Get Acquainted with Abe!


If you’ve spent much time on our campus, you’ve most likely heard of “Abe.” If you haven’t, let us please fill you in….

Abe isn’t a man, well he is a boy- kind of, and he definitely wasn’t our 16th president. He may as well be known as honorary mayor of CICS Bucktown, at least in the eyes of our second graders. They love Abe because he visits Ms. Burson’s classroom each Tuesday and does what we wish everybody could do so reliably… he listens!

Years ago, Ms. Barton’s mom, who trains service dogs, came across a young rescue dog- a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. He had an honestness about him, as many dogs do, much like our 16th president. And so he was aptly named “Abe,” after Abraham Lincoln. Since then, the student who has earned ‘student of the week’ honors is fortunate enough to tend to Abe’s needs each Tuesday. He has his own house in the classroom (which he’ll gladly move toward should you ask him) but he’s most comfortable lying on the floor, listening to second graders as they gladly take turns practicing their reading fluency.

We want to thank Abe and Ms. Barton for providing such a wonderful gift to our students. And while we know that Abe may not read this, he’s surely listening!

PARCC Assessment

In March, CICS Bucktown will administer the PARCC Performance Based Assessment for students in grades 3-8 (English Language Arts and Math). We invite you to learn more about the assessment and how students will be able to demonstrate mastery towards Common Core Standards.

Please attend the BPTL Meeting on Thursday, February 26 (5:30 – 6:30 pm.) to learn more about the PARCC assessment. In the meantime, click the following link for more information:

The PARCC website offers several practice tests for students in grades 3-8. Please click the following links to access the practice tests: English Language Arts Practice Tests | Math Practice Tests


CICS Board Meeting: February 10

The next CICS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the CICS Network Office (11 E Adams, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60663). CICS Board Meetings are open to the public.

School Resumes on Tuesday, February 3

Please note: Classes at CICS Bucktown will resume on Tuesday, February 3.

Alert: CICS Bucktown Closed on Monday, February 2

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Bucktown will be closed on Monday, February 2. School is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, February 3.

*No hay escuela mañana.

Celebrating National School Choice Week!


“The right to choose CICS Bucktown means our families are part of a school community relentlessly dedicated to engaging students in a rigorous, college preparatory education designed to meet the academic, physical, and social-emotional needs of every learner.”

- Ms. Krier

Father-Daughter Dinner Dance

The 4th Annual CICS Bucktown Father-Daughter Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, February 7 (flyers were sent home and attached to the email bulletin on January 22). Tickets are $20 per couple and $5 for each additional girl. Ticket orders and payment (cash only please) must be turned in by Thursday, January 29. Sorry, but we cannot accept payments after the deadline.

We would very much appreciate parent volunteers to help set up, decorate, serve dinner, take photographs, and spin tunes!

If you are willing to help, please email Mrs. Pullappally as soon as possible. This is also an excellent opportunity for 8th graders to earn service hours!

Prepare for the PARCC Test

The PARCC Test is coming in March, Eagles! Students will need to type their responses on this test, so in order to be prepared, we suggest that you regularly practice your typing skills at home. Help your children improve their typing skills by visiting the following websites:,,, or others!


CICS Video Contest

CICS is launching a new fundraising initiative called “Every Child, Every Day” and we want our scholars to participate. Click here to find out how your child can win two iPads – one to keep and one for his or her teacher!

School Resumes January 9

Please note: School will resume on Friday, January 9. We look forward to another great school day!

Alert: CICS Bucktown Closed on Thursday, January 8

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Bucktown will be closed on Thursday, January 8. School is scheduled to resume on Friday, January 9.

Alert: CICS Bucktown Closed on Wednesday, January 7

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS Bucktown will be closed on Wednesday, January 7. School is scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 8.

Hour of Code

Cody the Computer paid us a visit recently during our “Hour of Code!”

Fiestas Navideñas


CICS Bucktown held its inaugural Fiestas Navideñas on Thursday, December 11. Attended by about 250 people, the event featured storytelling, crafts, music, piñatas, traditional holiday treats, and much more! Thanks to our Bilingual Advisory Committee for a wonderful evening of family fun and cultural celebration!

Social-Emotional Learning Efforts Benefit Everyone at CICS Bucktown

CICS Bucktown has made social-emotional learning a priority in order to help students acquire tools that will make them responsible for their learning and work safely and respectfully with others. Our school also has partnered with Free the Children and We are the Change to facilitate leadership opportunities for students. These organizations have provided assemblies for our kids that cover topics such as anti-bullying and have presented opportunities for students to impact change in their school and community. We are currently working with two cohorts of students. One is a social justice group, led by Dean of Students Kory Kliebert, that has completed their first community project entitled, “We Scare Hunger,” in which they facilitated a school-wide food drive for a local food pantry. The other group is an anti-bullying group, led by social workers Akua Agyeman and Christina Segreti, and counseling intern Matthew Pedersen. The group facilitates action plans, created by the students, to prevent bullying at CICS Bucktown. Our students are working together to be agents of change and promote social emotional-learning among their peers, and we love it!

‘Tis the Season for Winter Reading Contest


Calling all Eagles!

We are pleased to announce the CICS Bucktown myON® Winter Reading Contest! Here’s how it works…

Read 1,000 minutes on myON® reader between November 24 and January 4, and you will receive a free T-shirt to wear with jeans every Friday until spring break!

Please be sure to choose books from your “recommended list” to ensure that you are reading at your appropriate Lexile level. Need help? Ask a teacher or administrator!

CICS Refer-a-Friend Reminder

Reminder: Refer a friend by tomorrow, November 7, for a chance to win a $200 Target gift card.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

To refer (What you need to do):

1. Alert a friend or family member who wants to enroll his or her children at CICS.

2. Have your friend or family member follow the steps in the “to apply” section below.

3. Contact your friend or family member and make sure he or she has applied!

By referring a friend, you will then be entered in a drawing to win a $200 gift card to Target. Your friend(s) must apply for you to be entered! Only one referral winner will be chosen.

To apply (What your friend or family member needs to do):

1. Visit

2. Fill in your information and click “create account” when complete.

3. Enter your student’s information.

Under “How did you hear about us?” Select “other.”

Enter the first name, last name, and email address of the friend who referred you.

The person applying must enter the referring person’s information to be eligible, then the applicant will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card to Target. Only one applicant winner will be chosen.

Enter by November 7, 2014

Music Makes Us Happy!

A day in the life of Dr. Keith “Doc” Hampton and our CICS Bucktown music students…

Please Abide by Traffic Rules and Procedures

Please click here to read an important message from the Chicago Police Department regarding drop-off and dismissal procedures. We will need everyone’s cooperation to ensure that our drop-off and pick-up procedures run safely and smoothly. Thank you!

Social Justice Group Initiates Food Drive


CICS Bucktown middle school students have started a social justice group this year that will focus on raising awareness and funds for both a local and global cause. Our students have chosen to focus on helping the homeless and hungry for their local cause and education in Sierra Leone for their global cause. They have been working extremely hard to plan a food drive for next week (Oct 27-31) and will be donating all the proceeds to the Lakeview Food Pantry.

Homerooms will be rewarded for reaching goals of 100, 250, and 500 items. We are really looking forward to collecting and donating a substantial amount of products to help battle hunger in Chicago. Please lend a hand by donating a non-perishable food item next week.

High-need items include: Peanut butter & jelly, canned beef stew, canned fruit, bottled juice, and canned tuna.

Thank you in advance for your support!