September 15, 2020

Good morning,

As we continue to work through virtual learning, we are hopeful that with each passing day you are finding ways to celebrate the successes.  Through the work of Shawn Achor, the author of the Happiness Advantage, we have learned and embraced the Seven Principles of Positive Psychology.   Positive psychology focuses on building on what’s good in our lives rather than on things that bring us down. Our hope is that you too will be able to focus on the good things that occur each and every day.  We encourage you to find time as a family to share the good with each other so you can celebrate the small wins together. We have no doubt, doing this on a daily basis will have positive, lasting effects for your entire family.  Give it a try and let us know how it goes!

Dot Day – Wednesday, September 16:

As you know, this Wednesday is a non-attendance day for remote learning; however, we did want to provide you with an activity we know your children will love. We are excited that District 54 will celebrate our first ever International Dot Day on Wednesday, September 16th.  This day began from the book The Dot by well-known author Peter H. Reynolds.  His book, The Dot, celebrates creativity, collaboration and bravery and encourages us to “Make our Mark” no matter how small we start!  Although this is a student non-attendance day, activities and ideas will be shared across all grade levels and all buildings district wide. Our school will also have a padlet where students can share a picture, post or video of their creation or act.  You’ll be able to access the interactive link for activities next Wednesday, September 16th. We hope you’ll join us and share how YOU decide to make YOUR mark and share YOUR creativity!  We can’t wait to see where these ideas take YOU!

Día internacional  de “El Punto” ( “Dot Day”)

Estamos emocionados de que el Distrito 54 celebre nuestro primer Día Internacional de “El Punto, el próximo  miércoles 16 de septiembre. Este día comenzó con el libro The Dot ( El Punto) del conocido autor Peter H. Reynolds. El libro, The Dot, celebra la creatividad, la colaboración y la valentía y nos anima a “Dejar nuestra huella”, ¡sin importar cuán pequeño sea nuestro comienzo! Aunque este es un día en que los estudiantes no tendrán clases, las actividades e ideas se compartirán en todos los niveles de grado y en todos los edificios del distrito. Nuestra escuela también tendrá un padlet donde los estudiantes podrán compartir una foto, publicación o video de su creación o acto. Podrás acceder al enlace interactivo de actividades el próximo miércoles 16 de septiembre. Esperamos que se una a nosotros y comparta cómo USTED decide dejar SU huella y compartir SU creatividad. ¡Estamos deseosos de ver a dónde le llevan estas ideas!


PTA Membership:

Our Aldrin PTA has been busy planning events that will keep us connected during remote learning. To join the Aldrin PTA follow this link or simply send the membership form to school with your payment


Aldrin Spirit Wear:

On October 14, 2020, our PTA is planning for our first spirit wear day of the year.  We are excited to see our school spirit come to life.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the newest Aldrin spirit wear through the online store, you still have time.  Simply visit  to place your order. This is the last week to place your order so be sure to place your order before midnight on Friday, September 18.  Unfortunately, no orders will be accepted after that date and time.   All orders will be shipped to home addresses entered during checkout.  Please make sure to select USPS shipping at the time of order.  Orders should arrive prior to or during the week of October 12. 


Family Fun Night:

On Thursday, September 24 between the hours of 5:00 -8:00 p.m., our PTA will be hosting one of our favorite family fun nights at the Schaumburg Portillo’s located at 611 East Schaumburg Rd. To ensure the proceeds come back to the children at Aldrin, please download the flyer by visiting the Aldrin website at .  You can utilize the flyer by dining in, carrying out or even using it in the drive thru. 


PTA meeting

Come and join our PTA meeting on September 30th at 6:30. As soon as the Zoom link becomes available, we will send it on to you. 


PTA Website

Check out the new PTA website for all the updates.


Family Technology Resource Site:

As you continue to support your child during virtual learning, we wanted to remind you that District 54 has set up an amazing site to navigate the technology.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit this site, please follow the link to learn more about the programs your child will be using.  We have no doubt you will find this site and the videos very useful.


Device Support:

Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider.

People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email [email protected] so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email [email protected].  Please do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive.


District 54 Virtual Run to Read Weekend: Sept. 25-27:

The year 2020 has proven to be quite an unpredictable year for all of us. For the past 16 years, the District 54 Run to Read has been a race dedicated to promoting health and wellness for all ages. With that in mind, our 17th annual Run to Read is going virtual. Run or walk anytime from Sept. 25-27 and make sure to share your photos with us by using the hashtag #54Run2Read.

All money raised this year will be donated to the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, to provide food and other necessary supplies to District 54 families who are struggling financially during this pandemic.

As in years past, you can choose from a variety of distances. Pick the distance that works for you and map out a route near your home. If walking is more your style, pick a distance and walk it instead.

Every registrant will receive a Tshirt and a medal. To receive the Tshirt before the event, please make sure to register by Sept. 8, 2020. Any orders received after Sept. 8 will be delivered to participants as soon as possible. Tshirts and medals will be shipped to your home.

For more information and to register, visit


Notes from the Nurse:

Kindergarten and 6th grade parents, please remember to submit new physical exam and immunization records to the school no later than October 15th.  Parents can email these documents to Mrs. Lockner at [email protected] ,mail them to the school, or drop them off in the main office.

Have a wonderful day!


Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16 – No School – Dot Day in the morning (see above) and teacher institute day in the p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Portillo’s Family Fun Night – 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sept. 25th – 26th – Virtual Run to Read (see above)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Zoom PTA Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.