Dear Drake Parents & Students,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year.  We are looking forward to an awesome year! We have so many new and exciting programs and projects that will enhance our school, provide volunteer and educational opportunities for parents, promote school pride, as well as improve student achievement. Drake Elementary School is the proud  recipient of the Sustainable Community Schools $500,000 grant (for a second year) and will partner with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization to provide additional programming, resources and opportunities for our entire community.  More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.  Team Drake is on the move and we are ready to “Unleash the Dragon while we are Blazing a Pathway to Success”!

Drake needs all parents to partner with us for student success.  We are requesting your support at upcoming Drake events and programs that will enhance academic achievement and develop our leaders of tomorrow.  In order to ensure that Drake School provides quality instruction, we will conduct classroom observations daily and will not be available for impromptu parent conferences.  We ask that you support our vision and our decision to prioritize learning.  In the event that you need to meet with Administration, please contact the school to request a meeting date and time and complete the Meeting Request Form.  We understand that emergencies do arise and we will address them on a case by case basis.  I ask that you respect our decision to put student learning first. 

If you have any questions, please email me at: stewart@cps.edu or call the school.

This year we want to ensure that Drake Elementary School is a place where you feel welcomed, needed and respected. We will have several opportunities for parents to volunteer and support the school


Below I have listed a few Drake Updates.  Please mark your calendars, save the dates and join us as we take Drake to a Level 1 Status!

Start and End Times

Early Entry & Breakfast – 8:45 AM
Start Time – 9:00 AM / End Time – 4:00 PM

Open House for ALL Students & Parents - Meet our Staff / Learn about our Before and After School Programs & our SCS Partnership with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
Learn about the Local School Council / Parent Advisory Council & Volunteer Opportunities


Student Uniform Policy

John B. Drake has a uniform policy as many other Chicago Public Schools. We ask that you ensure your child is following the uniform policy every day.

Grades K – 5th
Navy Blue or Royal Blue Polo Shirts with Navy Bottoms (Slacks, Skirts at Knee Level, No Jeans, Closed toe shoes only)

Grades 6th – 8th
Royal Blue Polo Shirts with Tan Khaki Bottoms (Slacks, Skirts at Knee Level, No Jeans, Closed toe shoes only)

Gym Uniforms are required for P.E. Class

Drake Logo Gym Shirt / Sweatshirt and Drake Logo Gym Shorts / Jogging Pants

Items/articles not allowed due to uniform policy, distractions & safety concerns

Open toe sandals/flip flops, wheel/skate shoes, light up shoes, do-rags, head scarves, head bonnets 

The following items can be purchased from the school and includes the Drake School Logo:

Royal Blue Drake Uniform Polo Shirts (short sleeve & includes school emblem/logo for $10)

Drake Gym Uniforms (includes Gold T-Shirt & Royal Blue Shorts for $16 and/or Grey Jogging Suit for $30). Students are encouraged to wear Drake Gym Uniforms on P.E.  days in place of the regular school uniforms to alleviate the need to change.

Orders may be placed for uniform polo shirts and gym uniforms daily in the Main Office.

It is my goal to keep you informed and to partner with you. Therefore, you will receive monthly calendars/letters and Drake Announcements via email, phone call and text message. (Additional correspondence will be sent home based upon our upcoming activities.) I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our upcoming events. Please feel free to contact the school at 773-534-9129 should you have any questions, comments or suggestions.  Don’t forget to visit our website at www.drake.cps.edu

Sydney J. Golliday
Principal Sydney J. Golliday