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.
UPDATED September 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.
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.
The School House’s American Emergent Curriculum is a multi-disciplinary approach to learning combining what we know works in education with what we love about American traditional schools, particularly sports and civics. Thoughtful environments include low-hanging art gifted by a renowned artist, an outdoor classroom and a schedule of visiting scientists - all of which speak to the dignity and respect TSH fosters between school and child. Although standards are integrated into the AEC curriculum, The School House chooses assessment techniques like observation, documentation and 2-hour weekly team meetings to make certain that all children are exceeding not only academic standards but mastering relevant skills like communication, kindness, self-advocacy, public speaking, problem solving and invention. The mission of The School House (www.theschoolhouse.org) is to build the best elementary school in the world by focusing on the child. Extraordinary educators lead the team, the majority of whom have Master’s degrees and speak a second language. All have been trained to follow the child, recognizing that every human is an individual learner. Entrepreneurs John Tunney and Mimosa Jones Tunney renovated the former St. Paul’s/LuDay School Building in East Northport and created a bricks and mortar non-profit that will house an exemplary education for Pre-K through 5th grade. “Americans have always been inventors, doers, creators and problem-solvers and The School House cultivates this during a child’s most important developmental years. Everything we do here is child-driven and is made to recognize both what humans need to be full, life-long learners, but also what our economy will need in 15-20 years - thinkers.” says Founder & Principal Mimosa Jones Tunney. After three highly-successful Open House events at The School House, John Tunney has seen this sweet spot in education explode, “We have families enrolled from all over the Island. We’re the most affordable tuition on the Island and we’re attracting outstanding parents from every community who love our campus and a curriculum that pulls from the very best pedagogies. At Besito, we’ve been building kitchens in Mexico to feed about 4000 children a week for the last 7 years. It was time for me to start doing something here on Long Island and for education on the whole.” The School House will operate on the Northport-East Northport School District calendar starting classes on September 5th 2019. There is limited availability for the 2019-2020 School Year and interviews are in progress. Parents can inquire and apply online at www.theschoolhouse.org.
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.
TangerKIDS Grant Program, an initiative that gives award money to schools within the communities of Tanger Outlet Centers, is now accepting entries within Deer Park and adjacent communities. The program was designed to fund local schools for things such as programs, rebuilding equipment, academic materials, and supporting athletic or band programs. More than $200,000 is awarded to schools in need each year.
The Youth Art Month (YAM) Co-Chairpersons Julia Lang-Shapiro, Heather McCutcheon and Donnalyn Shuster are happy to announce Long Island School for the Gifted's 2019 State Flag Competition Winners. This event is an important part of the award-winning Youth Art Month Program as an endorsed initiative of the New York State Art Teacher's Association.
A nanny is an invaluable resource as a specialist who loves and cares for your kids in your absence, so how can you ensure you hire the right nanny for your family? Do you need someone who helps with housework, or maybe you want a nanny who can help with developmental needs (homework, potty training, etc.). For many families, their nanny is more than just someone who works for them; their nannies become part of the family. Here are five important things you must know before you start the hiring process.
For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home.
Growing up is tough, between falling outs with friends and finding out how to get involved in politics for the first time, even without the stress of high school. Nowadays, kids don't have to worry just about going to high school (as scary as that is on its own), they have to worry about getting into their school of choice. Whether they're stressed out about getting into public school or being accepted to one of specialized high schools, there's a lot middle schoolers need to prepare for. Yasmin Castro, a senior site coordinator for Breakthrough New York shares her tips for helping hundreds of families navigate the system.
The Bridges Academy in West Islip is pleased to welcome Stephen Edward Rubenacker as the new Head of School, who began this past July. Mr. Rubenacker has been an independent school educator for almost 20 years, starting in public school before moving to the Friends Academy Middle School. He has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies, coached multiple sports, and served as the middle school principal for 10 years.
The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle
The Nurtury Montessori School opened a day care center in Larchmont this October and began offering new after-school programs at its New Rochelle location this September. The Larchmont location will offer full-day programs for children ages 3 months to 3 years, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm, year-round. The New Rochelle location is now offering after-school programs for children kindergarten-first grade.
After 18 years of experience in Chinatown, Lighthouse Family Daycare decided to close their Manhattan doors and reopen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in September. Lighthouse Family Daycare is interested in guiding children ages 2-5 through their early lives so they can thrive in preschool and kindergarten. A typical day is full of both fun and educational activities, including free play, singing, morning exercises, arts and crafts, and science study.
Smithtown Christian School Opens STEM Lab and Welcomes New Superintendent and a Dean of Student Life
In addition to celebrating 40 years of faith-centered education this fall, Smithtown Christian School is expanding its science curriculum with a new STEM lab for elementary school students. The school is also welcoming two new staff members: superintendent Reverend Joel Maus, M.Ed. and dean of student life Robert Carrozzo.
As a parent, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is who will care for your child when you can’t. For most, that means choosing between a nanny and day care center while Mom and Dad are at work. But why not consider a third option such as a nanny share? It’s a new trend on the rise—two or more families employ one nanny and share the cost of her or his salary.
Your teen is finally ready to head off to college. She's aced her SAT and ACT and been accepted into her dream school. You've saved up for her tuition. You've done everything in your power to prepare her for the stress of this new chapter of life. But have you made sure she has the character strengths to prepare her for the challenges of higher education? Shannon Tyler-Garces, a college admissions counselor, shares her tips!