Wake Up and Read

Posted September 29th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Just as a reminder, Dirksen’s “Wake Up and Read!” club is up and running. All 1st-6th students are invited to start their day with a good book in the library.  The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:00-8:25 a.m. Happy reading!

Superintendent DuRoss Discusses an Important Issue

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova
Several times throughout the school year, District 54 Superintendent Andy DuRoss writes an article which appears in the Daily Herald, on the District 54 website and in the emails that principals send to their parent community. This month, Superintendent DuRoss wrote about Senate Bill 16. If the Illinois General Assembly were to approve this bill, District 54 would lose $12.5 million, or about $1,000 per student. This would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students. Click here to read the article for more information.

Schaumburg Parent University Presentation

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova
District 54 Executive Director of Special Education Cassandra Williams will discuss the District 54 sexual abuse prevention curriculum during a Schaumburg Parent University parents-only presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. During this presentation, parents will learn about the lessons that District 54 adopted in response to Erin’s Law, which requires child sexual abuse education in school for all children. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached flyer. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit the website.

This Month’s PTA Newsletter

Posted September 28th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Do you want to get up-to-date on the latest and greatest from our wonderful Dirksen PTA? Click here to read their new publication, The Dirksen Dash.

Dirksen Hosts Run to Read

Posted September 27th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen is proud to host School District 54′s 10th annual Run to Read tomorrow. This day of races supports literacy by helping the district work toward its goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with a 100-yard dash for children in first grade and younger; followed by a 400-yard dash for children in sixth grade and younger. The day will also include a 5K race at 8:45 a.m. and a one mile family fun walk at 9 a.m. on the streets in the Dirksen community.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female winner and the top age group winners in the 5K. An awards ceremony will take place at about 10 a.m. All children participating in the 100- and 400-yard dashes will also receive a medal.

We can’t wait to see the Dirksen community supporting such an important cause!

Dirksen Updates

Posted September 22nd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good afternoon Dirksen families,

Upcoming Dates to Note:

·         There is an early dismissal on Wednesday, September 24th. Students will be dismissed at 11:40. There is no kindergarten on this day.

·         The Dirksen PTA is sponsoring a fundraiser with Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Schaumburg. If you visit Menchies on Wednesday, September 24th between 12 pm and 10 pm, Menchies will donate 15% of your purchase back to the Dirksen PTA. Please see the attached flyer. Wednesday is an early release day and the weather is supposed to be nice.

PTA: If you haven’t joined the PTA, it’s not too late. Membership is only $7.00.

Run to Read: The District 54 Run to Read race will take place on Sunday, September 28, at Dirksen Elementary School.  This event includes a 5K competitive race for those interested, as well as a 1 mile family walk and 100 and 400 yard dashes for our younger children.  It isn’t too late to register for the event!  Please visit our district website for more information. All of the proceeds from the Run to Read are used to purchase books for classroom libraries.

Virtual Backpack: In an effort to eliminate waste and to “take back our backpacks,” District 54 shares information about community events with our students and families through our Virtual Backpack.  We know that parents are interested in extracurricular activities. At the same time, we don’t want the homework, letters from the teachers, school news and other important district information to get lost among the countless other pieces of paper in our students’ backpacks.  Parents who wish to stay informed about community activities for children will be able to view the flyers from nonprofit organizations on our district’s website.  Organizations wishing to post a flyer on this site, should review our flyer guidelines and then email a pdf document to Community Relations Director Terri McHugh.  The flyers posted in the Virtual Backpack are the responsibility of the group listed and do not imply District 54’s endorsement. Here is the link to the Virtual Backpack.

Enjoy the first beautiful week of Fall!

Dirksen Updates

Posted September 15th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good afternoon Dirksen families,

It’s been busy here at Dirksen. We have completed our first week of MAP testing and the students have been doing a great job!

Here is the latest news…

MAP Testing: MAP testing will continue through September 26th. Please make sure that your children are getting plenty of sleep and eating a nutritious breakfast each morning.

BOX Tops for Education: Please read the attached flyer about a great fund-raising opportunity from our PTA.

PTA meeting: Our first PTA meeting will be next Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge.  We hope to see many of you there!


Have a great week!

Joann Kort & Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal

From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted September 1st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen Community,

Thank you for an incredible first week back to school!  We finished off our first week with our PBIS school behavior training day, and all of our dolphins are doing a great job showing what it means to be respectful, responsible, and safe.

Run to Read: Dirksen School is proud to be the host school for District 54’s 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.  We are hoping to have a great representation of Dirksen students, families, and staff in attendance that day.  Please join Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Rodriguez out on the 5K track!

Schaumburg Parent University: District 54 is excited to once again offer our families the Schaumburg Parent University (SPU). The Parent University 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. We offer two types of classes – Practical Parenting for adults only and Time Together, where families learn and play together. Most classes are free and childcare is provided.

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.

Letter from State Superintendent: Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent, Chris Koch.

We hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!
Joann Kort & Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal

2014-15 Supply Lists

Posted June 26th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Although we know you are all enjoying these wonderful summer months, we also know that the new school year will be upon us before we know it. The 2014-15 school supply lists can be found below, as well as under the Family Resources tab.

Kinder Supply List

First-Sixth Supply List