May 3, 2021

Good morning,

We are hopeful you were able to get plenty of outside time this weekend with your children.  We have a few reminders we want to share with you this Monday morning.  Please read below to be up to date on what is happening over the next few weeks. 

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year- Selection due by May 14

Parents/guardians please be sure to log in to using your portal log-in information by Friday, May 14, and select In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning Academy for every student in your family.  Please note, this is a full-year commitment.  If you have not created a portal account yet, please email [email protected] for assistance.  Any students who have not made an enrollment selection at the close of the May 14 window will automatically be placed in the in-person learning program for the fall. 

MAP Testing

As you know, MAP testing is beginning this week.   In an effort to best understand your child’s learning needs, we are hoping all students in kindergarten through 6th grade will be able to complete the assessment in person at Aldrin School.  Your child’s teacher has already communicated most of the specifics on the testing day; however, we wanted to put out a few reminders for all of our families.

  • Students will be seated with a minimum of 3 feet of social distance
  • Masks will be required
  • Students must have their device with them to test
  • Kindergarten and 1st graders will need headphones
  • Remote students will test in the building
  • Remote students in 1st through 6th grade will need to bring a lunch and snack
  • Parents or caregivers of remote only students will be responsible for transporting students to and from school on their testing day/time
  • MAP testing does require great focus and stamina on the part of the students; therefore on the days your child is testing there will not be additional instruction. 
  • All remote families will receive copies of the screener in the mail by Saturday.  This needs to be completed and brought to school with your child the day of testing.  If you misplace your screener, you can print an additional copy by clicking on this link: Link to symptom screener

Below is the schedule for MAP testing:

Date Grade Levels Testing
Monday, May 3 3rd Grade and 6th Grade
Tuesday, May 4 2nd Grade and 5th Grade
Thursday, May 6 4th Grade
Friday, May 7 1st Grade
Monday, May 10 Kindergarten 8:45 – 10:45
Tuesday, May 11 Kindergarten 8:45 – 10: 45

Newly Elected Aldrin PTA Officers

Congratulations to our new 2021-2022 Aldrin PTA Executive Board Members, who were elected at our General Meeting on April 21, 2021.  Looking forward to a wonderful year! 

Priya Patel                                                               President

Melissa Carpenter                                                 1st Vice President

Lori Dempsey                                                         2nd Vice President

Sara Hunt                                                               3rd Vice President

Juliet Oroni                                                            Treasurer

Nurcan Sayici                                                        Recording Secretary

Sara Hanson                                                          Corresponding Secretary

Respectfully submitted by the Aldrin PTA Nominating Committee:

Lisa Reck (Chair), Lori Dempsey, Juliet Oroni, Sara Hanson, Sara Popp, Melissa Carpenter and Laura Nickels

District 54 Home Olympics – Aldrin Virtual Field Day.

Physical Educators from across District 54 invite you to take part in this year’s Field Day from the comfort of your own home or backyard the week of May 3rd-May 7th. Mr. Niepomnik is hopeful that many of the activities could be completed on Wednesday, May 5 since the children do not have school that day. All stations can be created using materials from around your home.  Find time for fun on one night, or make the fun last all week!   We have also teamed up with the District 54 Grizzlies, our Special Olympics team, to add adaptations for students who need them so we are sure everyone can participate!  Since we can’t all be there to see the children in action, we are very hopeful that you will be able to post of picture on the Aldrin Padlet.  We can’t wait to check them out.  Click HERE to access the padlet.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3-7

Are you looking for a unique gift to give your child’s teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week May 3-7? You can donate to the District 54 Education Foundation in their honor by visiting and choosing THANKS from the “Give” drop-down menu. We will send a certificate to the teacher you are honoring, and your donation will support students in need in District 54. #ThankATeacher.  Please click on the PDF below to see how Aldrin is celebrating this year.

TAW FLYER_2021.pdf 

2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer is right around the corner and the perfect way to enjoy it is to join a Summer of 54 camp! Your child can build robots, design a t-shirt, learn a new sport, brush up on music skills, and so much more! T-shirts are included with registration, which is now available in your Parent Portal. Seats fill up fast so sign up now to be a part of the Summer of 54 Camp family! If you would like more information on each camp and the courses, please click on

2021 Summer of 54 Camp Brochure or Camp Brochure in Spanish

District 54 Education Foundation Golf Outing: June 14

The District 54 Education Foundation is excited to return to the Schaumburg Golf Club on Monday, June 14 for our 24th Annual Golf Outing to benefit School District 54 students and their families. Join us for a round of golf, various contests, 50/50 cash raffles, lunch, dinner and great company. Register or sponsor today:

May 5th Student Non-Attendance Day

Wednesday, May 5th will be a student non-attendance day. Students will not have school that day.

Have a fabulous week!


Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Upcoming Dates:

  • Monday, May 3 – Tuesday, May 11 – MAP Testing
  • Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 7 – Staff Appreciation Week (see above)
  • Wednesday, May 5 – No School for Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 – Virtual Field Day (see above)
  • Friday, May 14 – Last Day to Choose Learning Model for 21-22 School Year
  • Tuesday, May 18 – Last PTA Meeting of the Year via Zoom
  • Friday, May 28 – Last Day of School
  • Friday, June 4 – Report Cards Posted On-Line