Springboard After School Program Begins August 18

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CICS Prairie is excited to announce that we will partner with Springboard After School to provide daily after school programming for 2014-2015 school year. Springboard’s after school programming is designed to extend student learning time and opportunities beyond regular school hours. Programming will begin on August 18, 2014, and will run each day until 6:00 p.m.

Springboard’s after school program is comprised of research-based curriculum delivered by a team of licensed and certified on-site teaching professionals whose materials are created to provide a well-rounded, fun and enriching environment for every student. Each day of programming will include guided homework support, team building, read aloud’s, SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids) and inclusive enrichment.

Please click here for details.


Art Club Students Boast Considerable Creative Output


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!


Students Collaborate with Cannon Design Firm at Millennium Park

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!


Choir Performs for Peace

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!


Heritage Assembly

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!


Run Club on the Move Again

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!


CICS Prairie Students Receives Art Scholarship

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CICS Prairie 7th grader Tiffany Martinez is the recent recipient of a Distinctively College Bound (DCB) art scholarship. Distinctively College Bound provides opportunities for Distinctive Schools students to participate in extra-curricular programs geared toward their individual interests and talents. Tiffany’s scholarship will help her pursue her passion for art by taking pottery classes. Erica Camiliere, DCB board member, was on campus on May 9 to present the award to Tiffany during our weekly all-school assembly.


Important: Please Fill Out a Witness Slip to Support Charter Schools

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.

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Thank you for your continued support of public charter schools!


Enrichment Night

Join us on May 15 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for Enrichment Night. We’ll feature a variety of activities that celebrate the Arts, including:

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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!


Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week


CICS Prairie Students Join Peers, Tour Notre Dame


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!


Family Matters

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.


Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day

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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!

Event:
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

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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
Email


Summer Cooking Camp Opportunity

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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

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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.

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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!