Your 2014 Family Labor Day Playlist

BY  |  Monday, Sep 01, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

My favorite family Labor Day song is Dan Zanes & Friends version of the labor song from the Depression, written by Jim Garland and originally performed by The Almanac Singers. It’s a good lesson on what Labor Day really means.

Here are some other great songs about working and Labor Day to listen to with the kids today:

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to School Round Up 2014 – 2015

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back to School

It’s just about that time. Your kids will be going back to school soon and summer’s lazy days will come to an end.

To help a mother (and father) out, we’ve decided to put all of our “Back to School” resources in one place to make your life easier:

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Feel Like a Family of VIPs on the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Nothing makes you feel more like a VIP than a back stage all access tour. And when that tour is at Madison Square Garden in New York City, aka “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” you feel, in the words of my 10 year old, “pretty Swag.”

Yesterday my family was invited to take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour and we had a blast. After the recent completion of an unprecedented three-year, top-to-bottom $1 billion transformation, The Garden is looking pretty cool these days.

In October 2013, the completion of Madison Square Garden’s transformation marked one of the most important moments in The Garden’s history. All shiny and new, Madison Square Garden has re-opened the All Access Tour, which allows families to experience the newly transformed Arena offering a behind-the-scenes look at the significant enhancements. This includes several new exhibits throughout that commemorate some of the most enduring and unforgettable moments in The Garden’s history.

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Local Little Fiddlers Place at the NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest

Congratulations to Montclair violin teacher Amy Beshara and her young fiddle students! Four of the fiddlers placed at the NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest this month!

The winners were:

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Pediatricians Urge Schools to Have Later Start Times For Tweens and Teens

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

teen stressIn a new policy statement published in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the start of middle and high school and classes to 8:30 am or later is “an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss” and the “epidemic” of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation’s teens. Hear that Montclair School district?

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Montclair Board Meeting: Better Communication and Parent Engagement to Come

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 8:01am  |  COMMENTS (11)

superintendent MacCormackThe summer doldrums were evident at Monday night’s Montclair Board of Education meeting, which was attended by less than two dozen residents and four out of seven board members and lasted just an hour. The majority of that hour consisted of Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack’s first progress report on the district’s two-year Strategic Plan. Board members David Cummings, Leslie Larson and Anne Mernin were absent.

Communications and Parent Engagement

Superintendent MacCormack’s first progress report focused on the fourth goal of the Strategic Plan: effective internal and external communications and parent engagement.

The presentation focused on what was achieved in this area during the 2013-14 school year, and what to expect for the upcoming school year.

The district conducted surveys and held focus groups to discover what parents wanted communicated and set out to develop and implement the best ways to share information, as well as a system to evaluate the communication plan, MacCormack explained. As a result, a Montclair High School specific website will be launched at the start of the school year and interviews will soon begin for the position of Communication Lead. Live board meetings will also be available online for streaming beginning with the September 22 meeting, MacCormack said.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Disney’s Choo Choo Soul at NJPAC

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Choo Choo Soul

No lie. At the dinner table just this past weekend, we were reminiscing about Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew. My 10 year old and I loved when the music video spots would play between shows on Playhouse Disney Junior. So I was really excited when I learned that Choo Choo Soul would be coming to NJPAC. If only I could convince my tween to go… We probably won’t go, but I do have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew will perform at NJPAC on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm and 5 pm

Imagine an incredibly hip duo who teach children A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s through music on an animated train … and Choo-Choo Soul is born! Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew, the stage show adaptation of Disney Junior’s short-form music video series, follows the adventures of singer/train station manager Genevieve Goings and dancing/beatboxing engineer DC as they take kids to the jungle, the sea and magical locales while performing songs from classic Disney films: Continue Reading

Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

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Share Your “First Day of School” Photos

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

First Day of School

In a little over a week, kids will be back in school. We want to see your cute kids all dressed up for their first day. It doesn’t matter if it’s their first day of nursery school or senior year at high school, we want them!

We’ll be making a Barista Kids slideshow with all the pictures to go up after everyone is back in school. Just email your photos  to us here. And check out our cute kids in our card slideshow soon.

 

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