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First trimester ends on Friday, November 9.  District 54 launched an online report card last school year.  Everyone who has a parent portal account will be able to see their children’s report cards online.  For those parents and guardians who have not previously created a portal account, please contact our front office who can assist you with sign up. If you are unable to access the parent portal and require a paper copy of your student’s report card, please contact us as well!

PTA Reflections

The Reflections Program is here for the 2018-2019 school year!  Reflections is the National PTA Arts Program that asks students to get creative!  The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me.”  Students may enter as many projects as they like, in as many categories as they like.  The categories are Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition and Film Production.  So draw, paint, make a collage, write something, take a photo, compose a song, choreograph a dance or produce a movie!  All projects must reflect this year’s theme and are due Monday, November 5, 2018.  You will find the rules for each category by clicking here.

Trunk or Treat

Be sure to join us on Friday, October 26 from 6:00-8:00 in the Stevenson parking lot for our annual Trunk or Treat.  There will be games, decorations in the haunted hallway, food, and of course, Halloween candy!  If you haven’t yet, consider entering your car into the Trunk Decoration Show or the Pumpkin Carving Contest (please carve your pumpkin at home). We hope to see you there!

Halloween information

Halloween is fast approaching!  We will be celebrating with a parade and classroom parties on Wednesday, October 31.  In an effort to help plan for the Halloween fun, please read through the information outlined below.

Costumes
All costumes must be school appropriate. The expectations for everyday dress are applied to costumes. No look-a-like weapons of any kind are allowed as part of a costume. No gore, blood, or “scary” costumes. Costumes are to be worn for the parade and party only.  Students will dress following the lunch hour.

Parties
Room representatives have arranged for volunteers to help run the parties.  Only those who have been previously arranged will be able to go to the classrooms.  All volunteers will check-in with the office and receive an identification sticker.  Thank you for helping to ensure our students’ safety.  Additionally, please do not send in any edible treats with your child for their class party or to take home. Any food items sent to school will be returned with your child. The parties will take place from 1:30-2:15.

Parade
The parade will begin at the main entrance and we will exit the building to the left toward the playground.  You are welcome to view the parade from any place around the perimeter of the building.  Please keep the sidewalks nearest the building clear for an easy parade path.  The parade will take place from 1:00-1:30.

 

All School Celebration

We recently had our first all school celebration here at Stevenson! During this celebration, we came together to reflect on the beginning of our school year and our behavioral and academic goals. Students were recognized for bringing a ‘spark’ of happiness into their classroom and to the school. Congratulations to those students who were acknowledged for being this spark and showing respect, responsibility, and safety.

 

Student-led conferences

Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5. During this time, students will share their learning as well as their goals for the year. Conference reminders have been sent home to confirm the time of your conference. Please make sure to send these forms back to school. Also, students are encouraged to attend these conferences as they are student led. If you have any questions, please call the Stevenson school office at 847-357-5200. We are very excited to see you at conferences this year!

Meet the Stevenson specials teachers!

Art
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My name is Lauren Tocmo and this is my eighth year teaching art here at Stevenson. Every year brings new experiences in art class and this year is no exception. Fifth and Sixth graders will be using their Chromebooks throughout the year to manage a digital portfolio, create digital artwork and use just as a general resource tool. I will be incorporating more art challenges at all grade levels, where students will be working collaboratively to problem solve and create beautiful pieces of art, all while exploring a variety of media. I am really looking forward to another creative and fun filled year at Stevenson. Don’t forget to follow @StevensonArt54 on Twitter!

Library Resource Teacher
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My name is Mrs. Husnick and I am the new Learning Resource Teacher (LRT) here at Stevenson. It is my fifth year teaching in the building and my ninth year of teaching overall. I am extremely excited about the new opportunities that students will be provided during our time together this year. Students will be exploring, designing, creating and inventing. They will look for possible “problems” in their daily lives and strive to “solve” these problems. Along with all of our new adventures some aspects that will remain the same are diving into and checking out books. Don’t forget to follow @StevensonMakers on Twitter!

Music
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My name is Ms. Bella and I am the General Music teacher here at Stevenson. Last year, I was a traveling music teacher in District 54 and came to Stevenson a few hours each day. This year, I am thrilled to be here full time! Students in every grade level can look forward to exploring, creating, and experiencing music through performance, technology, movement, collaborative projects, and instrument exploration. Don’t forget to follow @BellaMusic54 on Twitter!

PE
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My name is Mr. Argueta and I’m so blessed and excited to be starting my sixth year here at Stevenson with the Stallion Family! The district curriculum for physical education is full of many units including: cooperative games, soccer, locomotor movements, basketball, dance (my favorite), fitness, jump rope, and many more. The focus is always safety first followed by fun and exercise! Students also know that sportsmanship and effort are my expectation, and the keys to success in Physical Education! I’m looking forward to another fun and exciting year with great experiences! Be on the lookout for forms on night events and after school clubs. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. It’s going to be another great year full of exercise and fun!

Half day of school on September 19

Please keep in mind that September 19 is a half-day.  We will release students at 11:40.  Please call the office with any transportation changes at 847-357-5200.

Food drive

The Food Pantry at Mead Jr. High is in serious need of donations.  Many of our District 54 families receive food from this pantry when they cannot afford to buy basic non-perishable food items. Let’s show that we care by having a food drive to replenish the pantry.  Every donation helps someone in need!

Items you could bring include canned vegetables, soups, pasta, cereals, apple sauce, peanut butter, fruit in cans or jars. All non-perishable foods are welcome!

We will have our collection boxes out the week of September 17 through September 21. Thanks for your support!

Picture Day is coming!

Mark your calendars! Picture Day is scheduled for September 27. Please use the flyer that was sent home with your child to order pictures prior to Picture Day. Picture retakes are scheduled for November 7.