A Message from Ravenswood School



Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

We are so proud of our incredible performers and artists who participated in our Spring Musical: Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates. What an awesome show! Thank you to Mr. Guidry, Ms. Kitty, Ms. Reed and all of our students who made all three shows such spectacular events. We are grateful for the power of the arts and how it continues to strengthen our community every day.  

On another note, we have received a critical update regarding our Chicago Early Learning PreK Programming at Ravenswood. We were recently informed that our half-day Chicago Early Learning PreK classroom will be replaced with one full day Chicago Early Learning PreK classroom for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. This means that Ravenswood will offer two full day programs for PreK: our tuition-based PreK program (no changes) and a new single full day Chicago Early Learning (formerly known as Ready to Learn) program from 8:45-3:45. All registration procedures and pricing models will remain the same. All currently enrolled students who are not aging out to kindergarten will be automatically enrolled for next year's full day program.  We are very excited about this opportunity for our community, as research shows how powerful it is for children to have access to full day PreK programming. At the same time, we recognize that this change will limit the number of seats we are able to offer for the Chicago Early Learning PreK program at Ravenswood and are aware of the challenges that this change can cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us directly and we can further explore your options for PreK and next steps for registration.  

Thank you all,

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

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• May 24th: DC Trip Meeting for 8th Grade Families 
• May 25th: Principal Coffee Hour 
• May 25th: Field Day 

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.

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• May 31st: Columbia Showcase 
• June 1st: Variety Show 

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


• June 4th: 8th Grade Trip 
• June 6th: Volunteer Appreciation Night 
• June 8th: Family Soccer Night 
• June 12th: Open Day of Inquiry Fair  
• June 16th: Ravens Fest Neighborhood Block Party 


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DC Trip Meeting for 8th grade Families

When: Thursday, May 24th 6:30pm 
Student and parent must be present in order to attend the trip. This meeting is mandatory. 


Field Day 

When: Friday, May 25th
Field Day is a day when every Ravenswood student participates in age-appropriate outdoor track-and-field-style competitions with their classmates. It’s big fun for the whole school, and the all-time favorite day of the year for many students.
Mr. Switzer needs volunteer timers, ribbon-writers and judges to help with the events for 5-8th grade in the morning and 1st-4th grade in the afternoon. Pre-K and K will have field day as well, but our recess staff will run the events. All volunteers can report to Mr. Switzer on the South Playground. Sign up to volunteer here.

Even if you can't volunteer, spectators are welcome to cheer on the students at this fun school wide event. Please note that if Field Day gets rained out, it will be postponed until Tuesday, May 29. 



Columbia Arts Showcase 

When: Thursday, May 31st 6pm


Ravenswood’s Got Talent at the Annual Variety Show! 

When: Friday, June 1st 9:15am or 2:15pm
Where: Gym 
The Ravenswood School community is invited to the Ravenswood Student Variety Show on Friday, June 1st. A variety of acts will showcase the range of student performance talent at our school. There are two opportunities to catch the Big Show: 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Both performances are in the school gym, will last about an hour and admission is free!


Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates

Ravenswood Teachers work together to provide Arts Integration across the curriculum. Friday’s performance of the school musical, Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates, is a shining example of their success and collaboration. Since January, 3rd through 8th grade students committed themselves to acting, singing, dancing, designing and building sets. Students acted as stage hands, and controlled the lights and sounds. Thanks to all the teachers, staff and volunteers for their hard work.


Ravenswood Family Soccer Night

When:  Friday, June 8th 4:30-7:00
Where: Ravenswood South Playground

Join us for a fun night of soccer, games for all ages and face painting!  Come as a spectator or gather family and friends to make a team of 5. Teams can be mixed ages of adults and kids or kids only. You can get a team together ahead of time or join a team the day of. Students will also share what We All Live Here means to them through their poetry at an opening ceremony. Students in grades K-3 must be accompanied by an adult. Permission slips were sent home with students for grades 4-8. The cost to play is free!  

​In order to make this wonderful event happen, we need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help set up, manage the games, activities and clean up​.  No experience or special skills needed for any of the volunteer jobs. Sign up here to volunteer. Thank you!

RavensFest: A Community Block Party! 

When: Saturday, June 16th from 12pm-9pm 
Where: On Cullom Ave outside of the school playground 
What: Food, Drink, Music and Games


Friends of Ravenswood School Seeking New Board Members 

Those interested in joining the Friends of Ravenswood School (FORS) Board for the 2018-2019 school year should email FORS with their candidate statement by May 25th.
Current FORS Board members will read the statements and vote on new board members. New board members will be invited to attend the final board meeting of the year on June 13th.

Candidate statements should include: 
Email address
Connection to Ravenswood (parent, community member, etc)
Reason for seeking a FORS Board position 
Any qualifications or experiences that you feel are relevant to the position

FORS Members versus FORS Board Members 
FORS is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that is made up of a group of parents and community members who work together to support and bring resources to Ravenswood School. We focus on providing communications, increasing volunteerism, promoting participation in community-building events and raising funds for the school. Everyone in our school and community is a member of FORS. 

The FORS Board is comprised of volunteers who are voted in by current board members. Board members are committed to supporting the goals of FORS and meet bi-monthly. Each FORS Board member commits to one year of service and regular board meeting attendance. 


In-Boundary Registration is OPEN!

Please help us spread the word that in-boundary families can stop by anytime between 8:30-4pm M-F to pick up/drop off registration packets. We encourage new in-boundary families to register ASAP to help us more accurately plan for next school year.


Last Day of School

CPS has officially announced the last day of school will be June 19th! An extra day was added to make up for the day off school for inclement weather. Please see the revised calendar here. 

See a glimpse at the 2018-2019 Calendar here.


Volunteer at Ravenswood on Tap and Earn Money for FORS

When: June 23rd and June 24th 
For every volunteer from FORS who completes a shift at Ravenswood on Tap, we will receive a donation back to our school. Pour beer, sell tickets, or collect donations for a few hours at this Craft Beer Festival to earn money for our school. 
Sign up here and put Friends of Ravenswood in the comments. 


Summer Go at Ravenswood 

Good news for everyone still planning their summer camps: BASA registration is still open, and they've added STEM, coding, and cooking sections this year! They also do a field trip every week, swimming every week, and daily arts classes. Kids preschool age and up are welcome! Summer Extended Care also available. Registration and more details here. 




Send Us Your Ravenswood School News Tips!

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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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