Several Montclair parents have put together a letter urging others to speak up for district-wide World Languages instruction. After budget cuts a few years ago, many schools lost language teachers, which were replaced by computer programs, such as Rosetta Stone:
The 14th Annual Rubber Duck Race in Maplewood will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The annual tradition brings hundreds of people to go out to cheer on their rubber ducks as they race down the brook in Memorial Park.
There will be prizes for the top 12 ducks in each race. The race begins at the Memorial Park Bridge between Oakview Avenue and the duck pond.
The drizzly, overcast weather didn’t stop Montclair families from having fun at Nishuane School’s annual community Mayfair yesterday. There was cotton candy to be eaten, bouncy houses to be bounced in, teachers to dunk, games to be played and fun to be had.
Chanda Hall captured the fun with her wonderful photos.
Ethan Coplan with a calligrapher in Xi’an, the city in west central China where the Terracotta Warriors were unearthed. The calligrapher wrote him a poem which says, “To see far, you must climb high.” This is an ancient poem which means: Study hard! It is hanging now in Ethan’s room.
Last year, when he was in third grade, MCPK graduate Ethan Coplan spent the year living in Beijing, China while his mother had a job in a university. He wanted to share his experience with the Montclair Community Pre-K student community and MCPK Executive Director Eve Robinson kindly invited Ethan to visit the school to present his 15-minute slideshow to the students, with a Chinese musical soundtrack, called, ”An American Boy in China.” The children were fascinated by Ethan’s presentation.
Ethan shared what it looked like in Beijing, a giant city of 23 million people, much bigger than NYC. The slideshow showed what it looks like on Beijing’s busy subway, how to makedumplings, and what it looks like when you visit a Chinese farms, bike in a mountain village, or pray at a Buddhist and Taoist temple. The children saw slides of Ethan hiking on the Great Wall. He showed the children that some days, he had to wear a face mask because the air pollution was bad.
If your children love getting dirty then the new Essex County 4-H Youth Farm Camp is a perfect way for them to get closer to nature and understand the connection between land and where our food comes from.
The Farm Camps will be held at the Urban Farmers Initiative on Orange Road behind the Montclair Historical Society. As well as a community garden, the site houses a chicken coop. This green space will grow organic produce that will be sold at farmer stands and donated within the community to senior groups and food pantries.
The campers will have the opportunity to get out into the field each day and work in the garden, getting their hands dirty by pitching in with farm chores and learning a new theme centered around the garden.
Farm Camp Consultant and Montclair resident , Danielle Yatrakis said “4-H camp will enable people to learn about a community farm”.
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Here are your weekend highlights:
Bring your American Girl Dolls to the Geyer Family YMCA for a special Friday night event. (Friday, May 17)
“Tee off” with your friends and family at the first ever Mini Golf Day at the MPL. (Saturday, May 18)
There are new animals at Turtle Back Zoo! Sea Lion Sound Exhibit recently opened, the largest exhibit to be developed in the zoo’s history.
The Grand Opening was on April 10, and featured special guests Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive, and Governor Chris Christie, who is pictured below cutting the ceremonial ribbon, and also exploring the new Touch Tank:
There’s nothing we can do. The Cicadas are coming. But The Art Garage in Montclair is making the best of the freaky situation by having an Cicadageddon Art Contest in honor of the infamous Brood II hatching cicadas all along the East Coast. The contest is open to artists in the following categories:
Any kind of art medium is allowed! Kids, with help from their parents if needed, can submit a photo of their work with this entry form to The Art Garage—Email here.
Polymer clay comes in every color of the rainbow, doesn’t dry until baked in the oven, is super easy to work with, and is NOT AT ALL MESSY. It’s the perfect craft for all ages!
If anyone is still asking the question, “Who let the dogs out?”, the answer is me. My 10 year old recently had a puppy-themed birthday party and I let them all out. We picked the dog theme around the cute polymer clay poodle my ridiculously creative friend Fran Liscio made for us. Continue Reading