Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Showers likely this afternoon and tonight, first day of school and a special selectmen meeting.
Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Today is Tuesday, Sept. 4. Here are 5 things you need to know:
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Life in the Mom Lane columnist Christine MacKenzie explains how she gets back into the routine of the new school year.
Well, here we are again. Another summer is winding down and another fall is almost underway. It's allmost time to replace trips to the beach with afternoons at the farm and switch from ice cream to apple cider for a treat. Most of all, in a mom’s world, the end of summertime means its time for the kids to go back to school. For some moms it’s the happiest time of the year and for others, like me, back to school is more of a bittersweet ending to my favorite season. I guess it all depends on just how you look at it. Love it or hate it, however, back to school means adjusting to a new schedule, a new routine and a lot of different responsibilities. As a mom you aren’t actually going back to school yourself but, frankly, it really does feel …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
School's almost back in session, but were you aware of these state laws about school buses?
Nobody's as good as six-year-old Meggie Norton when it comes to knowing all the "Rules of the Bus," but here are a few Massachusetts' state laws about school buses you might not know... #1. Everyone knows to stop when a school bus is loading and unloading passengers, but what you may not know is that if you don’t stop, you could get a ticket of up to $250. That fine can go up to $2,000 and a suspended license of up to a year for subsequent offenses. (MGL 90-14) #2. Oh, speaking of stopping behind a stopped bus, even fire trucks, police cars and ambulances with their sirens on have to stop until the passengers have been loaded or unloaded. (MGL 89-7B) #3. Tell your kids to sit down, because bus drivers can be fined up to $500 if …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Not all lessons children learn are taught inside the classroom.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I am likely the only mom in my town who didn’t realize that school begins next week. Yes, I knew that, traditionally, we always begin before Labor Day and, yes, I knew that it wasn’t far away. But, even so, I was absolutely shocked when another mom at the football field this evening mentioned the first day of school. Like many of the kids in town I guess I was simply in denial. As crazy as it sounds I don’t look forward to “back to school.” I said it last year and I will say it again this year. I love summer vacation. I enjoy the freedom, the chance to hang out with my son and, frankly, the lack of homework and the early morning race to the school bus. That’s not to say, however, that I don’t value education. I have …
School starts next week. The requisite buying spree doesn't have to break the bank.
The kids of Burlington will soon be donning new outfits, tossing backpacks over their shoulders and stepping onto buses. Parents will be attempting to capture the first-day-of-school smiles with their iPhone cameras. What are they doing now? They’re enjoying their last moments of freedom. They’re swimming, hanging out with their friends, and eating ice cream. And they’re shopping. Here are suggestions for stretching back-to-school dollars. Take inventory of what you’ve already got. Have the kids try on all their clothing to see what still fits. Wash the backpacks and see how they look. Find all the school supplies and decide what is still usable. Make a list of what’s needed. Kids who are kindergarten-aged and older can understand the …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Tips on packing healthy school lunches by the American Heart Association.
The following is a guest column by the American Heart Association: You’ve got the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, but what’s your plan for packing healthy back-to-school lunches? The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch meals. Too much salt, calories and fat can contribute to long-term health issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing health problems that previously weren’t seen until …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Cradles to Crayons will be collecting donations at the mall for kids in need.
Friday, August 10, 2012
The following is a release by the Burlington Mall: The Burlington Mall is helping families get in gear for back-to-school at Back At It this Saturday, August 11 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Back At It is a weekend dedicated to back-to-school as shoppers will enjoy retailer deals all weekend long and school fun events during the day on Saturday and throughout Tax Free Weekend. In conjunction with this year’s Back At It, Simon Malls and Burlington Mall are in partnership with Cradles to Crayons, which will kickoff its donation program "Ready for School" by collecting what a child needs for a new school year beginning Aug. 10 and running though Sept. 15. Families and kids of all ages are invited to get back to their fall routine in style …
Five things principals, educators, PTA members, parents and students need to know.
The school year is going to start soon for Burlington Public Schools, and Burlington Patch will be there to cover all the big news. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your school's news directly with Patch readers on a regular basis. To find out more about using Patch this school year, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box?
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of stores. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Patch!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
During the first two weeks of August, Hair Cuttery at 68 Mall Road will give a free haircut to a child in need every time a child gets a hair cut at the salon.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The following is a release from Hair Cuttery: Children receiving a back-to-school haircut at the Hair Cuttery salon at 68 Mall Road, Burlington during the first two weeks of August will be giving one back to a disadvantaged child in the community. Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will launch its 13th annual Share A Haircut program to provide children in need with a fresh haircut to start the new school year. From August 1st through August 15th, every time a child (18 years old or younger) receives a haircut at any of the Hair Cuttery salons in New England, including the salon in Burlington, a free hair cut will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community. In Burlington, …