Beginning to look into colleges can be overwhelming for both you and your teen. It can be even more overwhelming if your child’s dream schools are far away, cost an arm and a leg to stay nearby, and come with hefty price tags if she does get in. But there are ways to get to, tour, and learn more about colleges without breaking the bank. Ashley Boucher, a representative for Sallie Mae, is here with tips for touring your child’s dream schools on a budget.
There are myriad options for parents who want their children to learn a second (or third or fourth) language, from after-school activities and in-school classes to international and bilingual schools. But the most successful way to become proficient in another language is learning through immersion, according to Sharon Huang, founder of HudsonWay Immersion School, a Spanish and Mandarin full-immersion school with campuses in New Jersey and Manhattan.
UPDATED October 2019: Look no further to find the perfect academic enrichment program, tutor, or test prep center for your child in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ! This detailed and updated list of after-school and weekend classes, programs, and activities includes early childhood programs and day cares, religious after-school programs, and tutoring and learning centers, specializing in all levels of math, reading, writing, STEM, chemistry, physics, study skills, and test prep for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, Regents, and other standardized tests. These academic enrichment programs are located across Rockland and Bergen counties, including Pearl River, New City, Pomona, Nanuet, Suffern, Upper Nyack, and Westwood and Ridgewood, NJ.
UPDATED October 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff; tour the camp or school; and participate in sample classes and programs. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Westchester County this month, from independent schools and private schools to summer camps, day camps, and more. Open houses are being offered at schools, camps, and programs throughout Westchester County, including open houses in New Rochelle, Hartsdale, Purchase, Bronxville, Yonkers, Scarsdale, White Plains, Tarrytown, Larchmont, and Yorktown Heights. You’ll be able to experience Westchester County camps and schools to determine which one is the right fit for your children.
UPDATED October 2019: Preschool, nursery school, and early childhood programs are important to introduce children to learning in an educational environment. It is a crucial time for toddlers to get their first experiences in school and transition smoothly into kindergarten. Activities and classes may include arts and crafts, music with instruments, singing, creative movement, tumbling, story time, language, drama, free-play, sports, math, science, computers, gardening, yoga, and fine and gross motor skills. Find preschools, nursery schools, and early childhood programs in Rockland County in towns such as Blauvelt, New City, Sparkill, and West Nyack, and neighboring towns in Bergen County, NJ, including Closter and Fort Lee.
UPDATED October 2019: A private school education allows for more focused learning with smaller class sizes, more individualized attention from teachers, challenging curriculum, a nurturing environment for kids to thrive, and intellectual minds to help students reach their potential to help them excel into adulthood. Programs may include art, drama, religious studies, language, composition, and literature for students of all ages. Find a private school for your child throughout Rockland County, with religious schools, nature-focused schools, and foreign language schools. Schools are located in Chestnut Ridge, Suffern, and West Nyack in Rockland County, and Closter, Mahwah, and Westwood in neighboring Bergen County, NJ.
Every parent wonders how they can best save for their kids’ college plans, but preparing for college requires more than just saving: You have to develop goals, talk to your kids about which colleges they’re considering, and get creative in order to save. All of this can seem overwhelming, and it’s hard to know where to start. If your family is like many surveyed in Sallie Mae’s How America Pays for College 2019 report, however, you consider college an investment in your child–so Sallie Mae, a planning, savings, and paying for college-focused company, has developed four big tips to help families plan, save, and pay for college.
Good parent-teacher communication is crucial for any successful school year, but being on the same page becomes even more important when your child has a learning disability. There are a few steps–from understanding your rights to communicating on a regular basis with your child’s teacher–that can help ensure your child has the best year possible, arming you and your child with the knowledge to succeed in and out of the classroom.
Put health on the list as you get your kids ready to go back to school this year. Getting recommended vaccinations on time, eating a healthy lunch each day, and sleeping enough each night will help children and teens succeed in the classroom. Parents can make a few simple, healthy changes to their kids' back-to-school routines that can transform into healthy habits for the whole year. Get started with expert advice.
Every year the list seems to get longer: two bulk packs of Sharpies (thin points, please); Post-it Notes in assorted sizes, eight glue sticks. Parents can blow through hundreds of dollars on school supplies—and that’s before buying lunchboxes, new shoes, and backpacks. Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady, a leading money-saving site, shares savvy tips for back-to-school shopping. If you want to save big, she says, after school starts in the fall is the ideal time to buy for the following year. But if you can’t plan a full year in advance, don’t worry–there are plenty of other ways to save on supplies.
There is a dizzying array of options for kids looking for extracurriculars, from academic enrichment to sports teams to social interest programs. All of these choices can make knowing which one is right for your child a difficult, and overwhelming, task–plus, if a kid wants to try different things, parents can wind up spending a fortune getting them from activity to activity. So how can you make sure you and your kid have made the right after-school choices? Local after-school activity directors, moms, and child psychologists share their tips for finding the right program.
Whether you’re going back to work, having a girl’s night out, or going on a date with your partner, it’s hard enough to leave your toddlers and older children with a sitter, but your infant? Hiring the right caretaker for your baby requires a great deal of forethought and careful screening.
Just days after graduating Second in Merit from the Academy of the Holy Angels, scholar athlete Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove received the Angel Award, the most prestigious honor an AHA varsity athlete can attain. Hess received her award at the Parents’ Athletic Association’s Spring Sports Dinner, where she was recognized for four years of success, exceptional dedication, leadership, and sportsmanship in the Academy’s tennis program.
Rianna LeHane’s magnificent stage presence recently earned her a Metropolitan High School Theater (“Metro”) Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. LeHane, a recent graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, was honored for her charming portrayal of Lady Larken in 'Once upon a Mattress.'
A few weeks before their graduation from the Academy of the Holy Angels, four seniors became the first AHA students to visit the micro lab at Columbia University. This venue is one of the world’s premier microsurgery training labs.
Each year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards invites students in grades seven through 12 to submit art and writing work in 29 different categories for a chance to be selected as regional and national winners. Out of 350,000 annual student participants nationwide, less than 3,000 are selected as National Medalists for individual works or portfolios. Esmé Talenfeld, an eighth grader at Elisabeth Morrow School in Nyack, won a Gold Medal this year. Her poem “Thank You Mrs…” was inspired by a former teacher’s willingness to share stories from her own childhood that created a culture of inclusivity in the classroom. Talenfeld wrote the poem in the “Write On!” elective class at Elisabeth Morrow.
Ninety-five trout that were raised in a biology classroom at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, are now swimming in the Saddle River. Environmental science teacher Erica Pritchard guided her class as they evaluated the river and released the fingerlings they cared for throughout this year’s Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide all students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (also known as a FAPE). If they fail to do so, parents are entitled to sue their district for funding for their child’s private tuition and/or special education services. While this can be a complex process, there are a few simple steps parents can take to help it run more smoothly.
As parents, we all want our children to succeed in school and excel in academics, but did you know what they eat throughout the day can impact their performance? In fact, students who eat meals that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) are better learners, receive higher test scores, earn higher academic grades, and have reduced instances of being absent from school, says Kim Doyle, senior director of nutrition and compliance at Revolution Foods, citing a 2018 study from the University of California, Berkeley.