Weekly Events week of 10/24 including Bucktown School Info
Bucktown School Fair – what a cool idea!
One important event happening this week reflects the effort of a parent to help parents in the Bucktown neighborhood learn about their school options.
My name is Steve Dillinger and I am chair the Education Committee of the Bucktown Community Organization (BCO). As part of our yearly Education Forum we give a presentation that is meant to help parents understand how this whole CPS thing works. In a nutshell we cover in one hour what would take the average parent twenty hours to learn on their own (and that’s a conservative estimate). While we cover some High School material, the presentation is geared mainly toward parents with children entering Preschool or Kindergarten.
This will be our fourth year giving the presentation and we typically receive very positive feedback. As we are a Community Organization we offer this presentation for free. I believe this would be of great value to many of your readers and would appreciate anything you can do to help us publicize it. Here are the details:
Bucktown Community Organization 2011 Education Forum
Pulaski International School
2230 W. McLean
Thursday, October 27th
7pm – 8pm Elementary School Fair ( (Pulaski, Burr, Drummond, CICS Bucktown, St Marys))
8pm -9pm CPS 101 -(Our presentation on CPS)
More information is available on our website www.bucktown.org. People can also reach me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m sure if you have questions about the Bucktown schools and want to post them here, Steve can answer them for you…
The School Lunch Project: Fed Up with Lunch
You may have recently heard about a Chicago teacher who ate a year of school lunches and posted photos of them on a blog for the past year along with comments about the ups and downs of the food, the ingredients, aromas, and general oddities. The horrific nature of the food built up quite a following (who knew people had such a fascination with nasty food?) I haven’t given much attention to the school lunches since my son takes him lunch everyday, but I realized that if the lunches didn’t look so repulsive to him, he might actually consider buying one and I could be freed from lunch-packing. She also has a new book out about her experience and ideas for how schools can improve on the meals that are served to kids at school.
Pierce School Tour
Pierce (in Andersonville) is a good choice to include on your list of 20 schools for the lottery list. Pierce is big – 5 kindergarten classes – and has typically taken all applicants who want to attend. So it’s nice to know you will likely has a sure bet if you don’t like your neighborhood school. Parents have been getting involved there more and more over the past few years and I’ve heard good feedback on the place.
Helen C. Peirce School Prospective Parent Open House
Date: Tues. Nov. 8th
Time: 9:15 am
Location: 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Meet our principal, teacher and parents as we provide a presentation and a building tour.
RSVP to 773.534.2440
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