McAuliffe Messenger

February 3, 2023

Dear McAuliffe Families,

February is here, and the cold winter weather remains. Let’s continue working together in making sure that all of our students are dressed warmly.

This month we will not only focus on staying warm but showing warmth in our hearts through the theme of kindness (making a difference, giving compliments, being grateful, and modeling positivity). McAuliffe students and staff are invited to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness by participating in our Spirit Week February 13 - 17!

We are continuing to see dangerous situations in the front of the building. Please remember:

  • Do not park in the bus lane, in front of fire hydrants, or where the curb is painted yellow when picking up or dropping off your child. These are restricted areas. You can get ticketed!
  • Do not let your child use the crosswalk unless you are walking with them.
  • When pulling into the front of the school please drive slowly and carefully.

Students should not arrive prior to 7:45 am. School begins promptly at 7:55 am.

As always, thank you for your continued dedication to keeping our students happy, healthy, and safe so that we can focus on their academic goals and daily success. Keep being awesome, Go Challengers, and stay warm!


Dr. Szczasny

Ms. Folliard

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  • Monday, February 13: Kindness is a Superpower!
    Dress like a superhero, or wear the color Green!
    Challenge: Thank an adult in your life, and tell them why you appreciate them so much!
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  • Tuesday, February 14: Valen-KINDS Day!
    Wear hearts or the color red or pink!
    Challenge: Include a classmate that you normally don’t play with in a game at recess.
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  • Wednesday, February 15: Spread Kindness to all - starting with yourself!
    Wear your coziest pair of sweats and a hoodie!
    Challenge: Listen to calming music, take 2 minutes to deep breathe and think of a happy thought, or follow a mindfulness video!
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  • Thursday, February 16: Be KIND with your time!
    Decade Day - Dress up like a past (or future) decade, or wear the color blue!
    Challenge: Share a happy memory with friends and family. Maybe you even have a picture from that special day!
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  • Friday, February 17: Show Kindness day and night!
    Wear a cozy pair of pajamas or the color yellow!
    Challenge: Spread kindness to as many people as you can today and this weekend!
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ParentSquare Messaging

KSD 140 is now using ParentSquare for email, text, and voice messaging! All District and principal communications will be sent via ParentSquare.

This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourages greater engagement and connection with D140. It provides an efficient way for District administrators and school principals to:

  • Send District and school information via email, text, and app notification

  • Share pictures, files, and calendar items

  • Send attendance notifications

  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

In addition to several enhanced messaging features, this new platform will allow us to communicate in multiple languages. If you wish to change the language of the notifications you are receiving from District 140, please contact your school office or fill out the form located at

For even greater convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices). This app centralizes District and school communications pertaining to your student(s) and allows parents/guardians to customize their notification settings.


Times may be uncertain, but rest assured, we are here for you and your family. As we forge ahead together, please know we have the resources to help. Do not hesitate to reach out to your Social/Emotional leaders at McAuliffe:

School Counselor

Cassidy Campbell

School Social Worker

Jennifer Brower

Crisis & Support Hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

24/7 free & confidential support & crisis resources

Crisis Textline: text HOME to 741741

24/7 text message support for those in crisis.

Between Friends: 1-800-603-HELP (1-800-603-4357)

24/7 domestic violence crisis line

Call 4 Calm: Text “TALK” or “HABLAR” to 552-020

Free Emotional Support Text Line

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080

24/7 Chicago rape hotline for survivors of sexual violence & their significant others

Illinois Warm Line: 1-866-359-7953

Peer & Family mental health support by phone, weekdays M-F 9 AM-5 PM

NAMI Chicago local resources & referral helpline: 312-563-0445

Compassionate support & personalized referrals M-F 9 AM-5 PM, Sat 9-1

If you or someone you love is experiencing an immediate, life-threatening mental health crisis, call 911, clearly state that the individual is experiencing a mental health emergency, and ask that a Critical Incident Team officer responds to the situation. A Critical Incident Team officer is trained in handling psychiatric emergencies

Contact Us!

We encourage you to visit throughout the school year for key events and information pertaining to our school and the District. As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. We are always here for you.