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

We invite our parents to click here for helpful information about upcoming NWEA tests.

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!

Drill Team Highlights

CICS Prairie middle school students Megan, Brianna, Denisha, Kelsey, and Antoinette practice their routine before drill team tryouts!

Smashing Success!

Did you know that CICS Prairie seventh grader Kenya Hill won a recent Junior Grand Prix tennis tournament at Homewood Flossmoor High School? Way to go, Kenya! You may remember this story from last school year about her dream to pursue tennis in high school, college, and beyond!

Eagles Run Pumpkins in the Park 5K

The CICS Prairie Run Club ran the Pumpkins in the Park 5K in Lincoln Park over the weekend. Led by Ms. Harkins, they’ve practiced twice a week this school year to prepare for their big race!

CICS Prairie Joins Schools Around the Nation to “Read for the Record”


CICS Prairie students and teachers recently participated in “Read for the Record,” a national campaign sponsored by Jumpstart Reading. The goal is to bring young children together with adults to read the same book on the same day, in communities all over the country. More than 400 CICS Prairie students and staff members came together in the gym to participate in a group “read-aloud” of the book Otis by Loren Long!

Golden Apple Nominations

Do you know a great teacher who deserves to be recognized?
Did you know that parents and students can nominate a teacher for the prestigious Golden Apple award given for excellence in teaching? Click here to nominate your teacher today!

Thank You, Charter Advocacy Supporters

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Town Hall meeting with CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. We have made a great first step in strengthening our parent voice and, as a result, will establish a charter school advisory board to support our advocacy efforts and bolster our campaign for equal funding.

Please contact Ms. Steinberg ( or Mrs. Pinto ( if you are interested in supporting future advocacy efforts.

Thank you!

School News


What’s new at CICS Prairie?

-Prairie welcomed over 100 families to “Back-to-School Night” on August 27. Parents visited classrooms, learned about the curriculum, signed up for after school programs and took part in the uniform exchange.

-Our playground is getting a makeover! Crews are working overtime during the month of September to repair and renovate the Prairie playground.

Important Dates
September 16: After school programs begin
September 17: Prairie Parent Teacher League holds its first meeting
September 18: 11:30 dismissal

Advocacy Update

Attention parents, grandparents, and guardians!
Please join us for a unique opportunity. The Charter Parents Union is hosting a town hall meeting with Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and staff. Have your voices heard, ask questions, and advocate for equal funding. We need your help and your voice to spread the word, change the system, and give our kids what they deserve-”Same Taxes, Same Students, Same Funding.”

When: Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Bulls College Prep (2040 W Adams) ***Transportation will be provided***
RSVP: Please confirm your participation with Ms. Pinto, Ms. Steinberg, or the office.

Help Keep Uniform Drive Alive

We are in need of parent volunteers to help coordinate and run the Prairie Uniform Exchange. Parents are increasingly interested in the exchange program, where you can donate, exchange, or purchase gently used uniforms. However, more parent assistance is needed for this unique opportunity to continue. We need parents who speak English or Spanish. Please call the office at 773-928-0480 or email Ms. Middendorf if you are interested in helping. Thank you!

Peagle Gives Props for Praire Pride

Peagle, our Prairie Pride mascot, shows some love for our dedicated Dean, Ms. Brown. Thanks to Ms. Brown and the entire Prairie staff for setting lofty expectations and a positive tone this 2013-14 school year!

School Supply Drop-off Information

Help make the first day of school a breeze by dropping your supplies off ahead of time! Supplies will be accepted at school next Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please place all materials in clearly labeled bags or boxes. To view your child’s supply list, follow the link(s) on the right of the CICS Prairie home page under “Quick Parent Links.” Thank you, parents!

Back-to-School Information

CICS Prairie is excited to welcome back families for the 2013-2014 school year! Opening day is right around the corner and administrators, teachers and staff are making final preparations so we are ready to open the doors on Monday, August 19.

Many new faces will grace the halls of Prairie this year! We are thrilled to welcome the following teaching staff to the Prairie team: Jennifer Legris and Nicole Kusnierz are joining the team as grade 5/6 teachers; Jessica Hennessy is coming on board the 3/4 team as a Language Arts/Social Studies teacher; and Sarah Forster is the Special Education teacher for our primary students.

Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Our new school director, Kristin Baldino, will be on hand to meet families and answer questions. Families will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet their child’s teachers, learn about the curriculum, and explore after school programming.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, August 19: First day of school
  • Wednesday, August 21: 1:50 p.m. dismissal
  • Tuesday, August 27: Open House from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 28: 1:50 p.m. dismissal
  • Monday, September 2: No school (Labor Day)

Full Steam Ahead: Summer Learning Challenge

Dear CICS Prairie Families,

We encourage all students to take part in Rahm’s Readers: Full Steam Ahead program this summer. “Full Steam Ahead” is a summer learning challenge through the Chicago Public Library. The program encourages students to read at least 20 minutes every day and complete online research and projects around their reading. Please follow this link for suggested reading lists and project ideas.

The closest public library to CICS Prairie is the West Pullman branch located at 830 W 119th St.
Stop by for a visit or to learn more about Rahm’s Readers: Full Steam Ahead.

We also encourage families to pursue Barnes and Noble’s summer reading program “Imagination’s Destination” where students can earn a free book by participating. Click here for more information.