More pictures from Mix It Up at Lunch Day…
Hats off to our Rise Above club for raising a considerable donation for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund cancer research. Each classroom was given a bucket and, over the course of a few days, collected small change for this worthy cause. The total? $500!
Mr. Kissane’s social studies students created campaign posters recently!
Until now, the “Parent Spotlight” segment on our website has featured parents of CICS West Belden students who have, in one way or another, made commendable contributions to our school community. Well, this time around, we have the distinct pleasure of recognizing the father of one of our staff members. Teachers have moms and dads too, Bulldogs, and we best not forget them!
Mr. Frauenheim particularly enjoys the split-screen monitor in his office that allows him to see students’ positive contributions to our many unique learning environments throughout the building. Ms. Sullivan now regularly asks him, “What’s on TV?” Feel free to ask him yourself, Bulldogs. Odds are the answer will be something like, ‘You are! Learning, growing, and treating those in your presence with the utmost respect.’
Mr. Rutili’s philanthropic endeavors at West Belden also include his generous funding of Donors Choose grants, written by our teachers, to help secure resources that will take our students’ learning experiences to the next level.
Thank you, Mr. Rutili, for helping us stay safe… and for raising a daughter who is a talented teacher and team player!
CICS West Belden 5th graders penned and performed an ode to their Next Generation learning environment…
Your child will be visiting our book fair with his or her class next week and will have the opportunity to purchase books. We are sending home a book list flyer, which previews only a small selection of books offered at the fair. We invite parents to visit the book fair on Monday and Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday from 1:50-4:00 p.m., and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase additional books for our classroom libraries.
As always, our Scholastic Book Fair promises to be a great event for literacy! The theme of this year’s fair is “Sir Readalot’s Castle: Enter the Kingdom of Books.” We urge you to attend and look forward to seeing you there! Please visit our school’s book fair page for more information.
Director of School Operations
Las Conferencias de Padres/Maestros serán el miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2:00 a 3:45 p.m. y el jueves 30 octubre de 12:30 a 5:45 p.m. Los estudiantes saldrán a las 11:30 a.m. el 30 de octubre y 31 de octubre. Las conferencias de otoño son mandatorias! Las inscripciones para las conferencias comenzarán el lunes, 20 de octubre. Las hojas de inscripciones estarán en el gimnasio desde el lunes, 20 de octubre hasta el viernes, 24 de octubre de 7:00 a 8:00 a.m. y de 3:30 a 5:30 p.m.
Update: WB teachers are currently building new Google classroom websites that will replace the current TeacherWeb sites. As the links become available, you can find them by selecting “Classroom Websites” from the “Resources” tab in the main navigation menu. Thanks!
CICS West Belden has set its sights on a more personalized learning approach by soliciting opinions from the students themselves! This school year, West Belden has incorporated more student choice by offering elective courses. Instead of the traditional art and music classes, students were able to rank and vote for their favorite enrichment class based on their particular interests. First quarter electives include Textiles with Ms. White, Dance with Ms. Ausmann, iMovie with Ms. Swick, Football with Mr. Madera, and Psychology/SEL with Ms. Marinier. Each quarter, students will get the opportunity to participate in a new enrichment elective. We are proud to offer this fun and innovative method of incorporating student voice and choice in middle school!
The following selective enrollment high schools (SEHS) will host open house events for prospective families this fall. For more information about the application process, please call the CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060. It’s never too early to get a jump on your high school plans!
CICS Northtown invites prospective parents and students to open house events on the following dates:
Please visit the CICS Northtown website for more information.
Mr. Kissane’s kids made movies during tech camp this summer with the support of Mr. Sandherr from Digital Youth Network! CICS West Belden presents Absent, the trailer and film, respectively…
What is it?
A committee dedicated to informing families of English Learners (EL) about opportunities to support EL students at CICS West Belden. The goal of the CICS West Belden Bilingual Advisory Committee is to help parents of EL’s develop leadership skills for effective school participation and to advocate for the academic, social, and cultural development of our kids who are EL’s.
CPS requires that we have an election to determine the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary and Representative for the new committee, but we first need four (4) parent volunteers to get the BAC Committee started.
We will take names of parents who would like to serve on the BAC Committee after the assembly this Friday, September 19. If you are interested, but cannot attend this Friday, please email Ms. Wochinski ASAP.
CICS West Belden middle school students who elected to take Ms. White’s textiles class have been busy practicing their weaving skills using cardboard looms and paper. Recently, students began to explore table top looms and have been taking turns enjoying the many possibilities that weaving offers!
We will have a translator on site and lunch will be provided.
Live on the South Side? Click here for information about training near you!
Please direct specific questions to Ms. Collins at 773-637-9430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed it on our Facebook page, here’s a look at our “Ice Bucket Challenge” video:
The West Belden Parent Teacher League (WBPTL) plans and hosts various fundraisers and events throughout the school year and is always seeking volunteers. Parents can contact the main office at any time for information about how to volunteer.
We at the WB are so grateful for our parent volunteers and everything they do for our school community. The following parents serve on the WBPTL Executive Board and its subcommittees and have provided information about upcoming meetings to which all WB parents are invited.
WBPTL Executive Board
President: Cheyla Molina
Vice President: Tanya Diaz
Secretary: Celinda Gameros
Treasurer: Dionna Plywacz
Fundraising Co-Chairs: Melanie Mercado & Margaret Ocampo-Delgado
Safety Patrol Chair: Ivan Flores
Uniform Chair: Nora Nunez
2014-2015 Meetings (5:30-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria)
October 30, December 18, February 26, April 30, June 4
The WBPTL will feature an information table at CICS West Belden Back-to-School Night on August 28. Feel free to stop by and greet them!
CICS West Belden students partnered with General Electric and participated in a community project yesterday for which they built stuffed animals to be donated to the WINGS shelter. Thank you to Ms. Tartan for providing this wonderful opportunity for her students!
Join us for CICS West Belden Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
We will host a parent meeting in the gym at 5:30 p.m. and classroom visits will take place from 5:45-7:00 p.m.
Please click here to view the flyer.
Please review these important reminders as you prepare for the first day of school:
New Arrival & Dismissal Times
- School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. for all grade levels (K-8) this year. Primary grades will no longer dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
- The first bell will ring at 7:50 a.m. and the tardy bell will now ring at 8:00 a.m. Tardies will be issued at 8:00 a.m.
- Wednesday dismissal will be at 1:50 p.m.
- Students in Rooms 001, 002, 003, 004, and 005 will enter through the primary doors.
- Students in Rooms 105, 106, and 107 will enter through the courtyard doors near the library.
- Students in grades 4-8 will enter through the gym doors.
Class lists will be displayed on posters and hanging outside on Monday, August 18 for students to identify their room numbers.
Please contact the main office or Cheyla Molina if you need to pick up your uniform orders. New order forms can be picked up in the main office or downloaded here.
See you soon, Bulldogs!
All CICS West Belden students (K-8) will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. this school year. Please plan your pick-up routines accordingly.
Dismissal details for grades K-3:
-Kindergarten will dismiss from rooms 001 and 003 (parents sign out).
-1st grade will dismiss from rooms 004 and 107 (parents sign out).
-2nd and 3rd grade will dismiss outside (primary driveway).
Dismissal details for grades 4-8:
-Rooms 100, 101, and 103 will dismiss through the gym doors.
-Rooms 200, 201, 203, 205, 206, and 207 will dismiss from the North stairwell near the Belden Ave sidewalk.
*Students in grades 4-8 may pick up siblings from the primary wing.
We did a little math this summer and realized something very important: 10 minutes per school day x 192 days = 32 hours of added instructional time! Consequently, please note our new morning procedure below… beginning on Monday, August 18.
Ms. Tartan’s 4th graders have a unique way of encouraging the growth of their basil plants!
ADORE (A Day of Recognition Event) is an annual conference that recognizes the love, sacrifice, and commitment of parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities in Chicago. Join ADORE to be recognized and honored for the loving difference you make in your child’s life. Participants will have the opportunity to attend workshops and have access to a variety of resources from organizations that benefit families and caregivers of children with special needs.
Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hope Institute Learning Academy | 1628 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
For more information, email: ADORE@uic.edu
To register by phone, call: 312-747-8311