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May 31, 2012
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Garage Sale (Saturday) & Potluck (Sunday)

Saturday (June 2) GARAGE SALE   9 am – 3 pm   at multiple locations

–>   Pick up a map of all the sale locations at 4217 North Greenview
–>   Support your neighbors – buy their stuff!
–>  Questions?   Call Ann Bines  (773) 525-3249

Sunday (June 3)  POTLUCK & AUCTION  6 – 9 pm   Warner Park & Gardens (1446 Warner)

–>  Bring a dish to share and a beverage of your choice (BYOB)
–>  Admission is FREE to all paid up GWCA members (you can join at the potluck!)
–>  There will be voting for the best:  appetizer, entree, side dish & dessert
–>  Music,  water, lemonade, paper plates & plastic tableware all provided
–>  Bring CASH (or a checkbook)
–>  Pick up a bargain at the silent auction table (closes at 8:30 p.m.)
–>  Or buy more votes or donate to GWCA

       Questions or to help:  Call Kathleen Dudley (773) 472-1221
–> At 7 pm there will be a short GWCA Community Meeting

*  Vote for a neighbor (or yourself!) for GWCA Council
*  Approve spending for Garden Walk, GWCA fest & Halloween Party

Come enjoy an evening in the park!

May 30, 2012
gracelandwest
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1415 West Irving Park Road 7-11 Liquor License Meeting, June 11, 7 pm, Rizal Center, 1332 West Irving Park Road

A meeting has been scheduled regarding 7/11’s moratorium lift request for a liquor license at their proposed location at 1415 West Irving Park Road.  The meeting will be held at Rizal Center, 1332 West Irving Park Road on MONDAY, JUNE 11 at 7 PM.  Representatives from7-11 will be present to give the details of their request and take questions from the community.  The Alderman’s office will accept comments by phone, e-mail, or written at the meeting to get an understanding of the community feedback.  Graceland West and Southport Neighbors are welcome to give comments in writing to the Alderman’s office as an organization along with individual ones.  If you have any questions, please contact Jim Poole, Community Specialist & Legislative Liaison, 4243 N Lincoln

P 773-549-4462

F 773-549-4757

jim@chicago47.org

www.chicago47.org

 

May 30, 2012
gracelandwest
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Friends of Ravenswood School Newsletter

A Message from FORS: Friends of Ravenswood School
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A Message From FORS:
Friends of Ravenswood School

Join the Conversation:
Ravenswood School Community Retreat

Sunday, June 3, 2-5 pm, Ravenswood School Library (4th floor)

Can you feel it? The conversation has already begun.
In the school’s hallways, on the playground, during drop-off and pick-up, and in meetings, formal and informal, an important conversation is buzzing. The voices are growing, in volume, in strength, and in number. Momentum is building. And without question, the conversation could greatly benefit from the strength of your voice as well.

So what’s the conversation about?
It’s about the future. It’s about how the Ravenswood School community is planning to rise to meet the challenges facing our school–challenges both current and those yet to come. It’s about meeting those challenges with new ideas, then diligently nurturing those ideas into solutions. It’s about taking ownership. It’s about shaping a community-wide school support strategy, with a unified, comprehensive, and strategic goal: to foster a more active and engaged, better coordinated, better informed Ravenswood School community, and, as a result, a better funded, stronger, more resilient Ravenswood School.

This conversation tells us one thing, loudly and clearly: the future of Ravenswood School is in our hands, as parents, as teachers, as administrators, and as community members.

On Sunday, June 3, it is time for you to join this conversation.
From 2 pm to 5 pm in the Ravenswood School library (4th floor), anyone interested in joining the conversation, getting involved, contributing ideas, and shaping our school’s support strategy is welcome to attend. A short, updated State of the School address will be presented by Principal Heather Connolly, followed by a presentation of a draft strategy plan for the 2012-13 school year. Committee groups will then be created, tasked with devising committee-specific action plans in support of these strategic goals.

Make your voice heard. Don’t let this conversation happen without you–become a part of it.
You are welcome to take part in this event, whether you plan to arrive brimming with great ideas or if you’re simply filled with curiosity and an urge to get more involved. Broader, community-wide participation and engagement is a critical part of this strategic effort. Please make every effort to attend this retreat, to join the conversation about shaping the future of our school. There has never been a better opportunity nor a more important time for you to get involved.

Childcare for the event is available through BASA for $20 per child.
Please reserve your spot with BASA by Friday, June 1. Call the BASA office at 312.927.8147 or email yg.basa@gmail.com.

For more information, please visit http://friendsofravenswood.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1421db3ef2c68615ca05ea106&id=04d84596f7&e=108109f22c or email Wendy Vasquez.


Support the Girls On The Run (GOTR) Program at Ravenswood School

For the past four years, Ravenswood School teacher Susan Conti has been the site coordinator and coach for a program called Girls on the Run (GOTR), here at Ravenswood School. This program meets twice a week after school, in both Fall and Spring, for a total of twenty-four weeks and is available for girls in third through eighth grade. The program promotes healthy minds and bodies of participants. They run one to three miles a day, learn about eating well, and how to take better care of themselves emotionally, through self-esteem building and emotional support. The goal of the GOTR program is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among participants. In addition to the core curriculum, each season concludes with an optional 5K run.

Now, they are also tackling the issue of bullying. All fifty-five of this season’s GOTR participants were given the opportunity to see the film, Bully (2012). After the screening, the girls were full of ideas about how they might address bullying at school or wherever they may encounter it. Here is a recent video clip the girls made, exploring the issue of bullying.

Currently, Ms. Conti is seeking financial support for the program to ensure the availability of GOTR scholarships for all participants. All current participants receive the subsidized rate of $25, as opposed to the full rate of $165. Scholarships are also available to cover the remaining $25 fee, as needed. GOTR has never declined a scholarship to any participant, but to make sure that these scholarships remain available, Ms. Conti is seeking to raise $1500 to help support the program at Ravenswood.

To learn more and to support the GOTR program at Ravenswood School, please click this link.


NEW! Ravenswood Buddy Family Program

We’re excited to introduce a new program at Ravenswood School, aimed at helping families new to our school make a smooth and confident transition to the school community at Ravenswood. It’s called the Buddy Familyprogram. The program’s goal is to pair families new to Ravenswood School with experienced families who can help answer questions, facilitate expectations, and serve as liaison to assist and support them in becoming a part of our school community.

Anyone who has experienced being part of a new school transition–and that’s almost everyone, at some point–knows how difficult it can be to find your way in a new environment, even one as warm and welcoming as Ravenswood School. Things as simple as finding the right drop-off spot on the first day, paying student fees, or learning how to buy milk or school lunch for your child can be daunting challenges, especially if you don’t know anyone who can help point you in the right direction.

If you would like to help a new family with their transition to Ravenswood School, please sign up using the form on the FORS website: Buddy Family Program.


FORS Community Outreach Initiative

We’re looking for school parents living within the Ravenswood School boundaries to join FORS with a Community Outreach initiative. Volunteers will be tasked with reaching out and engaging the local community in actively supporting Ravenswood School.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved with the school but haven’t quite found one yet, this could be the one for you. Interested volunteers should contact Natalie Waechter.


Who We Are:

 

Friends of Ravenswood School (FORS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of interested parents and community members joining with school administrators, staff, and teachers to gather private, supplemental support–in the form of funding, volunteers, and various professional expertise–for the benefit of Ravenswood School, its programs, and its students. The funds we raise help the school pay for teachers, programs, technology, field trips, supplies, and other essential things that make the educational experience at Ravenswood School great!
FORS Meetings are always held on the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, unless otherwise noted. To learn more, visit us on the web: < http://friendsofravenswood.com/ >. You can also request to join our FORS Google Group by sending an email to < news@friendsofravenswood.com > with “Subscribe To Google Group” in the Subject field.


Copyright © 2012 Friends of Ravenswood School (FORS), All rights reserved.
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Chicago, IL 60613-1297

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May 29, 2012
gracelandwest
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Garage Sale (Saturday) & Potluck (Sunday)

Saturday (June 2) GARAGE SALE   9 am – 3 pm   at multiple locations

–>   Pick up a map of all the sale locations at 4217 North Greenview
–>   Support your neighbors – buy their stuff!
–>  Questions?   Call Ann Bines  (773) 525-3249

Sunday (June 3)  POTLUCK & AUCTION  6 – 9 pm   Warner Park & Gardens (1446 Warner)

–>  Bring a dish to share and a beverage of your choice (BYOB)
–>  Admission is FREE to all paid up GWCA members (you can join at the potluck!)
–>  There will be voting for the best:  appetizer, entree, side dish & dessert
–>  Music,  water, lemonade, paper plates & plastic tableware all provided
–>  Bring CASH (or a checkbook)
–>  Pick up a bargain at the silent auction table (closes at 8:30 p.m.)
–>  Or buy more votes or donate to GWCA

       Questions or to help:  Call Kathleen Dudley (773) 472-1221
At 7 pm there will be a short GWCA Community Meeting

*  Vote for a neighbor (or yourself!) for GWCA Council
*  Approve spending for Garden Walk, GWCA fest & Halloween Party

Come enjoy an evening in the park!


 

 

May 29, 2012
gracelandwest
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Graceland Cemetery Symposium

Greetings,    Graceland Cemetery is about to be 150 years old!

Julia Bachrach, historian from the Chicago Park District, sent out this attachment about the Graceland Cemetery Symposium:  Celebrate June 15 & 16th:

Graceland Cemetery Flyer     <<<  Click here for the PDF flyer!!

For a link to the cemetery website, click here > >> History – Graceland Cemetery

Best Regards

Norm

www.LincolnParkConservancy.org

Restoring Lincoln Park’s Art, Architecture and Nature Since 1984

773-975-9321

773-209-9475 (c)

 

May 22, 2012
gracelandwest
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Please Come to the GWCA Potluck & Auction on Sunday, June 3 from 6-9 pm

at Warner Park & Gardens (1446 Warner)

Admission is FREE to all paid-up GWCA members who bring a dish to share (appetizer, entrée, side or dessert).   Donations accepted!   B.Y.O.B.  Music, lemonade,  water, plates, plastic tableware, tablecloths & napkins will be provided. Bring your favorite beverage AND your family and friends!   There will be a contest for the best dishes — and you can purchase extra votes and “cram the ballot box” for your favorite dish (after all this is Chicago … and this IS a fund raiser for GWCA!)

Questions or to volunteer:   Kathleen Dudley at (773) 472-1221

We will hold a brief Graceland West Community Association Meeting at 7 pm  – we will be electing three new council members. We are dedicating this year’s potluck to the memory of our friend  Gil Munoz – he provided the music for many of these GWCA events in the past.   We’ll be thinking about him … he always enjoyed getting together with friends!
May 15, 2012
gracelandwest
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Volunteer and help beautify Graceland West!

Alderman Pawar’s office is promoting the Parkway Corners initiative. Many of our corners in Graceland West look great and some could use  a little refreshing.  We have three corners on Southport that need adoption:

1.  Cuyler and Southport,
2.  Belle Plaine and Southport, and
3.  Warner and Southport.

If you are willing to help plant these corners, it would be great!  I have some inkberry shrubs (similar to boxwood) that could serve as a focal point. They were donated to the 47th ward. I’m sure many of the neighbors have perennials that need to be divided and would be willing to donate to help fill up these spaces.  If you would like to volunteer for this beautification project, know of a student who needs community service hours, or are willing to divide/donate your perennials, please contact:

Donna Forsberg (773) 348-1469 or donnaforsberg@sbcglobal.net

May 8, 2012
gracelandwest
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MINUTES from last 47th Ward Council Meeting – April 11, 2012

NOTE:  Graceland West’s representative to this council is:  Tim McGonegle (tmcgonegle@comcast.net   or   773-327-2940)

April 12, 2012 Ward Council Meeting Notes                  From:  Dara Salk in the 47th Ward Office

Hello Representatives  & Alternates,

Once again we thank you for your commitment and continued efforts on behalf of your neighbors and our neighborhood.  Here is a short summary of last night’s meeting for you to share.

1.  We heard about the $750,000 capital campaign at the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. They have been stalwarts in the neighborhood since the 1960’s. They continue to positively influence the lives of the thousands of kids who come attend the programming provided there. They have raised $500,000; if you are looking for a worthy organization to support – this is one

2.  Alderman Pawar described the Aldermanic Menu. Per the new menu policy of the City it must be spent down 100% every year. There has been and will continue to be a great deal of thought given to where and how this money is spent. For instance: if a street is scheduled for sewer work next year, curbs won’t be done this year. Saving money by coordinating the work being done in the ward is a priority. We welcome your input and will continue to ask for your Block Audits yearly.

3.  Jim Poole gave us more specifics on the Aldermanic Menu – all of this specific information will be on our website. CAPS Meetings are held monthly. Please see the schedule on our website and ask if one of your neighbors would like to be your representatives at CAPS meetings. Jim also recommends that you register your group with CAPS for communication, programming and resources out of the CAPS office. CAPS helps fight crime in the area, set up neighborhood watch groups and educate us on how to stay safe.

4.  Karen Kolb from our newly formed Senior Council updated us on the work that group is doing to make “aging in place” easier, healthier and more of a priority for all of us to be aware of. If there is a member of your group or perhaps your block coordinator could be aware of where the older adults are in the neighborhood and make an effort to include them in neighborhood activities and know if they would like to be on your email list or become a part of a phone tree if they aren’t on the internet.

5.  CUB – Citizen’s Utility Board – is beginning an initiative in our ward – the first ward in the city! Saving money, saving energy can be as painless as signing up online for ideas, coupons and a simple way to actually track the money you are saving. Each neighborhood group has their own spot where you can sign up

 

May 8, 2012
gracelandwest
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AGENDA for upcoming 47th Ward Council Meeting on Wednesday May 16

Ward Council Meeting Agenda (Sixth Meeting)

Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: St. Ben’s Social Hall

2219 W. Irving Park (last church door on Irving Park at Bell – Lower Level)

1.      Introductions:

  • What group do you represent?
  • What are your boundaries?
  • Were you able to get a start with your older adult neighbors? How?
  • What would you like to share about your group?

2.      State of Ward by Alderman Ameya Pawar

3.      Small Group: Ward Council Assessment

  • What are the most useful/best elements of the Ward Council meetings?
  • What are the least useful elements of the Ward Council meetings?
  • How would you like to see the Ward Council meetings develop from here?
  • Are there any issues that you would like to see included on the Ward Council agenda?
  • What role should delegates/alternates have in the Ward Council?
  • What other organizations would you like to have present to the Ward Council?

4.      Large Group:

  • Discuss small group conversations.

5.      Plant Exchange:  Saturday, May 12th 10am – 2pm

  • Courtenay School – Berteau and Hermitage School Yard
  • C3 displays: rain barrels, composting including rebates for these, native plants and trees
  • Bring a plant/take a plant. Pot your plant, label with preferred conditions and name

6.      Senior Lunch at Maifest: Friday, June 1st 11am – 2pm

 

 

May 7, 2012
gracelandwest
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Hurry! May 15 is deadline for registering for our June 2 Garage Sale

Save the date:   Saturday June 2nd is the annual GWCA multi-family garage sale.

For a mere $5 for members ($10 for non members) you get the permit, advertising, signs and maps for our multi-family garage sale.  Sign up now by sending your:

*  Name,
*  Address,
*  Phone number and
*  Location of your sale(back yard, garage, front yard)

to Ann Bines by May 15th to get “on the map”.  Drop off the info and registration fee to Ann at 4217 N. Greenview. Fee is $5.00 for GWCA members and $10.00 for non members.

Call Ann at 773-525-3249 with any questions

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