Week of April 23, 2018
We hope you were able to enjoy the weekend though it was a bit chilly. The weather will be similar all week so the students should be able to go to recess unless it’s raining. The fresh air and running around really helps release the excess energy. Many classrooms already implement a routine in the classroom to calm students after lunch and recess to refocus.
On Tuesday, April 24th, the Chief of Network One and her team will be here after 11:00 a.m. for the rest of the day. The team is here to discuss Literacy school improvement and our transition plans for 7th and 8th grade.
Thank you to all of our parents for attending Parent Teacher Conferences. Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child's progress.
As you may have heard, the school budgets were made available to schools. We are currently in the process of preparing the budget and the CIWP to present to the school community and the LSC for approval. Then it will be sent to the Network Chief and the District for final approval. We highly encourage everyone to attend the presentation so they you know how the budget will be allocated for next school year. Thank you to those of you that have taken advantage of the opportunities to be engaged in the CIWP process this cycle. Our LSC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 4:30 p.m. in the teachers' lounge.
We may sound like a broken record by now but thank you for continued efforts in attendance. Thank you for doing your part to get your students to school every day.
Updates for this week:
Teacher Flex PD: Wednesday, April 26th 3:30-4:30: Focus Topic ~ CIWP (No After School)
Student Emails: ITS is excited to announce that a new password self service feature will be available for students in grades 4-12 starting on April 23, 2018. This enhancement will give CPS students the same flexibility as staff by allowing them to reset their own password using three challenge questions.
Attendance Rocks! 102, 103, and 301 were at 100%.
94.42% (We are currently in the yellow) (Slight increase from last week by 0. 03%) (Please promote attendance) (We are seeing an upward trend.)
Week of April 16th:
Soccer Penalty Shootout against Mr. G. and Ms. M.
Classrooms Above 97% (changed from 96% to above 97%)
109 p.m., 113, 116, 111, 108, 104, 101, 307, 303
Classrooms with 100%
102, 103, 301
Incentives to Increase Attendance: We need your help! Please promote attendance to ensure we are above 95% at the end of the year!
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
23-25 Scholastic Book Fair
23 - Parent Nutrition Class (3:30-5:00) Lunchroom
23-30 Parent Computer Classes @ 8:30-10:30 (Computer Lab)
24 - LSC @ 4:30 Teachers’ Lounge
25 - Teacher Flex PD (No Afterschool Program)
Have a wonderful week!
Mr. Gutierrez & Ms. Munozmaciel-Reynolds
CPS Budget Release
April 17, 2018
Dear Parents / LSC members,
Today, we are excited to announce that we have provided principals with their school budgets for the 2018-19 school
year. To build on the record-seIng educaJonal progress that has earned CPS schools naJonal recogniJon, the
District is invesJng $3.1 billion in school funding, an increase of more than $60 million compared to the current
Thanks to the parents, educators, and courageous elected officials who worked to pass historic educaJon funding
reform passed last August, we have stabilized our finances and are able to make significant investments that will
conJnue to raise the bar for academic excellence.
Here’s what that means for our schools:
First, the funding principals receive for each student in their school will increase by 2.5 percent so that schools can
support high quality academic programming and higher teacher salaries.
Second, we are invesJng in neighborhood schools by expanding access to InternaJonal Baccalaureate, STEM, Magnet
and Classical schools for more than 5,000 students. Specifically:
● Over 1,800 addiJonal students will have access to proven IB programs, on top of the more than 16,000
students who already make CPS the naJon’s largest IB network;
● Nearly 2,100 addiJonal students will be able to engage with the advanced coursework and professional
exposure provided through new Early College STEM programs, building on the five current Early College
STEM schools that serve over 3,800 students;
● Nearly 1,000 addiJonal students will have access to STEM Magnet programming, building on the over 6,600
students who currently benefit from these programs; and
● To meet demand for rigorous Classical elementary schools, we are creaJng two new Classical schools. With
the addiJon of these schools, CPS will be able to provide more than 2,600 students with access to a Classical
school in 2018-19.
Third, in addiJon to invesJng in high-quality academics throughout Chicago, school budgets for the upcoming school
year include expanded supports for our at-risk students. An addiJonal $14 million is being provided to support
students from low-income households, and $10 million will be used to ensure schools with low enrollment can offer
students a rich academic experience. Plus, we are creaJng a team of postsecondary counselors to support 7,000 high
school students in high needs schools as they plan for a successful life following graduaJon.
And finally, for the first Jme in recent memory, we can guarantee that the funding your principal receives today will
not decrease in the fall — even if enrollment declines. This means they can plan with confidence and families can
take comfort in knowing who will be teaching their children next year.
While the key investments announced today will accelerate the district’s unprecedented academic success, they only
represent the first part of the FY19 budget process. We look forward to releasing a full operaJng budget in the
coming months that not only outlines all of our funding prioriJes for the coming school year, but also promotes
long-term financial stability for the district.
Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief ExecuJve Officer
Chicago Public Schools
Message from Principal Gutierrez