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EVENT 5/5: "Steamworks" Musical Production

Get ready for "STEAMWORKS," a musical production written, scored and performed by TCS middle school students.  "In a steampunk 18th-Century world, where plastic surgery is illegal, a young woman decides to rebel against society's constraints."

WHEN: Two performances scheduled for May 5th: 10:30 a.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: at Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.

COST: $10 suggested donation for tickets


Thanks to Associated Bank!

The Children’s School has received a generous donation from Associated Bank to help fund student programs in hands-on project-based learning. Associated Bank has contributed in the past to TCS, and is one of several community businesses supporting the progressive elementary education we offer. “We are grateful that Associated Bank is investing in the future through its support of innovative educational programs like The Children’s School,” says Christina Martin, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at TCS.


EVENT 5/5: First Friday Open House

Come and experience the innovative methods, creative learning facilities and unique curriculum of our progressive educational environment. Current and prospective parents are heartily encouraged to join us for coffee, conversation with directors, and a tour of the school. We find this tour answers many questions and initiates new ones, so ask away! The tour starts at 9:00 a.m. and typically ends at 10:30 a.m. For more information, or to schedule a personal tour at an alternate time, contact 708-484-8033.


TCS 3rd Graders Build 3-D Human Body Project

Third-graders at The Children's School gave presentations to the school community and family members, showing the amazing detail of their Human Body Project.  The students, under the guidance of their teacher Angela Whitacre, created each organ system, muscles, and bones, to fit inside a mannequin.  They scaled each piece to fit together in the life-size model, which provided integral learning in science, math, construction and crafting principles and more. Special thanks to Antoine Taylor, Jenn Richards and Papa George for all their help with the mannequin. 

Here are photos of this amazing project!



EVENT 4/18: The Gender Spectrum - Supporting Transgender/Gender Expansive Youth in Schools

The Children's School is hosting a speaker panel event featuring four educational leaders on creating effective policies and safe school environments for a diverse community:

Allison Boutet - Principal, Heritage Middle School
Berwyn South School District 100 was the first K-8 district in the state to adopt a comprehensive transgender policy. It was chosen as an Illinois Safe School "Ally of the Year" for its work on behalf of transgender students.

Nat Duran - Youth Engagement Manager, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisex
ual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research.

Bernadette Smith - Founder and President, Equality Institute
The Equality Institute provides accessible, non-preachy, interactive LGBTQ sensitivity training.

Bonn Wade - LCSW, Private Practice
Bonn Wade is a Chicago-based social worker who has worked with transgender youth since the 1990s.


WHEN: April 18th, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Children's School

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP at:
Walk-in guests are welcome.

Childcare is available for TCS community members. Childcare, plus pizza and a movie, will be provided by TCS 8th graders. Cost is $10 per child, plus $5 for each sibling.


Hootenanny Raises $3000 for Westside Health Authority

Each year at The Children’s School of Oak Park, fourth and fifth-grade students plan and execute the “Hootenanny,” a large fundraiser featuring games, food, entertainment and more. This year’s 2017 Hootenanny drew more than 300 people and raised more than $3000 for the Westside Health Authority.

The students themselves plan, promote and manage every aspect of the Hootenanny fundraiser. They start by identifying a problem or need that they are concerned about. This year, the children were concerned about community healthcare, worried that kids in their community or in nearby neighborhoods might not have access to a doctor. They worked with Polly Smith, our school librarian, to identify local agencies that might offer doctor visits to kids in need.

Once the students agreed on the need, they learned in the classroom how to evaluate organizations and their websites to make sure a non-profit was legitimate and delivered the services it promised. The students considered several non-profits related to healthcare. They ultimately chose the Westside Health Authority as their beneficiary after a school field trip to the WHA where they saw first-hand the programs and facilities the WHA offers.

The students learned how to plan and execute a successful fundraising event from start to finish. For the 2017 Hootenanny, the students made promotional posters and buttons. They planned crafts, goods and food to sell, as well as which carnival games, entertainment and activities would round out the evening’s schedule of events. Students set up schedules to take turns working at each table and game throughout the evening. They practiced how to greet customers and cashier skills like making correct change when selling their items.

“I’m proud of our students and how much initiative and hard work they put into this project in taking it from idea, to plan, to execution,” says Cathy Schroeder, fourth-grade teacher at The Children’s School.

Westside Health Authority would like to thank The Children’s School’s fourth and fifth-grade class for their gift provided through the Hootenanny fundraiser. Their thoughtful gift will go towards helping children and teens on the west side of Chicago improve their health and wellness by providing clean clothing, undergarments, and toiletry items to those in need,” says Tina Cooper, director of youth programs at Westside Health Authority. 

“The Hootenanny is a great party for having fun and donating to organizations that help the world,” says Abby, a fourth-grader who worked on the Hootenanny project.


Diversity Guidelines, Toolkit and Non-Discrimination Policy

The Children's School recently moved forward in our discussion of diversity in our school community. Our JustDREAM committee compiled this terrific resource: The Diversity Toolkit.  The materials are designed to equip parents with vetted resources to talk with their children about issues of diversity and social justice.  Check out the toolkit and join the conversation.

In addition, TCS adopted revised our non-discrimination policy to broaden our commitment to inclusivity on gender identity and expression. The following is our updated statement to guide our work with students, families, and colleagues:  The Children’s School admits students of any race, color, and national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities accorded or made available to students at the school.  The Children’s School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs.

TCS will continue to proactively create a school culture that respects and values all students and fosters understanding of gender identity and gender expression within the community.  These guidelines are to assist and provide direction for the TCS community to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of students who are transgender, transitioning, gender questioning or otherwise gender non-conforming.  To learn more, check in with the School Office.


2017-2018 Admissions & Financial Aid Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2017-2018 year are now available. The Children's School offers both online applications for admission and applications for financial aid. We are using the TADS system to make online admissions and financial aid applications convenient for families of both current and prospective students. Click here to apply for 2017-2018.  If you have admissions or financial aid questions or need help completing the online TADS forms, please contact the school office at 708.484.8033.  Thanks!


Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018!

We have grown into a full Kindergarten through 8th grade program!  Our graduates attend a variety of excellent high school programs, including St. Igancious, Nazareth, Oak Park-River Forest High School, and Trinity.


"Curriculum, like language, is a moving form."
William Pinar

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