SCHOOL CLOSURE WEEKLY UPDATE from Principal Shelton

Hello Lion Pride!

I hope everyone is finally set in their routines for Remote Learning and the rest of the school year. I know everyone is doing their best and we will all be happy to get back to our normal! For this week’s update, I have some logistics to share with you.

  • School will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Remote Learning will take place until June 18th
  • Outdoor Ed fees for 6th grade will be reimbursed when school reopens
  • If we are unable to host an 8th grade luncheon before August, luncheon fees will be reimbursed when school reopens
  • Due to the Stay at Home Order and the required deep cleaning of the school, no one is allowed into any CPS school until further notice. This means, we cannot allow parents to come and pick up personal items for students. We will continue to update you when we receive more information about when the stay at home order has been lifted.
  • We will keep you informed in regards to:
    • Returning Chromebooks, instruments, textbooks, and other items that belong to the school
    • Any information regarding promotion in 3rd, 6th, and 8th Grades
    • 7th Grade high school selection criteria
    • 8th Grade Graduation
    • Obtaining personal items
  • Technology Distribution: We are 1:1 in grades 6-8 and we have already also distributed over 100 chromebooks in grades k-5. Close to 500 devices have been loaned out to students. While limited, we are very grateful that we have been able to support families in need.

Did You Know?

Are you looking for more educational programs during this pandemic? If Xfinity is your cable provider, say “education” into the remote for a listing of programs geared for children.

If you are looking for more educational resources. There are independent project packets developed by CPS. The material in the packets covers math, reading, science and social studies.  Civics, biology, US History, World Studies, Physics, and Chemistry are also available.   Pre-school- 3rd grade packets are available at the Primary building and 4th-8th grade packets are available at the Middle School building.  Pick up times are 9:00 am – 1:00 pm daily. 

APRIL is POETRY MONTH! Visit HERE for some activities you can do at home.

We are a community food site. The food options are really good with breakfast and lunch options. If you know of a neighbor who is struggling during this time, please inform them to visit any one of the CPS food sites daily  ( 9am-1pm) to pick up food for their families. Visit here to find other locations:  https://cps.edu/coronavirus/Pages/mealsites.aspx

April 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of Earth DayWhat better way to commemorate Earth Day than by finding free and low-cost ways to reduce energy waste throughout the year? Here are a few easy ways to start:

Open your shades for natural light and warmth. Taking advantage of natural sunlight can help lift your spirits 

Unplug your appliances when they’re not in use

Don’t peek in the oven while baking. Everytime you peek, the temperature can drop, making your oven use more energy to bring the temperature back up.

Don’t leave your computer on all day long.

Don’t leave mobile devices plugged in overnight.

When time permits, spring clean your yard. Plant trees.

Use Earth Day as a Springboard for Exploration

Book cover of "A Head Start on Science, 2nd Edition"

April 22 was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which highlights the environment and issues that affect the planet. You can use the occasion to encourage children to explore nature outside their door or in any green space, while practicing appropriate social distancing. Download the lesson “Color Walk” from A Head Start on Science, Second Edition: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder, and take a stroll to look for objects in the environment that are a particular color. Green is chosen in this lesson, but other colors may also work well, depending on the season and your location. Your young explorers can take pictures or draw the objects they see in the designated color. Or check out NSTA’s new Daily Do’s for lesson ideas for home or distance learning, including Christine Royce’s “What Can I Observe in the Outdoors?” and Page Keeley’s “Why Is My Shadow Always Changing?”

I know we’ve all seen the encouraging, humorous, and crazy memes out there. I have definitely enjoyed seeing some of them! At this point, we cannot dwell on these unprecedented times, and we must do whatever we can to put smiles on our faces! So I plan to share some of the ones that warmed my heart and made me laugh in upcoming posts, in hopes that it does the same for you.

South Loop Photoshare– Challenge # 7


Sincerely,
Principal Shelton

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*As always, for the most reliable information and updates, please visit CPS 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 oshw@cps.edu or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437).*

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