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FEBRUARY CALENDAR INFORMATION
 

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


Happy February! I am happy to see everyone resume our school year so seamlessly. There is much to do in the second half of the year! In November, students, staff, and parents were invited to take a short survey on some of the important issues that the school community felt was important when I joined the Gray community in July. Once again, we will ask you for your feedback during the upcoming months on the CPS My School My Voice Survey, which is a much longer and involved survey. All of our surveys help us target our needs so we can continue to improve the learning, both academically and socially, at Gray.

Here are some of the important results from our short November survey:

Parents:
93% feel their child is welcome at school
91% feel their child’s social and emotional learning is being met
70% feel bullying is not a problem
98% feel their child is safe at school
86% feel they know what the important issues are
74% feel part of the school decision making

Students:
56% feel students treat each other with respect
61% feel students get along with each other
59% feel bullying is not a problem
74% feel they can help with arguments
97% feel they are successful working with others
82% feel like a part of the decision making

Overwhelmingly, both parents and students feel their teachers are great communicators and are respectful!! How do we use this information? Our teacher teams continue to develop academic units that build on universal themes and make connections to our culture and diversity within our culture. These units continue to be rigorous but also push our students to explore their connection to the world. In addition, students are being exposed to a new social-emotional curriculum, 2nd Step. Weekly, all of our students explore the ideas of empathy, listening, accepting differences, substance abuse prevention, emotion management, problem solving, and goal setting, and much more. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, take a moment out of your busy schedule to share how much you love your family and teach your child to do the same!

Respectfully, Susan Gross Interim Principal

En Espanol y Ingles: http://goo.gl/HH8rgA
 

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
 


Thanks for Supporting our Students on Arts Night 


     On Wednesday, December 16th, Gray hosted an Arts Night. Mrs. Kovacs, the Arts Liasion at Gray offered cheery thoughts on the event: "Thank you to parents and students for the overwhelming amount of support for the Fine Arts at Gray Elementary. We were overjoyed to have so many families and students in attendance at the Fine Arts Parent Workshop. We wanted to open the doors and invite our Gray School community in to see what is happening in the Fine Arts programs, and to invite you to see the creative process happening within our classrooms. We are looking forward to returning from holiday break and to begin planning for our Fine Arts Night in the spring (TBD). We have exciting ideas that we are hoping to incorporate into our next show, and look forward to seeing you all again!"  
      
Ms. Calvello, our music teacher chimed in her thoughts:  "I would like to thank all of the families and students who came out to watch the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade musicians perform at the Fine Arts Parent Workshop.   Our students thoroughly enjoyed having a large audience to watch their achievements and listen to their progress from September until now.  We hope you enjoyed being a "fly on the wall" in our music classroom for an afternoon!"
      Mr. Barber shared video footage of dance cinquain performances.  Mrs. Feaman had her dance team perform a Beyonce number.  Mr. Moi shared digital art.

Third Graders Cheer on the Chicago Wolves at Allstate Arena

 

 
Harlem Globetrotters Bring No Bullying Message 


We would like to thank the Harlem Globetrotters for bringing a no bullying message to our school. Hoy (a Spanish media company) has some footage at: http://www.vivelohoy.com/noticias/8517480/sonrisas-para-prevenir-el-acoso-escolar

Sixth Grade Student Council Reads to Third Graders


Sixth grade members read "Stories from the North Pole" to Ms. Navar's third graders and worked on a fun craft related to the story. Photo: Ms. Navar

Our Gray Community showed amazing generosity with our Food Drive this year!  You are helping those in need! Thanks to Mrs. Gil and Mrs. Alikakos for leading the way with the Student Council!


 
   

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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