September 7, 2020

Good evening,

Wow, the week has gone by so quickly.  We were thrilled to welcome our kindergartners this week to Aldrin School.  They worked so hard to get used to their new devices and we can’t thank our parents enough for all you are doing to make virtual learning as successful as possible.  It certainly is proving to take a village to help our students and we are so glad we are in this together.  Again, please know your grace, patience and encouraging words is definitely helping the staff navigate through some of the unknowns surrounding us right now.  I have said it before and I will say it again, we are all so blessed to work with such supportive families.

MAP Testing:

This fall we will be continuing to test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  This year the computer based assessment will be administered to the students while they are in a remote environment.  The purpose of the assessment is to inform teachers of the immediate instructional needs of students.  MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs. To be useful as an instructional tool it is critical that the students take the MAP test without support from proctors. Of course as parents you will have an extremely important role in helping your child get logged into the MAP test and possibly advancing to the next question. However it is once again critical that the child answers the MAP questions without guidance so that we can accurately assess where the child is performing.

You should have already received an email from your child’s teacher or MAP proctor with attached documents explaining what to expect on testing days.  If you have not received communication regarding testing, please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information.  In order to successfully administer the MAP test, teachers will need to proctor smaller groups. Due to proctoring small groups our teachers will be pushing out assignments to complete for the students who are not testing.  Since the teacher will be focusing on proctoring they may not be available for technology issues should they arise. If you are experiencing technical issues with the MAP test, please contact the MAP Hotline at 847-357-5153. We would suggest writing this number down so that you have it available for testing days. If there is another caregiver that will be with your child for testing or for helping him/her to log onto testing, please share this information with him/her. 

Important Details on the Virtual MAP Assessment:

  • Students in grades kindergarten through second grade will begin a test session on Zoom with the teacher.  A caregiver must be present to support the child logging into Zoom and into the test session.  
  • Our students in third grade through eighth grade will be proctored by a teacher via Zoom while they complete the assessment.
  • Students in grades kindergarten through second grade have 90 minutes to complete the assessment.
  • Students in third grade through sixth grade have 120 minutes to complete the assessment.
  • If your child does not complete the MAP assessment in this window the test will not be scored.
  • Since each teacher will be able to test 12 children at a time, we will utilize other certified staff to proctor testing sessions.   
  • Please note that this data will be used to inform your child’s teacher for instructional purposes, therefore we ask that parents refrain from assisting their child with answering questions on the MAP assessment. 
  • For more information, please refer to the link below:


Aldrin Spiritwear:

Thanks to all of you who have already placed orders for Aldrin Spiritwear.  If you haven’t had a chance to yet, there’s still time.  Please visit the Aldrin website by clicking on this link to place your order.  Once on this page, simply click on ALDRIN SPIRITWEAR. 


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. You can also sponsor a student so they can participate free of charge.

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

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 member ship, please visit

For Parents of 6th Graders:

The PTA is excited about providing t-shirts for all 6th graders.  A 6th grade drawing is chosen each year for the front of the t-shirt.  The 6th grade teachers have shared a document with your child which explains the process. If you would like to submit a drawing, please be sure to have your child submit it to his/her teacher no later than Friday, Sept. 11th.

Have a fabulous weekend!



Mary Botterman and Allison Schultz

Important Dates:

September 7th –  Labor Day (No School)
September 8thMAP Testing Begins
September 16th – Teacher Institute Day – No Live Teaching – (Optional Activity will be available to students through Google Classroom or Seesaw)