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September 2, 2020 - Ms. TaraShaun Cain, Principal

Joseph Lovett Elementary School

Where Our Students "Love It" at Lovett

Our Vision At Joseph Lovett Elementary School Is For Our Students To Love It At Lovett: As A Result Of Engaged, Personalized Instruction, Coupled With Strong School/Family Collaboration, Our Students Leave Us Not Only Meeting Or Exceeding State Academic Standards, But Also Motivated, Hungry, And Excited About Learning, With The Skills, Habits, And Dispositions Necessary For College And Career Success In The 21st Century.

Our Mission At Joseph Lovett Elementary Is To engage Our Students In A Personalized Learning Environment That Is Learner Led, Learner Focused, And Learner Paced. We Will Help Students Develop A Lifetime Love For Learning In Our Technologically Integrated, Anytime-anywhere Project-based Learning Curriculum, Where Students Are In The Driver's Seat Of Their Own Learning.


F-Forming strong caring relationships with/between student

(Fostering positive relationships)

O-Operating with high expectations and clear targets in place

(Explicit goals/expectations)

C-Creating engagement through meaningful experiences

(Intentional planning)

U-Utilizing data strategically to inform instructional planning

(Ladders/small group/goal set)

S- Supplying specific and timely feedback to ensure each child

achieves his/her personal best

(Assess and Readdress)


Dear Longhorn Families,

We are so excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! On Tuesday, September 8, we welcome our Longhorns back for live virtual instruction promptly at 8:45am. We have put together a little information to highlight recent updates and explain the logistics for Virtual Learning for the fall.

Just over a week ago, the district's Final Reopening Framework was released and since that time, Longhorn staff has been working to make the necessary updates and training to ensure we are well-prepared for a safe and successful school year. We know that this year will be different but we know as a Lovett community we are better together and stronger than ever because Lovett Longhorns can do VIRTUALLY anything. We have taken the lessons from last year to make the proper adjustments to ensure our families are supported and are students are engaged. A few key updates are listed below:

  • All students will participate in remote learning using the Google Suite, including Google Classroom and Google Meet. This will allow CPS to better track student attendance and greater consistency across all schools. You can find a great Google Classroom tutorial for parents here and on this Thursday, September 3rd. Principal Cain and Assistant Principal Melendez will be holding a google how-to for parents to help them get prepared.

  • There will be a significant increase in real-time live (synchronous) minutes based on the feedback from parents. Kindergarten will receive 180 minutes of real-time (synchronous) instruction and 180 minutes of independent learning activities (asynchronous). Longhorn students in grades 3-4 will receive 205 synchronous minutes and 155 asynchronous minutes. Middle school students will receive 230 synchronous minutes and 130 asynchronous minutes. All students will participate in all specials classes (Spanish, Fine Arts, PE) each week and all specials classes will have a 30-minute live component in every class session.

  • Grading and attendance will return standard practices meaning students are accountable for active engagement and participation in all classes and assignments. Please note that CPS' Framework guidance asks that attendance be taken throughout the day and requires students to demonstrate engagement throughout all sections via google classroom AND google meets daily.

Although the mode of delivery for instruction will be different, instruction will continue to be delivered with the same dedication and care that our Longhorn Staff is known for. If you are need technology, please do not hesitate to reach out to with your child's name and we will schedule a time for pick up by the parent/guardian on file. I always say that one of the greatest characteristics of the Lovett learning community is the genuine care and compassion shared between staff, students, and parents. We are all partners in this work and we will continue to build on her legacy of love to ensure that our IMPACT on the lives of our students is the reason everyone will continue to “Love it” at Lovett! I look forward to an amazing year! As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and I thank you for all you do!

Lovett School-Wide Availability (Office Hours)

Please Note: School-wide information will be shared via: for weekly updates and teacher pages/google classroom. General updates will come from the school email,

Administration- On-site 8:45-3:45

Ms. TaraShaun R. Cain, Principal

Mr. Saúl Melendez, Assistant Principal

Office/ Student Engagement Support- On-Site 8:30-4:15pm

Mrs. Lysandra Santiago-Rivera, Clerk

Mr. Renell Taylor, School Security

Student Engagement/Culture and Climate Support - Virtually 8:45-3:45

Mrs. Lynda York, School Counselor

Teaching Staff- VIRTUALLY 8:45-3:45

contact info/emails listed on faculty pages


Family’s Virtual Learning Checklist

❏ Pick up a device and/or Longhorn Starter Pack based on your grade level.

September 4-September 8 based on last name and room numbers.

❏ Ensure every child has their own Internet-connected

device for virtual learning. If needed, send an email to so we can schedule pickup on on 9/3, 9/4, 9/8, or 9/9

❏ Check your students’ daily schedule on their teacher's page at and download the lesson plans for the next week on Fridays after 3pm.

❏ Attend Admin/Parent Google Info Live session on 9/3 and/or practice logging in to students’ CPS accounts and navigating to Google Classroom and Google Meets

before the first day of school on Tuesday, 9/8

❏ Attend Parent Teacher Orientations being held 9/2, 9/3, 9/4

❏Attend Longhorn Virtual Open House on Wednesday 9/16 at 2:45pm.

Student's Daily Virtual Learning Checklist

❏ Log into Google Classroom for the first day of school at 8:45 am on Tuesday, 9/8

❏ Be present and participate fully in virtual learning everyday from 8:45 am - 3:45 pm to be counted in attendance

❏ Submit all assignments in Google Classroom for your teacher to grade

❏ Dress comfortably and appropriately during remote learning; no school uniforms are required

❏ The best you are able, turn your camera on during virtual lessons to build community and actively engage in live sessions.

❏ Keep your microphone muted while the teacher is talking and unmute yourself to contribute to class discussions

Common Questions and Answers

How is virtual learning different this year than last year?

Daily virtual instruction will take place via BOTH Google Classroom AND Google Meets for every student from 8:45 am - 3:45 pm every school day. Attendance is mandatory during school hours and will be taken throughout the day for each course. Grades will return to normal and all students will be graded on their mastery of grade-level content per the usual CPS policy.

How do I get technology for my child?

We have been working hard to ensure that all students have access to a digital device and support with internet access. If you are in need of technology, please send an email with your child's name to requesting a device and we will reply with a scheduled time for pick up by the parent/guardian on file.

What are the attendance expectations for virtual learning?

According to the new CPS policy, attendance is taken throughout the school day (8:15 am - 3:15 pm). Students will be marked present, absent, or tardy. Students’ days will be a mix of live sessions where they engage in authentic live instruction with their teacher and peers and independent work. The day also includes stretch breaks and a break for lunch. In order to be marked present, students must be logged into Google Meets during the duration of live lessons. Your child's schedule will also be posted on their teacher's page on to ensure parents and students are aware of the times scheduled for live instruction.

How will grading work during virtual learning?

According to the new CPS policy, students will be graded under the normal CPS grading policy. Students will submit assignments to be graded in Google Classroom and students in grades 1 - 8 will earn letter grades. All grades will be visible in the Parent Portal in Aspen. Progress reports and report cards will be published as usual.

Where can I find my students’ daily schedules for remote learning?

All students’ daily schedules are posted on our website on the your child's respective teacher page. Please visit and subscribe to your child's teacher page on

Will my child have virtual specials/enrichment classes?

Yes, every day all students have enrichment classes built into their daily schedules. Enrichment classes have live lessons and students receive normal letter grades for the work they turn in. Enrichment classes will also have 30 min of live instruction and 30 min of independent work.

How does my child log-in every day to participate in virtual learning?

Students should log in to their CPS account at to access their CPS email or Google Classroom to receive classroom instructions from their teachers. If your student forgot their password, follow the instructions at . If your student is in grades PreK through 1st grade and has never logged into their account, please follow the instructions here to activate their CPS account

How do I get help getting connected to the Internet?

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to families who demonstrate financial need. Visit the Chicago Connected website to see if your family qualifies

What are Google Classroom and Google Meets?

All virtual learning will occur on Google Classroom and live lessons will happen on

video through Google Meets. Google Classroom is a virtual space where students

attend live class instruction that is delivered from your child’s teacher. It is interactive

and allows students to engage in the learning process remotely. Students are able to

discuss, participate, and turn in classroom assignments. We have a google suite tutorial posted on our website. Additionally, Administration will host a Parent/Admin live google session on September 3, 2020 at 2pm.

How do I get technical support during the school day?

If you are having trouble accessing the classroom, please reach out to your child's teacher via their email listed on the website. If you need general support, please reach out to or 773.534.3130. For support with technology during remote learning, please call the CPS Parent Tech Hotline at (773) 417-1060 from Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.

How do I contact my students’ teachers?

Our school website and teacher's pages are the primary communication tool for families and teachers at Lovett. Families can get connected at and also subscribe so they will be notified of any updates made to the classroom. Additionally, we encourage parents to signup for updates to their child's google classroom. All teachers are also available via email. All teachers’ email addresses are found on the staff/faculty directory of

Parent/Admin Google Tutorial

Thursday, Sep. 3rd, 2pm

This is an online event.

Your Lovett Admin will be hosting a quick Google Tutorial to ensure our parents and students are prepared for the first day!

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 724-401-1161‬

PIN: ‪664 595 440#‬


Friday, Sep. 4th, 9am-2pm

6333 West Bloomingdale Avenue

Chicago, IL

Please come at your assigned time based on homeroom and last name. Remember to wear a mask and meet outside of the Annex on Mobile.


Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 9am-2pm

6333 West Bloomingdale Avenue

Chicago, IL

Please come at your assigned time based on homeroom and last name. Remember to wear a mask and meet outside of the Annex on Mobile.


Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 9am-2pm

6333 West Bloomingdale Avenue

Chicago, IL

Please come at your assigned time based on homeroom and last name. Remember to wear a mask and meet outside of the Annex on Mobile.


Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 2:45pm

This is an online event.

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 260-233-2137‬

PIN: ‪189 529 670#‬