Newsletter 2017/2018

September 20, 2017

From: Kathleen Hagstrom, Principal

Re: Assorted Matters

Men and Women of Disney Breakfast – Thursday, September 21 7:00 a.m.

Welcome Back Open House – Wednesday, September 27 6:00 pm

-Men and Women of Disney Breakfast – You are invited to join the Walt Disney School Local School Council and Parent Teacher Association for food and fun as they host this annual event tomorrow, September 21. This is a great opportunity to chat with members of the LSC, PTA and staff and learn the many ways you can become involved at school. All parents are welcome to the breakfast which will be held in the CAC Dining Room at 7:00 a.m. Please enter through Door 6 in back of the school between the playgrounds; children are welcome to attend with you.

-Welcome Back Open House -Please plan to come to the “Welcome Back to School” Open House, Wednesday, September 27, at 6:00 p.m. You will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and hear about plans for your child’s school year. The program will begin promptly at 6 and we will end at 7:00 pm. We hope everyone can attend.

-Pod 200 CAC – Our 4th grade students and teachers are hard at work in their 2-week CAC unit; parents should consult with the teacher on volunteer needs. The culminating performance, “Ancient Fables and Modern Morals”, is Friday, September 29, at 9:00 a.m. in the CAC. Doors of the CAC will open at 8:45 to allow parents in for seating. We remind you that no children under age 5 years old are allowed in to CAC performances; to prevent any disruption. This is your child’s time to shine for you and we hope all 4th grade parents can attend.

-Local School Council – The LSC has two parent vacancies; LSC applications are available in the main office. If you are interested, please complete the application by Friday, October 13. Candidates need to be prepared to speak at the Candidate Forum during the regular meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend the LSC meetings.

-Parent Advisory Council – PAC will be hosting a parent meeting, prior to the pod 200 CAC show on Friday, September 29, in the CAC Dining Room at 7:30 a.m. All Disney parents are invited to participate.

-Parent Teacher Association – The Walt Disney School PTA welcomes all new families and invites their participation in all activities; you can reach PTA at The next general meeting is Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the CAC Dining Room. The first family event is “PTA at the Ballpark”; tickets are still available for the White Sox game this Friday, September 22, against the Kansas City Royals; game time is 7:10 p.m. and there are fireworks after the game! PTA will be available at school Thursday morning during the breakfast if you would like to purchase tickets for your family. Catalogues recently went home for the fall fundraiser; PTA appreciates your efforts and asks that all orders and payments be turned into the school by Tuesday, October 10. Orders will be available for pick up at school on Wednesday, November 15, Report card pick up day.

-Parent Packets – Parents, if you have not yet completed and returned important information forms to the school, please do so now and return the completed form to the teacher. We need the Emergency Health Information and Media Consent forms completed and returned to your child’s teacher by September 29.

-DACA status renewal resources – CPS has asked that we make our families aware of resources for students whose DACA status expires before March 15, 2018 and should renew that status before the deadline of Thursday, October 5. There are a number of Protection Fund partners open to assist Dreamers with this process; information flyers are available on request from the main office. For assistance or more information, you may 312-666-3062.

- Entry/Departure – Drop off and Pick up procedures are structured to provide for safety and efficiency. There is no double parking on city streets or on Disney property at any time. There is no pedestrian walking on the paths where buses enter and exit; this is for the safety of our bus drivers, yourself and most importantly your children. Parents in cars may not block driveways, exits or parking spots; we need all traffic lanes open for safety and efficiency in our morning drop off and afternoon dismissal. Double parked cars are a safety hazard and can be towed. Morning drop off is in the South Fire Lane; cars pull up to the drop off area at the top of the hill and exit onto Clarendon Road, right turn only please. Parents should never double park on Clarendon or have children exit vehicles; this is extremely dangerous. In the afternoon students must be signed out by 2:30 p.m.; students in grades 5-8 walk through the field and meet parents at the south gate on the field. No one is allowed on the playground after school until all buses have left the property.