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District Announcements
Learning How Bills Become Law
SB 0800 Passes!!! Next Step - House of Representatives

Chatham Elementary fourth graders recently researched Illinois history and surveyed residents in the area to help them write a bill to designate sweet corn as the official state vegetable.  Sen. McCann agreed to sponsor the bill (SB0800 – Designations – State Vegetable – Corn). First reading for the bill was on February 5 and on April 23 the bill passed the Senate! Congratulations!!

Mark your calendars - Parade of Pigs is Back!

BCEF's Parade of Pigs Fundraiser Coming in May

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation's spring fundraiser aims to help enrich the creativity and innovative potential of our students by collecting donations in piggy banks specially painted by some of the district’s most talented artists! Monies raised will help fund each school's art program.  The ceramic pigs are now placed at the host sites until May 22nd to collect donations from our generous community. The host sites are: 


  • Island Bay Yacht Club
  • Chatham Library
  • INB-Chatham
  • UCB-Chatham
  • BOS-Chatham
  • County Market-Chatham
  • Powerworks Fitness
  • Edgar's Coffee House
  • Casey's General Store, and
  • All Ball-Chatham schools
On May 29th, the banks will be auctioned off at a cookout on the patio at Island Bay Yacht Club. 

This year's sponsors are: O'Shea Builders; Maddox Dentistry; Shelley Ebener; Jane Hay Sales & Staging; Ed Clark Photography; Chris and Joan Parks; Dr. Sarah Fowler & Chris Chambers; Formea Insurance Group; Steven Koch, CFP, Ameriprise Financial Services; and Kevin Floyd, DDS. In-kind supporters are: China Towne, Frye-Williamson Printing, and Ben Ladage Auctions.

Contact BCEF Director, Julie Nortell-Briggs at BCEFDir@chathamschools.org if you would like to purchase tickets to the cookout at Island Bay on May 29. $25 per person.

2015 GHS Summer Sports Camps
Glenwood Sports Camps Announced!
The Glenwood High School Sports Camps have been announced for this summer! Click here for details on all the camps and the registration form. Registration is due by May 8. Registrations received after May 22 are subject to a $5 per child late fee.

CES students' amazing rope climbing ability!
Climbing Challenge Off the Charts!

(L to R) Emily Dulceak - 24 consecutive climbs, Carmine Moscardelli - current record holder with 34 climbs, and Charlie Batton - 30 climbs

Annually, Chatham Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students have the opportunity to participate in the CES Climbing Challenge - climbing the gym rope multiple times without dismounting. The competition began several years ago when a student, Mallory Sheedy, climbed the rope seven consecutive times.  The record stood for several years, only to be broken by an additional climb or two.  Two years ago, Garrett Chrisman had climbed to set a new record of 13.  This year the students’ competitiveness has been off the charts.  A back and forth battle between boys and girls, such as, Julian Moses and Emily Dulceak has kept the challenge on the minds of students.  This past week topped all!  Kicking off Monday with a new record, Charlie Batton, climbed 17 times, only to be followed by Carmine Moscardelli, on Tuesday, with 21. Emily Dulceak then raised the bar to 24, only to be outdone by Charlie again with a whopping 30 consecutive climbs.  Believe it or not, moments later, Carmine stepped up to the rope again with the legendary status on his mind, and a legendary performance it was. Carmine conquered the rope 34 times, and that tops the record charts today.  According to PE teacher, Melissa Fowler, she is beyond amazed at the strength and determination that these students have demonstrated.  “Each time the record was broken, they congratulated each other with the best sportsmanship a P.E. teacher could hope for,” she says. “Each called their parents and heard cheers on the other end.  To say I am proud is such an understatement!  I am still in awe of these wonderful students.”
Village of Chatham Summer Program
Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program Announced
The Village of Chatham Summer Recreation Program information is now available! There are programs for children and adults alike. Also included this year are the GHS Summer Sports Camps details. Click here for details!

School Announcements
Quarterly Celebration Fun
Students were rewarded with a school wide quarterly celebration which included a friendly snowball game.  Click here to enjoy the fun!     
Titan Treehouse

Titan Treehouse…

It IS as fun as it sounds! Titan Treehouse is a treat earned by students that model appropriate behavior at school. Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior earns the chance to be entered into the raffle and each week teachers randomly select a child’s name from a raffle.

Reasons to Get Involved:

*Being present at school provides a chance for you to get to know CES faculty and staff. While at a Titan Treehouse activity you’ll spend time with the students who are at school with your child.  Build familiarity with the people and places that make up your child’s day.

*The calendar is flexible. This is a year-round experience so there are open dates to fit in a time that works for you.

*If you like school parties, you will be a perfect fit for Titan Treehouse. It’s as much fun as a classroom party but much easier! Very little to coordinate and it’s a quick obligation.

*It’s influential and meaningful for the students. Kids love to be highlighted and time with a special guest is a real treat. You will be generously paid in smiles for your time!

How it Works:

*Parents plan and run 15-minute just-for-fun activities.

*Titan Treehouse will be generally be on Thursday afternoons at 1:50.

*Sessions alternate grade levels every other week; k-2 and 3-4.  This will keep the groups smaller each week:  no more than 30 kids for K-2, and 20 kids for 3-4.

What to Expect:

*Anyone with a background check on file can help. All students are involved in PBIS. This is a school-community reward and we want all students and families to understand that Titan Treehouse is a possibility for them.

*The kids love these activities! It’s a treat for them, but also a great time for the parents.

*You can choose the activity! (But feel free to work with the PBIS team for suggestions, if you need them.) Go for inexpensive & easy activities (sidewalk chalk, basketball shoot-out, freeze dance, window decorating…) based on your interests. Some of the most enriching experiences emerge from parents sharing what they love with our kids.  We do ask that you gather needed supplies, however, if you need assistance with materials please let us know.

*On your Titan Treehouse day, pop into the office and sign in. Depending on activity needs and space availability, you’ll be directed to where you need to go. Everyone at school supports PBIS so you’ll be a welcome guest.

Ask your student(s):
Have you ever been to the Titan Treehouse?
What are some activities you like to do at the Titan Treehouse or would like to do?

Lunch and Recess Times
Lunch and Recess Times

Recess Lunch
Fourth 10:35-10:55 11:00-11:20
Second 11:00-11:20 11:25-11:45
Kindergarten 11:25-11:45 11:50-12:10
First 11:50-12:10 12:15-12:35
Third 12:15-12:35 12:40-1:00

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