BOONE SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2019

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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Families and Friends of Boone School,


It was wonderful to see so many of you over this past month on Conference Day as well as at several other events. Again we are very excited to announce that we have received the Space to Grow Grant, which will help us renovate and transform our playground. Thanks so much to all of you who participated in discussions and surveys regarding the design of our new outdoor space. I hope many of you will be able to join us for the upcoming community planning meeting which will take place on Wednesday, December 11th, from 3:15-5:15PM.


Representatives from Space to Grow will be on-site at Boone to share their draft designs with us and provide us with more opportunity for your feedback as the design process moves along. All families, students, and community members are invited, so please help us spread the word, and we will see you at Boone on 12/11/19 for this event.


I hope you all have a wonderful long holiday weekend, with lots of time to celebrate all for which you are thankful. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be at Boone each day.


Thank you all,

Ms. Delaney

ExArts Open Classroom Grades 1st-6th on December 6th

Our next ExArts Open Classroom Day will take place on Friday, 12/6/19. Parents and Families of students in grades 1st-6th are welcome to come visit their student's Expressive Arts Classroom at designated times for each grade level. Please click here for the Open Classroom Schedule.

COLLABORATIVE LESSON PLANNING

Mr. Lambert and Mrs. Neren’s Collaborative Lesson focused on our CIWP priority of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The 7th and 8th Grade students exploried the history of slavery in America and studied how it has affected our views of race today. Through this unit, the students gained knowledge that systemic racism exists within America and the founding of our democracy. Students are understanding systemic racism as a broad concept through the discussion and analysis of visuals, artifacts and data representations in a gallery walk. The Collaborative Lesson allowed students to explore how society has affected their own views on race.

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Excerpts from Student Blog Posts in Response to the Lesson


Victoria B. -

Race plays a pretty big factor in systems. A lot of this has to do with the fact that most systems are owned by old white men. This particular genre of people tend to be old fashioned. They like to remember "the good old days". Mostly the good old days before 1963. Now, since most systems are owned by these people, a particular genre of people are affected. To be specific, People Of Color (POC). This is because POC families have barely experienced wage growth since 1960, even with inflation, and thus live in poorer neighborhoods. Maybe the fact that black adults are almost 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than white adults can be blamed for that. Or maybe it's because black women are 2 times more likely to die during childbirth. Any way you slice it, POC are treated unfairly.


Alaina W. -

Although some people may say that everyone is treated equal, it's not true. People of color are more likely to be arrested than people not of color, and even nowadays, the different systems that everyone uses are biased to support white citizens, leaving people of color to fend for themselves. Society today, although it's a lot better than it used to be, is nowhere near equal for everyone. Not all people have equal job opportunities or make the same amount of money. Since people of color are, on average, going to poorer schools than those of white children, they may not get as good of an education. This could, in the future, lead to less job opportunities, which could also lead to less money. Less money could lead to people resorting to other, possibly illegal ways to support themselves, which could lead to being arrested. All of these systems play into each other in a way.

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Building Boone Committee

The Building Boone Committee is organizing a school wide competition. During December, the classes that collect the most parent emails get a prize. One class per grade wins. You can submit your information at https://tinyurl.com/Boone-Parent-Info to give your child's class a head start! Giving your email to the BBC will help you stay informed with what is happening at Boone, from classroom activities to school-wide events and fundraisers.


Remember to do ALL your holiday shopping through Amazon Smile. Every dollar spent earns money for Boone School. Go to Amazon Smile and put "Building Boone Committee" as your primary organization. Or click https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-2894685 and start shopping! Once you put the Building Boone Committee as your primary organization for fundraising, all future purchases will earn money for Boone School!


The next BBC meeting is scheduled for December 5th at 6:30 p.m. All parents are welcome! If you would like more information, email buildingbooneCPS@gmail.com.

BOONE SPORTS UPDATE

The 5th-8th Girls Volleyball Team is currently Undefeated!! Wish them Luck as they enter the Playoffs. Thanks Coach Soto and Coach Guerreo!


The 5th-8th Co-Ed Flag Football Team made it to the Playoffs!! Way to go Team and Coach E.


We are very proud of the 5th-8th Boys Soccer Team! Although they missed their season this year due to the CPS Strike, we want to congratulate them on attending practices and their continued dedication to the team. Thanks to our Coaches as well - Coach Hector, Coach Diego, and Coach Immanuel!


A very special Thank you goes out to Coach Guillermo for his dedication to the Boone Soccer Team throughout the years. Thank you for your support and for all that you have done for our team!


The 5th-8th Boone Basketball Teams are recruiting players for the upcoming season. Practices are starting in December to prepare for our January games. Please see Coach V or Coach Immanuel for more details.

WE MISSED OUR STUDENTS

It's good to be back. Together, let's finish the year strong!
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WE APPRECIATE OUR REPRESENTATIVES

The Boone Community thanks you for your support!
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VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS ELECTIVE STUDENTS PRESENT

“WHY CAN'T WE.”

A multimedia piece that shows our school's many talents and our hope for a bigger space.

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

We Want Your Feedback!

Do you have suggestions, questions or concerns that you’d like to share with Boone administration? Do you have shout-outs or positive feedback about our school or staff that you’d like to share? Please take a moment to click on this Community Feedback link and tell us how we’re doing. This form is anonymous, although there is a place to provide your contact info if you’d like us to follow up with you. Thank you!

WINTER WEATHER IS COMING!

Please be sure to have students dress warmly and wear coats, hats, scarves, and mittens as necessary once the winter weather arrives. Students all have daily outdoor recess unless there is rain or the temperature or wind chill drops below 20 degrees.


*A note about entry time in the event of inclement weather: In order to ensure we have adequate staffing and supervision, we will open the doors no earlier than 8:00AM on inclement weather days. For safety of students, please do not plan to have students arrive before 8:00AM, thank you!

Go CPS - Enrollment at Boone for 2020-2021

Applications for the Go CPS process must be submitted by December 13th, 2019. This applies to any student seeking enrollment at Boone who is not currently living within the attendance boundaries of the school. Please be reminded of two common scenarios:


  • Incoming Kindergarten student whose siblings attend Boone but does not live within the attendance area MUST apply through the Go CPS process.
  • Current Boone Pre-Kindergarten student who does not live within the attendance area MUST apply through the Go CPS process.

LSC PARENT VACANCY

We currently have one LSC Parent Vacancy. Any parents interested in joining the LSC should obtain an application in the office. Parents will have the opportunity to present themselves as candidates to the LSC at the December 18th meeting at 4:30PM, where a new Parent Representative will then be appointed. You can find out more about the role of the LSC at the following website: www.cps.edu/lsc

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UPCOMING EVENTS

December 6: Kindergarten Field Trip to Field Museum

December 6: Ex-Arts Open Classroom (Grades 1-6)

December 9: Jan 24: Mid-Year NWEA Assessments K-8th

December 11: Space to Grow Community Meeting, 3:15-5:15PM (ALL FAMILIES INVITED)

December 12: Room 201 and 209 Field Trip to Museum of Science and Industry

December 13: Deadline for completing GoCPS Enrollment Process for 2020-2021

December 13: Room 113 Walks to the Public Library

December 17: International Show Evening Performance, 4:30PM

December 18: Room 205 Field Trip to Museum of Science and Industry

December 18: LSC Meeting at 4:30PM

December 19: School Spelling Bee (grades 3-8)

December 19: Picture Retake

December 23 - January 1: Winter Break

January 2: Classes Resume

Check Out This Year's School-Wide Reads!

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Images By: Kristin Heinichen

Daniel Boone Elementary School

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