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Notification of School Closings

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2016 by Mrs. Villanova

Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website. The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school.

A Note from Ms. Kort: PARCC Results

Posted Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Yesterday the Daily Herald published results from the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. I apologize that we didn’t share that information with you first, but the Illinois State Board of Education had said that information was embargoed until Friday. The results are not even published on the state website yet. They should be posted by tomorrow here. On this site, you will be able to look up scores for schools and districts. This week, we are mailing home individual results to the parents/guardians of students who took the test in the spring. The PARCC score reports are different from previous state tests. We are including a letter with each student report explaining the score reports. You can also find more information here. Student scores, as well as the school and district averages, may appear lower than what you typically saw on previous state assessments. This difference does not mean our students know less or are less capable. Rather, the PARCC exam set higher expectations for what it means for students to truly master content and grade-level standards.

The results in District 54 are almost double the state average. This demonstrates the great work our staff is doing to prepare our students for the demands of college and careers. However, we also know that there is room for growth. The PARCC results are one of many tools our staff will use to measure progress and improve teaching and learning. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced learning environment rich with academic and social-emotional experiences for our students in order to ensure student success. As always, feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher should you have any specific questions.

A Reminder about Drop-off

Posted Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

With the weather changing, we thought it might be helpful to share with families again our guidelines for student drop-off.  The following are procedures that 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.

Arrival Options

  • Parking Lot: If you would like to park your car in the parking lot, please arrive before 8:20/2:50. 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 also 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 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 streets 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!

Helping in a Holiday Way

Posted Friday, December 4th, 2015 by Mrs. Villanova

Please help support the Foundation that supports District 54 by purchasing your holiday décor from John’s Evergreens. When you mention D54 Foundation, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Schaumburg Township Elementary School Foundation. John’s Evergreens is located at the northeast corner of Meacham and Nerge roads in Elk Grove village and at 2500 W. Golf Road in Hoffman Estates. You can shop at either location through December 23, 2015.

Dirksen Safety Drills

Posted Friday, 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.

Welcome Back Dirksen Dolphins!

Posted Sunday, 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