Week 29 - March 26, 2023
Dear Coonley Parents/Guardians,
During our last staff professional day (March 17th), teachers and staff spent time reflecting on our school's current vision and mission and our hopes for our students as they graduate from Coonley and go onto high school, college, career and civic life. We are working to update our mission and vision as well as establishing school values. Through this process, there will be opportunities for all members of our community to share their input. I invite you to share your input by completing this survey. Paper copies will also be available during Parent/Teacher Conferences. The survey will remain open through April 14th.
Please note, there will not be an Admin Blast on April 2nd. The next Admin Blast will be on Sunday, April 9th.
Have a relaxing and fun Spring Break!
- March 27th: School Tour (Sign Up Here)
March 27th-31st: Scholastic Book Fair
March 28th: IAR Testing: 7th, 8th
March 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (11-6 PM)
March 30th: Breakfast Club - Coonley & Nash
March 30th: IAR Testing: 7th, 8th
April 3rd-7th: Spring Break
April 3rd-7th: National Assistant Principal Week
April 11th: LSC Meeting
April 11th: FOC Meeting
April 12th: IAR Testing: 3rd, 6th
April 13th: IAR Testing: 3rd, 6th
April 17th-21st: Green Week
April 18th: IAR Testing: 4th, 5th
April 19th: IAR Testing: 4th, 5th
April 19th: 8th Grade Photos-Retakes
April 19th: School Tour (Sign Up Here)
April 22nd: Spring Fling
**Click the calendar icon to see the Coonley Google Parent Calendar
Breakfast Club- Coonley and Nash
Help welcome our friends at Nash Elementary to our Coonley community on Thursday, March 30th from 9-11am. We have invited Nash parents to join us for coffee, conversation with Coonley parents, a tour of the school and the opportunity to fill their library with books from our Scholastic Book Fair. Over 20 Nash parents have already RSVP-ed to attend!
Please sign-up here and we will send out additional information to those interested.
Coonley Antiracism Group
The next CAG meet is March 30th at 7pm at Big Teeth Productions (4001 N. Ravenswood). We will be screening the TED Talk by Heather McGhee, the author of the book The Sum of Us that some staff and parents have been reading. Stay for drinks (BYOB) and conversation. Everyone is welcome.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you think you can make it.
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. If you were not able to attend Friday's Coffee with the Principal, you can view the presentation here.
Are you the caregiver to an LGBTQIA+ or allied young person in 5th-12th grade at CPS or CPS Staff? Register for the Galaxy Summit! This day long event on May 20th will be an affirming space to celebrate the galaxies of gender/sexuality that exist in our communities and include speakers, performances, student and staff led workshops, art activities, resources, and community building
Make sure to register by March 31st. Reach out to Derrick Little (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions as they are the LGBTQ+ Support Specialist at CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness.
Announcements & Reminders
Spring Scholastic Book Fair
Our Spring Scholastic Book Fair begins tomorrow, Monday, March 27th and runs until Friday, March 31st! The fair will have books at every reading level, including graphic novels, Spanish language books, adult best sellers, preschool books, and more! Coonley receives over 50% of your purchase amount back in Scholastic Dollars that we use to fill our Coonley classroom libraries! Learn more about the Fair and sign up to volunteer at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/coonley
Don’t forget to make shopping easier for your student by setting up an eWallet before the Fair. It is a digital payment account that you set up online to allow for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Click here to set up your eWallet today!
The Book Fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 29th from 10:30 am until 6:30 pm, so be sure to stop by with the whole family. Every student who visits the Book Fair on Wednesday can enter into a drawing for a free tote of books. We’ll have 3 bags to give away, one for each age group (K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and winners will be announced during morning announcements on Thursday. In addition, anyone who makes a purchase on Wednesday will receive a complimentary reusable tote!
It’s going to be a great Book Fair! We can’t wait to see you there!
Social Emotional Learning
No Place for Hate
Students, staff and teachers have had an opportunity to sign the pledge. We hope parents will be next to sign the pledge. There will be opportunities at Parent/Teacher Conferences to sign the pledge.
In the month of March, students are learning the mindset, Live to Give. This week's Live to Give objective is Receive Gracefully.
Receive Gracefully – One of the hardest things for people to deal with when they start living their dreams is that they’re uncomfortable receiving the new and wonderful things that come into their lives. They may not feel worthy or know how to react. As a result, when opportunity knocks or people want to help them, they shut the door and don’t allow themselves to accept what the universe is offering them. The problem is that these gifts could be a source of joy, fulfillment, and opportunity to their lives. If we don’t receive gracefully, we cut off the cycle of giving and limit our own potential
Review the parent newsletter (linked below) for ideas on how you can reinforce this mindset at home.
Partner Organization Information
Friends of Coonley
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