School of Rock Montclair Spring Concerts Raise Funds for NJ and International Charities

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair

Tickets sale proceeds from May and June concerts presented by School of Rock Montclair were donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the Jack Brewer Foundation.

The School’s mid-term show on May 5 at St. John’s Episcopal Church and “New Jersey Underground” shows at Just Jake’s in Montclair and Crossroads in Garwood in early June raised a total of $1,500, which will support New Jersey residents who were victims of Hurricane Sandy, through the New Jersey Relief Fund.  The School’s “Tribute to Stevie Wonder” concerts at Mexicali Live in Teaneck and Just Jake’s in Montclair on June 22 and 23 raised $1,000 for the Jack Brewer Foundation, which focuses on the empowerment of women and children living within impoverished and underdeveloped communities around the world.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting TweetsHere are our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:





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Hip Shakin’ Hula Hooping in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hula Hoop Party

Families did some hip shakin’ hula hooping at Anderson Park in Montclair yesterday at the 3rd annual Hula Hoop Party led by Jennifer Manderichio.

(Photo: Chanda Hall)

Edgemont Montessori School Followed the Yellow Brick Road

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yellow Brick Road


Before the school year ended, Edgemont Montessori School students, under the direction of Ms. Regina O’Connor, put on a performance of the Wizard of Oz.  Students and parents enjoyed the excellent acting and singing as well as the beautiful costumes and scenery.  Who needs to go to Broadway when we have such great talent right here in Montclair!

(Photo Credit:  Joy Glenn)

What I’m Listening To With the Kids: Putumayo American Playground

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Putumayo American PlaygroundJust in time for the 4th of July, summer birthday parties and road trips, Putumayo American Playground offers lively and fresh renditions of America’s treasure trove of classic sing-along songs.

Kicking off the folky fun is the traditional “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” from Seattle-based roots artist Johnny Bregar, recorded especially for this album. Texas-based country-Western artist Aaron Watson (with Elizabeth McQueen) delivers a wonderfully sunny version of the classic “Blue Skies.” Other featured artists are my favorites Dan Zanes (with Barbara Brousal who sang with DZ in his Family band years ago) performing the bluegrassy folk tune “Saro Jane,” and Elizabeth Mitchell singing “Keep on the Sunny Side.”

Buck Howdy delivers a cowboy-style “You Are My Sunshine,” Victor Johnson provides a spare and sweet rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” Randy Kaplan covers Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”(originally written for his own child), and Phil Rosenthal and his band invite everyone to sing along with Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land Is Your Land.” Kids and parents alike will also enjoy singing along with tunes like “Oh Susannah” (Diane Taraz) and “We All Need More Kindness in This World” by Guy Davis, an example of an original song that is sure to be a favorite for its singable, positive refrain.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jun 28, 2013 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Turtle Back Zoo Night Moves

Working on some night moves

School’s out and there is lots of family fun to be had this summer! And there’s lots going on this weekend for families.

We’ve told you about the Hula Hoop Party in Anderson Park, local library Summer Reading Program kickoffs, and Essex Running Club’s Junior Track Meets—but there’s more!

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Here are your weekend highlights:

Grab your flashlights and head over to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange tonight for Night Moves. (Friday, June 28)

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Letter of Support For Montclair Board Member Tanya Coke After Kerfuffle With MEA President

BY  |  Friday, Jun 28, 2013 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (3)

tanya cokeAt the last Montclair Board of Education meeting on June 17, in which the Board unanimously approved the Superintendent’s Strategic Plan, there were some angry words passed between MEA president Gayl Shepard and Board member Tanya Coke. It stemmed from an email Coke had sent to a couple of teachers alerting them to the district’s FAQ page on the new Curriculum /Assessments plan. But under district policy, board members are restricted from directly contacting school staff, hence Shepard’s problem with Coke.

Several parents, led by a Janet Pew,  have rallied in support of Coke and sent an email out to others explaining the situation and asking for signatures on a “letter to the editor,” to be sent to The Montclair Times:

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Madison Square Kids Free Concerts in NYC All Summer

BY  |  Friday, Jun 28, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Madison Square Kids

If you’re looking for a summer activity to fill up the day, head over to Madison Square Park in NYC for the 11th season of Madison Square Kids, a series of free outdoor performances for children and their families that takes place rain or shine in the Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30 am until August 8.

The line-up is this year is great and includes:

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Montclair High School Class of 2013 Graduates and Has a Blast at Project Graduation

BY  |  Friday, Jun 28, 2013 7:04am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Photo Courtesy of Eliana McCann Smith

The evening of June 26, 2013 will be an evening Montclair High School Class of 2013 graduates will remember for the rest of their lives; because yesterday evening was the evening they graduated high school and kissed the public school system, that had been such a integral part of their lives, goodbye.

“Graduating is so bittersweet,” says graduate Leo Poggie. “It’s great to be moving on, I’m really excited to go to college, but at the same time I’m sad to leave my high school experience behind. I really did have such a great time with all my friends and participating in all my sports and other activities.”

A lovely was ceremony held in the amphitheater, at the Montclair High School main building. The class of 2013 had the privillege of having a commencement address delivered by Montclair’s mayor, Robert D. Jackson; whose daughter Taylor Jackson was graduating along with the class of 2013.

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Montclair Schools Summer Reading List

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer Reading ListWe can’t say it too much—reading throughout the summer is very important!

Your local library offers free summer reading programs, your local bookstore offers Great Summer Books For All Ages, Read, Kiddo, Read offers the Ultimate Summer Reading List and now Montclair Public Schools offer a summer reading list:

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