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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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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.

Little Bird Playdate

Come join us on February 25!

Read the New Issues of Cleveland Corner! 

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!

Feature a Teacher

Our March Featured Teacher is Ms. Cepeda! 

Grade/Focus: Full Day PreKindergarten

How long have you been at Cleveland Elementary? I have been at Cleveland School for the past 30 years. I started my Student Teaching in Ms. Steinberg’s 2nd grade classroom in January, 1993.

What do you love most about teaching? I love when children make connections between what they are learning and their real world experiences. I’d like to think that I help children learn how to be a learner and to develop the ability to see connections between facts, experiences, and ideas. 

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland Elementary? I love the sense of community here. I love building connections with all of the children, families, and staff. We all try to do our best and show kindness and help each other – it’s the Cleveland way!

If you weren’t a teacher, what other profession would you enjoy? I would love to be a garden designer.

Do you have any pets? I have a big goofy goldendoodle.  He is marvelous and mischievous. 

What is your most favorite place you have visited? Why? I loved going to Key West, Florida. The music, the architecture, the weather: it was all amazing. However, the reason it was my favorite trip was because I went with just my dad. I come from a big family, so it was so nice to have all of the attention. 

If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be? If I had any superpower, it would be to wave a magic wand and make people happy. 

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 didn’t run too many laps in the last Red Bird Hustle, but next year is my year!

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

Friends Of Cleveland (FOC) provided each classroom with $200 to help enrich the education of the Cleveland students. 

See below to see how some of these funds have been used.

Room 300

Room 104

Room 700

Art Room

Room 310

Room 206

Room 211

Room 209

Rooms 302 & 309

Rooms 302 & 309

Room 202

Room 304

Room 303

Room 109

Room 102

Room 102

Room 111

Room 201

Room 116


Friends Of Cleveland (FOC)is proud to have brought Cleveland a residency from Old Town School of Folk Music

This program brought an 8 week course for grades K-4.


Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades did the Global Voices Program which teaches the kids to sing the music of American and global traditions, from Celtic to Spanish; Native American to South African! Through this choir program, students strengthen their voices and musicality through ear training and vocal exercise. The melodies and harmonies of young voices will sound through the halls as we celebrate the art of performance, singing together, musical traditions and sharing song with the world.


3rd and 4th graders participated in the Storysong Program. Through class discussion and group work, students establish characters and identify key elements in a story, and work together to retell the story through live performance. Choose a favorite story to interpret through songwriting and develop it into an original musical presentation. Students will learn about verse, chorus, meter and rhyme, and use these elements to produce their own original song. The creation of props, masks, costumes and sets will help students further connect as a community and take part in a shared goal.

New at Cleveland! 

Friends Of Cleveland is SO excited about our most recent addition to the school – the soccer goal back stop net!

With funds from recent donation efforts, we were able to install a large SOCCER GOAL BACK NET along the school side of the soccer field.

The net was installed to both protect the schools windows (new windows will be coming to the school this summer!!) and eliminate the extremely loud (and often times startling) bang it caused in the lunch room when balls hit windows/doors. Teachers and students who use the lunchroom doors can now come in and out of the school without worry!

Thank you for all of the people who spent lots of time to make this project happen and thank you to all of the friends, families and community members who have made donations to make this project a reality!


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