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LSC Elections - Ravenswood Elementary School

4332 N Paulina St, 60613 Principal: Heather Dawn Connolly Grades: PreK-8
School Web Site School Type: Neighborhood Elementary
(773) 534-5525 405 Students

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Joseph Tollefson

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Already working with so many students in the Chicago Public Schools, Joseph Tollefson is continuing his commitment to affect his community a little closer to home. A graduate of Columbia College, Joseph works in the non-profit sector for Genesys Works – Chicago, a community based organization that works with high school seniors in some of Chicago’s most challenging neighborhoods on the South and West sides. The impact of Joseph’s work is staggering, training and providing his students with the tools and opportunities needed to find success in life through meaningful internships at some of Chicago’s largest corporations. Joseph works with youth, inspiring them to excel not just in school, but also in college and in their careers. Joseph believes that the basis for improvements in any
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Michael Brandfon

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Mike spent several years as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and is also an experienced public relations professional. He currently is a proud full-time dad to twin 18-month-old daughters. Mike recently volunteered with Lakeside Community Development Corporation where he provided communication and media support to help promote the non-profit organization’s mission of advocating for affordable housing and providing counseling services to first-time home buyers on the city’s north side. Mike was born in Chicago and grew up in a northern suburb. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in English. He and his wife, Sara have been home owners in Ravenswood since 2008.
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Jessica Ashley

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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My name is Jessica Ashley and I am a professional blogger, editor and social media strategist. I have a seven-year old son who is a secret Justin Bieber fan, is very serious about Tae Kwon Do, and loves to talk about Mars after recently completing an inquiry project on space with his class. This year, he has an amazing teacher who is the perfect fit for his enthusiasm for reading and curiosity about math and need for independent projects. While he is buried in a Jack Stalwart series book, I am busy authoring a blog, writing for many sites online and bringing my skills in digital publishing to my professional and volunteer work. I am a Chicago native, a runner, and I still remember all 14 verses of "Wheels on the Bus.
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Mary Lubben

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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Mary Lubben is a financial management executive with 30 yrs of banking experience and 14 yrs of volunteer work with schools. She served for 6 years on the finance committee at her children's private elementary school and currently chairs the budget committee of the Ravenswood LSC and chairs the Lincoln Park HS LSC where her son Andrew is a senior in the IB program. Professionally, she is now a management consultant serving as interim director of finance for a private elementary school in the city and advising a community bank on building their treasury management business. She and her husband, Ed Zotti, also have 2 children who have graduated from CPS high schools (Northside) -- Ryan, now a senior at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Ani, a junior at Georgetown.
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Brian Ban

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Brian is a husband, father, real estate broker, public relations consultant, and a 10-year homeowner in the school district. He has been a city of Chicago resident since graduating from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1992 with a focus on Spanish, Business, and Public Relations. As a full-time professional, Brian also earned an Master’s of Business Administration from DePaul University in 1997 and has served in various capacities in the fields of marketing, public relations, entrepreneurship (as a Director at Windy City Fieldhouse) and most recently as a real estate broker for the past decade. His passion for volunteering is deep with stints at the Evanston/Glenbrook Hospitals, Chicago Cares, and the Chicago Cultural Center. His wife grew up in Uptown and went to Lane Tech.
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Ravenswood 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 »

Ravenswood Elementary: Can You Spare a Square of Paper?

Patty Wetli | Thursday, Apr 12 | 13 comments
Ravenswood Elementary: Can You Spare a Square of Paper? Forget high-level discussions regarding a longer school day, teacher tenure and national initiatives like Race to the Top. Ravenswood Elementary, 4332 N. Paulina St., has a more pressing concern: The school is running out of copy paper. If Brian Ban, a neighborhood resident for 10 years, is elected as a community representative to the school’s Read the Rest... Read More »

LSC Meet & Greet: ‘You Have Your Work Cut Out for You’

Patty Wetli | Wednesday, Apr 11 | 2 comments
LSC Meet & Greet: ‘You Have Your Work Cut Out for You’ Nearly 40 LSC candidates turned out for Center Square Journal‘s meet and greet Tuesday night at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western Ave., demonstrating their commitment to improving Chicago’s public schools. State Rep. Greg Harris (13th District), on hand to show his support along with colleague Ann Williams (11th), noted that while the legislature in Springfield 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 »

Support Schools, Eat Pizza

Patty Wetli | Monday, Feb 6 | One comment
Support Schools, Eat Pizza If you’re looking for an excuse to order pizza, here’s a good one: You’ll be helping out local schoolkids. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, HomeMade Pizza, 4603 N. Lincoln Ave., will donate $5 to Ravenswood Elementary School for every large pizza sold. Order a take-and-bake pie online or call 773.275.7600. Pick-up only, no delivery, but then Read the Rest... Read More »

Growing Pains at Waters Cause Elementary to Shutter Tuition-Based Pre-K in 2012-13 School Year

Patty Wetli | Tuesday, Jan 10 | One comment
Growing Pains at Waters Cause Elementary to Shutter Tuition-Based Pre-K in 2012-13 School Year Call Waters Elementary, 4540 N. Campbell Ave., a victim of its own success. “Our trend is we are growing,” said Principal Titia Crespo. As a result, with increasing numbers of neighborhood children enrolling at the well-regarded school, Crespo recently announced that Waters would have to eliminate its tuition-based preschool program in the 2012-13 school year. 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 »

The Ravenswood Spooktacular

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Oct 26 | No comments
The Ravenswood Spooktacular The folks that put together the Ravenswood Outdoor Movie Night are doing a haunted house on Saturday – and games for the younger ones. The Ravenswood Spooktacular, at Bethany UCC, 4250 N. Paulina St., will kick off with games, prizes and pumpkin decorating at 4:00 p.m. and then a haunted house in the church gym Read the Rest... Read More »

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