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A Note from our Principal
Dear Canty School Families,
Happy June everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Memorial Day. In addition to honoring those who have given their lives for our country, I hope you were able to spend time with friends and family.
There are many great and wonderful things happening this June! Lots of fun celebrations from Parents Night Out, Daddy-Daughter Dance and the Block Party sponsored by Friends of Canty to the Pre-K and Kindergarten celebrations, Awards Ceremonies and 8th grade graduation. Please join us for these events!
As we wrap up the school year NWEA testing will continue. We are excited to continue to see how much our Canty students are growing! Please make sure that your children are still coming to school everyday on time and staying all day. In just one week in May there were 147 tardies and 55 early dismissals. When students arrive late or leave early, not only are they losing instructional time, but the other students lose learning time as well as the teacher needs to stop instruction, when students are leaving early or arriving late.
Students will be dismissed at their current grade level doors on Thursday, June 20, 2019 (Last day of School) at 3pm.
Beginning in September 2019 :
*The school doors will open at 7:50am on non-inclement weather days. Please think school starts at 7:50am. We want all students in their classrooms ready to learn at 8am, not walking into school at 8am.
*Days when your child will have early dismissal, please submit it on the Canty Absence/Early Dismissal form on the Canty School website. Link will be shared at the start of the new school year and email your child’s teachers prior to 9am. Early dismissals should be rare occasions only. Please schedule appointments outside of school hours or on non-attendance days. If your child has a doctor or dentist appointment during the school day, please have them return to school afterwards, with a note to continue learning. Early dismissals will count against perfect attendance rewards.
I hope to see you at one of the many fun happenings in coming weeks. Please come up and introduce yourself or say hello! It is amazing getting to know your children!
CPL Summer Learning Challenge
Please plan on participating in the Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge. The Summer Learning Challenge will take place from Monday, June 24 to August 17, 2019. Research has stated that all students read 20 minutes a day, everyday. The Dunning Branch will have many programs to go along with the Summer Learning Challenge. The Dunning Branch is located at 7455 W. Cornelia and the phone number is 312 743 0480
Save The Date
As expected, the system has experienced some glitches. If you have not received an email for parent portal with an activation code to register, please go to www.cantyschool.org and follow the link to complete the Google Survey. We will update our records and you should receive an email with Parent Portal account instructions. Please be patient during this transition. We thank you for your understanding during this transitional period.
New enrolling Kindergarteners and current 5th grade students need to submit a new vaccination record and physical by the end of the school year, please submit by Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Notices were sent home a few weeks ago. Please send a copy not the original.
If you want to Volunteer Next Year ...
If you want to volunteer for next school year all parents will need to apply/reapply. Approval is only for one year. To volunteer for the 2019-2020 school year, apply/reapply at www.cpsparentu.org. Once you complete your online application, you can bring your photo ID to Quick Start in August and we will make a copy of the ID so you could be approved to volunteer.
Student Transfers Procedures
* If your child(ren) will be transferring out of Canty and attending another school next year, you need to complete the transfer authorization form in the main office before Monday, June 17th . Once you complete the form, your child's transfer papers will be ready for pick-up on Thursday, June 20th at 3pm.
* Parents of 8th grade students who will attend a Non-CPS High School next year will need to complete the form as well.
* Student transfer records cannot be processed and student records will not be sent to the new school without the completion of the authorization form.
* Please make sure all materials are returned to teachers.
New Online Student Fee Payments will be accepted beginning in August 2019!!! Details to follow!!!
Friends of Canty
We’re in the home stretch! Welcome to June! Friends of Canty has a full calendar of events this month. Travel back to the 80’s with us as we celebrate the end of the year with a Parent’s Night Out on Saturday, June 1 st at The Nest @ 7pm! Tickets are still available. Contact us for more info! Then, on Friday, June 7th (6pm to 8pm), our Dads get an evening with their daughters. Our second annual Daddy Daughter Dance is sure to be a fun night! Reserve your tickets today! Lastly, our End of the Year Block Party is all set for Thursday, June 20th! Volunteers are needed! Please contact us to sign up! From the Friends of Canty, we’d like to thank you for your continued support! Have a wonderful summer!
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Thank you for all your hard work and dedication over the years Ms. Laurencell…
A Note From Ms. Laurencell:
Dear Parents, Student and Canty Community,
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you all that as of June 12th I will no longer be part of the Canty Family. As the school takes on new leadership so must I find a new home and path. I have been the Assistant Principal at Arthur E. Canty for 12 years and from my very first day I was impressed by the warmth and openness of this community. It has been a privilege to work here with such wonderful children, dedicated staff, and caring parents. In the time I have been here, our enrolment has grown from 530 children to over 830 and with a new addition being secured in the process.
I will miss Canty. This is a great community and I have appreciated my time here. I will especially miss the assemblies; especially seeing the students dancing and singing. Some of my best memories were when we used to have talent shows. I wish every family all the best and hope that every child has a bright future - as you are all superstars!
Ms. Collette Laurencell
After an eventful month of observing the lifecycle of a chicken and butterfly, we will be saying goodbye to our growing offspring. All students were fascinated with their growth. This month we will continue with getting ready for the next placement and reviewing skills. Room 127 will be playing outside more often as well as tending to their garden. Rooms 125 and 126 will be engaging in activities that have been enjoyed throughout the year that will review important skills. As with our butterflies and chicks, the preschool will be saying farewell and good luck to many students.
We hope that you will remember your time in preschool with fondness as that is how we will remember your children. This month we will have an End of the Year Picnic. Preschoolers must attend the picnic with their parents. Details will follow. Room 127 will be having a short celebration that includes crossing the bridge to Kindergarten. Have a great summer!
What a fantastic year we have had in Kindergarten! The growth and learning of each student has been exciting to see! The Kindergarten Teachers would like to THANK the Kindergarten families for all your support and involvement this year. We will CELEBRATE our accomplishments with all 3 classrooms together on Tuesday, June 18th at 9am in the Auditorium. The children will be performing songs and receiving awards. Seating is limited, so watch for information to come home soon about this.
1st Grade News
It is hard to believe that it is already June! When we think back to how much the first graders have grown this year it is quite amazing. We have just completed the Text Reading and Comprehension testing and the NEWA Math test. We cannot express how proud we are of the kids on what a fantastic job they all did! We sure will miss this amazing group of kids as they become 2nd graders.
2nd Grade News
In Science, students are learning about dinosaurs and their habitats. In Social Studies, children will identify and discuss historical places. Also, students will make their own kites and see how they fly on Kite Day. This month in Math, students are finishing up money, working on 2D and 3D shapes, and beginning graphs. We will spend a lot of time reviewing material we’ve learned throughout the year in preparation of NWEA, which will be happening the first week of June. I encourage lots of IXL practice, letting your child count piles of change, asking them the time, and practicing multiplication facts. In ELA, Mrs. Aguire will be leading Mrs. Laduzinsky’s class and working on a novel study with the students.
3rd Grade News
NWEA testing is done for third grade :) In Math, we are finishing up with elapsed time and will end the school year with more area and perimeter. Everyone should continue practicing their multiplication flashcards and working on IXL! In Social Studies, we are continuing our study of Chicago. Did you know that the downtown area was once swampland? The students did a great job on their Chicago Landmark projects! In Science, we began a unit on the characteristics of living things. We are designing our own unique creatures and creating life cycles for them. In ELA, we will be wrapping up the year with poetry! Students will learn about different types of poetry and then write some of their own! It will be a fun way to wrap up our figurative language unit!
4th Grade News
In ELA, we are completing the last few chapters of the novel, The Cricket in Times Square and there will be a test on the book. We will also review advertisements and persuasive writing pieces. Lastly we will wind down the year with a mini-unit on marine animals via two non-fiction pieces. Please be sure to visit the Chicago Public Library for some great Summer Reading activities. In Math, NWEA testing will begin on June 4th Blue Group, June 5th Pink Group and June 6th for Yellow group. Thank you parents for all of your assistance this year. I truly enjoyed having your child in my Math class. Please enjoy your summer. In Science, we will focus on how to construct an explanation of the cause and effect relationship between water and soil on a slope in the process of erosion. We will also construct explanations of how vegetation affects erosion. In Social Studies, we will conduct a review of the regions of the United States.
5th Grade News
In ELA, we are finishing the school year with our last issue of Storyworks. It contains several articles, including a play about King Tut's Curse, a debate about traveling sports programs, a non-fiction selection about the giant squid, and a fictional story about a shy girl finding a voice to speak up. Hopefully, we will have time to fit in one more novel, possibly reading Hoot written by Carl Hiaasen. It has been a year full of reading adventures; I hope my students will be lifelong readers as a result. Good luck in 6th grade and have a safe summer.
In Social Studies, we are continuing our unit on the Civil War. We are currently reading Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. When we finish, we will dive into WWI and WWII to conclude the school year. In Science, we are learning about the human body and we will continue with making a classroom garden and end with a mini unit on cells. I would like to wish all my students good luck in 6th grade and have a fun and safe summer!
In Math, we are finishing our second textbook with the Geometry Chapters. The children are having some fun figuring out angle measures, surface area and volume. When we finish the textbook we will do some extra practice activities and projects to review what we have done this year. We will also look ahead what to expect next year. I do encourage the children to use a math workbook over the summer to prepare for the transition so that skills learned so far are not forgotten over the summer. However, do not forget to relax and have lots of fun with family and friends!
6th Grade News
In Science, Sixth grade thermal energy students have successfully recommended a heating system for Riverdale school and participated in a science seminar to discuss water pasteurization issues. We are now taking on the role of student forensic meteorologists called upon to help the citizens of Galetown figure out why the rainstorms have been getting more severe. Up first, learning what causes rain. Students will review the water cycle and investigate evaporation and condensation through Simulated activities and a hands-on investigation. We will wrap up science this year reviewing key ideas about weather. In Social Studies, we will continue reinforcing geography skills by reading an article about Antarctica. Additionally, students will use an article to identify arguments for and against recent updates to school lunch nutrition rules. To connect to SEL, students will also identify three strategies for handling a conflict using nonviolence by reading a story about a team of students who solve conflicts with kindness. With a previous article we read in Social Studies, a group of students were motivated to become activists. The article detailed some experiences of homeless youth, so with the help of Mrs. Wicks, sixth graders organized a shelter drive. Last week, we dropped off a trunk load of supplies for Cradle to Crayons. Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause! We have worked so hard, all year, in Sixth Grade Math. We have persevered through difficult problems and always tried our best. The last month of school will be no different. We are diving into a unit on Statistics. We are going to analyze which Measure of Center to use as well as interpreting Box Plots, Dot Plots and Histograms. We will be strong statisticians by the end of the unit. After we finish our Statistics unit we are going to dip our toes into Slope. This is a seventh grade skill, but we are ready!! In ELA, We will be finishing up all of our hard work with Tuck Everlasting and starting our final novel immediately! We have also finished NWEA Testing with great results as a 6th grade class! We are very proud of the students, and we will end the year working just as hard as we started. The learning never ends and we are one step closer to 7th grade!!! Let’s stay focused these last few weeks and finish out the year strong! We wish our sixth graders a wonderful summer break and best of luck in seventh grade!
7th Grade News
In Math, we will be wrapping up the year with probability, year-end review, and preparing for the Math NWEA. There are still a few weeks left, so we need to stay focused on the tasks at hand. It has been an absolute pleasure teaching the 7 th graders this year and look forward to what they will accomplish next year as 8th graders. In Science, we are wrapping up our curriculum for the year by talking about ecology. Students will be using Mosa-Mack to further their knowledge on food webs and food chains. It has been a great year and a pleasure to teach my 7th graders! In Social Studies, we have been studying to what led to the Civil War. We will finish the year going through the events of the Civil War and what impact it had on America.
8th Grade News
As the school year draws to a close, 8th grade students will be taking part in their end-of-year activities! Students will be taking a day trip on June 7th to Milwaukee and having their luncheon on June 12th, graduation will be taking place at Steinmetz High School on June 14th. It is a bittersweet time of the year as we send off our soon-to-be graduates onto the next phase of their lives—but we have enjoyed the time we have had with them and will remember them fondly!
English Language Learners
English Language Learners, made a huge progress in learning the English language. They improved greatly in different forms of writing as well as reading for comprehension. When asked about the area that still need improvement, they said that they would like to improve their speaking. To work on that, we now begin each day with a “talking circle” and ask the questions prepared by the students themselves. These questions are very interesting. We select them at random from our talking circle questions jar. Recently one of the questions was “your best birthday celebration ever”, before that “your prior neighborhood”, “situation when you felt embarrassed”. Our talking circle is a great success and we will continue it. We will also continue our work on all four language domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing (in which we not only use literature texts but also educational games such as “Vocabulary bingo”, “Memory game”, and “Comparison Game”). All students are also very excited and looking forward to the field trips planned in the month of June.
Student Council ended the year strong! We hosted a Movie Night, featuring the movie Shrek. When students entered the auditorium, there was a life size poster of Shrek ready to greet them, thanks to Student Council member Olivia Esposito. Students in grades 6-8 enjoyed a night of dancing. A big shout out goes to Friends of Canty who supplied the popcorn, water and snacks for both events! We could not have done this without you! And also a big thanks to all the staff members who came out to help chaperone the events! Student Council held its last meeting on May 7th. We had an incredible group of members in Student Council this year! It was a year of changes and challenges, and through it all the members, persevered, regularly attended the meetings and adapted to all the changes. Awesome job!