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The Bulldog Blast

August 26, 2019

In this Blast:
Principal Post

Agassiz Accolades
At Agassiz, our school promise is to develop students into lifelong learners by cultivating their positive distinctions, whether they be academics, arts, or athletics. We value every member of our community and their contributions to our school. Toward that end, we are pleased to announce a new format to help recognize members of our student community.
During the 2019-2020 school year, we will publish a special Bulldog Blast once per month to share student accolades. There are many ways that students can be recognized, including:
  • Peer conferences (peer-led mediation as part of our restorative justice program)
  • IB ambassadors (student tour guides on school tours)
  • Students who lead the school morning announcements and Peace Pledge
  • Students of the Month (recognized based on IB values such as open-mindedness)
  • Athletes (can include all student participants)
  • Student Council (recognizing students for their ideas and activities)
  • Attendance (recognition for students and classrooms with high attendance by grade)
  • Positive attitude in the classroom
  • Commitment to upholding classroom and community rules
  • And more!
In September, we will rely on our teacher team to nominate students for Agassiz Accolades. Please stay tuned for additional details on ways to nominate students for Agassiz Accolades. We look forward to celebrating the many wonderful qualities our students bring to Agassiz!
Volunteer Levels - New Volunteers
In order to keep our students as safe as possible, all Agassiz volunteers must be approved by CPS. There are two types of CPS volunteers: Level 1 and Level 2. Level 2 volunteers must submit an online information form and provide a picture ID. Level 1 volunteers must submit fingerprints and a TB test. Any individual who provides volunteer service with students in an unsupervised setting, including field trips, must be a Level 1 volunteer. All applications are on the CPS Parent website.  

Volunteer Levels - Previous Volunteers
Both Level 1 and Level 2 volunteer applications are approved for two years at a time. Any volunteer who completed their Level 1 or Level 2 volunteer application during the 2018-2019 school year will maintain the volunteer status during the 2019-2020 school year. Agassiz staff will update your volunteer record for you. You do not need to take any additional action. We greatly appreciate your service to the Agassiz community!

Volunteer Handbook
Agassiz' volunteer handbook will be distributed once the school year begins. In the meantime, please reach out to Agassiz administration with any questions ( or
Call for Parent Volunteers
Agassiz is working to expand its afterschool program options. As we continue to plan out program details, we ask all parents to please consider volunteering an hour a week or more after school to provide academic support in a small group setting. We are looking for parents who are willing to provide homework help, read with kids, lead a technology-based educational activity, or provide any other kind of academic or enrichment support at any grade level. Volunteers must have a Level 1 certification.
We rely on parents’ help to provide the best possible educational experience for all of our students. Please email Assistant Principal Michele McNally to learn more. Thank you for your assistance!

Tuesday Folders
Please note that all administrative updates communicated in the Blast will also be printed in Tuesday Folders once school resumes. This will help us ensure that all families have access to important school updates. Thank you!
New Teacher Bio

Barbara Ault, Kindergarten
Hi Agassiz families! My name is Barbara Ault, and I am so excited to join the Kindergarten team as a teacher at Agassiz, covering Ms. Swanson's maternity leave until February. I moved to Chicago from Indiana about ten years ago, after completing my Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Purdue University. While I began my career outside of the Education sector, I quickly found my life’s passion when I moved to Busan, South Korea to teach all day Pre-K at an English immersion school for one year. This was an amazing and life-changing experience, where I immediately realized that early childhood education was my calling. After completing my contract in Korea, I moved back to Chicago. Here I have spent three years teaching in private preschools, as well as two years in a Kindergarten classroom at The Catherine Cook School. I received my Master of Science in Education with an Early Childhood focus from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2017. These international experiences have deepened my understanding of cultural sensitivity and truly given me a global perspective, as well as provided me with the tools to lead a warm, inviting classroom informed by the culturally diverse experiences that have been so valuable to my life. In my free time, I love traveling, reading, spending time with my husband and family, doing yoga, going to see music, and snuggling with my cat, Stevie Nicks. I am so thrilled to get to know all of the wonderful families of Agassiz!
School Supply Drop-Off

School supplies can be dropped off at school Thursday, August 29 from 1-3 PM and Friday, August 30 from 8-10 AM. Please bring supplies in bags labeled with your child's name and room number (Supplies do not need to be individually labeled). Supplies can be dropped off on the first floor; they will be delivered to your child's classroom.

As you may know, Agassiz was closed for most of the summer due to construction. As a result, teachers have only a short time to prepare their classrooms for the start of the school year. Please help us support our teachers by remaining on the first floor during school drop off hours. 
New Parent Orientation

Agassiz administration will host a new parent orientation on Wednesday, August 28 at 6 PM at school. All new families in all grades are invited to attend. Kids may join if needed.
Fun Run Update
Back to School Picnic

We were thrilled to see so many families at the Back to School Picnic on Sunday!

Thank you to FOA and ABC for organizing and hosting the picnic. Special thanks to our donors: Sarpino’s (1149 W. Diversey), Baskin Robbins (3000 N. Ashland Ave), Forever Yogurt (1924 W. North Ave), and 7-Eleven (958 W. Diversey).
FOA Meeting

The next FOA meeting will take place on August 28 at 6 PM. Please contact for meeting location details.
Ice Cream Fundraiser

Spread the word! Tuco & Blondie, a Mexican restaurant on 3358 N. Southport Avenue, has generously offered to donate all sales of ice cream for the month of August to ABC (formerly PTO). Ice cream is free for kids and only $1 per adult! Please stop by and mention Agassiz when you visit.
Evening Out at Tuco & Blondie

Save the Date! Tuco & Blondie is donating 15% of all restaurant sales on Thursday, August 29th to Agassiz ABC (formerly PTO). Remember to mention Agassiz when you go. ABC invites all families to a back to school get together from 4 PM to 7 PM on August 29. Come out to say hi to old and new friends!
Student Ventra Cards

Student Ventra cards can be purchased from the main office at Agassiz. Cards cost $5. The card entitles students to pay a reduced rate of 75 cents per ride. Read this link for answers to FAQs about CTA student reduced fare rides. 
J at School

J at School provides aftercare to Agassiz students on all weekdays between 2:45 PM and 6 PM. Students can enjoy a safe play to play and enjoy time with their school friends. J at School includes snack, arts and crafts, game time, indoor and outdoor play, and homework time. Parents can sign up for any combination of weekdays, or for last minute aftercare, using this link.

A variety of enrichment classes are available at an additional fee. Fall enrichment registration is currently open. The fall enrichment calendar is below.
LSC Parent Vacancy

The Local School Council (LSC) currently has one parent vacancy. If you are interested in submitting a nomination for this vacancy, please see Ms. Caro in the main office for a LSC Nomination Packet after the first day of school. To be considered, candidates must submit pages 1-4 of the LSC Nomination Packet to the main office along with the written statement and two proofs of ID.

During the LSC September Meeting, candidates will have an opportunity to address the council, describing why they feel they would make a good council member, and the LSC will have an opportunity to ask candidates questions regarding their nomination. The meeting will be held on September 11.
LSC - Vacante de Padres

El Consejo Escolar Local (LSC) actualmente tiene una vacante de padres. Si está interesado en presentar una nominación para esta vacante, consulte a la Sra. Caro en la oficina principal para obtener un Paquete de Nominación de LSC después del primer día de clases. Para ser considerados, los candidatos deben enviar las páginas 1 a 4 del Paquete de Nominación de LSC a la oficina principal junto con la declaración escrita y dos pruebas de identificación.

Durante la reunión de septiembre del LSC, los candidatos tendrán la oportunidad de dirigirse al consejo, describiendo por qué creen que serían un buen miembro del consejo, y el LSC tendrá la oportunidad de hacer preguntas a los candidatos con respecto a su nominación. La próxima reunión será el 11 de septiembre.

Chicago Public Schools launched a student information management system called ASPEN in spring 2019. If you need assistance logging in, please reach out to Agassiz administration ( or
Save the Dates

Mark your calendars for the following Agassiz community events during the month of September:

9/13 Back to School Parent and Staff Night Out at Paddy Long's (1028 W Diversey)
9/21 Dad's Night Out
9/26 Agassiz Dining Night Out

Who We Are

Agassiz School is a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) neighborhood and magnet cluster school with a fine and performing arts focus, providing high-quality elementary education to students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Agassiz also offers half-day preschool for qualifying 3 and 4-year-olds.
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