Montclair BOE: New Hires Include Gayl Shepard As Teacher on Special Assignment

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The Montclair Board of Education meeting started with a presentation by Peter Coyl, director of the Montclair Public Library. Coyl spoke about a partnership with Toni’s Kitchen and Partners for Health that helps produce meals for students during the summer, to fill the gap when the free and reduced school lunch program isn’t available during summer break. Coyl said the program is open to anyone under the age of 18 and there’s no need to prove residency or income. Kids can come and get a free lunch and so far, during the eight weeks that the program has been running this summer, the library has served over 2000 lunches.

Montclair Library director Peter Coyl details special programs for students.

Coyl also highlighted other supports the library offers students, including databases for students to get homework help after school, where they can log in and get help from a certified teacher on in real time, Coyl says.

New Hires And Recall of Paraprofessionals

Following Coyl’s presentation was a report from interim superintendent Barbara Pinsak, who began by mentioning that administrative retreats were underway this week, with staff reviewing goals and looking at next steps for the district’s Undoing Racism program.

Pinsak then listed numerous repairs and upgrades to various school, including floor repairs at Bradford School; carpeting and painting at Hillside School; and replacing of toilets and lockers at Montclair High School, as well as renovations to the high school parking lot.

In addition to sprucing up schools, the district has been busy with staffing, from before end of school year through to September. Pinsak introduced Mr. D’Andrea as business administrator and board secretary and a new district director of special services, Tom Santagato.

“This summer to date, we’ve employed approximately 20 new staff members and we were able to recall nine teachers and one secretary, not because we are adding positions, but primarily due to retirement or resignation,” Pinsak said, pointing out that Montclair has stayed within budget. Pinsak said the district did add some positions — two full time and one half time special education teachers based on student’s IEP needs. A social work position was added for the Academy at Glenfield pilot and one math teacher at Renaissance based on new algebra initiative at the middle school.

“The other good news,” Pinsak added, “is that I’m pleased to report we were able to recall over 30 of our full time and four half time paraprofessionals for the district.” Pinsak said five additional para positions were also added based on new student needs. Continue Reading

Montclair High School Freshmen and New Rowers! MHS Crew Learn to Row Weekend, 8/26-27

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all Montclair High School freshmen and new rowers. MHS Freshmen Crew wants you. Attend a Learn to Row Weekend on August 26-27 at Nereid Boathouse, 350 Riverside Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

No experience necessary; for information and registration, visit For more information, email Coach Lorna Rundle at [email protected]

Weekend Family Fun: Open Cockpit, StoryTime, Crafts, A County Fair and Jurassic Park

Friday, Aug 18, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s ready for the weekend? There’s plenty of family-friendly fun going on around town, so check out our list!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) hosts Nothing Rhymes with Orange Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Left out, of course! But when Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Activities to follow.

Montclair Art Museum

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members. Continue Reading

Writing Workshop For Kids from Authors of Shivers at Watchung Booksellers

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Writers and improv comedians Annabeth Condor-Stone and Connor White are coming to Montclair all the way from L.A. to lead an exceptionally funny writing workshop for kids entering 1st -5th grade.

Annabeth & Connor combine a raucous performance of their book, Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything and Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers, with improv, a creative writing lesson, and a healthy dose of screaming. (They are seriously funny.) Kids see their ideas come to life right before their eyes. This guaranteed good time is not to be missed. RSVP to [email protected]

Writing Workshop for Kids, 1st-5th Grade with the Authors of Shivers
Tuesday, August 22nd, 4pm,
Watchung Booksellers

After School Programs at Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park Boys & Girls 7 – 13

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do your kids love horses? The Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park in Leonia offers after school programs for boys and girls 7–13 years old (no horse experience necessary). Students will learn about horses, grooming, equipment and how to prepare for riding. Students will have the opportunity to ride horses with a specially tailored lesson to match their ability and experience.

Activities for students also include fun filled afternoons playing games, painting horse shows, barn scavenger hunts, and making horse centric arts and crafts.

For more information, visit, 201.336.3370 or email at [email protected]

FIAF Introduces New French Language Program for Toddlers in Montclair

Monday, Aug 14, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This fall the Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) introduces a new fun, enriching French language program for toddlers: à petits pas Excellence for children ages 2½–4. Parents can choose to enroll their child for two, three, four, or five days a week, for a morning or afternoon session.

Specially crafted for children ages 2½-4, with or without previous exposure to French, à petits pas Excellence provides children with all the proven benefits of bilingualism, while preparing them with skills and tools for Kindergarten.

Building on the success and popularity of FIAF’s current à petits pas program for toddlers, à petits pas Excellence was created specifically to meet parents’ demand for a French language program that meets more than once a week. Featuring three-hour classes offered Mondays through Fridays, à petits pas Excellence offers parents the flexibility to choose as many days per week (two days minimum) and any combination of days that they prefer. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Dinner and Movie Night Under The Stars, Montclair Jazz Festival and Much More!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 11, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hope you had a great week and that you’re ready for plenty of family-friendly fun! We’ve gathered up some things to do around town and beyond, so have a look!

Bloomfield Center will host a Dinner and Movie Night Under the Stars on Washington Street (Bloomfield). Enjoy Dining and a Quiet Party from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Dine at one of the local restaurants or order “take out” from your favorite Bloomfield eatery. Kids can view “Secret Life of Pets” on the Bloomfield Recreation Department’s 25-foot movie screen (bring chairs!) beginning at 8:15 PM. A Pop Up Art Gallery will also be open from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Free parking will be available after 6:00 PM in the Farrand Street lot.

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Cinderella. This beloved classic tale has been adapted for young performers and features the music and lyrics of Rodgers and Hamerstein. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will present The Wizard of Oz this weekend. Performances will be held on Friday at 8:00 PM and Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. This stage adaptation of the classic movie features all your favorite characters and songs. This production is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, Museum or Theatre Guild Members, and students 18 and under with a valid college ID.

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, this sweet parody of the beloved Goodnight Moon gives scientists of all ages everything they need to say goodnight and rest before returning to the research world in the morning. Activities to follow.

The Montclair Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Nishuane Park (Montclair). This free event will take place rain or shine and will feature a day of jazz music and fun. Bring chairs and enjoy the music. Pack a picnic or visit one of the many vendors. There will be a special Family Jazz Discovery Zone featuring partners Montclair Public Library and Montclair Art Museum. Kids can hang out, improvise, and learn about the music they’re hearing. For more information, including a full line up of performers, visit the website. Continue Reading

Summer Reading Club Finale: Kids’ Concert with “Polka Dot!” Ron Albanese

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 10, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark your calendar! It’s a fun finale to the Summer Reading Club at Montclair Public library when family entertainer Ron Albanese performs his “Super Silly Sing-A-Long” music and comedy show – interactive live songs, with skits and bits in between! Summer Reading Club readers can dance and laugh along. Polka Dot Ron has been entertaining New Jersey families with his unique, high-energy, shows since 1999.

No registration required
All ages welcome
Friday, August 18 at 2pm

Shoprite and Huggies Team Up To Help Local Babies In Diaper Need This Summer

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 08, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Some 50,000 babies in New Jersey living below the poverty line struggling with diaper need. – the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for baby.

To help ensure babies in New Jersey – and nationwide – receive the diapers they need to thrive, Huggies and Shoprite have teamed up to donate up to 500,000 diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network, with a portion going to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Photo: Chris Cone/AP Images for Huggies

Now through October 31, 2017, for every pack of Huggies diapers purchased at Shoprite, Shoprite and Huggies will also donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Fun: Disney, Jaws, Engineer Day, Storytime, and a State Fair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 9:04am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Who’s excited for the weekend! There are plenty of fun and family friendly things to do around town, and we’ve gathered up a sampling right here. Have a look!

This weekend, Summit Playhouse (10 New England Avenue, Summit) will present Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust: A Collection of Disney Songs. Featuring teenage and young adult performers, this family-friendly revue-style musical includes some of your favorite songs. Tickets are $20 and available online. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM, Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinema (486 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will be showing the 1975 classic, Jaws. The summer shark saga, directed by Steven Spielberg, takes place on fictional Amity Island, where the residents are terrorized by a Great White shark on the Fourth of July holiday. This is a great opportunity to show older kids a thriller on the big screen. The movie is rated PG. Continue Reading

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