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Debbie Nikokavouras
Dear McPherson Families/Guardians,

Spring Break and Parent Teacher Conferences are approaching this month. It is hard to believe that we have only a few months left in the 2018 -2019school year. I would like to take a moment to thank you for your hard work this year! You are all vital to the success of students. Whether you are taking off for spring break April 15 – April 19th or not, I hope that all of you have the opportunity to reflect, refresh and rejuvenate yourselves with family and friends.

I have to send a special shout-out to my amazing Parents Association and Friends of McPherson. This year these core groups have continued building bridges with our faculty across all grade levels and job titles. They continue to create amazing opportunities for families to be involved and to ensure that parents’/caregivers’ voices are heard. I can’t say thank you enough for all that you do for our school and community.

Our projected enrollment for 2019 – 2020 is 610 students. We have capacity for 1100 students. I believe we can all work together to spread the word to prospective and current families that our kids are loved, nurtured, supported, and encouraged to be the best version of themselves. They know that somebody believes in them! On March 26th we invited our Pre K parents and anyone from the community who has a child entering kindergarten in the fall to come see a presentation on “A Life of Kindergarten” at McPherson and visit our kinder classrooms. Thanks to all who came out it was well attended. We are enrolling all NEW students now. Please see the main office for more information.

On March 19th, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Announced the Largest-Ever Academic Program Expansion. McPherson received the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Gifted Program for kindergarten. In addition, McPherson will have 4 full day Pre-K and one Blended Half day program for school year 2019-2020. Very exciting news!

As a candidate for PYP, teachers in grades K-5 will be trained before school starts next year about the 6 transdisciplinary themes around which learning is planned. These themes are selected for their relevance to the real world. They are described as transdisciplinary because they focus on issues that go across subject areas.

The transdisciplinary themes help teachers to develop a programme of inquiry. Teachers work together to develop investigations into important ideas, which require a substantial and high level of involvement on the part of students.

These are the 6 themes that appear in the PYP programme - who we are; where we are in place and time; how we express ourselves; how the world works; how we organize ourselves; and sharing the planet.

Parent Teacher Conferences are on Wednesday, April 10th from 12-3:00pm and from 4:00pm-6:15pm. Sign-up sheets for PRE K -5 are outside the main office. Middle School (6-8) will be in GYM. I look forward to meeting all of you that day. Please take time to fill out the My Voice, My School Parent Survey there will be stations available during parent conferences in English and Spanish. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be going on in the auditorium from April 8-12th. Monies raised support adding more books to classroom libraries and classroom subscriptions.

Debbie Nikokavouras, Principal