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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
*CPS and Waters Elementary School Forms Due
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
*Parent Workshop – Waters Annex 6:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
*Curriculum Night – 6:00 p.m. (new families) and 6:30 p.m.
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL CRESPO
Welcome to a new year! Welcome back parents and a special welcome to all our new families. We had a great first week of school. Our classrooms look wonderful and the learning that took place this week, looked even better!
A huge thank you to our summer custodial staff for preparing our beautiful school for opening day – Gerardo, Reinaldo and Pete! You guys are the best team to have in a school. Thank you for all that you do.
We would like to officially recognize and welcome:
Mr. John Gaytan as our Office Manager
Mr. Gerardo Servin as our Security Officer
Ms. Laura Mota as our Lunch Room Manager
and say Best Wishes:
Ms. Taureen Whiteman, who secured a teaching job in another CPS school
Ms. Amanda Carson who also secured a teaching job
Mr. Jorge Gonzalez who was promoted to Manager in another CPS schoo
Mrs. Cecibel Amerson who moved to St. Louis, MO with her family
Welcome Packets went home this week. There are multiple forms that need to be returned to your child's classroom teacher. Please return them Monday, September 14.
Please join us this week Wednesday at 6 pm- 7pm for a workshop on "Executive Functions" led by Mr. Raman, one of our middle school teachers. He will share with you so valuable techniques for your child and their organizational skills. These are tips that will benefit your child for life.
Waters created a scholarship fund this year. This fund is to help provide resources for students whose families may not be able to afford the fees that are requested at Waters. This includes but is not limited to the annual student/family fee. This fund can help to pay for a student’s field trip, supplies and materials, etc. If you are able, please help all of our students at Waters. Thanking you in advance for your generosity.
We are monitoring our attendance and registration closely. As you may know, every student's absence impacts our school rating. If your child is absent from school, please follow the absence protocol found in the welcome packet. Also, every student in attendance counts towards financial resources for FY16. If you are planning on your child attending Waters but your child has not been in school yet, please contact the main office to inform them. If you know of anyone who still has not registered at Waters and lives in the attendance boundaries, please let them know that school is in session.
All students must be in compliance with medical exams per CPS policy prior to the deadline of October 15, 2015. Parents were notified of required immunizations last spring prior to school dismissing. If you have not already done so, please schedule your child for their appointment with the doctor. Any student that does not have the required documents on Oct.15 will be excluded from school. Students who are not in compliance will receive a letter in the coming weeks.
An important reminder: School does not begin until 8:15 am. There were many students this week on the playground early in the morning with no supervision. If you are in need of early morning care, please inquire about our supervised early bird program. You can find information on our website or inquire in the main office. During inclement weather days this is even more of a concern. Please do not leave your children outside in the rain and cold before the school day begins. Students are getting wet (especially with no umbrella) which then can lead to them getting sick. Safety is a big priority for us at Waters.
Thank you and have a beautiful week!
2015/16 FORMS AND FEES
Due Monday September 14, 2015
Please sign and return the forms sent home last week by Monday. Please be sure to include the student fee as well. You can find the checklist and download forms on the website. Each family should fill out one CPS Family Income Information Form with all family members listed on it, send it to school with the oldest child and let any siblings’ teachers know that the form has been turned in. This form replaces the Free/Reduced Lunch Form. Include the School Based Oral Health Program Consent form (not listed in the checklist) only if you wish for your child to participate in that program.
CPS PARENT PORTAL
School year 2015-2016
The Parent Portal is a link to information on grades, attendance and classroom assignments. A pin is required (you can get it from the office, in person) to create a login so you can keep track of your child’s progress. Parents are strongly encouraged to sign up and use the system. Classroom assignment letters will no longer be mailed home as all of this information is available on Parent Portal. Questions? Check with the office or your child’s teacher.
SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM
2015/2016 School Year
CPS changed food service vendors this year and they now have a drop-down menu for each school to view breakfast, lunch, and after-school snack menus. Initial glitches in the Waters menu appear to have been fixed. Access the menu here. Also, note that breakfast and lunch are free to all students, but there are fees for seconds and extras – for example, if your child brought a lunch from home and wants to purchase milk. Fees can be found here. After-school snacks are free to all students enrolled in an after-school program. More information on the CPS meal programs here.
5th/6th GRADE CAMP DUNCAN DAY TRIP
Monday, September 14th
7:45 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
YMCA Camp Duncan, Ingleside, IL
I want to thank the 5th and 6th grade parent community for the overwhelming response to chaperoning this trip. Please make sure your child has a lunch, as dinner is provided. If you would like your child to walk home when we return, they must have a note stating so and signed by a parent. Looking forward to some great team building. Questions, contact Deb Del Campo.
PARENT EDUCATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 16th
Waters Annex – 6:00 p.m.
A parent education workshop on Executive Functions will be hosted by Mr. Raman to help parents understand the ways their students learn.
Please note: the Math Trailblazers event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
CHICAGO HIGH SCHOOL FAIR
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Lake View High School – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This work_shop is for middle school parents and students to learn all about the high school admissions process, including information about scholarships and peer Q & A sessions with current high school students. Additional information can be found here. Questions, email Chicago School GPS.
Wednesday, September 30th
Waters Annex – 6:00 p.m. New Families
Classrooms – 6:30 p.m. Returning and new families
Save the date for Curriculum Night. This is a PARENTS ONLY event. New families are invited to come to the Annex on the south side of the building next to the parking lot at 6:00 p.m. for a special presentation and returning families may arrive at 6:30 pm and go directly to their child(ren)'s classroom.
KINDER MENTOR PROGRAM
School year 2015-2016
Are you new to Waters and would like to be paired up with a Waters Parent to know the in-and-outs of the school? Sign up for the Waters Incoming Parent Mentor Program and be paired up with someone to help you with any questions that you may have. From daily procedures to wanting to know more about our fundraisers, volunteer parents will help you with any questions you may have about our great school and its community. Please contact Victor Aragon with any questions.
Thursday, September 17th
Interested in Cub Scouts? Missed the Back-to-School Picnic hosted by Local Pack 3894? Mark your calendars for the ‘Blast Into Scouting’ recruitment event on September 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Waters, or contact Pack leader Lyzette Austen for more information.
Girl Scouts (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets)
Voss Building at Queen of Angels
If you have a girl who is interested in scouting, please contact Troop Leaders Colleen Herman for Daisies, (Kinder and first grades), Blair McAnany for Brownies, (second and third grades), and Geri Aston for Juniors (fourth and fifth grades). We do have higher levels of scouting; contact any of these troop leaders for info.
MS. NISSIM APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT
A huge thank-you to those generous parents who have donated to Ms. Nissim’s Donors Choose projects. She would appreciate any size donation to obtain the balance still needed for a projector and document camera. Any donations made during the next six days will be matched if you enter the code SPARK before submitting your gift. Donations can be made here. Thank you.
NOTES FROM MR. LEKI
For garden updates and information on Waters’ amazing ecology program, check out Mr. Leki’s blog posts on the school website.
Due September 25, 2015
There is an OPTIONAL gym uniform available for purchase. If your student would like a Waters uniform to wear for gym class, you can order it online here. The deadline for orders is Friday, September 25, 2015. Questions, contact Coach Kurz.
The Waters website, provides most, if not all, school-related information you may need. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact LSC Communications Chair, Erica Smith.
Sync the Waters Google Calendar to your own Google calendar. A snapshot of the calendar can be found on the home page.
Waters Today has a new website with fundraising information and volunteer opportunities. Stop by Waters Today.
For up-to-date news and events about the Waters community, check out the Waters Community and Events Facebook page.
Want to volunteer? Email Kathleen Matuszewich
Have a pledge or donation to make? Email Rick Bollinger
Want to Receive Ecology updates? Email Peter Leki
Have school-related news to share or want to subscribe to Waters Green Notes? Email Cookie Silvia
Have ideas, time or funds for Waters fundraising efforts or just want to keep up on fundraising volunteer opportunities? Email Sandi Barlow Stone
For general questions or concerns, email the Waters Today Board