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Parent Programs at 113th Street

Parent Coordinator Margaret McGann: (773) 535 – 2911

Parent Coordinator Margaret McGann: (773) 535 – 2911









The Giving Tree is decorated with paper ornaments decorated by our students with a gift tag request.  The Giving Tree will be in the hallway of Vick from November 24th through December 5th, 2014.

In the tradition of cultivating a sense of community service, The Barbara Vick Early Childhood and Family Center will host The Giving Tree.  The Giving Tree benefits children enrolled in our school and the families served by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia.

Upcoming events

Volunteers Needed

DAILY: Pick up toys in school front yard: Come 15-20 minutes early for AM and PM pickup

Monday, June 2nd: Scraping and painting fence on the south end of school property (main entrance).  Supplies will be provided: just need elbow grease and woman/manpower!!!

Parent Workshops:

Yoga: Introducing the Yoga Program at Vick, for Parents/Guardians only, after AM/PM drop off for forty-five (45) minutes Thursday, April 24th Thursday, May 22nd Thursday, June 12th   Space is limited: Please register with Ms. Margaret to attend Email: mmmcgann@cps.edu Call: 773-535-2911

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Monday, May 5th After AM/PM drop off

Annual Trike-a-thon Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital: Friday, May 16th Parent-Child Activity



Bi-monthly Yoga Practice for Barbara Vick students commenced in November 2013. Yoga Practice supports classroom activities related to citizenship and identity, creative expression, literacy, physical well-being, and socialization.

Come hear about the new Yoga Program and practice a bit of yoga together

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Parent Workshop: Yoga Program at Barbara Vick
Right after AM/PM drop off

Space is limited: register by contacting Margaret McGann: mmmcgann@cps.edu

The Vick Center offers a wide range of opportunities for family involvement. The Parent Coordinator, classroom teachers, and the Parent Teacher Together Organization (PTT) offer social and educational programs throughout the school year. In addition, the Parent Room will be open throughout the first week of school for families to talk and receive support as your child moves into this most important phase of their development – SCHOOL!!! Coffee, conversation, and a place to wait close at hand will be available throughout the first weeks of school.

Some of the parent program offerings are:
- The Parent Coordinator offers Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes multiple times throughout the school year at a variety of times sure to fit every family’s schedule.
- Toddler time once a week for those children birth – age 3 and their parent/caregiver. This offers an opportunity to expose our younger children to the concept of “school” with the security of their loved one close by.
- Workshops/Meetings centered around topics that have been identified through the Parent Needs Survey that is completed each year.
- Parent Volunteer program – multiple opportunities for volunteering both within your child’s classroom and within the school as a whole, such as the annual Scholastic bookfair, Room Parent(s), School-wide improvement/clean-up events.

The classrooms will host three Parent-Child activity days throughout the school year. This time is a wonderful opportunity for adult and child to have some quality time to work together on an activity. These days follow the same schedule as the Parent Orientation day in August with parents coming with their Vick child for one hour. Siblings should remain at home. The dates will be October 11th, February 14th and May 16th. Mark your calendars as these days are always wonderful days of learning and sharing.

Please visit this page often for updates regarding the parent program and the opportunities that will be available throughout the school year.