News & Updates
Local School Council Election Information
On Monday, April 7, 2014 (Report Card Pick-up Day), schools with traditional local school councils will elect parent and community candidates to their LSCs and will select school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs. Also on April 7, 2014, schools with appointed local school councils will select parent and school staff candidates for appointment to their LSCs and, by April 23, will select candidates community and advocate candidates for appointment to their LSCs.
Make a difference, run for our local school's Local School Council. The deadline to file candidate nomination forms for the 2014 LSC Election is 3:00 p.m., February 19, 2014 at the Office of LSC Relations, 125 South Clark Street, 5th Floor, and 3:00 p.m., February 26, 2014, at the school where you would like to serve.
CPS is also recruiting interested individuals to serve as LSC Election Judges. Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2014.
The 2014 LSC Election Candidate Forms, LSC Election Judge Applications and related materials may be viewed and downloaded by visiting http://www.cps.edu/Pages/LSCElections.aspx
I would like to clarify a few issues that we are having regarding translating some of the documents we send home. Any documentation we receive from downtown office is usually only available in English and Spanish. We try to translate as many documents as we can; however, there are documents that we can’t translate because they are legal documents. For example, CPS sent us 750 applications for the SES program; only 50 of them were in English the other 700 were in Spanish. We requested additional copies, but CPS never sent them to us. Therefore, we were forced to send the Spanish forms home. We couldn’t translate this form or copy the English version because this is a legal document. We don’t have any control over the forms we receive, we can only control the forms we create (we translate 100% of them in all three languages). I apologize for this confusion as I continue my battle trying to get CPS to send us the forms in the correct languages.
I would like to inform all our families that in accordance with Illinois and Federal Asbestos Regulations, a copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available by appointment during school hours. Request to review the plan must be made with at least 24 hours advance notice. CPS conducts asbestos inspections of all schools every three years. The last inspection was completed in 2013. Asbestos surveillances are conducted every six month.
We are noticing that many students are coming to the building extremely late. I want to remind you that students are considered late to school if they arrive to the building after 7:45 am. Also, please note that students who leave school before 11:15 a.m. will be marked as a full day of absence. Students arriving after 10 am, or leaving before 2:30 p.m. will be marked as ½ day absent.
Starting the first week of December, we are going to attach a bar code tag to your child’s book bag. The bar code tag will be used to track tardies. We are trying this system to decrease the amount of time students who are tardy are spending waiting for the tardy slip. There are days that we have so many students tardy, that the students can wait up to fifteen minutes for their tardy slip. We would appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that your child does not remove the tag from their book bag.
ATTENTION: COATS REQUIRED!
Please be advised that students are at recess for 15 to 20 minutes every day. It is essential that your student is ALWAYS wearing a warm coat and appropriate attire during recess time. We need your help to make sure our students are bringing a coat/jacket every day, so that they can enjoy their recess time without worrying about the outside temperature.
Starting this school year, our school has adopted a new grading scale for all students in grades 1st through 8th. The following is the new scale:
A= 90% - 100%
B= 80% - 89%
C= 70% - 79%
D= 60% - 69%
F= Below 60%
With this change, we are trying to align and standardize our school’s grading scale with the scale that most schools in CPS are using. We would also like to clearly reflect what our students are capable of achieving when compared to other students in the district.
MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULEAs the Chicago Public Schools continue to implement the Common Core State Standards, we, at Healy, have updated 8th grade student schedules to better respond to student academic needs and requirements. One goal shared by parents/families and Healy faculty and administrators is your child’s success in high school, college and career. We believe that our new student schedules are more responsive to each student as an individual and, consequently, will better secure your child’s scholastic success as Illinois and the Chicago Public Schools complete the roll out of Common Core Standards by 2014-15. Students in 8th grade will receive “walking” reading and mathematics schedules that have been personalized to your child’s academic needs and growth requirements. These schedules mirror high school student experience and are an excellent way to prepare them for the future. Additionally, each student will receive a photo ID badge with his/her individualized schedule printed on the back. These IDs will also indicate lunch status, removing the need for lunch tickets. We are planning to expand this new format for students in 7th grade (2nd quarter), as well as for our 6th grade students (2nd or 3rd quarter). It is through the teamwork and hard work of our children, their families, Healy teachers and administrators that our students will achieve their goals and enjoy their brightest futures.
CPS is investing in a new system to help us communicate with parents/guardians more efficiently. The system will allow us to contact parents/guardians more quickly in the case of an emergency, attendance issues, or to announce important upcoming events. In order for the system to be effective, we need to have your most current information on our files (cellphone number, email address, etc. Therefore, a special letter will go home in the next few days asking you to provide this information as soon as possible.
The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. with breakfast in the classroom until 8:00 a.m. The school day ends at 2:45 p.m. The school building will not be open until 7:30 a.m.; therefore, please do not bring your child to school prior to this time. We don’t have any staff available to supervise your child if you send him/her to school before 7:30 a.m.
Please welcome Allania Moore to the Healy Elementary administrative team. She will be serving the Healy community this school year as a Resident Principal (principal in training).
Pick Up Time Options
Starting on Monday, March 18th, the Chicago Police Department will start monitoring cars that are double parked along Wallace and Parnell, as well as those that park in the alleys around the school. If you double park and/or park in the alley you are subject to a ticket of up to $150. There are also issues with people leaving their cars in restricted areas around the school. I want to remind you that you could be subject to a ticket of up to $100 if you abandon your car in a no parking area. I spoke to the 9th District Police Commander to find solutions to alleviate the congestion and avoid people getting tickets, while keeping our students’ safety as our first priority.
Our solutions during dismissal time are as follows:
- You will be allowed to stand on the east side of Wallace Street (going north) in a single line to pick up your child between 2:35pm and 2:55pm. You cannot leave your car alone and/or double park on Wallace Street.
- You will also be allowed to stand on the west side of Parnell Street (going south) in a single line to pick up your child between 2:20pm and 2:35pm. After 2:35pm, or when the line is full (about 12 cars fit on Parnell Street), we will close Parnell Street for the safety of our students. You can only access Parnell Street from 30th Street. You cannot leave your car alone and/or double park on Parnell Street. If you choose to park on Parnell Street you will not be allowed to move your car until 3:00pm. (No exceptions)
These two options only allow you to stand, not park, on Wallace and Parnell. Therefore, you may not leave your car unattended to pick up your child.
This is a verbal agreement between Healy School and the Chicago Police Department; however, the Department of Streets and Sanitation can still issue a ticket for parking in a restricted area. This is why you should not leave your car alone on Wallace or Parnell at any time. The school and/or the Chicago Police Department will not be responsible if you receive a ticket while standing on Wallace or Parnell. Remember that per City of Chicago Ordinance cars may not be parked on the west side of Parnell or the east side of Wallace during the hours of 7:00am and 4:30pm (see posted signs around the school). With these solutions we are trying to find a safe way to dismiss our 1,378 students.
Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Recess is a new activity for Healy Elementary this school year. We appreciate your support as we adjust to our new schedule. Your student will either be having lunch first and then recess or recess first and then lunch. This will rotate quarterly so students will have an opportunity to have both schedules. Additionally, we have both new playground equipment and a designated play area. This will rotate on a monthly basis according to grade level. In other words, if your student currently is assigned the play area for recess during the month of September, they will have access to the playground equipment during the month of October. Additionally, if you are a parent who would like to volunteer to help monitor recess, please visit our website at www.healy.cps.k12.il.us . Click on the “forms” tab for volunteer paperwork. Our clerks are also available for you to pick up the paperwork packets.
The playground is only open for Healy students during the school day. It is not available to any community members until 3:00 p.m. Please be advised this is for our students’ safety. Adults, parents or other children will not be allowed to cut across or utilize the playground during school hours. Additionally, please help us in preserving our beautiful new structures by reporting any suspicious behavior or damages you notice to any of our staff members.