Boone Post

November 13, 2020

Update: Report Cards and Conference Day on 11/18/20

Wednesday, November 18th, is conference day. All parents and guardians should have received communication from your child's teacher regarding scheduling a virtual conference to discuss your child's progress. Please use this link to contact the teacher if you have not yet scheduled an appointment.

Parents and guardians can also meet with Expressive Arts Teachers on this day. Please click here for the ExArts Conference Day Schedule to sign up.

Hard copies of report cards will be mailed out by CPS Central Office next week, although you may not receive them prior to the conference. If you would like to access grades, you can use Aspen Parent Portal at any time (see directions in "Repeat Reminder" section below). Also, a reminder that there will be no classes for students on this day.

LSC Elections Updates

Election Date: LSC Elections will be held during the first semester report card pick-up days this fall. The date for Boone and all CPS elementary schools is November 18, 2020.

Election Format: Due to COVID-19, parents, guardians and staff can choose between either voting in-person at their respective schools, submitting their ballots by mail, or dropping off their mail-in ballots. For in-person voting, the district is implementing stringent health and safety measures, including social distancing, face covering requirements, and completing a health screener and temperature check prior to entering school buildings. The district will also offer curbside voting for individuals with disabilities.

Community members will still be required to vote in person because the district does not have access to information for every prospective community voter living within a school’s boundary in order to provide a mail-in ballot.

For key information for each voting constituency please refer to the press release published on October 21, 2020.

LSC Meeting 11/17/20

Our next LSC meeting will take place next Tuesday, 11/17/20, at 4:30PM. Please complete this meeting link request form and you will be sent the link to the meeting.

Equity and Social Justice at Boone

All parents, guardians and community are invited to participate in upcoming workshops with CPS Equity Partner Dr. Carole Collins Ayanlaja. These workshops will further explore the different domains of our social justice standards: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their input as we build our community agreements in implementing these standards and promoting equity and social justice at Boone.

Please mark your calendars for the following dates: December 15, January 19, February 16. All sessions are 4:30-5:30PM. Link invitations will be posted here closer to the date of each session.

Upcoming Workshops from BAC (Bilingual Advisory Committee)

These workshops will be presented in Spanish, with English translation available:

Presented by Psychologist Ferney Ramirez, these workshops are based on the theories of Multiple Intelligences and the development of children 's competencies. It shows the person as a Well Rounded Being that grows as one develops the capacity of leadership and skills to construct his/her own Personal Success. The dynamics are that of participation and reflection. The sessions become an opportunity to express feelings, to re design and to better our personal and family life. We utilize games, practical activities, audiovisuals, drama and role play. Mark your calendars!

Nov. 18.2020, 1:00-3:00PM

You are Stronger Than You Think You Are! Self Esteem, leadership and Positive Mental Attitude during these times of crisis. Link for registration

Additional workshops coming 12/2/20, 1/20/21, and 2/20/21, with time for all dates at 1:00-3:00PM.

CPS Parent University Workshop

Our November Virtual Parent University entitled: Responding to and Deescalating Challenging Behavior will be presented by the Office of Diverse Learners Specialized Behavior Support and Strategy team (SBSS Team)

Join us as we learn information on:

  • The Do's and Don'ts for responding to behaviors.

  • De Escalation

  • Crisis Plans

Dates and times for the virtual training's are as follows:

Tuesday, November 17th 2020 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Spanish

Tuesday, November 17th 2020 - 6:30-8:00 PM - English

Monday, November 23rd - 12noon-1:30p.m. English

Monday, November 23rd - 6:30-8:00 PM - Spanish

Registration is required.


Click the button above to be re-directed to a bulletin board with resources shared by community members. New updates this week include free local Coronavirus testing and Rental assistance for qualified families.


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!

  • Danish is funny and so fun to be around in calls we always have an amazing time being friends with him has completely made me happy and I suggest all of you try to be friends with him because he is so welcoming and humble
  • To Ms. Dougherty, I'm truly glad Kidane has been assigned to your class! Thank you for always being able to remain calm and collected in these trying online environments. You are an asset to Boone! Really!! We appreciate you! (From parent Amsale A.)
  • Thank you Mr. Z for always being there to lend a helping hand/keyboard. Kidane and I appreciate you! (From parent Amsale A.)
  • Thank you Mr. Donlin for being a super lit music teacher. I really enjoyed listening to all the hits Kidane was producing in your class! I was enjoying the old school music you were playing for the class as well, and was singing my heart out! Great reprieve in this online learning environment! We truly appreciate you!! (From parent Amsale A.)


CPS District-Wide Calendar 2020-2021

  • Nov 17 - LSC Virtual Meeting, 4:30PM meeting link request form
  • Nov 18 - NO SCHOOL, Report Card Conferences (virtual)
  • Nov 18 - LSC Elections for all CPS Elementary Schools
  • Nov 25,26,27 - NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Holiday


November Meal Distribution & No School in Session Dates

Please note the following regarding meal distribution at Boone for November due to holidays and other dates where school will not be in session. Meal distribution is typically 8am-1pm on Monday-Friday, but there are several exceptions in November:

11/18 - No School (Report Cards/Virtual Conferences) but Meal distribution OPEN

11/25, 11/26, 11/27 - No School, No meal distribution (Thanksgiving Holiday); 5 day's worth of meals will be included in kits on November 23rd & 24th

YMCA Virtual Programming for Students and Adults

A Message from our Partners at the YMCA:

Greetings Students and Families,

We are so excited to begin the Boone-YMCA CSI After School program and most importantly, to have you join us! Boone's YMCA after school program has just begun, and there is still time to sign up for our fun and engaging after school programs!

Attached is a menu of the virtual programs being offered. Please follow this link and select which student programs you would like to participate in. After you register for programming, you will receive a confirmation email detailing your enrollment status, your program schedule, and a registration form. There are a limited number of spaces available due to the capacity of online learning engagement, so please only commit to what you or your student have the capacity for.

There are also some great program opportunities for adults, including; dance classes, yoga classes, and paint parties! You can find more information and sign up for these programs here.

We look forward to providing your students with enrichment activities that are both fun and engaging!

Please feel free to reach out to Josh Fidler, YMCA CSI Program Manger at Boone, with any questions you may have.

Email: or

Go CPS Application Window is Open

The Go CPS Application Period for the 2021-2022 school year opens on October 12, 2020, and closes on December 11, 2020. During this period, families can submit an application, select and rank programs and schools, and schedule any required admissions screenings, if applicable (i.e., admissions exams, auditions, information sessions, and interviews). Click here to access the GoCPS website.

  • Students who do not live within Boone's attendance area must apply through the Go CPS Process, this includes siblings.
  • Current PK students who do not live within Boone's attendance area but would like to enroll for Kindergarten for 2020-2021 must apply through the Go CPS Process.
  • 8th graders who are interested in applying to specialty programs must apply through the Go CPS Process.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal gives parents the ability to view students' grades in real time. If you are setting up your Parent Portal account for the first time, please visit the First Time Parent Portal Set-Up link. This is a one-time step and not necessary after every school year. Once you receive your email from Aspen to help set up your username and password, you can access Parent Portal at Aspen Parent Portal.

If you already have a Parent Portal account, but are running into technical issues (forgot password, locked out, etc), please email Boone's tech coordinator Patrick Chi ( so he can reset your account. Once your account is reset, you should receive an email from Aspen with further instructions. Additional information provided by the district can be found at this link.

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
  • Call main office and/or leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
  • Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
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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.

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.