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M 4/25 - Future Career Day
T  4/26- Sports Theme
W 4/27 - Wacky Wednesday (Mix and Match)
R 4/28 - Character Literacy Day
F 4/29 - Pajama Day with Stuffed Animal
 


Hello Gray Community! Spring is here and excitement is in the air as we continue to have a wonderful year of learning here at Gray. As always, we greatly appreciate the combined efforts of all as we support our students in successfully meeting the highest of standards set before them! As we enter the month of April, our teachers and staff continue to introduce and review rigorous academic skills and content across all grade levels. With PARCC testing upon us, it is imperative that our students are present each day and eager to actively participate in applying the purposeful teaching and learning taking place. There is no greater contributor to student success than good attendance.

April is an exceptionally busy month. We continue to face challenges both budgetary as well as with CTU contract negotiations. Regularly check our website, email messages, and robocalls to stay current on updates. But, rest assured, the Gray staff continues to be committed to our children and their academic progress. Please take a moment at Parent Teacher Conferences on April 13 to thank our teachers for their enduring strength during this very stressful time for all. 

(Click title above for complete letter in English and Spanish)

 



BOYS' SOCCER COMPLETE
Special thanks to Coach Jensen and Coach Smith
Photo Credit: Mr. Eldridge


Exploring Plant Life and Art Sculptures in Chicago
Rooms 504 and 508 explored the Garfield Park
Conservatory, the Chicago Cultural Center
and Millennium Park.  Photo Credits: Mrs. Perzigian



New Online Payment

for School Fees Available

Please click on the link below:

https://www.epayillinois.com/Home/ShowSiteLandingPage/30230
 

Students Learn About Bionic Technology

The Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM) is a research group at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that focuses on designing technologies to help people with arm or leg amputations or other physical disabilities.  Their engineers came in and talked to our 8th graders in Science class about rehabilitation engineering and brought some of their cool new technologies.  Photo Credit: Ms. Rodriguez


 

CPS STATEMENT ON FURLOUGH DAYS
Click here for English
Click here for Spanish
 


Thank you for turning in boxtops for our school fundraiser!  We have earned over $900 for our school!  A big thanks to Mrs. Olsen and Mr. Hoffman for helping to coordinate this and all of you for bringing in boxtops for Gray. Please keep bringing in boxtops to earn money for Gray!

 
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FEBRUARY 2016 SCHOOL BUDGET UPDATE
 
February 12, 2016
 
Dear Gray School Parents,
 
By now, most of you may be aware of the budget crises with CPS.  On Tuesday, schools received mid-year budget adjustments to help with large deficits.  Gray School was issued a $133,544 decrease in our mid-year budget.  Our goal has been to have minimal to no impact on the classroom, and we may have met that goal.  Starting last June, we made provisions in programming that anticipated possible reductions. Throughout the school year, the staff has committed to using our funds in a frugal manner, always thinking twice about our expenditures. 
 
On Tuesday, 2/16, I will present to the LSC a revised budget that will cover this deficit by using saved funds from materials, supplies, technology, other miscellaneous funds, and after school programs. There will be no cuts to the staff, which will have the most positive impact on our children.
 
I ask our families to please help with the solution.  Recently, we distributed notices to families that may have not paid the school fee.  Please be sure to share in this sacrifice and provide payment on this minimal contribution.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.  The staff at Gray stands ready to assist our families at this very difficult time.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mrs. Gross
Interim Principal
William P. Gray Elementary School

Estimados Padres/Tutores,

Hasta hoy, la mayoría de ustedes pueden estar al tanto de las crisis económicas de CPS.   El martes, las escuelas recibieron ajustes del presupuesto de mitad de año para ayudar con grandes déficits.   La Escuela Gray recibio una disminución de $133,544 en nuestro presupuesto de mitad de año.   Nuestro objetivo ha sido contar con un mínimo o ningún impacto en los salones, y hemos cumplido ese objetivo.  A partir de junio del año pasado, hicimos disposiciones de la programación que se anticiparon a posibles reducciones.   A lo largo del año escolar, el personal se ha comprometido a utilizar nuestros fondos de manera frugal, siempre pensando dos veces antes de nuestros gastos.
 
El martes, 16 de Febrero voy a presentar a el Concilio Local de la Escuela un presupuesto revisado que cubrirá este déficit mediante el uso de fondos ahorrados a partir de materiales, equipos, tecnología, otros fondos diversos, y clases  después de escuela.   No habrá recortes en el personal, lo cual tendrá un impacto más positivo en nuestros hijos.
 
Le pido a nuestras familias por favor, ayuden con la solución.  Recientemente, hemos distribuido avisos a las familias que no hayan pagado la cuota de la escuela.  Por favor asegúrese de compartir en este sacrificio y proporcionar el pago mínimo de esta contribución.
 
Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo con cualquier pregunta o preocupación que pueda tener.  El personal de Gray está dispuesto a ayudar a nuestras familias en este momento tan difícil.

Sra. Gross
Directora Provisional 

English and Spanish Link to Letter: http://goo.gl/x4iXHQ

 
 


CPS ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING

CTU TEACHER NEGOTATIONS


 
Chicago Public Schools has sent out an important letter to parents regarding recent Chicago Teacher Union negotations.  Please see the link below for more information (or download the documents after the link).  Thank you for your concern and CPS will provide all future important developments.

http://cps.edu/blog/Pages/cpsblog.aspx?var1=http://blog.cps.edu/2016/02/03/budget-update-for-cps-families/

English Letter: http://goo.gl/miDDMO
Spanish Letter: http://goo.gl/F5l2YR

      
Thank you to the whole Gray Community for helping to raise over $900.00 for our students.  A special thanks to Porretta's Restaurant and our Local School Council, especially our Chairperson, Jodie Schaefer, for coordinating this extremely beneficial event.
 
Gracias a toda la Comunidad Gray por ayudar a recaudar mas de $900.00 para nuestros estudiantes.  Unas Gracias especiales a el Restaurante Porettas y nuestro Concilio Local de la Escuela, especialmente a la presidenta, Jodie Schaefer, por coordinar este evento tan beneficial.


  Click here for the 8th grade picture notice:
  
http://goo.gl/xfz4jV


CPS Promotion Policy for Grades 3, 6, & 8 is available at: 
http://cps.edu/Pages/Gettingtothenextgrade.as
 

 
   

Chicago Public Schools urges parents and community members to contact Springfield so that we can meet the school budget for this year. Teacher layoffs and larger classes are projected to occur unless something is done. Please Take Action at this special CPS website: http://www.cps.edu/Pages/TakeAction​
Thank You!
     

 
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