Category: School Daze
Did the mailman deliver the mail on time today? How long will it be before I get off work ? I am so nervous that I can’t concentrate on anything.
These were the thoughts of several thousand parents the week of March 18th. That is the day that CPS (Chicago Public Schools) began to mail acceptance letters for the 2013-2014 academic school year for selective enrollment and magnet elementary school programs.
Every spring, anxious parents wait for 2 ...Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:17 AM
Over the past 15 years, charter schools in Chicago have become an attractive option for families. Some have a specialized focus, whereas others take a “back-to-basics” college- preparatory approach. Most, if not all, charter schools in Chicago put an emphasis on innovative methods of teaching and learning.
To begin with, how do you find a charter school that is close to home and has high academic outcomes? You can start by searching one of several databases that...Posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM
This past fall, we saw remarkable milestones for school wellness in Chicago. At the Chicago Board of Education’s meeting in November, the Board passed a Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy. In October, the Board adopted a new school wellness policy. Combined, these two policies represent a significant advance in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) school food and fitness policy.
What do the policies mean for schools? Most fundamentally, they set common-sense standard...Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM
My husband and I were having dinner with our neighbors recently. As usual, most of our conversation centered around the kids, their schedules, developmental milestones and of course school. While we live on a quiet street in a happening part of the city, we unfortunately don’t reside in one of “the it” school neighborhoods. Had we realized this before moving to our ‘hood (while my son was still in utero), perhaps we would have ranked our real estate must-haves a lit...Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM
We are so excited to share this news: The NEW NPN members-only My Directory is live! The NPN School Directory has amazing new features to make your preschool and elementary school search so much easier. Navigate your family's school search fast and easy from your home or office.
How does it work?
Make sure your NPN membership is active - (RENEW) or JOIN and log in
Search the online directory using the Keyword (e.g., Montessori) OR use the advanced search to find what ...
In his New York Times article, “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” Paul Tough, author of Whatever It Takes and How Children Succeed, discusses the importance of character in determining the potential success of a student. The article finds that the real ingredients for future success are not based solely on IQ, but are a combination of: “zest, grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, curiosity.” The article goes on to ask, “W...Posted on February 18, 2013 at 7:00 AM
“How big is infinity?”
If you’re a parent to a young child, you’ve heard this question – and countless similar ones – many times. It’s the kind of question that, as parents, we get tired of hearing – but one that shows your child’s constant efforts to understand the world around them. This process is essential to developing your child’s thinking or cognitive skills.
Conveniently enough, these are the same skills measured ...
Nobody said navigating school options in the Chicago Public School system was easy! The good news is that are many great choices for your family! Here are some tips from CPS parents in the know from our last NPN School Search event at Bubbles Academy.
How can you get started with your school search?
Use the CPS School Locator to find your neighborhood school. What are your other options? Research magnet, magnet cluster, selective enrollment and open enrollm...Posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Calling all Chicago parents! Would you like to help improve the Chicago Public Schools school lunch program? Would you like to help shape what food is available for lunch at your child’s school? Have you wondered who decides what is on the menu and how school lunches are prepared? Are you concerned about the amount of waste generated during the lunch period?
If so, this opportunity is for you.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is forming a Parent School Food Advis...Posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Only 3 more days until the Chicago Public School PIN request deadline of December 7th. If you would like to apply for admission to a classical, gifted, magnet, magnet cluster, charter or open enrollment school for the 2013-2014 school year, you MUST request your PIN online by this Friday! Go to https://apply.cps.edu/ to request your PIN. After you receive your PIN, must submit your applications by Friday, December 14th. This process is for children entering grades Kindergarten and up...Posted on December 05, 2012 at 7:25 AM