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Thoughtful Thursday: Winter Poetry

Winter is on its way, and if you are on the East Coast, baby, it’s cold outside! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday ushers in December with a group of great winter poems. First up is “Winter Trees”, by William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), an ode to the beauty of a winter forest. In “Those Winter Sundays” Robert Hayden […]

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Time to Focus on Summer Plans

Summer camp planning in December? Yes! It is not too early to start thinking about what your children will be doing in the summer of 2019. Camps start filling their spaces in January, and camp consultants are already hosting events this month to introduce parents to a variety of summer opportunities for children. Tips on […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Martin Espada

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday features the poetry of Martin Espada (b. 1957), an award-winning Latino poet, essayist and author who has written extensively about the pursuit of social justice. Espada was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is of Puerto Rican descent. His father Frank Espada was a community organizer and civil rights activist who […]

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Tell Your Sons About Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets

Twenty year old Jarrett Allen, a rookie on the Brooklyn Nets, has been excited about computers and math since he was a little boy. When he was in high school he built a computer (which he still uses). Basketball is his primary focus these days, and he has made a good impression on the court […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Thanksgiving

Hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday (yes, it’s the Friday edition) celebrates Thanksgiving in all of its family and food-filled glory, with poems from two of our most celebrated African-American poets: Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) and Langston Hughes (1901-1967). We begin with Hughes’ classic “Thanksgiving Time”, a wonderfully vivid celebration of […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and today’s Thoughtful Thursday brings you three poems from Native American poets. “Autumn” is by Alexander Posey (1873-1908). Posey was a Muskogee Creek poet, journalist, politician and humorist. He founded the Eufaula Indian Journal in 1901, the first Native American daily newspaper. “Remember” is by Joy Harjo (b.1951). Harjo, […]

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Talking to Our Children About Safety in Public Places

News of mass shootings at concerts and bars are occurring with horrifying regularity. These are places where our teens and young adult children are likely to frequent. What should we tell them about how to prepare themselves for the worst case scenario? Here is some advice from security experts (via this Washington Post article): Prepare […]

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New School Shopping? Check out the Parent #ToolKitTalk on Navigating School Choice Tonight!

Have a little one who will soon start school? Or an older student who wants/needs to make a change? Then you should check out the Parent #ToolKitTalk, “Helping Families Navigate School Choice” TONIGHT (11/13/18) at 7pm EST. You can be a part of the conversation with the Managing Editor of GreatSchools.org and the Executive Director […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Fall

It’s Thoughtful Thursday, time to turn away from all the worries of the world and let a bit of poetry soothe the soul. As the first full week of November comes to an end, and the trees here in Central Park are putting on a colorful autumnal display, let’s celebrate the fall season with a […]

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How Do We Talk With Our Children About These Mass Shootings?

Late yesterday a gunman walked into a Southern California bar populated with college students and opened fire, killing at least 12. Less than 2 weeks ago, a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and started shooting, killing 11 worshippers and injuring 7. We can barely absorb the horrific news of one shooting before another takes […]

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