Kids Craft: Printable Paper Fortune Tellers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Paper fortune tellers, what we referred to as “cootie catchers,” when I was a kid, are fun little origami tools for predicting someone’s future.

Here are two printable fortune tellers that our crafty contributor Jen Lange designed in cute animal designs (a pig an a penguin) to personalize with your own fortunes and play with your friends. 

Print them out, fold them like so:

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A Knight to Remember for the Whole Family: Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Medieval Times

My kids have gotten to ages where it’s not so easy to find something everyone wants to do. My two daughters, ages 8 and 10, are “too old” for many of the things my son, age 4, likes to do. And of course, he’s too young for much of what they would like to do.

So you can imagine my excitement when I got an offer to visit Medieval Times, as this live jousting event seemed like something all my kids would enjoy, and surprisingly enough, they all did!  Even better, so did my husband and I.

Medieval Times is located in Lyndhurst, NJ, and is an easy trip from the Montclair area. From the moment we got there, everything was very much in keeping with ye olde traditions, beginning with being greeted as “My Lord” and “My Lady” as we arrived at the entrance to the Medieval Times Castle.

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Moms Form a League of Their Own in Millburn

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

credit Tatyana Ali/Pine Terrace Photography

This summer, there are many Millburn/Short Hills moms spending time at the town baseball fields. They aren’t there to cheer on their children though. Instead, they are taking the field themselves, competing in the newly formed Women’s Softball League.

Jemela Zamore and Pamela Rubin, both Short Hills moms, are the women who put the league together. Zamore explains, “We were at a friend’s birthday celebration and I was just thinking how awesome everyone at the table was. We are all from different backgrounds and yet here we were, together to celebrate.  It just popped out of my mouth, ‘Hey Pam, you know what our town needs, a softball team!’”

Rubin wholeheartedly agreed and immediately called the town’s Head of Recreation. He said that they had tried in the past and it never really caught on. Since both Rubin and Zamore already knew several women that were interested, they were able to convince the town to give it another go.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 20, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Broadway Legend Sondra Lee Visits Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The young cast of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts‘s Peter Pan, had a special experience when Broadway and television actress, Sondra Lee, made a special trip to Glen Ridge to have a talkback with the kids this week. Sondra Lee originated the role of Tiger Lilly in the 1954 Broadway production of Peter Pan as well as the 1955, 1956 and 1960 television broadcasts of Peter Pan working along side the incomparable Mary Martin.

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Get Loose and Get Together!: The Best of Dan Zanes CD and Release Party

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Best of Dan Zanes

On July 22, celebrating 15 years of producing “handmade all-ages social music,” GRAMMY award winner Dan Zanes will release his first greatest hits collection. “Get Loose and Get Together!” is a collection for the fans that have been following Zanes since the beginning  and for those who are new to the party.

Zanes has been referred to as the “crown prince of contemporary kid’s music” by People magazine. He is known for his diverse range of collaborations which have created one of modern day America’s quirkier folk experiences in which sea shanties, North American and West Indian folk music, and play party songs, blend with the sounds of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals to create a music that is loved by all ages.

Featuring fan favorites from over the years, this new CD is a perfect family soundtrack for this summer’s kitchen dance parties, backyard sing a longs and road trips. You can pre-order “Get Loose and Get Together: The Best of Dan Zanes” on iTunes

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s the weekend and the weather is perfect, so get out and have some family fun!

Don’t forget about the Camplified Summer Family Music Festival, the Essex County Butterfly Tent Safari, and the 12th Annual Ice Cream Tasting Festival!

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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

Learn how to be “Sushi Masters” at Kings Cooking Studios’ class for kids and a parent in Short Hills. (Saturday, July 19)

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(UPDATED) NJ Department of Education to Offer Greater Flexibility In Preliminary Years of Teacher Evaluation

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

nj department of educationUPDATE: Montclair’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, offered this comment about the evaluation modifications:

At this point I firmly believe that the new state assessments should in no way be a component of teacher evaluations until we have had more experience with the assessments and can trust the results are a quality reflection of student learning. The announcement by Commissioner Hespe is an important move in the right direction, and I am very pleased that the state listened to the concerns being voiced by concerned citizens across the state.  All of us can unite around the idea of high quality teachers in our classrooms, but as we are showing in Montclair, change, even needed change, must be a step-by-step process.

The NJ Department of Education announced yesterday it has made some modifications that will offer greater flexibility to school districts in the two student achievement components of teacher evaluations, including the introduction of a review process for teachers’ 2013-14 school year ratings.

For the 2014-15 school year, the Department is modifying the weights of student growth components in teacher evaluations as measured by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) assessments and as measured by a teacher’s individualized student growth objectives, or SGO, which are specific student learning targets that are developed between teacher and principal, rather than based on a uniform statewide assessment.

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Montclair Jazz Festival: Fun For All Ages

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

My family had a great time at last year’s Montclair Jazz Festival. With children’s activities provided by Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair Public Library, and, of course, Jazz House Kids, the Family Discovery Zone was the place to be for families with young children. So save the date, because the third annual MJF takes places on August 16!

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Casey at the Bat to Sing the National Anthem at the NJ Jackals Game

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Casey Borella, an 8th grader at Montclair Kimberley Academy, auditioned to sing the National Anthem at a NJ Jackals game this past spring. After listening to her sing in the video above, it’s no surprise that the 13 year old was one of the chosen singers. She sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully last Saturday, July 12, opening up the game where the Jackals defeated the Saltdogs 10-2.

Casey says she has been singing as long as she can remember, but has been taking formal voice classes for the past three years with a teacher at School of Rock (SOR) Montclair.

“When I first came to the school I was originally just learning how to control my voice and sing properly. For the first two years of my time at SOR, I had Sibvon Rose as my voice teacher. She was probably the one who initially made me stick with singing, and I cannot thank her enough for all she did for me as a teacher, mentor, and friend, says Casey.

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