Dawes Elementary Newsletter

October 2021

Back2School Illinois Event at Dawes!

School Supplies Giveaway!

Last month, Back 2 School Illinois founder, Matthew Kurtzman, surprised Dawes students with their own personal box of school supplies. Assistant Principal, Ms. Vega, submitted Dawes Elementary for the chance to win FREE school supplies for the WHOLE SCHOOL! Dawes was selected as one of 3 schools to win the amazing prize. At the end of September, Back 2 School Illinois, along with Whole Foods, suprised each Dawes student with their very own set of school supplies.


Thank you Mr. Kurtzman and B2S1!

Thank you Whole Foods and other sponsors!

Thank you Ms. Vega for submitting our school!

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Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month, we'll be working with students, staff and families to help recognize, report and refuse bullying.


In support of Bullying Prevention Month, Second Step lessons will begin this month in your students' classrooms. Second Step is a weekly lesson that helps students develop learning and social skills to become more successful in school and in peer relationships. Learn more about Second Step here.


One component of the Second Step program is the Anti-Bullying unit. In this unit, students will learn to recognize bullying. Bullying and conflicts often look alike. But there are key differences between bullying (that would need to be investigated and handled by school administrators) and a conflict that that can often be resolved with the help of the classroom teacher, counselor or other trusted adult.

How do I know if the situation is bullying or a conflict?
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BAC and PAC Meeting

Please join us Wednesday October 13th at 9:00 am for the BAC and PAC meeting.

Fine and Performing Arts Update!

This month, the Fine and Performing Arts team is sponsoring a Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Like last year, students will decorate at home and send in pictures of their Halloween masterpieces. Please see the flyer for more information.

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Day of the Dead Celebration!

Mrs. Armas is organizing a way for our Dawes families to honor their loved ones for Day of the Dead. Please read below to see how your child can honor a loved one that has passed away.
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In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CDPH announced earlier this week that every U.S. state except Vermont is now a part of the city’s travel advisory. Here’s what this means for your family:

  • The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated;
  • Unvaccinated persons who leave the state of Illinois (this includes all children 11-years-old and younger who are not yet eligible for the vaccine) should self-quarantine for 7 days after returning to Chicago, even if they have received a negative COVID test; AND
  • Unvaccinated students who leave the state should not come to school during their self-quarantine period, which is 7 days if they receive a negative COVID test or 10 days if they do not test
  • Vaccinated travelers are not required to self-quarantine or test unless they develop symptoms if traveling within the United States

If you have an unvaccinated student, please reconsider your travel plans given this guidance. If your student must travel, please follow the advice above and report the absence to your school so that it can be marked as excused. Then, after one 24-hour school day period, your student will be provided with access to take-home schoolwork that will help them keep pace with their learning during the 7-10 days they are home.

Fall Reopening Guide for Families!

CPS has created a spot for parents and families to find information related to Back-to-School. Find the Fall Reopening Guide and much more at CPS' Back to School website.

Preschool Application Window Open Now!

Are YOU ready to apply for preschool?

Enrolling your 3- or 4-year-old in a Chicago Early Learning preschool program is easy! Follow the steps on the Chicago Early Learning website beginning April 21st.

GoCPS Update: Application Window Opens October 13th!

This year, all 8th grade students will participate in a high school admissions exam. Students applying to selective enrollment high schools will no longer have to take a test at one of the high schools. The admissions test will be administered here at Dawes on November 9th.


Visit the GoCPS website to learn more.


Parent informational meetings will be held October 12th and 13th. Please visit the 8th Grade Google Classroom for more information.

Daily Screener

Families are reminded to please complete the at-home self-screener each morning. Instructions for completing the screener can be found here.


**Please note** The health screener does not have to be submitted online this fall.