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News from Addams 12/15/2017

Orange frog     Happiness movement    Students with certificate

Dear Addams Community:


As we gear up for the holidays (and to reiterate the themes of the Happiness Advantage), we have had some fun at Addams this week. You see, a miracle has occurred.  We have been visited by a magical orange Frog named Spark (on the Shelf). It is Spark’s job to travel from classroom to classroom and report all the amazing things he observes around the building to Ms. Phelan and me. Since Addams is such a large school, many of his cousins such as Bob Crachit Frog, Sporty Frog and Frank Frog have chipped in with some ribbiting reports. When Spark observes engaged learners and positive behavior he glows a new shade of orange. However, when Spark sees “below the line” behavior, spots of green begin to appear.  Luckily, so far, Spark and all his agents have remained a bright orange.

To help this process, the staff is in preparations for our second annual Addams Crusaders Care event. This year, we are focusing on service-based activities to give to those in need during the holiday season! Today, we introduced the event to students during morning announcements.  On Monday, students will be given the opportunity to sign-up through Google forms.  Crusaders Care will occur during the last 90 minutes of school this coming Thursday, December 21.

Crusaders Care highlights include (but are not limited to) making ornaments for area assisted living complexes, writing thank you notes to Schaumburg Firemen and Police officers, putting together care packages for the homeless, making Special Olympics posters for future events, working to organize our community closet, and bringing in new socks or canned food items to play a variety of games. The event directly correlates to a “Join the Movement” focus that in helping others we ourselves become more grateful and “happy”.

Have a wonderful weekend! Finally program note, the Chicago Bears play on Saturday this week. How strange is that?


Chris Bingen, Principal
Kim Phelan, Assistant Principal

Important Dates
12/18 – Chorus Concert 7 pm
12/19 – Band Concert 7 pm
12/22-1/7 –Winter Break
1/17 – No School, Martin Luther King Day

Read on for noteworthy items from Addams and District 54:

PTA Fun Lunch Information
Twice a month, Addams Junior High students can order Fun Lunch from a set menu from a local restaurant. Addams PTA offers Fun Lunch on a preorder basis only and we cannot guarantee a lunch for your child unless you have submitted this pre-order form.

While we make every attempt to order carefully, Addams PTA is not responsible for food allergies. The local restaurants providing Fun Lunch are listed on the order form. Parents are encouraged to call the restaurants with any questions or concerns.

In light of the fact that this food is prepared off site, trace amounts of peanuts and other nuts may be present. If your child is allergic to nuts or other food substance(s), caution should be exercised.

Addams PTA will not issue a refund if your child is absent. You have the option to pick up your child’s lunch during their lunch period—just call the office and let them know.

Please make sure your child’s name and lunch period are clearly marked on the order form.  Please make a copy of this order form for your records. The completed form and a payment ( check payable to Addams PTA or exact cash) are due by Wednesday,  December 20, 2017.

Fun Lunch orders may be returned to the Main Office and placed in the slot marked FUN LUNCH.

Please call if you have any questions regarding Fun Lunch.

Ingrid Ackerman, Addams PTA Fun Lunch Chair
Addams Lunch Info 2018.docx

PTA Spirit Wear
You should all have received your Spirit Wear orders whether you placed them in person or online by the end of the week! The next batch of Spirit Wear will be due with orders and payment to Addams PTA (can be given directly or send to the office) by Thursday, 2/22, 2:30pm for delivery at the school (lunch hours) on Thursday, 3/15! We also have on-hand inventory of adult-sized blue dri-fit shirts and pajama pants as well as one-size of beanies and cinch packs. Show off your Addams’ spirit!”
Addams Spirit Wear Flyer 2017-2018 Website Disabled.pdf
Spirit Wear Order Form Due 20170222.pdf

Volleyball and Wrestling
Sign-up for the upcoming wrestling and volleyball season is currently underway. Permission slips for students are available in the cafeteria and require a parent signature. Please note that a current physical and concussion policy review needs to be on file with the school prior to try-outs or participation.

From Nurse Irene:  Quick Flu Facts

  • Influenza, also called flu, is a contagious viral infection of the nose and throat. Flu can spread easily through coughing and sneezing.
  • Flu can cause secondary complications such sinus and ear infections and pneumonia or make chronic medical conditions like asthma worse. (CDC, 2016b)
  • The flu is a serious disease; much more dangerous than the common cold for children.
  • The best way to protect children from flu is to get them vaccinated each year.
  • Anyone can get sick with flu
    • Every year in the United States: Flu results in approximately 20,000 hospitalizations in children younger than 5 years of age (CDC, 2017a)
    • On average, 100 children die from flu; many of whom were otherwise healthy (CDC, 2017b; Flannery et al., 2017).
    • On average in the United States, children miss approximately 38 million school days every year due to flu (Adams et al., 1999).
    • Flu is not the same as the “stomach flu,” which is a viral infection of the stomach and intestines that will typically goes away on its own within a few days.
    • Most pediatric flu deaths since 2004 have occurred in unvaccinated children; therefore, increasing flu vaccination rates among children and adolescents could prevent flu-associated deaths (Flannery et al., 2017).
    • Freddie the Flu Detective:

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I 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.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio
Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedes el Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Windy City Bulls Night – Dec. 20
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 to provide breakfast to students from financially struggling families. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Schaumburg Parent University presents Fa La La La Caroling – Dec. 19
Bring the whole family together for an opportunity to sing holiday carols in the Stevenson School neighborhoods. After all is said and sung, we will be enjoying some good, old-fashioned hot chocolate back at Stevenson, 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village. Caroling starts at 5:30 p.m. Please remember to bring a flashlight (or one for each family member) as it will help you read all the lyrics you thought you knew but didn’t really. To register, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or  Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring childcare and the name of your child’s school.

5Essentials Parent Survey
All District 54 parents are encouraged to take the Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey by Jan. 31 at The parent survey is only 26 questions will allow parents to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.