Posts from: September 2019

School lunch hacks for busy parents

Photo: "Ingallina's July Month Special Box Lunch and Combo" by Chris Ingallina is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

In the whirlwind of the school week, throwing together a haphazard lunch can easily happen. We are busy. We run out of ideas. We forget to feed ourselves half the time!

But when you plan ahead, school lunches can be healthy and fun for your kids, and you transform into a rockstar parent. Ta-da!

The key is to prepare with fun “tools”...

Lunch box/bag/container: W...

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 4:59 PM by Liza Balistreri Cahill

NPN members get $5 off registration for the Great Pink Run Race for the Cure

*PARENT PERK BY GREAT PINK RUN*

With a 10k Challenge as well as a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk, there is something for everyone—men, women and children—as everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer. This is a great way to come out and show your support and help us in our Race for a Cure.

RACE DATE: Great Pink Run with Glanbia will take place on Oct. 5 at 8am

LOCATION: Diversey Harbor, Chicago

A scenic 5K double-loop route has been designed along the lakefront fo...

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get $125 off a Crew membership at Codeverse

*PARENT PERK BY CODEVERSE*

Explore a world full of endless possibilities, fun, and creativity at Codeverse—Chicago's best interactive coding studio for kids ages 6–13! 

Codeverse is a modern, high-tech studio where kids learn how to code, build apps and video games and interact with top-notch technology, including professional-grade sound and light equipment, CraftBot 3D printers, a 20-ft high definition TV wall, strobe lights and robotic arms. 

Whether your child is new to codi...

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 7:00 AM

What's up with Universal PreK? Here's what we know.

Public preschool admissions, procedures and offerings have been an ever-changing process year after year. This year is no exception as CPS is once again in the midst of changes to their Chicago Early Learning programs (formerly known as Ready to Learn, Preschool for All and others).  

The newest change is a Universal PreK (UPK) component, but CPS is rolling it out in phases to further confuse and muddle the landscape.  

This latest initiative was announced by outgoing Mayor Rahm Ema...

Posted on September 05, 2019 at 9:54 AM by Chicago School GPS

NPN members get 50% off registration + 4th week free at Rayito de Sol

*PARENT PERK BY RAYITO DE SOL*

Here’s a thought: 52% of Fortune 500 CEOS are bilingual. That makes learning Spanish as a second language from birth a valuable life skill. Bilingual kids can also pick up other critical languages like software coding to help them level the playing field.

Rayito de Sol Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center is a full Spanish immersion preschool. This means that all instructions and activities are conducted in Spanish. New students quickly become comf...

Posted on September 03, 2019 at 7:00 AM