Kindergarten Starts Today!

Posted August 31st, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Today we will be welcoming our youngest dolphins to their first day of school!  Students will meet their teachers to line up on the blacktop by the tennis courts before walking into the building at 8:35.  Parents are welcome to join us outside before sending their child off to start what is sure to be an exciting day at Dirksen!

Run to Read

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

District 54 is hosting its 11th annual Run to Read on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at our very own Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. The day includes 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:45 a.m. and a 1-mile family walk at 9 a.m. Although you can register at any time, even the morning of the race, you will save $5 and be guaranteed a Tshirt in the size you requested if you register by September 4. The Run to Read is an awesome opportunity to promote healthy living by encouraging your children to exercise, or even better, by joining them on the walk or run. The event also supports our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To register online, visit the website. Our goal is to see as many Dirksen families out there as possible!!

Schaumburg Parent University

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

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. Our first session will be Family Literacy Night on Sept. 14. Click on the attachments The attached flyers (English and Spanish) will provide more information about the rest of the fall classes. You can also visit our website for registration information.

Parking Lot Map

Posted August 24th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Please view the attached map to help you ensure safe drop-off and pick-up of your child at Dirksen.

Welcome Back Dirksen Dolphins!

Posted August 23rd, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

It was wonderful seeing so many families join us  for the Welcome Back to School night.  I hope you had a chance to touch base with some families, meet your child’s teacher, and learn a bit about what we will be focusing on this year.  On behalf of the entire Dirksen staff, we wish everyone a safe and fun first day back to school!

School Begins
The first day of school for grades 1-6 is Monday, August 24th.  The first day of school for Kindergarten will be Monday, August 31st.  School begins at 8:40 and ends at 3:00 (Wednesdays 8:40-2:30). If you plan to drop off your child/ren, please be mindful of parking restrictions and safety, as there will be quite a bit of traffic.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up
The following are procedures which have been established because student safety is our primary concern.  Students should arrive at school between 8:25 – 8:35 AM.  Adult supervision will begin outside at 8:25.  Students should be in their seats ready to begin the day at 8:40.  Students arriving at school will line up by their respective doors (1st/2nd and 5th/6th – Door # 2;  Kindergarten, 3rd/4th grade – Door # 1).  During the first week of school for the kindergarteners, they will line up on the blacktop near the tennis courts.  Extra staff members and patrols will be outside to help direct students to their line-up spots.

Arrival Options:

  • Parking lot: If you would like to park your car in the parking lot.  Please arrive before 8:20/2:50 as the parking lot is closed to all moving traffic except buses from 8:20-8:45 and 2:50–3:10.  The parking area near the tennis courts is for handicapped parking only.  All other cars should be parked in the main parking lot.  Please do not park your car in the bus lane because this is a fire lane.
  • Drop-off zone:  Please use the area to the right of the parking lot exit on Beech Drive as a drop off area only. Please pull your car into the drop off zone and stay in your car.  Children should exit the car on the passenger’s side.  Be sure to pay close attention to the no parking sign located where the drop off zone ends.  We appreciate your help in dropping your child off in a quick and safe manner to keep the flow of traffic moving.
  • Street Parking: You may park on Hickory, Sumac, or Beech street to the east of the parking lot entrance.

Important Reminders:

  • Please cross students at the crosswalk with the crossing guard.
  • Please be courteous of the neighbors who live next to Dirksen.  Do not block their driveways or use their driveways to drop off students or to turn your car around.

Student safety is our top concern.  By following all posted signs and driving regulations we can keep our children safe and help you avoid unnecessary tickets.  The police do patrol our area and they do issue tickets.  The entire Dirksen staff appreciates your patience and cooperation as we strive to provide a safe learning environment.

I look forward to seeing many smiling faces tomorrow!
Ms. Kort

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.