A Message from Ravenswood School




Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

It's that time of year again, everyone! Mark your calendars, sexual health education is kicking off with our annual parent meeting on Tuesday April 17th at 6pm in Room 104. 

A Bit About Sex Ed at Ravenswood 
Sexual health education in CPS is taught by certified sexual health teachers on staff. 

We follow the CPS comprehensive sexual health curriculum that is medically accurate and age appropriate.

Sexual health education is taught to all students Kindergarten-8th Grade (not PreK). From K–4th grade there are 300 minutes per year of instruction, and from 5th–12th grade there are 675 minutes.
It is super important to note that we (and CPS) view parents/guardians as the primary educators for their children around sexual health. The curriculum is located here for parents/guardians to review at any point. With that, it is your right as parents/guardians to opt out your child(ren) of any/all of the lessons. We just ask that you provide us notification in writing.  

Lessons will not begin until the first week in May. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out.  

Have a great week, everyone.

Mr. Manaen (Principal) and 
Mrs. Welsh (Assistant Principal) 

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• April 2nd: TODAY!: Last Day for Early Bird Ticket Prices for Spring Forward 
• April 2nd: Spring Forward Benefit Planning Meeting 
• April 4th: Mom’s Monthly Night Out at Long Room 
• April 5th: Family Dance Party with Columbia Arts 

Learn more about these by clicking in the links above or scrolling down to "More About This Week" below.

To view this week's events in another language, click on the links above and use the google translate button on the school website to select your home language.

Para ver los eventos de esta semana en otro idioma, presiona el enlace a continuacion y usa el boton para traducir de google. Selecciona el idioma que deseas.


• April 9th: LSC Meeting 
• April 10th: Wellness Meeting 
• April 11th: Spring Forward Craft Night 
• April 11th: Positive Discipline

• April 12th: Spring Arts Showcase 
• April 12th: Dad’s Monthly Night Out at Spiteful Brewing 
• April 13th: No School- School Improvement Day 
• April 13th: Shop for Ravenswood at Ultimate Ninjas 

Learn more about these by clicking in the links above or scrolling down to "More About Next Week" below.


• April 16th-April 20th: Scholastic Book Fair 
• April 17th: FORS Morning Meeting 
• April 18th: No School, Parent Teacher Conferences  
• April 18th: LSC Election  
• April 18th: Shop For Ravenswood at Power Up Tech Academy 
• April 20th: Lost and Found Last Call


Please support the sponsors of Friends of Ravenswood School.
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Early Bird Ticket Sales--Today is the Last Day!

The Spring Forward Benefit annual auction and gala takes place on Saturday, April 28th at 6:30pm at the Dank Haus. 

For more information about the event, click here. 

BUY TICKETS and save $20 on admission to Friends of Ravenswood School's biggest fundraiser of the year. Click here.

Other ways to support this event:

Spring Forward Benefit Planning Meeting 

When: Monday April 2nd 8pm 
Where: 4011 N Paulina, 1N 

Come have a glass of wine and join us at Spring Forward Benefit chair, Katherine Karshner's place to finalize plans for FORS largest fund raiser of the year. Email to RSVP or ask questions. 

Mom’s Night Out 

When: Thursday April 5th 7:30pm 
Where: The Long Room, 1612 W Irving Park Rd.
Come one mom, come all moms! Join other Ravenswood moms at the Long Room for as little or as long as you like. These will happen the first Thursday of every month, so if you can't make it tonight, come next time!


Columbia Arts Presents a Family Dance Party!

When: Friday April 6th 
Grades K-1: 5-6pm
Grades 2-4: 6-7pm
Where: Ravenswood Gym. Enter through gym doors 

Please join our guest teaching artist for a fun dance event with students and parents. 
Students are expected to attend the dance class with a parent or guardian.
Please contact Alyce, site coordinator, with any questions.



LSC Meeting 

When: Monday, April 9th 6:30pm
Where: MPR

All are welcome to attend the Local School Council meetings. At the beginning of each meeting, parents and community members can present an idea or suggestion, or provide feedback to the LSC during the public comment section. The next LSC Elections will be held on April 18th, 2018. Parent and Community Members vote to elect Parent and Community Representatives. School Staff Members vote for School Staff Representatives. The winners of this year’s election will serve on Ravenswood’s Local School Council for the SY19-SY20 school years. The LSC is the school-based decision-making body responsible for setting the budget, evaluating the principal and establishing the school’s strategic plan. 


Wellness Meeting 

When: Tuesday, April 10th 9am
Where: MPR
Come join the discussions about wellness at Ravenswood.


Spring Forward Craft Night 

When: Wednesday, April 11th 8pm
Where: 2139 W Balmoral Avenue

Join us for our annual craft night in preparation for the Spring Forward Benefit. Our decor team will have jobs lined up for anyone who wants to come - you do not have to be particularly crafty or artistic to be helpful! Please bring scissors and glue. Or if you'd rather, a bottle of wine or snack to share are always welcome.


Positive Discipline 

When: Wednesday, April 11th 9am and 7pm
Where: 4th Floor 

Join other Ravenswood parents as we unpack the tools and philosophy of Positive Discipline. For questions, please contact Discipline Trainer and Ravenswood Parent, Kristin Hovious.


Spring Arts Showcase 

When: Thursday, April 12th at 9:15am and 2:15pm
Where: Ravenswood Gym

Come see Ravenswood shine at the Spring Arts Showcase. There are two showings of the same performances for your convenience. Families in classrooms that are performing will receive more detailed information closer to the performance date. If your child’s class has not performed in the Fall or Winter Arts Showcase, they should be performing in Spring Arts Showcase. 


Dad’s Monthly Night Out 

When: Thursday, April 12th 7:30pm
Where: Spiteful Brewing, 2024 W. Balmoral Ave. 

Come one dad, come all dads! Join other Ravenswood dads at a local microbrewery. 


Shop for Ravenswood at Ultimate Ninjas 

When: Friday, April 13th 1pm-3pm
Ultimate Ninjas is hosting another Open Gym event for Ravenswood Elementary on a day off school. 
For every ticket sold, one-third of the proceeds will be donated back to Friends of Ravenswood School. Each ticket is $20. This is event is for students age 6 and up. Parents can choose to drop off or stay and watch. 

Coming Soon: Shop for Ravenswood at Power Up Tech Academy

When: April 18th. 2 sessions exclusive to Ravenswood from 12-2pm and 2-4pm
Where: Power Up Tech Academy at 2867 N. Clybourn Avenue  

Support Friends of Ravenswood School on a day off school and give your kids a different kind of learning experience at Power Up Tech Academy's Minecraft Team Build Challenge Camp! In this 2 hour camp, kids will work as a team to design and build their best possible creation. Kids develop teamwork, creativity and building design skills, while having a lot of fun. Past teams have designed cruise ships, roller coasters, tree houses, castles and more. 
The camp is recommended for kids ages 7-12. 
The cost is $30 per child. $10 of your camp fee will be given back to FORS. 
All levels of Minecraft experience are welcome!

Register here


The 8th grade has raised almost $25,000 this year towards their $26,650 goal.

They have raised over 90% towards their goal to pay for all eligible students and necessary chaperones to go on the trip! The 8th graders have papered the neighborhood and the work places of their family members trying to make the final push towards achieving this tremendous goal. You can donate to their GoFundMe here. 


BASA Needs Bottle Caps! 


We All Live Here Public Art Project 

During the 3rd quarter, Ravenswood Middle School Students have been participating in a Public Art Project focusing on Inclusivity with Ms. Kitty and “We All Live Here” artist Rich Alapack who taught the students that “Art has a unique ability to reach people when language fails.” The students’ goal is to spread their message of belonging and acceptance as far as they can during their time together at Ravenswood. To learn more about their inspiring project, click here. 


@RavenswoodSchool Rocks!

Follow @RavenswoodSchool on Instagram and you will get a peak inside our 8th grade classrooms this week as they take over the @RavenswoodSchool Instagram page. Every grade will take a turn for a week and takeover the page. We hope to highlight the great work our students and teachers do inside their classrooms. 

Join Power Friends Co-Ed Yoga Club! 

When: Wednesdays, April 11th-May 9th, 3:45-4:45 pm 
Cost: $60

A co-ed yoga club empowering kids to fight for gender equity!
All students receive weekly e-books and all new students get their very own yoga mat! 
Register Here! 
Email Mrs.Stallard with questions 


BASA Summer Camp Plans in Full Swing

It's Summer Go! at Ravenswood Elementary. Join us for 8 weeks of fun-filled adventure. Each week will be full of exciting and challenging activities and discoveries. Students will explore a world where they unlock their unique potential through engaging and thought-provoking activities. Students will have the opportunity to track their achievements as they become masters in Summer Go! Join us for a week or all summer. June 25th-August 17th. Ages Preschool-8th Grade.

Each week includes daily breakfast and lunch, field trips, swimming and water play, elective courses, classroom projects, wellness activities, games & sports, and recess. Camp days include a well-rounded balance of structured activities, student choice, and creative play

For our Summer Camp Information Packet, please click here. Or Email the BASA office


Homework Help from a Teacher at the Sulzer Library

When: Mondays-Thursdays, 4-7pm 
Click here for more information about how to get homework help after school at Sulzer Library.
Or get homework help through an online tutor through Brainfuse 7 days a week from 2pm to 11pm. 


Learn More about Amundsen and Lake View High Schools

When: Wednesday, April 4th 6:30pm
Where: Coonley Elementary, 4046 N. Leavitt St.

Don’t miss “An Evening with Amundsen and Lake View,” a community-wide event hosted by GROWCommunity and Coonley Elementary. 

FOR complete information and to RSVP click here. 



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Ravenswood School is a Chicago Public School (CPS), providing high-quality, literacy-focused elementary education to students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. As a CPS-designated Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School, Ravenswood delivers a strong, core academic curriculum, richly enhanced by an arts integration program and fine arts classes. Ravenswood is also home to a full-day, Tuition-based Preschool program and a half-day Preschool for All program.


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