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!


October 5

First Quarter Progress Reports

October 8

No School

Columbus Day

October 9

PTA Meeting

3:00 pm

October 10

LSC Meeting

8:00 am


Playground Construction

Dear Farnsworth Families,

We have exciting news! Our playground construction is set to begin on Monday, September 24. They will be fencing off the construction site so our entrance/dismissal doors as well as some of the paths to those entrances will be changed during construction.

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Congratulations to Principal Oken for receiving the Deborah Reese Memorial Award for Leadership in School Wellness!


• Breakfast and lunch menus for September are now available!

• CPS Nutrition Services Parent Survey: English / Spanish

Sign up for text and/or email alerts about the Nutrition Services program

CPS Updates

• CPS 2018 Academic Report Card: English / Spanish

• Update for Families Regarding Background Checks: English / Spanish

• June 2018 - Protecting Chicago's Children: CPS Plan of Action

June 2018 Letter - English / Spanish


There are only two weeks remaining until the application period opens for the 2019-20 school year. It’s very important that you activate your account before the start of the application period so you will know which programs you are eligible to apply to. Below are some important points to help you understand this information and how it relates to the application process.

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CPS Student Code of Conduct

CPS has revised the Student Code of Conduct for 2018. 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.

Find out more! / Manage your case online!