2015-2016 School Calendar and Supply Lists

Thanks for a great school year, CICS Prairie supporters! Enjoy your summer.

2015-2016 School Calendar2015-2016 Supply Lists

Eighth Grade Creates Animated Movies!

CICS Prairie 8th graders learned about stop-motion animation and the wonderful movies that have been made as a result of this detailed process. Many students further investigated the method of animation known as whiteboard animation, while others created flip books. Students’ patience, collaboration, and creativity were certainly put to the test. Visit Ms. Torres’ YouTube channel to see the rest of the finished products!

Enrichment Night: June 2

Join us for CICS Prairie Enrichment Night on Tuesday, June 2, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Our enrichment teachers will host a variety of fun activities including an art show, karaoke, music lessons, obstacle courses, and other fun games! Above is a sneak peak at a few of the pieces that will be up for sale at the art auction. We’ll see you on June 2, Prairie supporters!

Fly Like an Eagle!

Last weekend, Andrew Villasenor and Abraham Centeno participated in the Move for the Kids 5K race to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. They ran together, flying to the finish line with a time of 31:50!

2015-16 School Calendar

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DuSable Museum Visits CICS Prairie

Last week, the DuSable Museum of African American History came to visit CICS Prairie students in grades 3-6. The traveling, interactive exhibit explores African American history through the life and times of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, known as the founder of Chicago. Thank you to community partner, Ann Avery, and our CICS Prairie team for funding the experience; our kids really enjoyed it!

Save the Date: May 14


You are invited to the inaugural CICS Prairie 5th grade musical on May 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room. We hope to see your family in attendance!

CICS Board Meeting: May 19

Update: The CICS board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, has been moved to the following date:

Tuesday, May 19
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
CICS Network Office
11 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603

CICS board meetings are open to the public. Please call (312) 651-5000 for more information.


¡Dîa de los Niños!

Thank you to Ms. Concepcion, Ms. Rivera, Ms. Fink, and the parents of the Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) who organized El Dîa de los Niños/El Dîa de los Libros for CICS Prairie students in grades K-4. El Dîa de los Niños is Children’s Day and an important and festive celebration in Mexico. On Children’s Day, adults arrange activities to make kids feel special!

On Friday, April 24, our parents organized a fun, cultural morning experience. Each class had an awesome time reading bilingual books, playing Loterîa (Spanish Bingo game), dancing to Zumba, and creating artwork with Ms. Rivera. The event culminated with students smashing a piñata and scrambling for the toys inside.

We hope our Dîa de los Niños celebration becomes an annual CICS Prairie tradition!

Earth Day Landscaping

Each school year, Ms. Shields gathers a group of responsible students to not only collect recyclables from each classroom, but to educate each class about the recycling process. In addition, they deliver Earth-friendly facts on the morning announcements. On Earth Day, this group of globally-conscious students helped beautify our campus by adding plants and other greenery, and by the looks of it, they had a great time!

Community Clothing Drive

CICS Prairie middle school students unloaded four crates of clothing today to donate to community members in need. The clothing will be distributed on campus next Monday and Tuesday (April 20 and 21) from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to the Glencoe PTO for helping us organize yet another successful clothing drive!

Thank You, Ms. Bassett , Mr. Morales, and Ms. Fink!


We would like to thank CICS Prairie parents Stephanie Bassett, Pedro Morales, and Prairie teacher Ms. Fink for speaking about charter schools at the most recent Chicago Public Schools monthly board meeting. They did a great job advocating for school choice and providing updates about the many student, parent, and community engagement initiatives at CICS Prairie!

Social Studies Symposium


Our students present their projects in a conference-style setting at the CICS Prairie Social Studies Symposium!


Art Club Students Share Their Creations!

Fall semester art club had a great time experimenting with wire sculptures and refining their painting and drawing skills.

We would like to send shout-out to Zavier Griffin (pictured left) for his focus and hard work on his self portrait!

Visit CICS Prairie soon to see all of the beautiful artwork adorning our walls! More pictured below…

CICS Prairie Math & Science Night

Join us on Thursday, February 26 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. for CICS Prairie Math & Science Night. Every Prairie family is invited to enjoy light refreshments and the opportunity to learn fun math games and exciting science experiments! We look forward to your company.

CICS Prairie Supports ‘Handfuls of Love’ Campaign!

CICS Prairie 3rd graders responded to a request from Lurie Children’s Hospital by creating and sending Valentine’s Day cards to patients!

PARCC Assessment

In March, CICS Prairie will administer the PARCC Performance Based Assessment for students in grades 3-8 (English Language Arts and Math). We invite you to learn more about the assessment and how students will be able to demonstrate mastery towards Common Core State Standards. Please click the following link for more information: parcconline.org/frequently-asked-questions

The PARCC website offers several practice tests for students in grades 3-8. Please click the following links to access the practice tests: English Language Arts Practice Tests | Math Practice Tests


Save the Dates: Distinctive Schools Music Festival


The music programs at CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden have united to bring you three special performances that celebrate the multicultural magic of music! Join us for the inaugural…

Distinctive Schools Music Festival

Monday February 23 at CICS West Belden (2245 N McVicker)
CICS Prairie & CICS West Belden perform at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 26 at CICS Prairie
CICS Irving Park & CICS Prairie perform at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 2 at CICS Irving Park (3820 N Spaulding)
CICS West Belden & CICS Irving Park perform at 10:30 a.m.

Alderman Beale Visits CICS Prairie


CICS Prairie welcomed Alderman Anthony Beale and his legislative aide, Nick Smith, for a school tour last week. Both commented on how every teacher was engaged with the students and noted how staff and students seemed genuinely happy! The positive experience will go a long way in strengthening our school-community relationship and advocacy efforts. As a result of the meeting, we will be working together to try and acquire a vacant lot space so our kids have a safe “green space” to play. Alderman Beale was also very impressed with our student tour guide, Julisa Clark. He is following up with her about a potential private tour of Gwendolyn Brooks High School as she navigates the high school selection process. Keep up the great work, Prairie!


School Choice, Honors Acknowledged at Assembly


CICS Prairie celebrated National School Choice Week during our quarterly honors assembly last Friday. Students were awarded with A honors, A/B honors, most improved, citizenship, MLK essay, and attendance awards. Families and students also enjoyed performances by Ines and Jacinda, Josiah singing James Brown, an original rap by the School Choice Girls, and a Zoomba line dance by the School Choice Dance Club!