2250 N Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

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(773) 534-5535

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2250 N. Clifton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614

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Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 3:45 PM

Principal’s Message

September 12, 2020

Good Afternoon Mayer Community, 

Happy Saturday! I hope you’re all well. It is both with a heavy heart as well as a sense of excitement that I write to you all today to share some news about my leadership journey. Earlier this summer, an opportunity arose for me to pursue a principal position at Franklin Fine Arts Center, a fine arts magnet school located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. As many of you know, my background in education is rooted in fine arts. I began my career as a music educator, and from there I became involved in district-level arts advocacy roles, which led me into educational leadership. I am honored to announce that I have accepted the principal position at Franklin Fine Arts Center. 

I could not have achieved this goal without the strong support and mentorship of our incredible principal, Danielle Drayton. For the past two years she has poured into me and developed me to become a better version of myself. I am beyond grateful to have had one of the best principals in the city of Chicago as my partner for the past two years. I look forward to her continued mentorship as I enter into this new chapter of my life. 

I would like to acknowledge our Mayer educators, as it has been such an honor to serve all of them. It’s been said that in a completely rational society the best of us would be teachers because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility any one of us can have. I am continually in awe of what our fantastic educators are able to accomplish with our students. 

It has been such a privilege to serve the Mayer community. Mayer is a special place because of the incredible young people who come to this school every day, thirsty for knowledge and connection. It is special because of the dedication and talent of the Mayer educators are relentlessly driven to help our children evolve into the best versions of themselves. Mayer is an amazing community because of the parents who volunteer their time and energy to help to make our school a better place. 

This isn’t “goodbye,” but more of “I will see you later.” I am so grateful for my time at Mayer. I wish you all the best this school year and in years to come. 

With Love and Gratitude, 

Liz Wontor-Leach


September 7, 2020

Good Morning Mayer Families:

Happy Labor Day! Below please find some important updates: 

ASPEN Parent Portal Accounts
Please be advised that we are working to finalize all student schedules for Tuesday and we are resolving student account issues before we address the concerns with ASPEN parent portal. 

Fall Remote Learning Kits
If you were unable to pick up a remote learning kit and or you did not pick up the kits for Arts or Music instruction, you may visit the school this week from 10:00am – 2:00pm. 

Google Classroom
For the SY2020-2021 school year, the district is creating Google classrooms for our teachers based on the student rosters in ASPEN. With the district wide rollout of these classrooms, many schools are experiencing challenges such as incomplete rosters, limited access to all their classes, missing google links, etc. The district is working through Monday night to resolve these matters. Please give our teachers grace, courtesy, and flexibility as they review their list for accuracy as well as ensure the link for the google meet is correct. If there are any changes, you will be notified by your child’s teacher. 

Parent Technology Workshop
Thank you to all families who were able to participate in the technology session held last week. In case you missed out, the recording is attached. 

Remote Learning Schedules
Thank you all who attended the feedback sessions last Monday night. Based on feedback provided, we were able to work on our schedules to provide a universal lunch period for our students and teachers can provide additional breaks if needed during asynchronous time. Many families have received the final schedules from your child’s teacher. If you have not received your schedule, please reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher. 

FAQ documents from the listening and feedback sessions are forthcoming. 

Student Attendance
Student attendance will be taken daily by their classroom teachers. Please see additional information below about student absences. 

CPS and the Illinois State Board of Education requires that absences by students are indicated as EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED. 

The categorization of absences EXCUSED are below: 
– Student illness
– Circumstances which cause reasonable concern for the student’s safety or health; determined by principal/designee on a case by case basis 
– Observance of a religious holiday
– Other situations beyond the control of the student 
– Death in the immediate family
– Family emergency with explanation

Please note: Absences indicated below are also deemed EXCUSED: 

● Sounding “Taps” at a military honors funeral held in this State for a deceased veteran. 

● A student’s parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support postings. 

UNEXCUSED:
– State criteria not met
– Absence is not one of the listed EXCUSED reasons
– No reason provided for the absence

DUE TO THE FULL REMOTE LEARNING STATUS, THERE IS NEW GUIDANCE IN REGARDS TO REASON FOR ABSENCE NOTE COLLECTION. PLEASE SEE BELOW. 

EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES 

Home to school communication that qualifies for excused absence status must: 

1. Meet one of the valid causes for absence.
AND
2. For the REMOTE SETTING come in the form of: 
a direct phone call/voicemail to the school at (773) 534-5535. You must communicate the date of the absence, the reason for absence, the absent student’s name, and the name of the person calling and their relationship to the student. 

Student Accounts
All students need access to their CPS email accounts so they can receive links for live teaching and activities. If your child already has a CPS account please have them sign in and practice to ensure they can access their account in preparation for Tuesday. If your child has forgotten his or her password or you would like them to reset their password, please follow these directions. If you need any support with your students account, please reach out to Jill Kittinger at javandehei@cps.edu 

Student Health and School Forms Booklet 
Please follow the link to the SY 2020-2021 student health and school forms booklet and upload your child’s forms using the link below: 
MAYER HEALTH AND FAMILY INCOME FORMS UPLOAD 

When uploading your forms, please name the file using this format: homeroom#_student last name_first name_formtype. For example “101_wontor_liz_medicalforms.pdf” or 101_wontor_liz_familyincomeform.jpeg.” Please upload forms separately for each child if you have multiple children at Mayer. 

Successful school-wide completion of the family income forms ensures that we receive proper school funding. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to mayerinfo@cps.edu. If you have any login issues on the first day of school, please send an email to javandehei@cps.edu

Respectfully,
Danielle Drayton, Principal
Elizabeth Wontor-Leach, Assistant Principal


September 1, 2020

Dear Mayer Community,

I wanted to provide a brief update on a few outstanding items:

General Emails
Many families have emailed regarding chromebook distribution and ASPEN portal assistance, we are diligently working through the general email to respond to all requests. If you are in need of a chromebook and you have not received an email confirmation, you may still pick up a device on the dates below. Please know that the requests for ASPEN portal will be addressed however it is important that we finalize the class lists and schedules in ASPEN prior to assisting with this task. We apologize for this delay.

Fall Remote Learning Kits & Chromebook Pick-up
As previously mentioned, we are putting together fall remote learning kits for all families to include some of the materials needed at the start of the school such as workbooks, journals, computer devices, and or other hands-on materials needed for classes this fall. Please note that additional materials may be required throughout the first quarter. If this is the case, you will be notified by the team about when those materials will be made available to families.

The pick up dates and times are as follows:
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
Sunday, September 6, 2020
10:00 – 2:00pm.

The following guidelines should be adhered to while picking up the kits:
● Ring the bell at the front entrance of the school (2250 North Clifton Avenue).
● You must wear a cloth face-covering and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.
● Hand sanitizer will be available for guests to use.
● When receiving computer devices, please use hand sanitizer prior to signing the documents and after the document has been placed in the tray.

Parent Technology Workshop
We will be hosting a parent technology workshop on Thursday, September 3rd at 6pm. This session will be hosted by Emily Ziebka, Heliox Group. The session will cover Google Classroom and SeeSaw.
Please click this URL to join:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81353570582?pwd=bVV5bFpNVFM4NmVNUm9lOFRIQ2pWdz09
Passcode: See email

Virtual Meet & Greet Friday, September 4th
Teachers will provide two sessions to meet and greet their families and students. Google links to each session will be sent out on this upcoming Thursday. Please feel free to pop into these virtual meet-ups to meet your teachers and connect with them.
9:00-10:00 am Admin and Friends of Mayer Meet and Greet
10:00-10:30 am, 10:30-11:00 am Early Childhood Meet and Greet
11:00-11:30 am, 11:30-12:00 pm EL 1 Meet and Greet
12:00-12:30 pm, 12:30-1:00 pm Essentials Meet and Greet
1:00-1:30 pm, 1:30-2:00 pm Intermediate Meet and Greet
2:00-2:30 pm, 2:30-3:00 pm MYP Meet and Greet

Student Accounts
All students need access to their CPS email account so they can receive links for live classrooms and activities.

Students who already have activated CPS Email Accounts
If your child already has a CPS account, please have them sign in between now and Friday to ensure they can access their account. If your child has forgotten his or her password or you would like them to reset their password, please follow these directions.

Students who do not have activated CPS Email Accounts
Homeroom teachers will send your child’s username and a temporary password along with directions. Once you login, you will be prompted to change your child’s password to something unique to them. If you need additional help after receiving the username then please reach out to Jill Kittinger at javandehei@cps.edu

Respectfully,
Danielle Drayton
Principal


August 30, 2020

Dear Mayer Community,

You are invited to join the parent feedback sessions about our DRAFT schedule. Sessions will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020 at the times listed below: 
EC – 4:00 – 4:45pm
EL1 – 5:00 – 5:45pm
Intermediate – 6:00 – 6:45pm
MYP – 7:00 – 7:45pm

Link to join Feedback Sessions (the same link can be accessed for all sessions):
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87373141830?pwd=YmlKTHFPaG5GaWx4bXBjNnZjTXlSUT09
Passcode: 9tU2tX

In an effort to use this time as efficiently as possible, please understand that the chat and Q&A features will be disabled during these sessions. To this end, you must complete the parent survey and state any questions and or concerns you may have on the schedules. This way, questions will be grouped and answered at one time. Any questions that are not answered on the call will be addressed with a FAQ document that will be emailed to families. 

Last, I have also included the Remote Learning Guidance document shared previously with families. Specifically, pages 12-13 outline the remote learning expectations for the required instructions. 

Fall Remote Learning Kits Pick-up
As previously mentioned, we are putting together fall remote learning kits for families to include some of the materials needed at the start of the school such as workbooks, journals, computer devices, and or other hands-on materials needed for classes this fall. Please note that additional materials may be required throughout the first quarter. If this is the case, you will be notified by the team about when those materials will be made available to families. 

The pick up dates and times are as follows: 
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
Sunday, September 6, 2020
10:00am – 2:00pm

The following guidelines should be adhered to while picking up the kits: 

  • Ring the bell at the front entrance of the school (2250 North Clifton Avenue).
  • You must wear a cloth face-covering and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for guests to use. 
  • When receiving computer devices, please use hand sanitizer prior to signing the documents and after the document has been placed in the tray. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at dndrayton@cps.edu

Respectfully,
Danielle Drayton
Principal


August 27, 2020

Dear Mayer Community,

During the August LSC meeting, I presented our preliminary thoughts about remote learning scheduling for our students.  Thank you to all who have asked questions and shared feedback.

Today, I am sharing the next DRAFT of our remote learning plans.  A few highlights in this DRAFT:
❏ We have aligned the schedule to our master schedule for SY 2020-2021.
❏ We have ensured that our schedule is built around our diverse learner schedule.
❏ We have prioritized social and emotional learning, community building, and the need to provide our students with opportunities to take breaks throughout the school day.

Below, please follow the links to view these plans:
❏ EC (PreK/Kindergarten)
❏ EL1 (1st – 3rd grades)
❏ Intermediate (4th & 5th grades)
❏ MYP (6th – 8th grades)

As I shared previously, I would like to provide a space for you to provide feedback about these DRAFT plans.  To do this, I am including a parent survey that provides you with an opportunity to share your thoughts about this DRAFT.  For those families who are able to attend, I will be hosting feedback sessions where I will work to address the questions shared in the survey.  If you are unable to attend, your questions will be added to a FAQ document that will be emailed to families.

Sessions will be held on Monday, August 31, 2020. (Zoom link forthcoming)
EC – 4:00 – 4:45pm
EL1 – 5:00 – 5:45pm
Intermediate – 6:00 – 6:45pm
MYP – 7:00 – 7:45pm

Reminders from Community Update #16, I am asking for families to do the following:
● Log into Aspen parent portal and ensure that your contact information is correct.  Are you having trouble logging into Aspen parent portal?  Complete this form, and we will get you connected.
● If you are in need of a device for remote learning, please send an email to mayerinfo@cps.edu
● Check out at-home learning space suggestions and work with your child to design their remote learning educational space.
● Please watch for an email this weekend with pickup times for school based materials (novels, textbooks, workbooks, computer devices, etc) that your child may need this fall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at dndrayton@cps.edu

Respectfully,
Danielle Drayton
Principal