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Welcome from Addams Junior High, 7/31/2018

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Dear Addams Community,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Jane Addams Junior High!  We hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.  Each year, it seems that the summer flies by more quickly!  Once again, August is here and it’s time to start thinking about “back to school.”  We are excited for another highly successful year. Included in this email is information that will be helpful to you and your child in preparing for the first day of school.

Information Day

Information Day is Wednesday, August 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  On Information Day, Addams students will receive their schedules, buy their PE uniforms, yearbooks and PTA spirt wear. Parents must accompany their student to Information Day. We hope that you will be able to attend, but if you cannot, schedules can be picked up in the main office beginning on August 15.

Proof of Residency (REQUIRED for all families)

Whether you rent or own your home, all families must prove residency before the beginning of the school year.   Correspondence has been mailed to your home if we are in need of this information. Schedules will be withheld if residency is not current or you have not proved residency. If you are planning to attend Information Day, bring residency documents with you. Click here for a list of information needed. We would highly suggest coming in during the AM session (9-11 a.m.), as time spent in line will be shorter. If you cannot attend Information Day, you can stop by our office any day between now and the start of the school year with documentation.

Addams PTA

During Information Day, you will also have the opportunity to sign up for our PTA.  We have an absolutely amazing and dedicated PTA that works diligently to support our students.  Please stop by the PTA tables to receive hot lunch forms and learn more about how you can help this organization that provides meaningful learning opportunities for your children.

Jane Addams Annual Block Party

On Information Day, we will be holding our Annual Block Party from 4:30 p.m – 6 p.m. This will provide an opportunity for our Addams students and parents to mingle with some of the Addams staff. Old Town Pizza and Culvers on Wise Road will be generously donating some pizza, water and custard. Bring a blanket and enjoy some DJ music and good friends.

Chromebook One-to-One Initiative

This coming school year, each Addams student will be issued a Chromebook as the district is continuing a one-to-one digital learning program. Parents, 7th graders and new students need to attend one of the following parent meetings before receiving the Chromebook: August 8 at 8:15 am or August 8 at 4 pm. Returning 8th grade students and families do not need to attend the Chromebook parent meeting. Also, all parents are required to fill out the optional Chromebook insurance paperwork (was mailed to houses earlier this week) regardless of whether or not you choose to purchase insurance.

Supply Lists

Click here to find the 2018-19 school supply list.  Teachers would like your student to bring all supplies with them on the first day of school.  Remember to mark your student’s personal items with his/her name to avoid confusion if an item is misplaced.

First Day of School

The first full day of school on Monday, August 20 is for seventh grade students ONLY.  This day is designated for seventh grade students to help them get acclimated and comfortable with Jane Addams Junior High.  The first day of school for both seventh and eighth grade students will be Tuesday, August 21.

School Hours

School hours are 7:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. with first period beginning at 7:38 am.  Please note: beginning Wednesday, August 22, every Wednesday is designated for staff development.  Students are dismissed 30 minutes early at 1:45p.m.

Office Hours

School office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Remember that our student absence line (847 357-5900) is available 24 hours a day. Please call by 7:00 a.m. if your child will be absent from school.

Fall Sports

Girls basketball tryouts will occur during the first week of school. In addition, any boy or girl is welcome to join the Addams cross country team. In order participate in these or any sport; an approved physical examination must be on file with the school.

Physical Examinations

If your child plans to try out for one of our athletic teams and/or participate in intramurals, per School Board Policy, current physicals are required of all students to be on file prior to try-outs and/or participation in any inter-scholastic or intramural sport.  All new students entering our district must present proof of immunizations and a health examination prior to the first day of attendance.  Please note that physical examinations are good for one year from the date of the exam. If you have any additional questions about your child’s physical, please contact our school nurse.

This year promises to be a great one!  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer and prepare yourself for what is sure to be an exciting school year.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coming school year, please feel free to contact my assistant principal, Kim Phelan or me at any time at (847) 357-5900. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Chris Bingen          Kim Phelan
Principal               Assistant Principal

Important Dates to Remember:

  • August 8:  Information Day, 9:00 am-11:00 am and 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
    August 20: 1st Day of school for 7th grade students ONLY
    August 21: 1st Day of school for all students (7th and 8th)
    September 12: Curriculum Night