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4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway – Wrap Up

Our Schoola 4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway has ended and summer is starting to wind down. Let’s cherish these final weeks with our family and friends and start thinking about all the FUN we will continue to have in the next school year.

We’d like to thank everyone for participating and congratulate all of our winners one more time.  Our friends at FlybarGreen Toys, Little Passports and Micro Kickboard made it so special with their awesome prizes.

Way to go!

Week 1 Winner – Chrissy Hazard from New York  for winning a Flybar Master Pogostick. When we told her she won, she said, “That’s fantastic! I never win anything!”

Week 2 Winner – Staci Nouri from Colorado for winning 6 playthings from Green Toys.  She commented on our FB page and said, “Thank you! Both my boys will be thrilled!”

Week 3 Winner – Chester Shaver  from Maryland for winning a 6 month World Edition subscription to Little Passports. He said, “Thanks Schoola!!!! Love this website and my kids are going to love their lilpassport!”

Week 4 Winner – Ashley Guzman for winning a Micro Maxi Scooter from Micro Kickboard.  She’s so excited for her kids to start carving up the streets with their new Maxi.

It’s been a blast playing with you and we hope you check back in soon for our next giveaway coming up in August.

And remember, all year long Schoola turns adorable outgrown clothes into money for your child’s school programs. Learn more about us and see how it works here.

Introducing the Handmade Charlotte Collection – Donated to Support Imagination in Schools Everywhere!

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Handmade Charlotte, the brand that has become a daily source for DIY craft projects for kids, recipes, and inspiring ideas for creative family living.  Their dedication to “finding the magic in everyday life” is why millions of readers visit the well loved indie publication every month. 

rachel-faucettWe met Rachel Faucett, the owner and creator of Handmade Charlotte and quickly became fans of each other!  Rachel started her business with a handmade clothing line on Etsy and quickly grew her brand along with her husband Jonathan into an award winning platform that has earned massive amounts of media attention from the largest and hippest publications in the world.  Their mantle worthy tutorials and gorgeous imagery have earned Handmade Charlotte a spot on numerous Best Of lists. 

Rachel, Jonathan, and their team of super creatives have quite the client roster – Martha Stewart, Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens, HGTV, Anthropologie, Tea Collection, Target, Ford, HP, Ikea, Levi’s, Fiskars, Home Depot, and now Schoola!   Rachel’s love of Schoola’s mission and desire to financially support creativity in our nations schools was the spark that launched this campaign. 

So without further a do…

We are proud to launch the “Handmade Charlotte” collection on Schoola.com!  The mother of 5 has generously contributed over 500 items that were either handmade by her own hands or straight out of her Outgrown Give Away bin. The collection is a huge treasure chest full of one of a kind vintage, handmade, patched up pieces that are mixed with every day staples that we know you will love! You’ll have a blast digging through Rachel’s donated closet and will find some gems for sure. The handmade pieces and charming embellishments give you a glimpse into the couples colorful life on their horse farm in Georgia.  

Ring The Bell – This is the first time that proceeds from items sold on Schoola are being sent to the shoppers’ school rather than the donors’.  Handmade Charlotte + Schoola love all children everywhere! Simply enter your school name when you buy and YOUR school will receive a portion of the proceeds!

And when you thought the deals in this sale couldn’t get any better we decided to put a little more icing on the cake!  We’re giving away a special treat for the first 150 shoppers. If your lucky enough to be in that rock star  group you will receive –  FolkArt Handmade Charlotte stencil sets  that can be used to personalize your new frocks!

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We couldn’t be more excited about introducing this fun collaboration to you. When great minds think alike amazing things happen!  Now what are you waiting for? Jump over to shop the looks before they’re gone!

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Take a sneek peek at silly  behind the scenes shenanigans at the Handmade Charlotte + Schoola Photoshoot

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Introducing Schoola2U: Bringing More Funds to Bay Area Schools

Another school year is in full swing, and we’re as committed as ever to find ways to support important programs that impact students’ academic success – including art, music and physical education.

Despite the fact that California is home to more million-dollar tax filers than any other state in the U.S., there is still a significant wealth gap between Bay Area residents and the money allotted to education. Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are taking matters into their own hands – one out of every 10 schools in the Bay Area is using Schoola to raise much needed funds. 

We’ve come a long way from the five Bay Area schools we launched with in June 2013. Today, we have more than 500 Bay Area schools raising money through our program.

One of our schools, Yick Wo Elementary in San Francisco, raised more than $1,000 to put school supplies in the classroom during the 2013-2014 school year, and is partnering with us to help fund its art program this year.

We’re proud to be an ally to Bay Area parents looking to supplement school resources, and we want to do more to help.  So this week we are debuting our fundraising fleet – 6 three-wheeled pop-up shops will be hitting the road to raise awareness and drive donations to local schools.  Our bikes will be visiting Bay Area visiting schools, museums and family festivals spreading the word about how parents can raise money for schools by doing something they already do – buying clothes for their kids!

Schoola has pledged to donate an additional $5 to the shoppers’ school of choice for every purchase made from the pop-up shops – with a goal of raising $100,000 for local schools.

We look forward to continuing support the local schools in our own backyard with this initiative. You can follow @Schoola on Twitter, Facebook & @Schoola2U on Instagram for updates on our Bay Area Tour – it’s going to be #WheelieGood!

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Abyssinian Benefit Schools

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Physical activity has a vital role in education. Play breaks help young learners release stress, get their blood moving, and re-energize their minds so they can return to the classroom focused and ready for success.

Schoola is partnering with Abyssinian Development Corporation to provide the equipment and opportunities students in Harlem need to build healthy bodies and healthy minds.

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For the kids at many Harlem schools, the benefits of physical activity don’t come easily. With no gym, the playground is the only place students can get the exercise they need. As they file outside for their 20-minute recess period after lunch, though, all they find is a patch of astroturf, a cracked blacktop, a couple of aging basketball hoops, and some stray furniture. They’re making do with what they have—but imagine how much they could discover about themselves and the possibilities available to them through a play structure with swings and a slide, as well as a level surface to run and play safely.

Schoola is helping these schools build their students’ academic success and well-being by launching an effort and building a community to raise $25,000 for a playground upgrade. Here’s how you can help:

• Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to Abyssinian Benefit Schools or start a fundraiser for your own school

• Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save physical education, music, art and other essential programs

• Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids

JOIN US – So we can show the kids at at these Harlem schools and thousands of others like them that we care—and make a positive change in their school experience every day of the week.

See their story at http://www.schoola.com/savepe

@schoola #clothesforschools

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 31: Teaching Kindness

Parents often urge their kids to “be nice” or “be kind” to others. And young children frequently display spontaneous thoughtfulness and empathy. But general tendencies and general exhortations are just too…general.

Young children learn best when given concrete, specific examples and instructions. And so we’ve come up with a list of fifteen tangible ways in which kids (and adults) can practice kindness in daily life

1. Include others in play
2. Include others in conversation
3. Listen
4. Forgive
5. Give the benefit of the doubt
6. Share or take turns
7. Speak well of others
8. Help out, lend a hand
9. Offer a hug
10. Laugh at jokes
11. Say yes to invitations to play or talk
12. Think of others and how you might be able to help them
13. Try not to criticize
14. Give compliments
15. Say thanks and offer appreciation
#schoolasummer

Yick Wo Elementary School

 

 

YickWo_1Art can be one of the most important parts of a young student’s life. It teaches kids that it’s okay to be creative and take risks at school—not just in the art room, but in math, languages, and every other subject they study. The educational benefits of an art program are well known, but it’s still not covered by most public school budgets. The parents at Yick Wo Elementary make sure that their school’s students have art class anyway, and Schoola is forming a community to help them do it.

Serving San Francisco’s North Beach, Russian Hill, and Chinatown neighborhoods, Yick Wo relies on fundraising to provide enrichment programs for its 260+ students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The experiences of the children show that it’s well worth the effort. “School has a lot of rules to follow but in art you can be free. You can see what you have in front of you and then turn that into something different,” says Orly. “I feel like I can make anything happen. It’s awesome!” says Lars. Art class builds confidence and provides enduring lessons for the students at Yick Wo—as long as the school can continue to provide the raw materials for their inspiration.YickWo_2

Schoola is launching an effort and building a community to help raise $25,000 to support arts programs at Yick Wo. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to Yick Wo or start a fundraiser for your own school
  • Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save art, music, physical education, and other essential programs
  • Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids at schools like Yick Wo

Join us to make sure art keeps broadening young minds, opening new channels for self-expression, and fostering the creativity that fuels achievement for the students at Yick Wo.

See their story at http://www.schoola.com/yickwo

@schoola #clothesforschools

 

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 30: Making Weather in Your Kitchen

In preschool, most kids start learning about science with the “daily weather report.” You remember it: one of the kids goes to the window and reports back to the class what the weather is, and then the teacher adds it to the daily calendar. It gives our children a tiny glimpse into the fascinating science of meteorology.

If your kids have the weather bug, here are two science experiments to encourage them…

Make a rainbow: It couldn’t be simpler to make a rainbow that is projected on your wall or ceiling. All you need is a clear glass container (a wide-mouth jar or juice glass is perfect), a mirror that is small enough to fit in the glass, a flashlight, and water. Fill the glass with water and place the mirror inside at an angle. Shine the flashlight on the mirror and you should see a rainbow. If you don’t, try changing the angle of the flashlight or the mirror (and, of course, turning off the lights will help too).

Make lightning: Push a thumbtack through the center of an aluminum pie pan turn the pan upside down (the sharp end of the tack should be pointing up through the bottom of the pan). Push the eraser end of a pencil (use a pencil with a new eraser) onto the thumbtack until it stands straight up. Place a styrofoam plate upside down on a table and have your kids rub the bottom of the plate very quickly with a piece of wool fabric (a wool sock works great). Use the pencil as a handle and put the aluminum pie plate on top of the styrofoam plate. Have your kid touch the aluminum pie pan with his finger. Was there a shock? If not, have him rub the styrofoam plate with the wool again. Once he’s feeling a little shock, turn off the lights before he touches the aluminum again.

#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 27: The Value of Writing Letters

Long distance friendships are a different affair for our children than they were for us. When kids can connect from across the world in an instant through multiple media, what reason would any child have for writing letters, much less waiting by the mailbox for one? What is the value of letter writing in the age of video-chat, texting, and social media? For young children, especially, there are numerous benefits and much appeal to trading notes with friends across distances via the good old postal service. Among them:

It’s good writing practice. Learning to express oneself fluently in writing is important in every respect. Kids who are motivated to write out of friendship and for fun are getting that much more
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Letters call for patience. A lot of recent research on achievement focuses on kids’ ability to delay gratification and to stick with tasks even though they may not see immediate results.

Putting thoughts on paper requires more reflection than whipping off an email or text, and helps kids organize their own thinking.

The slow and steady nature of a pen pal relationship can help kids begin to understand that friendship is not only about fun in the here and now, but can take many forms, and transcend time and space. #schoolasummer

Sheep’s Clothes – Boys and School

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In the year of our savior Reggio Emilia 2012, there did a monster reign.

 

He walked amongst them unnoticed at times.  Peaceful.  Quiet.  As with Play-Doh.  And the Trains of Thomas.  And Maresol, that fair teacher of Espanol who taketh no shit.

 

“Things are as they should be,” they said, at the Time Known As Drop-Off.

 

And then that time ended and the Time Known As Circle began.  A time of great decibel increase and insurrection.

 

In mighty voices, they said, “LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!”

 

And, “NOT ON JOSEPH’S HEAD!”

 

And, “LEAVE ELIZABETH ALONE.  LEAVE ABBOTT ALONE.  I DON’T KNOW WHY.  NOW CIRCLE! CIRCLE!  CIRCLE!”

 

But circle he did not and lo!  Two horns doth did sprout!  And that is how, after Tales of the Great Letter ‘E,’ the Time of Circle did end.

 

In quiet voices, they said, “Line-eth up, ye who would travel to the far reaches of the Kingdom.”  But Line-eth he did not, especially since he was not made Leader of the Line-eth.

 

First, he ziggethed.  Then he zagethed.  And then he pushed him known as Zachary who yelled unto him, “I’m first and you’re NOT!”  And lo, his feet they did become cloven hooves!

 

Upon reaching the far reaches of the Kingdom, the Time Of Outdoor did begin.

 

In which sand was thrown far and wide but mainly into Katie’s eyes, and tag, it was played until Carter yelled, “We don’t like you!” and Gregory confirmed this and yelled, “YEAH!”

 

And lo, he grabbed his shovel and smacked it down, which brought a voice like thunder that said “YELLOW LIGHT!” and then he stomped his cloven hooves and shrieked and the voice commanded, “RED LIGHT!”

 

But he looked both the YELLOW LIGHT and the RED LIGHT in the eye and laughed and into the Out Known As Time he was placed.  And they tisked and clucked and remarked, “‘Twas no shovel he had but a pitchfork.”

 

As the Time of Outdoor ended and the Time of Snack began, he no longer walked amongst them unnoticed but like a sharp piece of Lego stuck in their feet.  A sharp piece of Lego with fruit and crackers.

 

After the Time of Potty, he washed his hands and his clothes and the floor and those around him.  And then poopeth he did go.  Not on the potty but behind the potted plant.  Because it was safe.

 

And they sighed DEEPLY and whispered the Prayer of the Pull-Up and wiped and wiped and wiped and called up the Gods of Sanitation and wiped some more.

 

During the Time of Clean Up, there did occur a kerfuffle between him and Jeffery and Marcus and Quincey that shook the rafters.  Then using a bardic lute, he sang of the kerfuffle to others over mead juice but not before they put him in the Zone Known As Chill and told him to SLOWETH HIS MOTOR.

 

“The Transitions, they will be the death of us,” they did mutter, and said five Hail-Maria-Montessori’s for good measure and then finally – OH FINALLY – it was The Time Known As Lunch, and then they did wave their magic organic carrot and sprinkled Impulse Control Crumbs but the Impulses they were NOT Controlled.

 

After much pillaging and plundering – beware the ides of sunflower butter in your hair! – and much shrieking by Jill and Mary Beth, a nobel knight arrived at last to purge the kingdom of the devil.

 

In she rode with her brave Snap ‘N Go Chariot – wielding the sword of 1-2-3 MAGIC and the awesome power of LOVE – and she looked into the face of CHAOS and commanded, “Come.”

 

And he went.

 

Cloven hooves into Stride Rites.  Horns receding.

 

And they sighed with relief and said, “All is almost as it should be.”  (As they had four more devils to contend with).

 

For they had survived another day with that plague of school systems in kingdoms everywhere.

 

That beast that goes by the name:

 

BOY.

 

 

Written by the Tarja Parssinen, aka The Flying Chalupa

email: theflyingchalupa@gmail.com

My First Day of Preschool

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My First Day of Preschool

I was super nervous.

I could barely sleep last night.

The clothes were laid out.

Pirate shirt?  Yes.  It says “devilish but adorable.”  And the skinny jeans.  Regrettably trendy but the only thing that doesn’t say “saggy gangsta butt.”

The lunch was packed, which nearly killed me.  Was it filling?  Was it too much?  Not enough?  Too processed?  Was it organic-biodegradable-compostable-combustible-and-waste-free?  Would the teachers judge?  Would the kids judge?  Good enough for tradesies?  Good enough to throw?

Where was the attachment object?  A truck?  No.  A stuffed animal.  Elmo?

What do you think, Elmo?  Can you do it?  Show me comfort.  Now safety.  Stop singing that song.  This is serious, dammit.  That’s better.  How well does your flammable red fur absorb homesick tears?  Perfect.

Now it’s time for a hearty-but-harried breakfast.  Let us give the vehicles on the placemat all of the cereal.  And all of the milk.  Perfect.  Would the vehicles care for toast?  Just a bite?  No?  Perfect.

It’s time.  Let’s ready ourselves.

NOTHING WAS LABELED.

Okay, speed-labeling commencing with purple permanent marker.  Is purple appropriate?  Yes.  It says “toddler royalty.”  Teeth brushed.  Sippies filled.  Camera packed.  Car loaded.  The journey begins.

RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC.

Speed-deep-breathing commences.  Let’s sing the back-to-school song!  Happiness!  Lightness!  Airiness!  Guided imagery of serenely floating on a lily pad down a congested river of cars!

NO PARKING.

Walking three blocks on a beautiful day is invigorating.  It gives me time to reflect on this momentous occasion.  Who will I meet?  Who will I befriend?  And then I am there.  In the classroom.  And I see them.  The row of perfectly monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids canvas tote bags.  I do not have a monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids canvas tote bag.  I do not even have a knock-off monogrammed tote bag.

Moment of panic.

Fear.

Isolation.

Then a little hand works its way out of mine and wanders toward the toys.  He does not even look in my direction as I hug him and say goodbye.

My first day of preschool.

He’s ready.

I turn out of the parking lot.

SCREECHING HALT.

How much do you want to bet that his sesame-ginger salad dressing is not nut-free?

Time for a break.

Written by the Tarja Parssinen, aka The Flying Chalupa
email: theflyingchalupa@gmail.com
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