Christie Announces Increase of $36.8 Million in State Aid for New Jersey Schools

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 2:32pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

State Aid for New Jersey SchoolsThe NJ Department of Education announced on Thursday the level of state aid  for New Jersey schools that reflect the highest levels of K-12 funding in the state’s history. Direct state aid for education will now exceed the $9 billion mark.

Total state aid for education will increase by $36.8 million, from $8.977 billion this year to a total of 9.014 billion in fiscal 2015.

Governor Christie stated, “Our Fiscal Year 2015 Budget provides the most funding in New Jersey history for education for a fourth year in a row.”

Every K-12 school district will see an increase in aid based on its projected student enrollment. The per-pupil funding – which amounts to an additional $20 for every student – will be added to the amount that each district received last year and would be available through two new aid categories:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 12:30pm  |  Comments Off on Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun


There are some great events to enjoy with the family this first weekend in March.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin this Saturday, Read Across America fun happens this weekend too, School of Rock Montclair holds its Open House with The Hold Steady, Mi Casa, Tu Casa plays at Luna Stage, and there is Maple Sugaring fun to be had — and there are more!

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Mi Casa, Tu Casa Returns to Luna Stage

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:00am  |  Comments Off on Mi Casa, Tu Casa Returns to Luna Stage

Mi Casa, Tu Casa

The Mi Casa Band and stellar storytellers are back to present Mi Casa, Tu Casa at Luna Stage on March 1 and 8 with their vibrant blend of music and stories for the entire family. This special presentation is part of “The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.”

This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.

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Annual Build Montclair in LEGO Event Coming in March

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 Build Montclair in LEGO

If you’re still riding high from the awesome LEGO Movie, you’ll think everything is awesome at the annual Build Montclair in LEGO event on March 9.

On Sunday, March 9 at the Montclair Art Museum, with Montclair Historical Society as program partner, your family can have over 60,000 LEGO building blocks at its disposal, and will be given a photograph of a specific building in Montclair to turn into a LEGO model. Working with architect Stephen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops, you will take the building models and place them on a 30 x 20 foot map of downtown Montclair.

Build Montclair in LEGO is best for families with children ages 5 – 14, with a maximum of four persons per group, with at least one adult. Space is limited to 50 families for the two-hour event, and a parent or adult must accompany children.

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Giveaway: Family Trip to Killington Resort

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (21)

Killington Resort

Grand Prize Winner: nausikaa
Lift tickets winner: myshkingfh


Yes, you might be wishing that this winter was over, but one great thing about it is the fun to be had at Killington Resort in VermontBarista Kids and Killington have teamed up to give one very lucky reader a Grand Prize of a 3 night, 2 day family trip to Killington Resort.

With record snowfall across much of the nation, conditions at Killington Resort have been excellent all winter. Known as “The Beast of the East,” Killington Resort invites winter weather lovers to head up to Vermont for skiing, snowboarding, outdoor activities, and events for the whole family. Plus, this year Killington is pleased to announce a new addition – the much-anticipated, state-of-the-art Peak Lodge constructed at the 4,100 foot level of Killington Peak. Bundle up and grab a piece of the action!

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Counting Down to the 3rd Annual Montclair March Mathness Festival

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March MathnessAthena Collaborative Group, a non-profit organization that supports, encourages and empowers women to enter into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, has announced  the 3rd Annual March Mathness will take place March 14 – 31 in Montclair.

March Mathness offer a variety of fun, informative and exciting math and science related activities at multiple locales throughout town for kids of all ages.

Planned 2014 festival activities include a Pi Day celebration, a Math Bee Contest, STEM Career Panel, a learn to code class, Music and Math and much more!

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St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events 2014

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 8:00am  |  Comments Off on St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! There are some fun activities leading up to the big day to get a bit of the Irish spirit and they start this Saturday.

Go to a parade with the family, do a fun activity or craft together then get a babysitter and head out for a few pints of Guinness at a local pub.

Here are upcoming events and parades:

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Sponsored Post: The Unforgettable Experience of Jewish Camp is More Widely Accessible Than Ever Before

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 2:00pm  |  Comments Off on Sponsored Post: The Unforgettable Experience of Jewish Camp is More Widely Accessible Than Ever Before

Foundation for Jewish Camp

The unforgettable experience of Jewish camp is more widely accessible than ever before. Discover the newest ways to find great summer experiences for your first-time campers.

We know that for children, Jewish camp is just plain fun. But it’s also much more than that—it’s camp with a soul. At camp, kids get the chance to explore who they are—and who they want to become—in an inspiring, fun-filled environment. Whether they’re playing basketball, zip-lining, or dancing with their friends, Jewish camp creates a community of campers—and young leaders—who feel sure of themselves and proud of their heritage.

Every child should experience the magic of Jewish camp. After all, summer at Jewish overnight camp is the adventure of a lifetime. It’s where kids build connections to the Jewish future and create memories they’ll hold onto for their entire lives. And, perhaps more importantly to the campers themselves, it also happens be a whole lot of fun.

Here are two programs to help you get there:

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Op Ed: Deciphering The Montclair Schools Budget Surplus

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (61)

Surplus The following is an Op-Ed by Andrew Gideon, a Montclair father of two public school students.

Over the past few years, readers of  Barista Kids, the Montclair Times and attendees at Board of Education meetings have fairly regularly heard that we should “spend the surplus.” As we learned this Monday at the Board Budget meeting, that’s what the district has been doing. And now we’re done; the surplus is spent.

Let’s first review what this surplus actually is. For something that is so often misunderstood, it is actually very simple. Every year, the district prepares a budget. The district is not permitted to go over the budget. Hitting the budget exactly, as anyone involved in serious budgeting knows, is unlikely. Therefore, it is almost guaranteed that the district will actually spend less money than it budgeted. That’s the surplus.

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Oh the Places You Can Go and the Things You Can Do For Read Across America Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 10:00am  |  Comments Off on Oh the Places You Can Go and the Things You Can Do For Read Across America Day

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, would have been 108-years-old on March 2. In honor of the man who gave us The Cat in the Hat and many other childhood favorites, Monday, March 3 is the 17th annual Read Across America Day, a reading motivation and awareness program from the National Education Association (NEA) that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

You can join in Read Across America and the celebration of Dr. Seuss in the following ways:

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