Join us on Saturday, Feb 6 for a celebration of children, families, community, music and literacy. While you’re here get a library card and check out some books! Bring your book donations (books for kids under 8) for Literacy Inc NYC! The day also includes a bake sale to support the Park Slope Library.
11am Musical Storytime with Suzi Shelton
SUZI SHELTON is an award-winning singer/songwriter, local favorite family performer, and proud Mom of two who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families for more than a decade. She and her band have performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and The White House. Please visit her at suzishelton.com for more information on her music, videos and performances - both live and online. Suzi will provide a musical backdrop to the playground set's favorite picture books including "Silly Sally" by Audrey Wood, "Head to Toe" by Eric Carle and "Man Gave Names To All The Animals" by Bob Dylan. She will also get the kids up and dancing in between stories with her original, upbeat and catchy songs. Ages 0-7 yrs.
12pm Soren Kisiel & Katie Goodman, “The Night Our Parents Went Out”
Comedian KATIE GOODMAN and author SOREN KISIEL, which many of you may know from their infamous "Sh*t Park Slope Parents Say," will read from their new children's book The Night Our Parents Went Out, and answer any questions your children might have about bringing the book from an idea to the shelves. Includes interactive improv games with volunteer participants. Ages 4-8 yrs.
12:15pm Tween Writing Workshop with Abby Sher (in the conference room)
Calling all writers-dreamers-doodlers-thinkers-people-who-love-the-words-"what if..."! Come explore different ways to get your pen on your paper. No experience required - except the experience of life. Please bring real paper and pens. ABBY SHER is a mom, a performer, and author of three books, one of which got the seal of approval from Oprah. Her next book, ALL THE WAYS THE WORLD CAN END, will be published in spring, 2017. Say hello at abbysher.com. Ages 11-18 yrs.
1pm Musical Storytime with Katy Stone
KATY STONE is a full time Park Slope mom with a toddler and a second child on the way! During her precious free time she teaches private music lessons, leads a few weekly sing alongs for the toddler set around town and brings folk music to the very very young and their caregivers on Monday mornings at the Park Slope Library. She plays guitar and leads the nursery songs that every toddler loves to sing. Come join her at the book fair for a sample of her weekly program and a special musical rendition of "The Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown. Katy is on instagram as mrskatywallace. Ages 0-3 yrs.
2pm Michael Hearst, “Unusual Creatures”
Who loves strange animals? We're talking magnapinna squids, blue-footed boobies, leafy sea dragons, and long-eared jerboas, to name a few! Join author and musician MICHAEL HEARST for a nerd-ball PowerPoint presentation/reading from his book, Unusual Creatures. Fun for the whole family!
Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city
⚠ Please remember to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, and netting before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site ⚠
January 9th & 10th, 10am – 2pm
Prospect Park*, Third Street & Prospect Park West
Prospect Park*, Park circle at Parkside Avenue
Cobble Hill Park*, Clinton Street & Verandah Place
Fort Greene Park*, Washington Park & Myrtle Avenue
Maria Hernandez Park*, Suydam Street & Knickerbocker Avenue
Marine Park*, East 33rd Street & Avenue U
McCarren Park*, Lorimer Street & Driggs Avenue
Owl's Head Park*, 68th Street & Colonial Road
DROP OFF ONLY
January 2nd- 10th
Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street & Fifth Avenue
Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Fifth Street & Second Avenue
Green Space @ President Street, 222 Fifth Avenue
Prospect Heights Community Farm, 254 St. Marks Avenue
Sunset Park, 44th Street & 6th Avenue
Amazing Garden, 261 Columbia Street
Brower Park, Brooklyn Avenue at Prospect Place
Coffey Park, Dwight & Verona Streets
Lincoln Terrace Park, Buffalo Avenue at East New York Avenue
McGolrick Park, Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue
Sutter Ballfields, Barbey Street & Sutter Avenue
January 4th- 15th
The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees.
Mulch is available at the chipping sites marked with an asterisk (*).
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