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February 4, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

There will be no school tomorrow, Friday, February 5th. This will be a School Improvement Day. There will also be no school on Monday, February 15th, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Congratulations to Prussing students who participated in the Regional Science Fair for the Chicago Public Schools. Ken Li and Orion Perez took third place at the Fair. Prussing also had two projects that took first place at the Science Fair. Maisy Lothian, Michelle Thran, and Hannah Reba all had projects that won the top spot at the Regional Fair, and they will be moving on to the Chicago Public Schools City Wide Science Fair Championship Competition. It is rare that two projects from one school compete at the City Championship Competition, so we applaud our students, teachers, and parents for their hard work and we celebrate their achievements!

The next Report Card Distribution day will be on Thursday, February 11th. The report cards will go home with the students.

ACCESS testing for English Language Learners is continuing  through February 26, 2016.

Graduation pictures for eighth grade students will occur on Wednesday, February 10th.

There will be a parent workshop this evening, Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. that will focus on our new Go Math! curriculum. The workshop will provide resources and support for parents to help their children with mathematics. The next Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) will take place on Wednesday, February 10th at 8:45 a.m.

The next Local School Council (LSC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Our next Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The PTO will host a Family Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 12th. Grades sixth through eight will be from 4:00 p.m -  5:30 p.m. Grades PreK- through fifth will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dance tickets are $3 per person, and children under 3 years old are free.

The Student Council is hosting a Jump Rope for Heart Campaign. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. Students will be bringing home a donation envelope, which has detailed information about the event. Please support our students as they help others in need.

Attendance at school is very important to ensure that your child receives a high quality academic education. Please make sure that students arrive on time for school every day. The school day begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. As we are now in the month of February and the weather has been inclement, please drop students off in morning at the Main Door. Student marshals will escort the students to the auditorium. Please do not walk across the playground to drop your child off in the morning. When there is ice on the playground, the gate entrances on Giddings St. and Menard Ave. will be closed off to ensure student and parent safety. The sidewalks and walkways around the buildings have been cleared and salted for student safety. Parents, for the safety of the students, please do not drive into the teachers’ parking lot to drop off or pick up your child from school. Also, since we are now in the Winter season, please make sure that your children are dressed warmly for the weather.   

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

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Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

February 3, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

Please see the following letter that was sent out earlier today regarding the budget talks for the Chicago Public Schools:

http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/CEO%20Parent%20Letter%...

http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/CEO%20Parent%20Letter%...

 

Also, please read the following Right to Ask letter that was also distributed earlier today:

http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/Right%20to%20Ask%20Let...

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

January 29, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

Please read the following communication from Mr. Forrest Claypool and Dr. Janice Jackson.   http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/012916_Letter_To_Paren...

Dear Families, 

As we approach the second semester, we wanted to take this opportunity to address the news you might have seen in recent days. Over the past 24 hours, there has been increasing coverage of our negotiations with the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), as both parties have acknowledged that we are making progress toward agreement. These conversations are the product of negotiations on a serious multi-year proposal that would ask both the CTU and CPS to share in the solution to our fiscal challenges. This proposal would prevent mid-year layoffs, preserve class sizes, and prioritize what is most important to everyone involved: the gains your children make every day. While work remains to finalize any contract, the CTU leadership announced that they’ll take the next step in that process, with a preliminary vote on Monday. We remain cautiously hopeful about the outcome and appreciative of the CTU’s willingness to thoughtfully consider this offer and be part of the solution. Reaching agreement with our teachers is a crucial step in protecting our classrooms, and in closing the $480 million budget gap we face this year, as well as making progress towards our larger $1.1 billion deficit next year - and we’ll continue to keep you updated as progress is made. Thank you again for all you do for our schools.

Sincerely,

Forrest Claypool, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Chief Education Officer

 

January 28th, 2016

Please join us for the Prussing P.T.O. Talent Show!

The show will be performed this Friday night, January 29th at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Tickets are still available from the P.T.O. in advance or at the door.   Ticket prices are: $5..00 for adults and $3.00 for students/children.

Snacks will be available for purchase during the intermission. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

 

January 22nd, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

There will be no school on Friday, February 5th. This will be a day of professional development for teachers.

Prussing Elementary School is proud to congratulate Kenneth Stummer, Room 006, for receiving a Daniel Murphy Scholarship this year. Daniel Murphy Scholarships are awarded to 125 students each year.  The scholarship provides funding for Chicago students to attend private high schools for four years. Students are judged on their academic abilities, leadership skills, and hard work. The application process is rigorous and includes an interview. We honor Kenny and his family for their hard work and dedication to academic success!

On Thursday, January 14th, Prussing School hosted a Spelling Bee. Congratulations to the following winners: 1st Place: Zyra Pelegrino;  2nd Place: Zack Pelegrino; 3rd Place: Sadia Haidari. Your hard work and dedication has paid off! We also wanted to thank Ms. O'Brien, Ms. Arnowitz, and Ms. Moore, along with all of the teachers, students and parents to help make our Spelling Bee a success!

NWEA assessments for students is running from now through February 4th, 2016.  ACCESS testing for English Language Learners also running  through February 26, 2016.

Graduation pictures for eighth grade students will occur on Wednesday, February 10th.

There will be a parent workshop on Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. that will focus on our new Go Math curriculum. The workshop will provide resources and support for parents to help their children with mathematics. The next Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) will take place on Wednesday, February 10th at 8:45 a.m.

The next Local School Council (LSC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Our next Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The PTO will be hosting a Zumba Dance event tonight, January 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 per person and will be held in the Gymnasium. All students and family members are welcome. Prussing School will  be hosting a Talent Show on Friday, January 29th in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Pricing for tickets is $3.00 for students/children and $5.00 for adults. Also, please save the date; the PTO will host a Valentine’s Dance on Friday, February 12th. All students are invited to attend and more details will follow from the PTO soon.

Yesterday, Prussing students participated in the Windy City Music Theatre production of Shrek the Musical. The show was a great success! Congratulations to all of the students who participated, and I would also like to thank all of the parents and community members who came out to support our students.

Attendance at school is very important to ensure that your child receives a high quality academic education. Please make sure that students arrive on time for school every day. The school day begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. As we are now in the month of January and the weather has been inclement, please drop students off in morning at the Main Door. Student marshals will escort the students to the auditorium. Please do not walk across the playground to drop your child off in the morning. When there is ice on the playground, the gate entrances on Giddings St. and Menard Ave. will be closed off to ensure student and parent safety. The sidewalks and walkways around the buildings have been cleared and salted for student safety. Parents, for the safety of the students, please do not drive into the teachers’ parking lot to drop off or pick up your child from school. Also, since we are now in the Winter season, please make sure that your children are dressed warmly for the weather.  

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

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Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

 

January 21, 2016

CONGRATULATIONS KENNY STUMMER!  
Prussing Elementary School is proud to congratulate Kenneth Stummer, Room 006, for receiving a Daniel Murphy Scholarship this year. 

Daniel Murphy Scholarships are awarded to 125 students each year.  The scholarship provides funding for Chicago students to attend private high schools for four years.  Students are judged on their academic abilities, leadership skills, and hard work. The application process is rigorous and includes an interview. We honor Kenny and his family for their hard work and dedication to academic success!

 

January 16, 2016

On Thursday, January 14th, Prussing hosted a Spelling Bee for our School. Congratulations to the following winners:

1st Place:       Zyra Pelegrino      
2nd Place:      Zack Pelegrino 
3rd Place:       Sadia Haidari  

Your hard work and dedication has paid off! We also wanted to thank thank Ms. O'Brien, Ms. Arnowitz, and Ms. Moore, along with all of the teachers, students and parents to help make our Spelling Bee a success!

 http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/Prussing%20Spelling%20...

Dr. Chipain

 

Janurary 13th, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

This is a small correction to the information distributed on Friday, January 8th. The next Local School Council (LSC) meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th. Our next Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

 

Janurary 8th, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

Today Prussing School will be distributing Progress Reports regarding student performance. There will be no school on Monday, January 18th, 2016 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Congratulations to our 2016 Geography Bee Winners: 1st Place – Ali Abdoussi – Room 109; 2nd Place – Emarild Zane – Room 110; 3rd Place – Luis Flores – Room 104. Your hard work and dedication has paid off! Our Spelling Bee will be on Thursday, January 14th. First through fourth grades will compete at 9:00 a.m. and fifth through eighth grades will compete at 1:30 p.m.

NWEA assessments for students is running from January 7th until February 4th, 2016. ACCESS testing for English Language Learners will run from January 19th through February 26, 2016.

Our next Parent Workshop will focus on using the Parent Portal, which will take place on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:45 a.m. This workshop will support parents in checking their child’s grades in the different subject areas.

The next Local School Council (LSC) meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19th. Our next Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m. The PTO will host a Parents’ Day Out on Saturday, January 16th. Please join the Prussing community at Fannie’s from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at 5044 W. Montrose, where 20% of the profits will go to the Prussing PTO during these hours. In the evening on Saturday, January 16th, the PTO will be hosting a get together at Vaughan’s Pub, 5485 Northwest Highway, from 7:00 PM to  9:00 PM. Tickets are $30. For more information, please email jacquelineyum@gmail.com.

Prussing School will  be hosting a Talent Show on Friday, January 29th in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Pricing for tickets is $3.00 for students/children and $5.00 for adults.

Come watch Prussing students in the Windy City Music Theatre production of Shrek the Musical on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30 pm.  Friends and family are invited to attend – everyone is welcome!  Students who are performing do not need to purchase a ticket, but family and friends do. Advance pricing for tickets is $3.00 for students and $4.00 for adults. Tickets purchased the night of will be sold at a higher price so buy your tickets today!

Attendance at school is very important to ensure that your child receives a high quality academic education. Please make sure that students arrive on time for school every day. The school day begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. As we are now in the month of January and the weather has been inclement, please drop students off in morning at the Main Door. Student marshals will escort the students to the auditorium. Please do not walk across the playground to drop your child off in the morning. When there is ice on the playground, the gate entrances on Giddings St. and Menard Ave. will be closed off to ensure student and parent safety. The sidewalks and walkways around the buildings have been cleared and salted for student safety. Also, since we are now in the Winter season, please make sure that your children are dressed warmly for the weather.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

Congratulations!

2016 Geography Bee Winners

1st Place: Ali Abdoussi (Room 109)

2nd Place: Emarild Zane (Room 110)

3rd Place: Luis Flores (Room 104)

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Room 106: Jonathan Lopez, Gianni Brito

Room 107: Hans Yparraguirre, Ethan Goldie

Room 104: Damaris Bogojel

Room 110: Jocelyn Gonzalez

Room 109: Yasmine Soria

Room 111: Nancy Barrios, Josue Navas

Room 006: Marian Tran, Adam Jezierczak

Room 005: Natalia Klaus

 

Janurary 6th, 2016

Dear Prussing Families,

As we are now in the month of January and the weather has been inclement, please drop students off in morning at the Main Door. Student marshals will escort the students to the auditorium. Please do not use the playground to drop your child off. The sidewalks and walkways around the buildings have been cleared and salted for student safety. Also, since we are now in the Winter season, please make sure that your children are dressed warmly for the weather.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

December 23, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

I just wanted to take a moment and wish you Happy Holidays. I hope that everyone is enjoying their Winter Break. Also, this is a reminder that school resumes for students on Monday, January 4th, 2016. I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year! 

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

December 11, 2015

Welcome to the Winter Holiday Season! There will be no school for students at Prussing from December 21st through January 1st. School will resume for students on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

Today you will be receiving your child’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment results. Your child’s score contains information about his or her performance on the PARCC assessment. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s performance on the PARCC, please contact your child’s teacher, who will be able to speak with you about how to best  support your child’s individual learning needs. Please click on the following link for information from Mr. Forrest Claypool and Dr. Janice Jackson regarding the PARCC assessment. http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/PARCC.pdf

The next Progress Report Distribution day regarding student performance will be on Friday, January 8th.

NWEA assessments for students will run from January 7th until February 4th, 2016.

ACCESS testing for English Language Learners will run from January 11th until February 12, 2016.

There will be no school on Monday, January 18th, 2016 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attendance at school is very important to ensure that your child receives a high quality academic education. Please make sure that students arrive on time for school every day. The school day begins promptly at 8:15 a.m.

When the weather is inclement, please drop students off in morning at the Main Door. Student marshals will escort the students to the auditorium. Also, since we are in the Winter season, please make sure that your children are dressed warmly for recess.

Our next Parent Workshop will focus on using the Parent Portal, which will take place on Wednesday, January 13th at 8:45 a.m.

The next Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16th. Our next Local School Council meeting will immediately follow the PTO meeting on Wednesday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

 

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

 

November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Prussing School Community! As a reminder, there will be no school for students on Wednesday, November 25th, Thursday, November 26th, and Friday, November 27. School will resume for students on Monday, November 30th

We would also like to share good news with everyone. Yesterday, Alderman John Arena, Michele Taylor and Phil Huckelberry of our Local School Council, and myself met with Mr. Forrest Claypool, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Please read the letter below from Forrest Claypool for an important update regarding Prussing School. http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/11.24.15%20Prussin...

I hope that everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday!

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

November 24, 2015

Dear Prussing parents and staff:

Thank you for hosting me at your school earlier this month. I am deeply sorry for what all of you went through – parents, teachers, staff and most importantly, children. I apologize on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools. What happened at Prussing was unacceptable, and CPS has taken steps to prevent another incident like it, both at your school and throughout the district.

I listened closely, and heard loud and clear the actions you asked us to take. Today, CPS is committing to several of the actions you requested.

First, we will be providing your school community with a permanent, full-time engineer.

Second, we will install a new boiler.

Designing, bidding, awarding, manufacturing and installing a new boiler normally takes a year, but we will take every step to ensure the new boiler is operational before the next school year.

In the meantime, the existing boilers will undergo frequent inspections. The City’s Building Department has agreed to inspect the boilers monthly. They conducted an initial inspection, noting that the boilers are in working order.

We are also investigating other potential changes to improve the temperatures and comfort of your children and the school staff. In the meantime, the engineer will also work closely with the administration and make any necessary manual adjustments to keep temperatures on both floors comfortable. 

Among the measures we have already taken on the boiler: 

  • Replacing regulators on both boilers  
  • New regulator vent piping and a new burner motor 
  • Repairs to gas piping  
  • Boiler tune ups to both boilers 
  • New kill switches at the barometric damper on the flue 
  • Replacing boiler room unit heater  
  • Replaced the fire door

Across the District, we are also putting in place additional safeguards. 

  • We are adding approximately 5,000 carbon monoxide detectors to all of our schools.  
  • We are enhancing our existing protocol for building engineers, implementing audit procedures to ensure that required monthly inspections of facilities are documented. 
  • We have worked with the Chicago Police and Fire departments, along with our principals, to improve how parents are notified in the event of a medical emergency or school evacuation.

Nothing is more important than the safety of your children. Please expect to hear from us regularly with updates on the progress we are making at Prussing, including information about when work is being conducted on the system.

Sincerely,

Forrest Claypool

CEO, Chicago Public Schools

 

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

 

November 18, 2015

IL: It's time to fund our schools fairly: 20% for 20%. cps.edu/takeaction

IL: necesita tratar a nuestras esculas adecuadamente: 20% para 20%. cps.edu/takeaction

 

November 15, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

This is a reminder that the Local School Council has announced a Special Local School Council meeting that will be held on Monday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Chicago Public Schools CEO, Forrest Claypool, is scheduled to be present at the meeting and will provide an update regarding the Carbon Monoxide Evacuation that occurred on October 30th.   http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/LSC%20special%20agenda...

Our next regularly scheduled Local School Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/LSC%20agenda%2011.17.1...

Immediately before the LSC meeting on Tuesday will be a Positive Action & Healing Workshop at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the event of October 30th for our familiies: http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/PTO%20Postive%20Ac...

Our regularly scheduled Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting  will also be on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. Please click on the following link for the PTO agenda:  http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/PTO%20Agenda%20-%20Nov...

Wednesday, November 18th is Report Card Pickup from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is no school for students on this day. Teachers will take lunch from 3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Therefore, parents can see teachers from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and from 3:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.   

There will be no school from Wednesday, November 25th through Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Prussing's Scholasic Book Fair will be held in the Gym from November 16th  through November 20th.

The Prussing PTO will host an Vendor Fair on Friday, November 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for students, parents, and the school community.

The 2016 Local School Council Election will be held on Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Day, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (for elementary schools) and Thursday, April 14, 2016 (for high schools) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In the Election, parents and community members will have the opportunity to run and vote for up to 5 candidates for 8 positions on your school's LSC (6 parent members and 2 community members) and school staff will have the opportunity to run and vote for up to 2 candidates for 3 positions on the LSC (2 teacher members and 1 non-teacher staff member).

CPS Budget Deficit Udpate:

As parents and educators, we have the same goals for our students: to get a quality education, in a safe and comfortable school, with dedicated, inspiring, and caring teachers. Our school strives towards reaching those goals every day – and even in the face of challenges, we’ve made great progress towards them. 

Our progress is now in jeopardy. Our school district, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), is facing a $480 million dollar budget shortfall that will have consequences on our staff and class size beginning next year if no action is taken. We need your help - this problem can’t be solved without you.  Our elected leaders in Springfield are the ones who will decide whether or not funding will come through.  For years, Springfield has cut education funding - asking you as a taxpayer to do more and giving your kids less. Now they must decide if they’ll provide CPS with needed relief in the form of $200 million in pension costs and increased education funding across the state -- or whether they’ll continue to treat Chicago’s students unfairly.  
 
As parents and educators, we cannot fully focus on the needs of our students with continued financial instability that upends our schools.  It’s time we let Governor Rauner and our elected representatives know that we need them to treat Chicago students fairly, by funding Chicago schools and teacher pensions as they do for the rest of the state. Your voice – as a taxpayer, a voter, and a parent – is so critical for our leaders to hear.  Please take a minute to visit cps.edu/takeaction, where you’ll find resources to help you speak up for our community.  

Finally, Prussing's School Quality Ratings Report (SQRP) for 2015 has been released. We are happy to announce that Prussing is a Level 1 school in Good Standing. You can find the report at this link: http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/2015_SQRP_Summary_6101...

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

November 11, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

Happy Veterans Day! Today, the Local School Council has announced a Special Local School Council meeting that will be held on Monday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Chicago Public Schools CEO, Forrest Claypool, is scheduled to be present at the meeting and will provide an update regarding the Carbon Monoxide Evacuation that occurred on October 30th.   http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/LSC%20special%20agenda...

There are now 8 carbon monoxide detectors in the school that will alert school officials.  There are two at the end of each corridor in the main building, one carbon monoxide detector at the entrance of the lunchroom across from the main office, two combo carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the boiler room and a combo carbon monoxide and smoke detector at the end of the tunnel that runs underground. The placement of these detectors ensures that school officials will be notified if carbon monoxide is detected in the school again. I will be happy to show parents the placements of these detectors in the main building, after school has been dismissed.

Also, as of this time, the Facilities Department of CPS has not yet scheduled for a tour of the boiler system. I will provide updates as soon as more information becomes available. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

November 6th, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

Yesterday, November 5th, Prussing School had a wonderful celebration of our school for the students. We want to thank our P.T.O. for sponsoring the event. We would also like to thank the people and organizations that participated in the celebration. This includes Alderman John Arena, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Fire Department (who brought a fire engine for the students to explore!), parents, and vendors who graciously donated to our event, including Dino's Pizza: 50 pizzas (a major sponsor), Mariano's, Jewel (Harlem & Foster), Bob-o-rino's: sub sandwiches, Ace Hardware (Harlem & Foster): art supplies, Sweet Connections Bakery: brownies, Corner Bakery (Skokie): cookies, Eli's: cheesecakes, Delightful Pastries: cookies, Bacci Pizza: 2 pizzas, Alderman Arena with the assistance of Catherine Marchese: Art bike, Inside Out Art Studio, and Costco. In addition, several parents and teachers gave donations of food, drinks, and funds for the celebration. To see pictures from the event, please click on the following link: http://prussingelementary.org/galleries/celebration-nov-5-2015?page=0%2C0

Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day. There will be no school for students on this day. Also, Friday, November 13th is Teacher Institute Day. There will be no school for students on this day as well.

Parents, if your child went to the emergency room on Friday, claim letters for hospital bills are available in the Main Office. Please see Ms. Ramona Figueroa for details.

Wednesday, November 18th is Report Card Pickup from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is no school for students on this day. Teachers will take lunch from 3:00 p.m. 3:45 p.m.  Therefore, parents can see teachers from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and from 3:45 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.   

Prussing School is proud to announce that, for the first time, our school has begun a full After-School All Stars program this week. Our After-School programs focus on enrichment clubs, such as gardening, cheerleading, etc. as well as Reading and Math tutoring and homework clubs.

Tuesday, November 17th is Prussing’s next regularly scheduled Local School Council (LSC) Meeting, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Our monthly PTO meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th, immediately before the LSC meeting.

Prussing will host a Cyberbullying Workshop with Detective Charles Hollendoner from the Chicago Police Department. He will talk to parents on November 10th from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Detective Hollendoner will also conduct a presentation for students from fourth through eighth grades from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.  

As we are now in the Autumn season, parents please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather at recess time. Also, when the weather is inclement, please drop off your child at the Main Door. Student marshals will assist primary grade students to safely enter the auditorium. Students will be dismissed at their regularly assigned door at the end of the school day at 3:15 p.m.

The Prussing PTO will host an Vendor Fair on Friday, November 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for students, parents, and the school community.

The PTO reminds you to turn in your Box Tops and Labels For Education.  They are currently having a contest that will run until December to see which grade can collect the most Box Tops and Labels For Education.  The winning grade will win a pizza party.  Please turn them into your child’s teacher or put them in the collection bin located outside the main office.  Make sure to write your child’s name and grade on the bag.  Last year, the PTO raised $1000 with Box Tops.  Their goal this year $1500.  Thank you for all your help. If you have any questions regarding any PTO event or activity, please contact Damian Espinosa, PTO President, at damianespinosa@comcast.net.

Parents, school fees are lowered this year from $85 per child to $50 per child for grades K - 8. In addition, the maximum family expense will be lowered to $100 per year (PreK students do not have student fees). Information regarding how student fees will be used can be found on your teacher’s webpage. Payment can be given directly to your child’s teacher or office using cash, cashier’s check, or money order (made out to Prussing School). Sorry, CPS Policy prohibits the acceptance of personal checks. Kindly, place payment in a sealed envelope labeled Materials Fee along with your child’s name and room number. You can give your payment to your child’s homeroom teacher or visit the school office to make payment arrangements. Families may be eligible for an Application For Waiver of School Fees under certain circumstances. Please visit the link on our website at http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=143 or visit the school office for more information. Please make sure to obtain a receipt when you make your payment to the school.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.  

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

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Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

November 4, 2015

Dear Prussing Community,

In honor of our students, staff, and school, Prussing will have a special celebration on Thursday, November 5th, supported by our P.T.O., for all the children of Prussing. The festivities will include games, dancing, playground time, music and food.  

The celebration times are as follows:

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. is for Pre-K through 4th grade.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. is 5th through 8th grade.

This is an outdoor event. In addition to jeans and Prussing sprit wear, students may need to bring jackets and dress for the weather.  Please encourage your children to bring water bottles, blankets, board games, cards, etc. to use outside. Students will be allowed to use the playground equipment. In addition, the Chicago Fire Department will bring a fire truck for students to explore, as well as an art activity sponsored by Alderman Arena of our 45th Ward. Thank you and we look forward to our celebration tomorrow.

 

November 3, 2015

Dear Prussing Community,

I would like to thank everyone for your support over the last few days. I would also like to acknowledge the people who were able to come to Prussing’s Local School Council meeting last night to voice their concerns and also give their support regarding Friday’s evacuation.

In addition, I want to thank you for your patience and cooperation in making Friday’s evacuation as smooth as possible. We’re grateful for the quick response from paramedics, who immediately arrived at the school and treated those with symptoms. We'd like to report that all of our students and staff are doing well.

The school’s boiler is required to have an annual inspection, and the boiler passed inspection on July 22, 2015. We have determined that the gas regulator was not operating properly and it has been repaired. We will continue to provide information as we are able to.

Eight carbon monoxide monitors have been placed throughout the school and an engineer is scheduled to be at the school all week. A letter was sent home yesterday with the students that provided an update on the status at Prussing http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/11.02.15%20prussing%20...

For those of you whose children were transported to the hospital, we will work with you to help you understand next steps. The school will file an incident report, which will generate a claim letter that we will provide to you. Additional instructions will be provided to you on how to submit your claim.

Again, we want to assure you that your children’s safety will always be our top concern, and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

Dear Parents,

Please see the link about the information on the Prussing After-School All-Star Program.

Thank you.

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November 2, 2015

Dear Prussing Parents:                                                            

Making sure that your children have a safe and welcoming environment where they can learn is a top priority for all of us.

I want to thank you all for your patience and cooperation in making Friday’s evacuation as smooth as possible. We’re grateful for the quick response from paramedics, who immediately arrived at school and treated those with symptoms. We'd like to report that all of our students and staff are doing well.

I’m writing to inform you of what we know about the conditions that led to Friday’s carbon monoxide leak, as well as the immediate steps that we are taking to ensure the safety of your children.

The school’s boiler is required to have an annual inspection, and the boiler passed inspection on July 22, 2015. We have determined that the gas regulator was not operating properly and it has been repaired. We will continue to provide information as we are able to.

Two carbon monoxide detectors will be placed on each floor in the hallways. Engineers were on site during the weekend to make sure that everything is functioning properly. Two engineers were on site today (Monday), and we will have an engineer in the building all week.

For those of you whose children were transported to the hospital, we will work with you to help you understand next steps. The school will file an incident report, which will generate a claim letter that we will provide to you. Additional instructions will be provided to you on how to submit your claim.

The Prussing Local School Council (LSC) invites you to attend an emergency LSC meeting on Monday night, November 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium to discuss the emergency evacuation that occurred last Friday. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend and voice any questions or concerns.

Again, we want to assure you that your children’s safety will always be our top concern, and we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. George Chipain

Principal

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November 1, 2015

Dear Prussing Community,

The Prussing Local School Council (LSC) invites you to attend an emergency LSC meeting on Monday night, November 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium to discuss the emergency evacuation that occurred last Friday. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend and voice any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

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November 1, 2015

Dear Prussing Community,

Prussing Elementary School will be open for school on Monday at normal hours.

As you know, on Friday, Prussing was evacuated due to elevated carbon monoxide levels in the building. We'd like to report that all of our students and staff are doing well, and we will be placing two carbon monoxide monitors on every floor of the school. Engineers were in the school over the weekend to make sure everything is functioning properly. We will also have two engineers at the school Monday, along with the Facility Manager.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we worked through this issue on Friday, and we will continue to update you with additional information as it becomes available. Our highest priority will continue to be making sure your children have a safe and welcoming environment where they can learn. Thank you.

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

 

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

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Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

October 30, 2015

Dear Prussing Community:

Earlier today, Prussing was evacuated due to elevated carbon monoxide (CO) levels in the building. Prussing students have been relocated to Smyser Elementary, 4310 N. Melvina Ave. If you have not made other arrangements, please plan to pick your child up at Smyser at 3:15pm.

Numerous personnel from the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Schools, and Alderman Arena were all on site to help with the management of the situation. Please know that at all times, our absolute first priority was the immediate health and safety of Prussing students.

About 80 students and staff were transported to area hospitals today for precautionary purposes. We know how difficult this day has been for students and parents and we are continuing to work through the afternoon on managing the situation.

As of right now, we expect that school will be open on Monday. If this information changes we will notify parents as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience as we have worked through the situation today, and we will update you with additional information as it becomes available.

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

 

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

 

 

October 30, 2015

Prussing Parents and Families:

At approximately 10:15 a.m. we discovered an environmental condition that required us to evacuate the school building. All students and staff are accounted for and were removed to the playground. Chicago Emergency Services were called and they determined that we should evacuate all of the students to our nearest evacuation site: Smyser Elementary School 4310 N Melvina Ave, Chicago, IL 60634. More information will be forthcoming via our website.

 

 

October 23rd, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

The Prussing School community would like to welcome Caryn McKay as our newest member on the Local School Council. Ms. McKay is filling a parent vacancy and has two children that attend Prussing School. 

Congratulations to Danielle Taylor who successfully completed the Office of Family and Community Engagement's six week extensive training through Chicago Public Schools.  She is one of the thirty parents citywide who was accepted into the program and make up the Parent Leadership Institute. Thank you Danielle for your commitment to your community!

 

 

Also, at the Local School Council meeting on Wednesday, October 21st, a draft of Bylaws was proposed for Prussing School. Please see the following attachment for the proposed Bylaws: http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/Proposed%20Prussin...

In addition, for the first time, Prussing will be having After School programs at the school. Our programs will begin the week of November 2nd and run for eight week periods through May 19th, 2016. The programs will go from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Our After School program will have both an academic and social focus. Eligibility for the academic programs will be based on student need through teacher recommendations. The social clubs will be based on a first come, first served basis. The following link will give an overview of the courses offered throughout the year: http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/After%20School%20A.... Also, for detailed course descriptions, please click on this link: http://www.prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/After%20School%20A...

Prussing School will participate in the Northwest Side High School Fair that will be held on Tuesday, October 27th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Onahan Elementary School (6634 W. Raven St). Seventh and eighth grade families are invited to learn about different high school options in Chicago, both public and private. 

 

October 19th, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

We are pleased to announce that Prussing had new stairs leading to the Main Entrance replaced this weekend. The stairs are now ready, so students and families can use the Main Entrance.

Student Pictures were distributed to the students on Wednesday. To order pictures, please go to  mylifetouch.com.  Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package to order your pictures. Picture re-take day will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Cubs Baseball - Each day that the Cubs are playing in the playoffs will be Cubs Day at Prussing. Students are encouraged to wear their Cubs and/or Prussing wear on those days.

For the first time, Prussing School will have After-School programs this year. Our After-School clubs will begin at the beginning of November. Our After-School program will focus on enrichment clubs; such as gardening, cheerleading, etc. as well as Reading and Math tutoring and homework clubs. Information for clubs and after-school programs will be sent home in the coming weeks.  

The Prussing PTO will host an Oktoberfest on Friday, October 23rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for students, parents, and the school community. Grades PreK - 4 will have a Glow Dance in the gymnasium. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes, and admission for the dance is $2 per child and $3 per adult. Also, students from grades 5 - 8 will have a Movie Night in the auditorium, featuring the film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Concessions will be available for sale. In addition, Professional FUN Photo Booth Pictures will be available for $2 each.

The PTO reminds you to turn in your Box Tops and Labels For Education.  They are currently having a contest that will run until December to see which grade can collect the most Box Tops and Labels For Education.  The winning grade will win a pizza party.  Please turn them into your child’s teacher or put them in the collection bin located outside the main office.  Make sure to write your child’s name and grade on the bag.  Last year, the PTO raised $1000 with Box Tops.  Their goal this year $1500.  Thank for all your help. If you have any questions regarding any PTO event or activity, please contact Damian Espinosa, PTO President, at damianespinosa@comcast.net.

Parents, school fees are lowered this year from $85 per child to $50 per child for grades K - 8. In addition, the maximum family expense will be lowered to $100 per year (PreK students do not have student fees). Information regarding how student fees will be used can be found on your teacher’s webpage. Payment can be given directly to your child’s teacher or office using cash, cashier’s check, or money order (made out to Prussing School). Sorry, CPS Policy prohibits the acceptance of personal checks. Kindly, place payment in a sealed envelope labeled Materials Fee along with your child’s name and room number. You can give your payment to your child’s homeroom teacher or visit the school office to make payment arrangements. Families may be eligible for an Application For Waiver of School Fees under certain circumstances. Please visit the link on our website at http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=143 or visit the school office for more information. Please make sure to obtain a receipt when you make your payment to the school.

This is to notify you in accordance with Illinois and Federal Asbestos Regulations, that a copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available at each school during school hours by appointment. Requests to review the Asbestos Management Plan must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Also please be advised that CPS conducts asbestos inspections of all schools every three years. The last inspection was completed in 2013. The next inspection is scheduled for Spring 2016. Asbestos surveillances are conducted every six months.

As we are now in the Autumn season, parents please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather at recess time. Also, when the weather is inclement, please drop off your child at the Main Door. Student marshals will assist primary grade students to safely enter the auditorium. Students will be dismissed at their regularly assigned door at the end of the school day at 3:15 p.m.

Our next Local School Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the lunchroom. Our monthly PTO meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on that date. There is a Parent Representative vacancy on the Local School Council. If you are interested, please come to the Main Office for an application. Also , there will be a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 21st at 8:45 a.m. in the lunchroom and a Bilingual Parent Meeting to follow the NCLB meeting on that date. Finally, there will be a Cyberbullying Parent Workshop on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Parents are invited to attend this informative meeting.

A Fall Festival Costume Parade for students from Pkdg- 4th grade will take place on October 30th at 9:00 a.m.. Depending on the weather, the parade will be either on the playground or in the building. Parents are invited to come and take pictures of their child.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

 

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

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Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 

October 8th, 2015

Dear Prussing Parents,

This is another reminder for parents: The Medical Compliance due date is October 15, 2015. If your child has entered kindergarten, is in sixth grade, recently transferred from a non-CPS school, or is at any grade level and has not had all of the required immunizations, please submit this information to our office staff as soon as possible. Students who are not in medical compliance will be excluded from attending school after October 15th. Parents may submit an appointment from the doctor in order to meet the compliance deadline.

 

 

October 1st, 2015

Dear Prussing Families,

Welcome to October!  Progress Reports will be distributed on Friday, October 9th, so please ask your child for them. There will be no school on Monday, October 12th, 2015 to celebrate Columbus Day.

We sent home the CPS Family Income Information Forms and we really NEED families to complete this form and return it to school as soon as possible as it is tied to our school funding.  Without these forms, Prussing may lose out on significant funding that the school counts on each year. One form per family is all that is required. If you feel this does not apply to you based on income, please still fill it out and put N/A in part 4 of the form. If you need a form, please contact the office and we will be glad to provide an additional form.

For the first time, Prussing School will have After-School programs this year. Our After-School clubs will begin at the beginning of November. Our After-School program will focus on enrichment clubs; such as gardening, cheerleading, etc. as well as Reading and Math tutoring and homework clubs. Information for clubs and after-school programs will be sent home in the coming weeks.  

The Prussing PTO is selling tickets for interested Prussing families to attend a Chicago Fire soccer game this Saturday, October 3rd. The ticket price is $20, and Friday is the last day to purchase tickets from the PTO. Please come join me at the game on Saturday.

Gym uniform money and orders are due to to the Prussing PTO this Friday, October 2nd. The Prussing PTO also hosted a Run-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, September 25th. Money raised from the Run-A-Thon is also due by Friday, October 2nd; $20 is the cost of the t-shirt.

Finally, the Prussing PTO will host a Parent Coffee Social Morning on Friday, October 9th, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Perkolator, 6032 W. Irving Park Rd., where 20% of the proceeds will benefit Prussing School. In addition, the PTO will also host a Parent’s Night Out on Friday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Galvin’s, 5901 W. Lawrence Ave. If you have any questions regarding any PTO event or activity, please contact Damian Espinosa, PTO President, at damianespinosa@comcast.net.

Parents, school fees are lowered this year from $85 per child to $50 per child for grades K - 8. In addition, the maximum family expense will be lowered to $100 per year (PreK students do not have student fees). Information regarding how student fees will be used can be found on your teacher’s webpage. Payment can be given directly to your child’s teacher or office using cash, cashier’s check, or money order (made out to Prussing School). Sorry, CPS Policy prohibits the acceptance of personal checks. Kindly, place payment in a sealed envelope labeled Materials Fee along with your child’s name and room number. You can give your payment to your child’s homeroom teacher or visit the school office to make payment arrangements. Families may be eligible for an Application For Waiver of School Fees under certain circumstances. Please visit the link on our website at http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=143 or visit the school office for more information. Please make sure to obtain a receipt when you make your payment to the school.

The Medical Compliance due date is October 15, 2015. If your child has entered kindergarten, is in sixth grade, recently transferred from a non-CPS school, or is at any grade level and has not had all of the required immunizations, please submit this information to our office staff as soon as possible. Students who are not in medical compliance will be excluded from attending school after October 15th. Parents may submit an appointment from the doctor in order to meet the compliance deadline.

As we are now in the Autumn season, parents please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the colder weather at recess time. Also, when the weather is inclement, please drop off your child at the Main Door. Student marshals will assist primary grade students to safely enter the auditorium. Students will be dismissed at their regularly assigned door at the end of the school day at 3:15 p.m.

Our next Local School Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the lunchroom. Our monthly PTO meeting will immediately follow the LSC meeting on that date. There is a Parent Representative vacancy on the Local School Council. If you are interested, please come to the Main Office for an application. Also, there will be a No Child Left Behind Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 21st at 8:45 a.m. in the lunchroom.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa Informacion en su idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice la Traducion que se encuentra en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Ako trebate pomoc u prevodu informacije na jezik da vam je lakse razumjeti, molimo vas da koristite the Translate znak na na vrhu u desnoj strani na nasoj web stranici http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. Chipain

Principal

 
 

Dear Prussing Families,

     I would like to welcome you back to a new school year. I am very excited about this year and all of the great things that are going on at Prussing School. Our school year is off to a great start! We had a successful Open House for our kindergarten students on September 3rd. I am excited about the learning and instruction evident throughout our school building. Our next Open House will be on Thursday, September 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium for first through eighth grade students. At the Open House, you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn about the curriculum. Also, there will be information provided to the eighth grade parents about the high school application process.

     Picture Day for students will be on Wednesday, September 23rd. You will be able to order online at mylifetouch.com. The Picture Day ID is RN305571Q0. Vision and Hearing Screenings will be on Monday, September 28th for students at the school who require screenings. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are taking the NWEA assessment for Reading and Math this week and next week. Progress Reports will be distributed on October 9th.

     At the most recent Local School Council (LSC) meeting that was held on September 15th, the LSC voted to revise the School Dress Code. Please visit the link on the right hand side of this website or click  http://www.prussingelementary.org/content/revised-dress-code for detailed information about the revised Dress Code. The next LSC meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m.

     The Prussing PTO will host a Run-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, September 25th. Envelopes have already been distributed to students. Also, the PTO is selling tickets for interested Prussing families to attend a Chicago Fire soccer game on Saturday, October 3rd. The ticket price is $20. If you have any questions regarding any PTO event or activity, please contact Damian Espinosa, PTO President, at damianespinosa@comcast.net.

     School fees will be lowered this year from $85 per child to $50 per child for grades K - 8. In addition, the maximum family expense will be lowered to $100 per year (PreK students do not have student fees). Information regarding how student fees will be used can be found on your teacher’s webpage beginning next week. Payment can be given directly to your child’s teacher or office using cash, cashier’s check, or money order (made out to Prussing School). Sorry, CPS Policy prohibits the acceptance of personal checks. Kindly, place payment in a sealed envelope labeled Materials Fee along with your child’s name and room number. You can give your payment to your child’s homeroom teacher or visit the school office to make payment arrangements. Families may be eligible for an Application For Waiver of School Fees under certain circumstances. Please visit the CPS School Fee Policy link on the right hand side of our website or click  http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=143 or visit the school office for more information. Please make sure to obtain a receipt when you make your payment to the school.

     The Medical Compliance due date is October 15, 2015. If your child has entered kindergarten, is in sixth grade or recently transferred from a non-CPS school, please submit this information to our office staff as soon as possible. Students who are not in medical compliance will be excluded from attending school after October 15th. Parents may submit an appointment from the doctor in order to meet the compliance deadline.

     Tryouts for Boys Soccer (5th through 8th grades) and Girls Volleyball (5th through 8th grades) will occur next week. Also, Windy City Music Theatre will offer a fee-based theater program for interested 3rd through 8th grade students at Prussing School. For information regarding registration and payment information, please visit www.youthcompanychicago.org/in-school-programs/prussing.

     When the weather is inclement, please drop off your child at the Main Door. Student marshals will assist primary grade students to safely enter the auditorium. Students will be dismissed at their regularly assigned door at the end of the school day at 3:15 p.m.

     Our next Local School Council Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the lunchroom. There is a Parent Representative vacancy on the Local School Council. If you are interested, please come to the Main Office for an application.

Our main communication tool with families is our Prussing website.

If you would like help in translating this communication into a language that is more convenient for you, please use the Translate link at the top right hand side of our website at http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Si necesita ayuda en la traducción de esa comunicación a un idioma que es más conveniente para usted, por favor, utilice el Traducir al igual que en la parte superior derecha de nuestra página web http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

إذا كنت ترغب في المساعدة في ترجمة هذه الرسالة إلى اللغة التي هي أكثر ملاءمة بالنسبة لك، يرجى استخدام ترجمة مثل  في أعلى الجانب الأيمن من موقعنا على الانترنت

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Jeśli potrzebujesz tłumaczenie tego listu w języku, który jest potrzebny dla Ciebie, prosimy użyć Translate  w górnej prawej stronie naszej stronie internetowej

http://www.prussingelementary.org/.

Thank you for allowing us the privilege of playing a role in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Dr. George Chipain

Principal


Dear Prussing Families,

We would like to share that Taft High School will host a basketball clinic for boys and girls in grades 5 through 10 from Monday, September 14th through Wednesday, October 21st. The camp will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost will be $75. Please click on the link below if you are interested in more information.    

http://prussingelementary.org/sites/default/files/Taft%20High%20School%2...

 

Dear Prussing Families,

Welcome to the 2015 - 2016 school year! We hope you had a relaxing and productive summer. Below are announcements and updates that will support you with beginning the new school year at Prussing Elementary School.

Open House

Kindergarten Open House will be this Thursday, September 3rd, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Open House for first through eighth grades will be on September 24th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Registration

Parents can register their children from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Main Office. If you are not sure which school your child should attend, please call 773.553.1000 or go to the CPS website, http://schoollocator.cps.k12.il.us.

Supply Drop Off

Parents can drop off their children's school supplies beginning on Wednesday, September 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Supply lists are located on the school website at prussingelementary.org  under Parent Resources.

First Week of School

School starts on Tuesday, September 8, at 8:15 a.m. Drop off will begin at 8:00 a.m. Postcards have been mailed to families to inform them which room their child will be in this year. Our school bell schedule will remain the same. The school day will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 3:15 p.m. New this year: please note that for safety needs, Menard Avenue will only be allowed to proceed in Southbound direction from 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and again from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (i.e. the Northbound direction will be temporarily closed off). Also, parents will not be able to go through the teachers' parking lot to drop students off. These changes are necessary to ensure the safety of all of our students at Prussing School.

First Day of School

You are cordially invited to welcome the new principal, Dr.Chipain, and start the new school  year with the Chicago Fire mascot Sparky on Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 a.m. on the school playground!

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Prussing School is excited to have a very active and committed PTO. The PTO has a number of great activities and fundraisers planned for the school year and is dedicated to embrace our school community to make Prussing a wonderful learning environment for our students. We highly encourage you to become a member of our PTO today. Please check out the link on this website to contact the PTO for more information: http://prussingelementary.org/content/pto.

School and Gym Uniforms

At the present moment, the school uniform code continues as it has previously been; a white collar shirt and blue pants or skirt, until the Local School Council will finalize their recommendation at their next meeting on September 15th at 7:00 p.m. (please see the link on right side for more information: http://prussingelementary.org/content/revised-dress-code).  

Gym uniforms can be purchased through the Prussing PTO. For more information, please contact the PTO President, Damian Espinosa, at damianespinosa@comcast.net.

Physical Examination and Immunication Requirements

Parents are reminded that physical examination and immunization requirements for Chicago public school students are as follows: Students entering kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grade are required to submit proof of physical examination and current immunization s to their local school by October 15th of each year. If you have already submitted a completed Certificate of Child Health Examination Form please accept our appreciation. If you have not met this requirement please submit a completed Certificate of Child Health Examination Form immediately to avoid exclusion. In addition, kindergarteners, and any student enrolling for the first time in any grade, are now required to have a full version examination or their report card may be withheld.
 
Students entering kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must have their dental examination completed by May 15th of each school year or their report card may be withheld. If your child has not received the required examination and your family does not have health care insurance, places contact the Chicago Public School Children and Family Benefit Unit (CFBU). You may be eligible for Allkids or Family Care. Contact CFBU at 773-553-1809.

School Fees

School fees will be lowered this year from $85 per child to $50 per child for grades K - 8. In addition, the maximum family expense will be lowered to $100 per year (PreK students do not have student fees). Information regarding how student fees will be used can be found on your teacher’s webpage beginning next week. Payment can be given directly to your child’s teacher or office using cash, cashier’s check, or money order (made out to Prussing School). Sorry, CPS Policy prohibits the acceptance of personal checks. Kindly, place payment in a sealed envelope labeled Materials Fee along with your child’s name and room number. You can give your payment to your child’s homeroom teacher or visit the school office to make payment arrangements. Families may be eligible for an Application For Waiver of School Fees under certain circumstances. Please visit the link on our website at http://policy.cps.edu/download.aspx?ID=143 or visit the school office for more information. Please make sure to obtain a receipt when you make your payment to the school.

 

New Staff

The following staff members will not be returning to Prussing School this year: Ms. Prejzner, Ms. Ystrom, Ms. Zimmerman, Ms. Gliner, and Ms. Whittinghill. Our school community will miss them and we wish them well in their new endeavors.

The Prussing team now has several new members who we would like to welcome to our school community. We welcome Ms. Najah Kaleel as our new fifth grade teacher. Ms. Kaleel has 17 years of teaching experience with the Chicago Public School and is fluent in Arabic. Ms. Anna Maj will be our new sixth grade math and science teacher. Ms. Maj is fluent in both Polish and Spanish. Ms. Julie Graham will be our new performing arts dance teacher at Prussing School. Ms. Graham has over twenty years experience of studio dance, and was the Assistant Varsity Dance Team Coach at Lane Tech high school. Ms. Graham also has cheerleading coaching experience and will create a new cheerleading squad at Prussing School. Nicolas Andriotis will be our new physical education teacher at Prussing School. Mr. Andriotis brings a wealth of sports experience to Prussing School. Ms. Vesna Heto will be our new kindergarten teacher. Ms. Heto has teaching experience at Prussing School and can speak Bosnian, Serbian, and German languages.

We welcome our new staff members to Prussing School!

Curriculum and Instruction

New math program from Kindergarten through eighth grade aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

New science program for middle school students aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Six brand new Chromebook carts that contain 150 new Chromebooks dedicated for student learning.

Dance art will replace the visual art program. We plan to have visual art integrated with regular classroom instruction and also have after school visual art opportunities for our students.

Regarding our World Language Program, students from grades K-6 will be taught 3 different exploratory language programs. Each quarter, students will explore the introductory language and cultures of Italian, French, and Spanish. We will conclude the year with an additional quarter of French, which will aide the students with tying together what they learned from each exploratory session and make connections between those Latin based languages. Additionally, we will connect the exploration of Italian, French, and Spanish back to English, which has a base of 60% of Latin origins. In the 7th and 8th grades, students will experience a more intensive study of the French language. Students will work with traditional language textbooks, as well as, interactive web-based programs. The students will engage in French twice a week in standard language instruction; switching each quarter with library/media to allow all 7th and 8th grades to be serviced; and as a means to reinforce skills learned. During the non-instructional quarters, students will work with web-based language programs under the direction of the Library/Media Instructor. Please see the letter that follows this update from our World Language teacher, Ms. Moore, for a more detailed explanation and rationale for our World Language changes. 

After School Programs

Prussing School is excited to announce that we will have full after school programs beginning this year. After school programs will begin at the end of October and run through May. More information will be provided shortly.

Sports Teams

Prussing School is committed to keeping sports teams at the school and will plan to continue our sports programming throughout the school year.

Thank you for the privilege to be partners in the education of your child.

Dr. George Chipain

Principal

 

Dear Prussing Families and Community Members,

     The start of the 2015-2016 school year marks many changes, and we are pleased to share innovative plans for enlivening the foreign language program. After over ten years of once a week French instruction, it is time to re-engage our students in the study of foreign language. Our goals revolving around capturing the interest and excitement of the students as we transition towards a more academic French program in the upper grades. This structuring will prepare our students to enter high school with a solid foundation of French as a foreign language, as well as, exploratory exposure to other romance languages.

     Starting in the fall, students from K-6 will be taught 3 different exploratory language programs. Each quarter, students will explore the introductory language and cultures of Italian, French, and Spanish. We will conclude the year with an additional quarter of French, which will aide the students with tying together what they learned from each exploratory session and make connections between those Latin based languages. Additionally, we will connect the exploration of Italian, French, and Spanish back to English, which has a base of 60% of Latin origins.

     In the 7th and 8th grades, students will experience a more intensive study of the French language. Students will work with traditional language textbooks, as well as, interactive web-based programs. The students will engage in French twice a week in standard language instruction; switching each quarter with library/media to allow all 7th and 8th grades to be serviced; and as a means to reinforce skills learned. During the non-instructional quarters, students will work with web-based language programs under the direction of the Library/Media Instructor. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to supplement their study of French with a weekly interactive after-school program.  

     We are excited to explore this new structure of exposing students to cultural awareness, as well as, obtaining a more comprehension understanding of world language. We will utilize all resources to incorporate authentic experiences for all grades; connecting via Skype with peer classes from all around the world; inviting students and community members to participate in French film nights; and with cooking demonstrations. We understand that while many of our students already have some Spanish language skills, the exploratory quarter of Spanish would allow the students to connect their oral language with written language and offer a chance to lead in group-learning activities.  We are excited to present an opportunity for all students to share their experiences in learning a new language, a tool that will serve them well as in becoming college and career ready.

Thank you,

Melissa Moore 

World Language Teacher

 

Prussing School is proud to announce that our student Jan Valtera

became The World Champion in ice-skating in freestyle for the 7 year 
old boys category.  Congratulations Jan!!

 

STUDENT REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 26th FROM 9:00 AM - 2:00PM

SCHOOL WILL BEGIN FOR STUDENTS ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2015. THE SCHOOL DAY WILL BEGIN AT 8:15 AM AND WILL END AT 3:15 PM. 

Kindergarten Open House will be on Thursday, September 3rd, from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM. 

 

Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers

As the new Principal of Ernst Prussing School, I am excited about our 2015 – 2016 school year!

Prussing School has a rich history and tradition, and I am looking forward to building on our successes by empowering students, parents, teachers, and community partners to honor student growth in all areas and enrich their learning opportunities.

Our mission continues to be to provide each student with optimal learning opportunities in order to support them in pursuing their full college and career potential. This will ensure success in all future endeavors.

We will engage in project-based learning strategies that will focus on supporting creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills for all students. We will leverage technology throughout the school and utilize 21st Century learning practices for all of our students across all content areas.

We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s learning and become partners in our school community. We welcome new energy and ideas to support Prussing School as it strives towards new accomplishments and success.

Please join us as we focus on the needs of the whole child, and prepare them for success trajectories to live a life of personal meaning and have an impact on the world stage.

Sincerely,


Dr. Chipain

 


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