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A micro-lab classroom located at CICS Longwood campus

1309 W. 95th St, Chicago, IL 60643

Phone:  312.248.2163

Email:  info@glichicago.org

©2019 Global Leaders Initiative at CICS

Weekly Updates

Saturday Trip to Sky Zone Trampoline Park 


Saturday, December 14th

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

66 Orland Square Dr suite b

Orland Park, IL 60462

  • GLI's Q1 top students and most improved students are invited to an afternoon of fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park. 

  • GLI will cover the cost of admission for the student and one student guest.

  • A parent/guardian must provide transportation and be present to chaperone their student​ and the student's guest.

  • GLI leaders will be stationed in the Sky Zone lobby to pay for admission.

Family Holiday Dinner: Christmas in Africa

Thursday, December 19th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
CICS Longwood - GLI Classroom - Hackman 114
1309 W. 95th St

GLI would like to thank parents and students for supporting our efforts to expose students to a globally focused learning environment. To show our appreciation, we are inviting parents and students to a holiday dinner Thursday, December 19th. Our theme is "Christmas in Africa" and connects with students' current research on the history of Christmas and related traditions in Africa. Several students will be selected to present their findings during the dinner, and we will serve various dishes representing the African Diaspora. We will also be raffling off several gift cards at the end of dinner to help with your final Christmas shopping plans!


  • SPACE IS LIMITED since we are using a classroom to host the dinner. Only students enrolled in GLI and up to two parents/guardians may attend.

  • Parents and students must RSVP to attend the dinner to ensure we order enough food and beverages and stay within capacity limits. 

  • Email info@glichicago.org to RSVP.

Holiday Spirit Week

In an effort to spread some holiday cheer, students are invited to participate in a special Holiday Spirit Week before we leave for winter break. Our student leadership council has selected the following themes:

Monday, December 16th - Christmas Cookies & Candy Canes Day

  • Bring Christmas cookies OR candy canes to share with the class.


Tuesday, December 17th - Christmas Color Day

  • Wear as many Christmas colors as possible! The student dressed in the most Christmas colors wins a prize!


Wednesday, December 18th - Santa's Helpers Day

  • Wear your best elf or reindeer look! The student with the most creative elf or reindeer look wins a prize! 


Thursday, December 19th - Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

  • Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater! The student with the ugliest Christmas sweater wins a prize!


Friday, December 20th - Pajama Day

  • Get comfy for our class holiday party. Bring snacks to share with classmates and wear your favorite pajamas! The student with the cutest Christmas pajamas wins a prize!

Dominican Republic Trip

Global Leaders Initiative is currently selecting students to study abroad in the Dominican Republic for one week during May 2020. Students will study race, immigration, and citizenship; volunteer in a nearby town; and visit tourist attractions in the capital during their time in the country. Students selected will receive a scholarship up to $3000 to cover the cost of the trip and passport fees. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, December 19th. Students selected to participate in this transformational learning experience will be announced January 2020.

Visit this link for more trip details.

Applications were distributed to students last week. Click here for a copy of the application.

Student Application Directions

  • Answer the student questions in several sentences. Students may also choose to write their responses on a separate sheet of paper. 

  • Ask an adult who is NOT a parent/guardian to complete the recommendation form.

  • Submit responses and recommendation form to Mrs. Wong by Thursday, December 19th.

Selection Criteria

  • Submit responses to student application questions by Thursday, December 19th.

  • Submit recommendation form by Thursday, December 19th.

  • Demonstrate social leadership (i.e. positive attitude, encourages others to be their best selves, respect others, etc.).

  • Demonstrate academic leadership (i.e. loves to learn, works hard to achieve good grades and improve low grades, high participation in class, etc.)

  • Demonstrate commitment to personal improvement.

  • Demonstrate an investment in the success of Global Leaders Initiative.

This Week's Homework

Global Humanities

  • Monday

    • Read pages 151-158 in Things Fall Apart pages and take notes.
  • Tuesday

    • Read pages 159-167 in Things Fall Apart and take notes.

  • Wednesday

    • Read pages 172-177 in Things Fall Apart and take notes.
  • Thursday

    • Read pages 178-183 in Things Fall Apart and take notes.

  • Friday​
    • None​





Behavior & Academic Progress Reports

  • Class Dojo behavior reports are sent home with students every Friday. Please sign and have student return on Mondays.

  • Academic Progress reports are sent home every OTHER Friday. The first academic progress reports were sent home last Friday, September 20th. Please sign progress reports and have students return on Mondays.

  • Sign up for Class Dojo to view daily behavior reports. An invitation to join Class Dojo was sent to your email at the start of the school year.


School Calendar

Click this link to view the GLI school calendar.