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!
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!
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!
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 https://cics.ggnet.net/guardians/login/English/
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
A day in the life of Dr. Keith “Doc” Hampton and our CICS Bucktown music students…
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!
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!
Please click here for information about various scholarship options. The Daniel Murphy Scholarship application is due October 24, 2014.
High School Fairs
The Daniel Murphy High School Fair (private schools) will be held at Saint Ignatius on Monday, October 13 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for information about Distinctive Schools’ upcoming high school fair!
Have a great three-day weekend, CICS Bucktown Buddies!
Have you started shopping for your Halloween costume yet? When you order costumes or party supplies from costumeandpartyfundraiser.com, you’ll get 10% off your order and CICS Bucktown will receive 15% of your total purchase. Just enter the following promo code: FUN4095
CICS Bucktown has started a new buddy program! The process began at the end of last school year when middle school students took a survey detailing their needs and wants at school. Over the summer, a group of five teachers met to analyze the survey and accommodate the needs of our almost 700 students. From this student survey it was clear that students were thirsty for positive peer and teacher relationships. We brainstormed how to make this happen and one quote repeatedly resurfaced throughout the conversations, “They’re not my kids, they are our kids,” a message that students at CICS Bucktown do not answer to any one teacher or cohort of peers, necessarily. It is the job and responsibility of everyone to nurture all students. Consequently, we decided that “Bucktown Buddies” would include consistent peer and teacher mentorship, both by students’ homeroom teachers and by staff from varying subjects and grade levels.
Bucktown Buddies consists of three groups – “Bigs” (students in grades 6-8), “Littles” (students in grades 3-5), and “Minis” (students in grades K-2). Each group has at least three students and every student has different responsibilities as a mentor. The program kicked off on the third day of school and each member of the buddy family, led by at least two teachers, was linked with a specific buddy from another family. As expected, students were shy and reserved at first but it was incredible to see how the Bigs (or sometimes the Littles!) took responsibility and facilitated conversations in order to learn more about their buddies.
One major aspect of “Bucktown Buddies” is that students sit with their buddies during Friday assemblies, the Big in the middle, flanked by a Little and Mini at either side). This has been a fabulous change for our assemblies because the students hold one another accountable. Even if someone from a different buddy family is not following directions, a Big, Little or even Mini will help correct their behavior – a solid example of, “Not my kids, but our kids.”
We will not have an assembly on the last Friday of each month so the time can be designated solely for buddy group activities. Future buddy activities include school-wide art projects, study sessions, peer meditation, and community service field trips in the spring!
The following selective enrollment high schools (SEHS) will host open house events for prospective families this fall. For more information about the application process, please call the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060. It’s never too early to get a jump on your high school plans!
CICS Northtown invites prospective parents and students to open house events on the following dates:
Please visit the CICS Northtown website for more information.
CICS Bucktown 2nd graders have been learning about inquiry by making predictions about science experiments. For this particular experiment, teachers told students that they would pour liquid into a bottle, add powder to a balloon, and then put the balloon on top of the bottle. Some kids predicted that the balloon would explode, others thought the bottle and balloon would fly into the air, and a few even predicted that the balloon would be sucked into the bottle. You can see for yourself what actually happened, and why these 2nd graders are silly about science!
Mrs. Schmitz challenged her 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade EL students to write in journals over the summer. These 13 students brought their journals back to share this fall and celebrated their writing with a special lunch last Wednesday. Students have documented some great memories that they can always treasure. Great job, Eagles!
Registration for after school programs is tomorrow, September 9 from 7:00-7:45 a.m. in the gym. View a complete menu of after school program choices by clicking the Programs page from the main menu.
Ms. Holtzman, Mrs. Barton, Mrs. Smiguel and their students are having an awesome year in Room 105! After spending kindergarten together, they are already off to another great start in first grade. Isayah Rodriguez spent all summer reading and now he is even reading to his first grade friends… way to go, Isayah!
Here’s to another great year at CICS Bucktown!
The CICS Bucktown community is currently looking for parent volunteers who may be interested in starting a carpool for families that live near the intersection of Sedgwick & Division. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Social Worker Akua Agyeman at 773-645-3321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.