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!

CICS Prairie Tennis Star Honored


Our resident tennis star, Kenya Hill, has been selected as “Tennis Player of the Year” by the Chicago District Tennis Association/USTA and was recently honored at the “Evening of Champions” Gala on Saturday, February 22.

Kenya has experienced some other tennis related highlights during the last year that you may not know about. On December 6, Kenya, along with USTA Midwest presidents Violet Clark and Jonelle Smith, presented tennis icon Billie Jean King with a plaque inducting her into the USTA Midwest Hall of Fame.

The next day, Kenya conquered some serious competition to win another Junior Grand Prix Championship hosted by Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet Club. Way to go, Kenya!

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.

Please click here to download a permission slip.
Haga clic aquí para descargar una hoja de permiso.

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!