MARCH 2020

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Dear Families and Friends of Boone School,

Throughout the month of February many classrooms have worked on projects that will be highlighted as part of our upcoming Black Heritage, Black History, and Civil Rights assembly. I hope to see many of you next Tuesday evening, March 3rd, to take part in this culminating event!

We are also still in the process of creating our CIWP (Continuous Improvement Work Plan) for the upcoming school years 2020-2022. The CIWP is the school improvement plan that will guide our work and include the primary goals that we will be working on as a school. We are looking for your feedback regarding all school programs, and specifically in the areas of the Arts, Equity, and parent/community involvement. We invite all students, parents, guardians, and community members to provide your input here: CIWP - School Improvement Survey. Thank you!


Jackie Delaney, Principal


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February 27th marked the 100th day of school! We celebrated all week long with lots of events for the 100 Days of School Spirit Week.


Our Third Grade Students were visited by FarmLogix. FarmLogix uses customized technology to connect local farms with institutions including Chicago Public Schools.

Did You Know that the corn served at CPS is locally grown in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin - all less than 250 miles from Chicago? These states are known as the “Corn Belt”.

FarmLogix brought our 3rd Grade Boonies fresh corn from the “Corn Belt” to shuck, decorate, and eat!

Steven from Room 204

“I learned that corn can help you with your eyes and I learned that corn is healthy for you and it’s good for your body and it can make you grow and also it can help you get smarter and it can make you be good at soccer or another sport like baseball or basketball.”

Khadijah from Room 204

“I learned that in one corn ear there are 800 corn pieces. I also learned that corn can be used in a lot of stuff like cereal, pet food, and a lot more. I learned how to peel the husk. We all got corn and we had to turn them into corn dolls.”


All of our students in 5th-8th grade participate in weekly classroom circles. This framework provides an opportunity for students to discuss and share regarding meaningful topics that affect their social-emotional well-being. In February, all middle school students participated in a classroom circle regarding racial slurs. Students discussed how using racial slurs impact the community and individuals, as well as action steps students can take if they hear racial slurs at Boone. Here is what some of our students had to say regarding the recent circles:

"I think it was good to remind people why we shouldn't repeat or say certain things, and also to let people know what these words really mean." -Michael B.

"I liked it because we are trying to change the school and I agree because sometimes you can get hurt by words." -Daniel S.

Coming up in March, all middle school students will participate in classroom circles regarding how we can ensure we are building a safe space for the LGBTQ community at Boone.


"What I Wouldn't Change..."


"What Makes A Good Friend..."

BBC "Boone Night Out" at Alarmist Brewery on March 5th

Boone Night Out is right around the corner on March 5th at the Alarmist Brewery. The event is FREE but please RSVP so there is enough food. There will be a taco bar for $8 a person or $5 per teacher. Additionally, A portion of all drink sales will go to Boone School. Walk-ins are welcome along with friends and family. RSVP at:

Many thanks to the Boone teachers who have stepped up and volunteered some amazing events to do with their students. Some of the events that parents can purchase for their kids include:

  • Have donuts before school and feed Ms. Natividad's turtle or tarantula!
  • Ice Cream outing at Lickity Split with Ms. Plaza or Ms. Doman
  • Voice, Guitar or Piano lessons with Mr. Donlin
  • Harry Potter lunch with sub sandwiches and Ms. Natividad
  • Dress your best and be Teacher for a Day with Ms. Main or Ms. Doman
  • After school pizza and movie with Ms. Plaza
  • Dairy Star ice cream social with Ms. Main
  • Dinner and desert with Ms. Gramatis at Red Robbin
  • Matinee movie and popcorn with Ms. Gramatis
  • Dress professional and be Principal in Training with Ms. Delaney

Some of the amazing auction items include:

  • One month of unlimited yoga at Core Power Yoga
  • Gift certificates with wine from Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Cherry Circle, Lou Malnaties, Candlelight, Longhorn Steakhouse, Udupi Palace, Tiffin, and Alarmist Brewery.
  • Open play sessions at Viking Gymnastics and Little Beans
  • Photo session at TK Photography
  • One month unlimited martial arts or a Sumo wrestling class for 10 people at Chicago School of Grappling
  • XSport Gym membership
  • Oil Change from Factory Muffler and essential car products from O'Reilly

Anyone can contribute to Boone each time they shop at Amazon Smile. Go to and put the Building Boone Committe as your preferred organization. Each time you shop a portion of your sale goes to Boone School.


Zumba Night that took place in February was a great success. The Building Boone Committee helped raise over $300 for Boone School by working out to Zumba and eating pizza. Thank you to everyone that came out!


One year ago, the Northtown Branch Library, 6800 N. Western Ave., replaced the former neighborhood library on California Avenue. The new library aims to serve all age groups.
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The library is in walking distance from Boone. Ms Main's class took a walking filed trip to learn about research, library cards, self check-out, fine forgiveness, and discovery packs.
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Check out our SECOND episode of BTV! for the 2019-2020 School year!!


The Office of Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE) is excited to share their upcoming Community Connections Diverse Learner Expo.

What: This event will connect diverse learner families with ODLSS/ community resources, supports, and services all in one location!

  • IEP Clinic

  • Break-Out Sessions

  • PUNS Sign–Up

  • Health & Wellness

  • Technology Center

  • Quiet Area

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Raffle & Prizes

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 10 AM - 2 PM.

Where: CPS Garfield Park Offices 2651 W. Washington Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612


  • Shout out to Dedric K! My dog, Thomas, got loose out of my back yard on a weekend. Dedric happened to be at Boone and recognized my dog running around by himself. My dog weighs 80 pounds, but Dedric managed to bring him back to my house safe and sound. Thank you! (From Avahn T.)
  • Ms. Gramatis is one of the hardest working teachers I know. She goes above and beyond. She commits herself to the children and their education. We Love her! (From Antiney B.)
  • Shout out to Coach E. for being so patient and kind in all our classes. Even though we’re loud and can’t follow directions he’s still patient so thank you for that. (From Minh N.)


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 newsletter or on a bulletin board in the school!


If you are a parent, community member, or teacher looking to get more involved with your school, we encourage you to consider running in your school’s LSC election. The application window for the 2020 LSC elections is now open. To apply, candidates must download and fill out the application forms that you can get in the office or at Return them with two forms of identification to the school by March 5, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

IAR Testing for Grades 3-8

Boone will administer the IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) test to all students in grades 3-8 during the month of March. The IAR is the mandated state assessment that has replaced the PARCC. For more information on IAR, click here for the CPS IAR Fact Sheet.


Students, parents, and families--Do you have a suggestion for a morning announcement? Share your announcement, fun fact, holiday celebration, joke, etc… by clicking on this link: Morning Announcement Suggestion

Listen up and maybe your announcement will be read!


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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Below are some important events that are coming up. You can also always check for updates with our Boone Google calendar that is found on our homepage at

March 3 - African American Heritage Awards & Assembly Evening Performance (5pm)

March 4 - African American Heritage Awards & Assembly (Daytime shows)

March 4 - K-5 Parent workshop for Reproductive Health Curriculum (3:30-4:30pm)

March 5 - Boone Night Out - BBC Sponsored Event at Alarmist Brewery (6:30-10pm)

March 6 - Progress Reports Distributed

March 11-April 4 - IAR Testing Window

March 13 - Room 113 Walks to Public Library

March 16 - Kindergarten Field Trip To Adler Planetarium

March 17 - Election Day. Polling in the Gym

March 18 - LSC Meeting (4:30-5:30pm)

March 19 - EX-Arts Open Classroom

March 26 - 8th Grade Field Trip To Adler Planetarium

March 26 - 4th/5th Grade Field Trip to Chicago Symphony Orchestra

March 26 - Spring Musical “Into the Woods” Evening Performance (5:30pm)

April 3 - Jazz at Lincoln Center in Auditorium

April 6-10 - Spring Break

Check Out This Year's School-Wide Reads!

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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.