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Fork Union Military Academy’s Summer School provides a non-military program of academic study, athletic activities, and planned enrichment trips. The session is designed to help boys in grades 7-12 earn academic credit for new course work, correct deficiencies through repeat work, and improve study habits. In addition to our core academic courses, our Summer Session offers interesting elective courses. Take one of these courses with one other elective course, or a repeat academic course.


This program is designed to equip young men with the skills for successful leadership. This is accomplished through both academic and hands-on settings. We focus on developing the character within so that students are not just practicing leadership skills, but provided actual opportunities to lead.

Study Skills Study Skills is a course designed to educate young men in study fundamentals and test taking strategies. Students enrolled in the study skills course will improve their critical thinking, active listening, organizational habits and time management. In addition, they also will be instructed in the effective use of technology.


The SAT/ACT Prep course is designed to develop math and verbal test taking skills for the SATs and ACTs.

Interactive Virginia History Interactive Virginia History provides an introduction to the historical events that helped shape our country. Content covers early settlement in Colonial Virginia, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the impact of the World Wars and current events. Many lessons will take place in the actual location of the historical events. Field trips will include Appomattox, Monticello and other historic Virginia locations.

Personal Finance The Personal Finance course has been designed to help student become financially responsible. Students will be given information on; money management, budgeting, and financial goal attainment. Students will also analyze “real world” scenarios using principles of accounting and economics.

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50 YEARS LATER, STILL GOING FOR GOLD WOODBERRY FOREST SUMMER CAMPS 2017 Since 1967, Woodberry Forest’s summer camps have been getting boys outside to play their favorite sports or try new ones. To learn more, visit; call 540-672-6044; or email FATHER–SON WEEKEND June 9–11 • Ages 5–10 SPORTS CAMP June 18–July 7 • Ages 10–13 BASKETBALL CAMP July 16–19 • Ages 9–16 LACROSSE CAMP July 20–23 • Ages 12–16

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Just Between Us… Dear Friends, It was wonderful to see you all at the annual Fun Fair & Camp Expo. We had

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march 2017 Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton


a record-breaking day with unseasonably warm temperatures, over 90 exhibitors

SENIOR EDITOR Sarah Pastorek

and our greatest attendance ever. I love getting to chat with everyone and so enjoy

ONLINE EDITOR Madison Stanley

hearing about your connections to stories we’ve written. Every year, Expo defines


community at its best! Out of the many memorable moments, I think my favorite was a sweet family


Barbara A. Tompkins, Danielle Burr


who stopped to chat and invited me to dinner at the local Turkish Cultural Center.

I am eager to visit and learn more; I envision a fascinating story blossoming for


CF. Dear husband and I were fortunate to backpack in Turkey nearly 20 years ago.

It was a magical trip, memorable for the kindness of everyone we met and the amazing architecture and landscapes. We even brought home a small antique rug

Susan Powell Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz, Gayle Tate, Andrea Wood


Matt Hass, Amanda Christensen,

Kelly Casey, Rick Epstein, Gina Roberts-

that hot summer, certain that the rug grew heavier by the hour. Dear husband,

Grey, Cabell Guy, Jody Hobbs-Hesler,

who is generally the most mild-mannered of men, has declared that it may never

Julie Bloss Kelsey, David Lerman,

be placed anywhere less prominent than the center of our living room.

Whitney Woollerton Morrill, Beth Seliga,

Desiree Simons, Danielle Sullivan,

Bob Taibbi

to commemorate the journey. It is small but mighty, as the saying goes! We hiked

We have other richly-storied treasures like this; a hefty marble chess set traveled in his worn backpack from Mexico and more recently, an English chimney pot discovered on our way back from the Great Smoky National Park. It

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER Denise Simmerman SECRETARY Christine DeLellis-Wheatley

is charming, and in addition to being fragile, it is also rough-edged and measures

INTERNS Lindsey Chiles, Amanda Christensen

nearly 4’ tall! Added to tents, booster seats, dirty laundry, bikes and six Bryertons,


we sure gave our minivan a workout! As we discuss Spring Break ideas, the kids are sure to remind me of the chimney pot, the time I put diesel in the van, “The Boiled Peanuts Incident,” and other misadventures we’ve had on the road. But, I think these are some of the best stories; they are loud, animated, hotly-debated and laughter-filled tales of exploration that grow with each lore at its finest. Happy March!

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Contents TABLE OF



New Mom 24 Grooming Part I

News 6

The Buzz Around Town 8  Should parents participate in their child’s school PTO?

Snapshot 10

Our Schools 12


Mindful Parenting 26 Fits & Tantrums

A Child’s Best Friend 38 What Children Can Learn from

Dear Bob 28 Your Parenting Questions Answered

Healthy Family 30 Ugh, It’s Pinkeye

March Activities & Events for the Family

Removing a Barrier to Prosperity

Daytrip Fun! 20

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

Editor’s Pick! This issue is filled with great parenting advice on many topics— fits & tantrums (pg 26), animal companions (pg 38), dining out together (pg 44) and more.

Animal Companions

Dining Without Whining 44 Enjoy Taking the Family Out to Dinner

K is for Kindness 48

Out & About Calendar 14

King Family, Sons, Fathers and Businessmen


Raising Kids Who Care

Bilingual Learning 54

Cale Elementary’s Dual Language Program

Campfires, Horses & Bamboo Huts 64

One Family’s Summer Camp Memories


Local Pet Guide 40

Tips & Trends 32 Fabulous Finds and Fun

18th Annual Camp Guide 66

Home & Garden 34 Solarizing Your Home

Caring for Your Precious Pets

Resources for Residential Camps, Day Camps & Summer Programs

UNTIL NEXT TIME Bunks, Boats & Bears 78  A Dad’s Humorous Tales

32 So Love This! “I love the Tips & Trends in this issue. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from the never ending to-do list and treat yourself to something as simple as a DIY facial.” — Madison, online & social media editor



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Ivy Publications proudly sponsors: Quadruplicity Omni Hotel March 2

Virginia Festival of the Book Various Venues March 22-26

Clifford, We Love You The Paramount Theater March 25

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat The Paramount Theater February 26

Opera On the James

CHS Science Club Excels For the fifth straight year, the CHS Science Club, also known as BACON, or Best All-Around Club of Nerds, qualified for the finals of the NASA and MIT-sponsored Zero Robotics competition. The club was challenged to write code to successfully navigate a satellite through a space scenario near Mars on the International Space Station. The team watched the competition take place at a world-viewing site on competition day. That same weekend, BACON students organized the Virginia Science Olympiad Regional Tournament. CHS hosted 32 middle and high school science clubs from across Virginia to compete in 43-science related events involving forensics, food science, engineering, hovercrafting and more.


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Opera On the James celebrates its twelfth season of bringing the power and beauty of live opera performance to Central Virginia. The Opera America Level Four Professional Company based out of Lynchburg provides programs for all ages interested in performing the magnificent vocal genre. The Tyler Young Artist Program, Studio Artist Program and Biennial Voice Contest are comprised of young singers who share their talents with various audiences throughout the community. Explore the world of opera performance with the Opera Up Close events and performances.

Joint Preschool Applications Local preschool programs, Bright Stars, Charlottesville City Schools and Head Start, have joined forces to collaborate on a joint application process. Once a complicated task of filling out multiple forms, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Preschool Network hopes to make applying to more than one program simpler by creating a single application. The preschool programs, offered Monday–Friday and free of charge, strive to engage children facing language barriers and economic struggles in quality pre-Kindergarten education.

County Schools Recognized The Albemarle County Public Schools was ranked among the top five school divisions in the state of Virginia and the top five percent of all school divisions in the nation by Niche, a national education assessment organization. Assessment decisions are based on a number of factors. Niche takes careful consideration into academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education in combination with test scores, college data and rating from Niche users. Albemarle County Public Schools earned an “A+� in preparedness for college as well as an A in the areas of academics, teachers, health and safety, and athletics.

New Birth Center The efforts of the Community Birth Center Project to bring quality midwifery care to the Charlottesville community are celebrated with the opening of the Winding River Birth Center. With the help of local investors and support from the community, the center offers soon-to-be moms midwife and student-led midwife care, all taking place in the center with no in-home births. The opening of the Center was driven by the vision that mothers from all walks of life can receive strong, trustworthy, patient-centered physician care during childbirth.


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Should parents participate in their child’s school PTO? TOWN 96% say “yes” 4% say “no”

“Yes, if they have time. Not every parent has the time, and they shouldn’t be made to feel guilty if they can’t be an active participant.” Kindergarten Mama

“My busy work schedule keeps me from helping during most school events, and the relationship I have with my child’s teachers and school staff still remains positive.” Mom of an elementary-age son “I don’t believe a parent’s presence in the PTO is vital, so long as a parent shows their child the importance of receiving an education and motivates them to get excited about learning.” Dad of 2 girls

“I understand regular participation isn’t easy; I personally work a shift the does not allow for my participation. So should they, yes, if possible. When it’s not, simply being present in the school or on trips is helpful. Kids should see mom and/or dad in the school whenever possible.” Mom of an Albemarle County Public School student

“Absolutely! As they say, it takes a village... Education is a group effort between parents, teachers and administration. Involvement creates a community and only improves both the academic and social environments of the children.” Marisa G., Mother of 3

“Working with the PTO at your child’s school isn’t always easy, especially for two working parents. Instead, we make sure we attend as many school-supported functions as possible, so that our daughters see us being involved with their education.” Jan, Charlottesville Mother of twins

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SPORTS ZONE WAHS Plays for Preemies On January 6, the Western Albemarle High School girls’ basketball team hosted its first annual “Play for Preemies” showcase. This event holds a special place in the hearts of Head Coach Kris Wright and his wife, Heather. Five years ago, the couple welcomed premature twins, Nora and Colin, at just 29 weeks, but sadly Nora passed away three weeks after birth. In 2015, their third child, Avery, was also born prematurely. Today, Colin, five, and Avery, two, are happy and healthy. Wright is excited to be in a position to spread awareness of premature births to the community and is thankful for the opportunity to include his girls’ team in the process. All involved hope to make this an annual community event. The money collected at the showcase was donated to the University of Virginia Health Center and March of Dimes.

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Carrington, Stuart & James King Sons, Fathers & Businessmen – King Family Vineyards Carrington, Stuart and James, sons of David and Ellen King, are vital parts of King Family Vineyards, a family owned and operated vineyard, winery, tasting room and event space, in Crozet. Fathers themselves, they understand and portray the epitome of family. They not only work at King Family Vineyards, but they live and play there, too. It’s their home. And since their parents started the vineyard in 1998, they all have worked hard to bring it to its current state. What is the best part about your job? The best thing about our job is being able to work with family. Due to our decentralized structure, we are each able to be creative and pursue ideas we think can make an impact in our family’s business. It has allowed us to stay nimble and adapt to our customers’ needs and expectations as we continue to grow. How have you grown and changed over the years? We have grown significantly since we planted our first eight acres of grapes in 1998. Our vineyard has grown from eight to 30 acres, and we manage an additional 16 acres. Our case production has increased considerably from 480 cases in 2000 to 10,000 cases in 2016. In addition, the number of staff now includes over 40 employees. In 2003, we began hosting weddings and events, and built the Carriage House, our main event space, in 2007 to better serve our event customers. Sunday polo matches have also grown from a handful of interested people walking over from the tasting room, to large, enthusiastic crowds visiting from near and far. What advice do you have for parents and their youth who are aspiring to a career where they support and help others? Do not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty… there is no substitute for hard work. And, demand excellence of yourself even with the smallest of tasks. Things go well when you


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work hard and pay attention to the smallest details. Take care of your co-workers, employees and customers, and they will take care of you. Growing up we all played sports. Participating in athletics was good training for life. Sports helped reinforce values our parents were teaching us at home—good work ethics, selfdiscipline and teamwork. You also learn how to lose with grace, how to pick yourself up and try again after failing, and how to win with class. Life will inevitably knock you down. Learning from an early age how to get back up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward is a great gift. What is one practice you’ve put in place to get quality time with your family/friends? When you live where you work, it can be easy to work all of the time. This is a seasonal business. During harvest, the workdays are much longer, and we often work during the weekends. To balance the crazy harvest schedule, we make sure to get away with our family for a few days in the off-season for a little rest and relaxation. What is one thing your parents did well that you try to incorporate into your parenting? Our parents always encouraged us to pursue our own passions and interests by exposing us to different extracurricular activities. Now that we are parents, we encourage our own children to explore their passions through new hobbies, but in the end, letting them decide what path they would like to follow. Before switching to capturing the look of love and the inner beauty of her subjects, Beth was a sports photographer with her work appearing in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and Pro Cycling, among other publications. See her work at

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Equity and Access for All We’re well into budget season, annually a time steeped deeply in numbers. That’s a characteristic of all budgets, of course, but what really is most important about any budget are the values it represents. In Albemarle County, one value that has increasingly taken on more urgency each year is embodied in our School Board’s statement that “All Means All.” Our proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year contains only one major initiative, and it fits directly with our “All Means All” commitment. It’s a program to equalize learning opportunities across our widely diverse county, where we continue to undergo dramatic demographic change, judging from the population of students who attend our 26 schools. The percentages of students from economically disadvantaged homes and those who are English language learners have increased by 67 and by 37 percent, respectively, over the past ten years. Many of these students bring formidable learning barriers to school. They often do not have the same access to learning resources at home that many of us take for granted. This can include broadband Internet, opportunities to participate in preschool and other enrichment programs, and even the learning experience that comes from trips to museums, zoos and visiting different parts of our country. They often have attended several schools for short periods of time, all in different or unfamiliar learning environments, before they reach us. Addressing these barriers and equalizing learning opportunities for all students is the goal of our initiative—Equity and Access. This program includes the bringing together of a team of highly skilled professionals in such areas as counseling, psychology, bilingual fluency and technology learning resources to remove the institutional learning disadvantages of all students. A new training and certification process for teachers will enhance culturally responsive instructional practice and strengthen family-school bonds. An online monitoring and evaluation system will ensure our program is working efficiently and effectively as designed, truly closing opportunity gaps for all students. As our Superintendent, Dr. Pam Moran, has said, “It is important to value that while not all of our students come to us with the same interests, backgrounds or needs, they all do come to us with the same high levels of hopes and aspirations. It is our responsibility as educators and as community members to unlock the potential within each one of our students; to turn their hopes from day dreams into reality.”

Dr. Hass is the deputy superintendent for Albemarle County Public Schools. This year, he led a cross-functional team in the study and development of the Equity & Access Initiative.


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Students at Charlottesville Catholic School exceeded their goal by 2,000 pages, reaching 153,000 pages of reading during their annual ReadA-Thon. Students were encouraged to read as many pages as possible while collecting donations to split amongst three charities. Students launched paintballs at Principal Michael Riley with catapults constructed in STEM classes as an incentive for meeting their goal. In a competition between two school spirit teams, Chris Tillson, Assistant Principal of Students and captain of the team that read the least amount of pages, was duct taped to the gymnasium wall. Both did so with great pride knowing their students have an extreme enthusiasm for reading.



The Little Planets playroom grand opening is March 3, located at 221 Water St. E. in the Front Porch Music School Building.


Businesses that will open this year at 5th Street Station include Fuzzy’s Tacos, Great Clips, Lee Nails, Red Mango, Verizon and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

L.L. Bean will open a shop in Blue Ridge Mountain Sports former location in the Shops at Stonefield this summer.

Purple Cherry Architects won “Best of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

Brasserie-Saison is open on the Downtown Mall near Old Metropolitan Hall.

Zip Chicken, a sit-down Korean restaurant on 14th Street N.W., is open.

Lu-Mei Chang opened Cardamom, an all-vegetarian spot in York Place that serves contemporary Asian cuisine.



Cville Escape Room is now open on W. Main Street.

Piedmont Place in Crozet will soon have a skybar on its top level.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Barracks Road closed but will re-open in a new location.

Charlottesville Dermatology is celebrating 20 years.

Ragged Mountain Running Shop is celebrating 35 years this year. Snowing in Space Coffee Co. is now installing kegerators and delivering kegs of Guinness-like nitro coffee (not alcoholic) around Charlottesville. Super Kicks Karate has rebranded and now goes by UpLevel Martial Arts.

Grit Coffee Bar and Café opened in the Shops at Stonefield.


The Inn at Willow Grove will be adding 10 new luxury rooms and a full-service spa and pool.

Ivy Yoga School is open on Owensville Road.

Parallel 38 has closed in the Shops at Stonefield and will be replaced by MidCi, The Neapolitan Pizza Company.

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Jared The Galleria of Jewelry is open on Lenox Avenue in Stonefield.

The Yellow Button will be closing March 31 at the Shops at Stonefield.

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MARCH 2017


Richmond Ballet at PVCC

March 8, 7:30pm at PVCC The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. 977-3900,

Charlottesville Polar Plunge Fest

March 11, 12–4pm at The Shops at Stonefield A frosty above-ground pool awaits. Take a plunge for charity and strut your stuff during the Plunge Costume Contest. Students are welcome to join in the “Cool School Challenge” or “Coollegiate Challenge.” 804-726-3023,

Green Valley Book Fair

March 11–April 13 at 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford Expand your child(ren)’s home library. Huge selection of children’s books at 60%–90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 800-385-0099,

City Market Arts at Carver Rec

March 18, 10am–4pm at Carver Recreation Center Arts vendors come inside to Carver Recreation Center with local unique handcrafted wares. 970-3059,

Art Connection 2017

March 20–29, weekdays from 9am–3pm at Charlottesville High School See why Charlottesville City Schools are known for their exemplary K-12 Fine Arts programs.

Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

March 22–26 at Various Venues The Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy and literary. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. StoryFest day events can be seen on page 16. 924-6890,

8th Annual Richmond Bluegrass Jam

Dogwood Festival

March 25–April 23 throughout Charlottesville The Dogwood Festival features a carnival, pageant, parade, fireworks, nighttime movies in the park, a dance and more. 961-9824,

STAGE & SCREEN First Fridays #BlackOwnedCville

March 3 at Central Library Photography exhibit by local documentary filmmaker and photographer Lorenzo Dickerson. This exhibit, featuring photos of contemporary, black-owned Charlottesville businesses is part of the 2017 NEA Big Read.

5th Annual ArtFest in the West

March 3, 6–9pm at Western Albemarle High School Art Fest is a showcase of both the fine and performing arts programs in the western feeder pattern schools. Support the students and enjoy performances and displays of school art. 8238700,

Toy Story

March 5, 11:30am & 2pm at The Paramount Theater Watch this childhood classic [G] about a world where toys come to life. 979-1333,

March 11, 12pm–12am at Cultural Arts Center, Glen Allen Thirty of the region’s bluegrass and Americana bands play at this free, family event. Proceeds will support families of veterans and active-duty soldiers recuperating at Richmond’s McGuire Veterans Medical Center.

17th Annual VSA Visual Arts Exhibit Opening Reception

March 25, 6:30–8pm at Carver Recreation Center This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. 972-1730,

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

March 26, 2pm at The Paramount Theater Watch nationally renowned professional company, Childsplay, perform “The Cat in the Hat.” CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. 979-1333,

Theatre CHS Presents: “A Raisin in the Sun”

March 30 at Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center The play follows the experiences of a black family living in Chicago following the death of the father. 245-2725,

LEARNING FUN Little Planets Playroom Grand Opening March 3, 10am–12pm at Front Porch Music School Building Little Planets opens its new play space for babies and toddlers. 703-209-4714,

Robotics with WAHS

March 4, 10am & 11am at Crozet Library Students from Western Albemarle High School Robotics Team will lead a hands-on workshop to teach the basics of programming with robots. Ages 8+. Registration required. 823-4050, Photo: Tim Trumble

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat by Childsplay March 26, 2pm at The Paramount Theater. See this page.


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Robotics Demo From AHS Team Vertigo

March 4, 2pm at Northside Library Students from Albemarle High School’s Robotics Team host a presentation about robots and what you do on a robotics team. For grades K+, including middle schoolers interested in being on the team. Registration required. 973-7893,



5 HANDLEY WAY • $369,000 Elevated, supremely quiet 7.38 acre lot offers breathtaking mountain views on open, almost level building site above a cul-de-sac. Nice hardwoods can be selectively cleared to open up views further yet protect privacy & a tree-dotted setting. Under 6 mins to Western schools & Crozet. MLS# 555962

3660 COLSTON DRIVE • $1,425,000 Meticulously maintained home on 11 diverse acres that incl’ Blue Ridge & Ragged Mountain views, level lawns galore, extensive flower & vegetable gardens, specimen hardwoods, rolling hay field, & pool w/ pool house. 10 mins to town. Large terraces, heart pine floors, custom cabinetry & built-ins, vaulted sunroom. MLS# 556450

Monticello’s Family Tree

March 7, 6:30pm at Northside Library Cinder Stanton discusses her work on the tangled family lines of Jefferson’s Monticello. 973-7893,

TinkerCAD Workshop

March 8, 5pm at Northside Library Create and print your own 3D object with a workshop on TinkerCad. Ages 11–18. Registration required. 973-7893,


Critter Quest

March 10, 10am at Central Library Educators from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will lead kids on a quest to discover hidden traits in some very cool critters from Down Under. Ages 3–6. Registration required. 979-7151,

Page Turners Book Group

March 11, 2pm at Crozet Library Discussing: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia. Stop by the library to get your free copy then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required. Ages 8–11. 823-4050,

Barnes and Noble storytime: LEGO Batman Movie Event

March 11, 4pm at 1035 Emmet Street Celebrate the release of The LEGO Batman Movie. Kids can collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Enjoy giveaways, LEGO blocks and much more. 984-6598,

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500 HANDLEY WAY • $1,250,000 Bring your own builder or work with a truly local, custom builder whose homes are built to exacting standards & incl’ architectural trim details & solid doors. Elevated, quiet 7 acre lot offers breathtaking views at an open, almost level building site above the cul-de-sac at the back of Handley. 6 mins to Western Schools. MLS# 556754

ADAVEN • $3,495,000 Country estate set privately in Somerset on 144 acres w/ mountain & pastoral views. Understated residence with the finest new, reclaimed materials & enhanced by a dramatic 2 bed, 2 bath guest house, vaulted nanny/ in-law quarters, saltwater pool w/ pool house, centeraisle barn, & regulation dressage arena. MLS# 556651

James Madison’s Birthday Celebration

March 16, 1:30pm ceremony, 11am & 3pm in-depth tours at Montpelier Commemorate the 266th birthday of America’s fourth president during the annual wreathlaying ceremony. A special in-depth tour will be offered at 11am and 3pm. 540-672-2728,

St. Patrick’s Day Class and Craft

March 17, 9:20am at Church of the Incarnation Grab your favorite little leprechaun and come on out to a silly, festive St. Patrick’s Day-themed class followed by a cute craft for the kids. 953-6888, 401 PARK STREET • CHARLOT TESVILLE, VA

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{our town calendar} Annual StoryFest for Families at Virginia Festival of the Book

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Story Time Fun with the Play Partners Program of Ready Kids

10–11am at C’ville Coffee With songs and activities, this storytime will introduce toddlers & preschoolers to “Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?” by Eric Carle.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories: We Need Diverse Books 10–11:30am at The Village School Editor, Ellen Oh, and contributing authors, Soman Chainani and Meg Medina, discuss short stories and “Flying Lessons & Other Stories.”

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22nd Annual Kids’ Book Swap

10am–12pm at Central Library Bring your gently used children’s books and trade for new-to-you books. It’s free and fun!

Wild About Reading

10:30-11:30am at Virginia Discovery Museum Learn about Virginia’s wildlife through up-close experiences with live animals and story reading.

Backpacking Adventures for Kids

Age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities— an enriching experience for the whole family!

FAMILY ART JAMs: Mar. 18 and Apr. 15

2–3:30pm at Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center Author Jeff Alt of “The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park” discusses outdoor know-how and the fictional adventures in his series.

FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Mar. 1 and Apr. 5

Storytime Marathon

Gordon Avenue Children’s Librarian Glynis Welte shares stories that engage our youngest art patrons.

2–4:30pm at Central Library Children’s authors and illustrators read from their books, with short activities for ages 3–6.

The Supernatural Self: Fantasy and Intrigue in YA Fiction or 434.243.2050

2–3:30pm at The Village School Jennifer Brody, Brenda Drake, Shaun David Hutchinson and Eric Smith talk about their creative processes.

AldersgAte United Methodist ChUrCh Presents…


Consignment Sale Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Toys, Baby Equipment and lots more!

“Choose YoUr ChAritY” Preview event! Wednesday, March 8, 2017 • 10am-6pm • $5 entry Fee SALE DATES: MARCH 11th - 18th (Closed Sunday) (Restocking dates are March 9th & 10th)

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From Killer Robots to Evil Emperors

4–5:30pm at Central Library Tom Angleberger and John Claude Bemis discuss the captivating tales that make up their popular novels and illustrated comics.

Everywhere, Wonder: Bookmaking for Kids

4–5:30pm at The Village School Author and illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr discuss themes in their new book and lead a bookmaking activity.

Chemistry Camp

March 18, 9am-2pm at UVA Chemistry Building Children in Kindergarten–5th grade will participate in three one-hour experiments taught by UVA graduate students. Enjoy lunch and a Chemistry Carnival! Registration required.

All Kinds of Families Storytime

March 18, 10:30am at Central Library JMRL partners with the Charlottesville Pride Festival to celebrate the beautiful diversity in all our families with stories, singing, dancing and a rainbow craft. Best for families with children ages 6 and under, but all welcome. 979-7151,

Family Art JAMs: Mapping the Moon

March 18, 1pm at The Fralin Museum of Art Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. 243-2050,

Blue Ridge Young Birders: Bird Beak Buffet

March 18, 2pm at Gordon Avenue Library Blue Ridge Young Birders talks about bird adaptation and identification. Kids explore stations for a hands-on activity where they use tools similar to bird beaks to pick up food. 296-5544,

Coding Decoded

March 18, 2–4pm at Central Library Tinker with code; learn basic coding with the Ozobots, try your hand at Scratch coding and more. No experience necessary. Grades 4–8. Registration required. 979-7151,

Middle School Girls’ Engineering Day

March 19 at UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students.

ages 3–6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program. 979-7151,

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Reading March 28 at Crozet Library A Harry Potter-themed evening dedicated to reading favorite excerpts aloud from the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. Grades 6–12. 823-4050,

SPORTS, OUTDOORS & ACTIVE FUN The Harlem Globetrotters

Family Art Drop-In

March 23, 3:45–5:15pm at Northside Library Celebrate the Big Read selection by listening to ‘80s music and decorating a foam frame for a treasured family photo. For kids up to age 12. 973-7893,

It’s All About Family Storytime

March 25, 10am at Crozet Library Enjoy songs and stories about family. Ages 2–5 with their families. Registration required. 823-4050,

Storytime Marathon

March 25, 2–4:30pm at Central Library A selection of beloved children’s authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children



March 2, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, sidesplitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. 243-4960,

Bibliobop Dance Party: Awesome ‘80s

March 3, 10:30am at Gordon Avenue Library Groove back in time with a beat from the 1980s. Kids shake their sillies out with free dance, guided dance and instruments. 296-5544,


This K-9 2.5K supports the animals and life-saving programs of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The walk kicks-off at Lee Park and winds through Charlottesville’s historic downtown mall before returning to Lee Park for a post-walk festival, featuring human and doggie entertainment, canine competition and treats for humans and pups.


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March 4, 8am at The Haven Two weeks before the big Cville 10-Miler, this serves as a great training race! The race starts and finishes on the Downtown Mall. All participants receive an official Haven running hat, and a hearty, healthy and delicious breakfast at The Haven after the race. 973-1234,

Caromont Farm Open House & Snuggle Sessions

March 5–May 13, Select Sundays & Saturdays, 11am–4pm at Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats and a pop-up shop and other local business representatives. 831-1393,

2017 Charlottesville Ten Miler

March 18 at Various Locations This 10 mile race through Charlottesville raises money for local charities.

Spring Thaw Trail Run and Bike Race

March 25, 8:30am–1:30pm at Early Mountain Vineyards A fun-filled day of trail running and bike racing. Choose your race 5K, 10K, 1.5–2.5 hour bike ride or a Young Warrior bike ride for kids 16 and under. 540-948-9005, Madison/SpringThawEarlyMountainVineyards

Kites and Flights

APRIL 13-15 Charlottesville

Three Days of Celebrating the Best of Central Virginia Wines

Ultimate Wine Enthusiast

3-DAY TICKET MontiCello Cup awards

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Over 25 Wineries.

March 25, 11am–5pm at First Colony Winery Bring your kite to First Colony Winery (or let us provide you with a kite kit) and enjoy a day of kite flying with your family. For $10, the winery will provide kite-making supplies and an instructor to help kids create their own, personalized kite! 979-7105,

2017 Fix a Leak Family 5k

March 26 at Pen Park In this family-friendly event, participants will chase a running toilet (literally) through the Pen Park natural trail and along the Rivanna River. Enjoy music, family activities, awards and water conservation tips. 970-3877,

Charlottesville Ballet’s Special DadDance Class

March 28–May 23, Tuesdays, 7:30–8:15pm at Charlottesville Ballet Studios Dads take classes with an instructor for five weeks and daughters join them for the next three weeks to complete a team dance. New or experienced dancers welcome. 973-2555,

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SHOP FOR A CAUSE Here Wee Grow Again!

March 11 & 13–18, 9am–3pm Saturdays, 10am–6pm Weekdays at Aldersgate United Methodist Church

This semi-annual kids’ consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The “Choose Your Charity” event is on March 8. The $5 admission cost goes to the charity of your choice. 973-5806,

Dogwood Tree Sale

March 23–25 at Barracks Road Shopping Center Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last—most years sell out by noon. 961-9824,


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ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS How to Film a Book Trailer

March 4, 1–4pm at Crozet Library Learn to use MakerSpace equipment available at the library to film, edit and post your own book trailer (or video of any kind) in this hands-on workshop. Grades 6–12. Registration requested. 823-4050,

Minecraft Building Competition

March 4, 2–3:30pm at Central Library Teens are welcome to compete in a friendly Minecraft building challenge! Attendees will be given a surprise structure theme to build and 1 hour to build it. Bring your own device. Registration required. Grades 5–12. 979-7151,

GarageBand Workshop

March 6, 6pm at Northside Library Trevor Williams teaches participants how to use the music-making program GarageBand. No musical knowledge, experience or talent required. Program held in the library’s meeting room. Registration required. Ages 11–18. 979-7151,

Life After High School: Transition & Resource Fair

March 11, 8:30am–1pm at PVCC Attend information sessions, learn about community involvement, employment, independence, job skills, education and more. Pre-registration is appreciated. 975-9400,

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Spring Wreath Making Easter Egg Hunt Wizards Day Mother’s Day Tea Food Truck Battle Father’s Day

Cooking with Wine Class (monthly) Wine and Paint Night (monthly)

Yak & Snack

March 13, 6–7:30pm at Crozet Library Come talk about “Make Lemonade” by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Free copy of the book included on first-come, first-served basis. Grades 6–8. Registration required. 823-4050,

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Your Little Scientist The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, the first hands-on, interactive museum in the greater Shenandoah Valley Area, has four floors of fun and curiosity for families with kids of all ages. Formed in 1933, it was created to offer a learning environment involving both children and parents, and its mission has been kept alive throughout the years. With new events happening each week, the family will find plenty to do. Wind through the different levels and engage in different activities and exhibits from gardening to dinosaurs. Let your child’s creative side shine with Art in Leo’s Corner, or watch demonstrations during Roving Science, a program that creates various catalysts and reactions in order to teach physics and the natural sciences. The museum constantly hosts an artisanin-residence who performs, teaches or demonstrates each week.

Past artisans have included sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelry makers. Summer programs are also available for various age groups from Pre-K–8th grade, with fun programs including Once Upon a Time Camp where the kiddos can learn about fairytales, or the Jedi Training Camp, where the science behind being a Jedi is explored. The gift shop has an array of items, including science and art kits for the kids to continue their fun at home. Recognized as a destination for homeschool curriculums, the museum can serve as a day of learning away from home! On the first Friday of each month from 5–7:30pm, enter the museum for free. A twohour drive from Charlottesville, regular admission is $8 for ages 2+. 540-722-2020,


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Teen Read Book Crew

March 15, 7pm at Gordon Avenue Library Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wollff shares some themes with the NEA Big Read novel. Register for a free copy of the book then come to share thoughts and lemony treats. Grades 7–12. Registration required. 296-5544,

Barbershop: The Next Cut

March 20, 6:30pm at Crozet Library Free movie night. Rated PG-13. 823-4050,

March 22-26, 2017

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Adventures in the Middle: Friendships and Mysteries in Middle School

March 25, 12–1:30pm at The Village School Casey Lyall (Howard Wallace, P.I.), Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), and Danette Vigilante (The Trouble With Half a Moon) discuss the characters, friendships and mysteries that provide the compelling and realistic material for their recent middle-grade novels.

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Central Library Film Series: My Architect

Isabel Roxas

March 30, 7pm at Central Library Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. 979-7151,


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10th Annual Quadruplicity Conference

March 2 at Omni Hotel Charlottesville Featuring Keynote Speaker Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run International. A transformative business event that gives women and men valuable insight and applicable knowledge needed to take charge of what is most important to them. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor.

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2017 Spring Velo Swap

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March 11-12 at Blue Ridge Cyclery Downtown Sell old bikes and/or find a gently used bike. 529-6521,

Southern Women’s Show

March 17–19 at Richmond Raceway Complex Celebrity guests, fashion, shopping, contests & prizes, health & beauty, fun, community and much more. 800-849-0248,

Single Mom’s Weekend 2017

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March 24–26 at Country Inns & Suites Enjoy a full weekend of activities and interactive play with your kids. Some activities will be adult only. Some kids only. All families checking in must do so by 7pm. 336-937-0189, permalink/952835541516590

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{our town calendar} Spring Wreath Day

Looking to upgrade your equipment, but need to sell your old stuff? Looking for a “new to you” bike or a gently used kids bike? Have a bike to sell or extra wheels?

Come to Blue Ridge Cyclery’s 2017 Spring Velo Swap March 11-12 at BRC Downtown March 8 - 10: Drop off equipment to sell (only at Downtown location)

See our Facebook Page for more details! In-store sales and specials at both stores for the weekend!

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Life after High School TransiTion & resource Fair Saturday, March 11th • 8:30am – 1:00pm Piedmont VA Community College • Main Bldg, North Mall Meeting Room 501 College Drive, Charlottesville


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• Social Security Benefits Event for • High School to College Students & • Resume Writing Parents • Practice Interviewing • Volunteering • Guardianship & Alternatives • Division of Rehabilitative Services 101 • Special Needs Trusts & Able Accounts • How Do I Get to Work? • Transition Planning and Your IEP • Gateway to Services and Case Management • I’m Determined – Youth Session • Virginia Education Wizard • Career Readiness Certificate

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March 2017

All-City Choral Festival

March 29, 7pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center Enjoy a performance by Charlottesville City elementary, middle and high schoolers. 245-2971,

OPEN HOUSES Prospective Parent Coffee with Head of Upper School

March 11 - 12: Velo Swap Sale is open to everyone! Get store credit for your sold items.

Hollymead Town Center 257-B Connor Drive

March 25 at Horton Vineyards All of your spring wreath making materials will be provided, as will a glass of wine of your choice for $25. The wreaths will be premade using Norton vines, and you will be able to decorate to your liking. 540-832-7440,

March 2 & 23, 8:30am–10am at The Covenant School 220-7330,

Waldorf School Open House

March 18, 10am–12pm at the Charlottesville Waldorf School 973-4946,

DATE NIGHT Spring Oyster Festival

March 4–5, 12–4pm at Early Mountain Vineyards Enjoy oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Co., live music, and Virginia wine and food. 540-948 9008,

11th Opportunity Viennese Ball

March 11, 6:30pm at Veritas Vineyard & Winery An evening of dancing, gourmet dining and entertainment to benefit The Nelson County Community Fund. 260-1843,

St. Patrick’s Day at Blue Mountain

March 17, 6–8pm at Blue Mountain Brewery Irish menu specials all day, live traditional Irish and Celtic music from 6–8pm. 540-456-8020,

Victory Hall Opera: Schumann Ghost House

March 19, 4pm at 3140 Turner Mountain Wood Rd., Charlottesville This performance takes place at one of Charlottesville’s stately homes. Post-show hors d’oeuvres and Napa Valley wine with the artists following the show. 227-9978,

Stevie Nicks

March 25, 7pm at John Paul Jones Arena The former Fleetwood Mac member and bestselling author performs. 243-4960,

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Baby’s Soft Skin Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

New Mom

Gazing down at the precious newborn in our arms, we can’t help but wonder: “How did I get so lucky? And, what are those funky flakes on her head?” New motherhood is a combination of the sacred and the profane. It’s normal for a mom to feel a bit weirded-out by the newborn phenomena no one mentioned at the baby shower—the bald patches, the cradle cap, etc. But inspecting our babies is an essential part of loving them and keeping them healthy. Here are some common newborn features and what to do (or not do) about them: Head molding/cranial deformations: compression of a baby’s head from pressure in the birth canal. A baby’s cranial plates are malleable and have spaces between them to allow the brain to grow. Delivery-related head molding is not unusual among infants, and typically resolves on its own. Pediatricians evaluate cranial deformations at birth and again at baby’s regular follow-up appointments. by Whitney Woollerton Morrill Positional molding: flat areas on baby’s head from resting repeatedly in the same position. Positional molding is typically considered a cosmetic issue, and is also monitored by health care professionals. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website, most cases can be addressed with noninvasive treatments and don’t require helmet therapy. Angel Kisses/Stork Bites: technically known as “macular stains,” these birthmarks are faint pink areas located on a newborn’s face or at the nape of his neck. According to the Cleveland Clinic’s website, 30 to 50 percent of babies are born with stork bites, which will eventually become concealed by hair. Angel kisses typically fade from the face by age 2. Cradle Cap/Seborrheic Dermatitis: oily scales on baby’s scalp. Cradle cap generally affects babies between birth and 3 months of age. The cause is not well understood but is thought to be hormonal. Parents can help remove the scales by washing Part I in a two-part series on baby’s head daily with a mild soap or shampoo, and then newborn grooming covers using a soft brush. The scales should not be scraped. In baby’s scalp and hair. Check some persistent cases, pediatricians may recommend a mild back next month for tips on dandruff shampoo. skin care, including eczema Hair/Hair Loss: Some babies who are born with hair start and diaper rash. to lose it because of a drop in hormone levels after birth. Other babies develop bald patches from resting in the same position repeatedly. According to an article by Dr. Alan Greene on Parents. com, babies go through two “crops” of hair before age 1. Sometimes the change in cycles is noticeable, and other times it is subtle. Check with your pediatrician about baby’s hair loss to rule out inflammation, hormonal imbalances or malnutrition. To groom baby’s hair, simply shampoo twice a week with a mild shampoo, and use a soft brush.


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Tantrum Solutions Mindful Ways to Troubleshoot Outbursts

Mindful Parenting

Tantrums can rattle even the calmest of parents. Your child is screaming, overwhelmed and in anguish, and s/he may be acting out towards you directly. Nothing seems to be helping. If you are in a public place, you might feel even more compelled to quiet this storm inside your child, and that combination of pressure and helplessness on both sides is the perfect brew for you to lose your temper. We all have had these moments at some point in our child’s adolescent years, so the first thing we need to do is forgive ourselves. Then, we have to try to understand exactly what is happening inside our child during a tantrum. In The Science of Parenting: How today’s brain research can help you raise happy, emotionally balanced children, author Margot Sunderland explains that a child really needs patience and understanding, not timeouts, at these moments. Tantrums, and distress tantrums in particular, are a biological function: “Distress tantrums happen because essential brain pathways between a child’s higher brain and his lower brain haven’t developed yet. These brain pathways are necessary to enable a child to manage his big feelings. As a parent, your role is to soothe your child while he experiences the huge hormonal storms by Danielle Sullivan in his brain and body. If you get angry with a child for having a distress tantrum, he may stop crying, but this may also mean that the fear system in his brain has triggered, over-riding his separation system, or he may simply have shifted into silent crying.” No one wants his or her child to suffer emotionally, yet we all want to help ease our child out of each tantrum as soon as possible, too. Here are four things you can do to help your child in the heat of the moment: 1. Remain calm. This is the most important, and it has nothing to do with your child. It is up to you to set the tone, and it’s vital that you not inflame the already stressful moment with yelling or anger. 2. Stay with your child. Do not walk away to leave all the WANT MORE building emotions toppling over by themselves. You can offer SUPPORT? a soothing hug if they will let you or you can simply sit next to them, which allows them a certain amount of freedom if See the Family Networking needed. Every child and tantrum is different. Take their cue. groups under our 3. Offer them an option. If the tantrum is centered on Family Support Clubs wearing a piece of clothing or eating a certain food, calmly & Groups section on offer them an option, rather than demanding them to do as you say. Even very young children need to feel they have some control over their body and wishes. 4. Read about it. Read up on the science of tantrums even if your child is not currently having them. The more you can understand the biology behind the behavior, the easier it will be to adopt a clear and calm approach. Remember that s/he needs your help to calm down. A child’s frontal brain lobes are not yet fully developed, so they need you to show them the way and be their safe place to fall. “It is important that you take a genuine distress tantrum seriously and meet your child’s pain of loss, frustration, or acute disappointment with sympathy and understanding,” says Sunderland. “When you do this, you will be helping your child to develop vital stress-regulating systems in his higher brain.” Danielle, a mom of three, is a parenting writer and editor, specializing in health, lifestyle and pets. She loves to find new ways to bring more Zen and mindfulness into her daily (hectic) life.


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Expert Advice Your Parenting Questions Answered

Dear Bob

by Bob Taibbi

My daughter wants to drop out of an after school activity, but I don’t want to encourage a quitting attitude. How long should I encourage her to stick with it before agreeing? This is usually a tough one for a lot of parents. You want to encourage your child to try new things in order to explore her interests and talents, but you also don’t want her bouncing from one thing to the next without really giving things a try or, as you say, developing a quitting attitude. The simple suggestion is to set up some expectations before the start of a new activity. For instance, she needs to do an entire fall season of soccer, take three months of piano lessons, or complete 10 weeks of karate before she can move onto something else. It’s important to state this at the start so your daughter knows what she is getting into and learns to make commitments. The other issue here is what leads her to wanting to quit. Oftentimes, kids say they just don’t like something; however, there is usually a more complicated reason. Perhaps the coach is too critical or the karate class is too intense, or maybe they are frustrated with music lessons because the teacher is moving too quickly. Here you need to drill down and ask the 10 questions. Once you’ve identified the real problem, you can help your child overcome it. Finally, if your daughter has an overall cut-and-run approach to a lot of situations, you want to try and identify the larger pattern and problem. Does she quickly get frustrated and want to throw in the towel? Is she a bit of a perfectionist and critical of herself? You want to work with her to get through those emotions and views of herself. This is about perseverance and selfkindness, other important life skills.

My son has recently started struggling with sleep again. He gets frightened, calls out for us, we reassure him, he calms down, but then minutes later he is crying out again. Some young children will fall back into periods of being anxious and have trouble settling into sleep. I imagine that you have already tried the common ways to settle him—a bath, reading of Email your parenting books, leaving the nightlight on, etc. concerns and queries to What keeps this going usually is that he is inadvertently training you to be his anxiety reliever. Every time he calls out to Yours might be included in you and you come in, he feels better. As soon as he gets a twinge an upcoming issue! of anxiety—hearing a strange noise—he calls and you come in. The problem is that he is controlling the process. The counter-intuitive approach here is that you want to be sensitive to his emotional needs; but you control the process, so you are not at his beck and call. What this means is that after you get him settled, you tell him you are going to check on him in five minutes. Check on him in three minutes. The idea is reassuring him before he gets anxious. By doing that he knows you’re “on duty” so to speak and looking out for him, and that will help him relax. You will probably only need to do this for a few nights before he will relax. Finally, see if there may be any particular cause for his anxiety. Often there is nothing specific, but small changes can upset him and show up as nighttime anxiety.


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Growth in domestic solar systems topped natural gas for the first time ever last year, due to an extension of Federal tax credits (until 2019) and falling prices for solar panels. Now that you can offset 30 percent of the installation cost for a new system, what are you waiting for? To get the most for your solar bang, you will need energyefficient appliances in the home. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) can provide you with expert advice and a free home consultation. See An excellent way to begin earning savings is to get a blower test to reveal leakage in your home’s air envelope. Some easy touch-ups you can do yourself, include: • Insulate around can lights and crawlspaces; • Use the appropriate caulk to seal leaks around windows, doors and sills; • Increase the R value of the insulation in your attic; • Insulate around ducts and wrap or replace your water heater; • Insulate exposed hot water pipes; and • If you haven’t yet purchased efficient CFL or LED lights, think about it.


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A Child ’s Best Friend

What Children Can Learn from an Animal Companion by Gina Roberts-Grey

Studies have proven that children who are raised with a family pet demonstrate a greater respect and understanding of nature and are more compassionate as adults. In 2000, child psychologist Robert E. Bierer, PhD, conducted a study that explored the relationship between pets and children. The study looked at the effect current and previous pet ownership had on children ages 1 to 12 years old. Participants and researchers were surprised at the difference in empathy and selfesteem between children who owned a pet and those who did not.

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Bierer’s conclusions support the

Realizing how happy a dog is when

growing body of evidence that shows pet

he’s fed or watching a cat frisk about

ownership has a statistically significant

at the sight of a new toy helps children

impact on a child’s self-esteem and


degree of sensitivity toward others.

circumstances affect their pets, and in

“Teachers, parents and other children

turn themselves.

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have expectations for a child to fulfill.

If properly supervised by adults, a

A pet has no such measures of success

child can learn how to take care of

or failure; acceptance is total, which

another living being and take pleasure

provides a greater sense of self-worth,”

in keeping his pet healthy and happy.

Bierer noted in his study.

“Even our 2 year old asks to help with

Children who grow up with pets

the animals. He sees how the older

learn to cue into the subtle cues their

kids feel it’s a privilege to be given the

pets give to indicate their feelings,

responsibility of caring for something,”

which can help hone communication


skills. “I know something is wrong

husband Larry, and their five children

when my dog’s tail is down,” says Caleb

enjoy raising horses, dogs and cats.

Winston. This 5-year-old’s attunement

“Sometimes we fight over whose turn

to his dog’s feelings shows how young

it is to exercise them,” adds their oldest

children learn to pay attention to the

daughter, 12-year-old Missy.





emotions and feelings of the animals

Having a pet as a companion can

they cherish. They then apply this

also help build children’s confidence.

lesson to human interactions because


they are more accustomed to watching

constant evaluation—rated according

for physical clues such as body posture

to their behavior, grades and athletic

and stride.

performance. Pets, however, don’t have





A relationship with an animal can

demanding or unrealistic expectations

also help a child develop empathy for

of their owners. They’re delighted that

others. Young children are often curious

a child is with them regardless of how

about the emotions their pets feel. As

well the child is doing in school or on

a child grows, this curiosity extends

the sports field. “Having a pet has given

itself to the people in his life. “Animals

our children the sense of unconditional

offer an avenue for children to explore

acceptance,” says Patti Gordon. “A pet

their curiosity,” Bart Sitzberger, MSW,

doesn’t judge or rate the kids. They just

explains. “For a child, curiosity can

know our dog loves them for who they

lead to hope and to greater engagement

are,” adds her husband Jim.

with the world around them,” he adds.



Children who undergo traumatic

experiences often cope better when they have a pet to confide in. Whether it’s a fear of the dark, struggling to make friends in a new class, or coping with overcoming a lisp, pets offer unconditional companionship. “Having an





them feel a part of something,” says


Sitzberger. Bierer’s study also indicated that 65 percent of children who grow up with pets have a greater capacity to help others cope with trauma.

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responsibility they are ready to take on with caring for a pet. “Older kids might be better able to take part in training exercises,” Fietz says. “[Consider] what part of the chores of feeding and walking can the kids take part in?” Understanding your family’s needs before adopting a pet will help ensure a positive outcome for all involved. Once you’ve determined what kind of pet will best fit into your family, let your children help make the decision about which animal will share your home. Let them help choose the new pet and the name. Allow time to get used to the new dynamic, and enjoy getting to know your new family member! Pets require a great deal of care and planning, not to mention the occasional middle-of-the-night walk or feeding, but watching your child’s eyes shine as she throws a ball for your galumphing dog or flicks a bit of yarn for your feisty cat, and knowing that this friendship is enriching the lives of all concerned, will make the effort feel worthwhile.

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Enjoy Taking the Family Out to Dinner 44

March 2017

It happens to all parents. Maybe you’ve had one Happy Meal too many, or perhaps your in-laws arrive unexpectedly and there’s no time to cook dinner. Or maybe, you want to have a nice meal out to celebrate Mother’s Day. However it happens, there comes a time when you are going to have to eat a meal in a real restaurant with your small children. Relax. Following these simple suggestions will ease your transition back into the world of grown-up dining.

1) Don’t be afraid of linen! I’ve heard of the rule that says not to eat with children at any restaurant with real cloth napkins. Forget this rule! Real napkins are not a good predictor of a restaurant’s atmosphere. 2) If you have a choice of a booth or a table, always opt for the booth. The high back of a booth seat offers privacy for a nursing mother, and the configuration allows you to rein in a bouncy toddler. 3) Lay the ground rules before you go out to eat; kids behave better when they know what to expect.


are easier if you start dining before 6pm.

Ask for a booth. If you have a choice


Your goal is to eat when there are fewer

of a booth or a table, always opt for the

restaurant’s policies towards children.

diners around, but not so few that the

booth. The high back of a booth seat

Do they have a menu for kids? Is there

kitchen isn’t fired up.

offers privacy for a nursing mother, and






a better time to eat there with small

Designate a go-to person. If there are

children? While most restaurants would

two or more adults eating with children,



designate just one of you to handle any

Ask to be seated near other families.

you can get a sense of the restaurant’s

problems that arise during the meal.

If your children behave poorly, other

atmosphere from the tone of the

Early on with our son Mark, my husband

parents are often more sensitive to your

responses to your questions.

and I would take turns during the meal

plight than other diners. And if their kids

Don’t be afraid of linen! I’ve heard

dealing with discipline and diaper duty.

behave poorly, your children will shine

of the rule that says not to eat with

This invariably resulted in both of us

by comparison.

children at any restaurant with real cloth

eating cold meals. Now we decide which

Request a spot where your children

napkins. Forget this rule! Real napkins

one of us is “on” before we leave the

have something entertaining to watch.

are not a good predictor of a restaurant’s

house. There is nothing worse than

At some local restaurants, like the Brick

atmosphere. I’ve eaten at places with

arguing about a dirty diaper when there

Oven and the Flaming Wok, certain spots

paper napkins that were unfriendly

is hot food on the table.

provide a great view of the cooking,

actively discourage

the configuration allows you to rein in a bouncy toddler.

toward children; I’ve also eaten in

Carry a well-stocked diaper bag.

which in itself is entertainment. A table

restaurants with linens and candles

Along with the basics, we have learned

with a view of the entrance can also be

on the table and a children’s menu.

that it’s a good idea to bring an extra

entrancing for little ones, as they get to

(However, watch out for tablecloths;

change of clothes for older children.


small children like to pull on them.)

Nothing ends a trip out quite like a lapful

Ask to be seated in a noisy part of the

Know when to go. This is critical for a

of spaghetti. When Mark was a toddler,

restaurant. When ambient noise levels

successful meal out with children. Some

we used to bring a sippy cup with us

are higher, you don’t have to worry that

restaurants seem to have a predictable

wherever we went because some upscale

your children will be too loud. While

atmosphere no matter what time we

restaurants don’t have plastic cups for

some restaurants seem to have a uniform

dine there. Others, however, undergo

children. And it is always nice to have

noise level, others are quite variable.

a remarkable transformation between

some raisins or cereal available as back-

When in doubt, opt to be nearest the

lunch and dinner. If this is your first time

up food in case your child doesn’t like

kitchen. Patio dining, when available, is

eating at a new restaurant with children,

anything on the menu.

usually preferable to eating indoors.

always opt for lunch over dinner. And if the restaurant caters to a business clientele, it is wise to avoid the lunch

Be thoughtful of others. My sister-


in-law told me that watching a child

Request specific seating. Not all

learning to eat turned her stomach. I

rush; start your meal before 11:30am or






never realized this might bother her,

after 1pm. Dinners with small children

when it comes to children. Follow these

since it doesn’t bother me. If you are


eating with someone who is not used to


{inspiration parenting} small children, you shouldn’t place them directly across the table from a messy eater.

DURING THE MEAL Consider ordering your child’s food

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KINDNESS Raising Kids Who Care


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e give them piano lessons to nurture their creative side. We sign them up for soccer or basketball to help them develop physically and to learn to be a “team player.” We even hire a tutor if they need a little extra help in math. We do all these things in hopes of raising a well-rounded child…but what about kindness and compassion or thankfulness and generosity of spirit? Do these come naturally? Most experts say no.

However, if you start early and create

identified as expressive ability. The first

social detective.” Don’t create lessons

teachable moments to share these

step to developing empathy is being

about feelings. There are tons of

values, your child will have what he

able to recognize and give a name to

teachable moments every day to help

needs to become a kind, compassionate

feelings. Help her identify her emotions

your child develop empathy. Hurley


and the emotions of those around her.

says empathetic children are more

Help Identify Feelings

likely to “grow into well adjusted adults

Empathy is defined as, “the ability to

too. “You are happy when you eat ice

imagine how someone else is feeling in

cream.” “Jimmy is sad because his

a particular situation and respond with

mommy had to go to work.” “Elmo is

It’s not enough to say, “you need

care,” according to the National Center

mad because the Cookie Monster ate

to be kind to others, or you should

for Infants, Toddlers and Families. It

his cookie.” When she’s a little older and

be thankful for what you have.” The

is a complex skill that develops over

can talk, take it further and say, “Daddy

absolute best way for your child to

time. However, a toddler as young

has a headache. What could we do to

learn about kindness, gratitude and

as 18–24 months begins to realize he

make him feel better?” When she brings

empathy…is to see those in action at

has thoughts and feelings, and others

daddy her favorite toy or blanket, she’s

home. Don’t allow your children to call

have their thoughts and feelings, too,

“responding with care.” She was able to

each other names. All siblings argue,

which might be different from his own.

identify his feelings and think of a way

but insist they do it respectfully. Words

Experts call this, “theory of mind.”

that would speak to him in a positive

do matter. Of course, the same goes


for you and your spouse. Mirror good

Also, your child can understand


Share with her your own emotions,

who have adaptive coping skills.”

Show and Tell

words, known as receptive ability, long

Katie Hurley, a child and adolescent

communication skills and identify with

before she can speak the words, or

psychotherapist, calls this “playing

each other’s feelings. Parents are the

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Help your little ones think of their own ways to share kindness. Here are 15 “Acts of Kindness” to lead them in the right direction: 1. Return someone’s cart at the store. 2. Write a thank-you letter for your teachers at the end of the school year. 3. Donate books you no longer read or need. 4. Offer to help mom cook dinner. 5. Do an extra household chore without being asked. 6. Compliment at least five people in one day. 7. Let someone go ahead of you in the lunch line at school. 8. Read a book to a younger sibling. 9. Make a get-well card for someone. 10. Fill a kindness jar for another family. 11. Donate a toy to a toy drive. 12. Invite someone to play on the playground at recess. 13. Make a homemade gift for someone’s birthday. 14. Send a postcard in the mail to a friend or grandparent. 15. Help your younger sibling make his or her bed in the morning.

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or the one who “doesn’t seem to have a

children before they even realize it.

lot of friends.” Explain that being kind

Praise your child when he deserves

doesn’t have to be a “big deal.” Saying

it. He will be more likely to give praise

“hi” or asking someone to play can help

to others, which is a form of kindness.

someone feel better.

Descriptive praise is more meaningful

An Attitude of Gratitude

than generic praise, says Dr. Susan

Like other values, children can start

Kuczmarski, author of Becoming a Happy

to understand the concept of appreciation

Family: Pathways to the Family Soul (2015).

before they display it outwardly. At about

“I really liked the way you passed the

18 months, begin prompting your child to

ball, and you made a difficult shot in

say “please” and “thank you.” Read books

the second quarter” versus “good job

about what it means to be thankful.


Show appreciation to your child. This one

Kuczmarski also suggests looking

is easy to forget, but it has a big impact

for ways for you and your child to be

on him when you say, “Thank you for

kind together. She says, “acts of service

putting your toys away without arguing,”

and kindness free us and our children/

or “thank you for that big hug!”

preteens from self-imposed me-focused lives





A gratitude tree is a great visual


reminder, says Clinical Psychologist Dr.

compassion.” Perhaps a sick friend could

Francine Lederer. Make a tree out of

use a home cooked meal, or an elderly

cardboard or construction paper; tape

neighbor needs a ride to the post office.

it to the wall. Cut out leaf shapes. Each

Take your child with you as you provide

member of the family writes what he or

assistance. Talk about why it’s good to

she is thankful for. Toddlers can draw or

help people. Ask school-age children

have someone write for them, and new

about classmates. Is there anyone who

leaves can be added weekly or monthly.

needs a kind act? How about the new kid

Lederer also suggests talking to

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children (toddlers and up) about ways to

getting it, and they will more times than

help people who don’t have as much as

not, take better care of it.

they do. The National Center for Infants,

Experts suggest not showering your

Toddlers and Families website suggests

child with gifts during the holidays. Very

helping at a local animal shelter, food

young children are overwhelmed by lots

pantry or program that collects warm

of gifts and often start playing with the

clothing during the winter. Be sure to make

boxes before all the gifts are even opened.

the connection for your child between

Ask family members not to go overboard

what you are doing and how it is helping

with their gift giving. Perhaps have them

the recipients. “The coats we collect will

give a gift of money towards a bigger item

help kids just like you, stay warm this

that your child is trying to earn.

winter.” Explain the importance of being grateful for what we have.

The values you want your children to have may not come naturally, However,

Children are bombarded with “must

it’s worth taking the time to talk about

have” messages about the newest toy

them and, most importantly, model them,

or the latest gadget. It’s tempting to get

not just occasionally, but from the time

these for your child, but it is hard for her

they are infants until they leave your

to be grateful if she gets everything she


wants all the time. Consider regularly rotating toys. Put some away for a while and retrieve them later. Start a tradition where your child donates one of her gently used toys when she receives a new toy. Give older children an opportunity to earn expensive toys or video games. They may not like the idea but the item will

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Bilingual Learning

Cale Elementary’s Dual Language Program

by Cabell Guy


March 2017

Growing up, I always wanted to learn a second language. A few of my friends could speak Spanish and being the impressionable youth that I was, I thought it was cool that they had access to this secret world. It wasn’t until middle school when I got my first taste of learning a different language. Latin was required for all seventh and eighth grade students. The school’s curriculum required it because Latin is a cornerstone language and would help with our English class in seventh grade. The teachers all praised the language and told us all that Latin would help us when it came time to take the SATs years down the road. I played right along because I could not wait to start taking Latin; although, my logic was far more nefarious than theirs. In my head, I created this wonderful world where all of my friends could speak Latin and would be able to carry on entire conversations in a different language without the adults listening in. Pure seventh grade heaven. It took about one month for that dream to quietly fade away when I realized that learning a language was actually very difficult and I was not, in fact, going to ever talk to friends in Latin. They were struggling to learn verb conjugation just as I was. For the next two years, I fought my way through Latin class learning how the phonetic sounds were different, verb tense endings, and the difference between masculine and feminine nouns. Just as I started to get a grip on reading the language, along came high school. Latin

One of the best parts of working in education is discovering

was no longer offered. Now, I would take

new approaches to help students learn. We, as educators, are

Spanish. But, hey, my Latin would help in that

eager to try new strategies and methods that lead to student success. After almost two decades in public education, I can say one of the more exciting parts of my job is that there are no constants. Education is ever-changing, and that allows me to see things in a whole new perspective. There are times when my own preconceived notions are challenged and I am introduced to new ways of thinking. Such is the case with the world language program at Paul H. Cale Elementary School. When I recently stepped into Cale’s classrooms, I found a whole new approach to education. It was exciting to observe, especially for someone

class because the languages connect. Hurrah! For me, learning a language seemed an insurmountable task. I took the two years of Latin in middle school, and then Spanish in high school, and then switched back to Latin once I went to college. There were far too many jumps back and forth to ever develop any real skill. That and the fact that Babel Fish came along through Yahoo! while I was still in college and took all the work out of translating those long Latin passages I was required to read from The Iliad. The desire to learn a language had been replaced by “required” to learn a language, and that took the fun out of it. I was no longer

who struggled to learn a foreign language throughout his own

12 years old, so the idea of learning a language

years in school.

conversations without adult interference no

to impress my friends or hold clandestine longer held any appeal. I was told I had to


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me more marketable when I applied for my first real job. I was not inspired by that logic and thus never put the required time and energy into learning. Of course, the irony here is that now, all these years

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later, I recognize that all of those old arguments were right all along. Some of you may have similar stories. This is due, in large part, to the fact that many school divisions still operate under the same language development plan that I experienced growing up: a little taste in elementary school, an elective in middle school (if it fits in your schedule),

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experiences with Latin can attest to this. I don’t ever remember working so hard to learn verb tense endings or pronoun/ noun antecedents until I took that seventh grade Latin course. That made my English classes far easier to understand

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not changed over the years. What has changed is the research showing when a

student should begin learning a language. It shows very clearly that language development should begin as early as possible in a student’s academic career. The more a child is exposed to a second language, the easier it is for the child to learn. The argument for early world language introduction is fairly straightforward: young children soak up new information like a sponge. If they hear a language spoken around them, students are able to mimic those new sounds and new pronunciations. This is not to say that the current method of waiting until middle or high school is wrong because both methods work. What Cale and other schools in Albemarle are trying is just a different approach. The





language program at Cale has taken a lot of effort. The current program starts in kindergarten and extends to the upper grades. Now in its second year of the full immersion process, students in kindergarten through fourth grade receive 50 percent of their instruction in Spanish and 50 percent in English. The

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immersion program at Cale is a two-way

to be thoughtfully crafted to help meet

of the dual language program access to

program, meaning half of the class is

students’ needs.

roughly 120 minutes of Spanish language

made up of native English speakers and

In order to become part of the

development a week. Again, the benefit

the other half of the class are native

program, one must apply. To make sure

of the FLES program is very similar to

Spanish speakers. This allows each

that all students have equal access, Cale

that of the dual language program: early

member of the class to have a partner

uses a lottery system to determine which

access to language development. While

who can help model whichever language

students will go into the dual language

Cale developed the immersion program,

is being spoken at that time. All of the

program. In addition to the immersion

they relied on the FLES program to pave

teachers associated with the program

experience, Cale also offers the Foreign

the way. The success of both programs

are bilingual. A great deal of planning

Language in the Elementary Schools

has been so impressive that two other

goes into professional development and

(or FLES) program. This gives every

elementary schools in the division have

curriculum design as each lesson has

student in the school who is not part

started their own FLES programs.





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School started FLES programs for the kindergarten and first grade students. Schools use this model to help students gain an intermediate ability in the language by the time they leave fifth grade. This lines up with the Albemarle County Department of Instruction’s goal to expand the world language programs at the elementary level. The growth of these programs will, in time, have an impact on how middle and high schools teach their world languages. To prepare, the feeder middle school principals and the ESOL office of the ACPS Department of Instruction have started work on plans that will help meet the need of their students and extend this world language opportunity. Walking





examples of student work in both English and Spanish throughout the building. Principal Lisa Jones walked me around to each of the classrooms so that I could see what the dual language program accomplished over the course of several years. In kindergarten class, all students were seated on the floor going through the daily schedule in Spanish. Right away, I saw students repeating what the teacher said and starting to ask questions in Spanish. The first grade students were talking about the different states of matter. Students were working on liquids,

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The summer after my sixth grade year, we literally sang “Kum ba yah” around a campfire at nature camp. Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, was nine hours away from home, down sinewy roads that curved along the spines of the hills and mountains that held the park like a bowl. Built as a Girl Scout campground, Oglebay had a smattering of canvas-topped, wood-plank floored tent-cabins. Long tables lined a huge dining cabin where gnats nattered at the overhead lights until many dropped into the waiting pitchers of “bug juice,” the aptly nicknamed Kool-Aid we drank.


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So, of course, I wanted my own

camp experience and my first time

t was the quintessential summer

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children to go to camp, and we sampled

away from both parents for more than

my laugh. We sent despairing letters

among local choices: a historical day

a sleepover with a friend. Campers took

home those first days, forgot to write

camp at Monticello, band and field

turns at kitchen duty, helping to serve

home at all when we started having

hockey camps at UVA, horse camp

and clean up after meals. We passed food

fun and then wept when it was time to

in North Garden, various arts camps

to the left, roasted marshmallows and

leave. It was the first place where I really

through McGuffey, summer tumbling

ate cream cheese on graham crackers

contemplated the open sky, the zillions


while singing our rounds of “Kum ba

of stars and galaxies gazing back down at

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yah.” We hiked those rolling-hilled woods

me—the unfathomable smallness of me

Triple C and Watermarks. We didn’t ship

around Oglebay and learned to identify

within the universe. Many of the songs I

our girls nine hours away, so they didn’t

flowers, trees and birds. We swam, shot

learned around the campfire became the

have the experience of writing lonely

archery and waded in creeks…got bug

lullabies I sang to my children for years

letters begging to come home or the joy

bites, dodged poison ivy and suffered

and years, until they grew too old to

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Early childhood music education; instrument play-alongs, singing and rhythmic rhymes. 293-6361

*Boar’s Head Sports Club See ad pages 61, 73


Members-only themed camps, child-care, tennis; BH/IM-Rec/guest squash; public golf. 972-6031

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Internet & Phone

Camp for kids with special needs, family camps and more. 977-3781

*Camp Horizons See ad page 72


Outdoor adventures include horses, water, arts, sports, science & more fun. R, ACA. 540-896-7600

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Go-Karts & dirt buggies, swimming and more. Trained staff. ACA. 888-836-1212

*Camp Yogaville See ad page 62


Daily yoga, vegetarian meals, sanskirt singing, crafts and more. 800-858-9642

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Summer pony camp includes riding, gardening, hiking, picnics, art & more. 296-2672

*Challenge-Island See ad page 74


International franchise at the forefront of S.T.E.A.M. education and learning. 260-0217

*Charlottesville Ballet Academy See ad page 69


Dance camps aiming to elevate the art through wellness, performance & education. 973-2555

*Charlottesville Waldorf School See ad page 60


Day camp with creative movement, music, crafts, storytelling, outdoor play & more. 973-4946

*The Covenant School See ad page 59

G K–12

Specialty camps for G K–8 & sports camps for G 1–12. 220-7330

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Among lessons learned: Things they loved to do; things they didn’t like as much as others; the beauty of the great outdoors; their own self-reliance; and they discovered and expanded interests that have lasted their lifetimes since. Camp GooseChase at Old Meadows Farm in North Garden was a long-term winner for my older daughter, Clara. She has gone every summer since she was 9 years old, first as a camper and then, for the last few summers home from college, as a counselor. She first fell in love with horses from a distance, through books. In person, according to Clara, “It was definitely scary sometimes, because horseback riding can be a little scary in general.” You can’t really tell how large and powerful horses are until you look one in the eye. Still, she says, “Stopping because you’re scared would mean other kids had to see you were scared, and it meant disrupting whatever everyone else was doing and drawing attention to yourself…[So] I would end up trying more things than maybe I would have

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alone, and it turned it out well.” Over her years at horse camp, and at riding lessons throughout the rest of the

Boys 8 - 16 In the Poconos at Hawley, PA

year, Clara learned grooming and riding

Offering qualified instruction and laboratory work in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, ecology, electronics, geology, physics, photography, robotics and rocketry. The sciences are incorporated into a fun filled, camper selected program that also includes archery, arts and crafts, climbing, mini-bike riding, riflery, sailing, swimming, tennis, trips, windsurfing, woodworking, ropes, etc. Private Lake. American Camp Association accredited. 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions.

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some of the horses. Camp GooseChase also always featured chances to learn about horse rescue farms in the area or to volunteer in some way. One summer, the camp quartered most of its horses and held all of its activities at Camp Holiday Trails where, for some portion of every day, the GooseChase campers helped

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acquaint Holiday Trails’ campers with the horses. Helping children with special health needs learn to enjoy something


she already loved taught Clara early on that volunteering feels best when you share what you enjoy.

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Little sister Jillian gave horse camp a

whirl, too. She joined the fun after Clara’s first year. “I was fairly scared of horses to begin with,” Jillian says. And, while she was brand new in the world of horses, big sister Clara was a summer camp veteran




Internet & Phone

*DMR Adventures See ad page 61


Variety of Broadway adventure camps focusing on production, musicals & more. 203-6314

* First Presbyterian Church Preschool See ad page 25

20 mo –5

Themed day camps in a nurturing Christian environment.


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Non-military program of academics, athletics and enrichment trips for boys. 842-3212

*Frost Montessori School See ad page 31

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A rich cirriculum promoting a knowledge of the world and a development of skills. 979-5223

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*Joanne Boyle Basketball Camps See ad page 79


Instruction from UVA women’s basketball coach & staff. R option. 982-5800

*KidsCollege@PVCC Summer Academies See ad page 70

G 3–10

Hands-on, project-based learning, with over 100 STEM & Arts academies available. 961-5354

*Light House Studio See ad page 56

G 3–12

Film camps: narrative, animation, music video, vfx, documentary & more. 293-6992

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G 6–12

STEM, English for Academics, Leadership, JROTC and more. 540-459-2167

*Millstone of Ivy Preschool See ad page 52

3 yrs–K

Themed weeks with arts & crafts, cooking, storytime, gardening and outdoor activities. 979-2111

*Mountaintop Montessori’s Seed Summer Camp See ad page 58

3 yrs– G6

Garden-to-table & ecology day camps offer gardening, cooking & fun local trips. 979-8886

*Nike Tennis Camps at UVA See ad page 56


Players of all abilities build tennis skills with UVA’s head coach. R option. 800-645-3226

*Oakland School Summer Camp See ad page 60


Academics & activities. Individualized instruction, small classes, summer fun. 293-9059

*The Paramount Theater See ad page 20

All Ages

Try out for parts in local productions, and experience stage life first-hand. 979-1333

*Piedmont Family YMCA See ad page 71


Adventurous field trips, swimming, crafts and guest speakers. Weekly themes. 974-9622

*Science Camp Watonka See ad page 70


Boys’ camp offering hands-on programs in all of the sciences & more. R, ACA. 570-857-1401

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with a year of riding lessons under her

Learning about pottery with Rebekah

belt by the time Jillian showed up on

Wostrel at McGuffey Art Studios was

the scene. So Jillian’s wariness became

“one of my favorite camps,” Jillian says.

“a fact I would never admit to because

“[Rebekah] would always encourage me

I looked up to my older, fiercely horse-

to push myself and experiment, but

loving sister,” she says.

she could also rein me in when my

But summer camp is a place to try

ideas became unrealistic (or flat-out

new things, and Jillian tried her best.

impossible) to achieve.” The challenge

“My initial comfort was somewhat faked,”

and the support made it great fun for

she says, “but counselors were there

a budding young artist, and, on top of

every step of the way and made sure

that, Jillian says, “It was a small, close-

each and every camper felt safe and

knit environment where you got a lot

included.” All the safety and inclusion

of individual interaction with other

in the world, though, couldn’t stave off

campgoers and with the artist leading

Jillian’s horse allergies, which proved to

the workshop.”

be as fierce as her older sister’s love for

Another favorite for Jillian was an

the animals. While Clara continued to

art and nature camp hosted by two

love her horse camp days every summer,

artists from McGuffey. At this camp, “All

Jillian ventured into new areas. She

the activities they would give you were

sampled band camp, field hockey camp,

unstructured…to see where you would

Watermarks camp and more. And all

take it,” Jillian says. “My personal favorite

these experiences shaped her interests,

activity was creating a hut out of bamboo

sometimes confirming a new interest and

for myself.” For this task, the leaders

sometimes defining the end of another,

gave the children tools to work with the

but all the time leading her toward the

bamboo, including something “like an

next new thing to try.

apple corer, like a wedge,” Jillian says. “I

Her favorite camps involved art.

liked to build stuff, and you really don’t

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Internet & Phone

*SPCA See ad page 17, 41

G 3–6

Hands-on learning, animal interactions, arts & crafts and more. 973-5959

*Spectrum Summer Programs at Tandem Friends School See ad page 76

G 1–8

An array of creative offerings in the arts, adventure, basketball, drumming & more. 760-3097

*St. Anne’s-Belfield School See ad page 67

G PS–12

Tech camps for coders & makers; film acting; sports, reading & explorer camps. 296-5106

*St. Margaret’s School See ad page 57


Traditional day camp environment for boys and girls. R camp option for girls. 804-443-3357

*STEAM Discovery Academy See ad page 63

G K–8

Science, technology, engineering, art and math. 987-3918

*Triple C Camp See ad page 67

G K–10

Offers horses, swimming & ropes course. Lunches included, transportation. R, ACA. 293-2529

*University Montessori School See ad page 74


Day camp with arts & crafts, literature, cooking, science experiments and music. 977-0583

*UVA Field Hockey Camp See ad page 79

G 4–12

Improve techniques, learn to train smarter, develop self-confidence and reach potential. 249-0520

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get to build stuff pretty much anywhere in that literal a sense,” she says, and, getting the chance to do that “felt really grown up.” Of course, the camp leaders kept an eye on things and made sure everything was safe. But that didn’t mean they took control from the children. So, when they were building their huts, “even if the whole thing fell down,” Jillian says, “you still knew everything would be fine.” Summer camps offered both girls meaningful chances to define their own interests and to differentiate from each other in the middle of summer’s many weeks of togetherness. For Clara, horse camp christened a lifelong love of horses, and riding built her confidence. She learned that a small girl could lead a mighty horse if she learned the right skills. And she learned to get back up again when she fell. Jillian learned that it’s okay to try

“...even though my legs felt like jell-o, it showed you that there were things you hadn’t thought of that you could do…things that might seem scary at first glance.”

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opportunity to figure out how you can

chosen stuffed animals. Instead of, “Are

in a variety of arts media. She also

encourage others in a productive way,”

we there yet?” from the backseat, we’d

learned resilience from trying new things

Jillian says. Of all her camp experiences,

get full-throttle belly laughs as their

the arts-related camps gave Jillian the

“guys” goofed off together. They also

most satisfaction, nurturing a passion

spent eons of time drawing, writing

in her that continues today. In the

stories and poems, and reading as if

fall, she will enroll in college with the

books were food that sustained them.

intention of fusing her interests in art

I believe this open-ended time taught

and engineering.

them important skills, too. They learned

Summer camps were as great for my

to entertain themselves, to connect with

kids as I had hoped they would be. I loved

their imagination and to think and to

all the opportunities to introduce new

dream for themselves.

interests as well as to feed abiding ones.

Sure, with all that time together, they

But here’s a quick plug for unscheduled

got testy with each other sometimes,

creatively and from experiences like the

time, too. Long stretches of unplanned

especially around midsummer. Often,

ropes course. “The side adventure things



that’s when the summer camps kicked

like [the ropes course and the zipline]

valuable sister-bonding time and allowed

in—right when they needed variety the

were cool,” Jillian says, “because they

their imaginations room to stretch and


weren’t stuff that everyone…would want

grow. Their stuffed animals—“guys”—

to do, so you could test your limits.”

fell into specifically defined divisions

And testing her limits felt great, “even

of family and friend networks. In the

though my legs felt like jell-o,” she says,

summers, the girls and their “guys”

because “it showed you that there were

could unfurl days’ and weeks’ worth

things you hadn’t thought of that you

of perfectly dramatic, highly detailed

could do…things that might seem scary

and fiercely imagined sagas. Our girls

at first glance.” Being brave enough to

could even withstand 15-hour car rides

try something scary also “gave you an

on the strength of a handful of properly




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Internet & Phone

*UVA Women’s Soccer Camp See ad page 67

G 5–12

Focus on improving individual skill and understanding of the game. R. 908-458-3216

*The Village School See ad page 56

G 1–9

Explore music, culture, arts and mathematics at several themed camps. 984-4404

*Virginia Polo Center See ad page 63


Learn the rules and language of polo at week-long camps. 979-0293

*Westview on the James Camp See ad page 76


Christian sleepaway camp featuring outdoor activities, music, crafts and worship. R. 804-457-4210

*Wilson School of Dance See ad page 72


Offers Princess/Tangled/fairyland ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet & intensives. 973-5678

*Woodberry Forest Camps See ad page 3


Sports camps for boys, including football, basketball & lacrosse & co-ed squash. R. 540-672-6044

*Woodworking with Children See ad page 79


A woodworking experience using hand tools, for beginners & intermediate levels. woodworking, 979-1220

Parents Please Note:

At the time of publication, many of the businesses and organizations planning summer camps this year had not yet firmed up the details for their programs. Please use the information we’ve gathered here as a “spring board” for your research into finding the right summer program for your family. We urge all parents to visit and interview each camp to make certain it is safe, there are qualified staff and it is a good program fit for your family. We do not in any way represent the businesses and organizations presented herein. 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 this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein.


{until next time humorous reflections} Bunks, Boats & Bears

by Rick Epstein

My daughter Sally was 10 years old when she first went away to a YMCA sleep-away camp in the mountains. It is a classic, with a lake, cabins, a totem pole, a trading post, a mess hall and a camp ghost. At camp, Sally discovered a world run by college kids and populated by fun-seekers. She acquired a ton of new friends (I’m figuring 20 friends at 100 lbs. each) and took part in her first “color war.” Every camper is assigned to one of two rival teams—Red or Black. The

There, empty canoes and rowboats drift on their tethers while boys and girls scamper back and forth catching tiny moths in the woods and dropping them off the dock to float on the water. Fish surge up from below and snatch them away. Whether the kids were being cruel or kind depends on whether you are a moth or a fish. Sally sits dangling her feet into the water, watching the young kids feed the fish, and scratching a small-butdemanding outbreak of poison ivy on her leg.

competition begins without warning at midnight with the firing of a small cannon and lasts 48 hours. The kids paint themselves red or black and yell themselves hoarse for every tug-of-war and canoe race. Each win provokes wild celebration. The camp ghost is Crazy Annie, a kitchen worker who drowned herself in the lake when a counselor jilted her. Need proof? Well, the lake is right there, and no camper has ever needed more corroboration than that. At night, Annie’s ghost comes out of the lake and prowls the camp. So do bears. The campers are taught how to deal with them. Sally shared her knowledge with me, “If a bear is after you, do NOT run away, and do NOT climb a tree.” “Hey! Whose side are you on?” I asked. “How about if I just catch a cub and hold him hostage to make his mother behave?” “Stay out of the woods,” she said. That first summer, besides making candles and braiding lanyards, Sally learned a new sport and came home with a trophy, a gold-painted sailboat centerboard inscribed: Outstanding Windsurfer. She talked about camp all the time. Sally was hooked and went back summer after summer, eventually becoming a paid counselor. When she is away at camp, we miss her cheerful company. It’s a July day and Sally is 17 years old. I take a day off from work and drive a few hours up to the camp. At the office, the director tells me Sally is supervising the boat dock.

“Dad! What are YOU doing here?” Sally asks in friendly amazement. “I just happened to be in the neighborhood,” I lie. “Except for campers, the only people who ‘just happen’ to be in this neighborhood are bears,” she says. “I wanted to see you,” I confess. “Excellent. You can have lunch with me and my girls,” she says. Sally tells the curious kids who I am, and I help them nourish the fish. Then Sally and I are in the mess hall at a table with eight 13-year-olds who live in her cabin. They all are smiling and radiant from outdoor living. Being Sally’s father makes me a celebrity, at that table anyway. By way of welcome, a girl with a ponytail says, “Let’s each say our name and our favorite color. I’ll start: I’m Brittany and my favorite color is kind of a yellowy orange like an oriole.” Camp culture requires everyone to buy into this kind of cheerful goofiness. Without any electronics more complicated than electric lights, at night the kids roast marshmallows, strum guitars, sing foolish songs like “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmitt,” play guessing games and put on talent shows. They gossip and sneak out of their cabins after hours in a never-ending cat-and-mouse game with their counselors. Even though I am only there for lunch, the girls make me feel like one of them. We wolf down hamburgers and the bug juice flows like water. What a great place! What wonderful kids! Driving home, I get an idea. The camp is chronically short of cheap help, and I get five weeks of vacation every summer. I COULD WORK AT THE CAMP! But my plan dies quickly; my wife would almost surely figure out where I went.

The kids paint themselves red or black and yell themselves hoarse for every tug-of-war and canoe race.


A Dad’s Humorous Reflections

March 2017

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SOLARIS Wonderful, 4-bedroom, 2-bath contemporary on private & wooded 3.73 acres in N. Albemarle HIGH HOPES community of Solaris. Spacious master suite, stone fireplace and much more! MLS#554681 Quiet country feeling with city-like convenience! Comprised of four, gently rolling land parcels totaling over 83 acres with $357,500 Will Faulconer 434.987.9455 streams, creeks, and beautiful mountain views. The home, a classic, well built Colonial with slate roof, has been wellmaintained and offers a traditional floor plan with an excellent blend of formal and relaxed spaces. 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths. Numerous possibilities with this superb offering! $1,895,000 MLS#546641 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

FARMINGTON Traditional, remodeled home with 5 BR, 2 FP, kitchen/FR, light-filled sunroom, and large deck. Hardwood floors, many custom built-ins, terrace level apartment. MLS#543809 $995,000 Betsy Swett 434.249.2922

IVY SPRINGS 5,441 sq. ft brick Georgian home with 5-BR, 4.5-BA, beautiful kitchen with cherry cabinets, fully finished walk-out basement, 3-car garage & more. 2.5Âą acre lot. MLS#551601 $789,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

DOWNTOWN LIVING Beautifully updated end-unit townhouse with 3 BR, 3.5 BA, living room with FP, and new kitchen. Walled gardens, 2 off-street parking spaces. 4 blocks off N. Downtown Mall. MLS#552031 $759,000 Tim Michel 434.960.1124

MOUNTAINTOP HOME 15Âą private acres showcasing a solid-brick home, just 10 minutes from UVA. Walnut study, soapstone kitchen counters, hardwood floors, 3 fireplaces, finished terrace level. MLS#546300 $1,345,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

KESWICK Attractive Cape Cod with Southwest Mtn. views, on 3 acres in one of the most beautiful sections of Albemarle County. 4 BR, 3.5 BA, large kitchen with dining area. $720,000 MLS#555617 Charlotte Dammann 434.981.1250

TOTIER HILLS FARM Exquisite brick mansion, meticulously maintained and built with superb quality and materials, details and features. Over 9,000 finished square feet, 13,000 total, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths. 98.23 gently rolling and private acres, mostly pastures, also with a large stream and pond. Only 5 miles to shopping and 15 miles to UVA. Call, text or email for brochure, more details: MLS#553364 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

ARCOURT Long after other homes have crumbled, the stone walls of ARCOURT will remain-a testament to the quarried natural stone and superb quality construction used to create this one of a kind French-inspired estate on 22 acres in Keswick Hunt Country, Completely fenced for horses, 3-stall stable, guest quarters.Beautiful mountain and pastoral views from home & covered veranda with stone fireplace.MLS#543296 $2,595,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076

WALNUT MEADOW Charming & well maintained c. 1750 home on 20 acres in heart of Free Union. Expanded & renovated with 1990s log addition. 4 BR, 3 BA, guest cottage, barn & more. MLS#550905 $1,375,000 Steve McLean 434.981.1863

WEST LEIGH Excellent condition! Living room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, spacious master bedroom, mainlevel hardwood floors, almost 3,000 finished sq. ft. Superb location on 3.05 acres. MLS#556041 $579,000 Jim Faulconer 434.981.0076


CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM March 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 3

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM March 2017  

Volume 18 Issue 3