Volume 2 | September 12, 2020
News and Updates
Mark Your Calendars
September 17: Suder ALSC Meeting, 5:30pm
September 30: Family Income Information Forms Due
October 8: Suder Montessori Open House
Remote Learning Attendance
Suder Montessori had 98.2% attendance on the first day of remote learning. The CPS average was 84.2% for the first day of remote learning. Thank you to our staff, families, and students for remaining committed to ensuring that our students logged on and engaged in remote learning from the very first day of school! See the press release from CPS on first day attendance here: Chicago Public Schools Announces First Day Attendance Rates.
Remote Learning Parent Survey
Please complete the SY21 Suder Remote Learning Survey to help us maintain a positive remote learning experience for you and your child(ren). Your feedback is essential to ensuring that we are meeting the needs of your children during remote learning.
Remote Learning Tips for Families
Educators understand that families are taking on much more responsibility for their children's learning than ever before. In order for remote learning to be successful, parents and caregivers require support from educators. Please see the tips below to help your child have a successful remote learning experience.

Post student schedules. Having a clear vision of what is expected of your child will help them see that just because they are home does not mean they don’t have work to do. Experts recommend helping them prioritize and learn to create goals, tasks, and deadlines, just like adults do when they go to work. Be sure to bookmark or paste electronic schedules on the home screen of devices and post schedules somewhere that is easily access to students.

Foster students’ independence. It is important for students to learn how to independently engage in remote learning. For younger children, this may not seem realistic. However, children are capable of more than we think. Model things such as logging in, pulling up the schedule, going to Google Classroom or a Google Meets link the first week. For two week, allow students to complete these tasks with supervision. By week three, students should be able to complete these tasks independently and only call on you for help when they really need it. Give them the tools they need to engage in remote learning independently.

Help students establish routines. Teachers spend the first three weeks of school teaching students routines and procedures. Once students remember routines and know procedures, they'll keep doing it. The crucial thing now is getting them to form a couple of productive home-study habits. You can help them to do this by giving just one or two clear, simple goals, like "Log on to the device independently" or "Access Google Meets link for each session independently."  Procedures tend to stick when children do something routinely. For example, that might be in a certain place, at a specific time, or after an established a cue to work that prompts them to complete a task.

Ensure that children have a positive learning environment.

Make a space. Create a special, personalized corner of a room dedicated to learning, creating, and reading. Use a movable box or crate if space is precious. Let your child help prepare the space for school, even if that just means putting a decorated pencil box next to the device they'll be using. Getting the space ready will help them get ready to learn.

Ensure proper seating. When children are supported correctly, their body and brains can concentrate on learning. When they are not supported correctly, they have a hard time knowing where their body is in space (proprioception) and they spend a lot of their energy and focus moving and wiggling to feel supported and that makes learning difficult. See the seating options tips for proper seating guidelines:
  • 90/90/90 - Hips, knees, and ankles all form a 90 degree angle
  • Neck Neutral - Device should be at eye level preventing students from looking down or up at the screen
  • Feet Supported - Provide a stool for feet and pillow behind the back if children are sitting in a big chair to support their feet
  • Provide Alternate Seating Options. See below:
Prone (Tummy)
Tall-Kneel or Half-Kneel
Use a Therapy Ball
Work on a Vertical Surface
Family Income Information Form (Due 9.30.20)
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 September 30, 2020.You may also pick up copies of the form and drop off your form Monday - Friday 8:45am - 4:30pm at Suder Montessori.

For your convenience, we will offer two late days to pick up and drop off forms on:
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 8:45 am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 8:45 am - 6:00pm
2020-2021 CPS Elementary School Calendar
Click here for the 2020-21 CPS Elementary School Calendar. Non-student attendance days such as holidays, report card conferences, winter and spring break
are also included.
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.
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.
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!
Friends of Suder News
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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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