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Lincoln Prairie Weekly Update September 14

Good afternoon,

What are you drawn to most in your work, either inside your home or out?  Do you like certain tasks? Errands? Types of work?  I know when it comes to the various types of work we do every day, it is clear what I enjoy doing most – working with kids.  There is not a day that goes by that the innocence, energy or enthusiasm of a child does not create the most joy-filled times of day.  These observations and interactions are the inspiration that fuel our work.  This week I observed a kindergartener beaming after receiving a sticker from Mrs. Albro.  He wasn’t excited to tell me he received a sticker, but that she let HIM pick it out and HE got to put it on and that HE read well with her.  Listening to his prideful response inspired me to be more intentional with what I do and say to our children because EVERY encounter has the potential to inspire them to be their best selves!  What inspires you about your children?  After you think about it, tell them!  I’m confident it would mean just as much as picking out their own sticker!

Parent Teacher Student Association Information

Please take a few minutes to check out this week’s Parent Teacher Student Association Newsletter by clicking here. As a reminder, information on events, volunteer opportunities and extras are included in this newsletter each week.

District Information

Social Emotional Learning

As a school, we strive to meet the needs of the whole child, including the social-emotional needs of every student.  Our teachers know your child by name and by need and we work hard to build relationships and understand all of our learners.  To better ensure we support every student, this year we will be using a universal screener to help us ensure we have identified every student who may need additional social-emotional support.

The universal screener is a series of questions that staff members complete for the students they support. Students do not participate in the screener or receive direct feedback about the results. If your child has elevated risk factors identified through this screener, we would contact you directly to discuss how we can work together to intervene and support your student.  This is simply one additional way for our staff make sure we are helping every student be successful.  If you have any questions about the screener, please feel free to contact me.

Run to Read 5K

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so today by using clicking this link to register.  You can also view last years’ experience by clicking here.  We hope to see lots of LP families on Sunday, September 23 at the annual District 54 Run to Read!

Schaumburg Parent University – September classes

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for September. Please note that child care is always available.

The Happiness Advantage – Happiness is not something that happens to you but rather a choice you can make to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life.  Research shows that choosing happiness has an advantage beyond simply feeling good. Come learn about the benefits of positive psychology and experience it firsthand through fun and interactive activities. Parents, guardians and students in third through eighth grade are welcome to attend. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on September 27, 2018, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council

Please join us for our first meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Our topic is “ACCESS, MAP and PARCC: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form on the event flyer and send it to your child’s school by Sept. 13. Click here to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also ask your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.

Adult English as a Second Language Classes

The Department of Language and Culture is excited to host Free Adult English as a Second Language classes at Nerge, Armstrong and Hanover Highlands this fall. These classes are designed for parents of District 54 students who are interested in learning or practicing their English. During these classes, participants will engage in communicative activities centered around a broad range of topics.  The class will meet 8 times.

  • Classes at Nerge will be on Tuesdays, Oct. 9-Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Armstrong will be on Wednesdays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Classes at Hanover Highlands will be on Mondays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19 from 6-8 p.m.

The Adult English as a Second Language flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on the Language and Culture Website by clicking here. Please return completed registration forms to your child’s school. We look forward to having you join us!

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunity at Lou Malnati’s September 19

The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road on September 19, and 20 percent of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order; click here for the flyer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda Stochl, Principal & Carol Novak, Assistant Principal