Grissom Elementary School 12810 South Escanaba Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60633 www.grissom.k12.il.us Dennis Sweeney, Ed. D. Phone: (773) 535-5380 Principal Fax: (773) 535-5362 Parent Newsletter for September 2012 We Are Underway We have had an excellent start to our school year. Congratulations to all Grissom students for their outstanding attendance during the first week of school. So far our attendance rate is 98.7 percent. To all of our families: keep up the good work in getting our students to school. Welcome New Staff This year six new staff are joining us at Grissom. Ms. Margarita Chavez is our new first grade teacher and Mrs. Edna Aguilera has come on board as a classroom assistant. We are also in the process of hiring four parent aides to assist with lunch and recess supervision. So far two are on board: Mr. William Zaremba and Mrs. Carmen Guzman. Possible Strike The Chicago Teachers Union has set Monday, September 10, as a strike date if agreement on a new contract has not been reached. We do not know if there will be school on Monday, and a settlement could take place as late as Sunday night. Be sure to watch the news to see if a contract settlement has been reached. If there is no school Monday, you can take your child elsewhere for morning activities and meals. Attendance is optional. You are getting a letter today with more information on this program. Meanwhile, until an agreement is reached, I am not posting any future activities or dates, except for the book fair (see below), since these dates were pre-determined well in advance. Nonetheless, the book fair will also be postponed if there is a strike. Morning Drop-Off and After School Please be reminded that there is no parking in front of the school. Mrs. Alnemri of our staff is charged with overseeing this operation. Please treat her with the respect that she deserves. The safety of our children is a top priority at Grissom School. School Uniforms The vast majority of our students have been in uniform the first week of school, which has greatly added to the positive school climate that we already have. Please be reminded that if students wear a sweater or sweatshirt in class, it should be solid red or navy blue, except that sweatshirts with the Grissom logo are permitted. For gym days, students should wear a Grissom t-shirt, or a solid-colored t-shirt, navy blue or red, with navy blue shorts or sweat pants, and gym shoes. Expect the best! Grissom Elementary School 12810 South Escanaba Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60633 www.grissom.k12.il.us Dennis Sweeney, Ed. D. Phone: (773) 535-5380 Principal Fax: (773) 535-5362 Gym days are as follows: Kindergarten: Mondays and Tuesdays First grade: Thursdays and Fridays Second grade: Tuesdays and Wednesdays Third grade: Thursdays and Fridays Fourth grade: Tuesdays and Wednesdays Fifth grade: Mondays and Tuesdays Sixth grade: Mondays and Tuesdays Seventh grade: Thursdays and Fridays Eighth grade: Wednesdays and Fridays Book Fee and Supplies All students are required to pay a book fee to supplement class workbooks and materials. The book fee for grades kindergarten through eight is $30.00. Students may bring their book fee to school. Each teacher will issue a receipt to your child upon payment of the book fee. Please send cash or a money order made out to Grissom School. NO checks, please. All book fees should be paid by Friday, October 12, 2012. If this plan presents a problem for you, please make an appointment with Dr. Sweeney as soon as possible to develop an alternate payment plan. Supply lists were issued to students the first day of school, and can be found on the school’s website, www.grissom.cps.k12.il.us. Chess at Grissom We will be offering an after-school chess program this year for grades k-8. The program will be provided by an organization called Chess Scholars and will take place on Thursdays from 2:45 to 3:45 from October 25 through December 6. The program will cost some money--$20 per child, and the school will pay an additional $40 per student to cover the total cost. Staff from the program will be here Tuesday, September 25, to distribute fliers and answer questions. I encourage all students to participate because chess is an excellent way to develop thinking skills. Expect the best! Grissom Elementary School 12810 South Escanaba Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60633 www.grissom.k12.il.us Dennis Sweeney, Ed. D. Phone: (773) 535-5380 Principal Fax: (773) 535-5362 Expect the Best After-School Program We will be offering the Expect the Best after-school program for all students in grades k-8 this year. The program will take place for one hour after school, Monday through Thursday, but Monday through Wednesday when the chess program is in session (see above). The program will feature homework help, reading and discussion of interesting books, and challenging math problems outside of regular class assignments. Participating students can get extra credit in reading, language arts and math classes. Expect the Best will begin this month and students will soon be getting applications to take home. We hope to get extensive participation. Book Fair If school is in session, we will have our book fair from Monday, September 10 through Wednesday, September 12. Expect the best!
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