Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about
Wed Dec 24
Berry dangerous? Holly and its bright red berries may look pretty adorning your house during the holidays, but there's long been chatter about the plant's toxic nature. According to the Times , while it can be deadly when consumed in large quantities, only a few icky side effects (vomiting, diarrhea) will occur if a small amount is accidentally ingested. One less thing to worry about as you scramble to make Christmas dinner, wrap all the presents... DreamWorks is Blob-tastic A new trailer for the upcoming Monsters vs. Aliens (due in March) has gone viral, and from what we can tell it's going to be another awesome adventure from those masterminds over at DreamWorks. The hilarious Seth Rogen plays Bob (the blob) and Reese Witherspoon is a bride-turned-monster, taken in by a government compound when she's hit by a meteor. It may not be Monsters, Inc 2 , but we'll take it. Miley wishes you a Merry Christmas Oh, Miley. We're not sure why Miss...
Run away and join the cirkus
Wed Dec 24
Got a big-top obsessed tot? If your aspiring acrobat, juggler, dancer, all-around entertainer is dying to get onstage, encourage your kid to audition for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. The veteran variety troupe is currently casting performers under age 21 for its two upcoming Calvalcade of Youth shows, on March 14 and April 26 at the Zipper Factory Theater. Those interested should email email@example.com for additional info or visit the Bindlestiff website.
Soulja Boy's bad behavior soldiers on
Tue Dec 23
Soulja Boy , the teen rapper who created the "Crank That" song-and-dance craze in 2007, was the surprise guest speaker for students at Hunter College High School on December. 16th. The controversial performer and a few of his homies did the full-on X-rated version of his hit song in the auditorium, filled to capacity with some 450 seventh through twelfth graders. Um, WTF??? I don't shock easily, but when the song was played at every bar mitzvah I attended this year--replacing the tired "Macarena" as the new group dance--I had to learn the lyrics. Yikes! In addition to the de rigueur) bad language, Soulja gives new meaning to seemingly innocuous everyday words. For a full lesson, check urbandictionary.com for the oh-so poetic meaning of "superman that hoe" and other choice expressions in the Grammy-nominated song. According to Hunter's assistant principal, Tony Fisher, one of the elementary school parents had a connection with the popular recording artist, whose real name is...
I'm pre-K, you're K, but we're not okay
Mon Dec 22
Confused about the current pre-K/kindergarten public school lottery system? Well, you're not alone. Our own Web editor Raven Snook is currently making the rounds of open houses for progressive, unzoned public schools such as Central Park East and Ella Baker, which previously had specialized application processes, and even their principals aren't quite sure how the system will work this year for pre-K since it looks like the DOE is hell-bent on keeping things centralized. If you're applying to pre-K, make sure you bookmark the DOE's pre-K info page, (which still hasn't been updated for the 2009-2010 school year), and keep checking back. You can also visit InsideSchools.org's blog, which is a great resource on pretty much any issue concerning NYC public schools. For those of you whose kids are already in pre-K, you're probably already aware of the DOE's depressing plans. Even if your kid seemingly won the pre-k lottery by snagging a spot in the elementary school of your choice,...
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