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Last Minute Educational Gifts for Ages 13-18

  1. education- gift-giving-for-kidsWallet Ninja Multi-tool – This nifty gadget is a slim piece of steel that can easily fit into a wallet or pocket and is no bigger than a credit card. With 18 tools including a cell phone stand, this would make a perfect stocking stuffer for a teenager on the go.
  2. This summer fashion trend of flashy metallic tattoos has stayed strong this school year, thanks to teen celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez continually showing them off. Gone are the days of temporary butterflies and peace signs – sheets of these fun shiny body art can be picked up almost anywhere.
  3. Another stocking stuffer idea if your student drives often is a gift card to a local gas station. Across PA Sheetz and Wawa let you purchase gift cards in store and online for almost any amount.

     

  4. Mini Bluetooth Speaker – These come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges, and allow students to connect their devices wirelessly. Inexpensive options can be found at places like Bed Bath & Beyond like this rainbow light speaker for under $20 – some options are even waterproof! 
    Best Buy stocks the largest variety of high-quality speakers, from Beats by Dre to Bose, the leader in home sound systems, which can be found online here or in store.
  5. Remote control cars are a thing of the past – with the release of the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (in theaters December 18) the latest tie-in toy is an app-controlled droid BB-8. It didn’t take long for Disney to partner with robot makers Sphero to bring the adorable round droid featured in the new film to life. BB-8 can explore your home, chase the family pet, and deliver holographic messages all controlled by an app on your phone. As you would expect, droids don’t come cheap and this can be found on most retails sites for around $150.

It is the season of giving, so the nice gift of all is to teach your children the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

Feel free to share your kid's wishlist ideas and stories with us!

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Posted on: December 17, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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Last Minute Educational Gifts for Ages 5-12

  1. education- gift-giving-for-kidsThe Fuze Bike FX Wheel Writer attaches to any bike wheel and comes with a dozen pre-loaded LED patterns that light up the street when the wheels start to turn. You can also program your own picture or text messages using any Apple device. For less than $20, the waterproof battery operated lights can be mounted to almost any standard sized bike wheel. Encourage outdoor exercise, while keeping them safe.
  2. LEGO! Well, Lego anything really. With the recent successes of The Lego Movie (available on DVD or Blu-Ray) these timeless toys are always a safe bet. From a full blown Millennium Flacon or Elsa’s castle (for the ambitious builders) to starter packs with simple cars and buildings, these toys are great for kids of any age – and adults too!
  3. Sometimes it can be extra difficult to purchase gifts for special needs students – Tangle Creations has introduced a line called Tangle Therapy full of toys that provide idle hands with twisting and soothing sensory engagement, stress relief and can even increase focus. National Autism Resources even named this toy to its recent list of “10 Sensory Toys Kids & Teens with Autism Will Love.”
  4. Goldieblox strikes again this holiday season with the company’s recent Hero campaign, which features Goldie and her BFF Ruby Rails as some of the most well-known crime fighting super heroes of the silver screen. The STEM-based girl power toys will teach little ones to save the day by building the Goldie and Ruby a sky diving parachute or zip line escape route for about $25 each!
  5. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, The Polar Express seems to many of us like a “new” holiday book. The movie version (released in 2004) only increased the popularity of what is sure to become a classic story which has sold millions of copies and has been translated into over a dozen other languages.

It is the season of giving, so the nice gift of all is to teach your children the importance of giving to those less fortunate.

Feel free to share your kid's wishlist ideas and stories with us!

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Posted on: December 15, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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We Perform Community Service at PA Virtual

Our FSC (Family Support Coordinators) organized service learning projects in their local communities and worked with Jump Rope for Heart, Koats for Kids, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Here is a video highlight from our 2015 Ugly Quilts program where PA Virtual Charter school students, families, and teachers from across the state took action to help the homeless. An Ugly Quilt can best be described as an emergency sleeping bag. Made from recycled fabrics, the Quilt’s sole purpose is to provide warmth to those who need it most. Included in each Ugly Quilt donation were a variety of basic toiletries. In total we made 36 Ugly Quilts!

Check out this video to learn more about how a PA Virtual promotes giving back to their community!


 
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Posted on: December 11, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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Educating Kids About the Importance of Giving

Did you know? This year over 30,000 partners in 68 countries joined a global movement called #GivingTuesday and raised over $116 million dollars for charities, small businesses, non-profits and government agencies globally. Held the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) #GivingTuesday aims to kick off the holiday giving season and bring people together around the values of service and giving back. How can you get in the giving spirit this holiday season? Here are a few ways you and your child can help in your community:

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    The Pennsylvania SPCA is always looking for volunteers to help care for animals and even has a program in place just for kids called PSPCA Kids Care. With three main locations (Philadelphia, Fishtown and Danville), the shelters also offer programs where students can earn and complete community service hours as part of service learning projects. If you cannot give your time to a shelter, one of their biggest needs is supplies. Typically local shelters will accept gently used linens and blankets, toys and food.
  • Get moving! You may not want to spend too much time outside in the winter months, but there are several holiday-themed 5K races around the state that will get you moving and give back to a local charities or nonprofits in your area.
  • If you are part of a specific nonprofit or community organization, local Barnes & Nobel stores allow nonprofit groups to stand in as gift wrappers during the holiday season. Here students can spend a few hours in the bookstore, wrapping gifts for shoppers. Programs are set up by each store and group leaders should contact store managers regarding this opportunity. Spots fill up quickly!
  • Jump on the #RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) train! Research proves that that being kind can make a real difference to the well-being and health of individuals who practice it and receive it. Sounds simple right? So often we don’t hold the door for someone behind us, but these little things can make a huge difference to someone who is having a bad day. No matter how big or small your act of kindness is, you can still make a difference. Volunteer to help the homeless or pick up the coffee for the person behind you - pay it forward this holiday season!

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Posted on: December 09, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

Cyber-School-Health-Tips-Cover-Your-CoughSniffle season is upon us, and our nurses here are PA Virtual have a few tips on how to stay healthy this winter! In traditional brick and mortar schools, the common cold spreads very quickly this time of year. Cyber school students may be at an advantage when it comes to consistent exposure to germs, but that does not mean they won’t get sick. PA Virtual school nurse, Christina Woltjen has a few tips and tricks for students on how to stay healthy this winter:

  • Hand washing is the #1 way to prevent spread of all germs – hand sanitizer is a great substitute if you are in a pinch, but there is no substitute for washing your hands with soap and warm water.
  • National Flu Shot Week is December 6-12! PA Virtual nurses can do lots of amazing things for our students, but they are NOT licensed to administer the flu shot. If you are interested in getting one, consult your family physician or visit your local pharmacy to learn more about the benefits of getting a flu shot to prevent this deadly virus.
  • Use the 24 hour rule! If you aren’t feeling well 24 hours before a PA Virtual outing (or any other social, community or holiday event) consider your options before you go. Resting for a day can speed up your recovery, and prevents your friends from getting sick as well.
  • Even if you don’t feel sick, always use “cover your cough” etiquette – if a tissue isn’t available cough into your elbow to avoid the spread of air borne germs to others around you.

Have more questions for your PA Virtual nurses? They are here to help you.

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Posted on: December 04, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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PA Cyber School Offers Health Services

Did you know? Just like traditional school districts, cyber students are required by state law to receive health screenings each year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education mandates all children in grades K-12 receive this screening, and depending on your age, also requires hearing, vision, and scoliosis tests at no cost to the student or family. PA Virtual nurses provide all of these services to our students– no matter where you live in the state!

Because children in cyber school families learn within the walls of their own home, many people don’t realize that cyber schools must also staff nurses year round and provide care to their students.

Students also have the ability to receive annual health screenings from their family doctors, but hectic schedules and the cost of a doctor’s visit can sometimes prevent families from doing so. By providing these screenings at no cost, schools like PA Virtual are reducing the number of cyber school students who are unable to receive health screenings by traditional means.

Check out this video to learn more about how a PA Virtual nurse can help you!

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Posted on: December 03, 2015 by M. Dubbs in

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