In a letter to families today, CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson announced that CPS will continue using the Northwest Evaluation Association's Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) test, pending board approval, as the 'high stakes' test in our district. As in recent years, it will be used for: (1) the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP), (2) selective enrollment, and (3) promotion in grades 3, 6 and 8 (English, Spanish).
Soccer Skills Summer Camp
July 10 – August 18 – Waters School
3rd-5th Grade 2:00-4:00 p.m.
6th-8th Grade 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Improve your soccer skills this summer! Mr. Gaytan will be teaching beginning to intermediate soccer skills right here at Waters.
Cost is $75 per week or $400.00 for 6 weeks. There will be a limit of 30 kids per session. Priority will be given to those children signing up for all sessions. Registration forms are due Monday, June 19, and payment is due the first day of camp.
Are you a local business owner? Do you know someone who would like to partner with WatersToday to sponsor funding our programs while gaining exposure for their business? We are excited to launch our Business Sponsorship Program at Waters. Check out our current sponsors!
Thank You Messages for Whole Foods Market Lakeview
3201 N. Ashland Avenue
Whole Foods Market supported Waters Friday, March 24th by giving 1% of that day's net sales to WatersToday (we'll know what the final tally is soon!). They contacted us to be a part of this wonderful community give back. We are grateful to have been included and encourage students and parents to send thank you notes and/or stop into the store and personally thank them for supporting Waters. Let's distinguish ourselves and let Whole Foods Market know what these opportunities mean to our community. You can also email your thank yous to Jason Aragon, the Store Team Leader.
Waters Online Auction for Big Night 2017
April 21 – May 1
Since we'd love more conversation and less focus on our phones during Big Night, the online auction will take place prior to the Big Night festivities this year. We'll open up the bidding the morning of Friday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. and we'll close it down at 10:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1. You now have two weeks instead of just a few hours to review and bid on all the amazing items up for grabs. And, this way, more family and community members can participate (make sure you spread the word to everyone you know!). So get organized and mark your calendar now. And, if you have not done so already, please purchase your Big Night tickets for an evening of fun on Saturday, May 6 with great people, food and entertainment.
Big Night Auction Donations
Due Saturday, April 1
The Big Night Donations Team is working hard to secure amazing items for our online auction (new this year!), raffle baskets, and live auction. We have some great donations, and are actively seeking:
• Tickets! Are you a season ticket holder? We’re looking for tickets to Chicago sporting events. We have a particular need for Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls tickets to add to auction packages (but keep those Cubs and Sox tickets coming!). We are also interested in concert tickets – going to U2, Jimmy Buffett, Lady Gaga. Lollapalooza, or another great show this summer and have extra tickets? We’ll take them off your hands.
• Booze! We’re also looking for donations of spirits for a ‘Stock the Bar’ auction item. Donate your favorite bottle, and we’ll add it to the collection.
The deadline is Saturday April 1, so you won’t even have to think about it over spring break! Please contact Lisa Kearney with any donations you have.
Parents of Diverse Learners Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 20 – Room 212 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the Parents of Diverse Learners Committee will feature Mr. King and Ms. Herman talking about co-teaching – some of the thinking and strategies behind it, and what it looks like in the classroom. Limited childcare will be provided (thanks to Mrs. Booczko's daughter Cristina!) If you can join us, contact Kelli Landes.
The Parents of Diverse Learners Committee is beginning a resource list in this Google doc. Feel free to add resources to this listing under the appropriate tab so that we can being pooling our information and sharing our knowledge. More information on the Special Services link on the Waters website. For questions or suggestions, contact Kelli Landes.
Right At School Summer Camp 2017
June-August – Waters Elementary
Summer Camp Registration is open! Join your friends for a summer of fun at Right At School’s 2017 at Waters. Campers will participate in water games, sports, science experiments, arts and crafts, weekly swimming, and exciting field trips. Choose the weeks in the summer that you need. Take Advantage of the Early Bird discount! More information on weekly themes here. Check the Waters page on the website or call customer service at 855-AT-SCHOOL (855-287-2466).
2nd Annual Trivia Night!
Thanks to everyone who attended and made the 2nd Annual Trivia Night a huge success. Together we were able to raise $1900.00 for WatersToday and learn a little in the process. A special thanks to Sandor Weisz and Gregory Kobak, and The Piggery for donating the space and food for the night.
Congratulations to our winners: Team Cocktails & Dreams. Looking forward to next year – already reading up on Fire!
We're planning to send in a Box Top submission soon, so grab that baggie full of box tops and bring 'em in to the school office!
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.