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Welcome to SchoolFamily.com!

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Greetings! I'm Carol Brooks Ball and I'd like to personally welcome you to SchoolFamily.com!

As the new editor of the website, I'll be adding articles, tips, how-tos, and more to help you help your children do their best in school. And since successful families and schools enjoy a unique partnership, I'll also be adding articles to help you foster positive interactions with your children's teachers, principals, and other school personnel. 

I'd also like to hear from you.! Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and tell me what's most on your mind as you prepare your children for their return to the classroom. Your suggestions for articles, polls, quizzes, you name it, will help shape schoolfamily.com and make it your one-stop site for all things school- and family-related. 

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, take a few minutes for yourself, and peruse the pages of schoolfamily.com. Check out our sections on academics & studying; how-tos and ideas for home-based activities & tips for learning; our comprehensive grade-by-grade section where we describe, by grade level, what your child will be learning in school in addition to social/emotional milestones; our Healthy SchoolKids pages where we offer tips to keep your kids healthy and in school; and, of course, an entire section dedicated to Back to School

If you have a specific question, who better to answer it for you than others in the SchoolFamily.com community? Pose your question or dilemma using our Ask a Question section. And don't forget to visit our blog, School Family Voices, where postings range from discussions of how kids learn; ways to stay connected to your child's classroom; and memories of summer vacation. 

So again, welcome. And please let me know how we're doing. Best,
Carol Brooks Ball

Carol Brooks Ball is an award-winning web and print journalist with more than 20 years experience. She is the mother of two children, and lives with her family, which also includes her husband and the family's beloved golden retriever, on the North Shore of Boston. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




#1 Connie McCarthy 2011-08-14 18:33
Welcome Carol!

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