October 20, 2023

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Dear Addams Families,

We would like to congratulate our student athletes this fall as they worked extremely hard and represented Addams Junior High with honor. The Cross Country team completed their season at the conference meet this past Tuesday. Many runners posted personal bests and a special congratulations goes to the 7th grade boys team who earned the title of D54 Conference Champions! In addition, our girls’ basketball team competed in the D54 tournament this week. The coaches were very proud as the 8th grade team earned 2nd place in the tournament, while the 7th grade team took 3rd place. Next week coaches will hold tryouts for boys’ basketball, cheerleading and the poms teams. 

As a reminder, we have two community events occurring during this upcoming week. First, we would love for some of our families to join us at 4 pm on Wednesday, 10/25 to walk or run in the PE Dept. sponsored Coach to 2 mile. Then plan on coming out on Thursday, 10/26 to the Culvers on 1800 Wise Road for a PTA sponsored Family Dinner Night Out. We have over 20 staff members ready to serve you your food! See below for more information on these events. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Chris Bingen          Bill Musselman
Principal                 Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates:

  • 10/25 – Couch to 2 mile
  • 10/26 – PTA Family Night out at the Culvers on Wise Road
  • 10/27 – Fall dance from 6 to 8 pm
  • 11/8 –  Half-day Institute students released at 10:40 AM
  • 11/10 – Picture re-takes day
  • 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

Spirit Week 10/23 – 10/27
See the image below. Please remind your child  to participate as we continue to feed the positive school climate at Addams!
Fright Night Dance
Many students are quite excited about the Fright Night Dance sponsored by our Student Ambassadors that will be held from 6 to 8 pm this coming Friday night. Tickets will continue to be sold for $3 during all lunch periods through this coming Wednesday, 10/25. Students have the choice of dressing in a costume, but it is not required. If students are planning to wear a costume, we must be able to identify them as they walk into the dance. In addition, no weapons or “look-alikes” of any kind (squirt guns, chains, whips, plastic swords, etc.)  are allowed.

Presented by Club Unify
October is Down Syndrome Awareness month.  Club Unify is asking everyone to wear CRAZY SOCKS (brightly colored and mismatched) on Monday, October 30th to celebrate the talents of these amazing individuals!
Club Unify is also sponsoring a PAJAMA DAY on Tuesday, October 31st. Cozy flannel pants, slippers, robes, and onesies are encouraged. Hope you join in on the fun! **
** Note – We do not allow students to wear Halloween costumes to school on October 31st.

Coming Soon – Parent Teacher Conferences
In the coming weeks we will be emailing information on how to signup (digitally) for Parent-Teacher conferences. The conferences will occur from 11:45 am – 7:30 pm on Monday, November 20 and from 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Tuesday, November 21. 

District 211 Class of 2028 Information
 District 211 has updated its comprehensive transition guide for the high school graduating Class of 2028.  Each District 211 high school has a unique version of the Class of 2028 Transition Guidebook.  You can locate electronic copies of each high school’s guidebook on the District 211 webpage devoted to incoming freshmen information. The transition guide highlights important information for families of current 8th grade students including details about the digital placement testing. 
Incoming freshmen placement testing will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2023.  Starting with the Class of 2028, the PSAT 8/9 will be administered in a digital format.  District 54 students will complete the assessment using their school issued device (Chromebooks).  Please make sure your child attends with a fully charged Chromebook and charger. 

Couch to 2 Mile Run
Our students have also been working hard in PE progressing through the ‘Couch to 2 Mile running program. They are working towards running the 2 mile event on Wednesday, October 25 at 4pm at Addams. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the registration form here. Please complete one registration form per person.  Keep in mind, you can walk or run! This event is free for all participants and students who participate in the race will receive a free T-shirt compliments of the PTA. If you are unable to participate, you can support our runners by purchasing some race gear by clicking here. Please note, the clothing will not arrive until after the race event.
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.
Nights Out
Our first night out will be at Culver’s on October 26th from 5pm to 8pm.
Culver’s of Schaumburg
1800 Wise Rd
Come join your PRINCIPAL and TEACHERS (from 5pm-7pm) at Culver’s of Schaumburg and support Jane Addams PTA at the same time.  Culver’s is donating 15% of the group’s sales during this time period.  Bring your Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and ALL of your friends.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to help, see your friends and have a great meal! Please mention you are with Jane Addams PTA at the time of ordering.
Click HERE for the flier.

Our second night out will be 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

Erin’s Law Presentations
Again this year, we will be implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels. 

As a reminder regarding the development and scope of the program, a group of social workers and school psychologists from the district worked with our executive director of special education to develop a curriculum that will give the students the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves. The lessons at each elementary grade level will be presented by the social worker and/or school psychologist, with the classroom teacher present, and last approximately 30 minutes. Each lesson has a children’s book that will be read to the students and coupled with age-appropriate activities. The lessons for 7th and 8th grade are already in the health textbook and involve reading that material and having an appropriate discussion. The lessons for elementary school students will be completed sometime during the first trimester of school. You will receive specific information from the teacher regarding when these lessons are scheduled during the trimester. The junior high lessons will occur throughout the year during the health classes. 

The themes that run throughout the curriculum are body awareness and self-advocacy. We want the children to be able to learn to say “no” when appropriate and to identify when to keep a secret and when to tell. We also help them think about their support system and who are adults that they can trust. They learn that the parts of their body covered by their bathing suits are special. 

National statistics tell us that one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their lives. A resource guide for parents from ISBE Faiths Law: Sexual Abuse Response and Prevention Resource Guide can be found in the Parent Student Handbook. We want to do all that we can, in partnership with you, to make our children as safe as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.