Posts in category "School"

Just like Michael Morones, My Son is Bullied

Just like Michael Morones, My Son is Bullied
I can’t get this heartbreaking story by Carrie Goldman out of my head.  An 11 year old boy, Michael Morones, attempted suicide because kids at school made fun of him for liking My Little Pony. My son is bullied.  He is teased for not being good at sports. I’ve talked to his concerned teacher and... Read more »

Chicago Public School Budget Cuts is Child Abuse

Chicago Public School Budget Cuts is Child Abuse
Today is the first Monday of summer and the last day of school. Our children are sweltering in un-air conditioned schools, due to making up the days they missed back in September during the teacher’s strike.   Now, in the final days of the year, we are learning schools have lost hundreds of thousands of... Read more »

Every parent's worst nightmare

Every parent's worst nightmare
This letter came home from school last week. If you don’t have time or care to read the above, in sum it says a man came onto school property and told a student his mother was sleeping and to come home with him instead.  Luckily, the child ran away from the man and immediately found... Read more »
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Don't say love Mom, it's embarrassing

Don't say love Mom, it's embarrassing
“Mom, something really embarrassing happened at school today.”  My boy told me as I picked him up from his Lego Architects after school program. “Oh no! What happened?” I responded envisioning his pants falling down or him having an accident in the bathroom. “The notes you wrote me in my lunch fell out and some... Read more »

An Interview with CPS Chief Education Advisor Barbara Byrd-Bennett

An Interview with CPS Chief Education Advisor Barbara Byrd-Bennett
Bright and early this morning before negotiations began, I spoke with Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Advisor.  She has been sitting at the negotiation table for four weeks now and I’m a grateful she took time to speak with me. Barbara Byrd-Bennett is an experienced educator, supervisor, administrator, researcher of public urban education... Read more »

A Letter to My Boy on The First Day of First Grade

A Letter to My Boy on The First Day of First Grade
Dear Son, This morning I squeezed your hand and hugged you tight as I watched you walk into your classroom.  I know you were nervous to be at a new school with new faces, but your confidence reminded me how much I learn from you every single day. I’m glad you couldn’t see my tears... Read more »
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School is Ending; Time to Embrace Change

School is Ending; Time to Embrace Change
Memorial Day is the official beginning of summer.  We are safe to wear white and everyone’s Facebook updates are exploding with photos of picnics and sprinklers. My son, daughter and I finally seem to have fallen into a comfortable weekday rhythm and all of sudden it is ending.  Camp will bring an entirely new schedule... Read more »

Building a Jewish Community for My Children

Building a Jewish Community for My Children
With an inquisitive six year old comes question, all the time.   He is constantly asking questions about science, family, geography, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.  Most of them I can easily answer, or at least use my iPhone for a quick solution that will temporarily satisfy him. Then questions come up about religion.  He... Read more »

Stop Bullying Speak Up

Stop Bullying Speak Up
Very early yesterday morning, my six year old came into my room excited to share something with me.   “A special presentation called Stop Bullying Speak Up  is on Cartoon Network today at 4:30.” My boy had already experienced some teasing at Chess Club earlier this year.  A combination of his interest and my fear of the topic caused my... Read more »
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Pink Slime: Our Children Deserve Better Meals at School

Pink Slime: Our Children Deserve Better Meals at School
I cannot even fathom there is a human out there that is approving schools to serve this to children. The USDA is feeding this so-called pink slime, a beef-like product created by grinding together connective tissue and beef scraps normally used in dog food, and treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill salmonella and E. coli. ... Read more »
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