Ravenswood Rambler - April 22, 2019

Principal Selection Update:

Welcome back! During spring break, the principal selection processes have not rested! We are collecting necessary information from our network chief and the greater LSC relations office on best practices to move forward. Next up, the LSC will vote on how we will structure our search and a timeline. We are also continuing our annual responsibility of principal evaluation and budget allocation. 

Soon, you will receive a family survey link to voice your opinions and insights on our school's next principal, and you will have other opportunities to be involved as well. Each of us matters as a part of the school community, so please take the quick survey and be sure your fellow parents do, too.

Rest assured, we have a strong LSC, staff and other invested people to guide this process over the next few months. If you have questions or concerns, you're always welcome to contact me directly at lsc@ravenswoodelementary.org

Jessica Ashley LSC Chair

This 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

Next 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 Aporoval 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

On Our Radar

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 at 9am in Gym

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

Planning Ahead

Volunteers Needed at Ribfest on June 15th

Medical Forms Due in September!

Eye on Equity

Coffee Talk with Dear Ravenswood

When: Wednesday, April 24th at 9am

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.

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.  

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.

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

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.

Ravenswood School