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LSC Elections - Thomas J Waters Elementary School

4540 N Campbell Ave, 60625 Principal: Titia Margareth Crespo Grades: PreK-8
School Web Site School Type: Neighborhood Elementary
(773) 534-5090 413 Students

Candidates

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Dawn Guerra

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: Yes
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These days I am a Parent first and an LSC member second. My Husband and I have been Married for 16 years and have been blessed with an exceptional child. He is all of 11 and we love him. I am a seasoned seamstress and have a degree in Fashion Design. Currently I am organizing a summer sewing camp. This project has been in the works for quite sometime and I am excited to see it come to fruition. I am a lover of nature which is one of the reasons we are at Waters Elementary. I am forever thinking of ways to make things work better thru common sense. It seems the most difficult challenges are solved by the simplest means. I am creative by nature. I am honest, caring and believe everyone should be treated fairly. I feel that growth does not come without compromise.
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Jay Hoffman

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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My wife and I have lived in Lincoln Square for 7 years. For over 15 years, I have taught adult literacy through Literacy Chicago and the Tibetan Resettlement Project. I have been a litigation attorney for 25 years and, after a public school upbringing, graduated from Northwestern Univ. and Georgetown Law School. I am an active outdoorsperson, and my wife and I enjoying kayaking on the getting-cleaner Chicago River.
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William Baker

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I am a seven-year resident of the neighborhood. My wife, Angela, and I are expecting our first child in late summer, and we are excited to raise our little one in such an engaged, thoughtful community. Professionally, I am a curriculum developer for the Center for Elementary Math and Science Education at the University of Chicago. We apply the latest research in education and psychology to develop new instructional designs for math and science. We then work with teachers and administrators to test and implement these new approaches in the classroom.
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Terri Versace

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Since October 2005 I have been the volunteer president for WatersToday, the Parent-Teacher Co-Op. And although I have been actively helping the school for 6 years, my passion and focus led me to quit my job for 2 full years, while our group worked with the administration on: marketing the school through flyers and school open house exhibitions, giving the school tours monthly for the last 6 years, before and after school programs, free tot programs, and summer camps. For 5 years I have helped head up both the Flower Power and Spring Auction fundraisers to keep Waters excellent Full-Time Music and Ecology Programs going for ALL of our kids. I have made our name known in the local community, and those businesses help us by donating to our cause every year, allowing us to ssucceed.
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Gregory Foster-Rice

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I’m a parent who comes from a family of educators and artists, so Waters has always felt like a natural fit for us. It’s our neighborhood school and our school of choice. As a professor at Columbia College Chicago with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, I have significant experience in grant-writing, strategic planning, budget management, curricular development, committee service, communications and many other areas that would complement the work of the LSC. But I’ve learned the most about schools and the important role they play in child development from the devoted teachers and parents whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know as a parent myself. I’m especially interested in developing new ways to engage parents and community members with the inspiring efforts of our teachers.
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Christine Weldon

Running for Parent Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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I started working with the Waters community 6+ years ago as a founding member of Waters Today. Waters had fantastic programs, a loving environment and unfortunately a declining enrollment. Working with a group of parents and staff we painted the inside of the school, created tot programs and marketed the school. In the past 6 years enrollment has doubled, test scores have increased, the school building and grounds have been improved, and additional school programs have been established as a result of our work. I established the not-for-profit status (501c3) of Waters Today with the IRS, so we could conduct proper fundraising. I have been the treasurer of Waters Today for 4+ years. Through fundraising and grants Waters Today has supported full time music, ecology, kinder and more.
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Jacqueline Gaines

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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Jacqueline is committed to ensuring that all students within our city receive a quality education. After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio with a B.A. in English, she and her now husband Shawn moved to Chicago. She started her career as an English teacher at Bogan High School, a Chicago Public School on the southwest side. She then spent three years working for a district partner that recruits and trains CPS teachers. Currently, she manages the college admissions and advising for an enrichment program based out of the University of Chicago. She is eager to become more involved in her local community school and serve the students, parents, and community of Waters.
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Leah Welty-Rieger

Running for Community Representative | Currently on LSC: No
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My husband and I have lived in Chicago for the past 8 years, moving around quite a bit. We just bought a house in the Waters school district and are very excited to be a part of the community. We have a two and a half year old daughter named Lucille and another one on the way due at the end of April. We moved to the district after researching and hearing so many good things about Waters, and I'm very excited to be living in the neighborhood and excited about getting involved with the school. I have a background in science, with a PhD in physics. I work for Northwestern University and work on an experiment at Fermi National Laboratory.
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Waters 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 »

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 »

Pawar Education Initiative Well Received By School Leaders

Mike Fourcher | Monday, Sep 19 | One comment
On Friday, September 9, with great fanfare, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) announced his long-promised local education initiative, Grow 47. Although the program has many of the hallmarks of the usual big political program roll-out, for instance it will be co-chaired by ward resident and former state comptroller, Dan Hynes, Grow 47 is being widely praised Read the Rest... Read More »

First Day of Public School

Mike Fourcher | Tuesday, Sep 6 | One comment
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Five Questions With Kerry Maiorca of Bloom Yoga

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Jun 1 | 9 comments
Five Questions With Kerry Maiorca of Bloom Yoga Kerry Maiorca, founder and proprietor of Bloom Yoga, 4663 N. Rockwell St., came to Lincoln Square from Wilmette via San Francisco because she was looking for a neighborhood with a diverse mix of people. Maiorca lives a short walk away from her studio and is deeply involved in her son’s school, Waters Elementary. “We wanted Read the Rest... Read More »

Saturday: Electronic Recycling And Gardening At Waters Elementary

Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, Jun 1 | No comments
Saturday: Electronic Recycling And Gardening At Waters Elementary This Saturday Waters Elementary School, 4540 N. Campbell, is sponsoring an electronic recycling drop off and community gardening event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your old computers, monitors, keyboards and mice, printers and scanners, ink cartridges, cell phones and televisions, and they’ll haul them away for responsible disposal. Then, get your hands dirty Read the Rest... Read More »

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