The Linne Roar

Parent/School Edition

October 2019, Volume 1, Issue 2

Principally Speaking

Happy fall everyone! Many fabulous things are happening at Linne this month. Hispanic Heritage month brings many activities that honor and celebrate the culture and heritage of many of our families. Keep an eye out for a movie night special presentation of the film Coco on November 1st. More details to come soon. Saturday dance classes are going extremely well. There has been a great turnout and we are excited to have our students in the building. Planning for our after-school offerings is underway and more detailed information will be available soon. We anticipate starting programs in the next few weeks. Progress reports will be distributed to students today, 10/4. Please make sure to check with your child.


In other news, the crossing guard assigned to the corner of Sacramento and School has retired. Unfortunately, we didn't see a replacement until today. We worked closely with the Office of Emergency Management and Communication, the Alderman's Office, and our PAC to help secure a crossing guard. We thank you for your efforts. Recent news informs of the possibility of a work-stoppage for teachers and other staff. In the unfortunate event of a strike CPS will be activating contingency plans. Regular classroom instruction will not occur, but CPS school buildings will be open to students. Principals and non-unionized support staff will be available to greet students and ensure they have access to engaging activities. We certainly hope this matter is settled and there is no interruption to the school year. Finally, I'd like to remind you that in observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day Linne school will be closed on Monday October 14th.

In the unfortunate event of a work-stoppage please review the contingency plan for CPS: https://cps.edu/contingencyplan/Pages/contingency.aspx

Parent Advisory Committee

Our annual informational and organizational Parent Advisory Committee meetings were recently held. We thank all the participants and congratulate the elected officials. We look forward to aligning our efforts in helping educate parents while serving the needs of our students. The PAC meeting dates have been scheduled and are as follows: 10/15/19, 11/19/19, 12/17/19, 1/21/20, 2/18/20, 3/17/20, 4/21/20, 5/19/20, and 6/16/20. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Elected Officers: Ricardo Martinez -Chairperson, Michael Busking - Vice Chairperson, Sara Paredes-Perez- Secretary, and Hilda Feliciano - Outreach Coordinator.
In observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day / Columbus Day schools will be closed on 10/14

Vacations & Events

Please remember to schedule your family vacations during times when children are off from school. We will not authorize, approve, or give permission to students whose family want to go on vacations or have planned events during the time school is in session. Please understand that if you choose to take these vacations or attend events on school days your child will be marked with an unexcused absence(s). This could seriously impact your child's academic performance. As these will be considered unexcused absences, they will be dealt in accordance with CPS policy and State Law. For CPS attendance guidelines please visit: https://cps.edu/AttendanceAndTruancy/Pages/parent.aspx
Want to volunteer? Please don't hesitate to visit the main office for your volunteer packet

PAC Workshop

For the October meeting the PAC will be hosting a parent workshop. The workshop is a result of a partnership between the PAC and SEL Chicago. The goal is to bring seminars, workshops and certification programming to adults to help build mutually respectful environments with children and grow communities who are resourceful, resilient, responsible and collaborative. The first single session family engagement will take place on October 15, 2019 in the Student Dining room at 8:30 a.m. An agenda and more details will be coming soon.
Students in grades K, 5, & 8 and those enrolling from out of state or out of country are required to have an updated physical. These are due on 10/15. Families can find a health center at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
9/15 - 10/15 is Hispanic Heritage month. Let's Celebrate the culture and history. Did you know Simón Bolívar known as the Liberator was responsible for the independence of multiple Latin American countries? Did you know Bolivia was named after him?

Fall Fest 2019

The Friends of Carl Von Linne will be hosting the annual Fall Fest. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, October 26th from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a Taffy Apple sale, games, raffles, crafts, snacks, and much more. It is suggested that participants contribute a $5 admission donation. Carnival/activity tickets are $10 for 20 tickets. A flyer with more details will be available soon. The Friends of Carl Von Linne is looking for individuals who may wish to volunteer. Opportunities include setup, cleanup, and manning stations. If you are interested please e-mail Nicole Cisternino at nicole.cisternino@gmail.com.
Interested in joining the LSC? There's a current parent vacancy. Candidates should e-mail Chairperson Nicole Cisternino at nicole.cisternino@gmail.com. The LSC is the school's governing body and is responsible for Principal evaluation, school policy, and budget.