Dawes Elementary Newsletter

September 2021

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Welcome Back, Dawes Students and Families!

We are so excited to see so many of our students and families returing to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year!
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Dawes will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events. Please check back here to see what we have planned!


Students will have an opportunity to win prizes as they compete to answers questions!

BAC and PAC Meeting and Elections

Please join us Wednesday, September 22nd at 9:00 am for the BAC and PAC meeting and elections.
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Ms. Frangella, Dawes School Principal

Ms. Frangella begins her 27th year in education as the new principal of Dawes. Ms. Frangella has served Dawes in various capacities for almost 2 decades. Read her welcome letter to families here.

Ms. Vega, Assistant Principal

Ms. Vega transitions into the role of Assistant Principal at Dawes after serving in various roles at Dawes for over 15 years.
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In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDPH announced earlier this week that every U.S. state except Vermont is now a part of the city’s travel advisory. Here’s what this means for your family:

  • The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated;
  • Unvaccinated persons who leave the state of Illinois (this includes all children 11-years-old and younger who are not yet eligible for the vaccine) should self-quarantine for 7 days after returning to Chicago, even if they have received a negative COVID test; AND
  • Unvaccinated students who leave the state should not come to school during their self-quarantine period, which is 7 days if they receive a negative COVID test or 10 days if they do not test
  • Vaccinated travelers are not required to self-quarantine or test unless they develop symptoms if traveling within the United States

If you have an unvaccinated student, please reconsider your travel plans given this guidance. If your student must travel, please follow the advice above and report the absence to your school so that it can be marked as excused. Then, after one 24-hour school day period, your student will be provided with access to take-home schoolwork that will help them keep pace with their learning during the 7-10 days they are home.

Fall Reopening Guide for Families!

CPS has created a spot for parents and families to find information related to Back-to-School. Find the Fall Reopening Guide and much more at CPS' Back to School website.

Preschool Application Window Open Now!

Are YOU ready to apply for preschool?

Enrolling your 3- or 4-year-old in a Chicago Early Learning preschool program is easy! Follow the steps on the Chicago Early Learning website beginning April 21st.

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GoCPS Update: New Application Process Coming Soon

This year, all 8th grade students will participate in a high school admissions exam. Students applying to selective enrollment high schools will no longer have to take a test at one of the high schools. The admissions test will be administered here at Dawes in November.


Visit the GoCPS website to learn more.

Daily Screener

Families are reminded to please complete the at-home self-screener each morning. Instructions for completing the screener can be found here.


**Please note** The health screener does not have to be submitted online this fall.