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LP Press 1-23-15

Posted January 23rd, 2015 by astochl

Good morning,

Please read through this week’s LP Press January 23 2015. It has new information regarding upcoming events, as well as Schaumburg Parent University classes and the 5 Essentials Survey information.

Last night District 54’s Board of Education voted to approve Full Day Kindergarten throughout the district. This will mean our Kindergarteners here at LP will be with us 5 days a week. We are excited about the opportunity and are in the process of working through adjustments to our K/1 program. We will be hosting a K/1 Information Night in February to share information with you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or considerations you may have.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

LP Press 1-16-15

Posted January 16th, 2015 by astochl

Good morning,

It was nice to see so many families this week during conferences. Teachers shared how impressive students were in reflecting on their goals, creating new goals and action plans. It sounds like these news goals and plans will certainly drive the work our students do throughout the upcoming months.

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Please take time to read through this week’s LP Press January 16 2015. I wrote about our Open Enrollment Process in the Stochl Stories article. This will provide you with some information to help answer questions from neighbors, friends or family interested in LP! Additionally, there are several activities and events coming up that require sign ups, an RSVP or deadlines for information. Please make note of these items. Please note that any remaining Market Day orders must be submitted online by This Wednesday, 1/21 at 11:59pm.

Office Reminders

Please remember that every effort should be made to make end of day arrangements before the school day begins. We continue to receive calls for changes to end of day arrangements during the last hour of the day. There are always exceptions due to emergency, however many of the calls we’ve been getting are not. Please refrain from calling to “remind students” of their arrangements. If you have sent a note in to the classroom teacher and told your child before sending them to school, that is sufficient.

The deadline to notify us of incoming siblings is this Friday, January 23rd. If we do not receive the sibling information letter by Friday, we cannot ensure a place for your child next year. They will of course be placed in the lottery with all other applicants. The sibling information letter has been in the LP Press since December 19th and is included again this week.

 

5Essentials Survey:  As a way to continuously improve, District 54 has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

 

If you have more than one child at a school, you should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school. Schools are listed alphabetically by their full names.

 

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.

 

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ between Jan. 12 and March 13, 2015.  Please see the attached letters for more information. We will have laptops available during the February and March PTSA meetings if you would like to take it at that time.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Illinois Offers 5 Essentials Survey

Posted January 13th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

 

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois are encouraged to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help guide school improvement.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered online on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. Research has shown that schools strong on these indicators are 10 times more likely to improve student learning. The five indicators are effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments and ambitious Instruction.

All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey – whether your child is in an early childhood program, elementary school or junior high.

If parents have more than one child at a school, they should complete only one survey for that school. In addition, only one parent or guardian per household may participate in the survey. Parents with children enrolled in multiple schools may take the survey for each school.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey; however, our schools will make computers available to parents. Call your child’s school if you are interested in taking the survey at a District 54 school.

The parent survey results will only be generated by the state if at least 20 percent of parents at a school respond to the survey. Last year none of our schools met this target. If at least 20 percent of parents participate, this data will be made available to principals.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/ before March 13, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, look up the full name (for example, look under J for Jane Addams Junior High School, not A for Addams).

Student Survey – for 6th through 8th grade The state is only allowing students in grades 6 through 12 to take the survey. Students are required to take the survey at school and will be given time in District 54 during the week of Feb. 2.

Teacher Survey All District 54 teachers will be asked to take the survey on Jan. 28. The State Board of Education is only administering the survey to certified teachers whose primary responsibility involves teaching students for the majority of the school day and year.

The identities of anyone taking a survey will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. More information can be found online at https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

 

 

LP Press 1-9-15

Posted January 9th, 2015 by astochl

Welcome Back!

I don’t know if I can officially say that having had three days off this week. It was so nice to see students, hear about vacations and holidays and get back into a semi-normal routine!

Please read through this week’s LP Press January 9, 2015. In addition to dates and recognition, there are quite a few new opportunities from Schaumburg Parent University as well as the second half of the year’s Lunch Extreme Order Form.

Next week we will hold our second round of Student led Conferences. We look forward to seeing everyone then! We’d like to offer “sibling care” during conferences on Thursday night once again, however we do need parents to work ½ – 1 hour time slots. If you are available please call the office.

Waste Free Wednesday lunch is rescheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Today’s scheduled Lunch Extreme has been rescheduled again and WILL NOT be served next Tuesday, January 13, 2015 as mentioned in yesterday’s email. When another date is selected we will let you know.

See you next week at Student Led Conferences!

Schools Closed January 09, 2015.

Posted January 8th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. The National Weather Service is calling for wind chill values as low as -21 in the morning, when children will be walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

We know that it’s frustrating to have three days off this week, especially after two weeks of winter break and especially for working parents. The District 54 staff wants students in the classrooms learning.

However, our number one priority every day is keeping children safe. We have about 8,000 students who ride a bus. The other 6,500 students either walk or get a ride to school. We cannot assume that all students can get a ride to school on a cold weather day. We also can’t assume that all children will be dressed appropriately for this weather.

The Hoffman Estates Park District and YMCA have announced that they will be offering child care for elementary school students when schools close for cold weather days. We hope that this will help out some of our families. For more information, visit the websites below.

All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Schools Closed January 08, 2015.

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

All District 54 schools will be closed again tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, because the forecast continues to call for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open and the School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will be held.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time.

Schools Closed January 07, 2015.

Posted January 6th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

 

All District 54 schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, because the forecast calls for dangerously low wind chills. All after-school and evening activities are canceled as well. The Rafferty Administration Center will be open.

The decision to close school is not one we make lightly. Our top concern is whether we believe the more than 14,000 students we serve can get to school safely (whether they walk, take a bus or ride in a car).

District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open, but circumstances beyond our control (such as extreme cold) sometimes dictate that we close. Thank you for your understanding and support. The decision to close schools is made one day at a time. wind chill pic

First LEGO League competition!

Posted January 5th, 2015 by Ms. Olivia Jones

The Lincoln Prairie FLL team,  the  Lincoln Prairie Cyborg Prairie Dogs, had a very long but fun and exciting day at the First LEGO  League competition on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

The team ran their robot in four table heats scoring 35, 60, 80 and 80 points with their best score of 80 placing them in 12th place.

The team made the following presentations to judges:

  • Technical
  • Core Values
  • Project

Near the end of the day, there were presentations for a number of awards and the Cyborg Prairie Dogs were awarded the Judges Choice Award so, there is another trophy to place in the LP trophy case!

We’re very proud of the team for accomplishing as much as they did in the short amount of time and want to thank them for their time and effort, all of the parents who volunteered their time as coaches, mentors and helpers in the sessions, Mrs. Jones who volunteered her time early in the mornings before school started as a faculty advisor and Mrs. Stochl and the entire office staff who helped make the FLL team and the LEGO Robotics club possible.

LP Press 12-19-14

Posted December 19th, 2014 by astochl

Although this is our last day before break, there are lots of learning still happening here at LP! In your excitement to get a jumpstart on the break, please make sure to read through this week’s LP Press December 19 2014, as well as important papers, assignments, etc. coming home today.

Information from Schaumburg Parent University The next semester of classes has been released for District 54’s Schaumburg Parent University (see attached). Schaumburg Parent University was created to strengthen family relationships and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Research is clear that parental involvement is critical for children’s academic success, as well as for developing strong internal values and sense of self that results in a healthy, well-adjusted citizen. Schaumburg Parent University offers Time Together classes, such as the Family Literacy and Family Math nights planned for January. We also offer Practical Parenting classes, including a session on the new PARCC assessment and another on school-related anxiety. Please check out the complete list of classes by clicking on one of the attachments, or visiting us online at http://sd54.org/spu.

On behalf of the entire LP community, We’d like to wish everyone a restful break! For those of you celebrating holidays, we wish you all the happiness they bring! Here’s to a healthy, happy New Year! See you in 2015!

Amanda Stochl & Julie Gluff

LP Press 12-12-14

Posted December 12th, 2014 by astochl

Please read through this week’s LP Press December 12 2014. You will find the usual dates and requests for volunteers, Please also take the time to recognize students names who are moving on to the next level in the PTA Reflections program.

Superintendent DuRoss put out a mid-year project update for the community that showcased the work our district has been working on thus far this year. You can find the full report here: District 54 Mid-Year Update.

We hope to see everyone at our Annual Pancake Breakfast tomorrow morning! The smell of pancakes and sausage along with the excitement from the Book Fair should definitely draw you in!

Enjoy the weekend!