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My son Stephen E. Beaven III, aka Trey, is the ultimate introvert. He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it is so profound that it could shock you if you don't know him. When it was time...
In the days leading up to the first day of kindergarten, I agonized over everything. “Will she get motion sick on the bus?” “Will she be able to find her classroom?” “Will she be able to open everything in...
Dear Parents: My years in the classroom influence my parenting. While I don't have all the answers, I've spent over a decade as a parent and a high school teacher. As we embark on the start of another school...
When our third and final child, a boy, was born in March of 2013, it seemed his academic timeline would mirror our daughter's path, who was born almost exactly four years earlier in March of 2009. When he turned...
For the first time, I will have three kids in school full-time. After almost eight years of being a stay-at-home mom, I find myself asking: What now?  Things didn’t go according to my carefully thought-out plans. Last year, I was...
We all know the feeling. You're minding your sweet, summer-lovin' business, cruising through Target to refill on sunscreen and popsicles. When suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you see it. Your heart rate picks up a little...
Is your family interested in The Orchard School? Would you like to learn more about Progressive education and what the school can offer your family? Then mark your calendars for Thursday, July 22nd at 7pm for an inside tour...
When we learned my husband’s job would bring our family of five to Indianapolis, one of the first questions to run through my mind was, "Where will we send the kids to school?" This isn’t a decision we take...
The school year is just around the corner and I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce our family. Meet Us: Mr. and Mrs. Unpopluar, Mr. and Mrs. Unconventional, Mr. and Mrs. That Family. First-Born-Type A-Competitive-Valedictorian marries...
Congratulations everyone, we made it through our first Covid school year. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back while holding a really big cocktail. You deserve it. Teachers, staff, and students all worked really hard this year to maintain...
Seriously, a school year for the history books. From a parent’s perspective of sending their young child into a building with 700+ other people during a national pandemic, most of them being ones that still struggle to blow their...
No more pencils/ No more books/ No more teacher's dirty looks/ Out for summer/ Out till fall/ We might not come/ Back at all. This school year was tough on everyone, and I mean EVERYONE. I don’t think anyone would...
The first Read Across America was held on March 2nd in 1998 and was the National Education Foundation's brainchild. They landed on March 2nd because it is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. So, for many years it has been...
The return to school during the current health crisis can make families very uncertain and anxious. The Orchard School has put into place plans, procedures and protocols to ensure that students and staff are healthy, happy and engaged during...

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See Circle City: Indianapolis Farmers’ Market Roundup

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Spring has sprung! We can all finally come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer temperatures and outdoor activities, including visiting an Indianapolis farmers’...
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