June 20, 2017

From: Kathleen Hagstrom, Principal

First Day of School 2017-2018 – Tuesday, September 5, 2017!

It is hard to believe that today was the last day for this school year. It has been so rewarding to see how our eighth grade graduates have matured and are so excited for the next phase in their lives. We wish them all the best and are so proud of their hard work and growth during their years at Disney. Our kindergarten students celebrated the end of their “first” year of school and are so ready to move onto first grade! Their excitement is contagious! Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families!

All students receive their report cards today, unless there are lost library or textbook fines that are due. If you do not receive the report card, it will be available for pick up in the main office, beginning Friday, June 23. If there are fines/book fees that are due, you will need to take care of them before the report card can be released.

-Local School Council –The deadline for Candidate Nomination forms has been extended to, Wednesday, July 5. We have parent and community vacancies; interested parties can pick up applications in the main office. The LSC will meet Wednesday, July 12, at 5:30 pm for its organizational meeting, followed at 6:00 p.m. by the Regular Monthly Meeting. Candidates for the LSC should be prepared to speak at the Regular Meeting on July 12.

-Summer Enrichment Program Opportunities – We still have openings in our Summer Enrichment Program for sessions beginning in July. The program is open to Disney and non-Disney students in pre-school through 4th grade. We are also offering a Coding Camp for 5th – 8th grade students. This will be offered during Summer Session 7, August 7-11 and Session 8, August 14-18. Registration forms are available on the Disney website,; click on parent tab and search forms.

-Tuition Based Pre-School Openings – We still have some openings for 3 and 4 year olds in our Tuition Based Pre-School Program, which begins Tuesday, September 5. This is a full day program, 7:30 – 5:30 pm, for parents who need that full coverage and want an excellent education for their child. Slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. If you know a family who is looking for an excellent pre-school, please refer them to Disney!

- Summer Office Hours – The building will be closed this Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22. The main office will reopen on Friday, June 23 from 8 am – 4 pm. The remainder of the summer, regular office hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you move over the summer, need to transfer your student out, or have other needs, please visit the main office during office hours, to take care of changes needed, before the school year begins. If there is an address change, you will need to supply proof of address, such as a current gas or electric bill.

-Next Year School Bus Transportation – Forms were sent home with students who currently have school bus service. If you want school bus service next year, and you have not already returned your application for service, you need to do so or service will be eliminated. If you did not receive an application, you can download and print them from

- Bus Monitor Position Opportunity – We are inviting resumes from parents or community residents who may be interested in a position as School Bus Monitor next school year. This 4-hour a day position requires primarily outside work during arrival and dismissal times at school. A good candidate will need at least a high school education, excellent communication and people skills, as well as attention to detail and ability to work effectively as a team member. If you are interested, please submit a resume to the main office, attn.: Ms. Jones.

-Parent Teacher Association – Thank you to everyone for your support of PTA activities all year and our deepest appreciation to all of the officers, activity chairs and parent volunteers who helped to make all the PTA activities such a success. We welcome the new slate of leaders who will assume leadership of PTA activities in the fall. We cannot stress enough that volunteers are always welcome and needed for PTA programs and activities. We look forward to the continued support and involvement of all our Disney parents.

-Summer activities – We wish everyone a wonderful summer – full of relaxation and memory building. There are many free activities all over the city this summer – Fireworks at Navy Pier, free Movies in the Park, Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Millenium Park and more. Be sure to check out and the City of Chicago website for ideas to keep your children engaged in learning, exercise and safe play.