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.
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Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses
Children's Studio Preschool and Childcare in Bedford Stuyvesant may have openings for 2 - 5 year olds. They offer full and half day programs. Go to the site or call (718) 764-8317 for more information.
The Dillon Child Study Center at St. Joseph's College has some limited openings in its half day three's afternoon program and its full day fours program starting in September. Visit the http://www.sjcny.edu/Dillon for details or call 718-940-5678.
Eladia's Kids has many openings. Their Park Slope location has 2s, 3s and 4s spots. Their Infant/Toddler School has openings for 12 -28 month olds. The Fort Greene/Clinton Hill location has openings for 2s, 3s and 4s. Contact the Director, Peggy L. Rodgriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lango has spots open in their Mandarin and Spanish immersion preschool this coming fall. The program is for kids 2- 4 yrs old. They have open house every Monday and Wednesday from now till August 15th at 11am. For more information, contact Becky at email@example.com.
Little Nest Preschool in Kensington has spots open in their 2s and 3s class. Also 2, 3 or 5 day options for Prek (possible UPK seats available). Summer Camp seats are still open for full and half day. Contact Gabrielle Napoliatono at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-484-0033.
Mozarts & Einsteins in the north Slope has openings for children ages 2 - 5 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. There are also a few spots still open for the Summer Musical Theatre Camp that began this month. Contact Admissions@mozartsandeinsteins.com or call 718-928-5618 for more information.
Occupy Playschool has several spots for the 2014-15 school year for 3 & 4-year olds. Class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 9-2. Occupy Playschool is a play-based program. Please contact the program's director and teacher, Susannah Bortner, for more information and to schedule a visit. She can be reached at 718 210 6478 or email@example.com.
Padre Kennedy Early Childhood Development Center in south Williamsburg with a Montessori approach and UPK funding has openings for 3-5 years olds. For more information contact the school at 718-388-3434.
Trilok School in Ft. Greene has spots left for 3 year olds. They also have some spots open for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. Info at the website (http://www.trilokschool.org/)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Elementary Schools
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.
Gifted and Talented tests are given during the summer for children born in 2008 and 2009 who moved to the city after Nov. 8, 2013. Contact the G&T office at 718-935-2009.
PS 307 in Vinegar Hill has many Pre-K spots available. You can apply directly at the school during the month of July.
CEC Meeting, important for all current and future PS 130 parents (or anyone living in Windsor Terrace or Kensington regarding the new school being built on E.8th St. between Kermit and Caton will be held this Tuesday, July 15th at 6:30pm at PS 130, 70 Ocean Parkway.
This is a cool thing PTA's (maybe you can do it too!):
PS 9 Parents: order your kids school supplies by July 15 and benefit PS 9 (and have them delivered to school):
▪ go to www.epipacks.com
▪ enter our school ID BER 111, and follow the directions
▪ At the site, you will see supply lists for each grade, view price lists, and place your order online.
Packs will be delivered directly to the school on September 2, and the parents in charge will contact you to arrange to get it to your child's classroom.
Attention Parents of Special Needs Kids!
Check out Sarah Birnbaum's free Turning 5 talk on Sept. 22
Keep the date open for the Manhattan JCC Special Needs School Fair Wed. Nov. 19
Middle & High School
My talk translates the DOE's "script" describing how the process actually works, talking about the data available and how to manage and organize it. Also, you get my culled list of approx. 70 programs that are interesting possibilities for college bound kids from Brooklyn and Manhattan. It will prepare you for the NY High School Fair, tours and choices in the fall. This talk is for both public and private school families. I will do my best to help you laugh in the face of adversity.
These are the only dates, I will not add more:
Mon. 8/11 and Mon. 9/8 all at Hootenanny Art House in the south slope
Tickets are $30 and the links to buy tickets for each date are here.
these programs are free
Into to HS Admissions
Tues. 7/15 @ 6:30 Prospect Heights Ed. Campus 833 Classon Ave.
Tues. 7/22 @ 6:30 Hunter College 695 Park Ave. enter on 68th Ave.
Check out these new and growing ms & hs programs
BUGS: Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School has a long term lease in the Bishop Ford building and is not affected by the school closing. Their lottery was held in the spring. Contact them to get on the end of the wait list.
Basis is introducing a Merit Scholarship Program for grades 6-8 in Fall of 2014.
Brooklyn Lab Charter School in downtown Brooklyn. This is a new college prep charter school opening in fall of 2014 for 6th grade. They are still accepting applications.
this adds to the Profiles of Park Slope Collegiate a Brooklyn school integrates
Tutoring for PS, MS, HS Choice (or college)
UberAcademic Tutoring & Test Prep offers One-on-one learning with a certified private in- home tutor, Tutoring at your child's pace and schedule, Personalized instruction in the comfort of your home and access to 5 neighborhood learning labs for one-on-one, test prep and small group tutoring. Contact email@example.com or 646-573-6867.
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
Cobble Hill Think Tank has added new classes: SHSAT Prep, Regents Test Prep and Summer programs. For more information contact Lisa Bowstead at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (718) 222-9200.
Risa Johnson's HS and College portfolio prep class good for ages 12 and up. $50 per class. Contact Risa for more information 718-369-0647
Varsity Learning Tools Varsity Tutors has free practice tests and assessments online.
For Parents and Students of All Ages
Does your school recieve Title 1 funding? Find out at sltsupport.blogspot.com. You can help your school allocate 1% for parent involvement activities and programs. Go to this page on the site for more information.
Save the date for The Wonder of Learning, Reggio Exhibit at Williamsburg Northside
Websites and articles
If you aren't subscribing to Wonder of the Day you are missing out
The Common Core, in 9yr Old Eyes The New York Times
and/or a brilliant teachers review of the Common Core for Early Childhood:
Investigating Choice Time discusses early childhood common core standards
Summer Reading List for middle and high schoolers
Honest Practicum is an interesting blog
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.
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.
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