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A Message from the Principal – 2/5/18

We are looking forward to seeing our families at our upcoming winter conferences next week!  We truly value this time to connect with you and discuss your child’s recent successes as well as future goals.  Over the next two weeks, we will be having conversations with your student related to their academic and behavioral goals.  Student goal-setting conferences are a critical part of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our school achievement goals for this school year:

  • Reading—Frost will perform at or above the 95th percentile in mean growth in reading
  • Math— Frost will perform at or above the 95th percentile in mean growth in mathematics

Winter conferences are also a chance for us to recommit themselves to the High Achievement and Positive Culture that staff and students work hard to create every day at Frost.  Please read below for more information about these goals.

High Achievement

Winter student goal-setting conferences will be on Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16.  We are proud of our students for taking the time to commit themselves to setting and attaining their reading and math goals and then sharing them with you during conferences.  During the student goal-setting conferences, your son/daughter will be using their Chromebooks to share his/her winter MAP scores, reading goal, math goal, work sample portfolios for all classes, and second trimester mid-term grades on their student portal.  Please ensure your child brings their Chromebook to conferences.  There will be multiple conferences occurring at the same time and in the same location with your child serving as the facilitator.  Please feel open to come to your child’s student goal-setting conference during the following times and in the following locations:

  • Seventh grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Gymnasium on Thursday, February 15 from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm and on Friday, February 16 from 7:30-9:30 am.
  • Eighth grade student goal-setting conferences will be held in the Cafeteria on Thursday, February 15 from 12:00-4:00 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm and on Friday, February 16 from 7:30-9:30 am.

Celebrate reading and writing at Frost:  During conference hours, we invite you to visit our “Celebrate Reading and Writing Book Fair” in the Frost LRC and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in our LRC mission to encourage kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. We look forward to having you participate in our Book Fair!  All purchases benefit the students and teachers at Frost.  Please read below for important dates:

  • Book Fair online February 5-16 :  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/robertfrostbookfair
  • Book Fair at Frost February 15-16 (until the end of conferences)
    • Location: Frost LRC
    • During student goal-setting conferences:
      • Thursday, February 15 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
      • Friday, February 16 7:30 am -9:30 am

Positive Culture

PTA: Hot lunch is looking for more volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up to serve PTA Hot Lunch by simply visiting this site and submitting your desired time: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4AA9AB2DA4F85-volunteer.  Please join us for our next PTA meeting on February 6 at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.  Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

Focus on the Foundation:  The District 54 Education Foundation’s programs primarily serve students from families with financial needs. In District 54, nearly one-fourth of students qualify for the federal free lunch program, which for a family of four means an annual income of less than $32,000.  A key focus for the Foundation is providing breakfast to ensure that students begin their day ready to learn. Thanks to the community’s generous support of our Food 4 Thought campaign, in January 2018 the Foundation will be funding breakfast programs for students at 18 of our 28 schools, serving nearly 1,400 students in need. Thank you to our 2017-18 all-school sponsors: Woodfield Area Children’s Organization, Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates, Tate & Lyle, Chick-fil-A of Schaumburg/West Schaumburg, and Schaumburg Park Foundation. Thank you also to the staff of District 54, who have donated enough money through the payroll deduct program to sponsor a school.  To learn more about the Foundation, click here to check out our video.

District 54 Multicultural Event 2018 Performance Information and Interest Form: Each year the Department of Language and Culture, along with the Schaumburg Park District, presents a Multicultural Event.  This event takes place at the Community Recreation Center and showcases the diversity represented by the students of District 54.  Preparations are already under way for this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday, April 14. We look forward to seeing many of the cultures in District 54 represented and are looking for students, or groups of students, who would like to perform.  If your child is interested in performing, please visit the Department of Language and Culture homepage for details andcomplete the Performance Interest Form by February 9.  If you are unable to complete the electronic form, paper forms can be picked up in your school office.

Schaumburg Parent University (SPU) is designed to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. There are two evening programs scheduled for February.

  • Renter Rights – Attorney Caroline Manley will teach attendees about Illinois landlord and tenant law and how to best protect yourself as a tenant. Topics covered will include: what to look for in a lease, security deposits, evictions, illegal lock-outs and habitability issues. This presentation for adults only will be presented in English and Spanish and will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on February 6 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
  • Family Engineering Night – Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers and design an artistic robot. Discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families. This activity event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on February 21 at the Professional Learning Center, 522 East Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

To register or for more information, contact Meg Kwak at (847) 357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org. Leave your name, contact information, the number of children requiring free childcare and the name of your child’s school.

Cold and flu season is upon us and we are seeing a large number of students with flu symptoms. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines.  Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home and consider seeking medical attention if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth. Your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

The flu shot is one of the best ways to prevent illness from the seasonal influenza virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults and children receive the flu vaccine each year. Yearly flu vaccination is needed because immunity against the flu wears off over time. In addition, the flu virus strains often change, so the vaccine also changes from year-to-year in order to match the flu viruses expected to be circulating in the community.  Colds and Flu are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours.

Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not they should attend school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan: In order to help parents better prepare for the severe cold weather and snow we often get during winters in our community, I wanted to share with you the District 54 Severe Cold Weather Response Plan. Though District 54 makes every effort to keep our schools open and operational, circumstances beyond our control oftentimes dictate school closings.

2017-18 Yearbook:  Have you purchased your yearbook for the 2017-18 school year?  If not do so today! Yearbooks can be purchased at: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com​ . Enter Frost’s school code:  13216218.  All yearbook orders must be placed by March 31, but do not wait!  There will be no extra yearbooks ordered, so if you do not order a yearbook before March 31 you will not be able to receive one. We do not want you to miss out on your chance to have a copy of this year’s memories! Questions? Contactjoanczarnecki@nullsd54.orgcharleyshroyer@nullsd54.org, or robertferguson@nullsd54.org.

Career Day:  On Wednesday, May 30, we will be hosting our third annual “Career Day” here at Frost.  On this day, our 7th grade students will be hearing several presentations from various professionals talking about their careers including how their work as a junior high school student prepared them for their job.  We are looking for parents and community members who are willing to come to Frost on this day to speak with our students.  We are hosting two sessions.  The morning session is 8:30-10:30 am.  The afternoon session is from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  A complimentary lunch will be provided for all of our presenters to thank them for taking the time to talk to our students about their professions.

If you are interested in presenting to our students at our Career Day, please contact Mrs. Czarnecki atjoanczarnecki@nullsd54.org or 847-357-2136.

Frost Film Fest:  This coming Friday, February 9 we will be hosting a movie night for our students in the Frost cafeteria.  Please bring a pair of socks to donate as the entrance fee.  Students must have a signed permission slip to attend.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Czarnecki atjoanczarnecki@nullsd54.org

Volleyball continues their season on 2/5 vs. Mead, 2/8 @ Eisenhower, 2/12 vs. Keller, and 2/20 and 2/22 @ D54 tournament.  Wrestling continues their season 2/5 @ Mead, 2/8 vs. Eisenhower, 2/12 @ Keller, and 2/26 and 2/27 @ D54 tournament.

Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings:  Frost TV, Game Club, GEMS, History Club, Geography Club, and Interact Club.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about our upcoming clubs Frost Clubs .

Important upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, February 15 and Friday, February 16  Student goal-setting conferences
  • Monday, February 19  No school
  • Friday, March 2  End of second trimester
  • Wednesday, March 7  Half-day of school
  • Friday, March 23  Spring pep rally
  • Saturday, March 24 through Sunday, April 1  Spring break

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar https://frost.sd54.org/ para información de la escuela en español, favor de precionar bajo https://frost.sd54.org/hispanoparlantes/.  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/frostspartans and follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/frostspartans to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring your child’s educational success.