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How to Reinforce Mental Health Awareness All Year Long

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on May 14, 2022 7:36:47 PM

While most schools and businesses have resumed close to normal schedules following the shutdowns of 2020, many students and adults are still dealing with post-pandemic mental health issues. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but there are several ways that schools and parents can help raise awareness about mental health all year long. 

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Topics: wellness, social and emotional learning, mental health

11 Must-Read Books for AAPI Heritage Month

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on May 7, 2022 1:59:31 PM

Since 1992, the month of May in the United States has celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month. May commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese person to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. (Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.)

One way we can teach children about Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, is through stories written from their unique identities, perspectives, and voices. 

Here are 10 powerful books you should read this year written by those of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent.

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Topics: reading

Benefits to Advisory Groups in Middle and High School

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on Apr 1, 2022 11:11:28 AM

The middle and high school years can be challenging for teenagers and these past 24 pandemic-filled months have compounded regular school stresses now more than ever. It can be easy for students to get lost in the shuffle from class to class while, at the same time, trying to keep up with their homework, their grades, and extra-curricular activities. 

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How to Help Ukrainian Women and Children in Crisis

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on Mar 7, 2022 3:34:09 PM

The unfolding and highly tense crisis between Ukraine and Russia currently affects nearly 44 million civilians. As parents everywhere search for ways to best discuss what’s happening with their children, a topic that might come up in conversation is how can families be empathetic and act to help those most affected by this conflict.

Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are required to stay and fight. Therefore, it’s women and children who are predominately on the humanitarian front line. Many women and children have had to flee their homes in a hurry to a safer space. 

Pope Francis has called for an end to the fighting in Ukraine, stating, "This is not just a military operation, but a war. The number of victims is increasing, as are the people fleeing, especially mothers and children."

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is on March 8, 2022. What better time than now to honor women by learning how you and your children can help Ukrainian women and their families in real time who are living in the middle of the conflict?

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Topics: community service, history, social justice

10 Powerful Books Written by Black Authors

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on Feb 24, 2022 3:17:20 PM

One important way you can honor Black History Month with your child is by amplifying Black voices and reading diverse stories. When reading literature about Black historical figures, consider who is telling that story. From Alice Walker to Amanda Gorman, we can celebrate and support Black authors by promoting more authentic storytelling that reflects real Black experiences, identities and voices.

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Topics: reading, history, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, Black History Month

Why Catholic Education Is Important Now More than Ever

Posted by Laura Perillo on Jan 27, 2022 1:48:41 PM

Each year, January is a month packed full of New Year’s resolutions and quiet reflection, but this winter month also highlights the importance of Catholic education in the United States. The 48th annual National Catholic Schools Week celebration takes place January 30 to February 5, 2022.

During National Catholic Schools Week, it’s prime time for Catholic schools to celebrate through various Masses, open houses, service projects and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. Keeping this year’s theme in mind – “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service,” – there are several reasons why Catholic education is important now more than ever.

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Topics: education, religion, independent catholic school summit nj, social and emotional learning

What Every Family Should Know Before Applying to Private School

Posted by Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child on Jan 21, 2022 1:14:25 PM

The temperatures are cooler, there's snow on the ground, the holidays are behind us and you're thinking you missed out on applying to private school, right? WRONG! The reality is that families search for schools all year ’round. In the fall, some families find themselves so busy getting adjusted to new schedules and routines that it is often hard to find the time to look for schools. Families may begin eying their top choices at that time, but may wait until the winter — or even later — to actually make a decision. That can sometimes be to your benefit, as you take time to consider all options, but be careful to review the individual schools’ admissions processes and application deadlines well in advance because they are all different!

To help you on your way, be sure to review our list of the top things every family should know before applying to private school to ensure you don't miss a beat during the next admissions season.

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Topics: high school, elementary school, admissions, middle school

2021 Tech Gift Guide for Kids

Posted by Laura Perillo on Nov 23, 2021 7:44:21 PM

Attention, attention! In the middle of a bustling morning sorting through the news of the day in Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's Marketing and Communications Office, a top-secret letter (with teeny-tiny handwriting!) magically appeared on our printer! It looks as though once again our office has intercepted a message from Bernard, the Chief Technology Elf at the North Pole, which was intended for Santa Claus! 

We are so excited to share what the elf factory has brewing up at the North Pole right now – The best technology gifts of 2021. Gear up for Black Friday shopping!

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Topics: technology, christmas, students, parenting

How to Talk to Your Teenagers about Harmful Effects of Social Media

Posted by Laura Perillo on Oct 22, 2021 4:11:41 PM

The rumors are true – the teenage years are indeed filled with the inevitable messy rooms, empty kitchen cabinets, refrigerators and smelly shoes laying around the house. However, aside from the normal teenage happenings in households across the country, parents should be aware of recent statistics uncovered about teenagers and social media. 

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Topics: technology, parenting, social and emotional learning, mental health, social media

How to Talk to Your Child about Bullying

Posted by Laura Perillo on Oct 10, 2021 8:53:08 AM

By the time October rolls around with several weeks of school now behind families, children have (hopefully) settled into their school year. Homerooms, schedules, routines, and friendship groups by now have been established.

With many children now back to school in-person after months of learning virtually at home, they’re now back in classrooms near others who might be different from them – different races, sexualities, religions, weight, heights – and these differences may lead to bullying. 

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and was first initiated in 2006 by PACER, the Minnesota parent training and information center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Program.

Although it started as National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week during the first week of October, the campaign expanded to cover the full month now unifying communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. 

While your child’s school most likely will discuss anti-bullying with students, parents, too, play an important and vital role towards eradicating bullying. 

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Topics: high school, elementary school, middle school, social and emotional learning, Bullying

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