A Message from Ravenswood School



Greetings Ravenswood Families and Friends,

It's hard to believe the end of the school year is almost upon us! As we wind down, we want to take a minute to thank you again for entrusting us with your child's education. We feel fortunate be part of such an incredible community and thank you for your partnership as we work to give your children the best academics and social learning we can provide. 

This past week I (Nate) had the pleasure of serving as a chaperone on our annual 8th Grade Washington DC Trip. Over the course of three and a half days, we took in many sites and experiences, including visits to the Smithsonian National African American History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the FDR memorial, a Nationals game, Arlington National Cemetary and the National Mall Museums. It was a powerful educational experience as well as an excellent way to cap off our 8th graders' experience at Ravenswood. I'm pleased to see this has become an annual tradition and hope it continues well into the future as experiences like these are critical to our academic program! 

Please see below for critical updates in the final week and a half, including our first ever Ravensfest Block Party, our Open Day of Inquiry and our first ever Ramapalooza!  

Have a great week, everyone.
Thank you all,

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

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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.


• June 18th: Ramapalooza 
• June 19th: Last Day of School 

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


• June 25th: BASA Summer Camp starts 
• July 9th: LSC Meeting ​

• July 11th: Wednesday Summer Playdates Start  ​

Please support the sponsors of Friends of Ravenswood School.
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Open Day of Inquiry

When: Tuesday, June 12th 
Inquiry Day is when students at Ravenswood "go public" with the various Inquiry projects they have been working on with their classes. Classroom Teachers will reach out to parents directly to let them know the specific times dedicated for parent visits in their child's class.


Dad’s Night Out

When: June 14th at 7:30pm
Where: Begyle Brewing at 1800 W Cuyler 

Join other Ravenswood dads at this local craft brewery along our neighborhood’s Malt Row.


RavensFest: A Community Block Party! 

When: Saturday, June 16th from 12pm-9pm 
Where: On Cullom Ave outside of the school playground 

Join us for the RavensFest Community Block Party. There will be Barbecue, beverages, a live band, bounce house and games. You can help by bringing popsicles or a dessert to share, water balloons or a yard game like corn hole. Thanks for helping our community celebrate our great neighborhood community and the start of summer. We need a few volunteers to help make this block party a success. Sign up here. 



Ramapalooza: A Year End Extravaganza! 

When: Monday, June 18th
Much like Field Day, students and their teachers will have designated times to visit the Ramapalooza festivities outside. We will have lots of fun stations, food, games and treats for the students and their families to enjoy. This is a fun, unstructured way to enjoy each other's company, celebrate all of our hard work this school year and kick off the summer season. Families are welcome to attend if they choose, but are not needed as volunteers. 

The schedule by grade is outlined below: 
5th-8th- 9:15-11:15am 
1st-4th- 12:45-2:45pm 
Pk-K 2:45-3:45pm 



Wednesday Summer Playdates 

When: Wednesdays from July 11th to August 15th 4-6pm
Where: School Playground 

FORS will provide popsicles, bubbles, chalk and water fun for the first and last playdate. For the four Wednesdays in between, please feel free to bring your own supplies to share with friends!
The Ram Riders Bike Riding Clinics will also be joining the fun. Ravenswood Parent volunteers will provide free bike riding lessons to kids during Wednesday Summer Playdates. 


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.


Use Yubbler to buy School Supplies! 

Ravenswood will be using Yubbler again this year  to offer parents an online option for school supplies. As an added bonus, Yubbler will donate 50% of its profits back to Friends of Ravenswood School. Grade Level School Supply Lists will be ready in early July. We will share the link via summer newsletters and social media. You will also be able to see grade level supply lists on the school website if you prefer the hustle and bustle of school supply shopping in person. 

Help Make Our Little Corner of the World Shine! 

The corner mosaic project has taken 4 years and thousands of hours from volunteers of all ages. We are now in the final hours of the project. We estimate 20 hours of volunteer time will be needed on Monday and possibly Tuesday. Whether you have one hour or five, we would really appreciate any time you can give. You will be helping making the mosaic shine. Wear old clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Please sign up here. 


Donors Choose

Mrs. Stallard has a new Donors Choose project for charging stations for Chromebooks. Support her project here. 


"We All Live Here" Artwork for Sale

This year, Ravenswood middle school students collaborated with the We All Live Here project to create public art installations focused on inclusivity. Students are spreading their message of inclusivity by giving you the opportunity to purchase a limited edition Ravenswood logo created by our middle school students! All funds raised will be used to support the We All Live Here art installation projects at Ravenswood as well as future art projects. Click here to make your purchase of Ravenswood students' We All Live Here art work.



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!

If you have news or information that should be shared with the Ravenswood Community, we want to know!  Send us an email, and don't forget to include basic details such as who, what, why, when, where and how. News tips received by 5 p.m. Wednesday of each week may appear in the weekly Ravenswood Update email newsletter, on the Ravenswood School website and the Ravenswood School Facebook page!).

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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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