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volume 19 issue 8 PUBLISHERS

august 2018 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Johnson Bethke

Dear Friends,


Squeaky new sneakers, fresh lunch boxes, new crayons … it is an exciting

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

time of year for families! While summer was all too short, the back-to-school


honeymoon is sweet. Sports and afterschool activities don’t start up for a few


weeks, so we are looking forward to some nice free weekends with everyone home together that will make for great fall daytrips. We have apple picking, the zoo, kayaking and hiking all on our wish list this year. Then, it’s off to the races—the older kids have sports and reports to complete and everyone is ready

We’re fortunate to have a full array of afterschool choices here in from piano and soccer to biology labs and foreign language classes. If your

Susan Powell


Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Walter Scott, Jenny Stoltz

to dive into afterschool programs. Charlottesville, and you’ll find them all in our guide on page 54—everything

Laura DeBusk, Barbara A. Tompkins



Becky Calvert, Rick Epstein, Ellen French,

kids (or you!) want to learn something new, you can. Our youngest is excited

Cabell Guy, Christine Hoover, Sarah Lyons,

to try out martial arts after a couple intro sessions at summer camp, and I’m

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Katharine

even thinking about finding a family class. I could certainly (ahem) stand to be

Paljug, Sarah Pastorek, Daniel Rocha,

Beth Seliga, Krissy Vick

exercising more, though, I confess, I am very nervous. I’ve never been an athlete, and I’m a bit of a clutz. You may remember that I lost my balance standing up from my chair a few years back and broke my foot. Yes, actually broke my foot!


Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

But, being nervous is of course natural. Furthermore, fears about going back to


school, meeting new people, performing and trying new things are all common

INTERN Avery Nunnally, Daniel Rocha

and appropriate. If your little ones are having some worries, you’ll find great


tips on page 48. There’s all sorts of additional back-to-school tips and solutions throughout this issue. Wishing You and Your Family a Smooth Back-to-School Transition!

CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom Magazine and CharlottesvilleFamily. com™ are published jointly by Ivy Publications, LLC.™ is published weekly online at www., the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and the Magazine is published in print format 12 times per year along with a™ Directory. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. All images not credited are property of and provided by Thinkstock by Gettyimages. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2018. All rights reserved.

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Contents TABLE OF


News 4

The Buzz Around Town 6  Would you allow your son to play “dress up” with the girls?

Snapshot 8



New Mom 20 Baby Talk

Healthy Family 22 Allergy Awareness

Out & About Calendar 12

Prep for back-to-school with tips for ordering your home’s command center (pg. 38), addressing common fears with your child (pg. 48), deciding on the best after school activities for your family (pg. 54) and more.

August Festivals & Events for Families

Tips & Trends 24 Fabulous Finds and Fun

9 Creative Daytrip Ideas for Your Aspiring Pablo Picasso

It’s OK to Be Afraid 48

Editor’s Pick!

Ordering the Home’s Command Center

The Power of Arts & Crafts 42

Waiting at The Bus Stop

Organized Chaos 38

Our Schools 10

Erika Proctor, Mom, Animal Behavior Specialist & Non-Profit Director


Expert Advice from Locals on Understanding & Overcoming Common Fears

Art, Sports, Music & More 52 How After-School Activities Shaped Me Into A Better Person Outdoor Education 58 How Area Schools Are Incorporating Environmental Learning


Home & Garden 26 Starting Off Organized

2018 Back-to-School Guide 34

Food & Family 30 Better Dining Out Experiences

Tips & Lists for a Great First Day

After School Activities Guide 54

Sports, Arts & More

UNTIL NEXT TIME 10 Minutes of Quality Time 64  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

26 So Love This! “Having severe allergies to foods myself, it’s great to see we are educating others. I feel it’s important for parents and even kids to understand the signs and severity of all allergies (pg. 22).” — Laura, graphic designer



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Bumble’s Halloween Costume Contest Keep an eye out for CharlottesvilleFamily’s annual Halloween Costume Contest, opening September 1.

ACAC Adventure Central August 25

CHS Student & His Teacher Selected as Bezos Scholars

Golden Apple Awards Honors Area Teachers Forty teachers from Charlottesville and Albemarle County public and private schools were honored at the Golden Apple Awards, which celebrate excellence in the classroom. Students, parents and community members nominated teachers from all grade levels and disciplines and referred them to a selection committee that designated one winner from each school. Nominees were evaluated on three criteria: their ability to inspire a love of learning in the classroom, to challenge their students to set high expectations for themselves, and to meet the individual needs of their students. In addition, eight winners were randomly selected to receive a $1,000 grant for classroom supplies, professional development or educational programming as a demonstration of an earnest appreciation of all the effort teachers invest to ensure their student’s success.


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Rising senior Cole Fairchild and educator Matt Shields of Charlottesville High School were selected for the 2018 cohort of Bezos Scholars. The pair received the honor amidst what is being identified as the most competitive applicant pool in the Bezos Scholars Program history. This year-long leadership development program allows rising high school seniors and their teachers from public schools to attend the Aspen Ideals Festival before spending the year taking part in virtual trainings and implementing community change projects. Fairchild plans to use his interest in STEM innovation to create a project that will enhance the Charlottesville community by addressing its concerns.

New Student Facility Continues Development The new Albemarle Tech: Center for Creativity and Invention—a high school experience that will allow students to create personal learning programs—opens in the Comdial Building on Route 29 in August for the 2018–2019 academic year. David Glover, formerly of Monticello High School, was selected as the first Head Teacher of the center. The 40,000-square-foot space will house 40 seniors in its inaugural year, with goals of eventually serving up to 150 students. Prior to admittance, students will be assessed on the development of their analytical, creative and critical thinking skills. At one of Virginia’s most forwardthinking learning facilities, Glover and other teachers will encourage projectbased learning and collaboration between students, teachers and mentors.

Charlottesville High School Hosts Engineering Expo

Once again, students in the BACON Club (Best All-Around Club of Nerds) at Charlottesville High School showcased their projects at the school’s Engineering Pathways Night. The expo serves as a platform where students can share their projects and receive feedback from parents and faculty members. Inventions ranged from drones and speakers to homemade data recorders, giving a glimpse into each student’s interests in the field engineering.

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TOWN 97% say “yes” “Sure! People from different times and places have worn lots of different clothes, so dresses are not exclusive to females. I would let him wear skirts and dresses as regular clothes, too, if he wanted.” – Cate, Albemarle County “If my goal is to raise siblings who love being with each other, what kind of message would placing restrictions on their playtime send? And, if my larger goal is to raise empathetic, open-minded and tolerant human beings, then spending some free playtime walking in other people’s shoes seems like a great place to start.” – Trish, Charlottesville mom of two “I encourage my boys to use their imaginations. I don’t see any harm in playing dress up with girls. We have a superhero dress up bucket at our house. Dressing up in costumes is a great way to promote creative play.” – Heather, mom of two boys “Boys and girls need to be allowed to play any games or with any toys, with girls or boys, without gendering them. It is not conducive to a healthy growth to suppress or forbid a child to play with certain toys or games because it is considered by ‘society’ to be only for girls and boys. This is one of the reasons we get toxic masculinity and treating women as property.” – Liz B.

Would you allow your son to play “dress up” with the girls? 3% say “no” “I believe gender roles should be established at an early age.” – C. Morris, Greene mom of one girl & one boy “No, because his sisters and their friends treat him poorly/as their personal toy during activities like dress up, and I do not want my son and his sisters to have a fractured sibling relationship. I try to make sure my son has friends over when his sisters have playdates so that the children can play their own games and my son is not at the mercy of the girls.” – Lisa, Charlottesville mom “I don’t want to send the wrong message to my sons by allowing them to play dress up. The world can be cruel to those they don’t deem ‘fit’ in.” – Mary, Mother of four “I think allowing boys to participate in playing dress up could be okay to a certain age. But, I feel there are other, more advantageous ways we as parents can expose our sons to that would still allow them to utilize their creative thinking and imagination.” – John, dad of three

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August 2018

Local Residents Show Support In response to families being separated at the U.S. border, Rachel Gendrau and a group of friends hosted a benefit concert titled ”Harmonia” at IX Art Park. The concert featured over a dozen pro bono musical performances and donated proceeds to two local organizations and one national advocate who provides assistance to migrant and immigrant communities. Additionally, area residents opened their homes to host children from New York as a part of the Fresh Air Fund, which encourages inner-city youth to explore the outdoors in more rural environments. The local out-pour of support from both initiatives is a great demonstration of the positive support that continues to spread throughout the community.

Nonprofit Raises Funds for Lab Computers-4-Kids, a Charlottesville nonprofit that provides computer access to lowincome youth, held a fundraiser for a new engineering and robotics lab. The fundraiser took place at Live Arts during Charlottesville’s inaugural ‘DisuptHR’ networking event, which saw area leaders deliver talks about the future of business and networking. Computers-4-Kids plans to use the new lab to provide cutting edge technology in order to foster real-world applications. Since its founding nearly two decades ago, the non-profit has worked tirelessly to extend its services in efforts to establish reliable computer access throughout the community.

Albemarle Boy Scouts Become Eagle Scouts

In support of the events of last August, a Charlottesville Girl Scout Troop has begun a buddy bench project aimed to fostering a sense of solidarity

A pinning ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church saw four Boy Scouts from Troop 111 officially become Eagle Scouts. The Albemarle County troop awarded four members the honor simultaneously, as the rigorous requirements make the achievement incredibly selective. Among

and facilitating community healing. Girls from troop 3080 plan to install a bench outside of every Charlottesville elementary school, each painted purple in honor of Heather Heyer. Each bench will also have an engraving of an inspirational quote from a civil rights leader or a quote about friendship in an effort to inspire hope and understanding. Johnson Elementary held a dedication ceremony for the project, which was the first step of the girls’ journey towards achieving silver awards. Plans to install benches outside of Greenbrier and Burnley-Moran are underway.

the many requirements to become an Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must first hold a leadership position for a prolonged period of time as well as implement a service project in order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. The scouts have a great deal to celebrate and can now formally recognize their hard work and dedication.

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Erika Proctor Mom, Animal Behavior Specialist & Non-Profit Director

For Erika Proctor, founder of Green Dogs Unleashed (GDU) Rescue, all it took was one special puppy. Founded in 2013, GDU has grown into a non-profit organization with dozens of life-saving volunteers that focuses on rescue, rehab, placement and training of special needs animals. Proctor, an Animal Behavior Specialist, began this work when she watched a driver throw a beautiful white Great Dane puppy out of his truck. After having a veterinarian confirm the puppy [now known as Serendipidy] was both deaf and blind, Proctor and her family took the puppy in. Through patience, positive reinforcement training, socialization and unwavering love, Serendipidy is now a happy and healthy family dog. What are the best part about your job? The best part of what I do is really three-fold. Saving animals in need, especially those with special needs, is a calling. Being able to help guide and mold them into amazing family members, and to teach them and our community that being different is just as amazing as being “typical.” Seeing them thrive is what keeps me going. As an animal behavior specialist, I also get to help other humans and dogs build a lasting lifetime bond and ensure long-term adoption success. Some of my most cherished moments, though, are taking a dog from a shelter and training it into a therapy animal, and seeing the joy and comfort these animals are able to bring to those who need them. What advice do you have for parents and their child who is aspiring to help others through their careers? Keep going. Nothing is easy, and if it is, you aren’t trying hard enough. And, follow your heart because it is the only thing that won’t lead you astray. For parents, love your child for who they are not who you want them to be. I’m sure my parents did not expect me to be the Director of a non-profit animal rescue and Animal


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Behavior Specialists. They had different ideas of “success,” but they could not be more proud of what I do now and who I have become. Having supportive parents who love you for you is the most important thing a child can have. What helps you keep on top of life and work obligations? Asking for help when I need it. It doesn’t come naturally, but GDU has the most amazing volunteers that truly step up when needed. Being able to count on them has been priceless. What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time with your family/ friends? Time is so precious, and animal rescue doesn’t take vacations. Scheduling tech-free time is key but tough to stick to when a phone call means life or death for an animal. If you had a 25-hour day, what would you do with an extra hour? Read in bed with all of my tiny humans. They often have to put life aside because of what I do, and they are the most incredible people I know. They are my inspiration. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? They instilled a solid understanding of financial responsibility. Without that, our organization would not function. I try to teach my own kids the importance of saving, planning and working hard to earn what you need and want.

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Waiting at The Bus Stop the

developing family-school partnerships.

bus stop” also brings associations of cold mornings, sleepy kids and families hurrying to the corner. For Charlottesville City School elementary families, it also can mean healthy snacks, free children’s books and flyers that give families tips on everything from the benefits of reading with your child to the importance of healthy sleep habits. Thanks to the new “Bus Stop Meet and Greets” initiated by Velvet Coleman, Charlottesville’s new family engagement coordinator, area families are able to get more from the typical “bus stop.” “Strong relationships between families, schools and our community benefit us all,” says Coleman, a former Greenbrier Elementary teacher whose full-time mission now is to promote connection between family and schools. “When students see me in their schools and in their community, they now recognize me. This helps build relationships.” For decades, researchers have studied the correlations between student academic success and family engagement, citing a variety of positive outcomes. “We have 50 years of research showing that what families do matters,” writes Harvard researcher Dr. Karen Mapp, who has been instrumental in establishing a national framework for



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“Whether it’s loving school, college access, good attendance or academic success, family engagement has positive correlations with all sorts of indicators.” In Charlottesville, Coleman is using a wide variety of strategies to empower families to help their children grow. Outreach efforts include her bus stop visits, along with school visits, oneon-one meetings and community workshops with partners like ReadyKids and City of Promise. The “top 4” tips that Coleman offers all her elementary families include: assuring students attend school daily, setting a bedtime and sticking to it, reading daily, and checking backpacks and folders regularly. Some of the most frequently asked questions, include: “What types of questions should I ask during parentteacher conferences;” “How can I establish positive routines at home;” “How do I get started as a school volunteer;” or “What’s a good model for ‘home teaching’ or helping a child study to strengthen math skills or reading comprehension.” If you are in need of being coached, Coleman can make suggestions, recommend resources and offer encouragement. She is available to all Charlottesville families for workshops or individual meetings, and can be reached at familyengagement@

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Special Olympics athletes Jon Fried of Crozet and Chris Raupp of Charlottesville joined 44 other Special Olympics Virginia athletes to compete in this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Wash. Fried, who has played basketball, soccer and tennis, and Raupp, who has played soccer, basketball, tennis and golf, were accompanied by two local coaches, Ron Manilla of Charlottesville and Rose Ann Gama of Ruckersville. At this year’s games, Fried won bronze in the tennis singles, while Raupp won silver in singles. The pair also won a gold together in doubles. Fried has previously won gold in tennis at the 1985 Special Olympics World Games and was named the Virginia Athlete of the Year in 1994. Raupp has also previously won silver in tennis singles and gold in mixed doubles at the 2006 Special Olympics USA games. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics and welcomed more than 4,000 athletes from across the country to compete in both individual and team Olympic sports. Because of this special anniversary, this year’s games underscored the Special Olympics’ dedication to enhancing health, education and community while endorsing inclusion and diversity in sport.

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FESTIVALS & FAIRS Summer Music Festival and Academy

Now–August 5 at Wintergreen Resort Park Enjoy a variety of concerts, cooking classes and seminars at neighborhood venues. 434-361-0541,


Check out our online calendar for more local family events and fun!

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Now–September 2 at Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center, Orkney Springs One of the mid-Atlantic region’s longestrunning outdoor music events, with world-class music by a stellar array of performers. 540-459-3396,


BLM Bull & Rodeo

Now–September 8, Second Saturdays, 6pm at Oakland Heights Farm, Gordonsville Enjoy live music, mutton busting and ladies barrel racing with vendors and food concessions benefiting the Gordonsville Fire Department. 540-222-1824,

Orchard Jams

Now–September, Final Fridays, 6–9pm at Chiles Orchard, Crozet Relax with live music and food in the Peach Tree Courtyard while playing cornhole and other lawn games. Music begins at 6pm. 434-823-1583,

Floating Lantern Festival


August 1, 5–10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Enjoy acoustic ensembles throughout the Garden before writing a wish on an origami boat and launching floating lanterns. 804-262-9887,

3rd Annual Night Sky Festival

August 10–12 at Locations throughout Shenandoah National Park Enjoy guest NPS Ranger Programs and presentations by astronomy experts before viewing the captivating night skies that Shenandoah National Park protects. 877-847-1919,

Green Valley Book Fair Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair

August 3–5 at Fredericksburg Fairgrounds Enjoy the oldest fair in the United States. Celebrate traditional fair events, contests, entertainment and food for the whole family. 540-373-1294,

August 11–September 3 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Expand your home library with the huge selection of books up to 90% off retail prices. 800-385-0099,

35th Annual Carytown Watermelon Festival

Toy Train Show Extravaganza!

August 4, 9am–3pm at East Rivanna Fire Hall Fun for the whole family with over 70 vendor tables, raffle prizes and more. Free for children 12 and under. 434-981-5924,

August 12, 10am–6pm at West Cary St., Richmond Big bands, jugglers and folk acts entertain on five outdoor stages with over 50 scheduled performances and over 100 street vendors. 804-304-6870,

2nd Annual Charlottesville Day

Fluvanna County Fair

August 4, 10am–4pm at IX Art Park Bring the family for art, food trucks, culture, vendors, live entertainment, games and more. 240-606-7169,

August 15–18 at Pleasant Grove Park, Palmyra Fair foods, competitions, 4-H livestock show, equine trials, free entertainment on the Park Stage and much more. 434-842-3150,

34th Annual Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days

Vegetable Festival Square Dance

August 4 & 5 at Chiles Peach Orchard Join the Crozet Lions Club for homemade peach ice cream. Proceeds will go towards the Crozet and Western Albemarle communities. 434-823-1583,

August 17, 7:30–10pm at Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Afton Live square dance caller and refreshments in an air-conditioned facility. 434-361-2470,

Sounds of Summer

August 18, 6–8pm at Belmont Park & Azalea Park Free community celebration with live music, fun and free food as long as supplies last. 434-970-3260,

4th Annual Riverfront Chalk Festival & Art Contest

August 25, 10am–2pm at Amazement Square Enjoy live music, food trucks and activities. Help transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art. 434-845-1888,

Shenandoah County Fair


Find various local orchards for delicious in-season fruits. See page 13.


August 2018

August 25–September 1 at 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock Enjoy tractor pulls, demo derbies, concerts, Monster Truck show, drag races, alligator show, rides and more. 540-459-3867,

Picnic on the Patio

August 26 & September 23, 12–4pm at Tavern on the Green, Zion Crossroads A carnival atmosphere featuring cornhole, volleyball, a bounce house and more. You can bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to picnic. 540-832-0779,

MARKETS & BAZAARS Featured Farmer Fridays

Now–September 8, 11am–5pm at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden 434-202-8063,

Madison Farmers Market

Now–September 29, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Madison County Volunteer Fire Company 540-948-6882,



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Albemarle Farmers Market

Now–September, Saturdays, 8:30am–1pm at Hollymead Town Center 434-531-2733,

Crozet Farmers Market

Now–October 13, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Crozet United Methodist parking lot 434-823-1092

Forest Lakes Farmers Market

Now–October, Tuesdays, 4–7pm at Forest Lakes South 434-531-2733,

Farmers in the Park

Now–October, Wednesdays, 3–7pm at Meade Park 434-970-3371,

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City Market

Now–October, Saturdays, 7am–12pm at Second and Water Street parking lots 434-970-3371,

Scottsville Community Farmers Market Now–November 3, Saturdays, 8am–12pm at Scottsville Pavilion 434-286-9267,

PICK YOUR OWN *Be sure to call ahead!

U-Pick Blackberry Season 2018

Now–August 5, 9am–5pm at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery 434-361-1266,

Pick Your Own Blackberries

Now–August, 10am–5pm Saturdays, 12–4pm Sundays at Dickie Brothers Orchard 434-277-5516,


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Now–mid-September, 9am–6pm Mondays– Saturdays, 10am–5pm Sundays (through August 25) at Carter Mountain Orchard 434-977-1833,

Henley’s Orchard

Now–mid-October, 9am–5pm Mondays– Saturdays, 1–5pm Sundays at Henley’s Orchard, Crozet 434-823-7848,

Pick Your Own at Hartland Orchard Now–November 1 at Hartland Orchard 540-364-2316,

Pick Your Own Apples

Now–Early November, 10am–5pm at Dickie Brothers Orchard 434-277-5516,

Carter Mountain Orchard Pick-Your-Own Now–November at Carter Mountain Orchard 434-977-1833,

Pick Your Own at Chiles Peach Orchard

Now–November at Chiles Peach Orchard 434-823-1583,

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Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Now–September 30, Select Sundays, 2–4pm at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. 540-943-4716,

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August, Sundays, 5–7pm at the Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Celebrate the influence of musical roots genres in a casual environment with dinner theater seating and food & beverage vendors. 540-903-3613,

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August 2, 4pm at Northside Library Curtis Blues will bring history to life by playing instruments from all over the world and exploring how that history still influences music today. 434-973-7893,

Charlottesville Opera Presents Into the Woods

August 2, 4 & 5 at The Paramount Theater Charlottesville Opera presents Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which weaves together the stories of several fairytales. Enjoy a special one-hour family performance on August 5. 434-293-4500,

Pirates of Penzance

August 2–5, 7pm at Aldersgate United Methodist Church This funny family-friendly original adaptation will feature select songs from the Gilbert and Sullivan musical. 434-973-5806, YOU CAN HELP!

Music From Around the World Rocks

August 10, 10:30–11:15am at Gordon Avenue Library Sing and dance with Jay Sand in this highenergy concert featuring music from several continents and in nearly a dozen different languages. YOU CAN 434-296-5544, HELP!

Community Sing-Out

August 12, 4pm at IX Art Park Mount Zion First African Baptist Church will distribute sheet music for an informal rehearsal at the church at 2pm before the sing-out takes place at IX at 4pm. 434-265-5594,

Tuesday Tunes With The Pollocks

August 14, 6–9pm at James Monroe’s Highland Bring the family and a picnic for a sunset concert at the home of James Monroe. Local food and beverage vendors will be on-site. 434-293-8000,

Silver Screen Saturdays

August 18, 2–3:30pm at Northside Library A free screening of Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13). 434-973-7893,

Red Yarn at C’ville Family Jams

August 19, 4–7pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Enjoy FSBC’s pools, grounds and cafe before Red Yarn (aka singer Andy Furgeson) performs at 5pm to benefit Barrett Early Learning Center. 434-296-4181,

Little Miss Ann at C’ville Family Jams

August 26, 4–7pm at Fry’s Spring Beach Club Join award-winning kids’ musician Ann Torralba for a performance benefiting the Virginia Discovery Museum. 434-296-4181,

Fridays After Five: C’Ville’s Purple Allstars – Tribute to Prince

August 31, 5:30pm at Sprint Pavilion Enjoy a tribute to cultural phenomenon, Prince. 877-272-8849,

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Dreamtime: Tales From Down Under

August 1, 10–11am at Crozet Library Experience the magic of stories from the Australian Dreamtime with the Barefoot Puppet Theatre. 434-823-4050,

Pagemasters Book Club

August 1, 5–5:45pm at Northside Library A 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks and a fun activity. Ages 10–12. 434-973-7893,

Language Fun for Special Littles

August 1 & 2, 9–9:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Pre-schoolers with special needs can sing, take turns, play with toys, practice greeting new friends and enjoy storytime with this free program. Pre-required registration. 434-977-1025,

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August 6, 2–3pm at Crozet Library Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read to Abby, a registered therapy animal. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

Summer Reading Challenge

Now–August 31 at All JMRL branches All ages are invited to pick up a challenge sheet

Come Play in the Hay!

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August 7, 2–3pm at Crozet Library Join other master builders for an hour of openended block building fun. Registration required. 434-823-4050,

Bilingual Storytime: La hora de los cuentos

August 7, 3–3:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Enjoy listening to stories, rhymes and songs in both Spanish and English. Recommended grades K–2. Registration required. 434-296-5544,

Book Bugs Book Group

August 9, 4–4:45pm at Northside Library Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Grades 3–4. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Tech Encounters for Curious Kids

August 15, 4–5pm at Central Library Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Registration is recommended. 434-979-7151,



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Zap!: Graphic Novel Discussion

August 18, 2–3pm at Central Library Caregivers and kids ages 8–9 devour a provided graphic novel together, then enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Registration required. 434-979-7151,

Book Batch: Book Discussion for 5th & 6th Graders

August 27, 3:30–4:30pm at Gordon Avenue Library Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies and snacks. Registration required. Free copies of the book provided. 434-296-5544,

ARTS & CRAFTS Family Art Drop-In

August 3, 2–3:30pm at Northside Library Decorate your door with your own fabulous foam doorknob hanger. All materials provided. 434-973-7893,

Kids Club: Kawaii Backpack Tags

August 4, 10am–12pm at Michaels Arts & Crafts Kids get to make kawaii backpack tag crafts while you shop. 434-971-1072,

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August 6, 4–5pm at Central Library Bust out your building moves and get your designs to spring up into structures. 434-979-7151,

Fairy Houses

August 7, 4–5pm & 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Use mosses, sticks, acorns and other natural


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materials to create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. A child must sign up with an adult to build a house together. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Kawaii Crafts

August 8, 10am–12pm at Central Library Crafting for ages 10 and up. Beginners and pros alike can learn a new craft each month, each with a delightfully cute DIY theme. 434-979-7151,

Let’s Go Cook

August 9, 9:30–11:30am at Monticello Young cooks and their favorite grownups will harvest fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens and then help prepare recipes. 434-984-9800,

Kids Club: Back-to-School Crafts

August 11, 10am–12pm at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Let the kids make back-to-school crafts while you shop. 434-971-1072,

Be a Slimentist

August 13, 2:30–3:15pm at Northside Library Make slime at the library. All materials provided. Ages 7–11. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Night at the Museum

August 16 at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Explore the exhibitions after hours and enjoy food, libations, live music and a Kids’ Zone with Australian-themed children’s activities. 434-244-0234,

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

August 24, 10:30–11:30am at Crozet Library Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6–35 months. Registration requested. 434-823-4050,

American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe

August 25, 10:30am–12pm at James Monroe’s Highland Bring your American Girl doll and a picnic blanket to enjoy craft activities, American Girl trivia, and tea and refreshments with Elizabeth Monroe. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. 434-293-8000,

NATURE & OUTDOORS Sunset Music Series

August 2, 16 & 30, 5–9pm at Castle Hill Cider Enjoy live music, local food trucks, bocce ball, cornhole, disk golf and other lawn games. 434-296-0047,

First Fridays Under the Stars

August 3, 8pm at Ivy Creek Natural Area Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society’s telescope or bring your own. 434-973-7772,

Sunday Sundowns

August 5, 4–7pm at Washington Park Pool Join in an afternoon of fun, with a cookout, music, games and free swimming at Washington Park Pool. 434-970-3260,

Kids on the Farm

August 7 & 14, 10:30am at Saunders Brothers Farm Market Bring your kids to the farm for a special activity each Tuesday. 434-277-5455,

Who’s Awake? A Family Night Hike

August 10, 7:30–9:30pm at Maymont Nature Center Meet some of Maymont’s nighttime residents and learn about their adaptations through experiments, games and a hike. Ages 4 & older; adult must accompany children 15 & under. 804-358-7168,

Dig It! Montpelier Archaeology Tour August 18, September 15 & October 27, 1–2pm at James Madison’s Montpelier See sites that have been located by the archaeology department and explore the excavations and analysis being conducted. 540-672-2728 x 450,



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Be BOLD 5K Trail

August 4, 9am at Bold Rock Cidery Mostly a grassy trail with short stints on gravel and pavement. Walker and fido-friendly, and all-terrain strollers are welcome. Enjoy food and live music after.

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End-of-Summer Dance Party

August 16, 4:30–5:15pm at Northside Library Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the end of summer. All ages invited. 434-973-7893,

Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Race

August 18, 7:30am–12pm at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles along the way. 434-525-1806,

Spanish Moves With Ali

August 20, 1pm at Central Library This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. 434-979-7151,

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August 25, 7am–12pm YOU CAN HELP! at ACAC Adventure Central Participate in a family friendly 5K race and pool party, which includes slip-sliding waterpark fun, entertainment and great food to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer neuroblastoma. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! 434-234-4644,

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Family Scavenger Hunt

August 25, 10am–12pm at Maymont, Richmond Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a familyfriendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels available. Ages 4 and up. Register online. 804-358-7168,


August 1, 6:30–7:30pm at Northside Library Learn how to get started podcasting with only an iPad. Ages 16+. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

End of Summer Party: Childhood Throwback

August 3, 6:30–8pm at Crozet Library Relive your childhood memories at this afterhours end-of-summer party hosted by the Teen Advisory Board. Grades 6–12. Registration required. 434-823-4050,


August 3, 7–8pm at Gordon Avenue Library Hike into the children’s room woods after hours to pitch a tent, make s’mores snacks and read away. Teens 12 and up can sign up to be Campin Counselors. 434-296-5544,

Upcycled Cosplay Competition

August 4, 2–3pm at Central Library Create and don costumes from an array of offered materials. Registration required. 434-979-7151,

Self Defense for Teens

August 11, 3–4pm at Northside Library UpLevel Martial Arts Charlottesville will teach you the basics of self-defense. Participants under 18 require a waiver signed by an adult. Ages 11–17. Registration required. 434-973-7893,


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Shibori Dye

August 13, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Learn shibori, an ancient Japanese dyeing technique from the 8th century that uses indigo dye. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 434-973-7893,

Books Around the World

August 15, 4–5:30pm at Northside Library Explore a different culture by reading books based in African folklore. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 434-973-7893,


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Date Night Drop Off

August 17, 6–7:30pm at Central Library Compete with your friends in some of your favorite childhood board games, jumbo-ified. 434-979-7151,

August 10 & 24, 5:30–8:30pm at the Virginia Discovery Museum Let the Virginia Discovery Museum watch the kids while you enjoy some much-deserved time to yourselves. Recommended for ages 3–10. Reservations required. 434-977-1025,

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After Hours: Big Games

August 20, 2:30–4pm at Crozet Library Hang out with other middle schoolers as you customize your school gear. 434-823-4050,

Game Night: Summer Edition

August 21, 6:30–8pm at Northside Library Enjoy a night of board games, Wii U, Xbox Kinect and snacks. Registration is recommended. Grades 6–12. 434-973-7893,


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Municipal Band Summer Concert

August 14, 7:30pm at Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center Guest artists include the Cville Singers and strings from the Front Porch Roots Music School. A musical instrument petting zoo for kids begins at 7pm. 434-295-9850,

Tour The Paramount Theater

August 11, 9–11am at Our Neighborhood Child Development Center A class for families who are just beginning their journey into respectful parenting that reviews the basics of attachment, brain development and the parent’s role in a respectful model. 434-202-8639,

First Day of School

August 11 & 23 at The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA Enjoy an exploration of art through a variety of meditative practices. 434-243-2050,

August 16 & 25 at The Paramount Theater A historical backstage tour where you can learn about The Paramount’s beginnings in 1931, see the backstage Wall of Fame and more. Ivy Publications is a proud sponsor! 434-979-1333,

Hope’s Legacy 10th Anniversary Party

August 18, 6:30pm at Barn at Turkey Ridge Come for a fun Denim & Diamonds-themed night that includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle, music and a photo booth. 434-989-2949,

2018 Summer ConCert

Our 96th Season!

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Music from Stage and Screen

7/29 8:00 p.m.Guest Artists: Family Tues. 6/17 8:00Tues.p.m. U.SNight Army Chorus Gary Fagan, guest conductor from Washington D.C. Tues. 8/12 8:00 p.m.

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Baby Talk

The Benefits of Baby Signing

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Babies develop at warp speed. In the early weeks, they haven’t mastered control of their hands and can accidentally scratch their faces with their tiny nails. As they begin to develop, though, infants have the capability to learn to communicate using sign language before they develop spoken language. Teaching infants how to sign has many benefits. Anecdotal evidence and some studies suggest that signing enables babies to communicate at an earlier age. This in turn can reduce the frustration they experience in their daily lives and may lead to better behavior. While research is still ongoing, other benefits and advantages to teaching sign language have been identified as boosts in brain development and communication, earlier reading habits and even increased verbal ability. The ability to communicate with one’s child is a boon not only to babies but also to their caregivers. A lot of early parenthood is frustratingly imprecise because babies can’t respond to questions like “are you hungry,” and “what’s wrong?” Signing can take away at least some of the guesswork and reduce stress by Whitney Woollerton Morrill for both parents and child. Baby signing is also a wonderful, tactile way for parents to interact and bond with their infants. A helpful resource for baby signing is the website where parents can find helpful suggestions such as those below for getting started. Have fun with your baby. Enthusiasm is catching, so be playful, joyous and lively as you teach signing and you will engage your baby’s attention. Prance around, make funny faces and be dramatic. At the least, your baby will reward you with her cackles and funny expressions as she takes you in. With time and practice, she may also learn the sign. Set the stage. What daily activities does your infant like best? These are great times to teach signing. Doing so not only caters to his intrinsic interests, but also creates an association between fun and signing. Vive le word cloud. Start with the greatest word hits, such as mom, dad, milk, more, dog and eat. When you’re For a printable sign language with baby during her favorite activities, teach relevant chart, flash cards and terms like swing, tree and flower. more, be sure to check out Protect the learning bubble. The best time for baby to learn signing is when he’s rested, fed and receptive. Free your learning time together from digital distractions, such as smart phones and televisions. Position yourself squarely in front of him so he can really see you, and listen to his cues. Certain times and days will be a better fit than others, so be flexible as you learn together. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Mayo clinic websites offer these additional guidelines for teaching babies sign language. Focus on progress, not perfection. A good age to introduce signing is between 6–8 months. Some babies may take to it right away, while others may not. Enjoy the process with baby, and celebrate progress when it comes. Remember that all learning experiences with baby come down to modeling. Focus on being present, enthusiastic, tolerant, patient and persistent. It may take scores of repetition before a breakthrough comes, but that’s okay. Show your little one that you’re in it with her, regardless of the outcome. What’s the sign for love again?


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Allergy Awareness Types & Causes, Plus How to Keep Them Safe

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Allergies are important. According to Dr. Amy Brown, a pediatrician at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, “Allergies can lead to serious reactions. Knowing what to do in an emergency could save a life.” What causes allergies? Allergies are the result of an overactive immune system. With allergies, the immune system is attacking something that doesn’t cause a disease. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, allergies are the most common chronic condition in the U.S., affecting more than 50 million people. If you have allergies, your kids are likely to as well, especially if they or someone in the family has asthma or eczema. Types of allergies. Allergies generally fall into one of three categories: food, drug or environmental. “Typical food allergies can develop within the first year of life—even as early as 4–6 months of age,” says Brown. The most common food by Katharine Paljug allergens are milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish and shellfish, though any food can trigger a reaction. Children can grow out of food allergies, but those to peanuts, fish, tree nuts and shellfish are usually life-long. Drug allergies usually appear during the first encounter with medicine. An allergy to one medicine within a drug family often indicates an allergy to related drugs. Allergies to environmental triggers, “Such as dust mites, dander and mold take longer to show,” says Brown. “Seasonal allergies to things such as pollen, grasses and weeds often take living through at least two full seasons.” Can allergies be prevented? Several studies have found that early exposure to some allergens may help prevent allergies. Early introduction should only be done on the advice of a pediatrician and after infants start solids. In the 2016 journal Pediatrics, researchers found children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails were less likely to show sensitivity to common allergens. Symptoms of allergies. Environmental triggers like pollen or dander may cause a runny nose, along with watery and itchy eyes, and signs of headache or fatigue. Medication allergies typically progress by delayed, less severe reactions, often causing rashes on the face, torso, arms and legs. Immediate To learn additional tips and reactions to medications are more dangerous. These often advice on handling allergies, cause hives and itching, or mouth and throat swelling, which visit the American Academy may lead to trouble breathing, known as anaphylaxis. Allergic of Pediatrics at reactions to food often affect the mouth, throat, stomach and gastrointestinal system. “These reactions may start with hives but can also cause vomiting, stomach cramping and diarrhea. Occasionally they can lead to life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis.” Responding to allergic reactions. “The first and most important step is to identify signs of anaphylaxis,” says Brown. Call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of: difficulty breathing; throat tightening; lip or face swelling; recurring vomiting or diarrhea; and light-headedness or fainting. If a child has an EpiPen, administer it immediately while waiting for help. For reactions like rashes, give over-the-counter medication starting at age 2. “Antihistamines and intranasal steroid sprays can be used to manage seasonal and environmental allergies,” says Brown. Remember, millions live fully with them, and so can your child.


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Post-Summer Refresh Summer can leave your body and mind feeling sun-soaked and tired. Here are some ways to refresh after spending extra time outdoors: 1. Load Up on Fresh Foods. Summer offers some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables of the year. Join a local CSA or visit the area farmers markets to load up on nourishing summer fare. 2. Fill Up Your Water Bottle. Drinking more water helps just

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“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A.A. Milne

Starting Off Organized

words by Becky Calvert

The return of the big yellow angel, aka the school bus, and the start of the new school year tends to bring about more resolutions from parents than the turn of the calendar year. It’s an opportunity to start fresh and organized for the coming days ahead. With just a little bit of planning now, it will be easier to stay on top of lunches, growing children and getting out the door in the morning with minimal fuss in the coming months. Mornings can be a struggle even for the best of us. Having a dedicated spot for coats, backpacks, shoes and keys by the door for each family member—even just a simple row of hooks—can help make the morning flow a little smoother. Taking a few minutes each evening to ensure all the gear you’ll need in the morning is laid out can alleviate those rushed, panicked searches in the morning for missing items. For the kitchen, consider a lunch packing station, such as a shelf in the pantry or a section of the cabinets that are


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kid level. This dedicated spot for lunch bags as well as the various containers, snack bags and water bottles that go in them will give you the opportunity to teach kids how to pack their own lunch every night before bed. The same goes for refrigerator space; keeping lunch items in one spot makes it easier to grab while also knowing when you are running low on snacks and supplies. In the bedroom, back-to-school season is a great time to purge kids’ clothes that no longer fit. Help them go through their drawers and closet, making a bag of anything small for donating or for storing hand-me-downs. This will also give you the chance to make a specific shopping list while helping you prepare the upcoming change in seasons. Starting the school year off with some pre-planning can not only help smooth the adjustment but also help to develop good habits your family can keep in place year after year.

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Cynthia Chiles words and photos by Beth Seliga

For over 100 years, the Chiles family has been hard at work in our foodie community, tending orchards, crafting delicious food items and serving visitors in many ways. For Cynthia Chiles of Carter Mountain Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchards, every step of the process is important. Chiles’ two great grandfathers planted the family’s first apple and peach trees back in 1912, prior to the family operating Carter Mountain in the 70s. Today, third, fourth and fifth generations of the Chiles family help care for the orchards, planting, pruning, picking and working on-site. What are your favorite recipes to make? Anything with peaches! Do you have any current projects? Currently my main project has been gardening. It’s easy to let that stuff go over the winter, so when the weather is nice and the days are long, I love to spend mornings and evenings in the yard. What was your favorite book as a child? Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White and Illustrated by Garth Williams. The novel tells the story of Wilbur, a livestock pig, and his friend Charlotte, a spider.


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What technology could you not live without? My IPad, because it connects me to everything I need and is super convenient to travel with. Whom do you admire? My mother and father, as they taught me everything I know, and I continue to learn from them every day. What traits do you find admirable in others? I admire those who have a good work ethic and their own determination. Where do you love to eat out? I love all the local restaurants around Crozet, Charlottesville and in the Valley. I order whatever’s in season! What is the best advice your parents have ever given you? My parents have always encouraged me to work hard and have fun! What is your favorite go-to snack? I usually grab whatever we have in season at the orchard at the time, such as apples, peaches, blueberries or strawberries.

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5 Tips for School Success STAY ORGANIZED




Make mornings easier by stocking baskets, one for each family member, with those items you always seem to be scrambling for in the morning rush. That way, hats, umbrellas and other accessories are all right there waiting for you when you need them.

Even in today’s electronic world, keeping a family calendar of events on paper or maybe on an app is a great way to keep everyone on the same page. Make notes of sports, homework assignments and other activities to make sure everyone stays in the loop.


Getting the recommended amount of sleep each night can help boost kids’ energy and concentration. Encourage reading before bed instead of something like TV that’s stimulating and can inhibit them from falling asleep.


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By eating a nutritious breakfast, students’ attendance and overall academic achievement drastically improves. Keep things simple with foods like smoothies, peanut butter toast and low-sugar cereals. Breakfasts including protein will keep them filled and attentive until lunchtime.

Make sure you have a permanent workspace away from distractions, and set aside ample time each night for completing assignments.

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULES ALBEMARLE COUNTY Agnor-Hurt: August 20, PK–2nd 11am–12pm, 3rd–5th 1–2:30pm Albemarle High: August 16, 6:30–8pm Baker-Butler: August 20, 3–5pm Broadus Wood: August 20, 4–6pm Brownsville: August 16, 4:30–6:30pm Burley: August 20, 5:30–7pm Cale: August 20, 4–6:30pm CATEC: August 15, 5–7pm Community Public Charter School: August 20, 4:30–6pm Crozet: August 20, 5–6:30pm Greer: August 21, 8–10am Henley: August 20, 3–5pm Hollymead: August 20, K 10:30am–12pm; 4:30–6pm Jouett: August 16, 4–6pm Meriwether Lewis: August 20, 4–6pm Monticello High: August 16, 6:30–8pm Murray Elementary: August 20, 5–6:30pm Murray High: August 20, 5:30–7pm Red Hill: August 20, 4–6pm Scottsville: August 20, 4–6pm Stone-Robinson: August 20, 4:30–6pm Stony Point: August 20, 4–5:30pm Sutherland: August 16, 3–5pm Walton: August 16, 4–6pm Western Albemarle High: August 16, 7pm Woodbrook: August 20, PK–K 4:30–5:30pm, 1st–5th 5:30–6:30pm

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{resources back-to-school} Superintendent Messages Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, and Dr. Matthew Haas, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, are both looking forward to the new 2018–2019 school year. Dr. Rosa S. Atkins

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Dr. Atkins says: “We are excited to welcome back our students! So many learning opportunities await, whether it be our nationally recognized iSTEM education or unique outdoor experiences in our City Schoolyard Gardens, or an array of partnerships with colleges and professional experts. At all nine of our city schools, we are empowering students to advance their own passions, leading to state and national recognition in art, athletics, community leadership, creative writing, debate, engineering, geography, investing, math, music, programming, robotics and theatre. Additionally, a strong sense of community is at the heart of our new division-wide framework for supporting students’ academic and behavioral needs. We are proud to be at the forefront as we establish practices that build community, encourage good behavior and deepen relationships.”

Dr. Haas says: “A phrase we often use about our responsibility is ‘unleashing the highest potential of every child in our care’. We had wonderful examples of student achievement this past year, including students who changed state legislation to improve student mental health and awareness services, the 75 awards students earned at the regional science fair, and the students who addressed educational leaders in New York about the importance of the arts. This will be another opportunity-rich year, as we build on programs to close opportunity gaps, expand internship opportunities with local businesses and provide more access for students to our academies and project-based learning choices. In addition to our highly talented staff, our strongest resources continue to include a community that supports raising the educational excellence bar higher each year.”

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for Getting to School Safely With Virginia’s Safe Routes to School program, the City of Charlottesville has been awarded funding to improve biking and walking safety for children traveling to school. For example, as part of the program, the City of Charlottesville improved three Clark Elementary school intersections. Below are some ideas every family could use.

For walkers/bikers

It’s a good idea for children to walk in groups and for a parent to supervise little ones. A walking school bus—a group of kids from the same neighborhood who pick up friends along the route to school—is a great way to assure that everyone gets there without mishap. Cyclists should ride on the right-hand side of the street in the same direction as cars, never against traffic. Try to use bike lanes or designated bike routes. Use intersections with signals and pedestrian buttons whenever possible. The most important thing for a cyclist to remember is to always wear a helmet! If you’re ever in an accident, having a correctly fitted helmet can prevent a serious head injury.

For the bus

Always make eye contact and await the bus driver’s signal when crossing in front of the bus, not in back of it. Never pick up something under or near a bus! Always tell the bus driver if you’ve dropped something. Give a wave, and thank your bus driver and other drivers before and after you have crossed. This communication between you and other drivers promotes good citizenship and acknowledgement that you are safe.

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Ordering the Home’s Command Center

I once read that a messy desk indicates a chaotic life. I would quote the likely well-organized author, but I don’t know what book I read those wise words in or where that life-changing book went. I read it in college, when staying organized meant keeping up with social appointments (and a few school assignments). Now that I’m a mother of three, wife to a man with a demanding job, writer and (ahem) home-manager extraordinaire, staying organized requires constant diligence. my

book or two, I’ve learned that we also

Is this worth keeping? Will I need it again?

attention—bills, artwork, library books






need a system for keeping the Command

Can I find it easily some place else? If it’s

and invitations—eventually land on the

Center of the home organized, or else

a magazine or packet of papers, do I need

desk in our kitchen. Even my husband

it quickly becomes a pile of chaos. For

all of it?

plops his work down on the desk at the

those of us who aren’t Martha Stewart or

2. Sort and Categorize. When everything

end of the day, hoping that I will use

Container Store aficionados, the following

is out and you’ve trashed or given away

my magic mommy powers to make it

tips—both easy and inexpensive—will

what you don’t need, group similar things

disappear. The kitchen desk has become

streamline the system for keeping your

together. My Command Center includes a

the tactical Command Center where

family moving.

drawer of office supplies that I use most

I keep my family’s plates spinning.

often: pens, stamps, scissors, sticky notes,

Although it’s slightly messy, it helps me


keep a chaotic life under control.





cell phone cords, computer cords, address book and calculator. I also have groupings




You’re hiding your “loose” organizational

of records, correspondence, artwork and bills.

As moms, we keep our fast-moving

muscles under the metaphorical baggy

3. Assign a Home. Each grouping needs

families going strong. Who else will

sweatpants. Thankfully, organizing the

a home. The most-used things need

remember to pick up toilet paper at the

Command Center of the home is much

special consideration; they will need to

store, to dress our children in the correct

easier, and less torturous, than whipping

be easily accessible. As much as possible,

hue for Color Day at school, to send in a

a not-so-tight body into shape. Simply

make your computer an assigned home

shoebox for that science project or to buy

designate a day to do a foundational

so you can reduce piles and clutter. For

a birthday present for our mothers-in-law.

cleaning using the following strategies.

example, keep your calendar, list of gifts

Whether it’s a desk, a counter top,

1. Tackle the Piles. Take everything out of

a drawer or a cabinet, we all need a

the drawers and cabinets and everything

Command Center for our homes to keep

off of the counter of your Command

4. Contain Yourself. You don’t have to

our families running efficiently. Through

Center. As you do so, throw away anything

spend a lot of money to organize your

trial and error, and a misplaced library

you no longer need or want. Ask yourself:

Command Center. Slide plastic carry-

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to buy, gift ideas, schedule for babysitters and addresses on the computer.

out containers into a drawer for pens, sticky notes and paper clips. A small basket can hold your kids’ handheld video-game players and games, stickers and markers. Other possible organizational tools include a plastic file folder from an office-supply store for paper records, a box that holds stationary and a basket for bills. ESTABLISH ORGANIZATIONAL GROUND RULES Once you’ve cleaned out, sorted and designated a home for everything, enjoy your millisecond of perfection. The next part is harder: developing a flow for how things will arrive at and leave the Command Center. In other words, how will you stay organized? The key is not only to develop a system but also to explain to each family member how they play a part in it. Establish ground rules and encourage everyone’s participation. The following suggestions will help you get started in creating the ground rules. 1. Never Leave Things in the Car. Make it a habit to bring in everything—sports equipment, backpacks, purses, trash—from the car each time you get home. This reduces the chaotic morning rush to get everyone out the door for school because no one is searching for a lunchbox or library book. 2. Deal With It Immediately. Whatever it is that comes through the door, whether in a child’s backpack or in the mail, do something with it immediately, or at least once a day. Open the mail, throw away what you don’t need, and separate bills and put them in their place. You may have several piles for bills, invitations, and homework or study guides. One or two piles aren’t the enemy of organization, but giving your attention to the piles on a daily basis will prevent them from procreating. I have one general “to-do” pile that I go through each afternoon after my kids come home from school and one pile of bills that I go through near the beginning of the month. 3. Establish a Weekly Time of Communication. Spousal communication concerning schedules, needs and activities is essential to successful Command Center organization. Determine a time each week that you’ll sit down and discuss the calendar. My husband sets an alarm on his phone each Sunday evening that reminds us to sit down with our calendars and hash out the week. This conversation sets my to-do list and helps me anticipate my family’s needs. COMMON AREAS OF CHAOS After you’ve cleaned out, developed a system and explained it to the family, you may find certain areas clogging the flow, in and out, of the Command Center. The following tips will help you with your problem areas.


{resources back-to-school} The Family Calendar. For my bustling

red ink. Use it as your everyday calendar

masterpieces are made, they replace old

family, this has been a problem area.

so that, as you look at your monthly

artwork. When I take down artwork, I

We solved it by using Google Calendar,

schedule, you are reminded of upcoming

note on the back who made it and when,

a scheduling system anyone with a

birthdays. An online calendar can be used

and I temporarily store “keepers” in a

Google account can access. By linking

for the same purposes.

Command Center cabinet. At the end of

our calendars, my husband and I can


the school year, I sort the pile by artist

see anything the other has added to the

Command Center that you add to when

and make a file for the year of special

schedule. A similar family-scheduling

prices are right or when you find the

school and artwork. These files are kept

program,, uses color-coding to

perfect gift for a loved one. In mine, I

in a plastic keepsake tub in the attic.

show each member’s activities and also

have baby-shower gifts, toys for my kids,

maintains grocery and task lists.

birthday gifts for other kids’ birthday






Bills. If possible, go paperless. Most and




Shopping. Use a magnetic notepad

parties, and a few gifts I selected for

payment options and will do the work

for a shopping list that covers the main

specific people. Your gift closet should

for you. If you choose to receive paper

stores you frequent. Place it on the

also include a stocked card box, gift bags,

bills, designate an important place for

refrigerator where every family member

wrapping paper, ribbon and tissue paper.

them in your Command Center, such as a

can see (and reach) it. Before you run





graduated sorter or basket. Pay all of your

errands, tear off the list and put it in your

should leave backpacks for an established

bills on one day, stamp them and then

purse, along with a small accordion file

homework period and be immediately

note the date they’re due on the outside

that holds your clipped coupons. Even

returned upon completion. Backpacks

of the envelope. Keep them in full view

better: Plan the week’s menu and have

should then go back to their resting spot.

so that as one is coming due, it can be

the coupons you’ll need set aside for your

Ongoing homework projects remain in a


shopping trip.

“to-do” pile until they are finished.

Records. Purchase an accordion file

Birthdays. At the beginning of the

Designate a place where children can

at an office-supply store for records

year, purchase a new calendar. Using

display artwork. We use the refrigerator,

such as vaccination records, insurance

your previous calendar, copy important

the windows near our kitchen table

information and pay stubs. Keep the file

birthdays into the new one using bright

and the walls in the playroom. As new

in the Command Center. Birth certificates,

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social security cards, titles, licenses and other vital records should be in a locked fire safe, tucked away in the house. Seasonal




plastic tubs in colors representative of specific holidays for storing seasonal


decorations. I have one for all holidays that aren’t Christmas and several for Christmas, including a few smaller tubs just for ornaments. The Christmas tubs stay in the attic, but the non-Christmas tubs and seasonal wreaths stay within reach in a hall closet, close to the Command Center. Anytime a seasonal tub is out, I spend a few moments sorting out items I no longer use. Backpacks, Coats, Shoes. Establish a specific place for kids to load and unload when coming and going. A mudroom is ideal, but if you don’t have one, use a coat rack and plastic tub near the garage door. As soon as backpacks are brought in from the car, empty them of anything needing attention and return them to their place on the coat rack. Belongings that are similar, such as

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second child. For socks and underwear, purchase a different brand for each child so laundry is quick and easy. An organized Command Center is good, but a system that enables its maintenance is even better, because it allows for ongoing success and extinguishes low-grade mess stress. An ordered Command Center may not be perfect or pile-free, but it promises to keep the chaos of a fast-moving family to a minimum.

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I can now see that the creativity those opportunities inspired has carried over into so many other areas of my life. I’ve come to learn that creativity and ingenuity are essential to my studies and future career, no matter whether I am dealing with science, math or even social situations. While I was growing up, I felt satisfied and fulfilled by being able to express my individuality through art, and as a result, I feel more in-tune with my emotions and creative side. As an adult, I can now understand that my acquisition of innovative thinking and problem solving skills began with opportunities to explore my imagination. For me, my ability to imagine is a product of both an organization of thoughts and a spontaneity that I believe comes naturally and easily for young kids. For parents, it is important to take the time out of busy schedules to give kids these opportunities to foster and express their own imagination through all types of creative means. Whether it be painting, drawing, woodworking, crafting or playing a musical instrument, arts and crafts are an easy and engaging way to inspire the power of imagination in your child. So, if you don’t feel like making and cleaning up a mess in your home or if you want to curb your little one’s craving for coloring on the walls again, try one of the many options in the area that will let your child discover their inner Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol. From creating your own glass artwork and rocking out on stage to painting your next masterpiece, there are so many family-friendly ways to get crafty. Let these local arts and craft hubs unleash your

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Expert Advice from Locals on Understanding & Overcoming Common Fears by Sarah Lyons

As a child, I assumed my parents weren’t afraid of anything. I would call them for help when I felt scared or nervous, and they were always there to check under the bed for monsters and assure me that all was safe. One day, I found a wasp flying around in my room, and so I called my dad to help. When he saw what the problem was, he ran back out of the room in terror. In that moment, I realized that adults have fears, too. Yes, my dad is terrified of wasps.

Anxiety and fears are part of normal childhood

medical procedure coming up, I tell them what is

development and vary by age. “Both [anxiety and

going to happen. I never say it won’t hurt if it really

fear], which are normal and necessary for our

will,” says Fia Swartwood, mom of two. “My honesty

survival, result when we experience a perceived

has helped my kids through lots of situations.” In

threat to our safety and competency,” says Hellen

the short term, half-truths or sugarcoating might

Lewis Streicher, PhD, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist

help your child prior to a scary situation, but in

with MindWorks Pediatric Neuropsychology in

reality, the trust that is built through honesty helps

Charlottesville. It is normal for kids to have bad

kids in the long term.

dreams, be frightened of the dark or find certain

Set An Example

movie scenes scary. However, kids can develop fears

Our kids learn how to react to situations from

that interrupt their everyday life, such as a fear of

our behavior, so it is important to teach by example,

speaking in front of others, fear of being dropped

such as by modeling healthy ways, when handling

off at school or fear of trying new things. Here are

stressful decisions. “Remain calm when you know

some tips to help kids face their fears.

your child is scared. Your own emotional reactions

Give Permission

and modeling of anxious behaviors can escalate

Parents can let kids know that it is perfectly

your child’s fear and anxiety,” says Streicher. Do

normal and acceptable to be scared. When you give

your best to stay calm and help your child through

a child permission to feel afraid, they can begin to

situations that frighten them.

acknowledge what is frightening them and face it

Problem Solve

head on. When the threat is diminished, anxiety is

Try to pinpoint exactly what your child is afraid

typically reduced. Parents can give their kids tips

of and discuss ways that it can be handled. For

on how to deal with different situations and work

example, Jane Hammond’s 9-year-old daughter was

through the situation together. Lauren Heller, a

afraid of falling during an ice skating competition, so

mother of twins, says, “For my preschoolers, we

they discussed what would be the result of her fall—

spend time talking about the event starting a few

just getting back up, no big deal. “She did fall once

days before. I try to help them know what to expect

in a competition, then got back up and finished. She

and allow them to ask questions.”

was glad for the experience,” says Hammond, mom

Be Honest

of three. Other problems have easy solutions that

If there is a scary situation coming up, it is best

kids can’t always think of on their own. For instance,

to be as honest as possible with your child so they

if your child is afraid of the dark, using a night-light

know what to expect. “I try my best to prepare my

may help solve the problem. According to many

kids in advance for scary situations. If there is a

pediatric professionals, providing your child with


{resources parenting} reasonable comfort and reassurance of safety, as well by conveying confidence that






feared situation is extremely helpful.

Symptoms of Anxiety in Children




and providing opportunities as often as possible for your child to ‘approach’ rather than ‘avoid’ the feared situation.

Teach Coping Skills

Each time your child is afraid, give a wide variety of options they can use to overcome their fears. A child may be able to calm down by singing a song,

While some nervousness is normal in children, kids may suffer from extreme anxiety that negatively affects their dayto-day life. If your child is experiencing the following symptoms, it may be time to seek additional help. • Children with extreme anxiety may “act out” with tantrums, refusal to do typical activities and/or generally disobedient behaviors. • They may display excessive and extreme worry about normal, everyday activities that cause them to miss out on events at school or time with friends.

• They may be restless, have difficulty concentrating, have trouble sleeping and experience irritability. • They may also experience physical difficulties such as muscle tension, frequent urination, stomachaches, difficulty swallowing and headaches. If you believe your child may have an anxiety disorder, seek professional help for an official diagnosis and support. In the meantime, continue to be supportive and patient with your child, and let them know you will help them work through these challenges.

hugging a stuffed animal, telling a joke or declaring that monsters aren’t real. By helping your child approach the feared situation in a progressive manner, you will in turn be helping them take small, manageable steps. Thus, giving your child the tools they need to face their fears while also reassuring them you are always there to help will encourage them to handle their fear on their own while knowing that you have their back if it doesn’t work out. Stephanie Loux, mom of three, says, “I also keep the wins in

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my back pocket to remind them of past

we let them know Mommy and Daddy

successes. It encourages them to try

are bigger and tougher than anything

new things because they remember

scary. And we will always protect them,”

how well it worked out in the past.”

says Amy Cameron, mother of three. “We

This technique works great for scary

have defeated monsters in the dark by

situations such as trying a roller coaster,

reassuring them that as parents we make

speaking in front of a crowd or trying a

the rules, and there are no monsters

new extracurricular activity. Over time,

allowed in our house.” It is normal to have

your child’s fear will naturally diminish,

fears, and it is appropriate to explain

especially with repeated practice and

this to your child. As scary situations

exposure to the feared situation in baby

arise, encourage your children to share


their feelings with you so that you can

Reward For Bravery

deal with them together. “If you think

Books to Help Kids Face Their Fears Scaredies Away! A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Worry and Anxiety (Made Simple) by Stacy Fiorile Chicken Lily by Lori Mortensen Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

As you see your child overcome fears,

your child’s fears are becoming choric,

or at least make efforts to face the things

disruptive or excessively distressing, talk

There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

that scare him or her, reward them for

to your child’s pediatrician or contact

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg

their bravery. Giving positive feedback

a licensed therapist with specialized

and acknowledging their efforts will

training in working with children with

encourage your child to keep trying to

anxiety,” says Streicher.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

confront the things that cause them fear and anxiety. A parent’s praise can

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams

really build a child’s confidence to where they are prepared to face a variety of challenges. As you work on these steps with your child, continue to be patient and supportive. “When our kids are scared,

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

Sarah is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to six children who enjoys encouraging other parents with her writing.

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Art, Sports, Music & More When all five of my siblings and I hit approximately age 9, my parents encouraged us to take up a musical instrument. We had since participated in numerous sports, however, they said they wanted us to develop an appreciation for the arts just as they had. Looking back, I wonder if this was their subtle way of exposing us to activities that were less competitive.

by Sarah Pastorek


August 2018

Our family’s participation in musical

mini band. Instead, we joined the band

instruments began with our parents

at our grade school that offered musical

back in the day. In grade school, my

lessons as a class. The reward was to

mom took to the clarinet while my

be part of the school band and play at

dad played the drums for almost nine

Christmas and spring concerts for all of

years. I didn’t find out until a few years

our parents and classmates. For some

ago that my dad also played in a few

of us, it was an exciting new adventure,

bands and attended the Pennsylvania

while for others (I won’t name names),

Academy of Music. When it was our turn

it was a nuisance that only gave our

to try, my older sister chose the piano—

parents another thing to nag us about

something I still wish I had the time to

practicing. To say our house was noisy

learn—while my older brother chose the

in those days is an understatement. I’m

drums. It was only expected that as the

not sure how my parents let it continue

third child of six, I, too, would join this

as long as it did. Perhaps they really

“musical” group. I followed in my mom’s

did see the improvement all of us were

steps and chose the clarinet, only to be

making. Or better yet, maybe they had

followed later by my baby sister. Both of

foresight in knowing that even if we

my younger brothers took after my dad

“failed” at something, we would walk

and played the drums, but only after one

away with valuable life lessons, such as

tried and lost interest in the trumpet.

finishing something we started, learning

If we all would have kept with it,

how to be a part of a team, handling

perhaps we could have started our own

stress while not meeting the standards

How After-School Activities Shaped Me Into A Better Person of what it is to be “successful” and even discovering what it is that we love to do. Learning to play an instrument wasn’t all we were encouraged to do, though. In addition to driving each other mad with our instruments, we all participated in a variety of sports. From basketball, baseball, track and football to soccer, volleyball and dance, we were the definition of an active family. It was in these lessons and at these practices that I learned a lot about myself. I learned the importance of hard work and dedication to playing an instrument while I also began to appreciate the “old” music our parents would make us listen to in the car. For me, I think one of my greatest lessons was learning how to be patient with developing a skill. I would get extremely frustrated when I didn’t see quick results that were also consistent; but when I did see improvements, it left me with an even greater satisfaction. cont’d on pg 57


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Virginia Discovery Museum 977-1025 See ad page 47

Watercolor with Lee Alter 760-9658 See ad page 44

Albemarle Artful Kids, 806-6734 Crozet Arts, 964-6770 The Glass Palette, 977-9009 Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Painting Place, 295-7801 Light House Studio, 293-6992 McGuffey Art Center, 295-7973 Very Special Arts, 970-3264 Woodworking with Children, 979-1220


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Scottsville Youth Basketball, 286-3612 Virginia Basketball Academy, 242-7729


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DANCE & MOVEMENT The Little Gym 975-5437 See ad page 47

Piedmont Family YMCA 974-9622 See ad page 55 Wilson School of Dance 973-5678 See ad page 55

Albemarle Ballet Theatre, 823-8888 Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville, 531-5441 Balletschool, 975-3533 Barre Tots, 973-2030 Bend Yoga, 296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School, 409-9631 Charlottesville Ballet Academy, 973-2555 Charlottesville Performing Arts School, 293-2727 Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class, Flydog Yoga, 964-1964 FootNotes Studio, 242-0605 Jazzercise, 974-6221


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MARTIAL ARTS The Little Gym 975-5437 See ad page 47

7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido, 296-9933 AIM Self-Defense, 979-0282 Aldridge Karate Institute, 985-2049 Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center, 877-880-2479 Ch’ville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 825-6202 Ch’ville Judo Academy, 975-4482 International Black Belt Center, 973-8885 L M Karate Academy, 589-5282 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, 973-0318 MMA Institute, 975-6624 Mountain Kim Martial Arts, 245-0202 Ssal Shin Jo Judo, 531-2951 Superior Martial Arts, 973-3000 UpLevel Martial Arts, 973-0855


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I remember my first lesson every time

and not-so-good at. But, with trying

When I look back, I don’t remember

I pull my clarinet out of the closet. There

things outside of our comfort zone or our

even one instance when my parents said

I was with knots in my stomach as I sat

area of interest, we learn what it is we are

we couldn’t try something. Sure, there

in a small room with other schoolmates

interested in pursuing. For me, basketball

were times when an activity was at the

who were much further along in playing

was that interest. I played year-round and

same time as another one, but never once

the woodwind. I squeaked so much

participated on as many teams as I could.

did they discourage us from spreading

that my teeth hurt from the reed, and

Without my parent’s strong character

our wings. All six of us will attest to

I left the lesson feeling defeated and

and insight into the importance of

the fact that our extracurriculars had

embarrassed. I was sure that I would pick



us living out of our van in those days.

up the instrument as quickly as I picked

be as hard working, determined, self-

We had containers of snacks, a portable

up one of my many other activities. It

sufficient and motivated as I am today.

kids potty in the back with toilet paper,

wasn’t until about the third or fourth

I truly believe that there is something

plenty of water, disinfectant wipes, our

lesson that I started to understand the

we can learn from every experience in

backpacks for doing homework-on-the-

importance of practicing on my own time.

life, and for every person and child, it

go and who even knows what else.

From that point on, my determination to

is something different. What we need

But, what we took away from all

successfully play the clarinet carried me

to remember is that these experiences

of those activities is what we were

through. I learned that I could succeed at

are what allow us to grow and expand,

taught and encouraged to look for. I

something on my own and that success

to reach for the stars and learn how to

wouldn’t have changed one thing about

isn’t measured when comparing yourself

handle losing or being “average.” Rather

our childhood, not when we were all

to others. For me, success at that age was

than focusing on success versus failure,

together—trying new things, making new

playing a song the entire way through

my parents always asked us what we

friends, figuring out our strengths and

without missing a note. It was a small

learned from something. No matter

weaknesses, and overcoming failures.

success, but one that has led me to many

whether it was after basketball practice,

more moments of self-motivation and

a Christmas concert or after completing


a school project, I was always encouraged

We all can attest to trying things in our childhood that we were both good



to see the bigger picture and to leave knowing I did my best.

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How Area Schools Are Incorporating Environmental Learning

Despite the many online opportunities computers





experience, many schools recognize that too much screen time can have a negative effect. More and more schools are trying to find ways to close the student laptops,

In a world filled with technology, the need for children to be exposed to the outdoors has never been greater. Students today are finding more and more ways to spend their time inside. Texting, Minecraft, Fortnite, Snapchat … parents today raise their children in a digital landscape unfamiliar to our own childhood experience. That online world is something schools have embraced, and technology continues to expand and enrich educational opportunities afforded to students and their parents. Students now access homework assignments through Blackboard and take their tests on the computer, while parents get instant access to grades using the school’s online software. Need to ask a teacher a question? All one has to do is fire off a quick e-mail about what websites the class used that day to complete the lesson. Our kids live in a digital age, and we as the adults do our best to keep up.

pack up the book bags and head outside to play in the dirt. It may be old-fashioned, but that need to get one’s hands dirty is a sure-fire way to engage students. Growing up in the West End of Richmond, I was afforded only a fraction of the outdoor world available to students here in Charlottesville. As a proud child of the 1980s, my afterschool life revolved around packing in as much fun as I could before the streetlights turned on. Instead of subdivisions, I was raised in a world of backyards and alleyways. Kick the Can, Capture the Flag and Flashlight Tag were my initiation to teamwork, ingenuity and fairness. By the time I hit sixth grade, I started to hear a new conversation during recess. Instead of plans for where we


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would hide our team’s flag, I began to overhear whispers of how to find secret levels and earn infinite lives. My world was rocked when a classmate brought in a Nintendo Power magazine to show a friend. That December, I asked Santa for my very own Nintendo. He delivered. My world of outdoor games would never be the same. For many of us, we remember a world before cell phones and electronics. Our kids are being raised in a very different time. While technology has become the standard, many schools recognize that moderation is a crucial component when it comes to the online world. Now, schools face the question of how to flip the script and show students that a great big world is waiting to be discovered. For some schools, this is an easy process. Several schools tie the classroom curriculum to the outdoors. Others tap into student interests after school and allow those to be the cornerstones for student clubs or organizations. At least one local high school has based an entire academy in environmental studies. As more and more local area schools push for outdoor education, it is important to know there are many benefits to being outside during school. Research has shown outdoor education comes with many advantages, including better grades and behavior, and selfreliance. Perhaps one of the most important gains is that research has shown that student stress levels decrease while engaged in outdoors activities. Environmental education can improve academic achievement, improve student health, nurture leadership qualities with students, and improve focus and cognition. Any of us with elementary and middle schoolaged children know they don’t sit still for long. Tapping into their interests and allowing them to experience the day outdoors taps in to their need to question, investigate and explore. Looking at how various schools around the Charlottesville area address outdoor education, one can find many opportunities for all grade levels. Ecology, environmental studies and outdoor experiences are part of the foundations for the Charlottesville Waldorf

School. Vivian

Jones-Schmidt, currently



grade teacher, has experienced many outdoor opportunities available for students from Pre-K through eighth grade. “The Charlottesville Waldorf School’s program begins with the 2-year-old program. Preschoolers (ages 2–5) who participate in the full-day program often spend over two hours outside each day. Young children experience and learn about nature by being in nature, working with soil, sand and water, surrounded by shrubs and flowers, in all kinds of weather. This focus on the natural world continues into the grade school, in which children spend at least an hour outside daily,” says Jones-Schmidt. “The curriculum for each grade approaches nature with a different focus. The younger children learn about animals, trees and weather cycles through their own discoveries and observations, as well as through stories.” Jones-Schmidt shared that the outdoor experience doesn’t stop with the younger students. Third-grade students run the Charlottesville Waldorf School’s garden and enrich their curriculum through field trips to local area farms. Throughout fourth and fifth grade, students learn about the expansion from Europe to America and the geography


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of the New World. Fifth grade students study the plant life of the early Americas by exploring nearby botanical regions like the Ivy Creek Natural Area and the forest at James Madison’s Montpelier. All of this then sets the stage for middle school, where the ecology and environmental programs continue. Elementary-aged




Mountaintop Montessori School also get a unique outdoor experience. Dr. Patricia Colby, the Head of School at Mountaintop Montessori,




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our natural world than seeing pictures in books,” says Colby. The lessons learned while in elementary grades are then used to further the students’ understanding as they reach middle school. A permaculturebased greenhouse program and a cooking class wherein students learn to not only use what they grow but also how to divert organic material from the landfill are all part of the middle school program. From big to small, many of the elementary and middle schools in and around Charlottesville use gardens as a supplement to the science curriculum. At the Peabody School, students use “Forest Fridays” to conduct research in the woods on campus. At the start of this past school year, Peabody students were able to take advantage of an outdoor classroom given


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to the school by the eighth grade class

These elementary and middle school experiences


whole foundation of this academy is to

multiple disciplines, including art, science

foundations for skills needed in high

offer students interested in environmental

and Language Arts. Last year, the fifth grade

school. High school science classes such

studies a format to explore both indoors

class hosted an Earth Day celebration

as earth science, biology, chemistry and

and out. “Just in a few weeks alone,

in April with an all-day, student-run fair

physics all rely on those early experiences

students have built a brooder box and

featuring guest speakers, earth science

to ignite student interests. For those high

chicken coop to hatch and raise chickens,”

stations and passports for students to use

school students who have found their

says Adam Mulcahy, director of the

as they learned more about the science

calling with the sciences, more unique

academy, who has been teaching science

curriculum. The students also manage

experiences are offered where they can

for over a decade. “They have released

and maintain several raised garden beds

tap into those passions.

our class-raised trout in the river, built

and a pollinator garden.




at Western Albemarle High School. The

of 2016. The classroom is now used by

Several classes at Charlottesville High

a deer enclosure in the woods and filled

Sometimes, getting students outdoors

School (CHS) are great examples of what

it with trees we grew in the greenhouse,

happens outside of the school day. Over

students can accomplish while focusing

planted 40 flower beds designed and built

at Walton Middle School, teacher Tommy

on environmental education. The Urban

by the students, and installed two rain

McElroy runs a Mountain Bike Club for

Farming teacher, Peter Davis, had projects

gardens to filter all rainwater from the

students using the woods around the

throughout the year that focused on

ESA building and greenhouse.” Students

school. At Sutherland Middle School,

the outdoors, including constructing a

who apply and are accepted into the

we’ve run a before-school fishing club.

chicken coop and a caterpillar greenhouse.

program have a modified schedule that

During the school day, county middle

Towards the end of May, Buford Middle

allows for specialized curriculums that

schools offer an ICA Day, where students

School and CHS students worked together

focus on interactive projects and lab-

get a longer period of time to work with

with the City Schoolyard Garden to

based learning experiences. The goal

clubs or outdoor activities, including

produce more than 8,000 seedlings for the

is to get students passionate about the

hiking, fishing, biking and a variety of

annual seedling giveaway project.

environment now so they might choose to

sports. In short, there is plenty of outdoor

Since 2014, Albemarle County high

time to break out of the normal day-to-

school students have been able to apply

pursue a related career in the future. Sometimes, all it takes is a passionate

day activities of school.

to the Environmental Studies Academy

teacher or a unique experience to open


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10 Minutes of Quality Time

A Dad’s Humorous Tales

by Rick Epstein

Soon, thousands of amber school buses will be deployed across the countryside, rounding up children for their daily rendezvous with education. When I get caught behind one, I have nothing to do but enjoy fond memories. About a month into her freshman year of high school, my middle daughter Sally said, “Dad, can you give me a ride to school tomorrow?” “How come?” I asked. “Do you have to bring in something big?” “No, I just hate riding the school bus. The ride is bouncy, the kids run up and down the aisle yelling, and the Milford boys are always causing a scene.” Milford is one of the towns that send its kids to Good Times Regional High School. “Do you tell the bus driver!?” “Dad,” she said, “don’t be ridiculous. Just take me to school.” Two factors were at work here. First, Sally is not a morning person. The Milford boys could be engaged in silent prayer the whole way and she would still be annoyed by them. Second, Sally does not like situations that offend her dignity. Making her ride a rowdy school bus is like putting a baby bonnet on an old cat. So I started driving her to school. It was on my way to work, but the timing was off. It caused me to arrive in the office a half-hour early. But by working more slowly I was able to absorb the extra 30 minutes. On a bus, in a car, even in a box with a fox, if it’s morning, Sally will be crabby. So en route to school, I learned not to criticize her, ask complicated questions or complain about her sisters. Sally could handle light gossip and some joking, along with music on the car stereo. It was OK to point out interesting people, vehicles or animals. One morning, we saw an escaped ostrich

When she got her permit, I’d let her drive the car, and instead of enjoying low-key fellowship, we’d share a dangerous adventure.


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traipsing across a farm field and called the cops. We still talk about it. Well, I do anyway. It was a pleasant time for us. When we’d see a school bus, I’d tell Sally, “What a sad sight—a bus-load of children whose parents don’t love them as much as I love you.” That made her smile (the first few times). When she got her permit, I’d let her drive the car, and instead of enjoying low-key fellowship, we’d share a dangerous adventure. As kids get older, it gets harder to spend time with them. So you watch for opportunities and make the most of them. With Sally away at college and our oldest off seeking her fortune, there’s just Wendy at home. She was a freshman last year, and I drove her to school a few times. But, Wendy much prefers the company of teenagers, and if those teenagers are performing silly stunts, all the better. I just couldn’t compete with the human torches of Milford. I look for other ways to connect with her, but am without much success so far. I really miss my 10 minutes a day with Sally. But at the beginning and end of each school year, I get to drive the 400 miles up to her college to transport Sally and all her stuff. We share the driving, but she still makes me nervous. I make sure she takes her turn just after we’ve stopped for coffee, so she’ll need to stop again soon and I can reclaim the wheel. We have friendly discussions as we ride along. She’ll ask how I’m doing and then tell me how to do better, especially with regard to managing my personnel at work and managing young Wendy at home. Sally is almost as smart as she thinks she is, and her confidence is wonderful. Her bossy advice is music to me, and I never let the lyrics bother me. Sometimes we hold hands. As I learned to do when she was in high school, I savor our time together. (And we never hit the road before noon.)

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