From the Desk of Ms. Kort

Posted June 8th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

I hope your family is already enjoying special summer time fun with your children.  Thank you all for a wonderful year at Dirksen.  We enjoyed watching our dolphins grow academically, as well as watching them develop as well-rounded individuals.  I hope that each family will have time this summer to create some great memories that the students can share when they return to us in the fall.  We can’t wait to hear about their summer adventures!

The secretaries’ last day of work is Thursday so if you need to drop off any last minute registration paperwork please do so before Thursday.  The secretaries will return to the building August 4.  New enrollees will also be able to register during the summer.  You can register at the District 54’s Rafferty Center from July 5th  to July 28th (Tuesday-Thursday). 

During the week of August 8 we will be mailing home a welcome back letter which will include your child’s classroom placement for the 2016-2017 school year.  For our kindergarten parents this letter will also include your date/time for kindergarten screening.

Here are some dates to keep in mind for the end of summer:

August 18 – Back to School Celebration
Schedule of events:
4:30-5:00  Supply Drop off for Kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade classrooms
4:30-5:00  Presentation for students/parents in 3rd-6th grade accelerated math placements (library)
5:00-7:00   PTA Back to school picnic in the gym/blacktop outside of gym
5:00-5:30  Supply drop off and curriculum night presentation for 3rd/4th grade
5:45-6:15  Supply drop off and Curriculum night presentation for 5th /6th grade

August 22 – First day of school for grades 1-6

August 24 – Curriculum night for Kindergarten-1st/2nd grade classrooms 6:00-7:00

August 29 – First day of school for Kindergarten

Have a wonderful summer!

Joann Kort

Dirksen’s Summer of Excellence

Posted June 1st, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

We would like to remind our dolphins that we should continue to live the keys even over summer vacation!  Here is how you can share the way in which you are doing just that:

  • Choose a key to demonstrate over the summer. You can find one to print here.
  • Clearly label and decorate it with the name of the key you are demonstrating. Cut it out.
  • Take a “selfie” picture showing the key in the location that you lived that key. #wearelivingit
  • Example: You are committed to your softball team, so take a picture with the “commitment” key at the game.
  • Bring in the picture that you took on the first week of school. These pictures will be posted on a “Wall of Excellence.”
  • Students that bring back a picture in the fall will earn a special prize!
  • Hope you all have an EXCELLENT summer!

End of the Year Reports

Posted May 29th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

Report Cards

Students in early childhood through seventh grade will not be bringing home their report cards in their backpacks on the last day of school. District 54 will be printing and mailing report cards to student homes the week of June 6.

Please Support the D54 Foundation

Posted May 10th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

The Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation is thrilled to announce that it approved all 233 grant applications submitted this year by District 54 students for extracurricular summer activities. The Foundation will distribute about $26,500 to these families, who face extenuating financial circumstances. These grants, called Memorial Grants, are funded, in part, through contributions received in honor of individuals who have passed away. For a list of names, you can visit here.

In addition to these grants, the D54 Foundation supports our school district through a variety of ways. Two of the Foundation’s current initiatives include breakfast programs for children from low-income households, and educational enrichment opportunities through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) after-school programs. Did you know that 30 percent of the students in School District 54 qualify for the federal free lunch program? That means 30 percent of the students live in a household where the annual salary is less than $32,000 for a family of four.

To fully fund these programs, the Foundation reaches out to corporations and organizations for donations, and hosts other fundraisers that everyone can support. Please consider supporting the D54 Foundation by participating in this upcoming event:

  • Golf Outing – June 13
    Please consider golfing, joining us for dinner, or sponsoring the annual golf outing at the Schaumburg Golf Club. To register for golf or dinner, or for more information, click here. In addition to mailing in a form with your check, we also have an online registration option this year. The cost of $150 per golfer (or $550 for a foursome) includes golf, a cart, lunch, dinner and various hole contests, such as Closest to the Pin and an opportunity to shoot for a $1 million hole-in-one. If you can’t attend, but would still like to make a donation to the silent auction, the Foundation would appreciate that as well.

At-Risk Preschool

Posted March 24th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

District 54 offers an at-risk preschool program for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.  Please refer to the attached flyer to see if your child would qualify for a screening.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted February 26th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

We hosted our annual Kindergarten Registration event last week, but parents can still register incoming kindergarten students in our main office between 8:00am-4:00pm.  We encourage families that have incoming kindergarten students to please register as soon as possible so we can accurately plan for next year.  If you know of a neighbor or community member that has an incoming kindergarten student, please share this information with them.  Registration forms and other information can be located on our district website.

A New Tool for Reporting Bullying/Safety Concerns

Posted December 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

District 54 is dedicated to the social-emotional development and safety of all students. This includes doing all we can to prevent the bullying of students in our schools. To that end, District 54 has developed an online method to report harassment, bullying and any other safety concerns. Although it is always best to speak directly to an administrator or teacher, we recognize that some people may be uncomfortable doing so. The main page of the district website and each school website will now have a link called Report Bullying/Safety Concerns for parents, students or community members to report concerns. This may be done anonymously. Our goal is to provide one more way to enhance communication and ensure the safety of our school community. Click here to access the site.

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.


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.