Posts from: October 2019

NPN members get an Amazon gift card when you join SilkRoll

*PARENT PERK BY SILKROLL*

SilkRoll is an online service for women to exchange clothing and handbags through a points-earning system. The fashion exchange allows you to swap with other like-minded women, protect the value of your wardrobe and shop sustainably. And we do all the work! 

You can also redeem points with our partners, including other female-focused retailers and service providers in beauty, fashion and healthcare. We are a membership platform building a long-term, sustai...

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How to apply for CPS preschools

Preschool in Chicago is not required, but many families consider enrolling their children into a local preschool option when their child is 3 years old. To attend a CPS-based preschool, however, requires understanding the differences between the options.

If you’re thinking about CPS magnet schools for preschool next fall, the time to look into those programs is…now! Applications for the 2020-2021 school year for 3 magnet preschools are due December 6, 2019. If you are thinking about ot...

Posted on October 23, 2019 at 10:40 AM by Chicago School GPS

How and when to apply to Chicago preschools and elementary schools

Photo: Pragyan Bezbaruah from Pexels

While Chicago is replete with hundreds of school choices ranging from public options (open enrollment, magnet, selective enrollment) to private religious and independent options, all schools will require some forethought in planning except one school into which you are automatically accepted and there is never a deadline: your assigned neighborhood Chicago Public School. Each Chicago address is guaranteed an assigned neighborhood elementary (K-8th g...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 12:37 PM by Chicago School GPS

How to apply to a CPS school in 5 easy steps

Photo credit: Bruno Girin/Flickr

CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is Friday, December 6, 2019. Students entering kindergarten through 8th grade may apply for open seats at schools across the city, with a limited number of pre-k options available as well. Learn about Universal Pre-K status.

In CPS, there are two main types of schools to which you can apply:


Magnet schools and lottery ad...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 8:49 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at The Law Office of Campbell Long

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICE OF CAMPBELL LONG*

Attorneys Cindy Campbell and Joanna Long work with many NPN families in Chicago helping to set up wills and trusts, working with estate administration, guardianships, and collaborative family law and mediation.

We want our clients to feel knowledgeable and comfortable throughout the process so that we can build relationships and continue to service our clients for years to come.

The process is geared to be easy and convenient. We ...

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

How to hire more moms? Corporate America needs to learn to share.

When I had a four-year-old, a two-year-old and an infant (and a seven-year-old who was in school all day), I had a preschool carpool that was one of the most dependable and important parts of my life. 

It was the linchpin to my getting a few moments to myself. After I dropped off the four-year-old, if I managed to get the two-year-old and infant to nap at the same time, I had a few blissful hours to do things like go to the bathroom by myself or eat a meal sitting down. Nothing stopped...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:44 PM by Emilie Hogan

You can stop asking your toddler this one question

We hear it all day long: at storytime, at the playground, at music class, at toddler birthday parties. It’s become so ubiquitous, you probably don’t even think twice about it.

I’m talking about “can you...?”. As in, “Can you put the bean bag back in the basket?” “Can you clean up that spill?” “Can you share a piece of your snack?” It’s parent-speak for many different situations and in almost all of them “can you” is the wrong phrase. It’s not what we mean and with toddlers, we need to ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM by Elizabeth Jones

CPS academic centers: How a mom counseled her son on whether to accept an offer

Years ago, when my oldest son entered kindergarten, I started thinking about where he’d go to high school. The lack of good public high schools in Chicago made me nervous. As a child of public school teachers and a product of public schools, I had little interest In private school. Did that mean we would have to move in a few years? Should we just move now instead? What were our options if we went to public high school in the city?

Flash forward to last year, as I was driving him home ...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 12:43 PM by Amy Johnson

Cold-weather winter break destinations from Chicago

Photo: Quebec City, Canada courtesy Flickr/colros

As the days grow shorter and colder, the temptation to go south can be irresistible. But what if the winter season inspired your plans instead? Some of my family’s favorite vacations have been to northern destinations that delivered the perfect combination of festivity, coziness, and invigorating outdoor adventure.

This year, consider one of these escapes:

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Festive decorations and seasonal activities for fami...

Posted on October 21, 2019 at 11:41 AM by Amy Orzel

Tips for a stress-free school search [includes downloadable guide]

*SPONSORED POST BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY CHICAGO*

For parents considering independent schools, open house season is well upon us. Whether you are looking for preschool for the very first time or for the perfect spot for your kids as they wrap up their last years before college, these next few months are an exciting time, to say the least. But, these next few months are also often filled with that little six-letter word that tends to loom large for us parents: stress. 

The biggest ques...

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM by GEMS World Academy Chicago