Principal’s message

Posted April 17th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

Last week was a busy week that included Celebrate Reading and Writing and the annual PTA carnival. Both events had a terrific family turnout! The carnival relies on so many volunteers to make it a success.

Thank you to our PTA for organizing and planning the carnival and to staff and families for donating the delicious baked goodies for the cake walk.

PBIS Assembly
We will be celebrating our all school PBIS assembly on Thursday, April 17. The Key of the Month is Integrity. Integrity means matching our behaviors with our values. Teachers will be acknowledging and presenting keys to those students who have been practicing the Key of Integrity. We are proud of the students’ behavior and the work they put forth to make the right choices.

Registration Forms
Registrations forms were recently sent home to all families. It is very important that you read through your forms to ensure all of your information is current, including the numbers for your emergency contacts. You will also need to ensure that an updated lease is on file. In order to maintain your enrollment for the next school year families will need to provide an updated lease.

Spring MAP Testing
MAP testing will begin Monday, April 21st and conclude Thursday, May 8th. As with previous administrations of the test, we ask that you encourage your children to give us their best efforts, and reinforce the message that we give them at school: take your time, do your best, and be confident that your hard work this year will pay off. As always, a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are essential to optimal performance. Test results will be mailed home to you at the end of May.

Please click on the following link for more PTA information

Dr. Maria Clifford and Colette Bell

Book Fair

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Stevenson. The book fair will be open during the Celebrate Reading and Writing Event on April 8th starting at 6:30pm. Payment can be made by cash, charge, or check (checks should be made out to Stevenson School). 9.5% sales tax will be added to all purchases. We have asked the teachers to fill out a Classroom Wish List. These lists will be posted at the fair. Please consider donating a book as a special gift to your child’s classroom library. Every gift will be recognized with a bookplate identifying your family or child as the donor. See you at the fair!

Interested in ordering books online? Click here!

Spring Carnival is Coming!

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Join us Friday, April 11, in the gym for games, food, and fun for all! Doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm. Preorder your tickets by April 4 and save by filling out the form sent home with your child this week! Activites of the Spring Carnival include face painting, games, a cake walk, and bounce house. Since this is a Stevenson family event, every student must be accompanied by an adult.

Principal’s message

Posted March 24th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

We are excited to see the sun shining today and students enjoying the warm weather during recess. Let’s hope it stays! We hope you are able to enjoy quality time with your children during next week’s spring break. We look forward to seeing everyone refreshed from the time off on Monday, March 31st.

PTA Carnival
If you are interested in volunteering your time for the PTA’s annual carnival on Friday, April 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm, please follow the VolunteerSpot link to enter your email and choose an assignment:  The following link is for cakewalk volunteers:

The PTA relies on volunteers to make this event a success. Your support for the evening is greatly appreciated. Please note a revised ticket carnival flyer is attached with the correct ticket price of $8 per student.

5Essentials Parent Survey
Please read the attached letter regarding the 5Essentials Survey.  As parents, you can begin taking the survey today at and can take a survey for each school where you have a child (early childhood through high school). However, the state does ask that only one parent per household take the survey. When searching for your school, remember to look up the full name (for example, look under A for Adlai Stevenson). We would like as many of our parents to take this survey as possible. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. Computers will be made available if you would like to take the survey at school.  Parents can take the survey anytime from now until April 25, 2014. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Project ReRead
If you are beginning your spring cleaning, the PTA will be collecting used children’s books that can be donated from your children’s bookshelves and bins. Bring your books to Stevenson and deposit them in the Project ReRead bin in the hall near the kitchen. The team will clean, sort the books and donate them to a new home. What a fantastic way to share the love of reading! Please read the attached flyer for more information.

Celebrate Reading and Writing
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 8th for our writing celebration from 6:30-7:30 pm. Students’ writing will be showcased in their classrooms and students’ artwork will be displayed throughout the hallways. We will also be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair.

Please click on the link for more PTA news


Maria Clifford and Colette Bell

Stevenson Spirit Week

Posted March 12th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Stevenson Spirit Week will take place from March 17-March 21. Here is the schedule of events:

Monday, March 17: Stevenson Day or Red and Black Day

Tuesday, March 18: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, March 19: Pajama Day

Thursday, March 20: Hat Day

Friday, March 21: Favorite Sports Team Day

Hop Into Spring!

Posted March 10th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Please support the Stevenson PTA and join us in welcoming spring with our chocolate sale! Your child received a pink form that you can fill out with your chocolate orders (chocolate bunny lollipops, pretzel sticks, and dipped Oreos are available). Please have your orders in by Match 21st for the April 15th delivery date. Checks can be made payable to the Stevenson PTA. Please note: late orders cannot be accepted. Thank you for supporting the Stevenson PTA!

Principal’s message

Posted February 28th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

It was wonderful seeing so many of you during Tuesday night’s grade 5/6 musical performance. I was both amazed and in awe with the enormous talent of our students. The show could have lasted all night as everyone enjoyed the students’ singing and Miss LaPorte’s piano playing.

ISAT Testing:

ISAT Testing will begin next Tuesday, March 4th for students in grades 3-6 and last until March 13th. Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling appointments. We remind the students that the hard work they have done thus far into the year has given them the skills they need to perform well on these tests. All that we ask is that they provide their best effort, just as they would on any other important test. Feel free to reinforce this message with your children at home, particularly if they are feeling anxious about the tests. Also, please ensure that they have received a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast to allow them to be at their best.

Superintendent’s Article

Superintendent DuRoss’ most recent article written for the Daily Herald was published in print today. The article is accessible on the District 54 website at Mr. DuRoss also appears in a video related to the article content. The link to the video, which is cited in the article, is


The District 54 PBIS team will be hosting a parent event to learn more about Cyberbullying. Sadly, with all the advancements in technology, society has opened a scary window for our youth when it comes to a new level of bullying. Please consider attending this event that will be hosted in the District 54 Board room on March 13 at 6:00 p.m. We want to team with you to make sure our children are safe and secure inside and outside their homes. This is one way to learn more about how to make this happen. The following link is to the PBIS Family and Community Meeting about Cyber-bullying. click here This event will take place in the Rafferty Administration Center.

Report Cards:

You will be receiving your child’s report card on Tuesday, March 4th. Mrs. Bell and I are busy reading though all of them. We love to see how much growth your child has made since August. It is remarkable!

PTA membership:

It is not too late to become a PTA member for this school year! For the bargain price of $5, you can help this wonderful parent organization that gives back to our school in so many ways. Mark your calendars for the PTA sponsored Winter Carnival. More details are in this newsletter.

Have a nice week!

Maria Clifford and Colette Bell


Boys March Madness

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Boys, this is a great way to have some fun while exercising and trying out your skills!  Grab your Dad or another adult male and come join the fun.  We will be testing your skills on Thursday, Feb 27th, from 6:00 to 7:00 in the gymnasium.  We will have 3 skills stations for both student and adult (free throws, around the world, and hot shot). Both student and adult participate for a total score. If you plan on coming please return the slip that was sent home with your child! We look forward to seeing you at Boys March Madness.

Act of Kindness Project

Posted February 9th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

What: Stevenson will be collecting school supplies  (pencils, erasers, markers, notebook paper, crayons) and spare change to help the schools affected by the tornado in Washington, IL

When: Tuesday February 11 until Friday February 21

Why: To donate “kindness” to others

Thank you for donating to a great cause!

Principal’s message

Posted February 9th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

The winter weather has once again made for a challenging week, with many days of indoor recess. We are really appreciative when we can get outside. Please continue to send your child with a warm jacket, boots, snow pants, hats, and gloves so students can go outside when the weather allows us to.

Please click on the link for updated PTA information

Kindergarten Registration:

It is hard to believe that kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year is right around the corner. This event will happen in all District 54 schools on February 13th between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. If you or a neighbor has a child who will be age 5 on or before September 1, 2014, we look forward to seeing you on the 13th. Please help us spread the word to our neighbors so we can begin planning for the upcoming school year.

PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) is a proactive, three-tiered approach to create a positive and supporting environment for students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. As part of this process our PBIS coaches provide helpful tips for families through the Expect Respect Newsletter. Click here to read the February issue of the PBIS Expect Respect Newsletter, which includes tips from Hoffman Estates Police Officer Rich Turman regarding how to respond to cyberbullying.

Last Day of School

As you know, District 54 canceled school four times in January due to the winter weather. Whenever we cancel school, we add a day to the end of our school calendar. Therefore the last day of school is currently Thursday, June 5. When districts submit their school calendars to the State Board of Education they must include a provision for five possible emergency days. No one can predict what the weather will be in February and March. If we cancel school one more time, our last day will be June 6. If we exhaust our five emergency days, we will ask the Illinois State Superintendent of Education to approve “Act of God Days.” These days can only be used for situations that pose a hazardous threat to students and are beyond the control of the district. If approved, school districts do not need to make up these days of missed school. If we do ask for an “Act of God Day” approval, we will not be able to announce the last day of school until we get approval from the state superintendent. We are hopeful that we won’t need to cancel school any more this school year and that June 5 will be our last day.


Flyers are attached for some upcoming Schaumburg Parent University Classes.

Important Dates

February 12 – 1/2-day of school for grades 1-6 (11:40 dismissal); no school for kindergarten
February 13 – Kindergarten registration (9:00-11:00a.m., 1:00-2:30p.m., 6:00-8:00p.m.)
February 17 – No school, Presidents’ Day
February 25 – Grades 5/6 Musical – All School Performance 1:30; Evening Performance 7:00 p.m.
February 28 – Mardi Gras Foundation Event


Maria Clifford and Colette Bell