November 16, 2020

Good morning,

As we continue to move forward during these uncertain times, we strive every day to focus on all the wonderful things that still bless our lives.  This year, we have worked hard to still start our day by writing down three gratitudes for the day. Now, the trick is to not repeat what we had written the day before. Please know, when we list the things we are grateful for, something about our students and the Aldrin community always tops our lists.  We are so grateful to be part of such an amazing, supportive, patient community.  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for supporting them as they learn from home. Your teaming with our staff has inspired us all to do whatever it takes to ensure student success!  Thank you!

Spirit Wear:

Today, November 16, is the last day to place your order for spirit wear.  The site still has November 11 on it, but the sale has been extended until the end of the day today. Please check it out to see if some of the items would be great gifts for your children during the holiday season.  The children love showing their school pride by wearing items with our school name on it and we love seeing them in it. Please click below to place your order.

Aldrin Spirit Wear

Aldrin PTA Meeting:

Please join us this Wednesday at 6:30 for our next PTA meeting via Zoom.  The Zoom link for this meeting is

Covid Positive Notifications:

As you are well aware, each time one of our staff or students tests positive for Covid 19, we alert you via email. If your child was in the room with a staff member or student who tested positive, we would definitely call you prior to the letter be sent to the entire community. Due to privacy, we will never share the names of the person who has the virus. We will continue to communicate in this manner throughout the pandemic to ensure you are aware of the active cases that affect our community.

Optimistic Household Series:

District 54 and Schaumburg Parent University have some very exciting news – we have launched Optimistic Household! This is a six-part series led by Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and The Orange Frog. 

During these unprecedented times, the social-emotional well-being of our students is of utmost importance. By launching Optimistic Household, we aim to spark positivity, optimism and hope within our students and families.

Optimistic Household builds upon these principles, supporting the skills students need to be college and career ready, as well as engaged citizens. Skills that will help them become resilient and resourceful learners, who are able to adapt and demonstrate grit as they face academic and other challenges. 

The neuroscience and data behind these principles reaffirm that students, who possess hope and optimism and embrace mistakes as part of the learning process, can become adaptable learners and succeed at higher levels both academically and personally. We are so pleased to be able to share this first-ever opportunity and important information with our community.​​​​​​​

Please visit the Optimistic Household homepage on our website to view Shawn Achor’s introduction and for more information about the series.

Optimistic Household Series: Module 1 Release

Are you a person who sees a glass half full? How are you helping your children to become optimistic, positive people? Help your child build their resilience as an optimistic person. The first Optimistic Household module, Happiness & Gratitude in Challenging Times, is now available for you to access with your family here: Optimistic Household homepage. Don’t forget to share your family’s experiences with us on social media with #OptimisticHousehold and #54Happiness.

Schaumburg Parent University: Optimistic Household Virtual Discussion

Join the District 54 community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, for a further look into Module 1, a chance to share your family’s experiences and for a sneak peek of Module 2! Please pre-register for this virtual session at This session is also available in Spanish. Optimistic Household 11-17 Virtual Discussion flyer (English)  Optimistic Household 11-17 Virtual Discussion flyer (Spanish)

Have a fabulous week!


Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

  • 11/17 – Optimistic Household Discussion – see above
  • 11/18 – PTA Meeting at 6:30
  • 11/20 – Whole Child Profile (report card) posted on your parent portal
  • 11/25 – 11/29 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/18 – Winter Break begins at 3:00 p.m.