A Message from New Sayre Principal Folasade Adekunle

13754333_123728811395678_8613075101891610156_nFollowing last Tuesday’s community forum, the Sayre LSC and Principal Selection Committee met on Thursady July 14 to vote on a candidate and make an offer. Candidate Folasade Adekunle was offered the position and she accepted, her statement is below (in english and spanish):

Dear Sayre Families, teachers, and community,
It is with great pride and excitement that I formally accept your invitation to serve as Principal of Sayre Language Academy. I am deeply honored by the vote of confidence and trust that this will be a fruitful partnership. I look forward to working with each of you as we join together to make good on the vision of Sayre. I anticipate a year of collaboration, communication, learning and growth for the entire Sayre community. Here’s to new beginnings and new chapters Sayre Strong!
Go Bulldogs!
Ms. Adekunle

Querida Familia de Sayre, Maestros y Comunidad;
Es con un gran orgullo y alegria que formalmente acepto la invitaciòn para servirles Como la nueva principal de Sayre. Estoy totalmente honrada y creo de todo corazòn que esto serà una relaciòn fructuosa. Estoy loca por trabajar con cada uno de ustedes para hacer una mejor visiòn en nuestra escuela. Estoy segura de que tendremos un año sumamente collaborativo, de mucha comunicaciòn, aprendizaje y crecimiento. Un brindis por el Los nuevos comienzos y càpitulos! Arriba Bulldogs! Ms. Adekunle

Principal Selection: Community Forum

An update from the Sayre Principal Selection Committee (July 8):

The principal selection process at Sayre is on schedule! After thorough reference checks and a second round of interviews, the community forum will take place as planned this coming Tuesday at Sayre School. Community members, families, teachers, etc. will all have a chance to hear from our candidates and submit questions to be used at the forum. Please come to this important event for our community!

The forum will be held Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at 5:45 pm in the Sayre Language Academy gymnasium and auditorium (1850 N Newland)

View the flyer for more details:
Candidato Principal Foro de la Comunidad (Español, PDF)
Sayre Principal Candidates Community Forum (English, PDF)

Principal Selection Updates, June 2016

The Principal Selection Committee is at work finding Sayre’s new principal. They want to keep the community informed and involved. Our school affects our neighborhood in many ways and we all want Sayre to continue to be a source of pride.

First statement (June 18, 2016):

Shortly after Ms. Ustabecir’s resignation from Sayre, the Local School Council has been working to find a terrific candidate to lead Sayre Language Academy. Here is an outline of the process:

  • May 18 LSC members completed Principal Selection training
  • May 23 The LSC formed a Principal Selection Committee made up of LSC members along with additional parents and teachers with a total of 22 individuals
  • May 25 - Submitted job posting for the principal vacancy to CPS
  • June 1 - Principal position officially posted by CPS
  • June 15 - Deadline for applicants to submit their materials to CPS
  • June 17 - Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials
  • June 2 - Committee will select candidates for first round interviews
  • June 25 - Tentative date for Round 1 interviews
  • June 27 - Tentative date for Round 1 interviews
  • July 6 - Tentative date for Round 2 interviews(as needed)
  • July 12 – Tentative date for Community Forum – time and location TBD
    This forum will give parents, teachers, and community members the opportunity to meet finalists for the position and toask questions. The committee will be asking for your input at the forum as well.
  • July 14 - LSC Organizational Meeting. LSC members to vote on candidate andextend formal offer.

If you have questions about the process, have suggestions, or would like to make a comment, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! You may submit questions and comments through our email SayrePalSelection@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of Sayre Language Academy. Go Bulldogs!
—Sayre Language Academy LSC Principal Selection Committee

Second Statement (June 24, 2016):

Just an update to let you know we are on track for choosing a new principal for Sayre. After the job posting closed, we received 48 resumes to review! The committee is really pleased with the quality and diversity in the resumes we have received. It’s wonderful to have so many talented people interested in being a part of our great community.

The committee has narrowed the list to those we want to interview in person. Interviews are taking place this weekend and early next week. While these interviews are closed to the public, keep in mind that the community forum, tentatively set for July 12th, will give you the opportunity to meet the final candidates and give your feedback on who would be the best leader for Sayre.

You may continue to submit questions and comments through our email SayrePalSelection@gmail.com. Hope everyone is enjoying summer!

—Sayre Language Academy LSC Principal Selection Committee

En español:

Le queremos dejar saber que vamos muy bien en nuestra bùsqueda del nuevo principal para nuestra escuela. Despues de que se cerrò el anucio de bùsqueda, recibimos 48 aplicaciones!!! Estamos muy contentos con la calidad, experiencia y diversidad de los resumès recibidos. Que orgullo tener tantas personas tan talentosas interesadas en ser parte de nuestra gran comunidad.

El Comitè ha reducido la cantidad de aplicantes al nùmero que vamos a entrevistar en persona. Las entrevistas seràn este fin de semana y temprano en la semana que entra. Aunque estas entrevistas son cerradas al público, mantèn en mente de que nuestro Foro de Comunidad està tentativamente planificado para 12 de Julio. En este Foro podràs conocer a los candidatos, hacer preguntas y dar tu opiniòn al Comitè en cual es el mejor candidato para nuestra escuela.

Puedes continuar sometiendo tus preguntas y comentarios a nuestro email: SayrePalSelection@gmail.com. Esperamos que estès disfrutando el Verano!

—Academia de Lenguajes de Sayre Comitè de Seleciòn LSC Principal

2016 Int’l Night Photo Booth

International Night was a bunch of fun (like usual!) and turnout was great. We’ll have full details soon, but we know you’re excited to see the photos from the photo booth, so here they are! Hopefully your power is back on by now and you can view these, ha! Thanks again to everyone involved!

International Night 2016


Watch Sayre Shine!

International Night: A Sayre tradition, bringing together the world’s food,culture, dance, and music. Bring friends,neighbors, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins… All are welcome!


(details, schedule, and locations coming soon!
Geo fair: Student Geography projects on display
Food: Lots of great homemade dishes donated by Sayre families, and even more great food donated by local restaurants(Food tickets are $1 per ‘taste’ portion)
Cultural activities: Age-appropriate activities for all ages
Poetry workshop and poetry reading room Sayre students will instruct, share, inspire
Dance/Music: Learn some steps or show off your moves
Photo Booth: with props from around the world
Hall of Flags, Bagpiper, and more!

Download the flyer here.
Are you able to help out at the event? Contact Lisa

2016-17 FFO Officers

At our May meeting (minutes) the Sayre Family and Friends organization voted on new officers for the 2016-17 school year:

President: Jack Lesniewski
Vice President: Sarah Loffman
Secretary: Sheila Lent
Communications: Lisa Daleiden-Brugman

Congratulations to the new officers, and thanks to the old officers for stepping up and working hard to make Sayre great! If you’re interested in helping out, please attend our last meeting of the school year at 6pm on Wednesday, June 8, 6pm at the school.