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Catalyst Circle Rock annual EOY video 2020

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy.  Please check out the annual Catalyst Circle Rock annual EOY video here, and a HUGE shout out to Ms. Donohue, Ms. Jamsion-Dunnn, Ms. Reed and Ms. GRANGER for their leadership in the creation of this INCREDIBLE video!

Catalyst Schools CLOSED through April 30, 2020

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

If you are concerned that you or your child have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-746-4835

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will receive deep cleanings between Monday March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

General resources:

  • https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning: The Illinois State Board of Education's Keep Learning website offers an extremely comprehensive list of resources, including free internet access resources, special education resources, English learner resources, and a very comprehensive list of learning activities categorized by subject and grade.
  • Center for Dieseas Control's guidance on keeping children healthy while school is out.

Internet access:

  • Please check https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning for free internet opportunities. Companies providing free or low-cost access include AT&T, Spectrum, Comcast, and Mediacom

Food access:

  • Healthy meals will be available to all Catalyst students at the CPS location nearest their home. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building. To find the location nearest your home, please visit https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoollocator/index.html
  • Chicago Food Depository has a link for families in need

Our school teams are here to support- if there is anything we can assist with, please contact  our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Catalyst Circle Rock Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Catalyst Maria Principal Ms. Sandoval (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will work to assist.  Thank you and stay safe!

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

 Chicago Department of Public Health

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Chicago Public Schools

Catalyst Schools CLOSED through April 20, 2020

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools, Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through April 20, 2020.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

If you are concerned that you or your child have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-746-4835

Healthy meals will be available to all Catalyst students at the CPS location nearest their home. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building. To find the location nearest your home, please visit https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoollocator/index.html

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will receive deep cleanings between Monday March 16, 2020 through April 20, 2020.

Internet access: Comcast is providing FREE internet for the next 60 days. Please contact Comcast at 855-846-8376 (for English speakers) or 855-765-6995 (for Spanish speakers), or go to www.internetessentials.com.

Unemployment

Additional e-learning resources will be distributed through Class Dojo and Illuminate in the coming days. 

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

 Chicago Department of Public Health

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Chicago Public Schools

Catalyst Schools' 2020-2021 Student Lotteries Postponed

Due to the mandatory school closures for all Illinois schools through March 30, 2020, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-8 and 10-12 school lotteries for the 2020-2021 school year (scheduled for March 24, 2020 at Catalyst Maria and March 25, 2020 at Catalyst Circle Rock) will be postponed indefinitely. A new date will be released as soon as it becomes available.  The applications for the lotteries will remain open. Thank you and stay safe.

Support Catalyst    

Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.