PSP members recently shared their favorite local businesses to the Advice List.
Don't forget to shop local when you can, don’t forget to take advantage of the 600+ discounts available as part of your PSP membership, and support our local businesses & community!
Here are PSP member favorite local spots:
PSP conducted its 5th Nanny Compensation Survey of employers who employ a nanny. These results are based on 750+ Brooklynites who employ live-out nannies who are not part of a nanny share.
Pay Findings for full time nannies:
- $15.93 per hour for 1 child ($.82 more than 2013)
- $17.33 per hour for 2 children ($.87 more than 2013)
Part-time nannies continue to make a higher hourly rate than a full-time nannies:
- $17.43 per hour for 10-20 hours vs. $16.05 per hour for 50+ hours
- The average agreed upon days off is 15 days, while the reported days actually received is 21 days.
- 6 in ten (63%) try to give their nanny time off of the nanny's discretion.
Raises & Bonuses:
- The most common raise given is $1.00 per hour.
- Giving bonuses continues to be standard, with 1 week's pay given the most common amount.
See the full SURVEY RESULTS.
Hiring a Nanny? Help is Here!
STEPS TO HIRING A NANNY ON PSP
Step 1: WHAT do I want, WHAT can I expect and WHAT will it cost me?
Step 2: WHERE can you find Mary Poppins?
Step 3: WHO is it going to be?
Step 4: HOW can we seal the deal?
Step 5: HOW can I make this a great working relationship?
Here’s the Download URL for the Work Agreement
ON THE BOOKS INFORMATION:
PSP/HomeWork Solutions Guide to Paying On The Books
NANNY SHARE INFORMATION:
*The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share
Helping your Nanny find a NEW Job?
- Here's information to help your nanny find a new job.
- How to post about your nanny on Park Slope Parents
- How to End the Nanny Relationship Positively
We also have Information for Nannies:
We have information For Nannies including other places to look for a job and post your availability as well as resources about the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, information about negotiating your next job, and other great resources.
Dear PSP Members,
I wrote last week about stranger danger and it’s important to bring it up once again. There have been a few occurrences of strangers approaching kids in the last week. I’m in contact with Brad Lander’s office and the local police precincts to get more information to clarify what we know about the different incidents and the danger it may mean for our children. For what it’s worth, I was pleased to hear that children acted appropriately to the situations they faced such as going into a local business to report someone harassing them, reporting to school authorities when they were approached, etc.
Even if these situations don’t pan out to be legit (there is reason to believe that one story was not) it is a good reminder discuss how to educate and arm your kids with good tools IF it were to ever come up. Teaching children the ways to deal with situations will help them build confidence and act in ways that won’t make them a victim. Sheltering our kids and not giving them any freedom may make them think that the world is a scary place when in fact it’s filled with wonderful, interesting people and just a few “skeevy” people to avoid.
The information HERE came from a letter that went home to parents of PS 172. There is some great information here. Please take some time to discuss with your kids.
Here’s an article on the value of fostering a child’s independence and letting go of our kids. It also reminds us that we may need to put a little more trust in other parents that they know what they are doing before we call 9-11 and assume neglect if we see a kid walking alone.
And one statistic from the article worth noting: Kidnapping by strangers is wildly uncommon; in New York State, for instance, the Division of Criminal Justice Services announced that 20,309 children were reported missing statewide in 2011; exactly one of those children was confirmed abducted by a stranger.
Park Slope Parents
- Category: News
Check out all the details published for the 2015/6 public school calendar.
2015-16 School Year Calendars
Click here to view the detailed official 2015-16 school year calendar.
Translations available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu
- First day of school: September 9, 2015
- Thanksgiving Recess begins: November 26, 2015
- Winter Recess: December 24, 2015 - January 1, 2016
- Mid-winter Recess: February 15 - February 19, 2016
- Spring Recess: April 25 - April 29, 2016
- Last day of school: June 28, 2016
This memorandum includes the schedule of citywide Parent-Teacher Conferences for the 2015-16 school year. Additionally, you can find information about Open-School Week, and the guidelines around the Chancellor's initiative to promote family engagement.
|Elementary School||Sep 17||Nov 4||Nov 5||Mar 2||Mar 3||May 12|
|Middle School||Sep 16||Nov 18||Nov 17||Mar 16||Mar 17||May 11|
|High School||Sep 22||Nov 19||Nov 20||Mar 10||Mar 11||May 10|
|D75 School Programs||Nov 9||Nov 10||Mar 7||Mar 8|
The September conference may also be used for an alternative event: Curriculum Night, Meet the Staff Night, Common Core, or other training for parents.
Citywide & Statewide Assessments
For more information, please visit the at the New York State Education Department website.
NY State Regents: January 26 - January 29, 2016
NY State English Language Arts (ELA) grades 3-8: April 5 - April 7, 2016
NY State Mathematics grades 3-8: April 13 - April 15, 2016
NY State Regents: June 1, 2016; June 14 - 22, 2016
June Clerical Shortened Days
This memorandum provides information around the citywide June Clerical Shortened Days for elementary and intermediate/junior high schools as well as D75 schools.
- Wednesday, June 8, 2016
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Going on vacation? Lucky you! Here is advice from PSP parents about kids and travel:
I'm traveling with my baby for the first time, any words of wisdom? Read what parents have to say about traveling with a little baby HERE.
How do I breastfeed/ breastpump when traveling? Read advice from moms HERE about breastfeeding and pumping while traveling, including what to do at the airport & getting breast milk through security.
How do I get to the airport? Read our summary HERE on how to get to all the major NYC airports (JFK, Newark & La Guardia) by public transportation, taxi/ kid-friendly car services, and car (we also include a few tips about parking).
What can I do to keep my kids busy on the plane? To find out about ways to keep kids busy on the flight, read parent ideas & tips HERE.
How can a parent possibly travel light with all that Baby Gear? Read tips from PSP parents HERE about how to travel light - with baby stuff in tow!
How do you beat Jet Lag? Find out how parents have gotten through jetlag HERE.
Any tips for how to help my little one deal with Motion Sickness? Whether it is air, car, or general motion sickness, find advice to helping your tot HERE.
Can anyone recommend a pet sitter/ dog walker? To find out who PSP parents favorite pet sitters are, go to our recommendations category HERE to read more.
HAVING A STAYCATION? Why not play tourist in your own city? Here are PSP member recommended Tourist Activities for Tweens & Teenagers