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3 Life Lessons for Students from Super Bowl LIV

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Feb 4, 2020 12:02:10 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 during Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2020. But it's not all about hot wings, cheese platters and face painting. There are at least three crucial life lessons that can be learned by paying attention to the events on and off the field that should be shared with students and beyond.

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Topics: parenting, athletics, student advice

Oak Knoll's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Dec 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The year 2019 brought us so many blog topics — from the disturbing Momo Challenge that ended up being a hoax to the College Admissions Scandal and so much more. The blog team at Oak Knoll looked back at the top posts that resonated with our loyal readers to bring you this roundup of the top 10 blog posts of 2019.

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Topics: technology, admissions, parenting, middle school, health, college counseling, building confidence, fundraising

What to Know Before Your Child Enters Pre-K

Posted by Megan O'Connor on Dec 9, 2019 12:02:22 PM

Entering pre-kindergarten for one child may be a completely different experience for another. Some children begin preschool as a 4-year old, while other children may enter at the pre-kindergarten 3 level. With these different levels of maturity and age, the ‘readiness’ factor comes into play. Follow our guide below to understand what you should know before your child enters pre-K.

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Topics: parenting, separation anxiety, pre-kindergarten, pre-K

5 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Aug 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Parents get ready; it’s almost time for your child to go back-to-school! For many, this can be a stressful time. Transitions at any age are an adjustment and the earlier you can start preparing your child for the change in routine, environment, workload, friends, etc., the less stress there is for everyone.

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Topics: elementary school, parenting, separation anxiety, kindergarten ready

How to Help a Grieving Child

Posted by Adriana B. Dunn, Ph.D. & Laura K. Palmer, Ph.D. on May 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As parents and educators, our focus is to protect children, to shield them from distress and to create environments that foster their growth and development. While we usually manage to navigate the day-to-day situations and stressors that children face without too much difficulty, we are often at loss when faced with having to talk to children about death. How much do we tell them? Will they be able to understand? Will they get too upset? What if they show no emotion? When do we seek outside support?

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Topics: parenting, student advice, wellness, social and emotional learning, building confidence, mental health

How to Talk to Your Child about Mental Health

Posted by Dr. Jennifer Butler-Sweeney, Ph.D. on Apr 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

As parents and educators, we seek to put our teen’s behaviors, emotions and difficulties into mutually exclusive categories that we can readily understand and, by extension, start the processing of fixing. This assuages our own anxieties about being ineffective in our children’s lives and, replaces that inner parental angst with controllable variables in the form of actionable items and measurable gains. If your teen comes home expressing that nothing in math class is making sense, parents may act in the straightforward response of contacting the teacher or enlisting the help of a tutor, should one not already exist. This is an “easy one” as parenting goes, in that the direction is clear and there is a reasonable expectation that this intervention will fix or at least mitigate the problem.

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Topics: high school, elementary school, parenting, middle school, wellness, building confidence, mental health

Why I’m Not Surprised by the ‘College Admissions Scandal’

Posted by Kathleen Moriarty Skiff '75 on Mar 25, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice recently charged several people around the country in an alleged scheme to bribe their way into some of the nation’s most selective colleges. This case has captured the attention of many – especially college-bound students and their parents. In the past two weeks, I have been asked numerous times if I am surprised by the cheating and bribery that has been uncovered in this case. I am sorry to say, I am not surprised.

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Topics: admissions, parenting, student advice, college counseling

Turning a Viral Hoax into a Lesson on Internet Safety

Posted by Alex Podchaski on Mar 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Over the last week, you have probably seen some reference to the “Momo Challenge,” hidden messages in Youtube videos, and calls for technology companies to police their systems to protect kids. You have probably also seen a number of reports of things being a hoax that should be ignored. As always, the truth lies somewhere in between, and we wanted to help you sort things out along with give you some practical advice on how to deal with these types of reports in the future.

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Topics: technology, education, parenting, tips, internet safety

Benefits of Parent-Teacher Relationships

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on Feb 21, 2019 10:48:24 AM

With increasing pressures and challenges on students today, it’s important that schools and parents forge a bond to become partners in education. This partnership includes regular, open communication between home and school; a respectful climate where everyone feels safe; and active parent involvement in school community activities.

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Topics: education, parenting, social and emotional learning

How to Stay Safe this Halloween

Posted by Meghan Hodgin on Oct 29, 2018 5:44:21 PM

It's that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, princesses and action heroes will be on a quest for the most candy on All Hallows' Eve. As adults, many of us have fond memories of trick-or-treating with our parents and pals when we were younger. Back then, we didn't think about our parents' worries as we left the house in costume, taking candy from our neighbors and friends. Sure, we checked to be sure we didn't accept any unwrapped candy at the end of the night, but that was likely the biggest concern. But now? There are so many worries. Please use our guide to ensure your child has a happy, safe and enjoyable Halloween.

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Topics: parenting, health, halloween

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