PTA Newsletter

Posted November 24th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

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Principal’s message

Posted November 24th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving break and are able to relax and spend time with family and friends! We are thankful for all the support you provide at home!

Schaumburg Parent University
Schaumburg Parent University Presents Youth Suicide A Community Conversation about Awareness and Prevention – Dec %
Attached is a flyer with information about our next Schaumburg Parent University.  As you will see this is a very important topic.  Please look at the flyer for more information about the topic and when the meeting will take place.

Updated Report Cards
This year District 54 is implementing a new standards-based report card for all students Early Childhood through eighth grade. 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

The cover page of the new report card that will be mailed home on Nov. 25, contains an explanation of the grading system and outlines what factors are taken into account when determining student proficiency.

Virtual Backpack
Please remember that the District 54 Virtual Backpack contains a lot of information and activities available to students and families from various agencies and clubs in the area. Check it out on the District webpage!

Dates to Remember
November 25: PBIS Assembly; Report Cards sent home
November 26-28 Thanksgiving Break~ No School


Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Principal’s message

Posted November 17th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

It was wonderful meeting so many of you during last week’s Math Night, Count Me In! What a great family event ~ seeing so many families engaged in math tasks and games with your children. We hope you enjoyed the hot chocolate and home activities.

Tomorrow evening’s PTA meeting will take place at Stevenson School at 7:00 pm in the staff lounge. The meeting was originally planned for the EGV Library.

We have successfully completed the first trimester of the 2014/15 school year.  Your child will bring his/her report card home on Tuesday, Nov. 25. You will notice the report card is new this year and your child has been assessed on the Illinois State Standards. Some of the standards do not get assessed until later in the year and the report card will indicate that for you. 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.

Please make sure you send your child to school with coats, gloves or mittens, hats and boots(when it snows). We do try to get the children out every day for about 20 minutes. The only time we stay in is when the wind chill is below 1 degree or if the snow is very wet. Having proper cold weather gear will help your child enjoy the winter wonderland we often experience.

Sixth Grade Parents: Last Friday your students had the opportunity to meet with the assistant principal of the junior high they will attend next year. During that meeting the policies and procedures along with what a typical day is like at the junior high was reviewed. Soon your child will bring home a student request form that will allow them to select their electives for their 7th grade year. Parents will receive more information regarding this form at the 6th grade Parent Night which takes place on Dec. 3rd from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at your prospective junior high. We would like completed student request forms returned to the classroom teachers by Dec. 5th.

Have a wonderful week!

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Carnival of the Animals

Posted November 13th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Save the date for the 1st and 2nd grade musical “Carnival of the Animals”on Wednesday, November 19. We will have a 1pm performance during school and a 7pm performance after school. Families are encouraged to attend the evening performance but are welcome to attend the 1pm performance if needed

 Please plan to bring your student back to Stevenson after school on November 19 at 6:30pm for the evening performance so we have maximum student participation. Any questions, please email Ms. LaPorte at or call at (847) 357-2187

 Students should wear black pants or jeans along with a solid shirt of their class color.

Class colors:
Zordan Lions: Orange or gold
Clements Elephants: grey or black
Theodorakakis Chickens: white or red
Bushman Fish: blue or green
Horvath Kangaroos : brown or yellow
McKenzie turtles: green

PTA Newsletter

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

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Principal’s message

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

Our students enjoyed Friday’s assembly, Bear Down on Bullies. Staley, The Bears Mascot, visited with the students and talked about the different types of bullying situations. Our students were so attentive and did an awesome job participating in the activities. While the majority of students hoped for a Bears win last night, it did not happen! Thank you to the PTA for bringing this wonderful assembly to us.

Veteran’s Day
We will be having an all school Veteran’s Day music assembly on Tuesday, November 11 from 12:45-1:15. We will be honoring all Veteran’s on this special day. If you have a family member who has proudly served our country, and would like them to attend and be honored during our assembly, please call the school office with the veteran’s name and branch of service. We will have their name tag/visitor’s badge ready for them when they arrive for our assembly.

Family Math Night: Count Me In!
Please mark your calendar for our Family Math Night, Count Me In, on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00-7:15 pm. You are invited to visit your child’s math class as your child shows you some of the math skills and strategies they have learned this year. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Winter MAP testing
The next round of MAP testing begins November 17, 2014. We are excited to monitor the progress of the goals we reviewed with your child earlier this year. Shortly after the conclusion of the MAP testing window, we will share those results with you.

Starting this testing season and similar to how PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3-8, the MAP test will be web-based on a secure browser. This web-based format does not change the test or how student results are calculated, but it does provide many advantages including more question types across broader ranges of levels, better proctoring tools for teachers, and additional reports for teachers so we can continuously improve our instruction based on these results.

Cold Weather
The weather is changing more quickly than we would probably prefer, but we need to be prepared! Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather as they do go outside every day for lunch recess. We have had many students not dressed for these dropping temperatures!!

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Red, White, and Blue

Posted November 10th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

All students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue for our Veteran’s Day assembly on Tuesday, November 11th!

Veteran’s Day

Posted November 5th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

We will be having an all school Veteran’s Day music assembly on Tuesday, November 11 from 12:45-1:15. We will be honoring all veterans on this special day. If you have a family member who has proudly served our country, and would like them to attend and be honored during our assembly, please call the school office with the veteran’s name and branch of service. We will have their name tag/visitor’s badge ready for them when they arrive for our assembly.

Principal’s message

Posted November 3rd, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

We had a fun and festive Halloween thanks to all the help of our PTA/parent volunteers. Thank you so much for the fun games, crafts and activities for the students as well as the delicious treats. We had a great time seeing all the creative costumes during our parade. Thank you to all the families for helping to make the day a success!

Please remember there is no school tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th.

Illinois School Report Cards

The Illinois State Board of Education annually releases school report cards that show how each school, each district and the state is performing on a wide range of educational goals, and also shares other information related to staff and student demographics, the school environment and more. The report card is available in two formats. The At-a-Glance version is posted on the District 54 website at An interactive report card is available online at

The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are used to measure individual student achievement. The state of Illinois uses the results to report student achievement to the public. Please note that the tests are only one measure of student learning at a particular point in time. The results, combined with other tests (including Measures of Academic Progress – MAP), classroom assessments and teacher observations, help shape the district’s instructional program. If you do not have access to the Internet or prefer to receive a hard copy, you may call the school at 847-357-5200. If you want copies of the report cards from more than one of District 54’s schools, please call the District 54 Community Relations Department at (847) 357-5027.

Have a great week,
Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Congratulations to the Stevenson PTA!

Posted October 30th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Last week, our wonderful PTA received an award, The Honor Unit Award at the District 37 Fall Conference Dinner. PTA President, Mrs. Lori Filby proudly accepted the award on behalf of our Stevenson families. Congratulations Stevenson PTA!