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A Note from the Administrator in Charge
Dear Canty School Families,
My last day at Canty will be April 26th as you welcome a new principal on April 29th. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve at Canty School. Since my arrival in September, I have come to know dedicated parents and staff who will continue working toward your success in the future. I am especially grateful for the support I’ve had from the Canty community. I’d like to specifically thank the LSC for their diligence in working with me while they undertook the important task of selecting a new leader.
You are embarking on a new journey and the future is bright. Trust in your new administration to make the soundest decisions for your children. Allow them to do the job you hired them to do. They only want the best for every single Canty student.
Again thank you for working with me this school year. Parting is always bitter sweet as relationships have been formed. However, it is with confidence that I leave Canty in the hands of the new administration and the entire Canty community.
Administrator in Charge
A Note from our Principal
Dear Canty Families, I am excited to be joining the Canty school community as the school leader on April 29th. I am a long time resident of the Northwest side. I have been married for 19 years and am the proud mother of three children ages 7, 8 and 17. Over the past 20 years as an educator in Chicago, I have been a teacher, instructional coach and an assistant principal most recently at Prescott School.
It is very important that I hear from a large number of families. I want to know what you love about Canty and what areas you would like me to address. I hope that you have completed the Canty Family Survey, if not, you still can! The link is on Canty School’s website at www.cantyschool.org . On April 30th , I will hold three meet and greet opportunities, 8:15am, 2:15pm and 6pm. Please come to a meet and greet and complete the survey. If you would like to reach out to me directly, my email address is email@example.com. I look forward to getting to know all the Canty families.
Gradebook to Aspen Update
As you might know, CPS Gradebook/Parent Portal will close on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 5pm forever. The new grading system program that will be implemented is called “ASPEN”. We hope that you have read the flyer about APSEN that was sent home in the Fall. Teachers have been receiving professional development on this new grading system throughout the fall. We will be sending out an email blast on where to login, how to login, how to view grades and etc. when that information is provided to us by CPS. Please continue to use the current Gradebook application for the rest of the 3rd quarter.
Student and Science Fee
The Local School Council has set the Student fee of $80 dollars. The Student Fee is $80 dollars and can be sent to your child’s homeroom teacher. The Student Fee helps Canty School buy additional curriculum materials like novels, magazines and online educational materials. Also in order to provide a complete science program including labs and experiments, the science department, with the approval of the Local School Council, has approved a Science fee of $5 dollars for Kindergarten to 5 th grade students and a $10 dollar fee for 6 th to 8 th grade students. Please submit this fee to the grade level Science Teacher. Cash only
Recess/Outdoor play clothing and weather guidelines
As winter has begun, all students must have a coat, a hat and gloves. Students will go outside for recess depending on the below temperature guidelines.
Above 32 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess held outdoors
Between 31 degrees F and 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: School discretion
Below 15 degrees F with or without wind chill: Recess held indoors
Attendance - Absent Call In
If your child will be absent, parents/guardians are required to call the attendance office each day. Please call the Attendance line at (773) 534-1238 and press option 3. Calls should be made between the hours of 6:30am to 8:30 am. CPS will still send an automated message when your child is absent.
Attendance - Website Link
We are happy to introduce our NEW attendance notification link located on our website. This new option allows you to notify Canty of your child(ren) absence via email (Instead of calling the school's attendance line). Please submit the morning of your child’s absence between the hours of 6am to 9am.
This attendance email notification DOES NOT serve as an official excused absence, all students MUST bring a signed absence note upon their return to be fully excused. Emailed absence notes will NOT be accepted.
To access the attendance link:
Go to the parent tab
Click Absence Notification
Complete the Required Information
Friends of Canty
April is finally here! Friends of Canty has a great lineup of events for the month of April! Our Popcornopolis fundraiser kicks off on April 1st! All proceeds will be used to fund additional technology in our school. The Scholastic Book Fair will take place from 4/8 through 4/12. This is the BOGO Book Fair! It’s a great time to stock up for Summer reading! Stop by & shop during Parent Teacher Conferences on April 10th. Please join us for the April meeting which is on Tuesday, April 23 rd in Room 114 at 5pm. All are welcome!
April brings us spring and planting. The preschool will be studying plants and new life. Each room will have their own planting activities. We all continue to watch for signs of spring. The trees should be budding and the grass growing. Hope everyone will take a nature walk to look around for plant life as well as the return of the robin. All classes will be reading books about plants. This month, the teachers look forward to seeing all the parents for Parent Conferences, followed by our Spring Break. We hope everyone can get out and enjoy a few activities. Please watch your class calendars as April has lots of schedule changes.
April brings us to the end of the 3rd quarter. Report Card Pick-Up is on Wednesday, April 10th. We are looking forward to seeing all parents and having the opportunity to tell you how much your child has learned since we met after the 1st quarter of school. In Language Arts, we continue to work on decoding words and using our sight words to help us read fluently. We are working on story elements: character, setting, problem and solution. We have also been working on sequencing stories. Our writing is really improving as we are adding more details to our writing. In Math, we have been exploring numbers to 100 and comparing sets. We are excited to begin to incorporate STEM activities through stories.
1st Grade News
April is an exciting month with the end of Third Quarter, Report Card conferences, and Spring Break! In Reading, students are working on their fluency with their leveled books. We have been working on author’s purpose and reasons why authors write fiction--to entertain-- and non-fiction--to inform. Students are also describing characters and settings, and how these change throughout the story at the beginning, middle, and end. In Writing, students are working to build upon their great sentence writing to writing coherent paragraphs. In Math, the first graders are focusing on reading a calendar, a clock and counting money. The students are able to tell the difference between the small hand and the big hand of the clock. The small hand tells the minute, the big hand tells the hour. In the money chapter, students start by identifying the different coins. We also talked about other countries and what coins they use. We will soon start to add and subtract money. Next we are going to focus back on identifying and adding and subtracting the numbers 1-100. In Science, students will continue with Science weekly and Scholastic Newspaper. I promised the students we will make volcanoes and show them how they erupt. In Social Studies, students will continue with Studies Weekly and Scholastic Newspaper. We will learn about Geography-Maps & Globes. In ELA the yellow group is reading THE NAME JAR and doing activities. In the pink/blue group, students are reading MISS NELSON IS MISSING! and doing activities.
2nd Grade News
In Math, during the month of April, second graders will be working hard on measurement, fractions, and time. Students will be able to determine what tool they need to use to measure, and use rulers to measure to the nearest centimeter and inch. They will also be able to identify ½, ⅓, and ¼ fractions, compare them, and also add them. Regarding time, students will be able to tell and write time to the nearest five minute on an analog clock as well as determine elapsed time. We will also be working hard on projects that support these units. Please continue to have your child practice these skills on IXL. In Social Studies, students are reading Scholastic News and Time for Kids, and are enjoying discussing our current events. They are also working on the different types of landforms. In Science, students are keeping busy by working on their investigations and experiments. These will be presented at the Science Fair on Friday, April 12th . In Reading, we will continue our novels and join Clementine, Flat Stanley, Jack and Annie on new adventures. We will also begin our All About Books. Students will be researching something they are really interested in and writing a chapter book about it. Room 221, will be sending out field trip for in the next couple of weeks for an upcoming trip to Guaranteed Rate Field. The cost for the trip is $33 per student/chaperone. You can pay half by April 26th, but the total cost must be turned in by May 10th. The cost of this trip includes transportation with the Chicago Trolley Company, a tour of the ballpark, and lunch. Room 234, will be going on a field trip in late May. We will be touring Wrigley Field. Permission slips will be sent home in the coming weeks.
3rd Grade News
In Math, we are currently finishing up our measurement unit. Everyone should continue practicing their multiplication flashcards and working on IXL! Next up...geometry :) In Science, we are currently gathering and analyzing weather and climate data in different parts of the United States. In Social Studies, we are getting ready to begin our unit on Chicago! We will learn about the history of our great city and begin working on our t-shirt designs for our awesome Chicago fieldtrip! In ELA, we will be starting to learn the fun of figurative language! We will work hard to "figure out" Similes, Metaphors, Alliteration, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Hyperboles and Idioms! We will then use these skills to help us read and understand folktales and fables.
4th Grade News
In ELA, we finished the novel Because of Winn-Dixie and enjoyed watching the movie. The students are working on Folktales, Trickster Tales, Myths and Legends. We have also read a dramatic play. The literature will help students understand the theme and represent various cultural perspectives. Due to testing we have not been able to utilize Kid-Biz as much, however, students have access and should complete one to two articles per week at home. In Math, all students will be working on Geometry. We will also be reviewing skills using the tri-folds. Books 1 & 2 will be completed in class. Book 3 will be a quiz. Please make sure your child studies for each quiz. In Social Studies, we will begin our study of Native Americans. We will also be reading a novel, Sign of the Beaver to complement our study. In Science, we will conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a science topic.
5th Grade News
In Reading, we are finishing the Holes novel. It took longer than expected, but we also needed to work hard on some state standardized testing. Our class has been working hard and we feel ready to soar. Remember to aim to read three or more books every month. The Vocabulary Power Plus workbook is almost complete; students should review and study all the words learned this school year. Spring is finally here - Enjoy! In Math, we are finalizing chapter nine on decimals. We will move on to chapter 10 percent. After that we will go into graphs and probability, which will be followed by some more geometry. As spring is approaching, and the nice weather, it is becoming really hard to stay in the classroom listening. I encourage all students to practice the recommendations in IXL. It is full speed ahead, to finish strong at the end when we take the NWEA! In Social Studies, we are in the heart of our American Revolution unit. The 5th graders have completed their Colonial Cookbook Projects! They look fantastic! The students had a blast working on them! We will be continuing our unit by learning about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Afterwards, we will be focusing on the Civil War for the 4th quarter. In Science, we are concluding our unit on Ecosystems. The students constructed model food chains showing how energy transfers from organism to organism. Moving forward in 4th quarter, we will be focusing on Earth's Systems and conclude with a unit on the Human Body.
6th Grade News
In Science, 6th graders are finishing up their studies of the water cycle by researching and gathering statistics about a U.S. state experiencing drought using the United States Drought Monitor website. Then, they will design a conservation or engineering solution by either designing and building a device or creating a technical drawing and presenting their product to the class audience. Soon we will move on to Thermal Energy and Weather! Sixth grade Math keeps getting more exciting, and more challenging!!! Exploring rates and ratios really helped us understand percent on a deeper level. We tackled word problems with ease after we learned how to approach and work with proportions. April will bring more concepts to tackle. We will dive deep into The Coordinate Plane, and make connections to Geometry. We also have to revisit some Algebra to keep it fresh in our minds, while bringing in the concept of inequalities and graphing them. From there, we will attempt to derive our own equations for the Area of several different shapes, including parallelograms, triangles and trapezoids. We will be busy! In ELA, we are heavily engaged in our novel, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt and will be finishing up the novel this month! With this, we are working on annotations, vocabulary, characters, setting, plot development, foreshadowing and predictions. By the end of this novel your children will be masters of figurative language! We will also be continuing character analysis writing as well as summaries throughout the novel and working on our grammar throughout the rest of the year. In Social Studies, students will continue to expand their concern for and understanding of the world around them. To do so, students will read an in-depth profile of a Honduran teen who came to the U.S. illegally by herself and applied for asylum. Students will reinforce geography skills by working with an almanac and physical map of the United States. Additionally, we will debate whether students should be rewarded for good grades. Looking forward to a busy month full of learning (and hopefully warmer weather)!
7th Grade News
In Math, we have moved through angles, surface area, and volume of 3D solids. We will start to move on to statistics and probability. First up will be statistics, which will build on prior knowledge of mean, median, mode, and range, and learning about quartiles and mean absolute deviation. In ELA, students are continuing their focus on Short/Close Reads in order to increase their ability to think critically and analytically. Individually, students have annotated poems and short passages, and then as groups, have met and analyzed their answers based on a series of discussion questions in order to obtain different perspectives and clarify their thinking. As a class we then go over any 'faulty thinking.' As part of an emphasis on increased rigor within the curriculum, students have also read and annotated more intense passages such as "I'm a Scientist with Learning Disabilities and That's Okay" by Collin Diedrich and "You Can Grow Your Intelligence" by Larry Blackwell in order to continue to challenge their analytical thinking. We have started our prereading work for The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. We will be discussing how Agency Authority, and Identity help us discover not only who we are, but who we are meant to be. Students continue to work on their new Vocabulary series and are working on incorporating some on their new words into their writing. We are continuing the study of analogies and the relationship of words being compared, as well as text structure, author's purpose, irony and many other forms of figurative language. In Writing and Grammar, our focus will be on Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles and how they are used within writing. Writing: Students continue working on how to write an Objective Summary, a skill which most students struggle with. After reading and annotating a passage, we complete a graphic organizer, and then create a short summary. They will then be expected to use the model paragraph to complete the process independently. In Social Studies, students continue their iCivic studies on how they interact with their government at a city, state, and global level. We have also been working on evaluating the Mayoral candidates from determining what issues are important to students to what character traits students think are important in a candidate. Students took a mock vote prior to the start of their studies, and, after they have visited the candidates websites, watched parts of a debate between the candidates, and other self-directed research, they will revote to see if their vote has changed. In Science, we are finishing up talking about genetics and mutations. Students got familiar with how to create and analyze punnet squares to determine the probability of having a specific trait. We also learned about pedigrees and determining the likely hood of passing a specific genetic disorder on to your children based on the genotypes known. This month we will learn about how genetics can impact the environment before moving on to discussing food webs.
8th Grade News
In ELA, we will continue to analyze Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet”. Students are exploring various themes that appear throughout the play and making connections to what is occurring in the world today. Students will continue to work on nonfiction articles as well as their new Vocabulary series. In Math and Algebra 1, we will be learning about functions. In Geometry, we will be learning how changes in dimensions of similar geometric figures affect the perimeters and the areas of the figures. We will also find the sum of the interior angles and the sum of the exterior angles measures of a polygon. In Science, the Spring planting season is quickly approaching! In the following weeks, students and teachers on the Canty Garden Team will be prepping the garden beds for Spring planting. In addition to our perennial herbs, the team will be planting pea shoots, arugula, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and turnips. Keep an eye out for some green in the Canty garden as the weather gets warmer and warmer!
English Language Learners
English Language Learners in the month of April will talk about and share their customs in reference to the Easter holiday and how it is celebrated in their homelands. For the students born in the U.S. the task will be to ask their parents or grandparents about how Easter was celebrated in their homelands. We will also continue working on essays, focusing on appropriate writing skills. We will continue working on reading for comprehension. In Social studies, students will continue reading articles from Junior Scholastic and discuss the effects of the Civil War. Please remember that April 10th, is 3rd quarter Report Card Pick-Up day. The EL afterschool program will end on April 29th .