Posts in category "school"

Guest post: 5 ways to reinvigorate your school search from Chicago Preschool Pro

Guest post: 5 ways to reinvigorate your school search from Chicago Preschool Pro
Who out there is stressing about preschool admissions? I’ve been there. Today, I am happy to welcome by friend Laura Gradman of Chicago Preschool Pro. Laura has some sound advice for families still looking for the perfect school. ———- For Chicago’s families, admissions season is a flurry of dates, deadlines, research and introspection.  The beginning... Read more »

The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy

The Chicago Public School Strike rolls on: More free activities to keep your kids busy
Kids home from school again tomorrow? Running out of things to do to keep the learning going (unexpected break in the school schedule be damned!)? I've got a wonderful (FREE!) option for you. The James Dyson Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Public Library is supporting students by offering hands-on engineering workshops every day the strike continues. All this week, the Foundation will host workshops to engage students through practical activities  at various Chicago Public Library locations. Participants will build rover racers, construct marble runs, and craft geodesic domes. Even though classes aren't in session, they'll be learning! Snacks will also be offered to students. These workshops will be fun and action packed. See below for all of the details on the remaining workshops (for this week anyway)...

Oh wow. This is really happening: What to do with your kids during the CPS teacher's strike

Oh wow. This is really happening: What to do with your kids during the CPS teacher's strike
I thought that they were going to be able to work this out. Guess not. What a mess. For all of the thousands of parents who are freaking out about the week ahead, let me direct you to the Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop guide to strike activities. My friend Sara has put together a comprehensive... Read more »
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Mark your calendars for the upcoming Neighborhood Parents Network School Fairs

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Neighborhood Parents Network School Fairs
Are you a city parent wondering where to send your kiddos to preschool? The Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) is your best friend in this often confusing and overwhelming journey. They have a number of resources to help parents navigate the city school selection process. If you are on this search, you have to attend one of their school fairs. This is time well-spent...

Packing back-to-school lunches -- Chicago style

Even though the official first day of school is still weeks away for my kids, back-to-school preparations are in full swing at our house. Haircuts? Check. New shoes? Check. Backpacks? Lunch bags? New school supplies? Check. Check. Check. This time of year, I am always trying to organize and simplify because I know how busy... Read more »

Illinois House approves 4-day school week

“Excuse me. If my school moves to a 4-day week, what am I supposed to do while my parents are at work?” Yesterday, the Illinois House approved a bill that would create a 4-day school week for many Illinois schools. The bill was passed by an 81-21 vote. What the heck are these people thinking?... Read more »
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Guest Post: Is you child ready for preschool?

Today, I am pleased to have Carolyn Stolper Friedman, a Chicago mom and the Executive Director of Smart Love Preschool as a guest author on Wee Windy City. This is the time of year when many Chicago-area parents are making important decisions about how and where to kick off their child’s education. As many of... Read more »

Guest post: Is your child's school making the grade?

Periodically, Wee Windy City features a guest post from another parent or organization that has an interesting perspective to share on raising kids in Chicago. Today’s guest post was written by The Illinois Parent Information Resource Center, an initiative of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago. It is funded by... Read more »