Tuesday, May 3, 2011
It's Teacher Appreciation Week; what ideas do you have for showing your kids' teachers how important they are?
It's National Teacher Appreciation Day, and in Rochester Community Schools, this week is recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week. Rochester Patch is searching for ideas for presenting tokens of thanks to the men and women who teach our children. Do you send school supplies with your children? Thank-you notes? A bag of apples? Does your classroom organize an appreciation event? We invite teachers to answer this question, too. Teachers: what's the most meaningful token of appreciation you could receive from a student?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A mom of preschoolers is wondering how she can prepare her children, and herself, for lunchtime choices in elementary school.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A mom asks Rochester Patch readers for advice on school lunches. Do you pack your child's lunch? How often do you let your child buy lunch? How do you teach your children to make healthful choices when it comes to school lunch?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
How much emphasis do you place on organic foods in your household?
When Mind Body & Spirits announced last week that it was closing for good, those who appreciate local, organic meals heaved a collective sigh. "For health reasons, I choose organic everything when I can get it," posted Rochester Patch reader Stella. "Even though we would only treat ourselves to dinner out twice a month, MBS was the only place I could go to get a night off from cooking!" With a focus this week on Earth Day, let's talk about organic eating and cooking. Which foods do you try to buy organic? How do you justify the added cost in your family's budget ? Have you found any tricks for organic cooking that you could share with other parents?
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
For our first Patch Book Chat, we're reading "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." Which parenting books have you found insightful?
There is no shortage of parenting advice on the bookshelf. From baby name guides to books on combating bullying, diagnosing food allergies and dealing with a reluctant potty trainee, advice for every stage of parenting is only a page away. For our first Patch Book Chat, we're talking about Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the parenting book that has been a talker since its publication last year. But there are so many more. We're hoping to create a list of book suggestions for our parent readers, from newbies to parents of teens. Tell us what words have worked — and haven't worked — for you.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We invite parents to weigh in on today's topic.
Rochester Community Schools is facing a $16 million deficit next school year. One potential cutback is school busing — school leaders said this week that the elimination of busing for Grades 9-12 alone would save $1.3 million. Cutting busing altogether would save three times that amount. There is no official proposal to eliminate buses; it was one of several potential options discussed Monday night. Keeping in mind that cutbacks have to happen somewhere, would you support the elimination of school buses in the district?
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Also, if you have a gun in your home, how you keep it safe from your children?
Rochester Hills mom Laura Cassar recently found out that a home her child frequently plays at has a locked gun. If you own a gun, do you tell the play date parents? And how do you keep your gun safe from children?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Rochester Community Schools now follows the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation to not make children stay home from school when they have head lice.
Don't be surprised if your head starts to itch while you read this. We're talking here about head lice, those tiny pale insects that cause itching and annoyance and are especially prevalent during hat-wearing seasons. Last summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its protocol for diagnosing and treating head lice and revised its recommendations for how schools respond to a suspected or confirmed case of the scalp-attacking insects. Head lice are not a health hazard, nor are they a sign of poor hygiene, the academy asserted. "No healthy child should be excluded from or miss school because of head lice, and no-nit policies for return to school should be abandoned," the recommendations concluded. When this panel of medical experts…
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's Read Across America Day, and we're asking parents to share their book recommendations.
My son was 3 weeks old when I first opened the pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My sister-in-law had loaned the book to me. You have to read this, she told me, now that you have a son. Partly to battle my newfound loneliness and partly to calm down my colicky child (he was one of THOSE babies) I read the book, out loud, while holding him on my chest in our big leather recliner. I read nonstop for about four days until the book was finished. And then I started on the next one. That's where I say it all began: where my son, now 8, learned to love books. He reads everything: fiction (he loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Percy Jackson series), nonfiction (anything about football), the newspaper. He loves almanacs and once …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
From test-taking to university tours, now is the time for parents to help guide children through the college decision-making process.
For high school juniors and seniors, now is the time for taking tests and touring colleges and universities. Mom Sally Anglim is at the end of this process and wonders if parents can share their best advice for guiding children along the path toward this sometimes tough decision.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Here's what we're doing. Add your ideas here and help out the snowbound Rochester moms!
Cold weather have you stuck inside? From The Village to Stoney Creek, we're hearing today from moms who are snowed in and starting to get stir-crazy. After you send your kids outside to build a snow fort or help shovel, what's left to do when you can't get through your cul-de-sac? We are reminded of this story posted during the last big snowstorm. Moms pitched in with things-to-do ideas like homework, baking and our personal favorite, a "Post It note" scavenger hunt. There are 25 ideas in that story and the attached comments alone. Let's come up with 25 more. We want to hear from you: What are you doing to keep the kids busy today? We're all experts here. Roll-A-Snowman For inspiration, we provide you with this easy activity, designed for…