Jun 18

Updated 2 days ago

  • Joining in on the Educational Magic Conference!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $428.14:
    I need to attend the Get Your Teach On workshop to inspire my teaching with some of today's most dynamic educators in education today!
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Old Irving Mar 30-year Old Irving Resident

    Cathy, I understand she is not looking for tax dollars but instead my dollars, some of which already pay her salary. Continuing education is one's own responsibility. No one paid for my continuing education and I suggest that this teacher fund her own.

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    If she wants to go she should pay her own way.

5 days ago

Jun 12

Updated Jun 13

  • If you read their complimentary article on occupy wall street versus their unfavorable article on the tea party, you can see their soros leanings. Propaganda has no place in our schools. We don't need Soviet Union type propaganda.

  • I think you're looking at Junior Scholastic and not scholastic scope. The two are very different.

    Just because you don't agree with an article doesn't make it propaganda.

    Critical thinking skills need to taught in school.

Jun 10

Jun 04

Updated Jun 07

  • Flexible Seating

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $474.49:
    My students need 4 wobble chairs and yoga mats to keep them engaged.
    Portage Park Elementary School
  • The school year is over in less than 2 weeks! Seems a little late to be asking for this kind of stuff now.

  • pmazzeffi Retired teacher

    Being a teacher for over 30 years I put thousands of my own dollars into my classroom to enhance my students learning. I think it's wonderful if you'd like to help and if you don't you don't have too. Just don't bash people who are trying to do something extra for their students. Too much negativity, find something else to complain about.

Jun 05

May 31

Updated Jun 02

  • Kindergarten Robots

    Ms. Porter is asking for $532.64:
    My students need legos and robots to keep their hands busy and awaken their brains to boost creativity and imagination in the library.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • @Porterson Park: You're right. It has seemed to have fallen to libraries to pick up the task of getting people introduced to technology...and you're right as well that had they not, they would probably have gone the way of the buggy whip by now.

    I just hope people realize reading...

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    @Porterson Park: You're right. It has seemed to have fallen to libraries to pick up the task of getting people introduced to technology...and you're right as well that had they not, they would probably have gone the way of the buggy whip by now.

    I just hope people realize reading a book (whether in paper or electronic form) offers different brain enrichment than technology does. You make a good point that people need the technology skills, and keeping up is vital to being able to function in the society.

    So for children, is this teacher serving them well when she says, "My students need legos and robots to keep their hands busy and awaken their brains to boost creativity and imagination in the library." ?

    I know there are only so many hours in the day, but if teachers are using library time to train on robots and legos, not too sure the value of reading and challenging the brain to grasp harder concepts is being met.

  • while i generally find these donation pages a little on the annoying side, i think the age of the children also needs to be considered in this instance. most libraries are broken up with a corner or wing dedicated strictly to children's books, which also usually has a play area....

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    while i generally find these donation pages a little on the annoying side, i think the age of the children also needs to be considered in this instance. most libraries are broken up with a corner or wing dedicated strictly to children's books, which also usually has a play area.

    the donation page suggests these kids to be age PreK - 2nd grade. my math may be wrong, but i believe we're talking ages 4-8.
    it's very likely there's a chunk of the day already allotted strictly to working on the alphabet / elementary reading, etc, and the library time is likely geared more towards the most basic of computer usage, or even playing with legos in the library.

    if the children are already getting their 30-60 minutes in the classroom working on their reading, and then getting an extra 30-60 minutes in the library working on computer literacy or with toys that are also shown to be great for brain development it would seem the kids are getting the best of both worlds.

    now if this was an 8th grade or even 5-6th grade teacher i'd be coming from a completely different viewpoint.

Jun 02

  • Small Supplies for Big Dreams

    Ms. O'Donnell is asking for $399.44:
    My students need the basics like paper, tissue, wipes, pencils, and scissors. Many cannot afford to buy school supplies throughout the year. These supplies will allow me to give my students what they need in order to keep them learning.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

May 31

  • Tablets for Math Enrichment

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $537.45:
    My students need tablets and covers to protect them. The tablets and covers will help them when reviewing the concepts they learn.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

May 20

Updated May 23

  • Making Our Creations Come to Life!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $585.40:
    My students need Writing Prompts Journals, sentence strips and a pocket chart, as well as various art supplies including tissue paper, pipe cleaners, butcher paper, pony beads, and yarn laces.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and...

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    This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and outfits I think the parents could buy their supplies this is why we have a problem the parents want the schools to pay for everything it just doesn't work that way no more when I was going to school my parents had to buy all my supplies and the schools ran real good with no problems

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    I don't think it's kids with $200 shoes that are having problems buying all the supplies.
    If you don't think CPS schools are chronically underfunded, I don't think you've been paying attention.
    At the end of the day, donate or not, that's your choice. I applaud their efforts to enrich the student experience. I suspect also, the the majority of the money still comes from the parents regardless of whether they ask for help from the community.

May 18

Updated May 19

  • Clicking Away For Tolerance!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $2314.27:
    My students need a set of 32 clickers to be able to respond to questions instantly and analyze whole group data.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Seems excessively excessive! Go to Bargains in a Box or Party City. You can get clickers for 10 cents!!!

May 15

  • Tie Dying Our Way to a Classroom Community

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $274.80:
    My students need tie dye, t-shirts, bubbles, and fun celebration items to help celebrate our end of the year. Our class has being working on various social emotional concepts of building a tolerant and loving classroom.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

May 14

  • Big Kids Read, Too!

    Ms. Porter is asking for $365.42:
    My students need literature that captivates their imaginations and keeps them reading for a life time.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

May 11

  • Building a Tolerant Classroom of Learners

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $220.20:
    My students need a standing desk, balance disks, and various social emotional books that help build tolerance on our differences in the classroom.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

May 09

May 05

  • Write N' Wipe Whiteboard Station!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $291.45:
    My students need a whiteboard table for groupwork opportunities during reading and math workshop stations.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

May 03

Apr 30

  • Think "Out-of-the-Box" with RCA!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $1599.59:
    I need help covering the cost of registration, lodging, transportation, and food for a 2-day training at the Ron Clark Academy so I can learn innovative and out-of-the-box ideas around student engagement, rigor, classroom culture, and environment.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Apr 27

  • STEM Scholars Succeeding!

    Mr. Friedberg is asking for $1050.24:
    My students need chemistry materials to make the complex laws of physical sciences tangible, comprehensible, and hands-on!
    Gray Elementary School Comment

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