Volume 15 | March 1, 2020
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
March 5: Suder ALSC Nominations Due by 3:00pm
March 6: Progress Report Distribution
March 12: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm
March 16: Parent Education Night, 4:15pm
March 21: Suder Family Dance
Attendance at Suder Montessori
  • SY20 Goal: 96%

  • Current YTD: 94.65%

  • Last Week: 96.51%

Why Focus on Attendance?

Research shows that student attendance and academic performance are two strong indicators of how students will perform in college.

Attendance is 20% of the school's SQRP . In order to get the most points on the SQRP for attendance, we must have an average of 96% attendance for the school year.

Attendance incentives around historically low attendance days/weeks assist in increasing attendance and helps us reach our school-wide goal.
Suder ALSC Elections for 2020-2022
Chicago Public Schools is preparing to host Local School Council (LSC) elections across the city. LSC members are some of the most important elected officials in our community, serving as the policy-making body of each district-managed school. Applications to become a candidate in this year’s elections are open until March 5, 2020! Let Ms. Valadez ( rvaladez5@cps.edu)  know if you are interested in running.
Parent Education Night
The next Parent Education Night will take place on Monday, March 16, 2020. Suder staff will present Geometry works beginning in EC through E2. Come learn the history of the materials and watch as the works spiral through the grade bands.
5-Essentials Survey
Students in grades 4 through 12 will be asked to participate in a survey called 5Essentials. This survey is administered by UChicago Impact for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The survey asks students about their experiences and feelings, such as support from their teachers, how safe they feel at school, their school work, and plans for the future. Having such information directly from students is critical for developing plans to improve schools. For information about this survey, please visit: http://www.cps.edu/mvms_surveys or call the survey hotline at 1-866-440-1874.

All students’ answers will be kept in strict confidence. No students will be identified in reports relating to this survey. Please be aware that under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 U.S.C. Section 1232(c)(1)(A), you have the right to review a copy of the questions asked of your student(s). If you would like to do so, you can view a copy of the survey at your school.

Note: The parent survey is administered and managed by CPS from April 1-April 30. If you need further assistance regarding the parent survey, please go to http://cps.edu/Pages/mvms_parentsurvey.aspx or email parentsurveys@cps.edu .
Suder Family Dance
You are cordially invited to attend the Suder Family Dance. The event will take place on March 21, 2020, from 6pm-9pm at LaVilla Banquets located at 3638 N. Pulaski. The cost is $50 per couple and $25 for each additional person. This event will sell out so be sure to reserve your family's tickets by making the payment online no later than March 12, 2020.
Black History Month Celebrations
Black History Month was an opportunity for our school to celebrate and honor African American History. Thank you to staff for making sure that students engaged in meaningful learning and fun events centered around Black History. Thank you to students for committing to sharing your learning and fully participating in the exciting activities. Thank you to the Friends of Suder for planning and hosting the Harlem Renaissance Dances. Thank you to parents for your unwavering support and participation.
Early Childhood Black History Celebration
Suder Black History Assembly
Harlem Renaissance Dance
100th Day of School
Thursday, February 27, 2020, was the 100th day of school for the 2019-2020 School Year! Early Childhood students celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing like they were 100 years old!
Elementary 2 Science Fair
The Elementary 2 Suder Science Fair was an amazing event for our entire school community! Thank you to our intelligent scholars, dedicated staff, and supportive families for making this event a huge success!
Elementary School Promotion Policy
The School/Parent Guide to the Elementary Promotion Policy is an at-a-glance summary of the Elementary Promotion Policy. The guide assists schools and parents in determining the promotion status of students in benchmark grades 3, 6, and 8 and the requirements associated with each promotion status.

We urge parents to closely monitor their child's academic progress to ensure he or she stays on track throughout the school year. Parents can assist their child in meeting the promotion criteria by reviewing assignments with him or her, requesting to see quizzes and tests, and maintaining communication with their child's school and teacher with regards to his or her academic progress.

Students who do not satisfy the promotion criteria above will be required to attend and satisfactorily complete Summer School in order to attain promotion to the next grade.

If you have any questions about your child's promotion to the next grade, reach out to your child's teacher for additional information.

Attendance in the Cold Winter Months
This is the time of year when winter takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather can keep students from getting to school. So can colds, fevers, and earaches that often come with the winter months.

These absences, even if they are excused, can lead to academic challenges. If it is a snowy or rainy day but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they aren’t in class. These absences can result in lower academic achievement, test scores, and grades.

There’s not much we can do about the weather, but there are two key steps every family can take to help minimize absences this year.

  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in winter weather. That could mean checking with other families who have a car that can manage in the snow or forming a “walking school bus” to walk your children to school with other parents. If you’re stuck, call the school. We can try connect you with families or find support that may be able to help.
  2. Keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer and/or tissue. If your children do get sick, talk to a doctor or reach out to the school nurse about whether they should come to school and when it is okay for them to return. This handout offers some tips about when children are too sick for school.

Above all, communicate with the Suder Main Office and the classroom teacher as we will always find a way to help and support. We want your children and all our students to succeed!

Suder Recess Weather Guidelines
Ideally, recess should take place outdoors on school grounds as weather, space, and safety permit. Outdoor recess allows children to get fresh air, provides an opportunity for children to engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity and gives students more activity options than most indoor spaces. As a result, outdoor recess will take place outdoors when the temperature is 25 degrees F with or without the wind chill . Please be sure to dress children appropriately to go outside and have fun during recess.
Aspen: Parent Portal
Parents can always have access to students grades, attendance, and other information that the school has on file through Aspen's Parent Portal. If you do not have Parent Portal set up or want to know how to navigate the system, reach out to the Suder Main Office.
Suder Main Office Information
The Suder Main Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. The number to the Suder Main Office is (773) 534-7685.
J @ School at Suder Montessori
J at School provides a safe, welcoming environment where students can relax and enjoy time with their school friends. Children can keep learning with games, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, homework time, and more. 

  • Before Care: 7:00-9:00am
  • After Care: 4:00-6:00pm

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
Music House at Suder Montessori
Start your Child on the Path to musical success right at Suder Montessori! Classes start Tuesday, September 3rd 2019! Class offerings are listed below.
  • Pre-Twinkle, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Violin
  • Ukulele
  • Rock Band
  • Pre Ballet and Ballet
  • Beginning and Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Musical Theater
  • Pre-Twinkle Piano, Beginning Piano, and Intermediate/Advanced Piano
  • Latin Partner Dance

To find out more information, visit their website on the right.
Friends of Suder News
Visit the Friends of Suder Parent Room
Feel free to stop by the FOS Room at any time! Please abide by the Parent Room Rules below!
Interested in providing a little Staff Sunshine?
On Mondays, we have surprises for our staff in the teacher’s lounge. It can be anything from popcorn, a candy “bar,” croissants, donuts, tea, soup, or anything in a crockpot. Don’t have time to set it up in the morning? Don’t worry about it- FOS will set it up. All you have to do is drop it off in the office at drop-off.
Parents like to party!
Parents like to party. So, FOS has created “Parent Parties” on every first Thursday of each month. We will alternate from a morning party to after school party and the parties will take place in the new FOS room after it is renovated. We hope to continue to build our community through these parties. Expect food, surprises, and community. Stay tuned for more info. 
Want to be more involved?
Fill out our survey to let us know! 
Do you have a thing for Flower Arranging?
Sign up for Flower Power- where we arrange and deliver beautiful flowers each week.
Are Socials (aka Dances) your thing?
We are going to have Fall Fest Socials where kids can wear their Halloween Costumes! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please sign up below!
Suder Wish List
We Love Donations!
Listed below are items that we need at Suder Montessori. If you or someone you know can donate any of these items, please contact the Main Office.

  • Guitar(s) and/or Guitar Parts
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Suder Library Amazon Wish List
  • We are expanding our school library, and we are looking for furniture donations. (Bean bags, modern couch, a rug) any ideas where can we get these donated? Does anyone have a contact with a company who might be remodeling their space and would be willing to donate fun modern furniture? If you do, let the Parent Librarians know!

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