Even shopping for socks and underwear becomes exciting for children when they get to lead the way. Over 700 children from communities in and around Essex County went shopping for new outfits and school supplies on Sunday, courtesy of the Essex County Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. This is the 6th Annual Back 2 School Store (B2SS) the NCJW has held for area children. The B2SS has grown from its first year when it served 250 economically disadvantaged children to now helping over 700 children focus on learning and not worrying as they begin the school year.
While some children began the shopping experience feeling unsure, their faces showed excitement and a sense of being “in charge” when their shopping trip was complete. The 4,000 square foot “department store” was located in space donated by Congregation B’nai Shalom in West Orange, NJ. Each child was assigned a personal shopper to guide them through the stations that included winter coats, hats, and gloves as well as new sneakers, pants, and basics like socks and underwear.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so if your kids only have time to make one special valentine for their teacher, special friend etc. this Woven Duct Tape Valentine is an excellent choice. Tested and highly approved by the 3rd-5th graders in my after school Duct Tape Madness class. The kids loved learning to weave as well as adding as many special creative touches on and in the back pocket. Continue Reading
Have a child who will be starting kindergarten in Montclair this September? Well start planning, because the Montclair Elementary School tours will take place on Monday, March 18 through March 26. And in order to see all the schools, you will need to juggle your schedule to make it happen.
Through the years, we’ve shared our experiences with the tours, our take on the schools and the wait-it-out process:
This is my first time at this, and I’m surprised at how nervous I am. I don’t like to think of myself as an overly-anxious parent, you know? So, please don’t take this the wrong way. I don’t want to tell you how to do your job. I certainly don’t appreciate when people try to tell me how to do mine. But I just want you to know, up front, that when you pull away from the end of my block today you’ll be taking my heart with you.
I’ve pictured the yellow rear-end of the school bus pulling away from the curb so many times this summer. And each time makes my eyes water and my mouth turn down. This kid, my son, is so excited to ride the bus to school. So excited. But he’s also nervous and worried about finding his class and about rough kids sitting next to him and about whether someone will make fun of the t-shirt he picked out for his first day of kindergarten. I don’t want him to get special attention, not more than anyone else’s child, but could you do me a favor and give him a grin and a “Good Morning!” when he gets on the bus? I’m sure you would do that anyway, but it’s my first time at this, and I don’t know.
Come as a baker, shopper or both. The weather forecast is not good for tomorrow so why not do a baking project with the kids? My oven is not working so I will definitely be there trying to buy some muffins for an after-school treat, otherwise I would have made these berry muffins or some carrot cake squares.
Please drop off baked goods (shop-bought or home-made) at 14 Nassau Road, by 7 P.M. Tuesday, September 4.
My daughters, thankfully, are hot on cooking. So recently I handed them a paring knife and some oven mitts. They know how to cut strawberries and kiwis. They pull the strings out of snap peas and saute them in butter on our behemoth gas stove that scares the sugar out of me.
They’re 6 and a half. Geez. They should be making Summer Thai Noodle Salad by now. Anyway, I started out watching them very closely. But as they get more practice, I give them more independence (i.e. I can check my email while they work). We’re learning how to boil hot dogs next.
Now if they’d just do the dishes.
What age do you plan to let your kids start cooking? Take our poll…
We’re so sad to learn that puppeteer Jerry Nelson has died a the age of 78. He is most famous for being Count von Count, aka The Count, my second favorite Sesame Street character growing up. He also gave life to Mr. Snuffleupagus, Herry Monster, Gobo Fraggle on Fraggle Rock, and many other Muppet characters.
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Here are your weekend’s highlights:
Drop your kids off at The Little Gym for the Parents Survival Night. They’ll have fun and you get a kid-free evening! (Friday, August 24)
Celebrate Junie B Jones’ 20th anniversary with a very special party at Barnes & Noble in Livingston. (Saturday, August 25)