2250 N Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Progressive Programs - Community Support - Academic Excellence

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Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Main Office

(773) 534-5535


2250 N. Clifton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

School Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Principal’s Message

November 5, 2018

Dear Mayer Community,

Wow, today marks the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. We had a October filled with FOM sponsored events, Parent Education nights for IB and Montessori, annual Halloween parade, and many hours of great teaching and learning.  

Here are a few reminders:

  • The district’s attendance goal is 95%. Our year to date attendance is 96.52%.  As mentioned previously, I would like to strive for an increase in our attendance percentage from 95% to 96%.  
  • The district’s medical compliance goal is 90% or better.  Our year to date medical compliance rate is 88.04%. If you have not submitted medical forms, please do so as soon as possible.  If you are still missing some vaccinations, please take care of this as soon as possible.
  • At the beginning of the school year, you should have received lunch applications to be filled out and returned to the school.  It is necessary to have a form for every student even if your child will not participate in the lunch program. If you are not interested in participating, you can return the form to the office after you have written on the application N/A and signed it.  
  • Our school fee is $100.   Currently, 49% of the families have paid these school fees.  The school can accept cash, money orders though we strongly encourage you to pay online.  Personal checks are not accepted. To pay online: https://www.epayillinois.com/Home/ShowSiteLandingPage/18464
  • Health Reminder:  It is district’s policy that a child must stay home for a 24 hour period if the they have a fever higher than 99.6 degrees, if they are throwing up or have diarrhea, if they have pink or crusty eyes, if they have a cough or severe throat pain that prevents them from sleeping or being able to eat.  

There is no place like Mayer

Our annual pledge drive is well underway!  Our goal is 100% participation. If you have contributed monies already, thank you for your continued support.  If you haven’t, there is still time to donate. No amount is too small! All monies raised allows us to remain fiscally whole and keeps our programming secure.  Thanks FOM for all your efforts in making the drive a success year after year.

NWEA MAP Assessment

Every school year, we assess our students using the NWEA MAP Reading & Math assessments.  The results of these assessments coupled with the work and assessments completed in classrooms are used to inform our instruction.  I wanted to provide you with additional information about this assessment. Please access the link https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Social & Emotional Learning at Mayer

The Second Step program promotes school success, school connectedness, and having a safe and respectful school climate.   By directly teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.  We have successfully implemented this program from EC through 8th grade. As we reflect on our 1st quarter learning, we are pleased with the lesson materials and resources.   I hope your children have shared their learnings throughout this 1st quarter. As we start the 2nd quarter, we are looking forward to continued success with incorporating this curriculum into the “fiber” of this building.  

Staffing Update

Welcome to the Mayer family!

  • Marisol Alvarez, Special Education Classroom Assistant

Please take the time to enjoy your family and friends in the next few weeks as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  See you for next month’s newsletter.


Danielle Drayton Elizabeth Wontor-Leach

Principal Assistant Principal

Spotlight on Visual Arts

It’s hard to believe we are already finished with our first quarter of Art! These ten weeks have flown by, and students are half-way through their time in the Art Studio.  As you know, this year each Mayer student will receive two quarters of art for a total of about 15 class periods. So far students have experienced various drawing tools and techniques, collage, painting, and printmaking.

In these 15 classes students will experience a process based approach to art, meaning we keep the focus on the art making rather than the final product.  The goal of the process based approach is to ensure that the child is the artist and has opportunities to pursue their own ideas and interests. This also means it doesn’t always look perfect, have an adult aesthetic, or look like any one thing at all! I encourage you to ask your artist open ended questions about their work.

If you haven’t seen any art come home from your artist yet, don’t worry! Artists are keeping most of their work in a portfolio in the Art Studio to take home at the end of their 15 class periods.  This allows artists to see their growth over time! Portfolios will also be available for viewing on report card pick up day! I encourage you and your artist to stop by the art room and see what we’ve been up to this year!

In the days ahead we will be focusing on sculpture, fiber arts, and choice projects. To make these projects possible, we need parent and community support! The Art Studio is currently in need of donations of cardboard tubes (paper towel rolls), clean cardboard boxes (no food please), and fabric scraps.These items can be dropped off on the drop off table. Please label the items Art Studio- room 123. We are also in need of and a few child size standing easels, please contact me directly if you have one to spare. Thank you in advance for your support! Looking forward to working together in the year ahead!

-Ms. Severns


Oscar Mayer Montessori Newsletter

November 2018

“Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of educators.” ~Maria Montessori

One of the pillars of Montessori education is peace education. In the time of continuous violence within our country and world, the 100+ year old philosophies and teachings of Maria Montessori continue to ring true.  Maria Montessori, and the approach here at Mayer School, is a philosophy that all living things are important and interconnected. It is our responsibility to help children learn and understand the value of building relationships with others and celebrating both similarities and differences among people.  We work with our students to teach them the skills and abilities to be peacemaker. This means that as young as age 3, children are learning how to recognize and communicate their feelings and talk out problems with others. As students grow older, they continue to work on communication skills and conflict resolution.  Education is also focused on bringing an awareness and celebration of different countries, cultures and traditions. Children are also taught the importance of helping those in need through various service project opportunities so as to highlight that all people are important and valued.

Rebekah Gienapp, a blogger at www.thebarefootmommy.com interviewed a Montessori teacher about peace education.  This interview provides great insight into the Montessori philosophy around peace education, what it looks like at each grade band and what you as parents can do at home to incorporate peace education.  The article can be found HERE.