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LSC Elections - Eliza Chappell Elementary School

2135 W Foster Ave, 60625 Principal: Joseph A Peila Grades: PreK-8
School Web Site School Type: Neighborhood Elementary School
(773) 534-2390 347 Students

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Brandee Tavano

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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I have been on the LSC at Chappell for 2 years and have been the President since July of 2011. I am a stay-at-home mom and hold a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. My son is a second grader and has been at Chappell since Kindergarten. I am very active at the school where I help out in the library, computer lab, and in my son's class. I am also on hand for picture days, book fair days, and field trips. Last year I organized a fundraiser that raised money for Chappell and brought our school community closer together. My daily involvement with the parents and students of Chappell helps me understand their concerns and the issues our students face, and in turn I bring those concerns to the LSC to be addressed.
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Heidi Kafka

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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I have lived in the neighborhood for 18 years and have two sons that will be attending CPS high schools this fall. I have served on the Chappell LSC for eight years, and seven of those years I been the LSC secretary. I take my responsibilities very seriously, and my attendance record over 8 years is a testament to my dedication. The Chappell LSC has made great strides in recent years, most notably the hiring of Joseph Peila as principal. Under Mr. Peila, Chappell has bloomed into a vibrant learning community that the students, parents and teacher are proud of. Test scores have risen, and the academic rigor has increased. I am excited to have the opportunity to run for another two year term and continue to help Chappell grow and improve.
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Eric Rojas

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Graduate of public schools and B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University with high honors. NEIU Alumni Advisory Board Member. Successful seven year Real Estate Broker, ranking in top fiver percent of sales volume every year in Chicago and author of one of Chicago's longest running real estate blogs. Married father of three children, homeowner in Ravenswood and in the Chappell Elementary attendance district. Chair of Winnemac Park Neighbors ( www.winnemac.org)
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Chappell School News

CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Apr 25 | 5 comments
CPS Releases LSC Results; Waters Elem Candidate Gets Most Votes Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from Center Square Journal, the Chicago Public Schools released complete Local School Council election results this afternoon, a full week after the elections were conducted. 6,613 candidates ran for community, teacher, parent and non-teacher staff representative positions. While over 400 candidates received no votes at all, Waters Read the Rest... Read More »

Some Elem Schools Provide LSC Results – But Not All – UPDATE

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 19 | 3 comments
Some Elem Schools Provide LSC Results – But Not All – UPDATE A day after Local School Council elections, not every area elementary school was willing or able to provide election results over the phone. Depending on the school, staff had different procedures for providing results to the public, ranging from simply reading them over the phone to leaving a message for the principal. Read More »

Election Day for Elementary Schools: Races to Watch

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Apr 18 | 5 comments
Election Day for Elementary Schools: Races to Watch What, schools are holding elections today? Why didn’t anyone tell us? But seriously folks, Local School Council election day is upon us, at least at the elementary level, and then we get to do it all over again tomorrow at the high schools. We won’t know if voters give a hoot until the final ballots Read the Rest... Read More »

This Week: A Free Way To Improve Your Property Values

Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, Apr 17 | No comments
Homeowners in Lincoln Square, Northcenter, Ravenswood and Ravenswood Manor will have a tremendous opportunity to improve their property values. With a fifteen minute detour on Wednesday and another on Thursday, you can set things in motion that could ultimately raise your home value by tens of thousands of dollars! Read More »

Read Profiles For Dozens Of Local School Council Candidates

Mike Fourcher | Monday, Apr 16 | No comments
Read Profiles For Dozens Of Local School Council Candidates While some schools have internal ways of promoting candidates among parents, Bell Elementary is distributing candidate flyers though weekly send-home packets for instance, school community members generally have no way of learning about Local School Council candidates. So you can make an informed choice this week, dozens of candidates for Local School Council have posted profiles Read the Rest... Read More »

How Many Votes Does It Take to Win an LSC Election? A Lot Less Than You’d Think

Patty Wetli | Friday, Apr 13 | No comments
How Many Votes Does It Take to Win an LSC Election? A Lot Less Than You’d Think In 1989, during the first LSC elections, 300,000 votes were cast–that’s roughly what Rahmbo earned to become mayor. But like a lot of statistics, that oft-referenced number is slightly deceiving. Divide the amount of votes among multiple candidates at hundreds of schools and it’s clear that anyone with a handful of friends (real, not Facebook) Read the Rest... Read More »

CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 5 | 5 comments
CPS Releases List of LSC Candidates While every elementary school in the Center Square Journal coverage area has enough candidates to conduct LSC elections, the two neighborhood high schools, Lake View and Amundsen, do not have enough parent candidates to fill out a full council, despite an abundance of non-parent community members running for LSC at the high schools. According to Read the Rest... Read More »

CPS Policies Hinder Promotion of LSC Candidates and Elections

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 5 | 9 comments
CPS Policies Hinder Promotion of LSC Candidates and Elections With Local School Council elections weeks away on April 18 and 19, Chicago Public Schools obstructed their own efforts to promote LSC elections by taking more than a week to make the names of Local School Council candidates available to the press or public, a new low for CPS, according to one of the original Read the Rest... Read More »

Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates

Patty Wetli | Tuesday, Mar 20 | 3 comments
Neighborhood Schools Still Looking for LSC Candidates With just three days to go until CPS’ extended filing deadline on March 23, a number of schools in CSJ territory are still looking for candidates to run for Local School Council elections. We use the the term “run” loosely: Most of the positions are uncontested, so a single vote for yourself could carry the Read the Rest... Read More »

Neighbors Group Aims to Raise Chappell Profile on DonorsChoose

Patty Wetli | Monday, Mar 12 | One comment
Neighbors Group Aims to Raise Chappell Profile on DonorsChoose Mrs. Sorokas needs a working CD player, an essential part of her multisensory curriculum. Ms. Maniaci would like ribbons, puppets and scarves to create a hands-on learning experience in her music classroom. Ms. Esmaili just wants paper, so her pre-K students can draw and learn to write their names. These are just a few of Read the Rest... Read More »

Winnemac Park Neighbors Upset About Proposed Shift to 40th Ward

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Jan 11 | 3 comments
Winnemac Park Neighbors Upset About Proposed Shift to 40th Ward There are, undoubtedly, a large number of Chicagoans completely disengaged from the ward remap process. The Winnemac Park Neighbors are not among them. Depending on which map City Council ultimately adopts, many or all of the residents in the area bounded by Damen, Western, Lawrence and Foster, will shift from the 47th Ward to the Read the Rest... Read More »

Chappell Elementary Principal Joseph Peila To Address Winnemac Park Neighbors

Mike Fourcher | Monday, Nov 14 | One comment
Chappell Elementary Principal Joseph Peila To Address Winnemac Park Neighbors Winnemac Park Neighbors organizer Eric Rojas is pretty darn excited about next Tuesday’s meeting, and if you live around the park, we think you should be too. Eric has been at us to tell you that on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., at Dolce Casa Cafe, 4947 N. Damen Ave., the neighbors group will host Chappell Elementary Read the Rest... Read More »

Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Moves Forward

Patty Wetli | Friday, Nov 11 | 6 comments
Lawrence Avenue Streetscape Moves Forward The proposed Lawrence Avenue Streetscape has cleared an early hurdle to becoming reality: In a note to constituents, 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar announced TIF task force approval for the project. Elements of the streetscape, which include wider sidewalks and a full bike lane, will extend from Clark Street to the Chicago River, with the Read the Rest... Read More »

Pawar Pitches Lawrence Avenue Improvements As School Boost

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Aug 31 | 6 comments
Pawar Pitches Lawrence Avenue Improvements As School Boost Lawrence Avenue needs to be slimmed down to improve conditions for local retail and schools, according to a presentation Tuesday morning from the Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT) and 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar. About thirty business owners and residents attended the presentation, sponsored by The Ravenswood Community Council at the Chase Park auditorium to hear the latest vision for the Read the Rest... Read More »

Did You See Us At The El Today?

Mike Fourcher | Thursday, Apr 14 | No comments
Did You See Us At The El Today? This morning the CSJ team hit Brown Line stops from Francisco to Irving Park to hand out the hottest, newest preview of what we’re writing about. It’s Playtime! Pickle’s Playroom Opens! Pizza D.O.C. Celebrates 4th Anniversary Book Cellar’s Royal Treatment Riverbank Neighbors’ Prairie Burn Please take a look at the back of the Circular: Our Read the Rest... Read More »

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