Schools | 2/11 | A Child Grows

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    A Valentine for De Blasio

    by Sarah on 2/14/14 | 6 Comment(s)

    As we celebrate Valentine’s day, I want show some love to our mayor. On the heels of his no-snow-day backlash, I think Bill needs some support. Was it gross out yesterday? Of course. Was it a “beautiful day?” Certainly not. Was it life in the Northeast in February? You get where I’m going. I’ve been […]


    Kindergarten Application Deadline Extended!!

    by Sarah on 2/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Apparently even the DOE has a heart and couldn’t take the irony of ending the kindergarten application period on Valentine’s Day. My candy heart is aglow with words like “phew!” and “seriously?” What does it mean? You now have an extra six days to tour those last few schools you planned on blowing off; to […]


    Montessori Info Evening February 27th: A new Montessori preschool in Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 2/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) Are you dreading the preschool application process for next year? Have you heard about Montessori education, but are not quite sure what it is or if it would be good for your child? Invest two hours to get the inside scoop on a brand-new, high-quality Montessori program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers: LePort Montessori […]

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    Countdown to Kindergarten Registration Deadline

    by Sarah on 2/06/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Still haven’t logged on to Kindergarten Connect? Still stressing about all your choices (such as they are–teacher-center, proscribed, homogenous factories–but whatever)? Well, you have just over a week to get it done. The deadline for registering is February 14th, XOXO, the DOE. Assuming you like your zoned school, you really don’t have much to stress […]


    (Sponsored) Protect Your Child’s GPA: Here’s how!

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      In an environment where getting our kids in to preschool can seem like a competition, making and maintaining good grades may feel like an insurmountable task for middle school kids and beyond. No matter their age, you may face a time when you need your child to have more access to academic help. What […]


    (Sponsored) There’s Life Beyond Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/21/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    If you’re like most parents in Brooklyn, you’ve probably ricocheted between “should I stay or should I go” as your children age and the all-encompassing fear of finding a good school takes over. It’s probably safe to say most of us all struggle with the same fears of leaving vs. staying. Sonya W. Cronin, a […]


    (Sponsored) Brooklyn Sandbox: A Great Start For Little Learners

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Being a member of a good number of local parenting groups, there are many questions that remain strongly on our parenting radars. One of those questions is where can I find a good quality daycare? With many mothers returning to work shortly after baby, this is a legitimate concern and often leads to an overwhelming […]


    Kindergarten Applications: Why Being an NYC Parent Sucks

    by Sarah on 1/02/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    January 2nd. Back to real life. Now we see the saddest sight, the carcasses of Christmas trees lining sidewalks, grim remnants of tinsel tangled on their branches. It feels as if they should be shrouded, look away from our hideous consumption, our ability to dispose of symbols of faith and joy. Maybe I’m being a […]


    NY Kids Club – Now in Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) The newest NY Kids Club is coming to Williamsburg! Located on the waterfront in beautiful Williamsburg Brooklyn, this location will open its door in January 2014 to a brand new, totally renovated state-of-the-art space. This NY Kids Club location will feature two premier classrooms, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a dance studio, a culinary institute, and an […]


    Rainbow Loom: PS 107 Calls It Rainbow DOOM

    by Sarah on 11/05/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    “What is Rainbow Loom anyway?” you ask. It is THE new thing, in the vein of Silly Bandz and jelly bracelets. Essentially, it is the current tween generation’s version of those friendship bracelets that we used to make. Only their version is a cross between crocheting and lanyards. It’s crocheting with small rubber bands. The […]

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    The Season of Giving: Charitable Donations Always Fit

    by Sarah on 11/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Guess what New Yorkers don’t need: More stuff. And since a wish-list comprised of plain white socks, Gap briefs and fancy conditioner doesn’t fly with the in-laws, maybe our holiday lists, be they “wish” or “shopping,” should be comprised of the intangibles. You know, goodwill, brotherly love, necessities of life for our fellow human beings […]


    Hurricane Sandy: Anniversaries Are For Looking Forward Not Backward

    by Sarah on 10/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      A year ago today people were waking up to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We had watched the waters rise on our tv’s, until they went dark and then from our windows. As with most natural disasters, people banded together to help those in need, from working shifts at local evacuation centers, to running […]


    BASIS Independent Brooklyn: Education Redefined

    by Shayna Gehl on 10/25/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    If you’re like many NYC parents looking for new schooling options, this post is for you. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with some wonderful people representing BASIS Independent Brooklyn to talk with them about their new K-12 school set to open in September 2014 in Red Hook, Brooklyn! After personally meeting with […]


    Should Your Kid Play Football? Maybe Just XBox

    by Sarah on 10/04/13 | 1 Comment(s)

      There are over a dozen high schools in the five boroughs, including Brooklyn Tech and Styvesant, that offer j.v. and varsity football. And maybe your kid is eager to try out for the team. Maybe you hate organized sports and  gym class was the only class you failed growing up, but who are you […]


    Get Your Hands Dirty with The Daffodil Project

    by Sarah on 10/02/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Daffodil Project started in 2001 as a living 9/11 memorial, yellow being the color of remembrance. At the heart of the memorial is pride in our city, faith in our ability to recover and to be reborn. A flower is a powerful symbol of hope, rebirth, and in this case, a reminder that in […]

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    Step Up! (Not Just an Awesome Movie)

    by Sarah on 9/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wish you could effect change in your community? Do you ever think, “If I ran this frogging zoo things would be different?” Well, there is 1 million dollars just waiting to be allocated by our boy in district 39, City Councilmember Brad Lander. So channel Dr. Suess (of the aforementioned zoo) and […]


    Giant Sea Change in Kindergarten Application Procedures

    by Nicole on 9/16/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Joyce Szuflita, “the school lady” The DoE announced late last week that they are changing the kindergarten application process up in a big way.  The old way that families would apply to various kindergarten programs was to physically go individually to each zoned school in and out of their district and apply in person (drag). […]

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    Targét Gets Classy the Philanthropic Way

    by Sarah on 9/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you up way too late, searching the corners of your life for some “me time?” Are you d-i-c-k-ing around at the office? Are you procrastinating when you should be writing blog posts or editing your novel? Need to do these things without ordering more boots from Zappos, which you will inevitably return? Well, get […]

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    Keeping Your Kids Appy: Back to School

    by Nicole on 9/08/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Christine Dehne Our four-year-old is entering PreK this year, so there are a couple of apps we’ve been using to gear her up for some of the new experiences she is going to have starting next week. One eBook that has been popular at our house is Django Goes to School.  It’s a simple […]

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    Break Out the Flash Cards, Time to Apply to Private School

    by Sarah on 9/06/13 | 2 Comment(s)

     There are lots of reasons to consider applying to private school. Maybe we want to explore our options for our child’s education, or maybe our zoned public school is a little more “Dangerous Minds” than “Dead Poet’s Society,” or maybe watching our local middle schoolers get stoned before school has slightly undermined our faith in […]

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    It Costs How Much to Raise A Child?

    by Nicole on 8/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I came across this recent article on - Will Millennials Be Able to Afford to Raise Children? - and I can’t say I was overly shocked about the amount of money it costs to raise a child- $26,000 for the first year and over $240,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18, but, when […]

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    2013 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies

    by Nicole on 8/06/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can’t believe we are already thinking about getting ready for school! My oldest is entering Pre-K next year and when looking for the supplies she needs, I came across this back to school guide to safer school supplies. It features the best tips to avoid  phthalate-laden vinyl plastic (PVC) in popular children’s school supplies […]

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    Help Prevent “Summer Slide” with Fun, Educational YouTube Videos

    by Kim on 7/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Did you know that teachers typically spend an entire MONTH at the beginning of the school year re-teaching information forgotten in the summer months?  But there are fun, entertaining, and educational ways to prevent the “summer slide.” is library of nearly a million exciting and entertaining educational videos that make learning fun. All the […]


    How to Form a Preschool Co-op

    by Nicole on 6/12/13 | 7 Comment(s)

    Getting into preschool in NYC can be complicated process with its lottery system, zoning rules and competition – making it very difficult to get in. And now that the  public schools have sent their acceptance letters, if your child doesn’t get into a public preschool program you will have to wait another year – meaning […]


    Public Pre-K Application Status Is Available

    by Nicole on 6/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you submitted an application for your child to attend the very limited public Pre-K seats offered in the Fall, the status of your application is now available online. Log in at: Good luck everyone!