Boone Post

October 23, 2020

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

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in CPS

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is committed to supporting the academic progress of all students. The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an understanding of how we support individual students through structured intervention called "Multi-Tiered System of Supports," or MTSS.

Message From CPS Parent University: FREE ESL Classes

The Northside Parent University Collaborative (Networks 1, 2, and 4) have joined forces with Truman College (go Falcons!) to offer:

FREE English as a Second Language Classes

These classes will happen

January 19 through May 29, 2021


There will be in-class and out-of-class learning time.

We'll need 25 parent students to pre-register at:

If you know of anyone who could use some help with their English, please recommend these FREE City College courses.

Pre-Register by December 17

(or, by the December PAC/PLN Meeting!)

Pre-Registration will let us know whether we have enough to host the class.

Pre-Register Now

CPS is hosting virtual training sessions for parents/guardians on various topics, in various languages, to receive updates on future virtual sessions please register at

Who may I contact with questions? | ¿Con quien me puedo comunicar si tengo preguntas?

CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437) or email


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!


  • Shout out to all the fabulous artwork created by all the young artists during blocks 1,2 and 3! (From Ms. Locke)
  • My daughter Aaniya is a Student of pre k in Boone School ... I really appreciate the hard work of her teacher Miss Michelle and Miss Savitha my daughter is very lucky to have the teachers like them ... highly appreciated there work thanks a lot to CPS and Boone Elementary School to the best teachers thank you ...... Aaniya’s mother

  • Shout out Mahirah for being there when I need you. You're always there to stop me from doing something crazy. Just know that I will always be there for you. (from Ubaidah)

  • I would like to give a shout out to all my class mates and my friends for making remote learning fun, other than totally boring! And the teachers, especially Ms. Natividad, Ms. Strong and Ms. Israel! Thank you guys so much! (From Meena)

  • Hamza - You have always been so amazing to us and in us I mean your friends Hamza you make us smile and happy! (from a student)


CPS District-Wide Calendar 2020-2021

  • Nov 3 - NO SCHOOL, Election Day
  • Nov 5 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Nov 6 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Professional Development Day
  • Nov 17 - LSC Virtual Meeting, 4:30PM


Message from Building Boone Committee: FREE Desks!

Does your student need a dedicated work space for remote learning? Would you like a free desk? Chicago Community Tools and Life Quilt Foundation are partnering with the Building Boone Committee to provide desks to students. Complete this form and you will be contacted about delivery of a desk and chair.

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.