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News from Addams January 25, 2019

Students presenting       Students presenting

Dear Addams Community,

Is it cold enough for all of you? Thank goodness, we have the impressive work of our students to help keep our hearts warm at Addams Junior High during this cold and snowy spell. This week a group of twenty 7th and 8th grade Student Ambassadors represented Addams at a leadership and learning workshop at District Office. They were able to learn some new skills while sharing their ideas for how our school and district can improve. Additionally, some of our 8th graders shared out our students’ work, presenting information on the Addams Mini Miracle campaign and Crusaders Care event from this past December.

Then this afternoon, the whole school came together for a Pep Assembly to keep the Addams fire burning. The Math Department recognized 38 students with Movement Awards for their efforts so far this year. Additionally, all students had an opportunity to bid on valuable prizes such as switching schedules with a friend for a day, a fast pass to leave school early or a gift card of the student’s choosing during a Crusader Cash auction. Next, students enjoyed a wrestling exhibition from some of our talented Addams wrestlers. Finally, we played a whole school game of “Sevens”. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @AddamsCrusaders to see our students and staff showing off their rhythm. We are only four away from having 1000 Instagram followers. Hmm… maybe the 1000th Instagram follower deserves a special prize. Stay tuned.

Have a great weekend!


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal               Assistant Principal


Read on for upcoming noteworthy events in District 54 and Jane Addams Junior High

Important upcoming dates:

  • 1/30: Dine in or carry out at Village Tavern – PTA fundraiser
  • 2/14: ½ Day for Students – 10:40 Dismissal
  • 2/14-15: Student-led Conferences
  • 2/15: 5Essentials Parent Survey Closes

Dine in or Carry out at Village Tavern – PTA Fundraiser
It is going to cold this coming Wednesday, 1/30, so you do not want to cook lunch or dinner, do you? No. Instead, visit Village Tavern and raise money for the Addams PTA. See the attached flyer for more information. Village Tavern fundraiser – Jan 2019.pdf

Student-led Conferences
It is time to sign up for your preferred timeslot for our February 14th and 15th parent teacher conferences using 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 the online system will help you to reserve time slots that fit your schedule in a quick and easy manner. The window for online access will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 13th. However, if you would like your preferred time slot, we would suggest that you act quickly.

Follow these easy steps to get signed up:

  • Step 1 – Click the following link: winter 2019 p/t conference 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.

Note from the Addams PTA –Volunteers Needed!
Addams PTA would like to gather some dessert donations for the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences.  PTA will be providing dinner for the teachers and would also like to have some desserts donated to show the teachers how much we appreciate all they do for our children.  Conferences will take place on Valentine’s day, and we would love to gather some Valentine themed desserts if possible.  Sign up through this google form:

Cold and Flu Season
With cold and flu season upon we wanted to send some guidelines on when to keep your child home from school.  Please read the attached for detailed information. Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School.docx    Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School- Spanish.doc

5 Essentials Survey
Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5 Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through February 15, 2019, at

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. Please note that child care is always available.

Don’t Try Harder, Try Different – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5
Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., will talk through the seven themes of his stress management workbook. Learn how to recognize and challenge your thinking errors as well as learn about the Safety Seeking Behaviors that you often find yourself doing that keep you stuck in stress, even if you feel good doing those behaviors. Adults only.

Family Engineering Night (STEM Night) – 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 19
Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers, and design an artistic robot. Team up to discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de febrero
La idea de la Universidad para Padres está diseñada para involucrar más a los padres en la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para febrero. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

No intentes arduamente, intenta diferente – 5 de febrero 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
El Sr. Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., hablará acerca de los siete temas de su cuaderno de trabajo para el manejo del estrés. Aprenderán cómo reconocer y desafiar sus errores de pensamiento. También aprenderán sobre conductas de búsqueda de seguridad que a menudo establecemos al hacer cosas que nos mantienen atrapados en situaciones estresantes, aun cuando nos sentimos bien con estas conductas. Sólo para adultos.

Noche de Ingeniería en Familia (Noche de STEM) – 19 de febrero 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Utilizando materiales cotidianos, los miembros de su familia podrán convertirse en ingenieros que desarrollen soluciones para diversos retos, construyan torres y diseñen un robot artístico. Únanse a nosotros para descubrir cómo a través de STEM (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) todas estas cosas pueden ser posibles. Espacios limitados a 50 familias.

Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Regístrese visitando Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o