What are the long-term effects of bullying?

What are the long-term effects of bullying?According to researchers Dieter Wolke and Suzet Tanya Lereya in “Long-term effects of bullying” (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health), “Bullying is the systematic abuse of power and is defined as aggressive behavior or intentional harm-doing by peers that is carried out repeatedly and involves an imbalance of power.”

And, most parents are aware that, for children, becoming the victim of bullying can result in increased suicide risk, depression, poor school performance and low self-esteem. Most studies, however, focus solely on the effect of bullying during childhood and the teenage years.  

But, bullying can also have …

Get ready! March 15 is National Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (although we celebrate it EVERY day at Back to Basics Private School)

Absolutely Incredible Kids DayFounded by Camp Fire in 1997, Absolutely Incredible Kid Day® is a national holiday that lifts up the kids in our lives. Every year, on the third Thursday of March, thousands of adults send notes, emails, letters, texts, videos to encourage and inspire young people across the country. (Use hashtags #AIKD #KidDay for social media shout-outs!)

Participating in AIKD is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. Words are powerful – young lives are changed by this day and simple act of your encouragement, love, and kindness.

At Back to Basics, we celebrate our incredible …

Field Trip FUN! Back to Basics Private School Students enjoy Les Mis stage production

A field trip is  always eagerly anticipated by the students here at Back to Basics Private School… and, none more so than a wonderful stage production!

Today, our students visited local Salesianum School to enjoy their adaptation of the legendary Broadway musical, Les Miserables.  This epic story, which recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France, was an instant hit amongst our young students, several of whom had never seen a live play before. In addition to a compelling story, great music and dancing, the students were also impressed by the set design and costuming. Perhaps a new …

The Top 3 Things Parents Should Do When Senioritis Hits!

SenioritisDid you know that college acceptance can be withdrawn due to sliding grades?

Early college acceptance can be a wonderful thing. The pressure is off for those lucky high school seniors who have received acceptance to the colleges of their choice. But, the temptation to simply coast until mortarboards are tossed into the air is almost overwhelming. Jokingly called “Senioritis,” those tumbling grades can actually jeopardize college admissions.

It is called rescinding the offer.” Although a student has received an acceptance, most colleges reserve the right to rescind those acceptances based on bad senior-year grades! “I have seen it happen… …

What to do when your child is expelled from school

What to do when your child is expelled from schoolWhen students are expelled, they’re completely barred from the school—generally until the end of the semester, the end of the school year, and sometimes forever. What can get a student expelled? According to Lawyers.com, “In general, it’s up to the states to decide what types of misconduct can get students expelled from their schools. But a few federal laws set nationwide rules for school discipline.”

In Delaware, the regulations are lengthy, if comprehensive. CLICK HERE to see entire list of provisions for public and charter school expulsions in the state.

Options if your child has been expelled from school

High school graduation is just a few months away… now what?

Teen depression: What parents must know!With high school graduations just around the corner, many high school seniors and their parents are wondering… what happens now?

For many, the next step is the standard, four year college. This is a smart choice since graduates with a B.A. or B.S. degree are usually in high demand with employers and often earn more than non-graduates. In fact, a recent study (Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce, 2011) found that those with a Bachelor’s Degree make 84% more over a lifetime than high school graduates. This marks a significant increase in earning disparity. In 1999, the …

College bound teen? Enter to win the Sleep Health College Scholarship

College Scholarships 2018According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9 ½ hours.”

This chronic gap between the sleep needed by most teens and the amount they actually get affects teens in many ways. They may exhibit mood swings and crankiness or engage in risk taking behavior. Lack of sleep affects cognitive ability, memory, decision making, so academic performance also may suffer.

Helping teens get enough sleep

If your teen winces as the morning alarm rings or repeatedly …

Celebrate National Library Lovers Month: How to get a free Library Card in Delaware

How to get a free library card in Delaware: National Library Lovers MonthFebruary is a month to celebrate many things — from Groundhog Day, to Valentines Day, from Black History Month, to American Heart Month. But for educators, students and bibliophiles, February is also National Library Lovers Month!

According to ILoveLibraries.com there are 123,000 libraries throughout the USA. These include not only public libraries, but also, “School, Academic and Special Libraries. There are also Armed Forces libraries, Government libraries and multi-use or Joint-Use libraries, which combine library types in one service area or structure.

And today, public libraries provide so much more than just amazing books. They are often the heart of the …