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Tim Sullivan
Blogging from the founder of SchoolFamily Media


After-School Help for the After-School Homework Helpers (Parents)

Sep 11, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Homework, Back to School

This story half-intrigued me and half cracked me up. We've all heard about kids staying after school to get extra help, right? Well, here's a twist -- this Ohio district is giving parents the extra help, so that parents won't... Read more
Back to School, Back to Fundraising

Sep 09, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Fundraising, Back to School

It's a fair question (and one of my pet peeves) asked by this Detroit Free Press blogger: why do the first two weeks of school have to be fundraising ground zero?I know the two biggest reasons: 1) Schools need the money more ... Read more
School Lunch Revisited _ Simple and Healthy?

Sep 04, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Lunch, Back to School

Before school started, how many of us had resolutions to make school lunches work better for our kids this year? We certainly had/have great intentions this year, but -- wouldn't you know it? -- school's only a week old, and ... Read more
Parent Involvement Q & A

Sep 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement

Not exactly light reading, but if you're looking for a good read on the hows and whys of getting involved with your child's school, this parent involvement Q&A with a Connecticut district's parent involvement coordinator ... Read more
School Lunches -- healthy, safe and fun

Aug 26, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Lunch

So our 3 boys trekked back-to-school today, and—among other things—I forgot about the joys of packing lunches for 3 growing boys with different tastes at 6:45 AM. Lovely. The only saving graces were that: 1) th... Read more
Parent Involvement -- The Data

Aug 22, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

If you're not a data wonk, feel free to skip right over this blog post, but this information certainly at least deserves a highlight here. The federal government is out with a comprehensive study of parent involvement habits ... Read more
Rave Reviews for SchoolFamily.com

Aug 22, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com, Back to School

How cool is this? Was randomly surfing the web, when we ran across this back-to-school story from Connecticut. Was about to move on when I ran across this quote:"As I surfed the Internet to find some of the most practical adv... Read more
"Don't Whine, Get Involved"

Aug 22, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

Short and sweet -- and right on the money! CNN's Roland Martin makes an impassioned plea here for parent involvement. Love it. As he says:"Show up on the first day and do not make it your last. There is no greater gift you ca... Read more
Boo Hoo Breakfast

Aug 19, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

OK, this PTA creatively calls it the "Kindergarten Cry" but I still love the name "Boo Hoo Breakfast" for an event to welcome/support the new parents at your school, who are letting go of their babies for the first time. Fun ... Read more
Mommy Business Cards

Aug 19, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Here's an interesting twist -- do you have a business card for your mom career? I can see both sides to this one. On the one hand - especially as the new school year approaches -- there's a convenience to simply handing over ... Read more