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STEM is FUN: 5 easy STEM projects for young children (ages 3-8)

STEM activities are all the rage in SOMa (South Orange/Maplewood) these days!

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The Ultimate Guide to Family Volunteering and Community Service in South Orange and Maplewood

 “What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” — Aristotle 

The above quote is 2,300 years old, but the message still resonates today. However, in today’s busy world, there are...

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Choosing the Best Books for Your Pre-K Child

A well-chosen book for a preschool child will capture their imagination through text as well as illustrations.

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Friend Drama at School: 3 Ways to Help Your Child Deal with Social Conflicts

I hear some parents say that they never hear a word from their children about what goes on at school. But in my house, someone is always coming home with a story.

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Play-Based Learning at Home: 7 Easy Things to Do with Your Pre-K Child

Play is the work of children!

In today’s fast-paced, high tech society, children have fewer and fewer opportunities to use and develop their creativity and imaginations. Play and play-based...

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Moving On Up: 6 Tips for a Successful Transition to Middle School [INFOGRAPHIC]

Middle school is a big adjustment for both children and parents. Your child is going from the oldest class in primary school, to the bottom of the stack in middle school. It can seem as if...

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Beyond the Textbook: 6 Great Education Apps for Elementary Students (K-5)

In today's digital world, we turn to technology for nearly all aspects of our day.

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“Proud to Witness Our Students in Action” - Q&A with OLS Principal Judy Foley

Many of you may recall that back in August 2017, we published our first Q&A session with new Principal, Judy FoleyMs. Foley was brand new to the school at that point, and was looking forward to...

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Conquer Public Speaking Fears: 9 Ways to Help Your Child Get Ahead

To participate in society, one must be able to communicate clearly. Consequently, oral expression is one of the learning skill standards that students are expected to meet.

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Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program: Lessons I’ve Learned After 10 Years

In 2008, a friend of mine was invited to go to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program. She wanted to go but was nervous to travel on her own and she wanted a companion. I had...

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