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Have a BLAST in Oak Park!

Improvisation Classes for Upper Elementary and Middle Schoolers Taught by Chicago’s finest improvisers working, performing, and teaching at The Second City, iO and Annoyance Theatre.

Sign Up Now! Spring Session in now in registration! Grades 3,4,5: Thursdays 4-6pm April 3 - May 8 / Saturdays 2-4pm April 5 - May 10 Grades 6,7,8: Wednesdays 4-6pm April 2 - May 7 / Saturdays 2-4pm April 5 - May 1 Maximum Class Size: 14 (minimum 6) Cost: $150

Call 312.405.3639 or email

312.405.3639 • Madison Street Theater 1010 Madison Street | Oak Park, IL 60302

Hey Adults...wanna get in on the act? Email us to let us know if you’re interested in customized workshops for your company or Weekend Warrior workshops to help you with communication/presentation skills!!

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Laugh and Learn at Blast Improv


last Improv is now beginning registration for our Spring sessions! Our Youth Improv Programs are geared towards grades 3 through 8. Classes will be starting in early April and will run for six weeks and will be held at Madison Street Theater (1010 W Madison St). We learn best by doing, so while your kids are playing improv games, they won’t even know it, but they will gain some valuable skills. Improv is all about creating something out of nothing, so getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and turning it to an advantage is a natural side effect of playing improv games. Kids will explore decision making skills, heightened listening and observation techniques. All while having a BLAST! Blast Improv Teacher Rachel Miller says, ”Kids are marvelous, natural improvisers because they haven’t learned to limit and edit themselves, and with improv, kids learn that what might make them different elsewhere is what makes them an invaluable member of an ensemble. I like to think that improv classes are like team sports without the competition and push-ups. Also, everyone invests in a shared idea that they discover and create together, and they get paid in laughs and confidence.”

If adults want to get in on the act, they can contact Blast Improv at info@blastimprov. com or call 312-405-3639. We can put together customized workshops for your company using improv for team building, communication, or presentation skills. If you want to be a weekend warrior, let us know you’re interested in doing weekend workshops focusing on communications or presentation skills. Blast Improv instructors teach at the improv institutes in why head down there, when they’re coming out here to teach at Blast! Blast Improv is run by Caroline Rauch who for fourteen years was honored to hold various Producer positions at The Second City in Chicago and Detroit. As an Oak Park mom, she is excited to bring her experience and connections with the best improvisers in Chicago to Blast Improv and bring the fun of improv to the area.

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inspiring and where anything is possible. We set the bar high and the kids go for it. As a one parent put it best, “By the end of the first day at the School of Rock, I knew I had found the place I was looking for. Awash in the jovial banter of been-there-done-that tales from rock and roll veterans, my son found his voice and his community.”

As you walk down our hallway, you may hear the singing of a 12-year-old working to nail the vocals of an AC/DC song, or you may see a teacher playing something on an acoustic guitar while waiting for the next lesson, or you may just cover your ears for a moment as you wander past the noise of the loud, crashing cymbals coming out of the drum rooms. Our rooms are colorful, vibrant, noisy, and full of energy and we like it that way.

For information about our programs, parties, venue, or summer camps, please call 708298-0002 or visit

We are more than a music school. We are a place where kids of all ages (adults too) can express themselves, freely – a place that is social,

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Coding camp keeps kids minds sharp while having fun.


his summer, Code Play Learn opens in Oak Park with week long camp sessions for students entering 2nd through 8th grades. Their mission is to provide kids with computer coding skills they can use to prepare for educational success in the 21st century. Each session mixes interpersonal play time with screen time. So students develop their ability to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically in a fun and friendly environment.

Registration for 2014 Summer Camp sessions is now open. To sign up and for more information about summer camps or other classes available, visit or call 708-374-8286.

There are three different camp sessions available. At Computer Game Creation camp, students will use MIT’s Scratch programming platform to create their own interactive stories, games and animations. At App Creation Camp, kids will use MIT’s App Inventor programming platform to create Android Apps they can use on Android mobile devices. And at Lego Robotics Camp, kids will use the Lego WEDO programming platform to create their own Lego robotics programs. Code Play Learn provides all the necessary equipment and no previous computer programming experience is required.

want to rock? enroll! sk someone who works at the School of Rock about their job and they will most likely tell you that it doesn’t feel like work. In fact, most everyone, parents, teachers and kids alike, come in and leave with a smile. We are working hard to make the School of Rock a place where people feel something while they are here.


Computer Coding Summer Camps Registration is open for these exciting sessions: COMPUTER GAME CREATION CAMP


Please visit our website for more details, times and dates

ROBOT CREATION CAMP 708-374-8286 30 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

Open to students entering 2nd through 8th grades. Taught by experienced IT educators from high schools around the Chicagoland area.

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You’re Funny! Prove it at The Second City Training Center - Chicago


ust a couple of floors above the legendary Second City at North and Wells, The Second City’s Training Center offers classes in Improv, Comedy Writing, Acting, Stand-up, Clowning and More - welcoming all ages and experience levels. There has never been a better chance to learn the art of laughter. Find a Class That Fits You.

Teen & Youth Programs – Ages 4-18 The Training Center offers 14-week spring & fall sessions, 2-week summer camps and 3-day school break camps throughout the year. Traditional improv is offered for students ages 4-18 (sorted by age groups). Specialty classes for older children and teenagers include Sketch Comedy, Stand-Up, Acting, Musical Improv, Children’s Musicals, Clowning & Creating Video Shorts. Advanced students are invited to audition to be a part of the Youth & Teen Program’s Performance Ensembles, which finish each class session with a set of 30-60 minute performances.

Adult Programs – Ages 19+ Adults can enroll in 8-week term classes, 5-Day Immersions or 3-day Intensives in various programs. Every term begins a new sequence of most of our larger programs, with several specialty classes being offered throughout the year. You can join in at anytime!

Some of our largest adult programs include:

Improvisation – Explore the fundamentals of improvisation in this popular program for those with little or no acting or improvisation experience. It’s a great way to explore your creativity, hone presentation skills, become more comfortable speaking in front of others, think on your feet quicker and expand team building skills; all while cracking each other up each class.

Comedy Writing Master the skills of writing sketch comedy in this program designed for writers and actors of all experience levels. Weekly writing assignments and in-class exercises help generate material and establish a regular writing schedule.

Acting & Scene Study This program explores the basic skills of acting. Monologues, scenes and exercises are used to examine the techniques an actor uses to establish a character. You’ll learn about auditioning and working in the business as well. Perfect for new students, or, for actors who have been out of the classroom for a while, this can be a great refresher.

These are just the beginning. Other classes available that are either more specialized or for students pursuing comedy as a career include Improv for Actors (for people with previous Acting training with little or no improv), Musical Improvisation (both advanced & for beginners), Conservatory (how to create scripted material using improv), Stand-Up, Advanced Comedy Writing, Physical Theater courses (including Clowning & Movement), Acting for the Camera, Dialects, Voice, Directing, Creating Story for TV and Film and now a Comedy Studies degree in association with Columbia College…we’re offering something new every day.

There are also ample opportunities to just try it out! Stop by the Training Center to find out about our Improv and Music Improv Jams, the Sunday night $15 DropIn Improv class or other upcoming events. Many student grads go on to careers in entertainment or apply the skills they acquire with us in their other professional lives. Give us a call at 312.664.3959 or visit to find out more info and what would work best for you.


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Serving the Community since 1912 Serving children aged 2½ child to care of quality nurturing 6. • 708.383.8211 1139 Randolph St. • Oak Park


he Oak Park and River Forest Day Nursery continues to support working parents by providing a safe, affordable, enriching environment for children to learn and play. The Day Nursery uses play based curriculum that aligns with the Illinois Early Learning Standards. Our highly qualified and passionate teachers create environments that encourage, involve, and engage curious minds. Through child and teacher directed activities that support social emotional development and school readiness skills; children emerge with a strong educational foundation and a lifelong love of learning.

To learn more, please visit our website at or contact Marian Houston, Parent Coordinator or Cari Christoff, Executive Director at 708-3838211.

The Day Nursery is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is the only NAEYC accredited program in the area to provide a sliding fee scale for families.

NAEYC accredited

A caring community


ounded in 1912, Ascension School has been providing excellent, Catholic education for families in our community for over a century. With thousands of alumni, many of whom have chosen Ascension for their children’s education, we continue to be a vibrant school, proud of our history, and ready to serve each new child who joins us.

Ascension School offers a faith-based education for children from three years old through the eighth grade. Our rigorous curriculum prepares students for the next level of education. We continue to provide a strong fine arts curriculum taught by highly qualified full-time teachers. Ascension students consistently score above national norms on standardized tests at all grade levels. In 2007, Ascension received the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award. This year, we are happy to announce that the Archdiocese of Chicago has recognized Ascension’s Pre-K4 teacher, Bridget Cantafio, with the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes 33 teachers selected from all Chicago Catholic schools and demonstrates the unique qualities that our faculty brings to our community. We thank Mrs. Cantafio for her outstanding service, energy and dedication that she brings to our students every day.

In addition to an excellent elementary school education, Ascension provides: •A  n excellent Preschool for 3 and 4 yearolds, with certified teachers and a studentteacher ratio less than 10 to 1 •A  n outstanding, affordable Extended Day Program open from 7AM to 6PM on school days. •T  wo full-day Kindergarten classrooms •A  variety of Extracurricular Programs including band, orchestra, and drama club •C  ompetitive athletic leagues for grades 5-8 in soccer, cross country, basketball and volleyball •T  ablets available in classrooms to supplement traditional educational materials •A  nti-bullying initiative and a “buddy” mentoring program to connect upper and lower grade students •A  service-oriented student council We know that parents have many wonderful options when choosing the right school for their children. When you choose Ascension School, be confident that you are providing your children with more than an academic experience, you are giving them the gift of a caring community and the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes the principles of Love, Kindness and Respect.

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Looking for more than just a high school? You found it at Walther Christian Academy!


That’s Dominican. Making an Impact in Education.

Summer Gifted and Talented Program 2014 Dominican University’s Summer Gifted and Talented Program challenges and inspires highly motivated academically gifted and talented students entering grades 2-8 in the Fall with academic enrichment in Math, Science, Writing/Humanities, and Fine/Performing Arts. For program information, Summer 2014 course descriptions, and application form, please visit: Questions? Contact: Janie Wu, Program Director,

Email us! Call us! 708.524.6525 Visit us! 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305

Serving the gifted and talented community since 1970. 708.524.6525

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elp your child get more out of high school by setting them up for success. Give them the advantage of a Walther education. Since 1954, Walther has been the chosen school for families looking for a superior college preparatory education built on a Christian foundation. We are proud to have 100% college acceptance for our graduating seniors each year, and the highest per student scholarship average in the Chicagoland area. Beyond that what makes Walther MORE? First, you’ll experience more here, exploring your intellect, spirituality, leadership abilities, athleticism, musicality, and artistry – sometimes all in the same day. Second, our culture make us seem more a university than high school with managed class sizes, advanced courses, candid discussions, and a collaborative faculty. Third, you can someday change the world, because like Walther alumni before them, our seniors are accepted into the best colleges across the country. Fourth, our school’s diversity equips

you with the empathy, communication skills and social awareness to connect with anyone, anywhere. Fifth, we ensure you develop the academic fundamentals, confidence and character to become the student you are meant to be. Finally, no matter your religion, you’ll find Christ here, and He will find you, enlighten you, inspire you, and guide you, in good times and bad. “Whenever I think back about my years at Walther, I literally get a smile on my face. Those four years were truly some of the best years of my life,” quote from a Walther Alum. We are here to help your child grow. Choosing the right high school is an important decision in not only the student’s life, but the entire family.

Choose MORE.

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Why be a Tourist?


he Contemporary Music Project explores the world through music and dance. CMP offers lessons and ensembles in Latin drumming, Arabic percussion, the Irish bodhrán, and conducts musical programs in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jordan, and Ireland, giving students the opportunity to experience new places in ways not open to tourists. “I’ve spent my career drumming for dancers,” says Don Skoog, CMP’s founder. “My teaching focuses on learning about people through sound and movement. Drumming and dance are the most powerful artistic forces on the planet. I seek these experiences because there’s nothing else like them, and I want my students to share the fun with me.” Clients can prepare for trips by studying drumming at CMP. “That in itself is a rewarding experience,” Skoog says. “All you need is the interest and determination to explore the music that will allow you to share with people in other countries.” Then they can choose from different hands-on tours.


“Jordan is scheduled for July, 2015. We will study drumming, attend the Jerash Music Festival, visit Petra, and take a desert caravan. “The Dublin trip is scheduled for 2016. We will drum during the day, then explore the city’s music scene at night.” Beginners are welcome and encouraged, but there are opportunities for experienced musicians as well. “We tailor each program to the participants’ needs,” Skoog says. “My job is to make sure everyone comes home feeling like they’ve had the trip of a lifetime.” To find out how you can participate on one of these incredible trips, contact Don Skoog at The Contemporary Music Project, 708.524-8605 or don@ You can also visit

“Our next trip is to Havana June 20th to the 27th, 2014,” Skoog says. “This will be my twenty-second trip to Cuba. Many people return with me every year to study congas, dance, and explore the city. “In February, 2015 we’re off to San Juan, Puerto Rico where we will study Bomba and Plena, then travel, sampling the island’s

Kids will train Ninja Warrior and Parkour Skills in a safe and fun environment! For 3 hours, participants will move through a warm-up, basic skill progressions, free run through challenging obstacle courses, and  finish with conditioning.  

Register Online Today! Visit: March Discount code for Summer Camp: NINJA To receive early bird discount, register by March  31st

What is Parkour?


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Intercultural Montessori Language School, Truly Dedicated

music and cuisine.

Flipside Academy is the only indoor year-round Parkour Training facility in the Chicagoland area.

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ecently I had the privilege to create a short documentary video for Intercultural Montessori Language School, titled Citizens of the World. Throughout several planning visits and three days to videotape, I was able to witness in full a dynamic atmosphere and approach to teaching that any parent should regard as affirmation of Intercultural as a truly extraordinary and inspiring place for education.  Beyond the practical real world (and worldly) rewards gained through a dual-language experience, what is also nurtured at Intercultural is a genuine love for learning.  From the moment they are dropped off by parents and greeted by teachers, the students’ sense of purpose is palpable.  They are open-minded and focused.  They demonstrate initiative.  Within minutes, there is evidence of the target language serving as a tool to explore an entire curriculum: geography, history, science, mathematics, botany, zoology, and the arts.  The foundations established at the primary level are built upon at the elementary level, where the ability to speak, read, and write in two languages truly blossoms. 

From life practices to academic studies, there is a flow, an awareness, and an appreciation for the relationships between people, places, things, and even ideas. There is also balance.  Balance between independence and interaction with others.  Between personal goals and global considerations.  Between self-discovery and structured guidance.  The fact is, teachers move fluidly and intuitively throughout the classroom to steer each student with the precise amount of direction and guidance needed, and to maintain the expected order, behavior, and etiquette.  In one moment, teachers are peers and partners to the students.  In another, they are shepherds and stewards.  During circle time, when the class gathers to read stories and sing songs, the teachers command the attention of the entire group.  Academic materials are explored in depth and detail.  We owe Intercultural teachers thanks and gratitude for developing our children into better students, and even better people.  They are truly dedicated and obviously love what they do.

More important, it is clear Intercultural students develop respect for themselves and others. They exude confidence and caring.  They engage in activities with a big picture mindset: a multicultural world to which we are all personally connected and responsible. 

Oak Park Campus: 301 S Ridgeland Ave/ Oak Park, IL 60302 Tel: (708)848-6626 Chicago Campus:    114 S Racine/ Chicago, IL  60607 Tel: (312)265-1514

By Don Pogany, parent to Intercultural Montessori student.

Intercultural Montessori Language School

WEST COOK YMCA: INSPIRING FUTURE LEADERS 1525 Circle Ave., Forest Park 708-724-4674

Flipside Parkour Ninja Warrior Summer Camp Program

Each camp runs from 9am-12noon for a week. Regular cost:  $160/week (July 4th week, $130)    June 16th-20th (8-12 & 13up ) June 23rd-27th  (ages 5-7 &  8-12) June 30th - July 3 (ages 5-7 &  8-12) July 7th-11th (8-12 & 13up ) July 14th-18th (ages 5-7 &  8-12) July 21st-25th (ages 5-7 &  8-12)    Please contact Paul Canada  if you have questions: or 708 -724-4674

Parkour is the sport of moving along a route, typically in a city, trying to get around or through various obstacles in the quickest and most efficient manner possible, as by jumping, climbing, or running.


he West Cook YMCA’s Preschool Program is accepting registrations for preschool for 2014! We offer Half Day Preschool for ages 2½-5 with the option of a 3-day or 5-day program. Our preschool is based on the understanding that young children learn in a nurturing supportive which inspires them be creative, to think critically and explore the world around them. We encourage children to be inspired by an environment filled with music, movement, art, science, foreign languages and cultures, cooking, storytelling, drama, and so much more! Our teachers challenge your child to recognize and appreciate classmates’ similarities and differences in a safe and caring environment. A lunch of organic and sustainable foods is provided for all children in the program. Parent & Child Classes will again be available for family time. Lullababies, for babies up to 6 months, is filled with relaxing singing and rocking for baby and caregiver. Jiggle and Jam, for children 6-30 months, inspires your child to feel the rhythm and dance! Itsy Bitsy Picassos, for children

12-30 months, encourages colorful creativity while developing language and fine motor skills. For days and pricing, contact Lisa Merdinger at 708-434-0230 or lmerdinger@ The West Cook YMCA is a cause-driven organization that never refuses anyone for inability to pay. We accept Action for Children Child Care Assistance Subsidies for tuition, and offer a scholarship program for YMCA membership. 

• Pioneers in Language Immersion Montessori Education • Ages 3-12 • Spanish/English, Japanese/English and Chinese Mandarin/English

LEArn MorE! nEW! After School Language Classes Oak Park Campus 708-848-6626 Chicago Campus 312-265-1514

BUILD A BRIGHTER FUTURE Preschool WEST COOK YMCA • Half-day 8:00am - 1:00pm available for ages 2½ - 5 • 3-day or 5-day option • Focus on world learning • Enrichment opportunities including swim lessons, music & movement, foreign languages & cultures Contact Lisa Merdinger for details: 708 434 0230 or

WEST COOK YMCA 255 S. Marion St., Oak Park, IL 60302 708 383 5200 | | | @WestCookYMCA


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St. Giles School 1034 North Linden Ave. Oak Park, Illinois 60302

74th Year of

Susan Poetzel, Principal 708.383.6279

Excellent Catholic Education

(Licensed Program)

1515 N. Lathrop Ave., River Forest, IL Phone: 708.771.5905 Fax: 708.771.7114

Cuban Drumming / Popular Dance

2014-15 St. Giles School Open House

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St. GileS School

Exciting, educational, hands-on projects! Open to kids from any school (not just D97). Options for one- and two-week programs, 1/2 day or full day, in Oak Park.


Applications will be accepted at the open house. 1515 N. Lathrop Ave, River Forest, IL Copies of birth certificates and baptismal certificates are required for registration. ApplicationPhone: Fee: $150 for preschool, $250 for Kindergarten through 8th grade. 708.771.5905 Fax: 708.771.7114

• Catholic Values


Dublin, Ireland. 2016 The Bodhrán / Irish Dance


• Academic Excellence


Amman, Jordan. July 2015 Arabic Percussion / Middle Eastern Dance

1025 Columbian Ave., Oak Park Prospective family presentation in church followed by campus tours


Kids in grades 6-8 will:

San Juan, Puerto Rico. Feb 2015 Bomba and Plena Drumming / Dance

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with co-ed soccer, boys and girls basketball, competitive for and boys andinterscholastic girls volleyball.sports Intramural grades 5-8 with co-ed soccer, boys and girls sports programs are available for grades K-8 basketball, and boys and girls volleyball. throughout the school year and summer. Intramural sports programs are available Students have the opportunity to participate in for grades K-8 throughout the school year one more ofStudents St. Giles have Schools’ five bands. andorsummer. the opportunity Band begins in 4th grade and weekly private to participate in one or more of St. Giles lessons are available schoolin hours. Schools’ five bands. during Band begins 4th Students gradesprivate 1-8 participate in aavailable Spanish grade andinweekly lessons are language program. during school hours. Students in grades 1-8 participate in a Spanish language program. St. Giles School is committed to providing a quality education preparestostudents to St. Giles School isthat committed providing be peopleeducation of faith, strong leaders, students and to serve a quality that prepares to the community. We strong believeleaders, students need be people of faith, and to serve the community. believelearning students need to participate in aWe creative process to participate in ateaching creative learning process the amidst diversified styles, nurturing amidst diversified styles, individually nurturing the uniqueness of eachteaching child. Working uniqueness of each child. Working individually in and in community with others, our graduates in and in community with others, our graduates develop a sense of personal responsibility developself, a sense of personal responsibility toward school, parish and their community. toward self, school, parish and St. Giles School is a welcoming,their proud and community. Giles School a welcoming, vibrant schoolSt. community thatiscelebrates every proud and vibrant school community that student for their classroom achievements, celebrates every student for their classroom awards, athletic milestones, and service to achievements, awards, athletic milestones, and others. service to others. Now accepting new student applications for Now accepting new student applications for the 2014-2015 school year. the 2014-2015 school year.

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The Language and

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In Central Oak Park Since 1994 • Trial Classes Available! Music Lessons

All instruments. Recitals & more!

Spanish Preschool

Immersion 1-5 days/week

Spanish Parent-Tot 4 months-4 years

Foreign Languages

Private lessons for children or adults. 10 languages available!


150 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park • 708-524-LALA (5252)




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Dr Bill’s Learning Center Tutoring for Grades 2 through 10

• Experienced, Trained Rehabilitation Facilitators • Individualized Intensive Specialized Tutoring • Culturally Relevant Resources: African-American and Latino/Latina American Diaspora • Multifaceted Service for Diverse Learning Styles • Computer Assisted Instruction Lowest • Organization Skill Streaming HourLy • Test Taking Anxiety Rehabilitation rates

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773-626-5551 708-434-0336 Limited Enrollment, Call Now! Call Mark at 708-434-0336 * Materials cost offset plus Program offering per Treatment Plan with consented Rehabilitation Evaluation if required. Rate comparison to similar professional program offerings in local area.

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pring is here. The year started happy enough. Then you got your child’s latest report card. Now it is confirmed, your student is in serious need of help to save this school year. The bad news from school turns a happy New Year sour. It can be bad in different ways for different grades, but bad news whenever for your child is still bad. For example, this may be the second half of third grade – and if it stays bad then she or he could repeat the year. What can a parent do? It’s now when you really start worrying! You look for help because you know good education means a good life for your child. However, the search is not easy especially if you need professional help and not just a homework helper. Too often parents of students with special education needs, or bad school attitude, or heavy family issues can’t find affordable tutors to help their struggling second to tenth graders. Universities or Social Service Associations are worth seeking out but have a long waiting list. You need an alternative opportunity for special services that is here, in your neighborhood The sad news of failing grades or low self-esteem this is just as bad for your sixth grade student who can possibly suffer from by repeating this benchmark school year and can jeopardize his or her chances for a select high school acceptance. The bad news of a bad report card doesn’t stop for your ninth grade high school student because as most teachers and parents know-the first year since the tone for the rest of high school! Now every assignment and test counts because your child’s future is on the line. These days, prospects for college scholarships and good paying jobs are bad and worst. Time doesn’t stop even if the lies of many government leaders try to paint a rosy picture of the country’s future. You know the truth that by 10th grade the issues that lead to academic failure, dropout, and a lifetime of learning disability have gone too far for yours and our children. You have to get help now! You have thought or tried school interventions, doctors, hospitals, boot camps, afterschool programs, bribes or even threats but they didn’t or won’t help? You need the best that professionals can offer without paying a hardship-causing price for it. The latest research shows that specialized, intensive, motivating, and culturally relevant tutoring can turn around failures best identified after 1st grade. We have it at now at Dr. Bill’s Learning Centers. We are specialized for special students with learning disability-LD, ADD, anxiety and poor motivation.

Dr. Bill’s Learning Centers offer a family focused, holistic, specialized tutoring program with an interdisciplinary team dedicated to bettering improving the educational outcomes for children like yours. Unlike most other tutoring centers, we help bridging the ‘academic achievements gap’ with creative holistic rehabilitative services. We offer individualized, one on one supplemental special instruction by trained tutors and much more. Our unique integrated services include art therapy, which helps build alternative learning venues, creative skills and stress management. Dr. Bill’s learning Centers’ nutrition counseling helps educate families to connect a healthy and balanced diet to better brain development. Our mentoring service complements the academic assistance to uplift and empower our students. All our efforts focus on mastering fundamental skills that will strengthen your child’s selfconfidence, organization and cognitive skills for life. We have put it all together so that the right tutor can ‘get it right’ for your child! We look forward to answering your questions, serving your special students, or just giving you an encouraging word to put the Happy back into your year. Your children deserve as do all of our children- a happy and productive future. Don’t give up! If you don’t call us, then please call someone now for help, before it’s too late! Best wishes this season from Dr. Bill and staff. Dr. Bill’s Learning Center 18 West Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302 708-434-0336 4909 West Division St. Chicago, IL 60651


Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review Education Guide-Spring 2014