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A Message from the Principal- 4/29/19

These past two weeks, our students have displayed an impressive amount of effort!  They are showing that anyone can start the race fast, but it takes someone who is Frost Strong to run best at the end of the race.  Our staff share this Frost Strong spirit by showing up committed every day to ensuring your child’s success by delivering highly engaged lessons while also starting to plan for next school year.  Starting this week, Mr. Schmid and I will return to Frost TV every morning to talk with the students about displaying Frost Strong behaviors every day in every way.  With our important end-of-year MAP assessment coming up, we are excited to see our school’s hard work pay off to attain our school-wide goals of High Achievement and Positive Culture.  Please read below for more information about our school-wide goals.

High Achievement

Spring MAP:  Starting Tuesday, May 7, our staff and students will focus their attention on the spring MAP and ending the school year “Frost Strong”.  The staff works extremely hard each day of the school year to challenge our students. We continually utilize feedback received from students to inform our instruction. The MAP assessment is just one of many ways we monitor the progress of our students.  This is all part of our continual practice of accountability and celebration to ensure our students attain our stated achievement goals for this school year.  Most of our students will be taking their MAP tests in their language arts and mathematics classrooms.  The MAP test days are listed below:

  • Reading: Tuesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 9
  • Mathematics: Tuesday, May 14 through Friday, May 17

During our testing sessions, the building will be silent 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;
  • 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.

STEM Showcase: Since the start of the school year, students from across the district have been participating in a variety of STEM-based opportunities, and as a culmination District 54 has created a STEM Showcase highlighting this work.  Nearly 50 student projects will be on display on Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Professional Learning Community, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL.  This is a great opportunity for our kids to showcase their innovative spirits, and we hope that if you have the opportunity you can be part of the showcase as well.

Summer of 54:  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.  Digital registration is available within Parent Portal and can be accessed through the following link – Summer Registration.

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 starting at 6:00 pm at Conant High School.  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

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”.
  • 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. Frost PTA
  • Frost PTA Nominating Committee Report:  The Nominating Committee of the Frost PTA met on Tuesday, April 9 and is submitting the following as the slate of officers for the 2019-2020 school year.  Officers will be voted upon at our General Membership Meeting on May 14, 2019.

Pilar Sanchez—President

Domenica Iannotti—First Vice President

Theresa Banks–Second Vice President

Gena Angelino—Treasurer

Maggie Joyce—Recording Secretary

Lisa Seed—Corresponding Secretary

Respectfully submitted by the Frost PTA Nominating Committee: Gena Angelino, Maria Ruffolo, Tracy Olender, Barbara Velez, Scott Ross, CJ Schmid and Maggie Joyce

  • PTA will be hosting a “bonus” hot lunch on Monday, June 3 for seventh grade students only (eighth grade students will not be in attendance on this day).  If you are interested in buying your child this final hot lunch of the school year, then please submit the attached form and return it with money to Frost.
  • Please visit our Frost PTA website for other important PTA information Frost PTA.

District 54 Education Foundation – Upcoming support opportunities:

  • Lou Malnati’s – May 1:  The Foundation is partnering with Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg to raise funds for students. Eat at or order from either of the Lou Malnati’s restaurants in Schaumburg on May 1, and 20% of total sales will be donated to the District 54 Education Foundation. You must bring in or mention the flyer at the time of your order. Click here for the flyer.
  • Thank a Teacher:  Are you looking for a unique gift to give your child’s teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10? You can donate to the District 54 Education Foundation in their honor by visiting d54foundation.org/donate and choosing THANKS from the “Give” drop-down menu. We will mail a certificate to the teacher you are honoring, and your donation will support students in need in District 54. If you would prefer, you can fill out our printable form and mail it to the Foundation with your donation.

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

Social Emotional Learning:  Over the next two weeks at Frost, we will be talking about Change for the Betterment of Human Kind 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!

  • Describe what it means to live in a democratic society.
  • What is something you are passionate about changing for the betterment of humanity?
  • What’s something you can start doing today to serve your cause?

Spartans Walking for a Cause:  This year Frost will host its second annual Walk-A-Thon to support the Almost Home Foundation for animals. The students voted on which organization/ cause they would like to support for this year’s Walk-A-Thon before spring break. There was an overwhelming response from the students that they would like to support the animals in our community! During the months of April and May students and staff will raise money and collect pet items to donate. Fundraising envelopes and more information about the Walk-A-Thon were sent home on April 22; please ask your student to see this information. We have a school goal of raising $5000, any support you can provide to your student in helping them raise money would be great! It is our hope that this end of the year event will provide a positive and purposeful experience for our students and our staff. A philanthropic event like this can truly allow our Frost Strong side to shine; the more collaboration and effort we can put in will result in a greater impact made as well as lasting memories and lessons of kindness learned.  On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 students and staff will participate in the Walk-A-Thon in the morning and celebrate all of their efforts in the afternoon. The Almost Home Foundation is a volunteer run organization that helps animals in our community find their “furever” homes. They foster animals that are abandoned or can no longer be cared for, until they can find them a permanent family. Because this organization is completely volunteer run and relies upon many people fostering animals in their homes and transporting the animals to and from adoption events, they definitely appreciate any support that they can be given.  All Fundraising envelopes need to be turned in to your student’s homeroom teachers by Friday, May 24 at 7:30am. Please let us know if you have any questions! Thank you for your support!

Career Day:  On Tuesday, June 4, we will be hosting our fourth 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 at joanczarnecki@nullsd54.org or 847-357-2136.

Boys Volleyball finishes their season this week on 4/29 and 4/30 @ D54 Tournament.  Track and Field competes on 4/30 vs. Ike, 5/2 vs. Addams/LP, and 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: Rocketry Club, Pep Club, Interact Club, Art Club, Club Unify, and Intramurals.  Please visit our Frost Clubs and Activities page for more information about these clubs Frost Clubs .

Reminder that Wednesday, May 1 is a half-day of student attendance day due to a staff inservice.

Important upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday, May 1:  Half-day
  • Wednesday, May 8:  PTA Scholarship Dinner
  • Tuesday, May 14:  Orchestra and Chorus concert
  • Wednesday, May 15:  Band concert
  • Friday, May 17:  Eighth grade dance
  • Friday, May 24:  Energy Summit
  • Wednesday, May 29:  2nd Annual Spartans Walking for a Cause
  • Thursday, May 30:  Eighth grade graduation ceremony; last day of attendance for eighth grade students
  • Tuesday, June 4:  Career Day
  • Wednesday, June 5:  Field Day
  • Thursday, June 6:  Last day of attendance for seventh grade students—this will be a half-day of attendance with dismissal at 10:45 am