"Where Can't Is Not Part of the Equation"

Arthur E. Canty Elementary School

A Fine and Performing Arts School
Arthur E. Canty Elementary School  3740 N. Panama Ave., Chicago, IL. 60634   Phone: 773-534-1238   Fax: 773-534-1236

School newsletter and monthly calendar are under the "School Calendar" tab.
2014-2015 SCHOOL HOURS
Main Campus 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Addison Campus 7:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Students will have 45 minutes for lunch and recess. 
All 1st through 8th graders will eat in the auditorium.




Morning Kiss and Drop Off Program

Drop off  begins at 7:40 am every morning.

K, 1st and 2nd grade students will be dropped off on Panama by the Auditorium. A drop off line will be marked with cones on the west side of the street with no parking on that side of the street. Parent volunteers will escort students from the cars. Children MUST exit on the curb side. Parents must stay in the car.

3rd through 8th grade students will be dropped off on Paris. A drop off line will be marked with cones on the east side of the street with no parking on that side of the street. Parent volunteers will escort students from the cars. Children MUST exit on the curb side. Parents must stay in the car.

We will continue to close off Panama/Waveland and Paris/Grace at dismissal time 2:45 - 3:05

February 6th - January Dress Day for those with Perfect Attendance the month of January
February 7th - Saturday Academy 9-12
February 7th - CPTC Vendor and Bake Sale ~ GYM DOORS 10am  - 3pm
Februrar 9th - LSC @6:10 in Room 102
February 10th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Go Home
February 13th - SPIRIT DAY ~ Wear RED
February 13th - CPTC Go Card Orders and Money Due
February 14th - Saturday Academy 9-12
February 21st - Saturday Academy 9-12
February 23rd - BAC Meeting 3:15 in Room 105
February 28th - Saturday Academy 9-12 (LAST SESSION)

GO CARD FUNDRAISERMoney Due February 13th         Sara Sanchez
What is a Go-Card?
A Go-Card is a wallet-size discount card used for local community retailers.  The Go-Cards are valid for one year and can be used over & over again!  Ask your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  They can save money & support Canty! 
The Go-Card is typically sold for $20, but we will be offering the card for just $10 each! 
Profit from this fundraiser will be allocated towards our Sports programs.  Go Cougars!

Register NOW for SelectivePrep’s MAP Test Program (for 7th Graders)

SelectivePrep offers a 16 hour program to help prepare students for the Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA/MAP) test that will be used for the 7th grade standardized test score. Scores from this test represent one third of the Selective Enrollment admissions score. Additionally, scores from this Exam will play a crucial role in whether or not a student is admitted to other competitive programs including International Baccalaureate (IB) and advanced magnet high schools.

To fully prepare students for these more rigorous tests, the SelectivePrep program has incorporated material based on the new tougher Common Core standards.

Weekend classes will start on Saturday, March 7, 2015 and run for 8 sessions at our various weekend locations. For registration or more information, go to the SelectivePrep website under Register Now, 7th Grade Programs or click here.

If you need more information or have any questions, please visit our website at www.selectiveprep.com  or call 312-409-8411.

Canty is now partnered with Orion's University to offer amazing after-school enrichment activities like Robotics by Lego®, Make Your Own Instruments, OU Think You Can Dance, and Speed and Agility Camp. Kids can explore science, art, music, and athletic activities after school without leaving our campus.

Since Orion's University is held at our school, the program provides safety for children and convenience for parents. This fast-growing after-school alternative has added extended day and flexible pick-up times to accommodate parents’ busy and unpredictable schedules.

  • The program will begin at 3pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Afternoon enrichment programming ends at 4pm with flexible pickup time ending at 6pm.
  • 10% early registration discount available until Sept. 15th and space is limited.

To learn more about Orion’s University call 888-998-7620, visit www.OrionsU.com or email canty@orionsU.com.

HEALTH ALERTEnterovirus D68

The guide lists local health centers and clinics along with a link directing families to the CPS Health and Wellness website.

Have you checked your child's grade lately?  Do you have Parent Portal.  1st and 2nd grade see your classroom teachers for your pin numbers.  3rd - 8th please email or call Ms. Laurencell and she will print them off.  Forgot your password or username.....email Ms. Laurencell @ cdlaurencell@cps.edu and she will reset it for you.
Canty School envisions a continued collaboration between staff, students, parents and community to achieve every child’s greatest potential.  We foresee that all Canty students will develop an intrinsic motivation to explore higher education and career opportunities while contributing to the community.

Canty School encourages and nurtures an appreciation for higher education with an emphasis on the individual success of every child.   We believe in providing a curriculum rich in academic excellence, technology, fine and performing arts, with the development of healthy social and emotional skills in a safe and least restrictive environment.  The outcome of the Canty experience is well-rounded, respectful, responsible and productive global citizens. 


Arthur E. Canty was an engineer/custodian in the Henderson School for many years.
Mr. Canty was a leader and held numerous positions of trust, including president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143-143B, Administrative Assistant to the Office of Civilian Defense for the City of Chicago during WWII, and officer of the American Legion, a fraternal organization for military veterans. Mr. Canty served as a United States Army sergeant in France in World War I. As a civilian during World War II he spearheaded innovative campaigns to help the war effort such as collecting thousands of used razor blades to fabricate military vehicles. 

Arthur E. Canty died of a heart attack in his home on Chicago's south side on August 9, 1946. He was 55 years old. He and his wife Alice had two daughters: Alice Marie and Jean.

Grace Street School was renamed Arthur E. Canty in 1949 and continues to honor him today.

Information contained in the web site is the property of Canty Elementary School, Chicago Illinois. Information in this web site is subject to change or corrections will be made  without notification. Information contained in this web site is for informational use only, contact the school for official notifications, calendars or other information.
This page was last updated: March 25, 2015

REACH (Pre-K - 8th)
9/15/14  - 10/17/14
5/11/15 – 6/12/15

NWEA (2-8) 
Fall Only New to CPS and select groups 
9/8/14 – 10/3/14
1/5/15 – 1/29/15
5/11/15 – 6/12/15

BOY 9/2/14 – 10/3/14
MOY  12/15/14 - 1/29/15
EOY 5/11/15-6/12/15

ACCESS (K-8 Bilingual Students)
1/20/15 – 2/20/15

PARCC (3rd - 8th)
PBA 3/9/15 – 4/2/15
EOY 4/27/15 – 5/22-15


Algebra Exit Exam - 8th Grade
5/19 - 5/23

2014 - 2015 School Supply Lists

Ready to Learn PK - Mrs. Daum
ECSE - Mrs. Buck
ECSE - Mrs. Donahue
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th - 8th Grade
Ancillary Classes (Art/Library/Music/Gym)

Wellness Summer Letter

Canty school will begin the following dress code for the next school year.

       TOP:         Collared Polo Shirts of any solid color (no writing)
       BOTTOM:   Navy, Black or Khaki Pants or capris;
                           o Finger Tip length or Knee length Shorts;
                           o Finger Tip length or longer Skirts
                           o No jeans or baggy pants. 
       DRESSES:  Solid colored polo dresses (any color) fingertip length or longer. 
       SHOES:   Shoes must have laces that match the color of the shoes.
                 o Ex: black shoes with black laces, white shoes with white laces, etc.
                    o No Flip Flops or Open toe Shoes [This is for safety reasons]

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school.  Clothes should not be baggy and cannot show any undergarments.  Logo wear can be purchased/ordered on the Quick Start day in August or at Open House in September. Canty logo wear apparel can be worn any day.  Students who do not come to school with proper dress code attire will be required to call home for a change of clothes.  If no parent/guardian can be reached, the school will provide clothing for the day which must be washed and returned the next day.

Store Links for Dress Code Attire:
Old Navy

  • Canty Logo wear 
     White plain t-shirt & dark pants or shorts -  No Jeans
  • Gym shoes with laces matching color of shoes.

We would like to thank all of the students and parents for following the dress code. 
Pants: tights, leggings, yoga pants that are form fitting may be worn only under dresses or skirts not on their own.   
Winter Wear: Sweatshirts/hoodies should be solid with no writing except small logo.
Gym Uniform: Dark colored athletic shorts or sweatpants and white t-shirt. Canty logowear can be worn at any time.

Are your kids doing IXL Math?  Canty's Kindergarten through 8th grade now have access to an online math program for math.  If you do not know your child's user name and password contact their homeroom teachers.  https://www.ixl.com/signin/arthurecanty