BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 12:00pm |
There are so many great events to enjoy with the family this weekend.
We’ve told you about local Santa Photo Ops, Local tree lightings, Holiday Sing-a-long with Dan Zanes and Friends, the Brother to Brother Family Winter Pancake Breakfast, and Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day—but there are many more!
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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 10:00am |
Montclair Cares About Schools, a group of parents, educators, and community members concerned about the direction of the township’s public schools, will host a free, interactive workshop on Sunday, December 15 on what they believe is “the kind of teaching and curricula that helps students in our diverse district become creative and critical thinkers with high intellectual and ethical standards.”
Three educators will lead the workshop which will be held at the township fire department’s meeting room at 1 Pine Street. The facilitators are:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Dec 06, 2013 8:00am |
The YMCA of Montclair is helping to fill a need in the community this holiday season. The charitable nonprofit, has adopted half a dozen single parent households whose children have special needs.
Through the Y’s Giving Tree, they’re asking community members to stop by the Y’s Park Street Branch (25 Park Street, Montclair) to take an ornament from the tree. Each ornament lists clothing, a household item or a toy that’s on a family’s wish list. The tree also includes ornaments to fund or make donations toward youth or teen memberships to the Y.
After fulfilling a wish, community members have until Monday, December 23 at 4 pm to return with their unwrapped item. Once the needs of these families are met, the Y will accept donations of books (readers 1st – 6th grade levels), art supplies, DVD’s and board games for other children in need.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 9:26pm |
The Montclair Board of Education sent the following press release with update today’s court proceeding and defends the subpoenas issued saying they “do not imply guilt of the party to which they are served, nor do they diminish the First Amendment rights of any individual.”:
BY Kristen Kemp | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 12:00pm |
The supercool local moms Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow who created the Prima Princessa brand are getting creative again. As a companion to their website and DVDs, they’ve just released a new book Ballet for Beginners.
And they want to give you a copy along with a Prima Princessa ballerina gift basket. The winner will receive the hardcover book, Ballet for Beginners, copies each of the 3 DVDs: Swan Lake (featuring the Paris Opera Ballet), The Nutcracker (featuring London’s Birmingham Royal Ballet),and Sleeping Beauty (featuring London’s Royal Ballet). They’ll also include a gorgeous tutu and tiara for the budding ballerina who wins.
Want to win? Tell us two things in comments about your favorite little ballerina–why does she love dance so much? And where does she take lessons locally?
Contest starts Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 pm EST and ends Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pm EST. One person who leaves a comment by Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pmwill be chosen at random to receive Ballet for Beginners and copies each of the 3 DVDs!
In the meantime, we wanted to catch up with ballerina moms Stephanie and Mary Kate. Here’s all of the scoop on their latest projects, their TV show, their new website and how they started this successful business that sprung out of lively playdates in their Montclair homes. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 10:00am |
This event is postponed but will be rescheduled on a new date.
Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show and member of the Montclair-based Jungle Gym Jam, along with Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, winners of the Parents Choice Gold Awards, will co-present “Rock ‘N Roll for Kids and Their Families,” as part of the Little V.I.P. Concert series, on Saturday, December 7 at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ.
Parents and kids will rock to favorite tunes from Jungle Gym Jam such as “Jungle Gym Jamming,” “This Little Light of Mine,”and a new piece — “The People Exhibit at the Zoo” — will make its premiere debut. Parents, grandparents, and kids will enjoy the fast-paced music event that encourages dancing, interaction, and making new friends, while sharing messages of anti-bullying, kindness, and friendship.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 8:00am |
Every year for the past five years, Brother to Brother, a non-profit mentoring program servicing all Essex County middle and high-school males in 6th through the 12th grades, has sponsored a family winter breakfast for the residents, school officials, and township representatives that have supported our program of uplift for young men in the Montclair community.
Go and enjoy a delicious breakfast. No speakers, no speeches, no pitches — just a great time for the family! Brother to Brother is also collecting winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves to those less fortunate. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit Brother to Brother students through our college scholarship program.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 5:34pm |
UPDATE from ACLU-NJ with result of hearing that took place today, December 5: Subpoenas seeking information about the client are temporarily quashed. The board will file its opposition on December 30 and ACLU’s hearing on the merits will be on January 9. See the order issued by Judge Thomas R. Vena signed this morning here.
The following press release was just sent by the ACLU-NJ in connection with the Montclair Board of Education’s investigation of the assessment breach:
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 2:00pm |
The first graders at Charles H. Bullock got a chance to strut their stuff on Tuesday at the Harvest Hoedown! From the opening Promenade Parade to Turkey in the Straw to the classics She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain and Hoedown!, the audience of parents and Kindergartners clapped and laughed and sang along with the enthusiastic square dancers.
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 12:00pm |
Students at the Religious school of Temple Sholom of West Essex raised money for the Interfaith Hospitality network doing some of their favorite activities—playing basketball and rainbow looming! Shooting for sponsored baskets they had a lot of fun as they hung out with youth groupers. Bracelets in every color were created by a very enthusiastic group of loomers.” They will be sold during school hours to buy holiday presents.