deadlines, elementary tours & i vent about middle school choice (it is not what you think) 10/18/14

deadlines, elementary tours & i vent about middle school choice (it is not what you think)

All dates, deadlines, times and places need to be confirmed with the sponsoring organization or school. This newsletter is a listing of interesting sounding programs that come across my desk. It is not necessarily an endorsement of the programs. All listings are unpaid.

What is up with me?

Wall to wall consults. If you are trying to reach me, email is the best way, but even then I may take a couple of days to get back to you.

how passionate must i be to write a blog this month?

venting about middle school

Upcoming Talks

Intro to Public School Talk
Wed. Nov. 12 @ 7pm-9pm at Mozarts and Einsteins.
Tickets available here.
This talk is not location specific.

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

Almost all of the seats below are for threes and fours for THIS fall 2014
If you are looking for fall of 2015 check the schools' websites

Blue School in South St. Seaport Open Houses will be held for 2's - 5th grade on 11/12, 6-7:30. Open House for MS 11/29 6-7:30
Weekly tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up for tours and Open houses at

Bridging Gaps Playschool is a unique program, designed to bridge the gap between home and school for 2s and 3s for the 2014-15 school year. It is a first school experience to help children transition to preschool. For more information, go to or call 347-563-5820.

Butler St. Coop has one spot available for this year in their 3/4 program. For info please contact them at, or visit our website - also info there about tours and applications for fall 2015

The Dillon Child Study Center at St. Joseph's College Ft. Greene, may have some limited openings in its half day three's afternoon program and its full day fours program for this fall. Visit the for details or call 718-940-5678.

The German School of Brooklyn, the first German school in NYC, is opening this fall with k-2nd grade near Grand Army Plaza. They are holding open houses and taking applications now for next year.

International School of Brooklyn is an independent, Nursery-8th grade language immersion school (Spanish and French) - International Baccalaureate curriculum. Located in Carroll Gardens,
Information Sessions this fall. RSVP
Spots for this school year are available in some grades. For information, please contact the Director of Admissions:

Lefferts Gardens Montessori started a mixed age program for ages 5 - 10. There are spots available for this year and admissions are open for next year. For more information, check here.

Montessori Day School Prospect Heights, is currently accepting applications for four-year-olds* those who will turn four by December 31 children for the 2014-15 school year . Please see the web site, and email

Park Slope Schoolhouse has a few spots in their 3's class (children must be 3 as of Sept. 1st. Contact Ashley Davis for more info. Tours for next year will begin in November. You can sign up on the website for a tour.

If you are a preschool or elementary school director, and want me to list open seats in your program for fall 2014. Please send a note to

Public Elementary Schools

Several schools in D15 in Windsor Terrace/Kensington/Sunset Park are being rezoned (154, 130, 230, 131). Here is the DoE's proposal.

2014-2015 Public School Calendar

If you want email updates from the DoE about Kindergarten admissions, PreK admissions, G&T, Charter Schools, late breaking news, subscribe to the DoE's email alerts here.
Application process (Kindergarten Connect) won't be out until January.
Prek is even LATER. **None of the dates are posted and they won't be for months, so keep your pants on. You can tour schools now so you know how to rank them later.

Gifted & Talented

The RFT (request for testing) is live for sign up.
Deadline to sign up is 11/7/14. Don't wait to sign up! It is not first come first served, but since I seem to always be late with newsletters this year, I may not be able to warn you about it next month.
Information Sessions this week in all boroughs

G&T handbooks are here.


I am doing my best to be comprehensive, but you should ALWAYS double check the tour dates and times with the schools, in case there are changes.
Schools and Parent Coordinators: I am happy to list your tours! Please get me the information for the Nov. newsletter.

District 13

PS 8: 12/3, 1/14, 3/4 from 9 - 11am.

PS 9: 10/24, 11/21, 12/12, 1/16, 2/27, 3/20, 5/1. All tours begin at 9am. Sign up for a tour

PS 11: 11/7, 12/11, 1/9, 1/27. All tours are 8:45-10:30am. Sign up for a tour.

District 14

PS 17: School tours will be held the first Monday of the month. For more information contact: (718) 387-2929.

PS 18 has a DL Spanish program. PreK and K tours will be given by appointment. Contact parent coordinator, Blanca Ramirez at (718) 387-3241.

District 15

Hellenic Classical Charter School: 12/4 @ 6pm, 2/5 @ 6pm, 3/7 @ 10am.

PS 10: 11/14, 12/12, 1/9 , 2/13 , 3/13, 4/17, 5/8 all tours at 9am.

PS 15: Open Houses are generally offered every Thursday morning (call to check exact time) in February. To RSVP or coordinate a tour outside scheduled Open House times, call Judith Reis, Parent Coordinator, at (347) 563-5380.

PS 32: Kindergarten School Tour 1/7 @ 9am.
Pre-K School Tour, 1/ 14 @ 9am.
G&T School Tour, 1/ 15 @ 9am.
ASD NEST School Tour, 2/ 5 @ 9am. You must RSVP for all tours.

PS 39: 1/22, 2/25. Tours begin at 9am. No registration needed to attend.

PS 118: 12/18, 1/8, 2/5 @ 9am.

PS 124: 11/20, 12/18, 2/22. Tours begin at 9:30. Register here.

PS 146 Brooklyn New School: 11/13, 12/4, 12/11, 1/9, 1/22, 2/26, 3/4, 3/26 @ 9:00am. 2/4 @ 6pm. No registration required.

PS 154: 10/20 @ 9:30. Register with

PS 295: 12/11, 1/15, 2/12, 3/5 @ 9am.

PS 321: 1/8, 1/27 @ 9am.

District 17

PS 705: 11/12, 10/10, 1/7, 2/11. All tours @ 9am.

PS 770 New American Academy: 1/14 @ 5:30pm, 1/16 @ 10am, 1/24 @ 10:30, 1/27 @ 10am, 1/28 @ 5:30pm, 2/4 @ 4pm, 2/6 @ 5:30pm, 2/11 @ 10am, 2/13 @ 10am.

Middle School

Got something to say about the middle school process?
take a survey from the DoE

Sign up for the Schoolbook Parents' Guide to Middle School Admissions

Inside Schools picks: Not the Usual Suspects

MS 51 in D15 has just changed their admissions threshold:
the total number of points needed in the four core subjects is 12, not 13. A child with all 3's will qualify. So would a child with two 3's, a 2 and a 4. This is just for the initial round of screening. If your child qualifies based on those four subject grades, and you have listed MS 51 #1 or #2 on your application, MS 51 will then request your child's 4th and 5th grade report cards, and that will determine admissions. Still no interviews.

High School


Borough HS Fairs: Sat/Sun 11/18, 11/19 11-3
Register for SHSAT: deadline Wed. 10/22/14 @ noon through your guidance counselor (late registration).
Test/audition tickets distributed Wed. 10/22
SHSAT testing: Sat./Sun. 10/25 & 26 (there are some make up dates - by permission only - after that)
HS applications will be distributed in mid Oct.
LA! auditions end Sun. 12/7/14
Application deadline Dec. 2
Round 1 results distributed: March TBD

Inside Schools Top 10 Myths About Applying to HS

Daily News lists Top 60 NYC High Schools

How they ranked the schools Remember this is another handy screening vehicle, but REALLY, using any stats alone will miss great schools!

The Honorable Mentions

Tutoring for PS, MS, HS Choice (or college)

I don't review tutors but the awesome Parents of NY Teens does!
Please review your fav tutors there!

A.W.E. (Art Workshop Experience) in Dumbo has summer and fall workshops for kids of different ages and portfolio prep for kids applying to high school. For more info contact Marney Fuller 917-302-8586

Bee Tutored, a local boutique tutoring service supports students: in all academic subjects, with planning and organization, Foreign Language instruction, NYS ELA/Math prep, G&T prep, ISEE SSAT SHSAT SAT prep, college app and essay assistance
Contact them for more info: 917-482-4880

Brooklyn Voice and Piano run by Marje Wagner helps students prep for auditions to LaGuardia, Frank Sinatra, Murrow and PPAS. Contact her at or (917) 863-7438.

Check out Portfolio U
Get help with NYC portfolio and art auditions

Eleanor Traubman, Bank St. Alumna
K-5 tutoring and homework help
for more information:

College Financial Aid Resource

I don't cover college, but heh, I am interested. This is a pretty nice comprehensive explanation of Financial Aid; FAFSA, etc.
I will say, explanations of the FAFSA are a dime a dozen. WHERE IS THE INFO ON THE CSS. Hello!! (College Board! - shaking my fist at the sun)

See what I think:
* I owe my soul to the company store

tmi about college savings and aid

For Parents and Students of All Ages

Check out these videos from Public Education Nation!

Park Slope Parents is launching a new group, PSP LGBTQ.
Sign up here.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Metrotech has support for LGBTQ families. Check out their programs!

Visualize Pi is a mural project that aimed to use popular mathematics to connect Brooklyn students to the community.

PS 11 won the 2014 National Blue Ribbon.

Abby Hanlon has a new book out: Dory Fantasmagory

Websites and articles

From Renee Dinnerstein:
A Pet Study
Hurt No Living Thing
An Inquiry Based Classroom

If you read The NY Times about Eva Moskowitz of Success Charter Schools you do not have a balanced view of the subject unless you read this article:
What Diane Ratvich really thinks

Brooklyn Friends breaks ground on their new campus.

Insideschools lists their favorite elementary schools for math and science.

New York Special Needs Support , Turning 5 workshop given by Sara Birnbaum is being held in Brooklyn on 10/16 and Manhattan on 10/21. RSVP here.

G&T? Don't Stress It.

No More Grades for Schools

Ipad Tests for Private School Admissions by WSJ

Forbes: Money Mistakes Parents Make without Realizing It

If you are in the neighborhood, you should check out the listserve: Cortelyou Parents Talk Schools


Brooklyn Preschool Map

This two sided, folded map lists over 200 preschools in northwest Brooklyn; twos, threes and fours/Prek programs in private and independent schools and community based organizations. You can also find this map for sale on my website and I will be offering it for sale at the Intro to Nursery School talks and as part of the package that I offer to private clients who meet with me for an hour or more.

Get the Preschool Map here for $10, plus shipping and handling

Brooklyn Elementary Zone Map

This two sided, folded map covers full districts 13, 14, 15 (new zone lines), 17 and the northern part of district 22. It shows locations, phone numbers, zone and district boundaries for local zoned elementaries, charter and unzoned programs.

I am only offering this map for sale through this newsletter, at the Intro to Public School talks and as part of the package I provide to private clients who meet me for an hour or more.

Get the Elementary Zone Map here for $10, plus shipping and handling

Get Both Maps

Buy both maps here for $15, plus shipping and handling.
I will only be offering both maps for sale through this newsletter, my talks and as part of the package that I provide to private clients who meet with me for an hour or more.

Do you need a little school help or a lot?

If you want to meet fill out my contact form. Then send me an email to give me a little more info and set up an appointment.

I am happy to talk about anything that is giving you a headache.