Thanks to all who voted in yesterday's Local School Council (LSC) election and to all of the candidates as well! The parent representatives elected are: Kirstin Bacon, Christopher Brannon, Greg Foster-Rice, Jason Rieger, Lydia Schmidt, and Erica Smith. The two community members elected are Zach Koutsky and Laurel Niedospial, the teacher rep will be Mr. Wall, and Mr. Gaytan will continue as the non-teacher staff representative. The term for this council will be July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.
CPS released budgets to Principals across the district today for the 2018-2019 school year. Overall, the CPS budget is increased by $60 million over the current school year's budget, including a 2.5% increase in the student-based budget, additional funding for special programs as well as at-risk students, and dedicated funds for special education students. Importantly, the funds will be allocated based on current enrollment rather than projected enrollment (which means schools will not lose money next year if they lose students). Our Local School Council (LSC) will provide an overview of the 2018-19 budget at our meeting Monday, April 30.
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey
Through Friday, May 11 – Online
The My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey, created by University of Chicago's Consortium on School Research, is an opportunity for families to share with CPS their experience at Waters. This online survey takes only 5 minutes and is available in multiple languages. Teachers and students in grades 5-8 also participate in this survey, giving us a broad view from multiple stakeholder groups. Survey results (see 2017 report) are factored into our school's quality rating. Paper copies will also be available during Report Card Pick-Up tomorrow, April 18. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and provide your feedback about our school by May 11!
Special LSC Meeting
Monday April 30 – Waters Gym 6:00-8:00 p.m
Ever wondered how the school's curriculum is developed? Have feedback about what works well or what could be improved in the curriculum? Curious about next year's budget? Join your Local School Council (LSC) for a public meeting and workshop on the 2018-20 Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), which is the strategic plan developed by schools in CPS to drive the curriculum. Meet members of the CIWP team, learn about the strategies and action steps currently included in the plan, and most importantly, give us your feedback! CPS just released the school budgets for next year, and since the budget is aligned to the CIWP, the LSC will also be voting on the proposed budget. Public feedback on the CIWP will also be sought during the regular monthly LSC meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Contact the LSC with questions/comments.
Library Hosting Anti-Bullying Workshop
Monday, April 23 – Sulzer Library Community Meeting Room 4:00 p.m.
CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) is hosting a workshop at Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, that focuses on bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, conflict management, and youth violence prevention. This is an interactive program with exercises designed to develop listening skills and encourage independent thinking and responsibility. This workshop is for tweens and teens in 6th grade and up. Questions? Ask your librarian or check the website.
Local School Council Election
Wednesday April 18, 6:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. – Waters Gym
The 2018 Local School Council (LSC) Election will be held on Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Day, this Wednesday, April 18. Parents and community members will have the opportunity to vote for up to five candidates for eight positions (six parent members and two community members) on our school's LSC, and school staff will vote for up to two candidates for three positions on the LSC (two teacher members and one non-teacher staff member). We have six candidates for parent representative, three candidates for community representative, one candidate for teacher representative, and one candidate for non-teacher staff representative. A list of candidates and Information about the forum and election can be found here and candidate statements here. Those elected will serve July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020.
Register for the Upcoming School Year
Ongoing – Waters Office 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Do you have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2018-2019 school year? Know of neighbors and friends within the Waters boundaries who are planning to send their children to Waters next school year? Get the word out and encourage any family with new students to officially register ASAP. Early registration is vital in helping the administration plan for classroom and staff assignments. You will need to bring proof of your child's age and two documents showing your current address. Immunization records are also required prior to the start of school. Learn more about required documentation and health requirements.
Recap of Principal Crespo's School Safety Meeting
On Tuesday, April 10, Principal Crespo met with parents and teachers to discuss parents’ questions around safety and security at Waters. The resulting conversation was a very open and productive discussion. For parents who could not attend, you can read a few of the key takeaways in the meeting notes.
Middle School Soccer Camp
Saturday, May 19 – Amundsen High School 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Come ready to run and have fun with a morning of drills and skills with Amundsen High School’s very own varsity soccer coach David Chinchilla and his varsity players. This free event for 6th-8th grade boys and girls is an excellent opportunity to check out your amazing neighborhood high school, talk to some kids who play at the high school level, and share in a morning of soccer with friends new and old. The AHS girls soccer team will assist with coaching the girls and the AHS boys soccer team will assist with coaching the boys. Space is limited to 80 campers. This camp is proudly brought to neighborhood athletes by Amundsen High School and Friends of Amundsen.
To register and secure your spot, please send the following information by email: Name, School, Grade, CPS Email, Parent Name, Parent Email.
Items will be posted online as soon as possible during the week – usually within 24 to 48 hours. To be included in the Thursday email roundup, please complete the submission form by midnight the prior Sunday.