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Archive for May, 2013

May 21 matters—10 reasons parents should vote

May 17, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

With so much at stake, why do so few of us exercise our right to vote on school budgets, propositions and board of education elections? Do we get too busy; do we forget; do we think our votes will not matter? Whatever our excuses, we need to do our part at the polls. If we […]

Get down to earth for family time and healthy eating

May 9, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The care and feeding of school-age kids got a boost last fall from the national Healthy, Hunger-Free Act, which was championed by First Lady Michelle Obama and added lots more fresh fruit, vegetable, whole grains and lean protein options to the meals students eat at school each day. The goal of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act […]

Is social media ruining our kids’ social skills?

May 9, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There’s no question that social media, or more specifically social networking, has radically changed the way we communicate. In just over five years, the opportunities and advantages for those who use it properly have exploded. However, a less positive change comes with a breakdown of interpersonal skills in young people – those we euphemistically refer […]

Until the bullying stops

May 9, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Bullying is an ongoing challenge for school districts in New York and around the country. Character education, bullying awareness programs, help lines and more have been set up as districts work to combat this difficult problem and enforce the Dignity for All Students Act. In the continued fight, we love to hear stories about people […]

Cinnamon challenge seen as prank, but potentially harmful

May 9, 2013 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

Cinnamon has been getting some press lately, and not because of its ability to add flavor to food. An increasing number of teens are taking the “cinnamon challenge,” a dare to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking anything. Do a search on YouTube and you’ll get thousands upon thousands of […]