The proposed dress code was given to the Local School Council for review. The dress code will It will go to vote next month. Thank you to all families for your input and suggestions. You can view a copy here.
There has been a lot of activity regarding the future of our school garden and the proposed school addition. Earlier this week, exploratory drilling was scheduled without any notification to administration. An obvious concern due to physical education, recess and programs in the garden. In a concerted effort and many phone calls, Alderman Pawar and I were able to halt the scheduled work. A meeting has been set with CPS to discuss moving forward and adhering to specific protocols to ensure that a collective community voice is heard. I, along with Alderman Pawar, are optimistic that there will be positive outcomes from this meeting.
I am working to ensure that we have accurate information as we move forward so that it can be shared with the school community. While I understand there are many opinions about the addition at Waters, I assure you, our growing neighborhood population, lack of Pre-K offerings, our leaking roof, our makeshift classroom spaces, lack of storage, office space for intinerant staff, teachers lounge, limited playground space, programs without designated space, are just a few of the reasons why Waters is on the approved capital improvement list.
Our fall sports season is well underway! I am so proud of our athletes and their enthusiasm! Congratulations to all of our runners and Coaches Barlow and Herman, who just completed their fifth meet of the season. 18 finalist for City were announced this week and they will proudly represent Waters next Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Washington Park.
Athletes representing Waters are:
5th Graders- Madeline Herman, August McKinney, Jack Ranney, and Hunter Smith
6th Graders- Cecilia Barlow, Miles Barbick, Forrest Durnbaugh, Kelly Rodriguez-Olivera, Maddux Smith, and Timothy Zagar
7th Graders- Mallory Herman, Ismaias Medina, Diego Olivares, and Emmitt Singer
8th Graders- Alejandro Abundis, Nathan Bjurstrom, Ray Reshoft, and Frank Weinstock
Harvest Week begins next Friday with our annual pumpkin patch and petting zoo. I look forward to seeing many of you volunteering during our Harvest Day Activities.
Thank you to our STEAM team for organizing our 2nd annual Cardboard Challenge. We had over 150 people attend and it was a great day of creativity!
Please note that there is no school for students on Friday, November 2nd as teachers will have a School Improvement Day.