The supercool local moms Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow who created the Prima Princessa brand are getting creative again. As a companion to their website and DVDs, they’ve just released a new book Ballet for Beginners.
And they want to give you a copy along with a Prima Princessa ballerina gift basket. The winner will receive the hardcover book, Ballet for Beginners, copies each of the 3 DVDs: Swan Lake (featuring the Paris Opera Ballet), The Nutcracker (featuring London’s Birmingham Royal Ballet),and Sleeping Beauty (featuring London’s Royal Ballet). They’ll also include a gorgeous tutu and tiara for the budding ballerina who wins.
Want to win? Tell us two things in comments about your favorite little ballerina–why does she love dance so much? And where does she take lessons locally?
Contest starts Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 pm EST and ends Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pm EST. One person who leaves a comment by Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pmwill be chosen at random to receive Ballet for Beginners and copies each of the 3 DVDs!
In the meantime, we wanted to catch up with ballerina moms Stephanie and Mary Kate. Here’s all of the scoop on their latest projects, their TV show, their new website and how they started this successful business that sprung out of lively playdates in their Montclair homes. Continue Reading
Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show and member of the Montclair-based Jungle Gym Jam, along with Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, winners of the Parents Choice Gold Awards, will co-present “Rock ‘N Roll for Kids and Their Families,” as part of the Little V.I.P. Concert series, on Saturday, December 7 at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ.
Parents and kids will rock to favorite tunes from Jungle Gym Jam such as “Jungle Gym Jamming,” “This Little Light of Mine,”and a new piece — “The People Exhibit at the Zoo” — will make its premiere debut. Parents, grandparents, and kids will enjoy the fast-paced music event that encourages dancing, interaction, and making new friends, while sharing messages of anti-bullying, kindness, and friendship.
The first graders at Charles H. Bullock got a chance to strut their stuff on Tuesday at the Harvest Hoedown! From the opening Promenade Parade to Turkey in the Straw to the classics She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain and Hoedown!, the audience of parents and Kindergartners clapped and laughed and sang along with the enthusiastic square dancers.
Bradford Elementary School students walked up to 6 miles on the Montclair State University campus to raise money for Toni’s Kitchen at their Bradford-MSU walk-a-thon last week. Principal Naomi Kirkman proudly shares,” We were able to present Anne Mernin [of Toni's Kitchen] with a check for over $2,600.00! We are very proud of our students for embracing the importance of helping our community!”
Tired of the same old ho-hum weekend activities? Consider the brand new Zam0ns game.
Packed with an exciting treasure hunt set against a mysterious meta-physical being backstory, the Zam0ns game is one that the whole family can enjoy together. Think geocaching expedition meets a healthy dose of alien intrigue and you’ll get the picture.
Montclair father Leo Aristimuno explains that the Zam0ns (that’s with a zero) are other-worldly beings who are here to guide us, play with us, teach and learn from us. They have recently visited Montclair and left us some interesting items to explore in a secret location tucked away in Nishuane Park in Montclair, otherwise known as #R00T_QUAD (with two zero’s).
Taking pictures with Santa is a yearly tradition, even if it means a photo of a screaming, terrified child on St. Nick’s lap. I’m so lucky to be invited to a close friend’s annual holiday kick-off party. Santa is the honored guest and my girls get to sit on his lap and share their wish list. I’m happy because I get great photos with no lines.
If you’re not as lucky, you can find Santa at our town tree lightings or even have him come to your home thanks to the Montclair PBA, but is a list of local Santa Photo-ops (and one with Mrs. Claus!):
Principal Michael Chiles of Montclair’s Hillside Elementary School just announced Glenfield teacher Mr. Patrick Krenn as Interim Assistant. The current Asst. Principal, Mr. Grosso leaves the district for a principal position in Bergen County on December 6:
Ms. Harney has worked as a lead preschool teacher at MMO since 1999 and also served as Summer Camp Coordinator and Special Education Coordinator. She began serving as MMO’s interim director this July. Ms. Harney holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s degree in English.
“After conducting an executive search Ms. Harney was the most qualified candidate in every way. Since July she has demonstrated her in-depth knowledge of early childhood education, excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to lead the program into the future. We are thrilled to have a dedicated member of our current staff be the perfect candidate for this very important position.” shares Karen Shinevar, MMO Advisory Committee.