PAC Night Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners & English Learners is March 21st!
PAC Newsletter, March 2017
PAC Night is Coming!

All Peterson families are invited to attend the upcoming PAC event on Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Please enter the building through the Cafeteria.

The evening will be focused on how the school meets the needs of students who are learning English and are diverse learners (the new term for Special Education within Chicago Public Schools).

Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the PAC will host a free dinner for families in the Cafeteria.  We will have a drawing for two Target gift cards as well! 

Following dinner, families will have the opportunity to attend two different sessions.  Spanish and Arabic translation will be provided.  Sessions include:

Demystifying the Referral Process - Mr. Coleman, Ms. Siemens, & Ms. Lloy Johnston - Parents/Guardians will leave with a well-rounded understanding of what happens before, during and following the referral process.  Parents/Guardians will also feel empowered to have a voice in the referral process.

Types of Disabilities - Ms. Ortigara, Ms. Barnes and Mr. Jedrzejczak - Parents will receive a general overview of common types of disabilities and the various accommodations and modifications utilized to support students with disabilities.

ELL students:  Education at Peterson - Ms. Ahmed & Ms. Zodo - Parents will gain perspective on the resources and services used to educate students who are second language learners at Peterson.

LRE (Least Restrictive Environment): Inclusion and Resource - Ms. Demetre, Ms. Stettner, & Ms. Lowrance -
Parents will learn about the difference between inclusion and resource support for students with disabilities.  Parents will understand the guiding questions that show what information the IEP team uses to help decide on where the Least Restrictive Environment is for a student.

A Typical IEP Meeting/Sections of an IEP - Mr. Bochenek, Ms. Brandon, & Ms. Ortez - Parents will leave with an understanding of who attends an IEP meeting, what types of IEP meetings exist, what are the various sections in an IEP, and how parents are key members on the IEP team.

Parent Advocacy - Ms. Eldorrado, Ms. Marion, Ms. Kane & Ms. Jackie Spinner - Parents will be educated about their child's rights and services that are available to them, hear from a parent's perspective how to receive services both in and out of school, and securing a special needs trust when a disability is determined by social security.

April PAC Meeting

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 4th at 8:45 a.m. for a PAC/BAC Meeting! The topic will be announced soon.

The PAC was created to help support the role of parents and the school as equal partners in children’s education. The primary purpose of the PAC is to empower parents to inspire and assist their children in achieving their educational goals.

Prospective Parent Sessions

Do you do know any parents who might be interested in sending their child(ren) to Peterson next year?  We have two upcoming information sessions for prospective parents hosted by Ms. Kane-

Thursday, April 6th at 9 a.m. OR
Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m.

Parents can come to hear what makes our school such an extraordinary place - information about the vision of the school, curriculum and instruction, and extracurricular activities will be shared. All interested parents are welcome to attend! Note that prospective parents do not need to RSVP - they simply need to come in through the Cafeteria doors on one of those days. 

If you would like some flyers or posters to share about these sessions, please e-mail

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-18

Registration for Peterson students entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2017 will begin the week of April 17th.  Click here for a list of materials needed to register your child.

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th at 5:00 p.m.
Connect with Peterson Parents on Facebook
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