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News from Addams April 12, 2019

Staff receiving award Students receive awards Mr. Caliendo getting silly stringed


Dear Addams community:

The Addams staff and students continue to amaze, as they write the story for our school year. Last Friday, we had one of our best pep assemblies to date! The music and media departments gave out coveted Movement Awards to students and staff that represent the Addams three tenets of Joining the Movement (maintaining a growth mindset, living above the line and pursing happiness). Crusader Cash was flying around the gym to bid on the latest auction items. Additionally, Mr. Caliendo was a great sport, enduring a silly string barrage from a student that won the right through last month’s auction. Finally, a few of our students created and led out a new Addams chant to show our unity, as one school community. If you have not seen it yet, check it out @Addamscrusaders on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Then this week, students’ balanced new learning opportunities and extracurricular activities with taking the mathematics portion of the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessment. The staff could not be more pleased with the efforts given on these state assessments. Taking the IAR seriously not only gives students a chance to see how they measure up against state proficiency targets, but it also helps to prepare students for high stakes assessments such as the SAT that they will see in high school. We are confident that our Crusaders will attack the English Language Arts assessments this coming Tuesday and Thursday morning with the same effort and perseverance.

As we continue our work collaboratively with you to challenge and support students this spring, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Chris Bingen       Kim Phelan
Principal             Assistant Principal

Upcoming dates

  • 4/16 – English Language Arts IAR in the morning
  • 4/18 – English Language Arts IAR in the morning
  • 4/18 – Addams all-school dance from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
  • 4/19 – Non-attendance day for students and staff
  • 5/1 – Addams Cancer Walk in the AM
  • 5/1 – Half day of student attendance (10:40 am dismissal)

Read on for more upcoming noteworthy items and events from District 54 and Addams

Graduation Date
The graduation date and time for Addams 8th grade students has been approved for Thursday, May 30, at 6 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 30 is a full day of school and is the last day of attendance for 8th grade students.

Eighth Grade Dance
On Friday, May 17, 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.

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.  Soon 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. Believe it or not we are almost halfway through the third trimester and we want to ensure that all students are able to participate in the year-end celebrations and graduation ceremony. Thank you for your support.

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, May 3, 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 Summer Band and Orchestra
Registration for District 54’s Summer Band and Orchestra program has begun!  Students who have completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and have had lessons on their instrument in the District 54 instrumental music program for at least one school year are eligible to enroll.  Summer Band and Orchestra will take place July 8-25 (Mondays-Thursdays) at Addams Junior High School.  Registration forms are available from any instrumental music teacher or at  If you have questions, please contact the band/orchestra teacher at your school or call 847-357-5138.

Registration for 2019-2020 School Year
Registration for the 2019/2020 year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.
If you do not have a parent portal account, you should have received an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.
Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.

We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.

New Dental Requirement for 9th Grade Students
Starting with the 2019-2020 school year, all 9th grade students are required to show proof of a dental exam within the past 18 months.   The IDPH Dental Form is attached.

The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists will be available to Mead Junior High School students in April. The Smile Illinois-Mobile Dentists provide exams, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment.  The exam by the Smile Dentists will fulfill the 9th grade dental requirement.  Please complete the application form found here and return to the school nurse.  Please contact the school nurse at 847-357-6016 if you have any questions.

Summer Camp Registration – “Summer of 54”
What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirt.  Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25th and closes on Friday, April 19th.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration. Also available is the summer camp brochure: Summer of 54 – 2019 Camp Brochure.

Schaumburg Parent University – April 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 April. Please note that child care is always available.

Summer Camp Expo – April 24
Visit tables to learn about the various summer camps and programs available for your child in Schaumburg and the surrounding area. This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24, 2019, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Summer Camp Expo flyer.

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

District 54 Education Foundation 2019 Memorial Grant applications
The District 54 Education Foundation proudly offers memorial grants for District 54 students to cultivate an academic, cultural or athletic interest. The grants are intended for children from families facing extenuating financial circumstances.

Applications for 2019 Memorial Grants are due Friday, May 3 to the child’s school social worker. Click the link below for the application and additional information.

English application

Beca Conmemorativa del 2019 de la Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54
La Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 ofrece orgullosamente subsidios conmemorativos para que los estudiantes del Distrito 54 cultiven un interés académico, cultural o deportivo. Las subvenciones están destinadas a niños de familias que enfrentan circunstancias financieras extenuantes.

Las solicitudes para las Becas Conmemorativas 2019 deben entregarse el viernes 3 de mayo al trabajador social de la escuela del niño. Haga clic en los enlace a continuación para obtener más información.

Aplicacion en español

Spanish Speech Contest
MacArthur School will host the annual District 54 Spanish Language Speech Contest on May 2. District 54 students in third through eighth grade are eligible to participate in this event. Contestants will be divided into two categories: Native speakers and Spanish as a second language. The application deadline is April 12. Click here to access the online application. If you have questions, contact Lucrecia Temoczuk at or (847) 357-6666.

La Escuela MacArthur tendrá el Concurso Anual de Oratoria en Español del Distrito 54 el 2 de mayo. Los estudiantes del Distrito 54 en tercero a octavo grado son elegibles para participar en este evento. Los concursantes se dividirán en dos categorías: hispanohablantes  y español como segundo idioma. La fecha límite para la solicitud es el 12 de abril. Haga clic aquí para acceder a la solicitud en línea. Si tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Lucrecia Temoczuk en  o (847) 357-6666.