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A Message from the Principal- 2/4/19

Last week, I had the privilege to present our mid-year School Improvement Plan reflection to Superintendent DuRoss and members of Cabinet.  I never tire of bragging about the fantastic work of the Frost students!  I have included a few of the highlights of my mid-year presentation below:

  • In our Academic goal, we celebrated the reading and mathematics growth of our students fall to winter as measured by our winter MAP assessments.  We also celebrated our 2018 PARCC results because this year’s results were the first time our results compared to the previous year’s results showed an increase in proficiency marks in both reading and math.  These two data points are evidence of our students continued efforts to Find Your Strong in the classroom.
  • In our Whole Child goal, we celebrated our students work during Wednesday Advocacy time where we learn about Social-Emotional Learning curriculum.  During two recent surveys, our staff’s feelings about Advocacy/SEL was overwhelmingly positive and a student survey indicated that over 90% of our students reported enjoying school and having a trusted adult at Frost.
  • In our Culture goal, our focus on positive psychology at work has allowed us to continue to evolve our work by growing, defending, and sustaining positive psychology at Frost; in particular, our new Happiness Team has worked with our staff to presented components of Big Potential to continue the momentum around positive psychology by establishing new traditions around happiness.

Our School Improvement Plan is the guiding document and a critical part of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our core purposes of High Achievement and Positive Culture that we work to create every day at Frost.  Please read below for more information about these goals.

 

High Achievement

 

Winter student goal-setting conferences:  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming student goal-setting conferences on Thursday, February 14, and Friday, February 15.  Over the course of the next few weeks, our students will meet with their teachers to reflect on their High Achievement and Positive Culture goals for the school year.  We are proud of our students for taking the time to commit themselves to reflecting and refocusing on their goals and then sharing their reflections with you on February 14 and 15.  Through the facilitation of student goal-setting conferences, our goals are to encourage students to accept personal responsibility for their academic performance and social conduct, teach students the process of goal-setting, and to improve students’ organizational and oral communication skills and self-confidence.  Please see attached Conferences Letter to Parents 18-19.pdf  for details regarding our goal-setting conferences.

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 4-15 :  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/robertfrostbookfair
  • Book Fair at Frost February 14-15 (until the end of conferences)
    • Location: Frost LRC
    • During student goal-setting conferences:
      • Thursday, February 14 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
      • Friday, February 16 7:30 am -9:00 am
    • Enter for a chance to win free books:
      • Please enter through the front doors to pick up your raffle ticket.
      • One raffle ticket will be given to every Frost student who comes to winter conferences through the front door.
      • Winners will be drawn every 15 minutes.  Please stop by the LRC to find out if you won!

5Essentials Survey:  We value your feedback!  Please consider taking the 5Essentials Parent Survey available online through Feb. 15 2019, at https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois.

Frost Spanish-Speaking Family Night:  On February 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Frost LRC, Ms. Juanita Perez Basler, an admissions specialist from Harper College, will be coming to speak to our Spanish-speaking parents and students about the importance of education and attending a college.  Topics covered will be different programs that are offered at Harper College and understanding the differences between a community college versus a university.

 

Eighth grade graduation:  The date, time, and location of our 2019 Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony will be set by the Board of Education shortly after spring break.  We will inform you as soon as the Board sets the ceremony details.  To prepare for the graduation ceremony, your student will be measured for their graduation gown coming up on February 6 during their PE/Health class.  Please look out for an order form/envelope that will be coming home with your child on that day!

 

Positive Culture

 

PTA: Please read below for important information from our wonderful PTA:

  • Reminder that the PTA Hot Lunch order forms for the third trimester our due ASAP.
  • Please join us for our next PTA meeting on February 12 at 7:00 PM in the Frost Lounge.
  • Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

 

Social Emotional Learning:  At school, we have been talking about Conflict Resolution and would like to share ways you can continue the learning at home.  The following questions/scenarios can be completed any time.  Talking with your children will reinforce the social emotional life skills needed. We hope you enjoy the valuable discussions with your children!

  • Discuss the Key of Flexibility.  How do you try something different when you realize what you’re doing is not working?
  • How can you identify conflict and be flexible when looking for a solution?
  • Think of time when you had an issue with a sibling, parent, or friend. How did you resolve it? How could you have resolved it better now having lived through it?
  • Two of your friends are arguing. What can you do to help them resolve it? How do you remain neutral?

 

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. Please note that child care is always available.

  • Don’t Try Harder, Try Different – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5:  Patrick B. McGrath, Ph.D., will talk through the seven themes of his stress management workbook. Learn how to recognize and challenge your thinking errors as well as learn about the Safety Seeking Behaviors that you often find yourself doing that keep you stuck in stress, even if you feel good doing those behaviors. Adults only.
  • Family Engineering Night (STEM Night) – 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 19:  Using everyday materials, your family will become engineers who develop solutions to various challenges, build towers, and design an artistic robot. Team up to discover how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) makes all of these things possible. Limited to 50 families.

These events will take place at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Please register by visiting https://goo.gl/TB49x7. For more information, contact Meg Kwak at 847-357-6586 or spu@nullsd54.org

 

Yearbook:  One great way to preserve this year’s school memories is with a 2018-19 Robert Frost Junior High School yearbook! You can order your yearbook at our winter conferences or today at ybpay.lifetouch.com using our school yearbook ID code 13216219.

 

District 54 Cold Weather Response Plan:  In order to help you 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.

 

Girls Volleyball plays on 2/4 @ Addams, 2/7 @ Mead, 2/11 vs. Keller, 2/12 @ Ike, 2/21 vs. Addams, 2/25-2/28 @ D54 Conference Tournament.  Wrestling grapples on 2/4 vs. Addams, 2/7 vs. Mead, 2/11 @ Keller, 2/12 vs. Ike, 2/21 @ Addams, 2/25-2/26 @ D54 Conference Tournament.

 

Please encourage your child to get involved in these upcoming Frost Club offerings: GEMS, Sign Language Club, Mathletes, Club Unify, Pep Club, Game Club, Frost TV, Interact Club, Theater Club, Geography Bee, and Rube Goldberg.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs Frost Clubs .

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, 2/12:  PTA meeting @ 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, 2/14-Friday 2/15:  Winter conferences
  • Monday, 2/18:  No school
  • Friday, 3/8:  PTA Auction
  • 3/23-3/31:  Spring Break
  • Tuesday, 4/2:  No school