Send a candy gram to someone you love! Parents, family members, and friends can purchase candy grams, a packaged chocolate pop with an attached message. These candy grams will be sent to the students at Stevenson on December 18th during the lunch hour. Candy grams cost $2.00 each and can be sent to as many people as you’d like! Please fill out the form sent home with your child and return it to school as soon as possible. All proceeds will be donated to the Illinois Red Cross for the victims of the Illinois tornadoes.
Dear Stevenson Community,
We have much to celebrate here at Stevenson. On Monday night, the Board of Education recognized Stevenson School, along with 18 other District 54 schools, for meeting our board goal which states that “each school will perform at or above the 90th percentile (top 10% nationally) in meeting individual student growth targets in reading and math as measured by Measures of Academic Progress (MAP).” At Stevenson School, we went above this goal and our students performed at the 95th percentile (top 5% nationally).
Our staff and students dedicated themselves to reaching this goal, and this year is no different. Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff.
8 Keys of Excellence
Integrity! Failure Leads to Success! Speak With Good Purpose! This Is It! Commitment! Ownership! Flexibility! Balance! These are the 8 Keys of Excellence, and they are a compilation of character traits that successful people possess. At Stevenson, we recognize that students who learn to develop their character by making positive life choices live more fulfilled, successful lives. This year we are embedding the 8 Keys of Excellence into our PBIS program to continue to foster positive choices within our students so that they can be the best versions of themselves.
Each classroom has the 8 Keys prominently displayed as a visual reminder for the students to live by these character traits. So far this year, we have explicitly taught the Key of This Is It and are now focusing on the Key of Ownership for the month of November. Staff members are modeling and embedding the 8 Keys within their instruction on a daily basis and are acknowledging students when they demonstrate any one of the 8 Keys. Our monthly PBIS assemblies involve students highlighting the Key of the month through a Key song sung by different classrooms. One student per class is recognized in front of the entire school for living by the Key and each of these students earns a Key award to take home as an acknowledgement of their positive choices!
We look forward to introducing a new Key each month and encourage you to continue the conversations about the 8 Keys and character development with your children at home. For more information about the 8 Keys of Excellence and the positive impact it has on students, visit www.8keys.org .
Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article was written for the Daily Herald. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at http://sd54.org. Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the information provided in the article. The link to the video is included in his article. The video can also be viewed by going directly to the Mission and Goals page on our district website at http://sd54.org/board/mission/
Report cards have been sent home! As always, if you have questions, please give your child’s teacher a call to talk further about the grades your child has earned.
Enjoy this edition of PTA’s newsletter http://stevenson.sd54.org/pta/
Maria Clifford and Colette Bell
Help Stevenson help others by participating in the Warm Hands and Covered Heads Drive! What can you do? Bring in a set of new mittens, gloves, or a hat and plat it on the Stevenson tree near the front entrance of the school! This special event will take place from December 3 through December 20. Thank you for your support!
Join us for a night of dancing, crafts, cider, and fun on November 20th! This special event will take place in the Stevenson gym and will last from 6:00-7:30. Just a reminder–all students attending the fall fest must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you there!
Stevenson is currently participating in a fundraiser to help support those who have been affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.
What is Fill the Hearts in the Phillipines? Stevenson is collecting pennies to donate to the people that have been affected by the typhoon.
What can you do? Bring in as many pennies as you can for your class.
What else? Place nickels, dimes and quarters in the other classroom bins and see their money go down.
Reward- Knowing that you have helped others!
The 3rd and 4th grades performed various songs and shared poems and speeches to acknolwedge those who have served in the United States Military. Red, white, and blue filled the gym while students sang songs such as I’m Proud to be an American, America, the Beautiful, I Love My Country, and We Rememeber. Many students had solos or speaking parts and explained the different military branches. We thank all the family and friends who were able to come to the performance and we also thank those who are serving or have served in our military.
Monday, November 11, Stevenson will honor our veterans and country. All students from Ms. Haupert, Mrs. Hoefke, Mr. Hofmann, Ms. Oles, and Ms. Bushman’s classes will participate in different elements of a veteran’s music show! We cannot wait to share with you all we have learned. Feel free to invite family, friends and especially any veterans you may know.
-The show will take place on Veteran’s Day, November 11 at 1:30pm (during school) and 7pm (6:30pm call time).
-Families are encouraged to attend the evening performance but are welcome for the 1:30pm performance as well.
-The show will last about an hour.
-Students in third and fourth gade must attend both performances to receive full credit for their music class participation grade.
Dear Stevenson Community,
Congratulations to our 5th and 6th grade students who enjoyed participating in today’s D.A.R.E. graduation. D.A.R.E. Officer Ed Thomas organized the ceremony after working with the students for the past ten weeks. All of the students were honored for their hard work, including those who received Honorable Mention and Students of the Year. Elk Grove Village Mayor, Craig Johnson, Chief of Police, Stephen Schmidt, Village Trustees, and parents attended this special event.
We hope your child enjoyed dressing up for our annual Halloween party and parade. Since we know that many students choose new costumes each year, we would like to offer you the opportunity to recycle used costumes at Stevenson. These costumes will be used for activities throughout the year, or during next year’s Halloween party for students who may forget their costume on Halloween. If you have any costumes (sizes from Early Childhood through 6th grade) that you would like to donate, please drop them off at the office.
The Daily Herald article by Superintendent DuRoss is available at http://sd54.org/ in English and Spanish. In addition to the article, he appears in a video expanding on the information included in the article. Please visit the District 54 Mission and Goals website at http://sd54.org/board/mission to view a video in which he further explains the Student Learning Vision.
Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday, November 3. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.
For more Stevenson news, please click on the attached link http://stevenson.sd54.org/pta/
Maria Clifford and Colette Bell
This year, Stevenson School will be participating in an all school service project called, Trick or Treat for UNICEF. UNICEF is the United Nations’ children’s fund. Their goal is to do whatever it takes to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths to zero in developing countries. This is the 63rd anniversary of the program which empowers children in the U.S. to make a difference in the lives of their peers around the globe.
Here is how it works:
-Next Thursday, October 31st – Halloween – your child can take this UNICEF box with them while they trick-or-treat.
-In addition to all the candy they collect, they can ask if individuals would like to donate to UNICEF as well.
It doesn’t take much –
* $1 buys Protein biscuits for a hungry child
* $35 buys Vaccines to protect 50 kids from killer diseases
* $70 buys High-protein peanut paste to protect kids from malnutrition
* $240 buys a School-in-a- Box kit learn anywhere
-On Friday, November 1st, return the box and collections to Stevenson school, and all the money will be donated to UNICEF!
We have been talking about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at school, and the idea that our students can make a difference in the world by volunteering in service to others.
Thank you in advance for your support of this program. Not only will we be helping children around the globe, you’ll also be helping to educate our children about the importance of volunteerism!
More information can be found on the UNICEF website at: trickortreatforunicef.org
Help Stevenson raise money while enjoying a great meal from Rocco Vino’s with your family or co-workers! RoccoVino’s Pizza Pasta Express in Elk Grove Village will host Stevenson Day all day on Thursday, October 31, 2013. RoccoVino’s will donate 15% back to Stevenson School on normal menu pricing, including our 2 for 1 low price pizza pricing. Just mention you wish to have your order donated to Stevenson School. This offer is also applicable to any catering for your business or family if the order is placed and paid for during this time frame.