Newsletter 2017/2018

Jan. 11, 2018

From: Kathleen Hagstrom, Principal

Re: Assorted Matters

No SchoolMonday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Holiday

Congratulations to our 3rd grade student, Graham Sheldon, who is the winner of the school Spelling Bee! He will move on to the Chicago Public School Spelling Bee. Way to go, Graham!

Our winter sports are underway; we welcome attendance at home games for boys and girls basketball games. Our young ladies dance team will also perform at some of the home games. For security purposes, any student who attends a home game, MUST be accompanied by their parent. The schedule of games, can be located on the website – search for: wegotgameChicago. Disney is part of the Big Chi Basketball group. The first home boys’ basketball games are Wednesday, January 17, versus Hamilton. The 5th & 6th grade game is at 4:15 and the 7th & 8th grade game is at 5:00. The first home girls’ basketball team games are Tuesday, January 23, versus Nettlehorst. The 5th& 6th grade team plays at 4:15 and 7th &8th grade team plays at 5:00 p.m. Any attendees to the game must enter and exit Disney through Door 6 in back of the school. Come out and cheer on our teams.

Yesterday, Dr, Janice Jackson, Acting CEO Chicago Public Schools, announced a number of staff appointments. Mr. Arnie Rivera has been offered the position of Chief Operating Office of Chicago Public Schools. Many of you will remember Mr. Rivera as a former 1st grade teacher at Walt Disney School. He will continue to work hard on behalf of all CPS students and we extend our heartfelt congratulations.

- Progress Reports – Progress reports were sent home with the student on Monday, January 8. This was a report of student’s grades midway through the second quarter. Please review this with your child; if a student has a failing grade, please reach out to the teacher to plan strategies for how you can help your child better grasp the material and improve the grade.

-Pod 100 CAC Unit – Our first grade students will be working in their integrated arts unit starting Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 26. Please consult with the teacher on volunteer needs during this time. The culminating performance will be Friday, January 26, at 9:00 a.m. The SW door of the CAC will open at 8:45 a.m. for admission to the show. All parents are invited to the performance; we remind you that no children under 5 years of age are permitted. Pod 100 is busy learning about stories that have a message. We know that stories are an important part of every culture, and in our CAC performance, Fables Around the World, students will travel with Aesop all over the world to learn about the cultures, animals, and stories from eight countries. First graders will also explore the lessons that we can learn from reading and telling fables that transcend place and time. We can’t wait to share all that we learn!

-Parent Advisory Council – There will be a PAC meeting on Friday, January 26, from 7:45-8:45 a.m. This will be prior to the pod 100 CAC show; the topic of discussion will be the Common Core Curriculum. All parents are welcome.

-Parent Teacher Association - Our next Movie Night, is Friday, January 26, at 6:00 p.m. This is a free activity for Disney families held in the CAC building at school. Please come and enjoy the film Cars 3; children must be supervised at all times by their parents. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. The next PTA General Meeting will be Tuesday, February 13, at 7:30 a.m. If you are thinking about buying a mattress, wait until June. PTA will be holding a fundraiser. More info to come. Thank you to all who support the PTA activities.

-Local School Council –The next LSC meeting is on Tuesday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend.

-Upcoming Calendar Dates – The window for PARCC testing for grades 3-8 is from March 5-23, 2018. The Illinois Science Assessment will be administered to students in grades 5 and 8 between April16-29. More information on these standardized assessments will be provided, as available. Upcoming Days to note on the calendar as non-attendance days for students are:

Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Day Holiday Friday, February 2 – School Improvement Day

Monday, February 19 – President’s Day Holiday Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30 – Spring Break

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