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News from Addams 2-2-2018

Dear Addams Community:

Food drive Happiness movement Student with food drive box

Every year the schools of District 54 facilitate food drives to support the D54 Food Pantry, which gives right back to the families in our community.  And now, it is our turn!  The Addams Student Ambassador Council is asking all students to bring snacks (granola bars, fruit cups, and juice boxes) and/or toiletries (shampoo, soap, and lotion) or monetary donations to their 1st period class.  Our goal is to collect at least 450 items by February 9. The first period class who collects the most items will get to see DJ Blingin’ Bingen and Funky Phelan perform live in their classroom!  So please consider “joining the movement” and set outside some donations to bring to school next week.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that award-winning author Fern Schumer Chapman will spend the day with our 8th graders this coming Friday, February 9. A sought-after speaker, Fern has presented to hundreds of schools, and events. We also anticipate that Fern’s mom, 92-year-old Holocaust refugee Edith Westerfeld, will accompany her for the large group presentation. Parents are invited to join us from 8:10 to 9:10 am in the Addams gymnasium for the visit. After the initial presentation, Fern will meet with classes of 8th graders throughout the day.  For more information about Fern and her books, visit her website or watch the link to a recent news story run by ABC local news Students can pre-order her books which she will gladly autograph by filling out the following form Jane Addams Student Book Order Form.docx  and bringing it back to their Social Studies teacher.  It is sure to be a memorable day.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal               Assistant Principal

Please read on for noteworthy items from Jane Addams Junior High and District 54:

Important Dates
2/15 – Half day of student attendance, 10:40 am dismissal.

2/15 – Starbooks event and book fair

2/15-16 – Student-led Conferences

2/19 – No school

3/1 – Addams Trivia Night

Student-Led Conferences
You can now sign up for our February 15th and 16th parent teacher conferences.  This February, we are excited to announce that we will once again use an electronic reservation system.  Please know that if you are having any issues with this site you can just call our office at 847-357-5900, and we will help you reserve your timeslot.  Our hope is that this online system will help you to quickly reserve time slots that fit your schedule. The window for online access will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 15th. However, if you would like your preferred time slot, we would suggest that you act quickly.

Follow these easy steps to sign up:

  • Step 1 – Click the following link:
  • Step 2 – Click the link on your child’s mathematics and Language Arts teacher
  • Step 3 – Fill out student and parent information.
  • Step 4 – Select your preferred time slot.  Please note that once 6 families have reserved the same time slot, that time slot will not be shown as a preference for other families.Once the process is complete, you will receive an email confirmation of the date and time of your conference.

If you attend Student-Led Conferences on Thursday, 2/15, be sure to stop by our Starbooks celebration of Reading event. We will have hot chocolate and cookies along with the opportunity to decorate a mug for each member of the family. See the attached flyer for more information. Starbooks 2018.pdf


If your child has not yet ordered a yearbook, there is still time. Students received an email with a list of turned in yearbook orders as of January 29, 2018. Order forms are available in the main office, the cafeteria and in the PE locker rooms. It can also be found on the Addams’ website. Completed orders can be turned in to the main office.

Save the Date March 1 – Addams Trivia Night
Please consider joining us for our third annual Addams Trivia Night. The event will run starting at 6:30 pm on March 1. See the attached flyer for more information and to sign up. 2018 Trivia Night.pdf  2018 Trivia Night Back.pdf

When should I keep my child home from school?
Please read the attached letter for important information on the cold vs. flu.
flu vs cold.doc
flu vs cold spanish.doc

Morning drop-off
As a reminder, the school parking lot is closed when buses are on property. To ensure all students are safe, please drop off on Norwell or Dartmouth Lane rather than entering the school parking lot .

District 54 Multicultural Event 2018:  Performance Information and Interest Form
Each year the Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event.  This event takes place at the Community Recreation Center and showcases the diversity represented by the students of District 54.

Preparations are already under way for this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, April 14. We look forward to seeing many of the cultures in District 54 represented and are looking for students, or groups of students, who would like to perform.

If your child is interested in performing, please visit the Department of Language and Culture homepage for details and complete the Performance Interest Form by February 9.  If you are unable to complete the electronic form, paper forms can be picked up in your school office.

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.

Focus on the Foundation – January 2018
The District 54 Education Foundation’s programs primarily serve students from families with financial needs. In District 54, nearly one-fourth of students qualify for the federal free lunch program, which for a family of four means an annual income of less than $32,000.

A key focus for the Foundation is providing breakfast to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn. Thanks to the community’s generous support of our Food 4 Thought campaign, in January 2018 the Foundation will be funding breakfast programs for students at 18 of our 28 schools, serving nearly 1,400 students in need. Thank you to our 2017-18 all-school sponsors: Woodfield Area Children’s Organization, Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Tate & Lyle, Chick-fil-A of Schaumburg/West Schaumburg, and Schaumburg Park Foundation. Thank you also to the staff of District 54, who have donated enough money through the payroll deduct program to sponsor a school.

To learn more about the Foundation, click here to check out our video.

Enfoque en la Fundación – enero de 2018
Los programas de la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 sirven principalmente a estudiantes de familias con necesidades financieras. En el Distrito 54, casi un cuarto de los estudiantes califica para el programa federal de almuerzo gratuito, que para una familia de cuatro significa un ingreso anual de menos de $ 32,000.

Un enfoque clave para la Fundación es proporcionar el desayuno para garantizar que los estudiantes comiencen sus días listos para aprender. Gracias al generoso apoyo de la comunidad hacia nuestra campaña “Food 4 Thought”, durante el mes de enero de 2018; la Fundación financiará programas de desayuno para estudiantes en 18 de nuestras 28 escuelas, prestando servicios a casi 1,400 estudiantes necesitados. Agradecemos a todos nuestros patrocinadores que aportaron la cantidad necesaria para cubrir el costo de una escuela completa durante el año escolar 2017-18: Woodfield Area Children’s Organization, Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Tate & Lyle, Chick-fil-A de Schaumburg / West Schaumburg y Schaumburg Park Foundation. Gracias también al personal del Distrito 54, que donó suficiente dinero a través del programa de deducciones de nómina para patrocinar a una de nuestras escuelas.

Para obtener más información sobre la Fundación, haga clic aquí para ver nuestro video.

Schaumburg Parent University – February 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 February.

Renter Rights – Attorney Caroline Manley will teach attendees about Illinois landlord and tenant law and how to best protect yourself as a tenant. Topics covered will include: what to look for in a lease, security deposits, evictions, illegal lock-outs and habitability issues. This presentation for adults only will be presented in English and Spanish and will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on February 6 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Family Engineering Night – Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers and design an artistic robot. Discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families. This activity event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on February 21 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – Clases de febrero
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 febrero.

Derechos de los inquilinos: la abogada Caroline Manley enseñará a los asistentes sobre la ley de propietarios e inquilinos de Illinois y cómo usted puede protegerse mejor como inquilino. Los temas cubiertos incluirán: qué buscar en un arrendamiento, depósitos de seguridad, desalojos, cierres ilegales y problemas de habitabilidad. Esta presentación es solo para adultos y se presentará en inglés y español. El evento tendrá lugar de 5:30 a 6:30 p.m. el 6 de febrero en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Noche de ingeniería familiar: con el uso de materiales cotidianos, su familia se convertirá en un ingeniero que desarrollará soluciones a diversos desafíos, construirá torres y diseñará un robot artístico. Descubra cómo STEM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas) hace que todas estas cosas sean posibles. Limitado a 50 familias. Este evento de actividad tendrá lugar de 6:30 a 8 p.m. el 21 de febrero en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

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