Thursday, May 29, 2014

Change in venue for June meeting- WE'RE IN THE BEAST at the Hyde Park Arts Center

Due to Kenwood getting some fixes in the summer months, we are shifting our meeting location to the Hyde Park Arts Center for our June 25th meeting.  Please note the change and spread the word!

Wednesday, June 25th, 6p-8p
Monthly CAC Meeting
@Hyde Park Arts Center in The Beast- an exhibition that incorporates furniture from CPS schools
5020 S. Cornell (corner of 51st and Cornell, beside the BP station)
Parking is limited but please consider parking at Kenwood and walking the block east!

Reposting the website for CPS Repurposing Proposals...

 For more information contact:
CPS Office of Communications
Phone: 773-553-1620
Twitter: @ChiPubSchools

March 28, 2014

CPS Launches Website for School Repurposing and Community Development Proposal Submissions
School Repurposing and Community Development Website Will Allow Community Members to Submit and Review Proposals for Property Redevelopment

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today launched a website that will allow members of the community to submit and review proposals for the repurposing of former school sites. The website, found at, is an important first step in the implementation of the plan outlined by the Advisory Committee for School Repurposing and Community Development in its February 2014 report on property reuse recommendations.

“The website is an important piece of our community engagement process and will structure how we receive proposals to ensure the process is inclusive and transparent,” CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said. “Each neighborhood has their own vision for these buildings, and we look forward to hearing their proposals of how we can find a new use that boosts economic activity and cultural vibrancy for the community.”

The School Repurposing and Community Development website hosts a comprehensive list of former school sites in need of repurposing. The website maps out all available properties and includes photographs as well as physical and financial information about each site. After the community preference for reuse has been established, interested parties will be able to submit formal redevelopment proposals through the website. A summary of submitted proposals will be posted on the site for public review.

CPS will be working with aldermen to facilitate the determination of community reuse preferences and to communicate the process for making proposals. The aldermanic community meetings will provide an additional forum for Chicago residents to contribute to repurposing efforts with the goal that each property is redeveloped in an appropriate manner for its surrounding community.

The School Repurposing and Community Development website is part of a multi-phase strategy recommended by the Advisory Committee to repurpose the sites of former schools in a transparent manner that best serves local communities. The three-phase effort is broken into the following categories:

  • Immediate Reuse: This initial phase has allowed for the immediate transfer of properties within CPS or to sister agencies who have demonstrated need and financial viability to take ownership of the facilities in 2014. This phase is underway and has resulted in the repurposing of William H. King Elementary School as a facility for the City of Chicago’s Department of Fleet and Facility Management, and the M. Jean Lafayette Elementary School as a future location for the Chicago High School for the Arts.
  • Competitive Redeployment: The School Repurposing and Community Development website is a key component of this phase, during which the majority of schools have a solicitation process where community groups and other interested parties submit proposals for reuse. A community engagement strategy, involving the School Repurposing and Community Development website, aldermanic community meetings and site tours has begun so that residents are well-informed about available properties and are offered the ability to review and provide input.
  • Development through a Revitalization Partner: If community or financial benefit is not immediately apparent, an external partner with expertise in real estate planning and community development would assume responsibility of the building to create a plan for stronger options.
 As part of the effort, CPS will appoint an advisory review and evaluation committee to support the repurposing process and provide analysis of qualifying proposals. The committee will be composed of six individuals who have relevant and diverse expertise in real estate, development, social services, finance and lending. 
Chicago Public Schools serves 400,000 students in 658 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

Upcoming Events- this weekend!

Upcoming Events-
Early Childhood Summit on Saturday, May 31.

Chicago Teachers UnionCommunity Summit
Early Childhood Education Summit


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Attend the Early Childhood Education Summit-- help launch a campaign to expand access to pre-K across the city.
CTU, SEIU Health Care, and parents from across the city will meet, share experiences, and begin to work towards creating a system that provides universal access to high quality preschool for all of Chicago’s families.
Quality preschool programs have a demonstrated track record of success in improving children’s academic, social, and physical well-being. Yet over the past few years, decreases in funding have eliminated preschool opportunities for 25,000 children across Illinois. In Chicago, CPS and its Ready to Learn program has set up barriers for parents—through centralized enrollment, the imposition of fees, the closure of Child Parent Centers, school closings, and other changes.
We need you to join the campaign to demand expanded full-day preschool programs across Chicago!
Teachers, paraprofessionals, clinicians, parents, community partners – all are welcome!
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Breakfast 9:00–9:30am
Workshop 10:00am–12:30pm
2229 South Halsted
Lupe Coyle, CTU 312-329-6227
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Family Saturdays at the Logan Center
Logan Center Family Saturdays: May 31, 2014
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Logan Center Family Saturdays

Sat, May 31, 2–4:45 pm

Fiddlin’ with Stories: Charlotte Blake Alston and Diane Monroe Family Matinee
+ FREE art workshops for the whole family


Recommended for ages 6 and up
2–3 pm

Fiddlin’ with Stories: Charlotte Blake Alston and Diane Monroe Family Matinee
Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston and violinist Diane Monroe come together to present stories that reinforce community values and keep history alive. Get tickets »


All ages / 3:15–4:15 pm
Fam Jam
Join SouthSide families on the dance floor for an afternoon of exchanging moves to top 40 hits at the Logan Center Family Saturday.
No registration required.

Ages 2–5 / 2–3 pm
Hyde Park Suzuki “Twinkle Stars”
Join the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute for this early childhood music program, designed as a nurturing musical community for children to sing, play instruments, improvise, and listen to music. Participants play games, songs, and other fun activities while learning about the violin, piano, guitar, and other live instruments.
Registration recommended »

Ages 5–8 / 3:15–4:15 pm
Hyde Park School of Dance
Join Hyde Park School of Dance for a creative movement class designed to introduce children to dance fundamentals such as space awareness, improvisation, rhythm and creating movement to sound.
Registration Recommended »

Ages 6–8 / 2–3:15 pm
Lego Animation 1
Have you ever wanted to bring your toys to life? This fun workshop offers hands-on experience with the basics of stop-motion animation so you can start making movies at home. Bring your favorite toy to animate.
Registration recommended »

Ages 7 and up / 3:15–4:15 pm
West African Dance with Muntu Dance Theatre
Join Muntu Dance Theatre for an exciting workshop in African dance. Participants will learn different movements and songs in a fun-filled learning environment. No prior experience needed.  
Registration Recommended »

Ages 9–11 / 3:30–4:45 pm
Lego Animation 2
Have you ever wanted to bring your toys to life? This fun workshop offers hands-on experience with the basics of stop-motion animation so you can start making movies at home. Bring your favorite toy to animate.
Registration recommended »
Co-presented by Arts + Public Life
Available all weekend and Mon–Fri after 4 pm. More information
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Monthly Meeting is WEDNESDAY! Call for nominations for elections, Middle Grades Experience, and lots more!!!

Don't forget that our monthly CAC meeting is on Wednesday, May 28th at 6p at Kenwood HS, King Room (enter door 9).

We will make a call for nominations for the leadership elections in June.  Spread the word!

Our Strategic Planning Work Group is organizing a presentation to start the discussion and actions from our 3-Point Plan submitted to CPS back in February by focusing on the middle grades this month.  Come hear from middle grades expert Heather Patay, from the Chicago Teachers' Center/NEIU.

There are lots of other items on the agenda, some carrying over from other meetings like our discussion on the standardized testing resolution.

Come and participate in creating a vision for our neighborhood schools!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Upcoming Community Events...

Sharing upcoming community activities...........

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Chicago Public Schools Social & Emotional Learning Cross Schools Expo (Olive Harvey College)
Schedule: In order to allow participants and exhibitors to visit exhibits and attend workshops, the schedule will be as follows--
8:30 - registration and breakfast
9:00 - opening remarks in auditorium
9:30-10:15 - designated exhibition time
10:30-11:15 - first workshop block
11:30-12:30 - lunch
12:30-1:15 - designated exhibition time
1:30-2:15 - second workshop block
2:30 - closing remarks, raffle prizes, and evaluations

Claire Schu
Tier I Specialist
College & Career Success
Chicago Public Schools
Let us know what you think! Please take a few minutes 
to tell us about your recent experience with our 
department. All responses are 
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 This year’s conference will feature engaging workshops covering the topics of health and fitness, youth violence, healthy relationships, and sexuality.
Girls’ Health and Science Day
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Chicago – School of Social Administration
969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Project Exploration:
·         Invites you to bring up to 30 girls in grades 7 – 10.
·         Offers free registration for the event.
·         Will provide lunch for all attendees.
·         Offers partial payment, up to$125.00, for student transportation to and from the conference site.  Please arrange with your preferred bus company and send a copy of the invoice. 
To participate in Girls’ Health and Science Day:
·         Students must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone.
·         Participants’ names must be provided in advance.
In addition to the workshops for girls, we will once again be offering an Adult Track designed to provide training and information about issues affecting our young girls today. The Adult Track will take place during the same time as the girls’ workshops. Lunch will be provided.
Included in this email, you will find:
·         Invitational flyers for students.
·         Participation roster due by Friday, May 9, 2014.
·         Intake packet due on field trip day for each participant, May 23.
·         An education guide to prepare your girls for Girls’ Health and Science Day.
·         Consent forms for teachers and students.
·            Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Let me know if you have any questions or would like more information about Girls’ Health and Science Day.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Girls’ Health and Science Day!
Syda Segovia Taylor
Director of Programs & Evaluation
4511 S. Evans Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653

Dear Community Partner,
Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action (GHNA) "Southside SustainabilitySeries"  launches its final workshop next week!
Please share this information with your constituents, post on your community board, send out to your e-mail lists and attend of the workshops!
Partners like you help bring educational programs like the "SouthsideSustainability Series" to the forefront of our communities. Your support in promoting this series will not only help promote sustainability education but also help increase community awareness in principles and practices for community change.
TUESDAY MAY 13th, 2014 from 6:00-7:30pm
"Waste Reduction/Recycling"  
Facilitator: Waste Management
Location: Washington Park Fieldhouse-5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Chicago, IL
Description: Ever wonder what happens to the materials in your recycling bin?  Worried that you or your neighbors are trying to recycle materials that might not belong in your bin?  Or, why can't you recycle 100% of the solid waste that leaves your home?
Hope to see you there!

Diane Burnham, MNA
Program Manager- Community Development
South East Chicago Commission
1511 East 53rd Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60615
PH: (773) 324-6926 ext. 13

Iona Calhoun-Battiste M.A. 
Anti-Violence Program Director
Quad Communities Development Corporation