Montclair Public Schools Launch New Initiatives and Investments for 2014-2015

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Montclair Public Schools

With the 2014-2015 school year beginning on Thursday, September 4, the Montclair Public Schools announced today that it would launch the 2014-2015 school year with a series of new initiatives and investments geared toward enhancing schools and classrooms throughout the District.  Quality World Language at all schools, reduction in kindergarten class sizes, and a breakfast program at all schools, are just a few of the improvements.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack shared the following new initiatives and investments made by the District with Barista Kids:

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Kids Craft: DIY Pencil Erasers

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

DIY Pencil Erasers

Be cool at school with DIY Pencil Erasers that you design. They are easy and fun to make, just shape it, bake it, and stick it on top of your pencil!

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(Update) Commercial Filming at Montclair High on the First Day of School

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

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Update: Barista Kids just spoke with Sarah Merrick at the Montclair Municipal Clerk’s Office after hearing that the filming has been canceled. She confirmed and said that the filming was actually not going to happen, and the letter that went out to residents was a miscommunication between the film production company and location manager.

Montclair parents may want to avoid the high school area on the first day of school, Thursday, September 4 (unless, of course, your kids are attending the high school and you can’t). A film crew will be shooting a commercial that day and it’s sure to cause traffic problems. The memo sent to residents says filming will take place between 3 pm – 9 pm and tells residents that  if any vehicles arrive before 7 am, they may call the Montclair police to file a complaint:

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Have Kids, Will Travel

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Travel expert Melissa Klurman will answer your family travel questions each week here on the new Barista Kids column — Have Kids, Will Travel:

Have Kids, Will Travel

Q: Is there an easy to reach beach destination where I catch can catch some September sun with the kids AND bring the dog? – Ken

A: Happily, the answer is YES. The Jersey Shore has gotten a lot pet friendlier this summer and there are two travel-worthy options in the southern beach towns that my family I uncovered this summer:

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Walk, Run, Or Race at the Second Annual Mountie Pride Fun Run

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mountie Pride Fun Run

Mark your calendars! The 2nd annual Mountie Pride Fun Run, co-sponsored by MFEE’s True Blue Spirit athletic initiative and the Montclair High School Athletic Department, will take place on Sunday, September 21. The event will once again feature the Community Pavilion, a 5K run and a 1 mile walk/run, plus new this year, a 5K competitive heat!

Besides being a ton of fun, the Mountie Pride Fun Run raises money for True Blue Spirit, helping to fund professional development for coaches, informational programs for student athletes and their parents, and banners and branding for MHS athletic facilities.

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Your 2014 Family Labor Day Playlist

BY  |  Monday, Sep 01, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

My favorite family Labor Day song is Dan Zanes & Friends version of the labor song from the Depression, written by Jim Garland and originally performed by The Almanac Singers. It’s a good lesson on what Labor Day really means.

Here are some other great songs about working and Labor Day to listen to with the kids today:

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:






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Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This is the last weekend before school starts and a three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out and have some family fun!

There aren’t many local events going on, but the long Labor Day weekend will give you many options.

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.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Back to School Round Up 2014 – 2015

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back to School

It’s just about that time. Your kids will be going back to school soon and summer’s lazy days will come to an end.

To help a mother (and father) out, we’ve decided to put all of our “Back to School” resources in one place to make your life easier:

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Back to School Organizing Tips

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back to School Organizing

School will be back in session in one week. A key to smoother mornings and afternoons is organization. Professional Organizer Bonnielee Barrios gives parents some helpful back to school organizing tips to make life easier:

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