From the PTA President

Posted November 27th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

I hope you all enjoy your time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, and that you are able to spend time with your families. This time of year always makes me want to reflect on those things that I am thankful for. One thing that comes to mind is the many volunteers that have given of their time to make each and every event a success for the students at Einstein. We could not do it without you! At the PTA Fall Conference Dinner in October, the Einstein PTA received a Local Unit Honor Award and a Membership Hall of Fame Award. I am so proud of our PTA and all of our accomplishments during the last school year that led to us receiving these awards.

We are busy making plans for the holiday workshop and dinner with Santa. This is always a fun night, and this year we have added some carnival games for the children to enjoy. There are many ways you can volunteer your time to help us with this event. Please see the info in this edition of the Hoot and look for info to come home with your children.

If you haven’t yet made the decision to support our school by becoming a PTA member, please take the time to do so this month. Simply fill out the form in this newsletter and return it to school with $6. We will then get your Membership Card and magnet to you. Finally, we invite you to our next PTA meeting Monday, December 8th at 7pm in the Teachers’ Lounge. We will continue to make plans for future events as well as celebrate our successes so far this year.

We hope to see you there!

Mrs. Carlson
PTA President

Family Science Night cancelled

Posted November 24th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Dear Einstein Community,

Science Night with the Du Page Children’s Museum-WILL BE RESCHEDULED-due to the weather.  We are going to reschedule the Science night planned for tonight due to the weather. We will let you know when the date is. We are sorry for the inconvenience but are worried about everyone’s safety in what looks like will be a hazardous night driving.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is this week. We do have school today and tomorrow, but are off Wednesday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving break. We would like thank Mr. Steffan and Ms. Ceballos for the first Dance Party night last week. It was very well attended; we loved watching the students and parents busting out their best moves.  We had a successful first week of MAP testing and will continue testing after the holiday break.  Please read the latest edition of The Hoot for important and fun December events by clicking here .

Cold Weather Reminders

Just a gentle reminder that the doors do not open until 8:25 for students. With the winter weather upon us, we don’t want students waiting outside in the cold too long. In addition, please make sure your children dress appropriately for the weather. The students go outside for recess to get fresh air and to run around. Coats, boots, gloves, and hats are recommended. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Important Dates

Tonight, November 24- Family Science Night-cancelled for tonight and will be rescheduled
November 25- Report Cards go home
November 26-30- Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
December 1- School resumes
December 8- PTA Meeting in Teacher’s lounge at 7:00 PM
December 11- PTA Holiday Dinner from 5:30-7:30
December 22-January 4- Winter Break

Mrs. Kurtz and I are thankful for all the staff, students, and families we get to work with every day. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and time off with family and friends.

Family Science Night

Posted November 23rd, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Einstein is proud host Family Science Night with the DuPage Children’s Museum.  This amazing event is Monday November 24th from 6-8 pm for grades 4-6 in Einstein’s gym.  Through an assortment of hands-on activities, students and parents are “engaged in processes of scientific inquiry to investigate questions and solve problems.”  Children must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.

1st Annual Einstein Dance Party tomorrow

Posted November 18th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Join Mr. Steffan and Mrs. Ceballos for a fun night of dancing tomorrow night November 19th from 5-6 pm!  The Einstein Dance Party is a fun evening spent dancing to popular Just Dance songs, as well as modern social dances that you can do with your whole family!  No experience necessary.  We, along with the Just Dance videos, will show you exactly what to do.  You’ll be showing off your dance moves in no time.

A Message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Kurtz

Posted November 14th, 2014 by Miss Astrug

Dear Einstein Community,

We had another great week at Einstein. We hope to see many of you tonight at the PTA Family Game Night from 6:30-7:30. Stay warm this weekend. It looks like the winter weather is here.

Du Page Children’s Museum Science Night

We hope you can join us on November 24th for the second Science Night provided by the Du Page Children’s Museum. They were here two years ago for a math and science night. It is a hands-on family activity night for students in grades 4-6. There will be a variety of science related experiments and activities. All materials will be provided by the museum. We want to thank Ms. Astrug for obtaining a District 54 Foundation Mini Grant to fund this great event. There is no charge for this event.  Please click here for more information.

Save the Date-There will be a math night sponsored by the Children’s Museum in February for grades K-3. Details will be given as the date gets closer.

New Landscape

We hope you have noticed the new landscape out in front of Einstein. It has cleaned up the front and made it look beautiful. We look forward to spring when everything blooms.

We want to thank Roots and Shoots for keeping the landscaping weed-free. They have done a fantastic job of weeding the front and keeping it looking so nice.

Lastly, we want to thank Ms. Daubach for donating the planters you’ll see in our front entrance and upstairs in the hallway. Thank you to Mrs. Kern for doing all the planting. Thanks to them both for their time, donations, and for helping to make Einstein’s hallways cheerful.

Updated Report Cards

This year District 54 is implementing a new standards-based report card for all students Early Childhood through eighth grade. The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:

•     Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes

•     Overall academic achievement in each content area

•     Social and emotional development

•     Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)

  •   Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade

The cover page of the new report card that will be mailed home on Nov. 25th, contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.

Virtual Backpack

Please remember that the District 54 Virtual Backpack contains a lot of information and activities available to students and families from various agencies and clubs in the area. Check it out on the District webpage!

Sixth Grade Parents

Today your students had the opportunity to meet with the Mr. Szwed, the assistant principal of Addams junior high. During that meeting the policies and procedures along with what a typical day is like at the junior high was reviewed. Soon your child will bring home a student request form that will allow them to select their electives for their 7th grade year. Parents will receive more information regarding this form at the 6th grade Parent Night which takes place on Dec. 3rd from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at your prospective junior high.

Important Dates

Tonight- PTA family game night 6:30-7:30 PM in the gym

November 17- MAP Testing begins

November 19- Dance Party with Mr. Steffan and Ms. Ceballos, 5:00-6:00 PM in the gym

November 24- Family Science Night from 6:00-8:00 PM (see attached brochure for details)

November 25- Report cards go home

November 26-30- Thanksgiving holiday, NO SCHOOL

A night of fun for the entire family

Posted November 13th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Need something fun and amazing to do with your entire family?   Well, Einstein’s remarkable PTA has got the answer.  Play Rubrics Cube, Monopoly, Twister, Jenga, Sorry, Connect 4, and Yahtzee Classic.   Tomorrow’s the night, Friday November 14th in Einstein’s gym from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  This PTA sponsored event is FREE for our community and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Let the fun begin!

Don’t miss a second chance!

Posted November 12th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Don’t miss a second chance to order Einstein spiritwear.  Hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, tie-dye tees, long sleeve tees, and tee shirts are looking hooting good.  The ordering deadline is Thursday November 20, 2014.  Please make your checks payable to the Albert Einstein PTA.  Click  here for the order form.  GO OWLS!

From the PTA President

Posted November 9th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

October was a busy month at Einstein.  It was great to see so many families at the various events.  Thank you, especially, to all the volunteers who gave of their time to make these events a success.

As we head into this busy time of year, I hope you will have plenty of time to spend with your families. One fun way to do that, will be at our first ever Family Game Night on November 14th.  We hope you will come out and enjoy playing board games with your family and other families at Look for more information in this edition of the Hoot and for a flyer to come home with your student soon.

It is not too late to become a member of the PTA. Simply fill out the form in November’s Hoot and return it to school with $6.  We will, in turn, get you your PTA Membership Card and School Magnet.  Click  here for the Hoot.

Our next PTA meeting will be Monday, November 10th at 7pm in the school gym.  This will be a general membership meeting, at which we will be discussing Senate Bill 16 on school funding. We hope to see you there!

Mrs.  Carlson
2014/2015 PTA President

A message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Kurtz

Posted November 5th, 2014 by Mr. Burback

Dear Einstein Community,

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall day.  Click  here to read November’s Hoot with important information from PTA, the PBIS team, and our nurse. Please read to find out about many exciting events happening at Einstein in the upcoming months. We hope to see you at the PTA meeting on November 10th where PTA will present information on Senate Bill 16. All are invited to hear this important information. It will take place in Einstein’s gym at 7:00 PM.

MAP Testing-now web-based

The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014.  We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year.  Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser.  This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

We are excited to see the growth our students have made since the fall MAP administration.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

It’s a Dance Party!

1st  Annual Einstein Dance Party
November 19th
5-6 p.m. – In the Gym

Join Mr. Steffan and Mrs. Ceballos for a fun night of dancing! The Einstein Dance Party is a fun evening spent dancing to popular Just Dance songs, as well as modern social dances that you can do with your whole family!  No experience necessary! We, along with the Just Dance videos, will show you exactly what to do. You will be showing off your dance moves in no time.

Important Dates

November 10- PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the gym (see flyer in the Hoot)
November 14- PTA Family Game Night (see flyer in the Hoot for details)
November 19- Family Dance Night from 5:00-6:00 PM in the gym
November 17- Winter MAP testing begins
November 25- Report Cards go home
November 24- Family night with the Du Page Children’s Museum-details to follow as date gets closer
November 26-30- Thanksgiving holiday-NO SCHOOL

Have a great week!

A Message from Ms. Kanoon and Mrs. Kurtz

Posted October 31st, 2014 by Miss Astrug

Dear Einstein Community,

We had a fun and festive Halloween today thanks to all the help of our PTA/parent volunteers. Thank you so much for the fun games, crafts and activities for the students as well as the delicious treats. We had a great time seeing all the creative costumes on our parade held in the gym due to the blustery weather.

Illinois School Report Cards

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website and can be seen by clicking here. An interactive report card is available online by clicking here .

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program.

If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 630-736-2500. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

After School Band/Orchestra Change-From the Addams Staff

For the safety of our children and to ease the traffic congestion that has been occurring with the simultaneous release of junior high students and band/orchestra students we have decided to make a few changes.

After school band/orchestra will now meet from 3:30 – 4:15 instead of 3:15 – 4:00.  By making this slight time change we are hoping that the parking lot will be safer than in the past.  We would still like students to be dropped off on the North side of the building by doors 19 & 20 after pulling in at the far northwest entrance.  The big change will come with the pick-up procedures.  The students will now be let out of the building at the front east doors, not where you drop them offCars should still enter the parking lot from the same northwest entrance.  This will allow many more cars to be in a line in the lot instead of out on the street.  We would still like to keep one line of cars for pickup so that students do not have to cross in front of cars to get to their ride.  Parents should not bring their cars into the lot until 4:05 at the earliest though, as our junior high activities have busses in the front until 4:00.  The new plan will go into effect for both 5th & 6th grade band/orchestras starting the week of Nov. 11th and continue through the end of the year.  Thank you for your flexibility and patience in the parking lot to help keep all of our students safe.

Thank you for your help and awareness in this matter.

Mrs. Banszewski, Mr. Caliendo, Mr. Bingen


Important Dates

November 4- Institute Day-NO SCHOOL for Students

November 10- PTA Meeting in the gym at 7:00 (All are invited to an informational meeting regarding Senate Bill 16)

November 14- End of First Trimester

November 25- Report Cards go home

November 26-30- Thanksgiving Holiday-NO SCHOOL