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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Best Summer Reads for Young Children

Young children love being read to, and kids who are read to on a regular basis are likely to learn how to read quickly and easily when the time comes. Take advantage of the long days this summer by squeezing in some reading time each day. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

Free Summer Fun in Pittsburgh

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer without breaking the bank? Look no more! Pittsburgh is loaded with fun events and activities that will cost you absolutely nothing. Pack a picnic lunch, pack up the kids, and get ready have the best summer ever without even opening your wallet. 

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Topics: Local, Parenting, General, Summer

Grade 5 Commencement Address by Head Of Lower School Dr. Cricket Mikheev

Thank you newly minted Middle School students and thank you Mr. Heavner for such beautiful music. That may be my favorite rendition of Katy Perry’s Firework ever! In fact, I’ve been so in “awe-awe-awe” of your work with your commencement song that I decided to focus my remarks on this song and what it says about you as a class.

I’d like to tell you about the process that lead to the Class of 2023’s song selection because it is so emblematic of who these wonderful students are. Mr. Heavner worked with the students to discern the difference between graduation and commencement. Graduation is a measured point of achievement along a journey. Graduation is an important time to notice how much we have learned and grown and this is why students are graduated from their grade each year. Commencement, which we are celebrating together today, represents beginning something new and exciting. These students have completed Lower School and are now moving on to new adventures in learning in Middle School.
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Topics: Parenting

5 Things To Do After Graduation

High school graduation is an exciting time in any student's life. The door is wide open for opportunity, and a feeling of change is in the air. College is right around the corner, with anticipation that anything could happen in this new, exciting life.

However, while all of this is exciting and graduation is a happy time, it tends to be bittersweet and a bit scary as well. Leaving friends and family behind and heading into the unknown might leave your student feeling a bit apprehensive, and letting go of your child—no matter how grown—will likely have you wondering where the time went and wishing you could get some of it back.
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Topics: Parenting

Fourth of July Fun

Independence Day is coming up soon and it's time to decide how you will celebrate. From teaching your kids about the meaning of the holiday to eating delicious foods and watching incredible fireworks displays, the ways to celebrate the Fourth of July are endless. Make some great memories with your kiddos by planning to do a few of these fun, family-friendly all-American activities.

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Topics: Parenting

Closing Out Your Child's School Year

Summer has arrived! Before you break out the sunscreen, take a few moments to clean up and organize your child’s school paperwork and get ready for next year. Let’s focus on general paper accumulation such as homework, school notices, awards, test papers, etc.  

Any school papers you decide to keep should be limited to special pieces. These decisions can be difficult, so here are some filters you can use when sorting through these papers.
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Topics: Parenting

Last-Minute Father's Day Crafts To Score a Home Run

It's amazing how quickly Father's Day can creep up on you. One minute you're planning for the last day of school and trying to figure out what you're going to do with the kids who are home all summer, and the next you're scrambling through the store trying desperately to come up with that perfect gift to show dad just how priceless he is to your family. Father's Day is just around the corner, but if you want to involve your little darlings in the process of creating the perfect gift, it's not too late to design a gift dad will be sure to treasure.

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Topics: Parenting

A Weekend Getaway to Hershey, PA

When you're looking for a fun weekend getaway that's only a few hours from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the town of Hershey is a wonderful choice. This community attracts visitors from near and far, and for good reason. If you and your family enjoy roller coasters, chocolate, and good family fun, you will love Hershey! Here are a few of the unique sights to see in the area.

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Topics: Parenting

Enjoyable Spring Activities for Children

Spring not only awakens the earth and makes it ready to grow fruit, vegetables, and other products, but it's also the time when children yearn to be outdoors doing something constructive and entertaining. Since the weather tends to be unpredictable, some indoor activities can be geared towards teaching lessons about the season while having fun at the same time.

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Topics: Parenting

Celebrate Memorial Day

For many Americans, Memorial Day has become an excuse to be off work and party. While there is nothing wrong with relaxing and spending time with family and friends over Memorial Day weekend, it is important that we teach our children about the meaning of the holiday. 

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Topics: Parenting

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