Edgemont Montessori School in Montclair has announced some events to help new families get comfortable before the big day.
On Tuesday, August 26, from 4-5 pm, new Edgemont students and their families are welcome to the school’s playground for an ice cream social. Parents are encouraged to mingle, meet the principal, Mrs. Cheryl Hopper, and the kindergarten teachers, and talk to PTA members about Edgemont’s unique experience as the kids enjoy ice cream and play. (A raindate is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27 from 4-5 pm.) Questions? Contact Andrea Bustios.
New kindergarteners and their families are encouraged to go to Edgemont’s two kindergarten playdates, happening in its playground behind the school. Go and play on Thursday, August 28 from 9:30-10:30 am and on Tuesday, September 2, from 4-5 pm. Please e-mail Kathleen Hogan if you have any questions.
Bullock School in Montclair invites incoming CHB kindergarten families to several playdates and the Ice Cream Social on the Bullock playground.
These playdates are a great opportunity to meet other kindergarten kids and parents, and get a little more comfortable with the new school before the first day. The playdates are relaxed, just a chance to play, get some information about from experienced parents about the school and make new friends. Just a note the school building will not be open and there is no restroom on the playground.
It’s World Breastfeeding Week and yesterday HackensackUMC Mountainside celebrated by participating in The Big Latch On, an attempt to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously across the globe.
Diana Durham, Director of Obstetrical Services at the hospital welcomed over 65 guests including nursing mothers, family members, friends and supporters of breastfeeding. At 10:30 am, she made the call to “latch on” and counted 35 official latches by 34 nursing moms.
Calling all Breastfeeding Mamas! Put that baby (or toddler) in a sling and head over to HackensackUMC Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, August 2 to join other nursing moms in solidarity at the annual The Big Latch On Nurse In.
The event is held in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and will feature a workout demonstration, massage station, prizes and refreshments.
“There is significant evidence that breastfeeding provides both immediate and long-term benefits such as a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal disturbances, strengthening of the immune system and a decreased risk of childhood obesity,” said Diana Durham, Director of Maternity Services at HackensackUMC Mountainside.
Any kid age two and over will enjoy poking around in a block of ice that is filled with tiny toys and going on an Ice Block Treasure Hunt! It’s a great activity on a hot summer day.
For my son, I just froze some of the toys he already owned (sequins, beads, little plastic guys), but you could make this project really exciting and freeze some not-yet-seen items.
All you need to do is take a plastic container fill it about 3/4 full with water and throw in the toys. If your child is doing this with you, my cousin Patsy pointed-out you could play “sink or float” while you do it.
Then pop the whole container of water and toys into the freezer and enjoy listening to your toddler ask “is it ready yet?” for the next several hours.
The Watchung Cooperative Preschool is moving to the First United Methodist Church on North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. The move will take place after camp finishes at the end of July, and the school will be ready for students this fall.
The school originally began in 1967 as the Watchung Church Cooperative Nursery School and was located within that church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair. In the mid-70s, after a fire at the church and the sale of the property, the school was relocated to the Montclair Heights Reformed Church at 71 Mount Hebron Road. It was renamed the Watchung Cooperative Preschool and dropped its religious affiliation. Over 40 years later, the school finds itself again needing a new home. The Montclair Heights Reformed Church was recently sold to new owners, and the sale is scheduled to close this July.
Let’s be honest. Music classes eventually lose their magic and toddler tumbling sessions can become a drag. Sometimes we need a new activity to shake up our schedules. So when Barista Kids learned about the new Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties in Montclair, we were eager to learn more.
Barista Kids sat down with event planner and Glitz & Glam Kids creator Keyana Tennant who told us all about these fun events.
BK: What are Glitz & Glam Kids family dance parties? Tennant: These are monthly themed parties that the whole family can enjoy. We always have entertainment, like face painting and balloon twisters and characters as well as games, free raffles, food and drinks. We also have a DJ and, of course, dancing. If you schedule a birthday party during one of the events, your guests can enjoy pizza and cake. Every family also leaves with a free family photo and free giveaways from local businesses. And we have vendors just in case our attendees want to do a little shopping in between the fun.
BK: Sounds like all the makings of a fabulous time. Tennant: It truly is. And the parties are inspiring, too. We carve out time between dancing and entertainment to showcase the children’s talents. Last month we had tumblers and at the June 29th party we will have a two year old DJ.
BK: Did you say that a two year old will be DJ’ing part of your next party? Tennant: Yes… he dances, too.