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Tips for Easing New School Jitters

Do you remember lying awake for hours the night before the first day of school each Fall? I sure do. So many questions swirled around my brain. What did the year have in store for me? Would my teacher be nice? Would I make friends? Would I be bullied? Was my outfit okay? Could I handle the work? My anxiety was even higher in years when I was starting a brand new school.

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Vision & Learning - Focusing on the Task at Hand

You may think that vision is the same as sight. But sight (20/20) provides the input for a child’s learning, while vision represents a complex system. When working efficiently, this system helps a person process, understand and relate new information to knowledge already gained.

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Volunteer Right for Your Type

Are you Room Mom material or more of a book fair coordinator? Maybe you just want to show up for an hour once in a while. Volunteering at your child’s school can seem overwhelming and inconvenient when you’re not in the right spot. If you’re not sure how best to serve, consider your personality first. Given the right role for your traits and talents, pitching in can be painless, and even fun! Use these broad personality types to help you decide where and how to plug in.

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Ask a School Psychologist - Starting a New School Year - What are the Important Routines?


As summer comes to a close, our focus returns to education and school. Families often reflect upon last year and make resolutions on how to make the upcoming school year more successful… Where to start? Meet with each sibling to discuss the next school year, focusing on the evolution of responsibilities and expectations. Key topics to discuss are: bedtime/morning routines and homework.

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