CICS Prairie Students Receives Art Scholarship


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.


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:


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


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.

NJHS Students Unite to Help Homeless

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

Summer Cooking Camp Opportunity


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

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.


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!

Family Literacy Night

CICS Prairie celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday at Family Literacy Night on February 25. Parents and families of students in grades K-4 attended the evening’s event. The celebration included a book swap, literacy games, and story time with the guest of honor, the Cat in the Hat!

Family Science and Math Night: March 18


CICS Prairie hosts Family Science and Math Night for students in grades 5-8 and their families on Tuesday, March 18 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. For more information, click here. We look forward to seeing you there!

CICS Receives Funding, Still More Advocacy Work Ahead

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, CICS has earned substantial funding that was owed to charter schools! Help us further bolster our equal funding advocacy efforts by joining us in Springfield on April 8. Stay tuned to our website and/or Facebook page for impending details.

CICS Prairie Presents “ISAT Shop”

Good luck on the ISAT test, Eagles!

NWEA MAP Scores Predict College Readiness

Did you know that NWEA MAP scores are predictors of future ACT benchmark scores and, therefore, are valid indicators of college readiness? Your child’s scores are provided by the classroom teacher for Fall, Winter and Spring. Click the image below to enlarge it and then locate where your child currently ranks in terms of college readiness.

Fresh Picks Food Delivery Program

Fresh Picks Boxes
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks ( is partnering with The Office of Student Health and Wellness at CPS to support our wellness efforts with fresh fruits and veggies! Fresh Picks will deliver healthy foods to school families for better eating and cooking at home. Refer to the information in your student’s Thursday Folder for instructions on how to sign up!