Principal’s message

Posted August 21st, 2014 by Ms. Bushman

Dear Stevenson Community,

The start of school is quickly approaching. We are excited to see all of our returning students and welcome new students.

Takin’ it to the Streets
After 3:00pm today, our staff will be in the Stevenson School neighborhood welcoming families back to school and inviting everyone to our Back-to-School Event. Be sure to say hello if you see us out and about.

Back-to-School Event
The Stevenson Staff invites you to our Backpack Supply Drop Off and Curriculum Night for all grade levels on Monday, August 25th.

The schedule is as follows:

-Session 1: 5:00 Supply Drop Off & 5:15-5:45 Curriculum Night presentation
-Session 2: 6:00 Supply Drop Off & 6:15-6:45 Curriculum Night presentation

Please note that each teacher will be repeating the same presentation during both sessions, to allow families with more than one child at Stevenson to have more than one opportunity to attend the presentations at different grade levels.

Maria Clifford and Christi Sosin

Principal’s message

Posted August 15th, 2014 by Ms. Bushman
Dear Stevenson Community,

Welcome back to our returning families and welcome to our new families! We hope you are enjoying your summer and spending extra time with your children. We are looking forward to an incredible 2014-2015 school year with you. Our talented staff members have devoted a significant amount of time this summer attending training, planning meetings, setting up their classrooms and reading professional materials.This week you will be receiving a welcome back letter in the mail which will include your child’s classroom placement information and a letter from the classroom teacher for the upcoming year.
Maria Clifford


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.

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.


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

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…”

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

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