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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

Welcome Back!

Posted Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dear Dirksen Families,

It is difficult to believe the summer is winding down and in a matter of weeks the sound of children will once again fill our halls.   I hope that you have had a wonderful summer with many opportunities to share quality time with your families.  The staff at Dirksen is very excited to begin another incredible school year with our outstanding students.  As a staff, we have spent our days continuing to plan for the upcoming school year. The teachers have also been meeting with their grade level teams to plan for instruction directly related to the State Standards and our new GoMath program.   Grade level teams work together very closely with our support staff to ensure every child learns the essential skills necessary to be successful students.

As always, the summer inevitably brings changes to our staff.  Two of our staff members will be leaving Dirksen to assume coaching positions at the district level. We wish Mrs. Macnider and Miss Hall all the best in their new positions.  We are pleased to announce the following teaching assignments for the 2014-2015 school year:

Mrs. Villanova (a.m. and p.m.) and Mrs. Meehan (a.m. only)
Grade 1/2-  Mrs. Rodda, Mr. Johnson, Miss Fogarty, Miss Elsner, Miss Vonderheide
Grade 3/4-  Mrs. Rutter, Ms. Cantrell, Ms. Niemann, Mr. Glenn, Miss Sallis
Grade 5/6:  Mrs. Camacho, Mr. Evitts, Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Blasi, Mrs. Stenger (formerly Ms. Rothblum)
Literacy Coach- Ms. Lopez
Intervention Specialist-  Mrs. Bryant
Gifted Enrichment Coach- Miss Ortloff
Special Services Teachers- Mrs. Muszynski and Miss Stein
Speech Language Pathologist- Mrs. Benshish
Psychologist- Mrs. Lutz
Social Worker- Mrs. Cowen
ELL Resource- Mrs. Szczupaj and Mrs. Novak
Art-Miss Hillgamyer
Music- Mr. Hulina
PE- Miss Groberski
LMT- Mrs. Stegner
LRA- Mrs. Edwards

Please note the following important dates in August:

Monday, August 25th–Block Party and Meet and Greet: Students can drop off supplies and meet their teacher from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The Block Party is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m.,  sponsored by the Dirksen PTA.  Please consider becoming a member of the Dirksen PTA this year.   Our Parent Teacher Association is a wonderful resource for our Dirksen families.  Joining the PTA does not lock you in to any special project or program, but it will allow you the opportunity to be an active part of the Dirksen school community.

Tuesday, August 26th–The first day of school for grades 1 through 6

Tuesday, September 2–The first day of school for Kindergarten

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we begin the new school year. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions.


Joann Kort                                Becky Rodriguez
Principal                                   Assistant Principal

Happy Summer!

Posted Thursday, June 12th, 2014 by Mrs. Villanova

Dear Dirksen Community,

We are amazed at how quickly the year passed us by! We had a great last week of school. On Wednesday we celebrated our 6th graders. We are so proud of the accomplishments of our Dirksen 6th graders, and we know they will soar as seventh graders next year! On Thursday we were blown away by our talented Dirksen performers and watched our kindergarteners graduate.  Mrs. Rodriguez and I are so appreciative of the supportive parent community that has provided us with the great students that are our Dirksen dolphins.

I am excited to share the teaching placements for the 2014-15 school year:

Kindergarten – Mrs. Villanova and a teacher to be announced
1st/2nd – Mrs. Rodda, Mr. Johnson, Miss Fogarty, Mrs. Szczupaj, and Miss Elsner
3rd/4th – Mrs. Rutter, Ms. Cantrell, Ms. Niemann, Miss Hall, Mr. Glenn
5th/6th – Mr. Evitts, Ms. Blasi, Mrs. Camacho, Ms. Schmidt, Miss Rothblum

Classroom placements: In the welcome back to school letter that we will send at the beginning of August, you will be notified of your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

Summer Review: All children brought home a recommended summer reading list and a math practice packet to help keep their minds active over the summer. The public libraries will provide multiple copies of these books so students have access to the suggested titles. We strongly encourage your support in allowing time for both reading and math over the long break. Thank you for your support at home to keep your child’s learning momentum going over the summer!

2014-15 Registration: We have received a record number of completed registration files! Thank you to the families who completed this important step in preparing for next year. If you have not yet completed you registration paperwork, please contact the office at (847)357-5600. Students without outstanding registration documents will not be placed on a class list for next year.

Please see the Events page to check out important August dates as we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. Have a fun and safe summer with your family!

Joann Kort and Becky Rodriguez
Principal and Assistant Principal