Art Project Gets Kindergartners’ Creative Juices Flowing!

CICS West Belden kindergarteners took part in an exciting art project recently! The two classes collaborated, using pastels to draw their favorite things. Students learned about teamwork, creativity, imagination, and expression. We were all pleasantly surprised at the outstanding artwork created by our kindergarteners!

Thank You for Attending our Parent Showcase Event, WB Families!

We welcomed over 300 families this week to our CICS West Belden Parent Showcase event! WB families experienced our classroom settings, interacted with students and their devices, and dined together in the cafeteria. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to visit with us; our teachers always relish the opportunity to visit with families at school events!

Apply for a Chicago Public Library Card

get-carded-chicago-public-libraryWe have just learned that a representative from The Chicago Public Library will be at our spring showcase event! If you or your child are interested in applying for a library card, please fill out this form and bring to the event tomorrow. Students in grades K-4 will bring home a paper application today!

CICS West Belden Spring Showcase


Visit your child’s classroom on Wednesday, May 27, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Students will not dismiss outside on this day so that parents/guardians can do the following…

  • Visit classrooms to see what our students have been learning this year
  • Visit the learning lab to see enrichment classes
  • Visit the cafeteria for a potluck
  • Visit the gym to see outside program vendors

If you’d like to donate to the potluck, please fill out this form and return by Friday, May 22.

Miercoles, 27 de mayo (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)

Padres: Por favor vengan al salón clases de su hijo/a a las 2 p.m.!
(Los estudiantes no serán despedidos afuera ese dia!)

  • Visite el salón de su hijo/a para que vea lo que ellos han aprendido y han estado trabajando este año
  • Visite el laboratorio de aprendizaje para que vea las clases de enriquecimiento
  • Visite la cafetería para un convivio de comida (haga clic aquî)
  • Visite el gimnasio para ver los proveedores de afuera

Parent Appreciation Breakfast: June 1

breakfast-clipartCICS West Belden students and staff invite you to a parent appreciation breakfast on Monday, June 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Please send in your completed reservation form by Wednesday, May 27. We look forward to your presence!

Good Luck on NWEA, Bulldogs!

2015-16 School Calendar

Please click here to view the 2015-16 CICS West Belden School Calendar.

Charter Parents United

Please click one of the following links to read a message from Mr. Frauenheim about charter school advocacy: English | Spanish


If you missed our “Imagine” performance last week, click “play” above!

CICS Board Meeting: May 19

Update: The CICS board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, has been moved to the following date:

Tuesday, May 19
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
CICS Network Office
11 East Adams, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60603

CICS board meetings are open to the public. Please call (312) 651-5000 for more information.


CICS West Belden Presents “Imagine”

CICS West Belden invites you to a musical theatre performance! Adapted from a children’s book, Imagine features dialogue, set pieces, dances, and music created by WB students. Join us on Tuesday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for Imagine!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Every day is Earth Day in Ms. Rutili’s sixth and seventh grade classes! Our globally conscious middle school students made posters and presented recently about the effects of global warming, pollution, and how we can reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, students have collected and emptied each classroom’s recycling bins twice weekly throughout the school year. Our global mission as CICS West Belden middle-schoolers is to impart a sense of responsibility for our precious Earth upon our younger students!


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:

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.