School’s out for teacher conferences Friday, so Arts Camp is in session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evanston’s Noyes Cultural Arts Center.

The theme for the day will be Medieval Times!

Activities at the center at 927 Noyes St. will springboard off the award-winning book, “Good Masters Sweet Ladies” and try the era on for size.

Kids can come dressed up as a Master, a Lady, a Tinker or a Tailor or come in an old Halloween costume.

There will be art projects, drama, makeup and magic.

Bring a sack lunch that needs no refrigeration

After Friday, the next School’s Out program will be held on November 11, when the program will look at how the world celebrates the coming of winter and make up a new holiday.

The fee for each session is $37 for Evanston residents and $40 for non residents. The program is designed for children age 6 to 11 years. Call 848-448-8260 to register.

(The photo above was taken at a summer Arts Camp session which focused on the Renaissance.)

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  1. Remind me again???

    Can someone remind me again about why students have to miss a day of school – and disrupt their schedule – just for parent conferences?  When I was young, parent conferences were always in the evening (and only in the evening), so the chance of having one of the parents available to attend was pretty good.  And, if the family had a kid old enough to babysit the younger ones, both parents could go.  It was a good system. 

    Can someone remind me again how having approximately 3 months of time off per year isn’t enough compensation for the teachers having to be at work these nights during the year?  Come on now.  It isn’t that the teachers are not paid well, so that they ‘need’ their 3 month vacation so they can take on another job to make up for their low pay!  They are paid quite well in our region. 

    Now, I do understand that this is a negoiated deal with the teachers union.  But, it is time to stop this nonsense of having the kids miss school for things like this when the teachers get so much time off already. 

    I guess this justifies needing all of the recreation facilities and programs to make up for this other situation that has just gotten out of hand.  The teachers need to buck up and have conferences and let the kids stay in their routine, which has been documented to improve performance.

  2. Ummm…sorry to burst your

    Ummm…sorry to burst your bubble, but teachers not paid for what you are calling their 3 month vacation.  That is why during the summer many seek other means of employment…summer school, tutor, seasonal jobs.  Also, may I please remind you that teachers are not babysitters so parents may work. 

  3. Don’t worry – you didn’t burst anything

    Response to the post about ‘bursting the bubble…’

    In my post, I did not indicate whether the 3 months of time off is paid or unpaid time.  That is because it is an irrelvent point.  Whether a teacher gets paid ‘x’ amount in paychecks over 9 months, or the same ‘x’ amount in paycheck spread out over 12 months, or are only issued on paycheck for the enitre year, the point is they are off work for 3 months.  No other profession offers the opportunity to be away from your job this much – call it a vacation, a hiatus, a break.  It is a teacher’s time to do whatever it is that they please.  Clearly, this big benefit that is unique to teaching and is a big factor in the benefit package.  Just like any job anywhere, the benefits are allways considered to be a part of the compensation package.

    Secondly, I don’t need to be ‘reminded that teachers are not babysitters’ because I never said or indicated that I viewed them this way.  Why did you refer to teachers as a babysitting service?  Do teachers view their job – their profession – as a babysitting job?  I sure hope not….



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