CICS Prairie News
Eagles, can you believe its already December? We have lots of updates to share this month. As we approach the holidays, we want to wish you all a joyful season and Happy New Year! Please read the family connection below, or click the button to download the update!
The following are key dates to be aware of, please reach out to us if you have any questions!
November 20th- Last day of Lego, Math, and Knitting After School Clubs
November 22nd: 1:00pm Dismissal, no after care, and the Main Office will close at 2:00pm
November 23rd and 24th: Thanksgiving Break! No School!
November 27th: Last Day of Reading After School Club
November 28th: PPTL Gourmet Delights Fundraiser! Paper orders are due!
November 27th and 30th: Last 2 days of Karate After School Club
High School Applications are LIVE!
Source: Kids First
CPS’s application window for the 2018-19 school year opens today! Incoming 9th graders can apply between October 10th and December 22nd.
8th Grade parents and students should visit go.cps.edu to activate your account, review your eligibility, and start researching your school and program options. Take your time to research your options thoroughly, looking for high-quality schools and programs that are a good fit for your student’s interests and your family’s needs.
Key Dates for High School Applications:
8th Grade Parents: Please Join Us!
Attention all 8th grade parents: this Thursday, Distinctive Schools is hosting a high school fair, at CICS Bucktown!
40 area high schools will be presenting at the fair in addition to Distinctive Schools partners from across the city of Chicago. Parents are welcome to attend the fair during the following times: CICS Irving Park & CICS West Belden: 10am-11am, and CICS Bucktown & CICS Prairie: 11am-12pm.
Special thanks to our sponsors, New Schools for Chicago and Kids First Chicago!
We're raising money with Taffy Apples!
The team at CICS Prairie is excited to host a Taffy Apple sale! Please consider placing an order, proceeds will go directly to our school! Our fundraising goal is $10,000, and Ms. Christopher is betting big that we will make it. In fact, if we raise $10,000 Ms. Christopher will kiss a PIG!
Order your Taffy Apples today, all orders are due by October 18th. Taffy Apple orders can be picked up at Parent Teacher Conferences, on October 25th or 26th.
CICS is incredibly excited to announce its new partnership with Chartwells!
Chartwells is a nationally known food service management company that has earned an award-winning reputation for their childhood nutrition and education programs. Starting this fall, your students will experience new breakfast and lunch menus featuring fresh, healthy, high-quality, and delicious options that are cooked with care and passion.
Like you, we know that students who are well fed and nourished will excel in the classroom, so we have been working with Chartwells over the last few weeks to craft a new food service program that reflects the wholesome and nutritious options our students deserve. Our first month menu will be available online next week. As with any new program kick-off, we need your support and feedback to ensure we are serving your children well. Our recipe for success has one essential ingredient – feedback!
Have questions? Please reach out to Kelly Bender at Distinctive Schools (312-739-2160 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Keleigh Green-Patton at Chartwells (708-334-0997 or Keleigh.GreenPatton@compass-USA.com) to share your thoughts and ideas.
Thanks for your support and trust.
CICS Schools in partnership with Distinctive Schools
Distinctive Schools is spotlighting and featuring trailblazer educators across our network. As our schools work to personalize education, trailblazer teachers and staff hold a vital role in developing school reform. January's trailblazer is someone who cares deeply about her team and her students. She pairs best practices with innovation to create a truly 21st-century learning experience. We feel so fortunate to have her at CICS Prairie, please join us in congratulating a Trailblazing Instructional Coach and Teacher, Ms. Virginia Kelly!
Ms. Virginia Kelly: January's Featured Trailblazer!
Students with parent/guardian are invited to school
Meet the Kindergarten teachers, participate in community building activities, tour the school and have a snack. Parent/Guardian must be present. This event is optional but recommended.
Where & When: CICS Prairie in Rooms 102 and 103
Monday, August 15th 2:00-4:00
*Open House for all K-8 CICS Prairie students is also Wednesday, August 17th 1:00-4:00 after the first day of school.
Check out the invitation here.
Please click here to read the latest CICS Prairie Kindergarten Newsletter!