The first time I read it, it didn’t register. September 10: first day of school. My two youngest are in kindergarten and the first year of preschool this year, so we’re all a little anxious about…the beginning of school. I wrote it on my calendar, and that’s when I made the connection. September 10 is the first full day of Rosh Hashanah. I’ve already gotten the day off, I’ve already planned the menu, and we’re having 15 people over for dinner. And… it’s the first day of school. We all… >> Read More
Whether your kids have already started classes or the first school bell will ring sometime after Labor Day, it's officially back-to-school season.
And with a new school year comes a fresh…assortment of school supplies: Notebooks? Check. Pens and pencils? Check. New water bottle to replace the one your kid managed to lose on the last day of summer camp? Check. Bulletproof insert for your kid's backpack? Wait, what? We were surprised when our inbox contained a message advertising a new device from SentryShield, a "maker… >> Read More
My parents still have the Seder plate I made when I was in my final year of preschool. The teachers demonstrated how to draw an egg, shank bone, and all the other essential accoutrements — and…5-year-old me drew two happy pigs, complete with belly buttons, basking in the sunshine instead. My mom remembers her mortification when I skipped out the classroom door and proudly presented her with that masterpiece. Though we may not have used my Seder plate for Passover that year, my mom kept the plate as a funny… >> Read More
As a mother of six kids, there are so many different teachers to whom I entrust my children day after day. And now, as we approach the end of the school year (sob!), I need to write…to you to tell you how much I respect and admire you and all that you do. First, for my youngest daughters’ teachers in nursery school. I believe nursery school teachers are a special breed. For the first time, our kids are away from home, and you become their out-of-the-house fearless leader. You teach them… >> Read More
As the school year draws to a close, chances are you're busy with end-of-year performances, ordering items to check off the summer camp packing list, and finalizing vacation and childcare…arrangements. But before school's officially out for summer, please be sure to properly thank your child's teachers. In addition to, you know, caring for and educating your kid, a teacher may have touched your child's life in ways you may not even know. Take the story of one Brooklyn boy, Shawn Carter — who's better… >> Read More