Hello Mead Families!
Club Unify is excited to announce that Respect Week will begin on February 20th, with our annual Inclusion Assembly on February 24th at 1:00 PM. This is a very important week for Club Unify and Mead Jr. High as a whole, because it gives students a chance to celebrate acceptance and inclusion, both inside and outside of school. We want to celebrate all students, with and without disabilities. The Spirit/Respect Week activities include: 2/21 Sports Day; 2/22 Western Wednesday; 2/23 Hat Day; and 2/24 Neon Day.
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Mead Junior High School Choir. Come in to the Chipotle at 601 N. Martingale Rd. Suite 330 in Schaumburg (Streets of Woodfield) on Wednesday, March 15th between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in the flyer attached below, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Mead Junior High School Choir.
The District 54 Education Foundation will be hosting a fundraising give back event with Lou Malnati’s all day on Wednesday, March 1. Present the attached flyer and Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent of total sales to the Education Foundation. Purchases include dine-in, carryout or delivery at both locations in Schaumburg.
Lou Malnatis Flyer March 2017
Currently 22 percent of District 54 students qualify for the federal free lunch program, meaning 22 percent of our students live in a household where the annual salary is approximately $32,000 for a family of four. The District 54 Education Foundation has made a commitment to serving these students by
- Funding breakfast programs at each school so that students can start each school day ready to learn (visit http://d54foundation.com/food-4-thought/ to learn more);
- Funding after-school STEM programs so that all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for the exciting opportunities in their futures; and
- Awarding grants to students from low-income households to participate in extracurricular activities, so that they have the same opportunities as all children.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported the Foundation through a donation, payroll deduct, other restaurant fundraisers, smile.amazon.com or the golf outing (look for details about this year’s June 12 outing at Schaumburg Golf Club to come shortly). For more information about the District 54 Education Foundation, visit http://d54foundation.com.
The District 54 Parent & Siblings Group will take place once per month at the Early Learning Center (ELC). It is hosted by 4 district social workers and is open to families who have a student diagnosed with a Developmental Disability. There are two support groups, parent and sibling. A family may choose to participate in one or both of the groups depending on the families needs.
See the attached flyer for more information, including dates and times of sessions: Parent Group PDF
Yearbook orders are due by Fri., Feb. 10th. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered and this is the finial opportunity to do so. Students that have not yet ordered a yearbook received a reminder in their conference folder. Yearbooks can be ordered by turning in an order form (Mead Jr HS 2017 Yearbook Order Form) to the main office or to order online, go to http://www.jostensyearbooks.com
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.
Family Engineering Night. Using everyday materials you will become a family of engineers who problem‐solve together through various challenges, build a tower, and design a dancing robot. The free class will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. It is appropriate for parents and their children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Mad Isn’t Bad. Dr. Felix Casados, a licensed clinical psychologist, will talk about anger reduction techniques, the rules of fair fighting and other strategies to enhance your relationship with your children. This presentation for adults only will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
If you are interested in attending these free events, please click on the links. Childcare will be available. For more information about Schaumburg Parent University and to register, visit our website at http://sd54.org/spu.
Did you know that the District 54 Education Foundation was founded 30 years ago? A small group began holding organizational meetings during the summer of 1987, and the Foundation was officially incorporated that fall.
While the Foundation’s focus has shifted over the years, the mission has remained the same: to generate and distribute financial and other resources to District 54 schools to enhance the quality of education and provide students with extended learning opportunities.
Over the past three decades the organization has donated a total of nearly $1 million to fund various initiatives in support of students, including:
- Staff grants to foster innovation and creativity in teaching and learning;
- STEM enrichment programs so that all students have the opportunity to become innovators, practice collaboration and be prepared for exciting opportunities in their futures;
- Grants to students from financially struggling families so that they may participate in extracurricular activities; and
- Breakfast programs for students from financially struggling families to ensure that they begin their day ready to learn. Donations of any size to the Foundation’s Food 4 Thought program, which is raising funds to provide breakfast programs at all District 54 schools, directly impact students’ lives. It costs just $1 a day, or $5 a week, to provide a healthy breakfast to a student; and a $200 donation provides breakfast to a child for a full school year. Businesses, organizations and individuals can also sponsor an entire school for a full year with a donation of $10,000. For more information about Food 4 Thought, visit d54foundation.com.
The Foundation is grateful to all of the staff, parents, community members and area businesses and organizations who have helped us to fulfill our mission over the past 30 years, by donating funds, sponsoring and/or volunteering for one of our fundraising events such as Mardi Gras or our golf outing, participating in a Foundation dine-and-share or shop-and-share event, or serving on the board.
Upcoming support opportunity:
Order from one of the two Lou Malnati’s Restaurants in Schaumburg on March 1, and 20 percent 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.
Our eighth grade students took their class panoramic picture yesterday. Money and order forms are no longer being accepted. If you would like to order a picture, please be in contact with LifeTouch Photos at www.mylifetouch.com . Picture Day ID – RN356768T0.
Mead Jr. High School has been invited to experience a UIC Flames Basketball game and a college campus tour at a discounted rate. It is NEVER too early to start exploring college campuses with your child and seeing what possibilities are in their future.
This event will consist of:
- Bus ride to and from UIC From Mead Jr. High School
- Private group campus tour
- Tickets to a UIC Flames VS Cleveland State University game
- Food Voucher for lunch at game
The event is limited to 50 people. Flyers are being sent home this week. Please sign and return the bottom portion of the flyer to secure your family’s spot for this exciting, fun, and informative evening. Any questions please contact Elizabeth Knief or Melinda Andrews at 847-357-6000.