I would like to clarify to parents our policy regarding absences. When your child is absent, you should notify the school by phone on the day of the absence. You must also submit a written note identifying the cause of the absence. If you don’t submit a note with your child, the day will be marked as an unexcused absence. There seems to be some confusion about this. The phone call is just a verbal communication to let us know that your child will not be in school. However, by law, we still need a written note describing the cause of the absence. Please keep this in mind the next time your child is absent from school. I would also like to clarify that not all the notes you send to our school qualify under the excused absence policy authorized by the Board of Education. Excused absences will be granted only under the following situations:
Observance of a religious holiday (absence note must be provided prior to absence)
Death in the immediate family
Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent for their child’s safety or health (approved by the principal)
Other situations beyond the control of the student (as determined by the principal)
All other causes/reasons for absences are considered unexcused based on the Chicago Public School Attendance Code.
Please be advised that students are at recess for 15 to 20 minutes every day. As the temperature keep dropping, it is essential that your child is ALWAYS wearing a warm coat and appropriate attire during recess time. We need your help to make sure our students are bringing a coat/jacket every day, so that they can enjoy their recess time without worrying about the outside temperature.
Healy - Top Rated Elementary School in CPS Rankings
Two weeks ago, CPS released the 2013-14 ranking of all the schools in the district. Out of 5 possible points, Healy received 4.7 points. Only two elementary schools received 4.9, five elementary schools received 4.8, and nine elementary schools received 4.7. I am extremely pleased with the results obtained and thank all our teachers and staff for their dedication to help all our students achieve high levels of growth and attainment. We will continue to work hard in making sure all our students are receiving a high quality education and that our teachers have the necessary resources to achieve this goal. Congratulations! Click on the button below to see the 2013-2014 CPS Ranking (based on SQRP results)
This year the Chinese New Year is on February 19, 2015. As always, our school is planning our main celebration on Friday, February 20th. On this day, we are having two performances (9:00 am and 1:00 pm) for our parents and community members. Everyone is encouraged to wear traditional Chinese outfits or dress in the colors red and/or gold.
Student of the Month - January
Chinese New Year Parade
Every year, our school sends the largest
group to the Chinatown New Year’s Parade. This year, we would like to count on
you for your participation in this event. The parade is scheduled for Sunday,
February 22nd at 1:00 pm. Our group will meet on the corner of
Wentworth and 24th Place. We hope to see you there!
We are having a large number of our students bringing mobile phones and other electronic devices into our building. We realize that it is important for parents to keep in contact with their child, particularly after dismissal time. However, on several occasions, students were caught using these devices during class and/or transition times (i.e. lunch, recess, etc.). In many of these occasions it was the parent texting or calling their child during school time. I ask you to please help us minimize the usage of mobile devices during school time by avoiding calling/texting your child from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm (4:30 pm if your child attends after school activities). Remember that if your child is caught using their mobile device during school time they will be subject to the consequences listed on the 2014 Student Code of Conduct. Please also remember that our school and/or any any member of our staff is responsible for any electronic device(s) your child bring to school.
We ask that you listen to media sources for information during emergencies and school closings. During even small events like snow, callers often jam the lines seeking information that is readily available on our website, the radio, and television. An overflow of calls takes staff members away from other critical tasks during an emergency. Healy is part of the Chicago Public School (CPS) system, so when Chicago Public Schools are delayed, closed, or dismissing early, Healy is as well. Please remember that our school’s website (healy.cps.edu), the CPS information hotline (773-553-1000), and the CPS website (cps.edu), are excellent sources of information about school closings and unusual events.
REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION DAY Tuesday, February 10th
NO SCHOOL - January 30th School Improvement Day
Student Work - Mandarin Class
Healy Visitor Policy
Parents are welcome to visit our school anytime. To ensure visitations are productive for both school and visitors, please follow these guidelines:
1. All visitors must sign in with the security officer after entering the building. They must immediately proceed to the main office to inform our clerks the nature of their visit. 2. If a visitor is visiting a classroom or any other area of our building, they must wear a visitor identification sticker in a visible place. 3. If a parent is planning to visit a classroom to observe their child, they must provide prior notice to teachers and staff to arrange appropriate times and days. This notification must be done at least 24 hours prior to their visit. 4. Conferences with teachers cannot be scheduled during class time. Parents must make arrangements with their child’s teacher to meet either during the teacher’s preparation time, or before/after school.
School policy does not permit children (students from other schools, friends, relatives) to visit the classroom for the day.
We ask that you do not interrupt the classroom schedule by going directly to the classroom. All contacts with students should be made through the school office.
Cell Phones in The Building
Last year we had a large number of our students bringing cell phones into our building. We realize that it is important for parents to keep in contact with their child, particularly after dismissal time. However, on several occasions, students were caught using these devices during class and/or transition times (i.e. lunch, recess, etc.). In many of these occasions it was the parent texting or calling their child during school time. I ask you to please help us minimize the usage of mobile devices during school time by avoiding calling/texting your child from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm (4:30 pm if your child attends after school activities). Remember that if your child is caught using their mobile device during school time they will be subject to the consequences listed on the 2014 Student Code of Conduct.
Congratulations to rooms 104 (3rd) and room 113 (7th) for having the best attendance in November. Both classrooms ended the month with 99.76% attendance. They were followed closely by room 230 (2nd) with a 99.22%. Third place were rooms 208 (5th) and room 228 (1st) with a 99.05%. The overall school attendance for the month of November was 97.02%. Please continue to support our school by making attendance a high priority for our students.
New Wellness Policy
CPS principals were informed two weeks ago that the Federal government is mandating the implementation of a new Nutrition and Wellness Policy for all schools receiving federal funding. Starting this school year, schools are not allowed to serve any food to students that have not been processed in the school’s cafeteria. For our school this rule is in effect from 12:01 am until 3:15 pm. The fees and penalties for not complying with this policy are extremely high. Therefore, our school must adhere to this new federal regulation. Starting this year, our school can no longer accept cupcakes, cakes, candies, chips, soda, or any other food that parents bring to celebrate their child’s birthday. Once again, if it was not
prepared in our cafeteria, then we cannot give it to our students. The school
is allowed to bring outside food for only two events during the school year.
Our staff decided that these two special events will happen the last day before
Winter Break and the last day before Summer Break.This new policy does not apply to
students that bring their own lunch from home as long as they don’t share their
food with any other student.
I would like to remind parents and community members that the Chicago Police Department will be issuing tickets to any vehicles parked in the allies, double parked, and/or abandoned around our school
2014 Math Cup District Champions
The school day begins at 7:45 a.m. with breakfast in the classroom until 8:00 a.m. The school day ends at 2:45 p.m. The school building will not be open until 7:30 a.m.; therefore, please do not bring your child to school prior to this time. We don’t have any staff available to supervise your child if you send him/her to school before 7:30 a.m.