Principal's Message

Hello Foster Park Families, 

It is with great pleasure that I announce to you that Foster Park Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School has received a Level 1 Performance Rating !  This means we are in good standing with the district for yet another year, and our school is consistently improving educational quality for all students. Our partnership is just as important now as it has ever been! 

Parents it is the time of year to forge a stronger relationship to keep connected about the status of our students. That means submitting emergency forms with updated contact information.

Updated Telephone Numbers:

Oftentimes I will send out robocalls to parents for reminders, updates and special events, however, if the school does not have updated contact information, you will not receive the information about your student's education.  It is imperative that we have your updated telephone number. 

We are also encouraging all parents to create an Aspen Parent Portal account.  While our school may have your email on file, it may not have been added to the previous student information system, IMPACT SIM.  Only email addresses in SIM were moved to Aspen. Creating/updating your Aspen account is a simple, yet, multi-step process.

Aspen Parent Portal Multi-step Process:  

  1. Please contact our school’s clerk to provide your up-to-date email address and request a Parent Portal account in Aspen

  2. Once parent contact information has been verified by the student’s school, parents will receive a signup email from Aspen 

    1. If you don’t receive or haven’t received the signup email, we recommend to check your spam folder

    2. If you are unable to locate the email, please contact our clerk for assistance

  3. Parent will retrieve email from Aspen, login and follow the prompts to activate your account

Setting up your parent portal will give you the opportunity to check student grades and communicate with your child’s teacher about student progress.  Teachers can share best practices with you about helping your student with homework, preparing for testing and/or with improving student behavior.  

Testing Window Is Approaching:

Parents, we are approaching our mid-year testing.  In January we will begin NWEA MOY testing. Parents be sure to speak with your students about the importance of testing as their scores are the indicators and data points that guide instructional practices.  We will go full steam ahead providing students with rigorous content in the classroom, classroom practice time and homework each and every night. This push is not punitive, but rather done as a gesture to prepare our students for competing in a global economy.  

There are many ways to monitor your child’s academic progress.  You can also be proactive in checking your child’s grades on the Parent Portal.  Their grades are updated every week. But in order for your child to succeed, THEY MUST BE PRESENT DURING EACH INSTRUCTIONAL DAY!

  • Once students make it to school, they will be in a safe environment and around the adults who care most for their educational experiences, and surrounded by teachers and friends who appreciate and love them. 

  •  In addition, they will be  provided with healthy meals and snacks to keep their brains working.  

Our school is still pushing towards a network goal of 96% for attendance. With that being said, attendance is extremely important.  It is critical that our students are at school daily by 8:30 AM, in uniform and prepared to learn.  I am confident that together as partners, we can make this happen!

 We recognize that our parents and students have all been burdened by missing two weeks of instruction.  It is critically important that we begin to rebuild our trust in the school communities for our youth. As the principal of Foster Park, I will be checking in on our school community to assist in facilitating the healing process between staff, students and families.  As a school, we will also work towards improving student attendance the cold weather is approaching.

Preparing for the Winter Season and Harsh, Cold Weather:

As you may have heard this winter is slated to be one of the harshest with cold temperatures.  We want to keep our students bundled to brave the cold weather. If you need assistance with getting students to school during the winter months, or if your child needs winter wear and/or accessories, please inform the school so we can work together to provide our students with those necessities.

Important CPS Make-Up Days: 

Please be advised that this time of year is difficult for our staff as our instructional days are affected by various holidays and other school non-attendance days. The following dates are non-attendance school days:

  • Thursday, November 28, 2019

  • Friday, November 29, 2019

  • Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (Winter Break)

CPS has provided us with the latest update is in regards to the proposed make-up days.  They are as follows:

  • Wednesdays, November 27, 2019

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020

  • Friday, January 3, 2020

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020

We look forward to continued work with you and your family to improve every student’s learning experience.

Educationally committed,

Dr. Kimberly Harper-Young