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CPS Self Screener

To keep our students and staff safe and healthy, families and staff should run through the list of questions before leaving home each day.

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CPS COVID-19 Resources

Accessible resources and transparent timely data are essential to mitigating COVID-19’s impact on our district. Find critical information on vaccinations, testing, case data, and more. We all play a role in keeping schools safe.

Upcoming Events

29 November-3 December, 2021

Scholastic Book Fair 

As a reminder, the Scholastic Book Fair is all this week. If interested, you can send money with your child to school and they will be able to purchase book(s) of their choosing.

1-13 December, 2021

Cleveland Helps Our Community Out Holiday Food Drive 

Donation Drop off Locations: Homeroom and South Basement
Please bring non perishable items to school December 1st-13th to help families in our community.


C.H.O.C.O.’s Holiday Food Pantry will be open December 15th 2:45pm-4:15pm South Basement (Door 6)

9 December, 2021

Friends of Cleveland Meeting 

Thursday 12.9.21 at 5:30pm

Cleveland Elementary School Lunchroom: 3121 W Byron Street, Chicago, IL 60618

We support Grover Cleveland Elementary School, its faculty and administrators so they have the resources they need to continue building the best elementary school in Chicago.

Friends of Cleveland is a not-for-profit organization made of a dynamic group of parents, community members, teachers, and administrators. We’re working to build support for our school across the Irving Park neighborhood and are raising funds to help meet resource needs.

We invite you to join us.

Whether you join our organization, volunteer your time, attend an event, or provide financial support, you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children, faculty, and Irving Park neighborhood community.

Feature a Teacher

 Our Featured Teacher is Suzanne Voss

Grade/Focus: Art 

How long have you been at Cleveland Elementary? This is my first year at Cleveland School

What do you love most about teaching? What I love most about teaching are my students. I love teaching them Art and seeing them come alive. Seeing students who say “they aren’t good in art,” surprised by beautiful masterpieces they make with their own two hands, brings me such joy. I cherish the interactions with my students and learn so much from them.

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland Elementary? My favorite things about Cleveland School are the students and faculty.

If you weren’t a teacher, what other profession would you enjoy? I would love to be a photographer of National Geographic, a Travel magazine, or travel blog/website.

Do you have any pets? I have a pet dog, she is a six year old Shiba Inu named Tori.

What is your most favorite place you have visited? Why? My most favorite place that I have visited is Budapest, Hungary. It’s my favorite not only because it is an old beautiful city, with a rich history, but because I lived there for six week in the summer of 2017. My daughter, Lauren, was one of two Americans asked to play water polo with one of Hungary’s premiere club teams. My other daughter, Ashley, and I went and stayed with the two girls that summer and lived like locals – it was a blast!

If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be? If I had a superpower it would be teleportation. I would love to snap my fingers and be in Hawaii.

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 did not do any laps this year. My goal is to do at least 1 next year. 

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

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).


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