warm wishes, dates, tours and plenty to read by the light of the video yule log 12/1/14

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

My kids turned 21yrs old this week. That picture was taken when they were 4 days old. "I am an old man, and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." - Mark Twain? Winston Churchill? whoever! truer words have not been spoken.

I want to wish you all the warmest holidays.

did you ever have a crazy 21 year old dream?
ps 8 overcrowding
getting a tour from a student an oldie but a goodie

I am adjusting my fees in the new year. If you book before year's end, you can take advantage my current fees.

Upcoming Talks

I am giving the "Intro to Public School: Prek & Kindergarten" talk on Thurs Dec. 11 at 7:30pm @ the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope
I am so grateful for my new talk "home" at BQCM. Check out their programs for kids of all ages (Dan Zanes! and music therapy as well).

High School Choice: Calm & Clear talk
Mon. March 2, 2015 tickets here
Tues. March 3, 2015 tickets here
Mon. March 9, 2015 tickets here
Tues. March 10, 2015 tickets here
all 7-9pm, all at Hootenanny Art House in the south slope

model good habits for your student (don't procrastinate - get the information in a timely way)

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

Alt School (K-8) opening in Brooklyn Heights
Info sessions on 12/3 at 11:30 and 7pm RSVP here

Brooklyn Apple Academy will have a few openings for full or part time student for fall of 2015, ages 6-9 (do you have a girl?) Interested families can arrange a tour. contact Noah for more info BrooklynAppleAcademy@gmail.com

Brooklyn Free Space in Park Slope open house 12/11 7-9pm, incoming students: 2.6-4.8yrs by 9/30/15
info on the website (childcare will not be available)

Building Bridges in Brooklyn Heights has their last tour on Wed. 12/3 @ 10am and they have a few spots available in their am 3/s and Prek for this year.

Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center in Park Slope will begin accepting application for the 2015/2016 school year on 11/5 @ 9am. Tours are being held now through December. For more go to the website or contact Jaci at jisrael@cbebk.org

Greene Hill School in Fort Greene is holding school tours Lower School apps due 12/1, Middle School apps due 1/5/15. Last lower school tour: 12/2. Last two Middle School tours: 12/3 and 12/10

KinderHaus Brooklyn in Park Slope open house: 12/4 @ 10am, sign up here

Little Brooklyn Playschool in Carroll Gardens, Tour info: 12/10 7pm, 12/13 10am, 1/17 10am RSVP by email kate@littlebrooklynplayschool.com with your contact information and child's date of birth to register.

Mozarts & Einsteins in Park Slope is accepting apps for fall 2015. They also have a brand new afterschool program for 2-5yrs. Openings for mid-year 2's class. for more info or to tour: admissions@mozartsandeinsteins.com or call (718) 928-5618

Old First Nursery School in the North Slope has an open house 1/10 @ 10am and school tours on 12/5 @ 9am. for information admissions@oldfirstnurseryschool.org

They also have a couple seats for 3 or 4 yr olds available now.

Rivendell School Contact Shelly Wolf Scott at shelly.wolf.scott@rivendellnyc.org to schedule a visit. Application deadline 1/16/15

Trilok in Fort Greene has some spots in their Jan. 2015 term for 2's and 3's (and 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade) as well as spots for fall 2015, for more information: contact Julia Murray julia@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 joyce@nycschoolhelp.com

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 that was approved. This powerpoint includes the new zone map

2014-2015 Public School Calendar

PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights is warning parents that the kindergarten class may be capped this year. No need to panic yet, but wise to check out other options as a backup.

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.

We have 2015 kindergarten application dates!!

Jan. 7 application process begins
Feb. 13 Kindergarten Connect application deadline
Early April placement offers distributed
Late April pre-registration

If you want to weigh in on what days and times work for Kindergarten info sessions.
Kindergarten Directories here

All children with 2010 birthdays should apply for Kindergarten. The DoE is very strict about age cut offs. Don't assume that if your child has a fall birthday that you can delay kindergarten entry. If you remain in prek for the 2015 school year, you will be placed in first grade in 2016.

The public Prek application 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.


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.

Many schools have new websites or don't have the SEO to show up in a google search. To find their info, go on the school page for each at insideschools.org and they link to the schools websites. While you are there, watch the video, "What to look for in a school".

Schools and Parent Coordinators: I am happy to list your tours! Please get me the information for the Jan. newsletter.

District 13

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

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

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

PS 20: 11/13 @ 8;30am. Sign up for a tour

PS 46 is a Magnet school with a Spanish Dual Language program. Contact them for tour information.

PS 56 has the newest Gifted & Talented program in the district, contact them for tour information

PS 133 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 @ 9am, sign up on the website, there are only a limited number of spaces on each tour

PS 282 contact the school for tour information

PS 307 is a Magnet school with Mandarin and Spanish Dual Language programs. Contact them for tour information.

Arts & Letters Tours: 1/15, 1/22, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26 @ 9:30am
1/28, 2/26 @6pm
sign up here

Community Roots Charter School: 1/15, 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26 @ 8:45. Register for a tour.

Brooklyn Prospect Elementary School 1/22, 2/10 downtown Brooklyn Campus 6-7pm

International Charter School of New York Info Session
12/3 3-5pm @ DSK 710 Fulton St.
12/11 11:30 @ Mark Morris 3 Lafayette Ave.
12/15 11:30 @ Mark Morris 3 Lafayette Ave.

District 14

PS 17: 12/8, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 @ 9 AM. No need to RSVP.

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

PS 34: 12/3, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6 @ 8:30am. No RSVP needed.

PS 31: 12/18; 1/15; 2/12; 3/19; 5/21 @ 8:30 AM. No RSVP needed.

PS 110: 12/1, 1/12, 2/2, 3/2, 4/13, 5,4; 9: 15am. No RSVP needed.

PS 147: contact them for tour information. Their DL Japanese program is in place for fall of 2015!

PS 196: Call Maria Rodriguez to schedule a tour at 718-497-0139 x 2191

PS 250
Contact the school for tour information

The Arbor School 414 : 12/5, 1/9, 2,6; 9am. No RSVP needed.

District 15

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

PS 10: 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 29 12/10 @9am
please e-mail them at 29tour14@gmail.com with the following information in your email: Your name, child’s name and date of birth and your home address. this is an adult only event

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 38 contact the Parent Coordinator, Mr. Hassan 718-330-9305 for more information

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

PS 58
Kindergarten Open House: 1/8 and 2/4 at 9:15am
Prek Tour: 3/19 @ 9:15am
No RSVP for either

PS 107 1/14, 2/11 @ 9am
RSVP required (register on the website in Dec.) Are you zoned for the school?

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

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

PS 130 kindergarten: 12/11, 1/8, 1/27 @ 9am; prek tours 2/12, 3/10 @ 9am (registration in Jan. on the website)

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

PS 154: contact Parent Coordinator, Debby Wattenbarger

PS 172 1/6 @ 9am

PS 261 make sure to confirm these:
1/29, 2/12, 3/26, 4/30, 5/7 all @ 8:30am No RSVP

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

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

PS 372 The Children's School 1/12, 2/2 @ 6pm in the Recreation Center, enter on 1st St.
no need to register

Sunset Park Avenues PS 516 contact the school for tour information

District 17

PS 316 is D17's Gifted & Talented Kindergarten.
for information: email their Parent Coordinator, Julia Grandy at jgrandy@schools.nyc.gov or call 718-638-4043 or 347-563-4644.

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

PS 770 New American Academy: 12/1 @5:30pm, 12/2 @10am, 12/10@10am, 12/15@5:30, 12/22 @ 5:30pm
for information Jsaratovsky@thenewamericanacademy.org

District 22

PS 217 tour 12/9 8:30-10am
For more information contact Ute van Sitteren
at 718-434-6960 ext. 6

Middle School

Application deadline Tues. Dec. 2 get it to your guidance counselor on time.

Greene Hill School has openings in the 6th grade class for next year. Contact Laurie Baum, Middle School Director for more information at lbaum@greenehillschool.org. Dates for school tours can be found here.

BUGS (Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School)
open houses scheduled here. Their applications will be available in early winter and lottery will be in early April.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (D15) Windsor Terrace Campus open houses 1/12 and 3/2 both at 6-7:30pm

High School


Applications due Dec. 2
Round 1 results distributed: March TBD

The dates for my talks in March have been scheduled. Information and ticket links are at the top of the newsletter and on my website

Brooklyn Prospect Charter HS (D15) Windsor Terrace Campus Open House 2/9 6-7:30pm

For Parents and Students of All Ages

Nominate your school for the 2014 Blackboard Award. For information and to nominate a school go to www.blackboardawards.com.

Websites and articles

7 Ways to Help Manage Your Child's Food Allergy at School

What You Need to Know Before Sending Your Child to a Dual Language Program from DNA info

From Inside Schools:
A parent's guide to Math and Science

Time for "Heinous" School Metal Detectors to Go, Officials Say from DNA Info

Financial Aid, Simplified: A Better College Calculator
from the NY Times

For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn't as Hard as It Seems

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