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Author Peter Lerangis recently visited Rossman School to share tales of adventure and writing with third through sixth grade students. Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, including two books in the New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues.

Captivating students with his passionate, animated storytelling, Lerangis shared the joys and challenges of life as an author and inspired students to write their own stories. “My daughter enjoyed his visit and announced in the car on the way home that she had her own idea for a story to write,” said parent Chantelle...Read more

Internationally renowned writer Barry Lane will soon visit Rossman School to share his expertise and inspire students through writer’s workshops and an assembly.

Lane’s two-day visit is made possible by the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award, which was presented Nov. 4 to Rossman School sixth grade teachers Debbie Brummit and Jim Holmes.

In 1996, the Cummings family established an endowment to fund this award, which is given annually to a member or members of the Rossman faculty to provide opportunities for furthering their professional development and...Read more

Happy Halloween! This holiday, which tempts even the most self disciplined to over-indulge, makes me think about the importance of teaching our children self-control. Research shows that individuals with high self-control enjoy better physical and mental health as well as greater success in school, work and relationships. Those with low self-control are more likely to smoke, drink excessively, use drugs, be obese, and die at a younger age. Learning self-control is critical to a child’s long-term health and safety.

So, how do we teach our children self-control? The answer is simple...Read more

School started about a month ago. Now is the time to take a critical look at the routines we have established and perhaps make a few changes. It is still early enough in the year to alter the patterns that do not work well for our children. Including them in the process will give them greater responsibility and teach them to be reflective.

The routines a family establishes for homework, bedtime and morning are critical to a child’s health, sense of self, and readiness to learn in school each day. An effective routine will enable a child to feel independent, prepared, well rested and...Read more

In today’s fast paced world it isn’t surprising that there is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is better. It’s called the “Slow Movement.” Yes, that’s the name. It’s not about doing everything slowly, but seeking to do everything at a calmer pace. According to Wikipedia, “It began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas.”

One of these areas is the “Slow Parenting Movement.” The movement is about bringing balance into a family’s life....Read more

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