Become a Charter Ambassador

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We will have a translator on site and lunch will be provided.

Live on the North Side? Click here for information about training near you!

Please direct specific questions to Lori Fink at 773-928-0480 or lfink@distinctiveschools.org.


U.S. Champions Play for World Series Title



Led by Joshua Houston and Marquis Jackson of CICS Prairie, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West won the Little League World Series U.S. Championship yesterday and will play South Korea today for the world title!

Coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. on ABC.


JRW Watch Party Information

Please click here for information about Little League World Series U.S. Championship watch parties on Saturday.

The nearest location to CICS Prairie is:

Kroc Center
1250 W 119th St

First pitch is at 2:30 p.m.

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Good luck to Marquis, Joshua, and the rest of the Jackie Robinson West team!


CICS Prairie Students Help South Siders Unite

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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!


Inching Our Way Toward a New School Year!

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year, Eagles!

CICS Prairie 4th graders spent several art classes toward the end of last school year working on a collaborative animation of the Eric Carle story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Thanks to the help of Mr. C, students were able to make their first animation a success.


Check it out…


New Start Time Begins August 18

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.

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Doors will open at 7:55 a.m. and close at 8:00 a.m.

Every student who arrives after 8:00 a.m. will receive a tardy pass. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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!