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Small crowd at EdFest 2019

Lessons from EdFEST: Post-School Fair Notes

Well, I survived EdFEST. It was informative, busy, and crowded, and I’m glad I went. EdFEST is the District of Columbia’s annual public school fair, where families can talk to representatives of public and charter schools in one spot. Each school had its own table, and staff—and sometimes parents and students—answered questions about their school. […]

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Room Parent Tips and Tricks for a Successful Year

The beginning of the school year means new backpacks, awkwardly posed pictures and so much paperwork. There are forms that need to be submitted, extra-curricular registration deadlines, and of course, opportunities to volunteer. As I prepare to volunteer for my eighth consecutive year as a room parent (putting that on paper makes me question some […]

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3 New (School) Year’s Resolutions

The lazy days of summer are over. Ok “lazy days” is a gross mischaracterization of summer break, it’s really much of the same level of hustle and bustle with higher food and electric bills. But I digress. While summer is busy with camps, filling in child care gaps, planning activities, and trying to prevent your […]

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Celebrate National Crayon Day on March 31

Crayons are a creative staple in my household. If the plethora of dinosaurs, electronic gadgets, and books ever got boring (and apparently, they do) the kids will pull out the crayons. I love crayons because they can be used as soon as a child can hold a toy and into adulthood. You see them in […]

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woman lying on a dock

Self-Care: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Point

I want to talk about self-care. I’m sure you’ve seen the memes.   “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”… “Self-care is not selfish.”…etc.   As mothers, we often must put our children before our own needs or desires. Not only that, but we live in a culture full of busy schedules, long commutes, and […]

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Whittle School Hosts Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares

This post is in partnership with Whittle School. We hope you enjoy learning about their events and upcoming launch this Fall.Matt Tavares has a simple way to introduce his career to a room full of children:  “I have a very cool job.” And he does. Tavares is an illustrator and author of children’s books. He […]

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