Hello Lion Pride!
In keeping with our typical tradition, teachers will not be assigning work to students over Spring Break (April 6th-10th). Remote Learning will begin on April 13th.
During the district’s scheduled spring break, which begins Monday, April 6, families may pick up grab-and-go meals at 136 school sites across the city from Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A detailed list of spring break meal sites is available here. Beginning the following week (Monday, April 13), the district will launch a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites.
By consolidating sites, we will have more staff available to support each school—which will help ensure meal sites do not need to close in the event of staff absences. Lunchroom staff who are not working or assigned to a meal site will continue to be paid and be able to stay home and practice social distancing. Additionally, by reducing the number of meal sites, we will also be able to reduce the number of principals and assistant principals who are overseeing meal distribution each day, which will provide additional time for principals to support remote learning, which launches district-wide on April 13.
For the remainder of this week, CPS families can pick up free grab-and-go meals from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at any CPS school. For the full list of meal sites open during spring break and under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, please visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS. Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 to give our staff members off for Good Friday, and we ask families to plan accordingly
We have added a few more resources on our RESOURCE PAGE. Don’t forget to also check Classtag, Google Classroom, and teacher websites. We will let you know if any new or updated work packets have been uploaded from your child’s teacher. Are you signed up for your SPECIALS teachers classes? Find their Google Classroom Class Code HERE.
Creative Tip of the Week
Making organizing your kitchen a learning opportunity! Take out all of your storage containers and lids. Have your kids match the lid with the correct container. Need to organize your spice cabinet? Have your child sort your spices or canned goods in alphabetical order!
Chicago Unite at Night from “Hello South Loop”
If you haven’t already joined this movement, do it now! Every night at 8pm, the South Loop Community joins together for a big dance party in their windows and on balconies- where they LIGHT UP the SKY in unity. This was organized by a parent of South Loop and it has been spreading quickly around the community and other parts of the city. Music is such an empowering way to connect with others, especially during this time. Visit the “Hello South Loop’ or “Chicago Unite at Night” pages on Facebook.
South Loop Photoshare
In lieu of our traditional “Dance with your Daughter” event, we hope to host a virtual dance for our families. Be on the look out for details for this event. We will keep with our intended theme for this year, “Sneakers Ball”.
*As always, for the most reliable information and updates, please visitCPS FAQ PAGE, www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For school-specific updates, visit www.cps.edu/coronavirus. If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health & Wellness at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437).*