Montclair Schools Send Message To Parents Regarding Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 6:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public Schools has sent a message out to families, caregivers and staff from Andrew D. Evangelista, Mental Health Coordinator, regarding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair Wants Kids to Prepare for an Adventurous Summer During Healthy Kids Day

BY  |  Monday, Apr 24, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The YMCA of Montclair is holding its annual free Healthy Kids Day® community event, Saturday, April 29, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Adventure awaits participants at various stations from around the world where they can do different hands on activities that motivate and teach them how to develop healthy routines at home. Stations include: Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Celebrate Earth Day, Bloomfest, Storytime and More

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Happy Earth Day Weekend! Does Earth Day get its own weekend? Well, this year it does! There are plenty of celebrations going on, as well as many other activities. Have a look!


Visit Watchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) for Saturday Morning Author/Illustrator Storytime at 10:30 AM. Join Jacqueline Lopresti, author of Oliver and His Unlikely Friend. Oliver, a curious French bulldog, meets Toby, a garden toad, and they become friends in spite of their differences.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host We Are the Dinosaurs Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Laurie Berkner’s beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book featuring playful art and a cast of adorable characters. Travel back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Continue Reading

Poesia: New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Spring Community Storytime, 4/27

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a pre-professional training and performing company for young dancers based in Summit, NJ, hosts a community storytime which brings the classical and contemporary poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, Langston Hughes, Eve Merriam, and more to life at this free special event.

No registration required
Auditorium, Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Ages 4-10
Thursday, April 27 at 4pm
*(Please note that this program has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 1 at 2pm)

NJDTE dancers, including Montclair resident Ashe Turner, 16, will perform and lead interactive creative movement explorations inspired by the season of Spring, nature, and animals. Afterwards, the dancers will answer questions, sign autographs, and take photos with the children in attendance. Enjoy this complimentary presentation in anticipation of NJDTE’s annual repertory performance, “i Balli di Primavera!” at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University for one performance only on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2pm. Continue Reading

Go Fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies Start in April

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get ready to go fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies start this month. The free events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Park System.

Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes in various age categories for catching the first and most fish will be awarded at the conclusion of each derby.

The fishing derbies will be held as follows: Continue Reading

Montclair Mayor Jackson Reappoints Two BOE Members

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 7:21pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Mayor Robert Jackson has decided to reappoint Anne Mernin and Jessica de Koninck to the Montclair Board of Education. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Easter Egg Hunt, Sesame Street Live, Lego Day and More!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s a holiday weekend and spring break for many, but there’s still lots of fun to be had around town! Check out these great events.

If you’re looking for Easter activities, check out our earlier post featuring family activities for this weekend.

Sesame Street Live will be at State Theatre New Jersey (15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick) this weekend. “Make a New Friend” has all your favorite Sesame Street characters! Join them as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India. Together they explore friendship and culture. Tickets range from $17 to $77.

This weekend will be Free Entrance Days in the National Parks in honor of National Park Week. There are nine national parks in New Jersey, many of which ordinarily charge a fee. Continue Reading

Montclair BoE: Too Much Homework, Equity, Special Education, Field Trips

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

The Montclair Board of Education

With the difficult budget season behind it, the Montclair Board of Education showed no signs of lightening its agenda in the short term.  The board’s four-hour meeting on April 12 was devoted to no fewer than three major presentations, one made by Montclair High School students.

A group of students led off the evening with a study of homework practices that raised questions.  The students said homework is viewed as a way of reinforcing class lessons, but their study found that students were given too many take-home assignments in too many of their classes, leading to time-management problems, anxiety and sleep deprivation.  The students advocated a professional development day for teachers to help them learn how to assign homework more appropriately and recommended a cap on the amount of homework a student gets.   They were also critical of elementary school homework.  One student even told the board she tutors a five-year-old child by reading to her and helping her answer questions, while the child in question is at present unable to read. Continue Reading

Wee Kickers Soccer Programs in Montclair – Scholarships Available

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get ready for Spring Soccer in Montclair!

FC Futbol Foundation, in partnership with Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, is offering scholarships for children ages 3-10 for Saturday Soccer: Wee Kickers program (begins April 22, 2017). The focus is on fun — maximizing touches and developing confidence, creativity and freedom through play.

Apply for a scholarship here (limited spaces available) or call 973-74-9094 and ask for Elaine Spears.

The MFEE Amazing FUNDRACER Returns, May 21!

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) has announced that the 2nd annual Amazing FUNDRACER will take place throughout the town of Montclair on Sunday, May 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Last May, MFEE celebrated 25 years of community support for Montclair public schools with a fun-filled, and equally amazing, race across town. The inaugural MFEE Amazing FUNDRACER was such a resounding success — raising over $85,000 in donations and sponsorships — MFEE is doing it again. This year, THE SEQUEL promises to be more epic than the first! The racers will be tested in new ways — all in the name of supporting our amazing public schools.

The race is limited to 50 teams of two (ages 18+) and each team must commit to raise at least $500. Teams will be eliminated as the race progresses and the top four teams will duke it out in a final challenge followed by a heated sprint to the finish line at a new surprise location. The competition continues at the festive after-party with a BBQ cook-off among local master grillers. The party will also feature music (both live and a DJ), an awards ceremony, and a highlight film of the event. Continue Reading

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