Woodlawn Community School

HOME OF THE MAROONS

September 8th, 2010

Welcome Back

Virtue of the Month: Order

Nguzo Saba of the Month: Kujichagulia

Fruit of the Month: Red Delicious Apples

Dear Parent(s):

WELCOME BACK to Woodlawn Community School!  We are anticipating another exciting year!

A few reminders:

  • SCHOOL HOURS are 8:55 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  However, students are allowed to enter the building at 8:15 a.m. for breakfast.
  • When ABSENCES OR TARDIES occur, parents should notify the school office by phone and send a note upon the students’ return.
  • The SCHOOL UNIFORM consists of a burgundy/maroon shirt with a collar, a khaki bottom with a belt and brown/black hard bottom shoes.  NO GYM SHOES!
  • The EMERGENCY FORM AND LUNCH APPLICATION were sent home today.  Please send the completed form and application back as soon as possible.  We must have completed forms for EVERY child in attendance at our school.  To expedite this process we hold a contest every year.  The first class that has all of the forms submitted will win a pizza party!
  • The PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK was also sent home today.  Please review all of the items carefully with your child.  There are a few changes and students are responsible for knowing the contents of the handbook.
  • The Local School Council and Parent Advisory Committee have implemented a STUDENT FEE for the 2010-2011 school year, which is $40/child.  Student fees should be paid in the office during school hours by Friday, September 10, 2010.
  • We will hold our annual OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Please take time out of your busy schedule to be with us and learn more about your child’s learning environment.
  • The TUITION-BASED BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM will begin Monday, September 13, 2010.  The hours are 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. (Monday-Friday) and 2:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Friday).  To register, or for further information, please see Mama Bell.
  • The SANKOFA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM start date has yet to be determined.  You will receive information at a later date.  For further information, please see Mama McClinton.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact the office.

Sincerely,

F. Kweku Embil,

Principal

April 8th, 2010

April Reminders

Virtue of the Month: Justice

Fruit of the Month: Peach


  • Friday, April 9, 2010 is Professional Development Day.  There is no school for students! 

  • 6th Grade Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010.  The movie theater will present “Alvin and the Chipmunks 2:  The Squeakquel.  Refreshments will be sold and there will be a raffle.  Please come out and bring the family and friends!

  • Tuesday, April 20, 2010 is Spring Picture Day. Please send your child in their best outfit and brightest smile!

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2010 is Elementary Report Card Pickup Day.  There is no school for students.   Teachers are available for report card pick up from 12:00 noon – 6:15 p.m.  Teachers are on break from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. and will not be available for conferences.  In order to ensure that every parent has time to speak with their child’s teacher please limit your conferences to 10 minutes.   If you need additional time please schedule a conference with your child’s teacher for another date.

Parents will be able to obtain their PIN designation for Parent Portal in the Multipurpose Room during Report Card Pickup.  Parent Portal gives parents the opportunity to view grades and attendance online and receive alerts regarding their students’ grades and attendance.

  • Woodlawn’s PAC (Parent Advisory Council) Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Also, our LSC (Local School Council) Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend both meetings!
  • Students who did not have discipline referrals from March 1, 2010 – April 16, 2010 will be eligible to attend a field trip the first week in May 2010.  You will receive further information (regarding parent participation, bus departure times and eligible students) by Monday, May 3, 2010.  We hope that all our students will be eligible to attend!
March 9th, 2010

March Updates

Virtue of the MonthTruth


Fruit of the Month:     Pummelo


  • ISAT Testing begins on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 for third through sixth grades and concludes on Thursday, March 11, 2010.  Please make sure that your child: gets enough rest, eats a healthy breakfast and is present and on time!

  • Progress reports will be distributed on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  Please continue to be attentive to your child’s progress as the academic year evolves.  If necessary, schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher.  If you have not received your parent portal password (Grades 1-6) please come into the office and sign for it.  Through the parent portal program you have access to your child’s grades and attendance.

  • Daylight savings begins on Sunday, March 14, 2010.  Remember to set your clocks forward one hour!

  • Our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting be held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Also, our Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend both meetings!

  • Our 6th Grade Class will be sponsoring another Movie Night fundraiser on Friday, March 19, 2010.  The movie “The Princess and the Frog” will be shown.  Thank you so much for your support at our last movie night fundraiser!

  • Kindergarten screenings will be held on March 23-24, 2010.  These screenings are by appointment only.

  • “Dress Out of Uniform” for $2.00 per child on Friday, March 26, 2010.  This fundraiser will benefit the 6th grade class trip.  Students can turn their money into the office.

  • Spring Vacation begins on Monday, March 29, 2010.  Students should return to school on Monday, April 5, 2010.

  • Children and adult size uniform polos are on sale.  The adult sizes are $20.00 and the child sizes are $15.00.  T-shirts are also on sale for $10.00.  They can be purchased in the main office.

Never miss an opportunity to show children the relationship between their effort and their achievement!

February 9th, 2010

FEBRUARY UPDATES

The following are CHANGES and/or REMINDERS for the month of FEBRUARY 2010:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2010 – All AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES are cancelled!

All students will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m.

  • 6th Grade Movie Night has been cancelled and rescheduled for Friday, February 19, 2010.
  • Students are Out of School on the following days:
    • Thursday, February 11, 2010
    • Friday, February 12, 2010
    • Monday, February 15, 2010

School Resumes on Tuesday, February 16, 2010!

  • Family Math Night will not be held on Thursday, February 18th.  It will be rescheduled at a later date.
February 3rd, 2010

February Reminders

Virtue of the Month: Truth

Fruit of the Month: Red Anjou Pear


  • Tuesday, February 2, 2010 is the 6th Grade Parent Meeting.  All parents are asked to attend this important meeting!

  • Wednesday, February 3, 2010 the dentist will be at our school.  Free dental exams will be administered to students that have returned their dental consent forms.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2010 report cards will be distributed to students.
  • Thursday, February 11, 2010 is Professional Development Day.  There is no school for students! 

  • Friday, February 12, 2010 all Chicago Public Schools will be closed in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.
  • Monday, February 15, 2010 all Chicago Public Schools will be closed in observance of President’s Day.
  • Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. is Family Math Night.  We hope that you can find time in your busy schedules to be with us!
  • Thursday, February 25, 2010 is Woodlawn’s Black History Assembly. The assembly will begin at 1:00 p.m. and parents are invited!

  • Students who did not have any referrals from January 4 – February 19, 2010 will be eligible to attend a UIC Basketball Game the evening of February 25, 2010.  You will receive further information (regarding parent participation, bus departure times and eligible students) by Monday, February 22, 2010.
  • Our Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend!
  • ISAT Testing begins on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 for third through sixth grades.  Please make sure that your child: gets enough rest, eats a healthy breakfast and is present and on time!

  • Children and adult size uniform polos are on sale for $15.00 and t-shirts are $10.00.  They can be purchased in the main office .

Hats off to the past, coats off to the future!

January 7th, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Virtue of the Month: Righteousness

Fruit of the Month: Jicama

 

 

  • Monday, January 11, 2010 is the Woodlawn Science Fair.  Science Fair projects will be on display from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

 

  • Monday, January 18, 2010 all Chicago Public Schools will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 is the 1st-6th grade Spelling Bee.  Students in grades 1-3 will compete at 9:30 a.m. and students in grades 4-6 will compete at 1:00 p.m.   Parents are welcome to attend! 

 

  • Students who did not have discipline referrals from November 1, 2009 -December 18, 2009 will be eligible to attend a UIC Flames Basketball Game the evening of January 21, 2009.  You will receive further information (regarding parent participation, bus departure times and eligible students) by Monday, January 11, 2009.  We hope that all our students will be eligible to attend!
  • Our Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend!
  • Friday, January 29, 2010 is Professional Development Day.  There is no school for students!  Also, this is the end of the second quarter.
  • Please continue to be attentive to your child’s progress as the academic year evolves.  If necessary, schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher.  If you have not received your parent portal password (Grades 1-6) please come into the office and sign for it.  Through the parent portal program you have access to your child’s grades and attendance.
  • If your child is not in an after school program their day ends at 2:45 p.m.  Please make sure your child is picked up promptly.  There is no one on duty after 3:00 p.m. to supervise your child.  Also, if your child has been tardy more than 10 times this school year you will be receiving a notice during the month of January regarding intervention assessment and transfer information.

If your child does not love himself, he doesn’t love anything else!

December 8th, 2009

December Reminders

Virtue of the MonthJustice

Vegetable of the Month:       Carrots

  • Friday, December 4, 2009 is Staff Development Day.  There is no school for students!
  • Monday, December 7, 2009Field Trip for 5th & 6th grade students to Malcolm X College at 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, December 11, 2009 - Field Trip for 5th & 6th grade students to Bronzeville Park Living Center at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 14, 2009Field Trip for 6th grade students to Canter Middle School for Shadow Day at 8:00 a.m.

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - All School Field Trip to Museum of Science and Industry at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. is Family Kwanzaa Night. We hope that you can find time in your busy schedules to be with us!  Our own Baba Kweku Embil will be the host!
  • Friday, December 18, 2009 is Woodlawn’s Kwanzaa Assembly.  The assembly will begin at 1:00 p.m. and parents are invited!
  • Winter Vacation begins on Monday, December 21, 2009 and students return on Monday, January 4, 2010.

The winner in life says, “It may be difficult, but it’s possible.”

The loser says, “It may be possible, but it’s too difficult.”

November 4th, 2009

November Reminders

Virtue of the Month: Harmony

Vegetable of the Month: Cucumber


 

 

  • All student Hearing and Vision Testing will begin on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 and end on Thursday, November 5, 2009.  Please make sure that your child is present and on time so that they can be tested! 

 

  • Friday, November 6, 2009 is Professional Development Day.  There is no school for students!  Also, this is the end of the first quarter.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2009 all Chicago Public Schools will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day.
  • Woodlawn’s Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend!
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2009 is Parent Report Card Pickup Day. There is no school for students.   Teachers are available for report card pick up from 12:00 noon – 6:15 p.m.  Teachers are on lunch break from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. and will not be available for conferences.
  • Family Reading Night is Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.  We hope that you can find time in your busy schedules to be with us!  Light refreshments will be served!
  • Friday, November 20, 2009 - there will be a Seventh Grade Expo and Rites of Passage Meeting for our sixth grade students and their parents at 9:30 a.m.
  • There is no school for students on Thursday, November 26, 2009 and Friday, November 27, 2009 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday!
October 30th, 2009

Principal for a Day

This year’s Principal for a Day event was held on Thursday, October 29, 2009.  The Principal for a Day Program allows businesses and organizations the opportunity to visit a school and shadow the principal to increase public awareness of the accomplishments and challenges at CPS.  The goal of Principal for a Day is that all PFADs will continue to engage themselves, their companies, organizations or associations in continued involvement and support throughout the year at their school.  The four Principals for a Day that visited Woodlawn Community School were Mr. John Fish of University Church, Julie Parente of the Museum of Science & Industry, Dr. Henry Wiggins of St. Bernard Hospital, and Mr. Abdul Rasheed Akbar of Akbar Enterprises.

 

 

October 6th, 2009

Current Events

Virtue of the Month – Balance

Fruit of the Month – Persimmon

October 6 – On Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting October 6, 2009, students will receive a snack to be eaten at school.  This is due to a grant Woodlawn Community School received from fresh Foods.

October 6- Woodlawn Community School’s Extended Day program will begin for grades three through six.  The program will run Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2:45 until 4:00 pm.

October 7 – Fourth and sixth graders will take a Pilot ISAT Test.

October 12 – School closed in observance of Columbus Day.

October 14 – Progress Report distribution.

October 15 – Family Science Night at 6:00 pm.

October 20 – All students will be taking Fall pictures.

October 22 – Woodlawn community School Local School Council and  Parent Advisory Committee.

October 23 – Staff Development Day – no school for students.

October 30 – Career Day – Please send your child dressed in the career attire of their choice.  Please do not send students in Halloween costumes because they will be asked to remove them.

September 8th, 2009

Back to School

Dear Parent(s):

WELCOME BACK to Woodlawn Community School!  We are anticipating another exciting year.  We have special “welcome back” activities planned for the first week of school that I am sure your child(ren) will enjoy.

A few reminders:

  • SCHOOL HOURS are 8:55 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • When ABSENCES OR TARDIES occur, parents should notify the school office by phone and send a note upon the students’ return.
  • Assist our SWINE FLU prevention efforts by monitoring any unusual patterns of illness and keeping your child home from school if he/she has flu-like symptoms.  (Enclosed please find a letter regarding the swine flu).
  • The SCHOOL UNIFORM consists of a burgundy/maroon shirt with a collar, a khaki bottom with a belt and brown/black hard bottom shoes.  NO GYM SHOES!
  • The EMERGENCY FORM AND LUNCH APPLICATION were enclosed in this envelope. Please send the completed form and application back as soon as possible.  We must have completed forms for EVERY child in attendance at our school.  To expedite this process we hold a contest every year.  The first class that has all of the forms in wins a pizza party!
  • If you did not attend either orientation session, you have not received a PARENT-STUDENT HANDBOOK.  It is imperative that you come to the school, as soon as possible, to sign for this handbook.  Make sure you and your child read all items carefully.  Students are responsible for knowing the contents of the handbook.
  • The Local School Council and Parent Advisory Committee have implemented a STUDENT FEE for the 2009-2010 school year, which is $40/child.  Student fees can be paid in the office on Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • We will hold our annual OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, September 17, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Please take time out of your busy schedule to be with us and learn more about your child’s learning environment.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact the office.

Sincerely

F. Kweku Embil,

Principal

A child’s attitude is the most distinguishing mark of self.  Help each one to keep it positive.

June 9th, 2009

Rites Of Passage

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