The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

The Town of Hempstead Is Giving Out Free Backpacks in Back-to-School Celebration

Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan will join the Able Body of Believers Alliance (ABBA) on August 28 and August 31 for two backpack giveaways. The August 31 event is the the 14th annual Back to School Celebration to help local children get ready for school. This is one of the village’s most well-attended events. Elder Reginald Benjamin and his staff, including event organizer Nicole Staton, put together the event to provide more than 1,200 kids (in first through 12th grades) with backpacks filled with school supplies donated by area businesses and organizations just in time for the school year.  

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School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

School, Camp, & After-School Class Open Houses in Westchester County This Month

UPDATED August 2019: Attending an open house session in Westchester County is the best way to determine whether a summer camp, after-school class, or school is right for your child. Open houses offer parents opportunities to meet camp directors, counselors, teachers, faculty, and staff; tour the camp or school; and participate in sample classes and programs. Various schools, camps, and after-school programs are hosting open house sessions across Westchester County this month, from independent schools and private schools to summer camps, day camps, and more. Open houses are being offered at schools, camps, and programs throughout Westchester County, including open houses in New Rochelle, Hartsdale, Purchase, Bronxville, Yonkers, Scarsdale, White Plains, Tarrytown, Larchmont, and Yorktown Heights. You’ll be able to experience Westchester County camps and schools to determine which one is the right fit for your children.

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5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

5 Creative Ways to Shop for School on a Budget

Every year the list seems to get longer: two bulk packs of Sharpies (thin points, please); Post-it Notes in assorted sizes, eight glue sticks. Parents can blow through hundreds of dollars on school supplies—and that’s before buying lunchboxes, new shoes, and backpacks. Joanie Demer, co-founder of The Krazy Coupon Lady, a leading money-saving site, shares savvy tips for back-to-school shopping. If you want to save big, she says, after school starts in the fall is the ideal time to buy for the following year. But if you can’t plan a full year in advance, don’t worry–there are plenty of other ways to save on supplies.

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How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars for Your Child

How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars for Your Child

There is a dizzying array of options for kids looking for extracurriculars, from academic enrichment to sports teams to social interest programs. All of these choices can make knowing which one is right for your child a difficult, and overwhelming, task–plus, if a kid wants to try different things, parents can wind up spending a fortune getting them from activity to activity. So how can you make sure you and your kid have made the right after-school choices? Local after-school activity directors, moms, and child psychologists share their tips for finding the right program.

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Mathnasium Opens a Port Washington Location

Mathnasium Opens a Port Washington Location

Specializing in one-on-one tutoring from teachers who are certified in-house, students are invited to focus on “all things math” when they come to Mathnasium. This can mean gaining a stronger understanding of their classwork, getting access to more challenging material, or cramming for a test the following day. To gauge each student’s current mathematics foundation and ability, each student is given a two-part assessment, oral and written, when they first come in.

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5 Things to Ask Potential Nannies for Infants

5 Things to Ask Potential Nannies for Infants

Whether you’re going back to work, having a girl’s night out, or going on a date with your partner, it’s hard enough to leave your toddlers and older children with a sitter, but your infant? Hiring the right caretaker for your baby requires a great deal of forethought and careful screening.

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Friends Academy Hosts Open House on May 30

Friends Academy Hosts Open House on May 30

The Friends Academy Lower School located in Locust Valley, NY invites you to visit its classrooms and meet its teachers. This event is for parents of children ages 3-7, or those who would be eligible for entering Early Childhood through second grade. The Open House will be on Thursday, May 30 from 8:30-9:30am. Please meet at the Frost Hall Entrance. Friends Academy also requests that interested families RSVP to [email protected] before attending.

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How to Sue Your Child With Special Need's School District for Tuition

How to Sue Your Child With Special Need's School District for Tuition

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide all students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (also known as a FAPE).  If they fail to do so, parents are entitled to sue their district for funding for their child’s private tuition and/or special education services. While this can be a complex process, there are a few simple steps parents can take to help it run more smoothly.

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How Healthy, Well-Balanced Meals Boost Brain Development in Children

How Healthy, Well-Balanced Meals Boost Brain Development in Children

As parents, we all want our children to succeed in school and excel in academics, but did you know what they eat throughout the day can impact their performance? In fact, students who eat meals that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) are better learners, receive higher test scores, earn higher academic grades, and have reduced instances of being absent from school, says Kim Doyle, senior director of nutrition and compliance at Revolution Foods, citing a 2018 study from the University of California, Berkeley.

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16 Green Vale School Students Participate in All-County Music Festival

16 Green Vale School Students Participate in All-County Music Festival

At the Tilles Center in January, 16 Green Vale students performed in the prestigious Nassau All-County Music Festival. To be selected for All-County, students must score among the top student musicians who performed solos for the NYSSMA Festival the previous spring.

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Whispering Pines SDA School Hosts International Korean Language Teacher

Whispering Pines SDA School Hosts International Korean Language Teacher

The Whispering Pines Seventh-day Adventist School in Old Westbury recently hosted Ms. Claire Lee, a teaching intern from South Korea, as part of its Korean language and culture program. The program, started in 2012, is open to all Whispering Pines students, from pre-K to 8th grade. It enables participants to understand and appreciate the Korean culture while gaining practical fluency in the language.

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Director of and Actors from 'I Learn America' Visit Buckley Country Day School

Director of and Actors from 'I Learn America' Visit Buckley Country Day School

Jean-Michel Dissard, the director of I Learn America, as well as two actors from the documentary, Sing and Brandon, visited the Buckley Country Day School for a full-day workshop with sixth graders. The visit to the Roslyn school was on Nov. 28, after the students spent a unit in humanities focusing on identity and immigration in which they read Coming to America, Finding Your Voice by Maria Hinojosa, watched the documentary, and interviewed a family member to learn about their personal immigration story.

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Students from Florence Brownstein Preschool Met with Animals and Learned About Their Habitats

Students from Florence Brownstein Preschool Met with Animals and Learned About Their Habitats

Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Flopsy Bunny, Mr Jeremy Fisher and other furry, scaly and feathery friends paid a visit to the students at the Florence Brownstein Preschool at the Chabad of Port Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The children listened attentively as educators explained about different animal habitats, habits and their welfare.

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5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

5 Tips to Hire the Right Nanny for Your Family

A nanny is an invaluable resource as a specialist who loves and cares for your kids in your absence, so how can you ensure you hire the right nanny for your family? Do you need someone who helps with housework, or maybe you want a nanny who can help with developmental needs (homework, potty training, etc.). For many families, their nanny is more than just someone who works for them; their nannies become part of the family. Here are five important things you must know before you start the hiring process.

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Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

Why Art Was Added to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

For many years, STEM education was the hot topic, but these days it's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education. So why was art added to STEM education in schools, at-home DIY kids, and crafting books? Read on to learn why, for six reasons art benefits STEM education, and how parents can encourage STEAM learning at home.

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The Diocese of Rockville Centre is Partnering with Rosetta Stone for New Language Program

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is Partnering with Rosetta Stone for New Language Program

In September ten Catholic schools under the Dioceses of Rockville Centre began working with Rosetta Stone to provide more language learning options. Students now have the opportunity to choose between six languages, Spanish, French, German, Polish, Italian, and Latin, at some schools. The number of options varies by school. The selection of languages offered often reflects the students’ communities and heritages as well as their personal and academic interests.

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How to Prepare for High School Admissions

How to Prepare for High School Admissions

Growing up is tough, between falling outs with friends and finding out how to get involved in politics for the first time, even without the stress of high school. Nowadays, kids don't have to worry just about going to high school (as scary as that is on its own), they have to worry about getting into their school of choice. Whether they're stressed out about getting into public school or being accepted to one of specialized high schools, there's a lot middle schoolers need to prepare for. Yasmin Castro, a senior site coordinator for Breakthrough New York shares her tips for helping hundreds of families navigate the system.

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The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle

The Nurtury Montessori School Opens Day Care Center in Larchmont, Offers After-School Programs in New Rochelle

The Nurtury Montessori School opened a day care center in Larchmont this October and began offering new after-school programs at its New Rochelle location this September. The Larchmont location will offer full-day programs for children ages 3 months to 3 years, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6:30pm, year-round. The New Rochelle location is now offering after-school programs for children kindergarten-first grade.

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Friends Academy Introduces Hands-On STEM Class to Fifth Graders

Friends Academy Introduces Hands-On STEM Class to Fifth Graders

A team of Science, Math and Technology teachers are introducing Scratch coding to Friends Academy fifth graders through an educational program developed by NASA. Based on the premise of recreating their own Mars Rovers, the students at the Locust Valley private school work in pairs to design and animate their robots to move across Mars.

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Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

Lighthouse Family Daycare Opens in Bay Ridge

After 18 years of experience in Chinatown, Lighthouse Family Daycare decided to close their Manhattan doors and reopen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in September. Lighthouse Family Daycare is interested in guiding children ages 2-5 through their early lives so they can thrive in preschool and kindergarten. A typical day is full of both fun and educational activities, including free play, singing, morning exercises, arts and crafts, and science study.

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