BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 12:00pm |
In our poll last month asking if you asked other parents if they have a gun in their home before you dropped your child off for a playdate, only 17 percent of you said you did, either because you just assume they don’t have a gun or you feel uncomfortable asking. The Center to Prevent Youth Violence is making it easier by organizing National ASK Day on Friday, June 21.
Parents ask all sorts of questions to protect their children when they play at the home of a friend, neighbor or relative. But there is one important question that more than half of parents say never even occurred to them to ask: “Is there a gun where my child plays?”
ASK Day takes place on the first day of every summer, a time of year when children play more often in other homes, to remind parents nationwide about the importance of asking if there are guns where their kids play.
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 10:00am |
How do I motivate my children to finish chores, be rewarded for good behavior and be held accountable for the summer smack-down that goes on and off all summer? Sticker chore charts!
Tom Petty was Free Fallin’, Lynyrd Skynyrd had his Free Bird and Ricky Gervais loved his Free Love Freeway but ’round these parts there ain’t nuthin’ for free. You want it—you earn it. Or, I know a nice Amish family looking for an extra farm hand this summer. Your choice.
Last summer I created Summer Chore Flip Cards for the kids and they worked like a dream combined with a Sticker Chore Chart. If they completed their daily chores and didn’t act up, they earned one sticker. Each sticker they earn is combined with others to create something. By the end of the summer the charts were blooming with sticker flowers and trucks filled with stickers. It’s also a fun lesson in math and money. My so, then five years old, would count his stickers, almost daily, and figure out how many he needed to earn the LEGO set he picked at the beginning of the summer.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 1:30pm |
The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is just a little over two weeks away! There are many ways to celebrate. Parades, parties, fireworks… The choices of patriotic fun are endless.
Here’s where to celebrate the Fourth of July:
Montclair’s 63rd Annual 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks
Who: All ages.
What: Montclair’s 63rd annual town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy food from local vendors, live music, face painting, bouncy house, train rides and more! That night, take the family to see the fireworks!
Where: The parade route is 1.6 miles traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park where immediately following will be a family picnic. The Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, July 4. Parade begins at 11 am (rain or shine) The picnic starts immediately after the parade. (no rain date) Fireworks at 9:15 pm.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 9:30am |
We ran a ticket giveaway to the Dan Zanes & Friends concert at SOPAC coming up on June 29 back in April. Since then, DZ decided to make the show a Song Gusto Hour, a chance for families and people of all ages to gather and sing at the top of their lungs with Dan and the band. The Song Gusto Hour atmosphere will be loose, communal, and festive. Songbooks are available online to download and families are invited to bring their own instruments so they can sing and play along!
Dan Zanes and Friends, my personal all time favorite family band, perform exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of families. These Grammy Award Winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican Son Jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. It is an old-fashioned interactive experience where people of all-ages sing and dance with wild abandon to the sound of drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle and spoons. A Dan Zanes show is always a big musical party.
Thanks to the generosity of SOPAC, we have two more Family 4-Pack of tickets to give away for the Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour at SOPAC on Saturday, June 29 at 11 am.
BY Steve Maginnis | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 7:00am |
Dr. MacCormack explains Strategic Plan, while BoE President Robin Kulwin looks on.
Montclair Schools Superintendent Dr. Penny MacCormack tried in vain to convince the critics that her two-year educational Strategic Plan would be effective in improving Montclair schools. Parents and students delivered petitions urging the Board not to adopt it so quickly, with more than 400 signatures from parents and 568 signatures from students. After an interminable and contentious meeting, the Board voted unanimously to adopt it anyway, much to the chagrin of opponents who stayed for the final vote.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 8:53pm |
Mrs. Clarke with authors Natalie Pope Boyce and Mary Pope Osborne, at this year’s Pennies For Pages kickoff.
At the beginning of tonight’s Montclair Board of Education meeting, still going on now and streaming live here, Dr. MacCormack announced, among other positions, that Nishuane School principal, Mrs Gail Clarke, will be taking on the position of Chief Academic Officer.
Mrs. Clarke just sent the following letter to Nishuane families:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 6:36pm |
Last week, Montclair Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack sent out a message inviting parents to attend the BoE meeting, scheduled for tonight. Just now, she sent another email with more detail of the Strategic Plan and urges parents to attend tonight’s meeting:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 2:59pm |
This is part of Barista Kids’ ongoing series of education discussions about what’s going on nation-wide, state-wide and district-wide.
Education across the United States, specifically 45 states and 3 territories, is in the middle of a big overhaul. The implementation of the Common Core State Standards will begin in the 2013-2014 school year. As with any type of change, Common Core comes with supporters and is meeting resistance. As part of a series of education discussions, this article will offer a closer look at what exactly the Common Core State Standards are and what it means for our schools.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were created by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), not a federal mandate under the U.S. Department of Education’s Secretary Arne Duncan. The initiative grew out of a grassroots effort to improve our nation’s overall education after seeing inequalities across the country. They were created to raise the bar and establish consistency in education. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. As of this article, 48 states and 3 territories have adopted CCSS.
CCSS build upon established state standards. For example, New Jersey has had Core Curriculum Content since 1996. The standards described what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public education and were revised every five years. Schools were already supposed to be making sure that curriculum and lesson plans were tied into the Core Curriculum. In 2010, New Jersey agreed to join and adopt the Common Core State Standards, which are broken down into Mathematics and English Language Arts.
The word to focus on is “Common.” The main change is the consistency in education across the board—ensuring that each individual school, district, state in the U.S. is preparing students in the same way.
According to CCSS website, “With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.”
BY Lena Rawley | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 12:00pm |
MHS seniors at junior prom last year
For Montclair High School seniors the end of the year brings quite a few exciting events, one of which is the Senior Prom; the kick off to all the thrilling things ahead for the class of 2013, which includes graduating, and the subsequent festivities of Project Graduation.
This year the senior prom will be held at the Westmount Country Club on Thursday June 20. Prom tickets have already gone on sale and despite fundraising, the cost of prom this year is $95 per person.
Some students find the cost of prom ridiculous.
“Ninety-five dollars for prom is way too much money,” says senior Phoenix Herring. “Not everyone can afford to pay that much for one night.”
Prom is a pretty expensive event. It might not have been so pricey back in the day, but today it’s quite a pretty penny. The ticket, dress (or suit), corsage, jewelry, hair, make-up, and shoes can rack up to be a small but potent fortune.
However, many seniors will still shell out the money because prom, despite the cost, is something they’re excited about.