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Principal’s message September 9, 2019

Good afternoon,

We hope you had a fabulous weekend with your children.  Last week was an amazing week of learning, as well as fun, at Aldrin School. It has been heartwarming to watch the children arrive here every day sharing their unique talents helping all of us shine brighter together.  As we have mentioned before, our motto for this year is “Be Here, Be You, Belong” and we are certainly seeing this demonstrated every day!

On Friday afternoon, we were thrilled to celebrate all the children who took part in our summer reading program.  We had 85 students who participated in the program and fun was had by all.  Below is just a small snippet to provide a look at the fun. I have no doubt that this was a peak moment of the week for all involved.

Have a fabulous week!


Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Upcoming Events:

  • 9/10 – Vision and Hearing Screening
  • 9/11 – iBike/Walk to School Day
  • 9/11 – Hot Lunch Day – preordered
  • 9/11 – Aldrin PTA Meeting at 12:45 p.m. held at Aldrin School
  • 9/13 – Aldrin Pizza Day – Cash and Carry
  • 9/18 – 1/2 Day of School for Teacher Institute – Students dismissed at 11:40 a.m.
  • 9/18 – PTA Culvers Night
  • 9/19 – Picture Day – Bring your BEST Smile
  • 9/19 – Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. held at the Rafferty Admin Center

9/20 – PTA Hot dog Day – Cash and Carry

First Aldrin Pizza Day and PTA Hotdog Day

Friday, Sept. 13, is Aldrin’s first pizza day of the year and Friday Sept. 20 is the first PTA Hotdog Day.  Just a reminder, the pizza is $2.00 per slice with a limit of two slices per child. The cost of each hot dog will be $1.50 and $0.50 for a bag of chips. These are cash and carry events which are offered once a month.  All proceeds directly benefit all children at Aldrin School. In order for a child to participate we must have a permission slip on file in our office.  If you need another copy of either slip, please call the Aldrin Office at 847-357-5400, and we will make sure we send one home with your child.

Important Information for the Aldrin PTA

This year, we are hoping to make finding information easier for everyone.  The PTA has posted hot lunch ordering information, yearbook forms as well as membership on the Aldrin Website.  Please click here to access the information.

Multicultural Parent Advisory Council/Consejo Asesor Multicultural de Padres


Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, September 17th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Professional Learning Center at 524 East Schaumburg Road. Our topic for this month’s meeting is “ACCESS and MAP: What do they tell me about my child’s learning?” Childcare is available for children ages 3-5. To RSVP, fill out the form at the bottom of the event flyer and send it back to your child’s school by Sept. 12. If you did not receive a copy of the flyer, click this link to visit our website for more information and to view the flyer in English, Spanish, Polish and Japanese. You can also contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the flyer.


Únase a nosotros para nuestra primera reunión este próximo martes 17 de septiembre de 6: 30-7: 30 p.m. en el Centro Profesional de Aprendizaje ubicado en la siguiente dirección: 524 East Schaumburg Road.  El tema para la reunión de este mes es Las evaluaciones ACCESS y MAP: ¿Que me dicen sobre el aprendizaje de mi hijo?  Habrá cuido disponible solo para niños de 3 a 5 años.  Para confirmar su asistencia, complete el formulario en la parte inferior de la hoja volante del evento y envíelo de vuelta a la escuela de su hijo/a en o antes del 12 de septiembre. Si usted no recibió una copia de la hoja volante, haga clic en este enlace para obtener el documento en inglés, español, polaco y japonés.  También puede visitar nuestro sitio web para obtener más información.  Si no tiene acceso a una impresora puede comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo/a para obtener una copia del documento.

Lou Malnati’s District Foundation Fundraiser

The District 54 Education Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s for a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18. Eat at or order from Lou Malnati’s Schaumburg (1 S. Roselle Road) or Lou Malnati’s Barrington Road (357 S. Barrington Road), 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. The flyer is attached; you can also click here to access the flyer on the Foundation’s website.

The District 54 Education Foundation ensures that all District 54 students have the same opportunities by funding

  • Breakfast programs at the schools so students can begin their day ready to learn
  • Grants to students with financial need so they can participate in extracurricular activities
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programming

Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation that supports District 54 students!

Run to Read

District 54 is hosting its annual Run to Read, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes school mascot races at 7:30 a.m., 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 9 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9:15 a.m. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register, visit

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 childcare is always available and interpreters are available upon request.

  • Understanding College and How to Plan Early: 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12
    Learn how planning early can help you maximize your options for college. Harper College representatives will discuss the various types of colleges and degrees, how to make college affordable and what a college education will mean for your child. Presentation in English and Spanish. Adults only.
  • Fostering Healthy & Productive Parent-Child Communication: 5:30-7 p.m. on Sept. 30
    This interactive seminar, led by Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Center Schaumburg, will teach parents and children/adolescents effective parent-child communication strategies. Ages 10-17 and parents welcome.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-2154 or

La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de septiembre:

La idea de la Universidad para Padres está diseñada para involucrar más a los padres en la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. Hay dos programas nocturnos para septiembre. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible y los intérpretes están disponibles, pero deberá solicitarlo de antemano.

• Cómo Entender y Planificar con Tiempo para a Universidad– 12 de septiembre 6–7:30 p.m.
Aprenda cómo planificar con suficiente tiempo para maximizar sus opciones sobre la universidad. Harper College discutirán los diversos tipos de universidades y programas para adquirir títulos, cómo planificar temprano, cómo hacer que la Universidad sea accesible y qué significa que su hijo tenga acceso a educación universitaria. Sólo para adultos.

• Fomentando la comunicación saludable y productiva entre padres e hijos – 30 de septiembre 5:30–7 p.m.
Este seminario interactivo, dirigido por el Dr. Nirmeen Rajani, psicólogo clínico del Centro de Psicología de Schaumburg, enseñará a los padres y a los niños / adolescentes estrategias efectivas de comunicación entre padres e hijos. Están bienvenidos en edades 10-17 con sus padres.

Estos eventos se llevarán a cabo en el Centro de Aprendizaje Profesional del Distrito 54, ubicado en el 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Regístrese visitando Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Barb Velez al 847-357-5074 o

Family Fun Night at Culver’s 9.18.19



All friends, families and neighbors are invited to participate in an Aldrin Elementary Family Fun Night event on Wednesday, September 18th from 4-8pm. Everyone is invited to gather at CULVER’S.
1800 Wise Road, Schaumburg near Irving Park on Wise Road
(847) 891-5660

On this day, 15% of all food purchases accompanied by the flyer will be donated to Aldrin Elementary

How: Just bring this form to the restaurant for dine in or carry- out.
Be sure to give the flier to the cashier so that we can earn 15% back
*A huge thanks to Culver’s Team!


Download a flyer here.

First day of School for Kindergarten – Monday, August 26th

It was wonderful to see our kindergarteners join us for screening this week.  We are thrilled to welcome them to their first full day of kindergarten this Monday, August 26. Classroom teachers will greet the kindergarten students outside starting at 8:15 AM on the west side of the building near the tennis courts. The children taking the bus will be escorted off the bus by staff members and brought to meet their lines. Both Mrs. Schoessling and Mrs. Hartman will be holding a sign so you know where to line your child up.   Lining up outside will provide you the opportunity to see you child’s teacher, snap a photo and wish them a great day.   Students will enter the building together with their teacher.  We ask that you say good-bye to your child at the school doors. Only students will enter the building – even on the first day of school. 

At the end of the day, if your kindergartener is a busser, staff and patrols will put them on their busses.  If they are being transported by you, the teachers will meet the parents/guardians on the east side of the building near door 4.

MAP Testing

Fall MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) will begin Monday, 8/26 through 9/6. Each student at Aldrin will take one MAP reading session and one MAP math session.  Our staff uses the data to better know your child as a learner, thus allowing us to better meet his/her needs. Please be sure your child is well rested the night before testing.  We also know students benefit from having a healthy breakfast the morning of testing.  Thanks in advance for supporting us in our endeavor to provide the best testing environment for our students. Grade level testing days for both weeks are as follows:

  • Tuesday – 1st grade in the a.m. and 6th grade in the p.m.
  • Wednesday – 3rd grade in the a.m.
  • Thursday – 2nd and 5th grade in the morning and 4th grade in p.m.
  • Friday – kindergarten in the a.m.
  • Instructional Classrooms will test small groups throughout the week