Labor Day and all it implies, 9/7/14

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.

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don't miss these events! from town square
new district 15 prek seats for fall 2014
what is up with erb for k admissions?
ch-ch-ch-changes for public high school admissions
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Upcoming Talks

Intro to Nursery School Talk
this week! (I am probably not doing another until the new year)
Wed. Sept. 10, 7-9pm at Building Bridges Preschool in Brooklyn Heights
Tickets here.

Intro to Public School Talk
(I am probably not doing another until the new year)
get tickets in the links
Tues. Sept. 16, 7-9pm at the Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg
Wed. Oct. 8, 7-9pm at Open House Nursery School in Cobble Hill

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

Almost all of the seats below are for threes and fours for THIS fall (Sept. 2014) For all of you afraid that you won't get a seat in a wonderful preschool - STOP WORRYING!
If you are looking for fall of 2015, keep refreshing those websites, the information will be coming shortly if it isn't already up

Almond Tree Preschool in Lefferts Gardens may have seats available. Call 917-913-5317 or email to schedule a visit and for
more information

Beansprouts Park Slope, has a limited number of seats in T/TH morning program and in the T/TH full day program for 3's and 4 year olds for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact the office at 718 965-8573 and speak with Jessica or email:

Brooklyn Apple Academy Park Slope, a cooperative, one-room school house has openings for a girl aged 5.5 - 8.5 years old. For more information, go to

Building Bridges Preschool Brooklyn Heights, has space available for 3's for fall 2014-15. They have two, three and five days spaces, morning 9am -12pm, extended day until 2:45pm available. There are also spots in their PreK, Monday - Friday 9am to 12pm with extended day available until 2:45pm. Contact Susan Kuhlmann at for information.

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.

Brooklyn Free School has 2 spots left in their 4s program and a few in their HS. Contact admissions for more information.

Butler Street Co-Op has openings in its combined 3/4s program in its new location at Atlantic and Bond (a short walk from Ft. Greene). You can apply by visiting

ChooChoo Train Daycare they may have a seat available. [] inquire here: ( 718-797-9050

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

Fusion Academy meet the teachers event. 9/9 6pm-7:30pm

German School Brooklyn is opening this fall with k & first grade (eventually growing to high school). They are located at 17 Eastern Parkway. Check them out!

Giocare Playschool Greenwood Heights, has openings for September (several 3s, maybe a 4). For more information go to

LePort Montessori School Cobble Hill, is opening nine classes in Carroll Gardents/Cobble Hill in September 2015. They are offering spots from 12 week olds - PreK with 3 or 5 days options with half or full day possibilities. For more information you can email or call (347)687-6559.
They are having a parent interest meeting on Wed. 9/17 @7pm, RSVP here

Little Nest Preschool in Kensington has 18 full day UPK seats. Placement is first come, first served. Apply online.

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 our web site, and email

Mozarts & Einsteins has a few openings in 2's, 3's & 4's for 2014. They are also accepting apps for 2015. For more information, please call (718) 928-5618
or email

NY Kids Club has openings in their 2s, 3s and 4s programs in their Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and Williamsburg locations. Visit for information on specific locations.

Occupy Preschool has 2 spots left for the 2014-15 school year for 3-5 year olds. Class meets Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursdays. Occupy Playschool is a play-based program in Park Slope. Please contact the program's director and teacher, Susannah Bortner, for more information and to secure your spot. She can be reached at

Old First Nursery School in Park Slope has spots available for 3s and 4s in September 2014. They are the oldest parent-run cooperative nursery school in NYC and offer a full-day 5-day/week program. Email for more information.

Olive Treehouse Group is an art and play based preschool serving children ages 2.5 -5. They have limited spots at all of their locations in preschool (2s and 3) and pre-k (4s) classrooms. Contact Stephanie for a tour.

One World Project Windsor Terrace, has a spot in their new half day UPK program. They also have a spot for 2-3.5 year old program. Go to for information.

Open Play School, a cooperative located in Park Slope has openings in their 3s class. Contact the school at and 917-797-0550 for more information.

Papermoon Playgroup is a cooperative preschool in Park Slope. Available Friday spot for boys/ girls age 2 by Dec. 2014. Available 2 or 3 day spots for boys/girls age 3 by Dec. 2014. Available 2, 3, and 4 day spots for boys/girls age 4 by Dec. 2014. Contact Ashley at for information.

Park Slope Schoolhouse has 1 spot in their 1yr old program for T/TH (children must be 1 as of Sept. 1st) and a few spots in their 3's class (children must be 3 as of Sept. 1st. Contact Ashley Davis for more info.

Prospect Kids Academy has openings for children ages 2 -5. Contact the Admissions Director, Quin Marino at

Rivendell School near Park Slope, has openings for 2.9-5 year olds for the fall. Contact Shelly at They are probably moving their Open House to Sept. 20. Confirm with them.

Seedlings Learning has spots in their 2s, 3s and Pre-K Class. Go to for more information. They have also opened a "mommy and me" program for 18 months-24-month-old children at 125 Henry Street in the Zion Church. Read here for more info.

South Slope Playgroup
Co-op with amazing teacher Terry looking for 2-3 more children ages 3-4.5, 2-3 days a week, 9:30-1:30, approx $40/day depending on final # of families. For more information, please contact Becky at

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 (

Union Temple Preschool in Prospect Heights, has space available in their 3's program for 2014/15. For more info: email or call 718-623-1322

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

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.
Schools usually begin scheduling their tours in mid to late Oct. Usually one morning a month (around 9am). I will begin gathering the dates and reporting them in the next newsletter. Schools! Give me your dates - don't make me come after you ;-) please...
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.

First Ever PTA Gathering!

NYC PTA Expo is set for Sunday, October 5th presented by Town Square
The expo brings together local resources, businesses, and brands to one venue, and we understand that PTA members may not be aware of many fundraising products and services. Check out the workshops - you gotta go!

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

PS 38 is starting up an Italian Dual Language prek. They are looking particularly for families of English speakers who would like Italian enrichment. Contact them for more info:

Keep your eyes on International Charter School of Brooklyn proposed D13 opening in fall 2015. Info session: 9/18 @ 6pm at Mark Morris Dance, RSVP

Middle School

Here is what we know about the Middle School calendar so far:
MS Fairs by District:
D13: 9/30 5:30pm-7:30pm MS 113,
D14: 10/2 5:30pm-7:30pm MS 318
D15: 10/9 5:30pm-7:30pm MS 88
D17: 9/30 5:30pm-7:30pm New Heights MS
D22: 10/8 5:30pm-7:30pm Shell Bank JHS 14

You need to start looking at the individual school websites now for tour dates (and to reserve your spot if they require it) Refresh, refresh, refresh...

Mark Twain's Open House (usually one day) often comes fast on the heels of Labor Day. So far no date on their website. Keep watching there.

High School

My last HS talk is full up. Don't ask if there are seats. I am way overbooked. I warned you to reserve early. is sponsoring a talk. Check them out.

Here is what we know so far about the High School calendar:
High School Fair: Sat/Sun 9/20 & 21 10am-3pm
Brooklyn Tech HS, 29 Ft. Greene Place

I have heard the rumor that SSHAT dates are 10/25 and 10/26 (unless you need accommodations), can't seem to find it anywhere official yet.

Possible changes to admissions at the new Specialized HS (not this year!).

This is by no means a comprehensive list of tours. You just need to be refreshing the websites. You MUST confirm the dates and whether you need to RSVP or not. I am good but NOT infallible, and stuff changes!

The Beacon School will be holding open houses for eighth grade students. September 30th is for Manhatatan and Bronx residents and October 16th is for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island residents only. For more information look here.

Brooklyn Latin Open House- Thurs. 10/23 5pm-7pm
also check out their "Informational Fridays" on the website.

Brooklyn Tech High School Tours all dates listed have an 8:00am and a 4:00pm time. 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/7, 10/14, 10/29. You must register for the tours here.

Harbor School register online

Harvest Collegiate (priority to Manhattan) Thurs, 10/23 & Tues, 11/23 5:30-7pm

Manhattan Hunter Science HS reserve your seat on a tour (T/W/TH until 11/26)

Millennium Brooklyn Open Houses (no RSVP)
Wed. 10/22, 6:30pm-8pm, Sat. 11/15 10am-12pm

Pace High School Open house dates here.

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.

For Parents and Students of All Ages

Save the date for The Wonder of Learning, Reggio Exhibit at Williamsburg Northside

Help homeless children get free backpacks.

Sign a petition supporting an Upper and Lower school for PS 130.

BK Bots a Brooklyn-based introductory robotics course for ages 8 and up.

Enrollment Centers for students starting or re-entering city schools open August 27- September 12.

Educator Labs a new volunteer-based startup that conducts free research for educators. It puts retired teacher and librarians back into meaningful engagement with other educators.
Check out their growing resource bank.

Petition to forgive private student loans when the primary borrower dies.

“Lazy, Messy, Stubborn Kid? Maybe not: Learning About Executive Functioning” a talk by Dr. Rebecca Sachs, expert psychologist for children with a variety of special needs, sponsored by Fusion Academy
Thurs. 9/11 6pm-7:30, check their website for details.

Websites and articles

Read about the ERB's new ipad test here.

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

Investigating Choice Time talks about the Wonder of Learning coming to New York.
again from Renee Dinnerstein, Whats in a Name?

seriously, I laughed my ass off:
What Not to Say to a Teacher.

Read The Electic Dad:
Review: Cosmic Carnage in Guardians of the Galaxy
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc
Top 5 Godzilla Movies
Top 15 Female Heroes in Movies

Don't Send your Kid to the Ivy League an article from New Republic.

Top 10 Things to do: first year college students and parents don't text too much, get a job, physical mail is always wonderful to get - and from me: set the boundaries for your child financially. What are you paying for? What are they paying for? Don't end up being the last minute and constant money machine.

Heavy Metal band from PS 282 gets a record deal.

NYT article: Teaching Is Not a Business


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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