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Principal's Message

Mrs. Sparkle Tiffith

Dear CMB School Families,


It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself, Sparkle Ellis-Tiffith, as the New Principal of Carol Moseley Braun Elementary School. I am excited to continue the growth and support for students, teachers, and families within the CMB community. I come to you with a wealth of experience in the field of academia. Before becoming a school leader, I have had the opportunity to serve in various capacities, including as a primary teacher at the University of Chicago Charter School Corporation, a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach within the Chicago Public Schools, Interim Principal at McDade Classical School, and Instructional Support Leader at CPS Network 6. These experiences enhanced my knowledge and instructional leadership skills.


During the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Hayes, Mrs. Lewis, CMB staff, and district personnel. The excitement and knowledge that I have encountered from those interactions were valuable, encouraging, and contagious. We all share the same vision and ownership in providing the best academic experiences for the students at CMB elementary school.


Based on these experiences and conversations, my priorities as principal of CMB Elementary School include creating a positive school culture by building trusting relationships with all stakeholders, enhancing teachers’ instructional capacity in math, and building teacher and student efficacy.


I am excited to announce that students will be returning to school in person for the 2021-2022 school year! School District 149 has built a comprehensive In-Person plan to ensure that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols and procedures are in place. District 149 custodial staff is working diligently to ensure the cleanliness and safety of all school buildings.


All staff and students are required to always wear masks and remain 3 to 6 feet apart. The mask requirement is inclusive of youth sports and activities, with masks now required for indoor extracurricular and sports. In line with CDC guidance, masks are not required for activities outdoors where transmission risks and rates are lower.


We look forward to seeing all of our children on Monday, August 30th for the first day of school which is a half day of student attendance from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Tuesday August 31st is first official full school day from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Due to the new safety protocols, students will not be permitted to enter the building until 8:45 a.m.  Students will be served breakfast in their classrooms after arriving to school. 


District Institute Day will be held in each perspective building in the designated location. We have an exciting Institute Day planned that will be filled with empowerment and math professional development. All staff, students and community constituents entering district schools are required to wear a mask.


We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for 2021-2022 school year. Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school.


District 149 has a specific “Uniform Policy” for all our students.  The students are required to wear navy blue pants/skirts/jumpers with a light blue top.  The students’ shoes must be dark in color.  Students are not permitted to wear jackets in the classrooms.  Sweaters and/or sweatshirts must be navy blue or light blue.  Additionally, boys are not permitted to wear earrings.


As we embark on this new journey, let’s remain committed to families and student academic achievement. Student success demands a commitment to academic excellence. This requires the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills learned will prepare today’s students for our emerging global culture demands.


Thank you for entrusting me with the honor of serving as the principal of Carol Moseley Braun Elementary school. I am committed and look forward to our growth and success in enhancing the CMB community.


Educationally yours,



Mrs. Sparkle C. Tiffith 





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