Thursday, September 6, 2012
In their fall 2012 catalog, Hennepin County Libraries offer programs, including free homework help, for children and teens.
The first day of school has come and gone St. Louis Park students, and as the homework starts coming home, it's not too early to think about ways to help your child succeed. According to the Hennepin County Library's "Autumn at the Library" catalog, Homework Rescue, LearningExpress Library and the Homework Hub can all be valuable resources to students. Note: The following information was provided by Hennepin County Library: Homework Rescue is a daily, online tutoring service that runs from 1 to 11 p.m. and is for students between third and twelfth grade, and adult learners. Qualified tutors help with math, science, social science and writing. There’s a Skills Building section where students can ask specific questions from your assignments …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Tuesday was his first day at school in roughly eight months.
Nearly eight months after sustaining a serious spinal cord injury during a hockey game, Jack Jablonski returned to Benilde-St. Margaret's on Tuesday as a junior. His mom, Leslie Jablonski, wrote about the big day on his CaringBridge page: Sigh of relief. Almost eight months to the day that he was injured, Jack returned to Benilde-St. Margaret's this morning. With a smile on his face, he rejoined the Class of 2014, a goal he had set months ago, and one that he proudly achieved. And yes, I was nervous when he left this morning. Nervous that he wouldn't make it through the day, nervous just because it was such a big step, and nervous for no other reason other than I'm his mother and that's what we do. We worry. But all worries set aside, …
The start of a new school new year is a week away—here's what will be cooking in the cafeteria.
We all know that proper nutrition works hand-in-hand with a good education. Attached to this article are the school lunch menus for St. Louis Park elementary schools, the junior high and the senior high. At the elementary level, the regular hot lunch price is $2.50 per day. Junior high and senior high students pay $2.75. Reduced lunch is 40 cents across the board. The district also provides breakfast at $1 per day for all students, or free for those students who receive free or reduced lunch. For more articles to help you get ready for the start of the school year, see our Back to School Guide.
School starts across the Park in a week.
The start of a new school year is just a week away, which means one thing: back-to-school supply shopping. To see what your St. Louis Park student will need this year, find the appropriate list uploaded to this article. (Note: Aquila, Peter Hobart, Susan Lindgren, the junior high and the senior high each have one list. Park Spanish Immersion has separate lists for grades K-5.) To find the right list(s) for you, scroll between the PDFs attached at right. You can hover over a PDF thumnail with your cursor to see what list it is. For more articles to help you get ready for the start of the school year, see our Back to School Guide.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Hear from a teacher what parents should know about back-to-school week.
Earlier this month, Samara Postuma wrote about how to shop for school supplies—and the potential nightmare that shopping trip can be. My daughter is 1. Her school supplies are food, so I've got that supply (mostly) covered. But my sister is a teacher in the Robbinsdale School District—and parent to two almost-teenage boys. ("We had an $800 grocery bill in one month this summer," she said last week. With a straight face.) As we began talking about school supplies, I learned a few things about the first day of school from one teacher out there for you. Something to think about beyond that first-day scramble—which arrives for many of you next week. 1. Make sure your kids' lunch money accounts are filled, as much as you can. (Yes, old people…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Local experts say what your children eat can affect how they perform in class.
The first day of school is only a few weeks away. What will your children eat for lunch? Some parents will opt to send a lunch from home. While others will give their child money to buy their lunch at school. Either way, it’s important to make sure that students are eating healthy so they do well in school. Barb Mechura, director of food and nutrition services for the Hopkins School District, said there’s a good reason to be concerned about what students eat during the day, especially at a young age. “What we really have is a health crisis," she said. “Even people who aren't obese but are overweight or heavy can have major health problems.” She said research has linked poor diet and weight gain to ADHD, depression and other conditions. …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Back-to-school advice about how much students should be carrying to school.
As students head back to school this fall, they have to get used carrying a full backpack again. Textbooks, notebooks, assignment planner and binders can quickly weigh down even the strongest student. Jonathan Olson of Nokomis Chiropractic said parents should keep an eye on how much their children—especially those who are still growing—are carrying to school. “Kids should carry no more than 10 to 15 percent of their body weight,” Olson said. All the things students carry to school can add up quickly. “You’re talking about kids who sometimes weigh 50 pounds, carrying a 20-pound backpack.” In order to tell if their kids are carrying too much, parents need to listen to what kids say and watch how they act. “Complaints from the kids will be…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It’s in with the new and out with the old as students head back to school.
As the fall semester approaches, middle and high school students start to think about what they will wear on the first day of classes. Grade school students have it easy—they willingly wear whatever mom or dad lays out for them. But for teenagers, deciding what to wear—and what to buy at back to school sale—is a little more complicated. “Most high school students are very particular about what they like,” says Tania Richter, owner of Shop Karizma, a fashion boutique in Shakopee. “They wear what their friends wear, but they also want to be their own person and show who they are.” And middle-schoolers: “They look at what’s popular with the high school students and that’s what they wear.” Complicating the issue even further: the extremes of …
It's August, otherwise known as Back-to-School readiness month, Patch wants to know how your family does the school supply shopping thing?
School supplies have been on the shelves for nearly a month already, some say certain supplies are already picked over. Now that August is here, the real surge in shopping for supplies is expected to hit and for some of us parents, it's not our most favorite time. I took mine to Target last week and am happy to report that while I was able to keep my cool another nearby mom wasn't. She gave up the battle, threw the supplies they had already chosen into a bin and left. Empty handed. I can't say I blame her. With kids in three different schools and four different class lists, it's easy to get overwhelmed and simply annoyed with the shopping process. While our eighth grader's list was super specific with certain colored notebooks and folders…
Monday, September 5, 2011
Being out of school is great—until summer sports are over, siblings get annoying and parental patience wears thin.
Mary Gleason, 11, and Torii Eberle, 7, will both return to Park Spanish Immersion School just after Labor Day, Mary with memories of great times on the lake tubing, and Torri replaying the memory of his hockey goal as a St. Louis Park mite. Mary and Torii are just two of the many students who will be starting a new school year tomorrow, as St. Louis Park public schools open their doors. “I look forward to success in school,” said Torii, with a smile of confidence. But his 13-year-old brother has all the luck, he said. “He’s going to Hollywood,” Torii said. Well, close, explained mother Andi Eberle. “As part of an American Experiences class at Benilde (St. Margaret’s), he’ll be going to Washington, D.C. and south to visit monuments to Dr. …