Boone Post

September 25, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Boone Community,

With the first three weeks of school now coming to a close, I'm sure we all have learned a lot about what's working well and where we can improve as we reimagine school in this virtual environment. During this past week, teachers began providing students with a survey to gather their thoughts and ideas around remote learning and social-emotional learning at Boone. This survey is an important step we are taking to gather feedback that will help us inform ways we can best support students and build a strong community.


We acknowledge that we have extra challenges to face in building safe and cohesive communities in our classrooms within this new virtual environment. With this week’s grand jury decision in Kentucky that no officers would be charged directly with Breonna Taylor’s death, and amidst the ongoing unrest in our country as we continue to be inundated with daily news of injustices happening around us, we know that building safe communities in each classroom is more important than ever if we are to create spaces for students to truly share and engage in meaningful discourse about topics that are relevant to their lives.


At Boone we will continue to implement curriculum and resources that affirm that Black lives matter and affirm our commitment to anti-racist teaching. We recognize that we must continue to come together as a community and continually reflect on our practices and grow in meaningful ways to have the greatest positive impact on the students and families we serve. To that end, we also invite all community members to provide input by completing this survey regarding our remote learning plan at Boone. Please respond by Friday, 10/2/20, as we would like to share and discuss the results with staff the following week. Thank you for your feedback and support.


With gratitude,

Jackie Delaney, Principal

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last week. She was 87 years old. Click here for this link to Britannica Kids to read more about her story as a champion for justice and gender equality.

Rise Up: The Art of Protest

Throughout the year we will share our work regarding our school-wide priorities of Equity and Social Justice. Below is an image from our school-wide read "Rise Up: The Art of Protest" by Jo Rippon. This week as our 5th Graders studied this image, students provided a reflection and discussed their interpretations, feelings and connections associated with the image. Here are a few student reflections from Room 210:


  • "I think the girl is feeling brave and serious because she looks like she is standing up for something and being very brave about it."
  • "She is feeling this way because maybe a powerful someone said something about their culture and now she is not afraid to stand up to her/him."
  • "Human dignity maybe it means equality and humans rights means what they deserve."
  • "Her face says it all, it's there because there's too much racism."
  • "Maybe she's religious and people that are not are trying to find her."


Learn more about this poster and Amnesty International at www.amnestyusa.org

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Remote Learning Survey

We invite all community members to provide input by completing this survey regarding our remote learning plan at Boone. Please respond by Friday, 10/2/20, as we would like to share and discuss the results with staff the following week. Thank you for your feedback and support.

LSC Election Updates

The LSC elections that were supposed to have taken place last April have been rescheduled for November 18, 2020, for elementary schools, and the nomination period for LSC candidates and judges has been extended. People who submitted forms in the spring do not need to submit new forms. For people who would like to become candidates, the deadline has been extended. Candidates have until 3pm, October 2, 2020 to submit their forms to the school where they want to serve. More information on the LSC election process is available at this LSC link.

GoCPS Parent Presentation

8th grade students and families: Come find out about GoCPS and the high school application process.


Ms. Rowe and Ms. Washington will host a virtual GoCPS Orientation

Monday, October 5, 2020

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Please click on this RSVP Link to request an invite to the meeting. You can also email Counselor Julia Rowe at jrrowe@cps.edu for more information.

PAC Meetings on October 15, 2020

We will have our annual Title 1 PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) meetings on Thursday, 10/15/20. The Principal's Meeting will be at 9:00am and the Organizational Meeting will follow at 9:30am. At the Principal's meeting, Ms. Delaney will review our school's Title 1 Federal Funding Budget. At the Organizational meeting we will vote on the PAC officers for the 2020-2021 school year. Please be sure to attend if you would like to be considered for one of the positions. You can find more information about PAC at this link: https://www.cps.edu/services-and-supports/parent-engagement/parent-advisory-council-pac/


Please click here to request the link for this meeting, or email Principal Delaney at jdelaney@cps.edu if you would like to be sent the invitation for the virtual meetings. You can also call the main office at 773-534-2160 to request the call-in code.

Fall Art from our Art Elective Students with Ms. Locke

Shout-Outs!

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!

SHOUT OUTS!!


  • Shout out to Mr. Gerardo Zavala, thank you for your help! (From Mustafa)
  • Ms Doman - Thank you, we love you! (From Mohammad)
  • Mr.Lambert is a great teacher he helped us a lot because of this teacher I understand Social Science much better .Thank You So Much! (From Laiba)
  • Mr. Austria thank you for helping me to better understand how to navigate through all this technology. You're very patient, understanding and always willing to help. (From Alexa)
  • Thank you Ms. Siddiqua. You're a great teacher I'm so happy to be in your class. (From Shane)
  • I love my new teacher Ms. Soro . She is smart and very kind. Thank you for all you do for our class to make sure we are learning. (From Alaina)
  • I would like to thank Mr.Hines for being such a nice and good teacher. Mr.Hines is really kind and always let's us take our time and helps us whenever we need it. (From Faven)

REPEAT REMINDERS BELOW

U.S. Census - It's Not Too Late to Be Counted!

Please make sure you and your family is COUNTED! Complete the census now at my2020census.gov or visit chicago.gov/census by September 30th!


Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.


Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.


The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.


Please make sure you and your family is COUNTED! Complete the census now at my2020census.gov or visit chicago.gov/census

Family Income Information Forms Needed by 9/30/20

CPS is requiring that all Family Income Information forms (formerly known as "Lunch Forms") be entered in the system by the end of September. Our apologies, we acknowledge that if families registered/enrolled earlier in the summer, this form was not in the packet. So we will need any families who have not completed this form to please do so no later than 9/30/20. It is very important that we get all of these forms, as this is what generates state funding for Boone. You can download the form here FIIF Form, or pick up a hard copy at Door 2. You can return the form to Door 2, or email a scanned and signed copy to sbshahbaz@cps.edu. Boone office staff will be contacting all families from whom we still need this form, thank you!

YMCA Virtual After School Programming

COVID-19 has closed the school building, but it can’t stop FUN!!

Are you into visual arts? Do you have what it takes to conquer our series of instant challenges? Does the idea of learning more about your favorite computer games, and movie/television characters sound interesting to you? If so, join us! The YMCA will be offering fun, engaging and creative virtual activities during CPS virtual learning period. These activities will occur during out-of-school time hours for students and adults. All of this, plus exciting partner programs and the usual amazing work the Y does to promote student academic and social-emotional development.


If you are interested in learning more, Click on this Interest Survey Link and complete the form. Boone's YMCA Program Manager Josh Fidler will follow up with you and provide additional information. If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh at jfidler@ymcachicago.org


Stay Active! Stay Engaged! Stay Safe!

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
  • Leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
  • Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - cmortiz8@cps.edu (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - sbshahbaz@cps.edu (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
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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.


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.