August 28, 2020
Dear Einstein community,

We have enjoyed a successful first week of remote learning. Connecting with students and seeing their smiling faces has been the absolute best! Seeing your child during classes is a great way for us to build relationships and to ensure they are engaging in the curriculum.

One important request we are making of our parents at this time is to please not record Zoom/Google Meet sessions or take photographs of students in your child’s class during Zoom/Google Meet sessions.  This request is made out of respect for the privacy of the other students in your child’s class.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this, please contact me directly.

We are asking that all students have their videos on, in order to provide them with support and check for understanding. If there is any concern or issue with having your child’s video on, please connect with your classroom teacher. We appreciate your patience and support as we have navigated the first days of virtual learning. 

Want an opportunity to connect with friends? Want to try something fun and new? We are excited to offer virtual clubs this fall! Please click on the link to learn more!

MAP Testing
This fall we will be testing 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 will be 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. 

Getting Started with Virtual MAP – Parent Guide
Getting started with Virtual MAP – Spanish Parent Guide

With this being our first time remote testing it will be important to partner with families to help this new process be as successful as possible. If families have any technical difficulties while attempting to complete the assessment they can call our MAP hotline at (847) 357-5153.

Important Details on the Virtual MAP Assessment:

  • Communication regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from your child’s teacher.
  • 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 eighth 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.  
  • 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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more details.

Einstein’s MAP Schedule
Tuesday, September 8th (Literacy)-Franke, Johnson, Zinga, Holmes, Sutton, OnChong
Wednesday, September 9th (Literacy)-Tibbs, Brossard, Myers, Parrello, Borri
Thursday, September 10th (Literacy)-Baker, Mescher, Bailey, Miskowicz, Weber, Khan, Zima
Friday, September 11th (Literacy)-DeFalco, Magsamen, Hayes, Lee, Bernardo, Eggert

Monday, September 14th (Literacy)-Davis, Gipson (Math)-Sutton, OnChong
Tuesday, September 15th (Math)-Franke, Johnson, Zinga, Holmes, Borri
Wednesday, September 16th Student Non-Attendance Day
Thursday, September 17th (Math)-Baker, Mescher, Bailey, Miskowicz, Weber, Khan, Zima
Friday, September 18th (Math)-DeFalco, Magsamen, Hayes, Lee, Bernardo, Eggert

Tuesday, September 21st (Math)-Tibbs, Myers, Parello, Davis, Gipson, Brossard

Evaluación MAP de otoño en Plataforma Virtual
Este otoño continuaremos evaluando a los estudiantes de kinder  a octavo grado usando la herramienta de evaluación MAP. Este año, la evaluación computarizada será administrada a los estudiantes mientras se encuentran en un entorno remoto. El propósito de la evaluación será informar a los maestros acerca de las necesidades educativas inmediatas de los estudiantes. Los resultados de MAP equipan a los educadores con datos clave para ayudar a personalizar la instrucción e identificar las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes.

Debido a que esta es nuestra primera prueba remota, será importante que trabajemos en conjunto con las familias para ayudar a que este nuevo proceso sea lo más exitoso posible. Si las familias tienen dificultades técnicas al intentar completar la evaluación, pueden llamar a nuestra línea directa de MAP al: 847-357-5153.

Detalles importantes acerca de la evaluación de MAP en Plataforma Virtual:

  • La comunicación con respecto a la fecha y hora de la evaluación provendrá por parte del maestro de su hijo.
  • Los estudiantes de kinder a segundo grado comenzarán una sesión de prueba en Zoom con el maestro. Un padre deberá estar presente para ayudar al niño a iniciar la sesión en Zoom y la sesión de prueba.
  • Nuestros estudiantes de tercero a octavo grado serán supervisados ​​por un maestro a través de Zoom mientras completan la evaluación.
  • Los estudiantes de kinder a segundo grado tendrán 90 minutos para completar la evaluación.
  • Los estudiantes de tercero a octavo grado tendrán 120 minutos para completar la evaluación.
  • Si su hijo no completa la evaluación MAP en esta ventana, la prueba no se calificará.
  • Tenga en cuenta que estos datos se utilizarán para informar al maestro de su hijo con fines educativos, por lo tanto, les pedimos a los padres que se abstengan de ayudar a sus hijos contestar preguntas sobre la evaluación MAP.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse directamente  con el maestro de su hijo para obtener más detalles.

20-21 District Calendar – Updated
The 20-21 District Calendar was recently updated, and can be viewed here: 20-21 District Calendar.  Please note the first day of school for Grades 1-6 is August 24, and the first day of school for Kindergarten is August 31.

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.

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

Important Dates
As a reminder, our school day concludes at 2:30PM every Wednesday
August 31: First day of school-remote learning for Kindergarten
September 7: Labor Day (No School)
Week of September 8: MAP Testing Begins
September 16: Student Non-Attendance Day (No School)

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Julie Tarasiuk and Melinda Perez