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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Memorial Day is almost here! Because it is such an important holiday, the celebration should be one of the biggest and best of the year. Therefore, we have gathered a collection of what we believe to be the very best Memorial Day picnic ideas out there. Choose what you love, add your own special touches, and get ready to kick off the summer season. 

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Topics: Food, Holidays

Three Fun Spring Crafts to Do with the Kids

Here comes the sun! Spring is here, so its the perfect time to work on crafts with the kids. From breezy, sunny days to the gentle rain showers that help the pretty flowers grow, there are many reasons spring is an inspiring time to create. 

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Topics: Crafts

Four Meaningful Mother's Day Gifts From The Heart

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Every year you try to come up with a gift that’ll show her what a terrific wife and mother she is to you and your kids, but you always end up getting the standard gift: flowers or chocolates with a card. This year you and the kids want to give her something unique that really comes from the heart. Here are four meaningful Mother’s Day gifts that you and your children can create together or have professionally made. Either way, she’s sure to adore the beautiful gift.

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Topics: Mother's Day, Gift Ideas, Holidays

Spring is Here! Get Out and Experience the World

The cold weather is finally breaking, and that means it is time to get back out into the world and explore with your kids this spring. One of the most interesting ways to explore your community is to use local libraries, businesses, and experiences to learn about the wider world around you. After all, learning about all of the fascinating cultures in the world is very important. 

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Topics: Food, Education

Senior Reflections on Sewickley Academy

Three members of the Class of 2017 – Carly, Michael, and Derrick – reflect on their time and experience at the Academy, the opportunities afforded to them by the school, and the value of a Sewickley Academy education.

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Topics: Student Tips

Spring Cleaning: Four Ways to Organize Your Children's Rooms

Here at Sewickley Academy, we are excited that spring is finally on its way because it means milder temperatures, sunshine, and the opportunity for outside play — three things everyone is looking forward to after those long, dreary winter months. 

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Topics: Parenting

The Power of One Campus: SA Technology Students Bridge the Gap Between the Lower and Senior Schools


A conversation between Lower School Technology Coordinator Ms. Julia Tebbets and Senior School Technology Coordinator Mrs. Cristy McCloskey sparked a collaboration which benefited students in two of the Academy’s divisions.

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Topics: Education

St. Patrick's Day Fun for Everyone

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. This means shamrocks, leprechauns, and good luck galore. It also means it's about time to start planning how you and your family will spend the lucky day.

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Topics: General

Six Reads from Pretty Little Liars to Get Your Teen Through the Show's Hiatus

Do you have a teen who refuses to miss an episode of Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? Do they blog, tweet, post, and text constantly about who "A" really is and how the show is finally going to turn out? You aren’t alone. PLL, now in its final season, has gained itself a cult following of super fans who are so skilled at finding even the smallest leads wrapped up in the mystery that they just may be in training to work for the FBI.

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Topics: Book Review

Weekend Warriors: How to Keep Your Kid Fit When They Can't Get Outside

When cooler weather sets in, you can't rely on taking your child outside to run and play in order to keep him or her fit and active. Regular activity, however, is critical for keeping your child as healthy as possible. Making exercise part of your routine could even help stave off some of the cold and flu germs that are so prevalent in the winter months. Figuring out how to keep your child active when it's so cold that you don't want to be outside for more than a few minutes is a challenge that many parents struggle with all winter long.

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Topics: Parenting

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