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From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good Afternoon Dirksen Dolphins-

It was certainly an exciting week at Dirksen between the 3/4 Recorder Concert on Tuesday evening and our 2nd Annual Math Night on Wednesday. We look forward to wrapping up the week at the PTA Sponsored Fun Fair this evening. We enjoy seeing the building abuzz with energy and enthusiasm from both students and families!

Arrival and Dismissal Safety: With the return of warmer weather, we’d like to remind everyone that more children are walking on the sidewalks and crossing the street. Dirksen Elementary School, along with the Village of Schaumburg and the Schaumburg Police Department, would like to remind you of these few traffic safety tips to keep our children safe:

  • The Dirksen parking lot is CLOSED for drop off: 8:15-8:45 a.m. and for pick up 2:50-3:10 p.m. If you are in the Dirksen parking lot prior to the closure times (before 8:20 or 2:50) you must be parked in a parking space and you may not move your car until all the school buses have left the premises and the lot reopens. In the afternoon this time would be approximately 3:10 p.m.
  • Avoid 3-point turns on the street and turning around in driveways.
  • Remember the school zone speed limit is 20 mph.
  • Completely stop at stop signs.
  • No parking 30 feet from a stop sign or 20 feet from a crosswalk (where sidewalk meets the curb).
  • Look for posted parking restrictions.
  • Be courteous to residents.
  • No cell phone use, even if you’re using hands-free.
  • Do not block driveways.
  • All students should exit cars from the passenger side of the car only.
  •  Students and parents crossing Beech Dr. should cross at the crosswalk with the crossing guard in front of school.
  • Please do not have your child cross in the middle of the block.

MAP Testing: Our spring MAP testing will begin April 22nd. As always, please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep the night before testing. It is also very important that they have a healthy breakfast the morning of the test. You might consider adding some protein to the morning meal. Your children are prepared and ready for these tests!

All School Celebration: For the past month our students have been working together as classrooms to earn Golden tickets for showing respectful, responsible and safe classroom behavior. Each classroom who achieves their goal will be able to participate in an all school celebration. We are happy to say that almost all classrooms have achieved their goal, and as a result there will be an important invitation coming home with each student today. Please check your child’s backpack for this important invitation!

Student Dress Guidelines: As we begin to enjoy warmer weather, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of our student dress guidelines. We believe that students at Dirksen School should take pride in their appearance and dress in such a way that they are positive representa­tives of our school. Appropriate clothing should be conducive to learn­ing and compatible with a productive educa­tional environment. Based on these beliefs, the following are an example of clothing that would be inappropriate during school hours at an elementary school:

  • Revealing clothing such as bare midriffs, bare backs, spaghetti straps
  • See-through fabrics, low-cut tops, low-riding pants, short shorts, short skirts or skin tight clothing.

In summary, students should come dressed for school in cloth­ing that is modest, suitable for school activities, and reason­able for the purposes of maintaining health, reducing distractibility, and increas­ing safety in the school. Suitable clothing for school is subject to the judgment and discretion of school staff members. Thank you for your support in helping our children develop a sense of responsibility for dressing appropriately!

Have a great weekend. We hope you will be able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine!
Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal

From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good afternoon families of Dirksen,

Our students have done a great job getting back into the routine of school after their spring break! It has been nice to get back outside for our lunch recess. Hopefully the weather will continue to warm up and allow us to enjoy the outdoors.

Dirksen’s 2nd Annual Family Math Night: Family Math Night is open to all grade levels and will take place on Wednesday, April 9th from 6:30-7:30pm. The night will include the opportunity to attend two math stations and the chance to win some fabulous prizes in our raffle. If you are interested in attending, please contact Miss Hall via email or (847) 357-5610.

Fun Fair: The Fun Fair is coming to Dirksen school on Friday April 11! We are still in need of volunteers for the 5:30-8:30 shift, or the 8:30-10:00 clean up shift. If you are able to help out please contact Linda Rose .

Last Day of School: Since the last day of school will be a full day this year (8:40-3:00 PM), all kindergarten students will attend their regularly scheduled sessions as well. The School Board approved the amended calendar last night so June 5th will be the last day of school this year.

Spring MAP Testing: The window for spring MAP testing will be April 21st – May 9th. Once we have finalized our MAP testing schedule, we will send it out so you are aware of specific days your student(s) will be testing.

5Essentials Parent Survey: As a reminder, parents can log on here and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under E for Everett Dirksen Elementary). We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school. Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Multicultural Event: The District 54 Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, the Department of Language and Culture and the Schaumburg Park District will once again host A Garden of Diversity: A Multicultural Event for District 54 families and community members. This event will be held at the Schaumburg Community Recreation Center on Saturday, April 5th, from 11:30 until 2:30 PM.

Have a great weekend!
Joann Kort & Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal