Namaste Announces Open Enrollment Opportunities

A Namaste Charter School teacher and student work one-on-one from one of its classrooms in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
A Namaste Charter School teacher and student work one-on-one from one of its classrooms in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Published September 17, 2019

Namaste Charter School, which educates Kindergartners through eighth graders, has announced continuing open enrollment for its Kindergarten class this year, plus limited enrollment opportunities across all its grades. This dovetails with recent changes in programming and operations, said Namaste Executive Director April Shaw.

"We’re making strong efforts to involve our families and the local community as much as possible throughout the year," Shaw said. "Aligned with these principles are several new programming initiatives."

Notably, Namaste is implementing more small group instruction, a bigger rotation of electives like football, tech media and volleyball, and one-to-one availability of technology devices for students, Shaw said. 

"More coaching and support for our amazing educators" is another initiative for this year, she said.

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Neighborhood Development Takes Front Seat This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 16, 2019

Jodi Koplin Jigglejams portrait forwebJodi Koplin's Jigglejams performs on Sunday, September 22, at the McKinley Park Farmers Market.Transit-oriented development (or TOD) is poised to roar into McKinley Park, and the McKinley Park Development Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 18, at Kristoffer's Cakes offers a chance for the public to learn about this new development standard and what it portends for the neighborhood. Attend to get a primer on TOD from members of the Metropolitan Planning Council and view potential neighborhood examples from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

Our neighborhood's new industrial development is front and center at the MAT Asphalt Open House on Saturday, September 21, on Pershing Road between northbound and southbound Damen Avenue. MAT Asphalt invites the public to its open house to learn about its operations, tour the plant and meet business owners. 

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Aquinas Trains New Cadre of Volunteer Language Tutors

Aquinas' newest tutors include, in the front row, Ray Juska, Craig Leslie, Brenda Moore, Evelyn Bollinger, Diane Medica, Mayra Guzman and Sammi Vittert; in second row, Yusuf Abbasi, Sr. Bernadine Gutowski, Christine Ustun and Linda Krasovskis; in the third row, Zach Ford, Lina Hilko and Asande Mahlabela; and in the fourth row, Janice North, Suhit Pingale and Miguel Garcia.
Aquinas' newest tutors include, in the front row, Ray Juska, Craig Leslie, Brenda Moore, Evelyn Bollinger, Diane Medica, Mayra Guzman and Sammi Vittert; in second row, Yusuf Abbasi, Sr. Bernadine Gutowski, Christine Ustun and Linda Krasovskis; in the third row, Zach Ford, Lina Hilko and Asande Mahlabela; and in the fourth row, Janice North, Suhit Pingale and Miguel Garcia.
Published September 12, 2019

Aquinas Literacy Center continued its ongoing program of language education with the training of 17 new volunteer tutors, who will work one-on-one with local learners who wish to speak, read and write English.

Over the past weekend, Aquinas conducted its first training session of the academic season, instructing and certifying the volunteers during its standing schedule of a training workshop over a Friday night and Saturday day.

"Without the support of many volunteers, Aquinas would not be able to carry out its mission of empowering adults to learn English and become more engaged in their community," said Sabrina Poulin, volunteer coordinator at Aquinas.

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Get Your Groove On With Music and Civics This Week in McKinley Park

Published September 9, 2019

The Jungle Book film leadThe Jungle Book screens on Saturday, September 14, at the McKinley Park public library.Rev your engines for Otro Ritmo: South Side Punk Night on Tuesday, September 10, when California rockers Ursula and Stay Wild play live sets at One City Tap. Neighborhood music downshifts on Wednesday, September 11, when Jazz on Marz with the Jazzeros returns with its smooth sounds at Marz Community Brewing Co.

Stomp your feet at the Farmers Market Concert: Fiddle Club of the World on Sunday, September 15, during the McKinley Park Farmers Market. Visit the market in its final month this season for Yoga at the Farmers MarketBocce Ball and Neighbor Account Signups from the McKinley Park News.

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Radio Show Dives Into Central Manufacturing District Business History

Published September 7, 2019

Central Manufacturing District clock towerThe Central Manufacturing District's clock tower is one of its most distinctive structures.The Central Manufacturing District, the hulking collection of historic buildings running along the south edge of Pershing Road in the McKinley Park neighborhood, recently received a look from the Morning Shift show on the WBEZ public radio station (91.5 FM in Chicago).

In the "What's That Building?" segment, radio hosts examined the storied history of this area as the first planned industrial park in the United States.

The What's That Building? Chicago's Central Manufacturing District article on WBEZ's website details the history of the Central Manufacturing District and its many residents, from Westinghouse Corporation through Ronco Inventions, producer of the Veg-o-matic and many other "only available on TV" products.

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