What to do this summer to prepare your Kindergartener for school

As we move into summer you may be wondering what kindergarten will be like for your child and how to prepare him or her. Looking at pictures from last fall makes me think back to when our kindergartners first started. Their parents, being

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Already Look at Elementary Schools for Your Toddler? You’re Not Alone.

Working with young families looking at independent schools, I can say without hesitation that I truly love my job. Here’s one thing that gets me excited: parents with babies and toddlers who call to ask when they should start the

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What Kids Learn From Digging in the Dirt

When this teacher of twenty years, with a Masters in reading and a concentration in language arts was asked to transition from first grade homeroom teacher to special area science teacher, I’ll admit, I paused. How was I going to

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A Quick Guide for the First Day of Kindergarten

It’s August.  Congratulate yourself – the big decisions are over with and you’re almost there.  You spent a lot of time choosing a good school, and you’ve made the most of your summer by reading to, counting with, and enjoying

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The Lessons of Service

What is it about summer service learning trips that make them so special? What could encapsulate the richness of these experiences? Maybe it’s that moment when the headmaster of our school is helping a student grill burgers for former inmates

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Point. Cover Point. First Defense. Second Defense. Out Home. In Home.

The lacrosse positions played by Crusaders in the spring of 1933, the first time they took on the Lakers of Boys’ Latin (the Lakers, then known in the newspapers as the Latinists, won that first game, but after another BL

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Deadlines Passed For Independent School Enrollment? What do I do now?

You are thinking of looking at independent schools for your children. You search online, and after an hour, you’ve learned that there are tons of amazing choices and that you have missed all the deadlines. Seriously – this isn’t college,

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Winterim Week Brings School’s Mission Alive, Relieves Seasonal Blues

Last week, instead of following the regular class schedule, students and teachers in grades 5-8 participated in what’s known as the annual “Winterim” week. Each year during the Winterim week, Middle School teachers plan, schedule, and organize a series of

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Enhancing Hands-On Learning and Technology

Middle School Science Teacher Casey Kleiman

To Middle School Science Teacher Casey Kleiman, teaching is about reliving discovery through the eyes of his students and sharing in their passion. “It’s about showing them that you can enjoy learning.” Kleiman won the Nellie Hilleary Carter and Judge

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