Rebelle San Antonio

Rebelle San Antonio

It’s finally here. The doors officially open Wednesday, November 4, 2015.

Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 5pm-10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 5pm-11pm

Learn more on their Facebook page here.

Rebelle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
It was amazing and once I’m left no longer speechless I’ll add to my thoughts of my first experience at Rebelle. I will say that it’s amazing but I’m not surprised for anything coming from Chef Stefan Bowers. With every plate delivered to the table you could see the blood sweat and tears of a chef who cares about every detail. I’m so proud for my friend and humbled to be a part of the opening. I can’t wait to bring Jaden back here I recommend this new place to my friends.
  
  

2015 Thunderbird Airshow San Antonio

All the details: http://www.jbsa.mil/Portals/102/Images/AirShow/airshow_insert_final.pdf

The performances this weekend in San Antonio are dedicated to U.S. Air Force Maj. Troy “Trojan” Gilbert of Wichita Falls, TX. He passed away Nov. 27, 2006 when his F-16 crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and your legacy lives on. 

#fallenwarrior #neverforget

   
    
    
 

2015 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference

2015 Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference

I get overwhelmed when I think about my GHC experiences so I am going to continue to think about the content of this blog post.  For now, here are all the notes to the sessions and the livestreams of the incredible speakers!

   
 

Session Wiki Notes

Volunteer note takers and speakers from the sessions are in the process of updating the wiki with notes from the sessions they attended or spoke at.

Remember the note takers are volunteers and you can deep dive into the schedule to find the sessions you’re most interested in reading about…I recommend dedicating some time to just browse too!

Speaker Slides

The speakers are uploading their slides to Dropbox here.

Watch the Keynotes and Panel Discussions

Clara Shih (CEO and founder of Hearsay Social), Blake Irving (CEO and Board Director of GoDaddy) and Megan Smith (Chief Technology Officer, United States of America) will discuss changing the culture of tech through transformation at the individual, company and industry level. A Q&A will follow their individual presentations. #GHC15

  • Clara Shih Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/clara-shih/
  • Blake Irving Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/blake-irving/
  • Megan Smith Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/megan-smith/

Hilary Mason, Founder of Fast Forward Labs, kickstarts GHC 2015 with a rousing talk on inspiring women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winner of the Technical Leadership ABIE Award, which recognizes a woman who inspires the community through outstanding technological contributions. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Nora Denzel, Vice Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, will discuss Lean In and other issues that are top for women in tech. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners the Social Impact ABIE Award. #GHC15 #ABIEwinners

  • Sheryl Sandberg Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/speakers/sheryl-sandberg/

Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, delivers the Thursday morning keynote and will be joined in conversation by journalist Moira Forbes. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the Grace Hopper Celebration Change Agent ABIE Awards. #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Manuela M. Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a technical keynote. The Anita Borg Institute will also present the winners of the A. Richard Newton Education ABIE Award and the Denise Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award, #GHC15 #ABIEwinner

Janet George, Isis Anchalee and Miral Kotb will be speaking about the importance of diversity in the technological field. A performance by iLuminate will follow. #GHC15

  • Janet George Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/janet-George/
  • Isis Anchalee Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/isis-anchalee/
  • Miral Kotb Bio http://gracehopper.anitaborg.org/speakers-honorees/miral-kotb/

Additionally “The Cube” recorded interviews during Grace Hopper with some of the tech stars and those can be streamed here.

Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe

Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe

So, my friends and I were headed to a wedding in Leesburg, VA. I had been at the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference in Houston, TX and my friends were flying in from San Antonio, TX. My plan arrived several hours before them and took the subway from Reagan Airport so I could TRY and snag a seat at the foodie recommended Founding Farmers`restaurant:

Located just three blocks west of the White House, the award-winning Founding Farmers is a very cool farmhouse with old wood, comfortable seating and beautiful community farm tables where folks can gather and enjoy a great meal.

Of course, I picked this fabulous restaurant on a Friday night arriving at 8pm. The check in hosts mentioned I could try to get my own seat at the bar but when I asked frankly, what were my odds, they gave me a grim smile.  However I had no where else to go and three hours to kill — the place smelled delicious! I saw two friends who I figured were finishing their meal, since they had ordered dessert and coffee…but it turned out they were foodie friends and still had second rounds of desserts and cappuccino to go, lol. But I stood them patiently and when one friend went to the restroom, I gently, not pushingly asked if they were wrapping up and if they minded if I grabbed the empty bar seat. Glazed eyes from a heavenly food coma nodded yes and I happily sat down. I had order the food to go, just in case I never got a seat, planning to eat it in my rental car when I returned to the airport. They asked if I’d like to get it plated and I was thrilled to say yes. I ate the fried green tomatoes with a fantastic green goddess sauce (and an unexpected goat cheese sauce) and then came the Yankee Pot Roast. The veggies were thick and crisp, and for someone coming from Texas (and 90 degree weather), the warm pot roast warmed my soul.

What is the closest stop from the Metro?

On the Orange/Blue Lines, the closest stops are Foggy Bottom (at 21st & Eye St. NW) or at Farragut West (head toward 18th street). On the Red Line, the closest stop is Farragut North. – See more at:

Founding Farmers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe

Check out the Founding Farmers’ recipe from their cookbook, The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink from the Restaurant Owned by American Family Farmers:

Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe

Founding Farmers Yankee Pot Roast Recipe

DIY Tshirt Tote

After attending a fabulous conference like Grace Hopper 2015, you probably have more swag then you’ll ever know what to do with right?? I’m not a tshirt wearer but I do love doing my part to conserve and hate plastic bags. 

Did you get oversized tshirt a from the conference? Here’s how to transform it into a tote!

This literally took me 5 minutes. I snipped strips along the bottom  of the shirt and tied it into knots for a no sew bottom.   
Next I trimmed the sleeves and neckline off the shirt. 

Then I loaded it with shirts that ended up being heavy demonstrating how durable this tote is!   

Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Murray HopperMy dear friend Randy Bear of Concerned Citizen blog  helped me find all this incredible information about Admiral Grace Hopper, the namesake for the Women in Computing conference on Houston, TX this year. 
What didn’t we find? Leave comments below. As I get more time I’ll include special stories including from Randy who have met the woman who inspires us all! 

 
· Her former husband, Vincent Foster Hopper, died in 1945 during World War II.

o They were married from 1930 but got divorced in 1945.

o She had never been married again and has chosen to keep her married last name.

· When working on the Mark I in 1944, she wrote the first users manual for a computer, a 500-page manual on the operations of Mark I

· While working on the Mark I, she coined the term “bug” describing a computer malfunction

· During her work on UNIVAC, she invented the first computer compiler, translating written instructions to machine code.

o It was during this time when she was able to develop her compiler which was then called the A compiler. The first version was called A-0.

o A few years later in 1952, she was able to come up with an operational compiler, however she said that nobody believed it and that she was told that computers were only limited to doing arithmetic.

o Two years later, she was named Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation’s director for automatic programming, and it was her department which released the first programming languages which were compiler based. These included ARITH-MATIC, FLOW-MATIC, and MATH-MATIC.

o In 1959, CODASYL or the Conference on Data Systems Languages brought together different computer experts for a 2-day conference. Hopper had been the committee’s technical consultant, and she along with her previous employees helped define COBOL.

· In 1967, Hopper was called back to active duty with the US Navy, and assigned to the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff as Director, Navy Programming Languages Group.

· The Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, or NERSC, was named after her.

· When she was seven, she had a great urge to discover how alarm clocks worked and was able to dismantle seven alarm clocks before her mother discovered what she was up to. After that incident, she was then limited to studying just one clock.

· She tried to enter Vassar College when she was 16 but got rejected because her grades in Latin weren’t satisfactory. She was, however, accepted the following year.

· Hopper always had a first love for the Navy:

o While Grace Hopper wanted to be transferred to the regular Navy posts, her request was denied because she was already 38 then. She did, however, remain to serve as part of the Navy Reserve.

o Until 1949, Grace Hopper was part of the Harvard Computation Lab.

o She even turned down Vassar’s offer of a full professorship post, and instead chose to work as a researcher under Navy contract for Harvard.

o At the time of her retirement, she was the oldest active-duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy (79 years, eight months and five days).

o Coincidently, she was aboard the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy (188 years, nine months and 23 days). (USS Constitution)

· Apart from being known as “Amazing Grace,” another nickname she earned was “Grandma COBOL” because of her great work on COBOL’s development.

· She was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1991 by Pres. George W. Bush —becoming the first female individual recipient of the honor.

· At the age of 85, she died in Arlington, Virginia, on January 1, 1992. She was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery.

  
Quotes:

· A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.

· If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

· Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down. Respect for one’s superiors; care for one’s crew.

  
· There’s something you learn in your first boot-camp, or training camp: If they put you down somewhere with nothing to do, go to sleep — you don’t know when you’ll get any more.

· I’ve always been more interested in the future than in the past.

  
· I’ve received many honors and I’m grateful for them; but I’ve already received the highest award I’ll ever receive, and that has been the privilege and honor of serving very proudly in the United States Navy.

· Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.

· Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, “We’ve always done it this way.” I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.

· A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.

  
Randy Bear

Concerned Citizens blog

Technology Blog
 

Best Interview Tips and Tricks

Best Interview Tips and Tricks

Learn about the best interview tips and tricks I have collected over the years of applying for jobs, helping others apply for jobs, and interviewing those who have applied for jobs.  I will continue to update this post, make sure you subscribe to updates!

Tips from the Experienced

“What’s you greatest weakness?” That one always trips people up. Try answering with a strong point but then follow up with what area you’d like to do better related to a specific subject area in the industry. This way you don’t give away a character flaw (which is what most people do). For example, if someone was interviewing for a banker position: ‘I’m really great with customers but I would like to grow in lending.’ – Melanie G

“Talk to them about setting reasonable goals and thinking about their development and desires after college. My opinion is if they put some time thinking about this, they are prepared for most questions that matter.” – Becky Y

“I’ve interviewed many people over the years, and been interviewed a time or 2 as well.
1) listen

2) answer the question!
Those are the top 2. If you didn’t understand the question, as for clarification. Once you’ve got it, actually answer the question! These are big issues for me as they tie to how successful you’re likely to be, particularly in some of the “less defined” roles.” – Chris F.

“Tell real stories that give examples for all the standard interview questions. So many struggle to think of those examples and get caught of guard. Prepare but don’t memorize the stories. They need to be authentic. Interviewers are most impressed when they believe you have been through the situation associated with the question, and they believe you handled it well.”  – Craig B.

“Bring your portfolio to the interview including examples of your past successes, Sometime people thought they are prepared but they would fumble when they are nervous. I also think the old eye contact tip is still very important.” – Thi Le

“Repeat the question slowly, then say “I’m glad you asked that” as you think about how to answer it.” – Robert A.

National Guacomole Day Recipe

 Join me @ 1pm! I’m excited to join KSAT’s SA Live show at the Buckhorn Museum and talk about how I like to make guac at home. I’d love to know what kind of ingredients you use to make guacamole and what you put it on. Leave me a note in the comments!

http://www.ksat.com/sa-live/live-now  


Chef Johnny Hernandez’s Guacamole Recipe

(from Simply Ming Season 10 Episode 21)
6 tomatillo
6 dried chile de Arbol peppers
3 jalapeno peppers
6 Serrano peppers
1 onion, minced
1 cup cilantro, chopped
8 garlic cloves
1 bunch scallions
1 avocado, diced
2 limes
1 Roma tomato, diced
sea salt

Directions
1. On a hot grill place scallions, jalapeno and Serrano chiles. Grill until just charred on all sides about 5-6 minutes. Set aside.
2. Using a Comal or a flat griddle over medium heat, add the tomatillo, dried chile de arbol peppers and garlic. Cook until tomatillo and garlic are soft, about 6-8 minutes.
3. Place all ingredients into a Molcajeta (mortar and pestle). Grind together, adding 2 tbs each of onion and cilantro until well mixed and broken down to almost smooth consistency. Season with salt to taste. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, add avocado, 1/4 cup cilantro, juice of 1 lime wedge and diced tomatoes. Mix together and set aside.

   
 Seasoning your Molcajete

  • Season the mortar before first use: grind raw rice inside the bowl until the rice turns gray; empty and repeat until the rice no longer turns gray; rinse with water and scrub with a brush.
  • Always place the molcajete on top of a cloth to avoid scratching the surface of your table or countertop.
  • Avoid drastic changes in temperature.

Care

Hand-wash with running water, dish soap and a brush. Dry thoroughly.

2015 Dragon Con Costumes

2015 Dragon Con Costumes

In the spirit of getting ready for Alamo City Comic Con check out these pictures from Hotlanta where Dragon Con is going on right now!

1987 marked the beginning of Dragon Con. John Bunnell, David Cody, Robert Dennis, Mike Helba, Pat Henry, and Ed Kramer formed the original Dragon Con Board of Directors and most remain an integral part of the convention today.

Here are some pictures my friend from Washington State, Kat Hathaway, took of her awesome time at Dragon Con this year. Here are some more hi-res photos (230+) from Redditor ScottWilkinson


Enter to Win!

If you’re in San Antonio today is the last day to enter and win two tickets to Alamo City Comic Con  

    
 

GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

GIVEAWAY: 2015 Alamo City Comic Con

UPDATED: 9/9/2015 – I am so excited to announce the winner of a pair of tickets to the 2015 Alamo City Comic Con. I had a ton of great entries.  Take a second to subscribe to receive notifications for future giveaways by entering your email in the box.

The winner of the two tickets to 2015 Alamo City Comic Con is…Kelli B!!  If the tickets are not picked up I will try to announce an alternative winner!

After having an incredible time at the 2014 Alamo City Comic Con (check out the details from last year, costumes, pictures!!), I am very excited to share information about the 2015 ACCC event! You’ll get a chance to meet amazing comic book stars and legends like:

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Pre-event Kick-off Party

Don’t forget the ?#?ACCC? 2015 kick off party THIS Saturday at 502 Bar!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

Ticket Information

Ticket Sales: KISSROCKS for $5 discount! (Online through Sept. 4 @ Midnight)

*You can chance purchasing tickets in-person.

  • 3-Day Badge – $75.00
  • One Day Pass – $30-40
  • Kids Pass (Ages 3-10) – $15 good for the entire event!

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

NEW to 2015 ACCC

Lots of great things like a new area just for kids called Kidz Planet. We am have exhibits and activities scheduled from the Witte Museum, SA Zoo, SA Public Library, and more kid friendly vendors in this area.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con

 ACCC Mobile App

 

 

 

Search in the app store (Apple or Android!) for “Guidebook” and download the app.  Once downloaded you can search within the app for “Alamo City Comic Con” to keep track of your schedule, find out room locations, check out the vendors, and everything else you’d like to do. Click on the image below for a moving gif description.

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Alamo City Comic Con Contest Giveaway

I want to win tix to from @geekettebits! #ACCC http://geekettebits.com/technology/giveaway-2015-alamo-city-comic-con/

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Here’s a picture of the message from then City Councilman Diego Bernal and the concession menu if you’d like to know what food options you have.

2015 Alamo City Comic Con menu

GIVEAWAY: Win Family Tickets to ET at the Symphony

GIVEAWAY: Win Family Tickets to ET at the Symphony

Did you grow up watching E.T?  On September 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. and September 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, audiences of all ages can experience E.T. The Extra Terrestrial in Concert as never before. John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score will be performed live by the San Antonio Symphony in sync with the full feature film projected on a huge HD screen. Join Elliott and E.T. as they soar past the moon and beyond, and relive the magic once more!

Learn more about the event here. Buy tickets here.

Ways to Enter and Win

You could be randomly selected to win FOUR tickets to the San Antonio Symphony performance of “E.T.: the Extra Terrestrial”.

I want to win tix to #ETinSA & the @sasym @MajesticEmpire @geekettebits! http://geekettebits.com/for-kids-parents-educators/giveaway-win-family-tickets-to-et-at-the-symphony/

More ways to win!

Follow ET at #ETinSA or #ETattheSymphony and track where ET has been visiting around the Alamo City, for a chance to win tickets to attend the concert. 

For updated news and information, visit The San Antonio Symphony on Twitter at @sasym, Instagram @sasymphony and Facebook San Antonio Symphony.

Back-to-School Parenting Hacks

Back-to-School Parenting Hacks

*Posted in partnership with 5W Public Relations. I enjoyed trying each new product and made recommendations from my experiences with them.
Check out my segment on #GreatDaySA @KENS5 for Back to School Parent Hacks!

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One of the most important things about back to school is getting back into the routine of things. When I think about hacks to make my family’s life easier I’m looking for activities that are fast, easy, and cheap.

NEW T-fal Stainless Steel OptiGrill Plus

one-of-a-kind way to grill indoors, featuring a cooking sensor that guarantees a perfectly cooked meal every time. The built-in sensor automatically adapts to the thickness of your food and delivers perfect doneness from rare to well-done for six different programs (burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage, red meat and fish). The OptiGrill Plus’ unique temperature gauge allows the savvy home cook to have total control when cooking foods on the manual setting.

  • Beat the heat and bugs – no need to go outside in 100+ degree weather!
  • Get great grill marks on veggies, meat, and fruits!
  • Make sure you let it

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KRUPS Egg Cooker

Boil up to 7 eggs at a time for the whole family without slaving over the stove with the KRUPS Egg Cooker, allowing users to choose from hard/soft boiled, poached or individual omelets. Simply pile the eggs into the slots and an audible signal will indicate when your eggs are done cooking.

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IMUSA Dim Sum Steamer Set

Bamboo basket steamer set Imusa 8? Asian bamboo steamer is healthy way to retain flavor, vitamins and nutrients while cooking. The weaved bottom allows steam to pass through, while multiple layers allow you to separate and cook a variety of foods at the same time. Great for vegetables, seafood, dim sum, and more.

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COOKINA Cuisine, a Reusable Cooking Sheet

Cut down clean-up time and calories with COOKINA Cuisine, a Reusable Cooking Sheet that makes for a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy cooking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper, users can place the sheet on a baking tray to whip up recipes without having to use oil or needing to clean the tray afterwards.

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Viki’s Granola’s new Snack Size Packs

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Carrington Farms Flavored Liquid Coconut Cooking Oils

Deliciously flavor your dishes, without the time consuming prep work of actually chopping your flavorings. As a fantastic alternative to traditional oils (vegetable, olive, canola, corn, etc.), this liquid coconut oil retains all of the health benefits of traditional coconut oil without the odor/flavor of coconuts and remains liquid in form.

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Grab and Go Snacks

  • Viki’s Granola’s new Snack Size Packs – the perfect addition to your children’s lunchboxes this year. This loose granola, available in three tasty varieties, is great to eat on its own or to accompany yogurt or cereal. Packed with high-quality, non-GMO ingredients, you can be sure that you are giving your child the best possible snacks that they will also love.
  • Welch’s® Fruit Snacksperfect for easy lunchbox prep
  • Gaea’s olives snack packs – 1st olive snack in the world without preservatives and they are packed in an innovative re -sealable packaging. Liquid-free, Pitted and full of authentic Greek flavors, delicious and the perfect healthy and low calories snack for your kid’s lunchboxes! Available in three flavor options: 100% Kalamata, Green marinated with Chili & Black Peppers, Green marinated with Lemon & Oregano

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And if you have some Post-It lunch notes nearby you can have an all in one lunch station.

Printable Post-It Lunch Notes

Printable Post-It Lunch Notes

So I am always experimenting with paper craft ideas, and I’ve always wanted to try printing on Post-It notes. I love the idea of customizing Post-It notes to my daughter to add to her school lunches.  In addition to the lunch note printables you can find on Pinterest, I wanted to add some special ones for the super hero, Star Wars loving Jedis in your life.

First download the printable blank template printable_post_it_template so you know where to place Post-It notes on computer paper. Place your post it notes in the six squares.

 


Next, download the printable lunch note template post_it_school_notes.


Ensure that you’re feeding the paper into the printer the correct direction by following the letter printing instructions on your printer. Enjoy! 

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive

Besides getting ready for going back to school restaurant week is my favorite part of August. This is the first year that restaurant week will transcend two weeks getting everyone ample time to enjoy the great multiple course meals offered from fantastic local restaurants. Culinaria San Antonio recently launched a winter restaurant week as well this year, details here.

Culinaria is our premier non-profit organization that helps bring awareness to the world of the culinary greatness that is bubbling within our fair city of San Antonio.  They work hard to bring food and wine events to the community, drawing people into San Antonio and helping provide scholarships for future chefs and helping our local chefs!

Restaurants will offer specialized  3-course prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner throughout the city!  Make your reservations and experience SARW lunch and dinner with two tiers to choose from:

Tier 1: $15 lunch and $35 dinner

Tier 2: $10 lunch and $25 dinner

 

Check out an interactive map so you can search for participating restaurants by location in San Antonio:

2015 Culinaria Restaurant Week #EatDrinkGive
Click to see full sized map of participating San Antonio restaurants.

Here’s a tasty glimpse of lunch at Las Canarias that I enjoyed on the Riverwalk last week: 

Chef Franklin even stopped by each persons’ table making sure they were enjoying their meals. The choices were dynamic, fresh, and summer refreshing. My lunch buddy and I each got something different and there were still options we didn’t get!

Participating Restaurants

Below are participating restaurants posted to Culinaria’s Facebook page.  To see all of the participating restaurants AND their lunch and dinner menus for the next week (in addition to their existing menus) please click HERE.

  
  



  
  

  

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Preparing for the Back to School

Preparing for the Back to School

*I’ll be updating as I learn more too!

As I get my 12 year old ready for her 7th grade year to start I realized there are so many things to do in order to “be prepared’. This blog post will be loaded like a baked potato with everything you need for your student (and yourself) to be fully prepared for a great year of learning, hard work, and partnership with your student’s teachers.

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Thoughtful Ideas for Students

Consider these ideas to kick your kid’s day up a notch:

  • Surprise them with lunch…and eat it with them! Some of Jaden’s favorite memories (and pleas!) was bringing lunch and eating it together in her elementary school cafeteria. Although I only went a couple of times each year (I wish now of course I had gone more regularly…) Jaden would love it when I surprised her with lunch (whether it was fast food or a sushi surprise.) They don’t really let you come come (teachers or your student) in middle school so take advantage while you can.
  • Surprise them with a note. Whenever we had open house in elementary school I would bring along paper (or pre-printed notes) and hide them in Jaden’s desk, cubby, or other areas.
  • Surprise them with a note in their lunch boxWhenever you pack a lunch surprise them with a note in their lunchbox. I can’t find any studies to actually cite but word of mouth told me that kids that receive love notes with their lunch each better. Don’t know if its actually true but who wouldn’t feel good with a little surprise? Don’t worry you don’t have to start from scratch if you’re exhausted and print out Pinterest Lunch Notes.

Helpful Tips from Real Teachers

I asked many teacher friends for what they wished parents knew and here are some great nuggets of information!

“Bringing supplies, actually meeting the teacher,offer to help!” – Becky S.

“Need school supplies, need a daily routine.  Every morning bags are packed, every afternoon with homework and a set bedtime. Kids love schedules and routines.”

“Check up via email [or Parent Portals] to check on the progress of students after a few weeks. School supplies are important too.” – Cedrik S.

“Come to school the first few days and be on time. Every year, I have have so many parents extend their summer a few more days because “I’m sure you’re not starting instruction yet.” It is true, we spend the first few days on routines and procedures, but when you bring your kid in a few days late, they still need that information and it disrupts everyone else.” – Dawn C.

For the little ones, label jackets, sweaters, and backpacks. Some kids don’t remember which was theirs. Ask as many questions, the teacher is there to work with you and the student. Express any questions or concerns.” – Valerie D.

Encourage Kids Equally

Jaden loves math and science because I didn’t give her any other option. She loves paper crafts, DIY, reading but she also understands the importance of math and science.

At the college level, men earn 82 percent of engineering degrees, 82 percent of computer science degrees and 81 percent of physics degrees.

Women make up 47 percent of the overall workforce and constitute only 27 percent of the science and engineering workforce.

Kids (not just boys, not just girls) need to have well rounded educations. Make sure you check out this blog post by my favorite cognitive scientist, Dr. Art Markman, “What you do affects what you learn“:

A traditional way to teach people about new objects (like the fish in the ocean) is to have them learn to classify different objects.  I remember having to do a leaf collection in 7th grade, in order to learn to classify the various trees in my neighborhood.  In classification, you see the various properties of objects (like sharks, fish, and plants) and you learn to identify the category that they come from.

Additional Resources and Reads

Here are some great articles that I have read in the past or recently and wanted to share: