James B. Farnsworth Elementary School

At Farnsworth, we believe in high expectations for all stakeholders. In our safe and nurturing environment, we are committed to providing an inclusive education with rigorous, differentiated instruction designed to engage all learners. We envision our students to be physically and emotionally healthy lifelong learners who are college and career ready.

Our school aspires to provide strong instructional programs and high quality teaching that promotes interest in life-long learning.

Students, Families, Staff and Community - We are all a Team at Farnsworth!


Farnsworth Updates

Kindergarten and new student registration began on May 17, 2021.

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• Get the latest news and notes on the Farnsworth Updates page. -Updated June 11

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CPS Family Survey

Attention CPS families! The district needs your feedback on how we can best support you and your students next school year. Check your email for a link to the CPS Fall 2021 Survey, or contact your school if you have not received it. Survey responses must be submitted by June 18.

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COVID-19 Youth Vaccinations

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the approval of the Pfizer vaccine in individuals 12 and older. Starting May 13, all Chicagoans who are 12 and older can get vaccinated to protect themselves against COVID-19!

The easiest way for youth to find locations offering the Pfizer vaccine is to search on Vaccine Finder and filter by vaccine type. You can also refer to this summary How-To Guide about how all Chicagoans 12 years and older can sign up to receive the vaccine.

Vaccination events will take place from 10am - 12pm according to the following schedule:

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Freshman Connection

Make summer plans to get to know your high school with Freshman Connection. Sign up is now open through June 4th! Learn more and register at go.cps.edu/high-school/freshman-sophomore-connections.

Friends of Farnsworth

Friends of Farnsworth (FOF) is a non-profit organization, established in 2005 to help support the school. Originally called the “Farnsworth School and Campus Park Foundation'', the mission was focused on campus and grounds, but with the success of the new playground the group was renamed - but has been dormant for several years. Come be part of re-establishing this group and charting it's new course!

Membership is open to anyone who wants to support Farnsworth. ($5 membership for individual, $25 for business ). Details on how to join on the way!

Please contact Carrie Warner at cwarnerhome@gmail.com for more information!

Child Tax Credit

As part of the new federal stimulus plan, parents and guardians with children or dependents can claim the Child Tax Credit when filing their 2020 taxes. Families must file their taxes by May 17 to receive the extra dollars they are entitled to.

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Reopening Schools: CPS COVID-19 Signage

From flow of traffic to social distancing, more than 1.5 million signs across 600 campuses will help students, staff, and visitors follow health and safety practices as CPS returns to school in 2021. Learn more about the return to classroom learning.


CPS Student Rights & Responsibilities

CPS revised the Student Rights & Responsibilities in 2020. Find out more.

Healthy CPS

The Children and Family Benefits Unit of the Office of Student Health and Wellness can help you apply for low cost or free health insurance (Medicaid) and SNAP at no cost.

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