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SCHOOL LUNCHES-  QUICK AND EASY

When it comes to packing lunches for school, quick and easy is the way to go. Being prepared will ensure this happens on a daily basis. Children usually do not have much time to eat. So, it is best to offer a meal they will eat and is packed with nutrients to help them get through the rest of their day.

Planning – planning your menu is a great way to start. This takes a little time, but it is worth it. Take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to discuss with your children about what they would like to eat for lunch. Children are always happier when they are involved. Take time to write your menu down; it will remind you of what you have planned and you can mark what lunch or lunches your child likes best.

When planning remember to include protein, grains – good choices include: chicken, beans, hummus, whole wheat bread and tortillas. Also, fresh fruit and vegetables, skim milk and or juice. A small snack size treat is nice too- such as a granola bar or pretzels.

Preperation – With so many single serve items available it is difficult not to reach for them. But with a little planning you can provide your own with a considerable savings. Again, let your children be involved- in snack size bags portion out carrot sticks, orange slices, celery sticks or grapes.

I have found it best to be organized by keeping my non-perishable lunch “stash” in a plastic tote in my kitchen closet. This includes:resealable plastic bags-several sizes, sandwich and snack size, napkins, handi-wipes, granola bars, trail mix, pretzels, crackers, etc. I have access to all items quickly and know for certain when I need to replenish.

Dinner time leftovers can provide a great lunch for the next day. Chicken, beef or pork can be served cut up and put into a sandwich or wrap.  

Provide- A week’s worth of lunches can be provided with minimal planning and prep.

It is always a good idea to post your “menu”, so the children know what they will be eating the next day.

Lunch time was always one of the highlights in my children’s school day!

Last Minute Trick or Treat Ideas

The end of the Halloween season is finally here… and as always I’m sad to see it go! Here are some last minute ideas for Trick-or-Treat night tomorrow. I hope all of you have a safe and happy Halloween with your little ones!

‘Treats’ Without the Sugar

Instead of candy, another great last minute idea is to give party favors to trick or treaters!  I plan on giving my students stickers, erasers and pencils as a special gift tomorrow. Target offers bags of party favors and art supplies that would be suitable for kids ages 3+. Promote creativity instead of sugar intake this holiday 😉

DIY Trick or Treat Bag

Decorate a solid colored gift bag from the dollar store, or a plain basic canvas bag with Halloween sayings and pictures such as pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons. Kids will take pride in showing their trick or treat bag off as they go from door to door!

DIY Costumes for Kids

Yes, I know there are still some people out there that still don’t have a costume idea! {Including me!} Here are some great ideas from Martha Stewart for kids costumes! Also, I love these ideas from Parenting.Com. Easy and fun! If all else fails, the dollar store on Newark Ave. has awesome witch hats and capes for a steal!

Don’t Forget the Photos

My mom just sent me a pic of my one year old self dressed as a strawberry. It is a great memory! Take the time to snap some shots of your little one tomorrow. Try a few with a professional background… such as the waterfront promenade in Newport or even a beautiful stone wall to offset your child’s outfit. I often take pics using the walls of the Embankment of 6th Street as a backdrop. The falling leaves will add even more to your photo memories!

Send me pics of your children trick or treating… I would love to post them here next week!

Enrollment is still open for my private home lessons in Newport, Jersey City. Classes of up to three children welcome. Great for siblings or small groups of friends! $20 per child per half hour plus supplies. Mention JCFamilies for a free tote of art supplies at sign up!

Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City

Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City

 

Hi Mommies! Let’s start this Wednesday with a little information on Stevens Cooperative School! First and foremost I would like to let you all know of the upcoming dates for this school, which is located in Jersey City. The Stevens Cooperative School has two locations; one in Hoboken and one in Newport. Both campuses are going to host an open house very soon so I’m here to give you the details! The Hoboken Campus, which is open to children from the age of two too eighth graders, is hosting an open house this Saturday, October 26th at 10:00 a.m. If this date does not work for you, the Hoboken Campus will also be having open houses at later dates: Tuesday, November 2nd at 8:30 a.m. and Thursday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m. For those of you who would prefer to attend the Newport Campus their upcoming dates for their open houses are as follows: Saturday, November 2nd at 10:00a.m and Thursday November 21st at 8:30a.m. Now this is very important mommies, if you are attending the open house at Hoboken on November 12 or the 14th or the open house in Newport on November 21st then YOU MUST RSVP BY EMAILING [email protected] AND LETTING THEM KNOW YOU WISH TO ATTEND THAT SPECIFIC OPEN HOUSE. These are the only dates in which you must RSVP, the others are simply open; no RSVP necessary.

Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey CityNow it’s time to talk a little bit about what Stevens Cooperative School can offer you and your child. At Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City is a school that is well aware of what the challenges are now in a society that is constantly and rapidly changing and evolving. They understand this and challenge this by offering students something that they call a “student-centric curriculum”. Their curriculum is set to cultivate confidence and responsibility, and is set to promote creativity, research, reflection and design. They place importance on the development of the child’s social skills along with their ability to solve problems and decision making.

At Stevens Cooperative school they offer a wide variety in the studies. On their webpage(www.stevenscoop.org) under programs there is a Curriculum guide that you can view online. This will show you exactly what each child will learn depending on the grade in which your child would be enrolled in. They offer subjects both common and unique ranging from Language arts to science to music. Each child is provided with the proper curriculum that fits his or her needs.

Does Stevens Cooperative School serve lunch? Why yes, they do! At Stevens Cooperative School you are able to place orders for lunch up to a month in advanced! Regardless of the campus that your child is in, each parent can go onto their website where the lunch is ordered. There you can find out what entrees are coming for each day of the month and decide if you wish to purchase the lunch for your child or if you would prefer to package their lunch on some days. It is all up to you and only a click away.

Lastly mommies, I would like to let you know about the afterschool program available at Stevens Cooperative School in Jersey City. There are two types of after school programs at Stevens Cooperative School. One of the choices is to enroll your child in after school classes. These classes are divided into what they call “Enrichment Classes and Special Classes”. Enrichment classes are free of charge because they offer simply an extension of the school curriculum already in place and the school day. Special classes, on the other hand do require a fee because these are classes that are not required in the curriculum but available to the students as an extra class you can choose to take on. The special courses offered change every trimester.

If you’re not looking to enroll your child in extra afterschool classes but still need an alternative, guess what? Stevens Cooperative School, in Jersey City, offers a simple afterschool program. The afterschool program provides childcare from 3:0 pm- 6:00 pm every day after school. This program is available and open to all students and best of all, because it is meant to be a time for supervised activities like board games or arts and crafts and other things of that nature, this afterschool program is completely free!

Stevens Cooperative School has so much to offer and they are not afraid to show it on their website. So don’t forget, Stevens Cooperative School is hosting numerous amount of open houses available to you and if you cannot make it the website which is posted above, offers all the information you can get. Happy School searching everyone!

Are They Really The Family-Friendly Skies?

Boy looking at the planes

As I have said in the past, I think flying with kids is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when planning and actually going on vacation. No one wants to be “that family” on the flight. But, I think if you are well prepared you have won half the battle.  I have written several blogs in the past on some of the issues I see families facing when it comes to flying, like getting seats together and getting the best price on your tickets.

The holiday season is fast approaching and I know many of you will be flying to your destinations so I wanted to share information on the different the carriers and the amenities they offer to families. 

Little Girl Eating on the Plane

JetBlue   
Jet Blue is one of my favorite airlines for families.  A big reason is FREE checked 1st bag, for a family of 4 that means saving up to $200 on a trip.  As well, more leg room and seatback televisions which offer 36 channels of  FREE Direct TV.  As well, they actually still serve kid-friendly snacks, like animal crackers at no extra charge. Now, they also offer Family Pooling of your True Blue points.  A great way to save and maybe actually use your miles.  Also you can check your stroller at the gate and they offer pre-boarding with children 2 and under.  Make sure to check out the FREE Soar with Reading Activity Kit.   My boys have even received a set of JetBlue Wings, so make sure to ask for them.

Southwest Airlines 
Southwest also offers a FREE 1st checked bag, so again a family can save on this airline.  As well, they offer a discounted fare for infants, which is nice if you don’t want to have to hold the baby the entire flight.  Southwest does not offer assigned seats, which can be an issue with families, however if you have kids 4 and under you are automatically in the second boarding group. Make sure to ask for coloring books and a set of  Southwest Wings. 

Virgin America

Another great airline which offers amazing amenities and service. There is a $25 bag fee for non-refundable tickets only. They offer seatback entertainment with FREE satellite TV, games and even seat-to-seat chat. I loved that I could order food or drinks directly from my seat. They also offer kid friendly meals like, PBJ and organic gummi bears for $4. Also, families with “small children” can pre-board. 

Sleeping on the Plane

American
They do not offer pre-boarding, but they do offer kid-frien
dly snacks and meals to purchase on board. Also most planes are now equipped with wi-fi.  As well you can check your stroller at the gate, if it is collapsible and weighs less than 20lbs

Delta
They do offer pre-boarding for all families, even before first and business class. As well, they offer kid friendly meals like PBJ and fruit for purchase on board. Flights with seatback screens offer FREE satellite television as well as on demand movies and TV shows for a small fee.  Delta also now offers the Smart Travel Pack which for a fee ($199 until 1/14/14) you receive: 1 Free checked bag, priority boarding, preferred seats, Economy Comfort and 20% additional miles.  It really is a good deal.

United
United no longer offers pre-boarding for families.  However, they have been upgrading their planes and are now offering wi-fi as well as seatback set with more than 100 channels of live programming.  As well, they do have snack boxes which you can purchase on board.

Overall, I think we have all seen how the domestic airlines seem to be taking away amenities and trying to charge “fees” where they can.  However, if you can fly on an International carrier like Luftansa you will quickly see how much more civilized the flying experience can really be.  Heck, one airline even offer Sky Nannies. But since most of us are flying the above carriers. if you are prepared it really does not have to be a bad experience.  I have been flying with my boys since they were small, so now at 4 and 7 they enjoy flying.  

Make sure to get my Airplane Survival Packing List by signing up for my Busy Mom’s Vacation Planning Kit

Hanging Haunted House

I made this craft with my students at three little birds and they loved it! It’s just spooky enough for boys… and detailed enough to catch the attention of girls. Here’s how to make your own at home!

You will need: 2 white paper plates, black and yellow paper, a hole puncher, scissors, markers, bamboo skewers or wooden coffee stirrers, string, glue, a stapler, plastic spider rings

1 Fold a white paper plate in half and cut as shown above to reveal two ‘chimneys’. Punch a hole into each chimney, as this is how your house will hang later. Decorate your roof with colorful shingles or another fun pattern with markers. Staple your finished roof over a thin black piece of paper which will serve as the house shape.

2 Cut some windows and door out of yellow paper and have your child draw spooky monsters and ghosts on each piece. Glue these little windows and a doors the the black house shape.

3 If you’d like some floating ghosts around your house, glue some ghost shapes {cut out of the other paper plate} onto two bamboo skewers or Popsicle sticks. Wood coffee stirrers from Starbucks work great too! I used hot glue to assemble these little guys instantly… but if you use regular glue it will work too as long as you allow everything to dry sufficiently!

4 Cut the loop off of some spider rings so that you have some creepy plastic bugs to glue to the haunted house. You can buy these at the dollar store or any party store this time of year 😉

5 Tie some string between the two chimney holes at the top of your haunted house, and hang the creation proudly in your home for Halloween!

If you’re seeking some extra inspiration for your haunted home, Google ‘Edward Gorey‘. His illustrations are the perfect starting point for all things spooky and fun!

Enrollment is still open for my private home lessons in Newport, Jersey City. Classes of up to three children welcome. Great for siblings or small groups of friends! $20 per child per half hour plus supplies. Mention JCFamilies for a free tote of art supplies at sign up!

Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City

 

Waterfront Montessori is a Baccalaureate school for children aging between the toddler and middle school years. They are a school that is built upon passion for education. There are two ways you can find out more information about this school. One is to please continue reading this blog and I will inform you on more of this schools beliefs and programs. The other option is to visit them for yourselves! Waterfront Montessori school located in Jersey City is having an open house on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. To attend this open house (or any their open house that they offer the following months) be sure to visit their website (www.waterfrontmontessori.com) in order to register for the date you wish to visit.

When you first visit the main website of Waterfront Montessori there are three big words sitting at the very top. “Engaging. Exciting. Joyful.” Those three words are the three words this school believes defines what aspects in education and schooling systems can bring about the best outcome for your children. What can I say, those words grabbed me!

At Waterfront Montessori, located in Jersey City, they offer education for children of the ages 2 through Grade 8. They also offer a specific program, the IB Middle Years Program for students in grades 6 to grade 8. In this school they are very passionate about education. They believe in providing each child the individual experience they each need in order to grow and achieve. They believe that it is not their duty to shape each child, but instead that it is their duty to provide them with the essentials that they need to become their own success; encouraging each child to acknowledge and grow from his or her own set of gifts and interests.

 

The curriculum in place at Waterfront Montessori is one unique to most schools. The curriculum in place is designed to offer structure and guidance for the students while at the same time maintaining the feeling of freedom and choice for each child to roam. In this school they feel this is an important process for each child because it promotes a bigger sense of self-awareness as well as producing children to be self-confident, well balanced, and focused on whatever their interests may be.

There are five different programs available in Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City. Each program is divided by age groups, guaranteeing the proper education for each child placed in this school system. The programs available in Waterfront Montessori are as follows:

The Toddler Program:

  • For children of the ages 2-3
  • Designed as a stepping stone for children to step away from their home and begin to feel comfortable in a school environment for the very first time.
  • Classroom designed so that the children can explore
  • Activities are in place to promote self-care, develop motor skills, and begin to concentrate and absorb multi-step directions and to develop social skills.

 

The Primary Program:

  • For children of the age group for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4
  • Promotes language and language skills, writing, reading, mathematics, science, geography and culture subject areas
  • A learning environment that provides order, encourages exploration, encourages choice amongst many other forms of structure

The Kindergarten Program:

  • For children of the ages 5-6
  • It is an extension of the primary program and a transition to the Elementary program
  • The space between the children in the kindergarten program and the primary program is shared, promoting and providing guidance for the younger children from the older ones and leadership for the older children, helping them to reinforce what they have mastered in their previous years.
  • Offers more advanced activities, both as an entire group and within their classroom groupings

The Elementary Program

  • For children in grades 1-5
  • Transitioning the children from thinking concretely to making more abstract thoughts
  • Curriculum of the sciences, computers and technology, mathematics, literacy and literature, social sciences, history, world geography and civics
  • The use of different art forms (such as art, music, poetry, etc.) to lend excitement to the day of each student

The Middle School Program

  • For children in grades 6-8
  • Provides a structure of academic challenge that encourages the students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world
  • Students are required to study two languages, sciences, mathematics, humanities, arts, physical education and technology

Think one or all of these programs sound like something that would work for yourself and your child? Then why not take a closer look for yourself! As I stated earlier, Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City is having an open house Wednesday November 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you cannot make this date but are very interested they have other dates available, one in December and another in January. Just be sure to visit the Waterfront Montessori website and register for the date that works for you! Happy School search!

Related Blogs:The Brunswick School,The French American Academy,The Waldo School,Early Beginnings Day School,List of Other Schools

Picture Book Review: The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey for Ages 2-7

The Hallo-Wiener

Picture Book

Ages 2-7

By Dav Pilkey

32 pages

Scholastic

1995

Dav Pilkey is the author and artist of the enormously popular Captain Underpants series, as well as many other books. Dragon’s Halloween, one of his wonderful Dragon books—a favorite series of mine for beginning readers—and The Hallo-Wiener are two of my favorite Halloween books.

Pilkey has an incredible sense of humor and is acutely tuned into what kids like. His stories are funny, sweet and completely relatable, despite featuring fat dragons, baby super-heroes and dumb bunnies. 

His cartoon-style art in The Hallo-Wiener is bright and bold and includes amusing touches on nearly every page: his mother’s painted-on red lipstick, the family name on the mailbox, the milk bone on his teacher’s desk, and a three-part portrait to accommodate the main character’s extra long body, just to name a few.

Oscar the dachshund was “half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long.” It was because of this the other dogs in the neighborhood often teased him and called him “wiener dog.” Oscar’s mother certainly didn’t mean to add to his humiliation, but calling him her “little Vienna sausage” always caused the other dogs to erupt with laughter.

These incidents usually upset Oscar but today was Halloween and Oscar loved Halloween. All through obedience school he thought about scary costumes and trick-or-treating. When class was dismissed, Oscar rushed home to start working on a scary costume.

But his mother had a surprise, she’d made one for him: it was “a giant hotdog bun, complete with mustard.” Oscar did not want to disappoint his mother so he wore the costume, even though he knew what a teasing he’d get from the other dogs on the block.

Not only was Oscar mocked for his wiener costume but it was also difficult to move in. Oscar just couldn’t keep up while his friends were trick-or-treating and by the time Oscar finally arrived at the houses, the candy it was already gone. The other dogs had gotten all the treats.

Since Oscar could not keep up, he was not with the pack of dogs when they passed the spooky graveyard. He also wasn’t there when the ghastly monster arose from the spooky graveyard and scared all the other dogs into dropping their treats and jumping in a nearby pond! The dogs shrieked and howled in fright, “SOMEBODY SAVE US!”

That somebody was Oscar. He approached the frightening beast from behind and, thanks to his low vantage point, saw the huge, cloaked monster’s small, furry feet. Oscar grabbed hold of the creature’s long robe and gave a hard tug; there stood two surprised cats.

The frisky felines ran off in fright at the sight of a giant frankfurter. The soaked dogs moaned in embarrassment at being scared into a pond by a couple of cats. Oscar, forever a good friend, swam out to save the motley mutts. Turns out that hotdog costume was a perfect life raft. And Oscar’s nickname went from “Wiener dog” to “Hero sandwich.”

Jennifer Lavonier has lived in Jersey City for over fifteen years and has worked in the children’s book world for nearly twenty years. She was the manager and buyer of Books of Wonder, Manhattan’s premiere children’s bookstore, and the assistant to Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are. You can find more of her children’s book reviews on her website, TurtleAndRobot.com.

Zucchini chips and cheese pockets

And then there is zucchini! A vegetable if served as is, turns my son’s face into a collage of frowns. But, when it’s dressed and baked and served as ‘chips’, the same frown turns upside down into a big smile. These little coins of goodness can be served as for snack or, baked in a pita pocket, for lunch. Either way, I can assure you that these cheesy and crispy circles of zucchini will thrill all the little people in your life.

 

You will need:

1 zucchini, sliced into 1/8 inch thickness (no need to peel)
1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1 egg
1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp mixed italian herb seasoning
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
2-3 pita bread; each cut into 4 quarters
2-3 slices of cheese; each cut diagonally into 4 triangles
little oil for brushing

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Break and whip up the egg in a small bowl.
Put the all-purpose or whole wheat flour in another small bowl.
Mix the bread crumbs with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and the herb seasoning in a third bowl.

Dip each slices of zucchini first into the flour. Dust extra off and dip into the egg mixture next. Now coat the slice with the seasoned bread crumbs. Repeat until all the slices are coated with bread crumb mixture. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake turning once half way for 30-35 minutes or until they are crisp and golden.

Now, open the pointy end of the pita bread and lay one quarter triangle of cheese inside. Then put 2-3 slices of the cooked zucchini chips and then add another triangle of the cheese on top. Similarly, stuff each pita triangle.

Lay them on the same tray lined with parchment paper and brush lightly with oil. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until the cheese is slightly melted.

Enjoy!

My Top 10 Answers to Why I Think a Cruise is a Great Family Vacation

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I think a cruise is a GREAT vacation choice for families. First, they are a great value. You have your food, activities and room all included in the price. As well, you and the family can explore more than one destination and unpack only one time. Even more, a cruise can offer something for everyone in the family; great kids clubs, babysitting, pools and water slides, great destinations, adult only areas and more.

chris and cooper

Our first cruise as a family was a Disney cruise when my son was 4 months old. I have heard from parents in the past, that they are concerned about safety, my kids are too young or it is too expensive.  Well, I wanted to share some information and tips to make a cruise, a great vacation choice for your family.

1. I am afraid of the Balcony.
Yes, the balcony can be a scary option for families with small children, but there are some roomy cabin options without a balcony.  Norwegian has Family Ocean View cabins that are spacious and include a large porthole so you don’t feel like you are living in a cave.  As well, Disney has cabins with large portholes, they big enough sit in to read a book or just watch the ocean pass by. As well, Disney has Inside cabins with the Magic Porthole. These inside cabins are surprisingly large and with the Magic Porthole, you are getting a live feed of the outside of the ship, along with some surprise friends.

NCL Family Oceanview Disney Dream Oceanview

2. Will there be enough room for the family?
Along with the no balcony options, the cruise lines have seen the need for larger family staterooms.  Especially on the newer ships like the Norwegian Breakaway and Royal Caribbean Oasis ships.  Disney of course, has always had larger rooms to accommodate families.  As well, there is also the option of connecting cabins, or even a suite to make sure everyone has room to spread out.

3. What about a hurricane or bad weather?
The height of hurricane season is the end of August through the beginning of November. So if this is a concern for you book accordingly.  However, if weather becomes an issue the ship can easily change its path to calmer waters, but your ports might change. Rarely is a cruise canceled.  I say make sure to book travel insurance to cover your family and your money.

4. How do I pack for a cruise, especially if I am traveling with a baby?
When cruising you have to check your bags before you board the ship and they are delivered to your cabin, which sometimes can take a few hours. So make sure you have a carry on bag with anything you might before your bags arrive. As well, pack swim suits in your carry on because if you get on the ship early your room might not be ready. But you will be able to get something to eat, enjoy the pool and get your vacation started.   As well, most ships have an onboard laundry facility, so if you want to pack light you can do laundry to make it through the vacation. Also ships with a nursery will have baby toys, high chairs, and anything else you might need for a baby.

5. What if I run out of diapers, formula, etc.?
I know when traveling with little ones it can be daunting thinking of all the supplies you will need. Also, what if you run out of something while at sea.  Most ships have baby supplies available in the shops.  As well, there are companies likeBabies Travel Liteor Babies 2 Go where you can order supplies in advance and have them delivered directly to the ship.

6. My child is not old enough for the Kids Club.
While most ships have kids club where you can drop off kids 3 and up. Not all have good accommodations for babies and toddlers, but there are options. Disney has the “its a small world nursery”, which has trained child care providers and just about anything a baby could need. There is a small fee, but it allows Mom and Dad to at the very least have a nice dinner or head to the spa.  As well Royal Caribbean and Carnival also have babysitting options.

royal characters NCL spongebob and dora

7. What if we get bored on the ship?
Bored is something I do not think anyone will have as a problem on a cruise. Every day a planner will be delivered to your cabin with activities, shows and more planned for almost every hour of the day.  As well, I know my boys just want to be in either the pool or the kids club.  As well, adults have shows, amazing specialty restaurants, casinos and adult only areas of the ships to entertain.  As well, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have some of your kids favorite characters for photos, fun and of course a character breakfast.

8. It is too expensive
Really if you compare to a  land vacation, a cruise can be a GREAT value. The cruise lines are always having promotions and for my clients even after they are booked I am looking for free upgrades, onboard credit and more. As well, for those near a port, you could save over $1000 on not having to fly to the destination.  As well, if you look at all that is included in a cruise it can be a great savings.

9.  What if we all get sea sick?
My kids have been on 3 cruises and have never had a problem with motion sickness. These newer ships have stabilizers and unless there is a storm you are not feeling the motion.  However, I never travel without my “patch”. I put it on before we board and I am good to go. There are pressure bands and other remedies, but I think the patch really works the best.

10. A cruise does not go where I want to vacation
There are so many options of where to sail on a cruise. Of course, you can visit the Caribbean, but you can also visit Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Europe and more.  Especially with a family, cruising can make visiting locations like Europe so easy.  I think it is a great way to introduce your kids to Europe.  Once on the ship you unpack, relax and visit, Span, Italy, Greece, France and more. No packing and unpacking, schlepping bags, kids, etc.  During the day you visit the city, at night you relax and enjoy the ship and the next day you are at a new destination. So easy.

For those of you here in the NY/NJ area we have some GREAT options for cruising. We have the new Norwegian Breakaway sailing from NYC to either Bermuda or Florida/Bahamas. On the Florida/Bahamas, you can spend the day at Walt Disney World and Atlantis. I call that 3 Vacations in 1 and you don’t have to fly.

Next November 2014, we will have another amazing ship, Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas sailing out of Cape Liberty, NJ.  This ship is amazing. You will be able to ride bumper cars, “sky dive”, zip line and more.

Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jersey City

 

Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jersey City

Have you ever heard of Our Lady of Czestochowa School of Jersey City? No? Well this blog post may be just for you! It’s time to talk about Our Lady of Czestochowa and all of the advantages that it can offer for you and your child.

Our Lady of Czestochowa is a private school located in Jersey City It is a catholic elementary school located on the waterfront. At this school they promote the growth of a child not only intellectualy but spiritualy, emotionaly, physically, moraly and socially as well. Their goal is to support your child in developing to their fullest potential, helping them achieve their goals in the lifelong process. In fact, right on their website they claim they are commited to “developing attitudes that will enable the child to have deeper relationships with God” along with “providing a curriculum that gives consideration to each child’s interest, potential and giftedness” and also “encouraging both parental and community participation”. A mission that I think may be hard to find a negative in.

If you’re looking for a location that is up and coming, Our Lady of Czestochowa has it! The school is located in a rapidly developing area along the Hudson River waterfront, often refered to as the “Gold Coast”. It is slowly becoming one of the main financial and business centers of the East Coast; a great sight to see.

 

Sounding good so far? Let’s talk about tuition rates. The tuition rate at OLC for this school yea changes depending on the grade in which your child would be in. If your child is in grades kindergarten to grade two then the tuition rate is $8800. However, if your child is attending OLC in grades three to grade eight then the tuition rate becomes $6800. Unfortunatly on their web page it does not seem to state anything about financial aid. But as I stated in one of my previous blog posts (go take a look!) it never hurts to ask! You can get into contact with this school and see if they have any financial aid options available or that they are accepting.

At OLC in Jersey City there are many opportunities for your children to Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jersey Citythrive. Along with their great school curriculum and school calendar (which is available on their website under the “Parents” tab) Old offers a variety of activities. At this school they do offer athletic sports for the children as well as after school programs for every child. They even make the homework assignments abailable and visible to the parents right on their webpage! How cool is that! The homework assignments are separated by grades and by class so as long as you know the name of your childs teacher, their homework assignment is only a click away.

Now, here is something really cool that I want to talk about at Our Lady of Czestochowa. We all know sometimes it is hard to find a great playground in Jersey City that we feel is safe enough for our kiddies and clean and of course, fun! Well at Our Lady of Czestochowa they are doing something about it for the Jersey City Community! They have this ongoing project called Operation Playground! Operation playground is a project made to help create and support the making of a new playground at OLC. It is a project led by volunteers in the community. They want to get this playground back up and running after Hurricane Sandy. At OLC they know and understand the importance  of physical activity to the children. If you want to learn more about this project or if you would like to volunteer in any way give the website a look. And don’t forget to check out how to register your child if Our Lady of Czestochowa has already caught your eye.