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Welcome to February

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

We hope everyone stayed warm through our historic low temperatures this past week. While it hasn't been made official yet, the district will likely make up the lost two days at the end of the school year. 

Party like it’s 19(99): We are less than a month out from our Spring Benefit! Get your tickets here so you don't miss the party of the year. This year we are celebrating 125 years of Ravenswood: our Past, Present and Future! Tickets are offered at various price points so we can have as many people there as possible. See you March 2nd at the Dank Haus!

Day of Service: Looking for a great family activity February 9th? Join us at the school from 9:00 to noon for our annual day of service. We will have a variety of improvement projects around the school suited for a variety of ages and skill levels. Help make Ravenswood a great place for our students to learn and grow! Did we mention there will be a chili cook off at noon? All veggie? Chicken with white beans? Meat-only-no-beans? All is fair in love and chili. Bring your slow cooker and your secret family recipe (cough, "Siri give me an award winning chili recipe...") and come compete for the golden ladle! Everyone is welcome to stay for lunch whether you brought a chili or not. 

Have a great week, everyone. 

Best,

Mr. Manaen and Ms. Karrel

Nate ManaenPrincipal Letter
Weather Update January 28

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

CPS has announced that due to inclement weather forecast for this week, the district will take the following action:

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019:  After-school activities including sports competitions will be canceled.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019: Chicago Public Schools will cancel classes and all school buildings will be closed. To ensure students do not miss out on valuable instruction, a student attendance day will be added to the CPS calendar for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 pending approval from the Chicago Board of Education.

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019: The district will provide an update to families by noon Wednesday on the status of school opening.

Regardless of these closings, Ravenswood will not turn away any student who comes in need of warm shelter.

For the latest updates, please visit the CPS website, or follow Chicago Public Schools Facebook,  Twitter, and Instagram.

Thank you for your patience with these updates. We’ll continue to keep you posted.

Mr. Manaen & Ms. Karrel Ravenswood School

Nate ManaenPrincipal Letter
Weather Update January 28th

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

 As you are likely aware, this week’s forecast is calling for severe winter temperatures. It is always the district’s intention to open schools on time in order to minimize disruption to student learning, but for the latest information on potential school cancellations, please follow the district’s social media feeds (Chicago Public Schools FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) and sign up for emails on the CPS website. In the event school is cancelled, Ravenswood social media accounts will also post information as soon as we are able. Either way, our building will be open to any students who show up this week. An update on the district’s plans will be provided by Tuesday at noon when the district has greater certainty about Wednesday’s anticipated temperatures. If classes are cancelled, all after school programs and before care with BASA will also cancelled. Additionally, our Showcase will also be rescheduled. 

If you are concerned for your family's safety in these cold temperatures, please contact the school ASAP so we can assist you and your families with shelter, food, water, clothing etc.

A few notes below:

 Thank You: A huge shout out to our incredible facilities and security team (Ms. Arzuaga, Mr. Ramos, Mr. Hodzic) have been hard at work ensuring safe entry ways, that heating systems are working properly and that snow and ice are being cleared from walkways as fast as possible. If you see them out and working, please thank them for their hard work!

Arrival/Dismissal: We will post orange flags if we are holding indoor arrival (anticipated for most of this week). Students can enter through the main doors as soon as they arrive. If you are running late for pick up, please call the office as soon as possible so we know where you are and can coordinate care for your child in the interim. 

Traffic: We know the road conditions are crazy. Please don't add to it by double parking and leaving your vehicle. If you are asked to move your vehicle by school staff, please do so promptly. Give yourself plenty of time to get to and from school.

Recess: We will hold indoor recess any day the weather is below 15 degrees windchill and/or the playground has unsafe conditions.

Stay warm and safe, Ravenswood.

Best,

 

Mr. Manaen and Ms. Karrel

Nate ManaenPrincipal Letter
November Wrap-Up & December Planning

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's raffle. Hands, our annually-returning Austrian body-builder-turned-emcee facilitated this year's raffle and was incredibly "pomped opp" by the participation of everyone! Ravenswood runs a tight school budget, and fundraisers like these allow us to do what we do for kids each day. Thanks for joining in through your time, effort and generosity financial support! A special thank you all our parent volunteers and to parent Erin Szott for all her work in organizing this year's raffle! 

Two things to put on your radar and one concluding thought below:

International Club Potluck: Join us this Friday with a dish to share for a school-wide potluck! Bring a traditional dish from you culture or upbringing and enjoy a Friday evening dinner celebrating our diverse Ravenswood community! To accommodate our families with food allergies, please bring a list of ingredients from your dish. 

Supporting Our Community During the Holidays: Every year, we collect gift card donations (Target only, please) to give to Ravenswood families in need over the holiday season. If your family is interested in donating gift cards, please bring them to the office over the next two weeks and we will distribute to families in need before the winter break. 

These next few weeks leading up to break will be packed and go quickly. Please send your children to school every day they are healthy as we have a lot planned for them! Thank you for your unbelievable support and commitment to our students, staff and each other. Ravenswood is a school community like no other and we are grateful for the chance to be part of it every day. 

Have a great week, everyone. 

Best,

Mr. Manaen and Mrs. Karrel

Nate ManaenPrincipal Letter
Ravenswood is a 1+ School

Ravenswood is a 1+ School

Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

We are pleased to share that Ravenswood has achieved a "1+" rating by CPS for 2018-2019 school year, the highest rating an elementary school can earn! This rating derives from a variety of factors including our students' attainment and growth on the MAP assessment (grades 2-8), our student attendance rate, and the student and staff results from the 5Essentials survey. We know and believe that Ravenswood is a great place for students to learn and grow because you, our community make it great. We want to say “thank you” to our incredibly skilled and dedicated staff, our supportive families and generous community for making Ravenswood a great place for our students to learn and grow. 

While we believe the school rating is an indicator of the great things happening at Ravenswood every day, we also know that "success" for our students is measured in so many other ways. We know that student success in school and life requires students to think critically, to show and receive empathy, to advocate for themselves, to organize their work and thinking and to persevere in the face of challenges, and so we will continue to reflect as a staff on what is working well for our students and where we can still improve. Thank you always for your ongoing, amazing support of our students and school. 

Finally, any rating is meaningless unless we are also looking at the success and needs of every single child. Ravenswood is a diverse school made up students from around the city and globe. While we are proud of our progress, we have much work yet to do to become a school of equity in which every single child gets what they need from our community to achieve at high levels and to have doors of opportunity opened to them. We invite our entire community into this share work and vision as we continue to purse excellence for every child. We plan to talk more about this and the strengths, challenges and opportunities that this rating presents at our next LSC meeting. 

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Best,
Mr. Manaen and Mrs. Karre