We are hopeful you had a fabulous Halloween weekend with your children. The creativity for safe candy distribution, as well as the fun atmosphere, makes us all realize that we can get through anything as long as we stick together. We know the children were still so excited this morning to share their stories with us. We have no doubt the extra hour of sleep was helpful for everyone!
Aldrin Drop-Off Zone:
Just a quick reminder, the area just in front of the park is a Drop-off/Pick-up zone. If you plan on walking your child up to the door, do not leave your car in this area. The police were out on Friday warning people that it’s a no parking zone and if your car is left unattended in that zone, you are at risk of receiving a $50 ticket. There is parking on the side streets connected Boxwood where you can safely park your car and walk your child up to the property.
Support for Aldrin Families:
As we all continue to navigate these unusual times, we want you to know the Aldrin Staff is here to support you. If you find yourself struggling, either financially or emotionally, please reach out to one of our social workers or school psychologists, so we can offer our support and/or referrals. In addition, we will be offering assistance during the holiday season for our families experiencing extenuating financial hardship. If you need our help, please reach out to one of our social workers or psychologists before November 18th:
Trimester 2 Material Pick-Up for Remote Only Students:
Thank you to all who were able to pick-up the materials your student(s) needs for trimester 2. If you were not able to make it, please contact our office or come to the school and we will get you what you need. It is important students have these items to be successful starting trimester 2.
District 211 Weekly Food Bag Distribution:
Arrangements have been made for District 54 students that qualify for free lunch to have access to weekly food bags from District 211. Every Thursday, our families can report to any District 211 High School between 4:00-5:00 p.m. for curbside pickup of five days of breakfast and lunch meals. Families simply select the high school closest to them and drive through. We hope that this takes a little extra pressure off your family during this time.
Milk and Lunch Program:
Recently the US Department of Agriculture approved the extension of the Summer Food Service Program. This program allows ALL STUDENTS, regardless of income levels, to take advantage of our free milk and lunch program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact our building secretaries at 847-357-5400.
Aldrin Spirit Wear:
We hope you had the opportunity to see all of our students celebrating their school spirit today by wearing Aldrin gear and green/gold. We know some families have asked if we will be selling spirit wear in the future. The good news is the answer is YES…. Please click on the link below to access the website. You can place your order through November 8th. This time around, we will have all orders shipped to Aldrin and you will be able to stop by school during school hours to pick your orders up the week of December 7th. This may be a great opportunity to get a little holiday shopping done!
Schaumburg Parent University Classes:
Each month, we share with you the upcoming classes offered for our parents thought D54. Each of the presentations are accessible after the fact on the D54 website. Please visit https://sd54.org/spu/ to view previous webinars.
Again this year, we will be implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law. This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.
As a reminder regarding the development and scope of the program, a group of social workers and school psychologists from the district worked with our executive director of special education to develop a curriculum that will give the students the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves. The lessons at each elementary grade level will be presented by the social worker and/or school psychologist, with the classroom teacher present, and last approximately 30 minutes. Each lesson has a children’s book that will be read to the students and coupled with age-appropriate activities. The lessons for 7th and 8th grade are already in the health textbook and involve reading that material and having an appropriate discussion. The lessons for elementary school students will be completed sometime during the first trimester of school. You will receive specific information from the teacher regarding when these lessons are scheduled during the trimester. The junior high lessons will occur throughout the year during the health classes.
The themes that run throughout the curriculum are body awareness and self-advocacy. We want the children to be able to learn to say “no” when appropriate and to identify when to keep a secret and when to tell. We also help them think about their support system and who are adults that they can trust. They learn that the parts of their body covered by their bathing suit are special.
National statistics tell us that one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their lives. We want to do all that we can, in partnership with you, to make our children as safe as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Illinois Report Card:
The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals. The 2020 report card information is posted on the state’s website at illinoisreportcard.com and linked in the Families menu on the District 54 website. If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-5400.
Virtual Turkey Trot:
We are excited to invite all of you to this year’s Virtual Turkey Trot. If you and your family would like to participate, we are asking that you do the race on your own, but also share your pictures and videos with ALL 28 District 54 Schools through the Padlet located on the Turkey Trot website. You have the whole week from November 1st through November 8th to participate. The website with information and the Padlet can be found here: https://sites.google.com/sd54.org/d54turkeytrot/home
Have a great time.
Cook County Travel Quarantine List:
There are a number of nearby states on the Cook County travel quarantine list that have been identified as “hot spot states”. Any person entering Cook County after visiting one of these high-incidence states for more than 24 hours must quarantine for 14 days after returning home. For students enrolled in hybrid instruction, this would mean they must attend school remotely during the quarantine period. Your child’s attendance would be considered “present” when learning remotely during a travel quarantine. Please consult the Suburban Cook County Travel Quarantine List, and let your child’s teacher know if you plan to travel to any of the states listed.
Have a great week!
Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz
November 25 – 27 – Thanksgiving Break – No School