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MAY 2016 CALENDAR 
 
CPS BUDGET CRISIS RALLY IN SPRINGFIELD
Thursday, May 26, 2015 12 PM
State Capitol Rotunda
Buses Leave at 7 AM

www.cps.edu/Springfield

English Flyer
Spanish Flyer
CPS BUDGET CRISIS AT GRAY
Letter in English and Spanish is at: http://goo.gl/vxxPlO
 

Dear Gray Community,

 

I hope it has come to your attention the budgetary issues that CPS and the State of Illinois are facing at this time.  As I have shared with you throughout this school year, we have faced cuts already.  However, frugal spending from the entire staff has helped us weather the storm.  

 

This letter, however, is to ask you for your help.  The next round of cuts, from 20-40%, has the potential to devastate our school.  There is no savings that we have created that will weather the cuts being proposed to the schools and the parents of CPS students.  

 

Though budgets have not been released to schools, the proposed cuts may result in $1.9 million dollars to Gray.  It is difficult to understand what this cut will look like for Gray, so I feel compelled to share the effects of these cuts:  

 
  • Staff positions would be drastically cut.   In addition, counselors, assistant principals, case managers, and support staff (e.g. security, technology coordinators, budget clerks, payroll clerks, records clerks, attendance clerks, social worker, psychologist, etc.) could be impacted.  

  • Class sizes would increase by another 5-10 students per room.

  • Necessary classroom supports would be eliminated including new textbooks, classroom furniture, supplies, and technology.

  • Before and after school programs such as tutoring and extracurricular activities would be eliminated or suffer with lack of funding for equipment and staff (sponsors, coaches, etc.) for practices and events (athletics, musicals, etc.).

 

Now is the time to act.  Please see more information on our website under the “20 for 20” message for steps to contact your local legislators to help protect our school. Visit cps.edu/equality for resources, updates, and connection to officials.  

There will also be information distributed today on a rally to be held in Springfield for our parents and community members.
 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns,

 

Respectfully,

 

Susan Gross

Principal

 

$711 from 7-Eleven!

We wanted to thank the 7-Eleven store on 5600 W. Irving Park for donating $711 for our school! They are inviting families for a Grand Opening on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 12pm. The local alderman and police commander will be there. Slurpees and hot dogs are part of the fun.
 

8th Grade Graduation T-Shirts Order Information


Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Town Hall CPS Budget Meeting 
at Taft High School
6530 W. Bryn Mawr
7 PM




Click for more info here: http://goo.gl/SSyaog


Pre-School would like to say thank you for the books
they received in April. PC: Maria Viteri

 


Click HERE for Complete Newsletter in English and Spanish


Gray Family Tree Art and Storytelling
 

 
 



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


 
 

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

CPS Water Lead Testing Results at: http://cps.edu/leadtesting​
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