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Empowering all learners to achieve personal excellence!

Spencer Loomis Vision & Mission

Our Mission: At Spencer Loomis we are active, engaged learners who persevere and collaborate to reach our goals.

Our Vision:

We achieve our goals when we:

  • Seek out challenges
  • View mistakes as opportunities for growth
  • Are curious, motivated, and focused
  • Contribute to the learning community
  • Reflect on our learning

Fall Has Arrived!

Amazingly enough, August and September have come to a close with students and staff venturing into mid-October. Fall has definitely arrived; bringing with it cooler temperatures. Please remember to send your child(ren) with appropriate coats/jackets for recess and outdoor activities. As the winter months approach, keep in mind, students go outside for recess unless the temperature/wind chill is 0ºF or below.

Red Ribbon Week

Lake Zurich Schools, in conjunction with Parent Teacher Organizations and community members, are actively participating in the 2019 observance of Red Ribbon Week, October 21 - 25. Red Ribbon Week started as the result of the tragic death of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. The color red and the ‘Red Ribbon’ have been the symbol of this national campaign since it officially began in 1988. The Red Ribbon is a symbol for Americans to show that ribbon by ribbon, neighbor by neighbor, we are united in our stand for a drug-free youth. With more than 100,000 schools and organizations taking part, Red Ribbon Week is the largest antidrug awareness event in the United States.

During our Red Ribbon Week Kick-off on Monday October 21st, students and teachers will be signing pledges and decorating the schools. We encourage you, as members of our community, to support Red Ribbon Week by displaying red ribbons at home and talking to your child about the dangers of drug use and abuse. Follow this link for more information including a list of activities planned for Red Ribbon Week.

Looking Ahead to Halloween Parties

The Halloween parade and classroom parties are scheduled for Thursday, October 31st. The kindergarten through fifth grade classroom parade is at 1:15pm, immediately followed by classroom parties from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Parent volunteers are encouraged to carpool, as parking is limited. Per the District's Health and Wellness Procedures, food items will not be present at classroom parties. Non-food based activities will be utilized to ensure that each celebration is fun and enjoyable.

Halloween costumes should be brought to school in students’ backpacks, as students will be provided time to change into their costumes during the day. For the safety and well-being of every student, please select kid-friendly costumes that do not have masks or weapons. Masks present a safety hazard as they limit visibility; and many students across all grade levels find masks frightening. Weapon replicas will not be allowed.

Please know only PTO room parents may attend classroom parties. Room parents should plan to arrive at 1:00pm. All adults must enter and exit the building through the main office. To ensure a safe and orderly dismissal on this very busy day, we ask that room parents' children take their normal mode of transportation home.

Thank you in advance for your support in making this year’s Halloween party fun for everyone!

The Harlem Wizards are coming to town!

Bring the whole family to this FUNdraising event!

Harlem Wizards vs. D95 Teachers, Staff & Administrators

Tuesday October 22, 2019

Doors Open 6pm

For more info click here!

(Hosted by the D95 Educational Foundation)

PTO No-Stress Fundraiser Update!

The No Stress Fundraiser has come to a close and your tremendous generosity made it a huge success! On behalf of the PTO we would like to say a big THANK YOU for your continued support of Spencer Loomis. The fundraiser makes some really fun things possible like field trips, new playground equipment, science fair visits, teacher grants, back to school picnic, field day, Teacher Appreciation Week, One School One Book just to name a few.

The classes that won lunch with a Hawthorn Woods Police Officer are:

Ms. Schaar - Kindergarten

Ms. Healy - 1st Grade

Ms. Russis - 2nd Grade

Ms. Collins - 3rd Grade

Ms. Anderson - 4th Grade

Ms. Price - 5th Grade

Congratulations to all the winners!

Box Tops for Education

Did you know that our school receives 10 cents for every Box Top we submit? Over the years, our school has earned over $7000 from Box Tops alone, which has been used by the PTO to help fund many fun family events. This year, we hope our earnings from Box Tops will help to fund recess equipment such as sporting equipment, games, hula hoops and other fun items for our children to enjoy during recess. Box Tops can be found on hundreds of the household items that you may already purchase.

We don’t want to miss out on this easy way to earn money for our school. New for this year… Box Tops are going digital! In order to streamline collections and fit today’s families, the Box Tops app has been completely updated. You simply scan a picture of your receipt, and the app will find participating products purchased and instantly add cash to our school’s earnings online. For a limited time as the traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out, we can earn 20 cents per Box Top by submitting the clipped Box Top AND scanning receipts for the same products!

As in past years, we will be running Box Tops contests. We will continue to announce classroom winners who can earn fun prizes like PJ days or free admission to an upcoming PTO event. (Please note: even if you scan your receipt, you can still give “credit” to your classroom teacher right on the app before you submit the receipt). We will also run special contests with fun prizes. More information about our first contest of the year will be sent home via backpack mail.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Happy Clipping & Scanning!

Your Box Top Team Leads,

Katie Kiehn Cheryl Reczek

Important Arrival and Dismissal Information


Parents are encouraged to have their children ride the bus to school. However, if you are dropping your student off in the morning please keep in mind the following:

  • Parent Drop-Off Lane supervision is provided between 8:10am-8:25am. If dropping of your student at 8:25am or later, please park your car and walk your child into the building.
  • Cars in the Drop-Off Lane should pull forward to the furthest point in the circle drive. Parents should remain in their cars at all times, with students exiting on the curb side of the vehicle. Once your child has exited the vehicle, pull forward at a safe speed to allow the drop off process to run in an efficient manner.
  • If your child needs assistance getting out of the car, please pull forward and park in Visitor Parking to unload.


Parents must the notify the school in writing if their child is being picked up early or by another adult on a given day. Without written notification/permission, students must take their normal mode of transportation home at dismissal. If there are any changes to your child's normal dismissal procedures, there are three ways to notify the school:

  1. Send a note with your child to school to be given to his or her teacher, or
  2. Call the Spencer Loomis Office at 847-719-3300, or
  3. Email

Your child's first and last name - and his/her classroom teacher's name - should be included in all communiques. Parents should not call or email their classroom teachers with dismissal information, as we cannot guarantee staff will check voicemails/emails during the instructional day. All requests for dismissal changes must be received by the Spencer Loomis Office by 1:30pm, as office staff need ample time to communicate the changes to classroom teachers.

When picking your child up by car, please remain in your vehicle and pull forward to the furthest point in the circle drive. Staff will escort students out of the building to begin loading cars at 2:50pm. After your child enters the car independently and is seated, pull forward at a safe speed to allow the dismissal process to run in an efficient manner. If your child needs assistance getting into the car, please pull forward and park in Visitor Parking .If you park your car or walk from the adjacent neighborhood, we ask that you wait on the circle drive sidewalk outside the green bollards.