Dear Addams Community:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! We are so proud of our Addams Student Ambassadors as they have been very busy this week spreading happiness to others. First, students put together a “sweet” package for each of our bus drivers to thank them for all their hard work! Next, the students hosted a special donut sale for students. All proceeds from the sale will go to the D54 Food Pantry. Finally, the ambassadors kicked off a whole school project. It is our goal to collect enough plastic bottle tops to make a bench for the building. See below for more information on this initiative. And, their work is not done! This upcoming week, the Student Ambassadors are sponsoring a Spirit Week. Please encourage your child to participate. Here is the theme for each day:
- 3/20 – Marvel/Superhero
- 3/21 – Crazy Socks or Blue/Yellow Day – this day is in support of World Down Syndrome Day
- 3/22 – Flannel, jeans and boots
- 3/23 – Backwards clothes
- 3/24 – Spring colors
As always, do not hesitate to reach out as we work in partnership to support our students in reaching their potential.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Chris Bingen Bill Musselman
Principal Assistant Principal
Important Dates to Remember:
- March 27-31: Spring Break
- April 4: Election Day – No School
- April 7: Non-school attendance day
- May 21: Graduation at Wintrust Field (formerly Boomers Stadium) @ 4:30 pm
Save your bottle caps
Our Student Ambassadors are working on a whole school project to help the environment. We are collecting plastic bottle caps. If we receive enough, we will be able to have them repurposed into a bench for the school. Please help us by saving your caps and sending them to school with your child on a regular basis.
Graduation Gowns and Medallions
The 8th grade graduation date will not be finalized by the school district until March. The School Board and administration wait until the threat of inclement weather/snow days are over before settling on a date. However, we have already begun preparations for graduation. We have gathered student sizes for graduation gowns. As part of our ceremony, all students will wear a gown and receive a keepsake medallion. Payment for gowns and medallions can be made in one of three ways:
- Log on to the school store on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and purchase the gown/medallion. The cost is $22 (with a $2 processing fee).
- Make a check out to Addams Junior High for $22 and drop it off at the Addams office.
- Send your student with $22 cash in an envelope with their name on it, labeled “graduation fee”.
Payment is due ASAP. Please email Mr. Bingen if you are in need of financial assistance.
District 54 Summer Camps
Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! District 54 students can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! Registration will open in your Parent Portal at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, and will close at noon Friday, May 5. (Instrumental Music camp registration will close at noon Friday, May 26.) For more information on the camps offered click on the links below.
Seats fill up fast, so sign up early if you want your children to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! Information regarding camps designed for English learners and students in the dual language programs will be shared the week of April 10.
Summer Camp Scholarships Available
As part of its commitment to life-long learning, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs (STC) offers scholarships for summer programs/camps to District 54 students currently in Kindergarten through 7th grade who wish to broaden their education, talents and experiences.
**Please note the parent/guardian must be a current PTA member at the school attended by the child applying for the scholarship.**
You are responsible for registering your child for the camp/program indicated. Registration is recommended to ensure your child secures a spot. If you wait to see if your child is awarded a scholarship before registering, your child runs the risk of the program being full or cancelled. Please make sure you register by May 20th. This must be a summer camp or program completed by Labor Day. If your camp/program is cancelled contact us with an eligible alternative within the same organization.
Click these links to access the application: English version, Spanish version
**The application and supporting documents are due April 7, 2023.**
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 March 31, 2023, at survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you don’t finish in one sitting.
If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are other “Jane Addams” schools in Illinois so make sure you are picking the one in Schaumburg.
Windy City Bulls Game – March 21
The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Tuesday, March 21, at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each $20 ticket purchased will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation Crisis Fund to support families in our community.
Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!
The District 54 takeover night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and during breaks in the game, as well as a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime.
Residency for 2023-24
District 54 will hold kindergarten/new student registration for the 2023-24 school year by appointment only. Starting Wednesday, January 25, 2023, families that have a student currently enrolled in District 54 can register incoming kindergarten students through their Parent Portal account. Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website (http://sd54.org/registration ).
Once your online registration is complete, please contact your school to schedule your in-person appointment to complete your student’s registration and provide documentation. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Do you have a child who will be starting school in August 2023? If you do and would like support with registering, we are here to help! You are invited to join us at any of the sites listed below. Staff will be available to help you complete the form and answer any questions you may have.
- Blackwell Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 345 N. Walnut in Schaumburg. Translators available for Spanish.
- Lakeview Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 615 Lakeview Lane in Hoffman Estates. Translators available for Spanish.
- John Muir Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at 1973 N. Kensington Lane in Hoffman Estates. Translators available for Spanish and Ukrainian.
- Stevenson Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at 1414 Armstrong Lane in Elk Grove Village. Translators available for Spanish and Polish.
- Aldrin Elementary School – 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at 617 Boxwood Drive in Schaumburg. Translators available for Spanish.
Now available! Become a District 54 Paraprofessional Using a Short-Term Paraprofessional License.
Have you always wanted to work full-time in District 54? Have you always liked the idea of assisting a teacher or helping a student reach their full potential? If you hold a high school diploma (or the equivalent) you are now qualified to become a District 54 Paraprofessional through the short-term paraprofessional license. It is simple to apply for this license and the information is available here. Be sure to visit the District 54 website and click on the Careers button to apply!
District 54 Virtual Backpack
District 54 shares information about community events with our students and families through our Virtual Backpack. We know that parents are interested in extracurricular activities. At the same time, we don’t want the homework, letters from the teachers, school news and other important district information to get lost among the countless other pieces of paper in our students’ backpacks. Please click here for additional information.