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Getting ready for the college Visit Important college decisions often call for campus visits By JOHN ROCHE
ampus visits are an integral part of the college selection process, but some planning, preparation and focus can go a long way in making the most out of a firsthand look at any school, according to area experts. â€œVisiting a particular college enables the student to consider if that environment and community match his or her evolving criteria and is a place that he or she might like to apply to,â€? said Jane C. Hoffman, a college admissions and educational consultant who runs College Advice 101 based in Larchmont. â€œIn addition, information and impressions gleaned from the visit will help the applicant articulate a targeted and comprehensive answer to the â€˜why I want to attend x collegeâ€™ essay prompt that can be a part of that schoolâ€™s application and so can help increase the likelihood of gaining admissions.â€? Carol Gill, whose educational consulting firm Carol Gill Associates is based in Dobbs Ferry, said that visiting a college a student is considering is imperative. â€œYou wouldnâ€™t buy a new pair of shoes without trying them on, nor would you buy a car without test-driving it first,â€? Gill said. â€œLikewise, a student needs to make a college visit before making a sound decision about a school. You simply cannot get a feel for a college from its catalog or website alone.â€? On average, a high school student will apply to nine colleges, but their initial list of schools they might be interested in could Continued on page 8A
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A n ative american living history re-enactment at Phillipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
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Sign at the entrance to the Stony Point Battlefield, a state historic site in Stony Point, N.Y.
Sunnyside in Tarrytown, N.Y. was the home of famed 19th century “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” author Washington Irving.
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ducational outings can be fun for families (yes, really!) if you match the trip with the age of the kids, with what they’re studying in school or with some special interest. History can come alive with a visit to a 200-yearold house, a working farm, a famous battleground or a local museum. Residents of Westchester and environs are lucky to find dozens of historic and educational sites nearby, some close to home, others within a drive of a few hours or less. Many of these attractions are perfect for families, offering tours, hands-on activities and special events. Here are some of our favorites: At the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, art lovers enjoy the changing schedule of exhibits in the modern galleries overlooking the Palisades. But kids of all ages love to return again and again to the original part of the museum, the fascinating Victorianera mansion called “Glenview.” Formerly the home of the Trevor family, the SecondEmpire style house has been meticulously restored to give visitors a sense of what life was like in the late 1800s. A perennial favorite with kids is the giant Victorian-style dollhouse, based on a composite of actual Second-Empire style mansions that were favored by wealthy merchants living along the Hudson. The dollhouse has real slate roofs, reproduction furniture, a haunted attic, and a doll family involved in a romantic adventure. While you’re in Yonkers, check out the Phillipse Manor State Historic Site, originally the home of Frederick Phillipse III, Lord of the Manor of Phillipsburg. Phillipse was a Loyalist who remained faithful to King George III during the Revolutionary War. He was arrested by George Washington and, after the war, his property was confiscated by New York State and sold at auction. Today, the manor house is a museum of history, art and architecture. A few miles up the Hudson River in Continued on the next page
In Tarrytown, N.Y., the gothic Lyndhurst “castle” was home to 19th century railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
The Husdon River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y. features hands-on exhibits and learning for all ages.
Bronze sculpture in the garden of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y.
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Sleepy Hollow is Philipsburg Manor, a completely different site with a different story. This attraction is a recreation of colonial life in the mid-1750s, when the Philipses, a family of Anglo-Dutch merchants, operated a farm, mill and trading center here, with the help of 23 enslaved Africans. Today, costumed guides are on hand as visitors tour the 300-year-old manor house, walk through the working gristmill operated by “Caesar,” the enslaved African miller, and visit the wharf where “Dimond,” an enslaved riverboat pilot, carried goods up and down the Hudson. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities: thresh some wheat, shell some beans, work flax into linen, and make some biscuits. It’s easy to make a day of it at Philipsburg Manor alone, but families with a lot of energy can double up on their touring with an additional visit to Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate where Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller and his descendants, through the era of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, lived in palatial luxury in an art-filled mansion with formal gardens and panoramic Hudson views. Visitors to Kykuit are required to park at Philipsburg Manor and buy Kykuit tickets in the welcome center there, then go by jitney bus up to Kykuit. The mansion itself is impressive, but probably more interesting for older kids. However, the stone Coach Barn, filled with antique carriages and cars, is fascinating for all ages. Also in Sleepy Hollow is Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, home of the creator of Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. The romantic landscape and the beautiful riverside house, which Irving expanded from a small cottage starting in 1835, are beautiful places just to walk
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around, or to take a tour from a costumed guide. There are also beautiful picnic spots. Don’t miss Children’s Book Day, a special event on Sept. 15. A short hop down Route 9 in Tarrytown is Lyndhurst, the Gothic “castle” built in 1838. Lyndhurst was home to politicians and merchants throughout the 19th century; railroad tycoon Jay Gould was probably the most famous resident. The house can be visited by guided tour only. The grounds are beautiful for exploring or picnicking; dogs must be kept on-leash. On Sept. 21-23, the grounds of Lyndhurst are given over to family fun as the site hosts its annual crafts fair. Hundreds of crafts artists are here displaying and selling their wares. There are food vendors, music and activities for kids. Come early for the best parking. If your family is interested in organic farming, fall is a great time to visit the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture a few miles north in Pocantico Hills. Visitors to this real, working farm can get up close and personal with a variety of farm animals, help collect eggs from some of the free-ranging hens, and learn how food is grown the natural way. The Harvest Fest on Oct. 6 includes music, a farmers market, farm demonstrations, workshops for adults and children, and visits by food experts. If you’re interested in farming the oldfashioned way, pay a visit to the John Jay Homestead in Katonah. John Jay was one of the Founding Fathers, serving as president of the second Continental Congress and as a foreign minister and negotiator during the Revolution. After the Revolution, he was the nation’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Today, Jay’s family home sits on a
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beautiful 62-acre site where visitors can focus on the history of the site, or learn about cold frame farming, backyard chicken raising or beekeeping. Once you’ve learned about life on John Jay’s farm, you’ll also want to pay a visit to the Jay Heritage Center in Rye. This grand columned mansion on the Post Road dates from 1838 and is considered one of the country’s finest examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture. John Jay grew up on this property in the 1700s, but the mansion was built by his grandson, Peter Augustus Jay, on the location of the original house, using timbers and nails from it. There is a 23-acre park with walking trails on the site. If you’re in the mood for a drive up the Hudson (fall foliage, anyone?), travel up to Hyde Park, N.Y. for a visit to the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. The site includes “Springwood,” the lifelong home of FDR, our country’s only four-term president, and the presidential library and museum housing the president’s archives. Also on the site is First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s beautiful guesthouse, Val Kill, with its lovely gardens and grounds. Also in Hyde Park is the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, an estate modeled on an English country house, with 211 acres of parkland and gardens, and magnificent views of the Hudson. It takes about two hours to tour this site, and cell phone tours are available. While you’re in Hyde Park, plan a visit to America’s most famous cooking school, the Culinary Institute of America. CIA visitors can take a tour, visit
Antique cannons are perched high above the Hudson River at West Point Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y.
a bookstore that features everything for the passionate chef, and eat at one of the five student-staffed public restaurants (reservations are suggested). For those whose interests are more historical than culinary, a fun “upstate” day trip is the Stony Point Battlefield on the west side of the Hudson River, where the American Light Infantry made its famous assault on a British garrison in 1779. Also on the site is the Stony Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. Visitors can tour the restored 1826 lighthouse and learn what life was like for old-time lighthouse keepers. The views from the top of the tower go on forever! While you’re across the Hudson, make a stop at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, N.Y. Although many historic sites call themselves “Washington’s Headquarters,”
Visitors can tour the Gristmill at Phillipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Washington spent the most time at this location during the eight years of the Revolution. It was here that Washington lived with his wife, his officers and his servants, making many important decisions and, finally,
drafting the armistice that ended the war. One of the area’s most fascinating tour sites is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Visitors are only allowed to enter the academy grounds by guided tour, and tours are not given during days when there is a home football game, during graduation week and on certain other specified days, so it pays to call first. A visitors center includes exhibits on cadet life, including a full-scale cadet barracks rooms and a cadet uniform room. The West Point Museum has galleries with artifacts of famous military campaigns and illustrious graduates of the academy. There are centuries of weapons, military uniforms and artifacts on display, from George Washington’s pistols to the last message sent by General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Visitors over the age of 16 must show a valid photo I.D. to enter West Point. Another attraction that takes a few hours to get to, but is worth the trip, is the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Conn. Housed in an ultra-modern building are exhibits depicting centuries of Native American and natural history. Learn how North America was sculpted by the glaciers 20,000 years ago, see how native people first arrived in this area, learn about Pequot daily life and see native artifacts found in the area. The museum contains research facilities, including a children’s library. And that’s just a sampling of what’s in your own backyard. The hours of operation of many of these attractions varies from month to month, and some do not offer tours during the winter. Please visit the individual attractions’ websites for directions, schedules and visiting hours, admission fees and listings of special events.
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Kids bullying adults? What to do, why it happens By EVE MARX
y now youâ€™ve heard of or seen the video of the young male adolescents on a school bus who bullied their bus monitor. Itâ€™s painful to watch. Three or four boys, aggressive, bold, and completely confident, for over nine minutes harass, insult and verbally abuse an older woman whose job was to keep order on the bus. Before the video is over, the woman is in tears. While many articles have been published about bullying, most people associate bullying with children and adolescents bullying other kids. Not much is known or talked about children who bully grown-ups. Is this a new phenomenon? And what can be done about it? Dr. Jill Silverman is a Ph.D. clinical health psychologist in Greenwich whose practice focuses on adults and adolescents. She said that the incidence of children who bully adults is underreported. â€œTypically more teenagers bully adults than young adolescents,â€? Dr. Silverman said. She did not see the bus monitor bullying video, but knew about it. â€œThose children were young adolescents, not teens,â€? she said. â€œAnd that made it somewhat unusual.â€? Silverman said that if a parent suspects a child of bullying anyone, whether itâ€™s another child or an adult, the first thing the
parent must do is not respond aggressively. Aggression only leads to more aggression. â€œIf you find out that your child has been involved in or is witnessing an ongoing bullying situation, you must remove the child from the aggressive situation,â€? she said. In the case of younger teens or children, the parents should use this time as an opportunity for education. â€œOlder kids know differently and have different capacities,â€? Silverman said. She said that in the case of an older child
known to be engaging in bullying behavior, the parents must take whatever action is needed to put an end to the behavior, even if it means calling on the authorities. â€œBut first you have to be able to re-establish yourself as a parent,â€? she said. Silverman said it is typical, normal teen behavior to push limits. At the same time, she said parents are often very resistant to hearing that their child has pushed too far. â€œA parentâ€™s gut response is to protect their kid and keep them from getting in trou-
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be higher. Traveling to colleges as part of whittling down your wish list could prove costly and time consuming, so what are some ways to ensure college-bound students and their parents can get the most bang for their buck during a campus visit? Choosing when to schedule a college visit is one important consideration, local experts say, since it can help narrow down the schools a student will apply to. And for Westchester students and their parents, visiting a few relatively nearby colleges can assist in the decision of what type of college the student might prefer. “Touring colleges before applying helps students in their decision-making,” said Betsy Woolf, who offers customized counseling and advice through her Mamaroneck-based firm Woolf College Consulting. “Initially, students can visit colleges and universities that are nearby in order to get a sense of what feels right. I often tell students to visit NYU if they want to see what an urban university is like, or the University of Connecticut for a big state university experience, and a nearby small liberal arts college---there are a number from which to choose.” Leslie Berkovits, a partner in Collegistics headquartered in Scarsdale, which provides a team approach to personalized college advising, said the timing of a campus visit is important for a number of reasons. Seeing a college as a high school sophomore, for instance, would likely result in very different impressions than would be gleaned from a visit late in a student’s junior year of high school. “It’s important to recognize that seeing a campus in tenth grade may provide a dif-
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ferent perspective than looking a campus as an informed high school senior,” Berkovits explained. “In our experience, most students begin and are best prepared to take full advantage of formal tours and information sessions during their junior year in high school.” The local college application consultants agreed that while there might be preferred time to aim for to schedule a college visit, there are a number of factors that play a part in when visits are feasible for a prospective applicant and their parents. “It certainly is helpful to visit when school is in session so that high school students can see the college students and make a better determination regarding fit,” Woolf said. “But schedules don’t always work out, and many families find that summer visits are more suited to their schedules. Visiting at any time is better than not visiting at all.” If you want to interact with students at a college, it might be a good idea to keep in mind when students are likely to be on campus, according to Woolf. “It’s better to visit during the week and not first thing in the morning,” she said. The Collegistics team also encourages tapping into informal conversations with students and faculty whenever possible during formal or informal campus tours. “Although it may not always be possible visits should take place when school is in session,” said Ellen Golden, another partner at Collegistics. “Interacting with college students is a good way for prospective freshmen to get a sense of whether they can see themselves living on that campus.” Golden said that high school students and parents should consider asking a college to tailor their visit to include a more personalized look into the academics and other offerings of a particular school.
“To get more in-depth insight, students may want to arrange sitting in on a class, staying overnight in a dorm or meeting with professors,” Golden said. “The upside of visiting during formal preview days is that there are special events, such as student panels and faculty presentations. The downside is that crowds of visitors make it difficult to sense the day-to-day atmosphere on campus.” Gill cautions students and parents not to try to cram too many college visits together, particularly on the same day, and suggests allowing time before and after formal tours or information sessions in order to take in the campus at their own pace or revisit highlights from the tour. “Give yourself time to roam the campus before or after an interview, tour or information session,” she said. “Pick up a copy of the college’s newspaper or other publications to take home with you. Also, scan bulletin boards around campus. This is all really great evidence of what’s really happening on campus, and it will help you get a feel for a school’s atmosphere and tone.” How a campus “feels” for a student should not be overlooked, according to Gill. “Ask yourself, ‘Can I see myself here as a student a year from now?’” she said. “Most important of all, trust your gut feeling.” Is more than one campus visit recommended for a college or university high up on a student’s list? ”It’s a good idea if you can do it,” Woolf said. “Typically, students narrow their choices and revisit the top two, especially if they are applying early decision.” The consultants from Collegistics agree. “Whenever possible, a student should see a school at least once before accepting an offer of admission,” Berkovits said. “Certainly, if a student elects a binding admissions option, at least one visit tot hat campus is warranted
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prior to applying. Once decisions are in hand, we recommend students then take advantage of ‘accepted student days’ to visit often. What seems desirable in the fall may seem less desirable in the spring, and some students do change their mind about which college they prefer to attend.” There are some misconceptions about college visits that students and parents might want to keep in mind. Woolf said that often students and parents mistakenly think that all students at a school are as bright, cheery and spirited as their tour guide. “That’s not necessarily true,” she said, reminding applicants and parents to try to talk to students on campus who aren’t leading the tours, if possible. Gill also recommends that students try to speak to college students one-on-one. “Talk with students on your own, without parents or others around,” she said. “Their answers may be more candid and a better barometer of the campus.” While parents should ask their own questions, the professional consultants point out the importance of allowing and encouraging the high school students themselves to embrace the college exploration process, since it enables them to be more invested in the decision-making. “Let the students take the lead to allow them to form independent impressions,” Golden said. “This is a time to explore, not necessarily make final decisions. “The student can record their impressions of a school by jotting notes or sending themselves a quick email during the visit. Sometimes the little things on a college visit end up being the tipping point in choosing one college over another. And it doesn’t hurt to have a few specific examples from those observations when Continued on the next page
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answering why you’re interested in that school that is often asked on college applications.” Gill also stresses the importance of taking notes during each visit. “You make think you will remember each campus, but trust us---they do begin to blur together in your mind,” Gill said, encouraging both students and parents to record their impressions during or immediately after each campus visit on a notepad, smartphone or whatever way is convenient. All the experts stress that the simple act of asking questions during a college visit is the best way to get information and answers. But they also suggest thinking about what questions to ask beforehand. “The best questions come when students and parents do their homework before visiting,” said another Collegistics partner, Lillian Hecht. “We suggest investigating academic offerings and degree programs. Ask meaningful questions, regarding, for example, interdisciplinary study options, certificate programs and research opportunities, which can be addressed by admissions staff. In addition, ask about career, professional and graduate school placement, academic advising and support, counseling services and social life. It might also be helpful to listen to the questions asked by other visitors.” Ms Woolf noted that casual questions can also provide helpful information. “A student might consider asking a college student ‘How well do you know your professors?’ or ‘What did you do last weekend?’ or even ‘How does college compare with high school?’” Woolf said. Students should also remember to check out the town or area where a college is located. “Visit the surrounding community,” Gill said. “What kind of appeal does it have? Are
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stores or movie theaters accessible without a car?” Ms. Hoffman also pointed out that a campus visit is important from the college’s perspective, since it’s one indicator that the student has a strong interest in that particular school. “Research by colleges shows that applicants who visit are more likely to enroll,” she said. “Therefore, many colleges treat the visit as proxy for ‘likely to enroll’ and as a positive factor in their admissions deliberations. Visiting is one of the elements of demonstrated interest that many colleges like to see.” Woolf generally concurs that schools themselves take into consideration whether a student has visited. “As a rule of thumb, private colleges within a reasonable driving distance like to see that students who are applying have taken the time to visit, and it does make sense that one needs to step foot on campus before making a commitment to apply early decision,” Woolf said. “But there really are no set rules. Every case is different, and I help students make those decisions.” Gill suggests making sure that each college is fully aware that you visited. “Sing in with the admissions office, and make sure there is a record of your visit,” Gill said. “Complete a visitor’s evaluation form if one is provided. Some schools use ‘demonstrated interest’ as an admissions factor, so makes sure they know you have been there. Also, note the name of the admissions representative you meet during the visit. Send a thank you note or email, and plan to use that contact for any future correspondence.” The Collegistics team also pointed out that college visits are an opportunity for parents and students to spend some quality time with each other. “Be informed, be observant, be open-minded, but also enjoy this time together,” Berkovits said.
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wish that more was written about the integral role of college admissions advisers and independent educational consultants (IECs) as educators. In the current, complex, and often competitive terrain of college admissions in 2012, we teach. The arguments about us often seem to range from “we are all about college fit” to “they are pariahs who package and promote.” Personally, I think those two poles miss the integral role we play as educators. I teach students about college curriculum, general education requirements, what it means to declare a major, the opportunities and options, how college differs from high school, the differences between liberal arts colleges and universities, and so much more. I teach parents how the college admissions terrain is so different than when we applied and the large role of enrollment management. I decode how colleges think and the importance many place on demonstrated interest and that some expect that families have nothing more to do than “college shop.” I explain that the student will have options and so the challenge is to first self-assess and determine his or her
goals, to next identify appropriate college choices based on an understanding of the student’s admissibility and the competitive terrain and to then apply and gain admission to those schools. Particularly as the college search process needs to start earlier and earlier in the lives of high school students, I often find myself talking to 15-year-olds about what it means to be in college, which can feel like a remote abstraction. I teach students and parents how to quiet all the relentless “noise” out there and what to pay attention to, such as the student’s learning style and the family’s values, and to look within rather than to start with a focus on any particular colleges. I also believe that IECs have an opportunity and a responsibility to educate college representatives about the tremendous stress students and families experience as they conduct the college search and application process. As we translate to students and families how schools interpret applicants, we should also advocate on behalf of the public for more sanity in college admissions. Jane C. Hoffman runs College Advice 101. Visit www.collegeadvice-101.com or 833-1573.
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Is wholesome content still on the viewing menu? By LAURIE SULLIVAN
s the age of innocence long gone on the small screen? Or are there still TV shows for your family to watch together? The answer is yes. And no. When my own kids said goodbye to “Sesame Street,” Mr. Rogers and the “Electric Company,” they graduated to shows targeted at families with older young kids. Back in the day, there was plenty of appropriate family-friendly TV shows for all of us to watch, shows I didn’t have to worry would be filled with foul language or adult themes. We moved into the era of the adorable Olsen twins on “Full House” and the fictional, ultra-nerdy Steve Urkel on “Family
Matters.” And, of course, who could forget know-it-all Alex Keaton played by Michael J. Fox on “Family Ties”? And let’s not forget “Seventh Heaven” and the wholesome “Partridge Family” from back in the day. Those days may long be gone, but there are still some family shows to watch together in 2012. Maybe not just the variety and quantity of the shows that existed back in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s and even as recently as a decade ago — although you can still find plenty of these old school shows on cable TV. If you can tear your kids away from their handheld devices, computers and cell phones — which can all be a challenge for parents — and set aside a specific time for family viewing, you might just find there are still some interesting, appropriate and fun shows you can all enjoy, especially with
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the help of cable TV, DVRs, DVDs and on-demand programming, which has made family TV time certainly much easier. Thumbs up for TV Scarsdale’s Julie Gerstenblatt, who writes the column “On The Verge” for The Scarsdale Inquirer, recently published a “humorous novel” titled “Lauren Takes Leave.” Gerstenblatt is the mother of a 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son and monitors what her kids watch “once they’ve finished their work,” much the same way she was raised. She explained that there are TV shows she approves of that she lets them watch “while I’m cleaning up the kitchen.” One of these shows called “Victorious ” is described on the Nick/Nickelodeon website: “[the show] follows the journey of Tori Vega, a 15-year-old” who escapes the shad-
ow of her talented singer/performer older sister, who discovers her own star power. Gerstenblatt also allows her daughter to view anything on Nick Toons, which is on cable. “One of the good things about recording a show first is that they can do all their work and we can schedule a time where we sit down together to watch together,” Gerstenblatt said. She and her children generally watch TV together about three times a week. She gets recommendations from friends on shows to watch and doesn’t prescreen the shows, but feels that some shows are too sophisticated for her kids, including shows like “Modern Family.” Gerstenblatt said the closest show to old Continued on the next page
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school family-friendly shows is called “Good Luck Charlie” on the Disney channel that they watch together. She described it as a “wholesome show about a family.” “Charlie” is the nickname for Charlotte, the youngest of four Duncan kids, who is about 2 or 3 years old. Older sister Teddy tries to show Charlie what she might go through when she is older by making video diaries for future reference. At the end of each video Teddy or another family member always says, “Good luck, Charlie.” On one of the last episodes of the show that Gerstenblatt’s son watched before leaving for camp for the summer, it was announced that a new baby was expected. He made his mom promise to let him know whether the baby would be a boy or a girl. “The show really captures them,” Gerstenblatt said. “It’s very ‘Full House’-ish — there’s still humor and the family really works together and they’re very close. The teenage boy works at some food place and you learn about work ethics. It’s about family dynamics.” She added, “Everyone I know watches reality competition shows.” Gerstenblatt and her son watch “Chopped.” “At the end of each show you’ve seen people work really hard and you’ve seen a winner,” she said. “I think it’s an OK way to watch [TV] with your kids.” After her daughter goes to sleep, she and her son watch something educational. “I don’t think she could sit through an hour of something, [although] she has watched the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.’” Her kids are now watching a “new or newish” show from Australia called H20
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about three mermaids in “either middle or high school” who keep their mermaid identities hidden from everyone except one friend. Gerstenblatt said her friend’s daughters who are aged 7-11 like it. Once her kids are off to sleep, it’s Mommy time, when Gerstenblatt gets to watch her shows that she’s previously recorded on DVR. When asked what parameters she uses to decide what shows are age appropriate for her children, she said, “I think it has to do with the channel it’s on. Nickelodeon and Disney [are appropriate]… most of those history shows, as long as they’re not bloody, I think are interesting.” She stressed that she will never let them have a TV or computer in their room. They have a laptop that can move around. “By setting those parameters, I’m in control,” she said. “I Like TV,” Gerstenblatt concluded. “It’s a nice mental break, especially since kids are so overscheduled, especially in the winter.”
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as having gratuitous sex, explicit dialogue, violent content or obscene language and are unsuitable for children. PTC’s Melissa Henson said the stoplight guide is intended for kids in “grade school and older.” Its Family Guide for Primetime TV profiles every sitcom and drama on the five networks. Henson said the PTC doesn’t have the resources to monitor cable TV. In addition to ratings, the PTC, a grassroots organization established in 1995, also pressures TV networks to show more family-oriented shows, but Henson said networks want to make the shows more edgy, more like cable TV. “But my argument is that cable only accounts for a fraction of the viewers,” she said. When asked where the PTC draws the line between green and yellow ratings, Henson said it applied to “anybody that is in grade school or older.” The PTC criteria includes the “frequency of violence, profane language, pro-social content, not just inappropriate content.” In response to whether there are any family-friendly TV shows, Henson said, “The picture is fairly bleak right now on network TV during prime time.” She continued: “There isn’t a whole lot left on network TV, except for game shows and competitions. You take a program like ‘American Idol.’ We encourage people to steer away from the early stages of the show and encourage people to watch the later stages after the final selections are made.” The same holds true for “America’s Got Talent.” “Once they narrow down to the final contestants, then it becomes a much more suitable environment for families to watch,” said Henson, noting that these shows are appropriate for ages 10 and up. Henson lamented that “as recently as just a few years ago they were offering ‘The Wonderful World of Disney,’” which is now only available on cable. Henson, who has been with the PTC for 15 of its 17 years, said there has been a dramatic shift in TV programming over the last 10 years. “It’s not that our standards have changed.
It’s the networks that have,” she said. “There are a handful of cable shows … with more original TV programs and reruns of ‘Early Edition.’ It’s more family programming.” So does she have any hope for the future of the TV networks offering family shows? Despite the fact that Hollywood has a history of governing itself for family shows, Henson said she believes that “under the right circumstance, programs [like ‘Full House,’ ‘The Cosby Show’] … could come back.” Henson said, “We need someone who wants to bring back the Golden Age of TV, like a Grant Tinker.” Till that time comes, she noted, “Parents have to decide what’s appropriate for their kids.” Educational fare: a bright light Lynn Kestin Sessler is senior producer of digital media for Random House Children’s Books and works on the website for “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” — the very same cat from the Dr. Seuss book series published by Random House. She described the show as an educational program shown on PBS and geared for younger viewers (ages 2-6). The program, which recently won a Parents’ Choice Award, features the perennial Cat and his pals Sally
and Nick as they explore the world of science.Kestin Sessler, who started her career at Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., had her own production company (Show and Tell Productions) from 1995 until last year when she joined Random House. She previously produced shows for “Sesame Street,” worked on many specials and also “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” on HBO Family for which she was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award. Kestin Sessler produced the TV show “Word Girl,” which still airs on PBS. The mission of the show’s namesake is to “shower the world with words,” and is geared for 6- to 8-year-olds and their families. Also geared for that age group is the newly reconstituted “Electric Company,” which has been updated for the 21st century and picks up where “Sesame Street” left off. A Web animated series on pbs.org, “Noah Comprende,” teaches Spanish to older children and, according to Kestin Sessler, it is presented “in a very humorous way.” Also in the educational department is a show called “Cyber Chase” that Kestin-Sessler described as “a fun math show for older kids.” Something old, something new “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” a Disney creation, is targeted to tweens, but is OK for younger viewers, according to Melanie Dee, an online Yahoo! Entertainment contributor. The show is reminiscent of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which still airs in reruns. Wizards is about a family of five with three kids who have magical and wizard powers, inherited from their dad, who lost his when he married their mortal mom. “Throw magical powers into children’s hands though, and it leads to a lot of fun, quirky and interesting events … the show pretty much has a moral lesson which is taught at the end of nearly every episode,” Dee said. And, of course, parents can bring back those wholesome, old school shows of yore on reruns to enjoy with a new generation of kids — their own — on a cable channel called Fave. Parents will find the Oldie Goldie Network on Fave with shows dating back to the ’50s like “Lassie” and “Rin Tin Tin” to the shows of their generation. Fave also features Continued on the next page
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the Hallmark channel, Halogen and Family Net. In the new department, Lana Iny of HBO said in an email that although the cable network doesn’t offer family sitcoms, a new show for older children about divorce produced by Rosie O’Donnell will air in midSeptember around 9:30 p.m. Family shows: some not exactly According to TheBlaze.com entertainment contributor Dave Urbanski, for a brief time back in the mid-’70s the FCC pressured the top three networks to start a “family viewing hour” from 8-9 p.m. While the policy only stood for a few years before the courts struck it down, he said, “That it existed at all would seem to demonstrate the gradual shift in what’s defined as ‘family friendly’ to the present day.” At first blush, what could pass for family fare, shows like the music-filled “Glee” and reality shows like “American Idol” and “The X-Factor” and others, may seem appropriate. But, in fact, Urbanski said that during the pilot program of Simon Cowell’s “The X-Factor” a contestant took his pants off during a performance and judge Paula Abdul “walked out in disgust.” Urbanski agrees with the PTC’s Henson, saying that the music reality shows are fine — once through the audition stage and it gets down to the finalists. And “Glee,” unless viewed by older, more mature kids and their parents, is freighted with very adult themes and not meant for the 6-11 set. Good news for parents! The good news for parents is that there is some good family fare on TV, accord-
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ing to Urbanski, like ABC’s “The Middle,” starring Patricia Heaton, who played Ray Romano’s wife in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and ABC’S “Once Upon a Time,” about a mother and daughter who mix fairy tale fantasy with reality. Urbanski quotes David Weingand of the San Francisco Chronicle: “The [program] is not only great, fluffy fun, but it occupies a traditional family time show on Sunday nights… ABC is clearly looking to revive that tradition… ‘Once Upon a Time’ is both family-friendly and smart enough to win viewers of any age and level of sophistication.” On basic cable, parents can find Disney XD, a TV network part of the Disney/ ABC Television Group division of the Walt Disney company, which airs children’s TV series, with some live-action programming and movies aimed primarily at kids aged 6-14. It also airs family-pleasing shows that include “Zeke and Luther,” “Kickin’ It,” “I’m in the Band” and “Pair of Kings.” Also look for the upcoming “Wander Over Yonder” airing soon on Disney XD. The show is an animated comedy series about “best friends and epic enemies set in surreal places across the universe” from Emmy-winning producer Craig McCracken, according to Greg Isaac on the website DCFans.com. Another upcoming show for kids and families is an unscripted reality show featuring a hidden camera and special effects titled “Code 9,” with kids playing pranks on parents, also on the Disney Channel. So parents don’t abandon hope quite yet. Those shows you’d love to share with your kids are out there. It just takes a bit of channel surfing to find them. Stay tuned!
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Online saftey advice for children Academic performance expectations, attendance at school functions and balancing extra-curricular activities with time for homework — parents and children have a lot to talk about at the beginning of the school year. Few conversations, however, will be as important — or as fraught with tension — as discussing how children should, and should not, behave online. While many kids look forward to reuniting with school friends from last year, they’ll be meeting new people, too. Many of those interactions will take place, in part, in the digital world, bringing online child safety front-of-mind for parents as back to school season arrives. The anonymity of the Internet makes meeting strangers seem appealing and safe. But kids should use at least the same level of caution when meeting someone new online as they would in the real world. Explain to kids why they should never initiate or accept online contact from someone they haven’t first met in person. Employ tools like SafetyWeb to help keep kids safe online. The tool helps parents monitor online activity, and includes an active blog/forum that allows parents and pros to discuss the latest child-rearing challenges of the digital age. Review the privacy settings on your child’s social media accounts so that your son or daughter understands what’s visible to friends, and what is visible to everyone else (preferably, nothing). Create the social media accounts with your child so that you know what sites she uses and who her online friends are. Establish designated times when children are allowed online for social media use and
times when they can use the Internet for schoolwork. Never allow children to use the Internet behind closed doors. Yes, they’ll probably say everyone else does it and that you’re ruining their lives, but keeping Internet-enabled devices in a common area can help make it easier for you to protect your child. The digital world makes communication fast and easy, yet its drawbacks are many: it’s highly conducive to impulsive behavior, it’s difficult to accurately convey tone and intention and it’s nearly impossible to erase something once it’s posted online. Children need to understand the limitations of this form of communication, and that missteps online can have a long-term impact in the real world. In addition to monitoring your child’s online behavior, encourage him to have a robust social life in the real world — the environment in which we really learn how to behave with others. While you’re teaching about appropriate online behavior, it’s important to reinforce lessons about being a good person in face-toface interactions. Bullying has been around as long as people have; teach children how to recognize instances of in-person bullying, and help them learn techniques for coping with bullies. Being a good citizen of the digital world starts with being a good person in the real world. Reinforce with kids the importance of good behavior both online and in person, and — most importantly — lead by example. — ARA Content
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BTS Health & Wellness Immunization update: HPV vaccine approved for boys
By TRACI DUTTON LUDWIG
arents take note: your boys’ annual physicals may include one more jab of a needle. However, according to doctors, all those extra pinches from the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine will be worth it, for the prevention of cervical cancer, genital warts and other genital and oropharyngeal cancers. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded their guidelines on the HPV vaccine to make it a “recommended vaccine” for both genders. At the time of the vaccine’s approval five years ago, the focus was on immunizing girls against two high-risk HPV virus strains that cause 75 percent of all cervical cancers — HPV 16 and 18. According to CDC statistics, about 12,000 new cervical cancer cases appear each year in the United States, from which approximately 4,000 annual deaths will result. The vaccine is commonly available under the name “Gardasil,” manufactured by Merck. In addition to Gardasil, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a second HPV vaccine — Cervarix, made by GlaxoSmithKline — but it has not been licensed for use in males. Gardasil also immunizes recipients against the low-risk HPV strains 6 and 11, which are responsible for 75 percent of all genital warts. Cervarix does not prevent against infection by HPV strains 6 and 11. Approximately one in every 100 sexually active adults has genital warts at any given time, according to the CDC. Warts can grow on the genitals or groin anytime from
weeks to several years after sexual contact with an HPVinfected partner. Since genital warts cause symptoms in both men and women, the HPV vaccine directly protects boys’ and men’s health in this way. This, of course, is in addition to the vaccine’s help in preventing the transmission of high-risk HPV virus strains to female partners. Research has proven additional benefits. Scientists are discovering links between vaccine-targeted HPV strains and other genital cancers in both men and women. These include cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile and oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the base of the tongue, tonsils and back of the throat). Based on these associations, as well as cervical cancer statistics, the CDC projects that the HPV vaccine may prevent up to 7,000 HPV-associated cancers in men and 15,000 HPV-associated cancers in women each year. The HPV vaccine is a three-dose series. The second and third shots are respectively given at 60-90 days and six months after the first shot. While the vaccine is approved for ages 9-26, the CDC website recommends girls and boys receive the first dose of the vaccine at age 11 or 12 because “the vaccine produces higher antibody that fights infection when given at this age compared to older ages.” For full protection, recipients must complete the series before becoming sexually active. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. The CDC estimates that 20 million Americans, ages 15-49, currently have HPV. Alternatively stated, this means that at least half of all sexually active men Continued on page 17A
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Help for parents in fostering healthy teen dating relationships By SHARON CHARLES, LCSW and BETH THOMPSON, LCSW
ach of us wishes to have an enjoyable, meaningful and healthy relationship with someone we love and we wish the same for our teen and young adult children. Children learn about relationships in multiple ways: their parents’ and familial relationships, gender roles in their family and media representations of relationships on the Internet, television, movies, videos and music. As a result, children can sometimes get distorted ideas about relationships. They may believe relationships are fraught with peril and danger, a rollercoaster of ups and downs or an idealized romantic notion of Prince Charming. So how do children become knowledgeable about what is realistic so they can engage in healthy dating relationships? It’s simple: our children learn from us! They discover how to handle social and emotional events by watching us. They learn from the way we treat our partner, our interactions with other people and our interactions with them. When we show respect, patience and positive assertiveness in how we deal with life’s issues and handle disagreements, children will follow suit and deal with their frustration in healthy ways. Put downs, contempt and blaming
are poor skills that are sometimes used to express anger and frustration. It’s better to fight fair and handle conflict with respect by using healthy coping skills such as speaking calmly, deep breathing, taking time outs or walking away. Children also learn a great deal from their relationship with us. When we willingly listen to their point of view and value their thoughts and feelings, they see a model for a healthy relationship. Showing respect and personal regard helps them feel valued and fosters their ability to solve problems, take responsibility and have healthy relationships even when disagreements occur. Another influence on children’s social development is the bombardment of media messages about relationships and gender roles. Parents have to guide them through this barrage by helping them dissect the many stereotyping messages disseminated through the media. One of the strongest “unhealthy relationship” messages portrayed in the media, and the most pervasive issue in abusive relationships, is control. Many young men think that “being a man” is equated to “being in charge.” Young girls are faced with a flood of messages that overvalue their sexuality, sometimes leading them to equate sexuality with desirability and value, and to be confused about their role in intimate
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traumatizing. Silverman said that bullying almost always comes out of someone’s desperate need. “That need might be for group identification, or money, or drugs, or the bully already feels out of control and is hoping for someone else to step in to control a situation,” she said. Bullying can be a cry for help. What are the signs that your child might be a bully? Silverman suggests if your child exhibits extensive oppositional behavior, is threatening, uses intimidation to get their way, has physical or emotional outbursts that are repeated or is a cyberbully, it’s time to seek professional help to counter the behavior. “If your child sends anyone, including yourself, bullying texts, intentionally destroys your property, is using drugs or alcohol in the house, these are all problem signs,” she said. “Children who make fun of their parents in front of other people. Using credit cards without permission. Threatening siblings or pets in the household. This kind of behavior has to be addressed as bullying.” Beth Thompson, LCSW-R, and program director for the Joe Torre Safe At Home Margaret’s Place Program under the auspices of Westchester Jewish Community Services in Hartsdale, said that models of disrespect abound for teens and adolescents who use these models as a bar for acceptable behavior. Many popular TV shows and movies geared toward a young audience portray disrespectful, even humiliating behavior as funny. “People laugh
There’s all kinds of abuse, and abuse and bullying are a way of gaining and securing power. It’s important to teach kids how to be assertive about getting their needs met without being disrespectful.” – Beth Thompson, LCSW-R
when someone in a TV show or a film is being humiliated or bullied,” Thompson said. “There’s a mass approval for unacceptable behavior.” Thompson said that every youngster needs to be taught positive ways to handle disappointments and aggression. “Kids who are already stressed by what life has dealt them, be it their parent is unemployed, there could be a death in the family, a downsizing move, financial difficulties, these kids are more at risk to use aggression as a way of getting what they want or to feel better,” Thompson said. “There’s all kinds of abuse, and abuse and bullying are a way of gaining and securing power. It’s important to teach kids how to be assertive about getting their needs met without be-
ing disrespectful.” It’s now known that girls are just as likely now to be bullies as are boys. Girls tend to use different methods. “Girl bullies are likely to be social bullies,” Thompson said. “They use social exclusion and humiliation as their tools, although some girl bullies use physical and verbal aggression as well.” All children, Thompson said, need positive reinforcement to overcome any tendencies they might have to be bullies. Bullying a bullying child won’t work. Giving the child models of respectful behavior will. Watching popular shows and films with your child and discussing the themes provides a teaching opportunity to talk about bullying. “You can talk about how everyone is laughing, but how the bullied victim feels,” she said. Empathy for others, not abasement or ridicule, is an important learned behavior that parents must instill in their children. Commenting on the school bus video, Jim Chillemi, owner and director of New York Goju Karate in Hastings-on-Hudson, immediately asked what were the qualifications and training for the bus monitor. It’s not a bad question. “How could that school district send that woman into that job without giving her some training?” Chillemi said. “The aftermath of not training someone you’ve hired to chaperone children is evident in that video. I’m sure their hall monitors are trained. There has to be some awareness on the part of that school board and district of what could happen on a bus.” Chillemi is an advocate of zero tolerance for children who bully or abuse. “Those children need to know that kind of behav-
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ior can’t and won’t be tolerated and that the consequences will be severe,” he said. “Adults in that kind of situation have to be protected.” As a way of directly addressing the bullying issue, Chillemi, or Shihan Chillemi as he is known at his dojo, is offering a special seminar on bullying at his New York Goju Karate school. The seminar will take place on Sept. 8. “A lot of us don’t understand bullying,” he said. “I have case studies of it at my school. I’ve been doing this for many years and I’ve seen all kinds of bullying.” Chillemi said he wondered how many times that bus monitor kept quiet and did nothing and let those children bully her. “How many times did that woman say nothing until those kids felt they could get away with anything?” he said. He said that when he talks to young students about bullying, he often talks to their parents, too. “Parents of a bully have to ask themselves, are they being bullied by someone at home? Are they being bullied by a domestic partner — or are they the bully themselves?” Bullying behavior, he said, is often learned at home. Karate and martial arts, he said, are useful tools for teaching children about character: “I only have high character kids in my program. Character is part of what we teach here.” Karate can be a weapon, Chillemi said, but it can be the kind of weapon that helps keep us safe. “America has nuclear weapons so we don’t have to use them,” Chillemi said. “Martial arts gives you the confidence to learn to protect yourself so you never have to.”
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and women will get genital HPV at some time in their lives — most of the time without any outward symptoms. The association of HPV and sexual activity caused some controversy about the vaccine when it was first released. However, increased patient and parent information has tempered skepticism and concern. According to Dr. Katherine Hough of Pediatrics on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson, “The HPV vaccine has an excellent safety profile. Like almost any vaccine, you may see pain or redness at the injection site. Occasionally, patients may feel faint. But we recognize that the benefits by far outweigh any of these risks. When the vaccine first came out, it was highly political. Many felt that the vaccine would promote sexual
promiscuity, and, along those lines, many rather outlandish side effects were attributed to the vaccine, none of which proved to be true. We remind parents that we give the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is also sexually transmitted, to infants. The HPV vaccine is no different — we want to vaccinate boys and girls before they need it.” The majority of Hough’s patients receive the vaccine without hesitation. “Most of our boys and girls are getting the HPV series,” she wrote in an email. “When it first came out, there was a little initial hesitancy. But, as a practice, we really promote it and provide our patients with lots of information. It has been an easier ‘sell’ to the boys, as it has been around, and parents come already well informed. We had parents of boys asking for the vaccine even before it received full approval.”
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relationships. That’s why it’s important for parents to foster gender fairness and to promote qualities of strength, independence and sensitivity for both our sons and daughters. We must encourage and allow our sons to express themselves freely without feeling emasculated or ridiculed. It is equally important that we help our daughters to feel confidence and pride in themselves and their accomplishments so that they know they deserve respect and love from their partner. Every parent knows it is normal development for adolescents to become less reliant on us as they move toward adulthood. Young
people may talk less to us as they relish their independence and rely more heavily on peer relationships. But keeping the lines of communication open is vital. Ultimately we can best help our children to have healthy relationships by demonstrating respect, fairness, openness and flexibility. Most importantly, be vigilant about keeping the lines of communication open. Only 33 percent of teens in abusive dating relationships tell someone. Have it be you! Charles and Thompson are social workers at Westchester Jewish Community Services, which provides a wide range of programs and supports for children and youth throughout the county.
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School Reports Scarsdale schools: Focused on preserving excellence By DR. MICHAEL V. McGILL Scarsdale Schools Superintendent
s each year passes, it gets harder to discuss education in Scarsdale without considering the national picture and the impact of economic disparity, the size of government and a “corporate” approach to schooling. According to conventional wisdom today, public education is broken. We can fix it through high-stakes standardized tests, school and teacher accountability, and choice — charter schools or voucher programs. Presumably, these initiatives will overcome the longstanding achievement gap between middle class (largely white) children and lower income (largely minority) youth, while making the U.S. No. 1 in the world. In fact, we’ve followed this course for almost 30 years now, and we’re not close to achieving either objective. According to the National Assessment of Education Progress — the country’s only independent measure of student learning — the achievement gap narrowed in the 1970s, before high-stakes tests, accountability or choice were popular. Since the 1980s we’ve made little further progress. U.S. performance on international measures also has remained relatively stagnant. Almost all the world’s top-performing nations have a much narrower gap between rich and poor. The U.S. could have recognized the powerful impact poverty and economic disparity have on education outcomes. We could have invested in early childhood education, in wrap-around health and social services and in upgrading the quality of the teaching force. Instead, we fault schools and teachers, curtail education investment and cut programs, services and staff. One major political party decries big government and the other talks about the need for economy and pared-down bureaucracy. We simultaneously embark on an unprecedented expansion of federal involvement in public schooling. The relationship between state education departments and local school
districts becomes more one-sided than ever; the balance doesn’t favor the localities. Finally, many of the less felicitous aspects of corporate thinking pervade discourse about education. We operate on the premise that numbers can capture and define the things that matter. We act as if employees are interchangeable and to some extent disposable, and we try to invest as little in them as necessary. Times are tough, and the world of business can be hard, so we say that the world of education should just understand it’s no exception. Meanwhile, we ignore certain realities at our own peril. We won’t close the achievement gap until we address the effects of poverty and income disparity. We won’t be among the world’s leaders until we transform our schools, and we won’t do that until we invest in attracting, retaining and rewarding first-rate teachers, as well as in providing them ongoing support and development throughout their careers. It’s true that some business practices can be useful in schools. But because the things that matter most in a real education are human, we have to recognize the limits of the corporate metaphor. In Scarsdale, we don’t have to deal with the poverty that handicaps many American children. Through hard work and our community’s commitment, we’ve so far managed to surmount the financial strictures that are crippling education elsewhere. Residents have recognized the importance of assembling a talented faculty, fostering teachers’ continued intellectual growth and keeping them vibrant throughout long careers. Nonetheless, we don’t exist in a vacuum. Looking ahead, we have to continue to avoid the worst consequences of misguided national and state reforms. We must resist the growing tendency to reduce education to a numbers game. And we have to assure that our interest in economy doesn’t turn into simple-minded budget-cutting with little regard for educational consequences. Misguided reforms I’ve written before about the state’s new teacher evaluation scheme, an approach that’s mathematically precise, but also tech-
nically and conceptually flawed. Just for the sake of illustration: the attempt to rate teachers on the basis of their students’ test scores is subject to a potentially huge range of error. When New York City recently used the method, for example, standard error was as much as 50 points. Even worse, the results could be entirely wrong to start with because student performance is affected by something other than the teacher: class composition, for example. Forward-looking schools gave up schemes like this new one years ago and have more effective methods of evaluating performance. Today in Scarsdale, as in every strong school district and university, the quality of teaching is high. Nonetheless, we strive to lessen unhelpful variation where it does exist. The state plan doesn’t help and is more likely to work against our common objective of optimizing learning for every student. I’ve met with Parent-Teacher Council leaders to discuss a position paper on highstakes testing, accountability and quality public education. The paper describes the exemplary education that’s Scarsdale’s goal, discusses responsible education measurement and describes problems with the state’s approach to teacher evaluation. We hope to use it as a provocation for public discussion and consensus in the coming year. The statement’s bottom line: We may be required to give standardized tests and to rate teachers in a particular way, but nobody can require a community to believe invalid practices have a meaning they don’t really have. The numbers game Ours is a Dickensian moment in which it’s unremarkable to treat people as objects and to manipulate them to achieve extrinsic goals. In contrast, previous generations of Scarsdale residents and educators left us the legacy of an exemplary public education in which people value one another and each other’s contributions. We strive to perpetuate that tradition in a national and, increasingly, international institution. This month, Scarsdale initiated the groundbreaking symposium of a Global Learning Alliance, including schools and universities in top-performing nations and the U.S. (which ranks in the middle in sci-
ence and near the bottom in math). The goal was to determine what a world-class standard of learning is and to exchange information about how children come to achieve at that level. In addition to those from Scarsdale, participants came from Australia, Finland, Canada and Singapore. Representatives from Shanghai — a city of 20 million that has recently surprised educators by its superior performance on international tests — also took part. If the Alliance fulfills its promise, it will promote real and virtual exchanges among faculty so all the participants can raise the level of their game. This work also has the potential to improve learning in a wider range of schools. While many of the partners are selective independent institutions or from relatively affluent communities like Scarsdale, some are more diverse. For example, the Peel School District outside Toronto is a successful, large semi-urban district that serves children who speak over 40 languages. To make the Alliance’s work more broadly accessible and scalable, we plan to involve our university partners — Scarsdale’s is Columbia University — in publishing and disseminating information about what worldclass student work is and about effective, replicable practices. Related is the emerging work of Scarsdale’s Center for Innovation. Up to this point, the center has been an idea: that our times and technology are changing familiar forms of schooling, and that we can either allow change to happen to us or try to take control of it. Now we’re poised to act on this principle. This fall, a center steering committee will invite professional staff to identify common research interests, explore trends in innovation and develop fresh approaches to the design of schooling. One teacher has already started a process of custom-designing interactive books. Another is interested in exploring the expansion of interdisciplinary programs. Two longer-term goals are to enable community members to use the Scarsdale Center to develop their own projects and also Continued on the next page
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to draw on community expertise to support Scarsdale teachers and students in their work. The Scarsdale Center for Innovation may be the first school district initiative of its kind in the United States. Continuing Scarsdale’s tradition of national leadership, it will disseminate its work in a new online journal. Both these trailblazing efforts — the Global Learning Alliance and the Center for Innovation — are parts of The Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow, collected initiatives that are preparing today’s graduates for participation in the global community. The goal of these initiatives is to add value to a traditional liberal arts preparation and to continue to give our students the advantages of an exemplary Scarsdale experience. We do this by enhancing what our graduates know, how they think and how they act. Among our efforts are the Singapore Math approach in our elementary grades; Spanish instruction in the elementary grades and Mandarin at the high school; the inquiry research program; and coursework and extracurricular involvements in which students collaborate, embrace diversity and contribute solutions both in the local community and in the world. Economy and effectiveness We continue to live and work in an uncertain economy. The resources in Scarsdale are substantial. Nonetheless, the community has always expected the schools to exercise care with those resources, and the district has a special obligation to be sensitive to current conditions. Equally, the community has always recognized that the quality of a Scarsdale education gives value to living here and that it
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would be foolhardy to sacrifice that quality on the altar of short-term thinking and short-sighted dollar savings. This year’s budget process and contract negotiations will test our ability to balance these principles. Scarsdale has consistently attracted and rewarded first-rate professional staff by offering highly competitive compensation. In the last round of bargaining, the parties succeeded in keeping a sound balance between employer and employee health care payments. The economic downturn undercut efforts to bring salary growth in closer line with other top districts in our area. Scarsdale salaries cannot disconnect from the market and go off onto some plane of their own. At the same time, favorable salary levels do give Scarsdale the leverage to employ the strongest available candidates and to maintain a highly effective faculty. As I’ve said before: to know us may be to love us, but it’s not a given that excellent teachers will come and stay in a district that’s widely regarded as a pressure cooker, just for the honor of being here. The board of education and I are keenly aware of the contending forces and of the high stakes attached to decisions about them. While neither the budget nor the collective bargaining process will get well under way until the second term, we all appreciate the responsibility entrusted to us in reaching the best possible solution. Scarsdale is Scarsdale because we have always found ways to overcome our divisions and to work together. That spirit of common cause and collective contribution is our strength as we go forward.
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Scarsdale board of ed sustains educational excellence By ELIZABETH M. GUGGENHEIMER Scarsdale Board of Education President
am pleased and feel privileged to be part of a learning community that proudly supports its pre-eminent public schools. In Scarsdale we value an education that prepares our students for lives of achievement, leadership, contribution and satisfaction. Our teachers, administrators, parent representatives, families, students and other school staff and residents are connected by an ethos that puts a premium on love of learning. The board of education, the school district’s governing and policy-making body, is entrusted by the Scarsdale community to sustain this tradition of educational excellence while exercising fiscal care. Preserving what is special about this district includes being open to change. The board sets broad goals and regularly receives information and recommendations on progress toward these goals from Superintendent Michael V. McGill, who is the board’s chief executive officer and district’s educational leader. The board has enthusiastically embraced the Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow (SET), the district’s forward-looking educational plan that seeks to assure that Scarsdale’s graduates can think well, solve complex problems, and understand and work effectively
Our ambitions for Scarsdale are grand, but achievable. We are cognizant that we operate amid an uncertain economy and within a regulated environment that creates some constraints and occasionally opportunities.
in a changing and interdependent world. Seasonal “Back to School” references prompt both pragmatism and imagination as we update calendars and lists and then turn our thoughts to what may be new or different this school year. With the May passage of the 2012-13 school budget, by a 79 percent favorable vote, the district is able to proceed on the development of several program improvements and needed facilities projects. The $141.79 million budget reflects a 2.42 percent budget increase. This summer our teachers spent time to enhance curriculum initiatives in balanced literacy, mathematics, inquiry research, special education inclusion and grade level and interdisciplinary assessments. Our buildings have been undergoing maintenance upgrades, including replacing a nonfunctioning ventilation system in the Edgewood gym, replacing antiquated
lighting and stage-rigging and removing asbestos above the Heathcote stage, widening middle school exterior steps and repairing the CHOICE building, connecting boilers and heat pumps to generators at the high school, and repairing roofs and adding heat controls throughout the district. As a result, we will be ready to welcome children in September to a school year filled with great potential. During 2012-13 we will have returning and new faculty and administrators who bring unparalleled creativity, commitment and intellect to the SET educational plan. At the high school we are excited to have a new leadership team, with new principal Kenneth Bonamo and new assistant principal Christopher Griffin joining continuing assistant principals Sue Peppers and Chris Renino. We are adding two high school teaching positions to help maintain longstanding class size practice and a variety
of courses in the upper grades. Favorable class size will be maintained throughout the district, with slightly fewer elementary school sections to correspond to decreased enrollment in the lower grades. The SET programmatic agenda is not top-down or bottom-up. Instead it is one where the entire professional staff is encouraged to participate in improving how our teachers teach and our students learn. Our educators purposefully use multiple approaches to nurture in students the skills that are essential for college success and lives of global citizenship. Among the approaches used are self-initiated study, research projects, collaboration, seminars, directed self-reflection, service learning and cross-disciplinary coursework. The fifth-grade Capstone project, middle school Human Rights Day, high school’s Advanced Topics fieldwork and wind ensemble’s performance at Carnegie Hall are examples of student experiences that foster initiative, curiosity and awareness as global citizens. Our ambitions for Scarsdale are grand, but achievable. We are cognizant that we operate amid an uncertain economy and within a regulated environment that creates some constraints and occasionally opportunities. Several activities and priorities are on Continued on the next page
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the horizon for 2012-13 to help sustain our internationally excellent landmark schools. First is further implementation of the Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow across grade levels, schools and academic disciplines. We appreciate the continued efforts of the faculty, PTAs and communications advisory group to help us communicate better to our parents, students and a broader audience what SET means for our students. At the same time, the district is exploring ways to assess student work through its ongoing collaboration with Columbia University and participation in an international benchmarking initiative with educational leaders from high-performing schools in six countries. Second, we seek to pay greater attention to school buildings and grounds, both ongoing maintenance and more long-term facilities planning to ensure that space, equipment and technology will support the educational plan. Budgeted 2012-13 projects at the high school are to convert unused space that was formerly an auto shop into a “pilot” small group instructional space and satellite cafeteria with significant Internet capacity, and to expand the nearby fitness center by reclaiming space in adjoining areas. Last spring our high school architecture students looked at the potential space with the district’s architects and facilities staff to help brainstorm possible solutions and understand better how their own learning and real world problems are interconnected. This fall, our professional staff will focus on more specific ways to develop and en-
hance this space, so that the district can seek necessary regulatory approval and try to begin work on these projects by next summer. Meanwhile, the new Center for Innovation is likely to be a fertile source of ideas for how enhanced facilities and technology can enhance new models of instruction and collaboration. Third, later this year the board, through our professional representatives, will be negotiating collective bargaining agreements with the teachers’ union and other unions of employees serving the district. These discussions by law are not public. We will seek to build on the trust, ongoing partnership and mutual commitment to educational excellence that has enabled successful negotiations in the past. Finally, we would like members of the public to stay informed and connected to the board of education. We invite you to attend business meetings, which are generally held twice monthly during the school year and include monthly educational reports from the administration. There are opportunities for members of the community to speak at each business meeting and also to observe board work sessions. Meetings are broadcast live and shown regularly on Cablevision Channel 77 or Verizon Channel 27. The district’s public information officer provides school information through “Insight,” a periodic newsletter. Our website, www.scarsdaleschools.org, contains background and upto-the-minute information. You may write to us at 2 Brewster Road, or email us at email@example.com. Best wishes for a happy fall!
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PTA scholarship fund benefits SHS’s college-bound students For 63 years, the Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund for College has provided grants to graduating SHS seniors for their freshman year of college. The fund is a source of vital financial assistance for a dozen or more applicants each year. The loss of a job, a divorce or unexpected illness or death may have devastating effects on a family’s ability to pay for a child’s college education. In addition, the financial strains resulting from the ongoing U.S. economic malaise, coupled with increasing costs of college tuition and expenses, as well as the decrease in available government loans and college assistance, could make attending college next fall an unattainable goal for some students. The scholarship fund provides grants for freshman year, ranging in amount from $1,000 to $7,500, directly to institutions of higher education for those SHS seniors who demonstrate need and who will receive a Scarsdale diploma and matriculate at a college or university in the fall. The fund is administered under strict rules of confidentiality. The Scarsdale High School deans make grant applications available to all Scarsdale seniors. Applications may also be downloaded online at www.scarsdaleschools.org/ shspta. The deadline to apply for a grant is the first week of May 2013. The scholarships are funded solely by donations from the Scarsdale community. Each fall, an appeal is sent to every household, business and educator in Scarsdale. In
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addition to the communitywide mailing, funds are raised through the sale of Gift of Education cards in honor of graduating seniors or in honor or memory of teachers, administrators or as a holiday gift to teachers. Every dollar raised goes directly toward funding the grants. Last year, the scholarship fund raised approximately $68,000 from contributions by more than 270 residents, businesses, organizations, graduating classes, alumni and educators, as well as generous donations from district PTAs. As a result, the scholarship fund was able to award 19 grants totaling $89,000 to students for their freshman year of college. Without these grants, many of those students might not have been able to attend college this fall. Scarsdale is a community that has consistently demonstrated its commitment to youth and their education. By contributing to the Scholarship Fund for College, Scarsdale can attempt to ensure that all students who wish to pursue higher education have the means to do so. The fund is managed by volunteers from all five Scarsdale neighborhoods. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are accepted throughout the year. They may be mailed to SHS PTA Scholarship Fund for College, P.O. Box 147H, or made online, via PayPal at www.scarsdaleschools.org/Page/2206. Questions may be directed to chairman Valerie Abrahams at 777-8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Edgemont schools enter important transitional year By NANCY L. TADDIKEN Edgemont Schools Superintendent and THOMAS J. McCORMACK Board of Education President 2012-13 will be an important transitional year for the Edgemont school system. For the first time in more than two decades, the district must find a new superintendent of schools as Nancy L. Taddiken prepares to retire at the end of the school year. Some of the groundwork has been laid: former Edgemont High School principal Barry Friedman, who retires effective Sept. 1, announced his intention to do so last September, giving Taddiken and the rest of the administration time to put a succession plan in place. Friedman has been serving as Taddikenâ€™s special assistant since February, when former assistant principal Devan Ganeshananthan became principal of the junior/senior high school. Other administrative changes were staggered throughout the 2011-12 school year: bringing Doron Markus on board to replace Ganeshananthan as assistant principal with special responsibility for the junior high; making former director of instructional technology Mike Curtin, who has served as an EHS assistant principal since Jennifer Allen left the high school to become principal of Greenville two years ago, director of curriculum and instructional technology as of
July 2; and hiring Edgemontâ€™s newest assistant principal, Ann Meyer, who started at EHS the same day. The board of ed has been interviewing executive search firms this summer and will begin the search process by gathering community and stakeholder input this fall. In the meantime, there are many other activities that need to be addressed. This is the year the board of education and the Edgemont Teachers Association must negotiate a new contract; and even before a new contract is negotiated, the district must prepare and implement the new state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), much of which must be worked out in concert with the teachers. APPR training has been going on this summer. This is also a year in which we will have to evaluate a number of structural changes made last year with the goal of saving money and making education in Edgemont sustainable over the long haul. Structural changes included changes to the English 12 curriculum, the A School, secondary electives and out-of-district transportation. All changes will have to be evaluated as the year proceeds to see how they affect students and the quality of education in Edgemont. Curricular initiatives under review this year include the now year-old K-5 math program, Math in Focus, and the science
curriculum for grades 5-12, which was reviewed by a visiting team of â€œcritical friendsâ€? from the Tri-States Consortium this past winter. Science faculty, along with curriculum director Mike Curtin, are going over the Tri-States recommendations and putting together a plan for science in the same way that district English teachers did for English/Language Arts (ELA) several years back in the wake of the last Tri-States review. Administrators and teachers are also ready to implement Response to Intervention (RtI), another state mandate that required the district to put in place a model for identifying and assisting struggling students in the early elementary years, in the hope of catching and addressing problems earlier. All New York State public school systems had to have an RtI program in place for K-4 reading by July 1 of this year, which for Edgemont mostly meant reviewing and adapting processes we have had in place for many years in order to comply with the mandate. Yet another new state mandate â€” the Dignity Act â€” has mostly been implemented, but is still in its early phases and will require continued evaluation to make sure we do things in a way that enhances the work on respect and anti-bullying that we have been doing in Edgemont for years as part of our K-12 Social/Emotional Learning. And the board and community groups
plan to continue urging legislators to reduce and eliminate the number of un- and underfunded mandates that place so much pressure on our budget, especially in these difficult years when our schools are hamstrung by a property-tax system that is chipping away at our revenue base â€” and now also by a tax cap that limits how much money we can raise to 2 percent or the CPI, whichever is lower, unless 60 percent of the community votes to override the cap (which not one district in Westchester tried this year). Edgemont remains committed to desirable class size, top-notch faculty and a wide enough variety of curricular and extracurricular choices so that all members of our student body can remain engaged as they grow and advance through the grades, along with the technology to support our educators in the classroom. We are helped, as always, by an unbelievably generous community: groups and individuals that make possible resources and experiences that we could never otherwise afford in these tight times. As always, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the PTA, PTSA, Edgemont School Foundation, Edgemont Rec, E Club and all the other community groups and individuals who continue to provide our students with what they need. Edgemont runs on community volunteer Continued on the next page
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Edgemont PTSA provides gifts, more The Edgemont Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is looking forward to another exciting school year, enriching the educational experience of Edgemont’s Junior and Senior High School students. During the past school year, the PTSA was able to provide gifts to the Edgemont School District totaling almost $50,000. These funds were used to sponsor cultural arts enrichment programs, fund class trips, fulfill grants to teachers and support social activities. During the past year, the PTSA was also able to assist in the school’s efforts to keep our technology and communication moving forward by providing funds to the EHS library to begin an eBook program for the students, as well as by starting its
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power as well as community financial support. To find out what’s going on, please visit www.edgemont.org and look around. Join us at board of ed meetings, generally held twice a month on Tuesday evenings. All meetings are in the LGI (Large Group Instruction room) in the library building at the junior-senior high school. Agendas and minutes are posted at www.edgemont. org. So are summaries of board of ed meetings (under District Newsletter), where you
own website, www.edgemontptsa.org, providing easier access to the PTSA’s online newsletter (The Goldsheet), as well as updates and information on current events in the school. Moving forward in the 2012-13 school year, the PTSA hopes to continue its efforts to fund programs, events and items for teachers and students that would otherwise be unavailable to them due to budgetary constraints. This is made possible by the Edgemont community’s continued support of the PTSA. The PTSA, in combination with the PTA, had another successful Spring Fete, which will provide funding for the coming year, as will membership dues that will be collected in the summer and fall. The PTSA can also be supported
can find details on all of the topics touched on in this article, and a tentative schedule of topics for the coming year. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our numbers are in the Blue Book (your new one should arrive in the mail any day), or you can reach us at email@example.com. Also in the Blue Book is a listing of the many committees and Edgemont organizations you can become a part of as you look for a way to make your own contribution to this wonderful community. We wish you a happy, healthy, and productive year.
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BTS Scarsdale Foundation seeks scholarship funds The Scarsdale Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded $97,000 in scholarship monies for the 2012-13 academic year. These need-based financial stipends, awarded annually to college students who have graduated from Scarsdale High School or were Scarsdale residents during their high school years, were allocated to 26 individuals. The scholarships are intended to offset some of the college expenses of students who are going into their sophomore, junior and senior years. The foundation has experienced a continued increase in the number of applications this year. In the face of spiraling tuition costs and exacerbated by the continued economic downturn, paying for college is becoming more and more of a struggle for many Scarsdale families with special circumstances. A significant number of applications come from single parent families, while others are from students whose parents have lost jobs or whose savings for college have been eroded or wiped out by investment losses or devastating health care setbacks. In anticipation of this phenomenon, the foundation recently initiated an aggressive fundraising campaign, which included specially earmarked donations that were made in conjunction with the Scarsdale Bowl
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Girl Scouts: building leaders one girl at a time The ScarsdaleEdgemont Girl Scouts (SEGS) continues to flourish with over 800 girls and over 300 local adult volunteers. There is always something exciting happening in the SEGS community. SEGS commemorated the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting this past May with a celebration with the entire community. This past June, a record 19 Scarsdale Girl Scouts received their Gold Award. Plans for the 2012-13 school year include camping in the fall, where girls participate in the ropes challenge course, learn how to use
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a map and compass, and cook over an open fire; square dancing at an old-fashioned hoedown at the father-daughter square dance; sleeping overnight at a museum, such as the Museum of Natural History or the Hall of Science; learning the inner workings of the local government at Scarsdale’s annual Village Government Day; ice skating at the annual mitten-skating parties; swimming at the annual splash parties; and, of course, lots of opportunities to serve the community. Scouting is an excellent opportunity for girls to forge new friendships, stay bonded to old friends and build character and skills for success in the real world. The troops that comprise the Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts provide an accepting and nurturing environment where girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives — like strong values, social conscience and inspiration about their own potential. Joining the Scarsdale-Edgemont Girl Scouts is easy. Girls may join an existing troop in their grade at school. Or, interested girls can establish a new troop with adult volunteer leaders. Troop leaders are needed to help run existing troops and/or to start new ones. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of girls in the community. Without local adult volunteers, girl scouting would not be possible. Becoming a Girl Scout troop leader is a small commitment with a large reward. For more information about how to become a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout leader, visit www.segirlscouts.org or contact Carmela Crawford at email@example.com.
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FASNY a bilingual day school for children The FrenchAmerican School of New York (FASNY), a co-educational day school for children, nursery through grade 12, offers a dual curriculum in French and English, combining the strengths of both the French educational system and the best U.S. independent schools. Bilingualism is at the core of the FASNY experience with students graduating with the French Baccalaureate and a high school diploma. Give your child the ability to play, write, read, sing, act, formulate concepts, raise questions and make friends in two languages. The campuses are as follows: nursery to grade 1: Scarsdale Campus, 85 Palmer Ave.; lower school: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave.; and upper school: Mamaroneck campus, 145 New St. Visit www. fasny.org. The Extension Program at FASNY offers courses in French or English for children and adults. Courses include sports like fencing or judo, language, cooking, chess, French theater, dance and more. If you are looking for stimulating after-school activities offered in an international environment where you and your children will be exposed to different languages and cultures, join FASNY’s Extension Program. Visit fasny. org/afterschoolprogram. Call 250-0000.
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o many families, Back to School means a return to shopping for clothes after a summer spent at camp or lounging around the pool in swimsuits and flip-flops. Luckily, there are tons of shopping options here in Westchester County, and storeowners and staff are in the know about all the latest fashion trends. Phyllis Samuels, co-owner of Neil’s in Scarsdale and Mount Kisco, predicted a “great fall season following a great spring.” NFL or NBA jerseys “with all the new players on them” are at the top of many boys’ must-have lists. In addition, “We’re doing an unbelievable business in lacrosse shorts with crazy prints,” Samuels said. “Dri-FIT tops from Under Armour, Nike and Adidas are also very popular. This is a fabric which,
Madison is wearing Free People top and Mother jeans; Hannah looks great with a Free People shirt, Work Custom jeans and Recover tank; and Taylor is sporting a My Tribe sweater and Work custom jeans. They are all wearing jewelry by Indigo Chic of Hartsdale.
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as opposed to cotton, wicks the perspiration away from you and has an unbelievable comfort level.” High NBA-type socks are making the rounds with Westchester County boys, Samuels said: “They come in prints and teams and colors and they’re really fun. The whole gist is that boys have fashion now; it’s not just for the girls. But boys are very tactile sensitive, so if something doesn’t feel good in addition to looking good, they’ll pass it by.” Girls are flocking to Neil’s for the latest early fall colors: “plums, charcoals with a royal blue to pop,” according to Samuels. “We’re still seeing some peeks of neon, to pop a charcoal or to pop a plum. And the cutout shoulder is continuing from spring, mostly for ages 7-16. Worn over a tank, it’s called a ‘cold shoulder,’ and is almost literally a circle cut on the shoulder of a sweatshirt, for example.” Animal prints, leggings, jeans and jeggings are still big with girls, and, as with boys’ clothing, comfort is key. “Everything has more and more stretch in it,” Samuels said. “We have sweats that look and feel like cashmere — there are no cotton sweats anymore — they’re washed and washed and washed before we get them. There are even sherpa-lined sweatshirts, soft and stretchy.” Lindsey Isanberg, owner of Infinity in Scarsdale, describes her shop as “fashion forward, very trendy. We set the trends that others follow.” Infinity’s target customers are preteen and teen girls, who are buying up printed and/or colored denim pants, shirts with elbow patches and more. Skinny jeans, which hit big time this past spring, are still the rage, as is clothing with imprinted skull patterns, Isanberg said. There are lots of options for tops at Infinity, and plenty of accessories as well. “Zipper bracelets are a very hot item for back to school,” Isanberg said. “They come in metallic, tie dye and with charms, and they would be great gift items.” For weekends, special occasion party dresses and skirts are popular at Infinity, as are patterned or neon overnight bags for sleepovers, plus “great
soft plush pajamas and the coziest pajama pants,” Isanberg said. “The patterned bags are cool, trendy and new instead of regular old-time backpacks.” Lester’s in Rye has “exactly what you’re looking for,” according to Marilyn Werner. “Although we are seeing neons offered for fall, we feel as though we’ve given the customer enough of the neon colors for spring and summer, so we will transition into jewel and deeper tones for the fall.” Skinny jeans are the only way to go, said Werner, who added, “We are not offering boot cut at all.” For the rare occasions when they want to dress up a bit, girls ages 7-14 prefer short, body hugging knit skirts, with the 4 to 6x size girl “also accepting a longer and less mature version of the body hugging knits,” Werner said. As for tops, Werner said that chiffon prints are “very important” for the fall, especially in animal and python prints. “Solids are selling as well, with sequin pocket trims,” she said. “In tees and sweatshirts, skulls, stars and stripes are the rage.” Animal prints are “by far” the most popular now, Werner said. “We’re seeing them in printed chiffons and bottoms. Printed jeans, printed pants and jeggings are very popular. We’re also seeing the trend in dresses.” Again, girls find comfort to be important, with “soft and comfy sweat fabrics” and “cashmere-feel fabrics” popular at Lester’s. Another important trend for fall is “faux or vegan leather in jackets and bottoms; also faux fur in vests and vest/ sweater combos,” Werner said, adding that layering is still big, with sheer tops over bandeaux or camisoles. For boys, tees are top sellers at Lester’s. “The trends in tees for boys are rock bands, retro looks and, of course, sports done in updated graphics,” Werner said. “For little boys, superheroes like Superman and Spiderman are happening.” Up in Pound Ridge, Silhouette, owned by
Merri Virgilio, caters primarily to girls and the adults who purchase clothing and gifts for them. “We run the gamut from jewelry to journals to bags, handbags or small little totes, wristlets, things like that,” Virgilio said. Any kind of “nontraditional tote such as a cross-body bag or hobo bag” is proving popular for back to school, Virgilio said. Silhouette sells custom bags with school names embroidered on them — green and white for Pound Ridge Elementary School; black, red and white for Fox Lane middle and high schools. Alternatively, initials, names or symbols can be custom embroidered in just a matter of days. Girls wanting to accessorize an outfit are in good hands at Silhouette. “They’ll come in looking for necklaces that have a specific symbol, like a ballerina, frog or peace sign,” Virgilio said. “These are really popular, whether they buy them for themselves or as a gift. We also have chokers on elastic, sometimes with a bottle cap or some other type of symbol or token on them. They come in bright colors and are not tight.” Fashion trends “come and go,” Virgilio said.
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At Denny’s in Scarsdale, Robert is sporting all Under Armour — zip hoodie, wide side stripe pant, collegiate thermal top and backpack — while Ray has on a Volcom Inyoface fleece hoodie over a neon Quiksilver tee and Quiksilver skinny jeans. The Flow Society backpack completes his look.
Hannah is sporting Seven’s gold colored jeans, a Vince tweed sweater and Frye boots, while Andreas has a Vince sweater, John VarVatos tee, AG jeans and Converse sneakers. Available at Beginnings in Scarsdale and Armonk.
“Tie dye’s not so big now; girls are mostly going for bright neon colors. But then again, we always thought that peace signs would be gone, but they’re not.” The ever-popular Pound Ridge sweatshirts, in children’s and adult sizes, are big sellers at Silhouette, with pullover and hoodie styles available. Pound Ridge tees should be back in stock soon, Virgilio said. Gaynor Scott is owner of Boo Girls in Katonah, a popular store that attracts scores of girls from 7-12 all the way through high school and college. “For pants, it’s still all skinny jeans and cords, in jewel tones, lots of really bright colors — emerald greens, purples, blues, reds — every color you could possibly imagine,” Scott said. “Sweaters are not as oversized as they were last year. This year they’re V-necks and crewnecks, in a heavier yarn. I have quite a few cable knits, with the weave a little bit looser in between the cables.” Jean jackets are back, Scott said, “but they’re inlaid with different fabrics in the sleeve or shoulder. We’re still seeing graphic tees with rock and roll screen prints on them, going back to the days of Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, that sort of thing.” Boo Girls also has a lot of “really pretty chiffon blouses, animal prints and floral prints,” Scott said. “They button up with a collar, but are very drapey. When you have that skinny bottom in terms of the jeans, it’s very nice to have something flowing on top.” Dresses for sweet 16 parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and other special occasions bring area shoppers to Boo Girls. Dress fashions, Scott said, “have changed a lot over the years. Instead of girls’ dresses being very fancy, everything is now fitted to the body. It’s a fairly uniform style, so we have some really pretty fabrics in the store right now. There’s one with elbow-length sleeves that’s Continued on page 28A
Ava is sporting JBrand denim jeans, Busy Bees ruffle blouse and Hartford metallic jacket at Bubble & Tweet in Bedford Village.
At Bubble & Tweet in Bedford Village, Ava is wearing JBrand jeans, Pink chicken floral dress and Naturino ballet flats.
Morgan is in Vintage Havana purple denim jeans and a Ragdoll & Rocket plaid long shirttail shirt topped with a Pinc crocheted fringe vest, and Sydney is all set in her Vintage Havana dip-dyed skull sweater over bright dyed Flying Monkey jeans. The down vest is lightweight enough to be stored in a backpack. Available at Denny’s in Scarsdale.
At Indigo Chic in Hartsdale, Taylor is wearing a Free People top, Work custom jeans and a vest by Tempo Paris; Hannah has a BcBg top, Lysse leggings, a My Tribe leather jacket and jewelry by Indigo Chic; and Madison rocks leggings by David Lerner, a top by Kokua and jewelry by Indigo Chic.
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Harowitz. Butterflies & Zebras stocks gray and navy knit blazers with sleeves that can be rolled up to expose a jacket’s striped lining. “Skirts will always continue to be popular,” Harowitz said, describing the bestselling one offered at her shop as a “pull-on, one-size-fits-all skirt that they wear with leggings. It’s a super-mini; that’s why the leggings are so great.” Butterflies & Zebras’ signature seamless tank, available in an array of colors, goes well under any top or sweater, Harowitz said. “Honestly, denim jeans are what the girls all wear, with some kind of a cute crop top,” Harowitz said. “Layering is very important. They like to wear what they’ve been wearing, and then mix it up with accessories, which include chunky bracelets, denim bracelets and anything that has zippers.” With Labor Day rapidly approaching, it’s time to go shopping to make that Back to School wardrobe fresh and its very best. To get there, all the shop owners agreed that Uggs remain the footwear of choice for most girls — certainly for those in the middle school and high school crowd — and they’re perfect for tucking in those skinny jeans everyone loves.
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a fairly conservative dress. It fits well on the body, and that’s what the girls like.” Yogi’s Paw, in Mount Kisco, has seen girls buying basics in the past few weeks, said owner Leslie Bijoux. “Color is going to be really big,” she said. “A lot of times you see colors toned down a bit in the fall, but we’re still seeing bright tones. The point is that color is going to be a big part of fall, as opposed to gray and black.” Feminine, sheer blouses, “with a lot of lace,” are flying out of the store, Bijoux said, adding, “a lot of the tops we’re selling and buying right now are not exactly cropped but on the short side. They’re not particularly long. Right now in the store we have mostly short-sleeved tops, a little oversized and extremely feminine.” Bold prints — floral, Aztec, geometric, abstract — often come in black and white and serve as a great contrast to all that color. Dresses Bijoux is seeing for fall continue a trend from the spring. One of them she called a “twofer,” which, she said, looks like a skirt with a blouse. “It’s all put together and is the look that everybody wants,” she said. “It’s just one piece. You put it on and it’s done. Having said that, we do sell a lot of separates to get the same look, like the little black skirt with blousy top.” Across the state line, Butterflies & Zebras in Ridgefield, Conn., caters to shoppers 7-14 “all the way through contemporary, cool mom clothes,” said owner Shari Harowitz. “Colored jeans are going to continue to be hot for fall, paired with crop tops and plaid shirts, but with more fitted silhouettes, not your father’s plaid shirts.” Knit blazers are a “nice way to change it up a bit, but not so structured and not in a stiff fabric,” said
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BTS Maroon & White supports athletes, PE program Maroon & White is Scarsdale High School’s parent athletic association that supports interscholastic athletics and the physical education departments. Entering its 46th year this fall, Maroon & White promotes student participation in sports; sponsors awards dinners at the end of each sports season to honor athletes, coaches and managers; hosts Raider Pride weeks in the fall and spring to honor all high school teams; and raises funds to donate gifts to the athletic and physical education departments. Through the events it sponsors and funds it contributes, Maroon & White enriches the physical education program and improves athletic facilities for all SHS students. Over the years, Maroon & White has played a vital role in supporting the athletic and physical education departments by donating equipment that is not funded by the school budget. Gifts in recent years include a scoreboard, safety mats for various sports, nets and ball machines, gymnastic equipment, a medical training table, track equipment, fitness room equipment and portable defibrillators. Maroon & White publishes a sports journal for the fall, winter and spring seasons. This journal consists of booster ads from families and businesses, as well as rosters and pictures of sports teams. Other activities include a coaches’ dinner, Raiders of the Week, the Kari Pizzitola Holiday Basketball Tournament and a
spring picnic. In addition, contributions are made to the volleyball, wrestling, cheerleading and ice hockey tournaments. Maroon & White also sponsors several athletic scholarships for graduating seniors. The Maroon & White board of directors meet regularly and serve as an advocate for athletes and athletic programs: Charlotte Carr and Liz Whitney, co-presidents; Debra Lagapa and Bill Squadron, vice presidents; Anne and Mark Ellman, treasurers; Kathy and Ed Coleman, secretaries; Karen and Harry Fisch, membership; Sara and David Kober, sports journal and Carrie and Howard Belk, fundraising. Maroon & White’s annual membership drive is under way. High school families and community members are encouraged to support Maroon & White. Membership contributions may be made in five categories: Honorable Mention ($40); AllLeague ($65); All-Section ($100); All-State ($150) and Most Valuable Patron ($250 or more) and may be sent to Karen Fisch at 30 Springdale Road. You may also join online by visiting www.maroonandwhite.org.
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Notebook Maroon & White’s other major fundraiser, The Sports Journal, is now accepting ads for this year’s publication. Parents of incoming freshmen should note that the beginning of the school year would be their only opportunity to submit a family booster ad for the year. Families and businesses may contact Sara Kober at 725-9151 for more information. In addition, Scarsdale blankets, folding chairs, umbrellas, baseball caps, knit hats and car magnets can be ordered by contacting Carrie and Howard Belk at 723-8274. Go Raiders!
Scarsdale PT Council connects seven area PTAs Scarsdale PT Council, the joint organization for the seven PTAs, is looking forward to the new school year and its annual events. Each year the PT Council holds three community meetings that feature programs on parenting, education and topical issues. This school year’s program dates are Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, April 18, at 9:15 a.m. The council will work with the board of education, school personnel and community groups to sponsor speaker-programs that promise to be valuable sources of information for the community. Residents are encouraged to clean out their closets for Sports Swap, which will be held Saturday, April 6. Gently used sports equipment, bicycles, musical instruments,
formal wear and computer and video games are all accepted for donation. Drop them off at the Heathcote gym and then come back and shop. All proceeds from the sale of these items will be donated to the PT Council to help support projects and programming for the community. Everyone is welcome on April 6 for the sale from 10 a.m. until noon. Look for the Young Writers’ Workshop on Saturday, March 16. This is one of PT Council’s most eagerly anticipated and highly respected programs. The event is a celebration of writing that features workshops led by talented professionals. The chairmen are already busily planning and coming up with new ideas to make this year’s event the most exciting ever. It will be held at the middle school from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to third- through fifth-graders. In addition to these annual events, the PT Council provides support to schools by coordinating districtwide activities and facilitating the sharing of information and ideas among PTA leaders. The PT Council promotes discussion of educational issues and common concerns in the district. The legislative committee examines issues on a county- or state-wide level and the safety committee continues to work with the village and school officials to address traffic and other safety concerns. PT Council leaders will be closely involved with the budget process and will assist in communicating its development throughout the year. Council committee volunteers also support PTA Continued on page 32A
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ince 1996, thousands of students have taken dance lessons under the guidance of our highly talented and nurturing teachers. Our state-of-art facility is a magnificent place where the tiniest ballerina and the trendiest teen dancers feel at home. No matter which style of dance your child chooses, a pattern of enjoying healthy exercise in a dance class can become the foundation for a lifetime of energetic physical activity.
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Here's why Studio B Dance Center is the right choice. We invite you to compare Small class sizes - Maximum of 12 students for age 2 + 3, and a maximum of 14 per class for ages 4 and up All studio rooms equipped with floating Marley dance floors which help reduce the risk of injuries and fatigue Choice of more than one teacher for each dance program to fit your child's personality and learning style Mirrors that start at floor level so that dancers can see their feet from any place on the dance floor Viewing windows that allow you to observe your child's progress without class interruptions Desk staff available to assist you during all teaching hours, every day Parent-friendly ready-to-wear recital costumes that include all accessories and tights Students and parents never required to fund raise for studio events Convenient sibling scheduling that enables parents to bring two or more siblings to dance class at the same time Large variety of classes and choice times designed according to students' and parents' requests Staff of professional teachers and choreographers with college or masters degrees and extensive teaching experience Hassle free, 90-minute recitals in a pleasant, air-conditioned local facility
As a parent, you have a choice among several different dance schools, but not all studios are the same. At Studio B, we constantly upgrade and improve our facilities and curriculum to ensure that we always provide our students and parents with the best experience possible. Today, as in 1996, there are a number of studios to choose from. We invite you to compare studio features on our checklist to the left. You’ll see why Studio B is chosen more often than any other dance school in the area.
What our students and parents are saying:
Studio B has become like my second family. I have made many new “friends who are always there to help me out. We all work hard together, but it is always fun. We may see each other once a week, but we all have one thing in common. We love to dance. “ Nina, age 13 dance there would be something missing from who I am. “WhenIf I Ididn’t dance I feel beatutiful, powerful, and most of all free. “ Ellen, age 14 the rooms are magical because I do things there I can’t do the “sameI think anywhere else. “ Kathleen, age 7
place to take classes because it stimulates a child’s “ Studio B is a great intelligence and emotional development. The
teacher’s approach is totally child centered, innovative, enthusiastic, organized and refreshingly age appropriate. Your classes have been a great boost to our daughter’s self esteem. Paige’s mom
show is better than ‘American Idol.’ “ OurMackensee, “ age 5
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Things Every Parent Should Know Before
Choosing a Dance Studio
ince most dance studios seem to have qualified, friendly teachers who are experienced with teaching children, and a big recital at the end of the year, aren’t they all pretty much the same? Does it really matter which school you decide to enroll at? Absolutely. There are five important factors that can make a huge difference in the quality of instruction your child receives. By considering these five basic guidlines, you will be able to choose a dance studio that will give you and your child a satisfying and enjoyable experience.
What type of dance floor is used?
The best way to practice a safe physical activity is by choosing a studio with a professional “floating floor.” A floating floor rests on a system of high-density foam to absorb the shock of jumping. The top layer is a vinyl composite “Marley” floor, which is recognized worldwide as the best surface layer for dancers. A high-density foam base is superior to a sprung floor, which usually consists of a wood structure built on top of the regular floor. Very few studios use these floors due to the expense, but Studio B has professional floating floors in all three spacious dance studios.
What is the size of the class?
If the dance class has a limited number of students in it, each child will receive more personal attention, learn more, and have more fun. With smaller classes, teachers can closely supervise the class, carefully explain the concepts and instructions, and make certain that students are developing good habits and proper technique. At Studio B, we limit all of our classes to a maximum of just fourteen students. Our pre-ballet for ages 2 and 3 is limited to only twelve. With teachers focused on individual student skills, no fundamental concepts are being missed. All of our classes are taught by professional instructors; many classes have assistant teachers.
What type of music is used in class?
How much class time is spent on recital dances?
Can I get immediate assistance and customer service?
Many studios employ current popular music that students hear on the radio. Dancing to only “popular” music in class does not give your child exposure to a variety of music experiences. Our philosophy is to select age-appropriate music to engage the child’s creative spirit and to offer a large range of musical genres. Our wide range of music (both vocal and instrumental) encourages dancers to express themselves through the art of dance and to learn how to count music rather than just dance to specific lyrics.
Many studios have classes in which students spend most of the year learning two or more recital dances. This practice consumes most of the child’s class time and they end the year lacking important dance skills, vocabulary and technique. Although we take great pride in our ninety minute creative themed performances, we do not put a great deal of emphasis on learning dance steps for the sole purpose of a recital; nor do we make it mandatory that any child participates in the show. Studio B’s well balanced program combines learning choreography and recital dances while developing strong technique and improving coordination and locomotive skills.
In many studios, the teacher or the studio owner conducts class and does the administration. The class may suffer if the teacher is trying to do two jobs at once, such as using class time for customer service issues. To have a good dance experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even when a teacher’s occupied in class. Studio B’s knowledgeable office staff is on hand during all class times so that you can receive immediate attention.
Studio B Dance Center is honored to be named the official Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy in all of Westchester County. As a student in Studio B Dance Center’s Angelina Ballerina program, your child will receive a quality dance education in a caring and fun environment, all based on the beloved Angelina Ballerina character. The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum is designed by internationally renowned master teachers and child development experts. Your child will be inspired to pursue her dreams of dance, just like Angelina Ballerina!
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initiatives and programs ranging from community service and environmental action, to cultural arts, after-school clubs, multicultural programming, as well as providing support for families of children with learning differences (CHILD). The 2012-13 PT Council executive board includes four officers, as well as the seven PTA presidents: Gayle Kenigsberg-Hutcher, president; Vivienne Braun, vice president; Karen Brew, secretary; Lauren Mintzer, treasurer; Jacquie Walter, high school; Pam Fuehrer, middle school; Laurie Medvinsky, Edgewood; Stephanie Glaser, Fox Meadow; Melissa Berridge, Greenacres; Olga Eliqulashvilli, Heathcote; and Kim Goldban, Quaker Ridge. For more information about the Scarsdale PT Council, visit http://www.scarsdaleschools.k12.ny.us/page/392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Music and arts support is critical in Scarsdale Friends of Music and the Arts in the Scarsdale Schools (FMA) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, promoting and enhancing the music and arts programs in all the Scarsdale schools. This past school year alone, FMA donated over $10,000 to purchase equipment and fund programs and services requested by the music and art departments in each of the seven district schools to enrich the educational experience of Scarsdale students. Just a few of the ways FMA funds have been used include the purchase of permanent display cases to exhibit student artwork in all the schools and the purchase of art supplies and musical instruments and equipment to facilitate creative artwork and music-making throughout the district. FMA has funded visits from guest musicians and artists for special programs in various schools. FMA helped to launch the Clay Club at the high school and the Guitar Club at the middle school. FMA supports the music and art honor societies at the high school and helps fund publication of the Jabberwocky high school literary magazine. FMA underwrites an extensive program of awards and certificates to recognize high school students who have significant achievements in the music, art and drama arenas. FMA
Nancy Closter’s fifth-graders use easels purchased through Friends of Music and the Arts in Scarsdale Schools funds.
provides hospitality at many school concerts and arts-related events. Additionally, FMA honors district music and art faculty with an annual teacher appreciation luncheon. FMA also works with district administration and attends budget meetings to protect and lobby for music and arts-related programs, which is so important in these difficult economic times. FMA organization was founded in 1981 when a group of parents got together to make uniforms for the marching band. The goals and the scope of FMA’s accomplishments have greatly expanded since then, and the support now provided throughout the elementary schools, the middle school and the high school benefits every single child in the Scarsdale School District. FMA lobbies to help ensure that Scarsdale’s art education remains robust from grades K-12. In order to continue that mission, FMA needs support from parents who understand the importance of arts education in schools. FMA’s only source of funding is from donations and family memberships, and the group’s voice is only as strong as its membership number. Community support is vital. One hundred percent of funds are used to support the schools. Membership starts at just $25, but FMA accepts donations of any amount. Visit our website at www.Scarsdalearts.org to learn more and to join online, or join by check payable to FMA and mail along with your contact information to Friends of Music and the Arts, P.O. Box 171H. If you have any questions or wish to get involved, contact one of the co-presidents: Karen Green at familymarkowitz@verizon. net, Ellen Politi at email@example.com or Julie Teicher at Juliestuart1986@aol.com.
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BTS News & Notes Human rights a focus at Westfield “Some men see things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” — Robert F. K ennedy paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw The Westfield Day School’s World Issues classes, under the leadership of Julie Suchman, assisted by Hester Fenemore, have been exploring the concept of human rights in areas in the world where basic human rights have been neglected. Following the New York State approved curriculum, students, many who come to Westfield, located in Rye, having similarly felt isolated by their peers at other schools, became personally involved in discussions about oppressed citizens of other countries. “It’s been an incredibly satisfying experience as a teacher to see the students internalize these issues and want to act,” Suchman said. One important aspect of this program is learning about heroes that have spoken up and defended people whose human rights have been abused — often for generations. These heroes are the protectors of people who cannot protect themselves. “Through this lens,” said Suchman, “we have explored many difficult areas including child labor, children’s rights, police brutality
Westfield students raised funds for clean water initiatives.
and, most recently, the clean water crisis in the world.” Speaking Truth To Power, a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multifaceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urges them to take action. Issues range from slavery and envi-
ronmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation. The clean water discussion has led to a campaign to spread awareness of this worldwide problem to gain an audience and immediate attention to this crisis. In class, they have uncovered shocking facts and statistics about unsanitary water and how this affects so much of the world. The project that grew out of the program is powerful and poignant, and will have an impact on everyone who sees it when they bring their message to the streets of Rye in a sidewalk display. The goal for the campaign was to raise money for two very important charities, Clean Water for Haiti and Lifesaver Ltd. These organizations are delivering viable solutions that are having an immediate impact and saving lives. The students raised $458 for the two groups. To realize his dream of a more just and peaceful world, Robert Kennedy’s family and friends founded a living memorial in 1968. Today, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is one of the foremost international human rights organizations. The Westfield Day School is proud to be a part of making RFK’s vision a reality. Westfield welcomed visitors to their outdoor display table located in front of their building at 23 Purdy Ave. during the
month of May. “Together we have not only raised funds, but have created a sense of purpose and pride in the students as they used their skills to make a difference,” Fenemore said. “I am so proud of the kids.”
Free membership with school enrollment Looking for a friendly and fun religious school experience for your child? Shaarei Tikvah, the Scarsdale Conservative Congregation, is offering a special promotion for families whose oldest child is starting kindergarten, first or second grade. For enrolling in the religious school, the entire family gets free membership to the synagogue, including tickets for the high holidays. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a feel for Shaarei Tikvah’s warm community and innovative religious school programming led by Ronit Razinovsky. Want another reason to try? No religious school on the weekends! Shaarei Tikvah (Gates of Hope), at 146 Fox Meadow Road in Scarsdale, offers a welcoming, family-friendly environment, warm community and members of all ages. Continued on page 34A
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Looking for a fun, friendly religious school experience for your child? Shaarei Tikvah, the Scarsdale Conservative Congregation, is offering a special promotion for families whose oldest child is starting Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade. With religious school enrollment, the entire family gets free synagogue membership for one year, including High Holiday tickets! Children not yet in Kindergarten? Ask about free High Holiday tickets for pre-school families – including our lively children’s services. Come and experience our warm and welcoming, family-friendly environment!
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A place for Scarsdale little ones Kids’ B.A.S.E. & The Little School continues to be an invaluable resource for the families of Scarsdale. This not-for-profit community organization encompasses two programs: a before- and after-school program for school-age children, and a preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds. Executive director Deborah Fine begins her ninth year at KBLS. Since 1982, Kids’ B.A.S.E. has provided quality before- and after-school programming for youngsters in grades kindergarten through fifth. KBLS offers enrichment programs in the afternoon, such as musical theater, Kids R Cooking, Mad Science, foreign language and animal study. Our sports clinics and Chess Chums continue to be popular after school activities under the directorships of coach Steve Stone and master chess champion Adnan Kobas. The Little School provides a high quality preschool experience, accredited by NAYEC, for over 150 3- and 4-year-olds. In addition to a developmentally appropriate program led by highly qualified head
teachers and teaching assistants, KBLS offers weekly music, gym and creative movement classes, as well as monthly Nature of Things animal programs. This summer, the Summer Enrichment Program provided a rewarding summer session to about 80 children. The highlight of the day is swim time at the Scarsdale Pool. KBLS also welcomed Happy Feet Soccer, a petting zoo, Kids R Cooking and LuAnn Adams this summer. Kids’ B.A.S.E. & The Little School remains a vital community asset, unique to Scarsdale and eager to share its wealth of educational experiences with its residents. Call 472-5409.
SAS fall semester offers something for everyone The Scarsdale Adult School is proving once again that Back to School is not just for kids. Registration for the fall semester is already under way, with some courses beginning the week after Labor Day and many others beginning the week of Oct. 1. SAS staggers its start dates to provide enriching and fun opportunities all season long. SAS will continue to offer community favorites from veteran instructors Dr. Ronald Brown, Lorella Brocklesby, Harriet Sobol, Edmund Niemann, John King, Sylwia Continued on the next page
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McNamara and many others. It also boasts a full array of finance, computer, photography, foreign language, fitness, dance, golf, health, wellness, spirituality, arts and crafts classes and card games. However, even at 74 years young, the adult school continues to innovate with exciting new options. Starting this term, you may select several different parent and child classes from Heather Solomon of Schoolhouse Lunch or Maria Valente from Chocolations. SAS has also expanded the number of wine classes and has even added one that pairs wine with chocolate. Young adults have options, too. SAS is re-instituting SAT preparation classes in anticipation of the November and March exams. New to the adult school, Wendy Richmond will be teaching courses on improving memory and how to speed read. Get tips on tackling The New York Times crossword puzzle from John Grosz, a regular competitor in Will Shortz’s annual contest. Keeping with tradition, the fall catalog includes a wide array of history, culture and philosophy courses. Noteworthy additions this term focus on different issues around the world. Choose from: • The Changing Nature of American Politics • Glamorous States: England’s Victorian Theatre • The Roots of Chinese Traditional Cul-
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ture: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and Neo-Confucianism • The Neighborhoods of the City: Harlem, the Lower East Side, Flushing and Fifth Avenue. Vibrant art appreciation classes focus on the golden age of Dutch painting, Francisco de Goya and a retrospective commemorating the 100th anniversary of the famed Lexington Avenue Armory show. To prepare students for viewing the upcoming special exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elizabeth Thompson Colleary returns to lecture on George Bellows and the Ashcan painters. Architecture topics range from the broad — the Complete History of Western Architecture (Abridged) — to the more local — Great Moments in Westchester Architecture. This semester’s film theme is mistaken identity, with must-see Movie Matinees entering its 18th year in the recently renovated Scott Room at the Scarsdale Public Library. Discuss great literature by Tolstoy or the 20th century’s best female poets. Learn to play the sitar. Find out from Vicki Presser how to make the most of your LinkedIn account or learn from Cory Merchant about the Google suite of free computer applications. All these classes and many more will be starting before the leaves begin to turn. The new fall catalog should have arrived in your mail already and is posted on the adult school website. Extra printed catalogs are available at the Scarsdale Public Library
We love what you love at School of the Holy Child. Whether it’s algebra or the arts, technology or tennis...we want you to become more of who you are. Upper School Open House: September 29, 1:00 —3:30 p.m. Middle School Open House: September 29, 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Take-a-Look Mornings: First Weds. every month, 9:00—11:00 a.m. For reservations, call the Admission Office at 914.967.5622 ext. 227.
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and Scarsdale Village Hall. Visit www. ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org to register, to sign up for the monthly electronic newsletter or for additional information about the dynamic fall lineup. Call 723-2325 with questions.
Exciting offerings at WRT Early Childhood Center Westchester Reform Temple Early Childhood Center (WRT ECC) is launching their 27th school year with exciting offerings for the community. “When we started in 1985 our focus was on a parent center and classes for toddlers,” said ECC director Susan Tolchin. “This year, in addition to our infant, toddler and preschool programs, we will continue to expand our class offerings for families moving into our community. We are confident children will make friends at our ECC, however, we make it a priority to focus on fostering relationships and building a community within the larger Scarsdale community for our parents. We value the importance of social connections for all ages and stages.” Led by the school’s social worker, Brenda Stern, class offerings include groups for socialization and information, for children and adults alike. “It is important to have a safe space for
parents to be together and a place where they can get information on everything from nutrition to sleep habits,” Stern said. “For parents with older children, topics of discussion range from how to discipline, handle sibling rivalry, prevent bullying and standing up to peer pressure. These are very sensitive topics in the early elementary years.” The ECC will also continue the popular drop-in playgroup Babies & Bagels on Fridays from 9:15-10:15 a.m. “We have had so many requests for a place where first-time moms can gather,” Tolchin said. “Our Infant Group, as well as weekly Babies & Bagels classes, really fits that need. Offering these classes at no cost to the community is just another way to serve families in the Scarsdale area.” WRT ECC is dedicated to enriching young children’s lives socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and physically. Classes for 2-year- olds are from 9:15-11:30 a.m., with three-, four- or five-day options, while the 3- and 4-year-old students participate in morning programs from 9 a.m. to noon five days a week, with options for lunch and fun-filled afternoon electives, such as Happy Feet Soccer, ending at 2:30 p.m. There are fees associated with these morning programs and afternoon options and this year, for the first time, membership to Westchester Reform Temple is included without charge for families whose oldest child is registered in the ECC. Continued on page 36A
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WRT ECC is licensed by New York State Department of Children and Family Services. All classes are staffed by certified teachers and the school social worker is available to parents. The school takes great pride in its excellent teacher to student ratio of 4:1 in the 2s program, 6:1 in the 3s program and 8:1 in the 4s program, plus the strong Parents Committee, which organizes fun activities and playdates both on- and off-site for parents, grandparents, caregivers and the children. The school will continue its partnership with PJ Library® at WRT. PJ Library, an internationally award-winning Jewish family engagement program, launched in the fall of 2010 at Westchester Reform Temple. Created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, the PJ Library sends free, high-quality, age-appropriate Jewish books each month to children to read at bedtime with their families. All families interested in signing up for the PJ Library can go to www.wrtemple.org for information and membership application. Registration for 2013-14 begins in November, with a special Open House scheduled for the evening of Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. Westchester Reform Temple Early Childhood Center is located at 255 Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale. For information, call Tolchin at 723-5493 or email Sue.Tolchin@wrtemple.org.
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Scholarship applications at Solomon Schechter Solomon Schechter School of Westchester is accepting applications for its Akiva Merit Scholarship of full four-year tuition to one incoming ninthgrade non-day school student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and would benefit from a Schechter Westchester education. The award, which is granted annually to one new incoming ninth-grader every year, helps the school fulfill its mission of providing a superb secular and Jewish education to as many students as possible. Akiva students are appropriately supported in Hebrew and the Judaics curriculum. Experience demonstrates that within two years students attain proficiency in these subjects and become fully integrated into the Schechter Westchester environment. The Akiva program is named after Rabbi Akiva, one of the most noted Jewish scholars, who came to his Jewish studies later in life. Like all Schechter Westchester students, the Schechter Westchester Akiva Scholar will experience a living Judaism, in and out of the classroom, with classes in rabbinics and Talmud which emphasize analytical study from original sources, as well as achieving fluency in Hebrew. The application process for the Schechter
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greater New York City region, Perelstein notes just how difficult the process has become. Legacy, sibling and other set-asides can bring the acceptance rate at some schools for families with no ties to less than 5 percent, an acceptance rate that is lower than some of the country’s most elite colleges. Perelstein also commented on the rising costs of education. In the New York City K-12 market region alone, tuition has risen by 48 percent over the past 10 years, adjusted for inflation, according to data
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compiled by the National Association of Independent Schools. This trend is expected to continue. Tuition at several of the competitive New York City K-12 private schools is poised to cross the $40,000 mark in the 2012-13 school year. Tuition rates of several Fairfield, Conn., and Westchester County schools are not far behind, with tuition at the most competitive schools solidly coming in above the $30,000 mark. “With tuition costs continuing to rise sharply and the competition more frenetic
than ever, ensuring your child is in the right school requires expertise, a calm approach and a tested process,” Perelstein said. “The cost of a private education has transformed over the past several years from a standard expense to a significant investment.” Founded in 1998 and having achieved close to 6,000 successful school placements, School Search Solutions’ partner division, School Choice International, is the leader in the school placement industry worldwide. Originally, School Choice’s clients had been relocating families of high-level executives at Fortune 100 and other top corporations. In recent years, however, an increasing number of families have come to The School Choice Group directly, seeking the same level of services enjoyed by corporate executives. School Search Solutions offerings are outlined in detail at www.schoolsearchsolutions.com. Services range from a one-hour professional consultation to the Platinum Placement Service package, which includes a full spectrum of services from school target analysis to school visits, application support and post-placement follow-up services. A number of add-on services are also available. They include boarding school placement, advocacy and support for gifted children and specialized services for children with learning differences.
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Scarsdale Task force educates, prevents drug abuse The Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol is a community action group comprised of parents, students, teachers, school administrators and representatives from village groups, civic organizations and religious institutions. Since its founding in 1984, the task force has worked in the community to educate youth and adults about drugs and alcohol, promote drug-free attitudes and behaviors, and identify resources for those whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. The task force sponsors programs and events based on input from a diverse steering committee. Highlights of activities in the past year include: • A presentation from a recovering prescription-drug addict who received treatment through the Caron Foundation. This program was repeated in light of the impact made by a similar program the year before. • Sponsoring through coordination with the Westchester County Police to have a drunk-driving simulator at the Scarsdale High School campus for students. The simulator provides the experience of driving under the influence of alcohol. • Facilitating the inclusion of information regarding the effects of drugs and other supplements on the human body. This information was provided to students at the athlete orientation in the fall and spring sessions.
• Sponsoring school-related activities including a freshman barbecue. • The task force continued its collaboration with the Youth Outreach Workers from the Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service by hosting parent “coffees” in which parents engage in meaningful dialogue about difficult parenting issues. • The task force continues to be a community resource by providing alcohol poisoning fact cards to students and parents who request them. Using information provided by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), these laminated wallet cards help our kids (and others) recognize signs of alcohol poisoning and follow safe steps to help an impaired person. Programs in 2012-13 In coordination with Scarsdale High School, the task force will sponsor a program presented by comedian and motivational speaker Matt Bellace, Ph.D. The program will focus on the pursuit of natural “high” through sports, music and humor. In addition, the task force is planning to conduct a survey of community members about attitudes regarding alcohol and drug prevention. In the upcoming school year, the task force will continue to provide parent education opportunities and support programs that promote enjoyable, substance-free social activities for teens.
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The task force does, however, rely on community support. Contributions will help fund the many continuing projects and will help foster new initiatives to reduce alcohol and drug use and abuse. Visit www.scarsdaleschools.org/datf for more information. If you have questions or suggestions, email Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol co-chairmen Susan Ross and Tracy Nathanson at scarsdaletaskforce@ gmail.com.
Counseling service offers support to community Children do better when raised in strong families, and families are stronger when they live in supportive communities. Whether you are a parent or parenting your own parents in later life, a teenager or living with one, a couple at midlife or an older adult, Scarsdale § Edgemont Family Counseling Service is a resource providing a range of services to people at every life stage. Changing family structures, economic challenges, workplace stressors and planning for the future are only a few of the pressures faced every day by residents of Scarsdale and Edgemont. The Scarsdale Community Youth Services Project continues to provide emotional support to Scarsdale students at both the high school and the middle school. Over
700 parents of teens and preteens participate in SFCS-sponsored parent support groups where they find strategies for dealing with texting, sexting, cyberbullying and a new world of risky behaviors. Youth Outreach Workers continue to provide emotional support to girls with the Young Women In Leadership groups, while middle school boys can participate in Friday night activity and discussion. These groups for middle school age youth, both boys and girls, are part of the United Way Health and Wellness initiatives for youth and contribute to leadership and decision making about positive choices. At the other end of the spectrum, “At Home in Scarsdale Village” has a purpose of providing support and services for its membership to live with confidence in the community where most have lived the majority of their lives. This series is held monthly at the Scarsdale Woman’s Club and plans to continue in the fall. The Earth’s Elders Project is a joint venture of SFCS and Scarsdale Middle School, bringing together middle school students and the community’s distinguished elders for a series of mutual sharing of experiences. The SFCS 12 passenger van is used by At Home members to attend social and cultural events in New York City and “shop and stop” about town on Tuesday and ThursContinued on the next page
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day mornings. To join At Home or to learn more about services, call 723-4529. SFCS also continues to provide mental health services to families, couples and individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, loss of employment, marital stress or wanting to renew and strengthen their couple relationship. TALKABOUT social skills groups for children are now forming for the fall 2012 with openings for children ages 7-8 and 1011 years of age. SFCS is a timeless organization needed today more than ever. No one needs to face life’s problems alone. The SFCS door is open to anyone going through a difficult time or challenging life stage. More information can be found on the SFCS website, www.sfcsinc.org, or by calling 723-3281. Supporters are invited to purchase tickets for the SFCS annual Gourmet Galaxy fundraiser event at the Westchester Country Club on May 8, 2013.
Lambent Services comes to Dobbs Ferry Lambent Services is an agency that has been supplying part-time personal assistants to people needing help in their homes, offices or home offices in New York City. The company has been operating in New York City since 2006. Lambent Services was founded by Jill Glist, a Westchester
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resident who lives in Pelham Manor. For years, Glist has been using personal assistants in her own home to help her with the running of her household with a husband and two children. “I realized there is a big need for a company like ours in Fairfield and Westchester counties,” Glist said. Lambent Services specializes in assistants who are an elite group of intelligent, motivated and personable individuals and are graduates of some of the country’s best universities. Among the many things a Lambent personal assistant can do are: set up a home office; health insurance reconciliation; file medical claims; sort through boxes of paperwork, business cards or photographs; computer set-up and maintenance; figuring out a purging and filing system for documents; set up auto-pay billing; tax prep; bookkeeping; writing school and grant
applications; composing letters; editing; organizing closets and kitchens; cleaning out a garage; party planning; running errands; buying groceries; booking flights; retrieving dry cleaning; diet design and supervision; exercise enforcement; hiring other staff; estate management; overseeing construction and renovations; Internet research; meal preparation; packing and unpacking for travel or for a move; and second home maintenance. All assistants go through a rigorous interview process and a thorough background check by Lambent Services. The new office, located in Dobbs Ferry, already has an impressive pool of assistants. They are highly educated exceedingly qualified assistants. These assistants include a former director of media operations, a former assistant editor of Vogue, a former lawyer, a former publisher, a project manager who has handled million dollar renovation projects, a former election campaign adviser, a yoga teacher, a decorative arts expert, a former celebrity nanny, a marketing analyst, and a stock trader. Simply put, Lambent Services is dedicated to bringing personal assistants to people who value high-quality individualized assistance in their home, business or home office. To contact the new Lambent Services branch dedicated to serving Connecticut and Westchester, call director Geraldine Sheridan at 338-7225 or visit www.lambentservices.com.
Scarsdale Orthodontics for the whole family The children, teenagers and adults that are patients of Dr. Nadia Laniado at Scarsdale Orthodontics feel welcomed and cared for in her office. She is a solo practitioner and provides a warm and friendly office environment. Having worked in Scarsdale Village since 1995 it is no surprise that she is a familiar face in and around town, running into current and former patients and parents. Dr. Laniado’s office is state-of-the-art with digital X-rays, photographs and models. She is a strong believer in the patients’ involvement in their treatment, as well as communication along the way. Patients have a choice of Invisalign, conventional metal braces or clear braces. A strong emphasis is placed on oral hygiene. All patients receive complimentary mouth guards for sports. The office is involved in supporting many local and national charities. Laniado currently participates with Operation Smile and Smiles Change Lives, two organizations that provide orthodontic care for children who could not otherwise afford treatment. Laniado is a member of the ADA, American Association of Orthodontists, Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, Dental Society of the State of New York and is past president of the Scarsdale Dental Society. She is also a specialist in sleep disorder dentistry, which involves making dental appliances for adults who snore and may have sleep apnea. Call 472-9595 or visit www.scarsdaleortho.com.
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Jewish adult education coming This fall, Westchester Adult Jewish Education (WAJE), a program of the Westchester Jewish Council, will celebrate its seventh year of operation by offering Jewish adults a learning experience of unprecedented scope: an 18-session Introduction to Judaism course at each of five separate locations across the county, showcasing the combined teaching skills of 35 Westchester Jewish clergymen and women. The Scarsdale class, scheduled on Thursday evenings at the JCC of Mid-Westchester, opens Oct. 18. Seven diverse, dynamic rabbis will share teaching responsibility: Rabbi Morris Barzilai, Sinai Free Synagogue; Rabbi Lester Bronstein and Rabbi Fredda Cohen, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue; Rabbi Michael Goldman, Temple Israel Center; Rabbi Shira Milgrom, Congregation Kol Ami; Rabbi David Schuck, Pelham Jewish Center; and Rabbi Daniel Schweber, Shaarei Tikvah Scarsdale. Alternative Intro to Judaism locations are Harrison, Tarrytown, Pleasantville and Yorktown Heights. Like Scarsdale, each venue’s teaching faculty has been drawn from that community’s local clergy. Intro to Judaism is a countywide collaborative effort between the Westchester Board of Rabbis; the Mid-Westchester, Rosenthal and Hudson JCCs; the Westchester Jewish Council and WAJE; UJA-Federation; and Hadassah, along with a prominent member of the Westchester business community, MAXX Properties in Harrison, who have joined forces to provide welcoming classrooms for Jews, non-Jews, prospective Jews and folks related to Jews — any and all who are looking for an introduction (or re-introduction) to essential Judaism.
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Come January WAJE will continue to celebrate its seventh year of operation when a similarly unprecedented collaboration of Westchester cantors begins teaching Jewish Music at Temple Israel Center in White Plains. Over the course of 10 class sessions, a different cantor will help illuminate the world of Jewish music — the sacred, the secular, the uniquely American and the very personal. Jewish Music was jointly developed by WAJE and Kol Hazzanim, Westchester’s community of cantors as a detailed follow-up to a much-anticipated single Night of Jewish Music at Temple Israel Center on Saturday evening, Nov. 17. Introduction to Judaism and Jewish Music are among the two dozen WAJE courses offered in 2012-13. WAJE classes include studies in Jewish sacred texts, contemporary literature, history, ritual and spirituality, Israel, ethics, the Jewish family, Judaism and the Brain, and more. Courses of varying length begin in mid-October, after the High Holidays, and open throughout the year. Local clergy and scholars of all denominations teach the subjects that interest them most to Jewish adults of all backgrounds. Whatever a student’s level of Jewish education, knowledge or observance, WAJE strives mightily to offer a class that interests, intrigues and illuminates. The Westchester Adult Jewish Education 2012-13 catalog will be available in synagogues, JCCs and online in September. For further details about WAJE, email director Nina Luban at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WAJE office at 328-7001.
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BTS Arts & Enrichment Jazz, abstract art and creativity at Rye Arts Center
he Rye Arts Center will be filled with the pulsating sounds of jazz, wildly colorful abstract art and brand new classes beginning this September at its 51 Milton Road location in Rye. Art classes begin Sept. 24, featuring an array of new classes for children, teens and adults in the fine, music, and performing arts. Robotics, fashion design and recycled art are just a few of the exciting new children’s classes this fall. Traditional drawing takes a scary turn with a drawing monsters class. The art of puppetry will be explored featuring an end-of-class performance with the puppeteers and their new friends. Kids may explore media art as well using Google SketchUp for digital architecture or becoming introduced with computer animation. For high school students, the Introduction to AP Studio Art is great for college portfolio preparation. For those experienced or just beginning adults and teens, there are some great new opportunities as well. Discover watercolor, acrylic, oil or pastel paints this fall. New classes will cover topics of figure from life, conventional to cutting-edge style and abstraction. In Patti Mollica’s new class, Cupcakes, Candies, and Ice Cream-Oh
There are many activities for kids and beyond at Rye Arts Center.
My!, students will paint the textures and colors of pastries and confections. If painting isn’t the medium of choice, dabble in image transferring to create fine art from family photos or practice traditional stone carving.
Adults, tone your body while learning the fundamentals of ballet. Your preschoolers can do the same using techniques from ballet, yoga and more to become more aware of their own bodies while having fun. Dance for Parkinson’s Disease will
continue to stimulate the mind, body and spirit starting Sept. 12 thanks to a grant from ArtsWestchester. Some talented new artists will be bringing their experience and knowledge in the arts to the Rye Arts Center this fall. Francesca Noto will teach traditional stone carving techniques as she has an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art and has studied under master sculptor Seiji Saito. The talented pastel artist Rae Smith will teach ongoing workshops and Joy Tobin will apply her watercolor knowledge to teaching painting flowers. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Sept. 28 performance of “September Sound Explosion” by the John Fumasoli/ Bill Harris sextet, featuring Roger Ball, co-founder of Average White Band. And in the gallery, curator Katherine Dufault has assembled an exciting collection of today’s most talented abstract artists in a show titled “From Where I Stand,” opening Nov. 18. Register today to be a part of the Rye Arts Center’s new adventures in art, music and performance. Visit www.ryeartscenter.org for more information or call 9670700.
This is the year to give your children the meaningful Jewish education you have always dreamed of!
For Questions or to Register your K-12th grader, contact Jen Vegh, Religious School Director, at 914-235-2700 ext.247 or visit us at www.bethelnr.org/religiousschool Beth El Synagogue Center Where Quaker Ridge Road meets North Avenue
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Arts & Enrichment
Music Conservatory is a center for lifelong learning
or over 80 years, the Music Conservatory of Westchester, a community music school and performing arts campus, has been a leader in arts education in the greater Westchester region. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in high quality programs that cultivate lifelong learning and a sense of community through the joy of music making. MCW has an experienced and dedicated teaching faculty of 85 performing artists from across the New York metropolitan area. Master classes, concerts and workshops featuring nationally known performers which have included artists such as Richard Cross (Yale University), David Kim (concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and Mindy Kaufman (New York Philharmonic) augment the schoolâ€™s core curriculum. MCW is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Private instruction is offered in all instruments and voice. In addition, MCW offers music therapy, chamber music and ensembles, classes in music skills, music theory, musical theater, jazz, rock and pop. The Music Therapy Institute has been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the Westchester region, working with over 2,000 children and adults each year. Individual and group sessions are offered in dedicated studios at the conservato-
The Music Conservatory of Westchester is a leader in arts education.
ry and at partner locations across the county. Classes for the youngest students include music skills (sequential music and movement classes for prekindergarten through third grade), introductory group classes and Suzuki instruction in violin, cello, flute and guitar. In partnership with the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, the conservatory offers music and dance packages for pre-K through third grade students on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Young children can also learn about music through MCWâ€™s celebrat-
St. James the Less Episcopal Nursery School
ed educational concert series in the White Plains Public Library. Ensembles form an important part of the schoolâ€™s curriculum for students of all ages, including adults. Both small (trios, quartets and quintets) and large ensembles are offered for many combinations including strings, winds, brass and voice. Known for their excellence, MCWâ€™s string, wind, brass and choral ensembles perform frequently both on campus and throughout the community. Ensembles improve individual skills
and foster a sense of camaraderie amongst peers. All of MCWâ€™s ensembles are open to students who study outside the school. The conservatoryâ€™s Honors Program is a comprehensive precollege course of study for serious high school students. It includes private instruction, AP music theory, premiere performing ensembles, recitals and master classes. Honors performances and recitals are free and open to the public. This yearâ€™s graduates have been accepted at competitive conservatories and double-degree programs at Oberlin College/Conservatory, Columbia/Juilliard, Eastman School of Music/ University of Rochester and Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory. Other students have chosen to attend prestigious universities including University of Chicago, Vanderbilt and Yale. This performing arts campus has something for everyone. It is home to Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Faust Harrison Pianos, New Westchester Symphony and the Westchester Choral Society. The Center for Aging in Place, in collaboration with MCW, will present a special event for seniors featuring a community sing-along and lecture recital on Sept. 12. The Digital Arts Experience, a new digital arts center in White Plains, will offer classes for MCW teens in recording, film scoring and multimedia presentations. The fall semester begins Monday, Sept. 10. Visit www.musicconservatory.org to view the 2012-13 course catalog or call 7613900 for more information.
Kol Ami Early Childhood Program Warm, Nurturing and Enriching
Crane Road at Church Lane Scarsdale, NY
Nan Blank, Director
Celebrating almost 40 Years of Experience! First Friends: A Toddler Program 2, 3, 4 & 5-Day 2â€™s 3, 4 & 5-Day 3â€™s Full and Half Day 4â€™s Extended Day Program for 3â€™s & 4â€™s A Step Ahead! Pre-K for children turning 5 in the Fall Summer Camp for 2â€™s, 3â€™s & 4â€™s Join us for Shabbat in the Woods every Friday all year round from 5:30 - 6:00pm
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