Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Contingency plans in the event of a CPS teacher strike on October 17, 2019

Please click here for a message from CPS leadership regarding a possible teacher strike and the contingency plans that are in place.

Raise Your Hand has gathered information here about additional resources for parents across the city in the event that there is a strike.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Next HPKCAC meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Dyett High School

The next meeting of the HPKCAC will take place on Wednesday, October 23 from 6-8pm at Dyett High School. We will be planning for our third Jane Averill Community Reading Day on November 22 and retired educator Lorraine Richardson will help us prepare to read Jabari Jumps in an engaging and interactive way with small groups of children.

Volunteers who plan to participate in the Jane Averill Community Reading Day on Friday, November 22 are encouraged to attend. Plus, we will have refreshments!

3rd Jane Averill Community Reading Day on Friday, November 22

The Hyde Park-Kenwood CAC is planning to put on a third Jane Averill Community Reading Day on Friday, November 22, 2019. The goal of this one-day, community-wide reading event is to further strengthen community support for our public schools. This event is named in honor of Jane Averill, a long-time Hyde Park resident, educator, and HPKCAC member.

On November 22 volunteers will spend approximately 30 minutes in a Chicago Public School PreK or Kindergarten classroom reading the children's book, Jabari Jumps (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/552439/jabari-jumps-by-gaia-cornwall/ ) by Gaia Cornwall to small groups of children. Afterwards we will pass out copies of the book for each child to keep. Volunteers will be invited on a tour of the school either before or after the classroom visit.

The HPKCAC will provide a liaison at each school as a contact person for the volunteers, who will contact you with details about the event.

Please fill out the form below to sign up to participate in the 3rd Jane Averill Community Reading Day!

We are partnering with 57th Street Books again this year and we would like to raise $3920 to cover the cost of 350 books. If CPS's FACE Department supports us with $3000, that leaves $920 for us to raise. We are asking community members to help us cover this portion of the cost of the event. With the 30% discount that 57th Street Books is giving us, one book costs $11.20. A donation of $224 would cover the cost of 20 books for a single PreK/K classroom, but even purchasing one book for this event helps a lot. We are so grateful to all of the community members who have donated in the past! After October 19 you can stop by 57th Street Books (1301 E. 57th Street) and purchase a book or two to be used for the third Jane Averill Community Reading Day.

All volunteers are required to complete a background check form. (We will be in touch with you about this step after you sign up to participate.)

We are planning to hold a training session on techniques for reading a book aloud to young children at our next HPKCAC meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Dyett High School from 6-8pm. Retired educator, Lorraine Richardson, will present and we will serve refreshments. 

And don't hesitate to reach out with questions: hydeparkcac@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall Parent Conference "The Whole Parent, The Whole Child" on September 28

CPS's office of Family and Community Engagement in Education is sponsoring a conference for parents called "The Whole Parent, The Whole Child." Topics to be covered include a variety of ways in which parents can support their children's learning. The conference is free and childcare and lunch will be provided.

When: Saturday, 9/28 from 8:30am-1:30pm
Where: Benito Juarez High School, 1450 W. Cermak

Click here for the flyer.

To sign up to attend, click here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Next HPKCAC meeting on Wednesday, September 25 at Dyett HS

The next meeting of the HPKCAC will take place on Wednesday, September 25 at Dyett High School from 6-8pm.

We'll hear from a representative from the Shedd Aquarium regarding their community outreach and we'll discuss putting on a third Jane Averill Community Reading Day in November.

Please come with a picture book that you think would be a good fit for this special event. The level should be appropriate for Kindergarteners. If the community supports a 3rd Jane Averill Community Reading Day we will vote on the book we will use.

Please bring your calendars so that we can discuss changing our regular meeting day for the HPKCAC. Currently the CPS Board of Education meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, just as we do, so we may want to meet on a different day/week.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

'Advancing Educational Funding Justice in Illinois' on September 11 at UIC

Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will be discussing how the state's Evidence Based Funding for Student Success Act reduces Illinois' drastic funding and achievement gaps between schools serving white students in property rich districts and those serving students of color in property poor districts. 

When: Wednesday, September 11, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria Street

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Community forum to meet candidates for interim principal role at Dyett HS on August 15

There will be a community forum at Dyett High School to meet the candidates for the position of interim principal at Dyett High School on August 15 at 6:00pm. Because Dyett does not yet have a Local School Council, this community forum may provide a chance for community stakeholders to participate in the process.