CICS Students Present to Cushman & Wakefield

Since 2010, CICS has partnered with Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate firm with headquarters in Chicago. The C&W partnership educates and exposes CICS students to the city of Chicago and its many resources and attractions. Additionally, the partnership provides CICS students the opportunity to speak with employees and tour C&W's downtown office. 

Closing All CICS Schools: March 16 through March 30

March 13, 2020

Dear CICS Families, 

We have appreciated your support, feedback and patience over the last two weeks as we have worked together to navigate the uncertainty and disruption caused by COVID-19. In alignment with Governor Pritzker’s mandate to close all Illinois schools and under the guidance of public health officials, CICS will close all of our schools beginning on March 16 through at least March 30, with the possibility of a longer closure, depending on the circumstances at the end of the month. 

Please know that this is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but one that we have made to put the health and well-being of our students, families, staff and communities at the forefront. We understand that the next two weeks, and possibly longer, will be difficult and, in partnership with Distinctive Schools, Civitas Education Partners and ReGeneration Schools, CICS plans to support our students and families in every way that we can. We recognize the incredible burden this puts on our families, and that, while it helps us mitigate the spread of the virus, it creates other significant challenges. Thank you for understanding that this decision was made to support the well-being of our community. 

CICS and our SMO partners are committed to supporting our students’ continued learning throughout the closure. On Monday, school leadership teams and office staff will be at each CICS campus to distribute virtual learning materials to families that did not receive them on Friday. Individual campuses will communicate instructions for the distribution of these materials to their families no later than Sunday at noon. We are actively working with CPS and our food service provider to determine the method for the distribution of meals for our students throughout the closure. Where possible, we sent students home today with breakfast items for Monday morning in case of a potential closure. We are also working with CPS to create a list of community supports for child care, as we know this closure creates a burden on our families. We will follow up no later than the end of day on Monday with more information about these resources. 

Throughout the closure, we will communicate with our parents and guardians via email on a weekly basis, or more frequently as needed and we will share updates via the CICS website,

For the most reliable and up-to-date information, please visit or If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CDPH Coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may also reach out to the CICS COVID-19 Response Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or CICS Main Office by phone at 312-651-5000.  

Please know that our CICS team is here to provide resources and support to you and your child throughout this challenging situation. During times like these, we commit to coming together to take care of every member of the CICS community.




Elizabeth Shaw


Chicago International Charter School


Closing All CICS Schools: March 16 through March 30_pdf

Closing All CICS Schools: March 16 through March 30_Spanish_pdf

Educator: Kimeon Cruikshank

I am a Kindergarten Teacher at CICS Prairie. 

I was coming back from having worked overseas for 5 years and I wanted to find a position in which I could continue to use my ESL and Early Childhood Experience. I also wanted to find a community that reflected my background as well. 

I come from a family of educators. My mother, grandmother, and aunts and cousins are teachers. It’s always been one of the most important things you can do even if it’s not the most respected position. I also decided that I wanted to be a solution to what I saw (as a student) were the problems in education.

Meal Pickup to Continue During the Summer at Several CICS Sites

Dear CICS families,

We are excited to share that meal pickup will be available during this year’s summer break. Meal distribution will continue until Friday, June 12 at all CICS elementary schools from 11am-1pm (Monday/Wednesday/Friday).

Starting Monday, June 15, meal pickup will only be available on the same days and times at the CICS Basil, Irving Park, Lloyd Bond, Loomis, Prairie, Washington Park, West Belden and Wrightwood campuses.

(NOTE: Avalon and Bucktown families, or those who cannot access their usual elementary school, are encouraged to visit the closest CICS school or find other nearby summer meal sites by texting FOOD or COMIDA to 877877 or visit If you need further assistance finding summer meals, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


[Spanish Translation]

Estimados Familias de CICS, 

Nos complace compartir que podrá recoger las comidas para su hijo/a después del final del año escolar y durante todo el verano. Hasta el viernes 12 de junio, la recolección de comidas continuará en todas las escuelas primarias de CICS de 11am-1pm los lunes / miércoles / viernes.

A partir del lunes 15 de junio, las comidas estarán disponible en el mismo horario de 11am-1pm de lunes/miércoles/viernes solo en las escuelas de CICS Basil, Irving Park, Lloyd Bond, Loomis, Prairie, Washington Park, West Belden y Wrightwood.

(NOTA: Las familias de Avalon y Bucktown podran ir a cualquier escuela de CICS más cercana. Para encontrar otros sitios de comidas para el verano, envíe un mensaje de texto con FOOD o COMIDA al 877877 o visite Si necesita ayuda o tiene algun otra pregunta, contacte a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


School closure extended through April 20

Dear CICS families, 

 Minutes ago, Mayor Lightfoot announced that all CPS schools will remain closed through April 20. Given the necessity of this action to protect the health and well-being of our students, families and communities, CICS will follow suit. Please note that our previously scheduled Spring Break from April 6 through April 10 will continue as planned and we will not provide teacher-directed instruction during that week. We will follow up with more details and guidance as we learn more, but please know that we are committed to supporting our students throughout this extended closure.

These are unprecedented times and I urge you to please stay informed and take care of yourselves, as we will all be in this for what feels like a very long haul. 

Take care, 



[Spanish Translation]

Asunto:  Cierre de la escuela extendido hasta el 20 de abril.

Estimadas familias de CICS:

Hace solo unos minutos, el alcalde Lightfoot anuncio que todas las escuelas de CPS permanecerán cerradas hasta el 20 de abril. Dada la necesidad de esta acción para proteger la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias y comunidades, CICS hará lo mismo. Tenga en cuenta que nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas previamente del 6 al 10 de abril continuarán según lo planeado y no proporcionaremos instrucción durante esa semana. Seguiremos con más detalles y orientación a medida que aprendamos más, pero tenga en cuenta que estamos comprometidos a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes durante este cierre prolongado.

Estos son tiempos sin precedentes y les insto a que se mantengan informados y se cuiden, ya que todos estaremos en esto por lo que parece ser un viaje muy largo.



This software company has donated millions to local schools for tech equipment

According to a 2015 report from the tech nonprofit CompTIA, students and educators alike believe access to technology in classrooms is beneficial to getting ahead in the increasingly digital workforce.

To help schools ensure access to learning technologies, Relativity, a provider of cloud-based data management and analytics tools for companies in the legal industry, has established a Wired to Learn technology grant for local schools.

Voices: Jennifer (Jenn) Harth - CICS Prairie

Every morning as I drive to Chicago’s south side to passionately carry out my heartwork in the Roseland community, deeply rooted in my spirit is a small part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.  The part of Dr. King’s dream where he hopes that his four children “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  On that warm, August day in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., there was a call to action for justice and equity.  This call to action is what inspires me and what drives me as an educational leader in the city of Chicago.

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