October 6, 2023


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Dear Addams Families,

We had an extremely successful Pink Out Day yesterday at Jane Addams Junior High. Our students “amazed” us by supporting the Fight Against Breast Cancer along with showing their school spirit!  Thank you to the girls basketball teams and your coaches for championing this idea. 

In addition, our Student Ambassadors were excited to announce this morning that we will be having a school dance on Friday, October 27 from 6 to 8 pm. The dance will be fall themed and students can dress in “fancy” clothes, a Halloween costume or just come in typical school clothes. We will have concessions, carnival games , raffles and a DJ. The cost to enter will be $3 and we will start selling tickets during lunch soon. I also joined the SAs on the announcements to explain that going to a school dance is a privilege. Students will need to meet certain academic and behavioral requirements to be eligible to participate. Only Addams students may attend the event and students must be in attendance at school on the day of the dance to participate. 

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

It was nice to see our Chicago Bears finally get a win last night! Enjoy the three day weekend!


Chris Bingen          Bill Musselman
Principal                 Assistant Principal 

Upcoming Dates

  • 10/9 –  Columbus Day – No School
  • 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
  • 11/22-24 –  Thanksgiving Break – no school

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. 
2023 Personal Assessment of Core Competency
District 54 is committed to ensuring not only the academic success of each child, but also their social-emotional wellbeing. Your insight as a parent/guardian is essential in creating the most well rounded picture of your student’s strengths and opportunities for growth. To gather your perspective, District 54 will send families of students in grades 3-8 an email link for each child to the District 54 Personal Assessment of Core Competency on Monday, October 2nd .  The survey will remain open until Friday, October 20th.  Thank you in advance for participating in this survey, as we believe the home-school collaboration is critical to best support your child’s overall well-being.

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 will be on Fridays beginning  on Friday, September 8th. Order Fun Lunch 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.

 McKinney-Vento Assistance Act
The U.S. McKinney-Vento Assistance Act defines homeless children as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime abode. In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars, parks, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services.  Please visit our website for more 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