Oct 10

Updated 4 hours ago

  • Giant Games=Giant Fun!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $718.95:
    My students need 2 giant jenga games, 2 jumbo domino games, 3 jumbo checker games, and 3 jumbo connect four games to promote active engagement and movement during indoor recess.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • @weebis, that reminds me of something a friend said. she was looking for a small metal truck and was having trouble. she said where is all the toys with the sharp edges? everything is all plastic and rounded. I told her it was for safety. I asked, why in the world would you want a toy with sharp edges?. she said how else are you supposed to teach children to be careful? it was an unexpected point, but does make some sense I guess.

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    Inactive User, we survived those supposedly dangerous toys, played in the dirt and lived to tell about it.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

  • Ms. Mamola, $$$ is NOT how you get creative in your classroom..

    You don't NEED $$$. You NEED to get creative in your teaching approach. We taxpayers already pay enough.

    If you truly believe this is a need, is it so necessary and required, that you would consider making it something for which you would strike next time around?

    I thought not...you will strike for more money...just like last time and the time before that and the time before that.

25 hours ago

  • Preserving Our Learning

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $393.55:
    My students need a laminator, laminating pouches, and scissors to preserve their work and educational resources used in the classroom.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Oct 08

Updated 4 days ago

  • Can You Help Us Crack the Code?

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $1341.58:
    My students need six Breakout EDU kits for financial literacy activities as well as 26 laser pointers and 30 frisbees for our classroom store.
    Smyser Elementary School

Oct 10

Updated 5 days ago

  • Developing Financial Literacy Through Technology

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $1059.41:
    My students need 3 Chromebooks, management consoles, stability disks, wipe erase pockets, and a Elmo cart to help enhance their learning on financial literacy.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Another CPS teacher willing to teach bad life lessons...to just ask for stuff instead of earning it.

    The word "need" is being bastardized by these requests for handouts.

    Figure out a different way to teach your classroom within the means provided. If the $$$ provided isn't enough, that's not on...

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    Another CPS teacher willing to teach bad life lessons...to just ask for stuff instead of earning it.

    The word "need" is being bastardized by these requests for handouts.

    Figure out a different way to teach your classroom within the means provided. If the $$$ provided isn't enough, that's not on the taxpayers who have already "contributed" via taxes. The CPS and the CTU should find the funds to help you...ask them for the money. Or how about the parents of these students.

    Stop the gimme, gimme gimme mentality and teach personal responsibility.

Oct 07

Updated Oct 09

  • Personalized Problem Solving!

    Mrs. Burkhardt is asking for $997.52:
    My students need daily access to technology for targeted math practice.
    Portage Park Elementary School
  • I do not see the benefits of criticizing the teachers who work hard within the system they have; however, I do think teaching children ways to earn and contribute can only benefit the kids as individuals and the classroom as a whole. So for that point cubshawksbears I think your point could be helpful.

  • The pension fund is near Bankruptcy. This is the problem because all of the negotiations were done from the same side of the table. If you check very few company's have defined pensions any more. They are unsestranable. Most are frozen and have gone to 401k type retirement plans.
    Only the politically connected Unions that hold the public hostage by scaring the public with terrible results have them.
    Stop crying or get another job.

Oct 02

Updated Oct 06

  • Whatever the numbers may be I just can't understand why cps is offered to every persons child in Chicago regardless of their parents income. Why aren't taxpayers furious when a parent who drives a Porsche sends their child to school on tax dollars. Don't you need proof of low income to get food stamps or Medicaid? Why shouldn't the same rules apply for education?

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    CPS teachers make more money than the average RN.

    That should be a felony.

Oct 01

Updated Oct 06

  • Independent Task Masters

    Mrs. Kuempel is asking for $677.61:
    My students need partitions so the classroom is set up for my students to succeed at their work stations. They need tasks with a clear start and finish so they know when their work is done.
    Portage Park Elementary School
  • 2016 salary for Kathleen S. Kuempel $65,339.00

    This salary would suggest she has been with CPS for less than 10 years. At 10 years, Ms. K's salary will be about $75K

  • Cubs, what do you think the appropriate salary for a college educated (a lot of teachers have grad degrees now too) professional after a decade in a city with the costs of living similar to Chicago should be? What number would make you complain less?

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

Sep 26

Updated Oct 03

  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    As others have stated, I had to purchase a container of wipes as part of my child's back to school package. I'm tired of paying for other Parents kids'. I watch parents dropping their kids off at Grey elementary down the street from me. They all own cell phones, they all drive nice and well maintained cars, they all own pricy gym shoes, why can't they afford a lousy $5 for a container of Clorox wipes???

  • Priorities cjc. Why should they when teachers will get chumps off the internet to do it for them?

Oct 01

Updated Oct 02

  • CPS teachers make a better salary then most large cities

    Big city public school teachers average $54,709
    CPS teachers get paid on average $74,839...that's before we add in the obscene amount we taxpayers contribute to each teacher's multi-million $$$ pension.
    Cook County residents (including Chicago) also pay more than almost...

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    CPS teachers make a better salary then most large cities

    Big city public school teachers average $54,709
    CPS teachers get paid on average $74,839...that's before we add in the obscene amount we taxpayers contribute to each teacher's multi-million $$$ pension.
    Cook County residents (including Chicago) also pay more than almost anywhere for our property taxes, including a recent increase to subsidize the unsustainable public service union pensions. (see above)
    Chicago and Cook county gas prices are always higher than the national average and at least $0.25/per gallon greater than surrounding counties for gas.
    We pay more for our beverages... be they sweet or containing alcohol.
    Those who smoke cigarettes are left to purchase in surrounding counties to avoid the obscene tobacco taxes.
    We are asked to pay a bag tax for the bags we use to lug our groceries/cosmetics/medicine/toiletries home from the grocery or drug store.

    I'm tired of paying taxes and getting less for more of my $$$.

    Tell the CPS hierarchy what you need for your classroom. they've got the funds you need...better yet, let's scale back the obcene and unsustainable multi-million $$$ CPS pensions

Oct 02

Sep 27

Updated Sep 30

  • Bringing Workshop to Life

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $533.04:
    My students need 4 wobble chairs, a classroom sized sharpener, and ink to help workshop time come to life. Doesn't everything look better in color when your engaged in learning?
    Smyser Elementary School
  • Just come out and say it , what’s really the reason you hate teachers ?

    Where you called on to board when you didn’t know the answer and everyone laughed at you ?

  • Not at all the issue for me , Danny
    I am simply tired of getting taxed in every direction I turn.

    CPS teachers make a better salary then most large cities

    Big city public school teachers average $54,709
    CPS teachers get paid on average $74,839...that's before we add in the...

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    Not at all the issue for me , Danny
    I am simply tired of getting taxed in every direction I turn.

    CPS teachers make a better salary then most large cities

    Big city public school teachers average $54,709
    CPS teachers get paid on average $74,839...that's before we add in the obscene amount we taxpayers contribute to each teacher's multi-million $$$ pension.

    Cook County residents (including Chicago) also pay more than almost anywhere for our property taxes, including a recent increase to subsidize the unsustainable public service union pensions. (see above)

    Chicago and Cook county gas prices are always higher than the national average and at least $0.25/per gallon greater than surrounding counties for gas.

    We pay more for our beverages... be they sweet or containing alcohol.

    Those who smoke cigarettes are left to purchase in surrounding counties to avoid the obscene tobacco taxes.

    We are asked to pay a bag tax for the bags we use to lug our groceries/cosmetics/medicine/toiletries home from the grocery or drug store.

    I was not spanked by any teachers nor was i laughed at while in front of the class at the chalkboard. I just keep getting spanked by my local government while I try to live my life...and I'm sick and tired of these career politicians getting in bed with the unions that are bankrupting our city, county and state.

    HAS ANYBODY ELSE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS CORRUPTION???

    ENOGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Sep 28

Updated Sep 30

  • Laughing Hyena What is so funny?

    Hey, I n a c t i v e U s e r

    Cry me a river.

  • The American Heart Association offers free CPR classes for companies and may do the same for schools. You may be able to work with them. They typically provide the practice dummies.

Sep 29

  • Bringing Financial Literacy to Our Workshop

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $1209.92:
    My students need money manipulatives, Dell Chromebook laptops with Google Chrome OS Management Console Licenses, and math centers to help them build a better understanding of financial concepts.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 25

  • Will You Help Us Make Erasing Fun?

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $421.44:
    My students need dry erase boards, fun erasers, and mini-eraser kits to make erasing part of the learning process and enjoyable!
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 22

  • Lap Desks for Learning

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $400.69:
    My students need a portable lap desks. a lamp, and comfy floor seats.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Sep 19

  • Help Us Grow At Our Own Pace!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $871.16:
    My students need a laptop to be able to meet their learning needs as well as allow my students to grow at their own pace.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 14

Sep 12

Sep 11

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  • The Comic Relief in Learning to Read

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $569.09:
    My students need engaging reading resources to help them improve their fluency and comprehension.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment
  • Books That Teach Us To Manage Our Many Feelings

    Mrs. Heffron is asking for $239.48:
    My students need books that they can read to help them develop tolerance within themselves as well as for others. These two sets of books teach about specific feelings and how to deal with them.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 08

  • Tech Tools for the Band Room

    Mr. Salyers is asking for $548.72:
    My students need 2 iPod touches and 2 Peterson PitchGrabber clip-on tuners so that students can access some incredibly powerful learning tools during band rehearsal.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 07

  • Choosing Kindness Rocks!

    Ms. Edwards is asking for $317.01:
    My students need river rocks, paint markers, paint brushes, mod podge, glitter glaze, and acrylic paint to create kindness rocks with inspirational quotes that will have a long-lasting impact in our school community.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Sep 04

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  • Listen, Learn, and Love- CD books for ELLs

    Ms. Salinas is asking for $488.46:
    My students need CD books that are fun and engaging to listen to. I have included CD books at a range of levels to represent the variety of students I have in my class.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment
  • Sensational Sensory Materials

    Mrs. Kuempel is asking for $401.47:
    My students need multi-sensory materials including: wiggle cushions, noise cancelling headphones, stress balls, wobble stools, sand, and fidget toys.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment
  • Help Pre-K with Special Needs to Communicate

    Ms. Pfeiffer is asking for $404.78:
    My students need color ink to print visual communication (AAC) boards, laminate film, velcro and manipulatives.
    Reinberg Elementary School Comment

Sep 03

  • Central Storage

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $330.20:
    My students need a teaching cart, supply caddies, and bins to excel in their learning.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Sep 01

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Aug 31

  • Technology for Math

    Ms. Abarca is asking for $574.94:
    My students need Samsung Galaxy Tablets and covers to protect them.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Aug 30

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  • Books to Read, Books to Listen to, Books, Books Everywhere!

    Mrs. Ewalt is asking for $434.84:
    My students need a listening library because we have a listening center but since this is my first year teaching first grade, I don't have many books with CDs for the library.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment
  • Creating Life Long Readers!

    Mrs. Coglianese is asking for $689.64:
    My students need a listening center and Favorite Picture Book Read-Alongs listening library in order to enrich their multi-sensory experiences with books.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment

Aug 29

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

  • Technology in the Classroom

    Mrs. Ewalt is asking for $1638.27:
    My students need iPads so that they can use technology in the classroom on many useful learning apps and programs.
    Portage Park Elementary School Comment
  • Reading Fundamentals 2.0

    Ms. Mamola is asking for $174.53:
    My students need engaging reading resources to help them improve their fluency and comprehension.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment
  • Books Are a Window to Our World!

    Mrs. Griesenauer is asking for $290.15:
    My students need diverse books they can relate to to enhance our classroom library.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

Aug 25

  • Flexible Seating

    Mrs. Gorecki is asking for $664.31:
    My students need flexible seating to help them find a space that helps them work more comfortably.
    Gray Elementary School Comment

Aug 24

Aug 23

  • Sprucing Up Our Comprehension!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $209.59:
    My students need these wonderful comprehension and daily oral language workbooks to include in our workshops. The Lakeshore books will be used among all learners ELL, Diverse Learners, and gifted students.
    Smyser Elementary School Comment

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