Dear Beard Families,

We have had a wonderful year so far.  I want to recap all of the great things going on up until now.  In August, we started off the year with an amazing “Welcome Back Picnic” for the students that invited parents to come during the day and have lunch with their children.  During September, we had a great  “Open House” with a huge parent turnout!!!  Our parent support groups and monthly meetings have grown tremendously from years past.  You are always welcome to attend and join.  “Parent Night in the Garden,” was a tremendous success and enjoyed by all that attended.  Families went to the Children’s Museum from Beard School and had a lovely time.  “Technology Night” introduced the new program we are using in the classrooms called “MeMoves.”  It was enjoyed by all families that attended.  Chicago Public Schools CEO, Barbara Bryd-Bennett, visited our school and was very impressed with Beard.  We enjoyed touring Dr. Bennett around and showing her all of the wonderful things Beard School has to offer.  Our students have also been participating in the fun by wearing “crazy socks” and “crazy hair” to school, while dressing in orange the day before Halloween.  Halloween was “spooktacular” and fun was had by all in the spooky gym, at the costume parade, and trick o’ treating down the Beard hallways. Thank you to all the parents that volunteer their time to make our events so successful! As we continue to focus on parent and student engagement, we are working hard during the day.  Teachers are implementing their second common core unit plans this quarter.  Teacher and paraprofessionals are also working with students to meet student IEP goals.  Lastly, all teachers are integrating technology into every aspect of their curriculum.  Continuing their program from last year, the Children’s Theater Red Kite program has started and the students are loving drama time.  We look forward to seeing all of you on Report Card Pick! 


Daniel C. Beard School
Pre-K through 3rd Grade
6445 W. Strong Street
Chicago, IL 60656
Tel: 773-534-1228
Fax: 773-534-1247
Manda Lukic, Principal

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News & Upcoming Events
  • • 4/14 ~ 4/18 Spring Break
  • • 4/22 Earth Day-Students will participate in a walk and plant flowers
  • • 4/28-5/2 Beard School Spirit Week
  • • 5/1  Grandparents are invited to visit their grandchild’s classroom accompanied  by a parent.
  • • 5/13 Pictures Retakes
  • • 5/23 Special Olympics
  • • 5/16 International Festival
  • April 28 - May 2 - BEARD SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK! Let your school spirit soar this spring! We can show our camaraderie and love for Beard School by participating in the following fun activities:

    Beard School Slogan Contest:
    All rooms are asked to participate in this contest to come up with a catchy saying or slogan for Beard School. We ask you to keep it short and catchy- five words /PECS pictures, or less. All entries will be displayed on a bulletin board featuring the winner, front and center. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 2.  The winning class will be featured in the Beard school newsletter and win an extra recess period with Kerry!


    4/28 - Monday:   Sing along with the Beard School Cheer during Morning Announcements.
    “America Day:” wear patriotic-themed clothes, USA flag shirt; red, white and blue clothes, etc.

    4/29 Tuesday: Sing along with the Beard School Cheer during Morning Announcements
    “Favorite Super Hero Day:” wear a shirt or part of a costume from your favorite super hero!

    4/30 Wednesday: Sing along with the Beard School Cheer during Morning Announcements
    “Funny Sock Day:” get silly by wearing unusual or mismatched socks!

    5/01 Thursday: Sing along with the Beard School Cheer during Morning Announcements
    “Sports Day:” wear a shirt featuring your favorite team

    5/02 Friday: Sing along with the Beard School Cheer during Morning Announcements
    “Beard Pride Day:” wear Beard school shirts

Regular attendance is directly related to student performance. We encourage parents to schedule medical and dental appointments after school or on the weekends. Remember to call the Beard School Attendance Line at 773-534-1228 to report absences & late arrivals.
NOTE: This voicemail is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Welcome to Beard!

Photo OneBeard School is a specialty Chicago Public School that services students with special needs from Pre- K to 3rd grade. Age ranges of students attending Beard are from 3 to 8 years old. Programs are designed to have an academic focus integrated with social and emotional learning skills. Staff members are highly trained specialists in working with students on the spectrum of autism. Teaching models and curriculums used at Beard include ABA, TEACCH, PECS, Unique Learning Systems, News-2-You and VBA. Beard has two instructional half day Pre-K programs that service students with special needs requiring additional supports. In addition to our specialty programs, we also have a blended preschool program comprised of general education students from the neighborhood along with preschool students with special needs. Placement and enrollment into Beard are completed only through the Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services.

Instruction throughout the school is highly differentiated to address the individual learning styles of our students. Home-school software programs that supplement academics include Raz Kids,, Compass Learning, Starfall, Envision, BrainPOP Jr. and other instructional apps.

In house therapeutic services are also provided by a team of highly qualified clinicians. Beard School provides services to students in psychology, social work, speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing based on IEP eligibility and student needs.

The extended school day has afforded students an increase in instructional minutes in the common core subjects of Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science. Students have specialized classes in Adaptive P.E., Art, Music, and Library. Over the course of the year, students will also engage in the following additional enrichment programs at Beard: Red Kite - Children’s Theater Thera-play program, Special Olympics Young Athletes Program, MeMoves, Partners in Play with Edison Gifted Regional School, IPAD Photography, Children’s Puppet Theater, Garden Science in the exploratory outdoor classroom, Science Fair, Social Skills Development, Xbox Dance, Yoga, and Cooking.

Beard School has received a Creative Schools Certification of Category 1, “Excelling” in the Fine Arts. In addition, Beard School is very fortunate to be one of the few schools in the state of Illinois to have a certified nature explore outdoor classroom developed by stakeholders of the school. The school is located on the northwest corner of Jefferson Park in Chicago near the intersections of Nagle and Gunnison.