Volume 9 | December 13, 2020
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
December 17: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm
December 21-January 1: No School - Winter Break
January 4: Remote Learning Resumes
January 5: PAC Meeting, 5:00pm
January 8: Go CPS App
January 11: Pre-K/Kindergarten Return In-Person Instruction
February 1: 1-8 Return In-Person Instruction
Suder's Winter Week - December 14 - 18
Please join us in participating in Suder’s Winter Week by dressing up for each themed day. This is an opportunity to build community as a school before we celebrate the holidays. Let’s end 2020 with a bang! #GoCougars!
Suder Montessori Reopening Update
A huge thank you to the 414 families that completed the CPS Learning Preference Survey! Suder Montessori’s priority is to ensure that we continue to create a safe learning environment for all students, staff, and parents and your response to the survey greatly assists in careful, intentional planning. 
42%, 183 students, of our school population have opted to return to in-person instruction. Please note that families can go from “hybrid” to “learn at home” at any time. However, the next opportunity families who selected “learn at home” can change to “hybrid” is in the fourth quarter. In fulfillment of our school’s vision, Suder staff continues to work around the clock to create an in-person and online environment that cultivates the roots of responsibility and wings of independence in every child. In order to help parents better understand what schooling at Suder Montessori will look like come January, please carefully review the information below:
  • Suder Montessori prides itself on building and cultivating strong relationships with our students and families. As a result, all students will remain with their current teacher whether in-person or online.
  • All students who selected learn at home will continue to engage in remote learning every school day.
  • Students in Early Childhood (Pre-K & Kindergarten) who selected hybrid will return to in-person instruction on January 11, 2020. 
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K & Kindergarten) students who selected hybrid will attend school four days a week including Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. All Early Childhood students will engage in remote learning on Wednesdays.
  • Students in Elementary 1, Elementary 2, and Middle School who selected hybrid will return to in-person instruction on February 1, 2020. 
  • Elementary 1, Elementary 2, and Middle School who selected hybrid will attend school two days a week including Monday and Tuesday. All Elementary 1, Elementary 2, and Middle School students will engage in remote learning on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
  • All students, hybrid and learn at home, will receive revised schedules within the next two weeks.
Additional information about Suder's reopening will be shared in the coming weeks. Please feel free to review the links below for additional information on CPS' reopening.
Suder Staff Holiday Donations
We would love to celebrate our incredibly hard working staff this holiday season! If you would like to contribute to an all Suder Staff fund, please provide your donations to Joie Graves, Lead Room Parent by December 17th via Venmo: @Joie-Graves-1. Holiday eGift cards will be purchased and provided to Suder Staff on December 18th.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your assigned room parent.
If you do not know who your room parent is, please email friendsofsudercps@gmail.com and someone will get back to you with that information.
Friends of Suder Elections
FOS will be holding elections on Jan 7! If you are interested in holding an officer position, please email friendsofsudercps@gmail.com with your interest.

Also, thank you to FOS for hosting a wellness workshop for Suder Staff!!! We really appreciate it!
Chicago Public Library Card Sign Up
Chicago Public Library and the Chicago Public Schools Libraries Team have partnered to ensure all students, from pre-K to high school, have access to the many resources of the public library. CPL's goals are to update existing cards online or to get eCards for students who have never had a card before and only need to access online resources. 

While Manning Library is closed for renovation students who would like a new physical library card can go to any of the open CPL locations to register. The $1 replacement card fee for physical library cards will be waived through January 8, 2021

CPL's Winter Learning Journey goes until January 31st. This program gives students the opportunity to win prizes for reading, learning and discovering. If families are looking for educational activities during break students can participate by clicking the link below.
Family Focus Relief Program
ComEd Financial Assistance Program
For a limited time, this financial-assistance program provides an additional one-time grant of up to $300 to help low- income residential customers, and those who express financial hardship, reduce past-due balances. Assistance through the Helping Hand program will be administered directly through ComEd. Residential customers can apply for Helping Hand grants at www.ComEd.com/PaymentAssistance or call 1-800-334-7661.