Volume 5 | September 29, 2019
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
September 30: Annual Title I Principal's Meeting, 4:30pm

October 2: Picture Day

October 3: Suder Open House, 4:30pm

October 4: Progress Report Distribution

October 10: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm

October 10-17: Principal Appreciation Week

October 14: No School - Indigenous People's Day/Columbus Day

October 15: Suder Prospective Parent Tour
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
PAC, or Parent Advisory Council, exists to build and promote the capacity of parents of students participating in Title I programs to partner with their children’s schools in the education of their children.  PAC’s main responsibilities are to advise the principal on the use of Title I parent & family engagement funds as well as to serve as a bridge between all school parents and the school administration. We received $848.40 in PAC funds for the 2019-2020 school year.

Suder Montessori is will hold PAC Organizational Meeting after the ALSC Meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:30pm . At the PAC Organizational Meeting, parents will elect Title I PAC Officers and set monthly meeting dates and times for the school year. The officers of the PAC are as follows: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Outreach Coordinator. To find our more about the PAC Roles and Responsibilities, click the link below. If you are interested in serving as a PAC member, please contact Ms. Bada at bbada@cps.edu and plan to attend the meeting on October 10, 2019.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal on how to spend the PAC funds, you can do so using the link below.
Suder Welcomes Foreign Exchange Student from China
During the 2018-2019 school year, Suder Montessori developed a partnership with Deyang No.5 Middle School located just outside of Chengdu, China. In April 2019, Suder had the opportunity to send a group of students to China for a cultural exchange. During this exchange, Suder students had an opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture by staying with a host family, attending class with their host brothers and sisters, trying new foods, and much more!

On Friday, Suder will welcomed seven students and three teachers from our sister school, Deyang No.5 Middle School. We hope to reciprocate the incredible experience our students had when they visited China in the spring, and to strengthen our partnership so that we may continue this cultural exchange for years to come. We've already provided our foreign exchange students with great experiences! See photos below.
Suder Welcomed Students at Airport
Students attended the Sox Game on Saturday
Students attended Welcome BBQ on Sunday
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

Reach out to Ms. Hogan if you have any questions!
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. 
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!

If you have not already done so, be sure to visit the Suder website and sign up to receive the Suder Newsletter!