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Show ‘N Tell School Announces Nut-Free Facility

Show ‘N Tell School Announces Nut-Free Facility


Did you know that a nut allergy is one of the most common food allergies? It’s not just peanuts (which are technically a legume), but also almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.

For those who have a nut allergy, it can be a potentially life-threatening reaction and even small traces of exposure to the allergen can cause a reaction.

As of Monday, February 3, 2020, the Show ‘N Tell School of Paoli became a nut-free facility. In short, through eliminating peanuts and tree nuts from our school we can better ensure that our students are able to safely avoid the allergen.

We want our students to feel safe and for parents to know that their children are safe when they step inside of our school. That being said, we are opting to eliminate all varieties of nuts, both peanuts and tree nuts.

“The decision to eliminate tree nuts from our facility was recent made, as eliminating peanut butter would, understandably, potentially increase the prevalence of tree nuts, an allergen for some students.”

If your child is fortunate enough not to have a nut allergy, we still ask that they do not bring peanut or tree nut-based products in with them. Luckily, plenty of delicious alternatives are available such as Sun Butter or Wow Butter.

“We appreciate all families cooperating with this change and understanding the need to keep ALL off the children in our care as safe as possible!”

The Yuckiest Time of the Year | The Show ‘N Tell School’s

The Yuckiest Time of the Year | The Show ‘N Tell School’s


The holidays have come and gone, but we’re still sharing a little something with those we are closest to… germs.

You’ve probably heard of RSV by now, but do you know what it’s really all about and how to keep your little one safe? Have no fear, we’re here to share what we know!

RSV is short for Respiratory Syncytial Virus and it’s a common and highly contagious virus that babies and young children are susceptible to, infecting the respiratory tract. For some, it’s an inconvenient cold and for others it can become more serious. For that reason, it’s good to know how to prevent and manage it.

First and foremost, always pay your pediatrician a visit if your child begins exhibiting cold-like symptoms.

Treating symptoms of RSV is similar to treating any other virus:

  • Get those boogie wipes and a bulb syringe ready as you’ll need to help little ones remove sticky fluids from the nose. Remember, most children cannot blow their noses like we can, so all of that icky gunk is stuck and making them uncomfortable.
  • Vaporizers and humidifiers are key – moisture in the air will help your children to breathe a bit easier.
  • Hydration, hydration, hydration! Don’t forget about electrolyte ice pops… a surefire way to get a little one to get extra fluids and energy!
  • Fever? Your doctor may recommend a children’s fever reducer.

Please, be sure to visit the doctor if your child exhibits any of the symptoms of a traditional cold. Not only are you helping your little one prevent it from becoming more serious (which can lead to more serious treatment options), but you’re helping to prevent the germs from spreading!


Ring in the New Year Together | Show ‘N Tell School

Ring in the New Year Together | Show ‘N Tell School

If you’re not familiar with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), now you are. And we can bet that your little will suddenly develop this popular anxiousness tomorrow night as you celebrate the New Year. Have no fear, we’re here with ideas that your whole family can get in on to ring in 2020.



Include your children in a celebratory toast, with a mocktail, of course. Serve sparkling cider in a fancy glass and their night will be made. Let them make a toast, and you’ll make their whole year.

Countdown to Midnight

Our guess is that they’ll fall asleep long before the ball drops in Times Square, but that doesn’t mean that they should miss out on all of the fun and anticipation of the New Year. Or that everyone should be grouchy the next morning. Let your kids count down to a different time of the evening instead; after all, it’s the celebration of it all that gets them excited.

Got a sly one on your hands? Let us introduce you to the genius that is Netflix’ faux New Year’s Eve Countdowns. Just give it a quick search, do some celebrating and get everyone tucked into bed by 8:00PM.

Play Dress Up

Kids pick up on things, so they know that when you’re all dressed up that you’re probably headed out somewhere for an exciting adventure. Let them experience the thrill of getting dressed up (even if there’s nowhere to go). The sky is the limit… the fancier the better! Turn on some music and have a dance party to make the night even more festive.

Set Goals

As adults, we often scoff at the idea of resolutions but it’s important to show children the positive impact that some good old goal setting can have on our motivation and overall outlook. Whether you set intentions as individuals or as a family, make sure to include your kids in the conversation.

From our Show ‘N Tell School family to yours, Happy New Year!

Polar Express Passport | Show ‘N Tell School West Chester

Polar Express Passport | Show ‘N Tell School West Chester

All aboard!

If your littles are sleepier than usual getting home this month, it might be because they have been doing all sorts of traveling via our Show ‘N Tell School’s Polar Express. 

Our preschoolers have visited several countries and even a few continents, with more exciting adventures ahead. At every stop, students have learned about the holiday traditions that take place there and how they might celebrate Christmas.

In Canada, they learned about the tradition of hanging stockings. Poinsettia Day, a Mexican celebration on December 12th, is full of excitement with pinatas and parades and the children anticipate the arrival of the Three Kings who will leave gifts on January 6th. Our students especially enjoyed sampling churros and learning about poinsettia plants.

Many students who celebrate Christmas here in the United States are familiar with the nativity scene, and we introduced the importance of this same scene for the Portuguese in Brazil. Much like the tradition of the stocking, students learned how children in Brazil leave a sock hanging out of their window and wait for it to get exchanged for a gift.

During nap one day, our students placed their shoes outside of their cubbies and anxiously awaited the arrival of St. Nicholas and Krampus – St. Nicholas’ devious sidekick from Germany – to see if they would get candy or toys as German children do. They were in luck … Hershey Kisses and coal erasers were tucked inside when they awoke!

In Italy, children wait for Babbo Natale on Christmas Eve though more traditional Italians will wait to exchange gifts on January 6th, which is the day of the Epiphany. The weather outside might be frightful, but the homemade gelato sampling that our students will receive certainly is delightful.


Yoga: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

Yoga: A New Thanksgiving Tradition

While it might be customary in your household to settle in for a snooze after indulging in your Thanksgiving feasts, we’d like to encourage you to give something else a try this year… yoga!

Here at the Show ‘N Tell Schools of both Paoli and West Chester, we’re committed to broadening your children’s horizons however we can and one such effort has been our inclusion of yoga practice into their week.

On holidays, it’s always great to find an activity that both children and adults can partake in. And for your littles? It’s even more fun when they get to practice their independence and take charge!

We know that there is science behind turkey and sleepiness (we’re talking to you, tryptophan), but lying down after you eat a big meal does not best serve your body. Long story short, your body digests best when it’s upright. Give some of these yoga poses a try to encourage proper digestion and less bloating, and let your little ones take charge of the “class” … one less thing for you to worry about that day, right?


Bring your hands beneath your shoulders and knees underneath of your hips (crawling position). Take a deep breath inward as you drop your belly button towards the ground and lift your head and chest up to the sky. When you exhale, you’ll round your upper back towards the sky and drop your gaze to your belly button.

Thanksgiving Benefit: If you breathe properly in these poses, it massages your organs and brings fresh blood to certain cells that are responsible for healthy gut function. 

Downward-Facing Dog

Start in a plank position and then press your hips up and back. You can bend your knees slightly to stretch your spine and shoulders, if you’d like. Take plenty of deep breaths!

Thanksgiving Benefit: Again, those breaths that you’re taking are doing good things for your insides.


Place your feet flat on the ground. Exhale and press your feet and arms into the floor while stretching your knees forward. Take a few deep breaths while holding this position and then allow yourself to slowly roll down to the ground.

Thanksgiving Benefit: The backbend that you’re doing in this pose helps to compress the digestive organs and delivers fresh blood to your heart. It’s a great way to combat some of that fatigue caused by poor digestion.

If you and your family partake in this new tradition, be sure to share some pictures and tag us on social media!

Reducing Plastic Waste in Paoli

Reducing Plastic Waste in Paoli

                             Image from BBC.

On Monday, August 5, the Show ‘N Tell School of Paoli cut out the use of plastic cups and has asked parents to provide a cup with a lid and/or a reusable water bottle for their child to use throughout the day in an effort to reduce plastic waste. As a reminder, these cups should be taken home daily (for milk drinkers) or weekly (for water drinkers) to be cleaned.

We hope that our environmentally friendly decision not only makes a positive impact on the world around us, but that it helps to show our students the importance of a sustainable future.

Do you like what we’re doing? We encourage you to try to reduce the use of plastic in your own homes, too.

  • Limit your use of plastic straws and coffee stirrers, even when you go out to eat.
  • Did you know that a plastic grocery bag can take 1,000 years to break down? Use reusable bags the next time that you visit the store, just make sure to wash them!
  • Avoid frozen foods, because most of their packaging is plastic. Another benefit? Less processed food, which means healthier bodies!
  • Try making your own juices at home. Not only are they better for you and (ideally) have less sugar, but you’re cutting down on the amount of plastic packaging that you’re purchasing. Bonus points if you use a reusable bottle or mug for sipping on the go!
  • Pack lunch in glass containers and reusable bags. Think about how many plastic bags we go through over the course of a school year to carry around our sandwiches and snacks… phew!

For more information on reducing the use of plastic, check out this article.

Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester’s Summer Fundraiser

Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester’s Summer Fundraiser

Photo courtesy of Rita’s Ice


The Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester is excited to kick-off our cool summer fundraiser. In an effort to raise money for a new piece of playground equipment, we’re participating in Rita’s Quart Fundraiser.

Much like it sounds, we’ll be pre-selling quarts of delicious Italian ice to friends and family. It’s a win-win! The best part is that the orders can be picked up anytime during the season all thanks to Rita’s making their famous sweet treats fresh daily. And yes, you can get any flavor. We know, it just keeps getting better!

So, how does it work?

If you or somebody in your network is interested in participating, you’ll just need to purchase a quart lid from Miss Dina – $6.50 (and $2 goes to our school)! Once purchased, the quart lid acts as your coupon or voucher to redeem at the West Chester Rita’s (323 E. Gay St., West Chester PA 19380). Quart lids can be purchased between June 20-July 15, 2019.

Convenient, customizable and delicious. We’re all about the FUNdraisers!

Easter Egg Hunt Guide

Easter Egg Hunt Guide


We’re just a few days away from the Easter weekend, and we know all of the little ones at our Show ‘N Tell School’s in Paoli and West Chester are excited for a visit from a certain rabbit.

With the weather growing warmer, it’s the perfect opportunity to get those energetic kiddos outside and hunting for Easter eggs! We’re fortunate to have a community that hosts so many public events, and to make it easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of the local Easter Egg Hunts that your family might want to hop over to.

APRIL 19, 2019

Valley Township Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Rainbow Elementary School / 3:00PM / Ages 2-10

Weaver Orchard’s Egg Hunt

Weaver Orchard / 10AM-2PM / Ages 2-12




APRIL 20, 2019

Caln Township Easter Egg Hunt

Caln Township Building / 1PM-2PM / All ages


Marshallton UMC Easter Egg Hunt

Marshallton UMC / 10:30AM / Ages 2-11

East Goshen Township Egg Hunt 

East Goshen Park / 10AM-10:30AM / Ages 2-11

Easter Egg Hunt and Bubble Festival at Valley Forge Baptist

Valley Forge Baptist / 10AM-12PM / All ages

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Hibernia UMC / 2PM-4PM / Ages 0-12

Ardmore Business Association’s Egg Hunt

Schauffele Plaza / 10AM-11:30AM / All ages

Weaver Orchard’s Egg Hunt

Weaver Orchard / 10AM-2PM / Ages 2-12

Waynebrook Inn + Morgantown Arts & Holistic Center’s Egg Hunt

Waynebrook Inn / 4PM-6:30PM / Ages 2-10 / $5

The Great Celebration + Community Easter Egg Hunt

Forks of Brandywine Church / 10:30AM-1PM / Ages 0-10

City of Coatesville Parks + Rec Easter Egg Hunt

Victor Abdela Community Park / 10AM-1PM

It’s Soccer Shots Season | Show ‘N Tell Schools

It’s Soccer Shots Season | Show ‘N Tell Schools


                     Courtesy of Soccer Shots

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve had snippets of Spring and we are feeling more ready than ever for warm days and opportunities to get our students outside to play.

We’ve participated in and talked about Soccer Shots before, but we wanted to make sure to share more information for those who might still be considering enrolling their child.

Soccer Shots is a Chester County-based soccer program which is focused on engaging children in physical activity with a focus on character development.

All of the coaches who run the program go through a comprehensive training and become certified to coach, are trained in the developmentally appropriate techniques used in the curriculum and aren’t only sport-oriented, but are focused on inspiring and engaging the children in the program.

We’re big fans of the program’s curriculum, which puts emphasis on character development and age-appropriate skill building. While children are learning the fundamentals of soccer and basic game-related skills, it’s done in a safe and positive environment where they simultaneously learn to appreciate and respect their teammates, enjoy physical activity and use creative techniques to focus.

This season, Show ‘N Tell School of Paoli will run an 8-week session from March 25 to May 13, 2019. It is not too late to get your little one (age 2.5+) registered – just contact us for more information.

Show ‘N Tell School West Chester Welcomes New Director | Show ‘N Tell School

Show ‘N Tell School West Chester Welcomes New Director | Show ‘N Tell School


The Show ‘N Tell School has appointed Dina Lombardi to be its new director at the end of January 2019. Our school is honored to have her joining us, and we’re looking forward to working together.

“Dear Parents of Show & Tell Children,

 My name is Dina Lombardi, and I am very excited to be a part of the Show ‘N Tell family as your new Director! Working with and caring for children has always been a passion of mine! I decided to turn this passion into a career by pursuing degrees and certifications from West Chester University. In 2011, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education for grades K-12. Additionally, I graduated with a minor in Health and Adapted Physical Education. Post-graduation, I completed many certifications to continue my education for grades K-8. Over the years, I have coached many youth sport teams – both mainstream and Special Olympics. Coaching has given me the opportunity to work with many children and to teach them the importance of teamwork, social skills and sportsmanship. 

 Since graduation, I decided to work as an individual contractor with several families as their children’s caretaker. Most of these positions were with high-profile clients -professional athletes, professional coaches, etc.- which allowed me to work and live on both the East Coast and West Coast for an extended period. Before taking the Director position here at Show ‘N Tell, I have had the pleasure of being the nanny for two little girls for over seven years in South Jersey. I loved caring for them, assisting in their learning, watching them grow and becoming a part of their family. Now, I look forward to joining my new family at Show ‘N Tell, and hope to have a great start to the next chapter in my career.

My husband, Mike, three month old daughter, Giada, and our boxer-lab mix, Leo, live in West Chester. When I’m not working, I love to stay active through sports and fitness. In the Fall, Winter and Spring, I play on a women’s ice hockey team. Crossfit is also part of my daily early-morning routine. In the Summer, I greatly enjoy boating and various water sports. Wintertime is when I catch up on my sewing projects and scrapbooking. Walt Disney World is a favorite place of mine, and my favorite vacation spot. 

Each day is a new and fun adventure here at Show ‘N Tell, and I am enjoying every minute of it! I am loving getting to know each one of your children more and more each day!


Dina Lombardi