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News from Addams 12/21/2017

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Dear Addams Community,

As we look forward to winter break, we would like to thank the entire community for your continued support of our efforts on behalf of your children. This fall, students have amazed us with their learning both in and out of the classroom. On behalf of the Addams staff, we would like to wish you all a joyous holiday season. Working in collaboration with the community, we look forward to an even better year in 2018. Join the Movement of Jane Addams Junior High!


Chris Bingen, Principal and Kim Phelan, Assistant Principal

Please read below for the latest news, updates, and reminders from Jane Addams Junior High and School District 54.

Important Dates
12/22-1/7 –Winter Break
1/08 – School Resumes
1/15 – MLK Day – No School

MAP reports
MAP reports were mailed home today. Please take time to review these results with your student. This information will be shared with you again at winter conferences. These results provide us a trend of data that, in addition to classroom assignments and assessments, is used to inform our instruction and provide an understanding of your student’s progress.

Atcher Park drop off request
A safety concern has been brought to our attention regarding drop off of students at Atcher Park in the morning when buses are present. In collaboration with the Schaumburg Police Department, they have suggested that drop-off is much safer if done across the street on Dartmouth Lane. Students then can cross the street via the crossing guard. We ask that you refrain from going in Atcher Park from 7:25 to 7:35 am. It is very dangersous for the buses to pull out as parents are trying to turn in to Atcher Park. We have had a couple of near misses in the last few days and ask for your support in keeping our students safe.

Volleyball and Wrestling

Our winter sports season starts upon our return from winter break. Wrestling and girls volleyball try-outs will start up on January 8, 2018. Permission slips and information packets are available in the cafeteria for students. Please note that a current physical and concussion policy review needs to be on file with the school prior to try-outs or participation.

5Essentials Parent SurveyWe want your feedback!
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.

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.

Snow and Ice Removal
As we start this year’s snow and cold weather preparation, we wanted to reach out and remind everyone that the District 54 does plow some easements up to the buildings. Parents and students use walking routes to and from school; however, we do not salt the easements. For the most part they are on park district property.  Please be safe when walking to and from school.

Health Reminders
Cold and flu season is here! In order to help keep all of our Addams students and staff healthy, please follow these helpful guidelines:

If your child is vomiting, having diarrhea, or has a fever of 100 or higher, he/she should not come to school.  If a student is at school and these symptoms occur, you will receive a call from our school nurse to pick up your child from school. Students need to remain at home for at least 24 hours after they stop vomiting or having diarrhea and are fever-free without using any fever-reducing medicines.

Please remember to notify the office (847-357-5900) each day your child is absent.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Student-Led Conferences
Please join us on February 15-16, 2018 for student-led conferences at Addams. During these conferences, your child will have an opportunity to share with you his/her academic progress and personal growth. Students should bring their Chromebooks with them to conferences as they will be used to facilitate the student-led portion of the conference. You will then have an opportunity to briefly meet individually with all of your student’s teachers.

Sign-up for these conferences will again be conducted electronically through a link that will be sent out to parents in late January.

Schaumburg Parent University – January 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 January.

  • Concussion Prevention and Treatment. Dr. Shaun O’Leary, the head of Northwest Community Hospital’s Neurosciences Center, will speak to a community of parents and athletes about the dangers of concussions. In an hour-long format with a Q & A session to follow, he will discuss the detection, diagnosis and treatment of concussions. This presentation is for adults, as well as children in sixth grade and older. The program is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2018 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Making an Herb Garden. This event is for parents and students. Each attendee will be able to choose from seeds such as parsley, cilantro, basil and dill and plant their own garden. All supplies will be provided. The cost is $5 and there is a limit of 30 spaces. This hands-on activity will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lakeview School, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates.

If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. Free childcare is available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at or email

Universidad de padres  de Schaumburg – Clases de enero
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 enero.

  • Tratamiento y prevencion de las conmociones Cerebrales. El Dr. Shaun O’Leary, Director del Centro de Neurociencia del Hospital Comunitario  Northwest, hablará a la comunidad de padres y atletas sobre los peligros de las conmociones cerebrales. En un formato de una hora de duración con una sesión de preguntas y respuestas, él discutirá la detección, diagnóstico y tratamiento de conmociones cerebrales. Esta clase será presentada en Ingles y es para padres o guardianes y también para estudiantes de sexto grado en adelante. Se llevara a cabo el 11 de enero de 6PM a 7:30PM en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional  del Distrito 54, localizado en  522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Haciendo un Jardín de Hierbas. Cada asistente podrá elegir semillas como perejil, cilantro, albahaca y eneldo y plantar su propio jardín. Todos los materiales serán provistos. Límite de 30 espacios. Costo $5. El programa se llevara a cabo el 30 de enero en horario de 6PM a 8PM en el Lakeview School, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates.

Si usted está interesado en asistir a estos eventos gratuitos, haga clic en los enlaces. Habrá cuidado de niños. Para más información sobre Universidad de padres de Schaumburg y registrarse, visite nuestro sitio web en