News

February 8, 2021

Good morning,

We are hopeful you had a great weekend with your children.  With the frigid temperatures, it was probably a good weekend to play some board games and watch a little football.  As we head into this week, our staff will be working with the children on the final additions to their student-led presentation for conferences.  We are looking forward to your child taking the lead to set goals for the remainder of the year. 

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

We continue to practice our safety mitigations of social distancing during our arrival and dismissal times.  As a reminder, if you are a parent of a kindergartener, you may wait for your child near the tennis courts.  For all other students, we ask you to arrange a meeting place with your child off school grounds.

If you use the Aldrin drop off/pick up zone, the driver must remain in the vehicle. This is a no parking zone. For arrival, you will simply have your child exit the car on the passenger side.  For dismissal, instruct your child to walk down to the zone where our staff monitors the children. Please note, the snow on the parkway provides an obstacle for parents using this zone.  When you arrive in this area, please look to our staff to indicate when it is safe for you to pull up into the entryway of the parking lot.  This allows the children to dismount on the passenger side of your vehicle in an area that has been cleared of snow.  Be advised, our buses will be waved into the lot upon arrival which is why it is imperative for you to wait until the staff members motions it is safe for you to pull forward.

Valentine’s Day

This year we will need to think outside the box to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately, with the safety mitigations we have in place, we will not be able to exchange cards this year.  Instead, we encourage our families to discuss ways we can spread kindness through words and actions.  Our hope is that every child’s eyes with light up with joy simply because a peer has used kind words and gestures. Thanks in advance for helping us with this endeavor.

Winter Temperatures

As long as the wind chill is above 0, our students will continue to spend some time outside for recess.  Doing this allows us to provide a much needed mask break.  Please be sure to send your child to school with coats, hats, gloves, boots and snow pants.  If you need help securing any of these items for your child, please reach out to one of our social workers, Rachel Bobren ([email protected] ) or Marni Sherman ([email protected]).  

Trimester 3 Materials Pick Up for Remote Only Students

We will be hosting a Trimester 3 material pick-up on Tuesday, February 23 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  This pick is for our virtual learners only.  The specific schedule will be forthcoming. If your child attends school in-person, your child will receive his/her materials in class.

Winter Student- Led Conferences

We look forward to meeting with you virtually on February 11th or 12th for winter conferences to connect with you and discuss your student’s progress towards his/her goals.  If you have not set up a time for your conference, please click the link below.  Please contact your child’s teacher directly should you need to schedule a day and time outside of what is listed in the form.  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5847641/Aldrin-20-21-Fall-Parent-Conference-Registration  

  • Once you have clicked on the link above, you will see Aldrins’ Registration page. Click the blue Next button
  • Fill in your child’s first and last name, guardian(s) attending, and email address
  • Select your child’s grade level
  • Click the blue Next button
  • Select your child’s classroom teacher’s name
  • Click the blue Next
  • Select a day and an available 15 minute time slot that works for you
  • Review the information you selected
  • If all the information is correct, Click the blue Submit

Should you need to change the time or cancel your conference, please contact Denise Davis in our main office at [email protected] or call 847-357-5400. 

PTA Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is BACK!!! Join us Tuesday, February 16 at Culver’s on Wise Road from 11am-8pm. When you place your order either inside or out, simply share the flier below showing you are here to support Aldrin School. We look forward to seeing you there!

culvers_flyer_2021.pdf ​​​​​​​

Food Pantry – Available to any family in need

The Lakeview Food Pantry is open and ready to serve ALL Aldrin families. Although you will not be able to come into the pantry due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to place an order online and pick up at Lakeview School.  Please click on this link to place your order online.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6600.

PTA Membership

We are currently working on increasing our PTA membership for the 2020/21 school year.  As many of you know, our PTA works tirelessly behind the scenes to support our students.  Over the years, our PTA has allowed us to offer planners, folders, birthday books, assemblies, parties and so much more.  This year, we are already formulating ways to make connections between our Aldrin families in more of a virtual way.  We would love your ideas and are hopeful you will be able to support our efforts by joining the Aldrin PTA.  To learn more about the Aldrin PTA and how to support through a membership, please visit https://aldrinelementary.new.memberhub.store/https://aldrinelementary.new.memberhub.store/

PTA Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s provides opportunities for all PTA members to apply for summer scholarships for District 54 students.  This is a great way to fund your child’s summer activities. Please open the documents below to apply by March 30. 

ScholarshipCoverLetter2021.docx.pdf 

ScholarshipApplication2021 (1).pdf 

Elementary Summer Scholarship Application Spanish 2021.pdf 

5Essentials 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 April 2, 2021, at survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. Please note, when you enter the school name, please type in Buzz Aldrin to select our school.

For more information, click here to read the letter from District 54.

District 54 Helpful Resources

D54 COVID-19 Dashboard
Staff and Student Exclusion Chart
Staff and Student Exclusion Chart in Spanish
Reopening D54 Frequently Asked Questions
Parent Resources for At-Home Learning

2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration

District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year by appointment only starting Wednesday, February 3, 2021.  Families must begin the process by completing an online registration prior to securing an appointment.  If you have a student currently enrolled in District 54, you can register your incoming kindergartener through your Parent Portal account.  Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website (http://sd54.org/registration). 

Once your online registration is complete, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person appointment at Aldrin to complete your child’s registration.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 847-357-5400.

Week of February 8th – Cohort Attendance

  • Cohort A – Attends Monday and Thursday with an 11:40 dismissal on Thursday
  • Cohort B – Attends Tuesday and Wednesday

Have a fabulous week!

Fondly,

Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, February 11 – Dismissal at 11:40 a.m. Due to Conferences
  • Friday, February 12 – No School – Conferences
  • Monday, February 15 – No School – President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 16 – Family Fun Night at Culvers
  • Tuesday, February 23 – Material pick up for Virtual Learners
  • Wednesday, February 24 – PTA meeting @ 6:30