The little-known strategy of getting into Chicago schools

“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM by Chicago School GPS

Take the stress out of making school lunches

As parents, we are sometimes just as excited as our kids when school is out for summer. For us, that means no helping with homework, no rushing around in the morning, and no packing of lunches. But as the summer nears the end, we realize the tasks ahead of us as the school year begins. Packing lunches does not need to be one of those dreaded tasks. Here are some helpful tips for putting together a delicious lunch in advance:

No “surprise” lunches. Try out new recipes on your kids at ho...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:19 PM by Karen Nochimowski

What living in Chicago has taught me about the world

Photo: courtesy Keisha Mathew

As a parent and a long-time resident of Chicago, I often feel a great deal of conflict toward my changing city. Its natural and man-made beauty, as well as its diversity, are what makes many locals feel so proud to live here. Yet and still, there are things that cause feelings of shame and anguish to surface in many residents, myself included.

I like how Chicago blends modernization and world-class charm with our simple family values. It’s why so many t...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 9:27 AM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 15% off estate planning at Cindy K. Campbell Law

*PARENT PERK BY THE LAW OFFICES OF CINDY K. CAMPBELL*

The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell is offering 15% off of flat fee estate planning services now through November 15, 2018. 

Cindy K. Campbell works 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 relationship...

Posted on October 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no registration fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago

*PARENT PERK BY GEMS WORLD ACADEMY*

GEMS World Academy Chicago is a culturally diverse preschool that nurtures a child’s love of learning and creativity. 

Our master teachers exemplify excellence in the classroom. Our educators recognize the importance of inspiring students, driving industry-changing innovation as well as enriching the communities in which they live and work. 

Through coding and robotics, an integrated STEAM program, daily world-language instruction and a global...

Posted on October 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members get 50% off new student fee at Metropolitan Schoolhouse

*PARENT PERK BY METROPOLITAN SCHOOLHOUSE*

Metropolitan Schoolhouse is a unique, independent school within Chicago. We offer whole-person, student-centered learning through an innovative and individualized curriculum. Our educators hail from multi-faceted backgrounds and are truly dedicated to the development of our students.

At Metropolitan Schoolhouse, differentiated learning is taken to a new level by recognizing and nurturing the unique abilities and talents of each student. Our...

Posted on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no application fee at British International School Lincoln Park

 

*PARENT PERK BY BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LINCOLN PARK*

Come tour British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park this fall and learn more about our innovative curriculum and diverse community. We enroll children from ages 2-11 years old in our 5 story campus which offers specialist lessons starting from our youngest children. Our students experience a thematic integrated curriculum while going beyond their classroom to our STEAM corridor, gym, indoor/outdoor play space,...

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Better sleep for your kids: the urban vs. rural difference

 

It’s back-to-school time, and everyone is trying to get back on a schedule after summer vacation. Getting back on track can be a little more difficult in the city than in a rural or vacation setting. There are simply more sleep-disturbing distractions. But no matter where you live, your child needs adequate sleep to keep up with the social, emotional, and academic demands of their education-centered lives.

 

Good sleep starts in a healthy sleep environment. The conditions in your...

Posted on September 06, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Amy Highland

NPN members save 50% off preschool registration at EB Pediatric Resources

*PARENT PERK BY EB PEDIATRICS*

EB Pediatric Resources brings therapeutic and educational strategies for child development. We provide a community resource for parents of both typically and atypically developing children. Our mission is to provide family-friendly educational and therapeutic services to Chicago families.

We offer preschool classes, intensive socialization dyads, speech & socialization groups, sensory playgroups, and much more! Our classes are taught by experience...

Posted on September 04, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Here’s what outgoing union chief Karen Lewis told Chicago teachers

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Cassie Walker Burke on August 27, 2018

 

Retiring Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis, who has been fighting brain cancer, sent a note to Chicago teachers this morning urging them to support former Vice President Jesse Sharkey as her replacement and endorsing CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates for the position of vice-president.

“Our enemies are banking on this transition in CTU leadership to confuse, conflate and co-opt our union,” s...

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Cassie Walker Burke