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New from Addams – August 22, 2019

Students at lockers Team building game Student at front of room


Dear Addams Community:

We have just completed an outstanding first week of school! I hope that your child experienced many “peak” moments as we tried to make this week memorable for all. First, on Monday, 7th graders got acclimated to Addams by learning to open their lockers and find their classes in three minutes or less (some are still putting the final touches on this). Next, on Tuesday, all students gained valuable background knowledge in utilizing a “growth mindset” during a cooperative team building activity in which some saw great success, while others learned to persevere through failure. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, staff facilitated digital citizenship lessons in preparation for the use of Chromebooks this year. Additionally, students took part in introductory “get to know each other” social/emotional lessons during the Inspire period.

The highlight of the week for me, however, was when we surprised our 8th graders with an assembly on Thursday afternoon. The gym was setup for a graduation ceremony and the staff walked in to “pomp and circumstance”. I then welcomed all to the 2020 8th grade Addams Graduation Ceremony and in character, delivered a speech about the many amazing things they accomplished this year. Afterwards, we had a whole group debrief to discuss how we can make the speech a reality this year. The staff felt this really set a positive tone for these students’ 8th grade year. Finally, students were given “Certificates of Future Diplomas” as the real ones will be delivered in May of 2020.

It seems that many students “Joined the Movement” of Addams this week. With the foundation set, we are ready to accomplish great things together, as one!


Chris Bingen Bill Musselman
Principal Assistant Principal

Please read on for important upcoming events at Addams and District 54:

Upcoming Dates:
8/29: Picture Day
9/2: Labor Day – No School
9/3-9/5: Reading MAP assessments
9/10-9/12: Math MAP assessments
9/11: Junior High Curriculum Night

Home Connection to Social Emotional Learning
It is the goal of School District 54 to ensure the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming, grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged. Next week, we will have discussions about School Culture and Climate in Inspire classes, and we would like to share ways you can continue the learning at home. The attached pdf provides opportunities to engage your student in conversations on topics covered in Inspire during the first unit. Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed. We hope you enjoy the valuable discussions with your children.

Unit 1 School Culture and Climate.pdf

Chromebook Charging Help
On Friday, August 23, all students received their Chromebook. Students were instructed that they need to take their Chromebook home over the weekend, charge it, and bring it back to school on Monday. Please check in with your child so that Chromebooks are ready to go on Monday. Additionally, please have a conversation with your child about treating this digital learning tool with care.

Curriculum Night
Addams will host its Curriculum Night on September 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:10 PM. This evening provides our staff the opportunity to interact with you and help set the tone for a positive school year. During Curriculum Night, you will have an opportunity to see our school, hear about our curriculum, and most importantly, meet our staff. Our curriculum, special programs, and student expectations will be part of the teacher presentations. Although Curriculum Night is not intended for individual conferences, you will have an opportunity to discuss your child specifically during conferences scheduled for October 10-11. The night will start with an informational overview from administration at 6:00 in the gym. Parents will then be able to follow their student’s schedule and hear from each individual teacher. Please note: Curriculum Night is a parents-only evening. See the attached document for more information.

Curriculum Night 2019.doc

School Pictures
Smile! Students will be taking their school pictures on Thursday, August 29, 2019 during PE classes. Pictures can be ordered online at – enter the code: EVTXQS2VV

Additionally, students were given an order form this afternoon that they can bring in the day of pictures.

PTA Hot Lunch
Twice a month, Addams Junior High students can order Fun Lunch from a set menu from a local restaurant.

Addams PTA offers Fun Lunch on a PRE-ORDER basis only and we cannot guarantee a lunch for your child unless you have submitted this pre-order form.

Please make sure your child’s name and lunch period are clearly marked on the order form. Also, please make a copy of this order form for your records. The completed form and a payment (check payable to Addams PTA or cash) are due by Friday, August 30, 2019.
Fun Lunch orders may be returned to the Main Office and placed in the slot marked FUN LUNCH.
A new Fun Lunch form will be available in October which will cover January through May of 2020.

PTA Fun Lunch Fall 2019 order form

Fun Lunch Info Sheet

MAP Testing
We will begin the fall administration of the MAP assessment on Tuesday, September 3. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assists in determining your child’s instructional level and measures academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics and reading.

The students will test through their Language Arts classes on September 3-5 and Mathematics classes on September 10-12. Please be sure your child has a full night’s rest and has a solid meal before coming to school each day. It is important that students arrive to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook. Please help us in ensuring that students are prepared for these important testing dates.

PTA Membership
Help support the PTA by purchasing a membership. Memberships are only $6 or 2 for $10.

Buy online or fill in the form located on the PTA website and send in with payment to the Addams office. Anyone can join: Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa or any community members. PTA is an organization that advocates for the students at Addams Jr. High. All funds are used to organize activities and events that benefit Addams Jr. High students and teachers. PTA funds are used to pay for many great events including: assemblies, Addams 5k in the fall, 8th grade activity day and dance, and to show our appreciation for the Addams teachers throughout the year. See the PTA website for a draft of this year’s budget.

PTA meetings are held once a month. See the PTA website for dates of meetings. Membership does not require you to attend meetings or to volunteer, but all our welcome to attend meetings and volunteer whenever and however you can. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up on this form.

Picture Day Volunteers Needed
Addams picture day is Thursday, August 29th. We need several volunteers to help everything run smoothly. Sign up on this form to help that day.

Spirit Wear
Purchase your spirit wear online here. We have a great selection to choose from. All orders are due by Monday, September 30th. We will also have a limited selection for purchase at Curriculum Night on September 11th.

Late Bus Runs
4:00 PM activity buses are provided at no cost to junior high students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school. Additionally, activity buses are provided for students who live less than 1.5 miles from the school and have registered for paid busing. All students riding the 4:00 buses must have their bus pass available for the driver. The bus will stop at community stops that are at least one mile from the school. These stops might not be the same as the student’s regular stop. To find the closest stop and the correct route, please click here to follow the link on the Addams website.

Emergency Information
The safety of all Addams students is a top priority for us. Each year we undergo practice scenarios that allow our staff and students to simulate a crisis situation. These practices include evacuating from the school building and buses, taking shelter during a weather related crisis, and responding to an emergency situation in the school building. Please read the attached letters for more information regarding our emergency response procedures. As always, feel free to contact the main office at 847-357-5900 if you have any questions.

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – English

Crisis Plan and Drill Parent Letter – Spanish

Fees Reminder
You can pay your students fees through your parent portal account. This includes your $50 consumable fee, optional instructional device insurance (grades 3-8 only), and milk.

If you believe your student will qualify for the Free Lunch Program and therefore will qualify for a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee at this time. Applications for the Free Lunch Program are available online and in the school office.
The consumable fee will increase by $15 if payment is not received by November 15th, $25 if not received by February 1st, and $35 if not received by April 1st.
If you would like to purchase instructional device insurance but do not have the option to do so through your portal, please contact our school office for assistance. Instructional device insurance must be purchased before the date of device issuance.

Schaumburg Parent University – September 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 September. Please note that childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12
Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.

Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication: 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30
This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

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 847-357-2154 or

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de septiembre
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 septiembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible y los intérpretes están disponibles, pero deberá solicitarlo de antemano.

Cómo Entender y Planificar con Tiempo para a Universidad– 12 de septiembre 6–7:30 p.m.
Aprenda cómo planificar con suficiente tiempo para maximizar sus opciones sobre la universidad. Harper College discutirán los diversos tipos de universidades y programas para adquirir títulos, cómo planificar temprano, cómo hacer que la Universidad sea accesible y qué significa que su hijo tenga acceso a educación universitaria. Sólo para adultos.

Fomentando la comunicación saludable y productiva entre padres e hijos – 30 de septiembre 5:30–7 p.m.Este seminario interactivo, dirigido por el Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, psicólogo clínico del Centro de Psicología de Schaumburg, enseñará a los padres y a los niños / adolescentes estrategias efectivas de comunicación entre padres e hijos. Están bienvenidos en edades 10-17 con sus padres.

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