Thursday, December 13, 2012
The winter break hiatus from school is coming up soon for kids. How will you embrace the break?
I’m assuming most youth attending school – from elementary to high school – are ready and waiting anxiously for the upcoming winter break. While kids of all ages tend to look forward to a break from school, sometimes it can be a little challenging for parents. From finding alternate daycare to combating the “there is nothing to do” phrase or just being the sole source of transportation, winter break from school can be both a blessing and a curse for parents. This week, we’re asking parents to help out each other this holiday season. SHARE: What ideas do you have for kids and families to do during winter break? What are your favorite “go to” places in the winter months? How do you handle daycare challenges? Share your ideas and thoughts in …
Monday, August 8, 2011
Do your kids resist going back to school, or are they ready to get back into the routine? How do you get them ready?
The start of the school year is a few weeks away, but it's creeping up faster than we might realize (what happened to June and July?). Are your kids ready to get back into the school routine? Share your thoughts with other parents on: Our Parents Council members—Jodi Saari, Dyane Garvey, Kathy Anderson, Stephanie Schmid and Mary Jeanne Schneeman—are ready to share their experiences and suggestions, and encourage you to jump in with your ideas. Post your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, if you’re a mom or dad and live in the area and are interested in joining our Parents Council to help guide our weekly discussion topics, email Editor David Henke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Parents and teachers say a high student-to-teacher ratio at Pine Bend Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights is undermining students' education.
Patti Goettsch has nearly three decades of teaching under her belt, but in all those years, she's never seen a class of students as large as the one she is teaching now. Goettsch, a third-grade teacher at Pine Bend Elementary School in Inver Grove Heights, currently has 32 students in her classroom. If you think she's a statistical outlier, think again. Several other classrooms in the school have more than 30 students, and the average student-to-teacher ratio at Pine Bend is 26.7:1, according to information released by the Inver Grove Heights School District. Compare that to the 25.5:1 ratio at Hilltop Elementary, or the much lower 24:1 student-to-teacher ratio at Salem Hills Elementary. The overcrowding at Pine Bend has drawn concern …