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2nd Trimester Report Cards

Tuesday morning, your child’s report card went live on the Parent Portal.  Please be sure to log into the portal so you can take a look at all the things we have to celebrate.  I am certain your child would love to see it too. I know we are so proud of our students and this is a perfect time to set goals for the final trimester of the year.  If you are struggling with getting logged into your portal, please contact our office so Mrs. Davis can support you.  Our phone number is 847-357-5400.

Aldrin Announcer/Summer Scholarship Application

Please click on the blue word Announcer to see the most up to date information from the Aldrin PTA. Within the Announcer, you will see the information regarding PTA scholarships for summer camps and activities.  I highly encourage you to consider filling it out. It is a great way to reduce the cost of your child’s activities this summer.  The actual directions for filling it out is located on page 6 with the actual application on page 7. Please call our office if you need assistance filling it out.  We are always happy to help.

Principal’s Message – March 9, 2018

Good morning,

We are now a week into our celebration of International Happiness Month.  On March 1, we started a daily challenge to bring additional joy and happiness to Aldrin.  We have challenged Aldrin staff and students to make some simple changes in their daily routine which are proving to be loads of fun.  For example, on Monday we asked everyone to tally how many smiles he/she received that day.  You would be truly amazed with the results. Today, we spent some time skipping through the hallways with our students.  It certainly was heartwarming to see the children and teachers giggling as the bounced up and down.  Be sure to ask your child about the daily challenge especially since some of them will carry into your home. There’s so much joy all around, we just simply need to take the time to embrace it.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Mary Botterman and Tracy Langlais

Upcoming Events:

  • Friday, March 9 – Pro Kids Assembly – Sponsored by Aldrin PTA
  • Friday, March 9 –  Hot Dog Day – Cash and Carry
  • Monday, March 12 – Birthday Books @ lunch for March Birthdays
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Report Cards Posted to Parent Portal
  • Wednesday, March 14  – Fun Food- Preordered
  • Friday, March 16 –  Pizza Day – Cash and Carry
  • Tuesday, March 20  – No School – Election Day
  • Wednesday, March 21  – Hot Lunch – Preordered
  • Wednesday, March 21  – Aldrin PTA Meeting @ 12:45
  • Thursday, March 22 –  STEM Night for  KDG-3rd grades @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 1 – Spring Break

STEM Night for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

On March 22, we will host our kindergarten through third grade family STEM night.  If you have attended one of these events in the past, you know it is all about your child taking the lead as an expert problem-solver.  The activities your family will engage in are definitely fun for all. The invite for this event went out last week, but we thought it would be helpful if you could also access it electronically.  Simply click HERE to access the activity choices for the event and send it in with your child by Thursday, March 15.  You can also email it to your child’s teacher if you do not have access to a printer. We look forward to seeing you on March 22 at 6:00 p.m.

National Student Walk-outs

The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month has led to a number of planned student-led civic engagement efforts and protests, including school walkouts. We are currently aware of three nationwide dates for planned student walkouts.

  • March 14:  The Women’s March Youth Empower Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. and remain outside for 17 minutes to represent the 17 killed in Florida.
  • March 24:  March 4 Our Lives – This is taking place on a Saturday.
  • April 20:  National School Walkout – Organizers are encouraging students to walk out at 10 a.m. and not return to school that day.

We know that many of our students are aware of these protests, but we have no indication at this time that any of our students plan to participate. As was stated in the letter sent to parents in February, our priorities continue to be keeping students safe and remaining focused on teaching and learning.

With the large, peaceful protests at Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates High Schools in February, we anticipate that some younger students may be interested in following suit. We still do not encourage students leaving the school during the school day. However, we do support First Amendment rights for students and respect the students across the country who are speaking up for themselves. Should any of our students walk out, we will not be issuing consequences as long as they behave appropriately. We will also be prepared to respond with supervision to keep them safe. We will have staff members stationed in the hallways and other common areas during this time period to ensure that the students who wish to engage in this activity have the time, space and opportunity to do so, while also making sure that it does not create safety issues or disrupt the learning and instruction for those who choose not to participate.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at Aldrin if you have any additional questions.

El tiroteo escolar en Parkland, Florida, el mes pasado ha llevado a una serie de esfuerzos y protestas de participación cívica dirigidas por estudiantes, incluyendo caminatas escolares.  Actualmente estamos al tanto de tres fechas planificadas a nivel nacional para las para las caminatas estudiantiles.

  • 14 de marzo: La marcha de Mujeres: Juventud Empoderada: los organizadores están alentando a los estudiantes a que salgan de sus escuelas a las 10 a.m. y permanezcan afuera durante 17 minutos para representar a los 17 asesinados en Florida.
  • 24 de marzo: Marcha por Nuestras Vidas: esto se lleva a cabo un sábado.
  • 20 de abril: Huelga Nacional para las Caminatas Estudiantiles: los organizadores están alentando a los estudiantes a que salgan a las 10 a.m. y no regresen a la escuela ese día.

Sabemos que muchos de nuestros estudiantes están al tanto de estas protestas, pero no tenemos ninguna indicación en este momento de que alguno de nuestros estudiantes planifica participar. Como se indicó en la carta enviada a los padres en febrero, nuestras prioridades siguen siendo mantener a los estudiantes seguros y enfocados en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje.

Basándonos en las grandes protestas pacíficas que se suscitaron el pasado mes de febrero en las Escuelas Superiores de Schaumburg y Hoffman Estates, anticipamos que algunos estudiantes más jóvenes puedan estar interesados en hacer lo mismo.  Mantenemos nuestra posición y no alentamos a los estudiantes a abandonar la escuela durante el día escolar. Sin embargo, sí respaldamos los derechos de la Primera Enmienda para los estudiantes y respetamos a los estudiantes de todo el país que defienden sus derechos. En caso de que alguno de nuestros estudiantes se retire, no emitiremos consecuencias siempre y cuando se comporten de manera adecuada. También estaremos preparados para responder con supervisión para mantenerlos a salvo. Tendremos miembros del personal estacionados en los pasillos y en otras áreas comunes durante este período de tiempo para garantizar que los estudiantes que deseen participar en esta actividad tengan el tiempo, el espacio y la oportunidad de hacerlo, mientras aseguramos de que no se crean problemas de seguridad o se interrumpe el aprendizaje y la enseñanza para los estudiantes que elijan no participar.

Como siempre, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo. Gracias por trabajar con nosotros para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes.

Schaumburg Parent University – March 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 March.

  • Yoga Class (Finding Peace with Your Family) – This class is for parents and students.  This class will teach you a variety of yoga styles sure to strengthen your core and increase flexibility. The class will follow the Vinyasa Yoga practice, which is one of the most popular styles of yoga in the United States. This type of practice involves synchronizing your breath with a continuous flow of postures. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and water. This class will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Decoding “I’m Fine” – This event is for adults only.  Madelyn Burbank, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will discuss the subtle impacts of divorce on children.  This presentation looks at divorce from the perspective of the child.  It blends research and personal experience to explore best practices for mitigating negative consequences.  We will look at how to assist your child in adjusting to life post-divorce, including talking to your child about the divorce, managing transition and difficult behaviors, identifying behaviors which may require extra support, navigating co-parenting, parents dating and blending families.  There will be a special focus on things you can do, regardless of how the other parent chooses to parent.  This event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

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

Universidad de padres de Schaumburg – Clases de marzo

La Universidad de padres de Schaumburg (SPU) está diseñada para involucrar a más padres en la vida de la escuela, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares y mejorar las habilidades de crianza que en última instancia se traduce en mejor éxito de los estudiantes académicamente, socialmente y emocionalmente. Hay dos noches programadas para el mes de marzo.

  • Clase de Yoga (Encuentre la paz con su familia) –  Este clase es para adultos y estudiantes.  Este clase te enseñará una variedad de estilos de yoga que seguramente fortalecerán tu centro y aumentarán tu flexibilidad. Vinyasa Yoga que es uno de los estilos más populares de yoga en los Estados Unidos. Este tipo de práctica implica sincronizar tu respiración con un flujo continuo de posturas. Por favor, traiga una estera de yoga o una toalla y el agua para cada participante. El evento tendrá lugar de 5:30 a 6:30 p.m. el 14 de marzo en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Decodificando la expresión “Estoy bien” – Esta presentación es solo para adultos. Madelyn Burbank, trabajador social clínico con licencia, discutirá los impactos sutiles del divorcio en los niños. Esta presentación analiza el divorcio desde la perspectiva del niño/a. Combina la investigación y la experiencia personal para explorar las mejores prácticas para mitigar las consecuencias negativas. Veremos cómo ayudar a su hijo/a a adaptarse a la vida después del divorcio, incluso hablarle a su hijo/a sobre el divorcio, manejar transiciones y comportamientos difíciles, identificar comportamientos que pueden requerir apoyo adicional, navegar  la paternidad compartida, citas e intereses amorosos y familias mixtas. Habrá un enfoque especial en las cosas que puede hacer, independientemente del estilo de crianza que el otro padre decida implementar. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. el 20 de marzo en el Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Para registrarse, póngase en contacto con Meg Kwak al  (847) 357-6586 o Deje su nombre, información de contacto, el número de niños que requieren cuidado de niños y el nombre de la escuela de su hijo.

K, 1, 2, 3 STEM Night

For a printable permission slip, click here: STEM Permission 2.23.18

Who: YOU!

(All K-1-2-3 and Mrs. Eskridge’s students and their families)

What: Family STEM Event

When: Thursday, March 22nd: 6:00-7:30 pm


Please join us for an evening full of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) exploration as your child facilitates activities you and your family will not want to miss. The challenges you will undergo as a family will expand your knowledge and allow your child to take on an important facilitator role. Our STEM activities are guaranteed to be fun for the entire family. Please know this is all about the attendees learning to problem- solve in order to come up with their own conclusions to the challenges they are facing. We have incorporated new experiments and activities as well as some favorites from our past years. We are excited for our families to explore the world of STEM!



If your family is unable to get to Aldrin due to a lack of transportation, please contact the school office. We do not want transportation issues to deter attendance.


Directions: On the attached page, please choose a minimum of five activities you would like to attend. Please order them with a 1 being your first choice, 2 as your second choice, 3 as your third choice, etc. We will schedule your family into two sessions. Please fill out the attached form (front and back) and return to your child’s teacher by Thursday, March 15th.

Peep Catapult

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a marshmallow peep! Come and test your catapult making skills and send these objects flying! How far will your objects go?  Come visit us so you will know!

Build a Marble Maze

We are looking for students who can use their problem solving skills to build a maze that will discover the way out for the lost marble.  Who is up for the challenge?!

Homemade Flashlights

Are you afraid of the dark? Have you ever wanted to build your own flashlight? You get the amazing opportunity to build a simple machine that will light up the night for you!

Building Boats

Sink or Float? This STEM challenge will give you the opportunity to design and build your own boat. You will be able to test your boat for floatability and weight bearing. Who’s boat will hold the most weight?

The Ultimate Bottle Toss Challenge

Are you tired of hearing your parents or teachers telling you to stop flipping that water bottle?! If you are, this challenge is for you! Come experiment with different variables to see if you can get the best tossing results. Are you up for the ultimate bottle toss challenge?

From Here to There

Aren’t bridges amazing? Can you imagine designing and building one?  Work as a team with your family members to create a bridge with gumdrops and toothpicks.  When you are finished, you can test it and find out how many pennies it will hold up.  Enjoy this great challenge!

Jack and the Beanstalk

Come create a beanstalk balance and learn about weight and mass after listening to an interactive version of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Principal’s Message February 27, 2018

Good afternoon,

I hope you had some time today to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.  It certainly brought many smiles to the faces of your children.  It was even more wonderful to see so many smiles with a mustache on top of them.  Be sure to ask your child about Lorax Day and the kinds of mustaches our students were wearing.  We definitely had all shapes, sizes and even colors!

Have a fabulous evening!


Mary Botterman and Tracy Langlais

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 28 –  Hot Lunch Day – Preordered
  • Friday, March 2 –  End Trimester 2
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Early Dismissal @ 11:40
  • Friday, March 9 – Pro Kids Assembly – Sponsored by Aldrin PTA
  • Friday, March 9 –  Hot Dog Day – Cash and Carry
  • Monday, March 12 – Birthday Books @ lunch for March Birthdays
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Report Cards Posted to Parent Portal
  • Wednesday, March 14  – Fun Food- Preordered
  • Friday, March 16 –  Pizza Day – Cash and Carry
  • Tuesday, March 20  – No School
  • Wednesday, March 21  – Hot Lunch – Preordered
  • Wednesday, March 21  – Aldrin PTA Meeting @ 12:45
  • Thursday, March 22 –  STEM Night for  KDG-3rd grades @ 6:00 p.m.
  • March 26-30 – Spring Break – No School

Read Across America Week

Today was Lorax Day, which honors the amazing Dr. Seuss.  We will continue our celebration as follows:

Wednesday, 2/28- Wacky Wednesday- Wear mismatched, backwards or inside out clothes

Thursday, 3/1 – The Sleep Book- Wear appropriate pajamas or comfy clothes

Friday, 3/ 2- Fox in Socks – Wear crazy or mismatched shoes or socks


Aldrin Announcer

We are so fortunate to have such a supportive PTA at Aldrin. As you have probably noticed, the PTA purchases the agenda planners for our students, provides birthday books, pays for assemblies, organizes hot lunch day and the list goes on and on.  If you have not had a chance to join yet, it is never too late.  Information for joining the PTA as well as information regarding STC scholarships for summer programs is in this edition of the Aldrin Announcer. Please click  HERE to open it up to see how you can benefit from what the PTA offers.