Upcoming PTA Events

Posted November 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Please note this important information from our PTA:

PTA Meeting: We will be having a PTA meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge.  Please join us to find out all of the ways that the PTA is supporting the students at Dirksen!

Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shop: The annual Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Shop will take place on Saturday, December 6. Volunteers  are needed to cook and serve pancakes!

Holiday Shop Volunteers are also needed! Holiday shop is fun, requires limited time and gets you into the spirit of the season. Please contact Lisa Mackrie  if you are able to help during any of the following times:

Saturday, December 6th – 7:30am – 11:00am (during Pancake Breakfast)
Monday, December 8th – 10:40am – 12:50pm
Tuesday, December 9th – 10:40am – 12:50pm
Wednesday, December 10th – 11:15am – 12:45pm

Our kids LOVE this annual event!




Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

We will be having a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, November 11 from 8:45-9:15 to honor our veterans.  Please join us to pay your respects to those who have served our country.  The ceremony will be in front of the school at our flagpole, weather permitting.

Winter MAP Testing

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

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 Ms. Kort with any questions.

PBIS Family Night

Posted November 6th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Please join us on Thursday, November 13 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for our PBIS family night.  This is a fun evening of crafts, a bowling activity, and the opportunity to connect the 3 B’s of PBIS to your homes.  Please return the bottom portion of the invitation that went home by tomorrow–Friday, November 7. No late RSVPs will be accepted.

Illinois State Report Cards

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

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. An interactive report card is available online. You can find Dirksen’s report card by clicking the ‘About’ tab above and choosing ‘State Report Card.’

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 630-357-5600. 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.

Reminders for this Week

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Morning Drop-off: Just a reminder that the street area to the right of the parking lot exit is designated as a drop-off only zone.  If you would like to park your car and walk your child to school please avoid this area to keep the flow of traffic moving.

Dirksen Turkey Trot: Run for fun and a great cause!  The Turkey Trot will take place at Collins School on this Thursday, November 6 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Students who turned in their permission slips and at least one non-perishable food item to Ms. Groberski are reminded to wear your favorite Dirksen shirt or school colors for the run. If you don’t want to run, come cheer your friends on.  Go Dirksen runners!

Mayor Larson Visits Dirksen

Posted October 21st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

October 018Mrs. Villanova’s morning Kindergarteners had a very special guest reader this morning. Mayor Larson visited us to read Bunny Cakes, which is this year’s Read for the Record book. Read for the Record is a national campaign to celebrate literacy. Children and adults all around the country read the same story as a part of the largest shared reading experience. You can read more about this campaign here.

We were so excited to have Mayor Larson join us for such a fun story!



Halloween Reminders

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Halloween is right around the corner, and can certainly be a fun time.  Here at Dirksen, we want to ensure that Halloween is safe for all students.  Attached is a letter that outlines our Halloween expectations.  A few of the big ideas are highlighted below:

  • Costumes
    -Costumes must be appropriate for school and should not include anything unsafe.
    -Students will change into their costumes during lunch.
  • Parade
    -Parade begins at 1:00 and students will walk around the perimeter of the building (weather permitting).
    -All spectators can view the parade outside.
  • Party
    Classroom parties will begin after the parade.
    Volunteers can arrive at 1:00 and sign in at the main hallway.

Chip Shoppe Fundraiser

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Packets went home this week with students for our Chip Shoppe Fundraiser.  The money that is raised with this fundraiser directly supports the students at Dirksen.  The order forms and money are due by Monday, October 27th, and the products will be delivered on December 3rd.  Thank you for your support with this fundraiser!

New Yearbooks

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Our yearbook committee is using a different vendor this year for our yearbooks, Tree Ring.  Check this and this to see the interesting features that will be offered.  These flyers also went home last week. Parents get a 10% discount if they order online by October 31. The PTA will also accept yearbook orders at school after the first of the year.