Sunday, January 21, 2018

The School Uniform Debate … and Local Uniform Resources for Parents

Parents often recall the “teen love movies,” from classics such as “Romeo and Juliet” or “West Side Story” to the movies of John Hughes, such as “Pretty in Pink,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “The Breakfast Club,” which are generally enjoyed by all teens since the films debuted in the 1980s.

Quite often, the theme in many of these movies is “opposites attract” - boy and girl meet, fall madly in love, and then the trouble starts. Invariably, one of the star-crossed lovers are portrayed as being from the “wrong side of the tracks.” The audience would intuit this early in the movie, as they watched the girl strolling down the street, talking and giggling with her friends. These girls stood out from the crowd, as they were dressed alike in school uniforms. Usually they were from Catholic schools, or at least they were in the movies.

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The Children’s Librarian: A Critical Partner in Your Child’s School Success

A fourth grade girl once checked out “The Golden Phoenix” in the school library and loved the main character so much, she couldn’t bear to turn the book back in to the library. Her dread grew as the due date inched closer, because just holding the book brought the spirit of its main character into her heart.

The little girl devised a solution: she carefully cut out every occurrence of the word “Phoenix,” put the little pieces of paper in her special hiding place, and THEN turned the book in. (Her mom and dad were very understanding when they had to replace the book.) I know the story is true … because this little girl was me.

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Children’s Musician Steve Weeks: Music is Educational, Brings Families Together

On June 13, children’s musician Steve Weeks performed for a group of local South Mississippi kids for “Steve Weeks in Concert,” held at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport. A singer, songwriter and guitarist who tours nationally, Weeks has four tracks that have reached No. 1 on Sirius XM’s “Kids Place Live” channel. Weeks also came in first place -- with his song "Up!” -- in the children’s music category of the U.S. Songwriting Competition. He has recorded multiple albums of acoustic guitar numbers designed to appeal to children as well as adults, including a trio of recordings known as the “Alphabet Song Series” and the albums “Dandelion” and “Once I lived Upon the Sea.”

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Starting the School Year Well: Tips for Parents

August always proves to be a very busy time for families. After a summer of vacation and leisure activities, it is time to get back to the routines of school and work. By focusing on a few important areas, families can foster healthy habits that will carry students throughout the year.

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Bay St. Louis First Grader Wins Mississippi Public Broadcasting Writing Contest

Mississippi Public Broadcasting encouraged children from kindergarten through third grade to participate in the 2014 PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. Children illustrated and created their own original stories and submitted them to MPB. Anton Nasrallah, from Holy Trinity Catholic School in Bay St. Louis, won first place in the first grade category with his handcrafted book, called “If I Was a Cheetah.”

The contest is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills and allows elementary-aged children to have a hands-on experience with the process of writing and illustrating a book.

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