A Message from Ravenswood School



Dear Ravenswood Families and Friends,

Happy Mother's Day to all of our fabulous Ravenswood moms. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful day Sunday!

MAP testing begins this week and runs through the end of May. You can click here for each grade level's schedule. The test covers a session for reading and a session for math and typically takes 60 minutes per session. That said, we schedule two days for each of the two sessions so that no student feels rushed. Students will either take the test in the computer lab (2nd and 3rd) or in their classrooms on chromebooks (4th-8th).

Student MAP scores are used for four different purposes: 1) grade promotion in 3rd, 6th and 8th grade (students most score above the 24th percentile); 2) high school options in 7th grade; all scores in 2nd-8th are used in part to determine Ravenswood's school rating; and 3) as an instructional tool for teachers and students to cross-validate classroom assessments and to determine areas of academic strength and growth for students. 

At Ravenswood we work to create an anxiety-free environment around tests while still encouraging and expecting every student to do their best on every academic task they face. Please ensure your child is arriving on time each day and getting a good night's rest. If you have any questions please contact your child's teacher. 

Have a great week, everyone. 

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

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• May 15th: FORS meeting 9am, MPR 
• May 15th: Wellness Meeting 9am
• May 18th: School Tour 
• May 18th: School Musical 9:15am and 2:15pm 
• May 19th: School Musical 2:30pm 

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.


• 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 Next Week" below.


• May 31st: Columbia Showcase 
• June 1st: Variety Show 
• June 8th: Family Soccer Night 

• FORS FAME meeting POSTPONED- new date TBD, watch the newsletter and calendar for updated time

Please support the sponsors of Friends of Ravenswood School.
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FORS FAME Evening Meeting 

When: POSTPONED- new date TBD, watch the newsletter and calendar for updated time 
What: Join FORS Board Member, Tamara Drew, for a glass of wine and a discussion about how our school can “scream our theme” through our fine arts committee, FAME (Fine Arts Magnet Education).


Captain Bree and Her Lady Pirates 

When: May 18th at 9:15pm, 2:15pm and May 19th at 2:30pm
Where: Ravenswood Gym 

The Ravenswood Students will take the stage on May 18th and 19th to perform the Spring Musical. The Ravenswood School community and all other fans of musical theater are invited to enjoy the production in the Ravenswood gym. Admission is free.


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. 


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.


The Numbers are In...

The Spring Forward Benefit grossed $81,000 for Ravenswood School this year!
A massive thank you first and foremost to all of the volunteers involved. As you may know, this event is entirely run by FORS volunteers and takes months of planning to pull off. The food was delicious, the performances rocked and the space looked fantastic!
Thanks so much to all who donated money, auction items or talents to make this event all that it is - we couldn't do this without you!

Maybe your generosity can be doubled? Check here to see if your company offers matching donations for your tax deductible donations. 

Thanks also to Ravenswood’s faculty and staff for supporting the event and being all around great company for the night!

Last, but not least, a special thank you to Mr. Manaen and Mrs. Welsh for sharing with us their top-notch lip-syncing skills. You guys killed it. 

Our community is truly amazing. #Ravenswoodrocks


Artsonia Gifts for Father’s Day and Graduation! 

Order items such as mugs and t-shirts imprinted with your child’s artwork from their Artsonia online art gallery. For each purchase made, Artsonia will donate 20% back to our school for art supplies. Need an Artsonia account for your child? Send an email here


Ravenswood Family Soccer Night

When:  June 8, 4:30-7pm
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. Registration forms will be sent home with students, we will be able to accept up to 10 teams. The cost to play is free!  


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. 


Ravenswood Native Prairie Garden Leader Wanted 

Montrose Metra Community Gardens is looking for volunteers and a lead volunteer to coordinate activities at the Ravenswood Native Prairie, located along Ravenswood Avenue from Wilson to Montrose along the west side of the Metra train tracks.  Volunteers would have the backing and support of Montrose Metra Gardens. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please email patten.renee@gmail.com


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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Who We Are:

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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