Literature Picks for September

Could there be a more exciting month for teachers and students than September?  It’s a time when children reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. It’s also a time when children experience a wide range of emotions — anticipation, excitement, nervousness, and sometimes fear of the unknown.  But, for most, back to school time [...]

Do what you love… Love what you do

As summer comes to a close, it makes me think about how valuable that time is for teachers.  Looking back, summer was always a time to recharge my energy for the classroom.  By June, I was hot, tired, and ready for some rejuvenation.  Don’t get me wrong… I loved being a teacher, but after the [...]

Back-to-School Cookies – Edible Chalkboards

Okay… I know, I know… who has time to bake cookies this time of year, right?  But, I stumbled across this recipe from Celebrations and thought it was worthy of passing along. Create edible chalkboards with these delish chocolate peanut butter cookies. Personalize the them with any school message or back-to-school saying.   Bake the [...]

Back to School Supply Kits for Students and Teachers Take the Pain Out of Shopping for Supplies

Does the thought of running around a supply store with your back to school lists in hand give you a headache? Want to make Back-to-School shopping a little less confusing? A little less expensive? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, we have something just for you! Chicago School Supply and SchooDoodle.com [...]

Back to School Checklist for Parents

It’s that time of year again! Depending on where you live, the 2011-2012 school year is just weeks (in some cases days) away and it is time for families to prepare to make that big shift from summer mode to back to school mode. When we shared these ten back to school tips for parents last [...]

Chicago White Sox – Back to School Ticket Offer

Big news for Chicago area baseball fans! On Saturday, August 13, The Chicago White Sox are celebrating the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year with specially priced game tickets for all students, teachers, and staff. Don’t forget to stay for the post-game fireworks! Back to School Ticket Offer White Sox vs. Royals Saturday, August 13, 2011 7:10pm [...]

The National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) Ed Expo

On the Road with Chicago School Supply CEO, Michael Ockrim I had the pleasure of attending the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) Ed Expo last week (April 7-9) in San Antonio Texas and what an adventure! I flew in and out in 36 hours! The Ed Expo is a major Back-to-School purchasing event where [...]

Teachers Can Bring a Happy New Year to the Classroom by Setting Positive Intentions

Happy New Year everyone!  2011 is here- that means students and teachers will soon be returning to the classroom and life as we know it will resume. Bringing ourselves back from Winter break can sometimes be a challenge; but setting positive intentions for the new year can bring the boost that you need to effectively [...]

President Obama Addresses Students in 2nd Annual Back to School Speech in Philadelphia

The Washington Post reported today that President Barack Obama delivered his second annual back-to-school speech on Tuesday.  The President addressed students, teachers and school administrators at the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, PA. In his message, he stressed the importance of students taking personal responsibility and encouraged them to “work hard” [...]

Chicago White Sox Hosting Back to School Event!

Back-to-school is all the talk these days! Even Baseball is getting into the Back-to-School spirit!   The Chicago White Sox are hosting a Back to School Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, September 12th.. Students and their families can take advantage of special discounted tickets and watch the White Sox take on the Kansas [...]