One of the unique aspects of our program is the way we have blocked off most Friday afternoons to allow the JH classes to leave the building and take advantage of everything the lovely city of Chicago has to offer. We are so fortunate to have excellent access to the Blue Line and several main bus routes, not to mention a very walkable city.
Some academic goals for Flex Fridays include learning to use the Ventra card; practicing public transportation etiquette and safety; learning your way around the city and the “grid”; becoming familiar with the neighborhoods of Chicago; and gaining access to various Chicago landmarks, museums and cultural institutions. Some less-obvious (but equally important) goals include creative problem-solving, teamwork, confidence, situational awareness and fun.
Flex Fridays are in integral part of the NNM Junior High program. Please help us maintain that aspect of your child’s weekly work by avoiding the Friday 12:00-3:30 time slot when planning dental appts., doctor’s visits, etc. If your child has to be picked up early on Friday afternoon, it might have an impact on the rest of the class. Or, it will likely mean that your child can’t participate in the Flex Friday since we might not be back at school until after 3:15.