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Thoughtful Thursday: Money Matters

Did you know that April is Financial Literary Month?  (So many themes, only 12 months, some months have to do double duty.) In 2004 the U.S. Senate designated April as Financial Literary Month in an effort to encourage Americans to  establish and maintain healthy financial habits.   Since it is Financial Literacy Month, today's Thoughtful Thursday features poems about money. But [...]

Building Stronger Parent/Teacher Partnerships

Are you in partnership with your children's teachers to make sure your children are thriving in school?  In today's second session of "The Inside Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive from K-8", Lower school teacher Jennifer Vermont-Davis offered parents advice on how to establish  strong and productive relationships with teachers each year.  Here just are a few of her many [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!  National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to increase  America's awareness and appreciation of poetry. Our first Thoughtful Thursday of National Poetry Month begins with a beautiful poem about poetry from Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), whose career over the course of his long life included being a lawyer, Fortune [...]

How to Get the Most Out of Museum Visits with Your Children

When is the last time you were at a museum with your children?  Did your kids have a great time discovering and learning about the museum's treasures?  Or did their melt downs and/or complaints of boredom and hunger force you to end the trip early?  In today's first class of "The Inside Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive from [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Farewell, Women’s History Month

On our last Thoughtful Thursday in Women's History Month  we celebrate the work of three wonderful poets:  the wonderfully accomplished and prolific June Jordan (1936–2002); the brilliant British poet and activist Warsan Shire (b.1988), who is most widely known as the poet whose work was featured in Beyonce's visual album Lemonade; and the young talented poet and writer Alexandra [...]

The Deadline is TODAY: NY Times Summer Academy for High School Students

Would your high schooler be interested in spending two weeks in New York City or Washington DC diving into unique academic pursuits which take advantage of the best these cities have to offer?   The New York Times Summer Academy offers high schoolers two week courses in June -August which cover a host of great topics including "Diverse Voices in [...]

Update on Tani the Chess Champion: More Good News

We were all heartened to learn how 8 year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi  became a state wide chess champion while living with his family in a homeless shelter. And now the news gets even better. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist who broke Tani's story, reports in a recent update that thanks to the generosity of people who read [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating U.S. Poet Laureates

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we continue our month long tribute to women poets in honor of Women's History Month.  Today we shine a spotlight on the four African-American female poets who have been appointed by the Library of Congress to serve as the U.S. Poet Laureate,  our nation's chief poetry consultant. Originally called the "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of [...]

Tell Your Sons About Tani the New York State Chess Champion

Have you heard about the 8 year old Nigerian refugee living in a NYC homeless shelter who took first place in the NYS Scholastic Chess Championship for his age bracket? This is a story of hard work, perseverance, and kindness to share with your sons and daughters. Eight year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who is known as Tani, came with [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Women Poets in March

Today's Thoughtful Thursday continues the celebration of Women's History Month, featuring women poets from a variety of cultures and generations. Today we offer a delightful assortment of poems about women by women. First Patricia Smith (b.1955) gives us a "Hip Hop Ghazal" celebrating femininity. A ghazal, originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, consists of couplets [...]