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Tips for a Super Summer

We’re halfway through summer and you’re probably beginning to hear things like “I’m bored” and “What are we going to do today?” Don’t let your summer be a bust! These helpful tips will keep your kids happy and on track all summer long!

1. Stave off boredom: Send your children to a great summer camp!

When choosing the right camp for your little ones, consider the size of the camp, distance from your home, whether it is a day or overnight camp, and the costs of the camp. For day camps, pack healthy lunches and apply sunscreen before they leave the house! For overnight camps, remember to pack light and include sunscreen and bug spray! Inquire about the age, background, and training of counseling staff and the drug/alcohol policy. Most of all, choose a camp with fun and educational programs your children will enjoy!

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18 Books for Elementary Students

Catch a Page Artwork by Henry Cole
Catch a Page
Artwork by Henry Cole

Can you believe it? Summer is almost here! Time for Vacation! Time for Relaxation! Time for READING! Not sure what books might be right for your child? We’re here to help! The following books are a few favorites recommended by our very own Lower School Librarian, Mrs. Judy Houser:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
1. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Slate
2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3. Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey, Henry Cole
4. A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Erin E. Stead
5. Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
6. The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
7. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
8. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
9. You’ll Grow Soon, Alex by Andrea Shavick Continue reading 18 Books for Elementary Students

It Just Might Change Your Life

It had finally happened: 32 students are staring at me. Each of them is dressed in a traditional dobok. They are standing perfectly still and arranged in rigid lines. My palms are sweating and my stomach is turning in knots. It’s the first week of my summer vacation and I’m wishing I could transport myself back to the beach I was at just hours earlier. I’m looking around the room and I can barely catch a hint of a patch, the South Korean flag, on each of their left sleeves. I had been dreading this day.  I knew this day would happen eventually, but I didn’t realize that this moment would change my life. I was nowhere near realizing it then; I was just trying to make it through the next 60 minutes without making a complete mockery of myself.

1995_WorldMartialArtsFestivalCropFrom the contextual clues, you might have guessed what’s going on; but then again, Tae Kwon Do isn’t exactly the most well-known sport in the United States. I guess I could have started by saying that I am a martial artist. Continue reading It Just Might Change Your Life