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The Baldwin school district welcomes back students with its full schedule of curricular and extracurricular offerings. Meanwhile, to offset these difficult financial times, familes will notice a few changes due to costsaving measures as the school year starts, according to Superintendent Dr. James D. Mapes.

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In a major cost-cutting move, Baldwin UFSD buses have been eliminated. In the past, about 93 percent of the district’s transportation program was contracted to a private company. Now busing will be 100 percent contracted. Other changes may be less evident, according to Dr. Mapes, but together they saved a substantial amount of money, which was used to offset a significant reduction in state aid.

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superintendent for curriculum. The new website went live on July 1. Pellettieri said it has a great calendar that users can customize for the schools and events they want to see. As the district progresses with the technology, Pellettieri said, staff will be trained to create their own websites within the larger website so each teacher, coach, and even club can potentially have their own site. In addition, the sites will eventually be interactive, with a parent and student log in that will enable them to drill down deeper into information specific to their needs and interests. Pellettieri said the district is proceeding carefully with the site because it recognizes that not every child has access to a computer in his or her home. In other developments, the Foreign Language Elementary Spanish program, more commonly known as “FLES,” is making its way to the fifth grade this year, completing a pledge the Board of Education made five years ago. FLES teachers worked with middle school foreign language teachers over the summer to ensure a smooth transition to sixth grade. Pellettieri also said the Rockville Centre school district will be introducing New York State Common Core Learning Standards in kindergarten, first and second grades this year. The curriculum was written over the summer and will be implemented by this group during the

2011-12 school year. Pellettieri said the Common Core curriculum is of greater depth rather than breadth, and spells out in detail what’s expected of students and teachers. Pellettieri said he’s “very excited” about the opportunity to bring these new learning standards forward. Superintendent Dr. William Johnson says he’s been working on a comprehensive update to the district’s weather-related emergency management plans, adopting heat and wind-chill recommendations from FEMA and state agencies. The comprehensive plan, which he intends to present at a Board of Education meeting in the fall, will also include guidelines for athletes during practices and games. The Sandel Senior Center’s Service Corps, along with the Rockville Centre Public Library, will launch a new Homework Helpers program designed to provide mentoring and homework assistance in reading and math to school children in grades 1-6 and for ESL high school students. Senior volunteers will be on hand in the Library’s Children’s Room, Mondays through Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning on Oct. 3. The goal of the program, staffed with many retired teachers, is to provide both academic support for local students and an intergenerational experience to bolster community awareness and pride. All interested families are encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity for academic and interpersonal enrichment, and can call the library for more details. And finally, although the Rockville Centre school district has had no large capital improvements under way this summer, workers were finishing the gas conversion project that will enable all of its buildings to use either gas or oil, whichever is more cost efficient, during the coming heating season. Crews were also completing maintenance projects that include painting and ceiling repairs. According to Robert Bartels, assistant superintendent for business, the district is waiting for State Education Department approval for projects that include masonry repairs at Covert Elementary

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valves, and more efficient management of the computer electrical load throughout the district. In addition, one 5,000watt photovoltaic solar panel would be installed on the roof of South Side High School. Interactive Web capabilities would be made available for classroom use, enabling students to view the systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy requirements on a real-time basis.

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Things are going to be quite different in the Oceanside school district this year. More than 40 teachers and staff

retired at the end of last year, with most of those positions remaining unfilled to save the district money. But School 8 and the School 6 Kindergarten Center will be getting new principals this year. Julie McGahan will be taking the place of Rhonda Gelbwasser at School 6, and Laurie Storch will be the new School 8 principal, stepping into the shoes left by Ronald Schoen. While the staff shakeup was immense, there was not much in the way of capital projects in the district over the summer. The only major change the district made was repaving the area behind School 5. In Island Park, Lincoln Orens Middle School Principal Thalia Venditti retired at the end of last year. Taking the helm of the school will be John Barnes, a former principal of a New York City middle school.

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Long Beach recently welcomed its new superintendent, David Weiss, a veteran educator who comes from the Com-

mack Public Schools, where he served as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and District Chief Information Officer since 2004. Weiss also worked for 20 years in the Rockville Centre School District as a social studies teacher, coach, and coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Program. Under Weissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leadership, Commack increased its Regents Diploma, Advanced Regents Diploma and Special Education Regents Diploma graduation rates to among the highest in the state, while operating below the state average for spending. Commack High School has the third largest IB Diploma Program in North America and CommackMiddle School is the first authorized IB Middle Years School on Long Island. Weiss is a founding member of the Long Island Social and Emotional Literacy Forum and has contributed to the development of the New York State Education Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voluntary district guidelines for K-12 social and emotional development and learning.

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Bethlehem Nursery School Bethlehem Nursery School is a New York State licensed school that offers a variety of program sessions to accommodate the developmental needs of children and parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedules. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director and teachers are certified, caring, and well experienced. Bethlehem Nursery School is dedicated to nurturing the comprehensive development of children by providing a stimulating, faith-based, learning environment that is interactive and child-centered. For more information about registering for the summer and/or fall program, call 516-223-3400 or visit us on the web at www.bethlehmns.org. Bethlehem Nursesry School 516-223-2400

CATS Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athletic Training Center Since 1984, CATS has been a leading sports development program for one to ten year olds. Children learn basic sports skills in a fun and non-threatening environment. There is a flexible summer program for three to ten year olds, a two and a half year old drop-off program, and the Lil Kickers Soccer for two to seven year olds. Party packages are available for children and adults as well as gym rentals for the 3000 square foot facility. CATS also offers after-school programs and special sessions during school breaks. CATS 516-763-1299

Community Nursery of Baldwin The goal of Community Nurseryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program is to instill a love of learning in a non-competitive, hands-on setting. Children develop confidence and self-esteem while building a strong foundation for future learning. Art, sign language, reading and math readiness, music, dramatics, indoor and outdoor play, sand and water play are integrated in a safe and nurturing environment. Call us for a private tour. We offer nursery shool for 2 to 4 yer-plds. Also ask us about our six week summer program. For more information, visit our website at www.cnsofbaldwin.com. Community Nursery of Baldwin 516-868-8406

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Green Acres Mall Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; back-to-school! And Green Acres has put together a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back-To-Schoolâ&#x20AC;? Money Saving Values booklet to help. All offers in the booklet are valid from Aug.15 through Sept. 25, so plan your shopping accordingly. Pick up your copy at the Customer Service Counter. And have you considered using a Green Acres Gift Card to help your teenager learn to budget money? Give them a pre-loaded mall gift card to do all their back to school shopping. They will have to make choices and shop smart as they try to build a back-to-school wardrobe on a fixed budget. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to give them independence while teaching them the value of a dollar! Green Acres Mall 516-561-1147

The Hagen School of Irish Dance The Hagen School of Irish Dance welcomes boys and girls of all ages and levels of commitment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from the serious competitor to the recreational dancer. With convenient locations in Long Beach and Rockville Centre, the Hagen School has many classes to offer. The classes range from the tots class (3-4 years) to championship classes. There are even Saturday classes available! The Hagen School is directed by Jean Hagen Duffy, T.C.R.G, which means she is a certified teacher by the Irish Dancing Commission in Dublin Ireland. Jean has a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Elementary Education and over 10 years of experience working with children. The school has produced many regional and national champions and several world medal holders. Each week we encourage students to improve their skills, expand their creativity and increase their strength. This philosophy fosters discipline and helps dancers achieve their goals. At the Hagen School, not only is Irish step dancing learned, friendship and team spirit is stressed as well. Students are very supportive and respectful of one another. The dancers work hard and are challenged to do their best not only by their instructors, but also by their classmates. All of the instructors at the Hagen School are dedicated to preserving and expanding the beautiful art form and wonderful tradition of Irish Dance. The Hagen School of Irish Dance 516-897-7260

Hillel Institute The Hillel Institute announces classes for those who wish to explore conversion to Judaism, beginning oon Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at East Meadow Jewish Center. During the 24 sessions, students J learn how to celebrate Jewish holidays, create a le Jewish home, and develop basic Hebrew literacy. J Jewish partners of students are encouraged to parJ ticipate. Classes are taught by local Conservative ti Rabbis and are under the auspices of the Rabbinical R Assembly. The cost of $850 includes tuition, books A and a administrative fees. For information or registracall 631-462-4455, e-mail Hillel18@att.net, tittion, i vvisit www.HillelInstitute.org or call your local Consservative Rabbi. Hillel Institute 631-462-4455

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Jacob’s Ladder Preschool is your child’s introduction to the world of school. Jacob’s Ladder provides a creative, safe and stimulating environment for each and every child. Our philosophy offers a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. It is our belief that children learn best by “doing”. Our program provides a loving and nurturing atmosphere, allowing each child to develop individually and enjoy a positive attitude toward both himself/herself and school. Our outstanding teaching staff engages the children in excellent educational programs in a clean, safe, secure and attractive facility. Our facility includes an outdoor playground, as well as, a state of the art indoor gym to further enhance both gross motor skills and socialization. In our continuing efforts to reach out to families and communities, this September we are excited to offer both early morning and late afternoon programs. Jacob’s Ladder 516-763-0235

Leggz Ltd. Dance “There is always a reason to dance”, is the motto at Leggz Ltd. Established in 1969, we’ve been dancing ever since. Our dance classes for all ages are geared for fun and fitness while learning real dance technique! Classes for all ages with special adult classes to give you back the rhythm you forgot you had. Hip Hop and Jazz, for ages 7 and up, will keep you moving to the beat. Classical Ballet for the traditional dance student is taught by ballet teachers affiliated with major ballet companies. We now have a new Zumba Class taught by a certified instructor. Call 766-7171 for registration and information. Visit us at www.LEGGZLTD.com or in person at 486 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. Leggz Ltd. Dance 516-766-7171 www.LEGGZLTD.com

Lawrence Woodmere Academy Lawrence Woodmere Academy is a premier college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our hallmark is a dedication to individual student attention and student success, supported by a masterful faculty. Students thrive in our dynamic and diverse educational environment. At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, students, families and educators embrace quality education with shared priorities, passions and commitments in an environment that values wisdom and nurtures personal, community and global responsibility. Lawrence Woodmere Academy 516-374-9000

Maple Avenue Dance Celebrating 20 years of excellence in Rockville Centre, Maple Avenue Dance prides itself in nurturing students. Through programs designed to teach young and ambitious dancers technique and discipline, the award winning professional faculty at MAD provides students with a variety of artistic influences. Offering the best in traditional and contemporary training, there is no better preparation for the aspiring dancer. Experience the passion for dance in all of it’s forms at Maple Avenue Dance... where you want to be. Maple Avenue Dance 516-594-9745

Oceanside Jewish Center Nursery School OJC offers a quality program in a positive child centered environment for children from Mommy & Me to Pre-K. We have a separation class for 2-year-olds in the summer as well as during the year. We pride ourselves on having small classes with individualized attention given to each child and daily communication with parents. Our experienced teachers have ongoing educational training. OJC’s OJC s enhancedd kindergarten kkiinddergartten readiness readi diness program prepares epares children for school. A sseven-week -week flexible summer session, staffed by teachers,is sess also al lso available. labble l . Oceanside anside Jewish Centerr Nursery School Ce 516-764-4213 6 76 664-4213 3

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Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center has been serving Rockville Centre and surrounding communities since 1972. This non-profit, early childhood education and care center is chartered as a private school by the New York State Education Department. The center operates tes year round providing programss for children 18 months through gh kindergarten and after-school ol for children in grades one through five. A full day summer program is offered for all ages. For more information, visit our website, www.rosaleeyoung.org. Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center 516-536-5674 www.rosaleeyoung.org.

SULAM-LI The Religious School for Jewish Children with Special Needs SULAM-LI is a supplemental religious school for special needs Jewish students. Meeting Sundayy morningg from 10 a.m. until noon, Sulam-LI staff transmit Jewish heritage using a wide range of educational w techniques. Sulam-LI also offers techniqu parent support groups and socialization groups to supplesociali ment the classroom experience, while seeking to foster stronger strong connections with the wider Jewish community. For J further information, contact furthe Libby Adler at 516-474-1500. SULAM-LI 516-474-1500

Temple Am Echad, the South Shore Reform Congregation Temple Am Echad, formerly Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center, offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of the young child. The school’s basic philosophy revolves around the fact that children need a nurturing and loving environment in order to develop optimally in all areas: cognitive, behavioral, and social. The staff at the school believes that it is of the utmost importance that children feel good about themselves. Positive self-esteem leads to a happy and productive experience in school. Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an age-appropriate curriculum taught by N.Y.S. licensed teachers. The children are encouraged to make discoveries through “handson experiences” while achieving developmental goals. The program includes a well-rounded early childhood curriculum as well as exposure to academic readiness skills, which will lay the foundation for later learning. To help accommodate parents with their busy lives, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an early drop off and late pick up club. Transportation is also available. Temple Am Echad, the South Shore Reform Congregation 516-599-7950

Rockville Racquet Club Conveniently located in the heart of Rockville Centre, Rockville Racquet is a fully air conditioned facility with 7 courts, a pro-shop, locker rooms and a nursery that is available from 9-3, MondayFriday. The club offers a junior development program, 10 and under tennis and adult learning leagues for all levels. There are men and women’s leagues, seasonal court time and there is never a membership fee. Rockville Racquet Club 516-764-5350 www.rockvilleracquet.net

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Tutor Time of Baldwin Tutor Time of Baldwin, a state licensed childcare program, is housed in a state-of-the-art facility. The center has indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The CPR certified staff provides a caring and stimulating environment throughout the year. We offer three distinct camp programs. Our Cub Camp provides children 18 months to 3 years with a wide variety of hands-on thematic based experiences. Petting zoos, pony rides, magicians, magician puppet shows and other enrichment activities add a to the fun. Our Mini-Travel Camp provides our pre-kindergarten students with weekly p trips in addition additio to the basic Cub Camp program. Our Adventure Travel Camp is available for 4, 6, 8, week sessions for children 6-12 years or 10 wee Campers in this program go on differold. Ca ent eexciting trips each day, including Atlantis Marine World, Circle Line Atla Cruises, Deep Sea Fishing, and The Air Cr and Space Museum. Several enrichan ment programs are also offered, m iincluding foreign language instructition, gymnastics and piano lessons. We also offer a Mommy and Me Class. W Full and part time programs are availFul aable. Tutor Time is open 12 months, 66:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tutor Time of Baldwin 516-377-3337

The Morgenstern School of Congregation Sons of Israel The Morgenstern School of Congregation Sons of Israel has a proud history of preparing its youth educationally and ethically for Jewish adulthood. Our educational approach is to teach our children about their Jewish heritage in an exciting â&#x20AC;&#x153;hands onâ&#x20AC;? way. The staff consists of experienced and skilled professionals who are dedicated to instilling in our children a love of Judaism. In addition to the many programs geared to children 18 months through high school age, we offer an extensive family education program and this year are excited to be launching the PJ Library . Our parents are actively involved in planning events, workshops and extracurricular programming. For further information regarding our Ganoni Preschool, Shalhevet Israeli Program, Hebrew School and PJLibrary, contact Harriet Gefen at 374-0805 or 3740655. The Morgenstern School of Congregation Sons of Israel 516-374-0805 www.csoiwoodmere.org

Twin Oaks, at 459 Babylon Turnpike, in Freeport, has been a leader in camping for all ages for over 35 years. From tots to teens, we offer progressive programming including sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. As our campers grow, so does their program. From our youngest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barneyâ&#x20AC;? campers to our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Geminiâ&#x20AC;? Adventure and Gemini Teen travelers, Twin Oaks is the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Enroll early for fantastic savings. For more information, call 516-623-4550 or visit www.twinoaksdaycamp.com. Twin Oaks Country Day School & Camp 516-623-4550 www.twinoaksdaycamp.com

The Waldorf School of Garden City The Waldorf Preschool is an activity-based program which lays a strong foundation for the academic work formally introduced in first grade. The age-appropriate curriculum is designed to develop the whole child â&#x20AC;&#x201C; physically, emotionally and intellectually â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and aims to maximize the potential capabilities of each child. Healthy play is the foundation for strong social development and dynamic imaginative activity. The Waldorf School of Garden City 516-742-3434 www.waldorfgarden.org

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ing the world of peer pressure. Teens and tweens are at particular risk for peer pressure to participate in sexual activity, drink or smoke pot. Many are bullied in ways we could not have even imagined a generation ago (texting, Facebook). They need parents who can help them in real time. The stronger the connection between parent and child the likelier a parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word will be heeded and the likelier a parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limits will be honored.â&#x20AC;? When you have that all-important conversation, Dr. Fran Walfish recommends: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The most important thing your child or teen needs on his first day of school is to not feel lonely or isolated. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very important before that first day of school to have encouraged and facilitated play dates and an end-ofsummer party or get-together for your kid with one or more friends. Having a buddy is extremely helpful on your first day of school. Talk with your kid about what it takes to be a good friend. Include what feels comfortable and what doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Teach your child to follow her instincts.â&#x20AC;?

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In North Merrick schools, SMARTBoards will be in every K-6 classroom as well as many special areas by the beginning of the school year. Additionally, newly adopted textbooks and programs feature technology-based applications providing enhanced opportunities for student engagement and hands-on learning. Also, much of the groundwork was laid for the adoption of a new Student Management and Librar y Automation

systems for implementation in the new school year. The technology-based enVision elementary mathematics program, fostering critical thinking and handson learning, was expanded and now include grades two through five. Students will also notice improvements in the school facilities, the district is in the final stages of completing all work related to the 1.1 million dollar capital reserve fund previously established and approved by the voters. District-wide projects included the replacement of exterior doors, installation of kitchen hoods and fire suppressant systems, as well as addressing ventilation issues. At Camp Avenue, the entire first floor has been repainted. At Old Mill Road, work is nearly completed on the installation of the “Dr. June Irvin Memorial Courtyard” with a formal dedication ceremony to be held sometime in late September. The Merrick district welcomes a new administrator, Mr. Rober t Cohen, who will be taking over the assistant principal duties at Lakeside School on an interim basis following the departure of Sean Murray. Previously, Cohen, had served as the interim principal at Birch School, prior to the hiring of Kerri Schlissel.

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Alphabetland’s fun and learning is ideal for young children. The school offers a variety of licensed programs in a clean, safe environment under the direction of quality, licensed teachers. The Infant Program (ages six weeks-17 months) provides a home away from home, with each baby having his own crib and supplies. Equipment is geared towards developing large motor and sensory skills. The Toddler Program (18-30 months) helps young children develop motor and verbal skills. Toddlers also enjoy arts and crafts music and dramatic play. In the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten programs, children engage in activities that teach colors, shapes, letters and numbers. All activities have been designed for socal and academic development as well as the development of large and fine motor skills. Alphabetland’s goal is to allow children to grow with confidence and enthusiasm so they are ready to graduate. Extended hours and full, half and mini-days are offered. Transportation is available. Alphabetland Day School & Camp 516-826-9339 www.alphabetlanddayschool.com

ARTtime ARTtime offers art classes for children in grades 1-12 to develop their creativity and individuality. Students learn about the elements and principles of design, color theor y, and drawing and painting techniques,which gives them the tools to turn a blank canvas into a work of art. High school artists create portfolio quality art projects to enhance their college applications. Nontoxic artist quality materials are provided in a comfortable Merrick studio. Fall, winter, and spring sessions are taught by an experienced N.Y.S. certified art educator. ARTtime 516-223-2095

Temple Beth Am Temple Beth Am is the only Reform congregation in the Merrick-Bellmore area. We welcome people of diverse backgrounds including those with a traditional upbringing, others who embraced Judaism later in life and interfaith families where non-Jewish spouses can find their place in our community. We have wonderful education programs (K-7) as well as Torah for Tots, Hebrew High School, and adult education. Please call 516-378-3477 because all that is missing from our family is yours. Temple Beth Am 516-378-3477

CATS Children’s Athletic Training Center Since 1984, CATS has been a leading sports development program for one to ten year olds. Children learn basic sports skills in a fun and non-threatening environment. There is a flexible summer program for three to ten year olds, a two and a half year old dropoff program, and the Lil Kickers Soccer for two to seven year olds. Party packages are available for children and adults as well as gym rentals for the 3000 square foot facility. CATS also offers after-school programs and special sessions during school breaks. CATS 516-763-1299

The Waldorf School of Garden City The Waldorf Preschool is an activity-based program which lays a strong foundation for the academic work formally introduced in first grade. The age-appropriate curriculum is designed to develop the whole child – physically, emotionally and intellectually – and aims to maximize the potential capabilities of each child. Healthy play is the foundation for strong social development and dynamic imaginative activity. The Waldorf School of Garden City 516-742-3434 www.waldorfgarden.org

Bethlehem Nursery School Bethlehem Nursery School is a New York State licensed school and offers a variety of program sessions to accommodate the developmental needs of children and parents’ schedules. The school’s director and teachers are certified, caring, and well experienced. Bethlehem Nursery School is dedicated to nurturing the comprehensive development of children by providing a stimulating, faith-based, learning environment that is interactive and child-centered. For more information about registering for the summer and/or fall program, call 516-223-3400 or visit us on the web at www.bethlehmns.org. Bethlehem Nursery School 516-223-3400 www.bethlehmns.org.

Grace Lutheran PreSchool Grace Lutheran Preschool is a community school run by Grace Lutheran Church for over 35 years. The school welcomes two, three, and four year old children of all faiths and backgrounds. At Grace Lutheran Preschool, children will learn and play. The school provides guidance and direction while encouraging cooperation, resourcefulness, creativity, curiosity and the love of God in a safe and respectful atmosphere. Morning and afternoon sessions are available as well as a two week summer camp. Monthly tuition rates are reasonable. For more information, call 516-4095188. Grace Lutheran Preschool 516-409-5188

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Community Parent Center Established 1988, the Community Parent Center is Bellmore-Merrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality resource center for parent/community education programs addressing topics such as: Safe Teen Driving, Youth Violence Prevention, Transition to Middle School and Alcohol/Other Substance Abuse Prevention. The Center is committed to bringing families information, resources and the opportunity to be part of a friendly/ supportive community-based parent network. The Center, a non-profit 501(c) (3), is underwritten by donations, grants and legislative appropriations. For information, call 516-7719346. Community Parent Center 516-771-9346 www.communityparentcenter.org

Lawrence Woodmere Academy

Lawrence Woodmere Academy is a premier college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our hallmark is a dedication to individual student attention and student success, supported by a masterful faculty. Students thrive in our dynamic and diverse educational environment. At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, students, families and educators embrace quality education with shared priorities, passions and commitments in an environment that values wisdom and nurtures personal, community and global responsibility. Lawrence Woodmere Academy 516-374-9000

Carefree Racquet Club Carefree Racquet Club is Long Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier indoor tennis facility with new state of the art lighting which is unmatched. Carefree has 7 indoor tennis courts, 2 racquetball courts and a half court basketball court. We offer tennis programs for all ages and abilities. From tots (starting at age 3) to seniors, we have a program for everyone! Carefree is proud to welcome Ronny Dalessandro to our staff as our new Tennis Director/ Head Pro. Carefree Racquet Club 516-489-9005 www.carefreeracquetclub.com

Hillel Institute The Hillel Institute announces classes for those who wish to explore conversion to Judaism, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at East Meadow Jewish Center. During the 24 sessions, students learn how to celebrate Jewish holidays, create a Jewish home, and develop basic Hebrew literacy. Jewish partners of students are encouraged to participate. Classes are taught by local Conservative Rabbis and are under the auspices of the Rabbinical Assembly. The cost of $850 includes tuition, books and administrative fees. For information or registration, call 631-462-4455, e-mail Hillel18@att.net, visit www.HillelInstitute.org or call your local Conservative Rabbi. Hillel Institute 631-462-4455

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Trinity Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center “Where Christian values and academic excellence prepare children, motivated by their faith and love of Christ, to live productive lives in service to others.” Trinity Lutheran School is a parochial school in the Lutheran tradition that seeks to serve students and families from all walks of faith. We consider it a joy and a privilege to share the word of God’s love with all people. Trinity Lutheran School offers families an excellent education for toddlers through grade 8 students in a caring, Christian environment. We are a close knit community of dedicated individuals supporting each other in the process of building a firm foundation for academic excellence, moral relationships, and a healthy Christian faith for our children. Come and explore the possibility of sending your child to Trinity Lutheran School, and see for yourself what makes us so special. Call us today at 931- 2211 or e-mail admissions@trinityLI.org to set up an appointment for a personal tour. Trinity Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center 516-931-2211

Twin Oaks Country Day School & Camp Twin Oaks, at 459 Babylon Turnpike, in Freeport, has been a leader in camping for all ages for over 35 years. From tots to teens, we offer progressive programming including sports, crafts, swimming, drama and a full summer of special events, which are sure to make each child cheer with excitement. As our campers grow, so does their program. From our youngest “Barney” campers to our “Gemini” Adventure and Gemini Teen travelers, Twin Oaks is the perfect place for your child to spend the summer. Enroll early for fantastic savings. For more information, call 516-623-4550 or visit www. twinoaksdaycamp.com. Twin Oaks Country Day School & Camp 516-623-4550 www.twinoaksdaycamp.com

Sweet Tots Creative Child Care Center, in North Bellmore, is the perfect “home away from home” for your child. Owned and operated by Karen and Tommy, and licensed by New York State, Sweet Tots is seriously committed to caring for children from six weeks to five years old. Open year round, the center provides itself on being able to offer a warm, friendly setting in a pre-school environment. With a ratio of one adult to every four children, our qualified, professional staff ensures that each child receives the care and attention he/she deserves. Each age-appropriate room is filled with with learning activities made fun through play, arts and crafts, story and circle time, music and movement, and computers. Sweet Tots appreciates the physical, cognitive and cultural differences of the numerous children and makes it their mission to adapt to each child’s individual level of readiness. As a result, even the youngest children are able to form friendships and learn the basics of getting along. Communication with parents is the center’s number one priority. Parents are urged to maintain a schoolfamily connection. Sweet Tots Creative Child Care Center 516-221-1511

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South Shore Art Center South Shore Art Center, at 218 Pettit Ave. in Bellmore, has been serving the community since 1998. Owners Tricia and Jay Lupetin have grown the business to be a reputable and respected Long Island art studio for kids. The workshops are exciting and challenging yet nurturing with room for individual expression. The curriculum includes varied concepts, techniques and styles of art. The instructional staff is caring, professional N.Y.S. certified) and experienced in many mediums. The class calendar is divided into five sessions: fall, winter, spring, late spring, and summer. Each semester is a total of eight weeks. Instructional classes include elementary-age drawing/painting, elementary pottery/clayworks, teen studio art, teen ceramics/pottery, a prestigious high school portfolio class, and cartooning. In addition, a popular summer art camp, scout badge workshops and arts ‘n crafts birthday parties are offered. All materials and supplies are included in the class fee. The enrolled young artists are exposed to the lives and insights of famous artists and art styles. Each semester, classes focus on a different theme and although the main theme is constant the final artwork is as different and unique as each students’ talent and personality. At the South Shore Art Center, we recognize that artists see the world around them differently and we afford each student the means to achieve their vision. Sibling and multi-class discounts, along with flex payments, are available. The $50 deposit is included in the total fee. For more information, call 679-7716 or visit our website at www.southshoreartcenter.com or just come by for a visit. A quality art program makes for a rewarding experience! South Shore Art Center 516-679-7716

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Ritual Director, Rev. Steven Blitz Executive Director, Irene Nelson Educational Director, Evelyn Berkowitz

1000 Rosedale Road Valley Stream, NY 11581

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6FKRROVLQDFWLRQ Continued from Back To School page 4 ing diligently over the summer to prepare its buildings for Sept. 7. During the 2010-11 school year, the district made several efforts to reduce spending, including cutting more than $250,000 from system-wide information technology. However, it plans to continue providing up-to-date technology in its schools. The district currently offers a wide-area network and has more than 200 SMART Boards in its schools, which provide for more

interaction between teachers and students, as well as supplemental images and reading, and were first installed in the district in 2010. Elmont has implemented a free and reduced-price meal policy for the 2011-12 school year, which correlates with family income and household size, and require the submission of an application. A family of one with an annual salar y of $14,157, for instance, would be eligible for free lunch, breakfast and milk; a family of one with an annual salary of $20,147 would be eligible for a reduced-price lunch.

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The Sewanhaka Central High School District, which is Nassau County’s largest high school district, with nearly 8,500 students, announced the hiring of a new superintendent, Dr. Ralph Ferrie, in May. Ferrie, who is replacing Warren Meierdiercks, was hired for a three-year term.

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Over the summer, the Sewanhaka district’s administrators, directors, curriculum coordinators, chairpersons and teachers have been working to enhance the district’s curriculum and programs. The district sponsored a Summer Instructional Institute throughout July and August – for the purpose of enhancing their understanding of technology, changes in state assessments and meeting the needs of today’s students – and more than 70 faculty members participated. Additionally, several curriculum workshops were held to update the district’s teaching resources in many subject areas. Nearly 100 teachers within the district used their expertise and experience to create curriculum resources that will impact instruction for the future.

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Malverne High School athletes will come back to a brand-new artificial turf football field in a few weeks. The field was renovated over the summer as part

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THE HAMILTON SCHOOL OF DANCE

(Formerly Temple Emanu-El)

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Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center

Everyone Welcome

"Give Your Child the Tools for Success" Our 40th Year

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• B.S. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education N-6 • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education • Post Graduate/Advanced Certificate in Administration & Supervision

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Childrens School of Ballet Childrens School of Ballet is proud to include ABTÂŽ Affiliate Teacher Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn, who is certified in the American Ballet TheatreÂŽ National Training Curriculum. An ABTÂŽ Affiliate Teacher is a level of distinction for ABTÂŽ Certified Teachers that successfully present their students for examinations. Primary through Level 5 is taught by ABTÂŽ Affiliate Teacher Carolyn Zettel-Augustyn, who has successfully completed the ABTÂŽ Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABTÂŽ National Training Curriculum. Register at www.childrensschoolofballet.com.Call 516-476-3339 for more information Childrens School of Ballet 516-476-3339

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Little Blessings Christian Preschool

Searching for professional dance training? This school is respected for offering a high quality of dance education in the performing arts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, and gymnastics. Over the years, The Hamilton School of Dance has created both professionals and dance lovers. Now in our 40th year, we provide correct professional training for all levels and all ages. The fun, caring environment makes this school stand out. Visit The Hamilton School of Dance at 59 West Merrick Rd. in Valley Stream. The Hamilton School of Dance 516-872-0389

Little Blessings Christian Preschool, Inc. has a new location at the Community Presbyterian Church at 12 Nottingham Rd. in Malverne. Our families frequently comment on the warm, welcoming atmosphere at Little Blessings. That is important because children can not reach their full potential without feeling secure, loved, and challenged. They are unique and valuable, simply because they are Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creation. With that foundation, the world is theirs! Check the website at www.lbpreschool.com for more information, or call 516-887-4300. Little Blessings Christian Preeschool 516-887-4300

Temple Hillel Religious School Temple Hillel Religious School, a nationally recognized â&#x20AC;&#x153;Framework for Excellenceâ&#x20AC;? school, provides a foundation of Jewish values, knowledge and skill upon which a satisfying, competent Jewish life can be built. Call 791-6141 for information. Temple Hillel Religious School 516-791-9121

Hillel Institute The Hillel Institute announces classes for those who wish to explore conversion to Judaism, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at East Meadow Jewish Center. During the 24 sessions, students learn how to celebrate Jewish holidays, create a Jewish home, and develop basic Hebrew literacy. Jewish partners of students are encouraged to participate. Classes are taught by local Conservative Rabbis and are under the auspices of the Rabbinical Assembly. The cost of $850 includes tuition, books and administrative fees. For information or registration, call 631-462-4455, e-mail Hillel18@att.net, visit www.HillelInstitute.org or call your local Conservative Rabbi. Hillel Institute 631-462-4455

Green Acres Mall Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that time again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; back-to-school! And Green Acres has put together a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back-To-Schoolâ&#x20AC;? Money Saving Values booklet to help. All offers in the booklet are valid from Aug.15 through Sept. 25, so plan your shopping accordingly. Pick up your copy at the Customer Service Counter. And have you considered using a Green Acres Gift Card to help your teenager learn to budget money? Give them a pre-loaded mall gift card to do all their back to school shopping. They will have to make choices and shop smart as they try to build a back-to-school wardrobe on a fixed budget. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to give them independence while teaching them the value of a dollar! Green Acres Mall 516-561-1147

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Temple Am Echad, formerly Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of the young child. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basic philosophy revolves around the fact that children need a nurturing and loving environment in order to develop optimally in all areas: cognitive, behavioral, and social. The staff at the school believes that it is of the utmost importance that children feel good about themselves. Positive self-esteem leads to a happy and productive experience in school. Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an age-appropriate curriculum taught by N.Y.S. licensed teachers. The children are encouraged to make discoveries through â&#x20AC;&#x153;hands-on experiencesâ&#x20AC;? while achieving developmental goals. The program includes a well-rounded early childhood curriculum as well as exposure to academic readiness skills, which will lay the foundation for later learning. To help accommodate parents with their busy lives, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an early drop off and late pick up club. Transportation is also available. Temple Am Echad, the South Shore Reform Congregation 516-599-7950

The Waldorf Preschool is an activity-based program which lays a strong foundation for prog the academic work formally introduced in first firs grade. The age-appropriate curriculum is ddesigned to develop the whole child â&#x20AC;&#x201C; physically, emotionally and intellectually â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and aims to maximize the potential capabilities of each child. Healthy play is the foundation for strong social development and dynamic imaginative activity. The Waldorf School of Garden City 516-742-3434 www.waldorfgarden.org

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Dance EExpress D At Dance Express, our goal to fitness education in the Five Towns and beyond, is focusing on the wants and needs of all who participate in our programs. Each student is given individualized care and concern, with many valued friendships formed along the way. We pride ourselves in keeping everyone enriched, focused and happy while building confidence and self-esteem in the dance education atmosphere. With that being said, Dance Express is sure to be, if not already, home away from home for many. Dance Express 516-295-2800


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The district will be implementing Strategic Intervention Monitoring, a computerbased program to help students develop their grammar, language usage and writing structure skills. Kanas said this is part of the district’s initiative to improve writing instruction in the district. Kanas said teachers will use the interactive white boards in all of the classrooms to bring more streaming video into the classrooms. New windows have been installed at all three schools this summer and this coming year the district will complete an analysis of its classroom space utilization at the Shaw Avenue School. District 24 will be contracting with BOCES to implement the reading recovery program. Children in first grade who are struggling with reading will receive one-on-one assistant from teachers. Assistant Superintendent Dan Onorato said each child will receive 30 minutes of help per day, for a minimum of 20 weeks. The district will be adding Smart Tables to kindergarten and special education classrooms. Boiler upgrades were completed this summer at the Brooklyn Avenue School and the security system has been improved at all three schools.

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in grade 8. Supports will also be in place for students who need additional assistance and for those who excel in mathematics along with the creation of common quarterly mathematics assessments for all students in grades 2 to 5. Inquiry-based learning and scientific discovery will happen through two new Science programs in grades K through 5 for adoption in the 2012-2013 school year as well as ongoing preparation for P-12 Science Tri-State Consortium Program Evaluation in 2013. Core content knowledge and inquirybased research will be addressed in Social Studies through an emphasis on critical and creative thinking in curriculum designs of the grade 9 Global History and Geography course and grade 12 English/Social Studies Humanities course. The district’s partnership with Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES Social Studies/ELA Integrated Curriculum Project for grades K through 5 will also continue. At the elementary level, art and music classes will now be offered to Kindergar-

ten students as well as an implementation of a six-day cycle to maximize instructional time. There will also be a continuation of inquiry-based interdisciplinary project in grade 5. A new inter-disciplinary English/ Social Studies Humanities course will be added for students in grade 12 at Hewlett High School. There will also be a decrease in the number of days for midterm exams to maximize instructional time. Inquiry-based research projects in grades 6 and 9 will expand and the use of National Student Clearinghouse to track Hewlett High School graduate’s persistency rates in college will be implemented. Some exciting mentions include the addition of iPads for the Franklin Early Childhood Center classrooms as well as renovations to the athletic fields at Hewlett High School. A new turf field is being installed as well as repairs to the all-weather track. In addition, stadium lighting will be added to increase the hours that the field and track can be uti-

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Temple Israel “Strengthening Liberal Judaism in the Five Towns”

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Five Towns Early Learning Center

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Five Towns Early Learning Center (formerly Five Towns Child Care Center), is a non-profit licensed early learning center that has been serving children of working families in the Five Towns area for over 70 years. It is open year-round, five days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for children ages 18 months to 5 years. At the center, young children’s learning is supported by nurturing teachers, who view children as competent people, respecting their ideas, abilities and innate curiosity. The program aims to help children developp creativi t y, problem solving abilities and a curiosity iosity about their world through play. Undererstanding that nature provides the perfect ct environment for learning in all domains, the Center has a nationally designated “Nature Explore Play Garden” for the children. Five Towns Early Learning Center 516-239-4660 fivetownselc@optonline.net net

Chabad of the Five Towns Hebrew School offers a stimulating yet friendly environment where children embrace their Jewish roots. You do not need to be a member of Chabad to join the Hebrew School. The instructors bring Jewish traditions to life and share their own love and passion for Jewish life, so that children ages 5-13 learn to love Judaism! At Chabad Five Towns Hebrew School, families of all backgrounds and affiliations are Regardless of level of observance, we welcome. Regar are all one family here at Chabad. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. and noon, beginning on Sunday, Sept. 11. Sun Chabad of the Five Towns C Hebrew School Rabbi Meir Geisinsky 516-295-2478 ext. 19 www.fivetownshebrewschool. ww com

Dance Express At Dance Express, our goal to fitness education in the Five Towns and beyond, is focusing on the wants and needs of all who participate in our programs. Each student is given individualized care and concern, with many valued friendships formed along the way. We pride ourselves in keeping everyone enriched, focused and happy while building confidence and self-esteem in the dance education atmosphere. With that being said, Dance Express is sure to be, if not already, home away from home for many. Dance Express 516-295-2800

Blue Door Books Blue Door Books is an independent bookstore. We offer all the latest bestsellers and indie favorites. Come see our extensive children’s section as well as our wildly popular gift items. Blue Door Books is more than a just bookstore, it’s an experience. Blue Door Books 516-837-0040

CATS Children’s Athletic Training Center Since 1984, CATS has been a leading sports development program for one to ten year olds. Children learn basic sports skills in a fun and non-threatening environment. There is a flexible summer program for three to ten year olds, a two and a half year old dropoff program, and the Lil Kickers Soccer for two to seven year olds. Party packages are available for children and adults as well as gym rentals for the 3000 square foot facility. CATS also offers after-school programs and special sessions during school breaks. CATS 516-763-1299

R Reconstructionist CCongregation Beth Emeth Imagine a one day a week “Jewish Experience” exploring core concepts reflecting the six points of a Jewish star: Bible stories and ethical values; lifecycle with personalized Bar/Bat Mitzvah training; Tikkun Olam (improving the world); Jewish history; Hebrew and holidays. That’s the Jewish experience at Beth Emeth in Hewlett [rcbe.org], meeting on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Learn more at our open houses on Sunday, Aug. 28, 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7-8:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth 516-374-9220

Green Acres Mall It’s that time again – back-to-school! And Green Acres has put together a “Back-To-School” Money Saving Values booklet to help. All offers in the booklet are valid from Aug.15 through ough Sept. 25, so plan your shopping accordingly. y. Pick up your copy at the Customer Service Counter. And have you considered using a Green Acres Gift Card to help your teenager learn to budget money? Give them ma pre-loaded mall gift card to do all their back to school shopping. They ey will have to make choices and shop op smart as they try to build a back-totoschool wardrobe on a fixed budget.. It’s a great way to give them independence dence while teaching them the value of a dollar! Green Acres Mall 516-561-1147

HASC Woodmere HASC Woodmere, a not-for-profit preschool program and evaluation site, provides an all-inclusive, integrated preschool program for children with and without special needs. Multicultural programs are held in a warm, nurturing and safe environment where highly trained staff provides the latest innovative early childhood techniques. Children ages 3 to 5 years learn and grow in a variety of full day class sizes, as well as with off-site services. Your children experience the benefits of low student-teacher ratios in center-based classes. In addition to a language based preschool curriculum, classes participate in gym, music, class trips and special events. The school has a team of dedicated and highly qualified professionals including certified teachers, speech/language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers and a full-time nurse. If you are looking for a caring and supportive preschool that can offer your child a well rounded program, look no further than HASC! HASC Woodmere 516-295-1340

HERJC Nursery School Going to school for the first time is one of the most important milestones in a child’s life. The Early Childhood Learning Center at the Hewlett East Rockaway Jewish Centre offers the very finest programming in a facility designed for young children, emphasizing individual and small group activities. We focus on giving our children a strong foundation on which to grow socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually, providing them with the tools necessary to be successful in their education for years to come. Our school approaches Judaism as a heritage and a tradition to be celebrated by everyone who wants to participate. Our program includes a brand new Parenting Center, Mommy and Me classes and programs for children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. For more information, call Cheryl Karp at 516-599-1169. Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre Nursery School www.herjc.org www.facebook.com/herjccommunity

Hillel Institute H The Hillel Institute announces classes for those who wish to explore conversion to Judaism, beginning co oon Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at a East Meadow Jewish Center. During the 24 sessions, students D learn le how to celebrate Jewish holiidays, create a Jewish home, and ddevelop basic Hebrew literacy. JJewish partners of students are encouraged to pparticipate. Classes are taught by Rabbis and are under the auspiclocal Conservative R es off the th Rabbinical R bbi i Assembly. The cost of $850 includes tuition, books and administrative fees. For information or registration, call 631-462-4455, e-mail Hillel18@att.net, visit www.HillelInstitute.org or call your local Conservative Rabbi. Hillel Institute 631-462-4455

Leggz Ltd. Dance “There is always a reason to dance”, is the motto at Leggz Ltd. Established in 1969, we’ve been dancing ever since. Our dance classes for all ages are geared for fun and fitness while learning real dance technique! Classes for all ages with special adult classes to give you back the rhythm you forgot you had. Hip Hop and Jazz, for ages 7 and up, will keep you moving to the beat. Classical Ballet for the traditional dance student is taught by ballet teachers affiliated with major ballet companies. We now have a new Zumba Class taught by a certified instructor. Call 766-7171 for registration and information. Visit us at www.LEGGZLTD.com or in person at 486 Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre. Leggz Ltd. Dance 516-766-7171 www.LEGGZLTD.com

Long Island Gymnastics Academy Long Island Gymnastics Academy has been providing gymnastics instruction to the children of the community since 1975. The 7,200 square foot airconditioned facility features bars, vaults, trampolines, beams, a tumble trak, and a 42 square foot competition spring floor. All equipment meets USAG and FIG specifications for maximum safety. Programs include Mommy and Me (12 months-3 years), Prenastics (3-4 years old), Transitions (5 years old), and Recreational (6 to 17 years). Birthday parties and summer camp are also available. Registrations are being taken now. Classes begin Sept. 12. Long Island Gymnastics Academy 516-569-5115

Lawrence Woodmere Academy Lawrence Woodmere Academy is a premier college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our hallmark is a dedication to individual student attention and student success, supported by a masterful faculty. Students thrive in our dynamic and diverse educational environment. At Lawrence Woodmere Academy, students, families and educators embrace quality education with shared priorities, passions and commitments in an environment that values wisdom and nurtures personal, community and global responsibility. Lawrence Woodmere Academy 516-374-9000

Music Hub Music Hub’s philosophy is that if you have a strong enough desire to learn how to play an instrument, all it takes is time. Now established in the community (for over a year) with well over 100 students of all ages learning all sorts of instruments, we have truly made our mark on the Five Towns. Our rock-bottom prices on gear, instruments and repairs are so low we can’t advertise them! If you don’t see something ask for it. We look forward to seeing you at the Music Hub. Music Hub 516-300-1313

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*IKS<W;KPWWT ,QZMK\WZa Resnick Reading Center Established in 1968, Resnick Reading Center has helped students become successful, competent and confident individuals. For director Diana Resnick Nahoum, the goal is clear â&#x20AC;&#x201C; make your child independent by helping him succeed on his own. We take a personalized approach and design an individualized program for each student. PSAT/SAT and ACT preparation is aimed at helping each student achieve his hi s best be st possible score. Tutoring is available in allll subject areas and students are well prepared a re redd for fo r Regents, AP, GED, and nd all standardized exams including ncluding GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and RCT. T. Your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success is our most important i mp mpor orta or tant ta nt goal. g oa oal. l . Day, D ay ay,, and evening sessions are available. Resnick Reading Center 516-374-5998

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SULAM-LI is a supplemental religious school for special needs Jewish students. Meeting Sunday morning from 10 a.m. until noon, Sulam-LI staff transmit Jewish heritage using a wide range of educational techniques. Sulam-LI also offers parent support groups and socialization groups to supplement the classroom experience, while seeksupple ing to foster stronger connections with the wider Jewish Jewi Je wish wi sh community. For further information, contact Libby Lib Adler at 516-474-1500. SULAM LI 516-474-1500

Temple Am Echad, formerly Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center, offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of the young child. The schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basic philosophy revolves around the fact that children need a nurturing and loving environment in order to develop optimally in all areas: cognitive, behavioral, and social. The staff at the school believes that it is of the utmost importance that children feel good about themselves. Positive self-esteem leads to a happy and productive experience in school. Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an age-appropriate curriculum taught by N.Y.S. licensed teachers. The children are encouraged to make discoveries through â&#x20AC;&#x153;handson experiencesâ&#x20AC;? while achieving developmental goals. The program includes a well-rounded early childhood curriculum as well as exposure to academic readiness skills, which will lay the foundation for later learning. To help accommodate parents with their busy lives, Rabbi Stuart M. Geller Early Childhood Center offers an early drop off and late pick up club. Transportation is also available. Temple Am Echad, the South Shore Reform Congregation 516-599-7950

Owll Art O A CCenter Serving the Five Towns community for over 40 years, the Owl Art Center offers a wide range of art programs for children, teens and adults. The after school art program (ages 4-13) provides academic instruction in drawing, painting, clay and ceramics in our beautiful gallery setting. Teen and adult classes include academic drawing and painting (both daytime and evening sessions) for beginner through advanced students. Custom classes (to suit your art interest and schedule) and private lessons are also available. Owl Art Center 516-374-5707

Rockville Racquet Club Conveniently located in the heart of Rockville Centre, Rockville Racquet is a fully air conditioned facility with 7 courts, a pro-shop, locker rooms and a nursery that is available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The club offers a junior development program, 10 and under tennis and adult learning leagues for all levels. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leagues are offered, along with seasonal court time, and there is never a membership fee. Rockville Racquet Club 516-764-5350 www.rockvilleracquet.net

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Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Religious School Temple Beth El â&#x20AC;&#x153;How joyous to be Jewishâ&#x20AC;? summarizes the educa-tional philosophy at Temple Beth El. Our traditionss are approached with a sense of wonder and joy that at serve to imbue our children with a love of Judaism m and engender a strong Jewish identity. Our dedicat-ed and creative teachers assure that learning is fun and that classroom activities are hands-on and experiential. We connect the secular world with our Jewish values. Our holistic approach provides learning and growing opportunities for the entire family. Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Religious School Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst 516-569-2700

We Offer An Outstanding, Comprehensive Jewish Education For All Ages Paam B'Chodesh Family Education Program Mechina Department: Ages 4-7 Hebrew School Ages: 8-13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kesherâ&#x20AC;? Hebrew High School: Ages 13-17 Israeli â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shalhevetâ&#x20AC;? Program: Ages 4-13

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Temple Israel Religious School â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strengthening Liberal Judaism in the Five Townsâ&#x20AC;? The philosophy of Temple Israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Religious School is to teach our children about Judaism, its history and culture, to instill a sense of pride in their heritage and to make them feel more Jewish. We accomplish this through hands-on personalized instruction, involving our students in every aspect of Jewish life, from the classroom to the Pulpit. Therefore, on the day of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our students feel comfortable, confident and at home as members of an extended â&#x20AC;&#x153;Temple Family.â&#x20AC;? Temple Israel Religious School 516-239-1140

Five Towns Early Learning Center 112 Wahl Ave Inwood, New York 11096 516-239-4660 fivetownselc@optonline.net â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supporting working families by providing nurturing care and quality early education for young children for over 70 yearsâ&#x20AC;?

Temple Hillel Religious School Temple Hillel Religious School, a nationally recognized â&#x20AC;&#x153;Framework for Excellenceâ&#x20AC;? school, provides a foundation of Jewish values, knowledge and skill upon which a satisfying, competent Jewish life can be built. Call 791-6141 for information. Temple Hillel Religious School 516-791-9121

The Morgenstern School of Congregation Sons of Israel The Morgenstern School of Congregation Sons of Israel has a proud history of preparing its youth educationally and ethically for Jewish adulthood. Our educational approach is to teach our children about their Jewish heritage in an exciting â&#x20AC;&#x153;hands onâ&#x20AC;? way. The staff consists of experienced and skilled professionals who are dedicated to instilling in our children a love of Judaism. In addition to the many programs geared to children 18 months through high school age, we offer an extensive family education program and this year are excited to be launching the PJ Library . Our parents are actively involved in planning events, workshops and extracurricular programming. For further information regarding our Ganoni Pre-school, Shalhevet Israeli Program, Hebrew School and PJLibrary, contact Harriet Gefen at 374-0805 or 374-0655. The Morgenstern Mor orge gens ge nste ns tern te rn School Sch choo ooll of oo Congregation Co egation Sons of Israel 516-374-0805 www.csoiwoodmere.org ww csoiwoodmere.org

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The Waldorf School of Garden City The Waldorf Preschool is an activity-based program which lays a strong foundation for the academic work formally introduced in first grade. The ageappropriate curriculum is designed to develop the whole child â&#x20AC;&#x201C; physically, emotionally and intellectually â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and aims to maximize the potential capabilities of each child. Healthy play is the foundation for strong social development and dynamic imaginative activity. The Waldorf School of Garden City 516-742-3434 www.waldorfgarden.org

Tutor Time of East Rockaway Tutor Time of East Rockaway, a state licensed childcare program awarded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Center of Excellence,â&#x20AC;? is housed in a state-of-the-art facility. The center has indoor and nd outdoor playgrounds. The CPR certitified staff provides a caring and stimmulating environment throughout the he year. We offer three distinct camp mp programs. Our Cub Camp provides des children 18 months to 3 years with a wide variety of hands-on thematicc based base ba sedd se experiences. Petting zoos, pony rides, magicians, puppet shows and other enrichment activities add to the fun. Our Mini-Travel Camp provides our pre-kindergarten students with weekly trips in addition to the basic Cub Camp program. Our Adventure Travel Camp is available for 4, 6, 8, or 10 week sessions for children 6-12 years old. Campers in this program go on different exciting trips each day, including Atlantis Marine World, Circle Line Cruises, Deep Sea Fishing, and The Air and Space Museum. Several enrichment programs are also offered, including foreign language instruction, gymnastics and piano lessons. We also offer a Mommy and Me Class. Full and part time programs are available. Tutor Time is open 12 months, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tutor Time of East Rockaway 516-596-1010

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As a parent, you want to help and protect your child, but when it comes to kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homework, the experts agree that too much help can actually hurt your child. According to a recent Shine survey, the majority of parents frequently supervise their kids doing homework, and a third of parents report that they always supervise. Even the minority of parents who do not personally super vise homework time claim that their spouse/partner or another trusted adult does. More often, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the mom (76 percent) helping with homework than the dad (61 percent). Here are additional results from the survey:  Thirty-five percent of parents avoid helping their kids with homework or school projects because they feel kids need to do these things on their own. Dads feel a bit more strongly (40 percent) about this than moms (32 percent).  Fourteen percent of parents avoid helping with homework or school projects because they are too busy or donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to help.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping children too much with their homework is detrimental in a number of ways,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Sue Mandel, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctorate in clinical child psychology. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First and foremost, children (who get a lot of help) often wind up feeling incompetent, defeated and unmotivated, even if they appear relieved at the time. Guide them in their work if they need help, answering questions only after they have demonstrated sincere effort and have partially solved the problem.â&#x20AC;? Mandel says that if a child is truly struggling, then the parents can sit down with their child and demonstrate their confidence that the child can help find a solution to his or her own problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brainstorm as to 1) what the problem is; 2) what you think would help; 3) how you think you as parents can help while not doing it for your child; and 4) what system you could devise for the future so that help is gotten as it is needed. Perhaps the child needs to start sooner, study harder, find guidance from a book, or seek assistance from a teacher or a tutor. By a parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help-

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+HOSLQJZLWKKRPHZRUN ing too much, the child’s belief becomes ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I’m just a loser,’” perhaps developing the thought of “Why bother?” Instead, says Charity Preston of theorganizedclassroomblog.com, “think of yourself as a project manager. You keep the big picture in mind: time management, multiple due dates, resources and supplies. They do the work. When report card time comes, your child (for better or worse) needs to know that the GPA reflects his own abilities and efforts. Otherwise, your child can easily get into a cycle of learned helplessness.” Preston, a mother of four, says teachers give homework to make sure the students have mastered certain concepts. “If your child hasn’t but you interfere in the feedback loop, she may not get the help she needs from a teacher because the teacher doesn’t know she needs it.” The dangers of over-helping your child with homework, even homework that you deem to be “busy work,” also may induce the notion that someone – you – will always step in to handle responsibilities, and over time, the child may develop some manipulative tendencies that extend beyond schoolwork. If a child learns that whining and giving up right away will get you to fly to the rescue,

he or she will not develop coping and creativity skills that will help him or her excel in higher grade levels, college, a future career and even relationships. “I have had coaching clients get into huge conflicts with their children on this issue and completely rob them of their ownership of their work,” says parent coach Tina Feigal. “They set up a homework fear that isn’t necessary and cause too much pressure on their kids. The kids end up doing everything but homework, spending their evenings filled with avoidance and anxiety. The mornings are then set up for panic and tears.” If you have been helping your child too much with homework, this new school year is the perfect clean slate, a start to a new homework rule: “This year, your homework is your responsibility. Your grades are yours to earn, and the pride in good performance is all yours. I know you can do it.” Expect some resistance to the new rules, as well as some less than stellar grades at first as the child adjusts. Talk to his or her teacher about your new policy so that he or she understands your child’s adjustment period and provides positive reinforcement as the child grows more confident in taking ownership of school assignments. It can be difficult to step back and let your child succeed or struggle, but the sooner you teach this valuable life lesson the better.

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getting on school days. The transition from school to summer and summer to school is not only physical but also “cognitive and social,” says Cindy Reedy, assistant professor and coordinator of the early childhood education program at Arcadia University. “One must support the needs of the whole child, and that includes avoiding making statements such as ‘the party is over; now it is back to the school grind.’” Parents can put a positive spin on their children’s summer activities by connecting them to their school experience, she says. “When your child works hard around the house or in a paying position, compliment him on his work ethic and commitment to the task, and remind him that the same skill set is necessary and utilized in the classroom. Or talk about current news items in relation to his upcoming coursework. Let him see that summer and school are not two separate entities.”

Family transition specialist Natalie Caine suggests involving your child in the back-to-school process. “Once they start to shop for back-to-school items, kids begin to feel the shift. Ask them how they want to get ready for school and what they need to sleep better and get up earlier. If they say ‘I don’t know,’ then ask, ‘May I give you a suggestion?’” Caine believes the transition from summer to school can’t be planned more than two days ahead. “Signal that you care and will help them with this transition. But it is unrealistic to think they will plan ahead. Worries spin like hamsters, so why bother adding to the dizziness?” First-time college students also face a transition, says Houston Dougharty, vice president of student affairs at Grinnell College. He recommends that parents and their college-bound teens discuss:  Communication. How and how often will you and your child communicate during the school year? Parents need to feel connected but also foster the student’s sense of independence, critical in the early days of a new college experience.  Grades. Federal law restricts institu-

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SULAM-LI is a collaboration of: Congregation Sons of Israel â&#x20AC;˘ Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre â&#x20AC;˘ Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth â&#x20AC;˘ Temple Am Echad-The South Shore Reform Congregation â&#x20AC;˘ Temple Beth-El of Cedarhurst â&#x20AC;˘ Temple Hillel â&#x20AC;˘ Temple Israel of Lawrence; in cooperation with the Board of Jewish Education, FEGS and NCJW-Peninsula Section. The initial funding for SULAM-LI was provided by the Caring Commission of UJA Federation of New York. SULAM-LI is a section 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and does not require synagogue affiliation SULAM-LI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethic origin.

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Serving the Five Towns Community for over 40 Years

We Meet Sunday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

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Sulam-LI offers your child the opportunity to connect to our heritage in an appropriate learning environment.

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Register Now For Fall Programs

August 25, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; HERALD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; BACK TO SCHOOL II

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Children, Teen, and Adult Programs: â&#x20AC;˘ Fine Art Instruction

in Drawing and Painting

â&#x20AC;˘ After School &

Sunday Classes

â&#x20AC;˘ Portfolio Preparation â&#x20AC;˘ Custom Classes

and Private Lessons

â&#x20AC;˘ Discount Framing on

Student Artwork

â&#x20AC;˘ Private Parties &

Special Events



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â&#x20AC;˘ Sibling Discounts

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OWL ART CENTER (516)374-5707


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Mommy & Me CLASSES BEGINth 12 Monday Sept

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Yoga

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Group & Private Lessons 18 Months - Adults Classes 7 days a week Professionally trained & certified instructors

Belly Dancing

Jazz Salsa

Take 2 Classes & get the 3rd FREE Call for info. *Does not include competition/company classes

Come Visit Our Newly Renovated School Convenient entrance with ample free parking in rear

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Non-Recital Classes Offered for Children & Adults

To Sculpt & Tone To Feel Sexy To Get in Great Shape

To Be Confident To Be Flexible To Have FUN!

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CATWALK FITNESS is now at

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