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Archive for September, 2014

The time to talk about depression and suicide is now

September 17, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

There is a stigma surrounding mental health issues that makes starting a conversation difficult. When comedic actor Robin Williams committed suicide in August, reportedly motivated by severe depression, people around the world were stunned and saddened, prompting many to post tributes to him and send supportive messages for his family and friends through both social […]

It’s not just a cold; EV-D68 a serious threat for some kids

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

A new virus sweeping through the Midwest — and now appearing in the northeast including New York state — has parents concerned and health officials on alert. The virus, known as Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), has hit children particularly hard, sickening hundreds. EV-D68 is believed to be associated with the common cold, but symptoms can quickly […]

Can we talk?

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years | with 0 Comments

The conversation went about as expected. “How was your first day?” I asked my son, a 5th grader. “Good,” he said, in a monotone. “How was your new teacher?” I asked, adding enthusiasm to my voice. “Good,” he replied, in the same monotone voice. I asked him to use more than one word to tell […]

Routine gives preschoolers structure, security

September 15, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners | with 0 Comments

Preschoolers crave structure and routine – whether they know it or not. An ordered life provides a sense of security and helps teach about boundaries, expectations and how to follow a routine. Why are routines important? Routines can help children learn healthy habits, such as brushing their teeth, washing their hands after going to the […]