WBEZ | first day of school http://www.wbez.org/tags/first-day-school Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Advice to kindergarteners — from the experts http://www.wbez.org/news/advice-kindergarteners-%E2%80%94-experts-112860 <p><p>For more than 300,000 Chicago kids, today kicks off the first day of the school year. But for thousands of kindergarteners, today marks the first day of school--ever.</p><p dir="ltr">And while parents can do their best to soothe first-week fears, there&rsquo;s another group who can offer more current expertise on the subject. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">They&rsquo;re the veterans. The big kids. The first and second graders.</p><p dir="ltr">WBEZ recently hit the playground to consult with a few of these sages. They go to Dewey Elementary in Evanston where they started school last month.</p><p dir="ltr">Here&rsquo;s a collection of their tips for newbies on a variety of important topics. &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>How do you make friends when you don&rsquo;t know anyone at the school?</strong></p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Join them in some games or you can include them or sit next to them so they can feel included.&rdquo;--Julian Pomeran</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You say, &lsquo;Hello, nice to meet you. What&rsquo;s your name, do you want to play with me?&rsquo; You should never exclude them out or they won&rsquo;t really feel comfortable going to the school.&rdquo;--Anna Vincent</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really simple to make a friend because you can start playing with someone--not necessarily ask them--and you can just start playing with them, and then you will finally become friends.&rdquo; --Amir Aguilar</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>What should you eat for lunch?</strong></p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Bring your own lunch because sometimes on the first day you don&rsquo;t really know what the food tastes like.&rdquo;--Christina Hunt-Baiocchi</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t share food because your parents want to know that what they packed for you is what you&rsquo;re eating. So don&rsquo;t ask someone to give you their food--even if it&rsquo;s something you really, really like.&rdquo;--Anya Gill</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If someone doesn&rsquo;t have a lunch, you could encourage them to have a hot lunch.&rdquo; --Ty Needos</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Normally your family should pack it since hot lunch is a little bit unhealthy. It has more sugar in it. And you should always bring some fruit with it.&rdquo; --Florencia Baskin</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If you really like something that somebody next to you in the cafeteria has just don&rsquo;t ask them for it, because you might be allergic to it, and you don&rsquo;t know.&rdquo; --Isabella Franconeri</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KINDERGARTEN.jpg" style="text-align: center;" title="First graders Sam, Harriet and Christina were among Evanston’s Dewey Elementary students who shared advice for kids just starting school. (WBEZ/Monica Eng) " /></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>How do you do kindergarten homework?</strong></p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You shouldn&rsquo;t be scared because if you don&rsquo;t know some stuff, you can get your mom and dad to help you.&rdquo; Caroline Emrich</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Well, if it&rsquo;s math homework, they could use a number grid or use their fingers. And if it&rsquo;s reading they could sound it out.&rdquo; --Sam Kalil</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Since you&rsquo;re in school you don&rsquo;t have to worry about that because they&rsquo;re gonna teach you about that.&rdquo; Christina Hunt-Baiocchi</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>How do you get ready for school on time?</strong></p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You should have an alarm clock or maybe your parents can wake you up for school.&rdquo; --Caroline Emrich</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Just put on the clothes the mom gives you.&rdquo; --Markiana Jackson</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Eat breakfast and like maybe if you have a little bit of time you can watch cartoons if your mom lets you--or dad.&rdquo; --Harriet Collins</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you do if you miss your mom and dad?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;If you miss your mom and dad you can bring a picture of them and put it on your table so you don&rsquo;t miss them so much.&rdquo; --Lukas Linder</p><p>&ldquo;Make a necklace that has a picture of your mom so that whenever you miss her you look at it.&rdquo; --Harriet Collins</p><p>&ldquo;They should just get a friend and play with them so that they can forget about it.&rdquo;--Florencia Baskin</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Any last general tips for a successful kindergarten year?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Always be caring to everybody and if they didn&rsquo;t finish their homework, don&rsquo;t say &lsquo;you didn&rsquo;t finish your homework on time. You should finish it right now.&rsquo; Don&rsquo;t say that.&rdquo; &nbsp;--Blaise Bennett</p><p>&ldquo;Always share and be nice to everyone and make sure no one feels left out, and never be mean to someone.&rdquo; --Willa Cates</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer and co-host of the Chewing The Fat podcast. Follow her at<a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng"> @monicaeng</a> or write to her at <a href="mailto:Kindergarten advice">meng@wbez.org</a>.</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 12:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/advice-kindergarteners-%E2%80%94-experts-112860 Morning Shift: The underbelly of politics isn't always pretty http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-09-02/morning-shift-underbelly-politics-isnt-always-pretty <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/redlineproject.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s back to school for Chicago students. We hear from a couple of high schoolers as they look forward to a new year. Also, we explore a different side to political campaigning. And, the sounds of Chicago&#39;s Sones de Mexico stop by to celebrate twenty years of music making.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-ugly-side-of-politics/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-ugly-side-of-politics.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-ugly-side-of-politics" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The underbelly of politics isn't always pretty" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-09-02/morning-shift-underbelly-politics-isnt-always-pretty Nearly 300,000 Chicago students head back to school http://www.wbez.org/story/nearly-300000-chicago-students-head-back-school-91534 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-06/UNO_Panorama1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>About 300,000 Chicago kids head back to school today.</p><p>Some are heading into completely new school buildings or programs.</p><p>In just 10 months, a shiny metal-and-glass, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/united-neighborhood-organization-begins-work-soccer-academy" target="_blank">super-modern school</a> has emerged from vacant industrial land on the Southwest Side.&nbsp; It’s an UNO charter school, where Juan Rangel is CEO.</p><p>"Many people have described it as a spaceship that has landed. I like to think of it as a something that’s about to take off. It’s a community that’s about to take off and reach its full potential," said Rangel.</p><p>UNO is opening another charter campus in Humboldt Park. The grammar schools are among four new charters opening in the district this year. One is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/education/digital-world-re-shapes-learning-84750" target="_blank">digital learning school</a>, where classes and curriculum will be based on "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/reimagining-learning-85596" target="_blank">gaming</a>."</p><p>And there are new magnet options, including an arts program at Senn High School.</p><p>"This was a community dream for a couple of years that has now come to fruition," said Senn principal Susan Lofton. "The School of the Art Institute’s involved, theaters such as Lookingglass and Raven Theatre."</p><p>The school will start out offering intensive, hands-on study in visual arts and theater, with plans to add music and dance as the program grows. Lofton said the magnet school-within-a-school will emphasize the creation of art, but will also expose students to the business side of art.</p><p>About three dozen Chicago schools will begin transitioning this year to new, tougher standards. Illinois adopted the Common Core Standards in June 2010. Many suburban school districts have already started transitioning to the new standards, which the state describes as clearer and higher.</p><p>And just Friday, teachers at three Chicago schools voted to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/teachers-union-says-cps-used-bribes-and-coercion-get-longer-day-3-schools-91497" target="_blank">waive their contract rights and add 90 minutes</a> to the day. Two of those schools start with the longer schedule this month; the third will begin in January.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/nearly-300000-chicago-students-head-back-school-91534