To print a monthly breakfast or lunch menu, visit www.cps.edu/menu or click on the images below.
*Breakfast and Lunch are FREE for all children.
2015-2016 CPS Calendar for Elementary and High Schools. Click on image to view PDF.
Click here to visit the CPS Parent Portal
Important Information Regarding Bussing 2015-2016
**Bussing will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Please write the name of the school where your child catches the bus at the top of the 2015-2016 bus application form. This information is needed to input each application into the system and will save the Decatur staff countless hours.
**For more information or to download forms, visit CPS Transportation
- Parents/guardians of students currently enrolled and receiving bus service as well as parent of students new to bus service, MUST complete a form.
- If your child(ren) will be attending a Chicago Park District program this Fall, please fill out the "GREEN" form. This form must be submitted ASAP. Transportation to park programs begins in October.
- Faxed forms will NOT be accepted.
- "Applications for School Bus Service for 2015-2016" (WHITE forms) must be returned to the school office no later than June 2015, preferably before.
School buses regularly leave school grounds at 2:45 p.m. Your child's bus driver will need to inform you of your bus drop-off time. If there is an emergency or other situation and your child will not ride the school bus in the afternoon, you must send/fax a note to the office before noon. Telephone requests to keep your child off the afternoon bus will not be accepted.
Appropriate behavior is critical to bus service. Children who are discipline problems on the bus can be removed from the bus. Children must remain in their seat at all times and be respectful of each other and the driver. No food or drink are allowed. Park District Drop-Off requests will be reviewed by the CPS Bureau of Student Transportation.
To qualify for bussing, you must live more than 1.5 miles and no more than 6 miles from Decatur Classical School. You must also live North of Fullerton Avenue. This is determined by the Chicago Board of Education. If you have questions about bussing, please contact Mrs. Jockl in the main office at 773.534.2200.
Bus Companies: R & D 773-854-2100 Alltown 773-248-0090
Falcon 773-638-8000 North Shore 847-677-9700
PARENTS: You MUST send a note to school if you are planning on picking up your child who normally rides the bus. Without written instructions, we will be putting your child on the bus. Thank you!
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The Decatur Classical Yahoo group is an informal network for parents to discuss and share information.
In order to keep non-Decatur related info and spam from coming through, you will need to request a membership from the moderator. *THIS SITE HAS LIMITED ITS MEMBERSHIP TO CURRENT DECATUR FAMILIES ONLY* Please put your child's name and grade in your request email so we don't inadvertently block your entry. This yahoo group is not a school sponsored site, it's as informal as a school-yard chat! Recommendations for extra-curricular activities, questions regarding all things kid related and other fun topics are open to discussion.
However, information regarding the school is frequently passed via the yahoo group by the LSC and the PTA. If you aren't a part of our group, you are missing out. Join Now!
Click here to visit the Decatur Yahoo Group
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New 2015-2016 styles are available to purchase! Have a look:
Decatur-wear is recommended on gym days and field trip days, so be sure to stock up! Click on the link below to find the 2015-2016 order form:
Questions? Contact sportswear coordinator - Louise Cortis-Jones
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Decatur Classical School believes that we have found the perfect equation for success! Supportive teachers/staff PLUS parental involvement EQUAL a highly successful learning environment. There are many great ways to get involved at Decatur whether you have just a few hours in the evening or can spend a day with us at school. Look here for the many ways you can get involved, as well as the multitude of flyers and emails that come to you directly during the school year.
If you wish to download the list of volunteer opportunities, please click on the link below.
Decatur students have library once a week. Library Helpers read to the younger grades, help students find and check out books, shelve books and keep the bookshelves organized, among other duties.
Volunteer opportunities: Library Helpers.
The school play involves each and every student at Decatur and requires a small army of volunteers. The school play is held in May at Mather High School Auditorium over two evenings and is another great opportunity to support Decatur and your child – plus it’s a lot of fun!
Volunteer opportunities: Set Design, Costumes, Make-up, Dressers, Stage Hands, Admissions, Program Design and more.
- Contact School Play Coordinator- TBD
FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES
Decatur students take many field trips throughout the school year. Parents are asked to volunteer their time to assist teachers on field trips to ensure the safety of all our students. Field Trip Chaperones are chosen on a first come first serve basis after the field trip forms are distributed. All forms have a section to volunteer on the bottom of the form. Field trip forms are sent out a couple of weeks prior to the actual date of the field trip to ensure that working parents are given the opportunity to take time off of work if they choose. Field trip dates are also on the school calendar sent out at the beginning of each month.
The book swap is an opportunity for students to bring in grade appropriate used books and swap them with their classmates. This event takes place during the school day, approximately 5 times a year.
Volunteer opportunities: Classroom Pick Up of Books, Set Up, Swap Attendants.
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PTA Volunteering Opportunities
This Rodeo-themed event is our PTA’s annual membership drive. It is the perfect opportunity to join the PTA and catch up with friends new and old. There are numerous fun-filled activities, such as face painting, tattoos, games, square dancing, and a campfire sing along. The party is held outdoors on the playground. Admission is free with your paid PTA membership.
Volunteer opportunities: Decorations/ Set Up, Food Service, Admissions, Face Painting, Game Stations, Contest Judges, Clean Up.
The annual Decatur Halloween Party is a costume party full of horrific fun, food, games, and lots of trick-or-treating.
Volunteer opportunities: Decorations/ Set Up, Food Service, Admissions, Game Stations, Clean Up.
The Jog-A-Thon is Decatur’s second largest fundraising event. The students, teachers and staff, run laps to raise money for the school. Money is raised through pledges and sponsorships. Your child raises money by asking family, friends and/or neighbors to sponsor them with a per-lap pledge or flat donation. Family and corporate sponsorships also contribute to the fundraising effort. For a flat fee, a sponsor’s name, message to their child or business logo will be prominently displayed on the back of the Jog-A-Thon t-shirt. Each participating student receives a specially designed Jog-A-Thon t-shirt. The kids love to wear them on gym and field trip days. And they especially love to see their names on the back!
Volunteer opportunities: Corporate Sponsor Solicitation; T-Shirt Design, Production and Distribution; Lap Counters; Hydration Team; Snack Table; Runners; Prize Distribution.
- Contact Jog-A-Thon Coordinator -
This is the number one fundraising event of the year. The money raised at this adult-only event allows the PTA to fund social events and activities, as well as teacher needs and capital improvements. Proceeds from previous Spring Fundraisers have gone toward school improvements such as the Science Lab, the Computer Lab, solar shades, and interactive Smartboards for every classroom, to name a few.
Volunteer opportunities: Raffle Ticket Sales, Decorations, Donation Solicitation, Room Basket Collection, and Class Art Project Direction, Set Up, Working the Event, Check Out, Clean Up
SPRING FLING/ALL SCHOOL PICNIC
This year-end carnival is a free all-school event held to celebrate the student’s hard work during the past school year. The day begins with a fun-filled morning and picnic in neighboring Lerner Park. The festivities continue in the afternoon on school grounds with carnival games, obstacle courses, and even a dunk tank to help the kids blow off some spring fever steam!
Volunteer opportunities: Refreshments, Chaperoning, Game Stations
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INTERNATIONAL NIGHT/TASTE OF DECATUR
This Ravinia-style evening event is a celebration of Decatur’s diverse community. Families contribute to this potluck-style dinner with dishes that reflect their ethnic background or interests. Diners also get to enjoy a concert given by the Chicago Children’s Choir featuring our very own talented Decatur students! Donations of disposable plates, napkins, utensils, and beverages are encouraged.
Volunteer opportunities: Set Up, Clean Up.
BARNES & NOBLE - DECATUR'S GOT TALENT
See Decatur students and teachers shine! This event is hosted by Barnes & Noble on Touhy. Anyone wishing to perform may do so on the Children’s Stage in the Kids Section of the store. Treats are provided. Vouchers are passed out both at school and at the event to use at check out. A portion of all sales from vouchers turned in goes to Decatur. It’s a great way to get some shopping done and support the school.
Volunteer opportunities: Performance Scheduling, Performing, Voucher Distribution, Sign-in Coordinator, Baked Goods Donor.
This is a celebration of the founding of Parent Teacher Associations in America. The PTA hosts a buffet lunch to honor all those who came before us. You will be asked to bring a dish to share or make a monetary contribution to help cover purchased entrees. Performances by the Kindergarten class and the Decatur Chicago Children’s Choir make this an event to remember!
Volunteer opportunities: Classroom Help (watch a classroom while the teachers eat), Set Up/Decorations, Clean Up
The Decatur Digest is Decatur’s newsletter. This parent-run publication is a great resource and a fun way to keep up with all of the wonderful things going on at school.
Volunteer opportunities: Writers, Editors, Page Layout, Collaters
The PTA Reflections Contest is a national competition sponsored by the PTA. Every year a different theme is given to the students who then create projects reflecting their interpretation of the theme. Projects can take the form of original music, art, photography, film, poetry or essay. Judges pick a designated number of winners from each category who then advance to the regional level. All entries are given a participation ribbon. Winners are invited to a special banquet held for all of the regional winners. The 2014-2015 theme is "The world would be a better place if..."
Volunteer opportunities: Judges, Project Collection, Creating a digital collection of student entries
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SCHOOL PICTURE DAY
The Decatur PTA supplies parent volunteers to support our school photo day. The photography studio supplies combs for all the students and mirrors are available for last minute primping.
Volunteer opportunities: Picture Day Helpers
We have the Garden Club to thank for keeping Decatur’s grounds beautiful.
Volunteer opportunities: Weeders, Planters, General Maintenance
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Scholastic Book Fair happens twice yearly and helps support the purchase of new
books for our library and classrooms. Scholastic provides books and small items to sell
to our community with a percentage of sales going toward book credit for our school.
Scholastic credits can also be used to buy other useful classroom items from area
rugs to classroom shelving. The book fair is a week-long event that takes place at
Volunteer opportunities: Set Up, Staffing.
REPORT CARD PICK UP
During the two extremely hectic report card pick-up days, the PTA assists the teachers and staff by providing lunch.
Volunteer opportunities: Pick Up Lunch, Set Up, Clean Up
This is a special night of fun for the primary grades (K-3). Hands on science “stations” are set up throughout the school and run by upper grade students and parents. This is a great evening that makes science fun and interesting for all.
Volunteer opportunities: Experiment Leader
The PTA sells sportswear items including the clothes students must wear on gym days. T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, shorts, and other Decatur items are available at several times throughout the year. Order forms may also be found on the Decatur website.
Volunteer opportunities: Staff School Sale Events, Distribution, Order Collection.
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Room Reps are the link between the parents and the classroom. The Room Rep will help with classroom organization on things such as holiday parties, class gifts, Spring Fundraiser activities such as financial collection and leadership for Room Baskets and Room Art Projects, etc. This position requires that you occasionally create flyers, collect classroom funds for the PTA, help in the classroom and make phone calls/email parents.
LSC Volunteering Opportunities
To join an existing LSC Committee, please contact:
- Subcommittee: Performing Arts Programming*
- Alumni & Community
*Subcommittees are formed yearly for these standing LSC Committees.
CPS Volunteer Application
Persons volunteering in the school for more than 5 hours must fill out a CPS Volunteer Application to be kept on file with the school. The procedure includes a background check and a TB test. Download the Volunteer Form
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These are some Links we recommend you and/or your children to visit!
The wackiest site on Discovery! Play games, chat with other kids and find new adventures.
NASA Kids is best place for kids interested in Space, Science, Rocket, Astronauts and the Solar System.
National Gallery of Arts Kids
NGAkids helps children develop interpretive and analytical skills through interactive discussions of paintings and sculpture in the National Gallery of Art, educational activities, and an animated musical story.
National Geographic Kids
Be a National Geographic kid! Find tons of games, e-mail postcards, photographs, pictures, animal facts, cool links, NG Kids Magazine stories, and more.
PBS Kids Online, home of your favorite PBS Kids characters with thousands of pages of learning and fun to explore. Play over 100 games, hear your favorite theme songs, read interactive stories, or discover how PBS Kids programs are made in Behind the Scenes.
White House for Kids
Kid's web site for the White House and President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. This site is a source for information about the President, White House news and policies, White House history, the federal government.
Various courses are offered at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University.
- The Center for Gifted A Northern Illinois University partner offering a variety of courses for bright and talented students.
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