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Connie McCarthy
A Simple but Meaningful Holiday Gift for Your Child

Dec 04, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

As we are all aware, parents today are stretched in many different directions. Obligations at work, demands of home and family, and the stress of the holiday season can be difficult. Combined with text messages, tweets, email... Read more
Connie McCarthy
5 Questions To Ask the Teacher at Open House

Sep 27, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Back to School

As your elementary-age child settles into the new year, schools typically schedule an open house or “meet the teacher” night. This is an important event to attend, if your schedule allows. It’s important be... Read more
Livia McCoy
Make the Most of Parents Night

Sep 25, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Livia McCoy, Back to School

Parents night (also called back-to-school night) is a big event at our school. Almost all of our families are represented by one or both parents. It is a time to get a feeling for the atmosphere in the school and find out ... Read more
5 School Volunteering Tips for Busy Parents

Aug 21, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Volunteers, Parent Involvement

Most families are deep into back-to-school preparations (some are already back!). For those getting ready, there’s back-to the mall for school shopping, then back-to the office supply section for glue and crayons, and o... Read more
Connie McCarthy
School Education Culture: Why It’s Important at Your Child’s School

Aug 13, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

The overall educational culture of your child’s school is an important role in school success.  From the principal down through each grade level, there should be a clear school-wide plan for student success and aca... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Mom’s Role in PTO Rummage Sale Changes Rank

May 31, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement, Fundraising, Carissa Rogers

Let me set the scene: TIME: Last spring, at the end of the school year. LOCATION: The library at my kid’s school, Roosevelt Elementary. SETTING: The last PTO meeting of the year. I was tempted to pretend to be sick. I&r... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A "Synonym" is Not Something You Put on Toast!

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers,, School Success, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

 A few years ago, when I was introducing word categories to my 1st grade students, I asked if anyone knew what a “synonym” was. I called on one student who was enthusiastically waving his hand. “Oh yes... Read more
Livia McCoy
Eliminate Distractions While Doing Homework

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology,, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, ADHD

 Many students have a hard time staying focused on a task. Much has been written about teenagers who are growing up in the media age. Most agree that they are very good at multitasking. In a report featured on NPR, the a... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Does Mom Age Gracefully (or Forgetfully)?

Mar 16, 2012 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in, Parent Involvement, Health and Fitness, Carissa Rogers

I’ll be 39 in a few weeks. And—what a surprise—I have a few special wishes for my birthday. First, I want a pair of red boots. A little sparkle, a little kick to make my black boots jealous. And second, I w... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Kindergarten Math: The Common Core Standards and 4 Geometry Activities

Mar 12, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers,, School Success, School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Math being taught in kindergarten classrooms today includes geometry as children learn about different geometric shapes. This is due to the establishment of the Common Core Standards for Education, which was developed by the... Read more