End Of Year Teacher Gifts They Will Really Use!

Take it from me, at the end of the school year, teacher’s want one thing – rest. Saying good bye is the hardest part of this teacher’s year – no kidding. Even though some of the kids drive you up a wall all year long, when graduation hits, there isn’t a dry eye in the […]

The Summer Before College

You can't believe it, but your baby is going off to college. You have a few short months left. What to do? What advice to give? Here are some tips and reminders.

One Book, One Community in Summit

This summer, the true story of Michael Oher will touch us and bring us together as a community. Read it alone or with your book club and be part of the conversation. The One Book One CommunityCommittee of Shaping Summit Together announces the 2017 recommended community read, The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. It is […]

Tinkergarten: An Alternative to Camp

Tinkergarten: Putting play back into education! What Happened to Recess? Even if your kid hasn’t started school I think we’ve all heard of the dreaded common core.  As a middle school English teacher I am not against the message of the common core curriculum, however there seems to be something lost in translation.  Schools have […]

20 of Our Favorite Kids’ Books on Tape

Our Favorite Books on Tape: • Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (If you are going to read these, start at the beginning, don’t start with Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe • Wonder by R. J. Palacio • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl • […]

College Tour Road Trips

By visiting different colleges, your child will be able to see what he likes and doesn't like and may be able to rule out some colleges that are farther away. When you have a tentative itinerary, you and your child can begin calling colleges to schedule the visits. Plan your visits with places to stay and eat in mind. Here are some guides to follow.

Why I Said “Yes” When They Asked Me to Be Our School HSA President

When I got the phone call, I definitely felt a little dread in my stomach. I knew why they were calling. They’re going to ask me to be the HSA (Home and School president–what we called the PTA growing up.)  It’s one of those things that a part of you wants to do…another part fears it […]

Nominations Welcomed for the Annual Phiilhower Award

  Does your child have an amazing elementary teacher they love? If you think so too, there is a way to honor them and recognize them for their hard work and dedication. The Westfield Rotary Club is now accepting nominations for the 25th annual Charles Philhower Fellowship Award designated for a full-time elementary teacher in […]

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