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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

Sewickley Academy's Private School Blog

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

Summer YUM: Recipes for Both Kids and Adults

Along with the longer days and influx of outdoor activities, summer also brings a whole different style of cuisine that can shake up the culinary routine. While it’s easy to just throw something on the grill for dinner or a cookout, there are plenty of other ways to get into the spirit of summer by testing new recipes that are great for both adults and kids alike. For active families that might need to put together a delicious meal in a hurry, here are five recipes and a few tips to help you make the most of the summer from a food perspective.

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Topics: Summer Food

Beat The Heat With a Water-Based Obstacle Course

Are your children looking for a way to beat the heat? Then make an awesome obstacle course for them right on your lawn! This simple activity is something that you can do together, especially the design and building.

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Topics: Summer

3 Steps To Transition Your Child Back Into a School Schedule

As we near the end of the summer holiday, our attention fades from planning vacation trips to getting our children ready to return to a school schedule. Of course, stores began their “Back-to-School” clothing and supplies sales in late June when we had hardly started to enjoy the break, but now it’s really time to get back in the swing of things. In my opinion, as a parent and an educator, there are a few general areas where you can assist your child to prepare and transition into the new school year.

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Topics: Parenting

Celebrate Labor Day in A Different Way

To many Americans, Labor Day is just a day for another cookout. For you, maybe it holds a celebration to end the summer or a day off to get backpacks ready for the first day of school. But Labor Day is so much more. While it is a great day for hamburgers, it is first a day to celebrate people who work, and a day to remember that all working requires a rest. This is a day to remember how, in the past, American working conditions were not so good.

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Topics: Holidays

Fun in the Sun: Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained

The long, lazy days of summer are great. They're the perfect time to stretch out with a good book, play a few games with your family members, and enjoy some peace instead of constantly rushing from one place to the next. Unfortunately, it won't be long before you'll hear that familiar refrain from the kids: "I'm bored!" You want them to spend time enjoying the weather outside, but sometimes, it's just not enough to keep their attention. These fun summer activities will help keep the kids entertained, from hanging out at the lake or the beach to spending time in your own back yard.

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Topics: Summer

Alumni Reflections: From SA to UGA - Mackenzie Pryor '14

A Sewickley Academy lifer Mackenzie Pryor ’14 is currently studying wildlife biology and anthropology at the University of Georgia. When it came to finding her calling, Mackenzie was inspired by experiences with teachers who showed their dedication to science, both at the Academy and UGA. “I have always been interested in science, and I am so grateful for the science teachers I had at SA. Each of them were so passionate about the classes they taught, and that gave me the desire to find an area of science that I was as passionate about as they were with their respective subjects.”

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Topics: Alumni

Seven Summer Reads For Moms

Are you a mother looking for a diverse, fun, and engaging summer reading list? Then you've come to the right place! We've compiled a list of the best and most beloved books for your summer reading. Many of these books are modern and focused on unique and engaging concepts. Others are classics and designed to appeal to the nature of motherhood.

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Topics: Book Review, Parenting, Summer

Summer Reading List for Students in Grades 1-5

Summer may be nearing its end, but there's still plenty of time for your school-age children to get in some great summer reading opportunities. If you've been struggling to come up with something your kids will read this summer, look no further! These books will have your kids eagerly begging for more opportunities to curl up with a book. 

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Topics: Book Review, Summer

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