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News from Addams February 8, 2018

Addams Amore

Dear Addams Community,

The staff was happy to get back into a routine this week! In Language Arts and other core subjects we have really amped up lessons on the writing process. We know what is coming in high school and beyond, and are really putting an emphasis on improving our students’ written communication skills to prepare them. We look forward to sharing students’ work with parents at the student-led conferences this coming Thursday and Friday.

If you are able to join us for conferences on Thursday, February 14, be sure to stop by our cafeteria. As it will be Valentine’s Day, we have planned an Addams Amore event. The entire family is welcome to stop by to paint a mug for a love one, write a “heart” felt note of gratitude, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and heart-shaped cookies, while warming to the fire (on the projection screen) and listening to “lovely” music.

Speaking of gratitude, I would like to send a “shout out” to our 4B lunch period! Today, there was a mix-up with their Fun Lunch (the turkey and ham orders were switched), but these fine Addams students took it all in stride. Mrs. Ackerman, our PTA fun lunch coordinator, was brought to tears by how gracious and kind the students were to her. What an outstanding group of young adults! They definitely have Joined the Movement of Addams.

As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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:

  • 2/13: Village Tavern PTA fundraiser (rescheduled from 1/30)
  • 2/14-15: Student-led Conferences
  • 2/15: 5Essentials Parent Survey Closes
  • 2/18: No School – Presidents’ Day

Dine in or Carry out at Village Tavern – PTA Fundraiser
Don’t worry! You did not miss the Village Tavern PTA fundraiser. It was just moved to this coming Wednesday, 2/13. No. Instead, visit Village Tavern and raise money for the Addams PTA. See the attached flyer for more information.

Student-led Conferences
It is not too late 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:

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.

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.

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