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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

Message from the Principal

Welcome to the 65th Year of Canty School!

May 22 2014, we will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of becoming Arthur E. Canty Elementary School. The Grace School was established in 1927 and relocated from its initial location to 3740 N. Panama in 1936.   In 1949, the Grace School was named after a Chicago Public Schools custodian and the state commander of the Illinois American Legion.  Please read more about the history of the school below.

We value the history and want to teach our students to love and learn from the past.
We want to bring past the to the present students and their families. We want you to meet our staff. Therefore, we have decided to honor this great occasion by organizing a two-day community celebration of Arthur E. Canty School. The event will begin on Thursday May 22 and end with an evening banquet on Friday, May 23rd.   Check out the program below.

We would like to invite all Canty alumni to these events. Come back to you primary Alma Mater, reunite with your friends, meet our current students and staff, see our current accomplishments, stay with us for a few hours, enjoy your memories! If you have any pictures or other artifact that you would like to have displayed in our exhibition, please contact us at: 773-534-1238 or lmirowska@cps.edu .

Spread the news! Our students want to meet you and learn more about our school's past as well as share the present.

School newsletter and monthly calendar are under the "School Calendar" tab.
2013-2014 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.

Celebrating 65 Years at Canty School


Our Principal, Dr. Mirowska-Kopec, speaking to the Board of Education on behalf of Canty School, July 24, 2013. The Honoring Excellence portion of the Board Meeting allows for the Board President, members, and CPS leadership to formally recognize positive accomplishments of the CPS community. Canty was recognized for excellence in ISAT performance. Our school is number three out of the seven schools in the district where students’ Composite Exceeds scores went up by eight or more percentage points in 2013. Go Cougars!

Congratulations from Mayor Emanuel, President Vitale and CEO Byrd-Bennett

We need your help!  Traffic around the school presents serious safety issues during morning arrival and afternoon pick up. In order to secure student safety, we will be closing Panama at Waveland and Grace at Paris every morning from 7:50 am to 8:05 am.  At dismissal, we will be closing Panama at Waveland and Grace at Paris from 2:45 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.   This will begin on Monday April 22, 2013.

At 4:15 dismissal from after-school programs we cannot block the street a second time as this is not an option.  Therefore we are asking that you:
• Do not park on the school side of the street
• Do not double or triple park
• Drive safely around the school
• Watch for students walking when you drive out of the alley

We have and will continue to ask Chicago Police Department for help with this situation.

Open House and Registration Pre-School Registration
April 3rd  1pm - 4 pm at 8300 Addison location.

REGISTRATION for Kindergarten Enrollment - in School Gym
Tuesday, April 22nd 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 23rd 9:00 am  - 1:00 pm
Thurday, April 24th 9:00 am - 1:00pm

To ensure students receive the valuable instructional time that was intended for January 6, 7, 27 and 28, CPS is making changes to this year’s academic calendar.  Communications to parents are enclosed and should be distributed to students to take home.  Employee communications will be e-mailed to affected employees.

The changes are as follows:

March 28th will become a student attendance day.
June 11th will become a student attendance day.
June 12th will become a student attendance day.
June 13th will become a student attendance day.
June 16th will become the first day of students’ summer break and a non-flex teacher PD day.
June 17th will become a non-flex teacher PD day that will be totally teacher directed.
June 18th will become the flex-PD day for teachers, which means that schools that redistributed the last flex PD day will not have teacher attendance but will have PSRP attendance.
June 23rd will remain the first day of summer programs for all students

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.

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This page was last updated: April 1, 2014

REACH (Pre-K - 8th)
9/23 - 10/25
4/21 - 5/23

NWEA (2-8) 
Fall Only New to CPS  
Winter  11/18 - 1/31
Spring   4/28 - 5/23

Fall     8/26 - 10/18
Winter   12/19 - 2/14
Spring   5/16 - 6-14

ACCESS (K-8 Bilingual Students)
January 1/13 - 2/14

ISAT (2nd - 8th)
10/7 - 10/11 (limited ISAT for students new to CPS)

3/3 - 3/14

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

2013 - 2014 School Supply Lists

ECSE - Mrs. Buck
ECSE - Mrs. Donahue
1st Grade OLD
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 ecxept 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