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Carol Brooks Ball
Why is Mom the Family's Social Calendar-Carrier?

Aug 30, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework, Teacher Appreciation,, School Volunteers, School Supplies, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

School for my rising high school junior starts in seven days, which means that in seven days, I'll be hit with an avalanche of paperwork and important dates to record. I'm already in the doghouse, however, for forgetting some... Read more
How to Help Overweight Students Navigate Back to School With Confidence

Aug 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Lunch, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

For many students, back to school means shopping for new clothes, purchasing new school supplies, and being reunited with their friends after the summer vacation. For students who are overweight, however, the back-to-school p... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Sex Education Now Mandatory in New York City schools

Aug 12, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in, School Curriculum, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness

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Help Teachers Get the Supplies They Need Through

Aug 03, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Organization, Middle School, High School, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School

  Did you know that on average, teachers spend $462 of their own money to buy supplies for their classroom?   Enter! This new site was launched last week by School Family Media (our parent compan... Read more
Countdown to Middle School

Mar 17, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School

We are excited to have Sue Blaney as a guest blogger this week. Sue Blaney is an author, speaker and communications expert. Please visit to get tips, resources and information. There you can lear... Read more
Searching for Balanced & Tasty Before-School Breakfasts

Mar 09, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Success, Nutrition, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

Is it just me or is getting your kids to eat breakfast before school a challenge?  I am ever-conscious of not being a helicopter parent, but when it comes to breakfast, this is one battle that I pick.  As the school... Read more
Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... Read more
Making the Most of Parent Teacher Conferences

Oct 26, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent-Teacher Conference, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School, Back to School

How does my child get along with other children? Is my son getting better at following verbal instructions for in-class assignments? My daughter aces her spelling tests, then turns around and mis-spells the words the next day... Read more
The Price for Being Absent from School

Oct 06, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Nutrition, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

“School is more demanding for my kids than it was when I went to school.” How many times have you said this or heard this said? Kids need to be at their best in order to do well and enjoy school. It seems that nev... Read more
Seeing Eye-to-Eye with Your T(w)een

Jul 13, 2010 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Fun Learning Activities

Parenting is not always easy, especially when parenting t(w)eens. Rewarding? Yes.  Easy?  Hmm… think I’d go as far as saying, almost never.  But like so many things in life, sometimes we get the gr... Read more