I am excited about some of the opportunities that will be provided for the students. One of the goals for this year is to maximize the website in order to ensure that parents, teachers, students and the community at large are aware of the events that we have to offer. We are committed to providing students with a rich educational experience at Bret Harte School. The vision for our students is that they will become lifelong readers and writers, problem-solvers, and theory-builders through an emphasis on literacy, mathematics, and science.

Parents are always welcome at Bret Harte School. There are many ways to contribute to your child's success by volunteering at the school. Attending Local School Council (L.S.C.) and Parent Advisory Council (P.A.C.) meetings, actively participating with parent or school sponsored events, serving as a chaperone for a field trip are excellent ways to become more involved. This school year, we will offer additional workshops and parent nights in order to create a connection between home and school by assisting parents with strategies that work with their children. Throughout the year, you will receive monthly newsletters, automated phone messages as reminders regarding upcoming events.

Building relationships amongst the administration, parents, teachers, students and the community is vital to the success of our school. Thank you for being a part of the Bret Harte Family. I look forward to working with you and your children this school year.

Mrs. Shenethe Parks, Principal





The 8th graders at BRET HARTE are planning a trip to Washington, D.C., in April!  But, we need to raise a lot of money to make it happen!  To kick off our fundraising efforts, we have secured a table at the 
in Nichol’s Park
(55th and Kimbark) 
on Sunday, SEPTEMBER 21, noon-5p.  
We will be providing an activity for a donation.  
Please come out and support our 8th graders and enjoy the book fair!
Questions?  See Mrs. Papczun in Room 208- klulrich-pap@cps.edu
rain location: Hyde Park Neighborhood Club).

School Hours
Breakfast in the Classroom : 8:15 am
Start Time: 8:15 am K-8;
   Pre K- AM Class 8:15 am-10:50 pm
   Pre K- PM Class 12:40 pm - 3:15 pm
Lunch & Recess Hours: 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
   Dismissal: 3:15 pm
Staff supervision of students start at 7:45 am and students are not be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:45am. Students are dismissed at 3:15pm and parents are expected to pick-up students on time. Tuition based after-care services are available to support families until 6:00 pm. Please contact the school for registration of the after-care program.

September 2014

  • PAC Meeting 8:30 am
  • L.S.C. Meeting 5:30 PM


  • Hyde Park Children's Book Fair


  • Badger Day - $1-Out of Uniform