Dear Early Learning Center Community,
Happy March! Did you know that March is HAPPINESS MONTH at the ELC and across School District 54? This month, our Sprouts will have the opportunity to share what makes them happy, celebrate with their “buddy classrooms,” and participate in a spirit week before Spring Break! Help us celebrate by wearing something orange every Friday. We look forward to sprouting more happiness throughout March!
CANCELED – Happiness Club-Change of Date: The date for our Sprouting Happiness Club for the month of March is March 16th NOT March 6th. We will be meeting on Monday, March 16th from 4:15-5:15. We hope to see you there!
As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus continues to spread in our state, our country and worldwide, School District 54 wants to do everything in our power to protect our students, our staff and their families. The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend social distancing as the best way to prevent the spread of this virus.
To that end, we are cancelling school the week of March 16-20. We are also closed the following week, as previously scheduled for spring break. After-school, evening and weekend activities are also cancelled, including the before- and after-school programs hosted in our schools by the Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates Park Districts and YMCA.
As this situation is constantly evolving, we are unsure at this time when schools will reopen. We will continue to evaluate the situation with guidance from the state and county health departments. Our schools will be open during regular hours on Monday, March 16, should you need to pick up anything your student may have left at school.
Staff will be at school on Monday, March 16, for training on the new District 54 virtual learning platform. Another email will be sent to District 54 families on Monday, with a link to access the platform. This email will also include more information about what to expect when students log in on the first day of virtual learning, which will be Wednesday, March 18. We will not have V-Learning classes during spring break (March 23-27).
All students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be reminded to bring home their iPads and Chromebooks today. For those families who do not have Internet access at home, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org. Early Learning Center students brought home bags yesterday, March 12, to compliment the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual learning platform designed for their age group.
We know this is an unprecedented decision, but these are unprecedented times and we are committed to doing our part to mitigate the impact of this pandemic. Thank you for your understanding and for working with us to keep our students, our staff, our families and our communities healthy.
Superintendent Andy DuRoss
Dear District 54 Community,
I know this is the second email you have received from me this week, but I feel it’s important to keep our families and staff informed as the situation with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to evolve. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is my top priority.
At this point, School District 54 has no known cases of COVID-19 in our school community.
However, yesterday the World Health Organization declared this a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now advising that schools should consider adjusting or postponing large gatherings and activities that mix between classes and grades.
With that in mind effective today, March 12, District 54 schools are open. However, we will be cancelling field trips, before- and after-school clubs, sporting events, evening activities, assemblies that bring in outside people and other activities with outside visitors. This includes the use of our buildings by outside organizations who rent our facilities, as we work with CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. It also include the orchestra festival at Mead on Saturday, March 14.
If your child is in the before- and after-school care programs offered by the YMCA, or the Schaumburg or Hoffman Estates Park Districts at one of our schools – those programs are not cancelled.
As you know, our schools are closed next Tuesday on Election Day (March 17), a decision we made years ago for safety concerns. Only a small area of each school is open to voters and that area will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected that evening after the polls close.
While it is my hope that we will be able to keep our schools open, we are following the guidelines of the federal, state and county health departments and we have a plan in place to respond if we have cases of COVID-19 in our schools. As part of that plan, we have created a virtual learning platform to keep students connected to their teachers and engaged academically should it be necessary to close schools.
We will be sending iPads home with all kindergarten through second-grade students effective today, March 12, so the students are comfortable using them at home. This also allows families to connect those devices to their home WiFi. If you do not have WiFi connectivity at home, please let your child’s school know. Our older students are already bringing home their Chromebooks daily.
Again District 54 schools are open at this time. However, this is an evolving situation. We urge our families to be prepared should schools need to be closed.
Thank you for your understanding and for working with us as we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus in our community.
Please join us for our next PTA meeting this Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30. Our topic for the night is Assessing Students in Early Childhood. Childcare will be provided.
Our next McTeacher Night is this week too! The ELC Teachers and Staff will be working at the McDonald’s of Hoffman Estates, 1070 N. Roselle Road (between Golf and Higgins)Wednesday, March 11th. They will be assisting with orders, selling pies, and more! 20% of the counter and drive-thru purchases made using the ELC flyer will be donated to the ELC PTA. We hope to see everyone there!
Registration for the 2020-21 school year will open on Monday, March 30 through the Infinite Campus Portal. Please login to review the current information and make any necessary changes. If you do not have a portal account, you should have received an email on March 14 inviting you to create one.
As a reminder, all families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year. If we are unable to verify your residency electronically, you will receive a letter by U.S. mail, which will list the residency documents you can provide to the school office to complete your registration.
You are also able to pay the $50 consumable fee for 2020-21, as well as purchase milk and sign up for the instructional device insurance through the portal. If you believe you will qualify for the Free Lunch Program in the 2020-21 school year, and therefore will receive a fee waiver, do not pay the consumable material fee now. Applications will be available in August for the Free Lunch Program.
Information about busing will be mailed the first week in June. Should you have any questions, please our office. Thank you for your cooperation.
Next week we’ll be wrapping up Happiness Month prior to our spring break with a Spirit Week!
- Monday, March 16th – Pajama Day
- Tuesday, March 17th – No School
- Wednesday, March 18th – Sports Day
- Thursday, March 19th – SuperHero/Super Sprout Day
- Friday, March 20th is the International Day of Happiness. Don’t forget to wear orange if you can as it’s Friday!
- Saturday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day we’ll be celebrating at the ELC by “Rocking Our Favorite Socks” on Friday, March 20th.
Schaumburg Parent University – March classes
Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Please note that child care is always available.
Increasing Happiness in a Busy World – March 12
We all strive for happiness, but in our busy everyday lives it can be easy to forget to be happy. Happiness is not something that happens to you but rather a choice you can make to lead a more fulfilling and enriching life. Research shows that choosing happiness has an advantage beyond simply feeling good. Come learn about the benefits of positive psychology from some of our very own District 54 Junior High Student Ambassadors and walk away with simple tactics to increase your happiness. Experience the happiness advantage through fun and interactive activities the whole family can enjoy. Families including students in kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome. This event will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Rd. (Door C1) in Schaumburg.
La Universidad Schaumburg para Padres – Clases de marzo
La idea de la Universidad para Padres es envolver más a los padres in la vida escolar, para fortalecer las relaciones familiares, y mejorar los conocimientos de crianza que finalmente resultarán en un mejor éxito académico, social y emocional del estudiante. El cuidado de niños está siempre disponible.
Incrementando la felicidad en un mundo ocupado – 12 de marzo
Todos luchamos por la felicidad, pero en nuestra vida cotidiana y ocupada puede ser fácil olvidarse de ser feliz. La felicidad no es algo que te sucede, sino una elección que puedes hacer para llevar una vida más plena y enriquecedora. Las investigaciones demuestran que elegir la felicidad tiene una ventaja más allá de simplemente sentirse bien. Venga a escuchar a nuestros Estudiantes Embajadores de Secundaria del Distrito 54, para que conozca sobre los beneficios de la psicología positiva y salga con tácticas simples para aumentar su felicidad. Experimente la felicidad como ventaja a través de actividades divertidas e interactivas que toda la familia puede disfrutar. Pueden asistir familias con estudiantes de educación temprana hasta octavo grado. Este evento tendrá lugar de 6 a 7 p.m. el 12 de marzo de 2020, en el Centro de Aprendizaje del Distrito 54, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg (Puerta C1).
Cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread illness in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
Consider keeping your child at home for a day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
- Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
- Stomach ache
Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms
- Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
- Vomiting (even once)
- General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
- Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
- Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds (Sing the alphabet song)
- Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
- Cover mouth and nose with a paper tissue when sneezing or coughing, throw it away and then wash hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free”, without medicine, for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether to bring to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.
Each school’s custodians disinfect surfaces, doorknobs, and banisters on a daily basis. We are also ensuring that there is soap and hand sanitizer in all dispensers and encouraging everyone to remind students about the importance of hand washing.
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible. Remember your school nurse is there to help contact with any questions.
Dear Early Learning Center Community,
Happy March! We are heading into Week #2 of Happiness Month. We had a great time at the D54 Multicultural Event Saturday. Our Polish Dance Club did an amazing job onstage! A special thank you to Ms. Kasia, Ms. Magda and Ms. Monika for leading their practices and getting them ready for their big event yesterday! Please see below for further updates to keep in mind this week and next.
CANCELED – Happiness Club-Change of Date: The date for our Sprouting Happiness Club for the month of March is March 16th. We hope to see you next Monday from 4:15-5:15.
CANCELED – Parent Workshop: Beth Farr, Jackie Juhl, and Evelyn Gasca, ELC Social Workers, are facilitating a Parent Workshop about Setting Loving Limits – Strategies That Will Help Your Child Learn. Please join us on Thursday, March 12th from 5:45 to 7:00pm at the Early Learning Center! Free childcare will be provided. For more information, click here.
Parent Portal and Report Cards: Parents will have access to student online report cards on Friday, March 13th through the parent portal. All parents and guardians, who have not previously created a portal account, please contact our office to receive an access code.
District 54 Community Resource Center Calendar and Newsletter: Our March calendars and newsletters are available on our website. You can access them in English and Spanish here.
PTA Info: Please join us for our next PTA meeting this Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30. Our topic for the night is Assessing Students in Early Childhood. Childcare will be provided. Our next McTeacher Night is this week too! The ELC Teachers and Staff will be working at the McDonald’s of Hoffman Estates, 1070 N. Roselle Road (between Golf and Higgins)Wednesday, March 11th. They will be assisting with orders, selling pies, and more! 20% of the counter and drive-thru purchases made using the ELC flyer will be donated to the ELC PTA. We hope to see everyone there!
Tuesday, March 10th – PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 11th – McTeacher Night
CANCELED – Thursday, March 12th – Parent Workshop – Setting Loving Limits
Tuesday, March 17th – No School – Election Day
Monday, March 23rd – Friday, March 27th – No School – Spring Break
Monday, March 30th – School Resumes
Enjoy the week,
Julie Gorvett and Carrie Azab
Beth Farr, Jackie Juhl, and Evelyn Gasca, ELC Social Workers, are facilitating a Parent Workshop about Setting Loving Limits – Strategies That Will Help Your Child Learn. Please join us on Thursday, March 12th from 5:45 to 7:00pm at the Early Learning Center! Free childcare will be provided.