IB Bulldogs Blast

Greetings Tubman Families and Friends,


What a way to end week 7 with our 16th Annual Fun Run! This year our school wide theme is Better Together. It is amazing what can truly be accomplished when school leaders, educators, students, families, and our amazing community work together toward a common goal of helping all students succeed! We would like to say thank you to our Friends Of Tubman, sponsors, families, and community members for supporting our fundraising efforts. (Click to view photos from our 16th Annual Fun Run)

Have an amazing weekend!

In partnership,


Principal Gibson, Principal Carey, and Assistant Principal Moore

Upcoming Events


Important Dates & Upcoming Events:

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

October - Principal Appreciation Month


  • 10/07: 16th Annual Tubman Fun Run
  • 10/10: Indigenous People’s Day- No School
  • 10/12: National Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration from FOT at 7:40 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  • 10/12: Lockdown Drill
  • 10/12: Football vs. Audubon and Hamilton - JV-4:30 p.m., Varsity-5:30 p.m.
  • 10/12: LSC Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/13 & 10/14: Hearing & Vision Screening
  • 10/14: Fun Friday Theme - Cozy Comfy Day
  • 10/14: Principal Conversation at 8:15 a.m. (Click here to signup)
  • 10/14:  Tubman Community Fall Social, Hosted by FOT from 5:00 p,m, - 6:30 p.m. at Will's Northwoods Inn, 3030 N. Racine Ave
  • 10/15: FOT Annual Fall Fest at 10:00 a.m.
  • 10/17: Football vs. Alcott - JV-4:30 p.m., Varsity-5:30 p.m.
  • 10/19: Football Game vs. Franklin - JV-4:30 p.m, Varsity-5:30 p.m.
  • 10/21: School Improvement Day - No School for Students
  • 10/24: Tubman Student Council: PINK Out Day
  • 10/24: School Tour at 9:00 a.m.
  • 10:26: CPS High School Assessment
  • 10/27: Friends of Tubman Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • 10/28: Fun Friday Theme - Halloween & Fall Festival
  • 10:31: Halloween & Fall Festival Celebrations
  • Click here for Tubman Calendar
  • SY22/23 CPS Calendar
  • Fun Friday Themes


2022-23 CPS Holidays and Non-attendance Days

Oct 10: Indigenous Peoples Day - schools closed

Oct 21: School improvement day - no classes

Nov 8: Election day - schools closed

Nov 21: Teacher conferences - no classes

Nov 22-25: Thanksgiving holiday - schools closed

Dec 23: School improvement day - no classes

Dec 26-Jan 6: Winter break - schools closed

Jan 16: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - schools closed

Feb 3: Professional development day - no classes

Feb 20: President's Day - schools closed

Mar 17: School improvement day - no classes

Mar 29: Teacher conferences - no classes

Apr 3-7: Spring break - schools closed

May 29: Memorial Day - schools closed

June 7: Last day of school  

Teachers please include the important dates in your weekly newsletter.

Tubman News

NEW: Our lockdown drill will be October 12, 2022.  Please read this letter to find out more information regarding this drill.

NEW: To build camaraderie and increase student attendance on Fridays, we will implement themed dress up days on Fridays for the entire school. Students are not obligated to participate.  Please see the Fun Friday at Tubman schedule. 

NEW: Thursday and Friday of next week students with IEPs, 504s, and students who may be evaluated will participate in the hearing & vision screening.

NEW: Tubman Student Council - PINK Out Day: Join our Tubman Student Council in a PINK OUT during Breast Cancer Awareness month! Students are encouraged to wear PINK on Monday, October 24th! Students, parents, caregivers, and staff can use the hearts on the other side to commemorate both loved ones who they have lost to Breast Cancer, as well as survivors. Hearts should be returned to school by Monday, October 24th and will be displayed on the first floor. Thank you from our Tubman Student Council!

NEW: We are currently working with a new photographer to secure a date for pictures. Please look for an email next week with the date for picture day.

NEW: As you know, Hurricane Fiona battered Puerto Rico and has many communities underwater. Today, more than a two weeks later, a significant portion of the island is without power and/or water. Our Local School Council Chair, Illeana Inserni, alongside our Tubman community, is hoping to support local relief efforts in the next several weeks. Locally, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) has compiled a list of vetted organizations that are seeking donations. If you would like to know more about the SRBCC, you can do so here: http://segundoruizbelvis.org/about-us/. Please use this link to explore opportunities to help in these relief efforts. In addition, our Tubman students will be sending messages of encouragement to families in Puerto Rico in the weeks to come. Thank you for your support, Tubman Bulldogs!

REMINDER: Do you have an appointment to visit a teacher or to volunteer? If so, don't forget to bring ID as it will be necessary to receive a visitor's pass using the CPS visitor pass system. Simply stop at the security desk so Mr. Harris can give you your visitor badge while you are at Tubman, and make sure you sign our visitors log. All visitors should enter through Door 1.

REMINDER:  CPS Nutrition Support Services is excited to offer MealViewer starting school year 2022-23! This online menu service provides a quick and easy way to view our school’s daily menus. Also, here's the October breakfast and lunch menu.

MealViewer provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Safety – Create profiles for your students and select their allergens. Get alerts each time that allergen is on the menu! 
  • Fun Feedback – Let students favorite and rate certain meals so that we ensure we are serving meals they enjoy!

Signing Up is easy!

  1. Go to https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/Chicago%20Public%20Schools or download the mobile app and register for a free account.
  2. Create a profile for you and your students by first selecting their school. 
  3. Set up your student’s profile by selecting the appropriate allergens and let them favorite their most loved meals. Now you will receive notifications every time any of these are served

For guidance on using Mealviewer and the Mealviewer App, see the links below:

If you have any questions, contact Nutrition Support Services at Food@cps.edu.

Fall Festival Celebrations - October 31, 2022

Tubman is a community where we are creating an inclusive environment. In keeping with this vision and goal in mind, ALL classes will have Fall Festival Celebrations. Students may put on costumes after arrival to school (or wear under their clothes), and can pass out wrapped items (candy, popcorn, etc.) if they wish. All costumes are expected to align with stipulations in the code of conduct and/or dress code. If students do not celebrate Halloween, they are welcome to participate in all the celebrations because they are fall themed and they can dress as their favorite book character or in their favorite color if they wish. Students will engage in fall theme related activities during the celebration including art, games, and STEM activities.


Please be mindful of the fact that there are students with severe nut allergies in some classrooms. Please encourage students not to bring any treats containing nuts to ensure the health and safety of all. 

Tubman Staff Recognition


Each month the administration team selects staff members who go above and beyond supporting Tubman as a whole to receive our schoolwide BAGS Award. 

BAGS stands for:

  • Balance
  • Action
  • Gratitude
  • Service

We are excited to announce our September BAGS Award Winners:

  • Keanna Vanpelt (Porter) - kdvanpelt@cps.edu
  • Sandra Lopez (PreK Teacher Assistant) - sllopez1@cps.edu
  • Heather Beeker (Counselor) - hlbaumgardne@cps.edu
  • Jennifer Vincent (MYP Coordinator & DL Teacher) - jcvincent@cps.edu

Please help us celebrate the hard work of our amazing staff by sending them an email to congratulate them.

Parent Volunteer - (Click here for more information)

Parents/Caregivers will need Level II Volunteer status to help with classroom parties and activities. Please read below:

A Level II Volunteer is: 

1. A parent providing supervised volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week; 

2. Any individual providing volunteer service for less than 5 hours/week at a school where s/he does not have a child enrolled; 

3. An individual providing one-day volunteer service with no ongoing individualized interaction with a student(s) including those who speak at a class/assembly, judge academic competitions, live musical performance, participate in the “Principal for a Day” program, job-shadowing event, corporate philanthropic event, organized community service event or other one-time event provided there is direct supervision of the activity/event by regular school employees; 

4. A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay; or  

5. An individual providing volunteer service on projects/activities involving no or nominal contact with children (home-based volunteer activities, volunteers serving at Central or Network office).  

Medical Form Submission Plan

Students’ physical and immunization records are required by schools to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all students. In light of the school starting on August 22, 2022, parents/guardians need to turn in their child’s records as soon as possible. All forms are due by October 15, 2022. 


The physical and immunization requirements are as follows:


Physicals (Required for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th Grade and newly enrolled students)



Required for Pre-K, Kindergarten and all newly enrolled students   

  • DTap, Polio, MMR, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, HIB and Pneumococcal

Required for 6th Grade          

  • Tdap and Meningococcal


All medical forms can be turned into the student's teacher or the main office. If you feel comfortable, forms can also be emailed to the school nurse at CReilly1@cps.edu


If anyone needs assistance obtaining health insurance for their child please call the Healthy CPS Hotline at 773-553-KIDS (5437) for assistance. 

Questions from the Community

What is Partner Principal Carey’s role?

Principal Carey is another administrator here supporting the entire Tubman Community. 


What is Aspen? Do I need a parent account?

Aspen’s Parent Portal can be used to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and other information about your student's progress.

Aspen FAQs

Additional questions about Aspen or issues with access? Email Ms. Gordon

Help us spread the word about Tubman!

We have a great team working hard on new student recruitment for next year but we need the help of our wonderful community to achieve our goals! We are sharing our new informational flyer below so everyone can get involved. Know a family thinking about kindergarten next year? Send them our flyer! See a question about schools in a social media group? Post our flyer! Hear about a school fair in your community? Let us know so we can represent Tubman! Have an idea or a question? Send email to tubman.ambassador@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

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2851 N. Seminary Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: (773) 534-5725

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