Montclair Learning Center Starts Girls Who Code Club

BY  |  Monday, Nov 28, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclar Learning Center (MLC) started a Girls Who Code club this fall as part of the national movement Girls Who Code to close the gender gap in technology. MLC offers a free coding classes to girls in 6th to 12th grade, allowing girls to create a group of supportive peers and and collaborate on a coding project that impacts their community.

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Save On School of Rock Summer Camps on Cyber Monday

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Cyber Monday, 11/28, School of Rock Montclair will reduce their 2017 summer camps prices by 25%. This offer will be available from midnight through 11:55pm on November 28, and the savings will exclusively for online purchases only for customers using promo code CYBERMONDAYMTC2017.

Save On School of Rock Summer Camps on Cyber Monday

“This summer, we’re planning a awesome array of summer camp options that young musicians will love – and their parents will love them even more with our special 25% off Cyber Monday savings,” says School of Rock Montclair’s General Manager Kevin March. “This offer is available on each of our camp selections, and parents can apply the Cyber Monday promo code to their entire purchase if they’re interested in having their kids attend multiple camps programs.”

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Bradford Elementary School Holds “Bradford University”

Monday, Nov 14, 2016 11:15am

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Bradford Elementary School holds the fourth annual “BRADFORD UNIVERSITY” this Wednesday, November 16th from 7 – 8:30pm. This event is open to all parents and care takers in the Montclair community. Continue Reading

Find Out About Montclair Crew: Rowing Open House

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 12:30pm


If you’ve ever wondered how Montclair’s Crew team trains to win championship medals, now is your chance to find out.
Find out about Montclair Crew at the Rowing Open House, Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity rowers and first-year rowers will talk about their experience and coaches will answer questions and talk about training, competing, and college recruitment. Continue Reading

What Do We Tell The Children – Processing Election 2016 With Kids

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 09, 2016 8:08am  |  COMMENTS (37)

You were up late last night, watching and then slowly realizing, albeit in disbelief, what the outcome of the Presidential Election would be. Now this morning, you have to tell your child news you haven’t yet fully grasped yourself.

All around Baristaville, parents, many with kids off from school, went to the polls yesterday and voted, for the first time, for a woman presidential candidate. Kids were part of the process — going on huses to canvas in swing states, wearing T-shirts and buttons, making posters, helping with bake sales. Those same kids woke up, not to a Christmas morning surprise, but instead to what one kid calls “a nightmare.”

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Author of “My Son Wears Heels” to Speak at Watchung Booksellers, 11/10

BY  |  Monday, Nov 07, 2016 12:15pm

heelsIn 1992, Julie Tarney’s only child, Harry, told her, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” He was two years old.

Tarney had no idea what that meant. She felt disoriented. Wasn’t it her role to encourage and support her child? Surely she had to set some limits to his self-expression—or did she? Would he be bullied? Could she do the right thing? What was the right thing?

The internet was no help, because there was no internet. And there were zero books for a mom scrambling to understand a toddler who had definite ideas about his gender, regardless of how Nature had endowed him. Terms such as transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender creative were rare or nonexistent.

There were, however, mainstream experts who theorized that a “sissy” boy was the result of a domineering mother. Tarney couldn’t believe it. She didn’t want to care what her neighbors thought, but she did care. “Domineering mother” meant controlling mother. It meant bad mother. It meant her mother. Continue Reading

Why Sportsmanship Matters: Athletes Explore at Yogi Berra Museum

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 10:30am

These have not been glory days for sportsmanship. In front of a global audience, last summer’s Rio Olympics at times became a showcase for bad behavior and bad sports. And on many youth, high school, college and professional playing fields across America recently, there has been a growing number of unsportsmanlike incidents.


Is sportsmanship declining, or even dying? Can it be taught in our win-at-all costs sports mentality? A highly accomplished panel of professional athletes, former and current, will share their insights in “Why Sportsmanship Matters” on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, the latest in a town hall program series presented by the Museum and Parabolic Performance & Rehab.

The series, which was launched in August with “Building a Championship Culture,” is ideal for student-athletes, parents, coaches and athletic directors, with each program designed to educate and empower sports stakeholders at every level.

Sports parenting guru Rick Wolff, host of WFAN’s popular call-in show “Sports Edge,” will moderate a panel discussion that includes: Bryce Salvador, a former 14-year NHL veteran and captain of the New Jersey Devils; Devon Kennard, linebacker for the New York Giants; and Christie Welsh, a former women’s U.S. National Team player and current girls coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy.

Each athlete will also answer questions from the audience. Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 for students. To RSVP visit or call (973) 655-2378.

MKA To Host Biggest Annual Scholastic Book Fair in The Country

Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 11:00am


Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) is proud to host the biggest annual Scholastic Book Fair in the country. The MKA book fair will take place from November 4th – 9th. This tri-campus annual event, organized by the Parents’ Association of MKA, has become a highlight of school and community life, in addition to opening its doors to the general public. Confirmed authors during the Fair include David Shannon, Matt de la Peña, Jennifer Weiner, Grace Lin, Adam Gidwitz, K.E. Rocha, Mike Maihack and Gail Lumet Buckley.

During the book fair, two big events will take place — and both are free and open to the public. On Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium (201 Valley Rd, Montclair), award-winning artist and internationally acclaimed picture-book creator, David Shannon will speak about his newest book “Duck on a Tractor” and sign copies after his presentation.

On Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper School Academic Center (6 Lloyd Rd, Montclair), the MKA Book Fair presents Gail Lumet Buckley, author of “The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family”. The evening will end with a book signing by Ms. Buckley. Continue Reading

Are Your Kids ‘In Good Hands’ in Day Care?

BY  |  Monday, Oct 24, 2016 10:30am

in-good-handsAs parents in suburbia, we count on day care to keep our kids cared for, busy—and safe. In a new e-book called In Good Hands, journalist David Hechler suggests that we don’t always think about day care safety in the right ways, and we need to re-examine our ideas of good/bad day care options.

Hechler focuses on a notorious murder case from Irmo, South Carolina. Gail Cutro was convicted of killing two infants in her childcare facility over a stretch of nine months in 1993. As part of a Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism fellowship, he spent time in SC researching the murders and trials, and he interviewed Cutro in prison.

In Good Hands not only lays out the specifics of the Cutro case, but also looks at what we get wrong (and right) about day care safety and adds an Appendix of recent interviews with experts about what parents need to be looking for and thinking about when choosing a day care provider for their children.

Baristanet: What got you interested in the Cutro murder case?

David Hechler: I’d written a book on child sexual abuse. A friend of mine—an expert on child abuse—knew that I was interested in sudden infant death syndrome and the difficulty of distinguishing SIDS from murder. She’d been consulted by the prosecutors in this case and knew that the initial diagnosis of the two babies who died was SIDS. After Gail Cutro was convicted, my friend told me about it and suggested that the trial illustrated just how tricky this issue can be. She was right.

Thinking about your initial view of the case from the articles in The State newspaper, is there anything about the case that changed in your mind after researching it for the book? Continue Reading

Join The Party! Introducing WeBop, Preschool Classes at Jazz House Kids!

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 8:00am

Montclair’s Jazz House Kids is getting WeBop, a Jazz at Lincoln Center Program that introduces little musicians to the spirit of jazz. The Jazz House in downtown Montclair is the only WeBop location in New Jersey.


WeBop is an eight week program for children ages 3-5 along with their parents to explore the building blocks of musical creativity and imagination. Little beboppers sing, swing and stomp to live music. Through movement, song and storytelling, children and their grownups will learn about musical concepts, instruments and have fun through jazz!

To introduce these new classes, Jazz House Kids is hosting free jazz parties!

Test drive a class at one of two free Jazz Parties!
Sunday, November 6th, 10:00 – 10:45 am
Thursday, November 10th, 10:00 – 10:45 am
Space is Limited so please RSVP today!

Starting in December, WeBop classes will begin!

Registration is OPEN for 45-minute, 8-week classes starting in December!
Sundays 10:00 – 10:45 am
Wednesdays 10:00 – 10:45 am
Thursdays 9:00 – 9:45 am
Thursdays 10:00 – 10:45 am
Tuition: $250 (includes $10 registration fee)

WeBop is a Jazz at Lincoln Center program, with curriculum development by educators at Columbia Teacher’s College.

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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