Week 20 - January 22, 2023
Dear Coonley Parents/Guardians,
Our Coonley athletes had a big week. Special Olympic Athletes earned multiple medals during the basketball skills competition. And our 5th/6th Girls and the 5th/6th Boys Basketball Teams won their games on Saturday and were named Site Champions.
Coffee with the Principal is this Friday. This month, we will meet virtually to discuss the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR). I hope to see many of you!
Happy Year of the Rabbit!
Jan. 22nd: Lunar New Year
Jan. 24th: National Compliment Day
Jan. 25th: School Tour for Prospective Families (RSVP here)
Jan. 27th: Coffee with the Principal (Virtual - Join Here)
Jan. 27th: BAC Meeting (Hybrid - Join Here)
Jan. 30th: 8th Grade History Fair
Feb. 1st - 28th: Black History Month
Feb. 1st: Twelfth Night Performance
Feb. 1st: National Women/Girls in Sports Day
Feb. 2nd: Groundhog Day
Feb. 3rd: School Improvement Day, no classes for students
Feb. 4th: Rosa Parks Day
Feb. 6th-10th: Counselor Appreciation Week
Feb. 7th: LSC Meeting
Feb. 7th: FOC Meeting
Feb. 7th: Internet Safety Day
Feb. 10th: Q3 Progress Reports Go Home
Feb. 14th: Valentine's Day Classroom Parties
Feb. 20th: Presidents’ Day, No School
**Click the calendar icon to see the Coonley Google Parent Calendar
Congratulations to both the 5th/6th Girls and the 5th/6th Boys Basketball Teams on being named Site Champions yesterday.
Coffee with the Principal
Coffee with the Principal is an informal meeting for parents/guardians to be updated about what is going on at school, to share information, ask questions and be meaningful school partners.
January's coffee with the principal will take place virtually.
Topic: Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
When: Friday, January 27, 2023 12:00 – 12:45pm
Where: Virtual https://meet.google.com/ttx-xtqm-siq or dial: (US) +1 636-789-8092 PIN: 239 198 295#
Coonley History Fair
Coonley History Fair is back in-person this year on on Monday, January 30th. Parents and families are invited to view our exhibits focused on this year's National History Day theme - Frontiers in History: People, Places and Ideas from 8:00 - 8:30 AM in the MPR.
The 8th Grade Class of 2023 has worked tirelessly writing research papers about their self-selected topics and then turning that research into a visual display in the categories of Exhibit Boards, Websites, Documentaries and Extended Papers. Amundsen and Lakeview AP History students will begin judging projects at 8:40 am. Ten advancing projects will have the opportunity to be presented at the Chicago Metro History Fair at the Chicago History Museum in March 2023.
Announcements & Reminders
Draft School Year 2023-2024 Academic Calendar
The draft School Year 2023-24 academic calendar is posted for public comment on the Board website. The public comment window will close at 5pm on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. The final calendar will be shared with families upon Board approval at the February meeting. We encourage students, staff and families to share their comments.
Coonley Antiracism Group
A group of teachers and administrators will be reading The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. CAG is inviting all members of the school community to join the staff in reading this book. We will be holding our own separate books club meetings but will plan a group gathering at the end of March so everyone can come together to discuss. Buy your book now so you can get started!! They also offer a YA edition you can order for your kids!!
If you would like to participate please reach out to email@example.com so we can include you in the updates.
Materials may be dropped into the labeled plastic bins outside the main office and on each floor.
Social Emotional Learning
In the month of January, students are learning the mindset, 100% Accountable. There are 4 critical components to this mindset. Last week, students learn "Own Your Life". This coming week, students are learning "Focus Your Energy".
Focus Your Energy – The people who get the most out of life do the most with the 24 hours each day that we all have. These individuals spend more time doing things that give them energy and use this energy to learn and accomplish what’s most important to them. We must constantly restructure our time in order to get the most out of the moments we have. When we do this each day, we take powerful steps toward reaching our dreams.
Review the parent newsletter (linked below) for ideas on how you can reinforce this mindset at home.
Own Your Life
3rd-5th graders begin to become aware of their own uniqueness and individuality. The 100% Accountable Mindset teaches us that we have unique characteristics and ideas, and that we must hold on to the freedom of acting and thinking for ourselves. As part of the Own Your Life lesson, students embraced each others uniqueness by creating a class puzzle.
Partner Organization Information
Movie Screening of Angst: Let's Talk about Mental Health
Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite you to join them at the Music Box Theatre on Monday, January 30 from 7-9pm to watch the documentary Angst, followed by a short panel discussion.
Angst is an iNDIEFLIX Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. Their goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Angst screens in schools, communities and theaters around the world. The film and corresponding materials provide tools, resources and above all, hope.
For more details and to purchase tickets, click here.
Opportunities to advance equitable religious accommodations at CPS
Your voice matters! You can help CPS build a more equitable district by completing the anonymous Community Survey and participating in a focus group. Learn more and share your voice at cpsengagement.com/ReligiousSurvey.