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Carol Brooks Ball
Happy Holidays to Your Family From All of Us at!

Dec 23, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Vacation Homework,, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

On behalf of all of us at, please accept our warmest holiday wishes. We hope that this winter break over the holidays affords you and your children some extra time together, to play, learn, and simply be in o... Read more
Gratitude vs. Materialism: Holiday Happiness is Simpler Than You Might Think!

Dec 21, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teacher Appreciation,, School Volunteers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School’s guest blogger this week is Dr. Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist, award-winning blogger, and author of RAISING HAPPINESS: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Visit Dr. Carte... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Handmade Gifts Kids Can Make for Their School-Age Friends

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Middle School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

For many years now, we had a no-gift policy for our kids’ birthday parties. We even went so far as to let people know any gifts brought would be graciously donated to a local shelter. However we soon had to amend our &l... Read more
Livia McCoy
During the Holiday Break, Take Time Off to Relax and Enjoy Your Children

Dec 20, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Vacation Homework, Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School

  Students who struggle in school need the holiday to rest, relax, and have some fun. When school is in session, they put forth more effort than other students. Additionally, they are spending time doing things they rea... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Simple, Last-Minute, Stocking Stuffers for Fun and Learning

Dec 19, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Vacation Homework, Teachers,, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Surprise your young child this holiday season with some simple and inexpensive items as stocking stuffers or small gifts that will delight their curiosity and enhance “hands-on” learning. Remember the delicious ch... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Federal Study on Bullying Examines States' School Policies

Dec 15, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, Parenting, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

This week, you may have heard about results of a new studying on bullying released by the U.S. Department of Education. The study was commissioned by the feds to gain information about the existence and strength of bullying l... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Can We Postpone The Holiday Hustle and Bustle?

Dec 14, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

A few years ago, my husband’s office holiday party was postponed ’till January because they simply couldn’t find a Friday night to host it. However, that party was quite possibly the best (better late than n... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
When School Lunch Is A Cold Cheese Sandwich

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, School Lunch, PTOs and PTAs, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

It’s happened to all of us. Your child tells you the night before that he’s out of lunch money in his account at school and needs it for the next day—or else. That “or else” used to mean a stern ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Kids By Reducing the Demands on Working Memory

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, Elementary School

Note: Please read Livia McCoy's earlier post that defines working memory, before reading this blog post. Otherwise, it may not make much sense! Imagine that your daughter has not mastered cursive handwriting. This is a likely... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make to Create Memories

Dec 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Middle School, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Every Christmas, when my family decorates our tree, we make sure to put on the “Silver Walnut” ornament.  This was a gift that my husband, Brian, made for his mother when he was a 7-year-old Cub Scout.  ... Read more