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Helpful Hints From the School Nurse

Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School?

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?”  It’s not easy as parents more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work.   Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  •  Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.  With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present. An antiviral medication may be prescribed.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough.  Often, cold symptoms come on gradually.,  Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature 100 degrees or higher.
  • She has vomited.   Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea.  Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
  • He has a rash that is spreading.  Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.

In order to help prevent the spread of illness in school, students with a fever 100 degrees or more may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. GOOD HANDWASHING IS THE NUMBER ONE PREVENTION.

Your child’s School Nurse is available every day and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  They are committed to working in partnership with parents to promote student health.

For a printable version, click here – Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School Revision

For a Spanish version, click here – Is My Child Too Sick To Go To School 2019 Spanish

Come see your teachers at McDonalds!

Buzz Aldrin Elementary presents…


Help raise money for Buzz Aldrin Elementary


Teachers will be selling pies in a pie costume!


Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends on this special night to help raise money for Buzz Aldrin School!

Join us at McDonald’s

1070 N. Roselle Rd.

Hoffman Estates, IL


Please print and give this flyer to the front counter or drive thru for Aldrin to receive 20% of the sales.

McTeachert_slips_Buzz Aldrin January 24 2019 fundraiser slips

PTA News

Thanks to those of you who have already joined the Aldrin PTA.  If you have not done so yet, please consider supporting the PTA through a membership.  PTA is all about giving back to the children through assemblies, birthday books, agenda planners, hot lunches and so much more. Please click to see the most up to date information.

Report Cards Online Nov. 21

We are excited to announce parents will be able to view report cards for the first trimester beginning on Nov. 21. I want to ensure that all of our parents have access to this viewing of the report card.  If you have not accessed the District 54 Infinite Campus Parent/Student Portal, I encourage you to do that today. The portal is a website where parents can view their children’s grades, assignments, immunizations, test scores, demographic information and report cards. If you have not previously logged on to the portal, contact our front office at 847-357-5400 for instructions on how to obtain a secure Campus Portal Activation Key.

Boletas de calificaciones en-línea para 21 de noviembre:
Los padres/guadianés podrán ver las boletas de calificaciones en línea este semestre el 21 de noviembre. Quiero asegurarme de que todos nuestros padres tengan acceso a la tarjeta de calificaciones en línea, por lo que le animo a que se inscriba en el Portal de Padres/Estudiantes del Distrito 54 de Infinite Campus. El portal es un sitio web y una aplicación donde Los padres y los guardianes pueden ver las calificaciones de sus hijos, las asignaciones, las vacunas, los resultados de las pruebas, la información demográfica y también las boletas de calificaciones. Si no ha recibido acceso previo  al portal, póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo recibir una Clave de activación segura  para el portal de padres.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan

In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

El Plan del Distrito 54 para Responder a las Inclemencias del Tiempo Frio:

Con el fin de ayudarles a prepararse para las inclemencias del tiempo frío y la nieve que a menudo recibimos durante el invierno en nuestra comunidad, quisiera compartir con ustedes el Plan del Distrito 54 para responder a las inclemencias del tiempo frio. Aunque el Distrito 54 hace todos los esfuerzos para mantener las escuelas abiertas y funcionando, a veces circunstancias fuera de nuestro control dictan la cancelación de clases.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming Support Opportunity

The Windy City Bulls will host a District 54 takeover night on Friday, December 14 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, and a portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated back to the District 54 Education Foundation.  We are excited to share that some of our own Dooley students will be performing! We hope you can attend!

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

The District 54 take-over night will feature District 54 students participating in performances and other on-court experiences before and throughout the game, and a District 54 Special Olympics basketball match at halftime. The Windy City Bulls will host an assembly at the school that sells the most tickets. We are excited to share that some of our own Dooley students will be performing! We hope you can attend!

5 Essentials Survey

Once again, we are reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey to provide us with your perspective and help guide our school improvement efforts. The parent survey will be available online through Feb. 15, 2019, at

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish. Note: the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you do not finish in one sitting.

If you have more than one child, you may complete the survey for each child. You will be asked to select your county and then your child’s school. Be aware that there are often schools with the same or similar names in the state of Illinois.

The state is not providing hard copies of this survey. If you do not have access to a computer, you can visit the Schaumburg Township District Library or call Aldrin and we will let you use a computer at the school to take the survey.

The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at a school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with schools. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our schools.

Continuing to Cultivate Happiness at Aldrin

We hope everyone enjoyed gratitude month! We know it is important for us to take time to focus on things that make us happy and what we are grateful for.  We have had a great month doing this at school, and we appreciate your help in making this a focus at home for students as well.

For the month of November, we will be focusing on social investment.  Investing time in the people around us has proven to be a critical component of success in both work and health.  It can literally add years to your life!  The most successful people respond to adversity by turning to their social networks, hence becoming more productive, engaged, energetic and resilient.  This month, we are going to work on continuing to build our relationships with the people around us to help strengthen our social networks. Students will be receiving a social investment calendar for the month of November that will provide ideas for how to practice this principle with their family at home. You can also refer to page 72 in your Orange Frog Family Reading Guide.

Halloween Update

This Wednesday is Aldrin’s annual Halloween celebration complete with a costume parade. The children will be able to change into their costumes at school right before the 1:00 parade. Please be sure your child can get his/her costume on independently since they will not change until right before the party. Keep in mind, children should not bring any look alike weapons to school as part of their costumes. We do plan to parade outside the building, and we love to have our families on the route.  If you plan on watching the parade, please plan to stand in the parking lot in front of the school or off on the sides of the building.  The parade will go down the main sidewalk so you will be able to get a great look at all of the wonderful disguises.  Also, please send your child to school with an extra snack on Wednesday.  The children will have an opportunity to eat it during the celebration.  Finally, we want to thank all the PTA parents who have been busy planning the activities for the event.  We know the afternoon will be loads of fun, and we could not do it without our PTA volunteers.  Only parents on the volunteer list will be able to come into the building to support the parties.

News from the Aldrin PTA

In an effort to stay informed, please click HERE to check out the most up to date information from the Aldrin PTA.  Also, if you haven’t done so yet, please make sure you take an opportunity to join the PTA.  Your membership allows our PTA to continue to bring high quality assemblies as well as agenda planners to our students.  It would be wonderful to have every family join and it only takes a few minutes to do so.