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Principal's Message

To My McDade Family, 

We hope that you are enjoying these final weeks of summer break before students return back to school. We want to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning families of McDade Classical School!  This summer has been busy in preparing the school to receive students on Tuesday, September 6th.  Here are updates for this upcoming school year.   

Budget Information

Thanks to parental support and Illinois legislative action, our school was able to avoid the drastic budget cuts which were previously predicted.  Due to this, we were able to keep all of our instructional staff from the previous year.   

Expanded Art and Music Programs

The McDade Local School Council expressed the desire to expand music and art offerings to all grade levels.  This year, McDade will be partnering with Musical Arts Institute (a Chatham neighborhood music organization) to provide general music classes to grades K-3, along with Choir/Drumline for students in grades 4-6.   Additionally, the school will maintain its partnership with SkyArt to offer art classes for students in all grade levels (K-6).  

Health Documents

In order for the school to be in full medical compliance, the following medical forms are due by Tuesday, September 6th:  

If you are using a medical waiver for your child, this is also due to the Main Office on Tuesday, September 6th.  

New Staff

This year, McDade has a new Resident Principal, Ms. Sparkle Ellis, who will be working on the administrative staff to support students, staff members, and parents. Additionally, we have a new Learning Behavioral Specialist, Ms. Akesha McLean.  Ms. McLean will be supporting all of McDade’s diverse learners as well as students within the inclusive classroom environment.  


If you have applied for your child to receive CPS transportation, routing information will be given from the CPS Department of Transportation during the week of August 29th.  If you do not receive any notification by September 1st, please call the CPS Department of Transportation at (773) 553-2860.  

Parental Involvement

The administrative team is working collaboratively with the McDade PTA to increase parental involvement and raise supplemental funds for the school.  In order to increase parental involvement, we would like all parents to complete the McDade Parent Involvement Survey. Additionally, all parents are asked to pay the school fee of $100 ($25 additional for each McDade sibling) as these funds are used to support arts programming, student incentive programs, online subscriptions, and consumable textbooks.  School fees will be accepted beginning on the first day of school and payment can be made in cash or money order payable to “McDade Classical School”. All parents are encouraged to join the McDade PTA.  The membership fee is $13 and can be purchased online by clicking here.  

Upcoming Events:

Friday, August 26th

  • Kindergarten Orientation 10 a.m.-12 noon (Incoming Kindergarten Parents/Students)

Parents are asked to bring a wallet-size photo of their child, which will be used for the kindergarten bulletin board.  

Wednesday, August 31st

  • New Student/Parent Orientation 3:15 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. (All 1st-5th grade students new to McDade)

  • PTA Snow Cone Social/School Supply Drop Off 4:00-6:00 p.m.  (All families)

All McDade families are invited to mix and mingle, while dropping off school supplies in the classroom before school starts.  School supply lists can be found here.  

Tuesday, September 6th

First day of school

School begins at 7:45 a.m. (Same time as last year)

Earliest Student Arrival Time is 7:25 a.m.

We hope that everyone takes the next few weeks to relax before school starts!  We are excited to see everyone very soon as we look forward to a successful school year!

Best Regards,
Mr. Daniel Perry
McDade Classical School