A Message from Ravenswood School



Greetings Ravenswood Families and Friends,

We hope you all enjoyed this beautiful taste of summer this weekend. It is weekends like these that make all that snow and rain worth it. Thank you to all of you who volunteered to make Field Day such a success this year. Whether you were supervising the Tug of Peace, filling up water balloons, judging relay races or cheering on our students we could not have pulled off this successful event without all of you. Special thanks to Mr. Switzer and all the Field Day team members whose planning and execution reached an all time high this year. Up next is our Variety Show on Friday June 1st with two shows, one at 9:15 and the other at 2:15. Both shows take place in the gym. Come show out and support our student performers!

As a reminder we are currently registering in-boundary students. If your family is not returning to Ravenswood in the fall, please inform us as soon as possible, as it helps us plan more effectively. 

Though Memorial Day signifies the start of summer, we still have quite a bit of learning ahead of us! Let's finish strong with solid attendance all the way through. Our last day of school is Tuesday June 19th. We challenge every student to be here everyday on time, squeezing every last bit out of our time together before we break for summer.

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 4th: 8th Grade Trip 
• June 6th: Volunteer Appreciation Night 
• June 8th: Family Soccer Night 

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


• June 12th: Open Day of Inquiry Fair  
• June 16th: Ravens Fest Neighborhood Block Party 

• June 18th: Year End Extravaganza 
• June 19th: Last Day of School 


Please support the sponsors of Friends of Ravenswood School.
Click on the logos to learn more!


Old Town Music Open Class Day for K-2 

Families from grades Kindergarten, First and Second Grades are invited for an open music class to showcase student learning on Thursday, May 31st. Please contact classroom teachers for the time and classroom location. 


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!


International Club Meeting 

When: June 1st 9am 
Our International Club brings together families interested in celebrating the international diversity that makes up Ravenswood. These meetings also discuss issues important to our Bilingual Advisory Committee. 

Get Your 2017-2018 Ravenswood RavensBook!

When: Order forms due June 1st
Makes a great memory keepsake of your child's year! Each Unique Class Photobook is filled with artwork, writings and/or pictures from each student in your child's class! Samples of the RavensBooks are in the MPR on the windowsill. 
Please send back the form with $35 cash or a check made out to FORS. 
All PhotoBooks will be delivered by the last day of school.



8th Graders are Off to D.C.

The eighth-graders are heading to Washington, D.C. for their class trip! The D.C. trip will show our students how people from different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs are all part of the United States. The students will visit the U.S. Museums and National Landmarks. It's a culmination of our students' history, art, social studies, and language arts classes. 
For many of our eighth-graders, this will be their first trip outside of Chicago. The students and their families have worked hard all year to raise funds for this trip. Many thanks to all who helped make this trip a reality.


FORS Volunteer Appreciation Party! 

When: Wednesday, June 6th 7pm - 9pm
Where: Lillstreet Loft (4437 N. Ravenswood Ave)

Friends of Ravenswood School would like to host our volunteers to celebrate all of you and our school. We know there are many of you who do your part to make Ravenswood a wonderful place and we want to say “thank you!” We hope you can join us for a few hours to toast all of our accomplishments!
PLEASE RSVP by Monday, June 4 via the sign up genius.

During Volunteer Appreciation Week (June 4th through the 8th), please stop by the MPR for a Ravenswood Yard sign or window cling as a gift to our wonderful volunteers. 


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


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.


Lottery Update! 

In order to help make the waitlist process easier for you, we are making the status of our wait-list available on our website. Please note: calls will be made from our sibling lottery wait-list first and then from the general lottery list. 
If you have any questions please email us.



Experience Parties in June, July and August! 


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. 


"We All Live Here" Merchandise for Sale! 

Our Middle School students designed four logos for Threadless through the We All Live Here Projects. Proceeds from sales will support Arts Programming at Ravenswood. Buy T-shirts, mugs, hats and more here!


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. 



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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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