Woodlawn Community School


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.


F. Kweku Embil,


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 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!

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.

April 3rd, 2009

Reminders for the Month of April


  • Wednesday, April 1. 2009 is Report Card Pick-Up Day. This is an non-attendance day for elementary school students. Parents can puck up report cards from 12:00 noon-3:00 p.m. and again from 3:45pm – 6:15p.m.  Please limit your conferences to 15 minutes.  If you need additional conference time please schedule another appointment with your child’s  teacher.  Teachers will be on lunch break from 3:00 – 3:45pm and will not be available for report card distribution. Students may accompany their parents for report card distribution but they must remain with their parents in the building at all times.

  • Also there will a PTO table available in the foyer during report card pick up.  There will be important material there for all of our parents!
  • The all school field trip to Dance Chicago is Thursday, April 2, 2009.  Students will leave at 11:00 a.m. and return at 2:00 p.m.
  • Spring Break will begin on Monday, April 6, 2009. Student should return to school on Monday, April 13, 2009.
  • Spring Picture will be taken on Wednesday, April 15, 2009.  Please send your child in their best outfit and brightest smile!
  • Woodlawn’s Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Our all school field trip to Black Ensemble Theater (“The Boy Who Became Invisible”) on Friday, February 6, 2009 was rescheduled due to problems with the venue.  If you paid for the trip it has been rescheduled for Friday, April 24, 2009.  Also, the theater has offered all students that paid an additional free trip in May.
  • The school 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.  If your child has excessive (more than 10) late arrivals or late pickups they will be given a transfer to their neighborhood school at the end of the school year.

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

March 4th, 2009

Reminders for the Month of March

Please note the following March dates:

  • All Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Monday, March 2, 2009 in observance of Casimir Pulaski Birthday.
  • ISAT Testing is Wednesday, March 4, 2009 through Thursday March 12, 2009.  ISAT Testing is only for third through sixth grade students.  Please make sure that your child is on time and present everyday for testing.
  • Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 8, 2009.  Don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour.
  • Our Local School Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.  Please plan to attend!
  • All Chicago Public Schools will be closed on Friday, March 27, 2009 for Professional Development Day.
  • There will be a free field trip the first week in April for students without any discipline referrals in the month of March.


March 4th, 2009

Real Men Read

Real Men Read is a simple program that has a huge impact. Men read to a classroom of kindergarten, 2nd, 5th, or 7th graders for one hour each month. On February 19, 2009, several men came to Woodlawn School to read to the kindergarten, 2nd, and 5th grade students.


September 3rd, 2008

Welcome Back Maroons!

Welcome to another exciting year at Woodlawn Community School. To our returning parents, you have always been our support. We will continue to rely on that support. To our new family members, we thank you for choosing Woodlawn and for entrusting your children to us. Education at Woodlawn is a dynamic and ongoing process. Therefore, we endeavor to keep education alive and exciting by frequently applying new and useful ideas. These ideas keep teaching and learning from becoming static. Our teachers are constantly learning new strategies to sharpen their craft.

March 6th, 2008

African Heritage Assembly


The African Heritage Assembly was held on Friday, February 28, 2008. There were performances from the following classrooms: Somalia – Mwalimu Williams, Kenya –Mwalimu Brown, and Mali – Mwalimu Stack. There were also performances by the Woodlawn Community School Band and Choir.

January 28th, 2008

Wooodlawn Community School – Spelling Bee

The Woodlawn Community School Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, January 24, 2008.

The following students were participants in the primary spelling bee:

  • Raven S.
  • Kaylah S
  • Destini W.
  • Caliph R.
  • Khalil S.
  • Rashad J.
  • Kareem W.
  • LaMonica S.
  • Paula C.

Rashad J. was the first place winner and Destini W. was the second place winner in the primary spelling bee. Caliph R. came in third place.


The following students were participants in the upper grade spelling bee:

  • Kristin S.
  • Joshua R.
  • Nikolise R.
  • Mariah B.
  • Marcus N.
  • Jeada M.
  • DeAndre J.
  • Candace B.
  • Jamaika S.

Candace B. was the first place winner and Kristin S. was the second place winner in the upper grade spelling bee. Joshua R. came in third place. Candace will represent Woodlawn Community School at the Area 15 Spelling Bee on February 8th.

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December 25th, 2007

The Kwanzaa Assembly


December 12th, 2007

Book Fair

The Book Fair has started and will continue until December 20, 2007. Please encourage your children to purchase books.