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! 


March 13

PAC Meeting   5:30 pm

LSC Meeting   6:00 pm

March 19

Math and Science Night

March 22

End of Third Quarter

March 25 - 29

Spring Break


Farnswear Spirit Store is OPEN!

Please place your orders by March 10th


Farnsworth Updates

Please see our Mustang Messenger newsletter for all the information you need on the latest and upcoming school events.

Save the Date for Mary Poppins, Jr!

Farnsworth School presents Mary Poppins Jr. Friday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.and Saturday March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Ticket information will be sent home shortly!

Attendance Issue

We have an excessive number of children regularly coming to school late.

Please bring your children to line up with their peers and enter the school as a group in the morning. This provides valuable opportunities for positive social interactions and creates a positive classroom culture for the students. Students who regularly come to school late miss valuable instruction as well as cause disruption to the learning in the classroom.

Thank you to all who already do this!

REMINDER: Join us at the Mustang Mingle!

The Friends of Farnsworth is excited to host their first ever silent auction fundraiser. The night will be all about supporting Farnsworth Elementary while building a stronger community. There will be drinks available for purchase and plenty of appetizers to go around as you mingle. We are thrilled to invite you to the Mustang Mingle!

Click here to purchase tickets or make a monetary donation

The Friends of Farnsworth is also seeking gift cards, certificates, merchandise baskets, service experiences, or products for the silent auction.

To volunteer your time or resources to the event, please contact Friends of Farnsworth at friendsoffarnsworthcps@gmail.com.

School Food Survey

Our District’s Annual School Food Survey is now available and will be open through March 1, 2024. This is an opportunity for our families, and especially our students, to share how they feel about the food being served in their schools each day. 

The survey takes just a few minutes to complete, and includes questions about what foods students like, what they don’t like, and what might improve the school meal experience.


** To help motivate our students to complete the School Food Survey, the Department of Nutrition Support Services will award a special prize to the elementary school and high school with the most survey responses! **

Safety Concern

The traffic before and after school surrounding the building is creating a safety hazard for our children.

Under no circumstances should families double park, park facing the wrong way on either side of the street, let children out in the middle of the street, pull into/block the staff lots, block our buses from pulling in or out on Linder Avenue, etc.

We understand that the weather is unpleasant, but it is crucial to the safety of our children that you park in a legal parking space and walk your children to their designated entrance. We thank you in advance for your assistance with this.

As always, thank you to all of our families who park safely and walk.

Farnsworth Elementary Preschool Program 2023-2024

Did you know that Farnsworth has preschool classrooms for 3 and 4 year olds? If your child is 3 on or before September 1, 2023, you may apply to be in our ½ day preschool program. If your child is 4 on or before September 1, 2023, you may apply to be in either our ½ day program or our full-day program.

Please apply online at:  https://www.cps.edu/chicagoearlylearning

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Farnsworth preschool teacher, please call 773-534-3535.

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