Ravenswood Rambler - April 29, 2019

Principal Selection Update:

This is a big week for our school community. We will be taking big steps forward to discuss, design and vote on the principal selection process. 

Tonight at 7pm, we will have a special meeting to conduct our principal evaluation for Mr. Manaen. A majority of our discussion will be in closed session due to legal mandate. We will offer a time at the start of the meeting for open-session public comment and encourage you to come and share your questions, concerns and ideas. There will be a sign-up sheet and comment cards at the door.

On Tuesday, we will open another special meeting to discuss and vote on which of the few options the LSC has to find the best-fit candidates for principal. This is a legal process and so we will thoughtfully choose the path that works best for our entire school community. We invite you to join us for public comment at this meeting as well stating at 8:30pm. All voting is in open session.

As the LSC chair, I want you to know that I will be advocating for teachers and a diverse group of parents to have seats at the table, no matter what process we create. 

On Wednesday, you will have a family survey link in your inbox. It is critical that as many parents as possible fill this out so we understand what challenges and opportunities you see for our next leader. Our teachers and staff will also be surveyed. 

Once all of this information is heard, discussed and approved by the LSC, I will send out a message that will tell you exactly what is next and how you can get involved. I assure you that this will be a transparent process and that we will be diligent in sending updates to the entire community. 

Many of you have reached out with excitement, hands raised to help, and also some stress and anxiety about what comes next. I deeply appreciate hearing from you, your honesty, and knowing that we are all invested, not only in our next principal but in our school as a whole. 

We are all in this together, we all believe this is an amazing school with a stellar staff, students and programs, and we all are here for the right reason – to keep a thriving school thriving. 

If you can't join us this week, please feel free to email me at lsc@ravenswoodelementary.org, and keep reading your Ravenswood newsletters for more information.

Jessica Ashley

LSC Chair

This Week

April 29th-May 3rd- In-Boundary New Student Registration Week

April 29th-May 3rd- Spring Swap for Children’s Clothing and Equipment

April 29th- LSC Principal Evaluation Meeting at 7pm

April 30th- Principal Selection Process Approval Meeting at 8:30pm

April 30th- Dia De Los Ninos Celebration *Volunteers Needed

April 30th- Wellness Committee Meeting at 9am in MPR

May 2nd- STEAM Team End of Year Learning Celebration from 4:30pm-5:30pm in STEAM Lab

May 2nd- Mom’s Night Out at 7:30pm at the Bar at the Hotel Zachary 3630 N Clark St

May 3rd- RavensBook Order Deadline

May 3rd and May 4th- School Musical Production of The Reluctant Dragon

May 5th- Dine For Ravenswood at Carbon Arc Cartoon Brunch at the Davis Theater from 10am-2pm

Next Week

May 6th to May 10th- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8th- Bike to School Day

May 9th- Dad’s Night Out at Ravenswood Station at 7:30pm

May 10th- Reality Fair

May 10th- International Club/BAC Meeting at 9am, MPR

On Our Radar

May 13th- LSC Meeting at 6:30pm in Room 104

May 17th- Field Day

May 17th- Final Box Tops Collection

May 17th- School Tour at 9am at MPR

May 17th- Progress Reports Go Home

Planning Ahead

Medical Forms Due in September!

Volunteers Needed!

Dia De Los Ninos Celebration on April 30th

Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6 to May 10

Reality Fair on May 10th

Field Day on May 17th

Ribfest on June 15th

In Boundary New Student Registration Week at Ravenswood!

When: April 29th to May 3rd

Where: School Office

Families living within the neighborhood boundaries of Ravenswood School should register new students for the school year 2019-20 during the week of April 29th to May 3rd, Monday-Friday between 8am and 5pm. Unsure if you’re in boundary? Click here to find out.

To register your child, you will need:

  1. Your child’s Birth Certificate

  2. Proof of current address: this can be in the form of a gas or light bill, a drivers license, a state ID, a medical card or proof of moving date from Post Office.

  3. If possible, current medical records.

If you have any questions, call the main office at 773-534-5525.

Dia de Los Ninos / Day of the Child Celebration

On Tuesday, April 30 we will be celebrating Dia de los niños. (Day of the Child)

In preparation for the activities taking place that day, please send any solid color fabric you may have from and old t-shirt or any piece of fabric you do not need anymore.

We will use it for a project with the students in celebration of children.

Please drop the fabrics in the box by 105 entrance. (Room next to the office).

We need volunteers on Tuesday, April 30th. Please join us during your child’s lunch if you can to help with the public art project.

11:45-12:15  K/1

12:15-12:45  2/3/4

12:50-1:20   5/6

1:20-1:50   7/8


When: Friday, May 3rd at at 9am, 10:30am and 2pm; and Saturday, May 4th at 2pm
Where: Ravenswood Gym 

Ravenswood Students in grades 3rd to 8th will perform the Annual Spring Musical. The Ravenswood School community and all other fans of musical theater are invited to enjoy the production in the Ravenswood gym on Saturday. Admission is free.

Wellness Committee Meeting and Allergy Awareness Week

When: April 30th at 9am

Where: MPR

The Wellness Committee at Ravenswood is comprised of both staff and parents who are working to develop and communicate policies and practices that result in an environment that supports the overall health and wellness for the entire school.  We would love to hear from you about your thoughts, concerns and ideas as it relates to the health and wellness of our students.  You can do so by attending a meeting, emailing Ms. Karrel (blkarrel@cps.edu) or by completing this quick survey.

In May we will launch an Allergy Awareness Week.  During this week, some primary students will receive nutrition lessons from the nurse, and we'll host activities on the playground after school for parents and students.  As a reminder, Ravenswood strives to be a nut free school.  This helps to protect students from being exposed to life threatening allergens.  Please remember that the nut policy applies to all food being brought into the school as well as food consumed on the playground.  

Spring Clothing and Equipment Swap

When: April 29th to May 3

Where: School Playground

Join our Spring Clothing & Equipment Swap! Drop off used, good condition clothing & sports equipment, and pick up new ones! You don’t need to drop off clothes to pick up clothes.

Sports equipment: we’ll take outgrown bikes; scooters; soccer / futbol shoes, shinguards, socks; swimsuits, balls, jerseys, baseball or softball gloves, kneepads, water toys, etc - anything sports-oriented that you no longer need!

Clothes: gently used pants, shorts, socks, shirts, coats, sweatshirts, hoodies, caps are all welcome!

Drop off: Monday April 29, Tuesday April 30, Wednesday May 1, Thursday May 2 before & after school

Pick up: Thursday May 2nd & Friday May 3rd, after school, by the BASA doors

Bike to School Day

Once you have your new equipment, you will be ready to join in the celebration of the nationwide Bike to School Day!

There are many ways you can participate:

  • Bike, walk, scooter, skateboard, or hoverboard to school

  • Meet us at a Drop Off point and walk or bike the rest of the way to school! Parent volunteers will help students get to school safely.

    • Drop off point: Wolcott & Berteau, between 8am-8:20am.

  • Host a drop off point! Email karinkane1@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteers will help students lock their bikes up safely and can share strategies for walking and biking safely.

Don’t miss out - buy your RavensBooks today!

Hi Each classroom works together to create their own RavensBook. The books are great keepsakes and a wonderful reminder of the school year! RavensBooks make a nice end of school year gift for your child or even a classroom teacher.

Each RavensBook costs $35, When you order your books, you’ll be asked to provide your student’s name and to choose a delivery option (sent home with student, pick up in office, or other). Order RavensBooks online here.

Paper order forms are also available in the office. You can choose to pay by cash or check made out to FORS with paper order form.

You can also choose to donate Ravensbooks. If you want to donate books to a particular classroom, please choose the classroom below and write “Donation” in the student name. If you’d like to make a general donation, please click on the Donate link.

All RavensBook orders are due by May 3rd.

Steam Team End of Year Learning Celebration

Details: Thursday, May 2nd from 4:30-5:30pm in Steam Lab

The Steam Team would like to invite all families to this event to share with you what we’ve been working on and learning in coding, Microbits, Green Screen, Legos, robotics, and more!

Dine For Ravenswood at Carbon Arc Cartoon Brunch

Dine for Ravenswood at the Davis Theater/Carbon Arc Cartoon Brunch  from 10AM to 2PM on Sunday May 5.  Carbon Arc will generously donate 15% of sales to benefit the 8th grade DC trip.  Be sure to make a reservation using this link and mention Ravenswood in the special requests section so that your sales will count towards our donation.  

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week, the Ravenswood community goes all out to show our appreciation to our fantastic teachers.

Please click here to volunteer and help us give our teachers some extra love.

The week’s details:

Monday May 6th - Sweets & Treats - We need volunteers to provide breakfast treats, cookies, cakes and fruit and help set up and clean up. (Remember nothing with nuts!) Click here to help.

Tuesday, May 7th - Taco Tuesday - We need volunteers to donate tortillas and toppings and help set up and clean up a taco bar for our teachers. Click here to help.

Wednesday, May 8th - Chalk The Walk - Come to school a bit early to write notes of love and encouragement to our teachers with sidewalk chalk.

Thursday, May 9th - Thank you Thursday - Parents and students bring thank you notes to teachers and staff today.

Friday, May 10th - Class Choice/Teacher Party! - Collaborate with your student’s class to decide on a special way to show appreciation to your child’s teacher. At the end of the day today, FORS will send faculty and staff out for a night on the town.

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