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Volunteer Info Session - Ravenswood School for Chicago Spartans


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Just before Christmas, parents and teachers at the Ravenswood School on Chicago's north side welcomed prospective volunteers for an introduction to the school and a tour of its facilities. …

Just before Christmas, parents and teachers at the Ravenswood School on Chicago's north side welcomed prospective volunteers for an introduction to the school and a tour of its facilities.

Earlier this year, the MSU Alumni Club of Metro Chicago adopted Ravenswood School as part of the Alumni for Public Schools program. The partnership seeks to connect alumni with time to volunteer with programs in the school that enrich the lives of students and increase the overall quality of education at the school.

Click through the presentation deck below to learn more, or contact Ravenswood School to get involved!

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  • 1. 2012 – 2013 Ravenswood School WelcomeChicago Spartans!
  • 2. Overview Introductions Snapshot of Ravenswood School How to Get Involved
  • 3. Introductions Principal Heather Connolly  Experience as an 8th grade teacher, an assistant principal and a literacy coach serving schools across the Northside  Masters Degrees in Curriculum/Instruction and Administration/Supervision  Ravenswood principal since 2008-2009 school year  Lives in nearby Andersonville  Two children who attend Ravenswood (4th and 1st grades)
  • 4. Ravenswood School: Current Snapshot Chicago Public School Preschool through 8th grade 470+ students (about two classes per grade level) Neighborhood school Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School  Access to some magnet resources, housed inside a neighborhood school
  • 5. Ravenswood Attendance Boundaries
  • 6. Ravenswood School: Changes Over Time Demographics: Demographics: 2008-2009 2011-2012
  • 7. Ravenswood School: Changes Over Time
  • 8. Direct State and Federal Funding Over Time State Funds Federal Funds Total Discrectionary Funding2008- 2009 $278,360 $179,430 $457,7902009 - 2010 $236,190 $158,000 $394,1902010 - 2011 $219,090 $82,128 $301,2182011 - 2012 $206,090 $76,158 $282,2482012 - 2013 $204,368 $61,920 $266,288 42% loss in discretionary funds over four years. As our socio-economics shift, we lose discretionary funds.
  • 9. Where Do Our Discretionary Dollars Go? Priority PurchaseFull Day Kindergarten We purchase a 1.0 teacher positionFine and Performing Arts We purchase a 1.0 teacher positionReducing Class Size We purchase 2.0 teacher positionsFunding the New, Longer Day We purchase 3 misc. employees to help with lunch/recess supervisionSchool Obligations Copy contract: $10,00/year ST Math license: $3500/year CPS tech. fee: $4000/yearSchool Operating Expenses School Supplies Art/Drama/Music Supplies Field trips Paper All other necessary supplies needed
  • 10. Ravenswood Highlights: Fine and Performing Arts Full-time art, music and drama teachers All students attend three to four arts classes per week Ravenswood is a leader in arts integration  Supports core subject learning  Art teacher Kitty Conde co-authored Every Art, Every Child integrated arts curriculum (  Ravenswood is one of just a few CPS demonstration sites for arts integration curriculum  Earlier this fall, Ravenswood was a featured tour site for the Arts Schools Network national conference, showcasing our arts integration leadership
  • 11. Ravenswood Highlights: Preschool Program Two programs for different needs  3- and 4-year-olds  Play-based curriculum  80 pre-k seats at Ravenswood Tuition-Based Pre-School (TBPK)  Full-day preschool, book-ended with high quality daycare  $11,650 tuition in 2013-2014  Admitted on first-come, first-served basis Preschool for All (PFA)  Half-day  State-funded  Admitted according to state-mandated need criteria
  • 12. More Ravenswood Highlights Top-notch teaching staff  Beautiful mix of veteran teachers and new talent  Collaborators who work well together and learn from each other  Illinois Art Teacher of the Year  Several Reggio Emilio attendees Differentiated instruction  Readers and Writers Workshop model  Balanced Literacy Smaller class sizes  Target average of 25 students per classroom  Compares to 32 students per classroom at many other area CPS schools
  • 13. Friends of Ravenswood School (FORS) Founded in 2005 501(c)3 non-profit corporation All volunteers Parents and community members working together to bring more resources into our school  Work closely with principal, staff and Local School Council to support school priorities
  • 14. Friends of Ravenswood School Primary focus:  Communication  Manage communication functions: website, email list, etc.  Fundraising  Have raised almost $250,000 in past five years  Goal: raise $100,000 in 2012-2013  Help fund arts program, curriculum materials, technology, etc.  Facilitate community-building
  • 15. Momentum at Ravenswood June planning retreat attracted almost 50 parents, teachers and community members Record number of parents/volunteers involved Actively seeking neighborhood support Working to leverage committed funding for large- scale outdoor play and learning space renovation  $250,000 in state and CPS funding for a new turf field  $62,000 in aldermanic menu funds for new marquee and playground  Applied for $750,000 Illinois EPA grant, and other smaller grants
  • 16. A Peek at Playground Plans
  • 17. Ways to Help, Right Now! Help make our new playground a reality  Research and write grants  Gather resources  Make community connections
  • 18. Ways to Help, Right Now! Register a team in our Dodgeball tournament/fundraiser  Friday, January 25  10 members, $300/per team  Adult players only (kids are welcome as spectators and cheer squads)  More fun than you can imagine  Net proceeds help fund our exceptional arts program and other important school needs
  • 19. Ways to Help, Right Now! Support Spring Forward, our annual fundraising gala  Gather auction items  Contact local businesses  Join the committee  Come to the event and bring friends! Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • 20. Other Opportunities Join our newly-forming Athletics at Ravenswood committee Volunteer at the middle-school Reality Fair and surrounding events Sponsor a classroom for the spring Walk-a-Thon Help with after-school activities  Math Club  Girls on the Run coach  Spring Musical
  • 21. Keep up with Ravenswood School happenings!  Subscribe to our email list on the website  “Like” us on Facebook at Ravenswood Spiritwear now on sale on the website For more information contact Ali Feczko at (Michigan State alum and Ravenswood School liaison)