BOONE SCHOOL FAMILY NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Families and Friends of Boone School,

It has been wonderful to get back to work with all of our students and staff! I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming Student-Teacher-Parent Conference day next Wednesday 11/13, where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our students' progress and all that is going on in our classrooms.


Again I would like to give a huge shout out to all of our teachers and staff for all their dedication and efforts to make Boone the best possible place for our students. I would also like to thank all of our students and families for your patience and support throughout these past couple of weeks. We are all ready to move forward with a renewed energy and focus on our growing and learning together. See you soon!


Sincerely,

Jackie Delaney, Principal

PROPOSED CHANGES TO CPS CALENDAR

The following dates are proposed make-up days that were not previously scheduled as student attendance days:


  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020


The proposed changes to the 2019-20 school calendar will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at the November 20, 2019 meeting.

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!
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Boone School to Receive the Space to Grow Playground Renovation Grant!

Space to Grow transforms Chicago schoolyards into vibrant spaces to play, learn and be outside. Schoolyard transformations prioritize physical activity, outdoor learning and community engagement. The green schoolyards incorporate landscape features that capture a significant amount of rainfall, helping keep the city’s water resources clean and resulting in less neighborhood flooding. It’s a win for students, neighborhoods and our city’s environment.


Space to Grow is managed by Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands and is made possible through the financial support and partnership of Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Department of Water Management, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.


Boone is one of five schools selected in this this round of applications. The community design process will kick off in November and the new schoolyard should be completed by next fall!

Building Boone Committee News:

Sharing your email address is the most important way to stay in touch with what is happening at Boone. In an effort to collect email addresses, the Building Boone Committee has created a Google Form document which will help all parents stay informed. Filling out the form should only take a minute. Click on this link: https://forms.gle/Krq1D4k8voRx7Er28 to submit your information to know what's happening with Boone events, fundraising, classroom activities, and much more.


Boone is starting its Room Rep program after winter break. We are still in need of Room Rep volunteers. One parent per class is all that is needed. A simple weekly "check in" with the teacher to see if they need any supplies, or have any class information to share with parents is the primary responsiblity of a Room Rep. You can submit to be a Room Rep by filling out https://forms.gle/Krq1D4k8voRx7Er28


Remember, you can support Boone by shopping at Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-2894685. Put the Building Boone Committee as your primary charity and everytime you shop through Amazon Smile, Boone will receive a portion of your purchase. Android users can go into settings on the Amazon app to set up Building Boone Committee as the primary charity. IPhone users will need to do the following:


1) Delete current Amazon app

2) Open Safari (IPhone internet browser); go to www.smile.amazon.com

3) At the bottom of the screen, select the 'share' button (the box with an upwards arrow in it)

3) Select "Add to home screen" (may have to scroll to see this option)


Abbreviated Mission Statement:

“The purpose of The Building Boone Committee is to raise funds to support Boone’s students, educational programs, and strategic school initiatives as identified by the school’s principal and Local School Council (LSC)."

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Parent-Teacher-Student Conference Day

The CPS elementary school Parent-Teacher-Student Conference Day is scheduled for Wednesday, 11/13/19. Students do NOT attend classes on this day. Please note that the hours will be 11:30-3:00PM, and 4:00-6:30PM. Teachers will NOT be available from 3:00-4:00 PM. We hope to see you there!

Welcome Keith De Los Santos - After School YMCA Instructor

Hi! My name is Keith De Los Santos and I am a YMCA Youth Enrichment Instructor here at Boone. I was born and raised here in Chicago and grew up around the northside of Chicago. Prior to starting here at Boone, I was a high school biology teacher for the past 8 years at a local high school in Chicago. Recently, I decided to go back to school and I am currently enrolled in DePaul’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. I look forward to working here at Boone for the school year! Feel free to say hi! Go Bulldogs!

After School Programming

Our After School programming has begun! If you would like additional information about after school programming, please contact Tatiana O'Connor-Venegas at toconnor@ymcachicago.org or Savitha Kowligy at sskowligy@cps.edu.

Picture Day!

Smile! Our Fall Picture day has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 20th.

THE NEW ASPEN PARENT PORTAL

Chicago Public Schools is excited to announce that Parent Portal has been replaced with a new system called Aspen. Aspen will provide the same capabilities of the old Parent Portal while adding new features and a new, easy-to-use mobile interface.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To access the new Aspen Parent Portal, all current portal users and parents who are interested in creating an account for the first time must set up a new account. Existing Parent Portal accounts will NOT automatically be transferred to Aspen. Click here to access directions for how to set up a new Aspen Parent Portal Account.

Kosher & Halal-Friendly Meals

We are excited to announce that Boone is now offering Kosher and Halal-Friendly lunch meals to our students! Our goal is to offer more dining options and to make sure we remove all restrictions for our students to be able to participate in the school lunch program.

All lunch will be free and there is no pre-ordering required. All meals will be coming from MilMar Food Group, a Kosher certified facility. The meals will be pre-packaged to meet the Kosher requirements and will have Kosher certification on the package.


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 November 20th 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

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 6th, 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.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Nov 6 - BAC/PAC Meeting, 8:30AM in 104

Nov 8 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher Workshops)

Nov 11 - NO SCHOOL in observation of Veteran's Day

Nov 13 - Student-Teacher-Parent Conferences, 11:30-3:00PM and 4:00-6:30PM

Nov 20 - Picture Day

Nov 20 - LSC Meeting, 4:30PM in 104

Nov 27 - 5th Grade Parent Morning 9:45AM

Nov 27 - 6th Grade Parent Breakfast 9:45AM

Nov 28-29 - NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 9 - Mid-Year NWEA Testing window opens

Dec 17 - International Fest! 4:30PM

Dec 18 - LSC Meeting, 4:30PM in 104

Dec 19 - Spelling Bee for grades 3rd-8th

Check Out This Year's School-Wide Reads!

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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.