November 13, 2023

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Dear Addams Families,

It was a week of hard work and celebration at Addams Junior High! On the Wednesday half day, we celebrated the end of the first trimester with a door decorating contest and our latest installment of the world famous Accept, Achieve, Amaze Assemblies. This month, the math department honored students and staff members that have gone above and beyond to exemplify our three A’s. In addition, our PBIS committee planned and executed staff and student participation games (What’s in the Box and Preparing a Feast). It was certainly a fun way to continue to build a culture where we balance love and accountability.  

If you have not yet signed up for conferences, we would suggest doing so this weekend. Some teachers’ schedules are already full. If you have concern about your child’s performance and there are no open slots, we suggest you email the teacher. In addition, regardless of whether you are meeting with teachers or not, ALL are welcome to stop by Addams between 11:45 am and 7:00 pm (closed 4:30 to 5:15 pm for dinner) on Monday, November 20 and 7:30 to 9:15 am on Tuesday, November 21 to visit our Book Fair and Fall Fest.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach out.

Chris Bingen          Bill Musselman
Principal                 Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/20 –  Full-day Parent-Teacher Conferences – no school all day
  • 11/21 – Half-day Parent-Teacher Conferences – no school all day
  • 11/20-11/21 – PTA sponsored Book Fair during conferences
  • 11/22-24 –  Thanksgiving Break – no school
  • 12/21 – Winter break begins at the end of the day
  • 1/8 – School Resumes
  • 1/15 –  Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no school

Addams Book Fair During Conferences 
For the first time in a few years, we will be holding Book Fair during conferences. Please see the information on the flyer to learn more. Parents can even setup an eWallet so that students can go to the event and use the funds to purchase books.
Fall Fest During Conferences
If you are coming to Addams for a conference on Monday, November 20, stop by our cafeteria. In addition to holding a Book Fair, please enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, some cookies and participate in a making a fall craft. You won’t want to “leaf” (leave)! 
 Parent-Teacher Conferences
 School District 54 is making it easier than ever for families to schedule conferences with teachers. We’ve partnered with “Meet the Teacher” to provide a mobile-friendly and easy-to-use system that creates a simple and streamlined scheduling experience. To login and schedule a conference, please visit and enter the information in the text fields. Please make sure you enter the information that matches the student’s registration. If you have more than one child in District 54, you will only have to use one child’s information to login. The system will show you options for all the students in your household after you login once. 
 Once you’re in the system, you’ll be able to select your child’s/children’s teacher(s) and your preferred dates and times. If you prefer to have your conference virtually via Zoom, please add a message to the conference when prompted and type in the word “Zoom.”  If you prefer to have an in-person conference, please leave this blank. If you would like to change or delete any scheduled conferences, you can do so by logging in again with the same information. We encourage you to bookmark the website on your phone, tablet, or desktop to review, possibly make changes, and for future parent-teacher conference sessions. 
 For more detailed information on how to login and navigate the site, please view our guide below. 
 If you have any questions, please call the main office at 847-357-5900 or email school secretary Mrs. Sproat, [email protected] 
 Meet the Teacher – Conference Scheduling
 Meet the Teacher – Conference Scheduling (SPANISH)
 Conference sign-up is open from now until 12 pm on 11/16. We would, however, suggest that you sign up as soon as possible to get preferred time slots. 

6th grade Parent Night (Incoming students for 2024-25 school year)
Please save the date of Wednesday, 12/6.  The administration along with staff representatives will host a parents-only, informational presentation to discuss the many wonderful opportunities that exist at Addams Junior High and to explain in detail the process of choosing electives for 7th grade. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 6 – 7 pm.   For our Dual Language and Chinese Immersion families, there will be a presentation from 5:30-6:00pm that will provide specific information about the program your child is enrolled in.
 Our partnership is important for the success of your child.  We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Addams and the transition to junior high.

Join PTA
Help support the PTA by purchasing a membership.  Memberships are only $10 or 2 for $15.
Purchase memberships online and your membership card will be emailed to you. 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 helps support 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.  

Fun Lunch
Fun Lunches continue each Friday through the Marla’s Lunch website. Here are directions on how to order. All orders are due on Tuesday at 9am for the following week. 
Spirit wear
Addams Spirit Wear is now available! Show your school spirit by ordering yours today. Order yours online here.
Chicago Wolves Game
The PTA is sponsoring another Family Night out at the Chicago Wolves Game on Saturday, November 11th. Check out the flyer to get more information and to order tickets. 

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.

2023-2024 District Calendar
The 2023-2024 District Calendar can be viewed HERE.  You can also access the SD54 calendar at a glance PDF right above the calendar once you click on the link