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Save the date!

Posted June 9th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman
Looking ahead to next year…please save the following dates!
August 25 – Welcome Back to School and Curriculum Night, 5:00-6:30p.m. More details will be mailed home to you.
August 26 – First day of school for grades 1-6
September 2 – First day of school for kindergarteners

Principal’s message

Posted June 9th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman
Dear Stevenson Community,

Wow! What a Fantastic Field Day we had! The weather, the volunteers, the games and of course plenty of water made it one of the best field days ever. Many thanks to Mr. Argueta for all of his planning and our Field Day volunteers for their time and energy. Our students were so happy having fun together and enjoying themselves after all their hard work this year. The PTA provided all students with a delicious hot lunch! The students told me it was the best lunch ever! We enjoyed our last all school celebration this afternoon, wishing our 6th graders the best of luck as they move on to Mead Jr. High next year.

Please be sure to check your child’s report card envelope for information on the progress he or she made this year and lots of ideas for keeping up your child’s skills this summer. Students will bring home a math packet of practice activities and a list of great books to read this summer. We strongly encourage your support in making time for both reading and math over the long break.

Wishing you all a Happy Summer! We look forward to seeing you in late August.

Sincerely,
Maria Clifford and Colette Bell

 

Don’t Throw It Away!

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

We are collecting GENTLY used school supplies between June 2 – June 5.  So, if you were going to throw away your kids’ school supplies from this year… don’t!  There will be boxes in the atrium where the students will be able to donate these items.   We will take things like partially used glue sticks, spirals with used paper torn out, and worn down crayons. Please let your child know if they are allowed to donate their items as they are cleaning out their desks. Thanks for your support!

Principal’s message

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

It is hard to believe that we are looking ahead to our last week of school! We still have many exciting things to look forward to next week. Our students had a great time during today’s cultural arts assembly, History of Dance. Students were treated to a highly energetic dance performance and many students were able to dance along with the performers. We have many talented Stevenson students!

The month of May has been a busy month. It is a time when we honor and celebrate our successes over the past year. MAP scores were mailed home last Thursday. Stevenson students performed exceptionally well. Our outstanding growth rates rank us at the 90th percentile nationally in both reading and math, in terms of the percentages of students attaining growth targets. These extraordinary results would not have been possible without the hard work of students and teachers, and the consistent support of families.

Our kindergarteners will enjoy their end of the year celebration with songs, highlights of what they enjoyed most about kindergarten and conclude with a family picnic on Monday. Our kindergarteners will soon be ready for 1st grade!

Our sixth graders are well prepared for Mead Jr. High. We will be celebrating with the fifth/sixth grade students for their End of the Year Celebration on Wednesday. Sixth grade students will be recognized at our awards presentation for their participation in Math Olympiad and the Presidential Awards. I am looking forward to honoring our students for their many achievements.

The students in kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade will participate in a student move-up day on Tuesday. Students will visit a classroom of the grade level above them so they can see a glimpse of what next year will look like. Current students in each classroom will provide students with an overview of what their year will be like as well as a chance to ask questions. Student placement letters will be mailed home the week of August 11th along with updated PTA and school information.

Looking to next school year, we will be adding an additional first/second grade classroom and third/fourth grade classroom due to our increasing enrollment. Ms. Bushman, currently a third/fourth grade teacher, will be joining the first/second grade team. In addition, after many years as a classroom teacher, Ms. Petricca will move to become our accelerated literacy coach. Her rich literacy background will give our students extra accelerated support.

Please take time to read the attached flyer about collecting school supplies.

It is not too late to volunteer for Thursday morning’s field day from 9:00-11:30. If you missed it in last week’s newsletter, your child has a flyer in his/her backpack.

Sincerely,

Maria Clifford and Colette Bell

 

 

Principal’s message

Posted May 27th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman
Dear Stevenson Community,

We hope you enjoy the long Memorial weekend with your children and family. The spring like weather will hopefully allow you to enjoy some outside activities. We are looking for field day volunteers for Thursday, June 5. If you are available, please complete the attached sheet in this week’s newsletter and return to Mr. Argueta
by Thursday, June 29. Your help is greatly appreciated!
 
World Relief
How exciting! Mrs. Traub’s class is in today’s daily herald for their work to support World Relief, a humanitarian organization that provides help both in the United States and overseas. World Relief helps victims of war and natural disasters. The students raised $1,706.47 and donated to the Wheaton chapter that helps refugees . Please click on to the link for more details of this worthy cause. The students did an outstanding job!! 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
We want to thank all of our volunteers~ parents, senior citizens and Kids’ Hope mentors, who attended our thank you luncheon and those of you who could not make it. We wouldn’t be the great school we are without our volunteers. We really appreciate all you do during the year to support the staff, students, and community
 
MAP Testing
Stevenson has reason to celebrate! As you know, we took the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment three times this year – fall, winter, and spring. We use the results of the MAP test to inform our instruction, as well as establish growth target goals for each student. Over 90% of our students achieved their fall-to-spring target growth goals in both reading and math. This means that Stevenson is performing in the top ten percent of schools nationally for target growth! Our students, staff and families worked very hard to achieve this goal.
 
Superintendent’s Daily Herald Article
You can follow the links below to read Superintendent DuRoss’ Daily Herald article.
 
For more PTA information, please click on to the attached link http://stevenson.sd54.org/pta/

Sincerely,
Maria Clifford and Colette Bell

PTA Reflections

Posted May 20th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

We would like to acknowledge Jyllian S. for her participation in the PTA Reflections program for the 2013-2014 school year.   Jyllian submitted  a piece in the Film Production category entitled  “Growing  Friendship”.  Her piece represented the Northwest Cook Region/District 37 PTA  at the Illinois State level.  Congratulations to Jyllian!  Thank you to all those who participated in the Reflections program this year.  We look forward to seeing all the creative work next year!  In case you’re wondering, next year’s theme will be “The world would be a better place if…”

Choir Concert

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Please join us for the Stevenson Choir concert which will take place Tuesday, May 20th in the gym. The concert will begin at 6:30. We look forward to seeing you there!

Walking Day at Stevenson

Posted May 1st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

We will be having our first “Walking Day at Stevenson” this Friday, May 2With summer coming soon, we are promoting fun and fitness through walking. All students are encouraged to participate.  If the weather is nice, we will be outside and if it’s raining, we will be inside.  Please be sure to wear some comfortable shoes to walk in.  All students who participate will earn a walking day token that they can proudly display on their bracelet or necklace.

1/2 Musical

Posted May 1st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman
The 1/2 Musical is coming up on Tuesday, May 6th. The all school performance will be at 1:30pm in the gym and last about 45 minutes. The evening performance is at 7pm. Families are welcome to attend either performance!

Save the Date for Movie Night

Posted May 1st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Stevenson’s Relief for Refugees Movie Night will take place on May 15 in the Stevenson gym from 5:00-7:00 pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP  by May 7. Tickets will be passed out by May 12. Admission is free, but we’ll be selling concessions and having a used book sale, with all proceeds being donated to help refugees. We’re looking forward to seeing you on May 15!