Boone Post

October 16, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Boone School Community,

We are now six weeks into remote learning. While we have learned quite a lot about what is working at different grade levels, we also acknowledge that there are many different ways to design a schedule, and there are many differing opinions regarding the best option. Over the past two weeks, we have met with multiple teacher teams to discuss survey results and feedback from parents, students, and staff. This week I observed in classrooms where students discussed and debated our current schedule as well as additional schedule proposals. Across CPS, students, families and staff are providing their feedback, and it is wonderful to see that our own students are finding ways to advocate for themselves and ensure their voices are heard. In case you missed it, one of our 8th grader's petition efforts made it all the way to the Chicago Tribune this week!

Please know that we plan to continue to engage in dialogue with students, families, and staff, as well as consult with other CPS schools that are trying different models as we weigh the benefits and drawbacks of different schedule proposals. Thank you again to all students and families who have provided feedback via survey and discussion. With your input, we will keep trying to improve our program to best meet everyone's needs.

With gratitude,

Jackie Delaney, Principal

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month has been an opportunity to celebrate all the past, present and future contributions of our Latinx community. While our goal is to have students engage with an inclusive curriculum that uplifts the identities of all students all year long, we also want to acknowledge and appreciate National Hispanic Heritage Month as an additional opportunity to celebrate Hispanic and Latinx culture. Take a look at some of the work of our student projects from rooms 209 and 212:

Frida Kahlo Study and Self-Portraits

Celebrating Influential Latinx and Hispanic Leaders

Celebrating Influential Latinx and Hispanic Leaders

Celebrating Influential Latinx and Hispanic Leaders

Equity & Social Justice - Parent & Community Virtual Meeting with LSC

As part of the LSC meeting on Tuesday, 10/20/20, Dr. Carole Collins-Ayanlaja will present a session for parents and community regarding our school-wide Equity priority and our Social Justice Standards, with a focus on the identity domain. All Boone community members are welcome to attend this virtual session. Please complete this brief LSC Link Request form if you would like to be sent the Google Meets log-in information to join this meeting. The regular LSC meeting business will take place approximately 4:00-4:30PM, with the Equity and Social Justice presentation running from 4:30-5:30PM.

Message from Building Boone Committee: FREE Desks!

Does your student need a dedicated work space for remote learning? Would you like a free desk? Chicago Community Tools and Life Quilt Foundation are partnering with the Building Boone Committee to provide desks to students. Complete this form and you will be contacted about delivery of a desk and chair.


Is there someone at Boone who you would like to recognize for their hard work, kindness, or other awesome quality? Please click here on the Boone Community Shout-Out form to take a moment to acknowledge that person. Your message may appear in the next post!


  • Ms. Phan for being a great teacher and all the teacher and staff members and students (From Shayan)
  • I will like to make a shout out for my fellow classmate Anette for always helping me when I need help! (From Ana)

  • Shoutout to Ms Natividad for being very nice and helpful! (From Galilea)

  • I would like to give a shout-out to Ms. Plaza and Ms. A (Jonikaitis) for helping us understand our future (From Afnan)

  • Phillip Bowen,Jessica Rogers,Joseph Waytula,Payge Sarris,My class mates, I would like to give them a shout out because they try so hard and do their best in every time.The teachers always try their best to make us feel comfortable in remote learning. (From Kawsar)


CPS District-Wide Calendar 2020-2021

Oct 20 - Virtual LSC Meeting followed by Equity and Social Justice Workshop, 4:00-5:30PM LSC Link Request form

Nov 3 - NO SCHOOL, Election Day

Nov 5 - End of 1st Quarter

Nov 6 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Development Day


Go CPS Application Window is Open

The Go CPS Application Period for the 2021-2022 school year opens on October 12, 2020, and closes on December 11, 2020. During this period, families can submit an application, select and rank programs and schools, and schedule any required admissions screenings, if applicable (i.e., admissions exams, auditions, information sessions, and interviews). Click here to access the GoCPS website.

  • Students who do not live within Boone's attendance area must apply through the Go CPS Process, this includes siblings.
  • Current PK students who do not live within Boone's attendance area but would like to enroll for Kindergarten for 2020-2021 must apply through the Go CPS Process.
  • 8th graders who are interested in applying to specialty programs must apply through the Go CPS Process.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal gives parents the ability to view students' grades in real time. If you are setting up your Parent Portal account for the first time, please visit the First Time Parent Portal Set-Up link. This is a one-time step and not necessary after every school year. Once you receive your email from Aspen to help set up your username and password, you can access Parent Portal at Aspen Parent Portal.

If you already have a Parent Portal account, but are running into technical issues (forgot password, locked out, etc), please email Boone's tech coordinator Patrick Chi ( so he can reset your account. Once your account is reset, you should receive an email from Aspen with further instructions. Additional information provided by the district can be found at this link.

How to Contact Office Staff or Administration

While Door 1 is under construction and temporarily unavailable, and there are limited staff at Boone due to COVID-19 closure, here are the ways you can contact office and/or administrative staff:

  • Leave a message with Security Officer Mr. Valencia outside at Door 2 near the food distribution, 8am-1pm daily Monday-Friday
  • Call main office and/or leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
  • Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
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Daniel Boone Elementary School

A Chicago Public Schools Fine and Performing Arts Neighborhood School with a Magnet Cluster Program in West Rogers Park.

Boone Vision: Kindness, creativity, and an understanding of diverse perspectives will guide us as we intentionally engage in learning opportunities and take action to bring about positive change in our world.

Boone Mission: We actively seek to learn more about ourselves, others, and the world through the arts and through learning opportunities that respond to our identities and promote positive relationships. We rise up to advocate for ourselves and others so that everyone is valued and empowered.