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A Message from the Principal- 4/1/19

As we prepare ourselves for a “Frost Strong” finish to the school year, we hope our students were able to rest, recharge, and refocus during spring break.  Before break, our Spartans met our PBIS goal of averaging over eight “Find Your Strong” points per class period during the month of March!  To celebrate their success, on Friday, 3/22, they got the chance to either play in a staff vs. student dodgeball game or participate in musical bingo in the cafeteria.  Our staff and students had fun together as we counted down the minutes to spring break!  This celebration during such a critical time of the year is important as we continue towards meeting our school-wide goals of High Achievement and Positive Culture.  Please read below for more information about our school-wide goals.

 

 

High Achievement

 

Summer of 54 Camp Opportunities:  What did you do over your summer?  This fall, through the “Summer of 54” camp opportunities, your answer could be: “I learned how to play lacrosse, used the design process to create and design, and/or created different forms of art using digital and non-digital mediums.  The goal of the “Summer of 54” is to provide students opportunities to be active, while enhancing their creative and innovative spirt.  Camp opportunities offer:

  • A range of fun camps for a variety of interests for students in 1st through 8th grade
  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers in a positive environment
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world

Registration for the “Summer of 54” camp offerings, including a camp t-shirt, opens on Monday, March 25 and closes on Friday, April 19.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration.  The Summer of 54 Camp brochure can be accessed here: Summer of 54 – 2019 Camp Brochure

 

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:  The IAR is coming up starting April 8.  We are excited to see our student’s efforts as they step up to apply all of their hard work by doing their “Frost Strong”-best on this upcoming assessment.  The IAR schedule for Frost is as follows:

  • Monday, April 8- Mathematics Unit 1
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Mathematics Unit 2
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Mathematics Unit 3
  • Monday, April 15 – English Language Arts Unit 1
  • Tuesday, April 16 – English Language Arts Unit 2

Please note that there is one less testing session this year.  All students will be taking their IAR with their mathematics and language arts teachers.  During our testing sessions, we will keep the building quiet to ensure that all students can focus and give their full effort.  You can help your student do his/her best on the test by:

  • making sure, if possible, that your student attends school on the days of testing;
  • making sure your student gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing;
  • providing a nutritional breakfast on the mornings of testing;
  • reminding your student to ask the teacher questions if he/she does not understand the test direction;
  • letting your student know that you are confident in his/her ability to do his/her best;
  • advising your student not to worry about the test — just to do the best he/she can.

Test sessions will be throughout the school day during various times; subsequently, please be advised that there is a possibility that your child’s lunch period will be during a different time.  If you will be dropping off a lunch for your child, please call ahead and contact the front office for your child’s lunch times during these five days.

 

 

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 that 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.

 

District 54 Foundation Memorial Grants:  The District 54 Education Foundation proudly offers memorial grants for District 54 students to cultivate an academic, cultural or athletic interest. The grants are intended for children from families facing extenuating financial circumstances.  Applications for 2019 Memorial Grants are due Friday, May 3 to the child’s school social worker. Click the link below for the application and additional information. English application  Aplicacion en español

 

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 April. Please note that childcare is always available.

  • Ask the Doc – April 10:  Dr. Michael Feld, Child/Adolescent Board Certified Psychiatrist, will answer your questions on mental health issues, parenting strategies, current medical and non-medical trends in interventions, and/or effects of gaming, sleep and media on child development. This event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Ask the Doc flyer
  • Summer Camp Expo – April 24:  Visit tables to learn about the various summer camps and programs available for your child in Schaumburg and the surrounding area. This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 24, 2019, at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Summer Camp Expo flyer

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

 

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?

 

Boys Volleyball plays on 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 Tuesday, April 2 is a student non-attendance day due to the local elections.

 

Important upcoming dates:

  • 4/8-10:  Illinois Assessment of Readiness—Mathematics
  • 4/15-16:  Illinois Assessment of Readiness—ELA
  • Friday, April 19:  No school
  • Wednesday, May 1:  Half-day
  • Friday, May 17:  Eighth grade dance
  • Wednesday, May 29:  2nd Annual Spartans Walking for a Cause

Thursday, May 30:  Eighth grade graduation ceremony