7th Grade Poetry Slam

“Under the Sea” Book Fair

CICS West Belden is excited to host this year’s second book fair, themed “Under the Sea!”

The book fair will run from Monday, March 30 through Wednesday, April 1 and will be open to students at the following times:

Monday, March 30 from 7:50 – 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31 from 7:50 – 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday from 7:50 – 8:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our goal is to raise $3,500 to fund another CICS West Belden Field Day!

Basket Fundraiser for Technology

(En Español)

We are raising funds to purchase more technology for our students and we would very much appreciate your help! Each grade level will create its own basket, to be raffled, based on a unique theme. Parents, please look at the list of themes below and consider donating an item to your child’s grade level basket.

Please visit the main office to purchase your raffle tickets today (5 tickets for $10)! Baskets will be on display during parent-teacher conferences, starting March 30, and the raffle will be held on April 2, 2015.

Kindergarten: Beach/Pool Fun
1st grade: Legos
2nd grade: Sports
3rd grade: Superheroes
4th grade: Movie Night
5th grade: Fitness
6th grade: Board Games
7th grade: Arts & Crafts
8th grade: Cash donation for a bike


CICS West Belden kids have the world’s best parents and we appreciate your help once again!

Save the Dates: 2015-16 Registration

(En Español)

Registration for the 2015-2016 school year is swiftly approaching! Students will receive a registration packet on Thursday, April 23. Please note that registration is mandatory. Every student already enrolled at CICS West Belden must register. Please remember that students who do not register will lose their seats here at school. If, for any reason, you are not able to come for registration, please contact the office at 773.637.9430.

*Please be prepared to pay the Distinctive Schools activity fee ($45) and instructional supply fee ($10). The total of $55 (cash) will be due at the time of registration. You may pay with a credit card for additional $3 fee.

Registration Dates
Wednesday, April 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Students entering grades 1-4
Wednesday, May 6 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Students entering grades 5-8
Tuesday, May 12 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Students entering grades 1-4
Thursday, May 14 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Students entering grades 5-8

*A $30 fee will apply for late registration

Save the Date: March 5, 2015

You are invited to an important presentation next week at CICS West Belden…

How to communicate with our children will be presented in Spanish and is free to all CICS West Belden families! Please join us on March 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. We hope to welcome as many WB families as possible!

En Español…

Usted está cordialmente invitado a una importante presentación que vendrá aquí a West Belden! El Tópico de la Presentación es: Como comunicarnos con nuestros niños. La presentación será en Español y gratis para todas las familias de WB! Por favor únase a nosotros el 5 de marzo del 2015. La presentación comenzara a las 6:00 p.m. en la cafetería de West Belden. Esperamos ver a todas nuestras familias de West Belde! No hay ningún costo por esta maravillosa oportunidad de obtener información que pueda ayudar a su hijo/a y a su familia a tener éxito y que sean felices.

Galaxy Mayhem

Last, but certainly not least, we bring you “Galaxy Mayhem,” created by Angie Iturbide.

School Days

“School Days,” designed by Rafael Maldonado.

A Whole Day’s Work

A whole day’s work, compliments of Elena Wilson.

A Simple Game

This game is brought to you by Francia Quiarte and, according to its name, it’s pretty “simple!”

WB Students Create Video Games

Did you know that many of Ms. Swick’s students are designing video games? Each day this week, we’ll feature a new game, as built by a CICS West Belden student. The game above is called “Billy’s School Days” and was created by Cody Martin. Use the arrows on your keypad to help Billy get home… and have fun!

Lunch Menus


Reminder: We will feature some fantastic food on our lunch menu in the near future, including grilled cheese and chicken tenders! You can always view the most recent lunch menu by clicking the “Resources” tab from the main menu and selecting “Menus” or from the “Quick Links” list on the right side of our website.

If your student would rather not eat the featured menu items, please be sure he or she brings something healthy to eat at school. Learning requires a great deal of energy when you’re a CICS West Belden Bulldog!

Alert: CICS West Belden Closed on Thursday, February 19

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS West Belden will be closed on Thursday, February 19. School is scheduled to resume on Friday, February 20.

*No hay escuela mañana.

PARCC Assessment

In March, CICS West Belden will administer the PARCC Performance Based Assessment for students in grades 3-8 (English Language Arts and Math). We invite you to learn more about the assessment and how students will be able to demonstrate mastery towards Common Core Standards. Please click the following link for more information: parcconline.org/frequently-asked-questions

The PARCC website offers several practice tests for students in grades 3-8. Please click the following links to access the practice tests: English Language Arts Practice Tests | Math Practice Tests


Beware of Flying Bulldogs!

Mr. Kissane’s class had a great time on their field trip to iFly!

Save the Dates: Distinctive Schools Music Festival


The music programs at CICS Irving Park, CICS Prairie, and CICS West Belden have united to bring you three special performances that celebrate the multicultural magic of music! Join us for the inaugural…

Distinctive Schools Music Festival

Monday February 23 at CICS West Belden
CICS Prairie & CICS West Belden perform at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 26 at CICS Prairie (11530 S Prairie)
CICS Irving Park & CICS Prairie perform at 11:00 a.m.

Monday, March 2 at CICS Irving Park (3820 N Spaulding)
CICS West Belden & CICS Irving Park perform at 10:30 a.m.

CICS Board Meeting: February 10

The next CICS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the CICS Network Office (11 E Adams, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60663). CICS Board Meetings are open to the public.

School Resumes on Tuesday, February 3

Please note: Classes at CICS West Belden will resume on Tuesday, February 3.

Alert: CICS West Belden Closed on Monday, February 2

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS West Belden will be closed on Monday, February 2. School is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, February 3.

*No hay escuela mañana.

Celebrating National School Choice Week!


“The right to choose CICS West Belden gives our families access to a high-quality, personalized educational experience. We can ensure that our students have a safe, fun, and exciting place to come and learn every day… all made possible by the most passionate and committed staff in the City of Chicago.”

– Mr. Frauenheim

Yearbooks Now Available for Purchase!

The 2014-2015 CICS West Belden Yearbook is on sale now! This year’s theme is “Heroes” because you are the heroes of WB! Order before Friday, January 30 and receive a 15% discount ($17 each). Individual yearbooks purchased after January 30 will be $20 each.

Family Discount
We are proud to offer a family special this year: Two (2) yearbooks for only $30!

Order forms were sent home last week and can be turned in to your community teachers. You may also order online by visiting ybpay.lifetouch.com and entering the following Yearbook ID code: 11887215

Write on, Second Grade!

CICS West Belden 2nd graders wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. last week!

Lady Bulldogs to Play in Network Final Four

Did you know that the CICS West Belden Lady Bulldogs are division champs? Their combination of transition offense and stifling defense resulted in an undefeated regular season (8-0), and after beating DePriest in the network quarterfinals, they face Plato today at Prosser High School in the network semifinal game. The ball tips at 5:00 p.m. Head to Prosser after school to show your support, Bulldog Nation!


CICS West Belden vs. Plato
Network Semifinals
January 23 at Prosser High School (5:00 p.m.)

On the Road to Learning Code

CICS West Belden 3rd graders practice the basics of computer coding and robotic programming using the LEGO Fix the Factory app in media class!

Game On, Bulldogs

Fifth grade NGLC students prepare for their reading assessment in room 101 by playing a round of “Kahoot” on their iPads. Shout out to Diego S. for his top score!

Never heard of it? Check it out: getkahoot.com

CICS Video Contest

CICS is launching a new fundraising initiative called “Every Child, Every Day” and we want our scholars to participate. Click here to find out how your child can win two iPads – one to keep and one for his or her teacher!

Save the Date: January 15, 2015

WB Parents: Join us for How to Raise Responsible and Successful Children, a free presentation, on Thursday, January 15 in the cafeteria at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Usted está invitado a una presentación importante que va a venir a West Belden! El tema de la presentación es: Cómo Criar Hijos Responsables y Exitosos. La presentación será en español y es gratis para todas las familias de WB! Por favor, únase a nosotros el 15 de enero del 2015. La presentación comenzará a las 6:00 pm en la cafetería de West Belden. Esperamos ver a todas nuestras familias de West Belden aquí! No hay ningún costo por esta maravillosa oportunidad de obtener información que puede ayudar a su hijos y su familias a que tengan éxito y sean felices.

School Resumes January 9

Please note: School will resume on Friday, January 9. We look forward to another great school day!

Alert: CICS West Belden Closed on Thursday, January 8

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS West Belden will be closed on Thursday, January 8. School is scheduled to resume on Friday, January 9.

Alert: CICS West Belden Closed on Wednesday, January 7

Due to extreme weather conditions, CICS West Belden will be closed on Wednesday, January 7. School is scheduled to resume on Thursday, January 8.

Hour of Code


CICS West Belden 8th graders at work during the “Hour of Code.”