January 19, 2021
Dear Campanelli Community,
We have officially kicked off the New Year with “the future is bright” spirit week! My favorite day was Kindness Day when we saw ripples of kindness being spread around Campanelli. One student wrote a message of gratitude to each of her classmates, one teacher brought treats to her team, students shared kind messages of gratitude with their teachers and some staff provided breakfast for our entire staff. We know the future is bright for our Cougars and we look forward to continued success in 2021!
Mrs. O’Donoghue’s superstars in room 112 show off their spirit!
News from the Library
We are happy that many Campanelli families have taken advantage of our extensive eBook collection or utilized our “Virtual Libraries”. We have now created a book check out and pick up option. Linked below are a Primary and an Intermediate Google Form that you can use to select books that can be picked up here at Campanelli.
Primary Students –  At Home Book Checkout Form
Intermediate Students – At Home Book Checkout Form
Book pickup is open on school days between 8:15 – 3:30.  
Please reach out to us if you have any questions about our book check out procedures this year.
~ Mrs. Bennes and Mrs. Gustafson
Winter In-Person MAP Assessment
​​​​​​​This winter we will test second through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  The computer-based assessment will be administered to students in person based on the day/time assigned below because we know that the most reliable administration and data point comes when students are tested in person. The purpose of the assessment is to inform teachers of the immediate instructional needs of students. MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs.  
With the testing being in-person on assigned days/times it will be important for the school to partner with families to help this process be as successful as possible.  
Important Details on the Winter MAP Assessment:
  • Students will test in group sizes of 11 or less with a minimum of 6 feet of social distance.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Hybrid students will test on an in-person day.
  • Parents or caregivers of remote only students will be responsible for transporting students to and from school on their testing day/time.
  • Communication to remote students regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from the school and sent in the mail.
  • Students will complete both the literacy and math MAP test on the same day. 
  • MAP testing does require great focus and stamina on the part of the students; therefore on the days your child is testing there will not be additional instruction.  
We ask that remote families email ( or call ((847) 357-5333) the main office to confirm or decline testing by Friday, January 22. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher, the main office or myself for more details.
Student Attendance Tracking 
Your student’s daily attendance in virtual learning is key to their continued success at Campanelli. Students who are absent miss a great deal of classroom instruction.  Regular, daily attendance is a key factor for school success and is required by law. Unnecessary absence from school may have a negative effect on a student’s attitude, work habits, and progress.  To support student attendance, we will continue to track your student’s attendance.  Our priority is to work with our families to support their child’s attendance in school.  If families are struggling with supporting their child with attendance and work completion, please make sure to contact us at 847-357-5333 for assistance. We understand that some students are struggling at this time and we want to work as a team for their success. 
Kindergarten Registration
District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year by appointment only starting Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
Families must begin the process by completing an online registration (starting January 25th) prior to securing an appointment.
If you have a student currently enrolled in District 54, you can register your incoming kindergartener through your Parent Portal account.  Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website ( 
Once your online registration is complete, you will be contacted to schedule your in person appointment to complete your student’s registration. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 847-357-5333.
District 54 Open Enrollment Fair – January 27
District 54 offers the opportunity for students to be a part of an additional curricular program to give them a unique learning experience outside of general education. Join District 54 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, for a virtual informational fair to learn more about the registration, application and acceptance process and timeline, transportation and the assignment of schools. Representatives from each school will also briefly introduce their programs. Open Enrollment Fair Zoom Link
In the weeks following the virtual fair, each school will have at least two additional informational sessions where you can learn more about that specific school, it’s culture and curriculum and also take a virtual tour of the school. You will have the opportunity to talk to the principal and staff members. Informational sessions for Campanelli’s Chinese Immersion program will be on Mondays, February 8 at 9:00a.m. and February 22 at 1:00p.m. via zoom.
Students must be registered at their District 54 neighborhood school before they can be accepted into an open enrollment program. Registration opens on February 3, 2021. Open Enrollment applications are available at and are due by March 5, 2021.
The School District 54 Food Pantry at Keller
The D54 Food Pantry at Keller is open and ready to serve our District 54 families. Although you will not be able to come into the pantry due to COVID restrictions, you will be able to place an order online and pick up at the pantry site.  Please click on this link to place your order online.  If you have any questions, please call (847) 357-6500. Our Pantry Supervisor is Patti McGinn.
See the English flyer or Spanish flyer for details on our next Food Distribution, TODAY, January 15 from 4-5PM at Keller Junior High.
Who to Call at Campanelli
Attendance – Mrs. Lawson at 847-357-5335
  • Please call the main office if your child will not be in attendance, even if they are fully enrolled in remote learning.
Health Updates – Nurse Hood at 847-357-5358
  • Give Nurse Hood a call to report a positive case of COVID-19, testing, new symptoms, or to discuss health updates.
MAP Testing – Mrs. Pikscher, Mrs. Lawson & Ms. Conway at 847-357-5333
  • Please RSVP your remote student by Friday, January 22
Kindergarten Registration and/or Open Enrollment – Mrs. Pikscher, Mrs. Lawson & Dr. Houlihan at 847-357-5333
A Message from the PTA
The PTA is hosting a Dine to Donate event on Monday, January 25 at Portillo’s! Show this flyer  when you join us for a tasty dinner and support the Campanelli PTA!
Important Dates
1/18 – No School: MLK
1/19 – Hybrid Learning Scheduled to Resume
1/27 – Student Non-Attendance Day