Some ways to stretch our gratitude muscles

Do you keep a gratitude journal?

Over the last few years, gratitude journals have turned into an industry, with a huge variety of custom-made journals available on Amazon, testimonials from Oprah, and guidebooks in the self-help section. Positive psychologists have found that when people actively seek out gratitude in their everyday lives, they are likely to become happier and healthier.

Gratitude expert Robert Emmons notes in his essay “Why Gratitude is Good” that gratitude has two key components. “First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the

Preparation is key for parent-teacher conference success

It’s that time of year. Many schools have scheduled fall parent-teacher conferences as the midpoint or end of the schools’ first marking period approaches. These meetings with your child’s teachers are a vital opportunity to build the team that supports each student— and yet most conferences are scheduled in blocks of 30 minutes or less! Planning ahead for the parent-teacher conference can help you to make the most of the experience.

Remember that you are the expert on your child, while the teacher is the expert on teaching. The best outcome of a parent-teacher conference is enhanced collaboration on the

NEW! Exciting series of personal empowerment seminars for Back to Basics Private School students!

Joe WhiteA special monthly offering has recently been incorporated into Back to Basics Private School. A series of personal empowerment seminars will be presented to our students by nationally-known life coach, Joe White of Get Life Coaching.

A dynamic speaker, White will address topics important to preteens and teens such as peer groups, self-esteem, accountability, vision and goals, as well as dealing with change and adversity, motivation, decision-making, and goal setting. Upcoming dates include:

  • Wednesday, April 1
  • Wednesday, May 6

White’s interactive and engaging presentation has been proven life-changer for students in the past!

Celebrating 30 years of excellence in

Students can help improve youth reading and writing skills around the world… simply by making a bookmark!

StudentsRebuildLogoJoin Students Rebuild, Save the Children and Global Nomads Group to improve youth reading and writing skills around the world! To participate, make and mail in a bookmark. For each bookmark you send in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1—up to $300,000—to Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program in Latin America (Peru), Africa (Mali) and Asia (Nepal). The more bookmarks you send, the more children you’ll help!

Why are reading and writing so important? Illiteracy can lead to poverty, low self-esteem and isolation, poor health, unemployment / weak economies, inequality and more.  Worldwide, 250 million children of primary school …

April is “Drop Everything and Read Month.” Here’s a list of must-read children’s books in preparation!

DEAR Drop Everything and Read MonthDid you know that April is D.E.A.R.?

D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.

So, in preparation, we’ve come up with a list of must-read books for kids by age category to put on your library list. How many have you read?

Books for Preschoolers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Corduroy by …