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.

Congratulations, Mr. Kaplan!

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen is proud to announce that our very own evening custodian, Brad Kaplan, is the recipient of one of the 2014 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Awards.  Not only does Mr. Kaplan perform his building duties, but he goes above and beyond on a daily basis with the staff and students at Dirksen.  He was recognized at last week’s School Board meeting and will also be recognized during the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel banquet on October 25 in Normal.  If you see Mr. Kaplan please congratulate him both for his award, but more importantly for his son, Connor, born last Thursday!

Important Announcement Regarding Senate Bill 16

Posted October 19th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

A legislative proposal that would rewrite the way education dollars are distributed in Illinois threatens the financial stability of suburban schools, including District 54.

The Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 16 this spring, legislation that would dramatically reduce state funding to District 54 by redistributing general state aid to districts in other communities. While taxes in Schaumburg Township would not be reduced, District 54 would lose an estimated $12.5 million annually or about $1,000 per student. This would represent the largest loss to any school district in Illinois, and a decline of 79.5 percent in the amount of funds we receive from the state of Illinois. If Senate Bill 16 were to become law, it would greatly impact our ability to provide a quality education to our students.

When the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in November, Senate Bill 16 is one of the bills expected to be discussed in the House. As taxpayers and parents, we want you to be informed and aware of the financial impact on our schools. To that end, I am attaching invitations to two upcoming forums regarding Senate Bill 16.

  • On Thursday, Oct. 30, Districts 54, 211 and 15 will hold a public forum at Schaumburg High School. At this forum, district representatives will share specific information about how Senate Bill 16 will impact our schools. The invitation can be found here.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 21, State Sen. Matt Murphy and Reps. David Harris and Tom Morrison will host a legislative forum on Senate Bill 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights. The invitation can be found here.

PTA Meeting

Posted October 14th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Come one, come all to this month’s PTA meeting! It will be held on Wednesday, October 15 in the Dirksen teacher’s lounge. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The PTA looks forward to seeing everyone as they continue to plan for the amazing year ahead!

PBIS Newsletter–October

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Please click here to read this month’s PBIS newsletter.

Scholastic Book Fair

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Dirksen! On Tuesday, October 7, classroom teachers will bring their whole classes to the gym to check out the book fair and make a wish list. There is no purchasing on this day.
On Wednesday, October 8, students will be able to purchase books from their wish list if they bring money to school. On Thursday, October 9, the book fair will be open during conferences for a Family Buy Day. Please stop by before or after your child’s conference to peruse the amazing selection!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted October 5th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova
We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for our fall goal setting conferences on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10. If you have any questions about your child’s conference time ,please contact the classroom teacher.   Also, please note that there is early dismissal at 11:40 for grades 1-6 on Thursday, October 9 and no classes for kindergarten that Thursday as well. It is also a long weekend with no school on Friday, October 10 and Monday, October 13.