McAuliffe Messenger

August 3, 2022

Dear McAuliffe families,

We are getting ready to welcome students and staff back to school for the 2022-23 school year. Our staff has been working diligently all summer on plans for providing as much instruction, content, social/emotional, and academic support as possible.

We know that communication is key, and we want to remind all students and parents that the McAuliffe staff is here to help. Be sure to follow our website for announcements and updates at to check on daily events, times, and locations for school activities.

Please also follow us @mcauliffechallengers on FACEBOOK and @ChallengersMcA


If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call our school office at (708)429-4565.

We look forward to a great year together! #KirbyONE40 #ChallengerProud


Dr. Szczasny, Principal

Ms. Folliard, Assistant Principal

Student Classroom Assignments/Schedules and Transportation Information

Elementary classroom assignments and middle school student schedules will be released via Infinite Campus on Monday, August 8, 2022. Transportation information will be available in portals on Monday, August 15.

Please log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal to view elementary classroom assignments, middle school student schedules, and transportation information on these dates. If you need assistance with your parent portal, please contact your school office.

Upcoming Dates in August 2022

Important August dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Monday, August 8 - Classroom assignments released via Infinite Campus.

  • Monday, August 15 - Bus route information released via Infinite Campus.

  • Wednesday, August 17 - Popsicles with the Principals will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on the McAuliffe Blacktop.

  • Thursday, August 18 - Kindergarten Round Up will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at McAuliffe. This is a special time for families to meet their principal and teachers and to find out everything they'll need to know for the first day of school. Please join us!

  • Thursday, August 18 - Board of Education Meeting will be held at the administration building at 7:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, August 23 - Open House at McAuliffe for K-5, EC, and Preschool from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, August 24 - First Day of School for All Students (EC - 8)
    Elementary school students will attend from 7:55 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. and middle school students will attend from 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Back-to-School Shopping

  • 2022-23 School Supply Lists School supply lists for the 2022-23 school year can be found at

  • Back-to-School Shopping Tax Lowered on Clothes and School Supplies August 5-15 Senate Bill 157 lowers the tax rate on clothes and school supplies from 6.25% to 1.25% for Illinois residents for ten days from August 5 - 14. For more information on the sales tax holiday click here.

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Social Emotional Wellness

Times may be uncertain, but rest assured, we are here for you and your family. As we forge ahead together, please know we have 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

Keep In Touch!

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.