Earth Day Explorers

​​​​The cold weather did not keep Kindergarten from going on an Earth Day walk! These Earth Day explorers walked the CICS Bucktown campus to observe the ways in which our school helps the earth. They used their special “binoculars” to find different items in recycling bins and to look for classrooms that were saving energy by keeping lights the off!

Career Day

Last Friday was CICS Bucktown Career Day and our kids loved it! We want to thank our guests for donating their time and talking about their areas of expertise. We know that Ms. Heeren’s husband, Mr. Heeren (pictured top, left), thoroughly enjoyed telling our students about his job as a consultant, and then finding many of his business destinations on the map. Dr. Arns (pictured below) taught kids about how to use medicine safely, and Mr. Rodriguez (pictured top, right) engaged students in a mock trial of the “Cruella de Vil case!”


My Voice, My School Survey

Please click here to take the 2015 My Voice, My School Parent and Guardian Survey. We value your feedback and want to continue to work together to make CICS Bucktown the best it can be! The survey is open until April 30, 2015. Only one survey per household is necessary. Thank you for your support.

New Student Registration

Please click here to download a new student registration packet.

2015-2016 Registration

Registration for students who plan to return to CICS Bucktown for the 2015-2016 school year will take place during parent-teacher conferences on March 31 (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.) and April 1 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.). Please note that registration for new students will be announced after the new student lottery on April 15.

Registration Procedures
1. Please fill out the registration packet and make corrections to the student profile sheet before attending your parent-teacher conference(s).

2. Please bring your completed packet(s) and student profile sheet(s) to school on the day of your parent-teacher conference.

3. Visit the registration table in the gym to complete the registration process. Please be prepared to pay any outstanding fees from this year and applicable school fees for next year. We will be accept cash, money orders made out to “CICS Bucktown” and credit cards as methods of payment during registration. Credit card surcharges will apply.

  • Please note that registration for the 2015-2016 school year cannot be completed for students with outstanding fees from the 2014-15 school year.
  • Students who have not registered and paid their fees by April 15 (lottery date for new students) are at risk of losing their seats at CICS Bucktown.

4. Prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year, families will be invited back to meet teachers, drop off school supplies, and complete any outstanding paperwork.

Registration Fees

  • Activity Fee ($48) – Mandatory for all students ($3 discount if paid with cash or money order made out to CICS Bucktown).
  • Graduation Fee ($135) – Mandatory for all 2015-2016 8th grade students in addition to the activity fee ($5 discount if paid with cash or money order made out to CICS Bucktown).
  • Character Counts Dress-Down Day Pre-Pay ($20) – Optional for all students. You may pre-pay for the dress-down days at registration or pay $2 cash each dress-down day if your child chooses to participate. ($2 discount if paid with cash or money order made out to CICS Bucktown).

Please call us if you have any questions!

Open House for Prospective Parents

Are you interested in applying to CICS Bucktown? If so, please join us at our open house for prospective parents on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. We look forward to welcoming you!

CICS Bucktown Presents Peter Pan


To make reservations to see Peter Pan, email Ms. Mandley. Please specify the date you would like to attend and the number of tickets you need. Tickets are $4 for children and $8 for adults and can be picked up at the door on the day of the show. Cash only, please.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Kindergarten celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday yesterday! They talked about rhyming, enjoyed several fun activities, read their favorite Dr. Seuss books, and some of their teachers’ favorites, too.


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.