Meet Rebecca, an American Girl Doll and LES resident
Tue May 26
This past weekend, American Girl formally announced the newest addition to its lineup of historical dolls: Rebecca Rubin, a nine-year-old Russian-Jewish immigrant living right here on Manhattan's Lower East Side circa 1914. She's the first Semitic girl in the series, and so far, she's getting good reviews: the hard-to-please director of the Anti-Defamation League even liked her! Like her AG sisters, Rebecca will be introduced via six books, which give kids the chance to peer at life on the LES long before the days of skinny jeans and trendy bars. The adventures, mishaps and lessons learned in these titles take Rebecca from her father's shoe shop on Rivington Street to the carnival rides of Coney Island. As with all the American Girl stories, Rebecca's tales include light story lines, like her desire to become an actress, as well as heavier historical issues, such as religion and the hardships of immigration. The doll, expected to retail for $95, will be unveiled this Sunday, May 31....
What to do if you were shut out of universal pre-k
Mon May 25
Let me preface this by saying, I am *not* an expert! However, I have done a lot of research (like most parents I suspect), and have also chatted with friends who went through this process last year. If your child didn't receive a placement in this first round, do not give up hope! That said, you should start laying the groundwork for non-public school care. Check out CBOs (community based organizations), either near your home or workplace. See if they have space. In some cases, they'll keep your kid for the full day for an extra fee, which means you won't have to figure out how to pick up your kid at 3 p.m. If you're hellbent on getting a free UPK placement...call the schools you're interested in. Be prepared to be blown off, but do everything you can to forge a personal relationship with someone at the school--a parent coordinator, an administrator, etc. Without being too desperate (or creepy!), explain how strongly you feel about your child attending that particular school and ask...
Universal Pre-K...still no word from the DOE
Fri May 22
I freely admit that this post is a personal rant. And I figure any other parent waiting for the DOE's UPK lottery results will understand why. This is maddening! First we were told that we'd be informed of our child's placement, if any, the week of May 18, with an assurance that those of us who applied online would get an email. Monday came and we did get an email...saying we'd find out at the end of the week of May 18. Guess what? It's the end of the week (unless they mean Sunday?!) and we're going into a three-day weekend and we still haven't heard word one (or rather, I haven't and neither have any of my friends. Maybe we're just unpopular?) I know the folks at the DOE are overwhelmed and doing the best they can...but it's really just not good enough. Results for the TAG tests were late, as were middle-school placements. I won't even go into the whole West Village kindergarten debacle. How are we supposed to have any faith in the public school system if we can't even get our kids...
Preschool "art director" makes waves
Fri May 22
When Bill Zeman decided to spend his life creating art, he realized it would be a solitary profession. He was the one to decide when, where and how he created his art...until he became a dad. His little girl, dubbed the "tiny art director" on his giggle-inducing blog of the same name, chronicles her opinions on his artwork —and she's not shy about vetoing his subpar pieces. What happens is this: She makes a request, papa creates it, and then she tells him what he did wrong. Example: The assignment: I'm going to tell you what to draw. Draw a dragon sneaking up on a girl. She's picking flowers. The critique: Daddy, it's not supposed to be like that! He has dog legs! I'm so mad at you! I'm going to erase those legs! Daddy, why did you do those legs??? [ collapses in tears ] Job Status: Rejected Brilliant, right? Head over to the blog to read more banter between Zeman and his baby girl. Poignant and hilarious.
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