Neighborhood School Fair

October 29, 2013 at 5:36 am 15 comments

neighborhood school fair

A group of parent/LSC members from a range of neighborhood schools is putting on a Neighborhood School Fair, to give more parents the chance to get familiar with these schools.

Saturday November 16

11am – 3pm

Clemente High School

1147 N. Western

Currently it looks like there will be 27 schools (including elementary and high schools) at the fair.  I can’t find a list of the schools participating, but it looks like if you scroll through their Facebook page, you can see announcements made when schools sign on.


From their site:

Why a Neighborhood Schools Fair?

     For more than a century, Chicago, the City of Neighborhoods, has had strong, vibrant public schools at the heart of its many neighborhoods.
     The Neighborhood School Fair is an event for parents and by parents where these neighborhood public schools can:
  • showcase their resources and programs;
  • share information with other schools;
  • learn about community organizations available to support their schools.
     The Fair is intended as a way to foster educational organizing and school involvement among parents at neighborhood schools. The Fair will highlight the fact that our public schools have many wonderful programs and involved families and that our communities can come together to help public schools continue to thrive throughout our city.  It will bring parents from neighborhood schools together for a meet and greet that reaches across neighborhood boundaries.
     The organizers of the Fair are a group of parents from across Chicago who came together to fight the mass school closings.  Most of us have children at neighborhood schools—many from schools that were on the closing list  (Lafayette, Garvey, Manierre, Mitchell, Kelly, Pritzker, Sheridan, Drummond, Goethe, Nettelhorst, Grimes-Fleming, Ray, Mt. Greenwood, Whitney Young, etc.)

We are looking for sponsors among both elected officials and community organizations and also looking for help to spread the word—to get schools to sign up to participate with a booth and to get parents to attend.  Please send us a message if you are interested in participating.  Online registration coming soon.
Although we are focusing on neighborhood schools, we will also be happy to include public schools that aren’t strictly neighborhood schools as well (magnets, selective enrollment, magnet cluster, etc.)


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  • 1. SoxSideIrish4  |  October 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

    So Far:

    Alcott College Prep
    Belding Elementary School
    Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Center
    Brentano Math and Science
    Byrne Elementary School
    Cassell Elementary School
    Clemente High School
    Darwin Elementary School
    Edwards Elementary School
    Goethe Elementary School
    Grimes-Fleming Elementary School
    Jamieson Elementary School
    Kelly High School
    Kelvyn Park High School
    Marvin Camras Engineering School
    McPherson Elementary School
    Mitchell Elementary School
    Morrill Math and Science Specialty School
    Murphy Elementary School
    North Grand High School
    Perez Elementary School
    Pulaski International School of Chicago
    Ray Elementary School
    Roosevelt High School
    Simpson Academy For Young Women
    Talcott Elementary School

  • 2. Counterpoint for discussion  |  October 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

    It seems to me that these events would be watched by relators and/or rental property managers. Smarter ones would pay attention to which school s had the most buzz.

    Would a Rahm donator get preferential treatment with ads in the handouts?

  • 3. cpsobsessed  |  October 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I was going to mention that developing a neighborhood school there can have economic benefits for the whole neighborhood – definitely true.
    Realtors are usually a little behind the ball on that (IMO) until they then jump on the ball and use it in all their real estate listings in an area….

    I’d say hit up the local realtors for donations since they have a vested interest.

    Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  • 4. Mich  |  October 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Happy to see 3 of the high schools jumping on board. High school is the big fear for many parents in neighborhood elementaries, especially if it is clear to us our kids are not SE bound.

  • 5. Ellen  |  October 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    This fair is about the great programs happening in our PUBLIC Neighborhood Schools. We are not taking donations from relators, “Rham donators” or any organizations that has an agenda outside of providing the best for our children. This issue is that only test scores are used to rate schools while the content that really makes a difference is rarely publicized. This fair will be giving schools a chance to showcase the actual work being created in our schools.

  • 6. innercitymom  |  October 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Counterpoint for discussion,

    There is no discussion. We are asking for donations so we can feed our families lunch. No one is making money off of this and no one but parents are getting preferential treatment. This fair is organized by parents, none of which are rich, all of which are volunteers.

  • 7. neighborhood parent  |  October 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Schools are more likely to particiapte in the fair if they know that the word is getting out to “prospective parents” (typically future kinder parents but not always).
    How are you marketing/communicating to that population?

    “Although we are focusing on neighborhood schools, we will also be happy to include public schools that aren’t strictly neighborhood schools as well (magnets, selective enrollment, magnet cluster, etc.)”; this starts to muddy the waters around communication & marketing as it relates to the name of the fair.

    It’s a catch-22 isn’t it? If you want attendance by propsective parents, then having magnets/SEES schools there would be helpful but that continues to pit the neighborhood school against those more-resourced offerings.

  • 8. cpsobsessed  |  October 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I think the beauty of it is the chance for a parent to see lots of schools in one place so it’s very efficient. Even mixing elem and HS is nice as parents can be keeping their eyes open for the neighborhood high schools. Whether we send our kids to the neighborhood school or not, it makes sense to support it.

    I hope the word continues to get out. The NPN elementary fairs used to be small events in a church gym and grew over the years into a mega event. Sometimes it takes time….

    Please help them out by posting on Facebook or other social media if you can. It’s a bit effort for the principals and school parents to show up to “sell” their school (and a little weird/sad that they have to.)

  • 9. innercitymom  |  October 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

    We are targeting neighborhood schools but any public school is welcome to come. We have flyer ex parents, done outreach by social media and we even have billboards. We are not a professional organization . We are a group of volunteer moms . We have lots of parents coming already and we hope you will sign up. Our list is growing every day.

  • 10. SoxSideIrish4  |  October 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Curie HS has now joined the Neighborhood School Fair!

  • 11. cpsobsessed  |  November 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    FINAL LIST! A lot of schools will be here.

    Elementary Schools

    Albany Park Multicultural Academy (APMA)
    Alessandro Volta Elementary
    Alexander Graham Elementary School
    Ames Middle School
    AN Pritzker Elementary
    Belmont-Cragin Early Childhood Center
    Brentano Math and Science Academy
    Brighton Park Elementary
    Carl Von Linne Elementary School
    Charles R. Darwin Elementary
    Crown Community Academy
    Daniel C. Beard Elementary
    Ellen Mitchell Elementary
    Evergreen Academy Middle School
    George F. Cassell Elementary
    George Manierre Elementary
    Hiram H Belding Elementary
    James B. McPherson Elementary
    Jamieson Elementary School
    John H. Kinzie Elementary
    Johann W. von Goethe Elementary
    John B. Murphy Elementary
    Jose De Diego Elementary
    Manuel Perez Elementary
    Maria Saucedo Academy
    Marvin Camras Children’s Engineering School
    Mary G. Peterson School
    Matthew Gallistel Language Academy
    Michael M. Byrne Elementary School
    Morrill Math and Science Specialty School
    Mount Greenwood Elementary
    Nathan Hale Elementary
    Newton Bateman Elementary
    Patrick Henry Elementary
    Portage Park Elementary
    Pulaski International School of Chicago
    Ravenswood Elementary
    Richard Edwards Elementary
    Robert L. Grimes/Alexander Fleming Elementary
    Talcott FAMA
    William H. Ray Elementary
    W. G. Hibbard Elementary
    William Penn Elementary School

    High Schools

    Alcott College Prep High School
    Kelvyn Park High School
    John F. Kennedy High School
    Kenwood Academy High School
    Lake View High School
    Marie S. Curie Metropolitan High School
    Neal F. Simeon Career Academy High School
    North Grand High School
    Roberto Clemente High School
    Simpson Academy For Young Women
    Social Justice High School
    Theodore Roosevelt High School
    Thomas Kelly High School
    Uplift Community High School

  • 12. yesIamthatmom  |  November 17, 2013 at 6:10 am

    The event was a huge success! Parents, kids, schools from all across the city came together as one to celebrate as one. There was not one. negative incident. As a matter of fact, people made many new connections, displayed random acts of kindness, a child from Byrne Elementary won a Moongoose bike and seeing another child cry because sge had not won anything, gave her the bike on the spot. A teenage boy found an Iphone and looked for it’s owner until he found them. People helped people, the smiles were intectous and the feeling of camaraderie palpable. It was a great success as it connected many parents and many new friendships were created. The focus remained on track and was clear: kids and tge education all kids deserve. We hope these continue to flourish from the seed we helped plant.

  • 13. local  |  November 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for this round up. Great news! So refreshing.

  • 14. local  |  November 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Small story about the fair:

  • 15. Lost in the neighborhood  |  January 27, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Is Marine Math & Science Academy taking over Ames Middle School in the Fall of 2014???

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