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To pay or not to pay: The bottom line on class dues

To pay or not to pay: The bottom line on class dues

Class dues long have been a stick in the eye for many parents and students across the nation. In many schools, the mandatory dues go toward paying for things such as homecoming and prom...

Prepping the Perfect Study Spot

It’s no secret that homework can be a challenge for many families. The older the child, the harder and more time consuming the homework becomes. Research shows that children who routinely complete their homework do better in school. Through homework, parents can monitor their children’s progress, stay current with what they are doing in school and encourage them through positive reinforcement. Therefore, it is important to create a productive homework environment. Here are some how-to tips for creating the perfect study spot:

Enter our First Day of School photo contest

Enter our First Day of School photo contest

As children throughout the area return to school, it's time for a common tradition: the mandatory First Day of School picture. This year, however, taking that annual snapshot could win your family a gift certificate...

Well Read: A Bountiful Fall Harvest of Books

A group of reading selections sure to please all members of the family!

Dear Teacher: My Kid Hates School

My 10-year-old son who is in sixth grade absolutely hates school and wants to quit as soon as he can. When I ask why, all he says is that school is stupid. I suggested that he talk to a counselor, but he says he won’t talk to anyone. Homework is a nightmare with him screaming and crying. On the positive side, he has a lot of friends, and my husband and I spend a lot of time doing activities with him from movies to sports. — Changes Needed

Is Foster Parenting For You?

Being a foster parent is not a passive act of opening one's home and providing food, clothing and shelter. For some, it's a first step toward adoption.

Common core confusion  defused

Common core confusion defused

Confusion and uncertainty are two items that should never be introduced into the educational process. Unfortunately that’s what’s happened with the looming introduction of the Common Core State Standards that went into effect in July...

Lessons learned in school safety

When we send our kids off to school in the morning, we take for granted that they will return home safely. Unharmed. Undamaged. Just like when they left the house that morning. Even today, with all that’s gone on in our schools across the nation during the past decade, we still have that expectation. That’s not an unreasonable wish...

PA parents ask: video game addiction and behavior issues

Field trips & fundraisers: Support your school

At the beginning of the school year, Meredith Messina’s head was spinning from the number of fundraisers on her daughter’s to-do list. At only 6 years old, Messina’s daughter Isabella was asked to simultaneously participate in fundraisers for Girl Scout Daisies, school and soccer...

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