Ravenswood Rambler - April 15, 2019

Principal Selection Update:

Ravenswood community, hello! 

We are one week in and already at work and on track to find the next leader of our vibrant school. We are following the legal process we were elected by you to do, and that begins with trainings, collecting data, and creating a detailed roadmap that leads to a signed contract and big new-principal welcome party. 

In the next few weeks, we will post links to a family survey so that you can tell us what values, priorities and practices are most important to you and your students. Your input is critical, and you will have several opportunities to share it with the LSC and the candidates. We will also survey teachers and staff, and will be vigilant in our regular monthly responsibilities of tending to the school budget and evaluating our current principal. 

We will keep you updated regularly and we welcome you at our meetings, which are open to the public. Feel free to reach out to me and your LSC directly at lsc@ravenswoodelementary.org.  Thank you for your trust, insights and for reaching out in support – we are grateful for this opportunity to serve.

Jessica Ashley LSC Chair

Upcoming LSC meetings:

April 29th at 7 pm - Principal evaluation meeting. Most of this meeting will be conducted in closed session.

April 30th at 8:30 pm - Special meeting to approve the principal selection process.

May 13th at 6:30 pm - Regularly scheduled May meeting

June 10th at 6:30 pm - Regularly scheduled June meeting

This Week

April 15-April 19- Spring Break

April 15th-April 18th- Ravenswood Spring Break Camp

Next Week

April 23rd- Parent Workshop on Child Anxiety at 9am in Learning Lab

April 24th- Dear Ravenswood: Eye on Equity Coffee Talk at 9am

April 24th- FAME Meeting at 8pm

April 26th- School Tour at 9am in MPR

On Our Radar

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 Aporovsl Meeting at 8:30pm

April 30th- Dia De Los Ninos Celebration

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

Planning Ahead!

June 20th- Last Day of School *New Date*

Volunteers Needed during Teacher Appreciation Week from May 6th to 10th and at Ribfest on June 15th

Eye on Equity

Coffee Talk with Dear Ravenswood

When: Wednesday, April 24th at 9am

We’re excited to launch Dear Ravenswood, a new feature of the Ravenswood Rambler’s “Eye on Equity” focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our school community.  Watch for “Dear Ravenswood” notes in the newsletter where we’ll pose a new question and link some great resources. Future editions will include contributions from families, school leaders, teachers, students, and community members. 

Come to our first Coffee Talk with Dear Ravenswood on Wednesday, April 24th at 9am. This is an opportunity to engage with these resources in person. We look forward to igniting thoughtful conversation, celebrating our strengths, and surfacing our areas for growth as we strive to be a school community for all students and families.  

Dear Ravenswood,

How do you talk to your kids about race?

Check out these great resources to spark the conversation or new inspiration to keep it going at home:

• Explore EmbraceRace · “Supporting caregivers to raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race.”

• Join Raising Race Conscious Children on Facebook · “A blog and workshop series that supports parents and teachers to advance racial justice.”

• Listen Talking Race with Young Children · NPR’s Parenting series  


Dear Ravenswood Team

Parent Support Workshop on Managing Child Anxiety and Stress

When: April 23rd from 9am-10:30am

Where: 4th Floor Learning Lab

Augustyn Family Services is a counseling practice located in the Ravenswood neighborhood that provides services to children, teens, adults, couples and families in our community. In recent years, we have noticed an increase in school age children who are struggling with stress and anxiety. These issues can show up in many different ways and this event will help parents identify when their child is struggling with the amount of pressure that they are feeling. We will talk about effective strategies that can be used at home when your child is stressed and/or anxious. Parents will learn ways to support their anxious child and help their child have increased distress tolerance skills. This is an issue that is occurring throughout the country and also one that is typically completely manageable with some supportive interventions. Please join us to learn more about stress and anxiety in school aged children and how to help children who struggle with these difficult feelings.

Dia de Los Ninos Day of the Child Celebration

On April 30th, we will have a celebration for the "Dia de los Niños" In preparation for the celebration, we would like to ask for donations of any solid bright colored fabrics or old t-shirts as well as sharpies. The donations will help create a student made art display at school.

In Boundary New Student Registration Week at Ravenswood!

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.

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.

Chicago Public Schools Calendar Updates

Chicago Public Schools has changed the last day of school to June 20th. This new date accounts for the two snow days from the start of 2019.

View the updated 2018-2019 calendar or the 2019-2020 Chicago Public Schools School Calendar here.

Ravenswood School