Volume 4 | September 15, 2019
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
September 20: Jog-a-thon Kick-off Pep Rally

September 27: E1 Field Trip to Field Museum

September 30: Annual Title I Principal's Meeting

October 2: Picture Day

October 3: Suder Open House, 4:30pm

October 4: Progress Report Distribution
Suder Open House
The Suder Open House will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 4:30pm-6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to visit your child's classroom, meet all of his/her teachers (including Art, Technology, Mandarin, Music, and Gym), and learn what is going on when your child is away from home.

Also, here will be a mandatory 8th grade parent meeting at 5:00pm in the cafeteria.

Lastly, there will be a meeting to discuss the short term and long term plans in E2 at 5:30pm in the cafeteria.
Student Student Council
Starting this school year, CPS established the Student Rights & Responsibilities which includes the CPS student-created “Bill of Rights” along with the “Student Code of Conduct”. In alignment with our school’s value around cultivating student agency, we will establish the Suder Student Council led by Ms. Hogan this school year. Elementary 2 and Middle School Students will have the opportunity to run for the Suder Student Council Executive Board and must complete the application by October 4, 2019. Third graders in Elementary 1 and students in Elementary 2/Middle School will also have the opportunity to serve as classroom representatives.

The Suder Student Council will meet bi-weekly from 9:00am-9:30am. Some of the work that the Suder Student Council will engage in will be guided by the WE Schools Kit. The WE School Kit is a unique, experimental service-learning program that challenges young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and empowers them with the tools they need to take action.

Application Process:
  • Submit a signed permission form
  • Collect signed recommendations from three different Suder Montessori staff 
  • Write a typed speech of approximately three minutes in length
  • Make two campaign posters

Information about how to apply for the Suder Student Council will be shared with students and families next week!
Suder Family Handbook
In order to establish and maintain clear communication with families, we have created the Suder Family Handbook, which has information about the school and its operations, policies, and procedures. Refer to this handbook often as it provides important information for families. We hope that this handbook provides you with a clear understanding of our school-wide expectations, programs, and policies.  
Suder Parking Lot
Due to limited parking for staff, the Suder Parking Lot is only available for staff. Families, please do not park in the Suder Parking Lot. Street parking is available on Damen, Washington east of Damen, and on Maypole. Parents are NOT allowed to park or wait in front of the school as it is reserved for buses. Double parking and blocking traffic on Washington is strictly prohibited per the Chicago Police Department. 
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
The Suder Montessori Magnet School day runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In order to maximize the instructional time, we open the doors at 8:35am for breakfast. Instruction will begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please adhere to the drop off and pick up policy below.

Drop-Off Procedures

Doors to the school will open for children at 8:35am.

Early Childhood (PreK and Kindergarten)
Early Childhood students enter through the playground doors nearest to Maypole (door #5).  All Early Childhood Students must be signed in and out each day.  Following sign in, students proceed to the cafeteria for Universal Breakfast. Parents, please foster your child’s independence and allow him/her to walk to the cafeteria independently after they are signed in.

Elementary and Middle School
All Elementary and Middle School students will enter the building through the “Mural Door” (door #2) nearest to Damen and Washington. Students in E1, E2, and MS do NOT need to be signed in at drop off. Students enter and proceed directly to the gym for breakfast. Students are not allowed to go to their lockers before breakfast.

Pick-Up Procedures

Students are dismissed at 4:00pm.

Early Childhood (PreK and Kindergarten)
At the end of the day, parents will enter through the playground doors (Door 6) and proceed to the child’s classroom. Parents will line up outside of the child’s classroom and wait to sign out the student.  All Early Childhood Students must be signed in and out each day.  Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm. The door will remain open until 4:10pm. After 4:10pm, parents must enter the Main Door on Washington.

Elementary 1
At the end of day, E1 teaching staff will bring all students to the gymnasium for parent pick up at 4:00pm. Parents should enter through the “Mural Door” (door #2) nearest to Damen and Washington and proceed to the gymnasium for pick up promptly at 4:00pm. If you would like to request that your E1 student be dismissed outdoors, you may request IN WRITING to the child’s teacher.

Elementary 2
At the end of the day, E2 teaching staff will take students from their classrooms and release them for dismissal through the southwest door (door #7). Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm. Students are not allowed to wait at the Main Entrance.  

Middle School
At the end of the day, MS teachers will bring students from their classrooms and release them for dismissal through the southwest door (door #7). Students must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm.  

Bus Students
All bus students will exit the Main Door to be escorted to buses. In order to ensure that there are no mixups, if your child won’t be taking the bus notify their teacher in writing that morning. Only in emergency cases will bus calls be taken in the office. The end of the school day is a very busy time. As such, emergency changes by phone to the Main Office will only be honored until 3:00pm. 

NOTE: The Main entrance is closed to families from 8:55am-9:00am and 4:00pm-4:10pm for entry and exit.

****Per CPS policy, if a student is not picked up by 4:30pm schools are instructed to call the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to report neglect and to call CPS Safety and Security, who will then call the police. If a parent constantly picks up a child late, the parent will be required to register with J @ School and will be required to pay the $25 drop in fee each time the parent arrives late.****
Suder Montessori's Visitor Policy
School safety is our top priority. In order to provide a SAFE environment for our students and staff we must closely monitor movement within our school each day. Additionally, to maximize quality instruction to our students we must protect instructional time. The following key policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of your child, provide quality instruction to all students, and provide effective communication opportunities for our parents.
As a visitor in Suder Montessori Magnet School, you agree to be bound by the following:
  • All visitors must enter the Main Entrance on Washington Blvd (Door 1)
  • Visitors must immediately sign in at the security desk, obtain a visitor’s pass, and proceed directly to the Main Office
  • At no time is a visitor allowed to walk throughout the building without checking in at the Main Office
  • Be prepared to present a government-issued ID if requested
  • While in the building, conduct yourself in a manner that is not disruptive to the learning environment
  • No visitor is allowed to speak to students without permission is obtained from the principal
  • Visitors are not allowed to take pictures or videotape students or staff
Suder Montessori Parent Education Nights
All families are invited to learn about the Montessori curriculum in a public setting. Parent Education Nights are offered during the school year on various topics. See the flyers below for more information.
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
Suder Sprint is coming!
October 18, 2019. Have you: 1. Signed your child up on  https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/suder-sprint-2019  2. Talked to your child about who they will ask to support them in the Suder Sprint? 3. Volunteered to help at the Suder Sprint here:  https://friendsofsuder.typeform.com/to/cBt4qf  4. Identified a business to ask to sponsor the Suder Sprint?
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. 

Join us for a Parent Mixer at Grand Central Brewery, 6-8pm. Enjoy Pizza on FOS and try out some new beers from our neighbors! Street parking is available.
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
  • Washing Machine
  • Dryer
  • 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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