CICS Prairie Spelling Bee Winners

CICS Prairie held its annual winter spelling bee competitions for grades K-8 during January (middle school) and February (primary). Each class held an elimination round to produce the top two spellers in each grade, before overall school winners were ultimately crowned. This year’s spelling bees were especially exciting and, in the end, top honors went to Pedro Morales in first grade and Denisha Ingram in seventh grade.

Congratulations to all of our spectacular spellers!

Saturday Extension Time: Ready, SET, Go!


As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our students a rigorous education, we will soon offer Saturday Extension Time (SET) at CICS Prairie. Saturday Extension Time will be just that: an educational extension of the school week in the areas of Math and Reading that will allow teachers and staff members to provide rich, small group instruction for students. SET will provide remediation for those students who need extra support, enrichment for students who are excelling, and targeted skill-instruction for students who need an extra boost.

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Groundhog Predictions

Our kindergartners practiced making predictions last week when they predicted whether or not the groundhog would see his shadow. Here’s what their teacher, Ms. Carmichael, said about the activity, “On February 3, 2014, after learning about groundhogs and their important job on Groundhog’s Day, my students had to predict if the groundhog would see his shadow or not. They each got a groundhog graphic to color, label, and place on a graph. As the graph grew, the class examined the results until all students had participated. We then watched the video of Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby emerging on February 2, 2014 to reveal that we would have six more weeks of winter! The students then discussed and wrote about whether their prediction was right or wrong onto paper mittens. This was a great cross-curricular activity for my students, incorporating reading, science, math, and writing.”

Literacy Night


Please mark your calendars as CICS Prairie will host Family Literacy Night on Thursday, February 27. The theme is “Dr. Seuss” and students in grades K-4 and their parents are all invited for reading games, refreshments, a book swap, and a read-aloud. We look forward to seeing you!

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School Resumes on Wednesday, January 29

Please note that CICS Prairie will be open on Wednesday, January 29. We look forward to welcoming our students for another exceptional school day!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Tuesday, January 28

CICS Prairie will remain closed on Tuesday, January 28 due to inclement weather. We expect school to resume as usual on Wednesday. Please stay connected to our website and/or Facebook page for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Monday, January 27

CICS Prairie will be closed on Monday, January 27 due to dangerously low temperatures. Please click or call for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

CICS Board Meeting Schedule

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Invention Convention

Students showcased their skills and creativity at the annual CICS Prairie Invention Convention shortly before winter break. Over 150 students in grades 5-8 participated in the event. Our inventors were tasked with designing a new invention or process that solved a problem in some form or fashion. Entries included the “Super Sweater,” a sweater with expanding sides, a pencil case made entirely out of recycled material, and a Monopoly-like board game that helps its players lose weight!

Director’s Message

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School Resumes on Wednesday, January 8

Please note that CICS Prairie will be open on Wednesday, January 8. We look forward to welcoming our students back for a great school day and a superb second half of the school year!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Tuesday, January 7

CICS Prairie will be closed again on Tuesday, January 7, due to dangerously low temperatures. At this time, school is expected to be open on Wednesday. Please click or call for updates and continue to stay safe, Eagles!

Alert: CICS Prairie Closed on Monday, January 6

CICS Prairie will be closed on Monday, January 6, due to dangerously cold temperatures. Please click or call for updates and stay warm, Eagles!

NWEA Parent Toolkit

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Prairie Pride

Isis, a CICS Prairie kindergartner, sings the Prairie Pride song!

Healthy Recipes Now Available on CICS Prairie Website


Did you know that our health and wellness committee has shared a collection of kid friendly, healthy recipes? The recipe for English muffin breakfast pizzas is listed below. Visit our health and wellness page for many more!

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza
Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

4 English Muffins, 2 hard-boiled eggs, olive oil, sliced tomatoes, grated mozzarella, oregano, Kosher salt

1. Make hard-cooked eggs.
2. Toast 8 English-muffin halves and place on a cookie sheet.
3. Drizzle each with olive oil, then layer on tomato slices, hard-cooked egg slices (1/2 an egg each), and a little grated mozzarella.
4. Sprinkle with oregano and kosher salt.
5. Broil 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Calendar Revision

Distinctive Schools has changed the date of the early dismissal day in February. CICS Prairie will now dismiss students at 11:30 a.m. on February 12, 2014, and not on February 5, 2014, as previously planned. We will follow the regular Wednesday schedule on February 5. Please plan accordingly and contact us with any questions. Thank you!

CICS Prairie Recognizes National Junior Honors Society Inductees

CICS Prairie held the 2013-2014 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) induction ceremony yesterday. The Prairie chapter of the NJHS emphasizes leadership, good character and service to the surrounding area. Members engage in local and national service projects that aim to give back to the community. Congratulations to the following middle school students, who were honored at the ceremony: Myron Lewis, Amala Okoye, Laniya Hudson, Mirna Roque Megan Lee, Justin Houston, Gabrielle Rivera, Kayla Kyles, Illie Benton, Christin Wright, and Armon Bailey. Great work, Eagles!

Clothing Drive Helps CICS Prairie Families in Need


CICS Prairie held its annual clothing drive last month. Thanks to the gracious donations provided by the Glencoe PTA, over six large crates of clothing items, accessories, coats, shoes and boots were dropped off for distribution. School staff and parent volunteers worked diligently to sort and organize the donations so that Prairie families could pick them up. We are grateful that so many of our families will stay warm this winter!