The Mather Memo

October Mather Parent Newsletter

5-week Progress Reports - Mailed out this week (10/12/2020)

5-week progress reports were mailed out this week! Chicago Public Schools has mailed out a copy of each student's progress report to the address listed in Aspen. If you need to update that address, please fill out this form - https://forms.gle/DbFkQYmhevEWJu68A


If you have questions about your student' grades, please contact their teacher or their counselor.

Contact a Mather Staff Member

How do I find a Mather Staff Member? Use this link to the Mather website to connect with your student's teachers and counselor. Here is the link to the staff emails: https://www.matherhs.org/apps/staff/

Technical Difficulties

Are you experiencing technical difficulties? Call the CPS Hotline for support: 77/417-1060. They are available from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm to provide support to CPS students.


Are you have a password issue? Click on the link on the Mather website - matherhs.org and a staff member will respond shortly

October - Self-Care Challenge Month

This month staff and students have been participating in a Self-Care 30-day Challenge. Students were given a BINGO board with 30 different self-care challenge options and they have been sending in photos as they complete them! The Mather staff has gotten in on the fun too!


Ask your student about it today and join in on taking care of yourself this fall!

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Meal Kits will now include a 3rd meal!

Starting Tuesday, October 13th, the meal kits distributed from Mather HS will include a third meal! Each kit will contain 9 meals in total - enough food to support 3 days worth of breakfast, lunch, and supper.


Pick-up is at door 4 from the hours of 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.

What is HAPPENING at Mather!

Back to school forms - have you turned yours in yet?

Have you turned in the Family Income Information Form? EVERY student needs to fill one out and turn it in each year!

Here is the link to the form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10uDMOhkIeUd_TRUG-VIy2RpSymUsxP1p/view?usp=sharing


ALL 9th-grade students MUST submit a Medical Physical Form: https://www.cps.edu/globalassets/cps-pages/services-and-supports/health-and-wellness/health-forms-for-medical-providers/childhealthexamcertification_english.pdf



11th and 12th graders MUST be up to date on all of their medical shots: Students need proff that they have received the 2nd Meningitis shot (meningococcal vaccine) Documentation can be provided by your doctor and submitted to the schoool.


All forms can be submitted to contactmather@cps.edu. Please include students name, ID#, and homeroom #.

Attendance - Does your student need to miss a day of school?

Even though this year will begin with remote learning, students must follow the virtual attendance expectations given by the district. Even under the circumstances, student attendance is very important and necessary for them to be successful.

  • Students must be signed on and participate in each classroom Google Meeting, on time, in order to get credit for attendance for that period. Teachers will then report student attendance as normal.

  • If students arrive at the Google Meeting late, they will be marked as tardy

  • If students do not participate in one or multiple of their daily Google Meets, their attendance will be marked as Absent/Half Day Absent for the school day. Parents will be notified.

The following are procedures for reporting your child's absence during remote learning. Emails or notes cannot be accepted to report your child’s absence.

Please call the attendance office at 773-534-2340. Know that only a parent or guardian can call in to report an absence. You can save this number in your phone for easy access.

Parents and Guardians must provide the following information:

  • The date of the absence

  • The student's full name

  • Your name, and your relationship to the student

  • Your call back number

  • Reason for the absence - below are the acceptable reason for student absence according to the CPS and State of Illinois guidelines

Student Illness

Observance of a religious holiday

Death in the immediate family

Family emergency with an explanation

Circumstances which cause for a reasonable concern for your child's safety

Other situation beyond the control of the student

Oscar Urbina - Attendance Coordinator

773-534-2340

ourbina1@cps.edu


Credit Recovery

Credit recovery classes ensure high school students stay on track to receive their high school diploma if they have fewer credits than they should have at any given point in their high school career.

Credit recovery classes meet outside regular school hours to give students opportunities to retake a failed course. CPS offers flexible credit recovery options so students can choose the best fit for their needs and schedule.

To learn more about your credit recovery options, contact your school counselor.

Classes are offered at select schools and vary by school. Not every course is offered every session. Students who must make up a required course should look for opportunities to take the course as soon as possible so they can graduate on time.


Counselors:

Mrs. Adriana Johnson: All 9th-grade homerooms - 410 - 490 (aantunez1@cps.edu)

Ms. Paige Stenzel: Homerooms - 160, 161, 170, 211, 260, 261, 270, 310, 360, 361, 370 (pestenzel@cps.edu)

Mrs. Anna Rodriguez: Homerooms - 111, 150, 151, 210, 212, 250, 251, 290, 311, 312, 350, 351, 390 (amrodriguez43@cps.edu)

Mrs. Karen Rojek: Homerooms: 110, 112, 120, 121, 220, 221, 230, 231, 320, 321, 330, 331 (kjrojek@cps.edu)

Mrs. Sara Wong: Homerooms: 130, 131, 132, 133, 232, 280, 281, 282, 332, 380, 381, 382 (swinckler@cps.edu)

What is HAPPENING at Mather!

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Principal Appreciation Month! Thank you Mr. Peter Auffant!