At NPES, community spirit and school pride permeate all that we do. We’ve created a welcoming, supportive environment where families feel connected and lasting friendships form. Our tightly knit community of students, parents, teachers, staff and neighbors is a vibrant and inclusive social network working together to educate children.
Outside our doors, we view our local community as an extended classroom and feel a responsibility to be actively engaged in creating positive change in our neighborhood—and in the world. That’s why issues of social justice, inclusion and diversity, community service and global stewardship are woven into the curriculum from the start.
Community-building programs at NPES
Each spring, a dedicated team of parent volunteers organizes, plans, and executes the annual auction, our largest fundraising event. From designing the invitation to finding sponsors to providing the auction items, parents are vital to making the auction a success.
The NPES Dads’ Club hosts numerous events for the community at large. From sports Calcuttas, weekly basketball games and chili cook-offs, to basketball tournaments and camping trips with kids, the Dads’ Club prides itself on social experiences for all NPES dads and generous donations to the school.
This volunteer group of parents and faculty members works to integrate the NPES community into our community at large and make us vital participants in servicing our neighbors, safeguarding our environment, instilling earth-friendly practices and promoting a larger worldview that includes awareness of our global role and the rich cultures of our friends and neighbors. We do this by:
- bringing parent participants/experts into the school to enrich community
- connecting families with service opportunities outside of the school
- incorporating service learning projects into the school-wide curriculum
- spearheading green initiatives around the school
- fostering global awareness by making connections with other countries
Many parents volunteer in our school library by reading aloud to younger children, assisting older children with the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award program, or helping with the annual Scholastic Book Fair.
The NPES Moms’ Club provides opportunities throughout the school year for moms to socialize, enjoy unique experiences together, and raise money for the school. Popular events include Bunco Night, Hambingo at Hamburger Mary’s, private shopping excursions, and restaurant tastings.
Every NPES parent automatically becomes a member of our Association. Association members are invited to school several times a year for a “state-of-school” update and are encouraged to participate in a variety of ways, including through volunteerism at the school.
Parents as Board Members
Parents and grandparents have long held the crucially important role of school board member and the vast majority of the NPES school board is comprised of parents of current students or alumni. Decisions related to the business and operations of the school are made in partnership with the board, school administration, and the parent body.
NPES parents, teachers, students and staff are actively involved in community partnerships with:
Common Pantry – a nonprofit food pantry that provides emergency food and social services to our neighbors in need
Montrose Metra Garden – a community garden with raised-bed plots, native fruit trees, and community spaces along the Ravenswood train tracks
WasteNot Compost – Chicago’s first zero-emissions compost collection service for homes and businesses
NPES also collaborates with many local community organizations, including:
David L Hoyt Foundation
World Relief/Refugee One
St Paul’s House
The Davis Theater
Old Town School of Folk Music
American Indian Center
Get in touch to learn more about the special community at North Park Elementary School.
Join us for an Admissions Coffee, a Preschool Open Play or a tour of our school.