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October 4, 2017

Register now for the Smarty Pants Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0

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Do you feel like keeping up with your kids’ social media is a full-time job? You’re not alone. Parents today have it hard. We’re all playing catch up with the social media world and often feel overwhelmed by how to parent through it. Our first Town Hall on Social Media Parenting was a huge success, and now we’re back excited to host our second Town Hall on Social Media Parenting (we call it 2.0) where parents and experts in our community can come together to discuss kids and social media. This time around you’ll have plenty of time for small group discussion that will be relevant to your family’s needs – whether you’re holding off on social media and devices or all-in. We’ve got local experts for everyone.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is partnering with Charlotte Latin School on October 29th at Charlotte Latin School for this event. All parents from preschool to high school and from any school are welcome to join in on the conversation. Our goal is to bring knowledge, relief, and empowerment to navigate the iGeneration. And guest what? It’s FREE.

We hope you join us because let’s face it: what happens in my kid’s school affects what happens in yours thanks to social media. Meet the panelists here.

Event Details:

When:
Sunday, October 29 from 2-4pm

Where:
Charlotte Latin School
Thies Auditorium
9502 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

What to expect:
We’ll start out as one big group then (2) 30-minute breakout session blocks, (4) breakout panels. Panels will repeat for the 2nd session block. When you register, you’ll be prompted to tell us what (2) breakout session topics you plan to attend.

Register here now. Hope to see you there! Read More →

From the Smarty Education Corner and Palisades Episcopal School: Why PES

By Smarty Guest Blogger and Palisades Episcopal School parent Sashle Eslaquit

We enrolled our daughter as a kindergartner at Palisades Episcopal School because we believe in PES and its mission: a school honoring Christ and committed to providing a classical education challenging the mind, body and spirit. Halymah, who is now in second grade, is the happiest she could be and we are always captivated to hear about her day and what she learned (from classical composers to Mesopotamia to coniferous and deciduous trees). There is nothing more gratifying than watching your children love and enjoy learning.Halymah playground

In her two years at PES, Halymah has blossomed from a little caterpillar into a confident butterfly! PES has not just become her home away from home, but has become an extended family to our family. Halymah feels safe in her environment and is confident to ask questions, speak in front of others and share her opinions. This gives us peace of mind knowing that our child’s mind is being enriched with immense knowledge, but she is also being taken care of when away from home.

Happy children learn best and that was an important piece we wanted for our daughter. PES students are encouraged to find the joy in learning. Classroom lessons are active and interactive and PES’ unhurried and creative learning environment focuses on mastery of skills as the goal, rather than just memorization of facts. Students are provided time to think, discuss, process and apply their knowledge which in turn promotes intellectual curiosity and creates lifelong learners. Read More →

October 1, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

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Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Christian School

Early Education Enrichment Opportunities
Prospective students ages 4-6 and their parents are invited to be our guests and experience the Charlotte Christian Early Education program through 45-minute, discovery-based learning/play events.

STEM – Oct. 3 at 3:15 p.m. – Led by our lower school STEM enrichment teacher, hands-on activities will spawn curiosity and creativity in the world of science and technology in an age appropriate and balanced lesson.

Please contact the admissions team to tour the campus, reserve your space at an upcoming open house or enrichment activity by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing admissions@charchrist.com or visiting www.charlottechristian.com/admissionsregistration.

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Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
website
Facebook
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool

Charlotte Latin School

Admission Events

TK & Kindergarten
October 6, 2017
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Charlotte Latin School
9502 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277a
704-846-1100
Admissions Office: 704-846-7207
website: www.charlottelatin.org
facebook: www.facebook.com/charlottelatinschool
twitter: @charlottelatin

September 29, 2017

My Child Has Head Lice…Now What?!

By Sheila Fassler, RN – Owner of Pediatric Hair Solutions

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School is in full swing and some of you have already received the dreaded ‘lice letter’ with news that a case of head lice has been discovered in your child’s classroom. If that’s followed by the discovery that your own child has head lice, make sure you know the facts before making your next move. There is A LOT misinformation on the internet that can lead to all-out panic, ineffective treatments and over the top cleaning that’s not necessary.

Here’s a helpful list of DO’s and DON’Ts that will help you get your child lice-free and keep your sanity in the process.

1. Don’t panic. Head lice are a nuisance but they are not harmful. Also remember that lice do not discriminate! They like all heads (of all ages) and often prefer clean hair.

2. Do get all household members checked by professionals. Head lice is very contagious. If one child in your family has lice there is a good chance someone else in the household is positive, so it’s important to have everyone checked. Read More →

September 26, 2017

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: 5 Ways to Enjoy Community Read in October

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Be part of a big, exciting, community-wide book club, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s annual Community Read. We’ve selected books for every age group, and there are plenty of fun ways to participate.

1. Join the biggest book club in town.

We’re more than a great community. We’re a book club. And with a book selection for every age group, everyone is invited to join in on the fun. This year, all of the selected titles take place in a 24-hour time period. So spend a day with us for a month, and check out these great titles:

Adults: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Teens: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Preteens: 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass
Children: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Children: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Read More →

September 24, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

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Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Christian

Early Education Enrichment Opportunities

Prospective students ages 4-6 and their parents are invited to be our guests and experience the Charlotte Christian Early Education program through 45-minute, discovery-based learning/play events.

Art and Literacy – Sept. 26 at 3:15 p.m. – Led by our lower school media specialist and art enrichment teachers, hands-on activities will highlight great ways to build pre-literacy skills in a creative format to help promote greater comprehension and phonemic awareness for the young learner.

Please contact the admissions team to tour the campus, reserve your space at an upcoming open house or enrichment activity by calling (704) 366-5657, e-mailing admissions@charchrist.com or visiting www.charlottechristian.com/admissionsregistration.


Charlotte Christian Logo

Charlotte Christian School
7301 Sardis Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
(704) 366-5657
website
Facebook
Twitter: @charchristiannc
Instagram: @charlottechristianschool

September 21, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and Charlotte Christian School: Meet Charlotte Christian

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Christ-centered. College preparatory. Educating the whole child.

Knights Lead:

Celebrating more than 65 years of excellence in Christian education,
Charlotte Christian is a Christ-centered, college preparatory, independent, non-denominational school, serving students in grades JK-12. We offer a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for institutions of higher learning and life beyond. Character, values and essential life skills are emphasized and modeled by a professional and dedicated faculty. Our student population of 1,085 reflects a geographical, denominational, racial and ethnic diversity.

Knights Lead

Knights Explore:

At Charlotte Christian we teach to the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. Whether trying a new sport or playing on a state championship team; composing a song in a digital music class or winning a National Gold Key in art; taking a field trip downtown or traveling the world during a J-Term excursion, we seek to allow each student to expand their horizons by offering a wide variety of teams, classes, clubs and activities. Read More →

September 19, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and CCDS: Academic Excellence, Moral Courage, and Kindness

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Mark Reed, Head of School at Charlotte Country Day School sent an inspiring message to parents, faculty, and staff to start the new school year. Learn how academic excellence, moral courage, and kindness are central to a Country Day education. This blog was originally published on CCDS’s blog, BucsBlog, and we thank them for letting us share it with you!

August 22, 2017

Tomorrow, the campus comes alive again with over 1,660 students. Whether they are just beginning their educational journey or actively engaged in the Upper School as seniors, I know that they will benefit from the routine that comes with each school day. Our students are known, loved, and cared for by exceptional teachers who are truly committed to their success. While changes are taking place around them, both on Cannon campus with construction and in the world, this is a place where they will find comfort, consistency, and support.

Beyond our campus, as I consider all that is changing in our world, I would be remiss not to acknowledge that we, and our children, are witnessing challenging times of divisiveness and conflict. Please rest assured that more than ever Country Day is rooted in the Mission, Key Values, and Affirmation of Community that have guided our work for over 75 years. And, along with you, we are committed to providing a foundation that will prepare our students to thrive and lead in the world beyond our haven.

As I explained to the faculty and staff at our opening meeting last week, you can take comfort in the fact that our school’s mission and our work with students remains grounded in foundational key values that are simply a non-negotiable aspect of a Country Day education. They remain solidly intact as we experience “change” taking place around us. Three of those mission-centered, non-negotiable aspects of a Country Day education are academic excellence, moral courage, and kindness. Read More →

September 18, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner: Charlotte School Open House 2017-18

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Charlotte School Open House Season? WHAT? School just started! It’s hard to believe and hard to handle when we are just sliding into the new school year. In typical Smarty style, we took some of the pain out of the process as we unveil the 2017-18 Smarty School Open House Guide below!

We are very proud to announce our partners for the 2017-18 Smarty Education Corner: Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day SchoolCharlotte Jewish Day School, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte Preparatory School, The Fletcher School, Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools, Providence Day School, and Palisades Episcopal School. Over the coming months, we’ll keep you informed on key dates for open house schedules, trending education topics and highlights on educators and students doing amazing things in our community.

Mark your calendars, Smarties, you’re going to want to hit all of the amazing schools that Charlotte has to offer! Read More →

September 14, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and Charlotte Latin School: Reflections from a Lower School Head

By Smarty Guest Blogger, Mark Tayloe, Head of Lower School, Charlotte Latin School

In the field of education, when we hear a teacher or parent say, “You can’t teach a dog new tricks,” most administrators like me roll their eyes and assert that they have once again heard another excuse by someone who is change averse. However, as I ponder that trite saying, I have compassion for those who struggle with trying something new. Whereas certainly an old dog can learn new tricks, it surely isn’t as easy as it used to be. Those of us who have the opportunity to be in an elementary school, where I have had the good fortune to be for the last 19 years, find this truth manifests itself every day. The children we see are prime for every new idea and concept they encounter and go about learning it with great gusto.Carpool_Edit_resize

The early childhood brain is so malleable that it’s often referred to as “plastic,” meaning easily shaped or molded. Teachers frequently refer to students’ brains as sponges that want to soak up everything you pour into them. Children are so hungry to learn and to try new things that we must take full advantage of this optimal time of child development to put them on a path for long-term success as students. Read More →


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