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News from Addams – August 30, 2019

Students working at a table                Students demonstrating teamwork


Dear Addams Community:

It has been another tremendous week at Addams as our students have quickly settled into our systems and routines. Staff and students are already diving into the curriculum and many “peak” moments were observed. Additionally, we are excited to relay some fantastic news! Addams has been named a Special Olympics Unified Champion School for demonstrating a commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 standards of excellence (one of 4 Illinois schools awarded for this school year). Special Olympics will be visiting us soon for an all-school assembly to present our banner.

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? If you are headed to the Schaumburg Septemberfest, please consider supporting the Addams band and orchestra. The 8th grade band will perform on Saturday, August 31 at 2:30 pm and the 8th grade orchestra will perform on Sunday, September 1 at 3:15 pm. It will be exciting to see the talent of these wonderful musicians on display for the greater community to enjoy.

We wish all of our Addams students and families a wonderful, long weekend. Happy Labor Day!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal             Assistant Principal

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

Upcoming Dates:

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
9/18: Students dismissed at 10:40 am


Curriculum Night
Addams will host its Curriculum Night on September 11, 2019 from 6:00-8:10 PMThis 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. 

We will send a copy of your child’s schedule home this coming Wednesday afternoon. Please bring it with you as you will need their locker combination to take part in an activity. (It is a secret, so don’t tell them.)

School Pictures
Students pictures were taken this past Thursday. You have until Saturday evening, August 31 to order pictures online – enter the code: EVTXQS2VV.  If you do not order by Saturday evening, you will need to wait until pictures come back and you will be given an individual code to order them.

PTA Fun Lunch
Last chance for the fall! If your child forgot to bring their hot lunch form in, they have until 9 am Tuesday, 9/3 to get the forms in to be included in the fall fun lunch program. Do not miss out on this opportunity to take a break from packing your child a lunch!  
PTA Fall Order Form   Fun Lunch Info

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 websitefor 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

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.

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.

Support the Foundation at Septemberfest
The District 54 Education Foundation is raising funds for District 54 students over Labor Day weekend at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest. You can support the Foundation by parking your car for $5 at Collins School, 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg, on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. Summit is located between Roselle and Plum Grove roads. The Foundation is also participating in Not-for-Profit Day on Monday, Sept. 2, at Septemberfest. Purchase food from our partner, Riccardo’s Ristorante, and the profits will support District 54 students.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn, and grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities.

For more about the Foundation, visit

Apoye a la Fundación durante el festival de septiembre ‘Septemberfest’
La Fundación de Educación del Distrito 54 está recaudando fondos para los estudiantes del Distrito 54 durante el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo en el Festival de Septiembre “Septemberfest”  de Schaumburg. Usted puede apoyar a la Fundación estacionando su auto los sábados y domingos, 31 de agosto y 1 de septiembre por solo $ 5 en la escuela Collins, ubicada en el 407 S. Summit Drive, Schaumburg. La calle Summit está ubicada entre Roselle y Plum Grove.  La Fundación también está participando en un Día “sin fines de lucro” el lunes, 2 de septiembre, durante el “Septemberfest”. Si usted compra ese día una comida de nuestro socio, Riccardo’s Ristorante, las ganancias apoyarán a los estudiantes del Distrito 54.

La Fundación se compromete a asegurar que todos los estudiantes del Distrito 54 tengan las mismas oportunidades financiando programas de desayunos para estudiantes de familias con dificultades financieras para asegurarse de que comienzan su día listos para aprender, y becas a estudiantes de familias con dificultades financieras para que puedan participar en actividades extracurriculares.

Para más información sobre la Fundación, visite la página web

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

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