Principal’s Newsletter: Summer Updates 8.12.17

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Principal’s Newsletter: Summer Updates

I wanted to share some of the EXCITING changes taking place at Decatur Classical this year.


In lieu of a technology position at Decatur, the LSC voted to use our budget to purchase new ipads and chromebooks for classrooms. This fall Decatur Classical school will be ‘1 to 1’, which means that students and teachers will have access to technology in their own classrooms.


Additionally, we are going to launch a parent run library. Jeannie Strong has volunteered to lead this project. Please email if you’re interested in helping with the library. I am eager to work with Jeannie and her team.


As you may have read in the paper, Decatur lost one teacher and one special education teaching assistant. I’d like to wish Ms. Lynne Chueng and Ms. Patricia Hare all the best in their new endeavors.


Mr. Pfest accepted a new teaching position at Edison Park Elementary for this coming school year. While I know he will be missed, I hope you will join me in wishing him much success in his new position.


Please be sure to check emails and our website for more updates. I will share final staffing organization and new hires soon. I’m working to consolidate all the contact information and appreciate your patience. Once the school year begins, I’ll send a weekly Principal’s Newsletter in place of ‘take home Tuesday’ folders. Check your SPAM folder if you haven’t received these newsletter updates yet. If you need or prefer paper copies, email me to opt-in for paper communication only. All documents will also be available online for printing.


Have a great weekend,

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Announcements & Upcoming Events

Student Fees:

The LSC approved a $150 student tech & supply fee. This year, the fee will cover all of the necessary supplies, workbooks, and a minimum of 2 field trips. This will include pencils, folders, novels, technology, tissue, etc. All you have to bring is a book bag on the first day!


You can pay your supply fee in the main office or send with your child to school. We will also accept payment at the Back to School picnic. If you need to pay in installments, can only pay a portion of the fee, or if you need a waiver, please email me and complete the student waiver form.
Back to School Office Forms:

If you are new enrolled or a returning family to Decatur, you only need to complete the following documents for the office:

Family Income Form

Emergency Contact Form

*New* Digital Emergency Contact Form (complete 1 per household)

Media consent forms are only for families who are new to Decatur. For returning families, complete only if your consent has changed from last year. Media Consent Form

If you would like to get a head start, fill out the forms and drop them off in the office on August 30th or the first week of school. Otherwise, we will send these forms on the first day of school.
JCC is coming to Decatur!


We will offer onsite after school child care 5 days a week and follow the CPS calendar. Ala carte options are available as well (1 day only, 3 days, etc) I’m very excited about this new partnership with the JCC. Please consider enrolling your child even if just for emergency child care. For details see below:

J at School Programming
When the work day extends beyond the school day, students can participate in organized physical activities inside and out, receive homework help, create art projects and play games, and enjoy healthy snacks. After School embraces a no-electronics policy in support of developing healthy minds and bodies. Offered Monday through Friday until 6:00pm. For further information please call the J at School Team at 312.775.1848 or Registration Link:
After School Programming:

Decatur will have many options for after school fee-based programs in addition to the JCC. Programs will begin the week of September 25th and run through June 8th, 2018 from 2:45-3:45pm. Schedules and registration information will be posted on our website by Friday 7pm. Some of the offerings we have are:

Let’s Build It-Robotics
Let’s Code It
Mission Propelle Girls Yoga
We Got Game
Dream Big Drama
Flag Star Football
Chess (mornings only)
Decatur Website:

We continue to work on our website, but it is coming together! Please check out the website for announcements, registration links, after school information, & more. Some cool new features are still to come in the upcoming weeks.
Save The Dates:

Back To School Picnic is on August 30th, 5:30-7pm. Come meet your teachers and visit with friends. Food and fun will be provided! The PTA is working hard to make this the best back to school picnic EVER.

Kindergarten Meet & Greet is August 13th, 11:00am-1pm at the Decatur playground. Questions? Reach out to Samantha Frerking.

First Day of School is on Tuesday, September 5th! Remember, school starts at 7:45am and ends at 2:45pm.
Interested in Volunteering?

The chess team is looking for volunteers! Contact Chris Swan for more details.

Decatur is always looking for an extra set of hands. If you’re interested in getting involved email us

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