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