A Message from Ms. Kort

Posted November 19th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

If you placed an order for the fall fundraiser please check your child’s backpack for a note about the pick-up for the fall fundraiser.  The PTA was notified yesterday that the delivery has been delayed until Monday, November 23.  Severe weather and tornado warnings forced the evacuation of the facility in Lousiana where the product was coming from.   On the 23rd, you can pick up your products between 3-6 p.m.  We appreciate your patience and understanding with these unforeseen delays!

Saturday is our Pancake breakfast and Holiday Shop.  Let’s hope that the snow is kept to a minimum.  If you have not yet bought your tickets you may do so at the door for $7!  There will be performances by some of our band students, as well as the sign language club.  Our Holiday Shop will be open for students to do some early holiday shopping.

On Monday and Tuesday of next week our students will also have the opportunity to visit the holiday shop during their lunch time.  The students will be bringing home a list of available items along with their prices.  On Monday, rooms 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 104, 105, and 106 will have the option to shop.  On Tuesday, Rooms 204, 205, 201, 202, 203, 107, 108, 103, 102, 101 will have the option to shop.

Dirksen TV: A Veteran’s Day Tribute

Posted November 12th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen’s State Report Card

Posted November 4th, 2015 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. The 2015 report card information is posted here on our school website under the About menu.

The Report Cards currently contain information about student and teacher demographics, enrollment, district-level financial information and information from the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Data involving student academic growth and achievement is not included. This data will be based on the PARCC test results, which are not yet available. The State Board of Education will update the report cards once these results are available.


Student Recognition

Posted October 5th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

On Friday, one student from each classroom was recognized for living the key (from the 8 Keys of Excellence), “This is It.” Teachers wrote about students who truly do their best to make the most of every moment throughout the school day. These students also keep a positive attitude. We are all so proud of these Dynamite Dolphins! The recognized students were:

Room 101-Katie B.
Room 102-Isra Q.
SEPTrecognitionRoom 103- Izabella W.
Room 104- Gavin D.
Room 105- Anushka D.
Room 106- David K.
Room 107- Michael K.
Room 108-Charlie B.
Room 201- Anthony S.
Room 202- Emilee B.
Room 203- Kacie C.
Room 204- Gracie H.
Room 205- Naia H.
Room 207- Araha U.
Room 208- Nitya M.
Room 209- Alan M.
Room 210- Jackson P.
Room 211- Crisza P.


Wake Up and Read Club

Posted September 29th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Students who want to start their morning with a good book are welcome to come to the library each morning to do just that. A student who reads books for about 20 minutes a day and spends a total of 40 minutes a day reading all types of other written material will develop strong reading skills!    We believe that we can make this happen by providing students with this additional time to read. This club is open to all students.  We are sorry but we are unable to accept any students before 8:00 a.m.  You must provide your own transportation.  Students may ring the front doorbell and tell the secretary that they are here for Wake up and Read.

Students, if you like to read, come to the library at 8:00 a.m.! Bring your own book or other reading materials. We will meet every day until the middle of May.





Dirksen Safety Drills

Posted September 25th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Your child’s safety and well-being are of utmost importance to District 54.  Dirksen participates in a variety of safety drills.  Our school participates in fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills throughout the school year to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency situation occur  These are very important drills and when a child hears it more than once, it is cemented into their memories at a faster rate.  Thanks in advance for opening up those conversations.

Letter from the State Superintendent

Posted September 14th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Our State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tony Smith would like to extend his welcome back to school through the attached letter.

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