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Tim Sullivan
In Praise of BoxTops and Friends

Sep 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

(Cross post from my PTO Today Blog.)I hope we don't start taking programs like BoxTops for Education (General Mills) and Labels for Education (Campbell's) and Take Charge of Education (Target) for granted. This article in the... Read more
SchoolFamily
6 Ways to Help Your Kid Be a Teacher's Favorite

Sep 19, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Kids Learning

This is a guest post by Vanessa Van Petten from OnTeensToday.com. Vanessa wrote a parenting book when she was 17, called "You're Grounded!" and is now on a national speaking tour, reaching out to both parents and teenagers ab... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Time Management for Kids

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Back to School

Kind of ironic that I'm writing about this, considering the fact that I desperately need "Time Management for Tim", but this morning routine/time management for kids blog from the San Francisco Chronicle really sucked me in.W... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Optimism Matters for Kids and Parents

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Learning

I've been a huge fan of this program from the first time I saw it (while munching on some Goldfish -- probably the kids' snack that I steal the most) and have been meaning to highlight it here for some time now.As a parent, c... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Lice and Now Super Lice. Lovely

Sep 12, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

While there are lots of joys and smiles that go along with back-to-school season, heading back to lice ground zero (the school closet) isn't one of them. To make matters worse, now we're talking about Super Lice. Are they ser... Read more
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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
Tim Sullivan
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