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Sending the Youngest to Kindergarten is Not a Sad Thing

We're two weeks into the school year and it's been nothing but high fives and happy thoughts around my house, about sending the youngest to kindergarten.

And I've got three reasons why all moms should be celebrating with me!

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LITE-FM Needs Your Help to Recognize Incredible Kids

Do you know an elementary or middle school aged kid who goes above and beyond? We want to hear about your incredible kid!

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Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media
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That Was an Awesome Treasure Valley Weekend

Now that it's Sunday night, I've got the laundry going, dishwasher running, and I'm paying bills and doing some work to get ready for the week. Looking back, what a great weekend!

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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First Day of School is a Social Media Triumph

There's only one thing that can top eclipse pictures on social media in terms of the number of posts about the same subject, and that's the first day of school. And its not annoying!

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This Part-Time Job Has a $1500 Signing Bonus

There's a national shortage of school bus drivers right now, and that's impacting Idaho.

Some school districts are desperate to find drivers, and they're willing to pay nice bonuses to attract them. 

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Healthy Food Will be Abundant in Boise Schools, but Will the Kids Eat it?

Boise schools have a lunch program that puts a lot of fruits and vegetables in front of the kids, but if your kids are anything like mine the broccoli may not make it into their mouths.   As parents, what can we do to give them a healthy nudge?  

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Meridian Elementary School Lockdown

The Ponderosa Elementary School in the 2900 block of North Naomi Avenue in North Meridian was under lockdown this morning just after 9 o'clock.

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No Homework All Year For These Students

One teacher is getting a lot of attention for a "no homework" policy that she says she's planning to stick to all year long.

She wants kids to play outside, have dinner with family, and get to bed early instead of burying noses in the books at home.  Think it'll catch on?

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Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
Jen Austin - Townsquare Media
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Back-To-School Takes Over Social Media

If you are on social media at all this week, you will quickly understand that school has started. Boise State is underway, and high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools aren't far behind.

As parents, there is some sort of reflex that makes us mark these back-to-school moments on Facebook, and as you might be able to see in this picture, the kids would rather just hurry up and get to class.

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Kids’ Backpacks Shouldn’t Be Any Heavier Than This

School starts next week in Boise, and kids will be cramming iPods, notebooks, Kindles, phones, a change of shoes, snacks, and maybe even a book into those backpacks.

How heavy is too heavy?  If the backpack weighs more than a certain amount, it can knock kids off balance and lead to back problems later on.  Here's the magic number.

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