The Mysteries Have Been Solved!
Thank you to each of our Mystery Readers for surprising our students and showing them how important it is to read at school and beyond. At Bateman, we believe that reading can be a pathway to celebrating culture, families, journeys, and much more! We appreciate all of our parents who have taken time to surprise their own children and their classmates by being our inaugural Mystery Reader crew! You have each played and will continue to play an integral role in cultivating a shared love for reading at Bateman!
We look forward to solving all the mysteries in the upcoming weeks!
Thirteen-year-old Jason found a place to joyfully engage his mind and overcome anger -- thanks to our generous supporters, people like you who care about youth.
“Since I started chess, I’m more focused, more happy… Before I started chess, I would be angry all the time. Now I like the fact that I can be as competitive as I want without consequences …”
A middle-schooler at Chicago Virtual Charter School, a Chicago Public School in the Near West Loop neighborhood, Jason was introduced to chess at the Chicago Chess Foundation’s 2017 summer camp. A year later, he’s still playing, smiling and having fun meeting new kids from other schools! Watch Jason talk about chess on this video from our 2018 camp.
It’s remarkable how chess changes kids’ lives. At the Chicago Chess Foundation, we know there are thousands of CPS students like Jason who could benefit from chess. But we need your support. I’m writing to ask you to make a generous year-end gift to provide chess to more CPS students. And, as I’ll explain below, your gift will have double the impact this year!
The research on chess is compelling. Young chess players:
Chess is unique:
In some CPS schools, especially in our marginalized neighborhoods, chess is the rare after-school activity that keeps students safe, off their screens, and occupied in productive academic and personal growth.
The Chicago Chess Foundation can bring this tremendous opportunity to thousands more CPS students – but only with your help.
In just four years, we’ve had tremendous impact, serving more than 8,000 kids. Each year, we launch new chess teams at CPS schools, providing the start-up materials, curriculum, and support. We provide high-quality coaches to successful teams ready to advance competitively. We run four summer camps accessible to students throughout the city. We arranged for entries and US Chess memberships this year for 120 kids to attend the state chess championships. And we offer seven tournaments around the city. All our programs are free, because of the support of friends like you.
We have big plans. Last year, we started 12 new chess teams at CPS schools. Our goal is to add 45 more in the next three years. We’re focusing on schools in Chicago’s high-poverty neighborhoods, bringing chess to where it can have tremendous impact.
We need your help. It costs about $2,100 for CCF to start and support a first-year chess team. Our average new school has 15 students on its team – so CCF is making chess available for less than $150 per student per year. That’s amazing impact for a small investment.
So imagine the power of your gift over time. Tens of thousands of CPS kids expanding their minds, confidence, teamwork and resilience through an activity they can enjoy throughout their lives.
And when you make your gift by December 31, it will have double the impact! Our wonderful Board member and supporter, Jerry Neugarten, has agreed to match all gifts made before January 1, up to $25,000. Please give generously so we can meet the match – you will be making a real difference in the life of thousands of students like Jason.
In this time of giving thanks, we want to express our immense gratitude for your past support. And we hope you will join us again this season to change kids' lives through chess.
In this season of giving, we thank you for your support!
Ben Wong, Board Chair, and the entire Chicago Chess Foundation team.
P.S. It’s easy to donate.
Bateman Chess Team Success!
On Saturday, November 10, the Bateman chess team traveled all the way down to 111th st. to participate in the first Chicago Chess Foundation tournament of the year at Brooks High School. The 3rd/4th grade and 7th/8th grade groups both earned the second place team trophies! In the K-2 section, Kalen A. began his chess career with 3.5 points and finishing in the top 7 to win a trophy. Carl C. continued the success he had last year at Brooks, once again getting 3.5 and winning a trophy for his top 7 finish. The 7th/8th grade group was led by Cholpon N. who successfully made it into the top 7 for another trophy. And the winning ways were capped by Chris S. and his top 7 finish in the Intermediate section. Congratulations to all of the players whose parents schlepped them all the way to the Indiana border for this fun event. Let's hope we continue our winning ways in the other upcoming tournaments!
All K-5 classrooms will be visited on Friday, November 9 to hear
more about the Scouting Program at Bateman! More information
will be available at Report Card Pick Up! Consider joining today!
Latte with our Leaders
Friday, November 9th at 8:30am in the Library
Please join us for our Quarter 1 Latte with our Leaders of the year! We are looking forward to enjoying some coffee with our community each quarter and discuss important topics in the school. This quarter, we will be discussing our SQRP. Hope to see you there! Please feel free to bring any treats to share!
I am thrilled to be recognized as November's teacher of the month! I love working at Bateman because I truly feel our community lives by our core values. This is my second year at Bateman and I feel so lucky to work with amazing colleagues and students every day.
I was born in Illinois but grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. I moved back to Illinois to pursue a college education and graduated from Loyola University with certifications in general education, special education, and ESL. Now I live in Albany Park, so I get to walk to school and see some of my students along the way.
This year I've had the opportunity to work alongside my amazing co-teachers to support 4th and 5-graders in math. I never thought I would grow up to be a math teacher because it was really hard for me in school, but now I love teaching it!
When I'm not teaching, I like to travel and spend time with my friends and family. I also am a debate instructor in the summer, which is something I've been doing since I was in high school.
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