Sign language is all the talk with the questionable interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial, but this sign language news is feel good. Five year old Claire Koch surprised her parents who are deaf by signing her class holiday concert. My favorite is her signing of “I Have A Little Dreidel.”
UPDATE: Board Vice President Shelley Lombard contacted Barista Kids to respond publicly, on behalf of herself, on the Council’s vote to deny the Board access to its shared server.
“We really need to understand how our system was breached and learn about its security. We keep highly confidential data on that server, if there was a security breach, we need to know.” She added that since the Township shares a server with the district, “I don’t know how they’re so confident that their own security hasn’t been compromised.”
On some of the council members decision to vote against access, she said, “I cannot understand how two heads of teacher’s unions and an MFEE employee, don’t appreciate the importance of protecting data of our children and keeping student confidentiality.”
At last night’s Township Council meeting, which included the closed session meeting of the Montclair Board of Education and the council regarding the investigation of assessments leaks, the council publicly voted to deny the Board access to a network joint server as part of the assessment leak investigation 5-2, with only Mayor Jackson and First Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock voting in favor of allowing them access.
Councilor Hurlock explained his vote to Barista Kids, “From my standpoint, I didn’t think that there was a basis for us to proclude the BoE access for entrance into a jointly shared server. Much like, in the future, if the Council or municipal services, needed to get access.” He added, “I think they’re entitled to access on their own server.”
The New York Jets have announced that John Fiore, coach of the Montclair High School Mounties football team, has been named this year’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Year Award. For his efforts, he will receive $2,000 to benefit the school’s football program and he will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
According to the NY Jets website, “The award, in its 18th year, is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.”
Schools close for winter break in less than two weeks and don’t reopen until January 2. If you are scrambling for childcare, or just need something to occupy the kids for a bit, we’ve put together a guide of vacation camps to help you out:
Little Live Y’ers Vacation Camp Who: Kids ages 3 – 6. What: A day filled with fun activities: swimming, gym, arts and crafts and more! Where:The Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042. When: December 23 – December 31. Kids can be dropped off as early at 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:30 p.m. Cost: Members – $55 a day / Non-members – $65 a day. In order to reserve a space for your child, payment and a registration form must be completed for each date attending. Please register within 3 business days prior to the program date. Registration received in less than 3 days prior to camp will be charged an additional $10 fee.
Download your registration form here. Call (973) 783-7640 for more information and to sign-up.
Are You Ready?…Yea? It’s time to dance and celebrate the holidays withA Very AwesomeYo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show at The Beacon Theatre in NYC! The groovy holiday show will play on December 20, 21 (3 shows- 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm), and on the 22 (11 am and 2 pm) and Barista Kids has 4 tickets to the Saturday, December 21 performance at 5 pm to give to one lucky family!
This is Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!‘s first ever holiday show, and it will feature everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters, dance numbers that will make you “razzle dazzle” and special effects that will transform the stage into a glistening holiday wonderland:
With a winter weather advisory, which will bring 3 – 5 inches of snow, in effect until later this afternoon, school closings and early dismissals are beginning to be called. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list:
Attention comic book fans of all ages! Montclair dad William Scheckel, who blogs over at The Father’s Lounge, has organized a Comic Book Show with 15,000 Comics from the 1940s to 90s – DC, Marvel, Indies.
Comic auction master John Paul of NJComicBookShows.com will be auctioning off the work and many mini-collections of comics at noon. Artists and writers currently confirmed include:
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).
According to Code.org, every student in China learns computer programming. In the U.S., less than 5 percent do. Code is considered the “new literacy”:
Doing a Cookie Swap soon? Or maybe you’re hosting a holiday party. With help from Montclair resident, Colleen Klabin, who recently opened a baking studio in Cedar Grove called Chocolate Ciel, you an your child can bake delicious treats together.
At Chocolate Ciel’s Mommy & Me baking classes, you and your child can learn how to bake an decorate cupcakes, holiday cookies and muffins in the month of December. Classes range from $45 – $60 and you get to take home your treats. Some of the classes are nut free too!