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Calling All Parents — Your Child Should Be on Our Cover!

03/18/14

Calling All Parents — Your Child Should Be on Our Cover!

We love cute kids. That's why every spring, we host our annual Cover Kid contest. Because we want to celebrate children in Memphis by placing them on our magazine. Just think, this year, it could be your child. Simply go to:  http://www.memphisparent.com/Memphis-Parent/Cover-Kids-Contest/ and fill out the application form. Then upload your best picture of your child to enter. Here's to seeing your child on our cover!  

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Workshop to Help Special Needs Parents Understand Wrightslaw

02/19/14

Workshop to Help Special Needs Parents Understand Wrightslaw

Are you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to attending to your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings at school? Don't worry, Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy training is here. It prepares parents to become more effective advocates for their children. Plan to attend this one-day workshop on Thursday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Nationally-known expert Pete Wright will bring his gold-standard training to help parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities better understand special ed law. "I knew the rules of the game but didn't know how to use effective advocacy skills to apply the law to my sons' IEPs,"...

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Health Department Announces New Apps for Baby's Safe Sleep

02/06/14

Health Department Announces New Apps for Baby's Safe Sleep

The Shelby County Health Department is launching two free mobile apps to encourage safer baby care. The apps, B4BabyLife and Baby2Sleep, are part of the health department's ongoing Safe Sleep Campaign. The campaign is designed to improve safer sleep habits for infants. Users text SAFE SLEEP to 90105 to receive regular educational alerts. The apps are free to Android and iPhone users. Why the emphasis on Safe Sleep? According to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), eliminating preventable sleep-related deaths would improve the state's infant mortality. In 2012, Tennessee had the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the nation. TDH’s 2012 report indicates that 121 infants died from sleep-related deaths statewide. Shelby County accounted for 30 such...

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New Tennessee Law Addresses Youth Sport Concussions

01/09/14

New Tennessee Law Addresses Youth Sport Concussions

Brooke de Lench was watching one of her sons play in a high school football game, and what she saw worried her. He looked slow. Confused. Uncoordinated. No one else seemed to notice, but she saw enough to set off alarm bells. It wasn’t just that he was having an off day. A visit to the doctor confirmed her fears — her son was suffering from the residual effects of at least one concussion, and possibly more. “I was told to never let his head to be in a collision again,” says De Lench, the founder of MomsTeam.com, a website whose mission is to empower parents of young athletes through information and resources. While her son recovered, the experience was frightening enough to launch De Lench on a mission of spreading the word about the dangers of...

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Learn More About Shelby County's Optional School Programs

01/02/14

Learn More About Shelby County's Optional School Programs

Shelby County Schools are welcoming parents this month to visit optional schools across the county. Open houses are scheduled as follows. Per Enrollment: The first day to pick up bar-coded applications for optional school enrollment is Monday, January 27. Go to the Shelby County Schools Board of Education (160 S. Hollywood), in the auditorium at the rear of the building. Time: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. School officials will continue to provide bar-coded applications from January 28th through the 30th, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the SCS Board of Education, Room C106. The first day to submit an in-person application for an Optional School is Friday, January 31. Go to 160 S. Hollywood in the auditorium at the rear of the building from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Applications will be accepted until...

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12/18/13

Country Music Legend Review Takes the Stage at Gold Strike Resort

If you’re looking for something a bit different this holiday season, MGM International’s Gold Strike Casino Resort has put together a package designed to appeal to families. I was recently a guest of the resort, and got to see their property and offerings first-hand. The hotel lobby is festooned in twinkling finery this month, with a photo station for Santa right outside the casino entrance (St. Nick appears Saturdays & Sundays). Guest rooms sport a contemporary decor with high-quality bed linens that ensure a good night’s rest. One big entertainment draw is their family-friendly show, Gold Strike’s Country Christmas, playing through December 22nd, at the Millennium Theater (Tuesday-Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 3 & 7 p.m. Tickets...

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 Pinocchio Takes Center Stage at GPAC

11/13/13

Pinocchio Takes Center Stage at GPAC

The Canadian theater company, Tout a Trac, brings their colorful production of Pinocchio to the Germantown Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 22. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15+. We recently spoke with Hugo Belanger, the artistic director of the company, while he his troupe was performing in Nashville. The company is based in the city of Montreal, Canada. He wrote and directed the show. Your creation of Pinocchio is wonderfully developed and very dramatic, using actors who wear masks, an intricate set, songs, and hand-carved puppets. People are familiar with the Disney version of Pinocchio. How does your production differ? The story of Pinocchio was actually written by an Italian author, Carlo Collodi, in the 1880s, and the novel is not the same as...

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Santa Sightings Around Memphis

11/13/13

Santa Sightings Around Memphis

If you’ve got little ones at home who love seeing the Jolly Old Elf in person, here’s the last of the sightings around the city. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Gimme Some Holiday Fun Family Day at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music, holiday-themed crafts for kids, cooking demonstrations, sing-alongs with Music for Aardvarks, and a visit from Santa himself. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Santa Listens to Children at The Knowledge Tree (2872 Wolfcreek Pkwy.) Wolf Chase Mall. From 10-noon. Also at 5000 Summer Ave. location from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will hear from your child's wish list. Personal photos welcome, refreshments available. 382-3120. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Santa Arrives By Sleigh to participate in the annual the Germantown...

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Homework Help: Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Success

11/08/13

Homework Help: Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Success

Did you recently come away from a parent/teacher conference with unanswered questions? There are specific ways you can monitor your child’s progress in school. WHY MONITOR? Monitoring your child’s progress allows you to determine whether your child is at-risk for not meeting grade-level targets. It also helps you know whether he is responding to the how he’s being taught and whether he’ll need support to make satisfactory progress. Furthermore, the monitoring progress can (and should) roll over into the winter and summer break to help your child stay on track with the progress he has made. ASSESSING PROGRESS: STANDARDIZED TESTS Our school system uses curriculum-based monitoring in which standardized tests are used to present materials covered...

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Understanding Your Child's Learning Disabilities

10/23/13

Understanding Your Child's Learning Disabilities

When former President Ronald Reagan established October as National Learning Disabilities Month, he said: “In a sense, people with learning disabilities are most aware of the deep complexity of our mental processes, for they must struggle to make the connections that, for most of us, are effortless habits.” How profoundly true this is. It is our community of parents and teachers who need education, awareness, and understanding of learning disabilities. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (ncld.org), a learning disability (LD) is a biological “processing” problem that impairs the student's ability to listen, think, read, write, spell, or do math calculations. The most common type of LD is dyslexia (reading) and the others are...

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