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6 days ago

May 07

Updated May 13

  • Sweet Home ISTE! Part 2

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $413.84:
    I need help covering the cost of registration, food, gas, and parking for a 4-day ISTE conference in Chicago to learn innovative ideas around student engagement, technology, and school culture.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Hey new guy 70k is the average and that's a lot of $ to the average person. She should be able to pay for her own food, gas and parking just like the rest of us when we choose to do things like this. If you can't survive on $70k it's you who is making poor life choices.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Vote begging off this site, especially 70k a year cry babies.

May 13

  • Why Take the Stairs When You Can Ride the Slide? Part 2

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $524.88:
    I need help covering the cost of lodging, transportation, and food for a 2-day training at the Ron Clark Academy so I can learn innovative ideas around student engagement, academic rigor, school culture, and environment.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

May 11

  • Hands-on Math Fun and Games!

    Mrs. Ewalt is asking for $288.36:
    My students need hands on independent and group math center activities.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

May 07

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Funding My Way to ISTE!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $357.71:
    I need help covering food and transportation expenses for the four-day ISTE conference so I can learn innovative ideas on rigor and student engagement to help my school culture.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment
  • Preparing For a Nurturing Year!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $536.78:
    My students need basic supplies to help start off their school year right! They need Clorox wipes, antibacterial gel, work journals, folders, glue sticks, and sentence strips to create equality among learners.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Apr 27

Updated Apr 29

  • Why Take the Stairs When You Can Ride the Slide?

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $1139.86:
    I need help covering the cost of registration for a 2-day training at the Ron Clark Academy so I can learn innovative ideas around student engagement, academic rigor, school culture, and environment.
    Smyser Elementary School

Apr 23

Updated Apr 26

  • Why Take The Stairs When You Can Ride The Slide?

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $1629.44:
    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 ideas around student engagement, rigor, classroom culture, and environment.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • It's not up to everyone else to pay for the teacher to keep up date and attend a conference which just happens to be out of state and she is asking for $ for her daily FOOD? Why is she not responsible to keep herself up to date and to...

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    It's not up to everyone else to pay for the teacher to keep up date and attend a conference which just happens to be out of state and she is asking for $ for her daily FOOD? Why is she not responsible to keep herself up to date and to maintain her licence/job like the rest of the world? She can't even pay for her own food come on...oh and then she will write it off on her taxes because she "paid for it" and will have receipts for all of it. Smh

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    How come Illinois have all these problems.

Apr 17

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • We Love Big Joe's Bean Bags

    Ms. P. is asking for $363.73:
    My students need 8 BigJoe bean bag chairs to use during reading and discussions.
    Gray Elementary School Comment
  • Nurturing Our Classroom Library!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $575.69:
    My students need a nurturing classroom library that is updated with biographies, character books, scholastic weekly, and cleaned daily to have a safe space for all learners!
    Smyser Elementary School Comment
  • Cube Chairs for Students with Autism

    Ms. Pfeiffer is asking for $342.76:
    My students need cube chairs to help them sit and participate in classroom activities.
    Reinberg Elementary School Comment

Apr 16

Apr 13

  • Making Our Learning Through Nature! Part 2

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $975.99:
    My students need a patio bench, garden stools, a plant holder, sound/diffuser, and Home Depot gift card for plants, shrubs, and fences to create a community learning space for outdoor learning.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Apr 08

Updated Apr 12

  • Making Our Learning Bloom Through Nature!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $994.86:
    My students need patio benches, garden stools, plant holders, and a Home Depot gift card to create an outdoor learning space around our school garden to promote an appreciation for nature and love for learning.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • DonorsChoose activity masks the problem.

    Why is the school not providing funds to Edwards and all teachers for that matter? Our taxes go up to fund unsustainable pensions instead of that tax $$$ going to the kids.

    THAT"S WHACKED!!!

    And for those who suggest teachers are not well compensated, read...

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    DonorsChoose activity masks the problem.

    Why is the school not providing funds to Edwards and all teachers for that matter? Our taxes go up to fund unsustainable pensions instead of that tax $$$ going to the kids.

    THAT"S WHACKED!!!

    And for those who suggest teachers are not well compensated, read this article.
    (Keep in mind teachers work about 9 months per year which allows them to take on part time summer work like tutoring, bartending or lifeguarding as possible temp summer jobs.)

    https://www.illinoispolicy.org/cps-pays-the-highest-salaries-of-any-of-the-50-largest-school-districts/

    There aren't many jobs any industry like CTU teachers that make so much so quickly (average over $61K after 5 years). The CTU pension should be a dollar-for-dollar copay. The tax dollar savings could then be allocated to the schools for supplies that principals can allocate to teacher like Edwards.

    PROBLEM SOLVED?!!!

    YOU'RE WELCOME!!!

  • The Chicago public school system is all screwed up. We need a new mayor and a new school board. School time is for learning the 3 R's, not doing urban farming or creating an "outdoor learning space". This is ridiculous. No wonder the children graduating today know nothing about history or science or civics or literature

Apr 10

Updated Apr 12

  • A Detective's Proof(reading)

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $229.58:
    My students need notebooks in which to record and proofread the daily Detective Sentence.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Ken Most interesting man in the world

    notebooks are a dollar at guess where? the dollar store! let mommy n daddy buy them a notebook.

  • This isn't just for notebooks. It's for a whole educational program. What are my high tax dollars paying for? According to the Sun-Times, the schools are filthy, students are rowdy, and hardly any teaching is being accomplished. And this reading program is going to solve those issues? We need a new mayor and a new school board. In the meantime, let them pay for this project..

Apr 10

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Making Our Learning Bloom Through Nature! Part 3

    Ms. Wisniewska is asking for $994.06:
    My students need to create a student led community building environment in our school garden. Students will need 2 Keter Eden Outdoor benches, bench cushions, garden soil, a bird bath, bird feeders, soil, diffuser with sound.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment
  • A Windows Laptop:A Window to Learning

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $961.89:
    My students need a laptop in the classroom so that they do not have to wait for a lesson until after their teacher can create it and print it out at home!
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Apr 09

  • Our Superhero Strengths Need Some Balance!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $545.56:
    My students need a balance ball seat bundle to create opportunities for movement in our classroom which will allow my students to unveil their inner superpower strengths!
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Apr 02

Updated Apr 03

  • Working Printer Envy

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $284.72:
    My students need a printer in the classroom so that they do not have to wait for a lesson until their teacher can print it out at home!
    Smyser Elementary School

Apr 03

  • Guided Math Centers

    Mrs. Coglianese is asking for $524.80:
    My students need math centers and supplies to help make guided math successful in the classroom.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Mar 29

Updated Apr 01

Mar 31

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

Mar 30

These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Save Paper Use Whiteboards!

    Mrs. Ewalt is asking for $480.62:
    My students need white boards, dry erase markers, and magnetic letters and words for literacy, word work, and math group and individual activities.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment
  • Flexible Seating Space

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $555.94:
    My students need a round table and seating options for the table.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Mar 29

  • Chromebooks for Math

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $650.58:
    My students need two Chromebooks to provide them with access to programs that help them learn.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

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