1500 Club

Join the CICS Bucktown 1500 Club, a summer learning challenge that will keep your brain sharp until school resumes on August 18, Eagles!

Important Information About School Uniforms

Please note that CICS Bucktown requires all school uniforms be purchased through Runner’s Edge and, despite the pictures on their website, purchased items will have CICS Bucktown logos. The folks at Runner’s Edge are currently working to correct the erroneous pictures. We apologize for the confusion.

Because of the misunderstanding, Runner’s Edge has extended their deadline- all uniforms purchased by July 23 will be available for pickup at open house on August 14.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please call with further questions.

Springboard After School Program Begins August 18

CICS Bucktown is excited to announce that we will partner with Springboard After School to provide daily after school programming for 2014-2015 school year. Springboard’s after school programming is designed to extend student learning time and opportunities beyond regular school hours. Programming will begin on August 18, 2014, and will run each day until 6:00 p.m.

Springboard’s after school program is comprised of research-based curriculum delivered by a team of licensed and certified on-site teaching professionals whose materials are created to provide a well-rounded, fun and enriching environment for every student. Each day of programming will include guided homework support, team building, read aloud’s, SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) and inclusive enrichment.

Please click here for details.

Primary Students Sing About Science

CICS Bucktown students in kindergarten and 1st grade are known to take an active role in science. Toward the end of each school year, each primary grade puts on a performance about a specific science topic. The students make their own props, learn songs in music class, and memorize lines and poems for each show. Kindergarten students learned all about plants and were able to sing and and perform in front of the school this quarter for their annual plant show. They dressed up as different parts of plants and sang songs about plants and how they grow. They are getting more and more ready for 1st grade! Not to be outdone, 1st grade students learned about space and performed for their annual Spring space show. They were very excited for the performance and worked hard at practicing their songs. “What It Is Like On The Moon” and “The Earth Turns Around” were two of the highlights!

Committed to Greatness

We made the CICS newsletter, Eagles! Click here to check it out.

Thank You, Carnival Donors!

CICS Bucktown would like to thank the many generous donors who helped make our carnival a huge success:

Ice for Less, Paleteria Y Neveria Bombon, Ashland Division Currency Exchange, Alpha Baking Company, Leona’s Restaurant, Chavela’s Face Painting, The Warwick Allerton Chicago Hotel, Stella Barra Pizzeria, Café Ba Ba Reeba, Trio Los Primos, Mary Kay baskets courtesy of Lucia Saenz, My Gym Chicago, Mamma Mia Restaurant, WhirlyBall, Chicago Wolves, Toast Restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, Logan Theatre, Chicago Spine and Sport, Shiraleah

We also want to thank CICS Bucktown parents/families who donated food, basket items, and volunteered their time. Thank you!

CICS Bucktown Carnival: May 21

The 10th Annual CICS Bucktown Carnival is this Wednesday, May 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the back parking lot. The carnival is open to the public, so please bring friends and family to enjoy…

Snow cones, cotton candy, a dunk tank, an obstacle course, Pop-A-Shot, other cool carnival games, raffles for great prizes, and more! Admission is free. You may purchase tickets for 25 cents apiece or five for $1!

*Students may pay $2 to dress down on May 21

Holocaust Survivor Provides Authentic Context for CICS Bucktown Reading Students

Ms. Ellie Merar, Holocaust survivor, spoke to Ms. Walchak’s seventh and eighth grade reading classes recently about her life in Germany during the Holocaust and her subsequent journey to America. Ms. Merar, who speaks regularly at the Skokie Holocaust Museum, delivered a 50-minute presentation at CICS Bucktown that featured photographs and a question and answer session. Prior to the presentation, classes had read both The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Diary of Anne Frank. Our students loved hearing Ms. Merar’s firsthand accounts and were able to connect many of her experiences to their reading. We are extremely thankful to Ms. Merar for providing such a meaningful learning experience for our kids!

Teacher Recruitment Fair: Wednesday, May 14

Qualified candidates are invited to join us at our North Side Teacher Recruitment Fair this Wednesday at CICS Bucktown.

  • Meet Campus Directors
  • On-site Interviews
  • Explore Curriculum
  • Meet Distinctive Schools Teachers

Wednesday, May 14 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
CICS Bucktown
2235 N Hamilton
Chicago, IL 60647

Important: Please Fill Out a Witness Slip to Support Charter Schools

Attention, CICS Bucktown Supporters: We really need your help…again! In order to continue to do what we do, we are asking that you take five minutes of your time to fill out a “witness slip” to oppose HB 4527 by Tuesday, May 13.

Click here to complete the form. Please reference the red text in the picture below for guidance.

Thank you for your continued support of public charter schools!

The Carnival is Coming!

The annual CICS Bucktown Carnival is right around the corner! To help prepare for the carnival, each grade will be responsible for creating a themed gift basket to be displayed and raffled at the event on May 22. We are asking families to donate items or cash for their child’s grade level basket. Please send your donation by Wednesday, May 14.

Carnival basket assignments:

Kindergarten: “Stay-cation”

1st Grade: Arts & Crafts

2nd Grade: Game Night/Sports

3rd Grade: Pajama Party

4th/5th Grade: Baking Treats

Middle School: Summer Fun

Tickets may be purchased in Miss Borio’s classroom (103) from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. beginning Monday, May 19 and after school on Tuesday, May 20. Tickets are $1 apiece, or six for $5.

BAM! Contest Winners Make Special Pie Deliveries

Last Friday, CICS Bucktown students celebrated the conclusion of BAM, an April reading contest that challenged students to read over 600 minutes on MyON, our online library. The top two readers in each class received medals for their accomplishments while classes that read the most minutes earned pizza parties. In a surprise development, the medal winners got to throw pies into a teacher’s face in celebration! We look forward to our upcoming May/June MyON reading contest as well as a summer contest, details to come.

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

CICS Bucktown Students Join Peers, Tour Notre Dame

Because of their exemplary behavior and consistent academic achievement, 55 Distinctive Schools students earned the chance to visit the University of Notre Dame last week. CICS Bucktown, CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden each sent several representatives who were able to witness both the bustle and beauty of a storied college campus!

Family Matters

Distinctive Schools produces Family Matters, a monthly electronic newsletter, to keep parents and families informed about news and activities throughout our network of schools.

Click here to read this month’s edition of Family Matters.

Past issues of the Family Matters newsletter are available on the Distinctive Schools website.

Programs Offer New Technological Experiences for CICS Bucktown Students

CICS Bucktown teachers and students are excited to be participating in some cutting-edge programs that are exposing our students to awesome technology in the classroom. We were recently awarded a grant that allows us to work with LEAP Innovations to pilot literacy technology. Our students are loving it! We are also piloting AMPLIFY tablets on a 1 to 1 student-to-device ratio that will allow our fifth graders (and some fourth graders) access to technology for throughout the school day. These two programs, along with MyON and other programs we are currently using, are giving our students amazing opportunities in 21st century learning experiences. Our students are extremely engaged and are learning at a level that, to date, we have not seen!

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!