Tricounty News

August 16 Update

Shopping for School Supplies? Save receipts!

Heading to the store for back-to-school shopping? Don’t forget to save receipts from all of your school supply purchases. By doing so, you could qualify for tax credits or subtractions on your 2013 state income tax returns.

There are two tax options that help families pay expenses related to their child’s education: the refundable K-12 education credit and the K-12 education subtraction. Both programs reduce the tax parents must pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2013 Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return. To qualify, you must have purchased educational services or required materials during 2013 to assist with your child’s education. Your child also must be attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private or home school.

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Sleeping through the night

Babies know nothing of regular schedules. They wake at any hour of the night or very early morning and demand to be fed. This is to be expected. They are growing and in need of nourishment – day and night.

Babies don’t stay babies forever. They grow and change and turn into (ahem) teenagers.

Teenagers know nothing of regular schedules. They wake late in the daytime, stay up into the wee hours and demand frozen pizza and ice cream. This is to be expected. Teenagers are growing and in need of nourishment – day and night.

When my son was an infant, there was a period of time when he got his days and nights mixed up. Now, 18 years later, I fear the situation is repeating itself. As his mom, I am experiencing a déjà vu of sleep deprivation.

In other words, I’m tired all over again.

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Consistently consistent

Consistency in parenting is key to success. Every mom worth her Pop-Tarts knows this. But, if we are being honest (and isn’t that always the best policy?) consistency in parenting is consistently difficult to achieve with any sort of, well, consistency.

Today I am earning my consistency badge – or I’m going to die trying. The situation involves the D-word: discipline.

Contrary to popular kid-think, parents do not enjoy discipline. Most of us dread it because discipline most often involves consistency, which can be difficult to achieve and as tricky as making good gravy. Despite diligent whisking and constant stirring, my gravy almost always ends up a little lumpy. I am lacking consistency, in everything from gravy to child rearing.

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Aug. 2 Update

EV-W School-Community,

It’s been a summer of fun, and I hope you’ve enjoyed time with your family and friends. I’m confident that you’re aware this letter is a quick reminder that we’ll be back in session soon. I anticipate a lot of excitement and optimism as we begin our 2013-14 school year together.

Summer has been busy with the usual daily operations, management, and training that take place at the district level. We’ve continued to upgrade our facilities, implement an electronic Boardbook, made significant progress on our strategic plan, investigate PLCs, and initiate the negotiations process with certified staff and transportation contractors.

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A fresh batch of sweet simple pleasures

Every so often it’s good to take the time to stop and smell the roses. To count our blessings. To pause and appreciate the wonders surrounding us. Because they do. In the crazy, busy world we live in, sometimes it’s easy to forget. We put our blinders on, shift into autopilot and coast. Trouble is, when we’re coasting we’re not paying attention and we miss out on the little things. And the big things. Things that are important. And simple. And sweet. Things like:

A fresh new bar of soap.

Singing in the shower. A baby shower.

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