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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

24-27 January, 2022

Student Council Spirit Council Week

Monday Favorite Color Day: Wear you favorite color(s)

Tuesday Favorite Sports/Team Day: Wear you favorite sports team or dress in your favorite sports

Wednesday Favorite Character Day: Dress as your favorite character or wear merchandise of you your favorite character

Thursday Favorite Outfit Day: Wear your favorite outfit


28 January, 2022

School Improvement Day- NO SCHOOL

Spring Out of School Time programming/After-School programs

Permission slips for the new Spring activities will be sent home Monday Januart 24th with students. All forms are due back by Tuesday, January 25. Students can either bring them to Ms. Stanton personally in 112 or hand them to their teachers who will give them to me first thing in the morning. 
Reminder due to the current Covid-19 restrictions- ALL OST ACTIVITIES will remain Capped at 15 students and it is THIS IS 1st COME, 1st SERVE BASIS. 
Side note- CHOCO, Newspaper, and Student Council are continuously running activities-no forms were sent home during this round. If a student would like to join they still can by reaching out to Ms. Stanton or the hosting teacher.

New Issue of Cleveland Corner is out NOW! 

Grover Cleveland Elementary’s Preeminent School Newspaper!

Our newspaper will be a place where we share current events happening in society and at Cleveland. We’ll be announcing upcoming events, interviewing students, showcasing artwork made by students, shouting out students and staff of Cleveland, and so much more! Without further ado, here is Cleveland Corner!

Student Vaccination at Cleveland

Dr. Segal’s office will be coming to Cleveland this Friday 1/21 at 2pm to administer covid vaccinations.  Any additional students who would like to get vaccinated at the school will need to have forms back to the main office by Thursday 1/20 at noon.  Consent forms MUST be completely filled out with a copy of their insurance card (Front and back) or a check saying no insurance with a copy of parents ID.
Please email committedtocleveland@gmail.com with any questions.  

Crossing Guard Opportunity

CPS has identified a vacant crossing guard position near Cleveland and is looking quickly staff this vacancy. 



  • 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM

  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Do you know someone interested in supporting the Cleveland school community as a Crossing Guard? Please share this information with them.

Here are some key highlights about this opportunity:

1.  The starting pay rate for a Crossing Guard is $15.46/hr and the positions are currently posted on the CPS website.

2.  Crossing Guards are eligible for CPS employee benefits.

See these links for additional information: English  |  Spanish

Local School Council (LSC) Election Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians, School Staff Members and Community Members:

The 2022 Local School Council Election will be held on Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Day, Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (for elementary schools) and Thursday, April 21, 2022 (for high schools) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In the Election, parents and community members will have the opportunity to run and vote for up to 5 candidates for 8 positions on your school’s LSC (6 parent members and 2 community members) and school staff will have the opportunity to run and vote for up to 2 candidates for 3 positions on the LSC (2 teacher members and 1 non-teacher staff member).

We encourage and invite you to participate in the election by becoming a candidate for your school’s council and by voting in the parent/community election and the school staff poll. Since 1989, Local School Councils have helped improve the quality of education in the Chicago Public Schools by playing an important role in governing their schools. They participate in selecting the principal, approving the school improvement plan and school budget and performing other important duties.
Each LSC includes the principal, 6 parents/legal guardians, 2 community residents, 2 teachers, 1 non-teacher staff member, in elementary schools with grades 7 and 8, 1 student and in high schools, 3 students. Parent member candidates must have a child enrolled and attending the school. Community
member candidates must be at least 17 years old and live within the school’s attendance area or voting district, but cannot have any children enrolled in the school.

Local School Council Elections (see this link)
Local School Council members are elected every two years by parents, community members, and school staff. Members serve two-year terms.

How to Apply
To apply, candidates should complete the application forms and return them with two forms of identification to the school for which they intend to run as a candidate by Friday, March 4, 2022 3:00 PM CST.

LSC Elections will be held during the first semester report card pick-up days this spring. The dates are April 20, 2022 for elementary schools and April 21, 2022 for high schools. The Office of Local School Council Relations will host in-person elections this year. 

Feature a Teacher

 Our Featured Teacher is Marcie Sanchez

Grade/Focus: 7th and 8th Grades Reading

How long have you been at Cleveland Elementary? This is my 15th year teaching at Cleveland Elementary.

What do you love most about teaching? What I love most about teaching is fostering the love of reading in my students through reading exciting and interesting texts they can relate to and the insightful classroom discussions that follow. Seeing that “AHA” moment in a student when they discover something new about a character or identify the deeper meaning behind events, dialogue, and the story brings me an abundance of joy!

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland Elementary? My favorite thing about Cleveland Elementary is the group dynamic of working together in a team to achieve a common goal of providing our students with optimal learning opportunities and experiences in a supportive learning environment that will help inspire them to grow, flourish, and achieve their highest potential.

If you weren’t a teacher, what other profession would you enjoy? If I weren’t a teacher I would be an author of young adult novels and short stories and use my influence for humanitarian efforts.

Do you have any pets? My family and I recently adopted two recused six-month-old kittens who are brothers. We named them Wesley and Otis.

What is your most favorite place you have visited? Why? My favorite place to visit is Poland, from the farm in Zakrzow, the mountains of Zakopane, to the Baltic Sea near Sopot and everywhere in between. My husband is from a small farm town in Poland and we make an effort to visit every couple of years and travel the country with our children. I love the culture, food, language, all the beautiful sites, and my family.

If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be? If I had one superpower, it would be to travel in time.

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 run any laps in the last Red Bird Hustle, I was on the sidelines cheering on my students and fellow teachers. Next year, I will run and try to keep up with Anne Dunipace’s 20 lap record.

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


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