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A Message from the Principal- 3/18/19

The past two weeks were a great example of the High Achievement and Positive Culture that we work so hard to cultivate every day at Frost.  A week ago, several staff members joined our dedicated PTA officers at the annual PTA Auction where a significant amount of money was raised to benefit the students of District 54!  Last week, Mr. Hamada put on a wonderful Spring Orchestra Concert with his Spartan Strings!  Mrs. Farej showcased the Frost Choir during our District 54 Choir Festival here at Frost.  Mr. Meyer and his Art Department were on display at the District 54 Art Show!  Our Mathletes competed at the District 54 competition!  Representatives from Discovery Education along Superintendent DuRoss came to visit Frost to see and hear about our work with Instructional Innovation this school year!  Our Frost Happiness Team, Student Ambassadors, and Interact Club continued our month-long celebration of Happiness by hosting a food drive to benefit the District 54 Food Pantry, sold socks toward research for Down’s Syndrome, wrote notes of gratitude to our community partners, and will give back this coming Wednesday during our Feed My Starving Children outing!  These two weeks were powerful as we muscle our way Frost Strong-style to Spring Break—another reminder of our work to Find Your Strong this school year to help us attain our school-wide goals of High Achievement and Positive Culture.  Please read below for more information about these goals.

 

High Achievement

 

Registration for the 2019/2020 year will be available through the parent portal starting Monday, April 1, 2019.  If you do not have a parent portal account, you should have received an email on March 15 with instructions and a link to do so.  Beginning this year, the district is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information. If your residency is verified electronically, you will not need to submit any additional paperwork to certify that you live within the district’s boundaries. To verify residency, the vendor will use a parent’s name and address to crosscheck the information against electronic databases from other organizations, such as utility companies.  We anticipate most addresses will be verified electronically. If we cannot verify your address electronically, we will send you a letter detailing what additional information you will need to provide in order to register your child for the upcoming school year.

 

Eighth grade graduation:  We are pleased to announce that this year’s eighth grade graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 30, 2019.  Graduation ceremony location and time will be determined at a later date.  Tickets will not be issued for the ceremony and seating is on a first come, first seated basis.  Please know that we always have enough room for all to attend.  Specific details related to the graduation ceremony will be sent to you via email and US mail in early May.  Also, please note that Thursday, May 30 will be the last day of attendance for our eighth grade students.  Please mark your calendars for this special evening.

 

Illinois Assessment of Readiness:  Each spring, District 54 students take federally mandated assessments designed to help school districts understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. This year, the English/language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). Students in grades 5 and 8 will also take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) again this year.  The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is similar to the PARCC assessment that students took last year, only shorter. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same high-quality test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with over the past four years. Nearly all District 54 students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness online.  At Frost, our students will take the IAR Mathematics test in their mathematics classrooms on April 8, 9, and 10; our students will take the IAR English Language Arts test in their language arts classrooms on April 15 and 16.

 

 

Positive Culture

 

PTA Please read below for information from our fantastic PTA:

  • All members of the Robert Frost Junior High Class of 2019 are invited to this year’s Eighth Grade Celebration!  This celebration is a special event for the 8th grade class to recognize the culmination of many years of hard work.  This year’s Eighth Grade Celebration will be on Friday, May 17 starting at 6:30 pm and concluding at 9:00 pm at Frost. The theme will be “Hollywood Red Carpet Night”.  More information to come from our PTA—please mark your calendars for this special event!
  • The Schaumburg Township Council of PTA’s is again offering the Elementary Summer Scholarship for K – 7th Grade Students.  Please see click on this link http://PTA.sd54.org for more information about the scholarship or see attached application in English and Spanish for all the details and deadlines.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Reck – Frost PTA President at 847-921-3396.
  • The Frost PTA Bylaws have been updated.  The Bylaws will be up for approval at the PTA General Meeting which will take place on May 14, 2019.  If you would like to see a copy of the Frost Bylaws prior to the May meeting, please feel free to email 2nd Vice President, Theresa Banks at griffin.peace@nullgmail.com and she will email you a copy.   They are also available on the Frost website. https://frost.sd54.org/pta/
  • Please join us for our next PTA meeting on April 16 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 Peer Pressure and Self-Awareness and Personal Goals 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!

  • Some decisions are easy while others might involve a moral dilemma.  What are some situations you’ve encountered that involve a moral dilemma?
  • What is a difficult decision you’re going to have to make soon?  What steps do you plan on taking to make a good decision?
  • How do peer pressure and social norms play into the decisions you make?  What can you do to ensure that you use peer pressure in ways that help you make decisions that will move you forward in life?
  • Some decisions are easy while others might involve a moral dilemma.  What are some situations you’ve encountered that involve a moral dilemma?
  • What is a difficult decision you’re going to have to make soon?  What steps do you plan on taking to make a good decision?
  • How do peer pressure and social norms play into the decisions you make?  What can you do to ensure that you use peer pressure in ways that help you make decisions that will move you forward in life?
  • Discuss the 20 Second Rule.
  • How do you go about determining your strengths and areas for growth?  Are these accurate measures?
  • What kinds of thoughts do you have when you think about yourself?  What might you need to shift with your mindset that would allow you to build on your strengths rather than put yourself down?
  • In the past, what are some things that have gotten in the way of you reaching your goals?  What have you learned from those experiences that you could apply to future goals?

 

Frost Happiness Month:  Help us show gratitude for our community by joining us at two upcoming events this Wednesday, March 20.  The Village Tavern and Grill is partnering with Frost to raise money for Feed My Starving Children.  Please consider dining at Village Tavern and Grill and presenting this flyer  to ensure 20% of your order goes towards Frost.  After dinner, please consider joining Frost families and staff members at our Feed My Starving Children event by signing up here.

 

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.

 

Boys Volleyball plays on 3/19 vs. LP, 4/4 @ Keller, 4/8 vs. Ike, 4/9 @ Addams, 4/15 @ Mead, 4/16 vs. Keller, 4/18 @ Ike, 4/22 vs. Addams, 4/23 vs. Mead, 4/25 and 4/30 @ D54 Tournament.  Track and Field competes on 4/18 vs. Keller, 4/23 vs. Mead/LP, 4/30 vs. Ike, 5/2 vs. Addams/LP, 5/13 @ D54 Conference meet @ Conant High School.  Please note that all track meets will be held at Eisenhower Junior High School.

 

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

 

Reminder that spring break begins at the end of the day this Friday, March 22.  School resumes on Monday, April 1.

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • 3/23-3/31:  Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 2:  No school
  • 4/8-10:  Illinois Assessment of Readiness—Mathematics
  • 4/15-16:  Illinois Assessment of Readiness—ELA
  • Wednesday, May 1:  Half-day
  • Friday, May 17:  Eighth grade dance
  • Thursday, May 30:  Eighth grade graduation ceremony

 

Please visit our Frost JHS website for the building calendar para información de la escuela en español, favor de precionar bajo Hispanoparlantes .  Finally, don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at Facebook and follow us on Twitter at Twitter to stay updated with the latest news and information about the great things happening at Frost.  In addition, several of our teachers and staff members have Twitter and/or Instagram accounts that share our “Strong” at Frost every day—please follow our accounts to see what your children are up to at Frost by clicking on this link to find embedded links to specific staff members’ accounts! 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.