Indy's Child September 2014

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Getting Schooled!


here do kids spend the majority of their waking hours? School! A child’s school experience – from classes, teachers and peers to extracurricular sports and clubs – plays a major role in their overall development. Which is why finding the right academic environment where they can thrive is so important.

We’re fortunate in our area to have many educational choices available – public, private, online, homeschool – the list goes on. In this issue, we take a look at finding the best fit at a private school in Which Private School is Right for My Child? Our Private Schools Guide also gives descriptions of the educational philosophies of many of the private schools around town. Ever considered how you might have an impact on kids outside your family? The opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of local kids is right here in Indy. Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, or being a foster parent, can be a life-changing experience for a child – and for


WEBSITE DESIGN & GRAPHICS ASSISTANT you. If you’ve every toyed with the idea, please read our article on the subject to learn more. Fall is just around the corner and a road trip may be in order for your family. Why not sneak a little learning and fun into your next getaway? Take a look at Educational Road Trips and check out our ideas for some great destinations. Could your kids use some polishing in the etiquette department? A little extra effort working on their social graces makes life more pleasant for everyone. Manners…yes, please! gives some quick tips to incorporate in your household today. There’s a lot to take in this issue – and we hope you find something that speaks to you. As always, we appreciate you picking up a copy of Indy’s Child. We truly want to reflect the interests of our readers, so please contact us with your comments and suggestions!




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Join the Heart Walk!

Tim Harms, Communications Director, American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate

// Support heart-healthy living with the American Heart Association Most high school students don’t think too much about heart disease. Katelynne Newton surely didn’t. But in 2012, Newton, who had been a gymnast and a member of the Avon High School Dance Team, experienced episodes of dizziness and fainting. Eventually she was diagnosed with bradycardia, a condition when the heart beats too slowly. The diagnosis didn’t slow Newton down. With the temporary help of heart medication and permanent improvements to her diet and exercise, Newton won the title of Miss Teen Indiana International 2014. As part of her duties, she became a dedicated volunteer with the American Heart Association. “I want to use my experience as Miss Teen Indiana International to give back by

educating others that you can remain active with a heart condition if you maintain your heart health effectively,” Newton said. Newton will join approximately 10,000 others at this year’s Indianapolis Heart Walk, which takes place from 8 am - noon on September 13 at White River State Park. Registration is free for the walk and $25 for 5K runners, but participants are encouraged to raise money to help meet the association’s goal of raising $1 million for its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The money raised stays in Indiana to support the American Heart Association’s local programs. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Indiana, but in many cases heart disease can be prevented,” said Dr. Mark Jones, president of the American Heart Association board of directors and cardiologist with Indiana Heart Physicians. “The Heart Walk is a fun event that encourages leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.” Festivities include a Kids Zone, live music and free training in Hands-Only CPR. A brief ceremony hosted by WTHR meteorologist Chuck Lofton includes recognition of individuals who have made significant lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of heart disease. More information is available at www.





spotlight A DAY OF MUSIC FOR ALL The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is opening its doors to the entire community to thank patrons, fans, donors and sponsors for a season of extraordinary support. The afternoon will be filled with a wide range of creative, musical activities and will conclude with a free ISO performance! Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2 – 6:00 pm Hilbert Circle Theatre, Downtown | FREE

W HO D OE SN ' T LOV E A GRE AT DE AL? Indy’s premiere upscale children’s consignment sale, Whale of a Sale, boasts 48,000 square feet of brand name and boutique merchandise at a fraction of the retail price. Don’t miss this fantastic sales event! September 5 – 6, 2014 Indiana State Fairgrounds

A GI A N T T UG – OF –WAR Teams of 20 will compete to pull a 164,000 pound Boeing 757 at the FedEx Plane Pull Challenge benefitting Special Olympics in Indiana. This giant tug-of-war is a great way for families to spend the day and support an important cause. Activities include a family festival, a kids exhibition pull, a 3 on 3 competition and more! September 6, 2014, Competition begins at 9:00 am Indianapolis International Airport Terminal | 1-800-742-0612 x 234

INSPIR ING YOU – MOM MY, BABY & BE YOND RET UR NS Franciscan St. Francis Health is devoted to delivering superior care. By the end of 2015, the Indianapolis location will be poised to handle 3,500 births annually as a result of a $36.5 million renovation and expansion project. Along with the wide range of classes and support groups offered, The Women and Children’s Center is pleased to host Inspiring You – Mommy, Baby and Beyond. This informative fair for moms, expecting parents and children of all ages includes family activities, prizes and other goodies, chair massages, aromatherapy and onsite health professionals. Children are encouraged to bring a favorite stuffed animal for our interactive booths and the Doc McStuffins Toy Check-Up with the Radio Disney Junior Road Crew! Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 am – 1:00 pm Greenwood Park Mall (between Von Maur® and JCPenney®) 1251 S U.S. 31 (317) 528-7997 | FREE



800,000 BOOK S A ND COUN T ING Now in its eighth year, Books for Youth distributes backpacks filled with 25 age-appropriate books to Indiana foster children. Colts fans are encouraged to make book donations at the upcoming Colts/Titans game.

Saturday, September 28, 2014 Lucas Oil Stadium Books will be collected at each entry door.






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Reducing Your Child's Concussion Risks It’s a common scenario in school sports: a child gets a blow to the head, and goes on playing despite impairment signs like haziness, headache or confusion. Eager to get a win, 69 percent of high school athletes continue to play following a concussion, according to a new study published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine. The risks from concussions can range from headaches to long-term brain damage or, in rare cases, death. In all cases, concussions are serious injuries that merit greater attention by parents, coaches and care-givers.

Concussion Basics To clarify, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a hit or jolt to the head. It can also follow a hit to the body that causes the head to swing rapidly, jarring the brain inside the skull.

While football and soccer are often cited as high-risk sports, concussions can occur in just about any activity. “I treat dozens of athletes on a weekly basis from middle school to the elite across all sports,” says Dr. Patrick Kersey, a physician at St.Vincent Sports Performance and medical director for USA Football. And yet, he adds, “few realize that more children sustain concussions while riding bikes than playing any single sport.” Whatever the cause, concussionrelated emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths rose 58 percent between 2001 and 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC warns that “even a ‘ding’ or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head” can trigger long-term damage including amnesia, difficulty learning or socializing, if not addressed quickly.

Signs and Symptoms Concussion symptoms can appear right away, or days after the injury. Common signs include: • Confusion or daze • Lost consciousness • Headache or pressure • Mood or behavioral changes • Balance problems, sluggishness • Slow or impaired speech • Blurry vision • Sensitivity to light, noise • Concentration or memory problems • Vomiting or nausea

Post-Concussion Guidance When a concussion is suspected, here’s what to do: 1. Remove the child from play immediately. 2. Seek medical attention. 3. Only allow the child to resume the activity after he or she is cleared by a healthcare professional. In most cases, symptoms disappear within two weeks, although they may persist for weeks, months or years in 10 to 20 percent of individuals, according to the Institute of Medicine. In any case, rest is key after a concussion.

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During recovery, activities that strain the mind and body like studying, driving or playing with electronic devices may cause symptoms to return or worsen. Inform your child’s teachers and coaches, and readjust his or her routine as needed.

Prevention • Educate yourself and your child. Children who sustain a concussion often don’t realize it, simply because they don’t know what to look for. • Ensure your child wears well-fitting protective equipment. A helmet that’s too loose can’t provide adequate protection. • Instruct your child to never “lead with the head,” as in diving headfirst when tackling an opponent. This practice risks even more injuries, such as a neck break. • Encourage the practice of proper sports fundamentals and mechanics. • Encourage strength training so the body is better able to absorb blows, which reduces damage.

Bottom Line Caution and knowledge are powerful tools against concussion risks. If you suspect your child has sustained a concussion, get medical attention. Don’t risk a hit to your child’s health and well- being.



need a little // September delivers with plenty of things to do!


Courtney Green, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Although summer may be over, great family activities are still in full swing. These events are sure to add excitement to those weekends that go by in the blink of an eye. Check out one of the many familyfriendly events taking place at this year’s White River Festival September 1-14. The White River Festival is a two-week long celebration of the White River and the land, wildlife, plants, trees, streams and people who live in the areas surrounding it. The annual Community Fun Day on Saturday, September 6 is filled with free activities: take a pedal boat journey on the Canal, join in on pick-up games in Celebration Plaza and enjoy live music, animals and food! September is the perfect time for kids to create their own work of art inspired by nature. Art in the Park takes place at the Indianapolis Museum of Art every Sunday from 12-4 pm. The September theme, HEAR That?!, encourages kids to increase their power of hearing by turning up the volume in nature. This project is free and for kids of all ages and all levels of art experience.



Indy’s annual Irish Fest, September 11-14, isn’t just for adults – there are plenty of activities for younger ones in the Kid Zone. Head to Military Park with the family and enjoy Celtic bean bag toss, Putt n’ Go, an Olympic run, face painting, games and more. Children can also participate in an art contest on September 13 and the reddest hair, greenest eyes and most freckles contest on September 14. Fall sports are in full swing! Don’t miss your favorite teams as they compete this month. The Colts and Indy Eleven each have two home games during the month of September. Indy Eleven takes on FC Edmonton on September 13 and the Carolina RailHawks on September 27 at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The Colts face the Philadelphia Eagles on September 15 and the Tennessee Titans on September 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Treat your kids to a little live music on a school night and catch The

Wiggles: READY, STEADY, WIGGLE! Tour at Old National Centre on September 10.


Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit to the

Indianapolis Zoo’s Hispanic Heritage Fiesta on September 21 from noon - 4 pm. Celebrate the culture of Latin America with live music, food, themed crafts, games (including a scavenger hunt) and more. The Zoo will also spotlight animals native to Latin American countries. This event is included in regular Zoo admission and is free for members.

September is packed with family-friendly activities – take advantage of all the fun this month has to offer!




Creepy Carnival at the Children's Museum Leslie Olsen, Public Relations Manager, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Come one – come all to a Creepy Carnival at The Children’s Museum Guild’s 51st Annual Haunted House. Ringmaster Barker Bones leads visitors through a terrorizing and thrilling journey of freaky fun houses, midway mayhem and spine chilling sideshows among other frightening displays. Visitors of all ages can have an enjoyable haunted house experience at The Children’s Museum by choosing from three unique levels of fright. For children who scare easily, the museum features IPL’s Lights-On Hours. To scare the daring, Defender Direct’s Frightening Hours will do the trick and for those



looking for a twisted thrill ride of terror be sure to visit during William’s Comfort Air’s Xtreme Scream hours on select Friday and Saturday nights. New this year, put your brooms in gear for the Black Hat Dash family fun walk/ run on Saturday, October 11. The officially timed and sanctioned 5k and 2k races start at 9 a.m. They begin and end at The Children’s Museum with roads along the route closed and supervised by police. Peru Circus performers and Halloween surprises pop up along the way in addition to ghostly giveaways and kid-friendly entertainment. Creepy costumes are encouraged; but if you’re frozen with

fear about this year’s Halloween gear, don’t worry. The witches of The Children’s Museum Guild have the perfect potion. Discover “easy to run in” DYI costume ideas on the museum’s blog at blog/creepy-carnival-costumes. There you’ll discover how to make circus themed costumes for yourself and your children. “Creepier” than ever, you won’t want to miss Indy’s biggest and best Halloween party, the Black Hat Bash. Talented Peru Circus performers will ride into the party on unicycles and amaze ghoulish guests with their juggling skills and carnival-

themed acts. A devilish DJ will spin spooky tunes to set the mood as you play ghostly games and enjoy fa-BOOlous food and beverages. Dress up in Halloween costumes and partake in the crazy costume parade and competition. If you’re tickled with the idea of scaring friends and family at your own Halloween party, you’ll giggle at these recipes The Children’s Museum Guild has brewed just for you. Discover these recipes at creepy-carnival-recipes.



manners.. yes, please! E tique t t e s t r at egies f or k ids in t oday 's worl d Wendy Schrepferman

Warning: The characters depicted here are not fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons is not coincidental.

Scene One: The Library

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A child inquires (actually it’s more like a demand), “Hey, can you show me where the chapter books are?” The busy librarian replies, “Sure, I can help you in just one moment” to which the child says, “ no...I need to know where they are now!” Obviously flustered, the librarian stops what she was doing and assists the child in finding the books.

Christine Herron of The Indiana School of Etiquette and Protocol says, “Adults must continually guide by example. This is oftentimes difficult, but it’s critical because young people notice everything.” She also encourages parents to point out and apologize for social missteps made in front of children.

Let them “own it” Scene Two: The Bank Several adults, one with two children, sit in a waiting area. The children are delighting in a game of “hot lava” which includes jumping across the rows of chairs. Their parent, who is engrossed in a magazine, says “Please stop” mildly several times without looking up.

When children are active participants in making decisions, they are likely to respond favorably. Families can identify manners and behaviors they value, write them down, post them on the wall, practice them, reflect on them, and practice them some more. Then, at regular intervals, children can choose which mannerly behavior to tackle next. Examples include, staying seated during meals, refraining from interrupting, greeting people politely, etc.

Scene Three: The Restaurant Three siblings excitedly reach for the phones and tablets distributed to them upon being seated. Said children refuse to look at the menu offerings, listen to suggestions, make eye contact with the server or acknowledge their parent’s repeated pleas for compliance. Predictably, the adults become frustrated and the meal takes a turn for the worse. Many parents, caregivers and bystanders find themselves “starring” in similar scenes every day. The familiar roles of frustrated parent, half-hearted disciplinarian, concerned/ annoyed observer, and overwhelmed librarian, teacher, scout leader, etc. rarely go uncast. They do, however, have something in common – the opportunity to encourage young people to become mannerly adults. This common goal is a great first step, but how can we make it happen?



Make good manners a priority “Many children consider only their own needs and expect them to be met right away,” says Annette Pettigrew, who hosts “Z Ladies and Gents” workshops, a program designed for 6th and 7th grade boys and girls to learn manners, dances and greetings as part of her Village Dance Studio in Zionsville. “It is our job as adults to help them consider others around them. This takes constant practice, and it is imperative that busy families leave a margin of time open each day to instill and practice considerate behaviors.”

Accentuate the positive Focus on “what to do” instead of “what not to do.” Children are far less likely to internalize acceptable behavior when our word choices

are judgmental. “Chairs are for sitting” is typically more effective than “Don’t stand on that chair!”

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napkin on your lap and using the correct fork. Self-confidence, eye contact, introductions, effective conversational techniques and appropriate use of technology are just some of the topics we explore.” Although teaching manners can seem time-consuming and repetitive, the end result gives children not only the social skills they need to operate successfully in the world, but makes our time with them much more pleasant.

If adults want children to listen and respond appropriately to verbal directions or face-to-face commentary, everyone (including parents) must take time to set aside their electronic devices and engage in meaningful conversation. Again, children will take their lead from what parents demonstrate.

Book suggestions for children

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Dude, That’s Rude (Get Some Manners) by Pamela Espeland and Elizabeth Verdick

Professional etiquette and manners programs are plentiful in the Indy area. Parents may also look to Parks and Recreation departments and local libraries for workshops and classes. “Children are more receptive when someone else is guiding them with proven and engaging strategies,” says Herron. “It’s much more than putting a

Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave by Elizabeth Verdick The Thank You Book For Kids by Ali Lauren Spizman A Smart Girl’s Guide to Manners by Nancy Holyoke




Road Trips Destinations with some brain power! Jennifer Garcia


he long days of summer are nearly gone but there’s no reason you can’t still have some fun weekend getaways. Why not combine a little education along with your adventure? Here are a few spots that are easily drivable, offer unique experiences and will provide great family memories.

Celebrate the state A trip to Holiday World is a blast, but while you’re in the area take time to visit Lincoln State Park, where Abraham Lincoln spent his childhood in a pioneer community. Visitors can participate in the Lincoln Pioneer Village, a historical farm that recreates the homestead with authentic buildings, gardens, animals and period actors. You also can visit the Lincoln Museum, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Lincoln Amphitheatre, which offer a variety of shows year-round. Continue your tour of local history in New Castle at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, which celebrates “Indiana’s Game.” Hoosier memorabilia and more than 6,000



bricks engraved with the names of basketball legends are arranged in the shape of the state. Exhibits honor legends such as John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and the 1954 Milan Indians. Interactive displays let you take the “Game Winning Shot,” answer trivia questions, act as a sportscaster and even play against the best in the sport.

Museum hopping COSI, the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio is as hands-on as it gets. Ride a high-wire unicycle 17 feet above ground. Direct and star in a TV show complete with green screen effects. Perform lab experiments and even help train a rat to play basketball. In this museum, your kids will be blown away by how science impacts their lives. The Cincinnati Museum Center is inside the former Union Terminal railroad station and encompasses the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, OMNIMAX Theatre, and research and archive facilities. Admission gets you access to most of the museum, but you can spend a whole day in just the

Children’s Museum with its Kids’ Town, Little Sprouts Farm, and – far and away the most popular – The Woods, the wilderness tree fort of your childhood dreams. Kids can climb, swing, bounce and explore to their hearts’ content. If you live in Indianapolis, you’ve likely explored the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, but you might not have visited the Muncie Children’s Museum. There, little ones can pretend to drive a big rig and be a mechanic, swing under the Giving Tree, act and sing in the Make Believe Theatre, dig for dino bones, climb through a kid-size ant colony and explore the great wide open in the Outdoor Learning Center.

Get wild For a truly unique experience make a trip to Battleground, Indiana and visit Wolf Park, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the research, education and conservation of wolves. Wolf Park is home not only to wolves, but foxes, coyotes, bison and other animals as well. Take a guided tour and attend a demonstration to learn more from experts who have spent their lives

studying and caring for these endangered species. At a constant 57 degrees and 110-feet deep, Indiana Caverns near Corydon, Indiana features an underground river and waterfall, stalactites and stalagmites, and loads of prehistoric fossils. It’s the ninth longest cave in the United States, and at 40 miles, the longest in Indiana. Many of the bones found in the cave have been dated to the Ice Age. The caverns are one of only four “subterranean hotspots” in the U.S., with 20+ species of troglobites – organisms that live entirely in dark caves.

With so many interesting destinations close to home, it’s easy to combine fun and learning all in the same trip. Jump in the car and choose which educational adventure appeals to your family most!




Research to Real World:

Does Exercise Help Your Child Think? Jessica Beer, PhD.

the school day. Unfortunately, recess, brain breaks and physical education programs are increasingly seen as expendable at the sake of academic programming, and the disparities in recess time increase in low-income communities and in children at high-risk for obesity.

I don’t know about you but I really notice a difference in my kids’ behavior and attitude on the days they exercise. Whether it’s jumping on the trampoline, day camp or just the neighborhood pool, the difference in behavior when they’re physically active can sometimes be striking. First of all, they sleep better, and if I’m really lucky, not with me. Also, they don’t argue as much when I ask them to do something. They are generally in a better mood, more focused and are sometimes even willing to tell me the details of their day when I ask. Have you noticed some differences, too, and wondered what is going on? Does physical activity have a direct link to your child’s memory, attention and planning skills? Does exercise change their brain? Recent research says yes, although the mechanism behind the change is still relatively unknown. We know from neuroimaging data that the neural network of the prefrontal system of the brain continues to develop connections within itself and with other brain regions throughout adolescence and into young adulthood. Importantly, the prefrontal system supports executive control processes that allow us to actively control our behavior and attention and, therefore, learn more efficiently and make better decisions. So researchers began to design studies to test the effects of physical activity on brain health, academics and executive functioning skills in children during this time of protracted brain development.



This research provides more evidence to support the theory that executive functioning skills are responsive to experience such as physical activity and scaffolding behaviors parents provide in the home, and are not simply a product of maturation. Take comfort in knowing that even though shooting hoops, splashing at the pool and riding around the block may seem like playtime, it may actually be helping your child think. A series of cross-sectional studies compared executive control in higherand lower-fit 9- and 10-year-olds as assessed by their aerobic capacity. Compared to lower-fit children, higher-fit children were more accurate and faster on neurocognitive tests that required them to focus and shift their attention flexibly as the task increased in difficulty. Using measurements of brain waves, there was also a differential pattern of brain activity between higher- and lower-fit children while they completed the tests, suggesting a difference in brain function. This is all very positive for your physically fit child, but what if your child falls into the lower-fit group? Not to worry. Researchers at University of Georgia tested the effects of an after-school exercise program on executive function and

math and reading skills in a group of overweight 7- to 11-year-old children randomly assigned 20 or 40 minutes of exercise, or no exercise. Children in the exercise groups showed higher executive function and math scores than children in the no exercise control condition. Furthermore, fMRI neuroimaging data showed increased activity in the prefrontal cortex in children in the exercise conditions, again supporting the connection between physical activity and higher-order brain functioning. Although more research is necessary to identify the mechanism underlying these improvements, this research supports the relationship between physical activity and brain health in school-age children. The US Surgeon General recommends 60 minutes of exercise per day for children some of which can and should occur during

Developmental psychologist Jessica Beer combines her real world experience as a mother with her professional training as a researcher to provide parents with a practical way to apply the most current findings in childhood development research to their everyday life. Jessica is also a co-founder of The Urban Chalkboard playcafe, and welcomes questions and feedback from readers at experiencematters@



Sarah Bricker-Hunt


f you’re thinking about choosing a private school education for your student, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer number of quality programs in our area. Considering that this is a decision that will affect your whole family, finding the right match is essential. What are the most important factors to take into account during your selection process?

Natalie Wolfe, Director of Admissions at the International School of Indiana, has some common sense advice for parents: “Trust your gut,” she says. “There are many wonderful choices for private school in Indianapolis, each with their own niche. Reflect on what advantage you are wanting to give to your child and how it will affect them long-term.” Following a few simple steps can get you headed in the right direction.

Start online Begin your search by accessing the many online resources available regarding private schools. Check out, where information about student/teacher ratios, cost, diversity, acceptance rates and other key factors is presented in an easy-to-compare format. Once you’ve narrowed down the list, it’s time to reach out to schools.

Ask about the environment Every school has a unique vibe. For example, Brenda Klingerman, K-6 Principal and Academic Director at Heritage Christian School, describes the culture there as “family oriented and focused on Christian principles of how to treat your neighbors” and describes the classrooms as “structured and relational.” Grace Trahan-Rodecap, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for The Orchard School, describes their environment as a “warm, close-knit community.” She says a first-grader recently commented on how happy the students seem there, describing it as a place where “everyone plays together.” The environment at Sycamore School is closely linked to its focus on gifted education, according to Dr. Susan



Karpicke, Director of Admissions. “People who visit Sycamore often comment on the positive, energetic, invigorating environment,” she says. To get a good sense of a school’s environment, try observing multiple settings like different classrooms, lunch breaks, recess, extra-curricular activites and fine arts programs, if possible.

Learn about the school’s mission and philosophy Each private school promotes a core mission that is woven into most aspects of student life, from curriculum choices to free time offerings. (See the Private Schools Guide in this issue for the philosophy descriptions of many private schools in our area.) It is important to select a school where the mission appeals to your family’s values. As Wolfe puts it, “This is a huge family decision, and you are becoming part of a school community, not just your child.” Mission statements can vary widely among private schools. Not surprisingly, a focus on religious education is key at Cathedral High School. Principal Dave Worland emphasizes his school’s long-standing commitment to its original values.



“As one of only 15 Holy Cross schools in the United States, Cathedral’s philosophy is based on nine core Holy Cross values.”

excitement that's critical for a lifelong love of learning,” she says. “It's rare to find a K-8 school with this kind of technology.”

Cathy Chapelle, Director of Strategic Communications at Park Tudor School, stresses their academic focus aimed at high achievement. “Park Tudor’s exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities prepare students to become confident and resourceful lifelong learners,” she says.

For the International School, Wolfe says, “We were proud to be the first school in the Midwest to offer The International Baccalaureate Continuum with Primary Years and the Diploma Program. We believe all students can succeed and are IB ready, not only the top 1% gifted students in a class.”

Find out what makes each school unique Ask admissions staff what it is about their school that sets it apart from other schools in the area. What is one thing they offer that other schools cannot? Trahan-Rodecap points to the 3-D printer program at The Orchard School. “Three-dimensional printing makes it easy for teachers to seize the interest of students and ignite that spark of



At Park Tudor School, components of the International Baccalaureate program and the Alverno College Assessment are pulled together to augment the school’s Advanced Placement program. “The Global Scholars program serves Park Tudor’s highly able and motivated juniors and seniors with a liberal arts program that is competitive with the best schools in the United States and abroad,” says Chapelle.

Ask about cost and financial aid Of course cost will play an important role in your selection process. Indianapolis boasts a wide range of private school options with prices to match. Discuss tuition and other anticipated expenses with admissions staff, and ask for details about financial aid programs. Many parents are surprised to discover how much help is available, including the Indiana private school voucher program.

Get personal recommendations One of the best resources you have at your disposal is the opinion of other families who attend private school. Ask why they chose a given school, what their children like about it, the pros and cons of their experience, etc. This type of feedback can give you an unbiased perspective of a school you may be considering.

It is never too early to start checking into admissions deadlines and arranging for school visits. Enjoy the process with your student! The experience of looking for a “best fit” school can lead to a great deal of personal discovery for your child and the chance to find a new community that clicks with your whole family.



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Finding the educational philosophy that fits with your family If you’re considering a private school for your child, our area has many outstanding possibilities to choose from. To help in your search, Indy’s Child asked several local private schools to provide a brief description of their educational philosophy to help parents find the best match for their student. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School prepares leaders with the intellectual competence, loving hearts, faith and social responsibility to bring about a more just and loving world. Students from all backgrounds and faiths are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and act of worship.

Cathedral High School As one of only 15 Holy Cross high schools in the country, Cathedral students have been living Holy Cross values since the school's founding in 1918. We educate both hearts and minds and help students grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically to achieve both academic excellence and their full potential.

Covenant Christian High School Covenant Christian High School provides an excellent, Christ-centered education, equipping students for a life of scholarship, leadership, and service. Rated as an “A” school by the Department of Education and one of Indianapolis’ Top Workplaces by the 28


Indianapolis Star in 2014, Covenant’s unique mentoring atmosphere is transforming students’ lives.

Guerin Catholic High School The education at Guerin Catholic High School is modeled after the philosophy of our Patroness, St. Theodore Guerin who said to "Love the children first, then teach them." Every day students at Guerin Catholic are reminded to Lead with Humility, Serve with Love, and Trust in Providence.

Heritage Christian School Heritage Christian School provides an environment where academic excellence and spiritual growth are pursed simultaneously, effectively equipping students to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. The biblically based framework through which our K-12 education and campus life is delivered and experienced transforms the mind as it transforms the heart.

International School of Indiana The mission of the International School of Indiana is to excel in providing a multilingual and multicultural

education through a distinctive, internationally acclaimed curriculum, preparing our students to contribute successfully to their communities.

community and excellence. Our mission is to instill knowledge and values for a lifetime through our Five Pillars for Success: Faith, Classic Curriculum, Leadership, Civic Responsibility and Global Readiness.

Legacy Christian School Students at Legacy Christian School are prepared academically and spiritually to become our next generation of leaders. Our preschool8th grade is a “4-Star”, state accredited school. Small class sizes allow us to emphasize excellence in academics, servant leadership, character development and community service.

Sycamore School At Sycamore, gifted learners find a home. It is important for our brightest students to have an intellectual peer group, and at Sycamore they find one. At Sycamore School, high intelligence is normalized. Rather than being “different” and feeling like an outsider, gifted is the norm at Sycamore, which allows kids to be themselves

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School Our Lady of Grace Catholic School offers a challenging Catholic curriculum intended to shape students in preschool through eighth grade intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially. The faculty and staff at OLGCS see their jobs as a ministry. They work to instill the academic and social confidence students need to become our next generation of leaders. Our Lady of Grace offers a tuition assistance program to those who qualify, and the school also participates in the State of Indiana Voucher program. Part of our mission is for all who wish to attend OLG and receive a faith based Catholic education, can do so.

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic A 2013 National Blue Ribbon recipient, serving children from junior kindergarten through eighth grade, provides students with an outstanding education in both academics and the Catholic faith. Graded as an “A” school by the Indiana DOE, students engage in daily prayer, religion classes, liturgical celebrations, and service learning projects.

St. Richard's Episcopal School Since opening its doors in 1960 as the first integrated independent school in Indianapolis, St. Richard’s Episcopal School has strived for diversity,

The Orchard School At The Orchard School, our mission is to develop and educate the whole child. We are a non-sectarian, independent school, committed to advancing each student's academic success, selfconfidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership and love of learning.

Traders Point Christian Academy At Traders Point we partner with parents and the church to challenge and educate students within the framework of a Biblical worldview. Through smaller class sizes, personal relationships and a travel culture we prepare and equip students to reach their highest individual potential to impact the world for Christ.

University High School University High School is an independent, college preparatory high school in Carmel, Indiana. University was established in 2000 using bestpractice ideas from independent schools and colleges across the country. Our 280 students enjoy one-to-one mentoring, a unique January Term, a personalized college counseling program, and more.



Michelle Shirk






Tackling Childhood


Reframing the way we look Megan Noel at weight loss What’s the number one health concern of parents in the U.S? Childhood obesity, according to the American Heart Association. The CDC notes the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents, in the last 30 years. Shockingly, in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese.

What’s at risk? An obese child has a greater risk of developing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes, bone and joint problems, and sleep apnea. Dr. Laura Calili, pediatrician at Riley Physicians Pediatrics, says, “We know that if a child is obese already at age 5, or if the parents are obese, there is a significantly higher risk that the child will remain obese throughout their lifetime.” And these are just the physical implications; the social and emotional effects (stigmatization, bullying, depression, low self-esteem) can be just as harmful to children.

Banishing the word “diet” If you have a child who falls into the category of overweight or obese, these statistics can be alarming, but there are easy things that can be done to help establish a healthier lifestyle. Focus on long-term behaviors that can be made instead of putting your child on a diet. “I want families to understand that there is not just one cause to a child's obesity, and I do not want them going on a ‘diet’. Diets are temporary,” says Dr. Calili. “When I start talking to family about obesity, I always try to avoid words like ‘diet’, ‘obese’ or even ‘overweight’. I like to use terms like ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ because that is really what this boils down to.”

Fitness as a family goal Talking about weight with a child can be a delicate subject, so it’s important to approach the topic with care. Consider a brainstorming session as a family to come up with a fitness or health goal that you would all like to strive for. One idea would be to participate in a fun family run/walk. There are so many themed 5K races available to choose from now, there is surely

one coming to your area that would appeal to everyone. An event like this could even act as a kick off to a new fitness regime for your family. Mandy Leonards, fitness trainer and co-owner of BodyLife 360, says, “Just like anything else, when children are young, what they see every day becomes normal and typical to them, and they develop habits.” For many children, simply encouraging them to get outside daily, run and play will help increase their fitness level. “Showing kids that being active is fun, healthy and can be done in a non-competitive atmosphere is one way of doing this. Taking walks, going for family bike rides and swimming are just a few things,” says Leonards. Being active does not require a gym membership, or a big time commitment. Thirty to forty-five minutes of brisk daily activity is all you need to see some cardiovascular benefit. Dr. Calili stresses the importance of a healthy diet as well and suggests starting by cutting out all sugary drinks and juices, and sticking with milk and water. She recommends using online tools such as the “My Fitness Pal” app to help parents identify where better healthy choices can be made. Increasing exercise, eating healthy and losing weight can seem like monumental tasks – remind your kids, and yourself, that even small efforts made every day can lead to big changes.

Everyday suggestions for a healthy lifestyle • Create a family ritual – an after dinner walk, bike ride or soccer game each night. • Have kids look up new recipes for healthy foods – try roasting vegetables instead of boiling or topping steamed vegetables with parmesan instead of butter or cheese sauce. • Make fruits and vegetables the focus of meals. • Sign your child up for a sport or physical activity of their choice. • Try dropping a lemon, lime or sliced strawberry into a glass of water if giving up sugary drinks is difficult. • Make it a habit to walk to parks, libraries or restaurants in your neighborhood instead of driving. • Minimize eating out and unhealthy snacking by filling the fridge with easy, portable snacks such as grapes, bananas, berries, cut up veggies, hummus, nut butters, almonds and string cheese.





AUTISM and BULLYING // Teaching children on the spectrum to take a stand Karen Ring

Bullying continues to plague the American school system and children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are particularly susceptible. A study conducted by the Interactive Autism Network found that a staggering 63 percent of the children on the spectrum they surveyed had been bullied. “There are many factors that make a child susceptible to bullying, including being perceived as different from their peers or being unable to defend themselves, as well as how well they get along with others. Unfortunately, many children with ASD fit all these categories, which can make them a more likely target,” explained Tracy L. Harrison, Director of Extended Services for the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism. Bullying can affect a child’s physical and emotional wellbeing. For children on the spectrum, it can quickly unravel progress made through therapy, which is why it is crucial to stop bullying in its tracks. School-wide anti-bullying campaigns play a vital role in bullying prevention; however, there are steps parents can take to help their children take a stand against bullying.

I d e nti f y th e pr o b le m Recognizing a problem exists is the first step. Children with an ASD often have difficulty grasping the intentions of others and may not be able to detect the difference between friendly joking and bullying. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, advises parents to explain bullying in very concrete terms. Social narratives and role-playing exercises can help portray specific scenarios that do and do not constitute bullying. Because early intervention is so important, parents need to be aware of warning signs that may indicate 34


their child is a victim. “Children with and without verbal communication may begin to avoid certain people or situations if they are being mistreated, so it is important to be aware of any changes in your child’s behavior. Avoidance behavior can look very different for each child, but may include aggression, elopement or feigning illness,” Harrison stated.

Pr ac ti c e co pi n g s ki ll s Children often become frustrated and confused in the face of bullying and may lash out in retaliation – exactly the response bullies are after. Pratt suggests preparing a child by discussing specific procedures he should follow if he feels threatened. “A child may not be able to remember what he should do in the heat of the moment. Having it written down, almost like a script, can help.” Pratt also recommends providing opportunities to practice the response scenario so that it comes naturally.

Fi n d alli e s No child should be left to handle a bully on his own. “Finding a ‘safe person’ is key,” Pratt said. Identify an adult with whom your child feels safe and can access quickly. Students who are socially isolated are typically more prone to bullying. It is therefore essential to

find other children who are willing to report inappropriate behavior and stand up for your child. Find out if the school offers a peer buddy program. If this is not an option, talk to your child’s teacher to see if she can recommend children who may be willing to offer assistance. “Any way we can get kids connected to one another helps,” Pratt said.

Pr o m ote s e lf-advo cacy While children with an ASD need a strong network of caregivers and peers to look out for their best interests, they should also be taught to advocate for themselves. Self-advocacy fosters confidence, self-awareness and the ability to take control of one's environment. One of the best places to address this need is during Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Including your child in IEP meetings provides him with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of his strengths and needs, and then take part in determining the best way to meet those needs. Giving your child a voice will go a long way in helping him develop an ability to speak up for himself in times of conflict.

Taking a proactive approach towards bullying empowers children to understand when they are being mistreated and take the appropriate steps to get the help they need.







K I DS W I TH A U T I SM Trisha Shepherd

// Tips for maximizing this social experience When your child is on the autism spectrum, play dates are a great way for them to build social skills in a safe setting. Experts say there are special steps you can take to ensure that both your child and their peer have a rewarding, positive experience.

PRE- PLAY DATE CHAT The first step is deciding who to invite to play with your child. It helps to find a peer who is not too shy, but is also willing to take some direction from you. You may also want to consider your child’s developmental level, not just their age. Mary Rosswurm is the Executive Director of Little Star Center in Carmel, and the parent of a now-adult son with autism. “I quickly learned that it was more fun for Brad to be with children who were closer to his functioning level than his actual age,” says Rosswurm. “Children younger than he was also provided good peer models, so I went that route.” If the other parent wants to stay for the play date, you may want to explain that you will be helping your child work on social skills. Cathy Pratt, Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, adds, “I would encourage them when they talk about their child, not just to talk about their autism, but also the wonderful qualities the child has, their interests and what makes them unique. That helps parents form bonds.” She also says you may want to talk with the other child before the play date starts, to help them understand the best ways to communicate. “You can say, ‘Sometimes, he may not be able to tell you what he’s thinking. Here are some things that can help,’” suggests Pratt.



Bal an c e s tr u c tu r e an d fr e e pl ay n e e ds Experts say it’s important to choose activities that offer some structure, and some free play time. “The less structure in play, often the more difficult a child with autism may have engaging in the play,” explains Vince LaMarca, BCBA, a Clinical Director at Little Star Center. “Those facilitating a play date must balance practicing the natural play a child will experience in everyday life with more structured play that may keep the child more successful,” says LaMarca. He says it’s also a good idea to start out with activities that are in your child’s comfort zone, but offer a nice variety. “It is better to have too many activities so that you can give the children choices of what they prefer to play,” says LaMarca.

S h o r t an d swe e t ( at le as t at fi r s t ) It may be tempting to offer a longer play date, but experts say they see better results when you start with 30-60 minutes. LaMarca says for a one hour play date, you may want to consider a structure like this: “You might include ten minutes of free play inside where children do whatever they want, ten minutes of facilitated play inside where you attempt to have each child interact with each other, fifteen minutes for a snack, ten minutes of structured activities like a board game or hide and seek, and a final fifteen minutes playing outside.”

Te ac h th e m to pl ay Experts say it’s common for young children to engage in parallel play. If you see one child becoming more interested in playing with the adult than with their peer, or if one child is retreating to another area, that’s when you may want to gently

step in. Pratt advocates a technique known as integrated play groups, which involves modeling. “Say for example a child comes over, and the child with autism is really interested in model cars,” says Pratt. “The parent could sit down with the child with autism and peer and show them how to play together with cars.”

S tay with it It may take time, but with regular play dates, you should notice your child grow, just as Rosswurm did with her son Brad. After helping him break the ice with peers at a young age, Mary was proud to see him get invited to birthday parties during grade school. “Once the other parents got to know me and Brad, they were wonderful!”






SPECIAL NEEDS CA L ENDA R Joseph Maley Foundation Adaptive Swimming Ongoing Through September and October 2 locations: Jewish Community Center (6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis) and the Natatorium at IUPUI (901 W. New York St., Indianapolis) Contact Allison Boyll: or 317.313.5322. Sessions run once per week for 7 weeks during September and October.

Toddler Talk/ Kid Chat classes Ongoing Through September Location: Cornerstone Pediatric Rehabilitation, Danville IN Phone: 317-718-0089, Email: heather.huish@ 4-week or 8-week sessions. Classes encourage social skill development, language growth, and feeding/adaptive skills development and are provided by an OT and an ST. At least one parent/caregiver is required to participate.




BACA Bolt for Autism 5K Time: 9:00 AM Price: $25 Location: Fort Harrison State Park


Roadmap to Special Education: Laws and Process Times: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Price: $40 / Family Member, $75 / Professional Location: “Beyond I Can” Gallery & Gift Shop This workshop, combining the Article 7 and IEP training, is all day training that offers basic information about special education laws and regulations for Indiana children ages 3-21.


2nd Annual Make It Happen David Ide Memorial Run Times: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, West Lafayette 5k and 1 mile race, local vendors, food, music, Zumba, bounce house and other family activities All funds raised will benefit the Cornerstone Autism Foundation. To register: https://secure.

Answers for Autism Walk Location: Coxhall Gardens Times: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Autism Society of Indiana Annual Awards Benefit


Getting Organized – a Workshop for Parents Times: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Price: Free and open to the public Location: Cornerstone Autism Center, West Lafayette

Times: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Price: $75 general admission Location: The Egyptian Room and Old National Centre







SPECIAL NEEDS GUIDE ABA Autism Services by Damar ABA provides proven research-based treatments and interventions for children with Autism and their families, ensuring that children learn, gain confidence and purpose, and engage in meaningful interactions in their everyday lives. 9905 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Kristin Dovenmuehle, Director, Phone: 317-813-4690, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Carmel The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 13431 Old Meridian St, Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-573-KIDS, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Early Childhood Center This center houses some of our clients ages 2 to 6. At the Early Childhood Center, typical peers are also present, and therapeutic opportunities for interaction are incorporated into many of the children's individualized treatment plans. A program designed to facilitate transition into an on-site behavior analytic preschool program with typical peers is also offered to appropriate candidates. 7857 E. 88th St, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317.849.KIDS ext 112, Email:,

Applied Behavior Center for Autism Greenwood The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. Address: 374 Meridian Parke Lane, Greenwood, IN 46142, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-889-KIDS, Email:,



Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy North The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 7901 E. 88th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437, ext 112, Email:,

BEHAVIORWORKS We work with you! BehaviorWorks provides Early Intervention for Autism and Indiana Medicaid Waiver Behavior Support Services. BehaviorWorks is a team you can grow with. We use the evidence-based strategies of ABA to create effective behavioral solutions. Are you looking for a fresh perspective? Take action for positive change with BehaviorWorks. 8206 Rockville Road No. 146, Indianapolis, IN 46234 Contact: Ann Baloski, Executive Director, Phone: 317-4360037, Email:,

Children's Dentistry of Indianapolis Applied Behavior Center for Autism Indy West The mission of the Applied Behavior Center for Autism is to provide high quality ABA and Verbal Behavior therapy and consulting services to children and their families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by using researched based ABA methodology delivered by highly qualified and certified professionals to increase language skills, social skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behavior. 6865 Parkdale Place, Indianapolis, IN 46254, Contact: Jenny Lanham, Phone: 317-849-5437 ext 112, Email:,

ASD Services of Indiana ASD Services is dedicated to serving children through adults with autism or other diagnosis in their homes and in the community. Our mission is to teach each individual the skills they need to lead their most independent life. Contact: Leah McKenzie, MS, BCBA Executive Director, Phone: 317-695-7876, Fax: 317-747-7786, Email: lmckenzie@,

Pediatric dentistry for children and special needs patients of all ages. Our main priority is to make every patient & parent/ guardian feel comfortable and deliver the highest quality of care based on individual needs. We treat you like family! 9240 N. Meridian ste 120, Indianapolis, IN, Contact: Tina, Practice Manager, Phone: 317-580-9199, Email: childrensdentistrystaff@,

Children's Therapy Connection

Children’s Therapy Connection is a therapist-owned and family-operated pediatric therapy provider in Indianapolis. We strive to be the provider of choice in central Indiana for quality, comprehensive, and familycentered pediatric therapy services for families of children with disabilities. Services we offer include: First Steps, private PT, OT, and Speech Therapy, Social Skills/ Communication/Gross Motor Playgroups, Feeding Groups, Kindermusik, Apraxia Groups, Hanen Programs, and Therapeutic Yoga for Kids. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook to see how we are Connecting Kids with Their Potential! 7424 Shadeland Station Way, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Phone: 317-288-7606, Email: info childrenstherapy, www.childrenstherapy

Autism Consultation Individually designed behavior and academic support and intervention strategies for families and children dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With 35+ years experience in special education in public schools I am comfortable attending IEP meetings to advocate for the family and child. Introductory meeting at no charge. Providing service to central Indiana, Contact: Mika Adams, Phone: 866-968-3698, Email:,

Behavior Analysis Center for Autism BACA The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) has four locations throughout Indiana. This includes BACA 1 and Prep in Fishers, BACA Z in Zionsville and BACA Hart in Elkhart. BACA uses the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach language, social, self-help, academic, daily living and life skills to children ages 2-21 with autism and related disorders. BACA was established by Dr. Carl Sundberg and a group of highly trained Board Certified Behavior Analysts. 11902 Lakeside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Devon Sundberg, Phone: 317-288-5232, Email:,

Special Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Satterfield-Siegel is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist specializing in providing dental care for infants, children and patients that have special needs. We provide routine dental care, fillings, in office sedations and hospital dentistry for all of our patients. We build long-lasting relationships with our families through active listening and understanding. New patients are welcomed! 10801 N Michigan Rd Suite 210, Carmel, IN 46077, Contact: Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel, D.D.S., Phone: (317) 873 3448, Email:,

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E D U C AT I O N A N D CHILDCARE GUIDE [ S C H O O L S & E D U C AT I O N ] carmel Carmel Montessori Schools, Inc. Carmel Montessori School is located on the beautiful campus at St. Christopher’s Church on the NE corner of Main St. and Meridian in Carmel. Our directress is American Montessori Certified with 16 years headteaching experience. We offer a beautiful, peaceful and positive Montessori learning environment. Extended days available. 1402 W. Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Emily & Scott Rudicel, Phone: 317-580-0699, Email:,

Clay Montessori A Montessori school offering morning, afternoon, and full-day programs. Available for ages 3-6 years old. Call for more information. (Affiliated with Fisher’s Montessori) 463 East Main St., Carmel, IN 46032, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850

Starting Line Preschool The Right Start for A Lifelong Love of Learning! Our strong academic-based curriculum prepares and encourages your child to succeed in school while discoving learning is fun! * Develop Social Awareness & Friendships, Build Confidence and Master Academic Skills for Kindergarten. All of our classes focus on an introduction to colors, number and letters with exciting art and science projects. Math, social studies and sight words are taught in the older classes. 110 Third Ave NE, Carmel, IN 46032. Contact: Diane Atkins. Phone: 317-753-9397. Email: dkatkins22@,

fishers Fall Creek Montessori Academy Fall Creek Montessori Academy is a culturally diverse environment where children grow and develop their unique talents and gifts. Through child-centered learning, children excel physically, academically and emotionally. Conveniently located one mile east of I-69 on 96th St. FCMA serves children at all levels. Programs are available two to five days per week. 8888 Fitness Ln, Fishers, IN 46037, Contact: Diana Brugh, Phone: (317) 436-8606, Email:,

Fishers Montessori A quality learning environment offering preschool, kindergarten and elementary. Certification through American Montessori Society. 12806 Ford Rd and 131st and Allisonville Rd., Fishers, IN 46038, Contact: Peggy White, 317-849-9519 or 317-580-1850



Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Spaces are available for 3-to-5-year-olds for the 20142015 academic year. Enroll by September 15, 2014, and the first four weeks of tuition will be 50% off. Call (317) 274-3508 to set up a tour. Please visit our website for more information. 321 Limestone, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Contact: Dave Sandrick, Phone: 317-278-7801, Hours: 7:00 am. - 6:00 p.m.; Monday-Friday, Email:,, Ages/Grades: 3-5

You are invited to visit the only Catholic Jesuit school in the state of Indiana that has been educating students in the Jesuit tradition for more than 50 years. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Mission Statement: Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship. CORE VALUES: Education of the Whole Person, A Caring and Diverse Community, The Greater Glory of God. 2801 W 86th St, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Contact: Liz Otteson, Director of Admissions. Phone: 317-524-7090. Email:,


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indianapolis // D OWN TOWN IUPUI Center For Young Children

Paramount School of Excellence is a tuition-free K-8 charter school that educates students in an innovative environment that instills high expectations for success. Paramount accomplishes its mission and teaches the mastery of Indiana State Standards through an emphasis on rigorous academics, technology and the environment. Integral to the school’s approach to education is schoolwide use of computer technology, a green initiative, project-based investigations, community partnerships and three on-site Discovery Centers – an indoor Eco Center, Time and Space Center with a planetarium, and an urban farm. 3020 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201 Contact: Peggy Purvis, 317.775.6660, school@,

The BJE challenges you child through a nurturing environment that stimulates creativity, community, learning through nature and outstanding academic programming. Highly trained teachers emphasize both group and individualized learning in the classroom with encouragement throughout. Open to the public. Cost/ Tuition: Call for more info; Financial Aid: Call for more info; Hours/Dates: 7:45 am to 5:45 p.m; Ages/Grades: 12 months to 6 years; Restrictions: None - open to the public; Uniforms/Dress Code: none; Before/After School Care: yes; Open House Dates: ongoing - will arrange family visit upon request. 6711 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Elaine Fairfield, Phone: 317-255-3124 ext 3704, Email:,

indianapolis // north Arthur M. Glick JCC Our loving caregivers and teachers demonstrate by example and encourage children to behave according to these values as the children are learning, playing and socializing with one another. The JCC embraces a learning-through-play teaching method to engage children in activities that promote creativity, accelerate learning and stimulate social interaction, all at each child’s individual pace. 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260, 317-251-9467,,

Children’s Circle Preschool at Second Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Preschool is a developmentally appropriate, activity based, Christian preschool. We offer classes for children ages 9 months to 5 years old. We meet the needs of the whole child in a creative and loving environment. Our experienced staff embraces excellence in education by nurturing the whole child- physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Cara Paul, Director, 317-252-5517,,

Beth-El Zedeck Early Childhood Center Fall School Year. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Full Academic Curriculum and Innovative Arts’ Enrichment. Our Program recognizes that intellectual, social, emotional and physical development are interwoven. Our children will thrive on exploration, creativity, curiosity, discovery, spontaneity and more important, lots of love! Type of School: Early Childhood, Full Time/Part-Time/ Flexible Hours, Ages: 12 months old+, 18 months old+, 2’s+, 3’s+, 4’s/PreK (3 day or 5 day program) and Full Day Kindergarten (5 full-day program) (8:50 am to 3:00 pm) Before School/After School Care available daily as needed for all ages: Early drop off as early as 7:30 am and late pick up anytime up until 6:00 pm/5:30 pm on Fridays. Call or email for brochure. 600 W. 70th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Joanie Waldman, Phone: 317-259-6854, Fax: 317-259-6849, Email:,

Children’s Day In Nursery School and Traditional Preschool The Children’s Day In traditional preschool and nursery school program provides a fully inclusive early childhood program with an emphasis on Christian values in a play based setting. It is designed to offer children ages 9 months to 5 years a positive and developmentally appropriate experience in the care of experienced teachers and caregivers. We play and learn! Classes are offered weekdays from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Children attend up to 3 days a week. 5500 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Christy Whaley, 317-253-0472,,



A Children’s Habitat Montessori School For over 40 years, A Children's Habitat Montessori School has been providing a place where children thrive and discover their love of learning. Habitat provides a traditional Montessori school experience for families seeking a half-day preschool and kindergarten, or full-day elementary program. We are a not-for-profit school based on the principles of Maria Montessori, and we are fully accredited by the American Montessori Society. For more information, visit our website: www.childrens-habitat. org. 801 W. 73 Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Carmen Nieves, Phone: (317)726-5584, Email: info@,, Type of School: Montessori, Hours/Dates: Monday - Friday Regular Day 8:30-11:30 Extended Day 11:30-1:30 Kindergarten 11:30-1:30, Ages/Grades: 18 months - 6 years, Before/After School Care: No

The Children's House, inc The Children's House was founded in 1971 to provide a classical education through individual instruction. in an atmosphere free of competition, the child can discover her or his own unique talents on the way to becoming a self-actualized person. 2404 W. 62nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46268, Contact: Mary Sexson, Phone: 317-253-3033, Email:, www.thechildrens, Cost/Tuition: 2014 school year: preschool $5,500, elementary $6,500. Financial aid available to qualified registered applicants. Hours/Dates: 9 am to 3 pm Extended care also available 7 am-5:45 pm . Sept. through May. Summer School/Summer Camp June through August. Ages/Grades: 2 1/2 years - 14 years of age, Before/After School Care: yes, Open House Dates: Sunday, November 9, 2014

experienced staff of trained and degreed lead teachers. Adult/ child ratios 1:4 - 1:6. Find us on Facebook. 7171 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: See Admissions/Tours Info Online, Phone: 317-721-2322,

Montessori Centres Peace and respect for all is our main goal. Montessori Centres has worked with children to develop criticalthinking and time-management skills since 1966. Montessori-certified lead teachers serve children aged 3-3rd grade. Classroom structure and materials allow children to be self-directed and self-paced. Our well-rounded curriculum includes French and Spanish, art, science, computer skilles, grace and courtesy, social studies, nature and outdoor gardening. 563 West Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Contact: Lynn Boone, Director, Phone: 317-257-2224, Fax: 317-257-3034, Email:,

The Orchard School The Orchard School, an independent, non-sectarian, progressive school, emphasizing experiential learning. Orchard teachers engage the natural curiosity of children, develop academic excellence, and provide leadership experience through well-rounded education. Orchard’s diverse community and commitment to multicultural education inspires responsible, global citizenship. Founded in 1922. NAIS, ISACS, NAEYS accredited. 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Kristen Hein, Director of Admissions, Phone: 317-713-5705, Fax: 317-254-8454, Email:,

foundation in math and literacy skills. The program features unique field experiences, community partnerships, year-round offerings, and a full-day curriculum along with part-time options. 33 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205, Contact: Abby Williams, Director of Admission and Communications, 317-9260425 x134, Fax: 317-921-3367, awilliams@,

Sycamore School At Sycamore, teachers trained in gifted education deliver a curriculum designed to challenge and engage gifted learners. Art, music, Spanish, PE and technology are taught at all levels. Extensive field trips, athletics, child care, financial aid, and a wide variety of after school activities are offered. 1750 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Dr. Susan Karpicke, Director of Admissions. 317-202-2500, Fax: 317-202-2501,,

indianapolis // south The Children's Cottage The Children's Cottage is a privately owned preschool, providing a loving and playful environment for toddlers thru school age children. Our compassionate and experienced staff offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates creativity and promotes learning through play. Our small classrooms provide the individual attention your child needs and deserves. We are a paths to quality level three. Please call for more information or to set up a tour. 5935 S. Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46227, Contact Ann Derheimer or Echo Shepheard 317-787-2990

Park Tudor School Early Childhood Center, The Church at the Crossing Our Mothers Day Out (12-35 mos) and Preschool (3 yrs-PreK’s) programs provide relaxed, playful, secure environments that nurture creativity and encourage the exploration of God’s world, with a wide variety of learning materials & readiness skills woven through each unit. Need longer hours? Try our child care ministry, The Neighborhood, designed for 16 mos-PreK. 9111 N. Haverstick Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: John Drake or Kelly Belt, Phone: 317-575-6508, Fax: 317-5756509, Email: or

Heritage Christian School Established in 1965, accredited through ACSI and NCA. HCS is the choice in college preparatory discipleship Christian education for 1,400 students each year grades Prep K – 12. Advanced, Honors and AP classes. Full Fine Arts and 2A IHSAA Athletics. HCS is training up the next generation of Christian leaders through challenging, Biblically taught curriculum including internships and service to others. Bus transportation available. Schedule a tour today! 6401 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, In 46250, Contact: Rhyan Smith, Director of Admissions, 317-849-3441, Admissions@,

Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School Share your love of learning with your children. Founded in 1960 by involved parents like you, Meridian Hills Cooperative provides a positive, nurturing environment wherein children explore and learn by doing. Spacious classrooms. Beautiful, wooded playground. Caring,



Financial Aid: $15,330 for Jr. Kindergarten; $17, 760 for Sr. Kindergarten-Grade; and $18,830 for Grades 6-12. Ages/Grades: Junior Kindergarten (ages 3-5) - Grade 12. Uniforms/Dress Code: Dress code varies by grade level. Before/After School Care: Before- and after-school care offered. Open House Dates: Visit web site for a complete listing. 7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240, Contact: Cathy Chapelle, Phone: 317-415-2700, Fax: 317-254-2714,,

St. Luke’s Early Childhood Programs St Luke’s Community Preschool is a weekday, developmentally appropriate and experience based program. Two well-trained, degreed teachers are in each classroom. Parents’ Day Out is a structured play experience that provides parents some time for themselves on a regular basis on M, W, Th, F. We provide a warm and loving Christian environment in which children can learn and grow. Tours available upon request. Visitors welcome. 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260, Contact: Mollie Smith, Director, 317-844-3399, smithm@,

St. Richard’s Episcopal School SRES strives for academic excellence through its classic curriculum with innovative teaching methods; it also provides preparation and knowledge in areas such as faith, leadership, civic responsibility, and global readiness. St. Richard’s offers a rigorous academic curriculum, three world languages, public speaking and leadership opportunities, a strong fine arts program and organized athletics for continued lifetime success. Our newly redesigned Early Childhood Program uses brain-based research and proven instructional practices that lay the

indianapolis // northeast Polly Panda Preschool & Bridgford Kindergarten Polly Panda provides a safe and healthy environment which enhances each child’s total growth. Our themebased hands-on preschool program provides a wide-range of experiences that foster learning, creativity and problem solving in all areas. A child’s sense of self-worth, independence and growth in social skills are developed through positive interaction with peers and our wellqualified and loving staff. 2944 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Gail Hacker and Tammy Clark, Phone: 317-257-9127, Email:,

multiple locations Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives: ICPC Indianapolis Area Preschool and Kindergarten Cooperatives Preschools: great for your child, great for you! Children and parents learn and grow together in the classroom with caring, experienced teachers. Multiple Locations in Indianapolis Area, ICPC Line: 317-767-7596

Maria Montessori International Academy Maria Montessori International Academy offers a child centered Montessori program allowing children to learn at their own pace and to be treated with respect. Children learn how to think for themselves and how to solve problems in original and

creative ways and have a positive self-image. Children participate in math, language, music, art, practical life, science, geography, and foreign language. The lead teachers possess bachelor degree and certification in Montessori Education. Offering programs for infants, pre-k, kindergarten and elementary. Indianapolis - 7507 N. Michigan Rd. - 317-291-5557, Zionsville - 4370 Weston Pointe - 317-769-2220, Carmel - 3500 106th St. & Shelborne - 317-733-9204,,

westfield Montessori School of Westfield, Inc. Located on 3 wooded acres in Central Indiana, the Montessori School of Westfield adheres to the academic traditions of Montessori while serving the present day child. The Montessori School of Westfield serves children from Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Sheridan, Noblesville, Cicero and Tipton. We serve children ages 18 months to 15 years. 800 E. Sycamore Street, Westfield, IN 46074, Contact: Mary Lyman, Directress, Phone: 317-867-0158, Fax: 317-896-5945, Email: montessori, www.

z ionsville Advent Lutheran Preschool Advent offers a Christian learning environment for children ages 2 through 5, including a half-day kindergarten. Our well-balanced program supports emotional, social, cognitive, physical and spiritual development. All children, regardless of faith or church affiliation, are welcome. Call to schedule a tour. Registration is open for the 2014-15 school year. 11250 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077, Contact: Deb Trewartha, Phone: 317-873-6318, Email:, www.; Type of School: Early Childhood; Hours/Dates: Mornings and afternoons Monday through Friday. See website for details; Ages/Grades: Ages 2-5; Mom's Morning Out, Preschool, Pre-K and day Kindergarten; Open House Dates: Call to schedule a tour.

directions and instructions, Acknowledging and encouraging each child’s efforts, Creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities. The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for UP. Preschool Sites are at Boone Meadow, Pleasant View and Union Elementary Schools. 900 Mulberry St., Zionsville, IN 46077, Phone: 317-873-1251, Email:,

[ childcare ] Peanut Butter and Jelly 24/7 Childcare PB&J is a childcare that is a safe, nurturing environment where your child will get the attention and care that he or she needs. We are licensed and always working to meet and exceed all health and safety guidelines. You can rest assured that your child will be cared for with the utmost kindness, love and respect . Open late for lots of flexiblity. Stop in for more info. Follow us on twitter @pbj247childcare. 5501 E. 71st Street #7B, Indianapolis, IN 46220, Contact: Anita Beck. Phone: 317-205-9211, Email:,

Zionsville Community Schools Universal Preschool The ZCS Universal Preschool provides a hands-on learning experience, focused on the whole child, in an inclusive and supportive environment that ensures maximum child growth, for life-long learning.We will provide a quality program through: Organizing the environment so it is conducive to success, Providing specific




Dream a little dream

Kelly Blewett

// Footnotes: Thoughts from the margins of a mom’s life When honeymooning in Costa Rica, my husband surprised me by booking a massage. Years later, I would spend more money than I care to admit to be rubbed down with sugar, wrapped in hot towels, and then subjected to some Swedish-style bodywork. Even when I was a little girl, I used to beg my dad to stay just a little longer after bedtime to (you guessed it) rub my back. So should I be so surprised now by what happens when I take my daughter out of her bath? She’s wet and ready for a story and a bottle, but in her eighteen-month-old mind there is something more pressing to be done. She begins hankering for it the instant we walk through the bedroom door, gesturing pointedly toward the closet. And not just any spot in the closet, but the top shelf. This is where I keep her baby lotion. We walk over and I pull out the lotion. She holds out tiny hands, waiting for a little squeeze. When I comply, she rubs them briskly together, like an adult, making me laugh. I lay her on the changing table, and she quickly rolls on her belly. Curling her knees under her, she lengthens her back and neck, and then looks at me sideways, expectantly. There’s nothing to do but to lotion up my own hands and begin our favorite ritual: a back rub accompanied by lullaby singing.



When I first told my husband that Caroline likes baby massages, he was skeptical. “You’re projecting,” he said, “because you like massages.” Well, that might be true, but I kind of doubt it. I know where my daughter gets some of her tastes from: All I have to do is look in the mirror. They don’t say like mother, like daughter for nothing. But even if I am projecting, what's so bad about that? I'll dream a little dream of Caroline, and bring her along with me. I'll pull a Sheryl Sandburg and “lean in” to my projections, imagining us years from now when diapers and baby lotion are far behind us. We will go somewhere really beautiful and hot. We will paint our toenails and drink fresh grapefruit juice and have joint Swedish massages, replete with heated towels. Instead of lullabies, restful guitar instrumentals will be piped through tiny, discreet speakers. Maybe we will be in Key West. Wherever we are, it will be grand. And until then, I will happily stick my baby’s towel in the drier when I start her bath and keep the baby lotion handy. She can do her job of assuming her post-bath massage position quickly and humming along with my lullaby. After all, a baby's dream, like her mother's, has to start somewhere.


A personal odyssey for the perfect minivan // True confessions of stay-at-home dad Pete Gilbert I love my van. In fact, I don't know how I survived so long without it. It has a DVD player to keep kids occupied during long road trips (we watched the Disney movie Planes four times straight once), enough space for my kids to be further than arm’s length from each other (no more touchy-touchy) and doors that slide and won't bash into other cars in parking lots (you’re welcome). Heck, it even has a first aid kit built in to remedy the real and imagined cuts and scrapes my kids incur on a daily basis. In their quest for creating an even better mode of family transportation, Honda now offers a built in Dyson vacuum in their van, too bad it's an extra $1,200. I think I'll save the cash and just let those Goldfish crackers crumble until they disintegrate into the upholstery. What will future minivans include to make a new parent's life easier? I have a few ideas: • A soundproof window divider. This is a must. Honestly, I can't believe this isn't standard equipment on all minivans by now. If I had this in my van I would close off the screams, shrieks and questions and just drive in circles around the city in peaceful, sweet silence.

• A grabber/arm extender. One of those things that allows you to pick things up off the ground without bending over. I would install it on the driver's armrest and point it back to the second and third rows. No more driving off the road to blindly reach three feet behind me for a dropped lovey or doll. • An Improved GPS System. Many GPS units have options like avoiding toll roads and interstates when programming in destinations. I would like to program in places to avoid. For example, "Take me to the store and avoid all Chuck E Cheese's and McDonalds." You still end up at your destination, and don’t have to hear any whining about passing all the fun places on your way there. There you have it. Honda, are you listening?

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calendar 01 MONDAY WARMfest Price: Price Varies, Children 10 years old and under admitted free with adult Location: Broad Ripple Park WARMfest returns to Indy this Labor Day Weekend, with soon-to-be-epic performances from MUTEMATH, of Montreal, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Guided By Voices, Red Wanting Blue, Sebadoh, WHY? and many more.

02 T U E SDAY Community Tuesday at the Indiana State Museum Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Indiana State Museum details/id/1349 Start the month off right by joining us for Community Tuesday. Guests will receive a 50% discount off standard admission fees on the first Tuesday of the month. Please note that this discount is good for full-fee admissions only, and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other discount or promotion.

04 W E DNE SDAY The Wiggles: READY, STEADY, WIGGLE! Tour Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Murat Theatre at Old National Centre After years of captivating children from around the globe, the number one children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are bringing their "catchy brand of preschool pop" (Chicago Tribune) back to North American audiences with the "Ready, Steady, Wiggle" tour. This Fall, the "forever young" (Detroit Free Press) quartet will delight families across the country in support of their new CD and DVD, Apples and Bananas (available August 26th) as well as a new season of their hit television show airing on Sprout in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada.

04 T H U R S – 0 6 S AT Whale of a Sale Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds, Ag/ Hort Building Indiana’s largest upscale childrens consignment 48


event featuring 47,000 square feet of clothing, toys, equipment, bedding, furniture, boutique, maternity, fabulous vendors and more… at a fraction of retail price!

// SEPTEMBER 2014 festival is filled with local entertainment and performances, food, carnival rides, kids corner bounce houses and vendors that include arts & crafts, commercial, kids and pets. A community church service is Sunday morning.

04 T H U R S – 07 SUN Oktoberfest Time: 4-10 p.m. Price: Cost: $5. Children 12 and under get in free! Location: German American Klub of Indianapolis Enjoy four full days of live music, dancing, food, and drink! Musical appearances by Tastes Like Chicken, The Flying Toasters, The Original Alpine Express, Jay Fox and the Bavarian Showtime Band, and Polkamotion. Also enjoy carnival rides and amusements for the kids and a kinder root bier garden!

05 F R IDAY Preschool Dance Party Time: 10:30-11 a.m. Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Do your preschoolers have ants in their pants? Join us for a half hour of dancing fun as we shake our sillies out and rock the library! No registration is required. Storytime Express West: Preschool Dance Party Too Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Location: Pilgrim Lutheran Church For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Join us for a story and lively dancing fun as we shake our sillies out. Younger siblings are welcome. No registration is required.

0 6 S AT U RDAY Barktember Time: 12-3 p.m. Price: $10/dog Location: The Waterpark barktember/ Bring your four-legged friend for a dip at The Waterpark and support the Humane Society for Hamilton County Dog vendors, live music, free swim, and socializing make this event fun for dogs and their owners. Visit for vendor list, waivers, and more detailed information. FedEx Plane Pull Challenge Time: 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Price: FREE Location: Indianapolis International Airport The FedEx Plane Pull Challenge raises funds and awareness for more than 11,000 Special Olympics athletes in Indiana. Don’t miss the fun as teams of up to 20 people compete to pull a jumbo jet a distance of 12 feet across the tarmac in the least amount of time! There will also be a family fun carnival and a special Kids Exhibition Pull. Indy Sister Cities Fest Time: 12 p.m. Location: Georgia Street A cultural street fair promoting a global Indy! Featuring cultural, cuisine, celebration! Cultural booths, world sports, international cuisine, kids zone, live music, K-12 poster contest, and much more!

05 F R I – 07 SUN Zionsville Fall Festival Location: Lions Park fall-festival This three day festival is the largest fundraiser for Lions Park. It begins on Friday night with the VIP Carnival for our special friends and their family and caregivers and the Poor Jack Carnival. The Lions Club Parade kicks of the festival on Saturday on Main Street. The

Penrod Arts Fair Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: $15 Location: Indianapolis Museum of Art Indiana's nicest day, Penrod Arts Fair, is held on the beautiful grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Organized and presented by the Penrod Society, the event includes more

than 330 artists, live entertainment, children's activities including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's instrument petting zoo and great food from local restaurants. This is a family-friendly event where you can do a little dance, make a little art and have fun. Parking will be available at Crown Hill Cemetery, Clowes Hall, Bertha Ross Park and Major Taylor Velodrome.

St. Joan of Arc French Market Time: 12-10 p.m. Price: FREE!! Location: St. Joan of Arc Church One of Indy's major neighborhood festivals with live entertainment, artisan booths, a bake sale, raffles, mass (5:30 p.m.), children's games (until 5 p.m.) and an array of French and American cuisine. Celebrating its 24th year, the French Market stage will feature live music for the entire family. The menu features perennial favorites such as tarte flambe, quiche, onion soup, escargot and oysters, bread and basil butter, cheese with fruit and pate, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, crawfish etoufee, pommes frites, tenderloin tips in wine sauce, pastries and desserts.

07 SUN DAY Prairie Plates – Progressive Plates in Prairietown Price: $75 Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Come experience Prairie Plates, a new adults-only series of unique culinary experiences featuring tastings from some of the area's top food and drink artisans! Take in the ambiance of the Conner Homestead as you enjoy small plates from chef Neal Brown (Pizzology and The Libertine) and hand-crafted beers from Flat12 Bierworks. 21+ Event.

11 T H U R S – 1 3 S AT Indy Kids Sale Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds Indy Kids Consignment Sale returns to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds September 11-13, 2014. Sign up to sell your kids' outgrown clothes and earn top dollar Shop the sale for the next size your kids are growing into, and find next-to-new and new items at a fraction of retail price.

11 T H U R S – 14 SUN 19th Annual Indy Irish Fest Price: Adults $15/day, Students (14-18) $10/day, Children (5-13) $5 Children (4 and Under) Free Location: Military Park The Indianapolis Irish Festival is in its 19th year. The festival is an opportunity to share Irish heritage through music, dance, cultural activities, and family fun. The festival was the vision of a small group of people who wanted to showcase the heritage, music and culture of the Irish people. Lots of games and activities to keep the wee ones busy and satisfied.

1 2 F R IDAY The big Kickoff with the Colts and United Way Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Price: FREE Phone: 317-920-3460 Location: Monument Circle A great event to kickoff not only the 2014 United Way of Central Indiana LIVE UNITED season but also the Colts season home opener. Meet the Colts cheerleaders, pick up free Colts schedule posters and have them signed by some of your favorite retired Colts players. Food vendors, volunteer opportunities and live music will all be a part of the celebration.

1 2 F R I – 1 3 S AT St. George Festival Price: Free admission Phone: 317-845-7755 Location: St. George Orthodox Christian Church After a one-year hiatus during construction of the new church, the Middle Eastern Festival is returning with a new name and location. The St. George Festival builds on the parish’s Middle Eastern heritage and celebrates many beloved features of previous festivals, including food, culture, live music, dancing, and the Orthodox Christian Faith. In addition, the festival will offer hot-air balloon rides and other carnival activities, as well as tours of the new Byzantine temple and its iconography.

1 3 S AT U RDAY Indy Heart Walk & 5K Run Time: 8-11:30 a.m. Location: Celebration Plaza, White River State Park Through the Heart Walk, we create opportunities for people to improve their health by walking and simultaneously raise funds to help fight heart disease and stroke. The 2014 Indy Heart Walk & 5K Run on

Saturday, September 13th is our "mission in action." The Heart Walk will be held at Celebration Plaza, White River State Park.

1 3 S AT – 14 SUN Festival of Machines Price: Included with paid general admission Location: Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Come join in the excitement as we launch a NEW weekend festival to celebrate Indiana’s rich history of designing, building and innovating transportation and honor those who are preserving the heritage of classic vehicles. A select group of concours quality classic cars will be showcased throughout the two-day festival, highlighted by models including a 1914 Stutz Bearcat; a 1927 Cadillac Duel Cowl Phaeton, one of just eight cars ever produced to commemorate Cadillac's 25-year anniversary and only one of two in existence today; and a 1933 Marmon Sixteen Victoria Coupe.

17 W E DN E SDAY Holliday Park Beastly Brunch Time: 10-10:30 a.m. Price: Free Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center What is your favorite breakfast food? The animals at Holliday Park love crickets, worms and even mice! Come see the nature center animals eat and learn all about these cool creatures. All ages, no registration required.

18 T H U R SDAY Project Pink Fashion Show Time: 6-9 p.m. Price: General Admission: $25; VIP: $75 Phone: 317-638-2873 Location: City Market The evening’s festivities will include a fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors and local celebrities, a panel of celebrity judges and fashion experts, a silent auction, appetizers, cash bar and live entertainment. Fashion students from The Indianapolis Art Institute design new outfits made exclusively of Race for the Cure apparel which are modeled at the event.

www.thecenterfortheperformingarts. org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=3521 Plan now to bring your family to the Peanut Butter & Jam Saturday morning music series! Explore a multitude of musical genres alongside your children. Purchase of child’s ticket allows admission of two adults, no additional charge. The experience is 30 minutes of music, with 15 minutes for the families to touch and play with the musical instruments, including Q&A with the artists.

Tour De Carmel Time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Price: $10/person Location: Monon Community tour-de-carmel/ Bike along with us on this family friendly ride as we highlight some of the best parks, businesses, neighborhoods, and fun Carmel has to offer. This is a great way to create memories while promoting fitness. From training wheels to pedal clips, we have a 10 Mile or 20 Mile Route for you.

21 SUN DAY Hispanic Heritage Fiesta Time: 12-4 p.m Price: Regular Zoo admission, free for members Phone: 317-630-2035 Location: Indianapolis Zoo Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a trip to the Zoo for the annual

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta presented in partnership with La Voz de Indiana. During our celebration, our guests are invited to enhance their Zoo experience with festivities that celebrate Hispanic culture. We'll have decorations, activities, Latin-inspired food and more. Create culturally themed crafts and take a swing at a piñata every hour.

Holliday Park Family Creek Stomping Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Price: $5/individual Phone: 317-327-7180 Location: Holliday Park Nature Center Holliday Park is home to wetlands, ponds and seeps teeming with plants and wildlife. Have fun discovering all the unique creatures that love these wet places. Wear old shoes and clothes you don't mind getting muddy.

27 S AT U RDAY Bicentennials–The "Star Spangled Banner" and the Saxophone Time: 7:30-10 p.m. Price: Student Tickets $5; Adults Tickets start at $20 Phone: 317-843-3800 Location: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts Internationally recognized saxophone virtuoso Kenneth Tse joins the Indiana Wind Symphony in celebration of the 200th birthday of the Star Spangled Banner and Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone.


20 S AT U RDAY Peanut Butter & Jam: Bongo Boys at the Palladium Time: 10:30 a.m. Price: Tickets only $10 per child, and 2 free adults with every child ticket purchase! Location: The Palladium SEPTEMBER 2014 // INDYSCHILD.COM


Chinese Festival Time: 12-7 p.m. Price: Free Admission Location: Military Park The City of Indianapolis is hosting the 2014 Indianapolis Chinese Festival in Military Park, located in downtown Indianapolis. Now in its sixth year, this free public event continues to grow in size and experience to provide visitors with hands-on opportunities to explore Chinese culture. In addition to the dazzling lion and dragon dancers, which open and close the festival, visitors to the event can experience Chinese food, games, music, costumes and arts. Rocky Ripple Festival Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Price: Free Location: Rocky Ripple Hohlt Park Located in a 6-acre park in Midtown Indy ,the Rocky Ripple Festival offers a fun day of live music, art-focused shopping, community-

prepared food, and playful, creative activities for the whole family. Dog friendly. Free and secure. Pedal and Park bicycle parking. Join us for the 15th Annual Rocky Ripple Festival!

Taste of Diversity Festival Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Price: Free Phone: 317-503-6799 Location: Garfield Park Arts Center tasteofdiversityevent?fref=ts A community event with games, prizes, giveaways, live music, dancing, fellowship, food trucks, and more, hosted by Diversity Church.

27 S AT – 28 SUN Carmel International Arts Festival Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Price: Free!! Phone: 317-600-6118

// ONGOING EVENTS Friendship Flea Market Sat., September 13th Through Sun., September 21st Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Price: Free Admission, $3.00 Parking fee Phone: 812-667-5645 or 859-341-9188 Location: Friendship Associates Inc. Welcoming visitors and vendors since 1968. Almost 500 vendor spaces selling a wide array of goods and specialty foods. All blacktopped roads for those wheelchairs and baby buggys. Horse drawn trolley rides to and from town. Stay late and enjoy the campfire and live country music. Terra Cotta Warriors Exhibit Through Sunday, November 2nd Cost: See website for ticket pricing Phone: (317) 334-3322 Location: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis An army of thousands, buried for centuries, protecting an emperor's tomb - come see the Terra Cotta Warriors in their only U.S. appearance in 2014! Examine more than 100 ancient artifacts and enjoy hands-on interactives that will let families become part of the research team and explore the scientific research underway that helps us picture the army in its original vibrant colors. 50


" Peewinkle Joins the Circus" Weds., September 17th Through Fri., September 26th Time: 10 a.m. Price: $8 Under 2, free Phone: 317-917-9454 Location: Peewinkle's Puppet Studio Join Peewinkle as he becomes the Ringmaster and shows off his high flying and juggling friends. DR. SEUSS’S THE CAT IN THE HAT Tues., September 23rd Through Sat., September 27th Price: $15 for Adults and $10 for Students (under 18) Location: Booth Tarkingon Civic Theatre Based on the book by Dr. Seuss Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain Adaptation by Katie Mitchell The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day— but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London. Tuesday – Friday at 10am and Noon, Saturday at 10am, 2pm, & 5pm Run time is 40 minutes.

Location: Carmel Arts and Design District The Carmel Interntaional Arts Festival brings together 130+ juried artists competing for top honors in their media field. Creative designs from new and renowned artists will provide festival goers with the opportunity to view professional displays and purchase unique works of art. Art pieces are judged on originality, style, and professionalism in varied forms of art media including: Fiber/Mixed 2D, Photography, Oil/Acrylic, Watercolor, Ceramics, 2D Traditional, Printmaking, Jewelry, Wood and 3D Traditional.

29 MON DAY Mother-Daughter Book Club Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Phone: 317-844-3363 Location: Carmel Clay Public Library Book Club Room For girls in grades 4-5 & their mothers. We will meet to discuss 11 Birthdays by Wendy

Mass. After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo have an argument on their tenth birthday and do not speak to each other for a whole year. They prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately, but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

30 T U E SDAY Storytime Express @ the Monon Center: Drifting into Fall Phone: 317-848-7275 Location: Monon Community Center For children ages 2-5 & their caregivers. 11:00-11:25 a.m. This fast-paced interactive mix of fun-filled stories, rhymes, and songs paired with a simple craft is designed to introduce and practice critical early literacy skills. The shorter length and fast pace make it perfect for active children with short attention spans. Younger siblings are welcome.

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