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News from Addams – September 27, 2019

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Dear Addams Community,

It was another fantastic week of learning at Addams! On Thursday, we welcomed over five hundred athletes from fifteen schools and hundreds more parents and families to the 21th Annual Crusader Fall Flite Cross Country event. The growth mindset was in full display as these student athletes pushed themselves to the limit. Thank you to cross country coaches Mr. Truppa, Mr. Belluomini, Mrs. Bugger and Mrs. Patano for the incredible amount of planning that went into making this such a successful community event.  Also, thank you to Mr. Caliendo and the band for making the event even better with some sweet tunes!

In addition, we would like to highlight the new Addams Creation Studio (formerly known as the Addams LMC). Creation Director, Mrs. Kay has been promoting all the amazing resources that we have through a scavenger hunt that Language Arts classes are completing. Some of these resources include an audio and video production studio, Makerspace activities, Augmented Reality (AR) and a collaboration station.

For more information about life at Addams visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages @AddamsCrusaders.

Stay dry this weekend! And, go Bears!

Chris Bingen      Bill Musselman
Principal             Assistant Principal

Important Dates
10/8– Picture Re-takes
10/10-10/11– Student-led Conferences
10/14 – No School, Columbus Day
10/19 – D211 Placement Exam

Please read below for the latest noteworthy items from Addams and District 54.

Student-led Conferences
You can now reserve your preferred time slot for our October 10th and 11th 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 quickly reserve time slots that fit your schedule. The window for online access will close at midnight on Wednesday, October 9thHowever, 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 here for the conference link.
  • Step 2 – Use the drop down menu to choose 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.

Eighth Grade High School Placement Exam
District 211 will be administering a placement exam (PSAT) for incoming freshman (current eighth grade students) on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Results of this exam will aid in course placement for freshman year.  Parents with questions about placement testing should contact the student services director at the high school their child will attend.  District 211 has posted some basic information pertaining to incoming freshman information and incoming freshman placement testing on their website at District 211 Class of 2024 Information.

D211 Informational Videos for Eighth Grade Families
District 211 will be creating a series of informational videos to assist families with preparing for high school enrollment and the placement exam.  The goal of the video series is keeping parents and students informed throughout the process.  Please click on the link to view the Class of 2024 Junior High Presentation High School Transition video.  The videos will be posted to Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Conant High School’s incoming freshman webpages.

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.

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.

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