EDUCATION MATTERS—SANFORD SCHOOL'S PRIVATE SCHOOL BLOG

Learn more about current school issues and trends from Sanford School’s educational experts.  Sanford’s blog is sure to help you navigate your child’s educational journey.

6 Tips For Building Healthy Screen Time Habits

Posted by Collaboratively written by Jen Conway and Andrea Winner on February 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Technology is a big part of life today, especially given that many students are spending at least some portion of the school year doing remote learning, as well as connecting with friends and family over social media. In the past, the goal was to keep screen time under two hours per day, but in 2015 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) media recommendations were updated to be less focused on a specific number and more focused on having balance. Below we walk through the six steps that the AAP encourages families to take to support the development of healthy media behaviors.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

Creating a Safe & Reliable Environment for Virtual Learning for Your Child

Posted by Sandy Sutty on February 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM

With many schools learning completely online or hybrid, it is important to make sure you are creating a safe and reliable virtual learning environment for your child. Your child may need to attend virtual meetings and to complete assignments for class daily. Remind your child about internet safety and expectations to act appropriately online. If your child’s school is using virtual learning, consider these best practices:

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Distance Learning

Helping Teenagers Manage Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the lives of teenagers. For children in 7th through 12th grade, going to school, interacting with friends, and engaging with family all look very different today than they did a year ago. Often, this drastic level of sudden change in a teenager’s lifestyle can give rise to feelings of uncertainty and stress. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing stress, there are a number of strategies you can implement to promote positive mental health habits with your teen. Here are some tips to help manage stress in 7th-12th graders:

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, School Counseling, Middle School, Distance Learning

Helping Your Younger Child Manage Stress During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted nearly everyone, yet it can be difficult to pinpoint how the pandemic has affected the mental and emotional health of young children. Children manifest feelings of stress and anxiety in different ways than adults, and as a result, their mental health needs may often go overlooked. Here are some tips for promoting your child’s mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips, School Counseling, Elementary Education, Distance Learning

Counting on Alumni during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Justin McLellan'16 on January 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many questions for the futures of institutions and individuals alike. For independent schools in the summer of 2020, questions surfaced about how to safely reopen during the pandemic, what safety procedures to implement, and how to manage the additional labor needed to make reopening a reality.

Individuals, too, were plunged into uncertainty. In particular, college seniors graduating in 2020 found their plans drastically altered as a result of the pandemic. For those looking to enter the workforce, employers delayed or revoked job offers to recent graduates. Other graduates hoping to pursue advanced degrees were forced to relocate as many universities closed their campuses for the 2020-2021 school year. My own plans were no exception. The Fulbright Fellowship I was planning to begin the summer after graduating was postponed and postponed again before finally being cancelled due to the pandemic.

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Topics: Community, Alumni

Books That Celebrate Diverse Holidays

Posted by Cecilie Zwick Coker on December 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Winter Break is a great time to cuddle up with your kids and do some reading! Below we have a list of holiday reads for young children that celebrate holiday traditions from all over the world. Use these books to revisit holidays that you know and love or to learn about a new celebration.

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Topics: Education, Parenting Tips, Preschool, Elementary Education

Ways To Get Tuition Assistance To Afford Private School

Posted by Jaime Morgan on December 4, 2020 at 12:45 PM

At Sanford, we understand that private school tuition costs may cause families to not consider this educational opportunity. This video offers a brief, clear explanation of how tuition assistance works at Sanford School. We approach tuition assistance in a personalized way —if your child is the right fit for our school, we want to help make a Sanford education affordable. Check out the video. You can't afford to miss it!

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Topics: Financial Aid, Affordability, Parenting Tips, Sanford School

Parent Advice for Navigating the College Process During COVID-19

Posted by Katie Trachtenberg '06 on November 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM

The college search process can seem daunting even in the best of times. This year, there are even more questions and unknowns for parents, as well as for admissions officers and college counselors. With an open mind and a degree of patience, you can still navigate this milestone with your students.

Here are six tips to guide you through the college process:

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Topics: College Guidance, Parenting Tips

How to Get the Most from a Virtual Parent-Teacher Conference

Posted by Jan Ross on November 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM

The relationship between home and school is pivotal to the success of your child. As parent-teacher conferences are announced, the way you approach this relationship can help shape important outcomes for your child. It is important to bring patience, understanding, and compassion to the conversation, especially now during the pandemic. Although conferences will be virtual, the content of the meeting is just as meaningful and essential. Use this unique one-on-one time to explore how you can support the “formal” learning process and get a fresh perspective on your child’s development. Planning ahead can help you establish a solid partnership with your child’s teacher.

Here are a few tips to make your parent-teacher conference more productive:

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Topics: Academics, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

3 Ideas for Delicious and Nutritious Lunches for Your Child

Posted by Collaboratively written by Jen Conway and Andrea Winner on November 6, 2020 at 12:35 PM

During the pandemic, most schools have asked families to make their own lunches for their children. If you’ve been making the same old lunches every week, then it’s time to spice things up a bit! Below are three ways to pump up the fun and the nutrition the next time you pack your child’s lunch.

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Topics: Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips