Lyman A. Budlong Elementary School

2701 W. Foster Ave. Chicago, IL 60625 Office: 773-534-2591 Fax: 773-534-2544


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Principal's Letter - June 16, 2017: End of the Year.

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Dear Budlong Families,

With only two more days to go, we close out another school year, and let us celebrate the accomplishments of our students. From singing and dancing in Budlong Meets Broadway, viewing the Bud-ing Artists Gallery, competing in spelling bees, attending awards assemblies, conducting science experiments, travelling to college visits, to walking in the graduation processional, 2016-17 gave us memories that will make us smile for years to come.

Thank you to all of our parent groups and parent volunteers. Your help and input is greatly appreciated. We cannot do all we do for our students without you! We will be hosting one final meeting of the year for FOB, Friends of Budlong, so please do check the website for location, date, and time. I encourage you to attend and meet current and prospective Budlong families.

Below is information regarding registration for next year. Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Naomi Nakayama, Principal

Budlong Elementary School


Dates are set for 2017-18 registration, for all kinder through eighth grade students. During registration, you can submit all required forms, including emergency contact and lunch forms, medical documents, and other school-related information. Links to all forms, required by grade level, will be available online. Supply lists will also be posted online. You will be notified of your student’s classroom number and teacher at registration. Registration is also the time to pay school fees.

Registration for pre-kindergarten will take place later in August. Once dates areset, we will notify families. You can apply online at or contact them at 312-229-1690.

Fees for the 2017-18 school year:

Kindergarten- $55

First-Seventh grades- $50

Eighth grade- $75

As always, the fee covers consumables such as workbooks, online subscriptions, and paper. Please note the cost will go up to $60 and $80 after September 5th.

Registration dates:

Tuesday, August 22: Kinder-2nd Grade, 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 pm

Wednesday, August 23: 3rd-5th Grade, 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 pm

Thursday, August 24: 6th-8th Grade, 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 pm

Any parents that have conflicting schedules with the above dates, please come between 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017.

Bronze National Healthy Schools Award

Posted on May 19, 2017 at 12:30 AM


We are proud to announce that Lyman A. Budlong has made the list of America's #HealthiestSchools from @The Alliance for a Healthier Generation! See what a school culture of health looks like:

Established Supportive School Rating 2017-2018

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Budlong will receive the Established Supportive School rating for School Year 2017-2018. We are being recognized for the hard work we put in to support social, emotional, and academic growth for all students.

Principal's Letter- May 4, 2017

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Dear Budlong Families,

Spring is finally here, well, maybe... we hope the weather brings more sunshine soon, but until then, please be sure to send your students to school dressed in layers so that our students can take advantage of good weather we do get, and go outside for recess.

It is teacher appreciation week! Ms. Bruno and I have had a blast visiting all the classrooms to say how much we appreciate all the staff, and all that they do every day, for our students and community. Please join me in saying thank you!

And our friendly neighbors at Vineyard Church brought a wonderful doughnut mid day treat to us yesterday. There's no better way to snack on a Wednesday. Thank you :)

Yesterday, today, and Friday are our annual Olympic Days. Yesterday, our 3rd-5th graders participated, and today it's the kinder through 2nd grades. My team, The Nakayama Ninjas, are fierce competitors :) On Friday our 6th-8th graders will compete. Be sure to send your child to school in his team colors, with a lunch and water bottle.

Today is the last day of BEST, our after school program. Please do plan accordingly.

I know we have all heard the good news that school will continue through June 20, as originally scheduled. Therefore, please be sure to mark these important end of the year dates on your calendar:

· May 9- LSC meeting at 7:45 am

· May 12- CHIME Family Performance @ 9am

· May 15- FOB meeting @ 5pm

· May 18- BAC and PAC Meeting @ 7:45am

· May 19- 4th Quarter Progress Report Distribution

· May 23- NWEA & Map Testing starts

· May 26- Mother & Son Dance @ 6-8pm (Please note this is a DATE CHANGE)

· May 29- Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL

· June 1- 8th Grade Algebra Exam

· June 1- Art Gallery Walk begins

· June 2- Budlong under the Stars @ 4-8pm

· June 6- BAS Reading Testing for kinder

· June 7- BAS Reading Testing for 1st grade

· June 9- Budlong Meets Broadway Show @ 2pm

· June 12- 6th-8th Grade Awards Assembly @ 9am (award recipients will receive invitations for family)

· June 13- LSC Meeting @ 7:45am

· June 13- 3rd-5th Grade Awards Assembly @ 9am (award recipients will receive invitations for family)

· June 14- 8th grade luncheon

· June 14- K-2nd Grade Awards Assembly @ 9am (award recipients will receive invitations for family)

· June 15- BAC-PAC-FOB Meeting @ 7:45am

· June 19- 8th Grade Graduation @ 9-11am

· June 20- Kinder Graduation @ 9-11am

· June 21- Summer Vacation starts, NO SCHOOL

Please know how much we all appreciate all that our families do to support Budlong. From chaperoning to cutting out letters and decorating bulletin boards, to helping in the office, every little bit of your time and effort here is noticed, and so very needed.

Thank you!

Principal's Letter- April 20, 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Dear Budlong Families,

I hope you were able to join us today as we went around the world and back, to Budlong! Today was our annual International Day Celebration. Yummy food, beautiful dances, and so much information was shared about countries all over the world. With the immense diversity here at Budlong, our students are exposed to a variety of cultures all the time, and our international day highlights that beauty; it also allows us to learn more about one another and have fun doing so. Thank you to all our families who helped with presentations and demonstrations today. A very special guest joined in the festivities this afternoon, Mr. Ivan Anchev, Bulgarian Consul General. He enjoyed presentations by our students highlighting Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan. We were honored to have him visit and continue to promote the CPS' initiative of the seal of bi-literacy in Bulgarian.

Yesterday was our Report Card Pick-up Day. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend. Viewing the student art pieces and projects makes me proud of the work we do at Budlong. Remember that conversations between our teachers and families take place continually, too.

We are still selling yearbooks. If you didn’t purchase one yet, please see Ms. Yu as soon as possible to buy one for $25.

Help us reach our goal of 98% attendance by making sure students are here on time every day. Announcing fourth quarter attendance incentives:

* luncheon for students showing the most improvement in their attendance

* luncheon for students with 98%+ attendance for the year

We need volunteers to help us recognize all our students at these luncheons. We also need volunteers for Budlong under the Stars on June 2. If you would like to help with either event, please contact Friends of Budlong President, Kathy Borner, at [email protected]

Arturo Velasquez Institute is hosting the Spring DREAMER and Family Education Forum Fair on April 22. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

I want to thank our neighbors at Vineyard Church. They spent their Saturday beautifying Budlong J

Lastly, AM outdoor line up starts next week, so please dress your child in layers as the Chicago weather is often unpredictable. Students should be lined up outside by 8:10.

Have a great weekend