Newsletter 2017/2018

November 01, 2017

From: Kathleen Hagstrom, Principal

Re: Assorted Matters

PTA Fundraiser 5-8 pm tonight, November 1! – Blaze Pizza, 6550 N Sheridan Road

-Upcoming Non Attendance Days – Friday, November 3 – Professional Development Day

Wednesday, November 15 – Parent Teacher Conference/Report Card Pick Up Day

Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5 – Winter Break

-Cell Phone Policy-Cell phones are causing a severe disruption to the educational process and we need to remind parents that cell phones and other electronic devices ARE NOT ALLOWED AT DISNEY. Students who are found using phones anywhere on the property will have their phone confiscated and a parent will need to come to school to pick it up. If we see a cell phone the second time, there will be a suspension. As of February 2, 2009, if we see a cell phone, it will be confiscated and a parent will have three opportunities for retrieval during the week:

. Tuesday morning between 7:30 - 8:00 AM

. Friday morning between 7:30 – 8:00 AM

. Friday afternoon between 2:00 – 2:30 PM

-Report Card Pick Up Day – Families mark your calendar as Parent Teacher Conference/Report Card Pick up is Wednesday, November 15. There is no school for students. Parents will have the opportunity to conference from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm – 6:00 pm. The building will be closed from 2:00 – 2:45 for staff lunch. This is your opportunity to conference with the teacher on your child’s progress and areas needing additional support. It is a perfect time to work out a plan with the teacher for how you can support your child’s learning. You will also need to pick up any PTA Catalogue fund raiser order. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the 1st floor gym and you will have an opportunity to purchase Disney wear and check the lost and found areas on all floors.

-Parent Teacher Association – PTA is having a fundraiser with Blaze Pizza at 6550 North Sheridan Road on Wednesday, November 1, from 5-8 Blaze Pizza will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Disney Magnet PTA if you present the flyer, which will be sent home with all students. If you are in the Rogers Park area on November 1, stop in for dinner and thank you for the support The next PTA General Meeting is Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 a.m. Our next Movie Night, featuring live action “Beauty and the Beast”, is Friday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m. This is a free activity for Disney families held in the CAC building at school. Please come and enjoy; we remind parents that children must be supervised at all times by their parents during Movie Night. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. PTA Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 8th to November 17th, this is a wonderful way to buy books for your children while supporting your school. Students will visit the fair at least once with their class. The book fair will also be open on Report Card Pick up Day on Wednesday, November 15. Catalogue fund raiser orders will also be available for pick up at school on Wednesday, November 15; it is important that all fund raiser orders are picked up on time.

-Local School Council –The next LSC meeting is on Tuesday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend. Parent vacancies have been filled.

-Next Year Application and Open House - The window for application for the Magnet School is open. All application materials and procedure information is online at The deadline to apply for the Magnet School lottery for grades kindergarten and up is Friday, December 22, 2017. Disney will be hosting two open houses for prospective parents, both at 9:00 a.m. The dates for the open house are Thursday, November 2 and Tuesday, December 5. Please tell friends or family who may be exploring CPS schools to come to one of our open houses to learn more about our environment, curriculum, and vision.

- After School Activities Communication – We have many programs taking place after school, including athletics, tuition based after school, Battle of the Books, 7th & 8th grade Social Club and Chinese Language. These programs are on different days of the week and each has a set ending time. Parents picking up children, need to be on time, as the coach or teacher in charge of the program, is not able to stay to watch children who are not picked up on time. Unfortunately, students who are not picked up on time, will not be able to participate in the after school activity. Also, if your child has signed up for one of these after school activities, they are making a commitment to participate, as other children who wanted to participate did not get the opportunity. Repeated non-attendance may result in being dropped from the activity. If you need your child to not attend the after school activity on a particular day, we ask that you send the teacher a note requesting the child be excused from the activity that day and outlining dismissal arrangements.