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Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria SY19-20 E-Learning Plans

We hope that all Catalyst scholars and families are staying safe and are doing well. Please see the final e-learning plans for Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria below. If you have any questions, please contact Catalyst Circle Rock Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Catalyst Maria Principal Ms. Sandoval (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or the Catalyst admininstrative team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Thank you and stay safe!

Catalyst Circle Rock E-Learning Plan SY19-20

Catalyst Maria E-Learning Plan SY-19-20

Additional education resources for scholars/families

We hope that you are staying safe and are doing well.  Catalyst scholars and families should work primarily with their teachers on their e-learning plan, but additional resources are linked below:

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-https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning

Open Library – Free online books 

Library of Congress – Free online books

Chicago Park District – Park District Programs

New York Times – Free Learning Activities and Articles

Khan Academy –Free Online Courses/Practice

Audible-free audio books 

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.

Social-emotional resources for scholars/families

We hope that you are staying safe and are doing well.  Please find social-emotional resources for scholars/families linked below:

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning offers suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students.

In a Learning Is Social, Emotional and Academic blog, Lorea Martinez offers parents homeschooling tips to ensure social emotional learning is a part of student learning.

Sanford Harmony, a Pre-K-6 research-based social emotional learning program, promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. These free resources can be used by parents at home to help children express feelings and solve problems together.

The National Association of School Psychologists has developed a set of materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics.

Calm –Meditate at Home

Teaching Tolerance –Anti-Racism and Covid-19

SAMHSA –Coping with Stress 

NAMI – Taking Care of Your Mental Health

NASP –Parent Communication

AFSP –Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Catalyst buildings CLOSED for remainder of 2019-2020 school year

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that all in-person learning in schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

We realize that scholars and families have questions regarding graduation, end of the year activities, etc. and we will provide answers as soon as we have additional information.

Please continue to communicate with our teachers and staff via Class Dojo, Illuminate, etc. and please let our team know any support we can provide. 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.

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Medical resources:

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

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:

  • For the full list of  meal sites under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, 2020 please visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS.
  • Chicago Food Depository has a link for families in need

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

 Chicago Department of Public Health

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Chicago Public Schools

 

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