Sponsored Post: Fusion Academy Opening Soon in Montclair!

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 3:00pm

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school where all 250+ classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This unique education model was born over 28 years ago out of frustration with the status quo and the passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. But Fusion’s school model isn’t solely about the smallest class size possible, it’s about helping kids flourish not only academically, but emotionally and socially, too.

Many of our students feel they don’t ‘fit’ at a traditional school. That sense of not belonging can make school an uninspiring place to be. Fusion serves kids who aren’t flourishing in a conventional environment, and offers them a community where they feel connected, supported, and understood. This creates a perfect solution for kids who have mild learning differences or social anxiety, those who need a customized schedule, and those who are gifted and need to be more challenged.

One-to-One Works
You can’t hide in a one-to-one classroom. You aren’t competing with 40 other students to be heard. You aren’t afraid to speak up or be wrong because it’s just you and the teacher. And there’s no possibility of falling through the cracks. This is why one-to-one works. Continue Reading

Study Shows Girls On The Run Transforms Young Girls’ Lives

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for an after-school activity that offers a safe space for girls to learn skills and be physically active? Girls on the Run offers this and so much more.

With more than 200,000 girls participating nationwide each year, Girls on the Run is an after-school activity that is far more than a running program. A recent study provides evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at helping girls in 3rd through 5th grades (ages 8 to 11) increase their physical activity while teaching critical life skills they can use at home, at school, and in their community. In fact, 97 percent of girls said that participating in Girls on the Run helped them learn to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, make intentional decisions, or help others.

Girls on the Run of New Jersey East is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 2,000 girls in Essex, Morris, Union, Burlington, and Mercer Counties each year. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Throughout the course of the 10-week program, girls learn critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches, and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

The independent study was conducted by Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D, a leading expert on youth development. “Girls on the Run participants scored higher in managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions than participants in organized sport or physical education,” confirms Weiss. “Being able to generalize skills learned in the program to other situations such as at school or at home is a distinguishing feature of Girls on the Run compared to traditional youth sports and school physical education, and suggests that the intentional life skills curriculum and coach-training program can serve as exemplars for other youth programs.”

For more information about fall registration for Girls on the Run, visit girlsontherunnj.org.

Weekend Family Fun: Movies at Montclair Film, Crafts, Upcycling and More

BY  |  Friday, Aug 25, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

On Friday evening, Bergen County Zoo at Van Saun Park (216 Forest Avenue, Paramus) will host Zoo-Flix After Dark with an outdoor evening screening of Disney’s 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. This event is free. The movie will begin around 8:30 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, and snacks. The Jungle Book is rated PG.

This weekend, Montclair Film at Cinema 505 (505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair) will present Princess Mononoke, an animated film that has been universally acclaimed by critics. Presented in English (dubbed), this Japanese classic is directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It is an epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature. The movie will play Friday at 7:00 PM, Saturday at 6:00 PM, and Sunday at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members).

Also showing this weekend at Cinema 505 is My Neighbor Totoro, also directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Roger Ebert called My Neighbor Totoro “one of the five best movies” ever made for children. It follows two girls who move to the countryside with their father and discover a family of gentle but powerful creatures, Totoros, who live in a camphor tree. The movie is presented in English (dubbed). Show times are Saturday at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members). Continue Reading

Free 7th Grade Memberships To YMCA of Montclair!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Middle schoolers, particularly in the 7th grade, need positive role models, recreation and activities to help them during this critical changing time in their lives. The YMCA of Montclair supports this widely held belief, which is why they offer a free program to 7th graders attending schools in the Y’s service area of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona.

Thanks to the support of donors in the community, up to 200 7th graders enjoy this program each year, which includes a free membership to the Y on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue Reading

Bradford School Hosts Ice Cream Social For Kindergarteners and Transfer Students, 9/6

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Calling all families of incoming Bradford students. Celebrate your child’s start at Bradford School with Ice Cream Social for Kindergarteners and Transfer Students on Wednesday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard of Bradford School, 87 Mount Hebron Road, Montclair.

General information about Bradford School procedures will be distributed and PTA volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. (Parents/guardians will also have an opportunity to join the PTA and order Bradford school t-shirts).

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair Announces Fall I Registration

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair is offering lots of great new classes and old favorites for the fall and has revamped its Preschool Readiness Program just in time for back to school. Registration for the Fall I session begins Monday, August 28 for those with a family membership and Tuesday, August 29 for Kinder members and new members. The new session runs from September 11-October 29, 2017. Preschool Readiness registration is open now.

In addition to the popular swim, cooking, dance, art and gym classes offered for the Fall I session, the Geyer Family Branch has several new classes, including: School of Fish – Designed for preschoolers who are looking to expand their swimming ability, instructors will help children gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills and safety.

Fun & Games – Got game? This class will offer old school games with a new twist, as well as, introduce kids to new games to promote teamwork, improve gross motor skills, and most importantly have fun!

Hola Bebe – Due to the popularity of its “Bonjour Bebe” class, Geyer Family branch is now offering a Spanish class! Children will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture in simple and enriching ways through hands-on activities using arts and crafts, games and more.

Chopped Junior – Little chefs with tremendous ambition are taking over the kitchen! Children will let their culinary imaginations run wild as they are tasked with creating a dish each week using a mystery basket of ingredients. Does your little chef have what it takes to make the cut? You be the judge.

Preschool Readiness Program
The Geyer Family Branch has also revamped its Preschool Readiness Program for fall. The YMCA’s Preschool Readiness Program provides a stimulating environment for children ages 2- 4 to play and learn while developing the physical, verbal, and social skills they’ll need to start school ready to succeed.

Each class consists of developmentally appropriate activities based upon class age. These activities include process art, hands-on science, small motor and gross motor skill building, interactive circle time and much more. Classes include Time for Twos, Thrills for Threes and More for Fours with the addition of a Lunch & Learn program and extended day offerings.

Registration is now open; stop by the Geyer Welcome Desk for more information. Information on classes and registration can be found on the Geyer Family Branch website: http://www.montclairymca.org/our-location/geyer-family-branch/

Montclair Sentinels Host 10th Annual Free School Supplies Event, 8/27

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 6:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s Sentinels Sixteen-87 will host their 10th Annual Free School Supplies event, with food, games and giveaways, on Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Glenfield Park. In order to participate, you must be a Montclair resident and able to show proof of residency. Supplies are limited; children must be present.

To be pre-registered for book bags, visit www.montclairpal.org and select “register for programs.” Continue Reading

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

BY  |  Monday, Aug 21, 2017 10:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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 tutor.com 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 www.friendsofmontclairrowing.org. For more information, email Coach Lorna Rundle at lornarundle@hotmail.com

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

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