2021-2022 School Year Updates & Reminders

School Reminders:

First Day of School:

August 30, 2021

Pre-school Building- 8:00 am- 3:00 pm and 6:00pm (Tuition -Based students only)  

Primary Building- Kdg- 3rd: 8am – 3pm

Middle School Building- 4th-8th : 8:30 am – 3:30 pm


At this, we are not offering in-person tours. 4th grade Parents, the teachers will tour the school building with students during the first week of school. 

Pre-K Virtual Tour –  https://tinyurl.com/SLSPreschoolVirtualTour

Primary Virtual Tour – https://tinyurl.com/SLSPrimaryVirtualTour

Middle School Virtual Tour – https://tinyurl.com/SLSMiddleSchoolVirtualTour

Families new to South Loop in grades K-3 can sign up for a weekly virtual tour using the link below.  Tours take place each Friday morning from 9am-9:30am and are led by the Primary Building Assistant Principal, Mr. Rhodes.  Tours provide an opportunity for families and students to see the space in the Primary Building and ask questions about what a day in the life of a South Loop student is like.  

SLES Parent Handbook


2021-22 Supply LIsts

All PreK-8 supply lists are now available. Please note there is a supply list for “In-School” learning and a list for “Remote” learning.  Wait for CPS guidance prior to purchasing supplies.

Wait for CPS guidance prior to ordering school spirit wear.

South Loop School’s Spirit wear.

Update: You are allowed to purchase the blue gym shirt available on the shop site.


Back to School Picnic

Transferring to a new school:

Any student not returning to South Loop School for the 2021-2022 school year, must complete a
transfer form. Please return the completed form
to amarandamendoza@cps.edu and kmwilson@cps.edu and nranders@cps.edu
Transfer form link:

Virtual Academy offered by CPS:


Update: Deadline Extension – Virtual Academy Applications Due August 6, 2021The Virtual Academy application deadline has been extended until August 6. Any applications received after this will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Virtual Academy application is the COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form [English] [Spanish]. A student’s doctor will need to submit the form to virtualenrollment@cps.edu or faxed to 773-553-6563 to the attention of Virtual Enrollment.

Important information from Senator Mattie Hunter’s Office:

Illinois Rental Payment Program open to renters

The Illinois Rental Payment Program offers up to $25,000 or 15 months of assistance to households in Illinois that are behind on rent due to pandemic-related job or wage losses. In order to qualify, tenants and housing providers must submit a joint application with proof of financial hardship as a direct or indirect result of the pandemic. The period for landlords to initiate an application is now closed, but renters can begin the application process. Learn more at IHDA.org/ILRPP.

Unemployed Illinoisans could qualify for insurance savings

Starting this month, Illinoisans who received unemployment benefits in 2021 could be eligible for financial help to purchase plans on the ACA Marketplace. Your monthly premium could average $10 or less per month—or even not cost you a dime. Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov by Aug. 15 to get free enrollment assistance and find out if you qualify.

Fee-based license suspensions and holds lifted

Illinois will no longer suspend a license for any ticket debt, fines or fees, including parking tickets, red-light camera tickets and abandoned vehicle fees. If your license was suspended or revoked due to a failure to pay a fee, it should have been reinstated automatically for free July 1. However, if there were multiple reasons for the hold on your record, your license may still be invalid—call the secretary of state’s hotline at 217-212-6212 to check.  Additionally, as driver services facilities reopen, many motorists have had to endure long lines to renew their licenses and state ID cards. To cut down on wait times and give you more flexibility, the secretary of state has extended all expired and expiring driver’s licenses and IDs to Jan. 1, 2022. You can also skip the crowds altogether by taking advantage of online services at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Internet service discounts available for low-income families

More than 1.1 million Illinoisans lack access to at-home internet services, which can be a barrier to education and employment. To help close the digital divide, the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program offers a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible low-income households, plus a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Apply now at FCC.gov/BroadbandBenefit or call 833-511-0311.

Beware of texts, emails soliciting personal information

Over the last several weeks, people across Illinois and the country have reported an uptick in scammers claiming to be from state agencies to steal personal information. Protect yourself from fraud: Never give out your Social Security number or banking information via text or email, and don’t click links contained in suspicious messages. If you have questions about phishing scams or identity theft, call the Illinois Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Hotline at 800-386-5438 or visit FTC.gov/consumer.


Don’t miss your Child Tax Credit payment

I’m excited to share that local families have now begun to receive Child Tax Credit payments to help make ends meet. These monthly payments of $250 to $300 per child will ensure that everyone is able to provide for their children. Although many families will begin receiving these payments automatically, families who have not filed taxes in the last two years will need to apply. It is especially important that families check their eligibility, as the Department of the Treasury estimates hundreds of people in our district may be eligible but need to apply before they can receive the assistance.

 The form to sign up for the payments as a non-filer can be found at childtaxcredit.gov. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to receive assistance for your family.