Category - Education

Choosing an Elementary School—A Community Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

Choosing Schools

It’s the time of year when families of 4-year-olds focus on the next big step in their child’s schooling—Kindergarten and choosing a school! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we are very fortunate to have lots of choices for both public and private schools. The bad news is that it is sometimes hard to figure out what all these choices might be and navigate the process of registering, entering lotteries, or applying to the schools that interest you for your child. Choosing an elementary school is such an important choice for your child, and it is also like joining… Continue Reading

Posted by Stephanie Agnew on September 20, 2017

13 Reasons Why—My child wants to watch it, how do I decide?

Bullying Prevention
Discipline & Behavior
Media Safety
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Preteens & Teens

The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has caused controversy among some who think the show glorifies teen suicide. The series touches on very important issues that all teens face. As a parent, you have to make the decision whether or not your child is ready to watch the widely discussed series. Of utmost importance when making this decision is to do your due diligence. Read a variety of opinions from trusted sources, watch it for yourself, and then determine if your child has the maturity and ability to process the information they will see. Remember that you are the… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on September 6, 2017

The Four Children of Passover: How to Engage Children and Teens in the Passover Seder


Spring has sprung and since Parents Place is part of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, we are getting ready for Passover! Many of us are busy cleaning our kitchens and pantries or packing to go visit family and celebrate. Let us also take a little time to think about this holiday through the eyes of our children or grandchildren. Whether they are a toddler or have left for college, we want to make it meaningful and memorable for them. Growing up in a home of two Jewish Educators, there was no shortage of fun to keep our Seder (traditional holiday… Continue Reading

Posted by Havi Wolfson Hall on March 31, 2017

Take Part in Citizen Science, Part Two: 10 Year-Round Outdoor Observation Projects for Kids

Leisure & Vacation

Take Part in Citizen Science, Part Two: 10 Year-Round Outdoor Observation Projects for Kids Outdoor observation, learning and fun needn’t stop when the weather turns a little chilly. There are terrific projects for year-round learners of all ages who are curious about nature, animals and science. Many of these fall under the heading of Citizen Science, projects from schools, labs, museums, nonprofits, and other organizations that ordinary people can take part in to help with observation and research. Many of these projects are perfect for beginners and don’t require large time commitments. Perhaps there’s one for you and your family… Continue Reading

Posted by Susan Sachs Lipman on October 27, 2015

Public or Private Elementary School: Making the Best Choice for Your Family

Choosing Schools

Choosing an elementary school for your child can be a daunting process. In the Bay Area, we have many choices, which is good and bad news. The good news is that there are many options and types of schools in both the public and private arenas. The bad news is that it takes a lot of time to research the options, many private schools are selective, and you don’t always get your first choice. Here are a few tips that will help you get started in the process and make a decision that will work for your child and family…. Continue Reading

Posted by Stephanie Agnew on September 21, 2015

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