Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day


Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Join us on Friday, April 25 to learn more about Día and how our school community can celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day!

Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day
Introducción a Día: El Dia de los Niños, El Dia de los Libros
Friday, April 25 at 8:15 a.m.

NJHS Students Unite to Help Homeless

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at CICS Prairie held a fundraiser during parent-teacher conferences to raise money for the creation of toiletry bags for Chicago’s homeless population. This special group of students spent several recess periods putting the bags together and will soon head downtown to distribute them. We are proud of these students’ efforts!

Career Fair

CICS Prairie is hosting a career fair on April 26. Please pass along the following information to qualified individuals who are interested in learning more about our school.

South Side Career Fair
CICS Prairie
April 26, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
11530 S Prairie
Chicago, IL 60628

For more information, contact:

Andrew Parker
Director of Talent Development

Summer Cooking Camp Opportunity


Our friends at Common Threads are offering a free summer camp opportunity (transportation included) for students who are interested in cooking!

Please click here for more detailed information and a printable application.

You may also register by following this link. Please visit the office if you would like to register online using our computer lab.

Book Fair Runs Through Thursday

The Scholastic Book Fair continues in the Tech Lab this week until Thursday evening. The fair will be open before school from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and after school from 3:15-4:00 p.m. It will also be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.

Science Students Dissect Earthworms

CICS Prairie 6th grade science students recently studied invertebrate earthworms, also called annelids, in order to learn the diversified functions of body parts and tissues. As a wrap to their final Life Science block for the year (human body systems), these young scientists completed the dissection of an earthworm, giving them the rare opportunity to compare and contrast the human body’s systems to those of another organism.

Join Us in Springfield for Lobby Day on April 8

CICS Prairie Supporters,

We need your continued support! With 15 anti-charter bills being proposed this year, we must make sure our voice is heard. On April 8, we will travel to Springfield with other charter networks to fight for the sustainability of school choice.


Please contact Ms. Steinberg-Fink, Ms. Pinto, or Ms. Cano with questions or to RSVP to this exciting advocacy opportunity. Click here for more detailed information.

Choir Performs at Navy Pier

CICS Prairie students teamed up with Enrico Tonti Elementary School near the end of February to perform at Navy Pier’s 2014 Black History Month Concert. The theme this year was Civil Rights in America- 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Under the direction of Amanda Wolff, both school choirs came together to deliver a heartfelt performance that left the audience speechless! With a lineup of over 20 schools, Prairie made its mark with distinctive pride. Great job, Eagles!

Family Literacy Night

CICS Prairie celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Family Literacy Night on February 25. Parents and families of students in grades K-4 attended the evening’s event. The celebration included a book swap, literacy games, and story time with the guest of honor, the Cat in the Hat!

Family Science and Math Night: March 18


CICS Prairie hosts Family Science and Math Night for students in grades 5-8 and their families on Tuesday, March 18 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. For more information, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!