Nanny salaries and school choices

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efrost1 · Upper West Side

What do you think of the nanny survey results? Do they line up with your experience or expectations?

SURVEY: Many Upper West Side Nannies Earn More Than the Average New Yorker
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What do you make of the shorter waitlists at local schools this year?

Number of Elementary School Waitlists Grows on Upper West Side, Data Show
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Do you think controlled choice could work on the Upper West Side?

UWS Parents Weigh Eliminating School Zoning Lines Through Controlled Choice
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Are you surprised to learn that dinosaurs had feathers and hair?

Climb Inside a Dinosaur’s Nest at the Natural History Museum
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March 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

This is a fabulous resource to volunteer with our families.
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Curious about becoming a Human Milk Donor? Join us Saturday 3/5!

Are you curious about what a Human Milk Bank is? Interested in becoming a Human Milk Donor? Each breastmilk donation contributes to saving the lives of micro-premature babies!

Join us this Saturday, March 5th at Explore + Discover (444 2nd Ave. @26th Street) at 12 p.m. to learn more about human milk donations, why they’re important, and how you might be able to get involved. Dr. Caprio, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU SoM, Director of NYULMC Regional Perinatal Center, will speak on behalf of NYU’s Donor Milk Program. Amber Star, Outreach Coordinator of the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast team, will share more about their wonderful organization & how to get involved. Light refreshments will be served & we will accept our first donation(s)!

RSVP here http://bit.ly/1QVTYu7 to attend our informational Ribbon Cutting celebrating E+D’s opening as MMBNE’s exclusive Manhattan Milk Depot!

Hope to see you there!

Kasey O’Brien

Outreach Coordinator

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444 Second Avenue @ 26th St.

New York, NY 10010

(646) 810-9257 ​

kasey@explorediscover.net

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Really Ready to Read book event. March 6

UWS Mother/daughter book event.

http://www.hbscny.org/s/1738/cc/index2.aspx?sid=1738&gid=4&pgid=46597&cid=100260&ecid=100260&crid=0&calpgid=13&calcid=78389

Conscious Parenting – Really Ready to Read Event.pdf

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Girls Leadership on the UWS

From: “Girls Leadership” <elinzer>
Date: February 16, 2016 at 6:15:24 AM EST

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Mega Challah Bake for Kids – THIS TUESDAY

 

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Thanks Limor and Noa for suggesting I spread the word… Friday nights will never be the same:

Please have your kids, boys and girls, Join hundreds of other NYC kids on January 12th at the New York Hilton Midtown for a child-centered event where the children can sift, mix, knead and shape the Challah dough together. A fun game show, musical entertainment and professionally produced instructional videos will make this a fun and interactive event for all involved. There will be a gluten free Challah baking option, and everything is kosher supervised! Snacks will be served.

The goal of the Mega Challah Bake for Kids is to foster unity and bring kids together to participate in a time-honored activity that is universal and celebrated by all baking Challah! The Mega Challah Bake for Kids is the brainchild of a group of New York City moms.

Join hundreds of Jewish children from across New York City for a day of unity and inspiration and ‘loaves’ of fun as we roll up our sleeves together to bake challah.

Kneading, braiding, baking, friendship and a game show. Learn our coveted challah recipe too.

DATE: Tuesday, January 12th

TIME: 4:30pm-6:00pm (door open at 3:30pm)

VENUE: New York Hilton, located at 1335 6th Avenue, between 53rd and 54th streets

COST: $18 per child / Group rate $10

AGE GROUP: Geared for children in grades K-8

 

EMAIL: info@kidschallahbake.com

WEBSITE: www.kidschallahbake.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/917096488378083/

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Bereavement program for Hanukkah

I attended this event after my Mom died and found it very useful. I highly recommend it whether you, a loved one or a friend will be facing a sad and happy – light and dark holiday season.

Lights in the Darkness: A Hanukkah Program for the Bereaved

Tuesday, December 8 | 6:30-8:00PM | 89th Street Reception Room
After a loved one dies, holidays can bring to the surface painful reminders of the loss.  Participate in a meaningful discussion with other bereaved Jews about how to allow for grief, while still finding meaning and comfort in the themes of the Hanukkah. Light refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by BJ and The Jewish Board’s Partners in Caring and Shira Ruskay Centers. Please R.S.V.P. to Billie at B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue 212-787-7600.

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UWS Playground to Get New Equipment in $705K Upgrade

I love DNAInfo… I get great news there and I wanted to share this article which is great news since there are so many schools nearby.

By Emily Frost | October 20, 2015 4:42pm

extralargeUPPER WEST SIDE — A local playground near the Amsterdam Houses and the new Riverside Center development will get a major facelift beginning this summer, the Parks Department announced.

Samuel Bennerson Playground — bounded by West 63rd and 64th streets between Amsterdam and West End avenues — will get outfitted with new play equipment, benches and picnic tables, spray showers and spruced-up fencing, the agency said.

Funded by Borough President Gale Brewer and the Parks Department, the $705,000 renovation will replace the current 17-year-old play equipment with brand-new structures and add new landscaping around the perimeter, among other upgrades, said agency landscape architect Katherine Bridges.

In addition, the Parks Department has already planned a $1.55 million upgrade to the playground’s basketball courts and entrance, previously funded by Brewer and City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, to make them more attractive and functional.

The play space will have two separate play areas — one aimed at 2- to 5-year-old kids and the other for 5 to 12-year-olds — both featuring new equipment that’s partially ADA- accessible.

The play structures, manufactured by Game Time, will be blue- and tangerine-colored, with “lighter” and “airier” forms, Bridges said.

“There’s lots of slides and climbing [opportunities]” on the play structures, she added, and both areas will boast play panels featuring moveable parts that are accessible to wheelchair users. A playhouse on the ground level of the older kids area will be accessible to differently abled children, she noted.

The upgrades will all include tan-colored rubber safety matting underneath the play structures, eight new benches along the West 64th Street perimeter and a paintjob for the surrounding fences. All of the planters will get new plantings and mulch, as well, Bridges said.

Four user-activated spray jets and a u-shaped spray loop kids can run through will be added, as well as four picnic tables, one of which has space for a wheelchair to roll up to.

“I’m glad about everything that’s coming into Bennerson,” said Marguerita Curet, president of the Amsterdam Houses Resident Association. “We only have basketball, basketball, basketball. There’s really nothing there for the children. The children don’t have anything, so this is really great.”

It’s easier from an engineering perspective to combine both phases of the project — the $1.55 million renovation to the basketball courts and surrounding area and the $705,000 playground renovation — Bridges explained.

Both phases are estimated to begin in August of 2016. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017, the Parks Department said.

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NY Times article about PS 199

What do you think? I saw this on DNAinfo’s site: www.neighborhoodsquare.com

http://nyti.ms/1OWRc9t

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The Big Apple Circus is back in town!

You may have seen the tent going up a couple weeks ago…

screenshotWe have a family tradition, well many traditions, but one this time of year is going to the Big Apple Circus. I asked the circus if they could offer a discount to visitors of my blog and they said yes – Viola!  Use promo code BIGAPPLE to save 20% off tickets (that’s not just off one ticket, but the whole purchase).* (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.) ALSO – they offered a family of 4 ticket giveaway. Scroll down to read about how to win!

The amazing 1920’s themed travel show is alive and well, suitcases, posters from travel around the world and amazing costumes and props! We loved it!

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You know the saying “do not try this at home?” Well, there were many acts that were clearly those kinds of acts but others were inspiring for the kids.  One of our kids said “I can do that!”  While none of them can hula hoop with 50 hula hoops at once or juggle as many balls as this juggler dressed as a sailor did, it was nice to see that they learned that if you practice enough of something you too could get really good at.  And what’s interesting about the Big Apple Circus is that they offer after school programs for kids. What I also love about This circus organization is that they put on a great show AND they also care for children and their families who are not able to get to the big top because they are too sick to leave the hospital.  They have Clown Care clowns who visit the children and make them smile.  Its worth watching the video on their website and count our blessings if our kids are healthy and be thankful knowing that the money that the Big Apple Circus raises from memberships and ticket prices goes in part to important programs like this.  We never know if we will be the recipients one day.

I have also written in past years about the inclusive performances which enables children and adults with vision or hearing impairments and other disabilities to experience the circus as well as families with children with autism. What a special circus!

F2484F3B-14B2-4AFC-8865-54CA0AB9B83FAlso fun this year, they are having a special Halloween circus with guest Ringmaster, R.L. Stine (author of the best-selling children’s series Goosebumps) on October 31, 2015 at 4:30pm. At this special performance, children who arrive in costume will receive a free cotton candy or popcorn voucher.  The show will be followed by a costume contest and parade; the winner will receive a special prize. That’s a great tradition to start this year!

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WIN TICKETS FOR A FAMILY OF 4 – Thursday, November 12th at 6:30pm

I will choose a random winner who answers this question correctly in the comments section below. Winner will be selected Friday, Nov. 6th.

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