Posts from: May 2011

Bringing Back Recess to CPS Schools

As parents, we are faced with many “hot topic” issues dealing with raising our kids. While NPN does not take a formal position on advocacy issues, it is in keeping with our mission to provide a resource and forum for our members to share information and opinions on any “hot topics” that are relevant to raising children in the city.

The following development regarding the school recess issue was brought to our attention by the Raise Your Hand Coalition.

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Posted on May 26, 2011 at 9:40 AM by Lee Haas

May 25 CPS Board of Ed Meeting from CNC

NPN has partnered with the Chicago News Cooperative to help parents get answers to questions they have about Chicago schools.  CNC education reporters will contribute posts about how CPS works and what's happening at the board of education. CNC will also weigh in about state funding issues and trends in education. If you have a question you'd like to see addressed, please send it to CNC is our eyes and ears at the CPS Board of Education Meetings.

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Posted on May 25, 2011 at 2:48 PM by Crystal Yednak

Memorial Day Kids Fun - Home or Away

Holiday weekends are something I always look forward to but every time they get close, we have the inevitable debate: 1) take advantage of days off and deal with holiday weekend travel chaos/price hikes OR 2) enjoy a long weekend in Chicago and play tourist/cruise ship director.

Either way – here are some great finds to help you make this Memorial Day weekend feel like you'll want to do it again:

TO DO has some keeping it local ideas - 5 Family Friendly Memorial Day A...

Posted on May 23, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Sarah Cobb

Moms in Business - A Night of eating, drinking, laughing, & networking

May 16th was the inaugural meeting of Neighborhood Parents Network’s newest group, Moms In Business.  The group was the brainchild of Katherine McHenry, owner of Building Block Toys (one of my favorite kid-sized businesses in Chicago).  She wanted to create a way for mommy entrepreneurs and other moms in business to share best practices, connect and support each other and explore ways to be more successful in business and at home.

The event was fun, filling and fruitful.  I enjoyed see...

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM by Cindy McCarthy

New Moms Groups - Advice, anxieties, and anecdotes

When my daughter was born I was more than a little freaked out.  She was a January baby.  Every season has its challenges from crazy heat to icy snowstorms.  For me, a winter baby seemed like the absolute worst – total isolation!  But now I know better – all new parents feel a bit trapped and clueless – you quickly learn you need to meet other new parents ASAP.  New parent groups are critical to survival.

As I get ready to host a New Moms Group tomorrow, I think back to my own NMG experien...

Posted on May 08, 2011 at 6:08 PM by Sarah Cobb

NPN Spring SIlent Auction - Must Visit for Chicago Parents

The Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago is holding their annual online silent auction right now!

Help us beat last year's goal of $15,000!  

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for generously supporting NPN and our Chicago parent community!  Our auction is spons

Thank you to our sponsors and donors for generously supporting NPN and our Chicago parent community. The auction is sponsored by Learning through Play, Lovebugs Preschool, and Orange Shoe Personal Fitness.


Posted on May 08, 2011 at 5:45 PM by Leslye Whittman

Get to know the incoming CPS CEO - Brizard


New CPS chief as teacher, principal

He will soon be in charge of all 675 Chicago public schools, but what was incoming CEO Jean-Claude Brizard like when he was a teacher and principal himself? Brizard spent 13 years at a struggling Brooklyn high school, starting out as a well-liked science teacher who was quickly promoted to assistant principal of George Westinghouse High School. In 1999, he was made principal and quickly charged with remaking the school to save it from closure....

Posted on May 06, 2011 at 2:04 PM by Crystal Yednak