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CPS application season is well underway! The Chicago Public Schools application deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is Friday, December 13, 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 a...
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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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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This November, Lyric Opera of Chicago will present Earth to Kenzie, an intergalactic adventure told through opera for families with children ages 7–12, at the Vittum Theater. From video games filled with heroic missions and villainous space kitties to life lessons about making new friends and overcoming your fears in the classroom, Earth to Kenzie is the perfect production to introduce a young person in your life to the magic of music and theater!
Abo...Posted on October 15, 2019 at 7:00 AM
Unless the Chicago Teachers Union and the city come to an agreement, CPS teachers and support staff, who are on the picket lines now, will continue to strike into the week of Oct. 21. How long the strike will last is anyone's guess, but one thing's for sure: If you're a working parent, you need to figure out where to send your child while school is not in session.
Here are some options for childcare during the strike. Check back often—we'll be updating this post as we get more informat...Posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:27 AM
By David Gregg
The Internation Baccalaureate is an internationally renowned continuum of educational programs based on best teaching practices and a commitment to developing internationally-minded global citizens. All IB programs help students see themselves as integrally linked to the world they are exploring through an inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes real-world contexts for learning.
In order to offer an IB Program, a school must complete an intensive 2-3 year applicatio...Posted on October 10, 2019 at 2:25 PM