Thursday, March 21, 2013

Meetings this week, upcoming events!

Thursday, March 21st at 7PM: Bowmanville Community Organization hosts their open meeting tonight, North Community Bank, 5241 N Western Avenue

Saturday, March 23rd at 6PM: Jam for Bread Food Pantry Fund Raiser, Borelli's 2124 W. Lawrence Avenue

Sunday, March 31st, 9AM:  Winnemac Park Easter Egg Hunt, Winnemac Park play-lot.  Sponsored by Community Christian Church.  Questions or to volunteer, donate contact
[email protected]

Saturday, April 20th 9:30am to 12:30pm:  Winnemac Park Spring Clean and Green!  Sponsored by Winnemac park Advisory Council and Eric Rojas. Coffee, breakfast goodies and clean-up supplies provided! Wear gloves, bring the whole family (please RSVP to [email protected] if you will definitely be coming so we may gauge food and supplies). 
Sign-in table located at the center tennis court in the park.
2012 Spring Clean and Green at Winnemac Park

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winnemac Park Easter Egg Hunt! Easter Sunday, 9:00am

Thanks to Tammy and her crew at Community Christian Church for setting this up!

Join us in the park on Easter morning for a fun time with your neighbors as we have our 1st (and
hopefully annual) neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.

Meet by the playground in the southwest corner of Winnemac Park at 9 AM. Kids of all ages are welcome to hunt for eggs! Bring along a basket or a bag for each child and get
ready to cheer them on!

If you would like to help volunteer for the event, contact Amanda at  [email protected]


McPherson School Open House...Thursday March 21, 2013

Hello neighbors:

Be a joiner! McPherson Elementary, Lincoln Square's neighborhood school, is hosting its annual Spring Open House on Thursday, March 21 from 4 pm to 7 pm.  

The school is located at 4728 North Wolcott, near the intersection of Lawrence and Wolcott. This is a great way to meet the principal, staff, teachers, students and other parents and explore the school.
The open house will feature:
  • Information about the Early Childhood Programs: Pre-School & Full Day Kindergarten
  • Showcase the 10th Anniversary of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
  • Details about Art, Music and World Language (Spanish) opportunities at the school
  • McPherson Sports: Staff vs Girls Basketball Game at 4 pm & Staff vs Boys Basketball Game at 5 pm
Also, check out Friends of McPherson (FOM) (, like FOM on Facebook or email to learn more.
Please pass on this information to others in the hood that might be interested!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chappell School "Friends of" meeting re-cap!

Over a dozen neighbors met last Thursday to learn about ongoing efforts to support Chappell Elementary school. Parents, prospective parents, community members and even the big cheese,  Principal Mr. Joseph Peila,  were on hand to greet neighbors and talk about "next steps".

The group heard some great ideas and inspirational stories from Wendy Vasquez, a founding member of Friends of Ravenswood School .  They started in a similar situation... a good school that needed to reach out to the attendance district community.

The attendees agreed.... continuing to communicate the accomplishments of the school, teachers and students to the general public is Job #1.  Read CPS Chappell Reports HERE.  The buzz about Chappell around the North Side is very good and we want to keep that going.  Several attendees agreed to take on tasks to reach out to the community. The Friends of Chappell volunteers are working closely with the school to streamline communications.

Attendees were reminded of several easy ways to help fund raise for the school.  See the link HERE for the current ongoing fund raisers.   Neighbor Kris Swanberg has been instrumental in helping teachers with DonorsChoose projects. Parents and community members can help fund projects by simply reaching out to other parents, neighbors and relatives.
Click HERE for current Chappell teacher DonorsChoose projects! 

 *Neighbors and parents may also team up with a teacher to start and fund a project!
The Kindergarten classes just funded a $1,000 project in 4 days!

Feel free to contact Chappell parent and LSC Representative Eric Rojas at [email protected] to be placed on email communications for Friends of Chappell general activities or to ask questions about having kids at the school.  You may also learn more about ongoing accomplishments and needs of the school by attending the Local School Council up Friday, March 8th at 4PM in the Old Gym.

Thank you to Dolce Casa Cafe for hosting. A big thank you to all the attendees, Friends of Chappell volunteers and Chappell donors for your support!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Damen condos in Ravenswood under construction

Candea Development has started excavation 
for their project at 4845 North Damen Avenue

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