Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Students are back to the classroom after long weekend.
The long days of summer are officially over in Pottstown schools. Students here went back Aug. 27. Today, students and teachers head back into the classroom in many surrounding distrits, as well. We want to share your photos of the first day back. To add to the gallery, simply log into your Patch account or click here to create one. Click on "Upload Photos and Videos" just below this gallery to add your own images. Share in the comments how your children did on the first morning, back into the school days routine. We are anxious to share with your family, friends and community these stories and photos. If you have any trouble at all, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome back students!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Keep your school-aged child safe.
School’s in. Drive safe. If you haven’t already, you’ll soon start seeing big yellow buses, blinking “school zone” signs and sleepy kids huddled in the morning at bus stops. It’s back to school time, time for motorists to be on the lookout for school children, and for parents and teachers remind students of basic safety rules, from safely getting to and from school, to safety while at school. The National Safety Council offers the following tips and precautions for back-to-school safety for everyone, with regard to transportation safety, playground safety and more. Walking to School Riding the Bus Playground Safety Back-to-School Safety for Drivers Click here to see the Back-to-School Safety resource page with more tips, safety …
Children may not be aware of their own vision problems.
Is a visit to your child’s eye doctor on your back-to-school to-do list this year? If not, it should be, according to Exton optometrist Dr. Allan Tocker, because as many as 1 in 4 school-aged children has a vision problem, and children themselves may have a difficult time identifying that there is a problem. According to Tocker’s Patch blog, children ages 5 and up should have their eyes checked by an optometrist every year. Although many schools conduct vision screening of students, many of those who are referred for follow-up care – children whose initial screenings indicated an issue could be present – never actually receive follow-up care. If your child’s school recommends he or she sees an eye doctor, make an appointment. In addition…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Whether your student is headed to kindergarten, or off to campus this fall, check out these free mobile apps that will help make the transition easier and less expensive.
The back-to-school shopping season is second only to the holidays in terms of consumer spending. Parents are expected to collectively shell out an astounding $83 billion this year, up considerably from last year’s back-to-school season. Retailers are predicting parents will spend 10 percent more on school supplies alone than they did last year. The average family will spend $688 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Technology to the rescue ... Red Laser – Scan. Compare. Save! This handy app lets you scan barcodes using your device’s camera, then uses the barcode information to hunt down the best prices on that item, both locally and online. You can also search by voice or image. As an added …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
PennDOT is reminding drivers to stay alert this back-to-school season.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
From the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: As the new school year begins, PennDOT reminds drivers to remain vigilant as students and school buses return to the roadways. "Our ultimate goal is to make sure everyone safely arrives at their destination," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "Motorists should avoid distractions and obey school bus and school zone traffic laws so we have the safest possible environment for students boarding and exiting buses." By law, drivers approaching from all directions are required to stop at least 10 feet from a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. The only exception is when a driver encounters a school bus stopping on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated …
We've scoured the web and compared the major circulars to find you some great savings.
It’s no secret that school districts around the country are dealing with dwindling budgets. As a result, the onus has fallen to parents in recent years to stock their child’s desks and classrooms with the tools and supplies they’ll need for the coming school year. These requirements can include things from essentials like pencils and erasers to calculators and ink cartridges. Your child’s school probably sent home a required school-supply list at the end of last school year, or mailed one to you over the summer. If not, contact your school, or use this basic checklist as a guide. At Patch, we’ve scoured websites and compared store ads to map out the deals, in an effort to save you time and money. What supplies are on your child’s required…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Check out these tips for packing healthy, inexpensive school lunches for your kids.
Thinking about back-to-school? Don’t forget about school lunches. The average cost of school lunch is anywhere from $1.50 to $3.50 a day. Comparatively, if you pack your child’s lunch, the average cost is about $2 a day. School lunches usually consist of two or three different main-course options, with sides of grains, fruit and veggies, and a beverage. If you choose to pack your child’s lunch, you naturally have more control over what your child is eating, and you can pack his or her favorites. You can also be sure your child’s lunch meets any special dietary needs (like food allergies) by packing it yourself. Try to mix it up. If you pack your child the same boring sandwich and snacks every day, chances are good he or she will toss it or…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Patch!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Experts say parents anticipate spending an average of $600 on back-to-school shopping this year. Here are some tips to shrink that figure.
I’m glad I’m not a kid. If I were a kid, I think I’d be pretty mad about all the back-to-school fuss being made. We just turned the page on July! Some schools have barely been out six weeks and already we’re talking about getting them ready to go back! But as a member of the media I must perpetuate this injustice in order to provide my readers with useful information in a timely manner. So, with my apologies to the under-18 crowd, here are my suggestions on saving money this back-to-school season. What’s on your child’s required supply list for this year? How much do you expect to spend on back-to-school shopping? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Tips on getting your Montco student back into the classroom this fall.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A website called USA.gov aims to make the United States government and its many offices more digestible for citizens. When it comes to back to school preparation, the site doesn’t let its readers down. There you can find links for national government suggestions on getting ready for the classroom. At Patch, we focus on the local ways we can find you resources. There are many suggestions the government has for getting prepared for the new school year, which is rapidly approaching in Montgomery County, PA. In the coming weeks, students at all of the county’s 22 public school districts will return to the classroom. The site suggests the following steps to prepare for school. Here’s what to get in order locally: 1. Get your children’s check-…