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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Alumni Reflections: From Small Towns to The Big Apple - Sam Klaber '14

Currently a summer intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City, Sam Klaber ’14 is studying accounting and financial management at Bucknell University. When it came to finding his own path at both the Academy and Bucknell, Sam said that learning from the success of others and creating his own individual plan has been most important in his growth as a student and future professional.

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Topics: Alumni

Decorating Your Home with Thanksgiving Decor

Whether you're hosting friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday or you simply want to enjoy more of the beauty of the season, you want your home to look its best for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself wondering where to start. While your decorating style may vary, there are plenty of great ideas to give your home a little holiday flair. 

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Topics: Parenting

Classroom Corner: Flexible Seating in Grade 1

There is a new philosophy circulating around educational circles that promotes best practices to support learning styles of students, especially first graders. It encourages the freedom for students to sit, learn, and work in a manner that is most comfortable and successful for them. This new philosophy is called Flexible Seating.

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Topics: Education

5 Entertaining Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area (Part II)

Fall is such a terrific time of year with all its vivid colors plus the tasty food you can make with apples and pumpkins. In part one, we explored some awesome pumpkin patches to visit in the Pittsburgh area. Just a reminder: most farms will give you a hay ride to their patch and farms that charge admission will charge extra for the pumpkin. Let’s check out the five additional pumpkin patches now.

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Topics: Fall

Lunch Time Prep for Moms and Dads on a Budget

Lunch is probably the hardest meal of the day for busy parents. Why lunch? Because many parents take their children to different activities during the summer such as library story time, the pool, daycare, gym time, dance/swim classes, etc. and when it is time to go back home, it is usually right around lunch time. This makes it very difficult to save money and eat healthy because everyone is hungry; you're more likely to stop for quick and easy food that actually ends up being more expensive than preparing a meal at home. As a busy parent with kids back in school, we have a few tips to help your family eat healthy that will save you money.  

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Topics: Food, Parenting, Back to School

Alumni Reflections: Stepping Outside Her Comfort Zone - Melina George ’14

“I’ve made it a huge point to make myself comfortable with being uncomfortable, something that I think is very important both in my work life and personal life,” Melina George ’14 said, reflecting on her journey at Miami University and beyond.

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Topics: Alumni

5 Entertaining Pumpkin Patches in the Pittsburgh Area (Part I)

Ah, fall. It’s the season of chilly, crisp air, bright-colored leaves, Halloween … and, of course, pumpkins. As you enjoyed the warmth of summer, farmers all around the Pittsburgh area were busy minding their pumpkin patches, making sure they had a bountiful crop this year. No matter if you are traveling to the north, south, east, or west of Pittsburgh, you’ll discover there’s always a farm with your ideal pumpkin that is waiting for you. Many even provide hay rides to their pumpkin patch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a farm’s entrance fee also covers the cost of the pumpkin you select — it doesn’t, the pumpkin is an extra charge. Most of these patches are more than just pumpkin patches — the sites are a blast of enjoyable fall activities! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best pumpkin patches in the area.

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Topics: Fall

Fall Festivals Worth Checking Out in Pittsburgh

Along with the cooling temperature and changing scenery, fall in Pittsburgh ushers in a whole range of different opportunities to catch festivals that celebrate the culture of the region. From beer fests and haunted houses to food festivals you have to taste to believe, the list of fall events in Pittsburgh is so extensive you’ll have to make a few tough choices if you’re a festival enthusiast. Here is a look at some of the best ways to celebrate the seasonal change throughout the Pittsburgh area.

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Topics: Fall, Festivals

Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

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Topics: General

Welcome Back to School by Senior School President Henry Meakem '19

Welcome Back to School by Senior School President Henry Meakem '19

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Topics: General

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