An Important Message from Principal Shelton


I want to close out 2020 by expressing my gratitude to South Loop  families and Friends of South Loop School, Inc. The 2019 and  2020 school years have truly been a challenge for public education. It is our unwavering passion for our children to achieve success in school. Most of this passion is possible because of the support from  parents.

As we approach the New Year, there’s an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that 2020 challenged us and helped us grow as individuals. As a school community, the 2019 school strike, 2020 civil unrest and  pandemic taught us together we can do anything on the behalf of our students, our school and our community. You can see below how your support has continuously helped our school over the past two years.

Friends and Family of South Loop School, Inc (FFSLES), is a charitable 501(c)3 Corporation whose mission is to provide supplemental educational resources for South Loop Elementary School. FFSLES is not affiliated with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) or the administration of South Loop Elementary School. The Board of Directors of FFSLES, composed of parent volunteers, works directly with the South Loop Elementary School administration on funding school programs and priorities that are not already covered by the CPS budget.

To raise funds for our school, FFSLES organizes and hosts all school fundraisers with the invaluable help of several parent volunteers. There are typically three major fundraising events throughout the year, including the Fall Fundraiser, Boosterthon, and the Spring Benefit. Because of the pandemic this year, FFSLES is hosting a series of smaller virtual events along with online donation drives to continue to raise funds for our current school needs and priorities.

If you would like to get involved with FFSLES and learn more about fundraising priorities and ways to support, please visit the FFSLES website at

How FFSLES has supported South Loop Elementary School since September 2019.


Whatever brings you joy,
Whatever brings you wonder,
Whatever brings you peace,
May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the year.
We wish you & yours the happiest of holidays & a brighter New Year.
South Loop Strong- Lion Pride