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News from the Aldrin PTA

Every other week, the Aldrin PTA publishes the Aldrin Announcer.  This publication is one way to keep you informed with upcoming events and ways to become involved.  We do link it to the Aldrin Webpage so you can look back at past editions.  Please click HERE for the first issue of the Announcer. We are still working to provide you with links to the yearbook order form as well as PTA membership forms.  When this becomes available, we will let you know how to retrieve it from the Aldrin Website.

Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram

We are excited to announce you can now find us quickly on your electronic devices.  Simply check out Twitter @eaglesaldrin and Instagram @aldrinonboxwood.  We look forward to sharing the many PEAK moments of the year.

Meeting the Needs of All Children

A 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. 

Themes for Social Emotional Learning

As we explained at curriculum night, we continue to focus on the social-emotional needs of all students.  Throughout the year, we will be sharing our monthly theme to provide you with some talking points to springboard conversations in your homes.  Our focus for the months of August and September have been  School Culture and ClimateFairness and Honesty  and Goal Setting.  Please click on each blue link to view the conversation starters.  We know when a message is received in multiple settings, the probability of full understanding increases greatly.  Thank you in advance for teaming with us.

Run to Read

It is almost time for the School District 54 Run to Read.  This fun family event will take place on Sunday, September 23rd. You can register online by going to We hope to see you there!

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 ESL 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 ESL flyers and registration forms in English, Spanish and Polish can be found on the Language and Culture Website. 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.

Thank you to everyone who supported the District 54 Education Foundation at Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend by parking at Collins Elementary or purchasing food from our not-for-profit day partner, Riccardo’s!

Celebration for Participants in the Summer Reading, Writing and Exercise Program:

Congratulations to all of the Aldrin students who participated in our annual summer program to promote reading, writing and exercise.  We had over 70 children who put forth great effort all summer working their brains and bodies.  As a way to recognize their efforts, yesterday these students engaged in outdoor games organized by Mrs. Bezdicek, Mrs. Swiatkiewicz and Mrs. Sinitean. Fun was definitely had by all!

Summer Reading Celebration


MAP Testing

As you know, we began our fall MAP testing this week.  A number of students were able to complete their reading test on Monday or Tuesday.  However, on Wednesday testing needed to be postponed as the engineers from NWEA, the producers of MAP, corrected a technical issue.  We hope to resume testing next Monday and will continue into the following week.  If your child completed their test in the early part of this week, their scores were not impacted by the postponement.