BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 12:00pm |
Montclair SEPAC is the Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council, which is a volunteer group of parents and guardians that provides support and information to parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Each district board of education is charged under the New Jersey Special Education Code to ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.
Montclair SEPAC meets monthly to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve. SEPAC’s workshops and presentations will help you to more effectively advocate for your child and navigate the system throughout your child’s educational career. At SEPAC you can get involved in making a difference for your child and for Special Education within the district as a whole. You will make connections, garner resources, become more informed and stay informed.
With the start of a new school year, SEPAC invites the Montclair community to join to learn more about the group at its open meeting in the beginning of October.
BY Eileen Lundberg | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 10:00am |
“You can try again.”
“You should be happy you have one healthy child already.”
“It wasn’t meant to be.”
When someone has lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, it is hard to find the right thing to say, but actually it is worse to say nothing. The parents will all grieve in their own way depending on their extremely personal experience. If friends and family gloss over the event and do not realize it is a loss and requires mourning, it can make the grieving parents feel unsupported.
Losing a pregnancy or newborn is still a taboo subject despite the staggering number of losses occurring each year. According to CDC.gov data, “Fetal mortality—the intrauterine death of a fetus at any gestational age—is a major but often overlooked public health issue. Much of the public concern surrounding reproductive loss has focused on infant mortality, due in part to a lesser knowledge of the incidence, etiology, and prevention strategies for fetal mortality. The National Center for Health Statistics’ National Survey of Family Growth estimates that there are more than 1 million fetal losses per year in the United States, with the vast majority of these occurring before 20 weeks of gestation.”
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Sep 22, 2014 8:00am |
It’s officially autumn and with it comes Harvest Festivals! Enjoy pumpkins, games, food, music and more at these events:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 9:00am |
For the past two years, Montclair Orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold has been running marathons to benefit the Montclair Public Library Children’s Program, raising over $16,000 as part of the Annual Appeal campaign. Next month, Dr. Gold will run another 26.2 miles at the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon in Albany, New York for MPL.
Dr. Gold says he decided to run for the Montclair Public Library with the hope that the library will help lay the foundation for this generation and future generations to learn and apply their acquired knowledge to benefit society. This foundation of knowledge may help lead to the cures for diseases that afflict so many of our families and friends or help our society in other ways.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8:00am |
September 21-27 is Banned Books Week and Montclair Public Library is celebrating with a Great Big Banned Faces event tomorrow, Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm.
Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read.
According to BannedBooksWeek.org, the week-long event was “launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.
The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:00am |
It’s autumn and a beautiful weekend! Get out and enjoy it with your family at these events.
Don’t forget about the Mountie Pride Fun Run, the Montclair Mounties Football White Out Game (get your t-shirts!) , How to Eat Like a Child at Studio Playhouse, Stickley Museum Fall Family Day, — and there is more!
You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
Bookstores nationwide are celebrating curiosity with Curious George and Words Bookstore in Maplewood is holding an all-day event with curiosity-themed activities, plus an expected visit at 11 am from The Man With The Yellow Hat! (Saturday, September 20)
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Sep 19, 2014 8:00am |
Schools are closed on Thursday, September 25 for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
If you need childcare, here are some Vacation Camp options:
Little Live Y’ers Vacation Camp
Who: Kids in preschool – kindergarten.
What: A day filled with fun activities: swimming, gym, arts and crafts and more!
Where: The Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Thursday, September 25. Kids can be dropped off as early at 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 per day per child for members; $70 for non-members. Must register at least 2 days in advance.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 12:00pm |
Celebrate fall harvest and Craftsman Farms’ agricultural past at Stickley Museum’s annual Fall Family Day. This traditional fall festival is the Morristown museum’s biggest family program of the year and will a full fay of fun.
Enjoy hayrides, live music from the Denville String Band, pumpkin painting and craft activities, as well as various handcraft demonstrations. The festival also features the return of favorite activities like indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, Balloon Cows, and old-fashioned games and races. Apple Spice Junction will be on hand with seasonal snacks and box lunches for sale. And kids will enjoy a visit from a special guest courtesy of Kids Club THIRTEEN. Inside the Log House, tours will be suspended for the day and visitors will be invited to stroll through the museum Open House at their own pace.
BY Madeline Lange | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:00am |
This is a fun way to put a crafty and personal touch on the traditional composition book.
Personalized Composition Book
- Composition notebook
- Paper (Scrapbook, Magazines, Old Books)
- Old Newspaper
- Mod Podge
BY Emily Klein | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:00am |
Does your child seem to have a knack for making people laugh? Or maybe he loves being the center of attention, up on stage and in the spotlight. If this sounds like your kid, then Bloomfield mom Becky Veduccio-Langton’s upcoming Comedy for Kids class might be the ticket to your little one’s next punch line.