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October 30, 2020

Local School Council Meeting
October 28,2020 - 5:15 pm

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Second Quarter Announcement Remote+

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CPS Back to School Forms

Registration Information

6/19/20: According to CPS policy, students entering 6th grade must have a new physical health examination and updated immunizations for Tdap and Meningitis (as of age 11). All 5th grade students must submit a copy of their updated physical and immunization record to the main office prior to receiving their sixth grade room assignment. Updated records can be submitted to the main office, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 2:00pm.

Applications for Pre-K SY 20-21

School Closure Information:

Parent Technical Support Hotline:

  • 773-417-1060


  • 7:30am - 4:30pm on school days


Message for Families | Esp

Twain ES Remote Learning Plan

  • Understanding your rights as parents/guardians of a diverse learner. ODLSS Eng || Esp
  • All Student Meals are Free Every Day! Eng || Esp


Counselor Updates



Mark Twain School
Sept 2020

Good afternoon Twain families,

We have come to the end of a busy first week of school. Kudos to all of the parents and caregivers who have worked so hard to get things up and running at home. We know how challenging it is to balance so many responsibilities. You have done an awesomejob!

The teachers and staff were excited to see all of the children and get the 2020-2021 school year underway. There were a few technical issues and challenges the first couple of days but things appear to be getting a bit smoother each day. The students have done a great job figuring out their Google Classrooms, Google Meets, and transitioning through their schedules.  It is a learning process for all of us and we continue to work through the challenges as they come.

Attendance-The school day starts at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30pm. Attendance is taken daily at 8:30 am. Students should be signed on and ready for class. 

Technology Tips: Mrs. Abbinante has shared the following suggestions to improve your student’s video streaming experience and help things run more smoothly:

  • Minimize use of Grid or Tile view: these views are extremely processor intensive. 
  • Close other tabs or applications while on video.
  • Turn off the application’s camera when not actively participating (we have seen marked improvement when students take this step).
  • Plug the Chromebook into a power source (don’t rely on battery) when using video conferencing wherever possible.
  • Check to see what other devices are connected around you. For example, smart phones connect everyday unless you physically disconnect it every day. I have noticed that by phones removing the Wi-Fi setting it helps. Especially, if there are many people around you.

Where can families find information about high-speed internet service if they don’t qualify for Chicago Connected?
More than 100,000 students are eligible for Chicago Connected. Please encourage your families to check their eligibility here. Families who are not eligible can explore low-cost internet options here.

Assignment Books: All students in grades 1-8 received an assignment book with their supplies to assist them with organization and planning.

CPS Family Income Information Forms (FIIF) 2020-2021- These forms were collected when parents picked up student supplies.  If you took the form home to complete please drop the completed form off at door #1 by Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Twain must have a (FIIF) 2020-2021 form on file for each household. FIIF information is used to determine school funding.  If you have any questions about the FIIF form please contact the office, 773-535-2290.

Emergency Forms- These forms were collected when parents picked up student supplies as well.  If you took the form home to complete, please drop the completed form off at door #1 by Wednesday, September 16, 2020. The information collected on the Emergency forms is updated in the Aspen system and ensures we have current contact information on file for each student.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to unplug and enjoy the weekend.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Paull

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Reading Resources


Mc Graw Hill Wonders:

Students (K-5) can login and access their McGraw Hill Wonders textbooks and online resources. This is for students that have a Username and Password assigned by their teacher.


The Lexile Framework: Finding the right book for your reading level:


Storyline Online: Popular books read by Celebrities


The Chicago Public Library


Go MATH Resources

Go Math! Login (K-7) Students (K-7) can login and access their Go Math! Textbook and online resources. Students login with their CPS Google credentials and select Think Central for access.

The following links are for the GO MATH! student editions grades K-5.  A username and password is not needed to view the textbook.  This is NOT interactive.

Go Math! Kindergarten Student Edition

Go Math! 1st Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 2nd Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 3rd Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 4th Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 5th Grade Student Edition

Go Math! 6th Grade Student Edition
Student must have Username and Password provided by teacher to Log In

Kahn Academy
Kahn Academy is a great resource for any subject.  Simply type the skill you would like to know more about and start learning.  You can watch short videos explaining and/or modeling a skill and complete practice problems.  You do not need to sign in.  Just use the search bar to find what you are looking for.  

Math Interventions

This website is for 1st through 5th grade students.  It will help you if you are having trouble in math.  Find the specific skill you need extra help with and click “GO”.  


Reading Committee

The goal of the Mark Twain’s Reading Committee is to keep our students Reading! Reading! Reading! The activities planned throughout the school year, 2019-2020, are reminders to keep motivated with reading.
Remember, students become better readers by reading! So, put down those electronic devices and open up a book!

Reading Campaigns

*Fall into Reading: PreK -5th grade, September to November 1st 2019
*Pizza Hut: K-6th grade, October 2019 to March 2020
*Great America Reading Challenge: K-6th grade, January to March 2020
*Chipotle Reading Challenge: K-8th grades, Spring
*Battle of the Books: 4-6th grade and 7-8th gradetime TBD

Your teachers will provide you with the current information regarding these Reading Campaigns as the school year continues.


Mark Twain School Library

As we continue with remote learning for the year. Please use our library website to access online books and databases for research and exploration.

Grades 1-2  digital learning will be accessing books online and completing activities related to the books.  Weekly lessons will be posted on the grade level websites.  For those without internet access, be sure to pick up a BINGO card at school and complete at least one activity per week.

Grades 3-4 digital learning will be sent their lessons through Google Classroom.  Please complete and turn them in through Google Classroom.  For those without internet access, be sure to pick up a BINGO card at school and complete at least one activity per week.

Grades 5-8 digital learning will be sent their lessons through Google Classroom.  Please complete and turn them in through Google Classroom.  For those without internet access, be sure to pick up a weekly assignment at school. 

If you have any questions regarding library lessons or accessing our online resources, please contact us.

Mrs. Christine Hart

Mrs. Melissa Wojciechowski




Mrs. Sorich's
Reading Corner

Read Alouds









Nov 12th @ 6pm Kennedy Virtual Open House [click here for more information]

100% Club-The following classrooms have had 100% attendance every day this week!

 Mrs. Lamas- Room 201
Ms. Tufekcioglu- 207

Kudos to the following classrooms that have 96% and above attendance rate Oct. 19-Oct.23! Awesome!

PK-165        K-167 & 169       1st- 106         2nd-105-107-109-111   3rd-201-203-205    4th- 250-255-257    5th-261-263-265  
6th- 264-266-268  7th-207-209-213 
8th- 210

iPad Parent Workshop, K-2


  • 1.23.19: Edgenuity Pathblazer Program: Targeted online instruction to support intervention and enrichment in both literacy and math for all students in K-8 


Mark Twain Elementary School

5134 South Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Tel: (773) 535-2290
Fax: (773) 535-2248

Laura Paull, Principal
Mary Ann Correa, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Crall, Asst. Principal

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