- Category: Holidays and Special Events
Your guide to Holiday Events! We’ll be updating this with regularity, so be sure to check back!
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, Nov 28 6:30 p.m
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
This FREE event will include live music and carolers, yummy treats from our favorite local bakeries, arts and crafts, giveaway and a lighting Show from Positron. Also bring your gently used coats to donate to the NY Cares Winter Coat Drive 2015.
Santa will be there too!
More information >
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Saturday, Dec 12 7 p.m
Cong. Beth Elohim (Garfield Pl and 8th Ave)
THE JINGLE BELL JAMBOREE IS COMING !! THE JINGLE BELL JAMBOREE IS COMING !! Come celebrate Park Slope’s annual holiday tradition – a family holiday concert event with music, dance, sing-a-longs, and MORE! Sponsored by the Park Slope Civic Council and Park Slope Parents.
$10 suggested donation at the door.
In addition to the Tree Lighting on Saturday Nov 28 listed above, you can also find Santa at the following places:
Items of Interest
now - December 23 check website for times
60 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets are $15. More information >
Saturday, Dec 5 10:30 a.m & 1 p.m seatings
224 Franklin Street (Green Street corner), Greenpoint, Brooklyn
A delicious pancake brunch with Santa, music, arts/crafts for kids, music and of-course, precious moments and photos with Santa. Take your own photos with Santa for free and a professional photographer will also be on hand to capture priceless moments. Cash bar for holiday drinks for moms & dads. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you can, please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for the Greenpoint Lions' Santa Toy Drive.
Tickets are $15 pp online, $20 at door. Infants under 12 months: $5 online, $10 at door. Tickets sold out last year so buy your tickets quickly! Proceeds benefit Town Square and local Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26 that meets at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. More information >
Visit Santa at the Old Stone House Hearth
Saturday, Dec 12 10 a.m - 12:30 p.m
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Enjoy Photos with Santa, arts and crafts, baked goods and snowflakes at the Old Stone House. Crafts & cocoa while you wait! Photography by Andreea B. Ballen. Bring donations for the CHiPS food pantry and share the love of giving $10 per family
Friday, November 27 - December 24, 2014, times vary
8th floor of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.
Santa is stopping by your favorite Macy's! It's the perfect opportunity to share everything on your holiday wish list. He's only here for a limited time, so catch him while you can! Have your photo taken with the man himself! More information forthcoming/
Kings Plaza Mall
now - December 24, times vary
5100 Kings Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11234
What PSP Members say: “Kings plaza mall last weekend and so was Santa! NO LINE! He's a great looking Santa, and they took 3 'poses' this year. My fav is one of my son whispering what he wants in Santa's ear. Great pics this year.” More information >
Atlantic Center Mall
625 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
More information forthcoming
Toys for Tots
If you're out shopping for the holidays pick up an extra toy or two for the Toys for Tots drive. PSP has been co-sponsoring this drive for the last 8 years. Drop off your unwrapped present at any one of THESE locations.
Ways to help the community this Thanksgiving. We will be adding to the list, so check back!
Congregation Beth Elohim Pie Appeal
Monday November 16th through Monday November 23rd, 2015
Help make this year’s Thanksgiving Lunch a memorable one for Park Slope Seniors!
Congregation Beth Elohim is seeking donations of pies, cakes and other baked goods for Park Slope Center for Successful Aging’s Thanksgiving Lunch on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 All home and store baked goods are welcome! Drop your donations off at CBE from Monday, November 16th through Monday November 23rd, 2015 For more information contact Bobbie - 718.768.3814 X210.
Heights & Hills and Cobble Hill Health Center
Thursday, November 26, 2015 shifts needed from 8:45 a.m to 1 p.m
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on Thanksgiving Day!
On Thursday November 26, 2015 Heights and Hills will once again join forces with the Cobble Hill Health Center, the 84th Police Precinct and Grace Church to feed over 200 seniors a sit-down home cooked holiday meal to local seniors. This community event is now in its 44th year and continues to be the wonderful success it is because of volunteers like YOU!
We invite you to volunteer…
Where: Grace Church - 254 Hicks street between Grace Court and Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights.
When: Dinner will be served at noon. Volunteers will arrive from 9am to 11am based on job assignmentand should be prepared to stay until 2:30-3:00pm to help clean-up if possible.
- Kitchen Crew 8:45am to 2:00pm 5 more volunteers needed, must be willing to roll up your sleeves and get messy
- Packing and Pie Cutting 10am to 1pm 4 more volunteers needed, great behind the scenes job for those who want to keep busy
- Greet & Serve 11:15pm to 1:30pm 20 more volunteers needed, must be social, patient and ready to make our guests smile
- Designated Clean-up Crew 1:00pm to 3pm 5 volunteers needed for all tasks including folding up tables and stacking chairs
Please RSVP to Betsy Guttmacher at or 718 596-8789 to confirm that you will volunteer and to receive a job assignment and check-in time.
IMPORTANT - You must RVSP by phone or email to receive confirmation of a job assignment and check in time.
Volunteers who do not RSVP prior to the event will not be allowed to stay due to overcrowding.
All volunteers will check in when they arrive, get a name tag, and receive additional instructions for their specific job(s).
PLEASE NOTE – Volunteers must be 12 year old and those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We have a year-round Volunteer Program and are actively recruiting volunteers of all ages. To learn more about our Volunteer Program or if you have questions about participating in our Thanksgiving dinner please contact the Volunteer Program Director via phone at 718 596-8789 or email at " target="_blank">bguttmacher@
Thanksgiving Day for God's Love We Deliver
Thursday, November 26, 2015 shifts from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m
God's Love We Deliver is looking for volunteers Thanksgiving morning to deliver meals to people with illnesses and their families who are really in need of help. They need volunteers with cars (drivers should have a partner) to deliver meals on Thanksgiving. Your shift would be between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. You can sign up here. We have several pickup locations throughout all boroughs.
If you have questions: mailto: or call 212-294-8158
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.
As PSP goes through the nanny survey results, we wanted to point out some issues related to pay and expectations that come up this time of year.
1. PAID TIME OFF—If you take off more time than you expected when you hired your nanny (e.g., you agreed on 2 paid time off but end up taking 3 weeks) you should pay your nanny unless you made other arrangements when s/he was hired. You can expect your nanny to come help do things like pet care or home care if it’s part of her job description, but don’t expect him/her to switch/add duties because you want more mileage out of her when you’re gone. Also, more times than not, hiring out your nanny for other jobs so you can get back your ‘investment’ (a term one nanny called, “pimping out your nanny”) is likely to lead to tension.
2. EXTRA DUTIES—sometimes summer can lead to extra work. Picking up extra kids from camp, having more frequent playdates because kids don’t have homework or watching cousins should lead to extra pay (or at least an offer of extra pay—some nannies won’t take it, but offering it is key).
3. REVIEW POLICIES—It’s always a good idea for you to review policies such as TV and computer use since a busy day at summer camp may want to make you want to give more or less downtime. Also review expectations for sunscreen, water intake, check-in policies for any older kids.
4. CAB FARE HOME—If you’re out late it’s standard to pay for a cab for your nanny. Some people will pay only if it’s dark so with summertime and later sunsets this should be an option only if you let your nanny know about it. Changing the cut off time can lead to tension if your nanny is expecting cab fare home when working later.
If you’re planning on saying goodbye to your nanny, check out:
Good luck and stay tuned for more Nanny Survey Results!
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