Halloween Treats you and your Kids Can Make Together

There are several holidays that kids love. They love the parades and fireworks on the Fourth of July; they love the decorations and excitement surrounding the end-of-year holidays; they may even love all the good food and getting together with friends and family at Thanksgiving. There is, however, no holiday more kid-centric than Halloween. Oh sure, many non-kids like to get in on the Halloween action, but they are interlopers…intruders.

Is Reading Important? It Could Mean a Lifetime of Success

There are hundreds of statistics to reinforce the value of developing good reading habits at an early age. While every parent has probably heard the dire warnings, the development of reading skills is so important, it bears repeating again and again. Good readers have brighter futures than poor readers, and the die is cast as early as fourth grade. Children who are not reading at a proficient level by the fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Musicianship Class for 2nd and 3rd Graders

Beginning in the second quarter, students in the 2nd and 3rd grades can sign up for tuition-free musicianship classes. If your child is interested in music, this class will teach the fundamentals and prepare them to begin playing a musical instrument.

Celebrate Diversity Through Food at EL Potluck

Join us on September 21, 6-7:30 p.m.! Please bring a dish to share with others. Contribute a dish from your country, or a dish you absolutely love. Please tell us if there’s anything in your dish (peanuts, dairy, etc.) that might affect allergies.

Celebrate the diversity that makes La Paloma Central such an amazing place!

Important Information Regarding Tax Credits

Proposed federal tax regulations may forbid a federal tax deduction for any donations made which also qualify for state tax credits, if the credit is more than 15% of the total donated. Recent changes in federal tax laws, have increased the standard deduction allowed when filing taxes for 2018, which will also reduce the number of taxpayers who will itemize their deductions. The new standard deduction amounts for taxpayers are:

Kids and Phones: How to Know When and What to Buy

Does your child have a cell phone? The odds are the answer is “Yes.” Statistics show that 56 percent of children 8-12 have a cell phone. It’s difficult to think of a product or technology, designed for adults, that was so quickly and ubiquitously co-opted by kids. Of course, Mom and Dad have to buy the phones and pay the bills, but cell phones have become a necessity in many kids’ lives.

How to Know When Children Are Too Sick for School

Children can easily fall behind when they miss a few days of school. We know that kids get sick and may need to stay home, but to minimize the number of days a student is absent, this easy guide for parents will tell you if your student is too sick for school.

Meet the Teacher Night

Incoming kindergarteners, 1st graders, and their families are invited to La Paloma Central on Monday, July 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m., for Meet the Teacher Night. Students in grades 2-8 will have Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, July 31, 5-6:30 p.m. We encourage families to attend so that students can see their classroom, drop off school supplies, and, of course, meet the teacher. It’s also a chance for parents to see the school and meet other La Paloma families.

Transitioning From Summer to School

As a new academic year begins, students start school with new goals, opportunities, and challenges. After a few months of vacation, it may be difficult for children to get back into school mode. Here are some ways parents can help their kids transition from summer break into the school routine.