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A Code to Live By

government; the popularity of Congress is at an all time low. Participation in organized religion has waned. People are increasingly likely to identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious”.

by Michael F. Mascolo, PhD

During this time, we have become a more fragmented society. Traditional physical neighborhoods have given way to virtual neighborhoods; people tend to associate with friends and associates with similar interests in places outside of their local neighborhoods. Gone are the days when people acquired their news and entertainment from newspapers and the three main television networks. The internet has allowed us to gain access to increasingly personalized news, information and entertainment. Perhaps most important, we have become more tolerant and accepting of diversity, whether that diversity be cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation or religious.

Recently, I listened to a set of CDs explaining the circumstances leading up to the current economic meltdown. The CDs contained recordings of four shows from NPR’s This American Life (This American Life Presents Your Guide to the Meltdown). This wonderful set of programs helps to clarify the difficult-tounderstand history of the current housing crisis and its role in the current economic crisis. As I listened to the program, one of the hosts interviewed a young mortgage broker who said: “I mean, loans we were doing, you know, we looked at loans, these people didn’t have a pot to piss in. I mean they could barely make the car payment and now we’re giving them a $300,000 or $400,000 house.” Wow. So this mortgage broker knew he was offering mortgages to people who had no chance of being able to pay them back. What was he thinking? What values informed this young man’s actions? How did he live with himself? This sorry statement was the inspiration for the section on Values and Moral Development contained in this issue. For better or for worse, we live in a time in which many people find it difficult to identify a clear and coherent system of values that they can use to guide their lives. There are many reasons for this. Over the past 60 or more years, people have lost faith in many of our social institutions. Many have lost faith in

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Against the backdrop of these cultural changes, it’s no wonder why it is so difficult to find principles by which to live one’s life! And even when we seem to have found a set of core beliefs, it’s often difficult to maintain them. There often seems to be exceptions to any given rule; our beliefs tend to rub against the heart-felt beliefs of some other group. In this issue, we explore ways in which you can help to cultivate character in your child and foster his or her moral development. We begin with A Question of Values, which explores the ethos of the mortgage broker whose dubious dealings reflects a set of values distorted by the lure of easy money. From there, we’ll examine the importance of helping children develop a moral code by which to live their lives. We’ll show you some ways that you can begin to help your child articulate a set of values that can serve as a moral guide to a good and happy life.

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A Question of Values Glen secured bad loans to people who couldn’t afford them. So why do I feel sorry for him? How important are values as guides to action? I was recently listening to a radio program on the current financial crisis. I was struck by a rather candid interview with a young mortgage broker. The interview was remarkable for what it revealed about what this man was thinking – or perhaps not thinking – as he engaged in financial dealings typical of those that led to our current financial mess. Glen was just out of college and was working for a mortgage company. His job was to sell mortgages to people with very low incomes, who couldn’t really afford to make their car

payments, never mind a huge mortgage payment. This, of course, sounds strange. What mortgage company would loan mortgages to people who could not make their car payments? The answer? Companies led by people who would lend money to thousands of clients and then sell bundles of mortgages to investors on Wall Street. If a lender is going to sell the mortgages that he arranges (rather than waiting for clients to pay those mortgages back), then he doesn’t have to worry about whether or not his clients are able to make their monthly payments. If you think that something seems immoral about this, you are not alone.

Now to be fair (okay, to bend over backwards to be fair), Glen was doing something that “everybody was doing” in the mortgage business at this time. He was just a cog in a much bigger piece of financial machinery. And he

was young – again, just out of college. Nonetheless, let’s look at what Glen says about his “good old days” in the mortgage business. Now while I have quoted his words verbatim from the


program in my Letter from the Editor on page 3, it’s not possible to capture the emotional tone of the interview. Although Glen spoke with some regret about his work, most of what he said was expressed with a kind of nostalgic enthusiasm about the life he was living. My question: What values is Glen communicating as he describes his life as a mortgage broker? We already know that he knew he was making loans to people who “didn’t have a pot to piss in.” “At the height, I was making 75 to 100 grand per month ($75,000 to $100,000 per month). What was that movie, Boiler Room? You ever see that movie? That’s what it was like. I mean it was just…it was the coolest thing ever. It was cubicle, cubicle, cubicle for, you know, a hundred, fifties, thousand square feet. The ceilings were probably 25, 30 feet ceilings. The elevator had this big graffiti painting that was awesome. [Interviewer: A graffiti painting meaning that it had been there since… they had not done any

amenities to this place…] It was just a big open space and it was awesome. We lived mortgage. That’s what we did, that’s all we did, you know what I mean? All of us, we just lived it. You know, this deal, that deal; what’s going on here; how we gonna get this one funded; what’s the problem with this one? I mean you get there and that’s all everybody’s talking about.” Glen really seemed to love his job. He seemed particularly impressed with the Spartan nature of his workplace: just a bunch of cubicles in a huge warehouse. They didn’t even bother to cover up the graffiti in the elevator. What apparently seemed “awesome” to Glen was the fact that a warehouse was set up quickly for the express purpose of making mass mortgage loans which would result in massive amounts of money. And Glen made a lot of money. He had five cars, a 1.5 million dollar vacation home and rented a penthouse in Manhattan. Glen continued: “We would roll up to Marquis at

North Shore Children & Families midnight with a, you know, line of 500 people deep out front. Walk right up to the door, “give me my table.” We’re sittin’ next to Tara Reed and a couple of her friends. We’re sittin’ uh, you know, Christina Aguilera was doin’ whatever, like, I’m Christine Aguilera and I’m gonna sing… Cuba Gooding….We order probably you know three or four bottles of Cristal at $1000 dollars a bottle. They bring it out with, you know they’re walking through the crowd, they hold the bottles over their heads, they put those fire crackers and the sparklers; you know, the little cocktail waitresses, so you order four bottles of those. They’re walkin’ through the crowd of people. Everybody’s like, “Whoa! Who are the cool guys? We were the cool guys! You know what I mean? They gave us a black card, you know, this little card with my name on it. There’s probably ten of them in existence.”

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We don’t have to guess what Glenn is thinking; he’s told us with great clarity: “We were the cool guys!” Glen wanted to be the cool guy who was seen as having a lot of money, who had the money to pay $1000 per bottle on champagne delivered very publically by “little waitresses”. He was somebody. And to be somebody meant having money and the status that accrues from being a profligate spender. After the financial crash, Glen lost everything. Here’s how Glen described how he became aware that his lifestyle was about to change: “This sounds obscene, but [I became aware that the market was turning] the first month that I got a $25,000 paycheck. And at this time, that didn’t cover my expenses. And so you’re sitting here, and you’re like: I just made $25,000 this month which is more than people make in six months, and that doesn’t cover my expenses. Now what do I do? Continued on page 6

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You knew, the good old days were over, and it was scary. [Interviewer: Can you pay your bills now?] Uh, not really. I borrowed some money from… you know, some friends, well not [my friends], from my Dad (laugh). Borrowed some money from Dad. Living in the house right now. We’re working with the bank to try to avoid foreclosure. At this point, I’m dealing with an attorney, I’m trying to figure out if it makes sense for me to just walk away from the house. [Interviewer: Are you making mortgage payments now?] No... I’m just making them spotty, as I can, just enough to keep them off my back. I mean I really have to watch every penny right now.” So Glen went from making $1,000,000 per year to having to borrow money from his father in

order to make it from month to month; from a penthouse in Manhattan to foreclosure; from a life of decadence to a life of desperation. His situation is rich in irony: he moved from a position of lending money to people he knew could not possibly pay their mortgages to wondering if it makes sense for him to “just walk away” from his own mortgage. Do You Feel Sorry for Glen? You might say that it’s hard to do the right thing when you are young, inexperienced and making a lot of money. Does this excuse Glen’s behavior? Of course, a lot of older and more experienced people were doing the same thing as Glen. He was just following in their footsteps. Does that excuse Glen’s behavior? My answer is “no”, it does not. And in that way, I don’t feel sorry for Glen. He got his comeuppance. But there is a sense in which I do feel sorry for Glen. I feel sorry for him because, in my opinion, he did not

have a clear and coherent set of values by which to live his life. Actually, that’s not quite true. He did live his life in accordance with a set of values. It’s not that he didn’t have values – it’s that his values were not good ones. How did Glen measure his worth? By the amount of money he made. His feelings of worth relied not only on his capacity to spend but on his ability to be seen spending. And he didn’t seem to care about whom he hurt en route to his lavish lifestyle. Why We Need Each Other to Live Value-Centered Lives In making the claim that Glen’s values are not good ones, I am aware that I am myself making a value judgment. But who am I to make such a judgment? Why are my values any better than Glen’s? Who is to say whose values are good values? Some may say that there is no answer to the question “Who is to say whose values are good ones?” I disagree. I believe that there is an answer to this question, and that the answer is: Each and every one of us. In everything we

do, we should all be in the business of asking, “Is this good?” Is it right? Is it worthy? We all need a set of values by which to live. Even though we all need to eke out a set of values for ourselves, none of us can do this by ourselves. We need each other to help us to identify, clarify and fine-tune our individual and collective sense of what is good, worthy or right. I not only need you to support me when you think I’m right, I need you to tell me when you think I’m wrong. When you disagree with me, you give me the gift of a different perspective. If I’m open to you, I may consider changing my views. If you are open to me, you might do the same. When we close ourselves off from the influence of others, we fail to “check” our values against views that are different from our own. This is not to say that we should necessarily accept whatever other people believe, defer to others or doubt our own values. It is to say, however, that we can develop, change and strengthen our values through our interactions and relationships with others.


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Teach Your Children Well: 10 Questions for a Moral Life “You who are on the road/must have a code/that you can live by…” ~ Graham Nash “If it’s not worth doing, it’s not worth doing well.” ~ Donald Hebb “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower The road that Nash is referring to is, of course, the road of life. We all need a code to live by. What type of code do we need? Well, a value system, a moral code, some set of ideas that we use to determine what is good, important or worthy in life. Do you have such a code? Do your children have one? After all, the next line in Nash’s song is “Teach your children well.” What would it mean to have a code to live by? Such a code would act as a kind of social and moral guide. It would provide a foundation for separating not only right and wrong, but also what is worthy from what is not worthy; what is valuable or not valuable; what is truly important from what is not important or more generally, what is good from what is bad. Sometimes when we think about how we should live our lives, we conjure up an image of a big adult telling us what to do. We often think that living a moral life means avoiding temptation, sacrificing ourselves or denying ourselves the

things that we want. While self-control is very important to living a good and moral life, self-control doesn’t mean self-denial. A good and moral life should not be one of constant guilt and burden. Continued on page 8


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My Personal Values

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Area of My Life

Something that I Did (or Didn’t Do) that I Regret

What I Wished that I Had Done

That Means that I Value

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Interacting with Family

“I yelled at my brother.”

“I wish I had asked him calmly to stop what he was doing.”

Being calm and controlling my anger

Interacting with Friends

“During tag I accidently pushed my friend into a concrete wall and scraped his hand.”

“I wished I had just tapped him on the shoulder.”

Being calm and less energetic in that game

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Interacting with Strangers

“There was a kid at the store with his Dad who “I should have given him some money.” was selling something for charity. I didn’t give him money.”

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Interacting with Teacher, Boss “I made fun of my teacher when he was in a bad mood.” or Superior

“I wish I had just stayed quiet.”

Being more mature

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Interacting with a Subordinate “I can’t think of anything.” or Younger Person “When my teacher gave out extyra homework, and I had skiing, I came home late and I Acting at Work or School didn’t do my homework very well.”

“I try not to hurt little kid’s feelings.”

Being a future father

“I wish I had done my homework on the bus coming home.”

Being responsible

“I wish I had not tried to get revenge…that I just played it cool.”

Playing it cool and not getting revenge

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Being less selfish and more generous

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Play or Having Fun

“I jokingly tripped one of my friends to get revenge. He got a bruise on his head.”

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Responding to Peer Pressure

“There is a girl with special needs who doesn’t “I wish I had not said anything.” do her homework. She has no friends. My friends made frun of her and I did too.”

Kindness

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Being Tempted to Do Something I Shouldn’t Do

“I spent more time than I was supposed to on the computer.”

“I wish I controlled my desire to be on the computer more.”

Controlling my desires

“I feel like I’m kind of a negative guy.”

“I would like to try to be more positive.”

Being a positive person

10 Being the Type of Person I Want to Be

A good and moral life is a life of mindful balance. It is mindful because it requires that we reflect upon what is important, good or worthwhile in life. It is a life of balance because there is no single thing that is good or worthwhile in life! In India, for example, Hindus organize their lives around three values – dharma, wealth and enjoyment. Dharma consists of duty or right action. And yes, you just read that correctly – wealth and enjoyment are seen as good things to be pursued! But the key here is balance. The moral person does not pursue wealth and enjoyment at the expense of right action. What type of code should we live by? No one can answer that question definitively for anyone else. To be sure, while children are under their parent’s guidance, parents can and should do all they can to guide and direct their children’s moral development. Ultimately of course, after we do what we can to prepare our children, as they get older they will have to make their own moral decisions. How can we help them make good choices? Help Your Child Articulate a System of Values Here is a particularly powerful way to help you, your child or anyone else think about how to be a better and more moral person. Simply complete the “Personal Values” chart. To do this, you can help your child to fill in a chart like the one shown at the top of the page. The chart has four columns, three of which are for your child to fill in. For each of the “Areas of My Life” listed in the left hand column, ask your child to describe some specific thing that he did that he regrets – something she did that she wished that she did not do. We asked a 12 year-old boy to perform the Personal Values task. This child’s completed chart accompanies this article. For example and as shown in the chart, when asked to describe something that he regretted doing when interacting with a family member, one 12 year-old boy said, “I yelled at my brother.” After your child answers, ask your child to state what he wished that Continued on page 10


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Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori ‘Education as an aid to life’ empowers these young minds to take risks, plan and record their learning time, manage their developing academic and social skills and effectively learn from their experiences, their mistakes and from one another. Graduates’ stories are examples of this successful philosophy. During alumni night, they spoke of the middle school’s specific approach that supports achieving an essential set of skills and attitudes for facing new challenges and contributing to society.

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Values & Moral Development Teach Your Children Well Continued from page 8

calmly to stop what he was doing’? How are you being when you do this?” In response to this question, the 12 year-old boy responded, “Being calm and controlling my anger.” This means that the boy actually values being calm and controlling his anger. The power of this task is that it helps your child to articulate his or her own already existing values – whether or not he or she is aware of having them. The values that are extracted from this task come from the child and not from the parent. This has several important advantages: Because the values come from the child herself, your child will not feel as if you are preaching to her or trying to control what she does. When a child sees that he is able to state his regrets and have them accepted by the parent, he will be more likely to be able to accept the limitations of his own past behavior and work to improve it. When given the opportunity to critique their own behavior, children are making their own moral judgments. This makes them feel like moral beings and motivates them to try to live up to their own moral standards.

he had done instead. In response to this question, the 12 year-old said, “I wish I had asked him calmly to stop what he was doing.” The third question is the important one. A child’s description of what he or she wished he had done reveals his or her values about the act in question. To help your child articulate what those values are, you can say something like, “Can you think of some words that mean the same thing as ‘asking your brother

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When your child is able to articulate his own values in a safe and accepting environment, he will be more open to discussing ways to live up to those values. This is a situation in which following your child’s lead can produce real results. Ask your child what he can do to live up to the values that he has articulated for himself. You may find that your child is motivated to ask you to help him find ways to become a more moral person.


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Values & Moral Development

The Moral Dilemmas of Everyday Life Facing up to personal and moral challenges is part of the process by which we develop as moral individuals. One way in which parents can promote the development of moral behavior in their children is to help them confront moral dilemmas and challenges to see their sense of what is right and wrong. One of the best ways to foster moral development is to help children make moral choices about real social and moral issues in their own lives. Beyond that, many social and moral issues that arise in the news involve children or are accessible to children. Helping children reason their way through these issues helps to promote moral awareness. Moral dilemmas provide moral

challenges for children that can help them develop their capacity for moral reasoning and action. The important point about moral dilemmas is that they are always two-poled: they pit one set of values against another. (Making a choice between doing the right thing versus doing the wrong thing is not a moral dilemma because we already know the right thing to do. While making such a choice may involve resisting the temptation, it is not a moral dilemma.) The trick to helping a child to reason his or her way through a moral dilemma is to assist the child to:

both sides of the dilemma – especially the side of the dilemma that the child may not initially support (c) make a choice about what is the right thing to do in the dilemma, and why

Here are some moral issues that have arisen in the media in the past months: JT Gaskins is a 17 year-old boy who battled leukemia as a child. Locks of Love is an organization that makes hairpieces for patients who have lost their hair as a result of the drugs that they receive to treat their illness. Gaskins wanted to support Locks of Love by growing

(a) identify the two values that are in conflict in the dilemma (b) articulate arguments supporting

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It is often helpful to leave open the possibility that the best solutions to moral dilemmas are often solutions that go beyond the two poles of any given dilemma. In a dilemma between A and B, perhaps the best solution is neither A nor B, but a third solution that resolves the conflict entirely. Children will often need help in conjuring up such solutions, which involve more complexity.

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his hair long in order to donate his hair. However, Gaskin’s high school – Madison Academy in Michigan – has a dress code that prohibits males from allowing their hair to grow beneath their ears. When his hair grew beneath his ears, Gaskins was told that he would have to cut his hair. Gaskins refused. As a result of his refusal, Gaskins was suspended from school. What are the values that are in conflict here? Should Gaskins have been suspended? Why or why not? What would you have done if you were Gaskins? What would you have done if you were the school administrators? Why? Sixteen year-old Jessica Almquist, of Cranston, Rhode Island, protested against the presence of an 8-foot tall prayer displayed on the wall of the Cranston High School auditorium. The prayer was As displayed in the Cranston (RI) High School Auditorium

written in 1963 by a seventh grader at the school. The prayer can be seen on the left side of this page. As a result of her protest, Jessica received a series of online threats. She had to have a police officer escort her to school. The state representative in her district called her an “evil little thing.” A local florist refused to deliver flowers to her. A Federal judge ruled that the prayer was unconstitutional. Because it was located in a public school, the existence of the prayer violated the provision of separation of church and state. The judge ordered the prayer removed from the school. What are the values that are in conflict here? Should the judge have removed the prayer from the school? Why or why not? Many children and adults alike use products made by Apple. These include iPhones, iPads and Apple computers. One of the reasons why so many people are able to buy these products is that they are relatively inexpensive. In order to make iPods and iPhones cheaply, Apple has many of its products made in China. It costs less to make Apple products in China because Chinese workers are paid less to produce the products than it would cost to pay American workers to make the products. Chinese workers work long hours, often 10-14 hours per day, 6-7 days per week. In addition, in many situations, Chinese companies employ children to make Apple products. Children are paid even less than the adults who work at Chinese factories. Children from poor Chinese families often work in factories in order to bring much needed money home to support their families. Children are not allowed to work in the United States until they are at least 16 years of age. Should Apple put pressure on the Chinese companies to stop employing children in their factories? Should Apple charge more for its products to people in the United States so that Chinese workers can be paid more? Why or why not?

Now that you know that the Chinese workers who make Apple products are poorly paid, would you be willing to stop using Apple products? Why or why not? An 11th grade cheerleader used her cellular phone to make a recording of her coach who was scolding the girls for their poor attitudes. Among the things that the coach said included the following: “Who do you think you all are? Highfalutin’ Heifers? You can just come and go as you please. Fire me!” A “heifer” is a term that is used to refer to a female cow. The coach was fired for making the remark. In addition, the cheerleader who recorded the coach’s words was given two days of detention at school. What is the conflict of values here? Should the coach have been fired for using the term “Highfalutin’ Heifers”? Should the teacher have been fired? Should the student have been given a detention for using a recorder without the coach knowing it? There are two (and often more!) sides to every story. The trick to teaching children to reason their way through moral quandaries is to help them to see both sides of the issue before and to justify their moral decisions by taking both sides into account. To say that children must be able to understand both sides of an issue is not the same as saying that they must agree with both sides. However, solving a moral dilemma in favor of one side over the other without understanding both sides is not solving a moral dilemma at all. If we only understand one side of a dilemma, our moral decision is based on bias, prejudice or ignorance. Judgments without clear understanding can be neither moral nor just.


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Values & Moral Development

Cultivating Character: Start Anywhere! Different people have different values. Different groups of people have different values. What is virtuous to one group of people may not be virtuous to another. This is why we have had such difficulty, for example, with the idea that schools should teach values. We all want our children to be moral. But in a pluralistic society, who gets to define what is moral? Whose morality? Whose values?

Integrity

Moderation Responsibility

At first blush, this seems like a difficult question. That is because there really is diversity when it comes to values and virtues. People and social groups really do differ. And there is a need to find ways to respect these differences. But this is where the conversation should start, not where it should end. The mere fact of diversity doesn’t mean that we cannot also create common ground. Common ground, after all, is not something that is found; it is something that is created. Character is the moral aspects of our selves. To say that someone has character is to say that he or she lives life guided by a code of conduct. How can we begin the process of creating common ground when it comes to virtues and values? The answer is to start anywhere. Why start anywhere? Because even though there is great and meaningful diversity in the world, people are not Martians to one another. People everywhere develop beliefs about what is good. And even if we are unable to identify a single, common set of beliefs about what is good, valuable or virtuous, it would be surprising and even strange if any two groups of people (or individuals) could identify nothing that they both consider to be good.

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Take a look at the Circle of Virtues that accompanies this article. Which of these virtues do you find to be important? Which do you find to be less important? If you wanted to encourage your child to be a moral person, what virtues would you start by emphasizing? What would come next? And next?

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The answer is: in one sense, it doesn’t really matter. Why doesn’t it really matter? Because goodness begets goodness, which begets still more goodness. Regardless of which virtues and values you wish to emphasize in the Circle of Virtues, there is a kernel of goodness in each them. It should be possible to move around the entire Circle of Virtues and find something good in each of the ideas named there.

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MARCH IS THE MONTH FOR: Music in Our Schools, Crafts, Nutrition, Peanuts, Women’s History, Irish-American History, Poetry, American Red Cross, Social Workers,Youth Art SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS! It’s time to start thinking about summer! See pages 11-16 in this issue for lots of great summer camps & programs! Take advantage of early registration discounts now! Pick up our April issue to see more options!

SAVE THE DATE (& DONATE TO THE AUCTION!): The Salem Education Foundation Spring Auction/Fundraiser will be April 5, 6-9pm, at the Hawthorne Hotel, Salem. Proceeds help Salem schools. For tix or to donate to the auction (products, services, gift certificates, experiences, etc.), please contact michelle@minasianevents.com or Cindy at pcterri@comcast.net. To make a monetary donation or to volunteer, please visit www.salemeducationfoundation.org.

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JLC Advocacy is offering a free phone consultation for parents who need help with special education and IEPs. See ad on page 2. Achievement 4 Kids Summer Workshop, Aug. 13-17; see ad on page 3. FREE CLASSES: Call today to schedule a FREE introductory class at The Little Gym! Danvers: 978.777.7977; Woburn: 781.933.3388. WEDNESDAYS: Cape Ann Waldorf School presents Morning Glory Parent & Child Classes, meets every Wed., 12:302pm; $280/10 wk. session. For parents/caregivers with children ages 20 months – 3.5 years. Call to register: 978.927.1936. www.capeannwaldorf.org THURSDAYS: Cape Ann Waldorf School presents Morning Glory for the Youngest Child Parent & Child Classes, meets

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5 Love Languages, noon-2pm, free for parents of 0-14 year olds at Plumfield Academy, Danvers. On 3/1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, noon-2pm. Discover your child’s primary language & learn what you can do to effectively convey unconditional feelings of respect, affection & commitment that will resonate in your child’s emotions & behavior. www.plumfieldacademy.org

Through Mar. 21: Random Access: Data as Art Exhibit at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly. Free, open to the public, all ages welcome. www.montserrat.edu

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SATURDAYS: Parent & Preschooler Playgroup, ages 2.5-5 years, meets most Saturdays, 9-10:30am, at Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School, Beverly. Free, but RSVP at 978.922.1008. See ad on page 5.

MARCH 2: Employee Appreciation Day; Old Stuff Day; Read Across America Day

March Date Night at the REC (indoor play space), 5:30-8:30pm, for kids ages 2-16 at Recreational Education Center, Pine St., Peabody. Parents enjoy a night out while kids have a blast at the REC. See ad on page 2. Playing for Change, an incredible journey in modern music, 8pm; $25/person at Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury. www.blueoceanhall.com

North Shore Children & Families For Early Childhood Educators: Who Takes Care of the Classroom Conductor? The Legacy of Teaching Early Childhood Institute presents All Aboard Legacy!, at the Riverside School, Danvers. Keynote Speaker is Carrie Stack, M.Ed., Certified Life Coach, author & motivational speaker. To register (earns 5 PDPs) & for more info.: www.playitforwardgc.org. MARCH 11:

MARCH 12:

Open House at Ipswich Montessori School, 4-7pm. See ad on page 10. MARCH 16:

Open Houses at Plumfield Academy, Danvers; 10am-noon & 5:30-7:30pm. For parents of 5-11 year olds. www.plumfieldacademy.org MARCH 13:

Dentist Day

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Multigenerational Religious Education – Sunday School for the Whole Family. March 4, 11 & 18, 11:45am-12:30pm at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, Danvers. www.nsuu.org

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Ukulele Jam, 1st & 3rd Sundays through May (except 3/4 & 5/6), 3-4:30pm at Hamilton/Wenham Community House. $5/person, all ages, all levels & drop-ins welcome. Participants need the book The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living by Jim Beloff. MARCH 1: Share A Smile Day Food for Thought Raffle Fundraiser – Win dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the WORLD! Winner gets airfare for 2 to anywhere in the world, 2 nts. hotel, $250 towards dinner! Tix are $5, on sale March 1; drawing held on April 5 at the Salem Education Foundation Spring Auction at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem (winner does not have to attend auction to win). Contact tracy.kapantais@verizon.net

MARCH 8: International Women’s Day; Popcorn Lovers’ Day; Full Moon MARCH 8-31: Adam Block’s Swimming in the Shallows – a look at gay weddings, heterosexual marriages & how to date a shark, at Salem Theatre Co., Salem. www.salemtheatre.com MARCH 10: Free Enrichment Program, Explore South America, 10am, at The Phoenix School, Salem. Open House at Ipswich Montessori School, 10am-noon. See ad on page 10.

Ides of March; Incredible Kid Day

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Sparhawk School Open Houses, free. 9-11am at the Upper Campus (High School), 196 Main St., Amesbury; 4-6pm at the Lower Campus (PreK-8), 259 Elm St., Amesbury. Final open houses for the 2012 enrollment season; see ad on back cover. www.sparhawkschool.com MARCH 15:

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, 7pm, free for parents of 0-14 year olds at Plumfield Academy, Danvers. www.plumfieldacademy.org

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If you need to advertise in our APRIL issue, and if you need our ad production assistance, please confirm your ad size and submit your ad materials TODAY! You can see our regular display ad rates, sizes, available discounts & more at www.northshorefamilies.com. Open School at HarborlightStoneridge Montessori School, Beverly; 9-11am. RSVP to 978.922.1008; see ad on page 5. Tour Grades in Action! For adults at Cape Ann Waldorf School, Beverly; 8:15-10:15am. Meet faculty, tour lower

Advertising Space Reservation DEADLINE at NOON for ADS in our APRIL issue! To advertise, contact suzanne@northshorefamilies.com! If you need our ad production assistance, please confirm your ad size and submit your ad materials by 3/14! You can see our regular display ad rates, sizes, available discounts & more at www.northshorefamilies.com. Contact Suzanne for camp showcase ad rates & sizes. MARCH 17: Happy Birthday, Sharon! ♥ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ♣ Early Childhood Open House & Puppetry at Cape Ann Waldorf School, Beverly, 10am-noon. For parents with children entering Kindergarten & Nursery School. RSVP to Kelly Hiselman at 978.927.1936. www.capeannwaldorf.org Live from Las Vegas! Recycled Percussion at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4pm & 8pm; $25/person, all ages. At 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury; www.blueoceanhall.com. Dynamic blend of rock, funk, pop, DJ & junk instruments – fun for all ages!

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Nursery & Kindergarten Tour & Info. Session, 8:15-10am at Cape Ann Waldorf School, Beverly. RSVP to Kelly Hiselman at 978.927.1936. www.capeannwaldorf.org

MARCH 26:

Open House at Covenant Christian Academy, West Peabody, 9-11am. See ad on back cover.

National “Joe” Day

MARCH 22:

National Mom & Pop Business Owners’ Day; Pickle Day

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MARCH 20:

Community Calendar listings’ DEADLINE at NOON for APRIL issue! Please submit your listings for APRIL events directly through our website (see beg. of this Calendar for details). International Earth Day; Vernal (Spring) Equinox/1st Day of Spring!

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day MARCH 27:

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Sing Out Day MARCH 24:

Open House at Covenant Christian Academy, West Peabody, 9-11am. See ad on back cover.

The Children’s Theatre Workshop of Wilmington 3rd Annual Parents’ Nite of Fun Fundraiser, 7-11pm, $15/person. For adults at K of C, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington.

Transfer Student Open House at Cohen Hillel Academy, Marblehead, 9-11am. See ad on page 6.

Children’s Poetry Day;Teenagers’ Day; Single Parents’ Day

MARCH 30: National Doctor’s Day;Take A Walk in the Park Day; I Am in Control Day

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Familypalooza! Informational fair featuring local child care centers, preschools, summer camps & others. Free for families w/children to age 8; at Winthrop School, 325 Bay Rd., Hamilton. hwearlychildhoodpartners.weebly.com

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? Award-winning documentary film at Cape Ann Waldorf School, Rte. 97, Beverly, at 4pm. Sugg. donation $10/person, $15/family. Seating is limited, RSVP to 978.927.8811.

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781.584.4569

or suzanne@northshorefamilies.com Samples available.

Service Directory DANCE INSTRUCTION Boston Ballet School/NS Studio Marblehead 781.456.6333 www.bostonballet.org/school DENTAL CARE Andover Pediatric Dentistry Andover & Lawrence Locations www.andoverpediatricdentistry.com Northside Dental Care Peabody 978.535.8244 www.northside-dentalcare.com EARLY EDUCATION Little Sprouts Several North Shore Locations 877.977.7688 www.littlesprouts.com

Centerboard Education (formerly SPIN) & United Way present The Power of the Positive in an all-new workshop series in Lynn, 9-3pm at the brand new Centerboard Education Space in the JB Blood Building, 20 Wheeler St., Lynn. Centerboard Education provides educational resources and support for families and teachers. Educators can earn 20 PDPs (2 CEUs); $249. For info. & to register, email Jplourde@thecenterboard.org. Some financial assistance is available.

Next Generation Children’s Centers Locations include Andover & Beverly 866.711.NGCC www.ngccenters.com

Double the Stuff Sale, 9am-12noon, $1/person. No. Suburban Parents w/Multiples (NSPOM) annual sale of gently used children’s clothing, toys, books & more for newborns – age 7. At American Civic Center, 467 Main St., Wakefield. Facebook.com/doublethestuffsale

St. Stephen’s Nursery School Marblehead 781.639.4171 www.ststephensnurseryschool.com

Spring Sale, 9:30am-1pm, $1/person, under 14 free. MA Mothers of Twins sale of gently used children’s clothing, toys & more. At Winchester High School, 80 Skillings Rd., Winchester. Cash only. www.mmota-founding.org

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Our Secret Garden Newbury 978.465.7070 www.oursecretgardenfpcn.org

FUN & FITNESS The Little Gym Danvers and Woburn www.tlgdanversma.com www.tlgwoburnma.com Recreational Education Center Peabody 978.717.5062 www.recreationaleducationcenter.com


KIDS’ WORKSHOPS

SCHOOLS

Achievement 4 Kids Workshop August 13-17 www.achievement4kids.com See ad on page 3!

Ipswich Montessori School Ipswich 978.356.2838 ipswichmontessori@gmail.com

SCHOOLS Austin Preparatory School Reading 781.944.4900 www.austinprepschool.org Brookwood School Manchester 978.526.4500 www.brookwood.edu Cape Ann Waldorf School Beverly 978.927.1936 www.capeannwaldorf.org The Children’s Center for Communications Beverly School for the Deaf Beverly 978.927.7070 ext. 202 VP: 866.320.3233

The Phoenix School Salem 978.741.0870 www.phoenixschool.org Plumfield Academy Danvers 978.304.0273 www.plumfieldacademy.org Shore Country Day School Beverly 978.927.1700 www.shoreschool.org Sparhawk School Amesbury 978.388.5354 www.sparhawkschool.com Tower School Marblehead 781.631.5800 www.towerschool.org

Clark School Danvers 978.777.4699 www.clarkschool.com

Waring School Beverly 978.927.8793 www.waringschool.org

Cohen Hillel Academy Marblehead 781.639.2880 www.cohenhillel.org

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Covenant Christian Academy West Peabody 978.535.7100 www.covenantchristianacademy.org

See ad on page 2!

Glen Urquhart School Beverly Farms 978.927.1064 www.gus.org Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School Beverly 978.922.1008 www.harborlightmontessori.org

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SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

Brookwood - Summer Manchester 978.526.4500 www.brookwood.edu

Salem Theatre Company Salem 978.790.8546 www.salemtheatre.com

Camp Birch Hill Lakes Region, NH 603.859.4525 www.campbirchhill.com

Shore Sports & Enrichment Camps Beverly 978.927.1700 www.shoreschool.org/summershore

Camp Quinebarge White Mountains, NH 603.253.6029 www.campquinebarge.com Glen Urquhart School Beverly Farms 978.927.1064 ext. 131 www.gus.org JCC No. Shore/Cohen Hillel Marblehead 781.631.8330 www.jccns.org The Little Gym Danvers & Woburn www.tlgdanversma.com www.tlgwoburnma.com

Summer Quest at Crane Ipswich 978.380.8360 www.thetrustees.org/summerquest Summer at Tower Marblehead 781.631.5800 www.towerschool.org/summer TUTORING A+ Reading Center Reading Tutor/Individual Lessons

Serving the North Shore 781.799.2598 mperkins@aplusreadingcenter.com Mathnasium The Math Learning Center North Beverly • 978.922.2200 See ad on page 15!

Manchester Athletic Club Manchester 978.526.8900 www.manchesterathleticclub.com

NEW WEBSITE FOR KIDS

Mathnasium North Beverly 978.922.2200 www.mathnasium.com

WonderWorldCity.com Create your FREE account today! Where kids meet!TM See ad on page 8! ATTN: SUMMER CAMPS!

Boston Ballet School/NS Studio Marblehead 617.456.6333 www.bostonballet.org/school

North Shore Children’s Theatre Salem 781.248.9458 www.northshorechildrenstheatre.org

Brooks School - Summer North Andover 978.725.6253 http://summer.brooksschool.org

Phoenix Summer Adventures Salem 978.741.0870 www.phoenixschool.org

JLC Advocacy Lynnfield 781.334.4363 SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS

Boost your summer enrollments in our 5th Annual Summer Camps & Programs Showcase series! Continues in our April issue – space closes March 16! GET YOUR SUMMER PROGRAM LISTED HERE! See page 16!



North Shore Children & Families March 2012