A Message from Ravenswood School



Greetings Ravenswood Families and Friends,

We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer vacation with lots of fun outside in this beautiful Chicago weather. We have been busy as ever getting ready to welcome you all back in a few weeks kicking off school year 2018-2019 with a bang. Be sure to read through the descriptions of various community building events taking place leading up to the start of the school year outlined in this newsletter.

A few highlights include our 2nd annual Kindergarten Roundup for incoming kindergarteners and their families on August 14th. A new event this late summer, open to students is a Popsicle Party with us! We invite all students to join us for a sweet treat where they will also learn their new classroom number and reconnect with the community before school starts on September 4th.  This event takes place on August 27th. 

We know that this time of year can feel stressful for families and we want to make the transition back to school as smooth as possible. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Thank you all and enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation. 

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.



• August 21st: New Parent Night

Wednesday Summer Playdates 

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

FORS (Friends of Ravenswood School) 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 starting Wednesday, July 18th.


Summer Office Hours! 

Need to register your student at Ravenswood for the fall? Come by the school at these times to do so in person!
In order to register, please bring 2 proofs of address and your child’s birth certificate.

When: Tues & Wed from 9am-2pm and then starting August 20th: Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm
Where: Main Office - buzz doorbell next to door #2 for admittance

Questions for the office? Email info@ravenswoodelementary.org


August LSC Training 

When: Thursday, August 9, 9am-12pm
Where: 4th Floor Learning Lab 

The LSC (Local School Council) is conducting a training session in August and will resume regular meetings in September. Meetings are open to the public, and starting in September, will be held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. We welcome your attendance. 

**Please note, there will be no LSC meeting on Monday, August 13th. 

Dads' Night Out

When: Thursday, August 9th at 7:30pm
Where: Resi’s Bierstube, 2034 W Irving Park

Dads' Night is continuing through the summer! Join Ravenswood dads at Resi’s Bierstube this Thursday at 7:30pm. 




Kindergarten Round Up

When: Tuesday August 14 from 9am-10am OR 4pm-5pm. 

What to expect at the Kindergarten Round-Up: 
Children (only incoming Ravenswood Kindergarteners) will be dropped off in a Kindergarten classroom for story and play time with our  K-1 teachers.  
Our K-1 team will spend time with your children in a natural classroom setting, getting to know them a bit.
Parents will attend a Kindergarten Parent Orientation with Mrs. Welsh, our Assistant Principal, while children are in the classroom. 

If your child has a difficult time separating, please know we are here to help with that and it is developmentally appropriate.  It may be difficult, but parents will not be able to stay in the classroom during the session.  All parents will be escorted to a near-by classroom for an orientation session.  The sessions will last one hour.  We ask that each family only attend one session (am or pm) and stay for the entire duration of the program.

Please come with questions and get ready to have some fun. We are so excited to meet you and your children!

Please sign up here!  

Summer Go BASA Camp at Ravenswood 

When: Through August 17th

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.


New Parent Night

New Parent Night 
When: Tuesday, August 21st, 6pm-7pm 
Where: 4th Floor Learning Lab

New to the Ravenswood community? The Ravenswood principals will be hosting a new parent orientation for parents to learn more about our school and community. (Parents who attend Kindergarten Round Up should not need to attend this event.)

School Supply Fundraiser through Yubbler! 

Yubbler is easy one-stop online shopping directly from your child’s already uploaded classroom supply list. Yubbler donates 50% of profits back to Friends of Ravenswood School! Even better, bulkier items are shipped directly to school so you no longer have to lug a heavy bag up the big red stairs. 

Click here to search by grade level and purchase your supplies. You can also find the updated grade level lists on the school website. Our Essentials teachers also have class supply lists. Any purchases towards their lists are appreciated. 

Order by August 22nd to ensure your order arrives for the first day of school. Parents may purchase supplies through Yubbler past the deadline, but these are not guaranteed delivery in time for the first day of school.

See the Yubbler FAQs page to help answer any questions. Feel free to email Yubbler directly with further questions.
Prefer to buy school supplies yourself?
You can also find updated grade level lists on school website.

Back to School Beautification Day 

When: Saturday, August 25th 9am-1pm 
Where: In front of school on Paulina 

Please come join FORS to help make our school shine before the first day of school! No gardening or painting experience necessary. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Sign up here.


Kindergarten Playdate 

When: August 26th from 2-4pm 
Where: School Playground 

Come and meet new Kindergarten friends! FORS (Friends of Ravenswood School) will host a play date for Kindergartners and their families on the the school playground. FORS representatives will be there to answer questions. Siblings welcome! 

Popsicles with the Principals 

When: August 27th from 2-4pm 
Where: School playground 

Students and parents can come by to learn their class assignment, visit with the school leaders and enjoy a sweet treat to kick off the school year. Students will have a week to get excited about who their teacher is before school starts. 

If parents are unable to make it to this event, class assignments will also be posted in the entrance way by the security desk/at the main entrance during the week of the August 27th. Parents can also find their class assignment beginning Monday 8/27 by clicking on this link for the CPS Parent Portal

Teacher Meet and Greet/Supply Drop Off 

When: August 30th, 1:45pm-3:45pm
Where: Your Child’s Classroom

Want to meet your child's teacher for the year and drop off any school supplies early? Join us for an informal meet and greet. Drop in with your student to see your child’s classroom and meet the teachers. 

Fall BASA registration is online! 

Click here to visit the website to enroll.

The fall information packet can be found here on the BASA blog forms and information page.



Have you seen the Ravenswood Rainbow from Ramapalooza? Can you spot your Ravenswood Ram in this drone photo? Check out this youtube video created by Ravenswood parent Justin Allen (who also took the Rainbow photo) showcasing what makes Ravenswood Rock! 



Young Innovators Camp

This camp for 10-14 year olds will be held at Pilgrim School. Ravenswood students will get 50% off.


Free Summer Meals at Ravenswood

Ravenswood is a Summer Meals site for free breakfast and lunch for all children 18 and under.



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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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