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A Message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Tarasiuk

Posted February 9th, 2016 by Ms. Astrug

We hope this finds you well. Please read below for important updates and reminders.

Reminders

Please remember that tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10th, is a half-day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 11:40 AM.

Please also note that there is no school on Monday, February 15th in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Kindergarten Registration

Tomorrow, February 11th, parents can register incoming kindergarten students.  Registration in our office takes place during the following times: 9:00-11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  We encourage any families that have incoming kindergarten students to please register during this time.  Feel free to stop by as early as today to get a head start on the registration materials.  If you know of a neighbor or community member that has an incoming kindergarten student, please share this information with them.  Registration forms and other information can be located on our district website.

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

Teachers, parents, guardians and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement.  All District 54 parents are encouraged to take this optional survey.  The parent survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

If at least 20 percent of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. We are hoping to meet the target this year in our school.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at one of our local libraries. We will also make computers available to parents here at Einstein. Call the office at 630-736-2500 if you are interested in taking the survey here at school.

To take the parent survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ until March 11, 2016. When searching for your school’s name, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under A for Albert Einstein School, not E for Einstein).  Parent and student identities will be kept completely confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual.

100 Days!

Posted February 3rd, 2016 by Ms. Astrug

Yesterday was the 100th day of school for all 1st – 6th graders at Einstein Elementary.  Hard to believe that we’ve been in school for that many days, but amazing to think about all the hard work we have all been doing for 100 days.  What better way to celebrate the 100th day of school, than having a few 100 year old teachers teach the day away!

100

Project Lead the Way

Posted February 2nd, 2016 by Mr. Burback

Einstein is very lucky to be one of 3 schools in District 54 to offer Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to 5th & 6th graders as one of their science classes. All of the students get a 9 week course and in 5th grade they specifically study alternative energy forms. We focus on what we can do to take care of our planet, reduce production of carbon in our atmosphere and reverse the damage that’s already done. These are students at the end of their course at their energy expo!

Courtesy of Ms. Daubach

A message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Tarasiuk

Posted January 22nd, 2016 by Ms. Astrug

We hope you have had a great week. It certainly has been nice to have more reasonable temperatures. Don’t forget we have the PTA movie night tonight. We look forward to seeing families here. Remember to bring a food item to donate and you will get a free bag of popcorn.

We also hope to see many dads/special persons at breakfast on Wednesday morning from 8:00-8:30. It is always a great way to start the day. Dads/special persons can walk their child(ren) to class when the bell rings. Please read below for information regarding upcoming events at Einstein School and in District 54. Below is the Hoot, Einstein’s PTA Newsletter.

January-February 2016 Hoot

Einstein Food Drive

Einstein is conducting a food drive to support the District 54 Food Pantry. Our student ambassadors are organizing the drive. The Food Pantry supports families in our own community/in District 54. Classrooms will have boxes for students to put their donations. Every item helps! If each child brought just one item, we would have 500 items to donate! Attached is a flyer with details about the items needed. The drive runs from January 19-February 3rd. Thank you in advance for your support.

Student Safety

With our winter weather in full swing, please remember to have your students dress appropriately. I am happy to say the majority of our students come to school with coats, hats and gloves. Please remind them to cross at the crosswalk with the crossing guard. We have noticed students crossing by the west/front entrance to the school. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Schaumburg Parent University 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. There are three upcoming evening programs.

  • Staying Connected to Your Children. Social Worker Susan DeLuca will share ways to increase communication and connections between parent and their children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Planning a Safe and Fulfilling Future for People with Disabilities. Mary Anne Ehlert, president of Protected Tomorrows, will discuss how families with members who have special needs can prepare for the future. This presentation for adults only will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials, you will become a family of engineers who problem-solve together through various challenges, including building a tower and designing a dancing robot. This workshop for children and parents will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

If you are interested in attending these events, please see the attached flyers. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.

District 211 – Join the Discussion

Residents of Township High School District 211 are invited to share their ideas about the future of District 211 schools at upcoming monthly Community Engagement meetings from February through May. The information gathered will be used by the Board of Education in formulating a five-year Strategic Plan for the District. There will be two meetings each month, both on the same topic, to make it convenient for people to attend.  The first two meetings will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 1 at Fremd High School, and February 2 at Schaumburg High School. Additional information, including a schedule of upcoming meetings, is available online at http://adc.d211.org/communityengagement.

PTA Request for Party Helpers

Attention Rooms Listed Below:
Rm. 115 Wallace

Rm. 202 Daubach

Rm. 206 Piraino
Rm. 204 Conway

Please help! Your child’s room does not have a room parent for the Valentine’s Day party on 02/12/2016.  Our teachers do so much for our kids every day and if we cannot find a parent that is available from 1:30 pm to 2:30pm on 02/12/2016 the party will be planned by myself and my co-chair Lisa.  Our kids love seeing us in school and especially our classrooms! They get very excited which is always heartwarming! Please let us know if you are able to plan the party or help! We would be happy to help with shopping or game ideas.

Come see Hotel Transylvania 2

Posted January 19th, 2016 by Mr. Burback

Family Movie Night

Date: Friday, January 22nd

Time: 6:30 pm

What: Come enjoy a movie in the school Gym.

Feature movie is Hotel Transylvania 2: Rated PG

All Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Admission: FREE

Click here for  more details!

A message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Tarasiuk

Posted January 15th, 2016 by Ms. Astrug

We want to thank all of the Einstein families for attending student-led conferences yesterday and today. We had a tremendous turnout. I know the students are always so proud to share their progress with their parents. We appreciate the ongoing support you give your children every day; you help ensure their success at school. Please read below for important updates. Remember you can always check Einstein’s website for PTA forms, school information and updates. Mr. Burback and Ms. Astrug do an amazing job of keeping our webpage current.

5Essentials Survey

Thank you to the parents/guardians who have already taken the 5Essentials Survey. If you haven’t taken it, I’ve attached the letter with directions. This letter was also sent home with the students this week.

Parent Survey letter 1-16.doc Parent Survey letter 1-16- Spanish.doc

Einstein Food Drive

Einstein is conducting a food drive to support the District 54 Food Pantry. Our student ambassadors are organizing the drive.The Food Pantry supports families in our own community. Classrooms will have boxes for students to put their donations. Every item helps! If each child brought just one item, we would have 500 items to donate! Attached is a flyer with details about the items needed. The drive runs from January 19-February 3rd. Thank you in advance for your support.

Food Pantry Flyer English 2015-16.docx

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will take place on Thursday, February 11th at Einstein School. The hours are 9:00-11:00 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM. Please let your neighbors know if they have kindergarten age children about registration.

Notification of School Closings Due to Weather

Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website at http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations.  The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school.

A message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Tarasiuk

Posted January 10th, 2016 by Mr. Burback

We hope you enjoyed the winter break and got to spend time with family and friends. We had a great first week back; everyone is back in the swing of things. Please read below for important information. Happy New Year!

Notification of School Closings Due to Weather

Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website at http://sd54.org/schoolcancellations.  The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school.

District 54 results nearly double state averages on new PARCC assessment

Posted January 8th, 2016 by Mr. Burback

During the 2014-15 school year, District 54 students completed the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) local assessment, as well as the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) and ACCESS for English Language Learners.

MAP is administered to students three times each year. District 54 uses MAP to track the academic growth of every student in the district; to help inform instruction; to support our school improvement process; and to provide parents information on their child’s academic progress from kindergarten through eighth grade. We look for students to score at the 40th percentile or higher on the MAP assessment as our benchmark for grade-level proficiency.

Successes

  • We know that student proficiency by third grade is critical to future success. In 2015, 80 percent of our second-grade students met the 40th percentile target in reading and 82 percent in math.
  • Because this is our first year of full-day kindergarten, we looked at kindergarten proficiency as well and saw a 9 percent increase. On the winter MAP assessment, 80 percent of our kindergartners met the target in reading and 79 percent in math.
  • District 54 also monitors the percentage of students meeting their fall to spring growth target as assigned by NWEA (Northwest Education Association – the publisher of MAP). In 2015, 63 percent of students met their target in reading and 72 percent met their target in math.

PARCC is given to students in grades 3 to 8 and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. The PARCC assessment evaluates student proficiency in both English/Language Arts and Math. The Illinois State Board of Education determines the proficiency levels on PARCC. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of grade-level content. Students receiving a 3 are approaching expectations, but may need additional assistance mastering content. Students receiving a 1 or 2 need more assistance in mastering the content and are in need of greater supports.

The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) alternate assessment enables students with significant cognitive disabilities to show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot.

ACCESS is an English language proficiency assessment administered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade in District 54 who have been identified as English Learners. It assesses students in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The scores to demonstrate proficiency were increased in 2014.

Successes

  • District 54 results nearly double the Illinois average in reading, and more than double the Illinois average in math on PARCC.
  • In 2015, 67 percent of District 54 students met the proficiency target in reading, compared to only 36 percent in the state on PARCC.
  • In math, 59 percent of District 54 students met the proficiency target, compared to 29 percent in the state on PARCC.
  • In 2015, 570 of our students demonstrated English proficiency on ACCESS and transitioned out of our English-Learner program, an increase from 303 students in 2014.
  • In comparison to other public elementary schools in Illinois, District 54 ranked at the 93rd percentile in terms of the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency on the state exam.

District 54 will administer PARCC from April 11 to 22, 2016 using the paper-pencil format for both the English/Language Arts and Math assessments. There will only be one PARCC testing window this year (instead of the two sessions required in 2015) and total student testing time has also been reduced.

We await word from the Illinois State Board of Education as to whether our students in grades 5 and 8 will take a state mandated science test. The assessment is dependent on state funding and there is no word when a decision will be made.

Click here to access the memo from the Jan. 7 School Board meeting with more detailed results or visit illinoisreportcard.com.

Posted January 7th, 2016 by Terri McHugh

A message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Tarasiuk

Posted December 18th, 2015 by Mr. Burback

It was great seeing so many families this past Wednesday night for our 3rd and 4th grade Winter Concert. The students did an amazing job of singing, dancing, and playing various instruments. Thank you to Ms. Vargas for planning and preparing such a wonderful show and thank you to all the teachers for their support. Thank you to Mr. Whitney for helping the students create their masks for the performance. It was also nice seeing many of our students wear their favorite holiday attire today.

On behalf of the entire Einstein staff, we want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and break. I hope you take time to relax and spend time with the ones you love. We will see you back here on Monday, January 4, 2016.

PARCC Assessment

PARCC Assessment Scores were mailed home last week to all current Einstein students in 4th-6th grade.  These results reflect the assessments taken last spring.  As with all assessment results, we use this information as part of a balanced approach to best teach and inform us about our students.  We are very proud of Einstein students and are looking forward to using this data to continually improve. Thank you as always for the support you give your child(ren) at home. We wouldn’t be as successful without your help and support.

From the PBIS Team

Dear Einstein families,

Our students learn weekly Cool Tools to help them follow the 3 Bs (Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible) and live above the line (make good choices)! After students return from winter break, we will have a PBIS boot camp. This entails students visiting locations around the school to discuss living above the line and following the 3 Bs in a variety of settings. This is taught the first day of school, as well as the first day back from winter break to remind students of the expected procedures. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about this.   Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful holiday!

~The PBIS team

Jarrett Payton sends a message about being great

Posted December 16th, 2015 by Mr. Burback

Today I’m going to be great at __________. That’s the challenge that Jarrett Payton, son of Chicago Bears legendary running back Walter Payton delivered to Einstein students on Tuesday December 15, 2015. Jarrett delivered a heartwarming story filled with the message of kindness, compassion, giving to others, internet safety, and setting daily goals to be GREAT. His presentation filled Einstein’s young owls with inspiration and motivation to be their best and to share their best with others. Check out the picture below that shows Jarrett with an Einstein student showing, “we have much more in common with each other than we may initially think.” So finish this sentence tomorrow morning when you wake up, “Today I’m going to be great at ________”.