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December 4, 2020

Intent Forms for CPS Reopening

Last week all parents/guardians should have received an email and/or text from CPS with an intent form for each child enrolled. On this intent form, you will indicate if you would like to continue with remote learning, or opt-in to in-person instruction that is scheduled to begin in either January or February. Copied below is information shared last week from CPS where you can learn more about the reopening plans. If you did not receive an intent form for your child, please complete this form instead by 3:00PM on Monday 12/7/20 so that our clerks will have time to note your selection in the Aspen student information system on your behalf: Boone Intent to Return Form

Message sent last week from CPS:

Let us know if you intend to send your child back to school in the new year by Monday, December 7, 2020. We intend to welcome Pre-K students back into the building on 1/11/21, and K-8 students back into the building on 2/1/21. To help us better understand how many students are planning to return to in-person learning after winter break, please complete the Intent Form we’ve emailed for each eligible child in your family.

Please note that a separate form was sent to the primary contact listed in Aspen for each child. Please complete a form for each child who qualifies for this option. If you do not complete this form by the deadline of 12/7/20, your child will continue to participate in online instruction. For more information on the CPS plan for a safe return to schools, visit our Reopening Guide for Parents:

LSC Election Results

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the LSC election! The candidates listed below have been elected to serve for the new term that will begin in January 2021:

Parent Representatives (in alphabetical order):

Renee Bell-Werge

Ulfat Humaira

Toby Manewith

Maria Martinez

Keith Paddy

Keisha Walker-Mathew

Community Representatives:

AnnMarie Ricker

Joe Romeo

Non-Teacher Staff Representative:

Savitha Kowligy

Teacher Representatives:

Mark Donlin

Latavia Hinton

Virtual Teacher in the Library with CPL

Chicago Public Library will be offering Virtual Teacher in the Library programs for kids who need homework help. Students will be able to work with a certified teacher to get homework help in English and in Spanish. For the first couple weeks, we'll have sessions Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. that children can sign up for. We are also planning on adding extra sessions in the future.
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GoCPS Application Process Extended to January 8, 2021

IMPORTANT info for families who live outside of Boone's attendance area or who may move outside of Boone's attendance area before next school year, and for current 8th graders looking to apply to specialty programs:

The Go CPS Application Period for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close on 1/8/2021. 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.

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CPS District-Wide Calendar 2020-2021

  • Dec 15 - LSC Meeting, 4:00PM
  • Dec 15 - Parent Meeting - Social Justice Standards with Dr. Carole Collins Ayanlaja, 4:30PM
  • Dec 19-Jan 3 - NO SCHOOL, Winter Break


Equity and Social Justice at Boone

All parents, guardians and community are invited to participate in upcoming workshops with CPS Equity Partner Dr. Carole Collins Ayanlaja. These workshops will further explore the different domains of our social justice standards: Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action. Participants will have the opportunity to provide their input as we build our community agreements in implementing these standards and promoting equity and social justice at Boone.

Please mark your calendars for the following dates: December 15, January 19, February 16. All sessions are 4:30-5:30PM. Link invitations will be posted closer to the date of each session.

Upcoming Workshops from BAC (Bilingual Advisory Committee)

These workshops will be presented in Spanish, with English translation available:

Presented by Psychologist Ferney Ramirez, these workshops are based on the theories of Multiple Intelligences and the development of children 's competencies. It shows the person as a Well Rounded Being that grows as one develops the capacity of leadership and skills to construct his/her own Personal Success. The dynamics are that of participation and reflection. The sessions become an opportunity to express feelings, to re design and to better our personal and family life. We utilize games, practical activities, audiovisuals, drama and role play. Mark your calendars! Contact Amalfi Duran at for more information.

Additional workshops coming Jan 20th 2021, Feb 20th 2021, all dates at 1:00-3:00PM:

January 20th, 2021:

Little Big Writers: Workshop to increment the love for reading and writing in our children.

February 20th., 2021:

A Workshop about literature. How to develop the imagination, creativity and development of the intellect in the children.

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.