And another year comes to a close

Despite the looming clouds, our annual end-of-school BBQ celebration went off without a hitch! The rain held off just long enough for us to wave goodbye to the last of our buses, before we all headed off for our short August break.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate, whether in person or in spirit! We are grateful to all those who support, cheer on, and advocate for our students -- and teams. We couldn't do it without you! 

Here are a few pics from today's fun:

From the Principal's Desk ...

I looked at the calendar today, and realized that we are somehow two weeks away from the end of summer school. Seriously, how did that happen? This time of year can be a frenetic balance between putting the final touches on one school year and the preparations for another, between ends and beginnings. It's the time when we all (hopefully) take some time to reflect on what we've accomplished, and to think about all the things we have yet to tackle. It's also the time when we are most likely to say goodbye to some of our familiar faces, and get ready to welcome new teammates (and students!) to the PACTT family.

This school year marks the end of my 11th school year as principal here at PACTT. With each year, our program gets stronger, and our team questions and dreams and pushes our program even further - to find new and better ways to support our students and families. It's a journey that I am grateful to travel alongside a dedicated and talented team of teachers, paraprofessionals, and therapists - not to mention our amazing residential teams who support our group home students 24/7.

Last but not least, none of us would be here if it weren't for the remarkable students we have the honor of working with. Thank you for putting your trust in us, and allowing us the privilege of teaching and learning with your children each day.


Patriotic PACTT

Our Elementary crew got in the patriotic spirit for the 4th of July! 

Welcome, EJ's Pizzeria - our newest employer!

EJ's Pizzeria in Skokie, IL, is the newest employer of a PACTT student! 

Thanks, EJ's, for believing in our students, and supporting PACTT's mission!

You could be our next employer! Learn more at

Visit to Francis Parker High School

Some of our PACTT students and team visited our friends at Francis Parker High School this month. We played in the gym, shared a snack, and enjoyed our time with our FP crew!

Spirit Week: Door Decorating

One last Spirit Week post, and then we'll all get back to our regularly scheduled programming. :) The classrooms had a spring-themed door decorating contest -- check out our three finalists:

Spirit Week: Throwback Thursday

Our team was feelin groovy ... and totally tubular ... and all sorts of other fun on Throwback Thurs!

We've got Spirit, yes we do!

Spirit Week kicked off Monday with "Dress Your Head" Day - crazy hats, hair and other assorted decorations filled the building! 

Families Fable-ous theater experience

Some of our PACTT families attended last weekend's sensory-friendly performance of Fable-ous at Lifeline Theater in Rogers Park. PACTT is proud to support Lifeline and its series of sensory-friendly shows. Some of our school team members regularly volunteer their time to help sensory-sensitive theater-goers enjoy the show. For the full list of Lifeline shows with special accommodations, visit their website here: 

PACTT Students pose with Lifeline Fable-ous cast members after the show, Feb. 4.

PACTT Students pose with Lifeline Fable-ous cast members after the show, Feb. 4.

It's the holiday season ...

Some of our School and Transition students braved the cold, and hopped the train downtown to check out the holiday lights and tree in Millennium Park!