Newsletter 2017/2018

May 02, 2018

From: Kathleen Hagstrom, Principal

Re: Assorted Matters

Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday – no school for students

NWEA MAP testing window – May 14 – June 15

We are all enjoying the wonderful warm weather which has finally arrived. Students will be outside for recess most days now, and we encourage you to see that children are appropriately dressed for school and for outside activities. It is the final push towards end of year - classroom projects, end of year NWEA MAP testing, graduation and other end of year activities. We want to continue to encourage consistent attendance and arrival to school on time. Our day begins at 7:30 and we want children here to participate in breakfast and other important start of day routines. 3rd quarter progress reports will be going home with students Friday, May 18.

We are proud to announce that Disney’s 4-6th grade Battle of the Books team won the ISP network trophy and scored the highest amongst all the participating schools in the ISP network. Seven of our students competed in the city finals and all participants enhanced their love of literature. Congratulations to all of our avid readers!

-Key Dates - Friday, June 15 – 8th grade Graduation Tuesday, June 19 – Kindergarten Graduation & Last Day of School

-Disney Spring Concert- Mark your calendar for the Spring Concert on Thursday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m. The southwest door of the CAC will open at 8:45 a.m. for seating. Join us to enjoy the performance of the band and choir in celebration of spring!

-Pod 320 CAC Performance – Our 5thh grade students in Pod 320, will have their 2-week CAC arts integrated unit from May 14 through June 1. Please consult with the teacher on any volunteer needs. The culminating performance will be on Friday, May 25, in the CAC. Additional details will be sent home via backpack with your child.

-My Parent, My Voice Survey – If you have not had an opportunity, you may still complete an on-line survey at or, you may complete a paper copy in the main office. The deadline is Friday, May 11.

-Next Year Enrollment/ Open House- Tuesday, May 8, at 9:00 a.m., is our final open house tour for parents who applied for admission through the lottery. Offers are available now by logging into your account on the site. The deadline for accepting offers in the lottery is May 11, 2018. Parents who have accepted an offer can visit the Disney website,, to view announcements about the in-school enrollment schedule and necessary documents to bring to enrollment.

-Disney’s Tuition Based Preschool Program – We are enrolling students for next school year. Tours are held at 9:00 a.m. every Monday; no appointment is necessary. To enroll, students must be 3 years old by September 1. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis for this full day tuition based program.

-Chicago Early Learning Pre-School – Parent can begin the application process for the full day pre-school program, for 4 year olds. You may apply online at, or at a variety of Family Resource Centers (listed online). If you have questions, please call the CPS office of early learning at 312/229-1690. Pre-school tours are offered on Mondays at 9:00 a.m.

-Parent Teacher Association – Mark your calendars for Movies in the Park at Disney on June 1 and Mattress Magic on June 9. Also, PTA published its first PTA Newsletter; copies were sent home yesterday.

-Local School Council – The next meeting is Tuesday, June 12. All parents are welcome.

-Next Year School Bus Transportation – Forms will be going home for students who need school bus transportation next year. All parents must apply annually for this service. The deadline to return the completed Application for school bus service, with accompanying proof of address, is Friday, May 18.

-Cell Phone/Electronics Policy – All parents and students are reminded that cell phones, electronic games and headphones are prohibited in school. Items can be confiscated if seen or heard on school property. If an item is confiscated, a parent may pick it up in the main office on Tuesday or Friday morning between 7:30 – 8:00 or on Friday afternoon between 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.