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    **These resources are simply to make you aware of available events/offerings/resources, and have not necessarily been vetted or recommended by the district**

    Homework Tutoring with HelpNow by BrainFuse

    Check out this opportunity through Schlow Library

    What is HelpNow by BrainFuse?

    • HelpNow by BrainFuse is an online homework help site for students in kindergarten through college where you can access live tutors between 2pm and 11pm every day.
    • Tutors are trained to help with a variety of subjects, including math, reading, writing, social studies, and science and are also available to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
    • Adult learners can prepare for high school equivalency exams and U.S. Citizenship tests, get help with Microsoft Office, and access career resources and resume help.
    • In addition to the live tutoring service, the SkillSurfer section has recorded lessons and practice tests for a variety of subjects so you can build your skills.
    • Create a free account to track your progress and see a record of past tutoring sessions, create flashcards, tests, games, and more.

    Are tutors background checked?

    Yes! All tutors are background checked annually through an independent clearance agency. Tutors are checked through a multi-state criminal database and references/previous employers are contacted.

    How do I use HelpNow?

    HelpNow by BrainFuse has created several training videos that are very helpful. Please use the links below. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone (814.237.6236) or email (info@schlowlibrary.org).

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    YSB Active Mondays

    Backpack Program Flier

    YMCA Backpack Program Parent Letter

    YMCA Backpack Program Registration Form

    *Contact the MNE's Main Office at 814-272-5970 for a printed form*

    Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

    Encourage open dialogue with your child or teen about their feelings surrounding school. Reassure them that any worries they may have are normal and validate their emotions.


    Gradually re-establish school routines before the first day to ensure a smooth transition from a relaxed summer schedule to a more structured one.


    If possible, visit the school with your child or teen before it starts, as exposure and familiarity can help ease their anxiety.


    Highlight the fun aspects of school, like reuniting with friends and learning new things.


    Remember that self-care is crucial. You may find yourself scrambling to take care of others, but prioritizing your health is important, too. Engage in activities you enjoy, carve out calm moments for you, and seek support from loved ones when needed.



    Find these tips and more with our 12-step back-to-school checklist for parents. and our Coping with Back-to-School Anxiety blog post.



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