A Message from Ravenswood School



Greetings Ravenswood Families and Friends,

It has been noted that Soccer (Football as referred to in other countries around the world) is the universal language, the most popular sport in the world and a unifier across boundaries. As the soccer fans around the world prepare to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we are bringing our own tourney to our field at Ravenswood.  

Soccer is one of our most popular sports amongst students at Ravenswood. Coach Ramos and Ms. Karrel, in partnership with Urban Initiatives and We All Live Here have spearheaded an event you won't want to miss! Join us on Friday June 8th to cheer on the teams, and enjoy an opening ceremony where students will share their poetry focused on inclusivity at Ravenswood. The event will take place on the south playground from 4:30-7pm.  

On another note, we as we prepare for the start of the school year we want to remind you that we do not accept parent requests for teacher assignments. Please know that we do collaborate with teachers at length to analyze student need to determine best fit for class assignments. We will share class assignments in August this year once the majority of enrollment is finalized. 

HELP WANTED: We are working on an in-house project and are in need of fifty  8x10 black picture frames. If you would like to donate frames or have any that you are looking to get rid of please bring them to the main office. Your generosity is much appreciated!

Lastly, Mr. Manaen is accompanying the 8th graders on their trip to DC this week.  Please reach out to Mrs. Welsh and Ms. Karrel for administrative assistance if needed. 

Thank you all,

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 11th: LSC Meeting at 6:30pm 
• June 12th: Open Day of Inquiry Fair  
• June 12th: Wellness Committee Meeting at 9am 
• June 14th: Dad’s Night Out 
• June 15th: 8th Grade Graduation  
• June 16th: Ravens Fest Neighborhood Block Party 

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


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

• July 11th: Wednesday Summer Playdates Start  ​

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


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 - 10pm
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. 


Mom’s Night Out

When: Thursday, June 7th 7:30pm
Where: The Long Room

Come celebrate the end of the school year with other Ravenswood Moms. Cheers to all of you! 


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!


"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.



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.


Eighth Grade Graduation 

When: Friday, June 15th 
Where: Ravenswood Gym 

Eighth Graders families  are asked to join in the pomp and circumstance as we send our graduates on their way to the high school. ​


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 End of the Year Extravaganza 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.



FORS thanks OTSFM for Outdoor Concert

Our Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students shared with their families what they learned over the last 6 weeks during their Old Town School of Folk Music classes during an outdoor concert last Thursday morning. 


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. 



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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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