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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Plan A Staycation in Pittsburgh

Planning that getaway vacation can be arduous, not to mention expensive. The thought of finding hotels, booking rental cars or flights, packing everything you can think of that everyone might need, planning activities, and then budgeting for it all can be overwhelming.

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Topics: Pittsburgh

Easter Crafts and Ideas for Every Family

Easter, like Christmas, comes with a plethora of traditions, and wherever your beliefs lie, there is beauty in all of it. With this spring holiday, new life abounds as we naturally see more sunlight; we see pastels. According to Christianity, long ago Jesus rose from the dead, saving the world from sin, and this miracle is the origin of the holiday many of us honor today. While the original reason for Easter is certainly at the forefront of our minds, this is also a day when we begin to celebrate the inevitable season of spring. It seems that new life is not only found in the resurrection of Jesus, but in the resurrection of nature. We finally start to see color again after a long, cold winter. Our skin feels warmth, flowers bloom, and birds start chirping.

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Topics: Food, Crafts, Holidays

The History of Passover and Ways to Celebrate with your Kids

Spring is here and for many Jewish families that means it's time to prepare for Passover! In 2018, Passover begins on Friday, March 30, at sundown and ends at sundown on Saturday, April 7. Do not fret if you're not well-versed on this major Jewish holiday; we explain the meaning and traditions of the eight day festival below. 

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Topics: Holidays

Spring Break Getaways Your Family Will Love

Spring break is a great time to reconnect with your kids and have an adventure or two. If you're like most families, you've been cooped up long enough during the winter months and need some fresh air and sunshine, or at least some exercise, and spring break is the perfect time for both.

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Topics: Holidays

Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with Kids and Adults

Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday rich with tradition and festivities. While many American's think first of greenery and beer, the holiday is traditionally a religious holiday meant to honor Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was born in Britain, was enslaved as a boy but later brought Christianity to Ireland. March 17 is the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death, and the day we use to celebrate Irish culture. Traditionally, the day started with a church service, followed with boisterous celebrations in the afternoon. Ironically, the first Saint Patrick's Day parade ever was held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. So many early Americans were Irish too, though, so the Irish tradition quickly spread and has become ingrained in American culture. 

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Topics: General

The Wonders of Winter Reading

Winter can be one of the most unpredictable seasons in Pennsylvania. Snow, rain, unseasonably cold or warm temperatures can completely rearrange your plans for the season. While you may be tempted to abandon any winter planning, don't. There are still plenty of things to do even during the coldest of the winter days.

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Topics: Parenting

Is Time Up For Daylight Saving Time?

With two states opting out of the national clocks back/clocks forward time change long ago, and other states moving ahead to make daylight saving time (DST) permanent, has the time come to let the clocks just tick on? Leave the hands and digital displays that remind us when to wake, sleep, eat, work, and play to do their job without a biannual interruption of our sleep patterns? How did the time change get started, for whose benefit, and why do we still do it? And what does it take for a state or local jurisdiction to opt out and stand alone, victorious but tired of trying to explain to the next-door neighbors just over the time zone line that they did this in the name of freedom, justice, mom's apple pie but mostly common sense?

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Topics: General

Senior Reflections: My Day as the Director of Teaching and Learning

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, I left my student self at home, arrived at Sewickley Academy somehow bypassing my bachelor's degree and master's degree and went straight to earning a doctorate degree as I had the pleasure of shadowing Dr. Bevan Koch. I knew from previous meetings with her that this day would be informational as well as fun, but I never imagined how much I would actually discover and learn until I arrived.

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Topics: General

Senior Reflections: An International Student’s Perspective on Sewickley Academy

When I first decided to transfer to Sewickley Academy, I did not know if this new school would be a good fit for me or what my last two years in high school would be like here. I was the scared and worried “freshman on board.” The fact that I’m an international student, with English as my second language, added even more pressure to the situation. Although I spent the previous two years in the United States at an international high school in New York before moving to Pittsburgh, Sewickley Academy is really the one and only American high school that I’ve attended. My mind was filled with both excitement and worry at the same time.

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Topics: General

Why We Celebrate Black History Month

As a child growing up black in an all white academic environment, I realized everyone didn’t look the same or have the same experiences that I was having. I was curious to learn about the differences, but more importantly, I was first taught at home, and it was later reinforced in my school and at my church, to look for commonalities. I learned to value people for who they are and, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, to not judge people “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I learned to honor and respect people, while being able to disagree without disparaging, or disliking, them.

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Topics: Education