Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day


Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Join us on Monday, April 28 to learn more about Día and how our school community can celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day!

Introduction to Día: Children’s Day, Book Day
Introducción a Día: El Dia de los Niños, El Dia de los Libros
Monday, April 28 at 8:15 a.m.

Family Does Matter at CICS Irving Park!


CICS Irving Park decided to participate in the Pasta for Pennies national fundraising program in partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support a very special kindergarten student, Sophia Bahena. Able to participate in the first week of school this year, Sophia was diagnosed with cancer and had to leave for intensive treatment. We are so happy that she returned at the start of the new year!

The entire school came together, from the student council members who opened the doors in the morning and asked parents for spare change from their cars, to the extended day staff who helped count the money at the Coinstar machine, to the teachers who were incredibly encouraging of their students’ efforts. Even Sophia’s old elementary school chipped in and helped with the collection efforts.

Kathy Nothnagel, representative from the LLC, visited our campus for community meetings to teach our students about blood cancers and explain to them how their fundraising efforts will help find a cure for these diseases. Our students were given individual collection boxes, which they used to collect spare change over the course of a three-week period. Many of them walked around their neighborhoods to ask for change and even emptied their own piggy banks to donate to this worthy cause. Fun prizes, such as a “Pop Into Reading Party” and a pajama day, were awarded each week to the top fundraising classrooms. The grand prize awarded to the top fundraising classroom is a pasta party from the Olive Garden, the co-sponsor of Pasta for Pennies. We would like to thank Ms. Stelzer for taking on this initiative for CICS Irving Park!

Fundraising Summary
Week 1: Ms. Rohan’s class won a Pop Into Reading party. The grand total raised that week was $2,699.64
Week 2: Ms. Nolan’s class won a pajama day. The grand total raised that week was $1,303.26 – we doubled our initial goal that week!
Week 3: Sophia’s class raises the most money that week (more than any class, any week) and also wins the grand prize. They raised $702.89 in three weeks and the entire school raised a combined $6298.18 – the most money ever raised in Chicago since the LLS launched this program in 2003-04!

“We’re so appreciative to the students, teachers and staff of CICS Irving Park for the funds they raised this spring through the Pasta for Pennies program,” said Kathy Nothnagel of LLS. “Their achievement is truly awesome and allows LLS to continue to fund research for lifesaving treatments and to provide support to families dealing with blood cancers.”
- Kathy Nathnagel, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“We are truly grateful with our CICS Irving Park family for all the support we have received and also for the participation in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies. Not only did our school raise money for a great cause but also demonstrated their Puma Pride by learning and raising awareness about blood cancers. We are proud to be part of the wonderful CICS Irving Park family! Thank you all and ‘Go Pumas!’”
~ Bahena Family

CICS Receives Funding, Still More Advocacy Work Ahead

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, CICS has earned substantial funding that was owed to charter schools! Help us further bolster our equal funding advocacy efforts by joining us in Springfield on April 8. Stay tuned to our website and/or Facebook page for impending details.

NWEA MAP Scores Predict College Readiness

Did you know that NWEA MAP scores are predictors of future ACT benchmark scores and, therefore, are valid indicators of college readiness? Your child’s scores are provided by the classroom teacher for Fall, Winter and Spring. Click the image below to enlarge it and then locate where your child currently ranks in terms of college readiness.

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Family Engagement at CICS Irving Park

At CICS Irving Park, we are proud to boast a high level of parent participation and family engagement. Our parents love to be involved in their kids’ education and they actively support the school, teachers, and all staff members in many ways.

Our parents are always here to assist with extracurricular programming. They coach our teams, help decorate the gym for events, and work our concession stands to raise money for our sports programs. Our staff has even become accustomed to sampling the cooking and baking creations of many of our parents – homemade baked goods are often found in the teacher’s lounge!

Additionally, the CICS Irving Park PTO has done an outstanding job raising money to provide new technology for the school this year. The Fall Fund Drive brought in $19,879 to to purchase iPad’s for student use.

In the classrooms, our first graders love to have stories read to them and they enjoy it even more when they see their own parents reading to their classmates. “May I Read” is a program that encourages parent volunteers to come in on Fridays during “morning meeting” to read in our classrooms.

Thank you for your continued dedication and support, CICS Irving Park parents!

Saturday Extension Time: Ready, SET, Go!


As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our students a rigorous education, we will soon offer Saturday Extension Time (SET) at CICS Irving Park. Saturday Extension Time will be just that: an educational extension of the school week in the areas of Math and Reading that will allow teachers and staff members to provide rich, small group instruction for students. SET will provide remediation for those students who need extra support, enrichment for students who are excelling, and targeted skill-instruction for students who need an extra boost.

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Haga clic aquí para descargar una hoja de permiso.

School Resumes on Wednesday, January 29

Please note that CICS Irving Park will be open on Wednesday, January 29. We look forward to welcoming our students for another exceptional school day!