Why We're Hyped about #MysterySkype

Posted by Talia Nochumson on Feb 6, 2019 4:23:49 PM

Do you like challenges? More specifically, do you like geographic challenges?

Then I think you would be interested in learning about #MysterySkype. Why the hashtag? #MysterySkype is a Twitter hashtag that teachers have been using to set up connections between their classes. The challenge is for students to guess the location of the other class by asking yes or no geographic questions. There are also spin-offs to #MysterySkype such as #MysteryAnimal and #MysteryNumber. Anything can become a mystery — how about a #MysteryElement from the periodic table?
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Topics: technology, high school, elementary school, middle school

Athlete's Guide to Staying Healthy in the Winter

Posted by Melissa Maskery on Jan 30, 2019 4:29:16 PM

Whether in-season or out-of-season, it’s important athletes take care of themselves during the winter months. The cold weather impacts your body by tightening muscles, causing dehydration and, for some, triggering asthma. As the extreme temperatures settle in, use our guide to athletic health care to help athletes prepare their bodies for the cold winter months.

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Topics: high school, athletics, middle school, health

5 Success Skills for Your Child’s Future

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 25, 2019 11:27:20 AM

Gone are the days of measuring student success by the grades on their papers or the scores on their tests. Today, it's about being socially and emotionally intelligent. 

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Topics: social and emotional learning, success skills

Tips for Applying to Private School

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 11, 2019 10:44:00 AM

When searching for the right school for your child, there are so many options out there that the idea of undergoing the application process at more than one private school can become an overwhelming proposition. But it really doesn’t have to be that hard. Follow our tips for applying to private school to help you navigate the decision-making process with ease.

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Topics: elementary school, admissions, tips

Why We Teach Social and Emotional Learning in School

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Jan 4, 2019 10:05:55 AM

While many schools focus solely on test scores and academic achievement, it’s important for educational institutions to take part in helping our youngest learners navigate and manage stress by embracing social and emotional development.

The end result? Preparing students to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted adults.

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Topics: education, social and emotional learning

Must Read Books for Winter 2018-19

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 21, 2018 12:57:25 PM

Winter break is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book for fun or continue reinforcing classroom concepts. The librarians at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child developed a list of top winter reads that are appropriate for students in grades K-12. Whether it’s snowing outside or you’re just trying to decompress, the list of our top winter reads are both fun and educational.

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Topics: education, high school, elementary school, reading, middle school

Girls in STEM: A Superhero Origin Story

Posted by Alex Podchaski on Dec 5, 2018 8:32:38 PM

As I write this blog, we are midway through celebrating 2018 Computer Science Education Week. Nationally there are workshops, webinars, coding challenges, and all kinds of events geared at getting kids interested in computer science and computational thinking. Many articles have been written about the need to get the next generation of students interested in computer science as they will be competing with robots and artificial intelligence for jobs, and that without understanding computing this next generation will fall behind. We are all searching for that one activity that will set off the light bulb for our students, granting them access to a new world of understanding.

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Topics: technology, education, STEM, Math, science, steam

Top Things to Do with Children in Summit, NJ this Winter

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Nov 28, 2018 7:17:48 PM

Winter is coming and the temperature is dropping. In an effort to battle the cold weather blues, we've provided you with a list of our favorite things to do with children in the Summit, NJ area this winter. This list will be updated as we hear of more events throughout the season! Have an event you think should be included in our list? Email the details to communications@oakknoll.org for consideration.

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Holiday Tech Gift Guide for Kids

Posted by Alex Podchaski on Nov 20, 2018 12:13:58 PM

Every so often, it’s interesting to see another perspective. We are pretty sure that this response that the technology department received was not intended to be a "REPLY-ALL," but it sure does provide a lot of insight for the coming holiday season. We will be using our @OKSTECH twitter account to follow companies and retweet deals as we get them, so stay tuned.

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Topics: technology, christmas, education

10 Facts about Sports-Related Concussions

Posted by Melissa Maskery on Nov 12, 2018 12:05:59 PM

Concussions have been a hot topic within the last couple of years, and rightfully so. It seems there are stories in the news almost every day about another professional athlete entering the concussion protocol and undergoing evaluation and treatment. But professional athletes aren’t the only ones suffering from this serious condition – young children and high school student-athletes are just as susceptible to brain-related injuries. It can happen at any age, to boys or girls, and just as likely to occur on the playground as well as the football field.

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