James G. Blaine Student Fees

Did you know that each year our CPS budget just barely covers the salaries and benefits of our teachers and support staff? We could not operate without additional funding to cover books and science kits, sports and the arts, substitute teachers and paper for our printers – expenses that impact our entire student population.

In order to maintain the high quality of education we expect at Blaine, we rely on mandatory student fees to help cover additional critical areas of need not accounted for in the budget. 

The fees generated this past year were used to cover:

           Instructional material including instructional materials for science, language arts, social studies and math, science kits, physical education equipment, teacher development and online subscriptions

           Classroom and office supplies including new books for social studies, reading and math; supplies for science lessons; maintenance for office printers and copiers 

           Critical services and extracurriculars such as recess coverage, fine arts programming, substitute teachers and sports

This year, to cover many of these same needs, mandatory student fees remain at $250 per studentYour tax-deductible payment is due no later than September 30th but you can pay by September 7th to take advantage of a $25 early-bird discount.

 There are two ways to pay:

1         Click HERE to pay online OR

2         Submit your check (payable to James G. Blaine Elementary) to the main office along with 2018-2019 Student Fee Form.

Payment of fees will be a prerequisite for participation in most non-classroom programming. Parents will not be able to register their students in extracurricular activities, the after-school program, and other non-academic programming if the mandatory fee requirement is not met.

If you are unable to afford the student fee, would like to sponsor another family or are the parent of an incoming Kindergartener or 8th grader please see below for further details.

Thank you for ensuring Blaine’s continued success!


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 *Waivers/Payment Plans – All CPS families must complete a Family Income Information Form (FIIF) which will be distributed during the first week of school. If you are unable to afford the fee, completion of this form is the first step toward receiving a waiver. Under certain circumstances we are able to offer a payment plan. Please contact the main office to discuss possible options.

*Sponsorship – Consider sponsoring a family by paying even a portion of their fee. If you are interested, please either do so HERE under the “Miscellaneous payment amount” or by using the “Additional donation” section on the paper form.

*Exemptions – If you are a kindergarten parent contributing the full ask amount to the KFund, you will not be expected to pay this student fee for your kindergartener. New this year, fees paid for 8th grade students will cover the graduation expense typically passed along to parents later in the year. 

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