When Is the Best Time for a Child to Learn a Second Language?

We live in a global community, with electronics and the internet connecting us more closely than ever before. Our communities are no longer contained within neighborhoods or cities but consist of millions of people throughout our country and countries all over the world. Foreign language skills are more important now than they’ve ever been before. …

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Is your child getting enough sleep?

An all-too-familiar struggle for parents is that of bedtime. It can be so hard to get your kids to turn off the electronics, put the toys away, and settle down for a good night’s sleep. It can be tempting to let your kids stay up “just a few more minutes.” But, according to the National …

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We’ve Got Attitude

IB Primary Years Program (PYP) attitude, that is! In the Pre-K3 program at St. Cecelia School, our classroom environment encourages a variety of positive attitudes. As part of the IB Primary Years Program, our 3 year olds are introduced to these attitudes through demonstration and active participation. We don’t just learn about the importance of such …

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What Would Jesus Do?

This is a question we reflect upon in the IB — PYP classroom as we strive to incorporate IB Learner Profiles into our PreK 4 learning environment. These profiles teach us to be principled (making good choices) and to be caring (love one another) and fit so beautifully into our Catholic faith. Wouldn’t Jesus want …

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Catholic vs. Public School

Choosing the best school for your children is a complex process. Like most parents, you want to make sure that your children are set on the best path to success. Academics are often a big part of the decision-making process. And many public schools offer excellent academics. But what about the emotional, social, and spiritual …

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Benefits of K-8 Schools

When considering where to enroll your children for school, you will likely be faced with the decision of public vs. private schools. While each have their benefits, we’d like to highlight for you one of the key benefits of choosing a private Catholic school like Saint Cecelia. Saint Cecelia is a K-8 school, meaning students …

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How do Primary Year Programme (PYP) teachers get their students engaged?

How do teachers set the scene for exploration and inquiry? Do all children come to school curious? The answers to these questions motivate all teachers as they design their units of inquiry. The International Baccalaureate programme puts heavy emphasis on the gift of the human imagination, especially in our young children. Teachers open all units …

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IB Preschool at St. Cecelia School

When do children actually begin to understand the world in which they live? When do they begin to understand that asking questions and thinking about different ways to approach learning is a good thing? When do children begin to develop the skills and confidence to think on their own and then share their thinking with …

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Public vs. Private School: What is best for your family?

One of the most important issues for parents has always been making sure their children get the best education possible. Whether that means sending them to public or private school has long been the debate in living rooms and on playgrounds alike. Where we choose to send our kids to school is a loaded topic …

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Taking the Stress Out of the Back to School Transition

As summer winds down and the new school year approaches, it can be easy to get stressed out. Back to school preparation can be hectic and stressful with school supplies to purchase, schedules to coordinate, and getting back into home routines like school night bedtimes. Below are fourt tips to help you keep your cool during …

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