Community Spirit

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

Global Citizens
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

Library Volunteers
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.

Parent Association
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.

Community Partners 

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
Tattler Post
World Relief/Refugee One
Gigi’s Playhouse
Vivant Gardening
St Paul’s House
The Davis Theater
Old Town School of Folk Music
American Indian Center

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