Welcome Pack

We want to welcome your family to our Prescott school community. The Welcome Pack’s mission is to facilitate an easy transition into Prescott for new families. The Welcome Pack, made up of parent volunteers is here to provide answers to frequently asked questions through our online FAQ sheet, as well as by providing an email address for new parents to reach out to us personally. We also plan meet ups with and without students to welcome new families into our ever growing community. Our goal is to help every new family feel comfortable at Prescott before school even starts. If there is a question we were unable to answer here, please reach out to PrescottWelcomePack@gmail.com and we will help you in any way we can. 

Frequently Asked Questions

William H. Prescott Elementary School

1632 W. Wrightwood Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

773-534-5505

School hours 8:45am-3:45pm

Enrollment IN-NEIGHBORHOOD STUDENTS:

  • Step 1: Bring your child’s original birth certificate (we’ll make a copy) and two proofs of address (driver’s license, piece of mail) to the main entrance any day between 9am-10am. Ring the doorbell and a school administrator will meet you to give you an enrollment packet (practicing social distancing).
  • Step 2: Return the enrollment packet within one week between 9-10am daily by ringing the doorbell.
  • Step 3: Classroom placements, supply lists and teacher communication will begin in mid-August.
  • Step 4: Send an email to prescottschoolchicago@gmail.com to get registered for school-wide communication.
  • Step 5: Visit prescottparents.com to get the latest updates!
  • Step 6: Contact the Welcome Pack with any questions about Prescott and our community at prescottwelcomepack@gmail.com

Lottery applications follow CPS timing and typically are due in December, with seats awarded around April and continuing through summer if space permits. 

Enrollment OUT-OF-NEIGHBORHOOD STUDENTS

  • Step 1: Apply through the CPS city-wide lottery via GoCPS. Please note that the deadline for the first round lottery has already passed (Dec. 2019), but there will be a supplemental lottery that runs through June. You will receive communication from GoCPS if you are offered a seat at Prescott or placed on the waitlist.

Drop Off/Pick Up

  •  What is Kiss N Go?

8:30-8:45am Kiss N Go is only available for morning drop off.  Kiss N Go allows for parents to drive their child to school and drop them off without having to park and get out of the car. Kiss N Go should only be utilized by parents whose children know where to go to find their designated line up spot. Kiss N Go is parent run and there are not enough volunteers for parents to walk children from the car to their line up spot outside. Instead volunteers ensure that children get to the gate safely and/or inside safely, if there is inclement weather. More information about Kiss N Go, how to access, and do’s/don’ts are available here.

  •  Where do I drop my child off? 

Drop off is outside in the parking lot/playground area for all children. Children learn where their line up area is for their class on the first day of school. They can play on the playground until the bell rings and then they line up. Teachers and our security guard walk children to their designated area based on who their teacher is until they are comfortable walking to their spot on their own. Parents are not allowed to walk their children to their classroom line. If there is inclement weather, students go right into the school and they have a designated line up spot in the cafeteria. 

  • How does pick up work?

 Classroom numbers are marked on the sidewalks on Wrightwood and Marshfield streets and parents wait for their child at the designated pick up area. Students must give their teacher a high five before leaving.

Uniforms

  • Prescott’s uniform policy can be found here. All students must dress in the Prescott uniform polo shirt which can be purchased at http://getshirtsfast.com/prescott
  • UFO (Uniform Free Option) is an option on the second and fourth Friday of every month. You can find more information here

Before/After School Care

Prescott partners with Right at School for before and after school care. You can find more information here. You can also find more information, including the schedule of electives on the Right at School Website 

Breakfast

8:30-8:45am A FREE breakfast will be offered every morning in the cafeteria. Your child will have a choice between a hot or cold breakfast and will eat in the classroom. This is optional for all students. 

Lunch

A FREE lunch is offered daily for all students, the menu can be found here

  • Students who choose to bring their own lunch can also opt to add on cafeteria items such as milk, fresh fruit and vegetables as they are offered daily. 

Allergies and Medication 

Please email case manager Liz Koet via email at eakoet@cps.edu about your child’s specific health needs prior to the start of the school year. At Prescott we treat each child’s allergy uniquely as each child’s needs are specific to their medical condition. The district wide policy and next steps to follow for allergies and medication can be found here

Class Assignment

Kindergarten class assignments are mailed out mid/late August.

1st-8th grade class assignments are posted on the front door of Prescott a few weeks before school as well as posted on the Prescott Parents Facebook page

Volunteering 

Prescott has become a great school this is in part by engaged and involved parents.  We expect each family to get involved in the way the best accommodates their special talents and strengths. Parent volunteers at Prescott are vital to our success.  There are many ways you can get involved.  Volunteering inside the school requires Level II verification.  Other ways to volunteer and support the school include participating in a Wolfpack.  Wolfpacks include hosting and planning social fundraising events, gardening and grounds support, literacy support, and more. You can learn more information about volunteer opportunities here

To Apply to be a level 1 or 2 volunteer use this link

Family Events

Throughout the year Prescott Wolf Packs hold multiple events to help families build our Prescott community in a variety of ways. Annual events include:

Popsicle Party (September)

Taste of Prescott (September/October)

Prescott Pops (monthly)

Prescott in the Park (June/July/August)

Parents Night Out (November/December/January)

Annual Benefit (February/March)

Pampered Chef/Pop Up Shopping Events (monthly)

Fundraising Events 

Throughout the year there are a variety of fundraising opportunities for our Prescott families to support our school through volunteering their time, specialized skill sets and financially. You can find details about each event here

Absences

If your child will not be in school, please call the main office at (773) 534-5505 and let your child’s teacher know through their preferred communication method. Excused absences include illness, medical appointments due to illness, death in the immediate family, family emergency, religious holidays or any circumstance that causes reasonable concern for the student’s health/safety. 

Please complete the below Excused Absences Form each time you need to call out your child as well as sending an email to your child’s teacher and Ms.Collum tccollum@cps.edu in the office. 

Unexcused absences include family vacations and non emergency medical appointments. If you have an absence that is incorrectly marked as unexcused please see Ms. Collum in the office to correct the mistake. Unexcused absences directly affect Prescott’s funding from CPS. 

Early Dismissal

If you need to pick up your child for an early dismissal, please call the main office at Prescott Elementary (773) 534-5505 with your child’s name, room number and time of dismissal as well as emailing your child’s teacher.

How to Reach Out to Teachers

At the beginning of the year, your child’s teacher will let you know the best way to get class updates electronically throughout the year, whether it is through email or a social media platform like Bloomz, Google classroom etc. Ask your child’s teacher for details.

Picture Day

School picture day will take place in the fall, all children will have their photo taken for the Prescott yearbook. Information on picture ordering will be sent home with students. Students are not required to wear their uniforms on picture day. 

Room Parents 

Each classroom is assigned two Room Parents who are responsible to keep parents up to date with volunteering opportunities, field trips, special classroom events, donation opportunities and all class specific communications. If you are interested in becoming a Room Parent, please contact prescottschoolchicago@gmail.com and they will connect you with the room parent coordinator. 

Prescott at the Park 

Please join us at Wrightwood Park on the following dates throughout the summer to meet other incoming Kindergarten families as well as current Prescott families. The Welcome Pack will be on hand to answer any questions! 

Email the Welcome Pack directly with any questions, big or small! 

PrescottWelcomePack@gmail.com