Archive for May 2013

End of the School Year Burnout: This Blogger Nails It!

End of the School Year Burnout: This Blogger Nails It!
The end of the school year is here!  If we can just hang in there one more “half” day. During the recent weeks in our household, bedtimes have been stretched to the limit for “school nights”, snooze alarms have been hit, re-hit and then hit again, the groceries were scarce for lunches, and making it... Read more »

Summer Reading Programs: Children Earn Free Stuff

Summer Reading Programs: Children Earn Free Stuff
Summertime and the living is easy-easy to earn freebies for completing minutes in various summer reading programs. I was paging through Redbook Magazine’s June issue and it  listed Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble, and Showcase Cinemas as just some of the businesses offering incentives to young readers. I researched a little further and came up... Read more »

Anti-Violence Academic Program Awards Essay Winners

Anti-Violence Academic Program Awards Essay Winners
Violence in Chicago is increasingly affecting the lives and communities of its youth. One outlet for young people to express themselves and suggest solutions to address youth violence is through the writing program and essay contest, Do the Write Thing. A previous post on School Zone explained the program which has culminated for this school... Read more »
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Screen Free Week Follow Up: Guess Who Had the Hardest Time Tuning Out?

Weeks ago, my family participated in Screen Free Week (formerly known as TV Turn-Off Week) and attempted to unplug from the technology/screens as much as possible. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, sponsors Screen Free week and suggests people look to other sources for entertainment rather than relying on screens. They encourage children to play,... Read more »

A Simple Thank You for Mother's Day

A Simple Thank You for Mother's Day
Happy Mother’s Day! I had good intentions of posting something earlier in the week related to this special day. In keeping with my School Zone theme, my grand plan was to feature some of the outstanding education-advocates I met through Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress last spring. I would interview a few moms from across the... Read more »

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher: It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher:  It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!
Teacher Appreciation Week will be celebrated in schools nationwide this week. Many PTAs, PTOs, and other parent groups will be busy making sure school staff gets recognized– often with a special breakfast or lunch, cards, or other tokens of appreciation.  Parents and students may participate too with a small gift or note of thanks.  I... Read more »
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A Response to Chicago's Violence: Community Action Day- May 4th

We know a gun can kill. We know a community can grow.  This is the text of the posters around Chicago promoting  Community Action Day on May 4th.  Sponsored by All Stars Project, Inc., the meet-up starts at 10:00 am at University Center Conference, 525 S. State Street, 2nd Floor.  The purpose is to kick... Read more »
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