y también le ofrecerá un descuento del 25 por ciento si trae el volante de promoción o menciona la Fundación. Para obtener información adicional, haga clic aquí para ver el folleto.

Schaumburg Parent University – November classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) 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. There are two evening programs scheduled for November.

Family Literacy Night. This event is for parents and students in early childhood through second grade to engage in a variety of fun activities that revolve around reading and writing. This hands-on activity will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at

Universidad de padres  de Schaumburg – Clases de noviembre
La Universidad de padres de Schaumburg (SPU) está diseñada para involucrar a más padres en la vida de la escuela, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares y mejorar las habilidades de crianza que en última instancia se traduce en mejor éxito de los estudiantes académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente. Hay dos noches programadas para el mes de noviembre.

Noche de Literatura Familiar. Este evento es para padres y estudiantes en pre-escolar hasta 2do grado para participar en una variedad de actividades divertidas relacionadas a la lectura y escritura. El programa se llevara a cabo el 30 de noviembre en horario de 6PM a 7:30PM en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional  del Distrito 54, localizado en  522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Para más información sobre Universidad de padres de Schaumburg y registrarse, visite nuestro sitio web en