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Schools closed for rest of school year

Dear District 54 Community,

Good afternoon District 54 families. As you have probably heard, Governor Pritzker has announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year.

Let me acknowledge that this is not ideal. The ideal situation would be having children at school connecting in person with their peers, their teachers and other staff. I think we can all acknowledge that.

While we were really hoping we would be able to bring students back to school this year, we were also anticipating this announcement and planning for it. We are committed to helping students to grow academically and supporting their well-being. We will continue to offer remote learning as we have for the past four weeks.

I know with the governor’s announcement you have questions. You are probably wondering about eighth-grade graduations and other important end-of-the-year celebrations. We are currently working on plans to commemorate these moments.

Some of you may have items in the schools that you need to retrieve. We have a plan to safely provide you access to the schools and we will share those specifics with you soon.

To our students – we miss you. Thank you for staying connected to your teachers and each other through virtual learning. We are going to keep teaching you and caring about you. We are still here for you.

To the families of our students – thank you. We know you didn’t plan to spend the last two months of the school year helping your children with school work at home. Your support for your children, our teachers and each other has been amazing. You are an integral part of what we do.

While our school doors are closed, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to support our students this year. If there is anything we can do to support you, please reach out to your child’s teacher, social worker or any other trusted adult. I look forward to the day when we can all be together again.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 8 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through July 16 at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. 
  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Illinois Department of Human Services has a new special benefit called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer to help families buy food for children who would normally receive free lunch when schools are in session. To apply online, families should visit https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access and click on Apply for Benefits.

Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families that do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive free lunch, will need to apply on this website. A paper application in English and paper application in Spanish is also available and can be submitted as an attachment by email to DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. A Spanish version of the flyer is also available.

Crisis Fund

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Lugares de despensa de alimentos y oportunidades de donación

A medida que la situación en torno al nuevo coronavirus de 2019 continúa cambiando, el Distrito 54 está trabajando con increíbles socios de la comunidad para proporcionar alimentos a las familias que tienen dificultades financieras. Las familias que necesitan asistencia pueden beneficiarse de lo siguiente.

  • Miércoles:  Willow Creek Community Church llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 a.m. a mediodía cada miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.
  • Jueves:  Distrito 211 de Township High School, cinco días de almuerzos, cinco días de desayuno y medio galón de leche de 9 am a mediodía cada jueves en la escuela secundaria Hoffman Estates, 1100 W. Higgins Road en Hoffman Estates. Esta es una camioneta drive-through. Cuando llegue a la escuela, quédese en su vehículo. Cargaremos las bolsas en su maletero o asiento trasero.
  • Viernes:  Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 4 a 5 p.m. cada viernes en la escuela Keller, 820 Bode Road en Schaumburg.
  • Schaumburg Township – La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg ahora está llevando a cabo una recolección de 1 a 3 p.m. los martes y jueves en la oficina del municipio,  One Illinois Blvd. en Hoffman Estates. Para obtener más información, llame al (847) 732-7166.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo Despensa, 1451 Bode Road en Schaumburg, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 2 a 5 p.m. Cerca de los garajes.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road en Elk Grove Village, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 11:30 a mediodía.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove en Schaumburg, está abierto de 4 a 6 p.m. Jueves y de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. Sábados.

Nos gustaría agradecer a la cantidad de personas y organizaciones que han preguntado cómo hacer donaciones para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que puedan estar luchando. Creemos que la mejor práctica es trabajar con organizaciones que actualmente ofrecen estos servicios en nuestra comunidad y, por lo tanto, no recolectarán alimentos. No traiga donaciones de alimentos a la oficina del distrito como se mencionó anteriormente.

La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg y muchas organizaciones benéficas religiosas están proporcionando alimentos a las familias de nuestra comunidad. Haga clic aquí para acceder a una lista de estas despensas en el sitio web del municipio de Schaumburg. Para alentar el distanciamiento social, estas organizaciones no están recolectando alimentos en este momento.

Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois tiene un nuevo beneficio especial llamado Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos para ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para niños que normalmente recibirían almuerzo gratis cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Para solicitar en línea, las familias deben visitar https://abe.illinois.gov/abe/access y hacer clic en Solicitar beneficios.

Las familias que actualmente reciben beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) no necesitan solicitar los beneficios P-EBT. Estos beneficios adicionales de P-EBT se cargarán en las cuentas de Illinois LINK EBT junto con los beneficios regulares de SNAP. Las familias que actualmente no reciben beneficios de SNAP pero tienen niños que reciben almuerzo gratis, deberán presentar una solicitud en este sitio web. Una solicitud en papel en en español también están disponibles y se pueden enviar como archivo adjunto por correo electrónico a DHS.FCS.PEBT@nullillinois.gov. IDHS creó un volante para ayudar a las familias con el proceso de solicitud. U

Crisis Fund

La Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 también ha creado un nuevo fondo llamado D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, que se utilizará para apoyar a nuestras familias más expuestas, incluido el 20% de los estudiantes que califican para el almuerzo gratuito. Este fondo de emergencia ayudará a las familias afectadas por este virus y podría usarse en el futuro para proporcionar acceso inmediato a asistencia financiera para familias con dificultades financieras.

Para donar, visite cualquiera de los siguientes sitios web:

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – March 16, 2020

Dear District 54 Community,

As you know, on Friday Illinois Governor Pritzker announced the mandatory closure of all public schools through March 30. While our staff would prefer to be at school, interacting in person with your children, we know this is the right decision to keep our community healthy and safe.

Please know that the closure may continue beyond March 30. The situation is incredibly fluid, and the state is waiting to announce what will happen after March 30 until we get closer to that date.

Because this statewide closure was mandated, all of the days are considered Act of God Days in Illinois, and therefore will not be made up at the end of the school year. However, school districts across the state are encouraged to provide virtual learning opportunities for students.

Today was an institute day in District 54 so that we could train our employees on the new District 54 Virtual Learning platform, which will allow us to provide continuous instruction to the more than 15,000 students we serve during these unique times. 

Timeline

  • March 17:  closed for the elections as previously planned.
  • March 18-20:  first week of virtual learning
  • March 23-27:  spring break
  • March 30:  virtual learning day

District 54 V-Learning Platform

On Wednesday morning, students will be able to visit the D54 V-Learning Website. Once you are on the site, click on the link that corresponds to your child’s age group and watch the welcome video. The website also contains a parent guide, a student guide and frequently asked questions.

  • Junior high V-Learning classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and students will follow their current schedule (including a break for lunch). 
  • Elementary school and Lincoln Prairie classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Early Learning Center students can also visit the site with a trusted adult at any time. Students brought home bags last week to compliment the Choose Your Own Adventure virtual learning platform designed for their age group.

Since these classes are virtual and we understand that this schedule may not work for some families, students have the flexibility to complete tasks at any time. However, students participating during these V-Learning times will be able to interact in real time with their teachers. Student work during this time will not be graded. 

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade should have brought home their District 54 iPads and Chromebooks on Friday. For those families who do not have Internet access at home, please email VLearning@nullsd54.org.

Reporting 2019 Novel Coronavirus 

If your child is sick and cannot participate, please email your school principal. It is especially important for us to track illnesses while the COVID-19 virus is spreading in our state.

Students Receiving Free Lunch

Thank you to everyone inquiring about how we can continue to support our students receiving free lunch. We distributed food to families this week. Anyone wishing to donate can donate to the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry online. (Updated 3-19-20)

Thank you again for working with us, as we all do our part to prevent the spread of this virus in our community. As I’ve stated before, these are unprecedented times, but in District 54 we will continue doing what we do best – caring for our students and ensuring their academic success.

End-of-Year Information

Dear Einstein community,

It is official, our school year has come to an end. It has been like no other. The past two months, although difficult, have proven the strength in our student, parent and staff community. We also know that these past two months do not define the incredible school year that we have had. Our students have grown academically and socially, they have created friendships and memories that will last. We would not have been successful without your support! We look forward to being together again. Have a wonderful summer!

Farewell and Welcome
We will be saying goodbye and best of luck to Christi Sosin as she continues her endeavor in District 54 at Churchill as their full time Assistant Principal.  Her kindness and dedication to the students and families have been greatly appreciated and will be missed.

We will welcome Melinda Perez as she will be starting soon as our full time Assistant Principal. Ms. Perez began her career with School District 54 in 2002. She has worked as a school social worker and Dean of Students at both the elementary and junior high levels. She is excited to start her work at Einstein. We welcome her as an Einstein Owl!

Message from the PTA
For any families who have already purchased a yearbook prior to March 16, 2020, the yearbooks will be available at the start of the next school year due to delay in production due to COVID. We will have a limited supply of the 19-20 yearbooks available for purchase at the beginning of next school year if you are interested. More information will be shared when it becomes available in regards to yearbook pickup.

For any family that purchased a birthday gram for March through summer birthday dates, we would like to donate these funds directly back to the school for PBIS which benefits all students.
If you would like to forgo your donation and request a check, please email einsteinowlspta@nullgmail.com.

Thank you for all your support this year.  It has certainly been a year of unknowns and we have handled them EINSTEIN STRONG!

Supports
Food distribution will continue through the month of July for families and community members in need.

Please refer to the D54 web postings regarding food distribution at our district website at https://sd54.org/2020/03/19/food-pantry-locations-and-donation-opportunities/

District 54 Virtual Learning University
Are you searching for an innovative way to empower your children over the summer? Are you looking for a comprehensive approach to summer learning that combats boredom and keeps everyone engaged? Look no further! Visit the School District 54 Virtual Learning University to tackle challenges for literacy, math, science, social science, social-emotional learning, language and culture too!  Each area has multiple challenges or a toolkit to keep your children’s minds focused and active throughout the summer weeks! Within each category you will find family activities, individual activities and possible places to visit in our community and surrounding areas.  We hope you’ll encourage your children to visit our Virtual Learning University often throughout the summer to challenge themselves and to keep your family learning together. Click here to access the Virtual Learning University or find the link under Popular Links on the District 54 website.

Grades and Report Cards
Report Cards will be available online within the District 54 Parent Portal starting June 2nd. An email will be sent to you once your child’s report card is available.  In accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, report card grades for the third trimester will be designated as Pass or Incomplete. Final year end grades for students in fourth through eighth grade will reflect second trimester grades or higher as evaluated by student work across the third trimester. We hope that all families will check the report cards and use the information to celebrate with their children their academic successes. We are all very proud of our students.

Registration 2020-2021
To enroll your child for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Log in in to the parent portal, and update your information for next year by June 1, 2020. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your children will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please contact your school office and let them know.
  • If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.
  • All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal. If you do not have a portal account, you can also email the required documents to registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.
  • Information about transportation and the consumable materials fee will be communicated at a later time.

Information about busing and material fees will be communicated this summer. Should you have any questions, please contact our school office by emailing kathygallagher@nullsd54.org.

Have a wonderful summer,

Julie Tarasiuk            Christi Sosin
Principal                    Assistant Principal

6th Grade Recognition

Dear Einstein community,

We wish our 6th graders all the best as they continue onto Junior High. Please know that we are grateful for the memories and know they will do amazing as they continue their journey in District 54. Although we are not able to celebrate them together, all of our well wishes and thoughts are with our Owls!

We wanted to share with you the ways we are recognizing this milestone.

  • Tomorrow night all of the lights in the school will be left on overnight as a symbolic representation that our 6th Graders are the light of the future. Our marque will also have a special message to our 6th Graders.
  • All students will receive a Junior High feeder t-shirt to wear proudly this summer.
  • A video tribute was created and will be shared with students and families tomorrow.
  • Students were also gifted with memorabilia at their pick-up, signifying this rite of passage.

We wish the Class of 2020 the best of luck!

Sincerely,
Einstein Staff

Important iPad/Chromebook Information

There has been a change to our original plan for device drop off on Friday May, 29th.  We will ONLY be collecting devices from students and families that will not be returning to a District 54 school for the 2020-2021 school year.  All non- returning families, please plan on dropping off your iPads/Chromebooks between 9:00-10:00am.

The District will NOT be collecting iPads from 2nd graders this Friday in order to enable students to utilize the devices over the summer months. In addition, the District has decided to keep ALL current K-7th grade student accounts active so all devices will be functional over the summer months as well.  With devices still being active and with libraries still closed, the devices can be utilized for students to continue reading over the summer.

We do encourage all parents to monitor student device usage to ensure they are being utilized for appropriate purposes.  We will continue to notify families if there is any misuse on the student devices.

The District will be scheduling a 2nd grade iPad collection / Chromebook exchange in early August.  Additional details regarding this will be communicated later in the summer.

Thank you for your flexibility.

Julie Tarasiuk

Einstein Connect: Pick-Up & Drop-Off Reminders

Dear Einstein Community,

Next week is our Material Drop Off and Pickup Week from Tuesday-Friday.  The safety of our staff and families is top priority. Thank you for adhering to social distancing guidelines. Please find additional information below.

Materials to Return: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up (ALL FAMILIES REMAIN IN THE CAR)

  • All district materials (with the exception of iPads/Chromebooks).  Such items include: library books, guided reading books, textbooks, end of the year teacher note, etc.
  • Please place all items into one trash bag and label it with your child’s first, last name and their classroom teacher’s name.
  • Please place the bag in the trunk of your car.
  • Parents will enter the parking lot.
  • Hold up a sign in car window of student’s name and teacher. 
  • Pop trunks and stay in the car.
  • Einstein staff will be placing the supply bag in your trunk.
  • Einstein staff will be taking the bag out of the trunk that contains items being returned to school.

Schedule for the Week: Student Material Drop off and Pick Up 

  • Please know that any materials not picked up by our families will be discarded at the end of the day.
Tues. May 19th Wed. May 20th Thur. May 21st Fri. May 22nd Fri. May 29th
9:00 Khan

9:30 Miskowicz

10:00 Zima

12:00 Franke

12:30 Daubach

1:00 Holmes

1:30 Zinga

9:00 Weber

9:30 Hofmann

10:00 Sutton

12:00 Bailey

12:30 Hayes

1:00 Stavrou

1:30 Wood

9:00 Johnson

9:30 Magsamen

10:00  Parrello

12:00 Lorenz

12:30 Myers

1:00 DeFalco

1:30 Tibbs

9:00 Lee

9:30 Eggert

10:00 Conway

12:00 Mescher

12:30 Baker

1:00 Hojnacki

9:00-10:00

All 2nd Grade students drop off iPads.

Any students not returning to District 54 for the 20-21 school year please return

Chromebooks and/or IPads.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE ONLY GRADE WHO WILL BE RETURNING ELECTRONICS THIS YEAR IS 2ND GRADE AND NON-RETURNING STUDENTS TO DISTRICT 54.  EVERYONE ELSE WILL KEEP THEIR IPADS OR CHROMEBOOKS OVER THE SUMMER.

May 29th Schedule: Technology Drop off Day (ALL FAMILIES REMAIN IN THE CAR)

Registration 2020-2021

  • Registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open and available through the Infinite Campus Portal.
  • If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the portal website. Go to http://sd54.org and click on Infinite Campus Parent Portal under Popular Links.
  • If you have not previously created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Julie Tarasiuk                     Christi Sosin

Principal                             Assistant Principal

Register now for 2020-21 School Year

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway for kindergarten through eighth grade.

New District 54 families

Click here to begin online registration. After processing your registration, your child’s new school will contact you to request additional information, such as the Student Transfer Form (ISBE form 33-78) for students transferring from another Illinois school; proof of immunizations (list of required immunizations by grade level), birth verification and proof of residence (see details at sd54.org/registration).

For questions, please contact registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org. If you don’t know what school your child will attend, click here to access our School Search program and enter your address.

Current D54 families

Log in in to the parent portal, and update your information for next year by June 1, 2020. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your children will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please contact your school office and let them know.

If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email portalsupport@nullsd54.org to create one.

All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal. If you do not have a portal account, you can also email the required documents to registrationdocuments@nullsd54.org.

Information about transportation and the consumable materials fee will be communicated at a later time.

Einstein Connect: Pick-Up/Drop-Off Reminders

Dear Einstein Community,

This week has brought so much to be grateful for. We loved seeing all of the pictures of our students participating in Virtual Field Day.  Please continue to stay connected by sharing pictures of you celebrating our ABC Countdown Calendar events.  Thank you also for reaching out to our teachers to celebrate them for teacher appreciation week.  So many students were creative in the way they were reaching out to our staff this week.  Please know that, as we begin to wrap up our year in the next few weeks, we are seeking ways to connect for closure – albeit, it’s not how we wanted to end our year, we want to end just as strong as we started.  Stay well Owls – we miss you.

Pick-Up/Drop Off Reminders
As we communicated earlier in the week, beginning on May 19th, each grade level has been assigned for drive-thru pick up and drop off of materials.  Appropriate social distancing guidelines will be followed. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding at this time as our number one priority has always been the safety of our students and community.

As per Ric King’s email earlier this morning to families, a systematic approach to issuing refunds was put in place. Hot lunch money which was collected for March, was credited to your student’s account on the parent portal. Fourth grade field trip money to the Symphony was also credited. Please note that money which was collected for April’s hot lunch as well as field trips prior to the money collection due date, will be refunded directly during the scheduled grade level pick-up/drop off. PTA is also working through refunding Treat Grams.

Yearbooks are still in production. We will share a confirmed update to you when more specific information is available.

PLEASE NOTE: THE ONLY GRADE LEVEL WHICH WILL BE RETURNING ELECTRONICS THIS YEAR IS 2ND GRADE AND NON-RETURNING STUDENTS TO DISTRICT 54. PLEASE INCLUDE THEIR iPAD/CHROMEBOOK, CHARGER, AND CASE. THE DATE FOR RETURNS OF ELECTRONICS IS MAY 29TH. ALL OTHER GRADE LEVELS WILL KEEP THEIR IPADS OR CHROMEBOOKS OVER THE SUMMER.

Just a reminder for this upcoming week:
Teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for materials collection.  The Department of Teaching and Learning will provide an enrichment activity on these days. Please refer to the dates below of when grade level teachers will not be available.

Mon.  May 11 Tue. May 12 Wed. May 13 Thurs. May 14 Fri. May 15
Non-Attendance Day -1st grade

-5th grade

-2nd grade

-6th grade

-Kindergarten

-3rd grade

-IC classrooms

-4th grade

Fourth Grade Students and Parents – Band and Orchestra Enrollment Information
As many of you know, students traditionally enroll in the District 54 Instrumental Music Program in the spring of fourth grade and begin lessons in fifth grade. Due to our unique circumstances in the spring of 2020, instrumental music enrollment will be held once school resumes in the fall. In the meantime, we encourage fourth grade students and their parents to visit the District 54 website (https://sd54.org/resources/instrumental-music-enrollment-spring2020) to view information about band and orchestra enrollment so that they are prepared to choose an instrument and join the fun!

Family Assistance Information
Families needing assistance may benefit from the following. These organizations ask that you please check their website before coming to ensure that they still have the food supplies.

  • District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm every Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates. This is a drive-through pickup. When you arrive at the school, please stay in your vehicle so the volunteers can load the bags into your trunk or back seat.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Thursdays and 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Saturdays.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Julie Tarasiuk                          Christi Sosin
Principal                                  Assistant Principal

Refund of Fees to D54 Families

Due to the move to remote learning in March, District 54 will be prorating prepaid fees (i.e. milk, field trips, pizza fundraisers, etc.) based on actual goods or services received. The amounts that have been paid by families for goods or services that have not been received have been credited to their student’s account on the District 54 Portal. Each item credited is identified separately for tracking purposes.  The consumable materials fee will not be prorated, as this fee is used immediately for student workbooks and other consumables. 

For those that paid for transportation, that fee reimbursement is being handled separately from this process. In addition, payments made to the PTA are being handled by the school PTA.

If your child is an eighth-grade student, the credit has been applied to a sibling’s account. Checks will be mailed before May 22 to families whose youngest child is graduating from District 54 this spring and to families who are moving out of District 54.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need these fees refunded by check, or if you have any other questions, please contact your school secretary.

Einstein Connect: Material Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Dear Einstein community,

It is bittersweet that we are almost at the close of the school year.  Although these conditions have not been what we anticipated, we are so fortunate to have had each other to lean on. We are incredibly proud of our students and the support you have provided to them not only during V-Learning, but throughout the school year. We are looking forward to the time that we can be together again.

We wanted to share with you how we are planning our pick up and drop off of materials and supplies. We are beginning to prepare any materials including medication that your student may have at school, that you may want returned to you.  Teachers will be reaching out regarding specific district items which need to be returned and which items are available for pick up. Due to social-distancing guidelines, we are adhering to a specific schedule for pick-up and drop-off procedures. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding at this time as our number one priority has always been the safety of our students and community.

Material drop off and pick up:

Parents please bag any materials to return (not technology) and put the bags in your trunk. Please label your bag with your child’s name and teacher. We are asking that families remain in their vehicles to adhere to social distancing guidelines. We will then take out materials out of your trunk and place any returning items in your vehicle. Please pull into our bus lanes in front of the school. Please note that only designated classroom materials will be available during the specific time slot. Any items not picked up at specific allotted times, will be discarded. On the day of your drop off/pick up, your classroom teacher will not be available for V-Learning, however an enrichment activity will be pushed out by the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Tues. May 19th Wed. May 20th Thur. May 21st Fri. May 22nd Fri. May 29th
9:00 Khan

9:30 Miskowicz

10:00 Zima

12:00 Franke

12:30 Daubach

1:00 Holmes

1:30 Zinga

9:00 Weber

9:30 Hofmann

10:00 Sutton

12:00 Bailey

12:30 Hayes

1:00 Stavrou

1:30 Wood

9:00 Johnson

9:30 Magsamen

10:00  Parrello

12:00 Lorenz

12:30 Myers

1:00 DeFalco

1:30 Tibbs

9:00 Lee

9:30 Eggert

10:00 Conway

12:00 Mescher

12:30 Baker

1:00 Hojnacki

9:00-10:00

All 2nd Grade students drop off iPads.

Any students not returning to District 54 for the 20-21 school year please return

Chromebooks and/or IPads.

Virtual Field Day

May 6th

Non-Attendance Days for V-Learning

Monday May 4th

Monday May 11th

Monday May 18th

Monday May 25th (Memorial Day)

*Teachers will not be available online to students or parents on the day where they are assigned to be at the building for materials collection.  The Department of Teaching and Learning will provide an enrichment activity on these days. Please refer to the dates below of when grade level teachers will not be available. 

Mon.  May 11 Tue. May 12 Wed. May 13 Thurs. May 14 Fri. May 15
Non-Attendance Day -1st grade

-5th grade

-2nd grade

-6th grade

-Kindergarten

-3rd grade

-IC classrooms

-4th grade

 

Mon. May 18 Tue. May 19 Wed. May 20 Thurs. May 21 Fri. May 22
Non-Attendance Day -Kindergarten

-6th grade

-Ms. Zinga

-2nd grade

-Ms. Stavrou

-Ms. Bailey

-Mrs. Wood

-Mrs. Hayes

-3rd grade

-5th grade

-4th grade

-1st grade

 

Mon. May 25 Tue. May 26 Wed. May 27 Thurs. May 28

Last Day of V-Learning

Memorial Day

Non-Attendance Day

-1st grade

-5th grade

-Kindergarten

-6th grade

-2nd grade

-3rd grade

-IC Classrooms

Please feel free to reach out with any questions as we are navigating this togther.

Sincerely,

Julie Tarasiuk and Christi Sosin

A Message from Mrs. Tarasiuk – May 1st

Hello Einstein Community,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to share some updates and additional resources for the upcoming week. Please let us know if you need anything at all!

Field Day
District 54 Physical Educators are excited to invite you to the first ever V-Field Day on Wednesday May 6th. V-Field Day will allow you to complete Field Day experiences in your own living room or backyard. Click here to access all of the V-Field Day events. All stations can be simply created using household items and a little ingenuity. We have also teamed up with the District 54 Grizzlies, our Special Olympics team, to add adaptations for students who need them so we are sure everyone can participate!  Each school community will also be able to engage virtually through their own Field Day Padlet

Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday kicks off Teacher Appreication Week. I am very grateful for their work and dedication to our students. Even through our Virtual Learning, their priority has remained to stay connected with our students. Since we are showing our gratitude virtually this year, please feel free to send them a message or a picture through Seesaw, Google Classroom, or email. I am sure they would love to hear from you. Thank you again for all of your support.

Reading Materials
During these unique times many families are having trouble finding access to reading materials.  School District 54 has created an Online Reading Resource Page.  On this site you will find Public Library collections, online encyclopedias, and virtual field trips.  As always, items on the web are ever changing so please let us know if something is no longer available.  We encourage you to browse these resources as a family.  Please contact Katie DeGraw, our Learning Resource Teacher, with any questions or concerns at katherinedegraw@nullsd54.org.  Happy reading!

https://sites.google.com/sd54.org/einstein-online-reading-resour/home

Kinder Round-Up
On May 8th, we had scheduled our Kinder Roud-Up event to welcome our new Kinders to Einstein! Unfortunately at this time, we will be postponing this event. We will keep you posted when it has been rescheduled.

District 54 Summer Camps Cancelled
Due to this unprecedented time we are faced with, all District 54 Summer Camps have been cancelled for this year. These camps include, Summer STEM, 54 Fitness League, Camp Creative, Language and Culture Camp, and Summer Instrumental Music. If you have submitted a payment for any camp, you will be issued a refund starting Thursday, April 30, and you should see a credit appear on your statement within 14 business days.

The camp facilitators are going to miss seeing students this summer. Students in all grade levels can stay engaged by participating in the School District 54 Summer Virtual Learning University, which is filled with fun activities and challenges for students and families to participate in together from home. The link for the Virtual Learning University will be on the School District 54 website in the last week of May.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Julie Tarasiuk

D54 hosts Virtual Field Day – May 6

District 54 Physical Educators are excited to invite you to the first ever V-Field Day on Wednesday May 6. V-Field Day will allow you to complete Field Day experiences in your own living room or backyard. Click here to access all of the V-Field Day events. All stations can be simply created using household items and a little ingenuity.

We have also teamed up with the District 54 Grizzlies, our Special Olympics team, to add adaptations for students who need them so we are sure everyone can participate!  Each school community will also be able to engage virtually through their own Field Day Padlet!