Archives for September 2016

los angeles schools

A Peek Through the Portal

How online monitoring tools are impacting education and families Remember how your kids sometimes forgot to give you the Friday folder from school or pulled it out on Monday morning for a quick signature before you’d even looked at it? Or was that just my kid? Well, there’s a new Friday folder in town, the online student-parent portal, and families can access it any time they like. Do parents like this new technology, ignore it, or does its 24-7 availability encourage a more pervasive monitoring of their children’s academics, even as they enter middle and high school? If parents are...

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school news

LAUSD Magnets: Getting to the Points

If you live in the district, the right strategy could get your child into an excellent school. When my oldest child was 3, the director of our Montessori preschool invited us, with all the other preschool parents, to a symposium she was offering on how to navigate the Los Angeles Unified School District system known as e-Choices. I thought it was probably a little too soon to be worried about elementary school. My husband pointed out that we had nothing else going on that evening, and so we went, mostly because we enjoyed the other parents’ company and wanted to...

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Frostig School Enhances STEM Learning with Snapdragaon Book Grant

Frostig School, located in Pasadena, has been awarded a $600 grant by the Snapdragon Book Foundation.  The grant is being used to add to the library’s non-fiction collection. Many of the new books will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to support the school’s new STEM course offerings and weekly science labs.  Frostig School will also use the funds to fill gaps in its biology, arts and history collections. Frostig School enrolls 120 boys and girls who have a wide range of learning challenges. Hands-on courses, supported with new books, give students a different way to access and...

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Young Adults With Autism Need Workplace Social Skills

"As I wandered the resource fair with both my kids in tow, it became strikingly clear how limited the options would be for Nicholas post-high school." "There is a lot of money invested in these kids when they are young, but there is significantly less as they get older. You feel as if you're on your own." These are real thoughts plaguing parents of high school-age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As children with ASD mature into young adults, professionals and parents are challenged to create opportunities and options to help them become independent and able to find and,...

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Step Out to Raise Funds for UCPLA

How many steps do you take per day? Do you have 10,000 in you? Find out, get fit and raise funds and awareness for individuals with cerebral palsy during the “Out & About With UCPLA” fitness challenge Oct. 3-28. The money you raise will help purchase equipment such as adaptable tricycles and adaptable beach wheelchairs that help people with cerebral palsy reach their fitness goals. Kids who participate can also earn credit for the equivalent of 10 community-service hours for school, making this a great family activity. This is the second year of the competition. The debut of Out &...

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los angeles schools

Perks for Private-School Parents

Local campuses offer a host of classes and activities for moms and dads of students. Cara Lisco doesn’t expect to become a top-notch knitter or dancer by taking weekly classes at Highland Hall Waldorf School, where her three children are students. The knitting and eurythmy classes are among enrichment activities offered to parents of students who attend the Northridge private school. They are designed to help parents like Lisco have fun and gain insight. “When I learned how to knit in a weekly parenting class, I finally understood why knitting supports left brain/right brain neurological development that is essential as...

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Choosing a School: It’s In the Details

Most schools offer a good education. Look beyond that to find a fit for your child.  The days of sending kids to an assigned neighborhood school, no questions asked, are gone. Today, Southern California families are fortunate to have many great schools to choose from, giving us the opportunity to find just the right school for our kids. But after the websites are combed, tours are taken and the big questions are answered, how can a family be sure a school is the best fit for the child? It’s all in the details. Just because a school checks off all...

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special needs

Entering The World Of Oz With Justin

Autism is something I never imagined that my world would revolve around. It all began with a phone call from the school about my son, Justin, who was 5 at the time, not participating in class – odd behavior, not being sociable with staff or peers. Next, I received a letter from the school, asking us to have him tested. Following that assessment, a meeting was scheduled. The psychologist finished reading her reports and then said, “autism.” And as she was describing what autism was in detail, time stood still. I was frozen, watching everyone in that conference room look...

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parenting

Striking a Preschool Balance: Play-Based vs. Academic Programs

Search out the best play-based and academic elements to find the right fit for your child. When my daughter, Mirae, was 3, she came home from preschool one day raving about baby rabbits. A rabbit had given birth and burrowed her offspring in the dirt just under the swing set at Mirae’s preschool, Pierce College Child Development Center in Woodland Hills. A child found the burrow, and the adventure began. The teachers at this play-based preschool turned the discovery into an opportunity for learning. They first asked the children what they should do to protect the baby rabbits from predators....

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Chat Room: Molly Newman: Shepherding Students Toward The Arts – and Beyond

Molly Newman was the kid who loved books, stories and writing. She followed her love for literature and started her career as a high school English teacher. As the Director of College Counseling for Idyllwild Arts Academy, she now helps students follow their passion for the arts to college and beyond. Idyllwild Arts, located in the pine-forested San Jacinto Mountains, is an internationally acclaimed residential arts high school with programs focusing on music, theater, dance, visual arts, creative writing, film and digital media and fashion design. What’s the most important advice you give your students? Have a flexible and open...

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