Preparing Your Children For a Successful School Year

Summer is the time when parents and children eagerly await the beginning of a new school year. Parents want their children to be safe, happy, and successful. Children want to enjoy their friends and learning experiences. However, many parents have discovered that children’s success in school does not happen without intentional preparation, especially in the areas …

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Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

With summer comes a lot of excitement including warm weather, outdoor activities, and family vacations. But for parents, it can also come with worry over summer learning loss for your child. These concerns are not unfounded as studies show that on average students lose two months of reading skills and over two months of math …

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Why do we celebrate July 4th?

Using Books to Help Children Understand This Important National Holiday The Fourth of July is an exciting time of year. The celebration brings with it warm weather, parades, barbecues, and fireworks as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to share with your child about why we celebrate every July. …

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Make Summer Reading a Breeze

Getting kids to read during summer vacation can be a battle, especially with so many games, apps, and other fun media distractions available. But teachers and literacy experts agree that children of all ages need to be read to or to read by themselves and to talk about books over the summer. When you read …

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End Summer Boredom

You know you will hear it, it’s just a matter of when: that inevitable summer slogan of, “But, I’m booooooored!” After a school year of fairly structured time, children often feel unoccupied or under-stimulated when left with unstructured time. This summer, try to think of boredom as a teaching opportunity. Boredom gives children the opportunity …

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Screen Time: Is it Always a Bad Thing?

Today’s children are immersed in a digital age. Three year olds are mastering iPads and 5 year olds are teaching their grandparents a thing or two when it comes to online technology. However, as parents, we are often bombarded with all the negatives of giving our kids too much screen time. And the truth is, …

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Around the Dinner Table: Putting Family First

Between parents and kids’ hectic schedules, social commitments, social media and smart phone/technology overload, today it’s harder than ever to stay connected to our immediate family. Did you know that research suggests that having dinner together as a family at least four times a week has positive effects on child development? In fact, family dinner …

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Onward and Upward: The Music Program at St. Cecelia is Growing

“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.” —Blessed Pope John Paul II The music program at St. Cecelia School continues to grow and expand. Students are using technology in the classroom to create …

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Middle School Technology Design Program

“We are changing the world with technology.” — Bill Gates So many exciting things are going on in our middle school technology design program! Students are continuing to advance through our Accelerated Course in computer programming.  For example, in December we held our annual Computer Science Education week where we embraced a variety of activities through …

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Technology in the Classroom: Making Connections

Mrs. Eileen Peters Technology Integration Specialist St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School At St. Cecelia School, our students use technology to connect, create, and inspire others. Students use a wide variety of online learning platforms and create digital multimedia projects that allow them to showcase and share their learning. Technology Integration Specialists help students and teachers …

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