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7 Ways to Connect with Your Family This Holiday Season

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas commitments, everywhere you go…

We all know the feeling, even the most joyous, peppermint-mocha-loving individuals can occasionally become overwhelmed by the feelings of conflicting commitment of the holiday season. Time, food, shopping, and babysitter fees can all add up to stress.

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Understanding the Social Lives of Children: 7 Tips for Parents

As parents, sometimes our biggest struggle is how to help coach our kids through the social turbulence they will experience with their peers, classmates, teammates, and friends. The book Best Friends, Worst Enemies introduces readers to the development of friendships at different ages and the dynamics that occur during each stage. 

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Girl Scouts & Cookies: Building Leaders

As the fall season begins, Scouts begin to sell. They are taught that people WILL say no. People they love will say no, people they don’t know will decline, and they KNOW that is all part of the process. So why sell? Because a Scout can learn so much from the experience, and each of us has a role to play in those lessons to be learned. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Heidi Holton '11

If new Middle School Counselor Heidi Holton looks very much at home in our hallways, it’s because she walked those same hallways as a student after transferring from another school when she was in 7th grade. We recently visited with Heidi to find out about her passion for counseling, and about some of the favorite and most challenging aspects of her work.

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Great Families Volunteer Together!

What better way to encourage volunteering in your child than to volunteer with them? Community service builds character as children look outside themselves and realize the needs of others. Children also learn that they can do something to help solve problems. The experience often leads to empathy, and children experience the reward that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

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Let’s Go Outside: The Importance of Outdoor Learning Experiences

Getting children outdoors learning and playing from a very early age is something we take seriously at Wichita Collegiate School. Outdoor learning experiences establish an important foundation and positively impact our children’s health, as well as their social and cognitive development. Fresh air, physical activity, and green spaces allow children to relax, clear their minds, and gain perspective on things.

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4 Ways to Apply Math Outside the Classroom

Sometimes studying mathematics – that is, doing calculations, solving problems, gaining a sense of numbers and fractions – can seem unnecessary and even unpleasant. I want to assure you that studying math in school and persevering in solving problems will make multiple aspects of your life smoother and more economical. 

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Back to School: 5 Tips to Get Ready

It’s that time of year again! Stores are lined with parents desperately seeking the exact #2 pencil listed on their supply list. Kids are roaming through racks of clothes trying to find the perfect 1st day of school look. And teachers are working from dawn till dusk to prepare their rooms to be the most special place possible for their new students.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Dr. Christian Hourani '02

A “lifer” at Collegiate, Christian Hourani began at WCS in 1987 and graduated as a member of the class of 2002. Among so many positive experiences and lessons from his days at WCS, he feels that the most powerful life lessons learned were to set high expectations for oneself and the realization that high achievement can only come from striving for sustained excellence.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Taylor Phipps '11

Currently a fourth year dental student at the University of Southern California (USC), Taylor Phipps '11 plans to graduate in May 2020. She recently had the privilege to travel to Bocas Del Toro, Panama to provide free dental care to local communities through a program at USC called DHOP (Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program).

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