Week 13 - Nov 13, 2022
Dear Coonley Parents/Guardians,
We have quite a few opportunities for you to engage with the Coonley Community in the coming days.
- Fall Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 17th
- Extended shopping hours for the Scholastic Book Fair on both Wednesday & Thursday
- Coffee with the Principal on Friday, November 18th
- Parent/Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 21st.
Since we met our Pride Stride fundraising goal, Ms. McLinden and I will be sleeping at Coonley on Thursday night. We're excited to get "tucked in"!
There will not be a blast next Sunday. The next admin blast will be sent on Sunday, November 27th.
Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving Break.
- Nov. 1st - 31st Native American Heritage Month
- Nov. 14th - 18th: Scholastic Book Fair
- Nov. 17th: Fall Family Reading Night
- Nov. 18th: Coffee with the Principal (RSVP here)
- Nov. 21st: Quarter 1 Parent/Teacher Conferences (no classes for students)
- Nov. 22-25th: Thanksgiving Break
- Dec. 1st: Parent Workshop: Encouraging Adolescence (RSVP here)
- Dec. 2nd: GoCPS Application Window for 2023-2024 closes at 5 PM
- Dec. 2nd: Quarter 2 Progress Reports Go Home
- Dec. 6th: LSC Meeting
- Dec. 6th: FOC Meeting
- Dec. 7th: Parent Workshop: Power of the Pause (RSVP here)
- Dec. 8th: Beginning Band Concert
- Dec. 16th: Best Buddies After School Social
- Dec. 19th: Concert and Symphonic Band Performance
- Dec. 19th: 7th Grade Science Fair
- Dec. 20th: 4th Grade Recorder Performance
- Dec. 22nd: Last Day of Quarter 2
- Dec. 23rd: School Improvement Day (no classes for students)
**Click the calendar icon to see the Coonley Google Parent Calendar
Fall Scholastic Book Fair
Our Fall Scholastic Book Fair is this week, from Monday, November 14th to Friday, November 18th! The Fair has books for every reading level, including adult best sellers and preschool books, and even offers extras, like pens, erasers and toys that would all make great holiday gifts! Coonley receives 50% of your purchase amount back in Scholastic Dollars that we use to stock classroom libraries! Learn more about the Fair at https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/coonley
New this year, we have extended hours so families can shop together after school on Wednesday, November 16th until 6:00 pm, or during Fall Family Reading Night on Thursday, November 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Be sure to check out the book fair on the 17th and enter our 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)! Winners will be announced during Friday announcements! We are also excited to launch the All for Books program, where we will collect donations for Nash Elementary. In support of this giving season, you can round up your purchase, give a flat donation or purchase a book for our sister school.
Be sure 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. Anyone can contribute to the eWallet, including friends or family who want to give your child the gift of a book. Click here to set up your eWallet account today!
Lastly, we’ve opened up a few more volunteer spots, so if you are interested in helping (and maybe doing a little shopping yourself without the kids), sign up here!
It’s going to be a great Book Fair! We can’t wait to see you there!
We're so excited to have launched reading buddies for the first time since before the pandemic. Reading buddies pairs older elementary students with younger ones for community reading time, which has benefits for both groups. Reading Buddies allows younger readers to see what being fluent looks like as they have a peer model demonstrating reading skills. Older students develop social and emotional skills like patience and empathy as they work with their littler buddies.
One Day Musical Workshop for 7th and 8th Grade Students - spots still available!
We are excited to offer a 7th and 8th Grade Musical Workshop this year on November 17th at 3:30-5:30pm in the Music Room with Ms. Metz and Mr. W. This workshop is a great way for students to learn about musical theatre! If your student has ever been interested in auditioning for the Musical or has shown an interest in singing or acting this workshop is for them! We will be teaching the students how to create character while singing a musical theatre song as well as tips to feeling more confident while singing on stage. This is a great one day workshop for students to see what the musical is all about and to get some practice with musical songs and audition material! Students do not need to prepare anything for this one day workshop! Please follow this link to sign up for our one day 7th/8th Musical Workshop: 7th/8th Musical Workshop
* We hope to offer 5th and 6th Grade a similar workshop in December more info coming soon!
In the month of November, students will be learning the mindset, Attitude of Gratitude, as part of 7 Mindsets, our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum.
Review the parent newsletter (linked below). Here is one of the suggested "Dos" for reinforcing the mindset, Attitude of Gratitude, at home.
Do say “thank you” regularly. Showing your gratitude to neighbors and teachers with a kind note or word is one small way to show your appreciation for them. Teaching your children to do the same is important in helping them to feel gratitude for the lives and friends that they have.
Coonley Antiracism Group
This month the CAG Media Club will be exploring Native American History and the Decolonizing of Thanksgiving. We encourage you to watch one of several Native American films being shown on WTTW, as well as the film “Reel Injun” which is available on Amazon Prime and free for subscribers. The film looks at the historical portrayal of Native Americans in film.
We will gather on Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm at Big Teeth Productions to share what we learned and have a conversation around these important topics. There are also more resources available on the CAG website under the discussion tab.
Native American Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Native American Heritage month is a time for recognition of and reflection on the significant contributions the first Americans made to our country and culture.
Did you know that Chicago is home to the largest population of Native Americans in the Midwest and the second largest population east of the Mississippi River?
Read books by and about Native Americans. Use this collection of books on Epic to learn more about Native Americans.
Attend the Native American Heritage Month Book Club event at Sulzer Library. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month, Sulzer Library will discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. This special event is open to tweens, teens and adults! Chicago Public Libraries is offering several other in-person and online events this month to celebrate Native American Heritage
Go on a walk past the Indian Land Dancing mural, located at the underpass at West Foster Avenue and DuSable Lake Shore Drive, and learn the history behind the beautiful mosaic
Visit the Field Museum and check out the permanent exhibit, ‘Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories’ exhibit. This month’s free days at the Field Museum are on November 1, 2, 8, 9 (there is no school on November 8th)
Ask your child about how Native American Heritage is embedded into their curriculum, this month and every month
Spring Fling 2023
Our Spring Fling planning committee is gearing up for another great event on April 22, 2023. This year we return to our beautiful event space at Rockwell on the River and our Auction format. This is a very exciting event for our school community!
If you are interested in volunteering to be a part of the planning committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have volunteer roles of all shapes and sizes with varying time commitments. We welcome anyone to join us. Help us make this event our best yet!
Staying Safe and Healthy During the Holiday Season
As the weather gets colder and families look ahead to holiday gatherings, staying safe and healthy is incredibly important. Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are increasing, and both COVID and flu infections tend to rise as the weather gets colder and students and staff gather outside of the school setting. Here are some steps to take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your school community:
- While CPS is mask-optional, we highly encourage wearing a mask in school to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne illnesses.
Free COVID-19 tests are available at every school; we strongly encourage students and staff to contact school administration to get tests, and use these tests before and after the Thanksgiving break and winter break. If you test positive, please report the positive test here and please follow the guidance here.
Being up-to-date on vaccinations is one of the best ways you can keep your family safe as we enter the winter months. CPS continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines, including the new “bivalent booster” that offers increased protection against the virus, at a variety of sites. Please visit cps.edu/vaccinations to review your options and make an appointment.
CPS is also offering flu shots alongside COVID vaccines at our four permanent regional clinics and both our elementary and high school mobile programs. For additional opportunities to get a flu shot, visit this page.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reported an increase of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases among young children in Chicago. RSV is a common respiratory virus that most people recover from in one to two weeks. However, RSV can pose very serious health risks for young children, including leading to bronchiolitis and pneumonia. For more information on RSV, please read this fact sheet (English | Spanish) from CDPH.