2020-2021 School Year 
Week #5: October 9 - October 15
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Dates to Remember

Free COVID-19 Walk-up Testing: Wednesdays in October
Friday, October 2nd: LSC Nomination Forms Due
Monday, October 12th: No School (Indigenous People Day)
Thursday, October 15th 5:00 School Improvement Committee Meeting
Tuesday, Oct 20th LSC Candidates Forum 5:00
Tuesday, Oct 20th LSC Meeting 6:00
Tuesday, November 3: No School (Election Day) 

CPS 2020-2021 Calendar: here
Front Office Hours: 8:45am-4:00pm
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GoCPS is used for applying to Selective Enrollment High Schools, Elementary Schools, and for Pre-K.  The application process for the 2021-2022 School Year opens Monday, October 12, 2020.  The application period will be open until December 11, 2020. 

For high school applicants, activation codes were mailed out to 8th grade families on Friday, September 25th.

Each student must have a CPS ID in order to apply.  The CPS ID request period is open for non-CPS students applying to grades PreK-4, and non-CPS students applying to grades 5-9 to programs without minimum eligibility requirements.  Requests must be submitted by November 23, 2020, in order for families to use the online application process for the 2021-2022 school year.

For application process and overview, including other changes previously announced, including revised criteria for high schools due to COVID-19, please click HERE 

Kindergarten Spanish Book Pickup: 
Wednesday, October 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Materials can be picked up at the Skinner gym doors during the assigned times.  

The district was unable to hold LSC elections in April due to the COVID-19 epidemic.  Therefore, CPS has adjusted the LSC election timeline.  
  • Candidate forum will be held virtually Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • LSC elections will be held during Report Card Pick Up days this fall on November 18th for elementary schools & November 19th for high schools.
  • LSC members will be inaugurated on January 10th, 2021.
  • New LSC members will serve for 18 months (through July 1, 2022)
For more information, please click here

Our friends at Music House are having an In-person All Day Open House on Sunday 10/11.  The open house includes free trial classes of all kinds of cool art classes, creative writing and poetry, music, dance, and magic classes! 

Outdoor Family Magic Show at 1018 N. California, 4:00-4:45
*Social distancing & masks required

Sign up for a free violin, piano, guitar, or drum lesson, a dance, art, or magic class! 
Register for a free class here:

Fall Virtual After-School Math ProgramMath  

We invite you and your student to participate in a free, virtual math program (October 13 - December 18, 2020) that combines online math education and live tutoring from experienced Blueprint math tutors! We are here to provide extra educational support to your student during this challenging school year.

Lo invitamos a usted y a su estudiante a participar en este nuevo programa de matemáticas (Octubre 13-Diciembre 18, 2020) que combina el uso de un programa educativo en línea y tutorías en vivo de nuestros becarios de Blueprint, expertos en matemáticas. Estamos aquí para proveer apoyo educativo adicional a su estudiante durante este año escolar desafiante.

You can register and learn more at this link / Puede registrarse y obtener más información en este sitio web:

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2nd Grade Materials Pickup: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Spanish Book Pickup: 
Monday, October 5, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

All materials can be picked up at the Skinner gym doors during the assigned times.  

Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students. More information can be found here

Bennett Day School, The State of Illinois, Alinea, and Morgan Manufacturing have teamed up to provide free COVID-19 testing, open to the community, in the Bennett Day School parking lot. 

Testing will be available from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm starting Wednesday, September 9 and weekly on Wednesdays through October in this initial partnership. Testing will be available on a walk-up basis only at 955 W Grand Street in the alley (no drive-thru testing). 

This molecular RNA test, which the State indicates is 98% accurate, is administered by HRSupport, is processed locally at Tempus Lab (600 West Chicago.) Results have come back quickly in just 2 days via a phone call, even though 4 to 7 days is what is promised. Anyone is welcome to be tested, insurance is not required as it is free, and all you need to provide is a phone number for results.   


Read this FLYER for more information

Comp-U-Dopt has been providing technology access and education since 2007. Founded on the belief that all children deserve equal access to tools and opportunities, we've delivered over 90,000 hours of technology education, distributed over 15,000 computers, and served nearly 20,000 economically disadvantaged youth. Because the technology we distribute is donated equipment from corporations we've also kept 120 tons of e-waste out of landfills.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Comp-U-Dopt has set up a computer drive-thru in partnership with ATEN to get computers into the hands of children without access to a device at home. These students are at risk of losing months of education opportunity as compared with their peers as schools continue to remain closed. Parents simply register on our website to enter a lottery then if picked are given a date and time to receive their device. The computers are theirs to keep and 100% free of charge.
1. Hardware donations from individuals and corporations - laptops, desktops, and monitors 5yrs old or less*. Financial Contributions to support the project and help us purchase power-cords and other needed
2. Pledge devices or make a donation to the Chicago drive

Note: all devices are wiped to a DoD standard.

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