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News from Addams November 1, 2019

Bingen scarecrow    scarecrow


Dear Addams Community,

It certainly has been a strange weather week! For those of you like me that enjoy a “typical” Illinois fall season, I hope this is not a sign of things to come. If so, however, we are ready at Addams with many fun and exciting indoor events. As a staff, we already got things started with a scarecrow making contest. Students will get a chance to vote on the best scarecrow next week. Enjoy a couple of entries in the pictures above. That mermaid man scarecrow bears a striking resemblance to someone I know quite well! As we look ahead to this coming week, join the over 125 staff, parents and students that have already signed up for the first ever Addams Bingo Night. Next, consider coming out to support our boys’ basketball, cheerleading and poms teams, on Thursday, as Addams hosts the first basketball game of the season. Later in the month, we would love to have parents attend the Special Olympics Unified Champion School Banner Ceremony. Read on below for more information about these and other coming events.

It is going to be a November to remember!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal               Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • 11/1: Halloween Dance
  • 11/6 : Addams Family Bingo Night
  • 11/7: First boys’ basketball home game vs. Eisenhower Junior High
  • 11/8: End of the first trimester
  • 11/26: Special Olympics Unified Champion School Recognition Assembly @ 8 am
  • 11/27-11/29: Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/3-12/5 – Winter Math MAP assessments
  • 12/6 – Addams 50th Anniversary celebration
  • 12/10-12/12 – Winter Reading MAP assessments

Addams Family Bingo Night
On Wednesday, November 6th, we are excited to announce that we will be holding our first ever Addams Family Bingo night. Join us for some fun and to win valuable prizes. Click here to sign up.

Special Olympics Unified Champion School
We are proud to announce that Jane Addams Junior High has been named an official national banner Unified Champion School for its commitment to inclusion! Determined by [TAG] Special Olympics, in order to receive this designation Jane Addams met 10 standards of excellence focusing on Unified Sports, Inclusive Youth Leadership, and Whole-School Engagement. See the following website for more information: To celebrate, Addams will hold a banner ceremony as part of our November Pep Assembly on the morning of November 26. All parents are invited to join us at 8:00 am if you would like to witness the recognition.

Addams 50th Anniversary Celebration
On the morning of December 6, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Addams Junior High. You will learn more about this event in the coming weeks, but to prepare we are selling t-shirts to commemorate this occasion to all staff members, students and community members. T-shirts are $12 and can be worn to show your Addams pride. Please visit the following link to order a t-shirt for any family members:

Picture Re-takes
If your student took pictures on retake day they will be distributed today.  If you have any issues or questions regarding pictures, please contact Stacy Crook at 847-357-5900.

Halloween Dance (It is not too late to attend)
Tonight, November 1st, we will be holding an Addams Halloween dance. We encourage all students to come from 5:00-7:00 pm to dance, have fun, participate in an Escape Room and enjoy some pizza while hanging with their friends. Costumes are optional but encouraged and tickets can be purchased at lunch for $3.00 (for the dance) or $5.00 (for the dance, pizza, and water).  Proceeds from the dance will be donated to the GiGo Fund, which assists our veterans with finding employment, connecting to their benefits, and accessing housing opportunities. Hope to see you all there!

PTA Fun Lunch
Attached are directions and order forms for PTA Fun lunch for the second half of the year. All order forms are due by no later than December 20, 2019. Fun Lunch information.docx  Fun Lunch order form 2020.docx

District 54 Severe Weather Response Plan
In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

Illinois Report Card
The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2019 report card information posted on the state’s website at and on the District 54 website at

The website contains results from the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, as well as information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment, and financial information. The report card also includes results from the 5Essentials survey, which was given to students in grades 6 through 8, certified staff and parents last year.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847.357.5333.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Once again we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 14, 2020, at

For more information, click here to read the letter from Superintendent Andy DuRoss.

2019-20 Consumable Fee
District 54 has emailed out a fee statement if you have not paid your $50 consumable fee for the 2019-20 school year.  You can pay online through your parent portal or you can send a check, to the office, in an envelope marked “Consumable Fee” with your student. If you pay before November 15th, you will avoid the $15 late fee. If your email address has changed since you registered in April, please contact the office to update your information.

Performers needed for Multicultural Event 2020
Each year the District 54 Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event showcasing the diversity represented by students in District 54.  They are looking for groups and individuals who are interested in performing at this year’s event on Saturday, March 7.  Applications for performances will be accepted from November 14-26.  An informational meeting will be held at 3:30 on Tuesday, November 12 at the Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for those who would like to apply early. Click here to access the application. You can also apply by visiting the []District 54 website or by requesting a form from our building secretaries.

Se necesitan actos para el Evento Multicultural 2020
Cada año, el Departamento de Lenguaje y Cultura, junto con el Distrito de Parques de Schaumburg, presenta un evento multicultural que muestra la diversidad representada por los estudiantes del Distrito 54. Estamos buscando estudiantes que deseen participar en un acto grupal o individual durante el evento multicultural, pautado para el Sábado 7 de marzo de 2020.  Las solicitudes para participar serán aceptadas entre el 14 al 26 de noviembre. Una reunión informativa se llevará a cabo el martes 12 de noviembre  a las 3:30 en el Centro de Administración Rafferty para aquellos ser los primeros en someter sus aplicaciones. Haga clic aquí para tener acceso a la solicitud. Usted también puede presentar una solicitud visitando el sitio web del Distrito 54 o hablando con la secretaria de la escuela de su hijo/a para solicitar el formulario.

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

Steps to Changing a Child’s Behavior – November 11
Greta Nielsen, LCPC, NCC, Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at Clinical Care Consultants, will share tips, techniques and tools to build parenting skills and positive relationships with your children. Learn ways to encourage and empower your child to independently problem-solve and feel good about themselves. Minimize power struggles and tantrums, while improving communication. You will walk away with strategies for encouraging positive behaviors and stopping the negative ones by developing both natural and logical consequences. Be the effective parent you want to be by bringing calm, joy and respect to your home. This class will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). Adults only. Child Behavior Flyer

ABCs of Family Fitness – November 21
Most of us think about ABCs in terms of reading and writing. This class, guided by Melt Pilates and Yoga owner, personal trainer and yoga instructor Shannon Tampa, will focus on Abs, Biceps and Core. Support your child’s social emotional success by ensuring they stay healthy, challenged and engaged during this quality family time! This class will take place from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (enter through Door C1). ABCs of Fitness 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.

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de noviembre
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in 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 noviembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.

Pasos para cambiar el comportamiento de un niño – 11 de noviembre
Greta Nielsen, LCPC, NCC, directora clínica y psicoterapeuta de Clinical Care Consultants compartirá consejos, técnicas y herramientas para desarrollar habilidades de crianza y relaciones positivas con sus hijos. Aprenda maneras de alentar y capacitar a su hijo para resolver problemas de manera independiente y sentirse bien con el mismo. Minimice las luchas de poder y las rabietas, a medida que mejora la comunicación. Saldrá con estrategias para fomentar comportamientos positivos y detener los negativos mediante el desarrollo de consecuencias lógicas y naturales. Conviértase en el padre efectivo que quiere ser trayendo calma, alegría y respeto a tu hogar. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6 a 7:30 p.m. el 11 de noviembre de 2019, en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (entrar por la puerta C1). Sólo para adultos. Comportamiento del niño

ABC del estado fisico familiar – 21 de noviembre
La mayoría de nosotros pensamos en los ABC en términos de lectura y escritura. Esta clase se centrará en abdominales, biceps y torso. ¡Venga y experimente un tiempo familiar de calidad y apoye el éxito social y emocional de su hijo/a asegurándose de que se mantenga saludable, desafiado y comprometido. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6 a 7 p.m. el 21 de noviembre de 2019, en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (entrar por la puerta C1). ABC del estado fisico familiar

Regístrese visitando Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o Por favor, dejar su nombre, información de contacto, número de participantes, número de niños necesitando cuidado de niños (gratis) y la escuela de su hijo/a. Hay interpretes disponibles pero deberá solicitar los mismos al registrarse.