SPECIAL EVENT: BASIS Independent Manhattan K-8th Grade Information Session

Thanks to UWS parents Cecily and Josh Schwimmer for caring about new educational options on the UWS.

Wednesday evening, November 16th, we are hosting an informal get together to discuss BASIS Independent a bit further.
The link takes you to the flyer, and you can RSVP directly to the school.
Please join us.
Hardcore snacks and childcare will be provided.
Cecily, Joshua, Scarlett and Jack.


Classroom Learning

Join our Admissions team to learn more about our acclaimed liberal arts program with a STEM focus.

The session will be held on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:30 PM at:

The Larstrand

227 West 77th Street, 3rd Floor Lounge
New York, NY 10024

Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the event to ensure timely check-in. Child care will be provided in an adjacent playroom.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: manhattan-admissions@basisindependent.com


The BASIS Independent Manhattan Admissions Team



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St. Agnes Library Next Book Sales: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1:00-5:00 PM, and Saturday, Nov. 19th, 12:00-4:00 PM


Next Book Sales: Wednesday, Nov. 16th, 1:00-5:00 PM, and Saturday, Nov. 19th, 12:00-4:00 PM

St. Agnes Branch NYPL
444 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets

Interesting new material in all categories

Of Special Note:

All-new selections of CDs and movie DVDs for each day

Large new collections in extended MUSIC and VINTAGE Sections

Special collection of KNITTING magazines!

Huge number of MATH books for teachers, parents, and students

Our gently used books and recordings are all community donated.

Please forward our notices to any of your acquaintances with similar interests.

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Halloween 3D Printing and Intro Sewing

Halloween 3D Printing and Intro Sewing

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Gary Turkel – a husband, father, leader and mensch to be honored


Mike Bloomberg told the story at Gary Turkel’s funeral this morning about the argument in heaven regarding whether to let the most special soul come to the Earth or not. The agreement was to let the soul come to the Earth but be returned to heaven after only a short time. This seems to be the only way to understand how such a mensch, such a blessing to his family and community, could be taken at such a young age, 41.

Family members, friends and Rabbis spoke about Gary and how he lived his life. He lived with intensity and commitment to his Jewish values.  He recently commission a Torah to be written.  Through his legacy at work and home and throughout his many communities, his children will know how to live their lives fully.

After a long hiatus from writing on my blog, I feel moved to write, to honor Gary and his family, Upper West Siders, in a way that makes his short life be a blessing. Those who spoke at his funeral were uplifting and inspiring, including his Brave wife Lesley.  We can be reminded to live our lives fully. We can appreciate the family and friends that we have. We can call, email, text, write letters to those old friends and newer friends. We can find the time in our day, to go out of our way to let others know that they matter and we care. We can pray, in whatever faith we have, in any level of observance, and lead by example. We can listen carefully to our clergy and question them, engaging in thought and being present in mind and body. We can dream about flying and plans beyond the here an now and yet, be grateful for what we have. We can stop, and smell our children, the roses and everything that life offers us as life is precious.  We never know when one day, an accident changes everything.

In the short week that my Mom, my dearest Louisa, was doing all she could to survive, and in the overnight realization that she would not longer live, I learned how a heart can ache, beyond anything I have ever felt before. Hopes and dreams changed forever. Gary’s brother said, so movingly, that Gary will grow old with him and all who he loved so whole-heartedly. For any of us who have lost loved ones know, through stories, recipes, tastes, smells, acts of hesed (loving kindness), we can keep their memories alive and they can grow old with us.

I plan to share the stories I have with Gary’s family throughout our lives and I will continue to think about how honored I, we, all of us are to have special souls and to live our lives as fully as we can.  While he worked hard and long… Gary’s legacy is one that his family can certainly be proud of as he loved and lived as we all wish to live. So many communities, Westside Institutional Synagogue, Lincoln Square Synagogue, the Atlantic Beach community, SAR Academy, Manhattan Day School, Camp Ramah, the JCC, Bloomberg LP, Shomirm, Hatzolah and many, many more that I wouldn’t even begin to know how to name – so many people’s lives have been touched by Gary. The display of love and support on the streets of NYC, literally walking behind Gary’s family up the block and onto his final resting spot, was mind altering for me. May we all find our community and place in this world – to make it a better place.

For all of us who are Dad’s have Dad’s, know Dad’s, give extra love today – Father’s Day.

You can also see the collection of resources I collected after my Mom died in the section at the top of this blog.

Baruch dayan ha-emet (“blessed is the judge of Truth”) for more information about Jewish death and mourning: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/death-mourning-101/


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Nanny salaries and school choices

If you have not yet signed up the the neighborhood Square, you might enjoy giving it a try!
Look below. Super relevant to our community.

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Things are happening in your neighborhoods! Here’s what happened today:
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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.
Sign up to receive these email updates directly.

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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


444 Second Avenue @ 26th St.

New York, NY 10010

(646) 810-9257 ​



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Really Ready to Read book event. March 6

UWS Mother/daughter book event.


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



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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