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.
School Closure Information:
Parent Technical Support Hotline:
- 7:30am - 4:30pm on school days
Mark Twain School
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.
Believe and You Will Succeed!
Mc Graw Hill Wonders: www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com
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! Login (K-7) www.cps.edu/clever 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! 6th Grade Student Edition
Student must have Username and Password provided by teacher to Log In
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.
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”.
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!
*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.
As we continue with remote learning for the year. Please use our library website www.library.cps.edu 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
- The Polar Express
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
- Gingerbread Baby
- Share Some Kindness Bring Some Light
- The Night Before Christmas
- Dream Snow
- Jingle Bugs
- The Gingerbread Man
- The Gift of Christmas
- The Sweet Smell of Christmas
- Pete the Cat The First Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Day
- Franklin’s Thanksgiving
- The Seven Silly Eaters
- A Little Bit of Winter
- The Birthday Presents
- Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit
- Over the River and Through the Woods
- Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks
- Time to Sleep
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- Where the Wild Things Are
- The Berenstain Bears and Ghost of The Forest
- In The Haunted House
- Halloween Bugs
- There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
- Spooky Hour
- Franklin’s Halloween
- Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- Skeleton Hiccups
- Ten Timid Ghosts
- Silly Ghosts
- Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins
- Big Pumpkin
- The Spooky Old Tree
- Moon Dance
- Happy Birthday Moon
- Bear Shadow
- The Day You Begin
- The Kissing Hand
- Pete the Cat
- Pete the Cat Five Little Ducks
- Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes
- Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure
- Pete the Cat Too Cool For School
- Pete the Cat Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
- Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes
- Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
- The Runaway Bunny
- The Little Red Hen
- Pocket Full of Kisses
- A Very Clumsy Click Beetle
- A Very Lonely Firefly
- The Very Busy Spider
- The House for Hermit Crab
- Papa Please Get the Moon For Me
- B is for Breathe
- Wemberly Worried
- What Will I Do If I Can't Tie My Shoe?
- Grover Goes to School
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- White Rabbit's Color Book
- The Golden Egg Book
- The Carrot Seed
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Fancy Nancy
- Tops and Bottoms
- December - Kindergarten Handout
- October Kindergarten Parent Meeting
- October Kindergarten Video - Spanish
- September Kindergarten Video - English
September Kindergarten Video-Spanish
- Incoming Kindergarten Video
- ABC's Letters and Sounds
1st Grade: :
- December - 1st Grade Handout
- October 1st Grade Video - Spanish
- October 1st Grade Video
- September 1st Grade Video -English
- September 1st Grade Video - Spanish
- Incoming 1st Grade Video
2nd Grade: :
12/2/2020 LSC Special Meeting:
- 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