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.

5 Tips To Encourage Your Child To Complete Their Summer Reading

Posted by Sandy Sutty on July 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Now that it is summer, It is time to start thinking about your child’s summer reading. Some schools require your child to read. It can be as simple as reading a book of choice, picking from a selection of books, or specific books. Ensure you check with your child’s school to make sure you have all of the requirements for their summer reading. Once you find out, getting them to read may be challenging. Read these tips to encourage your child to start reading.

Read More

Topics: Academics, Parenting Tips

3 Activities to Help Your Child Engage With Nature

Posted by Patrick Martin on July 2, 2021 at 8:51 PM

Summer is here, so it’s the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. This blog from Harvard Medical School describes six reasons why it's important for kids to spend time outside. If one (or more!) of those reasons resonates with you, then take advantage of one of our activities below that will help you and your child engage with nature.

Read More

Topics: Summer, Parenting Tips, Community

6 Fun Ways To Promote Summer Learning

Posted by Kara Fontes on June 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM

The end of the school year is here, and while that might mean lazy days by the pool or family vacations, it’s also the perfect time to start preparing your child for the upcoming school year. Here are six fun ways to promote learning and to make sure your child makes the most of this SUMMER so that they can roll smoothly into the fall.

Read More

Topics: Education, Academics, Summer, Health & Wellness, Parenting Tips

Keeping A Strong School Community During A Pandemic

Posted by Laura Gaylor on June 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM

How do you keep a school community strong in a school year caught between virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning? It starts with school leaders and parents who have a shared vision of success. Your support and participation make a difference. Whether you choose to engage on a personal, informal, or formal level, here are a few opportunities to stay engaged in your school community during the pandemic.

Read More

Topics: Parenting Tips, Community, Sanford School

Teacher Tips For Motivating Students During Hybrid Learning

When the pandemic impacts nearly every aspect of student learning, how can we help our children survive and thrive? Finding ways to motivate students and providing the best teaching strategies during hybrid learning is not easy. Whether children are attending class in person or online, participating in “school” is a great way to provide a sense of normalcy in their lives.

Read More

Topics: Education, Academics, Elementary Education, High School Experience, Distance Learning

5 Ways A Summer Enrichment Program Can Help Your Child

Posted by Christine DiUbaldo on May 7, 2021 at 11:51 AM

For more than a year, children across the country have been learning in atypical school settings. Faced with remote, hybrid, and in-person teaching and learning options along with major changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, some students have fallen behind academically. In addition, many miss their typical routines, others are suffering from Zoom fatigue, and the majority are longing for social interaction.

As your family prepares to wrap up this school year and makes plans for next year, consider enrolling your child in a summer enrichment program. Strong enrichment programs, even during a traditional school year, offer many benefits for PreKindergarten through high school students. Learn about five ways a summer enrichment program can help your child:

Read More

Topics: Education, Summer, Arts, Sanford School

Letting Go of Your High School Senior

Posted by Jan Ross on April 23, 2021 at 12:30 PM

After eighteen or so years, you may be ready to see your senior plan their departure to college and move away, or like many parents, you may be dreading it. Giving yourself time to contemplate this huge life change and to offer some useful tips to your student will make a difference. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:

Read More

Topics: Parenting Tips, Community, High School Experience

Establishing a School Routine During COVID-19

Posted by Christine DiUbaldo on April 9, 2021 at 12:25 PM

While it is wonderful to be back to school in person, COVID-19 has made the school experience drastically different, so you may need to switch up the routine that you have relied on in the past. Below are some suggestions for what you should do the night before school and in the morning to ensure that you and your child have a smooth start to the day. Depending on your child's age will dictate how much guidance they will need when preparing for the school day.

Read More

Topics: Education, Parenting Tips, Distance Learning

Bringing Our "A" Game to High School Sports During a Pandemic

Posted by Caitlin Brooks on March 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Offering high school sports during a pandemic is challenging.  However, because athletic programs and participation are beneficial for students, many schools have taken steps to safely and effectively offer sports even in the midst of  COVID-19. Here are a few strategies that our coaches and administrators have developed and implemented to safely play sports in a pandemic.

Read More

Topics: Athletics, Health & Wellness

Raising Our Voices About Coronavirus Racism

Posted by Mark Anderson on March 15, 2021 at 9:00 AM

During the past year, school leaders throughout our country have shared countless messages about the COVID-19 pandemic. Information about testing, vaccines, safety protocols, and many other topics has been featured in newsletters, videos, and school communications.

One pandemic-related matter that has not been addressed frequently is the rise of anti-Asian hate, exclusion, and racism that is taking place throughout our country. Since the start of the pandemic, Stop AAPI Hate and Asian Americans Advancing Justice have collectively reported more than 3,000 cases of anti-Asian incidences of violence. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic rise in anti-Asian attacks and crimes in California and New York. Many of these were unprovoked violent assaults. Not surprisingly, many Asians in our community are experiencing trauma, fear, and despair.

As a school leader, I am committed to using my platform to denounce hate, violence, and racism no matter where it occurs—and I condemn those who participate in these acts. My hope is that all school leaders raise their voices and support members of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities locally and across our nation. Likewise, every individual has an opportunity and responsibility to do their part in the fight against bigotry, hate, and violence.

Read More

Topics: Health & Wellness, Community, Diversity