Happy Father's Day, 6/13/14

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?

I am out of the office from Thurs. June 26 - Thurs. July 10 to celebrate my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary. Summer can get crazy busy for me, so if you want to see me, book early.

I've been blogging

Brooklyn Catholic Academies deserve a second look

Upcoming Talks

Public High School Choice: Calm and Clear all at Hootenanny at 7pm $30. These are the only 4 talks. I will not be adding more. Ticket here:
Mon. 6/16 sold out
Thurs. 6/19 only a couple seats left
Mon. 8/11
Mon. 9/8

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

I delayed the newsletter until prek seats were announced because I knew that private seats would become available. Not all schools remember to list with me, so if you don't find the one you like in this list, give them a call to see if anything is available.

Blue School in South St. Seaport has a couple of openings in their full day 4s program and will be accepting 2s-6th grade applications in the fall, as they begin to build their Middle School. Contact Dawn Williams at dawn@blueschool.org or 212-228-6341 X110.

Brainy Academy in Park Slope has a few spaces left in their Montessori prek. Email or call 347-560-3252 for more information

Butler Street Co-Op in Cobble Hill is expanding to include a 4s program for fall 2014, and has several seats available. Go to butlerstreetcoop.com for more information and the application.

Brooklyn Apple Academy in the South Slope has openings for the fall for students age 5.5-8.5yr. The school is an especially good match for parents who have had a positive experience with pre-k coop schools. Information can be found at www.brooklynappleacademy.org or contact the director, Noah Apple Mayers at BrooklynAppleAcademy@gmail.com.

Building Bridges Preschool in Brooklyn Heights has openings for September in twos, threes and fours. Contact Susan Kuhlmann and Jennifer DeLuna, Co-Directors and Founders at 347-334-6474.

Choo Choo Train Daycare in Carroll Gardens may have spots open for the fall for children 2.9 and older who are potty trained. Contact the director Ela at contact@choochootraindaycare.com or 718-797-9050 for more information.

Elemental Arts Montessori in Ditmas has limited spaces for the Fall of 2014. Contact Barbara Myszak at (718) 484-0942 for an individual tour.

Explorers Academy in Brooklyn Heights has 2 full time spots and 1 T/TH spot. Backpacks and Binoculars is filling up quickly. Still accepting enrollments for children ages 2-15!
Email Brooke Toomey or call 855-687-6923 Ext.704 for more information

Giocare Playschool in Greenwood Heights has a few spots in 2's, 3's and 4's. If you are doing the 1/2 day at 295 they will also pick up or drop off to fill your day! Contact Ellen ellen@giocareplayschool.com

Juguemos A Cantar has spots available for 2014/15 school year. 3-4 yr old program at North Slope Morning Group, 2-4 yr old program at North Slope Afternoon Group, 2-4 yr old program at South Slope Afternoon Group. There are also spots available for children 2-8 years of age in their summer program. Contact (917) 453-1187, info@juguemos.org for more information.

Kane Street Synoagogue in Cobble Hill has spots open for their summer enrichment program uniquely designed for threes. Contact the Director, Peggy Geller at peggy@kanestreet.org or 347-429-7644 for more information.

Little Nest Community Preschool in Park Slope South has 3 full day and 1 half day seats mostly for boys available for two/threes (2.5 by 9/30/14). Prek fours (4 by 12/31/14) full day seats for boys & girls with 2,3,5 day options. Possible UPK available. 718-484-0033 or email kathleen@littlenestpreschool.com

Little Nest Brooklyn in Clinton Hill has a couple 4's spots for kids born in 2010. Go to the website to download an application.

Melissa's Playschool in the south Slope has openings for ages 2-4. Contact the director, Melissa at conhollow@msn.com or check the website for more information.

Mozarts & Einsteins in the north Slope is holding an Open House this month. Come for an evening tour on Monday, June 16th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. There are a few limited spots still open for the Summer Musical Theatre Camp and the 2014 – 2015 School Year. Admissions@mozartsandeinsteins.com

New Brooklyn Montessori Program opening in Fall 2015 in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill. An information night is being help on June 4th, 7-8:30pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue. Learn more and RSVP at www.leportschools.com/Brooklyn/. For more information, visit the website, email at
Brooklyn@leportschools.com or call 718-340-3550.

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 occupyplayschool@gmail.com.

Old First Nursery School in Park Slope has possible spots available for 4 year old boys & girls in September. Email ofnsadmissions@gmail.com for more information.

Park Slope Childcare Collective in Park Slope has some full day openings for fours in Sept. contact 718-399-0397 or admissions@psccc.org for more information

Park Slope Schoolhouse Child Care Center in the south Slope has openings in the 1- year old class children who have turned 1 as of 9/1/14 and 3- year old class- children who have turned 3 as of 9/1/14. Contact Ashely Davis, director, at adavis@parkslopeschoolhouse.org or at 718.768.4873.

Red Hook Playgroup Columbia waterfront may have spots open for 3 and 4 year olds for the 2014/15 school year. Contact Director Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan at emilyrb@redhookplaygroup.org for more information.

Science, Language & Arts International School (in the BAM Cultural District) will have spots in 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades, with rolling admissions now. Significant (non-need-based) scholarships available for 3rd and 4th graders with significant background in French. Needs-based financial aid is available for all grades. Apply online at slaschool.org or send an e-mail to admissions@slaschool.org.

Trilok School in Ft. Greene has spots left for 3 year olds. They also have some spots open for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. They are accepting applications for summer camp for 2-10 yr olds. Info at that website.

Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School may have 2s and 3s spots for next year. Contact Dana Stewart or Jennifer Manon at 718-782-4181 for more information.

If you are a preschool or elementary school director, and want me to list open seats in your program for fall 2013. Please send a note to joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

Public Prek

Decision letters have gone out. The wait lists won't move until after June 20 when pre-registration ends. They probably won't move a lot, but miracles do happen. (Kindergarten is different - there is often quite a lot of movement in many schools)

10 Signs of a great preschool from NAEYC

Pre-registration June 9-20

10,000 more prek seats. Sign up now!
Here is the full list of Community Based Early Childhood Center (CBECC)
Some offer half day free upk programs (that means if it is normally a full day program - you will pay a discounted tuition).

If your local public school has had a class added, you might contact them to see if there are seats available.

PS 18 D14 in Williamsburg is starting a Dual Language Spanish program in the fall. They have kindergarten and prek seats available. Contact Principal Alexander for more information AAlexan4@schools.nyc.gov

PS 147 D14 in Williamsburg, has gotten an extra prek class. They are hoping to start a Dual Language Japanese program in the near future. Contact them to see if there are any seats available.

Public Elementary Schools

2014-2015 Public School Calendar has been released.

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.

Wait lists continue to move. They don't stop until early Oct.

PS 282's principal has resigned. We are awaiting word about who the interim acting principal will be.

International Charter School of Brooklyn has been approved by SUNY to open in Sept. of 2015 in D13.

Curious about PS 124 in the south slope? Join their Yahoo Group

Middle & High School

High School Choice: Calm and Clear Talk

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:
next week! Mon. 6/16, Thurs. 6/19
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.

The New Directories are coming out before school ends and if your child doesn't receive one by the last day of school, visit your local enrollment office.

If you have questions about HS Admissions HS_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov

DoE Public HS Family Workshops

these programs are free
Into to HS Admissions
Tues. 7/15 @ 6:30 Prospect Heights Ed. Campus 833 Classon Ave.

Specialized HS
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 Independent Brooklyn is a K-10th grade program (growing to 12th grade).
They will have all grades through 10th grade starting this fall. Contact them for information about admissions.

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.

Greene Hill School has openings in the 6th grade class for next year. Contact Laurie Baum, Middle School Director for more information.

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

Cobble Hill Think Tank has added new classes: SHSAT Prep, Regents Test Prep and Summer programs. For more information contact Lisa Bowstead at lisa@cobblehillthinktank.com or at (718) 222-9200.

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

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

I can't wait to read, "Uncle Sam Presents: The Great American Documents" by Ruth Ashby, Illustrated by Ernie Colon
I am a history junkie and this is the perfect summer read in comic/illustrated novel form. Check it out here.

Lango is holding a workshop/party on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 - 12:30 about raising bilingual children. Juliana Berber from Bankstreet College will be conductng the workshop. RSVP here.

Check out PS 282 new mural! and from Park Slope Stoop

Schools Lists from Amazon: A new tool for teachers to build and share supply lists.

Inside Out Project at MS 51- images made in a photo booth built into a truck.

Stand Up for the Branches - help support our libraries.

Collaboration, musicianship, beer...worth watching

I love bees. save them.

Save the Kentile Sign

Love your crossing guard? Show your appreciation.

Websites and articles

If you aren't subscribing to Wonder of the Day you are missing out

Read The Electic Dad:

Godzilla-Parent Content Review
What kind of dad are you?

The Secret Behind College Completion: Girls, Boys and the Power of Eight Grade

Your Posture May Change Your Math Skills

For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar - a TED Talk by Jennifer Senior

Learning Secrets: Don't Take Notes on a Laptop


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.

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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.