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Longer School Day

Longer School Day

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard, CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU)  have reached an agreement regarding the length of the school day. This means that we can officially announce that school will start at 7:45AM and end at 2:45PM each day. At Thorp this schedule new schedule will allow for some exciting opportunities for our  students:

  • Everyone will have recess every day after lunch.
  • A Health teacher will provide more opportunities  for students to participate in physical education as well as nutrition and life management skills.
  • A dedicated Computer Applications teacher will give our students the skills necessary to better integrate technology throughout their learning.

The new school day and the teachers it will allow us to hire will help us fulfill our commitment to the development and education of the whole child.

Some parents have also asked about the opening day for school – although contract negotiations between CPS and CTU are still continuing, I fully expect that school will start on Tuesday, September 4th. Some parents are calling the office about homeroom assignments; be on the look out for a personal letter to your child from me. In this letter I will let your child know who their new homeroom teacher is. Those letters should be arriving by the second week of August.  If you have not received my letter by August 17th, please call the office.

Below is the bell schedule for the 2012-13 School Year.

Line Up Bell                 7:40 AM
Start of Instruction: 7:45 AM
End of Instruction:   2:45 PM
After School End:      3:45PM (if applicable)

*Please do not leave children on playground before 7:25 AM.


Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to participate in the education of your child,


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