Good luck to Marquis, Joshua, and the rest of the Jackie Robinson West team!
CICS Prairie parents are invited to a workshop series where they’ll have the opportunity to do the following:
- Advocate for our school
- Meet elected officials
- Act as community leaders
- Gain valuable networking opportunities
When: September 13 and September 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: CICS Ralph Ellison Campus (1817 W 80th St)
Cost: Free for charter school parents (lunch also provided)
Please sign up in the main office to participate or contact Lori Fink at 773-928-0480 or
If you haven’t heard, perhaps you’re just really into that book you’re currently reading, but CICS Prairie students Joshua Houston (above) and Marquis Jackson are part of a very special team of Little Leaguers that has made the city of Chicago, particularly the South Side, very proud. With a win tonight vs. Rhode Island, Joshua and Marquis’ team, Jackie Robinson West, will be in serious contention for the tournament title. The effect of JRW’s magical run on the local community is even more impressive, as folks have gathered at Jackie Robinson Park, 10540 S. Morgan Park, to watch each game.
“South Side of Chicago is not all about shootings, it’s kids coming to play baseball, African-American kids that are doing the right thing,” said Marquis Jackson.
Catch tonight’s game on ESPN 2 at 7:00 p.m. or at Jackie Robinson Park on the big screen!
We did a little math this summer and realized something very important: 10 minutes per school day x 192 days = 32 hours of added instructional time! Consequently, please note our new morning procedure below… beginning on Monday, August 18.
CICS Prairie students in Art club have worked hard this school year experimenting with new materials. During the first semester, upper school students collaborated to create a tile mosaic for the school’s cafeteria. Next time you’re in the cafeteria, be sure to check it out. During the second semester, lower school students made robots, bandanas using the batik method, paintings, flower sculptures out of paper towel rolls, t-shirts, and much more!
CICS Prairie sent 24 middle school students to participate in Discovery Day at Millennium Park. The event, hosted by Cannon Design, was designed to give students exposure to working in such fields as design, architecture, and engineering. The students took the Metra downtown and spent the day working with a team from Cannon on the proposed redesign of Millennium Park. Our students’ exciting new additions to the park, designed to reflect the CICS Prairie community, included ground murals, a lazy river, a camera station, and basketball courts!
Chicago Children’s Choir hosted its annual Paint the Town Red concert, presented by Target, to celebrate freedom of individual expression as demonstrated through the power of music. Students from CICS Prairie rocked the house and made a commitment to spread peace throughout the neighborhood. Thanks for exhibiting Prairie Pride, Eagles!
The CICS Prairie community recently celebrated our rich mix of cultures at an all-school Heritage Assembly. The assembly, organized by our music teacher, Ms. Griffin, included a variety of cultural songs and dances!
CICS Prairie Run Club participated in the “Move for the Kids” 5K race on Sunday, May 18 at Soldier Field to benefit Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital. Way to go, Eagles!
Attention, CICS Prairie Supporters: We really need your help…again! In order to continue to do what we do, we are asking that you take five minutes of your time to fill out a “witness slip” to oppose HB 4527 by Tuesday, May 13.
Click here to complete the form. Please reference the red text in the picture below for guidance.
Thank you for your continued support of public charter schools!
Art Show & Art Auction with Ms. Torres in the Gym
Karaoke with Ms. Griffin in the Gym
Obstacle Courses with Mr. Z in the Parking Lot
“Smart Choices Bingo” with Ms. Stoffey in Room 001
See you there, Eagles!
Because of their exemplary behavior and consistent academic achievement, 55 Distinctive Schools students earned the chance to visit the University of Notre Dame last week. CICS Bucktown, CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden each sent several representatives who were able to witness both the bustle and beauty of a storied college campus!
Distinctive Schools produces Family Matters, a monthly electronic newsletter, to keep parents and families informed about news and activities throughout our network of schools.
Click here to read this month’s edition of Family Matters.
Past issues of the Family Matters newsletter are available on the Distinctive Schools website.
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.
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!
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.