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Month of October, 2021

National Principals Month

October is NATIONAL PRINCIPAL APPRECIATION MONTH! It’s during October that we celebrate and honor principals across the nation for their dedication and commitment to supporting our schools and families. Our principal Ms. Ward is the heart of Cleveland Elementary and we are so lucky to have her and be able to celebrate and shower her with love all month long! We thank Ms. Ward for her tireless dedication to every single student at Cleveland Elementary and for cultivating an educational environment in which our children can thrive. We thank her for setting high expectations for our students and educators, and for leading with compassion during some of the most challenging years. Please take a moment this month to share a personal message of appreciation with Ms. Ward when you see her next! For more information about how you can get involved in some surprises for Ms. Ward this month please contact our Teacher & Staff Appreciation Committee Chair Meredith Taylor at committedtocleveland@gmail.com.

21 October, 2021

Professional Personnel Leadership Committee (PPLC) Meeting

The purpose of the PPLC is to develop and formally present recommendations to the principal and the LSC on all matters related to the educational program, including but not limited to, curriculum, school improvement plan development and implementation, and school budgeting.

Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/cwr-nwwf-itr

Join by phone (US) +1 720-477-1136 (PIN: 549012086)

21 October, 2021

Local School Council Meeting

On behalf of the Cleveland Elementary LSC, we would like to invite teachers, staff, parents and community members to our LSC meeting at 5:30pm at the Cleveland Elementary School Lunchroom located at 3121 W Byron Street, Chicago, IL 60618 we will also have virtual participation available through Google Meets.

We welcome input within the LSC scope, which include the Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP), budget issues, and Principal Reports. We will take the time to listen and consider, but may not comment. We ask that you keep your comments to two minutes so that we can respect the meeting timeframe.

Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/rzk-xzox-mnh
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 319-505-8105‬ PIN: ‪366 116 411‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/rzk-xzox-mnh?pin=3245577854033

Clerk Spotlight

Our AMAZING clerk Esperanza Aguad-Leon has been nominated to be featured in the Clerk Spotlight for September. Esperanza is someone that is making a difference in our network, and  making an impact at Cleveland. You can see her featured in our September Clerk Chronicles

When choosing a clerk to be starred in the Clerk Spotlight, they look for a Clerk that has shown an extraordinary commitment in helping in their school community, the clerk community, and their network. She has provided a wealth of information regarding clerk roles and systems that are vital to their success;she demonstrates extreme eagerness to take on detailed (matriculant), or might I add provide a fresh perspective on(organizing) reforming clerk administrative resources. 

Thank you for celebrating with us; we’re excited to share her success with our Clerk Community and administrators!

Feature a Teacher

 Our Featured Teacher is Sandra Slattery

Grade/Focus: Technology Teacher/Coordinator

How long have you been at Cleveland Elementary? 20 years – starting year 21 🙂

What do you love most about teaching? I love when students have their “aha moment.” Suddenly, they figure something out with your assistance and it is an amazing experience for both teacher and student.

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland Elementary? I am lucky to be able to interact with all of our amazing staff and students!

If you weren’t a teacher, what other profession would you enjoy? I would either work in hotel management or own my own bed and breakfast.

Do you have any pets? Yes- Spunky my tiny dog who thinks he is a giant (He weighs 5lbs).

What is your most favorite place you have visited? Why? I have been lucky enough to visit Dublin, Ireland with my dad, I love the castles and the history that I experience when I am there. I also love  Phoenix, AZ because of the mountains, which I love to hike!

If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be? I would be able to read my son’s mind since he isn’t talking yet and can’t tell me what he wants or needs.

How many laps did you run in the last Red Bird Hustle? How many do you think you will run in the next one? I wasn’t able to run in the last Red Bird Hustle because of my schedule but I look forward to running this year and hopefully completing 10 laps 🙂

Fall’s Out of School Time programming/After-School programs

Fall’s Out of School Time programming/After-School programs that are being offered to the various grade levels.

On Friday, October 1st signup forms for the various activities will be sent home with students. Please note- that unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions there is 15:1 pod ratio with activities and it is a 1st come first serve basis. Students are to return the forms on Monday to their teachers who will send them to Ms. Stanton.

More information will be provided- be on the lookout for that information being sent home tomorrow with your students.


After-school Programming begins on Tuesday, October 12th. A reminder notice has been sent home with all after-school participants. 
Dismissal time is at 4:15 PM. 
All students in grades K-4 after-school activities will be dismissed from DOORS # 2 &3 (East Lunchroom Doors).
All students in grades 5th-8th after-school activities will be dismissed from DOOR #1 (Main Door-Byron).


Various Activities 

Design Dance Theatre

Musical Theatre + Open Style Dance.  In each program, students will study the history, musicality, technique and choreography of the dance form all while practicing the core elements of dance: body, action, space, time and energy. Each program will culminate in final presentation where students showcase their learnings for peers and family members.



CHOCO is Cleveland helping others in the community. This is a service club that schedules activities to help out the school and community. In the past they have had a neighborhood clean-up, helped at a food pantry, raised money for PAWS, had a food drive and donated to a local pantry. 


The Nutrition Club

Children learn about making healthy food choices and participate in making healthy snacks. They also learn where food comes from and how it goes from the farm to the table. 


Cursive Club

Using a workbook students will make the transition from printing to cursive writing. In addition the workbook students will be practicing completing short writing assignments in cursive. 



Social Skills Club

Under the direction of a teacher students will learn and talk about various social skills and how to use them in situations. In addition, students will be mentored in how to react with peer pressure, bullying and making appropriate choices. 

Art Club

Will focus on various types of media to create and produce various craft and art projects. 


Chess Club

Student will work with a teacher to learn the fundamentals of chess and how to play to game. 


Youth Sports

Students will learn the fundamentals of playing various sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and track. 



Students will learn the fundamentals of cheerleading.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are thrilled to be back at school, in person, after the months spent learning virtually. In an effort to reacclimate students’ behavior back into the classroom, we courteously ask that you please take the time to review the following expectations and have a discussion with your child/children. These expectations focus on being responsive, responsible and reflective. It is helpful to establish clear expectations in order to maintain safety, build relationships, achieve academic growth, and become independent and self aware.

To support students at school, teachers practice Calm Classroom, focus on SEL (Social Emotional Learning), and create a structured routine with norms and expectations. When these behaviors are practiced at home, better decisions are made at school. By working together, we hope to ensure all students are equipped with the skills to become successful, both emotionally and academically, at home and school.

Thank you for your help with this matter.

Cleveland Staff


Respect People (includes self respect)

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Keep hands to yourself
  • Constructive criticism Only
  • Follow safety procedures
  • Self management of behavior/self reflection
  • Regulation of emotion
  • Communicate your concerns
  • The “Magic words” are Excuse me, Please and Thank you!
  • Take turns (slide, monkey bars, or using the playground equipment)


Respect Learning

  • Ask questions
  • Be creative
  • Think of solutions
  • Listen to others
  • Use your agenda
  • Effort on classwork and homework
  • Complete your assignments
  • If you need help, communicate this to your teacher


Respect Property

  • Use materials wisely (don’t be wasteful)
  • Trash needs to go inside the trash bin
  • Keep your area (including the floor) clean
  • Take found items to the lost and found box (by the main office)
  • If it doesn’t belong to you, leave it
  • Return borrowed items and be thankful


Read more about Cleveland Rules


Calming Activities

Are you using Calm Classroom?
Try using your calm classroom techniques at home if you need help relaxing.  Teach others in your house how to calm down and refocus. 

Here is another calming and refocusing technique:
5,4,3,2,1 Exercise
Look around where you are and find:
5  things you see
4 things you can touch
3 things you can hear
2 things you can smell
1 thing you can taste

Grover Cleveland Elementary School Opening Guide for 2021-22 School Year

Here is our opening guide for the 2021-22 school year. Please remember that masks and health screeners are mandatory for students. We’re excited to see everyone!

2021- 2022 Opening Guide



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