Breakfast with Santa

The WBPTL hosted ‘Breakfast with Santa’ last weekend, an event that featured raffles and prizes in addition to a delicious breakfast. CICS West Belden students enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus, sing along to holiday songs, and spend time with other WB families. Happy holidays, Bulldogs!

Holiday Concert

Join us at St. John Bosco Church on Wednesday, December 17 at 1:00 p.m. for the CICS West Belden Holiday Concert. Our kids cannot wait to sing for you!

Lady Bulldogs Continue Winning Ways!

The CICS West Belden Lady Bulldogs defeated Jose De Diego 26-23 over the weekend to pick up their second win of the season!

Chicago History Museum Field Trip

CICS West Belden 8th graders learned all about our beautiful city at the Chicago History Museum recently. Our kids enjoyed stories and artifacts detailing the history of the “el,” the Chicago Flag, Chicago Blues music, and the Great Chicago Fire, but their favorite was the interactive Chicago Style Hot Dog!

‘Mix It Up at Lunch’ Day


CICS West Belden celebrated its 2nd Annual ‘Mix It Up at Lunch’ Day on Tuesday, October 28. Students recognized diversity by sitting next to someone new at lunch. Our kids and teachers also got to wear mismatched clothes, listen to music during lunchtime, and decorate the cafeteria. Each student received a superhero card when they walked into the cafeteria and then sat at the table that had their superhero on it. This social-emotional learning experience allowed students to move out of their comfort zones and engage in positive and fun conversations with students from different homerooms and grade levels. One teacher shared her positive experience, stating, “I was sitting with Ricardo G. (7th grader), and he was so involved with the kids, asking them questions, finding ways that kids were alike, or finding ways he could relate to kids- it made the kindergarteners and first graders so excited that they had something in common with a “big” kid!”

More pictures from Mix It Up at Lunch Day…

Live to Give, WB!

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!

Election Connection

Mr. Kissane’s social studies students created campaign posters recently!



Parent Spotlight: Mr. Rutili

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!


When we desperately needed to upgrade our school security system last year, Mr. Jay Rutili, founder of Forest Security and father of 6th grade teacher Ms. Rutili, generously assessed our needs. He spent a substantial amount of time thoroughly explaining why we needed additional cameras, and where to place them in order to monitor all appropriate areas in and around our school. Because West Belden had a limited budget for these upgrades, he generously subsidized our upgrades. West Belden now boasts the latest in cutting-edge technology that, ultimately, helps us do what is undoubtedly most important: ensure the safety and security of our students.

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!

Next Generation Anthem

CICS West Belden 5th graders penned and performed an ode to their Next Generation learning environment…

Book Fair: October 27-30

Dear Families,

The 13th Annual CICS West Belden Book Fair is right around the corner, and we’re excited about sharing the joy of books with our students!

This year’s fair will take place from October 27 to October 30 in the WB Learning Lab (formerly the library).


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.


Linda Sullivan
Director of School Operations

Parent-Teacher Conferences


CICS West Belden Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 29 from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. and Thursday, October 30 from 12:30 to 5:45 p.m. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. on October 30 and 31. Please note that fall conferences are mandatory! Sign-ups for conferences will begin on Monday, October 20. Sign-up sheets will be located in the gym next week (October 20-24) from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

En Español
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.

Box Tops for Technology

Don’t forget to clip those Box Tops, CICS West Belden Bulldogs. Each WB classroom now has a container to collect Box Tops, and the classroom that collects the most in the next month will earn a jeans day!

Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and 100% of the money that we earn will be used to purchase new technology for our classrooms.

Click here for a list of foods and other items that contain Box Tops. Ready? Go!

Distinctive Schools High School Fair


Join us for the 4th Annual Distinctive Schools High School Fair at CICS Bucktown (2235 N Hamilton) on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Take advantage of this great opportunity to gather information about the many high school options available in the City of Chicago. CICS West Belden parents are encouraged to attend from 9:40-10:40 a.m.

Click here for information about the variety of scholarships available for qualifying students.

2015-2016 Applications

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now available.

Apply online today!

Download an application: English | Español

Questions? Call the CICS Network Office at 312-651-5000.



Save the Date: Fall Fest


Classroom Websites

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!

Student Voice Drives Decisions

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!

SEHS Open House Dates

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!

Brooks College Prep High School
250 E 11th St
November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Northside College Prep High School
5501 N Kedzie Ave
October 26, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jones College Prep High School
606 S State St
October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Payton College Prep High School
1034 N Wells Ave
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

King College Prep High School
4445 S Drexel Blvd
November 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. to Noon

South Shore International High School
1955 E 75th St
November 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Lane Tech High School
2501 W Addison St
November 2, 2014
Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Westinghouse High School
3223 W Franklin Blvd
November 8, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lindblom Math & Science Academy
6130 S Wolcott Ave
November 1, 2014
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Young Magnet High School
211 S Laflin St
October 19, 2014
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Save the Date: CICS Northtown Open Houses

CICS Northtown invites prospective parents and students to open house events on the following dates:


Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Monday, December 8 from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m.

Please visit the CICS Northtown website for more information.

Bulldogs’ Summer Blockbuster

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…

Bilingual Advisory Committee


Join us for coffee, donuts, and an opportunity to learn more about the new CICS West Belden Bilingual Advisory Committee!

Friday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. in the gym (after the assembly).

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.

Got to Weave it to Believe it!

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!

Become a Charter Ambassador


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

We Can and We Will!

Ice Bucket Challenge

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

WBPTL Subcommittees
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!

Build A Bear

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!

Back-to-School Night

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.

Back-to-School Information

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
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!

New Dismissal Details

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.