New Field Weekly Updates

Week 20: January 23-27, 2023

Middle of Year Updates & Reminders

Dear New Field families,

A very Happy Lunar New Year to so many in our community!

Are you interested in celerbrating or learning more about the Lunar New Year?

You can find family friendly ideas here.

As we have just passed the midpoint of this school year, it is so exciting to see the growth our students have made so far this year! Our students are wrapping up middle-of-year testing for Reading & Math and it is powerful to see students outpacing growth goals, increasing their level of achievement and closing learning gaps exacerbated by the pandemic.

You can expect to receive middle-of-year assessment updates within the next two weeks.

This week we also launch our second cycle of academic intervention services for foundational reading skills. Families will receive notices for intervention services the first week of February.

Please check in with your classroom teacher if you have any questions about upcoming intervention services or middle of year testing.

Lastly, a few logistical reminders and requests to ensure smooth processes in the second half of the school year:


In the event of sever inclement weather New Field executes indoor dismissal.

  • PK no change in dismissal
  • Kinder and First grades exit through BOTH cafeteria doors. Please utilize the Clark St door to expedite dismissal.
  • Second Grade dismisses from the main entry vestibule
  • Third & Fourth grades exit out the gym doors


Please keep personal toys and games at home, unless requested for show/tell or star or the week. If you have a question about an allowable item, please contact your classroom teacher or our administrative team: Ms. Callahan,, Mr. Lopez,, or Ms. Martinez,

In no circumstance should any child have a toy at school that resembles/mimics a weapon.


Please help us reinforce pedestrian safety and utilize crosswalks. Crossing in front of our school and outside of crosswalks creates seriously dangerous conditions for all community members.

If you are driving to/from New Field please adhere to these basic principles:

  • Drive at 20 mph or slower and fully stop at stop signs.
  • Do not double or triple park, this causes significant congestion and safety concerns
  • Do not pull a U-Turn in front of the school. Please use normal traffic patterns to safely drive home.
  • Keep the bus lane clear for busses and taxis that provide transportation services for students

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with dismissal traffic congestion please check in with out Assistant Principal, Mr. Alfredo Lopez,


Mrs. Conrey Callahan

Principal, New Field ES

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PAC Meeting: Reading To Our Children, Promoting learning and literacy through Books

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 9-10:15am

1707 West Morse Avenue

Chicago, IL

Join us for an interactive workshop focused on literacy skills that you can integrate at home, reading aloud to your child!

Includes, coffee, conversation, connections and raffles!

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Healthy Student Market

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 2:30-3:15pm

1707 w morse ave

FREE, fresh groceries for your family!

Don't forget your reusable bag

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Coffee with the Principal

Friday, Jan. 27th, 9:15-10:15am

1707 West Morse Avenue

Chicago, IL

Join us for coffee and informal conversation.

This month's topics include:

  1. Middle of Year assessments
  2. Staffing Updates
  3. Engagement opportunities

FREE Vaccination Clinic at New Field (final offering for school year 2023)

Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 10am-1pm

1707 West Morse Avenue

Chicago, IL

FREE Flu & COVID-19 Vaccine available at New Field!

All ages and all community members are welcome.

This will be our last vaccine clinic for school year 2022-2023

Register here:

NOTE: unaccompanied minors may receive vaccines.

Please make sure to sign the additional online waiver

Outdoor Activities Reminder

Please be aware that our students will still go outside for scheduled activities, even in colder weather.

Typically our cutoff range is 22 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill considered.

Click here to read our cold weather guidelines.

Please make sure your child is sent to school with warm shoes, coats, gloves and a hat or scarf.

Do you need assistance with winter clothing?

Contact our school for assistance: Include your children's names and coat sizes

Provide Feedback on the Proposed 2023-2024 Calendar

CPS families and staff have until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 to share feedback about the proposed school year 2023-2024 calendar.

Please visit the Board of Education website and click on the plus sign under “January” to see the draft calendar, then use this Google form to provide your feedback on the calendar.

Highlights of next year’s proposed calendar include:

  • A school start date of Monday, August 21, 2023 and an end date of Thursday, June 6, 2024.

  • Students complete their first semester prior to winter break on Thursday, December 21, 2023.

  • 176 days of instruction for students.

  • 12 professional learning days for teachers and school-based staff (consistent with the current school year).

  • A shift in first quarter professional development to occur on Thursday, October 26, 2023 — the day before report card pickup day — to allow for more consistent weeks in October.

  • Combined parent-teacher conference day for both high school and elementary school students on Friday, October 27, 2023, and separate conferences on consecutive days in the spring of 2024 (elementary school on Wednesday, April 10 and high school on Thursday, April 11).

  • Two weeks of winter vacation for students (December 22, 2023–January 5, 2024) and one week of spring vacation (March 25–29, 2024).

  • No student instruction for the entire week of Thanksgiving (November 20–24, 2023).

  • Veterans Day will be a holiday for all staff and students during the 2023–24 school year and will be observed on Friday, November 10, 2023.

Similar to this school year, next year’s calendar:

  • Aligns closely with the academic calendars of suburban school districts and local colleges and universities.

  • Gives students a start date before Labor Day.

  • Allows more students to participate in summer camps and job and recreational opportunities that start earlier in the summer.

  • Give students more time to prepare for important exams, including AP and IB tests and the SAT.

Your feedback is critical as we plan for a successful new school year, so please share your thoughts here by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25. Once the final calendar is approved by the Board of Education, we will share it with all CPS families and staff.