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"I Can Tell if it's a Community Graduate"

Posted On: 2/6/2018 9:12 AM
From Head of School Bob Cooke:
We often talk about our strong drama and public speaking programs here at Community School. While at first glance these might seem like nice “extras”. . .
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Children Need to Sleep!

Posted On: 1/12/2018 2:06 PM
From P.E. teacher Christine Bugnitz
The benefits of adequate sleep and the effects of a lack of sleep have been studied a great deal.
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Internet and Screen Guidelines for Parents

Posted On: 11/20/2017 12:10 PM
From Head of School Bob Cooke:
In this age of children having easy online access, parents are seeking additional guidance regarding screen time and internet safety for their children.
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Team Challenge

Posted On: 9/6/2017 11:09 AM
From Head of School Bob Cooke:
I spent part of Tuesday morning with our sixth graders in the woods as they did low ropes team building.
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A Mindful Summer

Posted On: 7/17/2017 1:05 PM
Looking for something different, yet so beneficial, for individuals and families this summer? Check out these great books on mindfulness!
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Summer by the Numbers

Posted On: 6/27/2017 10:48 AM
The sun is shining and summer is finally here! With barbecues and beach trips on the calendar, it can be hard to find time to pencil in math fact practice and problem solving review.
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Summer Reading - Some Thoughts

Posted On: 6/14/2017 11:19 AM
Get any group of educators together today, particularly librarian types, and you are likely to hear these buzzwords: ‘maker space’ and ‘social emotional learning.'
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A Book Worth Reading

Posted On: 4/12/2017 8:33 AM
A group of colleagues and I recently finished reading the book Unselfie. Our mutual desire to cultivate empathy in our students motivated us to choose this book. 
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7 Habits of Happy Kids

Posted On: 3/22/2017 12:54 PM
We are all familiar with Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Did you know that his son Sean Covey wrote a book with emphasis on teaching children habits that can help with life success?
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Stop Caring!*

Posted On: 2/9/2017 11:02 AM


I am not a parent so I cannot say what it is like to watch my child play sports, nor how I might have reacted to their failures and successes. 

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Helping Your Child be Better at Art

Posted On: 10/11/2016 8:15 AM
10-11-16 Blog Post
Parents often ask, “My son/daughter loves art—what can I do to help them develop their ability?"
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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Posted On: 10/4/2016 2:28 PM
10-4-16 Blog Post
Has anyone been wondering about the teal-colored pumpkins that keeping popping up everywhere? We've got the answer!
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Kids in the Kitchen

Posted On: 9/23/2016 12:44 PM
9-23-16 Blog Post
Kids love to make things in the kitchen. To them, it's just good, messy fun. But have you ever thought about the cognitive benefits they enjoy?
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4 Great Family Hikes in the St. Louis Area

Posted On: 8/29/2016 1:21 PM
8-29-16 Blog Post
It's almost fall! And that means it's almost great hiking weather. Try some of these area favorites with your child:

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Have a Sketching Adventure with Your Child!

Posted On: 7/11/2016 1:31 PM
7-11-16 Blog Post
Have a sketching adventure with your child this summer! It's especially fun when you combine it with a field trip to a local park or museum.
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What to Know Before Hitting the Road

Posted On: 6/29/2016 10:24 AM
6-29-16 Blog Post
Did you know that 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly? So before you hit the road on your summer vacation, check your car seat! 

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End of Year Reflections

Posted On: 5/24/2016 10:20 AM
by Sarah Brubaker

As the school year comes to a close and summer activities are about to begin, this is a great time to talk with your child about their school year.

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6 Favorite Summer Playgrounds

Posted On: 5/24/2016 10:12 AM
It’s that time of year—time to take your family to the park! I’ve listed my favorite playgrounds that you may not have thought about in a while or not at all. Here are my top six picks for family fun.
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Is it Wise to Specialize?

Posted On: 5/12/2016 10:45 AM
I watched the Ken Burns documentary on Jackie Robinson the other night and learned that Jackie played baseball, football and basketball. (He played football even in college).
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Posted On: 5/3/2016 1:23 PM
Four great tips for your budding photographer!
by Laura Falk

Kids love cameras, and with the wide array of inexpensive digital cameras – not to mention smartphones – they have lots of options and opportunities. This can result in hundreds of blurry, grainy photos! Here are a few tricks to help them take better shots.

  1. Experiment!  Unlike the days of yore with film cameras, nowadays we can simply delete those bad shots. The more they experiment, the more they’ll learn what works – especially if you take the time to review their shots with them, and point out what works well.
  2. Rule of thirds. You don’t have to get super complex about fractions here, especially with young children. Just teach them to place their subject off center for more powerful photos.
  3. Get in close. Teach kids how to use the zoom (as well as move themselves) to get close enough to capture the detail of their subject.
  4. Focal lock. This one is great. Most cameras have the feature where if you press the shutter halfway down, the focus locks in. They can then frame the shot while holding the button down.
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