Boone Post

September 4, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Boone Community,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! While this year is starting off differently in so many ways, a constant for us here at Boone continues to be a focus on building strong relationships and creating a positive school and classroom environment. Over the past week our teachers and staff have all been hard at work to build their schedules and reach out to families to ensure a smooth transition to the remote learning environment. However, we acknowledge that we may not have yet reached all families, and we are committed to prioritizing getting iPads, Chromebooks, and any other tech assistance out to families as quickly as possible. If you are still in need of a device, please come to Door 2 any time between 8am-3pm on any day next week and you will be provided with one.


Over the summer we also revised our school vision and mission statement to better reflect our school priorities of Equity & Social Justice and Arts education. This year we will implement Social Justice standards at every grade level, and everyone is encouraged to begin learning more about them in the section below. As a staff team, we are energized to continue our work towards equity and social justice, and towards creating a space for our students to have a voice and understand the tremendous power of their voice and their actions.


A quote from John Lewis's final essay that was published shortly after his death has continued to resonate with me over the summer:


"When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself."


I want to affirm here our resolve to teach what matters now more than ever. I look forward to working with all of you this school year, as we come together for the common purpose of learning from each other to create a community where we all believe in the same 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.


With gratitude,

Jackie Delaney, Principal

Implementation of Social Justice Standards & Resources

In alignment with our school priority of Equity & Social Justice, this year in all grades PK-8 we will be implementing these Social Justice standards from Teaching Tolerance. Our Equity & Social Justice team has also begun to lead professional development sessions with staff to build an Anti-Racist Teaching Glossary of words that we will be explicitly teaching to students. We plan to hold parent workshops in the coming weeks to share further information and resources.

Updated Boone Website!

Our website has now been updated! Check out www.boone.cps.edu for our new look. The staff directory has been updated in the “About Us” tab, and this is where you can see photos of staff and what their role will be for 2020-2021. We will also be adding a lot of content over the coming weeks, and links to teachers’ websites as they continue to finalize them.

School-Wide Schedules

Click on this School-Wide Schedules document to see what your school day will look like. At each grade level, there is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous time. Further clarification of what each time block could look like is located at the bottom of the schedules document. Students should be ready to log in for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:15AM.

Help with Preparing for Remote Learning

Tech Device:

Any students who are in need of an iPad or Chromebook can come and pick one up from Door 2, anytime between 8am-3pm. Please note that parent/guardian must be present to sign for the device.


Internet:

If you are in need of Internet service, please email Counselor Julia Rowe at jrrowe@cps.edu.


Technical Assistance:

Complete this tech request at bit.ly/boonetechrequest and a Boone staff member will reach out to you.

Pictures from our Socially Distanced Meet and Greets

Meet our New Boone Staff Members!

Ms. Argueta - 7th/8th Grade Language Arts & ESL Resource

My name is Luisana Argueta. I am proud and excited to join the Boone School Community! I received my undergraduate degree from DePaul University and my Masters as a Reading Specialist from Concordia University. As an educator of fourteen years, I seek to engage students in literacy that is relevant and responsive to their own experiences. I look to collaborate with my fellow instructors in providing the strongest resources for learning in the classroom in order to meet all the needs of my students. Through my experience working with a variety of grade levels, I have a deep understanding of the skills they bring and the skills they need in order to have a successful learning path. I also am a champion of bilingual education and worked previously as an English Language Program teacher to ensure bilingual students are receiving equitable access and support. I strive to ensure all students receive a high quality education that is both equitable, inclusive and develops critical thinking. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, traveling and volunteering in the community.

Ms. Paitl - PK-8th Grade Dance

I am Ally Paitl, a dance educator originally from the Northwest Chicago suburbs. I recently completed my Masters of Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I love reading, writing, making art, and helping students gain confidence and collaboration skills through creative movement! I am excited to get to know the Boone community, and I am eager to learn how to best support families and students.

Ms. Obispo-Serrano - 4th Grade Diverse Learner Teacher

Hi! My name is Concepcion Obispo Serrano, I grew up in Rogers Park and recently graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with my bachelors degree in Special education. This is my first year teaching but I have previously worked in other education related jobs. As the teacher of your child and faculty member I take responsibility in creating a safe and supportive learning environment. I look forward to working with your child and I am looking forward to getting to know the community.

Ms. Siddiqua - Kindergarten

My name is Humaa Siddiqua and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a Kindergarten teacher here at Boone Elementary! After about 4 years of being a Director at a daycare; I am looking forward to stepping back into the classroom to work and teach young children. I look forward to seeing young minds grow and building a foundation with the community.

REPEAT REMINDERS BELOW

Virtual Enrollment for ALL Kindergarten and NEW 1st-8th Graders

If you have not yet enrolled your incoming Kindergarten student or any other students who will be new to Boone this year, please click HERE and follow path #1 for more information about the virtual enrollment process. You can also pick up hard copies of all the enrollment forms outside Door 2 on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm. Completed copies can be dropped off in the same location.

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
  • Leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
  • Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - cmortiz8@cps.edu (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - sbshahbaz@cps.edu (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
Big picture
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.


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.