Camp Riverbend Beach Party Open House

Choosing a summer camp?  Come in from the cold…to Camp Riverbend’s Beach Party Open House!  Saturday January 20, 10 am – 12 noon for prospective campers of all ages (3-14).  Riverbend counselors will be leading tropical games, crafts and cooking activities for kids and parents.  Meet our directors and tour the camp grounds.  Please email [email protected] or call 908-580-CAMP to reserve your space.   Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown Jersey City.  Daily summer bus service included.

Healthy Snacks for kids

Snack Time!  Healthy Snacks for kids 

Is it just me, or do your kiddos ask for snacks on average at least once per hour? Often this is out of boredom, so gentle distraction or change of focus is all it takes to divert attention to something else. When genuine hunger strikes, don’t just reach for the animal crackers or cheerios. Fostering healthy eating habits starts from day 1, if you are offering up fresh vegetables, fruits and real food, kids will take notice and develop a taste for it. If there is always an alternative, in the form of allegedly “healthy” snacks like sugary yogurt or animal crackers, kids to will gravitate towards those.

Here’s an eye opening statistic according to the American Heart Association (AHA), by the age of 4, children on average, consume more than double the amount of recommended added sugar for their age. The next time you want to grab that vanilla or chocolate milk, or fruit yogurt cup, think twice, they have on average 18-24 grams of sugar, that’s as much as ice cream.

The AHA suggests that preschoolers should consume less than 3 teaspoons (or 12 grams) daily. Children ages 4-8 should consume no more than about 4 teaspoons a day (or 16 grams). As your child grows into pre-teen and teen years, and caloric range increases, the maximum amount of added sugar included in a daily diet should be approximately 5 teaspoons of added sugar (20 grams).

It’s no secret that most convenience snacks that allege to be healthy, are in fact NOT. Often they are loaded with sodium, sugar and other additives. Here are some alternatives for healthy and nutritious snacks to stack your cupboards with:

Healthy Snacks for kids Granola Bars – most bars have 16 grams of sugar or more, seek out bars will 5 grams of sugar or less – Health Warrior Chia Bars, Trader Joe’s Nut Bars, Kind Bars, Mini Perfect Bars

 

 

Cereal – most have 10-16 grams of sugar per serving – seek out options with less than 5 grams per serving – Kashi original, Bear Naked Granola and Ezekiel are all great options

Healthy Snacks for kids Yogurt, milk and dairy drinks – most have 16 grams of sugar or more, seek out unsweetened, NATURAL, sodium free and full fat probiotic dairy products, lactose found in dairy, is already a naturally occurring sugar

 

Healthy Snacks for kids

Chips & Vegetable Chips – these tend to be full of sodium and hydrogenated oil with little to no nutritional value whatsoever – opt for air popped popcorn, or baked crackers with bean, other grains (barley, quinoa, spelt etc) nuts and seed eg. Luke’s Organic Been and Seed Crackers

Cookies & Sweets – instead, offer up dried or freeze dried fruit – figs, apricots and dates are all loaded with natural sugar and satisfy a sweet tooth, freeze dried berries are also super crunchy, sweet and tart, all great options with zero added sugar, fat and butter, found in most cookies


Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
– now that the weather is warming up, the daily sounds of the ice cream truck and strategic placement of Italian ice stands EVERYWHERE can prove very difficult to distract attention from. Try to opt for natural cooling unsweetened lemonade with fresh fruit (often found in our local Farmer’s Markets), caffeine free iced teas (berry, citrus and passion fruit iced teas are all naturally sweet), or DIY popsicles made from crushed fruit

When kids do indulge in sweet sugary treats, which they SHOULD, just be conscious of it and balance the rest of the food for the day with healthier options offering up loads of vegetables and lean proteins. Moderation is key!

About the Author

ErinRose Baldry is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, fitness instructor and food and nutrition specialist. She is passionate about exercise, cooking and sharing her knowledge to help and inspire others. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about nutrition, recipes, or getting your fitness on, please reach out!

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The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

 

An Interview with Jean-François, Center Director, The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ is located in downtown Jersey City and walking distance from Grove Street Path Station. The French American Academy opened in the former St Mary High School. Their charming 3-story building, offers 30 classrooms with bright light, warm colors and ample space. We were warmly greeted by their faculty and students. A special thank you to their center director, Jean-François, for giving us his time.

When did The French American Academy of Jersey City open it’s doors:

This school is part of a group of schools called the French American Academy founded 10 years ago. The French American Academy first opened three Pre-K classes in September 2007 in Dumont, NJ. The school has grown ever since.

We moved to a bigger campus in New Milford in Bergen County in July 2010 and shortly after  opened a second campus in Morris Plains in Morris County in September 2010. The Jersey City campus opened its doors in 2012.

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What kind of curriculum do you follow & how is it different from other schools in the area:

The French American Academy of Jersey City is a private bilingual school. We offer an early-start, gradual immersion, dual language (French and English) education to students from Pre-K2 through 4th grade. From Sep 2017, we are expanding to 5th grade.

In Sep 2018 we will open the Middle school in Jersey City with 6th, 7th and 8th grades with French, American & Spanish tracks. We will be accepting students from various international backgrounds and communities.


There is more emphasis on the French language in the early years (Pre-K-Kindergarten) to set up the foundations. From 1st grade, instruction in English gradually increases and by 5th grade children are spending about 60% in French and 40% in English.

Bilingualism is at the core of our curriculum and in some classes like in science, students are taught in both languages with both an American and a French teacher present in the classrooms. It’s a demanding bilingual curriculum with an emphasis on projects and investigation. In our community, we welcome children from families whether these families speak French at home, or English or another language.

Our school is accredited by both, Middle School Association on College and Schools, and the National French Ministry of Education, and is a member of New Jersey Association of Independent School.

Pre-school jersey cityWhat is the student/teacher ratio in your school: 
5:1 in Pre-K (the legal requirement is 6:1)
8:1 in Pre-K for three year old (the legal requirement is 10:1)
10:1 in Pre-K for four year old (the legal requirement is 12:1)
12:1 in Kindergarten (the legal requirement is 15:1)
16:1 in First Grade (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)
18:1 in Second Grade and up (there is no more legal obligation but the public school ratio is usually 25:1)

Pre-school in jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ school day runs from 8.30am -3.15pm. Before-school-care opens at 7:30am.
After-school-care starts at 3.15pm and ends at 6:30pm.
A bus from Bus4us company brings the students from Weehawken / Hoboken to Jersey City in the morning and take them back in the afternoon.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

In Jersey City we partner with Simply Gourmet. You can easily order your child’s lunch online with them or send your child with a lunch box. Their meals are nutritious, delicious, and kid friendly. Our other campuses have their own catering company. We have this planned for Jersey City too in the future.

Elementary School jersey cityWhat extracurricular activities do you offer:

Enrichment classes typically run from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Offerings may include:
Art, Sports (Soccer, Tennis and Team Games), Hip-Hop, Music (Guitar and Piano private lessons), Chess, Cooking, Woodworking, Programming
Our Enrichment Program offers every day at least two different classes: one for older children and one for younger children.

Students also enjoy a huge inhouse  gymnasium for physical education or indoor recess.

Do you offer Summer Camp programs:

The French American Academy, Jersey City’s Summer Camp program runs for 8 weeks (end June – mid August)

We also offer mini camps in February and over Spring break.

What would you like to say to our families:

Everyone is welcomein The French American Academy, Jersey City, NJ! We also have Financial Aid budgets for qualifying families.
The French American Academy is a school of excellence and we hope you will give this gift to your child.

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Camp Riverbend Open House, Sunday Jan 22

Choosing a camp for this summer?

Come sample Camp Riverbend’s awesome summer activities this winter at our “Secret Agent Training” session.  We will have lots of fun Riverbend activities for kids and parents, run by our amazing counselors, including  spy games, undercover crafts and secret-ingredient cooking.  Take a tour of the camp site with our directors.  Free!  RSVP required to [email protected] or 908-580-CAMP.

Camp Riverbend is 30 minutes from downtown JC and Hoboken; daily summer bus service included.camp-riverbend-jan-17-open-house

All Saints Episcopal Day School Tour

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Tours are conducted during the school day to provide prospective families an opportunity to see the school in action. For families exploring admission for the 2017-2018 school year, tours are offered on the following Tuesdays:

 
September 20, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 11, 2016
November 22, 2016 
 
As space is limited, advance registration is required. To register, click here:
 
Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a brief presentation by the Head of School and a glance at our Spirituality assembly, followed by a tour. This event is intended for parents only.

All Saints Episcopal Day School Tour

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Tours are conducted during the school day to provide prospective families an opportunity to see the school in action. For families exploring admission for the 2017-2018 school year, tours are offered on the following Tuesdays:

September 20, 2016
September 27, 2016
October 11, 2016
November 22, 2016 

 

As space is limited, advance registration is required. To register, click here:
 
Please arrive by 8:45 AM for a brief presentation by the Head of School and a glance at our Spirituality assembly, followed by a tour. This event is intended for parents only.

Halloween Events in Jersey City

BOO!

Don’t get scared! We have a bunch of Halloween activities waiting for you!

Halloween is right around the corner and Jersey City will be full of spooky fun! Check out this list of Halloween Events you can bring your little ones to to get into the Halloween spirit 🙂

HALLOWEEN PARADE 2015

OCTOBER 30th @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Get your spookiest costumes on and head on over to Hamilton Park, October 28th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.!


Little Club Heads Halloween party in Jersey City Little Club Heads
When: Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Times: 7pm-9pm
Where: Grace Church Von Vorst, 39 Erie Street, Jersey City
Tickets must be purchased in advance to ensure admission space is limited.Cost: $10 Per Guest
Purchase Tickets: www.littleclubheads.com
Info: [email protected] or call 917 327-3268

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Haunted Halloween at Van Vorst Park!

The Van Vorst Park Association and Friends of Van Vorst Park present Haunted Halloween!

Stop by on Halloween, October 31st, 4:00 p.m.to 8 p.m. on Montogomery Street,Jersey City

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Family Halloween Bash : October 31st

Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall 119-158 Newark Ave, Jersey City

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It’s Halloween- Shake your GLOUL Thing!

The Barrow Mansion will be haunted and the VVPA is gearing up for a rocking Halloween Party!!

Spooky sips, ghoulish grub, devilish dancing—invite your friends and make this your very own Monster Mash!  We know you love to dress up so get your creative juices flowing….Prizes for best costumes—most creative, best couple and the scariest!!

A free drink is included with all ticket purchases before October 20th.   This is an Adults only event–ID’s will be checked at the door.

Get your ghoul on with us–we’re going to have a spooktacular time!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/its-halloween-shake-your-ghoul-thing-tickets-18742487284


Liberty Science Center presents: It’s A Spooky Sleepover! 

Family Halloween Camp In, Friday, October 23, 2015

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Explore the Center. Navigate our exhibits and theaters. Revel in spooky Halloween thrills, including monster performers, a zombie autopsy, a wizard workshop, and more! The cost is $60 per person, which includes all Halloween-themed activities and:

  • Open admission to all exhibit galleries
  • An evening snack and light breakfast
  • A movie in the world’s largest IMAX Dome theater
  • A captivating RealD 3D movie
  • Live science demonstrations

Call 201.253.1310 for more information and to register.


Spook or Science??? 

Wednesday, October 28, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
$30/child
Learn the science behind States of Matter and Spider Webs!

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                                                Halloween night Oct 31st – A family friendly event 

  •             Ghost walks with Characters
  •             Children’s games & activities
  •              Pumpkin painting, Prizes
  •              candy apples, popcorn
  •               Hot dogs and refreshments,
                                                         The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery
                                                          435 Newark Avenue
                                                          Jersey City, NJ  07302
                                                          www.jerseycitycemetery.org
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                                                                Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest 

Based on requests from the City Council and members of the community, the City of Hoboken annual Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest has been rescheduled and will be held on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 1:00pm. Line of march starts at 12:15pm on Washington Street between 13th Street and 14th Street. The parade will end at the Little League Field for the Costume Contest at 2:00pm.

The parade was previously scheduled for Friday, October 30th, 2015 due to conflicts with various events on Saturday including a 5K race and soccer games that take place on the field used for the costume contest. The soccer games have been rescheduled in order to accommodate the City Council and community’s request to hold the parade on Halloween.

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                                                                         Fright on Fourth Street

“Fright on Fourth street”, a Halloween block party, with music, photo booth, games and lots of fun for the kids and entire family. On 4th street between Jersey Ave and Coles 2-6pm On October 24th 2015.

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 Pumpkin & Spice Party

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175 Newark Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey
(201) 918-6988

“Join us for our biggest party of the year! On Friday, October 30th, we will be having our Pumpkin & Spice Party. Members and non-member are welcome! There will be lots of fun activities, snacks, music, and dancing. We have two time-options available. Make sure to reserve a spot ahead of time.”

 

Weekend Events in Jersey City, October 16-18

There are two weeks left until Halloween, but that doesn’t mean the fun is winding down in Jersey City and surrounding areas!

Have you been to ARTober JC yet?

This event lasts all of October and is meant to celebrate the value of art in Jersey City. This event is free.

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The ARTober JC Ward Highlight Weeks are as follows:
• JSQ/McGinley Square: Monday, October 12 – Sunday, October 18
• Greenville/West Side: Monday, October 19 – Sunday, October 25
• Downtown/Bergen-Lafayette: Monday, October 26 – Friday, October 30

JC International Television and Film Festival

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Friday, October 16, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This event is free as well!

Opening Night Reception and Film Screening.  Please visit the event website for showings, venues and tickets. jcitff.org

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and

Friday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s 40th anniversary!

Best Side Festival

Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Jersey City Cultural Affairs presents the 1st annual Best Side Festival

Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the West Side Ave

Don’t miss the Farmer’s Market on Sunday, October 18! 

Stop by the Farmer’s Market at Lincoln Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Michelle Timek Yoga-Grand Opening Party!

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Michelle Timek has a new location! Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Enjoy mini Tuscan inspired food and wine delights.

Plus, prizes to give, Twister to play, new and old friends to see and other fun surprises to be had!

So, there is no excuse to stay in with a weekend full of fun activities and more! Pull out your calendars down and save the dates!

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Hi everyone! Before I begin speaking about Soaring Heights Charter School I would like to begin with something that is handed out to the parents and students (on the first day of classes I presume) that is to be agreed and signed upon:

STUDENT: I understand as a student of Soaring Heights Charter School, I agree to the following:

1.)   I will come to school ready to learn.
2.) I will have each day’s homework completed and ready to hand in.
3.) I will work to reach the highest expectations.
4.) I will respect my teachers.
Parents will acknowledge this contract by signing and returning it to school.

I wanted to begin this post with this agreement because I believe it shows the schools character. It shows what the Soaring Heights Charter School deems as important and so will be in turn be implementing in their students all throughout kindergarten to eighth grade. It’s a pretty smart way to start the school year if you ask me. It shows the child, and the parents, what lies ahead of them as well as teaches the child that they themselves are beginning to be more and more responsible for their own actions.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Keeping with the theme, the Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City has some strict policies on school arrival and departure time. The school allows for children to arrive at the school at 7:55 a.m. at the earliest and to stay afterschool up until 2:45 pm the latest, unless they will be participating in an after school program. The time is so strictly set because if a child is to arrive before the arrival time (which is earlier than the regular school day for those who would like to enjoy breakfast) they would be there unsupervised. The same goes for a child that stays in the school past the departure time.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

In regards to school breakfast, as I stated above, the Soaring Heights Charter school offers students breakfast starting at 7:55am. Now, both school breakfast and lunch is offered and available to students, however it is not free. Parents are required to pay for school meals on a weekly basis. Parents are to send either a check or cash along with a completed menu to the school by Friday for your child to receive lunch. I am not sure on the schools policy on reduced or free lunch but as I always say, it doesn’t hurt to ask. So if you are interested or feel your child should be eligible for free lunch ask the school administration. They should lead you in the right direction.

At the Soaring Heights Charter School a school uniform is required. Students are required to wear khaki, black or navy pants, skirts or jumpers. They are to wear plain solid white shirts or sweaters. The shirts could also be of the solid colors light blue or navy. The following clothing items are not allowed:

  • Leggings, jeggings, skinny fit pants, jeans or tight fitting pants
  • Hats
  • Open toed shoes
  • Baggy clothing items

There is also a gym uniform requirement at the Soaring heights. Students are required to wear either sweatpants or shots with sweatshirts that are all black without any stripes or writing with the exception of the school logo. The shirt is required to have the school logo. The sneakers must have white soles and say “no skid marks” on the sole; I am not too sure on the reasoning for this, so be sure to ask if you have any questions.

Soaring Heights Charter School in Jersey City

Interested in applying to the Soaring Heights Charter School? Well the school is currently accepting applications. Simply visit their website at www.soaringheightscharterschool.com/application.php and click on the link to download the pdf version of the application. Print it, fill it out and mail the application form to the following address; Soaring Heights Charter School 1 Romar Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07305. The annual lottery will be held soon, on January 13th at 6:00pm so be sure to get those application forms in!

If you would like a follow-up on if the school received your application form, give the school a call. Remember to give the mail man enough time for delivery. And as always, happy school hunting!

Four years ago Vanessa Morales set out on a mission to become a school guidance counselor. Ever since, her eyes have been open to how the education system has been struggling, leading her to the path where she is now; researching on ways to better the education system that exists for young ones. She notes and blogs what she has found that has been working and continues to attend college to further educate herself on what can and needs to be done.

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Learning Community Charter School: A school with a place for every child

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Hi everyone! I’m here to tell you a bit about yet another school- The Learning Community Charter School. The Learning Community Charter School is an independent public school located in Jersey City. The school is just a block away from Lincoln Park for those of you who would love a nearby park to take your little ones to. The Learning Community Charter School serves to educate children between the grades Pre-K through the 8th Grade. The Pre-K classes aim to have at most 15 students in each class and classes from Kindergarten to the 8th grade aim to have about 20 students in each class. Want to pay the school a visit for yourself? Feel free to stop by on Monday December 16th for a tour at 6 and 6:30. There is no need to RSVP. There will also be a later tour date available on  Friday, January 3rd at 9:30 and 10am.

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The Admission process for the learning community charter school in Jersey City is done in a lottery style fashion. Applicants must apply to the school within the deadline. The lottery determines, at random, who is accepted to the school and who is placed on the waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be contacted once an opening occurs. If no response is made then the school will move on to the next person on the list. The list of applicants is refreshed every year, re-using the lottery method. Applications for the 2014-2015 school year are now being accepted at the Learning Community Charter School now up till Friday January 3rd at 3pm.

At the Learning Community Charter School in Jersey City both breakfast and lunch are made available at the school to the students. The calendar for what meals will be made available on a daily basis is up on the schools website (www.lccsnj.org) for the parents to download if interested. There is a calendar both for the breakfast menu and for the lunch menu to lessen any confusion. As in many schools, lunch is provided at a slight cost. The student breakfast cost $1.60. The student lunch comes at a little more of a cost, $3.00. Now, if you think you would qualify to receive free or reduced lunch there is an application link available on the website. The cost of the reduced breakfast is $0.30 and the cost for the reduced lunch is $0.40, so please do take advantage of the reduced/free meal option if it is available for you.

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While looking at the curriculum and classes offered at the Learning Community Charter School I was sort of taken a back when I saw the extensive list. Many of the things offered are for sure not mandatory to be provided, which is great to see. It gives me the feeling that this school truly does care to give its students an experience that they will forever appreciate. Yes, the school of course offers English Language arts, math, science, physical education and social studies. But the courses that put an extra smile on my face were visual arts, wingspan arts (which is a non-profit program that all students from 5th grade to 8th grade engage in for an hour once a week exposing them to performing, visual, media and literary arts), hip hop elements, play at poetry, digital photography and graphic design (designs the yearbook), Afro- Caribbean drumming and step it up (where students learn to step; make rhythmic patterns using their hands and feet). There are so many options here for each child that wherever they choose to go they should learn, grow and most importantly experience something new to help them feel more comfortable or “at home” in their school.

Learning Community Charter SchooYou may be overwhelmed with all of the course options I just threw at you but be prepared for one more thing; the THINK TANK after school program at the learning community charter school. The think tank after school program is offered daily from 3:15-6 pm and from 12:20-6 pm on most half days. It is set in place for both activities and homework help. There are three sessions of this program each year and they do require a fee. If you or your child is interested in attending the after school program please contact the school for more information on how the payment works. They are willing to work with families who may not be able to afford the entire payment. No child left behind right? Also, students are allowed to do a one day drop in at the after school program but also at a charge; usually $18 but again, contact the school if this does not work for you and see what they can do. It never hurts to take the chance especially with a school that is willing to help.

The Learning Community Charter School sounding good for you so far? Don’t forget the applications are due by January 3rd! Also, remember you can drop into any of the upcoming tours on Monday December 16th and Friday January 3rd. Hope it is the school for you! Happy School Searching!

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