Monday, September 3, 2012
Fashions for the elementary school set are becoming more and more adult. Do you have trouble finding clothes for your little girls?
Does it make you cringe when you see 13- or 14-year-olds wearing booty shorts and T-shirts that say things like “future trophy wife”? How about the fact that the same attire is now marketed toward girls half their age? It’s becoming harder for parents of young girls, not to mention teenagers, to dress them in what was long considered age-appropriate clothing. The Chicago Tribune reported last week that sociologists and retail experts confirm that clothes for girls are becoming more sexualized and are designed to look more like their moms'. And the recession has only spurred the trend, the article says, since parents are more willing to spend money on their children’s clothes than their own, and retailers have caught on. A blog on Baby …
Monday, August 27, 2012
With an increase in kids with allergies, schools are adapting by having special rules such as peanut-free cafeterias. If your child has allergies or goes to a school with special rules, packing a lunch can be difficult.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4-6 percent of children in the U.S. under 18 have food allergies, and that number is rising. School can be a particularly dangerous place for these kids. The CDC says that 16-18 percent of them have had an allergic reaction at school due to accidentally ingesting a food allergen. Odds are that if your child isn’t one of those with a serious allergy, he or she goes to school with someone who is. Because schools are required by federal law to make adjustments for any student with a life-threatening allergy, this may mean nut-free tables in the lunchroom, or even an entirely nut-free school. If you’re in either of those categories, how do you pack a healthy, allergen-free lunch for…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Share with Grayslake Patch your back-to-school photos.
From preschoolers to seniors in high school, students in the Grayslake area are headed back to class. Share with us the back-to-school moments you've captured. Maybe it's a snapshot of the special breakfast you prepared, a picture on the porch or at the bus stop, we know families have their own special ways of remembering the start of each school year. It's easy to contribute. Just click 'Upload Photos and Video' at the top of this page and follow the few simple steps. Then, make sure you forward the link to Grandma and Grandpa, your friends, family and even post it on Facebook! Afterall, the start of a new school year is something to celebrate.
Monday, August 20, 2012
More than 20 million children ride the bus to and from school. What do you stress to yours about how to stay safe?
OK, parents, a pop quiz: What’s the largest public transportation system in the U.S.? The answer: school buses. About 22.5 million kids ride them, resulting in more than 94.2 billion student-passenger miles each year. The good news is that according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, “school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school.” Still, accidents can happen. According to the National Safety Council, loading and unloading are the most dangerous parts of the bus ride for students. Many organizations provide safety rules for riding the school bus, including this pamphlet from the National Safety Council and this primer written for kids from Kids Health. They …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Inject a little fun and creativity into your kids' school lunch ideas so the lunch box comes home empty
For many of you, sending the kids back to school means packing a lunch box every day. The thought of having to pack 5 lunches a week for 9 months straight can be daunting. In the past, I know I would quickly run out of school lunch ideas. I would get bored packing the kids' lunches so, I could understand why my kids would bring home a lunch box full of wasted food. But, I figured out that getting my child to eat his or her lunch just takes a little fun and creativity, especially if you pickly eater that limits your food variety. Here are 7 ideas to make school lunches the highlight of your kids’ day. 1. Shake it up. Prepare the same old food in a new way. Instead of a regular peanut butter and jelly on white bread (ho hum), make Pinwheel …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Fall classes begin August 20.
Whether you are working towards a degree or just want to work on a hobby, check out the full selection of classes the College of Lake County has to offer. With the fall semester beginning August 20, you still have time to register. Find out more about everything the College of Lake County has to offer by logging on to their website.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
This year, all sixth- and ninth-graders in Illinois must show proof that they received the Tdap vaccine for whooping cough.
Today, health officials and organizers from around the State of Illinois are partnering up to raise awareness about the importance of protecting children against deadly diseases by getting vaccinated. With kids headed home from overnight camp, and the beginning of the school year just around the corner, parents are being urged to make sure their children are up-to-date with vaccinations. This year, four prominent health organizations in Illinois are partnering to send the message that making sure children are fully vaccinated is especially important in preventing deadly diseases. The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (NIPHC), which is made up of 11 public health departments including the Lake County Health Department, is joining…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
JcPenney offers free haircuts for children in kindergarten to 6th grade. The only condition is to call your local salon for an appointment.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
JcPenney is offering free haircuts to children in kindergarten to 6th grade in August. To check for a salon in your area and to make an appointment, call 855-JCP-KIDS or check JcPenney's website. Is a haircut on your list of things to do before your child heads back to school? Tell us in the comments below, and share your back-to-school haircut photos with Patch.
Whether your kids are starting kindergarten, middle school, high school or a brand new school, these tips will help reduce back-to-school jitters
Heading back to school is exciting but it can also cause some jitters for your kids. Especially if they are starting a new school. Being introduced to a new school, new teachers, and new classmates is a big transition. Even if your child is excited and eager to go to their new school, they may be anxious about a few things and it's helpful to identify their stress and talk it out. Here are some tips to smooth the transition and start the new school year off right. Get Them Involved. Have your kids help you with the back to school shopping. They'll feel more in control if they can help with the process of choosing their supplies, backpack and even school clothes. Don’t Miss Orientations. No matter what grade your kids are entering this …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Dr. Catherine Finger is elected to Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators.
From the county, to the state and now the national level of education advocacy, Dr. Catherine Finger, the superintendent of Grayslake Community High School District 127, is on a mission to serve as the 'voice of education.' Finger was appointed to the Governing Board of the American Assocation of School Administrators by members of the Illinois AASA. She is among the 37 new members of the board who will serve a three year term to both represent their home state and report on the work of the Association to their home state affiliate. "We're really the political advocacy for the state and federal, as well as local law-making efforts," Finger said. It's something she is somewhat familiar with. Finger has served as president, as well as in …