JC Baby Fair’18 in Jersey City – ($2 Entry Fee)

JC Baby Fair 2018: Baby Fair In Jersey City For expecting and new parents

Supported by : Harborside, Carepoint, JCFamilies & Downtown Pharmacy

Please fill the following FORM to attend the JCBaby Fair’18

The journey to motherhood begins the moment one starts planning for a family. While it can be rewarding and fulfilling, it comes with some challenges too. We want to make this journey easier for you by bringing important information and resources at your doorstep. Whether you are thinking of having a baby, expecting, or a new mom, JC Baby Fair’18 is just the event for you. Here is what we have planned for you:

  • Breastfeeding Consultation:Breast Feeding can be difficult for some in those early days. Our experts can give you some great tips.
  • Product Samples: The market is flooded with baby products. Product samples can help you choose the right one for your children.
  • Raffle Prizes & Giveaways: There is always a long list of “must buys” for families. We have some essentials that would make any family happy.
  • Massage for Parents: Happy Family, Happy Baby! Pamper yourself with that much needed massage for those busy days.
     
    Please note that there is a nominal entrance fee which covers both  events:  $2.00 per individual (all ages, babies to grandparents). JCFamilies is a charitable(501(c)-3) organization and this small fee helps us to cover our costs.
    Some of the activities included in the entrance fee:
    12:00 am – Magic/Puppet Show with Wings of Magic
    1:00 pm – Music with Ron Albanese Polka Dots

For updates on event information visit our website at www.jcfamilies.com

-EXHIBITORS:

The Brunswick School: the newest preschool in Downtown Jersey City, offers child care and schooling from six months through Kindergarten.

Kiddie Academy   Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park:

Jersey City’s NEWEST child care with the OLDEST roots!

Come see what everyone is buzzing about! Did you know that KAHP is Jersey City’s #1 ranked child care center and #1 ranked summer camp program? Come experience our difference today! We are thrilled to offer a comprehensive, 12 month program for children 6 weeks – 12 years of age. Our facility provides oversized classroom spaces, award-winning faculty, onsite administration, a fun, hands-on learning environment with a curriculum designed and maintained by our Educational Advisory Board of professors. We offer community building events, live streaming webcam access, electronic daily reporting and gourmet meals freshly prepared onsite by our team of chefs!  Join in the fun on Instagram by following us @kiddieacademyofhamiltonpark  We look forward to having you join our growing family!

 

Waterfront Montessori: is an International Baccalaureate World School offering Montessori education for students from age 2 through Grade 8 and the IB Middle Years Program for students in Grades 6 through 8.

The British Swim School: From infants to adults, British Swim School offers swimming lessons that teach water safety and survival skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Our mission is that everyone, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to become a safe and happy swimmer!

True Dental

My Gym: offers kids birthday parties, Mommy and Me, gymnastics camps and other fantastic fun filled programs for ages 6 weeks – 10 years.

Carepoint

Little Movers PT:Physical therapy for mom and baby.

Tanya Buran: High quality professional baby photography service from Tanya Buran, Jersey City NJ resident photographer. Newborn, infant, baby, child, children, family photography at the convenience of your home or in studio in downtown Jersey City

Chilltown: Chilltown United will be collecting diapers at the event for their second annual “Clean Start Diaper Drive”. A lack of clean diapers affects the economic, emotional, and physical health and well-being of the entire family. Babies require 6-10 diapers a day. Diapers aren’t covered by government assistance programs and can cost low income families over $1,000 annually. The group is accepting baby wipes and diapers of all brands and sizes, with a special need for older toddler diapers size 4-6. This can include unopened boxes or sleeves of diapers.

Downtown Pharmacy: Easy to Access and Manage your RX needs. Refill and manage your prescriptions 24 hours a day by phone or order your refill online in just a few easy steps. Transferring prescriptions easy, too! Simply bring your old bottle to your local Downtown Pharmacy.

Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness

New York Life Insurance

Hartshorn Portraiture: Our NJ Portrait Studio specializes in Family Portraits, Pregnancy & Maternity Photography, Newborn Baby Portraits, Children Portraits & Boudoir Photography. Servicing NJ, NYC and NY areas.

One Hatched:  Connecting new parents with the professionals who care for them

Leaning Ladders: School for 0-13 years following IB curriculum

SPONSORS FOR BABY FAIR IN JERSEY CITY :

Babyganics: Babyganics creates products parents need to create a world where their babies are free to develop, thrive and grow boldly.

Baby Mantra: Baby Mantra proudly offers EWG Verified skin care products for babies, kids and expectant moms.

Pearhead: Unique and personalized gifts and keepsakes for your baby’s special moments.

Fridababy: Fridababy is the brand that gets parents. That means you. We are not a lifestyle. Far from it. We are a solution-based brand. The 411 of parenting. The who-do-I-call-in-the-middle-of-the-night-cause-my-baby-won’t-stop-screaming brand.

My Super Foods Company: Organic kids snack food company, MySuperFoods, founded by moms with a social mission to end childhood hunger. We empower parents and grow healthy SuperKids.

Photography by Esohe: specializes in newborn, maternity and family photography.

MAM: Everything you need to know about your baby & innovative baby products to support parents.

Pediped Outletpediped footwear offers a variety of stylish and comfortable shoes for children that promote healthy foot development.

Covered Goods: Multi-Use Nursing Covers And Breastfeeding Covers.

GoSili: Safe, modern silicone tableware. A smart alternative to plastics in the kitchen. Universal Silicone Tops,Silicone Cups, Reusable Silicone Straws and much more

ergoPouch: natural fibre baby swaddles, sleeping bags, sleep suit bags and more.

b.box: Functional everyday baby essentials with a difference. Drinking, Feeding, Bottles, Storage.

Yelp: User Reviews and Recommendations of Best Restaurants, Shopping, Nightlife, Food, Entertainment, Things to Do, Services and More at Yelp.

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BABY FAIR IN JERSEY CITY

Parenting in Public – Trying to leave

Parenting in Public – Trying to leave by Sara Zaidi, A child therapist

It’s always a struggle getting kids to leave when they are having fun. They aren’t bound by time constraints like adults and this can result in a battle.

  • Saying the right thing when you’re ready to leave

Before we arrive wherever it is that we are going, I remind the children what time we have to leave i.e. after lunch or before nap etc. Once that time comes, I walk over to them, ask them what they are doing and then say, “it looks like you’re having fun, play for a little bit longer and then start wrapping up when you’re ready, we just have a few more minutes left.” They are more likely to listen when I walk over to them and they know that I understand how involved they are, as opposed to yelling it across from a room when they will either choose to ignore me or yell back, saying that they don’t want to leave yet. Allowing them to “wrap up when they are ready” gives them some sense of control and they are less likely to protest when its time to leave. I also remind them of what we have planned next so they have something to look forward to.

  • Time warnings

Next, I give them three time warnings – at ten minutes, five minutes and two minutes. At one minute I begin packing our things, putting on my coat etc. At the five minute mark I ask them to begin finishing up whatever it is that they are doing. It’s essential to allow children to complete whatever task they are in the middle before asking them to leave. It’s difficult for them to disengage because they don’t have the same sense of time and responsibility that we do.

  • Incorporating clean up in their play

If the children are having a hard time putting things away or disengaging, I incorporate the departure in their play. For example, if one is playing with trucks or cars, I tell him to park them in the right spot for the night so they can also rest. Sometimes they don’t want another child touching their things, so I ask them to give it to the teacher to hold it for them or put it on a higher shelf until next time. (It’s easier to do this than to get in to an argument over why it’s okay for other children to play with it– that’s a discussion for another time).

  • Modeling behavior

I ask them to thank the hosts, give a hug and say goodbye. If they are reluctant I model behavior for them and we have the “how-to-be-polite” discussion on our way home! The travails of parenthood!

 

Sara Zaidi is a child therapist and the creator of Building Healthy Minds and Happy Families. With advanced degrees in psychology and mental health and over ten years of clinical experience, Sara helps parents navigate through the challenging early stages of their children’s lives by explaining the cognitive, emotional and social development of children from a neurological and behavioral perspective. Read her parenting blog at www.sara-zaidi.com/parenting-blog and visit www.sara-zaidi.com to learn more about her work.

 

Preschool of Rock Pop up Family Jam in Downtown JC

Preschool of Rock Pop Up Family Jam: Classes at $15 per class -that’s a 50% discount
An interactive 45 minute parent and me music classes performed live on guitar and drums. Our high energy children’s music class is filled with drumming, shaking, dancing, laughter, and instrument discovery.
Only 20 kids in the session so please pay to save your spot.

Buy your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2xvvfZ4https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DZGFZHZCR8DEG

More about PRESCHOOL OF ROCK

PRESCHOOL OF ROCK IS REDEFINING MUSIC EDUCATION FOR THE YOUNG CHILD BY INSPIRING CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE, AND FREEDOM THROUGH CARING ROLE MODELS, INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM, CULTURALLY DIVERSE INSTRUMENTS AND HIP MUSIC.

http://www.preschoolofrock.com/about/#.WbAdqa2ZOqA

The fees is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Preschool of Rock Back to School Jam in Downtown JC

How to Talk to Your Teen About Anxiety

There’s a myth that talking about anxiety only makes it worse, as if making someone think about being anxious will make them anxious. This is false, as it assumes that anxiety is only triggered when teens are actively thinking about what makes them anxious. Anxiety disorders don’t work like that. For many, anxiety is more than just moments of stress and nervousness – anxiety is an overarching condition that affects people even when they aren’t actively thinking about it.

 

In reality, talking about anxiety is the first step to helping your adolescent overcome it. Here are some tips for how to go about this without being “naggy” or exerting too much pressure.

 

Let them know that anxiety is normal

 

The first thing you can do to set you and your teen on a positive path is to define what anxiety is and what it is not. Anxiety is a physical or behavioral response to thoughts, usually concerning the unknown. Anxiety is normal and all humans experience it. Anxiety can become a problem when you let it affect your day-to-day life, social interactions, and relationships with others.

 

What anxiety is not is an illness or disease. If your teen knows that their anxiety, while heightened and possibly problematic, is not outside the boundaries of normal thought, they will be more likely to open up to you about it.

 

“Educate yourself about anxiety and its adaptive role in helping humans survive,” says ParentLine.com.  “Explain the physical changes in the human body when danger is perceived (sweaty hands, blood to extremities, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing etc.). By explaining these you are helping to normalize anxiety as well as assisting your child in identifying and understanding the way their own body reacts when anxious.”

 

Let them know that their anxiety is real

 

Whether you think there is any rational basis in your teen’s anxiety is pointless. It is real to them, no matter what you think. It’s incredibly important to make sure they know that you recognize their anxiety as real. If not, they will have a harder time opening up to you.

 

“Does hearing ‘Don’t worry. Relax!’ help you when you’re anxious about something? It probably doesn’t comfort your child much, either. It’s important to acknowledge that your child’s fears are real. Your empathy will increase the chances that your child will accept your guidance and be motivated to work on reducing anxiety,” notes AnxietyBC.com.

 

Encourage a dialog, but don’t nag them to ‘get over it’

 

This is where the delicate nature of parenting really comes into play. You need to encourage an open dialog with your child but you need to prevent yourself from overstepping and moving into the “pressuring” territory.

 

You should empathize with your child’s anxiety but you should not encourage it. For example, you should tell them you understand that they don’t want to go to school today for whatever reason, but you should not let them stay home from school.

 

Be specific about the anxiety

 

When discussing anxiety with your teen, it’s not enough to just accept that they are stressed out, nervous, or scared. You need to do what you can to make the anxiety as specific as possible and provide encouragement in the form of possible solutions.

 

Here’s an example: If your teen is worried about falling behind at school and expresses specific anxiety about not understanding coursework, then you can provide a specific solution like tutoring (don’t worry; you can usually negotiate on price) or talking to the teacher. If your child just says they are nervous about school, it’s hard to help.

 

The bottom line is that you must normalize, accept, but also eventually push back against your teen’s anxiety. In order to do any of this, however, you must build a comfortable situation where teens will be responsive to a dialog. Once you begin talking about the specifics of anxiety, you’ll be able to offer possible solutions.

Author

 

Noah writes for WellnessVoyager and enjoys offering his travel expertise to readers.

 

Photo Credit: Pixabay.com

Family Events in Jersey City This Summer

Summertime Fun in Jersey City

Summertime is the perfect time for the entire family to attend tons of cool events together. The kids are out of school, parents often get some time off, and the days are longer. You and the family can fit in tons of awesome activities into one single day or spread them out over the entire summer. However you decide to spend your time, there is no shortage of family activities to partake in in Jersey City this summer.

Let’s check out some of the best family events in Jersey City this summer. Whether you are looking for indoor activities, outdoor activities, educational activities, or something else, there is a little something for everyone this summer.

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4th Annual Cultural Diversity Festival

On August 26, 10 am to 2 pm, come and stop by at the 4th annual cultural diversity festival.

“Jersey City has one of the most diverse populations in the United States. Here you can find 75 languages spoken in the public schools. The city is engulfed in a blanket of diversity and is truly a melting pot. The festival is a day of celebrating the diversity in our community. There will be an array of fun and culture-related activities planned for the whole family, arts & crafts, musical acts, dancers, an art show and — of course — lots of delicious food representing the diversity in Jersey City.
This unique and special event would be a great opportunity for children and families to experience the vibrant and diverse cultures of Jersey City! Please join us at Hamilton Park, JC.”
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Annual “Summer City” Block Party

Shuster Group & Hamilton House are hosting a FREE end-of-summer kid-centric block party with a petting zoo, music, food & lots of activities!

Join us as we host our 2nd annual end of summer block party! Treat your kids to a day of fun under the sun. We have transformed two blocks near Jones park into a unique, kid friendly celebration! We welcome you to explore the wonders of Summer City.

Activities:
• Crafts & Activities
• Bounce House
• Petting Zoo & Face Painting
• Live Entertainment
• Local Food Vendors
• Basketball Competition

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The 2017 Chili Cook-Off and Mac & Cheese Showdown Extravaganza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The return of the 4th Street Arts Chili Cook-Off and Mac & Cheese Showdown together for the first time ever.

We will also be hosting The Thirsty Quaker who will be creating a curated Beer Tasting – more info to come soon.

 

 

Celebrate Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, September 16th with the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Sixth Annual All About Downtown Street Festival from Noon-8pm!

We are hosting over 250+ unique vendors from The Grove Path Plaza all the way to Coles Street!

This year we’ve teamed up with DayTrippers NJ to provide a shuttle bus service to and from the fair.

Our kid’s area will be packed with rides, face painting, games and shops for the little ones. (First Street)

Summer Film Series: Hamilton Park, Jersey City

Hamilton Park has been offering movies in the parks in Jersey City since 2013, and they will be offering them again this year on the following dates: June 23, July 28, August 25, September 23, and October 14. Movies begin at sundown. Keep checking the Summer Film Series page on the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association website for more information!

Hamilton Park has been offering movies in the parks in Jersey City since 2013, and they will be offering them again this year on the following dates:

August 25th- Star Wars – The Force Awakens

September 23rd – The Jungle Book

October 14th – The Nightmare Before Christmas

Movies begin at sundown. Bring something to sit on.

Shakespeare at the Park – Hamilton Park

July 20 – Romeo & Juliet

Performed by Hudson Shakespeare Company – Rain or Shine at the Gazebo

“Magicians’ Face-off” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Magic shows in Jersey City

Enjoy a “Magicians‘ Faceoff” at this year’s JC Families Education Fair!

We are inviting a group of talented magicians to show off their magical skills to our young audiences!
Get ready to be tricked, inspired and entertained!

JC Education Fair 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only fair in Jersey City where you can get information about & speak to the representatives of major Schools,Day Cares  & Activity Centers,Classes in & around Jersey City & Hoboken

JERSEY CITY! Take a look at the list of schools, daycare and activity Centers that will be attending #JCEducationFair  Saturday 23rd from 10am to 2pm in Hamilton Park.
Jersey City Recreation Department
The Early Childhood Department of the Jersey City Public Schools

Jack Horner’s Dino Dig

Family Events in Jersey City This Summer

If your kids love digging, discovering, and dinosaurs – boy have we found the best event for you! At Liberty Science Center, this dino dig is educational and heaps of fun. According to the website:

“Guests will have the unique opportunity to experience a paleontological expedition during the exhibition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period buried in the 35 tons of sand that will cover the specially designed space.” So, let your kids explore the rich history of the past and have fun while doing it! It is definitely one of the best family events in Jersey City this summer.


Yoga at Hamilton Park

August 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th

By Butterfly and Bird Yoga

10 dollars requested

Please bring a mat, water and towel

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

All about Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, NJ

An Interview with Joanne Johnson, Director of the new and growing Kiddie Academy, Educational Child Care in Hamilton Park, NJ

Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park

 

 

 

 

When did Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park open its doors:

Our Hamilton Park location opened in July of 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience for us so far! The community has been so warm and welcoming. We love seeing our neighbors, and try to participate in as many community events as possible. It’s great to see our families out at the community events too. The majority of our families live right here in Hamilton Park! In NJ we have 4 sister sites including us; Hoboken, Hamilton Park, Florham Park and Secaucus. All of our centers are committed to providing exceptional experiences for our students and their families. While Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park may be a brand new facility, the company is grounded in roots stemming back 36 years, making us Downtown Jersey City’s newest childcare, with the oldest roots!

Pre-school Jersey City

How many classrooms do you have here:

We have 10 classrooms and also have an indoor gymnasium.

What are the age groups of children enrolled:

We have a broad age range. We start with children as young as six weeks of age and go through Kindergarten for full time care. We also accommodate children up to the age of twelve. The older children come for winter breaks, spring breaks, before & after care and summer camp.  To secure a space, families may enroll for any age group as far as two years in advance. We do not require an application. Families can simply call in and learn about availability free of charge. We strive to make our operations as convenient as possible for our families.

Private school jersey cityWhat is your teacher/child ratio in your classrooms:

Our ratios vary based on the specific age group. We follow all NJ state regulations.

Do you provide an option for catered lunch:

We have a commercial kitchen at our facility.  We provide, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack & low fat and whole milk (certified organic). Meals are prepared fresh daily using all natural, organic ingredients. For our student’s safety, the school is nut free. In the event of a student allergy and/or preference, our catering company will create meals for the child that meet their dietary restrictions.

Summer camp Jersey cityDo you have early drop off and after care options available:

Our operating hours are from 7am through 6.30pm. Families enjoy the benefit of being able to bring their children here anytime during those hours without incurring additional charges. This is a tremendous advantage for working families that can at times have unreliable schedules or face commuting delays. By offering unrestricted schedules throughout our operating hours, we have enabled our families to use our services without fear of unnecessary late fees and avoid commuting stress.

Day cares jersey cityWhat kind of curriculum do you follow:

Our curriculum called is called Life Essentials and is based on the 4 Pillars of Learning. Those pillars are: Technology, Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Character Education and Health & Fitness. The curriculum is written and developed at our corporate headquarters in Maryland and is overseen by our Curriculum Advisory Board. Board members, Dr.Rivkin, Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Rogowsky and Dr. Watson-Thompson work collaboratively to evaluate and refresh our curriculum. Refreshed curriculums are piloted for a year at a corporately owned school prior to being rolled out to our centers. This ensures that it is as finely tuned as possible by the time it comes to us.

Each teacher is able to enhance the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of their current students. Having this flexibility enables us to provide an experience that is tailored to our current student body.  Additionally, children from 6 weeks – 2 years of age receive an individualized lesson plan that is unique to them. To ensure that we are continuing to develop plans that meet our students needs and support their learning, our faculty complete developmental checklists and compile student portfolios for each child. We offer live streaming webcams in all classrooms, so parents can log in and watch as their child learns and explores! Also included are electronic daily student reports so parents are always aware of what happened during their child’s day.

What extracurricular activities do you offer:

We incorporate Spanish and American Sign Language into our curriculum. Additionally, we enhance our curriculum with a Music program called Kindermusik. Our older students also enjoy the benefits of having technology in their classrooms. Whether it’s a smart table, computer, or touch screen smart board, we teach our students how to interact with technology in a purposeful way that will support their understanding and engagement with these tools.

Do you offer a Summer Camp program:

Absolutely! All existing students are automatically enrolled in our Summer Camp. Children from the community can also enroll in the camp program. Summer camp is broken down by age group and is geared towards students 2 years through 12 years of age. Campers will experience a summer like no other! Campers enjoy field trips, camp activities and splash days! We are thrilled to launch our brand new Biological Sciences Experience this summer! Campers will have an opportunity to learn about, handle and interact with real specimens brought right to their classroom. Sharks, stingray, turtle, starfish, insects and reptiles are all of the list to be explored this summer at Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park! Enrollment is open to the community right now and will end once all spots have been filled. We urge interested families to enroll as soon as possible as space is limited.

What would you like to say to our families:

We are thrilled to be part of the community and invite you in to learn more about the services we offer. At Kiddie Academy of Hamilton Park, we are a community within a community! Many of our families have developed bonds and friendships through the school which has intern enhanced their experience living in Hamilton Park.  Our multicultural school population offers students a richly diverse learning experience that exposes them to a world beyond downtown. Our State of the Art Facility has been designed to optimally meet the needs of our student body. Our learning environment, makes the school an idyllic place for students to learn and families to come together. Our award winning faculty is at the heart of everything we do! They are among the top talent of early childhood educators in our area. We simply cannot say enough about them!  Additionally, a member of our leadership team is always on site to ensure the appropriate operations of the school and that our families always have a supervisor available to them.

We invite you to come learn more about the services we offer through a personal tour of the facility. For your convenience, tours are offered M-F 7am-6:30pm. We look forward to showing you our difference!

Check out the website: https://kiddieacademy.com

Call to schedule a tour : 201-241-4443

Related Blogs:The French American Academy, Smart Start Academy, Hamilton Park Montessori School, Apple Montessori School, List of other schools

Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids

Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids

This will quickly become a lunchbox favorite for your kiddos. The texture is light, airy, spongy, chocolatey & not the least bit dry. Also, as it’s not very sweet, it lends itself well to toasting as an oh so good and guilt free treat. After 4 days it still tastes fresh, so it will last the week, that is if it is not polished off in the mean time!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup natural plain unsweetened almond milk yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
2 eggs lightly whisked
1/2 cup vegetarian all natural protein powder
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1 tsp vanilla bean powder or pure extract
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup tahini or other seed butter
1/2 low sugar chocolate hazelnut spread*
1/2 dark chocolate mini chips
1/4 cup apple nectar or coconut nectar
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
*I like Nutiva organic hazelnut spread with flax which has about 40% less sugar than most
Method:
Pre-heat oven to 350*F
Mix together dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl whisk together wet ingredients (reserving chocolate chips and coconut sugar to the side until the end).
Add dry ingredients to wet, if batter still feels a bit tight or dry, just add a bit more milk.
Stir in most of the chocolate chips. Place batter in parchment lined loaf tin. Sprinkle top with remaining chocolate chips and coconut sugar. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 45min until tester comes out dry. Let cool in tin for about 10 min before taking out to cool on cooking wrack.
This loaf is best once it’s had a chance to rest and cool for a good hour. Chickpea flour tends to need that bit extra time.
Chocolate Bread : Lunch Ideas for kids
Lunch Ideas for kids

Charter Schools In Jersey City

Charter Schools In Jersey City

Sometimes a charter school is the best choice for your child and your family.  But with so many charter schools now in JC, how do you know which one to choose?  Although nothing can replace your own research and school visit, we’ve done a lot of the research for you.  JCFamilies has completed an extensive review of the most highly recommend charter schools and compiled our findings below.  We hope you find this helpful and informative.

Your 2018 Guide to Jersey City’s Most Recommended Charter Schools and Why You Should Enroll:

Charter Schools are an interesting concept- after all, they’re basically privately funded experimental educational programs.

 Many parents are saying public schools are failing, and charter schools attempt to provide a solution for that. Of course, what will work for your child all depends on your needs, and you know your child’s needs best- only you can make the decision.
Parents have a tough job- they need to tour the facility, interview the director and get a feel for the teachers. That’s a lot of stressful work, but it’s a necessary and life changing decision for your child. That’s why we  have complied ultimate Guide to Jersey City’s Most Recommended Charter Schools. While charter schools get a bad rep due to some attempts failing in the past, because each charter school is different you shouldn’t let those rumors scare you off. Do your research and inform yourself as much as possible in order to make the best decision for your child.
Here we provide you with a list of Jersey City’s Charter schools to get you started.
The Ethical Community Charter School


 The Ethical Community Charter School might be for you! This is a school that encourages as much student participation as possible; they encourage the students to ask questions and form their own opinions. This school takes advantage of the arts and uses it as a movement to integrate both fun and learning into one. They do a great job at mixing community into the learning aspect of the school. Some things you ought to 
know right away? Admissions! The admission process for the 2014-2015 school year is currently open. The closing date for admissions is on January 7th, 2014. There will be a lottery held on Thursday January 16th at 7pm in the school cafeteria. The lottery is the way in which this school chooses the students for the following year, that way everyone has an equal opportunity. If you wish to apply to this school you can find the application form on their website (http://www.teccs-jc.org/).

Also, if before you apply you would prefer to pay the school a visit then no problem! The school hosts tours every Friday at 9:30 am by appointment. All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] or give them a phone call at (201)984-4151 and book your appointment.


The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City is a school open for children in Kindergarten to the eighth grade. The curriculum for each grade group is made up by focusing and mixing three different elements. In the curriculum the staff incorporates responsive learning, multidisciplinary core curriculum and project-based learning. This style of teaching can accomplish many goals academically within the same time. For example, while students are being taught about information in one subject that are simultaneously using and strengthening their writing skills. This is one of the main goals at the Ethical Community Center School.


As I mentioned before, the Ethical Community Charter School fully believes in teaching children not only to act responsibly and how to treat each other but what it means to have responsibility. They take it upon themselves to instill in each child the meanings and reasoning behind respect. Teachers will take classroom opportunities to create a teaching lesson; every moment counts right? And if you feel that you would like a little more of this ethics style program the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City also has a C.A.R.E (Contributing to the community, Achieving excellence, Respecting yourself and others, and Exhibiting self-control) program in place to take this ideal a step further.

At The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City they also feel strongly on child health. Because of this, the school has rid of all of their vending machines. They use the lunch program as an opportunity to teach and educate the students about healthy eating habits.

If you’re looking for a school that takes every opportunity available to them and the students to be turned into a learning experience then the Ethical Community Charter School just may be for you. It is a caring environment that places high values on respect. So feel free to visit their website or visit the school itself on any Friday. Just be sure to do it soon as the application deadlines for the next school year is coming up.

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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BelovED Community Charter School 

A dedicated charter school located in Jersey City; a school that thrives from their “caring school climate” as they call it. At BelovEd Community Charter School they believe in helping the students to feel cared about in their environment which helps them to care about others in return. They believe in establishing this friendly environment because it brings the students a step closer to enjoying and loving school. We all know it’s always easier to learn when we are having a good time, why not apply this to the kid’s everyday curriculum!

Beloved is a place that would be committed to your child and his or her success. They understand that once a child becomes a student it is the responsibility of the faculty at BelovED Community Charter School to lead them onto the right path; preparing them for their success in school, college and future careers. So let’s talk about some of the things that BelovEd has to offer you folks in Jersey City!

To start off with, BelovEd Community Charter School offers a longer than average school day in order to provide children with the care that they need. The day begins with breakfast (for eligible students) at 7:45 am. Following breakfast, the school day runs from 8:00am – 4:15pm.

At BelovEd, they also offer the students an opportunity to stay at school longer through their aftercare program. This program is optional for any child that is interested until the time of 5:30pm. Parents and students can choose if they want their child to attend the aftercare program and what activities they get involved with. You can choose perhaps a sport or if you or your child feels they need a little extra help they can choose to use that time for assistance through tutoring.

BelovEd Community Charter School in Jersey City is a free of cost (yay!) public school that is open to all students equally, no favoritism, no advantages. They are currently open for accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school 
year. If you are interested in applying to BelovEd you could apply in multiple ways. One way you can apply to the school is by simply applying online. The second option is to print an application and submit it to the school. If you want to move fast then an online application is your way to go. However, if you feel more comfortable with submitting the application in person by all means! Plus, it’ll give you an opportunity to see the school for yourself. The application form needed can be found on their website (http://belovedccs.org/enroll/).

Want to visit the school and feel it out for yourself? Contact the school! (Contact information also provided on their website). You can either give them a call at 201-744-9775, or you can email them. In order to send the faculty at BelovEd an email you must visit their webpage and scroll all the way to the bottom in order to see their contact details. There you will see a link that says email us; click the link and all that is left to do is write your message. See if you can schedule your very own walk through, it never hurts to ask!

Happy School Hunting Everyone!

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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.

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.

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.


You 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!

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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Golden Door Charter School

 

A school that focuses on the achievements of each child “no exceptions, no excuses”. Well then, it is time to talk about The Golden Door Charter School! The Golden Door Charter School is a school located on 3044 Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City. So let’s talk about a bit of what Golden Door Charter School has to offer.

At Golden Door Charter School, they strive to provide parents and students with a safe and high quality learning environment for each and every student that attends. To get an idea of the curriculum in place at Golden Door, it is important to know that the lessons at Golden door follow the guidelines of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. This is to ensure that each child in every classroom is guaranteed a well-rounded education. To go a step further, Golden Door Charter School offers their students the chance to take a course in foreign language, music and art. They also offer health and physical education to instill in the minds of our young ones the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Want to know what grabbed me when checking out the Golden Door Charter School? Simple! The fact that accessing the specific curriculum available at the Golden Door Charter School is just a click away. On their website, the Golden Door Charter School has available the curriculum overviews. It is easy to find exact curriculum your child would be placed into. The links to each curriculum is divided by subject and by class grades; so simple! So if you would like to check out the class environment your child would be placed into please do visit their website at www.goldendoorschool.org . Simply click on the previous link and then on that page go to academics and then curriculum overviews. There you will see a list of each curriculum.


Next thing you should know about Golden Door Charter School is their uniform policy. At Golden Door they are very strict with uniforms. Each child is to come to school in their uniform daily. This means your child shall attend school in their proper uniform (varies from class grades) from head to toe. If your child is out of uniform, the school will contact you so that you can bring in the proper uniform for your child.

Food time! At Golden Door they provide breakfast and lunch for each child. Some may be eligible for free or reduced fare meals depending on the income eligibility guidelines provided on the Federal income chart. If you do not think you will qualify I would like to tell you the pricing for each meal. For a student that has to pay the full fare, breakfast will cost $1.35 and lunch will cost $2.50 daily. For a reduced fare student, breakfast will cost $.30 and lunch will cost $.40 daily. Students are not required to bring their lunch money with them. The school has a FSS PositiveID system in place; which is a system where your child’s finger will be recognized to uncover their account that you the parent sets up in the way of your choosing. This way, your child will be the only one who has access to their own meals, which in my opinion is great to hear.

The Golden Door Charter School has plenty more to offer, like their aftercare program and their anti-bullying policy. From what I can see, there’s something here to love for everyone. If this is the school for you requesting an application form is just a click away! Simply visit their website (posted above) and click on the “For Parents” tab up top. Once on that page, there will be a link on the side that says Request to Attend. Once you’ve filled out that form submit it and you’re one step closer to the school that’s right for you. Easy as one, two, three! So I urge you all to take a look at their website or even set up a visit where you can get a walk-through the school and experience the Golden Door experience for yourself. See if this school is right for you and your little one. And as always, Happy School Hunting!

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Soaring Heights Charter School

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.

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.

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.

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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Jersey City Community Charter School

Looking for a school whose goal it is to ensure the cognitive development of students? A school with the drive and the staff that is dedicated to the development of themselves in order to properly educate each child in attending? Well then, it is time to talk about Jersey City Community Charter School!


At Jersey City Community Charter School they make it their business to provide an innovative learning experience for the students. They believe on promoting “self-directed, life learning skills and facilitate the students ability to make responsible decisions” as stated on their website. They are well equipped to deliver such a promise by Academic and non-academic goals that the school has in place. These goals are easily accessible in just a click away (http://jcccsonline.org/goals-objectives/). Take a good look at what these goals are and how they are each divided. If you’re one for clear and concise schedules and objectives then this page in particular should spark your interest, so give it a try!

At Jersey City Community Charter School they believe firmly in eliminating any sort of outside distraction in the school environment. Because of this, they have a very strict policy concerning toys and electronics. The Jersey City Community Charter School is very adamant about keeping any toys and electronic games out of the school environment and so they have a confiscating rule towards it. If any child brings any of these items to the school they will be confiscated and will not be returned. If this is something that concerns you, you may want to talk to administration. If not, then perhaps like many parents this will just make you happy to hear that the Jersey City Community Charter School is concentrating on keeping your child focused on the important task at hand.
What about food you ask? You guessed it, lunch and breakfast are provided by the school for the children. The lunch application forms get distributed on the first day of school to be sent home with the child and to be filled out as soon as possible. Children who are not going to be eating the school lunch are still required to submit a lunch application form just so that they are on file. Once you submit the lunch application form you will be notified as to how much, if at all, the lunch will be costing you. So be sure to keep an eye out for that form and again fill it out as soon as possible.

Lastly, if the idea of no electronic entertainment might have scared you a little bit, I’m here to tell you that what has been taken away, is up for with the different classes and activities offered by Jersey City Community Charter School. The school offers up many interesting classes such as classes with scientists, teachers, animators, artists and programmers who are passionate about what they do. In classes such as Sponge Lab where the students are introduced to technology and interactive media, or classes like OpenClass, where teachers use a learning environment to help bring social learning and interactive experiences as a learning mechanism. Best of all these classes are open to everyone and free of charge. The school also hosts events throughout the year to get everyone together such as movie nights. How great is that!

Now if anything here has sparked your interests I strongly encourage you to give the school a call and see if you can plan a tour date for yourself and even your little one. I’m sure it’ll be an easy bit of information to get a hold of, being how impressed the Jersey City Community Charter School has left me by the skills they possess in clear and concise organization. And as always, Happy School hunting Everyone!

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.

Related Blogs: Public Schools in Jersey City, Pre-Schools in Jersey City

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.

Keeping active in the cold

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Movement and exercise is important for everyone, but especially for young, developing kids.  As children’s nervous systems are maturing, they need movement to help them make sense of the world.  Children sometimes can improve their concentration and performance in school when they have movement activities interspersed throughout the day.  Active movement help children to know their physical boundaries and can help them improve their general health.  Our lives are getting more and more sedentary, especially with all the fun activities we can do with computers and all the great videos and shows for children.  It may be especially hard to find movement opportunities for our children now that the weather is getting colder.  Here are some ideas to incorporate movement activities indoors.

 

A mini trampoline designed for indoor use with children can  be used, especially if you have little space.  Exercise balls like you’d have for pilates can be fun for kids as well.  If you have more space, ride on toys and scooter boards can be used indoors.  Mattresses on the floor can be used for jumping on as well.  All of this equipment would require close adult supervision, of course.  To make it even better, join in on the fun with your kids sometimes!  Wrestling with a careful adult or older child involves lots of fun movement.  You can put tape on the floor (painter’s tape leaves little, if any, residue) and create lines to walk on, or jump across.  You can make shapes with the tape and have the children jump between circles, square, triangles, etc.  You could also make parallel lines with the tape and call it a river so the kids can climb into a box and row down the river.  Let your imagination soar!

 

Playing in the snow can be fun for kids of all ages!  You might head for indoor play places such as Gymboree or My Gym.  Other indoor attractions such as Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Children’s Museum and indoor water parks can also encourage movement.

 

You can put on some lively music and dance.  Stop the music and play freeze dance.  Or you can make up dance moves and have everyone imitate each other’s moves.  You can toss a balloon in the air, or use rackets or paddles to hit it around.  You can take a sheet and play parachute and put the balloons in the parachute.  A lot of young kids like to have an adult hold onto either end of the sheet and have the child sit in the middle while the adults swing them back and forth.  You can play bean bag toss and have bins or garbage cans to throw the bean bags in.  Or you can crumble up newspapers and throw them around, throw them at targets, or throw them into bins.  You can play charades.  You can also walk like different animals – crab walk, jump like a frog, walk like an elephant – whatever!

 

These are ideas to get you started.  There are a lot of things you can do with children to get them moving inside.  If you have special equipment, you can use it.  But you can also just use your imagination and things you have around the house.  Have fun with it!

 

Linda Velwest is a pediatric occupational therapist working with early intervention. She also teaches Autism Movement Therapy classes