Happy New Year!

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

One thing I like about the timing of the school year is that we really get two new starts to the year- the first in September and than again in January when the calendar rolls over. Happy New Year to you and we hope you're feeling refreshed and empowered! We are so excited to welcome back your student to class this Monday! Additionally, we have three very different but really exciting events to share with you happening this January at Ravenswood. We hope you can make it to all three, but either way know that we are incredibly optimistic about what the second half of this year holds for our students, school and community, and invite you to participate as you can! In upcoming order:

47th Ward Aldermanic ForumJoin Friends of Ravenswood Thursday, January 17 (7PM) at Ravenswood as they host an education-focused candidate form for the 47th ward aldermanic candidates.It takes an entire community and city to ensure equitable, ambitious outcomes for all students and families, and Friends of Ravenswood will facilitate a discussion to learn more about the 47th ward candidates' visions for education and equity in the ward and city. All community members welcome and no RSVP needed! 

RamPage Dodgeball TournamentIt's that time of year again. Somebody topple the (other) staff team! Break out your best costume, stretch your throwing arm and fine 9 other buddies to join you in an epic night of fun competition, community building and chucking foam balls as hard as you can at other people. Who dares wins! Tourney will take place on Friday, January 25 in the evening.  

America to Me Screening and DiscussionOn Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30PM, 2 Ravenswood parents will be facilitating a screening and discussion of the first episode of Steve James' "America to Me". Filmed at Oak Park River Forest High School, this docu-series explores race, equity, identity and education from a thoughtful, honest lens. All students, families, staff and community members are invited to join us for this critical experience! As a school working to do better at being an integrated school and community, we believe this is part of a larger, critical and ongoing conversation we need to have as a community and hope you can join! No RSVP needed.

Have a great week, everyone.

Best,

Mr. Manaen and Mrs. Karrel

Nate Manaen