School Announcements

2024 Summer Programs & Camps *Updated 5/21*

Below you will find different opportunities for summer activities for students (PK-High School). We will add options here as they are sent to us. Information about Summer Programs through South Loop School will be sent out soon. Added May 21: Project OneTen is a nonprofit organization that supports boys of color transitioning to high school. The...

South Loop Summer Programming List is Now Available! Featuring: STEAM Camp from Nexplore (Drones, 3D Printing, and Bots) & Drama Camp with Imagine Perform Arts (Space is Limited!)

We are excited to announce our summer program offerings for this summer. When looking at the list, please take note that all programs are for INCOMING grade levels. So for instance, when it says 1st-4th grades, it is for students going into those grade levels for the upcoming school year. Some programs will be by...

Lion P.R.I.D.E. : U.S. News & World Report Recognizes South Loop Elementary School Among the 2024 Best Elementary and Middle Schools!

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes South Loop Elementary School Among the 2024 Best Elementary and Middle Schools Washington, D.C. – November 30, 2023 – South Loop Elementary School has been ranked No. 319 and No. 301 in Illinois among the 2024 Best Elementary and Middle School rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The...

A Safe & Supportive School for ALL STUDENTS

https://tinyurl.com/Safe-SupportiveSchool4All South Loop Parents, We are following up on our Anti-Bullying and Title 9 Presentation discussed with students in October. Over the last several weeks we have been addressing a number of incidents with students discussing gender identity and pronouns with each other. Our concern is when the conversations have crossed the line, imposing personal...

2nd Chance Auction Ends Tonight at 9pm

Last chance to place your bids before it’s too late! https://ffsles.dojiggy.io/spring2024auction/

Attention 6th-8th Parents: Monitoring Chromebook Activity

We have learned that students have been using their school devices to watch content on YouTube, specifically YouTube Shorts. YouTube Shorts are video reels similar to what you may see on social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Currently, YouTube Shorts are not blocked from the CPS network becuase they are part of YouTube...

Second Chance Auction!

Are you having FOMO for missing a bid in our Spring Benefit Auction? Our Second Chance auction is open NOW through 9pm Wednesday, May 22nd! If you missed the party, you still have a chance to bid on teacher socials, VIP seating at the 8th grade graduation and spring musical, kids camps, fragrances, and more! We even...

CALLING ALL SLES LIONS SPORTS FANS!! 

South Loop Elementary has had a tremendous Spring season and there are many teams to cheer on this week as they play in or advance to their championship rounds.  Grab your pom-poms, toss on some South Loop gear, and join one of these games/events: Monday, May 20:Track & Field 5/6 Grade Super Regionals Rockne Stadium, 1117 S...

An Important Message from Principal Shelton

Dear South Loop Families, It is that time of year again for me to make an appeal for your participation in our Annual Spring Benefit online auction. Funds raised are overseen by Friends and Family of South Loop School (FFSLS). For those who are unfamiliar with the organization, it is an auxiliary non-profit that supports...

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration: May 29th | RSVP by May 22nd

As a small token of our gratitude to all of our Book fair, Spring Benefit, Room Parents, Room Parent Coordinator, Parent Coaches for Sports and Academic Teams, Kiss-N-Go, Scholastic Book Fair, South Loop Around the World, Fall Fun Run, and Harvest Trunk-n- Treat Volunteers. Please join us for a small celebratory appetizers and spritzers.  Please complete this...

South Loop Cheer Camp

Program Description: Come join South Loop cheer camp. We will be working on cheer fundamentals to prepare cheerleaders for the upcoming season.  Date Range Meeting: July 8 2024- August 2nd 2024 Days & Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 12:00 pm-2:30 pm Incoming 4h graders are encouraged to sign up. Students are encouraged to attend...

Attention All SLES Volunteers (LSC, FIG, Coaches, Kiss N Go, Spring Benefit, Fun Run, Friends of SL, Room Parents, Book Fair, Secret Reader, Winter Dances, ANYONE who donates their time to the school!)

Mrs. Shelton is doing an Innovation Presentation about our school and is going to highlight the successes and impact of parent volunteerism. She is asking that anyone who has volunteered for the school over the last 10 years please send her a brief narrative stating how and where you volunteered for the school community, explain...

A Note from Principal Shelton: Join Us for the Annual Spring Benefit

Lion Pride Family,  Please join me on Saturday, May 18th for our Annual Spring Benefit at Navy Pier. This is one of our biggest event of the school year. Your support provides many resources, programs and many  extra-curricular activities for our students  The Spring Benefit is a 20’s Speakeasy Theme with Food, Open bar (beer/wine+specialty...

2024 CPL Baseball Championship at historic Wrigley Field on Monday, May 20

The Office of Sports Administration (OSA) would like to invite all CPS families and staff to the 2024 Chicago Public League Baseball Championship at historic Wrigley Field on Monday, May 20! Admission is FREE and all fans will be allowed into the ballpark via the marquee gates (Clark and Addison) beginning at 4pm. First pitch /...

Attention 8th Grade Families: Discover Computing Ignite

Discover Computing Ignite: Intro to Generative AI Pilot. We have an amazing partnership with Discover Computing. Please  read the  following information from Discover Computing Ignite: Intro to Generative AI Pilot.Here’s a link to the application to share with South Loop Elementary 8th grades: https://uic.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8cvzyEodOAbUMSi. 

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Submit ONE Baby Photo of Your Soon to be Graduate by 5/17!

Please submit ONE baby photo of your soon to be graduate for the yearbook! Please make sure the photo is labeled with your child’s first name and last initial. Please do not submit more than one photo! Submissions are due by May 17th! Photos should be uploaded here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11oBBmlpLn3UHqe-wmqfoOAm7v_Q4di88?usp=drive_link Email Ms. Garcia (nlgarcia2@cps.edu) with any...

Ways to Support the May 15 Day of Action to Fully Fund CPS

Dear CPS Families: This Wednesday, May 15, a group of CPS educators will join District and labor leaders in Springfield to advocate for more equitable state funding for CPS schools. As dedicated staff and families committed to providing the best educational experience for Chicago’s children, we welcome your support in this effort. Below are several...

Safety First! Flow of Traffic Reminder for Primary Building

Parents,  The flow of traffic and kiss-n-go have been in place for over 10 years. If it is followed, you will have a stress-free drop off and pick up. It is unacceptable to use foul language towards staff or volunteers who are attempting to implement a school safety procedure.  We continue to experience the following...

A Note of Gratitude from Teachers and Staff

Thank you parents, guardians, and students for showering us with love, appreciation, food, and treats this week. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity. We are lucky to have supportive families who celebrate us and acknowledge our dedication to our students.

Spring Benefit Auction is now open for Bidding! 

We have over 100 auction items with more to come so check often! There are dining certificates, unique experiences, beauty, tickets to sporting events, kids classes, and summer camps galore! Some highlights: Chicago Bulls – Four tickets (100 Level Seats!) + Signed Basketball Chicago Philharmonic – Two Tickets to Black Panther in Concert! Three-Night Stay in...

Out of Uniform Dress Code Reminders

While the entire school has earned out of uniform for the remainder of the year, we still have a dress code policy in place. The following are not allowed: Crocs Open Toe Shoes Crop tops Too short of skirts or shorts Strapless or sleeveless tops

Last Call For Tomorrow’s Chicago Fire Match Tickets

We can get about 15 more tickets for those still looking to purchase. Ticket sale will end at 9pm tonight. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! https://ffsles.dojiggy.io/spring2024/Event/Details?ReturnUrl=%2FCampaigns%2FSetup%2Fcf3d7e%2FTicketing

Walk-a-thon Shirts Pickup Tomorrow & Friday | Match Tickets Distribution

SHIRTS PICK UP Shirts will be available for pick up the following days & hours: Thursday, 5/2 at the Middle School – 3:30-5:30PMFriday, 5/3 at the Primary School – 3:00-5:30PMSaturday, 5/4 at the Primary starting at 3:30-4:30PM ***Please only pick up on Saturday if only you are not able to on Thursday or Friday. We...

Congratulations Kindergarteners, 1st, 5th, & 7th Grades!

You have reached your grade goal of $3,000! All Kindergarteners, 1st, 5th, & 7th graders are all excused from wearing uniform starting tomorrow until the end of the school year! There are a few grades that are very close and you can do it if you just share your pledge page on social, and directly...

Request for Transfer from SLES-

Any 6th grade students attending Academic centers, 8th Graders attending private schools, or any families not attending South Loop School 2024-2025 school year must complete a request for transfer. A request for transfer must be completed for each child in the family who is currently enrolled at South Loop Elementary School. *CPS Transfer and/or State...

Attention 6th-8th Grade Parents

Early College Awareness meeting on this Saturday, April 27th at 10 AM at University of Chicago’s campus.  This free program will feature keynote remarks from Mr. Leon Walker, founder & CEO of DL3 Realty, a college student panel, a raffle, and workshops on scholarships, financial aid and college fit factor. Breakfast and Drinks will be provided. RSVP here: https://www.tinyurl.com/ECA042024/...

Attention 8th Grade Parents: Freshman Connection

Freshman Connection is for students who have been accepted to a Chicago Public high School through the GoCPS portal.  As research strongly encourages Math, English, and team/SEL skill building to best support Freshman On Track (FOT) rates, students will receive instruction in English, Math, and School Counseling as well as have the opportunity to participate...

UPDATE: Any one who registers for pledge drive can come out of uniform this Friday!

Register Now UPDATE: You are all amazing! Since almost every grade went above & beyond the $500 goal for the week, Ms Shelton is allowing anyone who registers out of uniform tomorrow! No cost, no obligation to donate, or attend the walk or fire match. It just takes 2 minutes to register! The list of...

LAST CHANCE!

Purchase Match Day Bundle Pre-order Shirt Only To guarantee your size, you must order your shirt by this evening, Thursday, April 18th! We will be closing the shirt orders at midnight.———- 🔥🚀 Embrace the Force and Ignite the Passion! Celebrate May the 4th like never before with our exclusive special edition May the 4th shirt,...

Bizee Bee Summer Spelling & Literacy Camp

Attention 1st-6th Grade Families: Summer is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to plan how your child will spend their time off. CPS’s Academic Competitions Department is organizing an in-person spelling and literacy camp for incoming 1st to 6th graders at South Loop Elementary School, located at 1212 S Plymouth Court. Bizee...

South Loop Around the World This Thursday!

Grab your passports and get ready for a global adventure at South Loop Middle School! Our annual “Around the World” event is happening this Thursday, April 18th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultures represented by our diverse families through displays, performances, and international cuisine. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore...

LSC Summary of Results

Attached are the results of the LSC Election LSC-Summary-of-ResultsDownload

Attention 4th-8th Grade Girls: SLES Girls in the Game Day

South Loop School’s Girls in the Game Day Tuesday, April 16th  12:30 pm – 2:30 pm The organization Girl’s in the Game is hosting a day of Game for our 4th – 8th grade girls. Parents, please sign the permission slip attached and return back to school by Monday, April 15th. Please make sure to wear gym shoes!...

UNCF Scholarships Opportunities

UNCF offers national and regional scholarships and job opportunities that close in April. Apply today! Check out these UNCF scholarships and internships currently open for applications, and complete your application before the deadlines. Look at some of the opportunities UNCF offers high school and college students that can help you get to and through college....

Attention 6th-8th Grade

Early College Awareness committee with the Harvard Club of Chicago cordially invite students to an Early College Awareness event on Saturday, April 27th at 10 AM at University of Chicago’s campus. Can you please share the attached flyer and this email with your counselors and students in 6th through 8th grades? This free program will feature keynote...

No Children’s Choir 4/11 or 4/18

Choir is cancelled for the next two weeks. Choir practice will resume on April 25th.

LSC Election Parent and Community Candidates

When to Vote Elementary Schools vote on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. South Loop Parents and Community can vote at the Middle School (1601 S Dearborn St) from 6am to 7pm on April 10th Voting Instructions for Parents and Community Members Make sure you only mark your choices with an “X”....

Report Card Pick Up is 4/10 for SLES | School is in Session 4/11 for ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Report Card Pick Up is on April 10 for elementary schools. There is no school on this day. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you do not yet have an appointment. There is school for all elementary students on April 11th.

Out of Uniform Friday Fundraiser ENDED on 3/22

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. The Out of Uniform Fundraiser ended on March 22nd. Students must come to school in uniform EVERY DAY.

Attention 4th-8th Grades Only: Solar Eclipse

On April 8th, 2024 at 2:07 pm, Chicago will be at the maximum point within the eclipse zone with 94% of the sun covered by the moon. Observing the eclipse provides opportunities to see science in action and connect future generations of explorers to the awe and wonder of Earth and Space Sciences. The Department...

Spots Available for Spring South Loop Yacht Club STEAM Program! (Grades 4-8)

I am excited to share that I have 5 open slots for the Wednesday session of the Spring South Loop Yacht Club STEAM program! This is a sailing STEAM learning after-school program that takes place during the month of May one day a week at the Chicago Yacht Club Monroe Station (400 E. Monroe St.). Each week, the program will...

Attention 8th Grade Families: Waitlist Process

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z6Wgyxk0NuvtKy_oMfvpSrl3R34zPUOL0fDFoF9QcV8/edit?usp=sharing Dear Eighth Grade Families, The High School rolling waitlist is now live as of Monday, April 1st, 2024 at 10 am! This is a chance to add additional programs to your existing GoCPS application or apply for the 24-25 school year for the first time. If you are happy with the offer you have...

It’s Spring Book Fair Time!!

April 22- April 26  Primary and Middle School  Check out your schools Book Fair Homepage below to sign up to volunteer at the fair and to set up your child’s eWallet in advance of the fair.  •Students who attend the Primary building K-3rd (1212 S Plymouth Ct):https://www.scholastic.com/bf/southloopprimaryschool1 •Students who attend the Middle school building 4-8th...

Illinois Residents Free Museum Days in April

From: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-residents-can-visit-these-8-museums-for-free-in-april/3398233/ Museums across Chicago are offering free admission days to Illinois residents as long as they show proof of residency. Here’s a look at the different free admission days throughout the month. Field Museum Free admission to Illinois residents on Wednesdays Open 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily To order a free admission ticket,...

EYH Chicago Student Recruitment

EYH is a volunteer-based organization that hosts an annual one-day STEM conference to inspire young girls from 6th to 8th grade to pursue STEM careers. This year, we are happy to announce that our annual Chicago conference will take place at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 from 9 am-3 pm Registration for the conference...

One Summer Chicago- Opportunities for Youths Ages 14-24

Attention 8th Grade Parents: One Summer Chicago is an initiative that provides youth with employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months.  One Summer Chicago encourages all youth between ages 14-24 to including: Undocumented students (also known as DREAMers).  Students who have been approved for deferred action must have a Social Security Number to be eligible...

Uniform Resale 4/12

Save the Date!  Uniform Resale Friday, April 12 from 3-5pm Primary School Playground We have a huge selection of gently-used uniform pieces, with a wide variety of sizes. Prices range from $3 to $5. We accept cash, Apple Pay, and all major credit cards. Please come and browse! Uniform Donations: We are accepting new or gently used...

Lion PRIDE: Boys 5th/6th Grade Basketball Team are CITY CHAMPS!

SLES 5/6 Boys Basketball are CHAMPS.  The boys beat 27-16 vs NTA in the semifinals and then won 31-27 vs Skinner West in a back and forth battle all the way until the final buzzer in the finals!!   Huge shout out to coaches Tim Galaida, Ty Bradford, and Kevin Carlson for all of their time...

SAVE THE DATES: Spring Fundraising Events!

Save the Dates! The Friends and Family Spring Fundraising drive is coming!  Bring the family to the Walk-a-Thon to the Chicago Fire game on May 4th, and come have fun at the Spring Benefit and Auction on May 18th!  Details below, tickets on sale soon! Saturday, May 4th,7:30 PM, Chicago Fire vs New England RevolutionStar Wars Night SLES students...

LSC Candidates & Statements

LSC Candidates Here’s a list of the Candidates running for South Loop’s LSC LSC Candidate Form 8-24 See below for candidate statements and ballot #s LSC-Candidates-SY24-1Download

Attention 3rd Grade Families

Academy Group is recruiting for its next cohort of members. We are accepting applications from third-grade families.  The South Loop families will benefit from membership in the program.    The 14-year program is free for all members and helps young people from the most resilient communities build wealth and create change. Among other highlights, the program includes: Repayment of 100...

Literacy Night: Sit Stay Read (Primary Building)

We are excited to welcome the Sit Stay Read  program as part of our Family Literacy Night events.  This optional activity will be located in the Primary Building gym and requires parental permission; form linked below. 6:00-6:30 PM:  open to students in grades 2nd & 3rd 6:30-7:00 PM:  open to students in grades Kinder & 1st  We...

Important Message from Principal Shelton: Primary Building- Drop Off & Pick Up

K-3 Families, PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON FEDERAL STREET DURING MORNING DROP-OFF. If you need to walk your child to the playground door, please park on Plymouth Ct after Door #2. We must also keep the main entrance open. Also, a reminder that staff supervision is available on the playground during drop-off. Remember to also...