What a month and final celebration!

We had a really wonderful Ramadan and Eid celebration this year. Thanks to the support from Ahmet Abi and Ozgur abi, Merve abla and Ali abi and let me not forget Rumeysa abla, and the generous financial support from Maestro Corporation, Fashion 5 and the Atamyrodov family we were able to surprise 6th-8th grades with a special celebration all their own. The girls room was decked out in pink and white and had many delicious “junk” foods, each girl was also given a special little gift to remember the occasion by. The guys room was a hit too. They were more rustic with pizza and chips, chocolates, candy, sports drinks galore and two stations to play video games. We hope everyone had a wonderful time!

Field Museum Summer Camp “Tween Week”

Scientists do far more than observe and report. In the field, in labs, and across the world they collect data and specimens to tell the story of the earth an its people. Tween Camp: Fish Unleashed, gives young people aged 11 to 13 the opportunity to meet a Field Museum fish scientist, explore the upcoming Specimens exhibition, and go behind-the-scenes and see The Field Museum’s fishes collection. Using the Scratch programming language and the Specimens exhibition as inspiration, tweens will create their own digital interactive story. Join Tween Camp: Fish Unleashed and dive deeply into scientific discovery during this one week summer camp for tweens at The Field Museum!

Registration is now open; session 1 and session 2 are identical.

Session 1: June 19 – 23, 2017; 9am – 3pm

Session 2: August 7 – 11, 2017; 9am – 3pm

Program Cost: $79 for non-members/ $69 for members (nonrefundable). Scholarship support is available for this program.

Age Requirements: 11 -13 years old (by June 1, 2016)


  1. What are the registration requirements? This program will register youth ages 11-13. Youth must be age 11 by June 1st in order participate into the program.
  2. What are the payment requirements? Payment must be made in full upon registration; this program is nonrefundable.
  3. Are there scholarships available? Yes, scholarship awards are available to those applicants that fit the eligibility requirements. Please apply here for a summer program scholarship award.
  4. Where do tweens check in? Participants will check in at the East entrance of the Museum at 8:45 a.m.
  5. How is lunch organized for the program? All participants must bring their own lunch to the program.
  6. Further questions? Please email digitalstudio@fieldmuseum.org

College preparation for High school Seniors

It can be difficult to stay on track during the lengthy college application and admissions process.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to focus on your future and think about what you’d like in a college, despite where others would like for you to go. Remember, it’s ultimately your decision and your life!

Here’s a useful college checklist high school seniors can utilize during the month of April.

Schedule Final College Visits

Assuming time and budget allow, visit your top college contenders. While you’re there, sit in on some classes, eat in the dining hall and stay the night in the dorms, if possible.

Meet with the admissions office, financial aid office and a college guidance counselor to clarify any questions you may have regarding what the school offers in terms of financial aid, classes, campus life and other general requirements.

Seriously think about if you can picture yourself living there and studying there on a daily basis for the next four years. While it’s a lot to grasp and ponder, it is the reality of the situation, so try your best to imagine the scenario.

Compare the Costs of Each College

If you haven’t already, speak with your family about your college budget. Understanding budget realities is very important in the decision process and will help avoid unnecessary decision issues in the near future.

List out the total costs for each college you’re seriously considering, taking into account any scholarships and financial aid you’ll be receiving.

Compare the list to the budget decided upon with your family. How do the two compare? What will your debt amount be at graduation? Does it seem as if any of the schools on your list are completely unrealistic? If so, you may want to reconsider those choices.

If you need any clarification on the costs of attendance, call the financial aid offices at the college you have a question about. They are there to assist you in the process.

Choose Your College
by National Decision Day, May 1

May 1 is the deadline to make your decision and finalize it by sending in your enrollment deposit.

Keep in mind that you can only send in one enrollment deposit and one transcript from your high school – so your decision is, in fact, final.

If you’re on the wait list at a college, however, the process is slightly more flexible. You do have to submit an enrollment deposit by May 1 to a school that has admitted you, but you are able to change your mind and attend a school that originally wait-listed you if they do decide to admit you.

Colleges will not grant any extensions to the May 1 deadline while you wait to hear back from any schools you’ve been wait-listed at, so your best option is to submit your enrollment deposit and switch if you are admitted.

Let Colleges Know If You Decide Not to Attend

Just as with any formal RSVP note, it’s proper etiquette to let colleges know either way: if you are attending or not.

The process of declining may depend on the college, though. Some have a certain protocol, while others will accept a simple letter or email.

In the content, let them know you have decided upon another college and include a thank you. It is your choice whether or not you’d like to reveal which university you will be attending in lieu of theirs.

Write Your Thank You Notes

Remember everyone who helped you throughout your entire admissions process and thank them!

Think about the teachers, coaches and counselors who wrote letter of recommendations for you or guided you along the way.

A thoughtful, hand-written note will show them your appreciation for their efforts. Include your final plans within the content, as well as your gratitude for their help and guidance.

Remember: Your Final Transcripts Matter

Although it sounds funny, senioritis is real! We’ve also written about the fact that colleges can, and will, revoke their admissions offers, if necessary.

They ask for your final transcripts for a reason, so make sure they are up to the same standards as when you applied.

Keep in mind that what you do both inside and outside of school can impact your college career.

Read Any Mail and/or E-Mails Your College Sends

At this point, all correspondence between you and your future school will be important. It’s where you’ll find out about orientations, housing options, class registration, not to mention, many important deadlines!

Make sure you pay attention because, if your school is trying to contact you, there’s probably a good reason.

While this may seem like an information overload, we know you can handle it. Please Check out the Scholarships and information under Academics.

Take the process day by day and enjoy the rest of your high school experience, because college move in day will be here before you know it!

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Deadlines coming soon!

Dear Students,

We would hate for you to miss any opportunity that may benefit you while trying to achieve your goals. It is important to plan ahead and make sure that you have read the dates/times, and requirements for the programs, internships, grants and scholarships that you wish to apply to. Please check the website often to see what has been added to the areas of your interest. I will frequently add new volunteer activities, and any financial aids that are introduced to me. I also have many time sensitive events coming up that are free and very fun/beneficial. If you are able to attend please email (pics too) me to let me know what your experience was like. I will add a few links below you may check out. If you have any questions, please stop by the office and me (Banu abla) or Ahsen abla will be be able to help you.

Field Museum Free (high school event) Register now Program starts April 1st.

Volunteer Opportunities (many you can click their link to find your area/times/age/grade)

Scholarships/Grants (time sensitive Grades 6th-University)

Harper College Career Expo (4-8th grade)

Internships (time sensitive, some pay, age requirements, place requirements)

Note: please sign up with our mailing list so we may keep you informed of the activities and opportunities we have planned. Any ideas and suggestions are always welcomed and taken into consideration.

Best Wishes