October 27, 2023


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Dear Addams Families,

As we work towards the end of trimester 1, it has been another busy week at Addams! Our students really got into the “spirit” of Addams as many dressed up each day for Spirit Week. In addition, we had almost 100 runners for our Couch to 2 mile event and a huge crowd at Culvers last night for the successful PTA Family Night Out. If you have an Instagram or Twitter (X) account, we would highly suggest you follow us @AddamsCrusaders as there were many social media posts this week about these events along with classroom and club updates. 

We look forward to celebrating with our students this evening at the “Fright Night Dance”!  The dance will be held from 6 to 8 pm. Remind your child to bring his/her ticket to the dance. If for some reason they lost the ticket, we will be able to check them in as we have a list of students that we sold tickets to. In addition, make sure that if your child is wearing a costume they have a mask that can be taken off so that we can identify him/her at the door. 

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


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

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.

Book Fair
The PTA will be holding a Book Fair during conferences. More information will be coming out next week! 

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. 
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