Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day


Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Join us on Friday, April 25 to learn more about Día and how our school community can celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day!

Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day
Introducción a Día: El Dia de los Niños, El Dia de los Libros
Friday, April 25 at 8:20 a.m.

MyON Reading Contest

April is “Reading Month” at CICS Bucktown and we’re kicking it off with an exciting myON reading contest! Click here for details.

Be Cool, Support Your School

Join us at Chuck E. Cheese (1830 W Fullerton) on Thursday, April 10 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. for some FUNdraising!

15% of all proceeds will directly benefit CICS Bucktown!

Join Us in Springfield for Lobby Day on April 8

CICS Bucktown Supporters,

We need your continued support! With 15 anti-charter bills being proposed this year, we must make sure our voice is heard. On April 8, we will travel to Springfield with other charter networks to fight for the sustainability of school choice.

Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Mrs. Feinberg to sign up.

You can also sign up electronically by clicking here.

If you sign up to take this day trip with us, your child will receive a free dress down day!

Technology at CICS Bucktown

We are proud to provide technological experiences for CICS Bucktown students in grades K-8.
Here’s an update about the use of technology across grade levels:

Primary Grades
Kindergartners have piloted Reading Assistant, a program that enhances reading fluency, with eight students. These eight students are also being challenged with guided reading groups and comprehension based on a DesCartes skill. Soon, they will access myON® to read stories at their own lexile levels. Teachers are also starting to access myON with the interactive whiteboard so that they can read stories with the whole class and at centers.

During 1st grade differentiated block, at least 24 students access Reading Assistant in the lab and in classrooms. Students are also using iPads to focus on specific phonics skills and teachers are using the interactive whiteboards to teach small group “Words Their Way” lessons.

Our 2nd grade blended learning model utilizes iPads during guided reading to access myON, which lets them read books at their lexile level and focus on comprehension skills that are linked to DesCartes (NWEA.) The entire grade is also able to use Reading Assistant for at least an hour each week to enhance fluency, vocabulary, and various comprehension skills. During math, all teachers are running centers and one of the groups is using on the iPad and focusing on students’ lowest NWEA strand.

Intermediate Grades
The best way to describe the use of technology in grades 3-5 would be like describing any one important part of a well-balanced diet. Teachers use technology regularly not only as a tool for engagement, but to prepare students for life in a technological world! Interactive whiteboards, iPads, iPods, and laptops are used on a regular basis.

Fifth graders have begun using Reading Assistant. Students in science use computers for online simulations when materials are not present or feasible to purchase. And, most math classrooms have an IXL center in math!

Middle School
CICS Bucktown middle school students are using technology to help them reach their NWEA goals. During Period 4 Differentiated Block, technology has become the main tool in differentiating for students’ learning needs. In math, students work on Kahn Academy lessons catered specifically to their RIT level, DesCartes and CFA data. In Reading, students are using iPads to access Myon, an online reading library, which recommends books to them based on a placement test and reading interest inventory. Other students are using Reading Assistant, an online reading program that builds both fluency and comprehension. Both MyON and Reading Assistant are available for home use! Email Mrs. Pullappally to find out more.

We are excited to announce two new programs that we are piloting at CICS Bucktown. We have established a partnership with Amplify, a company that has created a student-learning tablet that accesses a diverse group of educational applications, and also with LEAP Innovations, an organization that works with educational software companies. These programs will begin in April.

CICS Bucktown Cheerleaders Commence Competition

The CICS Bucktown Cheerleading Squad competed in their first competition of the year on Friday, February 28 at Northwest Middle School. We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication they’ve put forth so far this year. Should they finish the regular season in the top six, they will move on to Chicago’s citywide competition later this month.

Good luck, CICS Bucktown Cheerleading Squad!

Open House Reminder: March 20

Do you know any families that would like to apply to CICS Bucktown? If so, please remind them to join us at our open house for prospective parents on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We look forward to welcoming them!

CICS Receives Funding, Still More Advocacy Work Ahead

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, CICS has earned substantial funding that was owed to charter schools! Help us further bolster our equal funding advocacy efforts by joining us in Springfield on April 8. Stay tuned to our website and/or Facebook page for impending details.

Volunteers Needed for Saturday’s Mother-Son Dance

We are currently seeking parent volunteers to help set up, supervise, and clean up at the CICS Bucktown Mother-Son Dance this Saturday, March 8. Dads, we are looking to you to help out so that our moms can enjoy the dance with their sons! If you are able to help, please click here to sign up. Thank you in advance!

NWEA MAP Scores Predict College Readiness

Did you know that NWEA MAP scores are predictors of future ACT benchmark scores and, therefore, are valid indicators of college readiness? Your child’s scores are provided by the classroom teacher for Fall, Winter and Spring. Click the image below to enlarge it and then locate where your child currently ranks in terms of college readiness.

CICS Bucktown Daddy-Daughter Dance a Hit!

Over 240 daddies and daughters danced the night away on Saturday, February 8 at the 3rd Annual CICS Bucktown Daddy-Daughter Dance.

The evening included dinner, dessert, and a few hours of dancing. Girls from kindergarten through eighth grade attended this special event with their dads or other significant males in their lives. It was a wonderful evening for Bucktown dads and their very special dates!

Saturday Extension Time: Ready, SET, Go!


As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our students a rigorous education, we will soon offer Saturday Extension Time (SET) at CICS Bucktown. Saturday Extension Time will be just that: an educational extension of the school week in the areas of Math and Reading that will allow teachers and staff members to provide rich, small group instruction for students. SET will provide remediation for those students who need extra support, enrichment for students who are excelling, and targeted skill-instruction for students who need an extra boost.

Please click here to download a permission slip.
Haga clic aquí para descargar una hoja de permiso.