Principal’s Message and Falcon Flyer

Posted February 4th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Dear Fairview Families,

Even though it’s a short month, February is busy, busy, busy! Next week, students have a half-day of school on Wednesday, and they’ll participate in Jump Rope for Heart during P.E. We’re also extending the Indoor Recess Board Game Drive until next Friday, February 12. Thanks to those of you who’ve had time to look through your old games for donations.

Important Dates
Feb 10 – Half-day of school for staff inservice
*Students will be dismissed at 11:40a.m. There will be no lunch period.
Feb 11 – Kindergarten Registration from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1:00-2:30p.m., and 6:00-8:00p.m.
Feb 15 – No School, President’s Day observed
Feb 17 – Six Flags Read to Succeed reading log is due
Feb 19 – Chillin’ at the Beach Dance Party, 6:30-8:30p.m., Fairview gym
Mar 2 – PTA meeting, 7:00p.m., Fairview library
Mar 8 – Spring Pictures
Mar 15 – No School, Illinois Primary Election
Mar 21-28 – No School for Spring Break

Click on the following link to access the February edition of the Falcon Flyer:  Fairview Falcon Flyer February 2016



Mrs. Gurga and Mrs. Sosin

Principal’s Message

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Thanks to your generosity, we donated over 60 boxes of non-perishable food  items to the Keller Food Pantry! We appreciate that our Fairview community is always willing to help no matter what the request! We’d like to extend a special thanks to our student leaders and Girl Scout troops for organizing the food drive. Well done!

On Tuesday afternoon, Face to Face Productions entertained our students with a musical comedy, Honest Abe. The hero, Abraham Lincoln, taught lessons of honesty, fairness, and caring to the villain of the story. Thank you to the PTA for paying for cultural arts events for our students!

Important Dates
Feb 2 – January reading log is due
Feb 3 – PTA meeting in Fairview’s library, 7:00p.m.
Feb 11 – Kindergarten Registration from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1:00-2:30p.m., and 6:00-8:00p.m.
Feb 15 – No School, President’s Day observed
Feb 17 – Six Flags Read to Succeed reading log is due


Mrs. Gurga and Mrs. Sosin

Illinois Report Card and 5Essentials Survey

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Teachers, parents/guardians, and students across Illinois have the opportunity to participate in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement. This opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness and help us guide school improvement. All District 54 parents/guardians are encouraged to take this optional survey. The survey is only 26 questions and the state estimates you can complete it in 10 minutes. It’s available in English and Spanish.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey at home or during conferences last week. If at least 20% of our parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will be generated. Right now, 7% of our families have completed the survey. We are hoping to meet the target this year at Fairview.  If you do not have access to a computer, you can use one at the local library or take it in the office at Fairview. Call the office at 847-357-5700 if you are interested in taking the survey at school.

To take the parent survey, please visit between now and March 11, 2016. When searching for our school name, look for Fairview Elementary School in Hoffman Estates. Parent and student identities will be kept confidential and survey responses will not be linked to any individual. Please take only one survey per family.

Kindergarten Registration

Posted January 25th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Registration for the 2016-17 school year will be on February 11, 2016 at Fairview from 9:00-11:00a.m., 1:00-2:30p.m., and 6:00-8:00p.m.  If you know of any neighborhood children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2016, please let their families know about kindergarten registration.

January’s Falcon Flyer

Posted January 8th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Click the following link to access the latest Falcon Flyer: Fairview Falcon Flyer January 2016

Food Drive

Posted January 8th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

The Fairview Girl Scout troops and our student leaders are organizing a food drive for the Keller Food Pantry. You should have received a flyer on yellow paper with suggested food items. Please consider bringing heavier canned goods with you during student-led conferences next week so your child’s backpack isn’t weighed down. There will be boxes in the front hall and in your child’s classroom for dropping off donations. The last day of the food drive is January 19. Thank you for supporting this important cause!

Notification of School Closings Due to Weather

Posted January 8th, 2016 by Mrs. Lewis

Due to a change in the Federal Communications Commission regulations, District 54 needs to receive parent permission to call your phones when school will be closed due to extreme cold or snow. You will not receive a phone call when we are closed due to weather unless you sign up online. For instructions on how to sign up, please refer to the letter you received this fall, or visit our website at The website also shares our Cold Weather Response Plan and other sources of information when we have to close school. We have a laptop computer in our school office if you would like assistance in setting up your account.

School Cancellation Information

Posted December 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Our coldest and snowiest weather usually occurs from January through March, which brings the highest chance for school cancellation. As always, such decisions are made with the safety of students in mind. To help parents, District 54 has now set specific standards for when school will be closed due to extreme cold. Please make arrangements now for who will watch your children in case of a school cancellation. The following guidelines were sent in an earlier Flash, but we’re sending again as a timely reminder.

Wind Chill Warning
A wind chill warning indicates that life-threatening conditions and a risk to safety exist. Measures should be taken to safeguard life and property immediately. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder OR the actual air temperature is -15°F.

  • Classes will be cancelled.
  • Extracurricular activities will be suspended.
  • The announcement will be made by 6:30 a.m. at the latest. District 54 often waits until the morning to cancel school, because the weather in the Chicagoland area is constantly changing. We wait to make the decision with the hope that we can have children in school.
  • All notification systems will be leveraged to send school cancellation communications to families including emails, our websites, social media and – for parents who have signed up for it – phone calls and text messaging.

If you have not yet signed up to receive a phone call or a text message on a snow day, visit for instructions.

Wind Chill Advisory
A wind chill advisory is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience. The weather during a wind chill advisory is not life-threatening but presents conditions that may result in inconveniences or pose moderate risk to safety. A wind chill advisory is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

  • Schools will be open. However, students will not be penalized should parents choose to keep their children home.
  • Extracurricular activities may be suspended if conditions persist. Updates will be posted on school websites and parents will receive an email if after-school activities are cancelled.
  • All field trips will be cancelled.
  • All outside activities will be suspended, including recess and outdoor physical education.

Lunch Supervisors Needed

Posted December 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

Do you love working with children? Does the idea of earning extra cash while your children are in school appeal to you? We might have to perfect job for you! We are looking to hire additional lunch supervisors and sub lunch supervisors for the school year. You would be responsible for overseeing students as they eat and have recess each day. Please stop by or call the office for an application. 

Artwork on Display at Woodfield Mall

Posted December 20th, 2015 by Mrs. Lewis

While shopping at Woodfield Mall, stop by the Starbucks Kiosk to view student artwork on display.  In Miss Ryan’s art classes, 3rd – 6th grade students designed, created and decorated cup templates and the results were fantastic! The cups will be on displayed into the New Year so stop by and admire the wonderful work.