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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Take Care of Mother Nature on Earth Day

Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, is an excellent reminder to take care of Mother Nature. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate conservation and remember all the important ways each individual can contribute to taking care of our planet. Here are a few ideas for you and your kids to celebrate Earth Day. 

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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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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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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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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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Simple Origami Pets To Create With Your Children

Days at home with the kids provide endless opportunities to be creative. Folding origami is a fun and interesting craft idea you can do with your children. Origami pets are cute and customizable, so your kids can make their animals unique and really let their personalities shine through their art. They are also fairly simple to make, and require no glue or cutting — both plusses when crafting with young children. Next time you and the kids are bored, pull out some paper and try folding up one of these little critters. 

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Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

Senior School House Prefect Leila '18 Addresses the Academy

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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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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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