Annual Art Auction Gift Basket Fundraiser

Annual Art Auction and Gift Basket Fundraiser – Spring 2019

We are in the final stretch of this years Annual Silent Art Auction and Gift Basket Fundraiser.

Take a look at the wonderful Silent Auction art pieces AND amazing Raffle Baskets!

Money raised will benefit Little Heroes League and Girls on the Run !
Stop by the lobby to place bids on the silent auction and purchase raffle tickets! Friends, family and colleagues are welcome to participate!
Can’t come into Black Bear? Email Annie and she will do it for you!
Art Auction and Raffle Baskets will be displayed until 5/17 in the lobby then at the social. Winners will be announced at the
Parent-Teacher Social (you do not have to be present to win!)

Silent Auction Entries

Silent Auction Art Pieces


Gift Basket Entries

Gift Basket Raffle Entries
Morning and Afternoon Flexible Enrollment

F.A.Q. | Morning and/or Afternoon Flexible Enrollment

A Parent Asks:  Can my child enroll in just the afternoon program if s/he is doing other activities in the morning or vice versa?


Great Question!

Yes! We offer flexible sign up for AM or PM enrollment and full day too!


Learn More about each semesters Morning and Afternoon options available in the various calendar periods.

Summer Camp at Black Bear Academy Chicago Private 18 months through Alumni

F.A.Q. | What are Centers?

A parent asks: We are looking at your Summer Camp Program. What are Centers?

Centers are themed based, age appropriate activities during Summer Camp! Camp classes rotate around 4 or 5 Centers throughout the school to engage in specific activities. These activities will change each “Center” day and include anything from art, science, technology, fine arts, outdoor play, math, gross motor games or cooking!  The Center activities will relate to the theme of the week in a fun, hands on, experiential way!  

Samples of Centers 

Space is the Place Centers

Space is the Place Centers - 3s decorate rocket ship - Black Bear Academy-Chicago Private3s campers decorated a rocket ship outside then played in it during the rest of the week. 








Space is the Place Centers - 3s do a space walk - Black Bear Academy-Chicago PrivateHere, 3s campers dress up as astronauts and pretend to walk on the moon by completing an obstacle course!








Sports Week Centers

Sports Week Centers - 2s play basketball - Black Bear Academy-Chicago Private2s classes played basketball during one of the centers. 









Party in the USA Centers

Party in the USA Center - painting fireworks - Black Bear Academy-Chicago PrivateClasses use paint to make fireworks! 









Party in the USA Center - Parade - Black Bear Academy-Chicago PrivateWe also had a parade outside on another day and a hot dog party. 









Party in the USA Center - Hotdog picnic - Black Bear Academy-Chicago Private

AAC Training Course in Chicago IL

Integrating Positive Behavior Supports with AAC – Training Course

Integrating Positive Behavior Supports with AAC | (Chicago, IL) – Training Course


Course Description

Behavior is communication. This workshop will discuss the relationship between challenging behaviors and the communication needs of the individual using AAC. We will explore strategies to target positive behaviors using both visual and vocabulary supports integrated in the Snap + Core First software. Attendees will also learn how to create, customize, and share supports within the software to help implement these strategies successfully in a variety of settings.

Anyone attending this event must pre-register online using this registration link.

AAC Training Course in Chicago IL

Activities for Winter Break - Cabin image

At-Home Activities for Winter Break

Black Bear teachers put together at-home activities for winter break (12/24-1/6)! We hope these activities can be useful!

At-Home Activities for Winter Break

At Black Bear, the benefits of your child’s play are facilitated by our instructors to increase developmental readiness for future developmental, academic, and social milestones by improving language skills, increasing core vocabulary, facilitating healthy neurological maturation and supporting efficient and effective construction of rapid neural pathways and processing centers. Read more on the Philosophy of Black Bear Academy – Chicago Private.


Academic Programs for Early Childhood

F.A.Q. | Introduction to Kindergarten Ideas (IKI)

A parent asks: We received our child’s recommendation for IKI. What does that schedule look like generally?


Great Question:

Students in the IKI (Introduction to Kindergarten Ideas) program can enroll Monday-Friday for the desired frequency, however typically students in the IKI program attend at least three days. The class occurs 9-11:45am and students have the option to enroll in extended day programming. If parents are interested in extending their child’s day pick-up can occur at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm. From 12-1pm students will eat lunch (parents provide a lunch) then play in the gym. If a child stays for afternoon classes then s/he would go to their 1pm and 2pm classes. These include academic focused classes or leisure classes such as cooking, dance, music & movement, etc. All programs are rolling admission so you can add extended day at any point during the year, along with adding days to your child’s morning IKI class if you were interested.

Food Drive Benefiting Greater Chicago Food Depository

Join Black Bear Academy in this years Food Drive benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.   This year makes it easier for family and friends to join in this gift of giving with a Virtual Food Drive option.

And once again, we are also collecting gently used coats of all sizes to benefit the services of Lakeview Pantry.

Our goal for this year is to collect 40 Bags of Food and 40 Coats.

Food Drive at Black Bear Academy for Greater Chicago Food Depository

September News for you!

September News

The school year is off to a great start and we are gearing up for a few exciting events! Please check out what’s happening at BBA!September News Image 2018

Upcoming Events


PICTURE DAY, 9/26 & 9/27!Picture Day

Dress your child in their best! Picture Day is September 26 & September 27. For class specific information please contact your child’s teacher or Annie Hernandez.








Wagner Farm
Wagner Farm

Save-the-date to our All School Field Trip! Children will explore the farm and learn about animals. Contact your child’s teacher if you would like to be a chaperone!

For more information please contact Jennifer Snell







Saturday Parents
Saturday Parents

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 13 for a filled morning with crafts, snacks and gym play!

To volunteer please contact Annie Hernandez










Black Bear Academy Chicago Private Open House Flyer
Fall Open House!


Black Bear is hosting a Fall Open House for prospective families! Please share the event with family, friends and colleagues! This year prospective families can stop in with their child from 8:30-9:30am or 6-7pm!

Open House Registration








2018-2019 Morning & Elective Sign-up

2019 Summer Camp Enrollment Now Available!