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Friday, January 13, 2012

Harlem Globetrotters are Here


As soon as I see those jerseys, I immediately have that familiar tune in my head (I bet you do, too!).  These guys can really put on a show, and they’re in town this weekend!
Check them out!

Harlem Globetrotters
KFC Yum! Center
Sunday, January 15, at 2pm and 7pm

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Time to Play

 
Ever wonder what a playgroup is all about?  We have some insight from Nishea Sipley, Oldham County MOMS Club member and owner of M & N's Monogrammed Gifts .
 
How does one go about finding a playgroup for their children?
I found about my group through friends, but if you're new to an area, I would recommend an internet search. The Mom's Club of Oldham County is part of an international organization; so, a quick internet search will link you to the group's website, www.MomsClubOfOC.com.
 
When you are the hostess, do you plan activities for the kids, or is it a playtime free-for-all?
Free-for-all!! :0) The playgroups I've participated in have always consisted of mixed ages which I've always enjoyed. My daughter attends a two day per week preschool with children her own age and has no siblings; I love the fact that our playgroups have given her the opportunity to interact with children of other ages.
 
What do the moms do while the kids play (relax, chat, craft, etc.)?
Chat! For me, it's "catch up with the girls" time. With the opening of the store in July of last year, I've not been able to attend with my normal regularity.  So, when I do get to go to playgroup, I enjoy the conversations that ensue. The conversations prove to be invaluable when it comes to gathering info on everything from doctors to preschools.
 
What's the most challenging part of being a member of a playgroup?
Nowadays, it's finding the time to attend, but, initially, it was finding the way to the different locations.  I'm not from Oldham County and have only lived here a short time; so, driving to different neighborhoods and parks for playgroup really helped me branch out and get more comfortable with the area.

Today’s Woman Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to attend Eve*olution, a fashion show being put on by Today’s Woman magazine featuring cover women from the past 20 years!

The doors open at 6pm for mingling and hors d’oeuvres until 7pm, when the show starts with open seating (except for a VIP front row).  After the show, there will be an open Coffee Bar and Sweets Extravaganza, along with a swag bag full of goodies.

Thursday, January 19
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Avenue
6pm- 9pm
Tickets are $50/person and must be purchased in advance by calling Jaclyn 502.327.8855 or online at  www.iamtodayswoman.com.

So, grab your girlfriends, and head out for a Girls’ Night Out with fun and fashion!

Here are 3 ways YOU can enter to WIN a pair (2) of tickets to Eve*olution (just leave a separate comment here for each entry):
-follow Today’s Family Every Day (click on “Join this site” on the right sidebar) (one entry)
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-like Today’s Family on facebook (one entry)

This giveaway ends at midnight on 1/17/12.

Update: Our winner is pookie (comment #3).  Congratulations!  Please email us by midnight tonight to claim your prize.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Time to Register for School


We leave the stress of December holidays behind only to find that a new stress is upon us. With the promise of a new year comes the process of registering children for school.

No matter the grade level of one’s child---preschool up to high school---there are many factors that play into one’s choice.

Some families select a school based on its educational philosophy (Montessori, Waldorf, etc.). Other families look at whether a certain sport or area of study is offered. For example, a teenager interested in space exploration might be a perfect fit for the Aviation/Aeronautics program at the Academy at Shawnee. Parents of special needs children want to select a school that can best address their child’s therapy requirements. Whether the school has a dress code may be an important factor for some families. Some parents want their children to have a Catholic- or Christian-focused education and make their school selection accordingly.

For most of us, there isn’t just one factor that determines where we will register our children for school. Our children’s needs and desires, our family’s finances, and simple personal preferences are all involved in the logistics of school registration.

Registration for JCPS occurs November through March, depending on grade level. Parents may go to the school nearest their home that serves their child’s grade level to complete enrollment forms or pick up Magnet, Advance or Optional program applications. The JCPS Parent Assistance Center (485-6250) can be contacted with any questions parents may have about the enrollment process.
 
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Let’s Grade Your School


What do we expect from our schools? I think we all want the same thing: for our children to be taught well and treated fairly (and a bonus would be encouragement or inspiration). Many people don’t agree on how this looks in a practical, day-to-day way.

How about Jefferson Co. Public Schools? There are changes being made in the largest local school district of Jefferson County in terms of student assignment plans. Are you happy with the latest plan?  They talk about a reorganization: www.jefferson.k12.ky.us, but is it going to make you happy?

At the same time there is a group of Kentucky parents and leaders looking at starting Charter Schools. Check out their website: www.chartersinkentucky.com. Also, a Charter School in Southern Indiana seems to be doing well www.shiningminds.com.

Are you paying for private school because you decided it was worth it? Tell us why.

Tell us about your school complaints or praises – we need to be talking more about the things that need to change in our area.
 
Contributed by Anita Oldham, Editor, Today’s Family and Today’s Woman magazines.
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