Volume 4 | October 2, 2020
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
October 8: Suder Montessori Open House, 4:30pm
October 12: No School - Indigenous People's Day
Suder Virtual Open House
Please join us for the Suder Virtual Open House that will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2020. This event will take place from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. We will engage in community building activities, have classroom information sessions with teachers, review the Suder Virtual Meeting Expectations, host a session on all things Google Classroom, and much more! The schedule and meeting links will be shared next week.
Family Income Information Form Extension - Due 10.23.20
The purpose of the Family Income Information Form is for CPS to obtain information about families' income to determine school funding. Suder may receive additional funding based on the number of low-income families enrolled. It also determines if yearly school fees will be waived. It is imperative that everyone, if you qualify or not, complete the form and upload using the link below, fax your form to 773.534-7933, or drop the form off at the school by the new date of October 23, 2020. You may also pick up copies of the form and drop off your form Monday - Friday 8:45am - 4:30pm at Suder Montessori.
Suder 2020 Advisory Local School Council Election
The Suder 2020 Advisory Local School Council Election will be held later this fall. Exact dates and times for the election will be sent out later after the procedures to protect voters are finalized. In the election, parents and community members will have the opportunity to vote for up to 5 candidates to fill 8 positions on our school's ALSC (6 parent members and 2 community members) and school staff will have the opportunity to vote for up to 2 candidates to fill 3 positions on the ALSC (2 teacher members and 1 non-teacher staff member). We encourage and invite you to vote in the parent/community election. 

The Suder ALSC Ballot Position Lottery will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

The Suder ALSC Virtual Candidate Forum will be help at 5:15pm on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

We encourage and invite you to attend the Suder ALSC Virtual Candidate Forum to hear the candidates speak about their qualifications and their plans if elected (or appointed) to our school's ALSC. 
Join Friends of Suder
Friends of Suder is looking for parents and community members to join our team. We are looking for people with all kinds of skills and time commitments (emailing at night, supporting class parents, making calls, etc.). We are open to any and all participation. However, we are also reaching out to build a leadership team for the 2020-2021 school year.
Suder Sing-a-Long: "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers
A Suder favorite is “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. We cordially invite all staff to attend a quick sing-a-long that we would like to record. This recording will be used to kick off our Suder Virtual Open House on Thursday. If you’re interested in participating, please join us on Monday at 5:15pm using this link. The lyrics can be found here: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers.
Social Emotional Learning Support at Suder Montessori
We are very excited to be launching Second Step school-wide at Suder this coming week. Second Step is a classroom-based, social-emotional learning curriculum for pre-K through eighth grade. Throughout the Second Step curriculum, students will learn important skills for learning emotion management, problem solving, communication and much more. Classes will engage in Second Step lessons once per week. Please be on the lookout for letters called “Home Links.” These will be sent out weekly to families with information about what was covered in each week’s lesson, as well as tips for how to reinforce these skills at home.

Even though we are currently learning at home, small group counseling sessions will be starting soon! We are currently in the process of collecting referrals and forming small groups. Below are descriptions of many of the small group social emotional interventions that will be offered at Suder this year. Please feel free to complete this referral form if you believe your child may benefit from one or more of these interventions.

Anger Coping: Anger Coping is a school based group intervention that focuses on developing anger management skills for students ages 8 - 14. This group aims to equip students with the social processing and behavioral skills needed to reduce impulsive and reactive aggressive responses to anger. 

SPARCS: Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) is a skills based group intervention targeted for students ages 12 - 14 who have been exposed to chronic stress or trauma who may still be living with ongoing stress and are experiencing problems in several areas of functioning. It was developed to
help teens cope more effectively in the moment, enhance self-efficacy, connect with others and establish supportive relationships, cultivate awareness and create meaning.

Rainbows: Rainbows is designed to support youth in Pre-K thru 12th grade who are experiencing grief caused by the absence of a family member as the result of death, separation/divorce, incarceration, deportation, deployment, significant illness, abandonment, or other loss. 

Silver Linings: Silver Linings is designed to support youth in Pre-K thru 12th grade who are experiencing grief and other signs of loss/trauma as a result of a significant community crisis such as a natural or man-made disaster.

Bounce Back: Bounce Back is a 10-week skill-building program geared towards young children (K-5th grade) who have been exposed to significant stressful events. Bounce Back has been shown to be effective in reducing children’s symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

If your child needs support in an area not covered by one of the above groups, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are eager to respond to the needs of students, and are happy to support however needed. If you have any questions regarding small groups or would like more information, please reach out to Ms. Hogan at mhogan6@cps.edu or 773-534-7961.
Aspen: Parent Portal
Chicago Public Schools utilizes the Aspen system. Aspen is the Student Portal
where 1st -8th grade parents can access grades and attendance, historical data,
graduation requirements, student fees, etc.
The Student Portal URL is aspen.cps.edu and you will use your CPS
username (not your email address) and password to log in.
Use the Parent Portal to easily and conveniently check grades, attendance, and
other information about your student's progress. Parents who are interested in
creating a portal account for the first time must confirm the following.

  • You are listed as a contact for your student(s) in the current Student Information System, and
  • You have an up-to-date email address in the current Student Information System

Assuming the above items are complete, you should have received an email that will start
the sign up process. To sign-up for Parent Portal, please contact Ms. Baker and
provide your up-to-date email address and request a Parent Portal account in
Aspen. Once parent contact information has been verified by the school,
parents will receive a signup email from Aspen. If you don’t receive the sign-up
email, we recommend checking your Spam folder. If you are unable to locate the
email, please contact Ms. Baker at scmccaster-b@cps.edu for assistance.
Click here for the student and parent resources page for more information
regarding account sign-up instructions and support.
Middle School Students Virtually Attend National Museum of Mexican Art
Middle School students will be participating in free virtual sessions at The National Museum of Mexican Arts. This year's exhibition pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from the community, Mexico, the U.S. and the entire world that have died from COVID-19. Join to see new installations, paintings, and prints created by local artists for this, the 34th annual Day of the Dead exhibition. In addition there will be works of art in various media from the growing National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection. These works created by Mexican artists from both sides of the border reveal their interest in preserving and participating in one of the most influential living celebrations from Mexico, which over time has transcended borders.

We encourage interested families to find out more information below!
Chicago Blackhawk Family Events
The Chicago Blackhawks will be hosting Family Skate and Skate + Study events. These opportunities will provide families a chance to get out and engage in a fun activity together. Parent/guardian must be present with minors.

When: Saturdays, September 19 – October 31, 5:40 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.
Kalapriya After School Arts
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
Beginning with the start of the 2020-21 school year, JCC Chicago’s J at School program will offer supervised care in safe, small groups (up to 15) that supports classroom e-learning, provides families with full day care and children with a vital social outlet.

J at School will have off site locations throughout the city and suburbs to provide our families care during remote learning. J at School will provide 7 hours of daily care Monday-Friday for students in grades K-8th grade. 
Music House at Suder Montessori
Music House is currently open for select in person dance classes. All other classes are running online. Register Now for Fall Classes! New classes include Virtual After School ClubLanguage Arts Classes, and Visual Arts Classes!

Our friends at Music House are offering free classes all week 10/5-10/11! Sign up for a free violin, piano, guitar, or drum lesson, a dance, art, or magic class! There's an outdoor family magic show on 10/11! Register for a free class here: https://musichouseinc.com/open-house.html
Friends of Suder News
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Fill out our survey to let us know! 
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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