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From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Good afternoon Dirksen Community!

I hope everyone enjoys a restful Thanksgiving and will enjoy quality time with your families.  On behalf of the Dirksen staff, I would like to thank our entire community for your constant support. The care you show by volunteering for PTA committees, attending school events, and working with your child on homework is truly appreciated by our staff.  There is so much to be thankful for each day!

We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2014/15 school year.  I am thrilled to announce it has been a great start to the year.  Your child will bring his/her report card home today (Tuesday, Nov. 25th).  You will notice the report card is new this year and your child has been assessed on the Illinois Learning Standards.  The new standards-based report card provides valuable information for you and your child including:

•     Student proficiency of the Essential Learning Outcomes

•     Overall academic achievement in each content area

•     Social and emotional development

•     Student specific comments from classroom teacher(s)

•     Both an achievement grade for each content area and a standards mastery grade for grades 4-6

The cover page of the new report card that will be sent home contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.  Please celebrate your child’s accomplishments on his/her report card.  Every child is learning a great deal and we know with your encouragement and support, your child’s learning will continue to soar.

Have a wonderful, long holiday weekend with your families!
Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez

From the Desk of Ms. Kort & Mrs. Rodriguez

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dirksen Community,

Thank you for an incredible first week back to school!  We finished off our first week with our PBIS school behavior training day, and all of our dolphins are doing a great job showing what it means to be respectful, responsible, and safe.

Run to Read: Dirksen School is proud to be the host school for District 54’s 10th Annual Run to Read on Sunday, September 28. Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone. The day begins with 100-yard and 400-yard dashes for children. At 8:45 a.m., we start our 5K run followed by a family walk at 9 a.m. All four events support our goal of collecting 1,000 children’s books for every classroom in District 54. To  register or find out more information about Run to Read, please follow this link to the District’s website. Register by Sept. 5 to save $5 on your registration fee and reserve a race T-shirt in your size. Finisher medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group and participation medals are awarded to all children.  We are hoping to have a great representation of Dirksen students, families, and staff in attendance that day.  Please join Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Rodriguez out on the 5K track!

Schaumburg Parent University: 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.

This year we have already scheduled parenting classes about Erin’s Law on Sept. 30 and internet safety on Oct. 7, as well as Time Together STEM projects on Sept. 16 and art projects on Oct. 22. Before we plan the rest of the classes for this school year, we would like to hear from you. What classes would you be interested in taking? How would you prefer to learn about SPU? Please take this quick survey (7 questions) so that the Schaumburg Parent University can meet the needs of our community.

For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website.

Letter from State Superintendent: Please read the attached letter from the State Superintendent, Chris Koch.

We hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!
Joann Kort & Becky Rodriguez
Principal & Assistant Principal