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News from Addams April 13, 2018

Rock stars track practice Students working on a project


Dear Addams Community,

It looks like the weather is going to be cool and dreary this weekend. Sounds like a perfect time to catch up with your child(ren) about how they have “joined the movement” of Jane Addams this week. I would highly suggest having them take out their Chromebook and ask for a sample of work from each of their classes. I am sure you will be as amazed as we are each day with the growth that they are showing!

Additionally, Ms. Phelan and I had a fun time “making good” on our bet to lip synch for Mr. Caliendo and Mr. Burger’s first period classes today. These students were rewarded (we guess) for bringing in the most food items in our recent school food drive. See the picture above for evidence of the rocking event.

Have an amazing weekend!


Chris Bingen and Kim Phelan

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

Important Dates

April 14 – D54 Multicultural Event 11:30-2:30 @ Community Recreation Center
April 16- 18 – PARCC Math Assessments
April 17 – Track meet against Frost at Eisenhower Junior High
April 20 – Mid-trimester

Addams Cancer Walk
Ambassador Council is excited to announce that we are again sponsoring the annual Cancer Walk! This will be taking place outside at Addams during the half day on Wednesday, May 2nd from 9:15am – 10:30am.

Last year we raised almost $2,000 and we would love to raise the bar even higher this year! Pledge sheets will be distributed during 1st period classes or you can print out the one posted ( ).  We are selling wristbands for $2 and paper stars (to honor loved ones whose life has been affected by cancer) for 25 cents each.  These can be purchased in the cafeteria during lunch periods throughout the school day. All money raised will be donated to Camp Sunshine, which is a camp for children and families impacted by cancer. All students are welcome to attend & families are invited to accompany their children to walk for a cure on May 2nd.  Hope to see you there!

Graduation Date

The graduation date and time for Addams 8th grade students has been approved for Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 8:45 PM at Schaumburg High School. In the coming weeks, additional information and details regarding graduation and end-of-the year activities will be mailed home.  Please note that tickets are not required for graduation, but in the interest of space, we respectfully ask that only immediate family members are in attendance. May 24 is a full day of school and is the last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

8th Grade Students – No Missing Assignments

Per School Board policy, eighth grade students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony if they have any missing assignments.  Once the graduation date is set, we will send home more information about specific check-in dates for students. In the meantime, please help us by visiting the parent portal frequently and talking to your child about the importance of doing all homework. Although we are early in the third trimester, we want to ensure that all students are able to participate in the year-end celebrations and graduation ceremony. Thank you for your support.

Eighth Grade Dance

On Friday, May 18, 2018, our eighth grade students are invited to attend an end-of-the-year dance at Addams Junior High.  The event will run from 6-8 PM and will require parent permission. Student invitations will be made available in the weeks leading up to the dance. As a reminder, students need to maintain academic and behavioral expectations in order to attend.

Welcome to Addams Night – Incoming 7th Grade Students

Current sixth grade students who will be attending Addams in the fall are cordially invited to attend Welcome to Addams Night on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5 to 7 PM.  On this night, students will have an opportunity to meet students from other feeder schools, listen to music, participate in open gym and  play other games. A parent must sign the permission form that was distributed to incoming students giving permission for him/her to attend. We look forward to meeting our newest Crusaders!

District 54 School Safety Presentation – April 23
District 54 invites all parents to attend a presentation on crisis prevention and response at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. The safety of our students and employees is the top priority in District 54. District administrators will discuss safety measures in our schools, including how the district works in close partnership with our local police and fire departments on crisis prevention and response. The district will also discuss supports that are in place for students who are struggling socially or emotionally.

Presentación de seguridad escolar del Distrito 54 – 23 de abril

El Distrito 54 invita a todos los padres a asistir a una presentación sobre prevención y manejo de crisis; este próximo, lunes 23 de abril a las 7 p.m. en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54 ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y empleados es la principal prioridad en el Distrito 54. Los administradores del distrito discutirán las medidas de seguridad en nuestras escuelas, incluyendo cómo el distrito trabaja en estrecha colaboración con la policía local y los departamentos de bomberos del área en la prevención y manejo de crisis. El distrito también discutirá el tipo de apoyo que existe para los estudiantes que tienen problemas sociales o emocionales.

Summer Camp Offerings
School District 54 is offering several summer camp opportunities for students to enhance creativity and innovation. To learn more about these opportunities and to register, please view the SD54 Summer Camp Brochure. Registration for the summer camp programs opened Friday, March 16.

District 54 Education Foundation – 21st Annual Golf Outing
Join the District 54 Education Foundation for our 21st annual golf outing on Monday, June 11 and make a difference in the lives of District 54 students!

The golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event. All proceeds support District 54 breakfast programs, STEM after-school clubs and grants for students from financially struggling households.

Please consider supporting District 54 children by becoming an event sponsor, volunteering at our outing or golfing. We are also looking for items for our silent auction, as well as gift cards from local businesses to award as prizes.

Visit to sponsor, register or for more information.

Schaumburg Parent University – Upcoming 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.

A Girl’s Purpose Workshop – April 25
This class is for mothers and fifth- to eighth-grade girls. We will chat, laugh, ask questions and learn about tools for a healthy, strong, emotionally balanced life. Chat session first, then you will make two essential oil roller bottles to take home. We will end the workshop with a powerful and calming yoga session catered just for you. The cost for the essential oils activity and yoga is $15 per person. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 25 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Summer Camp Expo – May 1
This event is for parents and students, but childcare is also available. Visit tables to learn about the various summer camps and programs available in Schaumburg Township and the surrounding area. Programs and agencies attending the expo will be listed at This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

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. If you represent an agency in the area and would like to reserve a booth at the Summer Camp Expo, please contact Meagan Kasper at (847) 357-5027 or

Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 – Evento Anual de Golf
¡Únase a la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 para nuestra 21° Evento Anual de Golf el lunes 11 de junio y haga una diferencia en las vidas de los estudiantes del Distrito 54!

Esta actividad es el evento es de recaudación de fondos más grande de la Fundación y se llevara a cabo en las facilidades del Schaumburg Golf Club. Todos los ingresos respaldaran los programas de desayuno del Distrito 54, los clubes extracurriculares STEM y las becas para estudiantes de familias con problemas económicos.

Por favor, considere apoyar a los niños del Distrito 54 al convertirse en un patrocinador del evento, trabajando como voluntario en el evento o jugando golf. También estamos buscando artículos para nuestra subasta silenciosa, así como también tarjetas de regalo de empresas locales para otorgar premios.

Visite para donar, convertirse en patrocinador, registrarse o para obtener más información.

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – clases próximas

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.

El propósito de una niña: clase de aceites esenciales y yoga – 25 de abril
Esta clase es para las madres y las niñas que están en quinto al octavo grado. Vamos a converser, reír, hacer preguntas y aprender de las herramientas para una vida saludable, fuerte y balanceade. Es una cita de madre y hija. Habrá una charla primero y luego tomoaras dos botellas de rolo con aceitas esenciales para llevar a las casa. Culminaremos el clase con una ponderosa y relajante sesión de yoga diseñada especialmente para ustedes. El costo de la actividad de aceites esenciales y yoga es de $ 15 por persona. Esta clase tendrá lugar de 6 a 8 p.m. el 25 de abril en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Summer Camp Expo – 1 de mayo
Únase a las familias de Distrito 54 y a los miembros de la comunidad en el Centro Profesional de Aprendizaje ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg para el “Summer Camp Expo”. Visite las mesas para conocer más sobre los diversos campamentos de verano y los programas disponibles para su hijo/a en Schaumburg y en las áreas limítrofes. Habrá cuidado de niños disponible, pero los niños pueden asistir a la actividad si usted lo desea. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6 a 7:30 p.m. el 1 de mayo.

Para registrarse, póngase en contacto con Barb Velez al  (847) 357-5074 o Deje su nombre, información de contacto, el número de niños que requieren cuidado de niños y el nombre de la escuela de su hijo.