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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Need Homework Help?

What: New Program! Students receive homework help from
Chicago Cares volunteers

Who: Sherwood students grades 4-6

When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Dates: 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3 & 3/17

Where: Sherwood Elementary Library

CARA Conference

Mark your calendars for the CARA Winter Conference presenting:
Dr. Richard Allington
Former IRA President, researcher, lecturer and author

Wednesday February 4, 2009
Marriot Hotel
6520 S. Cicero Ave.
4:30 Registration

Thursday, January 29, 2009

ATTENTION Pre-School Teachers and ESPs

The South Area Operations meeting scheduled for Friday, February 6, 2009 at Johnny
Coleman has been canceled. Instead, training for teachers only,
will be held at the South Area Office, located at Doolittle West, 521 East 35th Street from
8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Please contact Ava Haji, South Area Manager at (773) 535-8618 or if
you have any questions.

St. Bernard Van to Visit Sherwood

St. Bernard Van will visit Sherwood on April 2nd in order to give students immunizations and physicals. For more information, contact Ms. Buzanis at 773/535-0829.


In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama has called for Americans to participate in “a new era of responsibility.” He went on further to say, “For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.”

The need for individuals everywhere to act and serve is surely great. Especially hard hit though, are families who have lost their housing during this economic crisis. Referrals to the Chicago Public Schools Homeless Education Program are 45% ahead of last year. As of December, more than 9,000 students were identified as homeless in the Chicago Public Schools. This number will continue to grow as the crisis deepens.

If you have heard President Obama’s call to serve and would like to answer it, we would invite you to serve with Chicago HOPES. Whether it is volunteering as a tutor in a homeless shelter or donating money to our program, it is the support of community members like you that makes our program possible. For more information, check our Web site, email or call our Volunteer Coordinator Ebonie Tillmon at (773) 553- 2066.

Community Announcement

A special coat give away for Elementary School Age Children, takes place:
Sunday February 1, 2009 in the St. Thomas the Apostle School Gym
5467 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chgo Ill. 60615.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Volunteers flood King Day projects

Many heed president-elect Obama's call for public service
By Lauren R. Harrison and Robert Mitchum Tribune reporters
January 20, 2009
On the eve of the inauguration of a president who ran on assurances of hope, Connie Williams found a dose of her own Monday in the selfless actions of strangers. Sorting through a table at the University of Chicago Medical Center that overflowed with homemade knit hats, Williams tried to find the best one to warm her head—hairless since treatment began for her breast cancer last fall."To receive a gift from a friend is one thing, but to receive gifts from someone who doesn't even know you . . . it's unimaginable," Williams, 50, said of the donated hats. "It gets you through it, it's just a remarkable thing."As Barack Obama spent part of his day refurbishing a teen homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., Chicagoans young and old chose Monday to heed the president-elect's call for public service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Many organizers said they had never seen such a huge turnout, suggesting that the excitement surrounding Obama's inauguration, as well as the organizational power of Internet social networks, led to a surge in participation.Robyn Hall, board member of Wilmette-based The Kindness Connection, said that she had to add workshops for children and parents to craft items such as medals for Special Olympians."We opened up a second time slot because so many people wanted to sign up," she said. "That got filled up in four hours."At Sherwood Elementary School in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, more than 200 people painted murals of smiling fruit and book characters. "There's just an influx of volunteers," said Johnny Barr of City Year, which organized the project. Elsewhere, students and faculty from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights delivered 150 bags of food and toiletries to two south suburban charities, the Chi Sigma Omega sorority collected donated clothing in Bolingbrook, and 55 volunteers from Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Burbank packaged food to feed starving children.The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal government group that coordinates King Day service efforts, reported that more than 12,000 projects were to take place Monday, twice the total as in 2008. The group worked with the inauguration committee and Web sites."The energy around service has been growing dramatically. The president-elect obviously has tapped a vein in this country," said Stan Soloway, a member of the corporation's board of directors. Knitters for Obama, which provided hats for University of Chicago Medical Center patients along with the hospital's own Forefront Stitchers, grew online to more than 4,000 members, said co-founder Kristen Rengren."For a lot of people, this is their first time doing public service," Rengren said. "I think that's one of the great things about Obama—that he's inspired people to do service for the first time."Freelance reporter Carmen Greco contributed to this report.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Volunteers heed Obama's call on King holiday

January 19, 2009 1:32 PM
Responding to President-elect Barack Obama's "call to service" on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people across the Chicago area today were taking part in efforts to help others.

Students from Kenwood Academy work on a mural at Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School in Chicago. (José M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)
At the University of Chicago Medical Center, more than 200 colorful knit hats made by a national group called Knitters for Obama and hospital employees were handed out to cancer treatment patients. The 4,000-member group was started in support of Obama's presidential campaign, said Chicagoan Kristen Rengren, one of the group's founders.
"For a lot of people, this is their first time doing public service," Rengren said. "I think that's one of the great things about Obama -- that he's inspired people to do service for the first time."
Connie Williams, 50, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, was one of those trying on some of the knit hats on display. She said it was "phenomenal" to see the commitment of people helping strangers.
City Year, a non-profit group that enlists young people for a year of full-time community service, decided to lend a helping hand today to Sherwood Elementary School in the Englewood neighborhood.
Students who were out of school today for the national holiday will likely be surprised when they return Tuesday to a building with freshly painted hallways and classrooms, and murals of the food pyramid in the lunchroom and children's book characters in the library.
Volunteers were using 100 gallons of paint, 250 paint brushes and rollers, and 100 rolls of tape for the five-hour job today, said Taylor Finchum, the group's logistics coordinator. More than 200 volunteers donned latex gloves and masks to help, she said.
City Year usually does service projects at locations around the city on the King holiday, said Johnny Barr, the group's director of external relations. But this year there appeared to be more volunteers than projects.
"We've had to turn people away, unfortunately," he said. "It's an amazing day to see people who want to come out and do service."
-- Robert Mitchum and Lauren R. Harrison

Friday, January 16, 2009


On Monday, January 19, 2009, City Year Chicago corps members will join community volunteers alongside over 200, newly inducted Young Heroes and City Heroes. Service will include painting murals, painting interior spaces, light construction and organizing donations for Jesse Sherwood Elementary. City Year Chicago along with youth and community volunteers will perform service and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event continues the tradition of corps members, youth and volunteers making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a “Day-On,” to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King through community building, service and reflection.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


In the spirit of directly promoting and recognizing students’ knowledge of important personal finance concepts, Chicago Public Schools and its city-wide partners are launching the 2009 Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. The annual competition is open to students in grades 5 through 8, offers expanded learning opportunities, and the eligibility to win a variety of prizes and scholarship awards.

The deadline to submit essays is March 23, 2009. For details, please see attached essay topic, guidelines, timeline, and application form. Please post a copy of this educational and financial opportunity where it may be easily viewed by staff. If you have any questions regarding the essay competition, contact Norma Ghaben in the Department of Finance at or via telephone at 773/553-2725.

Thank you for your continued efforts to educate, inspire and transform!

Indoor Soccer Program!

007th District Commander Keith Calloway
U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center and
The Salvation Army

invite you to
The International Indoor Soccer Program
“Let’s keep our children learning, healthy and safe”

The goal is to develop your child’s skills and talents in a positive and focused atmosphere.
Classes are designed for youth ages 7 and up.
Every Saturday
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: The Salvation Army
945 West 69th Street

For More Information Call:

007 District Community Policing Office
Officer Rafael Yañez 312 747 8489

CPS Employees!

Dear CPS Employees:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. It is with great pleasure that we announce the CPS/UNCF campaign kick-off to be held on Thursday, Jan. 29th at the Hyatt Regency-Chicago.

AREA 13 Science Fair

There will be THREE students representing Sherwood at the Area 13 Science Fair. Thank you to Ms. Ciambrone, Mr. Gilbert and Ms. Kendrick for helping our children SHINE on the 26th of January.


Evan Moore
Theodore Collins
Victor Easley
John Sterling
Jeff Dortch
Andrew Jones
Richard Miles
Thank you for your dedication and support you so graciously give each month.
We love having you part of our family!


Need Homework Help?

What: New Program! Students receive homework help from
Chicago Cares volunteers

Who: Sherwood students grades 4-6

When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Dates: 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3 & 3/17

Where: Sherwood Elementary Library


We will be opening our school doors on Martin Luther King Day to CITY YEAR. This wonderful group of young people will be painting the school. Thank you to City Year for this generous and most needed project. I am looking forward to a beautiful and bright school!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Students and parents attended a Bulls game tonight. Ms. Buzanis received a generous donation from KIA Motors for her students, parents and teachers to attend an exciting game! Thank you to all the teachers who volunteered to attend the game and monitor the children. Your after-school dedication is greatly appreciated by me and more importantly, the children. I hope you had a great time!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy New Year!

I wanted to begin by wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR! It has been an outstanding school year so far, and I hope that our momentum continues. Our school year began with a BACK TO SCHOOL RALLY sponsored by KIA MOTORS and the CHICAGO BULLS. We have had school supplies and toy donations by KIA Motors and Hope International and have had generous donations from Alderman Cochran's Office during the Thanksgiving Holiday. This has truly been a fantastic year for our school community. I am very excited to announce that we have had another outstanding group come forward to help us. CITY YEAR has generously offered to paint our school. More details will follow regarding this exciting event. We anticipate the school being painted on January 19th. The school is closed on that day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, but we will open our doors to this generous group of young people who want to make our school beautiful! Please visit daily for updates. Have a beautiful 2009 with all of the very best and please have your children focus on preparing for the ISAT each and everyday. I know that 2009 will bring us the BEST ISAT SCORES in the CITY! YES WE CAN!