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News form Addams- May 8, 2020

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Dear Addams community,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Physical Education staff of District 54 for planning a phenomenal Virtual Field Day for students and their families. Of course, we would have rather have had our traditional 7th grade field day to end the year, but this was fantastic work to keep a District 54 annual event alive. It was so great to view the Addams Padlet and see all the students that got involved in such creative ways.

This coming week, the staff and Student Ambassadors of Addams would like to offer another opportunity for families to stay connected and make a difference. Please watch our Friday announcements, starring three Addams Student Ambassadors to learn more. In summary, each year we host a Cancer Walk at school to raise awareness for the fight for a cure. This year, we would like to do this virtually. Families can visit the following slide presentation for more information on how to participate along with an opportunity to memorialize your involvement via another Addams Padlet.

Next week, we look forward to seeing our students as we begin the process of cleaning out lockers and returning some district materials to Addams. See the information below, as we have created checklists to help our students prepare for their visit to the school. If you have not yet signed up, we have included the links again, as well.

Have a great weekend!


Chris Bingen       Bill Musselman
Principal              Assistant Principal

Please read on for additional details and information from District 54 and Addams.

Important Dates

  • No Virtual learning will take place on Mondays the rest of the year, as these are staff plan days. Students can use Mondays to catchup on any assignments.
  • May 11 – No virtual learning
  • May 11-13 –  7th grade locker cleanout
  • May 14-18 – 8th grade locker cleanout
  • May 18 – No virtual learning
  • May 22 – Addams Virtual Talent Show
  • May 25 – No School Memorial Day
  • May 27 – Last Day of student virtual learning
  • May 27 – Virtual graduation video broadcast at 7 pm
  • May 28 – 8th grade drop off of Chromebook, pick up of diploma, yearbook and other items (drive through model)
  • May 29 – 7th grade pick up of yearbook

7th grade end-of-year information

Locker cleanout
May 11-13 – 7th graders will have the opportunity to come to Addams to cleanout lockers and return D54 owned items. Please click here for the link to sign up. Masks must be worn at all time in the building. In addition, students can look at the attached checklist to prepare for the event. 7th grade Checklist

Yearbook pickup
May 29 – 7th graders who ordered a yearbook can pick it up at Addams. Additionally, they can drop off any materials that were still left at home. 7th graders will not turn in Chromebooks. 7th graders should keep Chromebooks, chargers and musical instruments at home for the summer.

  • 7th graders last names A-L – 8 am to 10:00 am on 5/29
  • 7th graders last names M-Z  10:30 to 12:30 pm on 5/29

8th grade end-of-year information

Locker cleanout/graduation item pickup
May 14-18 – 8th graders will have the opportunity to come to Addams to cleanout lockers, turn in D54 owned items and receive graduation gowns, medallions and yard signs. Masks must be worn at all times in the building. Please click here for the link to sign up. In addition, students can look at the attached checklist to prepare for the event. 8th grade checklist

Chromebook drop off and pick up of diploma and other items
May 28 – 8th graders will pick up 8th grade t-shirts, graduation pictures (if ordered), yearbooks (if ordered) and projects from classes. Drop off musical instruments and Chromebooks. In addition, 8th graders will receive diplomas.

  • 8th graders last names A-L – 7:30 am to 11 am
  • 8th graders last names M–Z – 12 pm to 3 pm

Addams Virtual Talent Show
If your child has talent, we want to see it! Please click on the following document to learn more about participating in the Addams Virtual Talent Show.  Talent Show

V-Learning Reminders

  • Students will continue to conduct V-Learning through the D54 V-Learning Website.  The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.
  • Junior high V-Learning classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • Since these classes are virtual and we understand that this schedule may not work for some families, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during these V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers.

Technology Troubleshooting
Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider.

People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we now have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email Our district office is closed, so do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive.

District 54 Summer Camps Cancelled
Due to this unprecedented time we are faced with, all District 54 Summer Camps have been cancelled for this year. These camps include, Summer STEM, 54 Fitness League, Camp Creative, Language and Culture Camp, and Summer Instrumental Music. If you have submitted a payment for any camp, you will be issued a refund starting Thursday, April 30, and you should see a credit appear on your statement within 14 business days.

The camp facilitators are going to miss seeing students this summer. Students in all grade levels can stay engaged by participating in the School District 54 Summer Virtual Learning University, which is filled with fun activities and challenges for students and families to participate in together from home. The link for the Virtual Learning University will be on the School District 54 website in the last week of May.

Registration for the 2020-21 School Year
Registration for the 2020-21 school year opened on Monday, March 30 through the Infinite Campus Portal.  If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the portal website. Go to and click on Infinite Campus Parent Portal under Popular Links.  If you have not previously created a portal account, please email to create one.

Enroll your child for the 2020-21 school year
Update Your Information:  Log on to the parent portal by to review the current information and make any necessary changes. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your child(ren) will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please inform our office where your child will be attending school in the fall so that we can prepare your child’s records for transfer.  You can email our secretaries at and

Residency:  All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal.  If you are unable to upload the documents needed at this time, you will be able to provide them in person when our offices reopen.

If your address information was verified electronically, you will not be prompted to upload residency documentation and will not need to provide any documents.

Information about busing and material fees will be communicated this summer. Should you have any questions, please contact our front office using one, or both of the above email addresses. Thank you very much.