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Back to School

Area businesses ready for the back-to-school season


Around the Corner Art Center Around the Corner Art Center Around the Corner Art Center is a fullservice art center that accommodates a yearround art school, a custom frame shop, a paint-your-own pottery studio, and offers a full line of fine artist supplies to professionals and amateurs.The art center also runs a variety of children’s art camps and birthday parties. This local art center, established in 1980, began as a custom frame shop.Through the years it has changed into one of Monmouth Counties premier art schools.The Around the Corner Art Center offers fine art classes in painting, drawing, pastel, clay and ceramics, anime and cartooning, teen portfolio preparation workshops, as well as fashion design and sewing. Painting classes are offered in a variety of mediums including oil paints, acrylics, gouache and transparent watercolors. Drawing classes explore the use of charcoal, graphite pencils, colored pencils and more. The teachers all have their special areas of expertise ranging from traditional painters, to accomplished draftsman, to skilled clay craftsman and professional anime artists.The Around the Corner Art Center’s professional design team is available to assist customers with their custom mat and frame selections for artworks, memorabilia, needlework, diplomas, souvenirs and more. The paint-your-own pottery studio welcomes walk-ins or groups looking to create something special.The Around the Corner Art Center is located in Freehold Township, at 290 Mounts Corner Drive, and is housed in the historic Solomon House, a two-story colonial white clapboard farmhouse originally built in the late 18th century. For more information, call 732-308-4666 or visit www.aroundthecornerartcenter.com.


Center Stage Center Stage What should you look for when choosing a dance school? Experience? Knowledge? Proven success? A family atmosphere? Flexible scheduling? If any of those are your criteria, then Center Stage is the school you’re looking for. For 37 years, Center Stage offers the best, most experienced and diverse dance teachers in the area, covering all styles of dance: hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical/contemporary, modern, as well as acting, voice, piano and guitar.And the proof that this formula works can be found by looking at Center Stage alumni, many of whom are cur- rently performing on Broadway, national tours, and dance companies across the country. Over the years, many Center Stage students have considered the studio their second home, building life-long relationships with fellow students, teachers and staff.With 12 dance rooms in three locations, no other studio around can offer the breadth of scheduling possibilities that Center Stage can.With all of these benefits, the only questions left is: Why would you go anywhere else? Students range from age 3 to adult and from those who want to take one class a week for fun or fitness, to those who are working toward a career in performing arts. For more information, visit www.centerstagenj.com or call 732-238-7890 (East Brunswick)/732-972-1116 (Marlboro)/732-695-6400 (Ocean).


Frogbridge Day Camp Frogbridge Day Camp 
Dancation Dancation Entering into its second year, the Chai Early Childhood Center in East Brunswick continues to offer a small, intimate preschool environment for children ages 18 months to 4 years old. The school’s bright, welcoming facility and warm, loving staff makes the children feel that they are in a home away from home.The progressive curriculum is designed to nurture each child’s innate sense of wonder and curiosity and includes Hebrew and English literacy, math, science, social studies, Judaic studies and the arts. Specialties such as music and movement, Zumba, woodworking, photography, artist and author studies, and educational trips nurture each child’s innate sense of wonder and curiosity about her or his world.The carefully crafted program and stimulating and enriching educational environment is designed to provide children with the early foundation and framework necessary for the transition to elementary school and beyond. Children learn to develop the literacy, numeracy, reasoning, and decisionmaking skills that form a foundation for school readiness.At Chai Early Childhood Center, children learn socialization skills, build self-confidence, and develop the preliminary skills to explore and experience their world independently from their parents.The teachers bring to their jobs a unique blend of personal and professional warmth that have become the trademarks of a Chabad preschool experience, in New Jersey and beyond.The educational approach is guided by the recognition and respect for the unique qualities of each child.They recognize that each child has his or her unique needs, in terests and passions.The children are viewed as collaborators: they are competent, curious, inquisitive, unique, and creative. Each child who enters the school becomes a treasured member of the Chabad preschool family.At Chabad’s Chai Central Hebrew School, the joys, values and traditions of Judaism are brought vividly to life.With innovative programs such as the acclaimed Aleph Champ reading program, handson activities and dedicated teachers, the children are exposed to the beautiful and deeply significant identity that has preserved the Jewish people. A Jewish education at Chabad keeps children passionate about Jewish learning and living for a lifetime.They also offer holiday programs, Women’s Night Out, the N.J. Good Deed Awards, and the Friendship Club for special needs children and teen volunteers.There are no membership dues, and with its warm and inviting approach, Chabad is a place where you will feel welcomed and at home. Chabad of East Brunswick is located at 3 Lexington Ave., East Brunswick. For more information, call 732-333- 3220, e-mail info@ebchabad.com, or visit www.EBchabad.com.


Ivy League Day Camp Ivy League Day Camp 
I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School 
Hatikvah International Academy Charter School Hatikvah International Academy Charter School Dancation, now entering its 23rd year, prides itself on not only challenging every student to do their absolute best, but also on being a place where every student feels like a star. Under new ownership in 2011, Dancation offers a variety of different classes starting at age 3 such as jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, and musical theater, and some new classes such as movement makers (just for little movers who are 2 years of age) and contemporary ballet. Dancation offers workshops and different performance opportu- nities to everyone in the studio. It is also the home of the award-winning A+ Performers competition troupe.The A+ Performers received many title awards in the 2012 competition season and are performing in Walt Disney World for the third time this November. From the highly trained teachers to the welcoming staff, Dancation is a place where your child will feel comfortable and joyful while receiving a long-lasting dance and theater education. For more information on joining the Dancation family, call 732- 679-7676 or visit www.dancationonline.com. Dancation is located at 3101 Route 9,Ticetown Plaza, Old Bridge.


Jamesburg Montessori Children’s House Jamesburg Montessori Children’s House Frogbridge Day Camp, located in Millstone Township, is a private, family-owned and - operated facility welcoming campers entering pre-K through 10th grade.The 86-acre, state-ofthe art country campus offers all of the amenities of a sleepaway camp, right in your own backyard. Frogbridge features more than 70,000 square feet of indoor air-conditioned activity space, unlike any camp, anywhere in the country. Campers eat lunch in air-conditioned comfort at the lakeside catering hall.The extensive hot lunch menu, created and served by experienced culinary professionals, features age-appropriate specials throughout the summer as well as daily alternatives.A salad bar, along with fruits and yogurts, is available daily. Outdoor activities include: rock climbing, zip lines, bungee trampolines, low and high ropes courses, go-carts, bumper boats with water cannons, three lakes for boating and fishing, tube rides, horseback riding, golf, tennis, archery, laser tag, and all traditional camp activities such as soccer, baseball, basketball, tetherball, gaga and much more.The Frogbridge swim program consists of three heated, Olympic-size swimming pools supervised by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards and water safety instructors. Camp groups are always led by teachers and experienced, collegiate early childhood education majors.The air-conditioned infirmary is headed by two registered nurses at all times. Bathing suit laundering, daily pool-side towel service, modern restroom facilities with attendants and front gate security provide ease of mind for parents, knowing your children are cared for in a clean, safe and secure environment every day of their stay at Frogbridge. Camp programs include daily elective choices, weekly special events, annual Color War events, and 8th-, 9th- and 10th-grade travel programs, some of which include overnights. If your child ages 3 through 15 is looking to make new friends, develop positive self-esteem, interact with peers and create memories that will last a lifetime, you owe it to yourself and your children to visit Frogbridge today.Air-conditioned door-to-door transportation as well as “Central Express,” money-saving meet-the-bus options, are available throughout Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Ocean counties. For more information, call 609-208-9050 or visit www.frogbridge.com.


The Lewis School and Clinic The Lewis School and Clinic 
Kinder Kastle Childcare/Learning Center Kinder Kastle Childcare/Learning Center 
Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio Gan Yeladeem Learning Center serves children from 6 weeks to age 5. It is open all year to accommodate parents seeking Jewish childcare and preschool experience.They have a flexible schedule with full-time and part-time options. At the Gan they recognize the importance of early childhood education, and they give each child the opportunity to grow and discover. The program is one that integrates general and Jewish learning in an exciting way, combining the finest of early education approaches and Jewish values and ethics.With their experienced staff, your child will feel the energy and devotion. Gan Yeladeem curriculum will stimulate your child’s inquisitiveness.The center will provide your child with just the right combination of playbased and structured curriculum. Attending the Gan, your child will begin to identify with the Jewish community and to feel a pride of being Jewish. Gan Yeladeem Learning Center,The David H. Meyer Children’s Center, is located at 222 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. For more information, call 732-545-6555, e-mail gan@aemt.info, or visit www.ganataemt.com.


lustigdancetheatre lustigdancetheatre Hatikvah International Academy Charter School is a tuition-free dual-language public charter school committed to providing academic excellence in a nurturing environment. Serving children of all backgrounds, Hatikvah is preparing students for today’s global society by using the Inquiry Based curriculum, similar to the International Baccalaureate-Inquiry Based program approach and immersion in Hebrew language. Hatikvah enables students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and confident communicators, skills needed to excel in today’s competitive world. In addition, re- search shows that study of a foreign language at an early age correlates with higher academic achievement and SAT test scores as well as increased cognitive development and problemsolving abilities. Hatikvah offers two teachers in each classroom, which allows them to implement innovative teaching methods such as the Workshop Model and Differentiated Instruction where each child receives individual attention and is challenged to perform at their own level. The in-depth study of a foreign language and the Inquiry-Based curriculum is an education sought by the world’s leading education institutions. Help your child excel as a leader of tomorrow by opening the door to the unique educational opportunity at Hatikvah Charter School. Register your child: www.hatikvahcharterschool.com. For a personal tour, call 732-640-5850.


Model Team Model Team 
Mason Gross Extension Division Mason Gross Extension Division I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School is a secular Jewish school and community in Central Jersey.The school for children in grades K-7 meets Sunday mornings, September through May.The curriculum emphasizes historical and cultural approaches to the study of Jewishness and a commitment to community, to Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repair the world,” and to make a shenere un bessere velt,Yiddish for “a more beautiful and better world.” Classes are directed toward understanding the people’s past and enriching present lives as Jews. The curriculum, led by a professional staff of teachers, includes the study of traditions, history, literature, music, dance and Hebrew.While the children are in class, adults meet over bagels and coffee for The community also offers programs on Friday evenings, retreats, book groups, holiday parties, a teen group, a community Passover Seder, and secular services for the high holy days. In this community, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are as unique and individual as the students themselves and reflect their individual Jewish heritages. Community leaders are available to guide families through this special time. I.L. Peretz will hold an open house on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Ave., Somerset. For more information, call 732-545-9691 or visit www.ilperetz.org.


Our Lady of Lourdes School Our Lady of Lourdes School Immaculate Conception School (ICS) is a Roman Catholic elementary school with a longstanding history of providing students in prekindergarten through eighth grade with a quality, holistic education.The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. ICS follows the New Jersey State curriculum guidelines.All teachers are degreed, and hold state certification. ICS offers both full- and part-time pre-K classes, and small classes for the elementary school with a low student to teacher ratio. Fifth- through eighth-grade students have accelerated classes for math and science and the eighth-grade students can qualify to take an advanced placement high school algebra course. In addition to religion, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the students enjoy art, music, physical education, technology education, health, world language and library classes.The extra curricular offerings include chorus, Student Council, a spring musical, Catholic Service Club, yearbook, newspaper, and after-school enrichment programs.The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in an interscholastic sports program that includes soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball and softball.The pre-K is renowned for preparing the little ones for the academic road ahead. The program is age-appropriate and also follows the New Jersey state standards. ICS is located at 23 Manalapan Road, Spotswood. For more information, call 732-251-3090 or visit www.icsspotswood.org.


Saint John Vianney High School Saint John Vianney High School The summer of 2013 will be the 43rd season of big league fun at Ivy League Day Camp (ILDC). Back by popular demand for the 2013 summer will be Road Scholars Teen Tours @ Ivy League.The Road Scholars Teen Tour program will consist of two two-week sessions of cross country travel.The trips offered for 2013 are Toronto and Niagara Falls, Myrtle Beach and Virginia Beach, Montreal, and Ohio and Pennsylvania Amusement Park Extravaganza. Road Scholars consists of 22 days away. Ivy League has been running Teen Tour programs since 1980 under the supervision of experienced adult staff. The program will be offered to eighth-, ninthand 10th-graders and can be combined with any of the other teen programs. Road Scholars is a great way for teens to have fun, tour, learn and experience many new places with their peers. ILDC has been owned and operated by the Leiser family for more than 30 years. It is the only day camp in the Manalapan/Marlboro area accredited by the ACA for more than 30 years. The owners/directors are onsite and available year round.All swim instructors are Red Cross certified; all athletic staff are adult physical educators; and all preschool division groups are led by adult staff. ILDC has large, indoor, air-conditioned activity rooms and a field house.There are heated pools, a water park and a large bumper boat pool. Hot lunch is served daily and the camp offers door-to-door air-conditioned bus transportation.All of the bus drivers are employed by the camp and not a bus company.At Ivy League, experienced and caring role models are constantly encouraging campers and building their self-esteem, discovery, exploration, active participation and respect for others.To learn more about Ivy League Day Camp and Road Scholars Teen Tours @ Ivy League, call 732-446- 7035 or visit www.ivyleaguedaycamp.com.


Unitarian Montessori School Unitarian Montessori School 
Temple B’nai Shalom Religious School Temple B’nai Shalom Religious School Preschool is a vital aspect of a young child’s life. It is at this age when little boys and girls learn how to interact with others and obtain a basis for future learning. Each child has an individual, unique way of seeing the world.Traditional preschools teach collectively, possibly leaving some children behind and not allowing each child to learn at an individual pace.The Montessori Method is different.At Jamesburg Montessori Children’s House, they recognize that every child learns distinctively. Supplemented by movement and music, children are exposed to exercises in art, culture, practical life, language, science, and mathematics in a manner that allows for personal exploration.Teacher encouragement creates an environment intended to develop within each child a love of learning. Constant communication between teacher and parents fosters a positive relationship benefiting each child. Children gain all of the benefits of Montessori while still experiencing a classroom structure that facilitates critical thought. Director Debbie Starinsky and the teachers at Jamesburg Montessori Children’s House have more than 20 years of experience in helping students reach their full potential through creative, hands-on learning opportunities. For more information, call 732-521-3433 or visit www.jamesburgmontessori.com.


Yellow Duck Preparatory Yellow Duck Preparatory It’s always a hassle to drag the kids to the mall or an outlet store for shoes.That’s why you may want to take a trip to Jay’s Shoe Box. Not only is the location convenient, but the experience is one of a kind. Owners Marsha and Harold Goldstein, who have raised four children and have six grandchildren, provide the ultimate kid-friendly atmosphere.And undoubtedly you can see this from the way the children are entertained. “This is quite a relief for the mom and dad who have more than one child!” Marsha explains. “Our intent is that mom and dad feel secure the other kids are safe while they dedicate their full attention to the child trying on shoes.” When you open the doors to Jay’s the first thing you will notice is the widest selection of children’s shoes in the area.The upscale children’s store now carries more than 55 major brands including the latest styles from Uggs, Geox, Nike, Lelli Kelly, Primigi, Kors, Sketchers,Venettini, Puma and so many more. Jay’s Shoe Box offers price competitive footwear from newborn to children’s size 6, plus a full line of children’s Uggs (which will fit up to a woman’s 8). “It truly is your one-stop shop for all your footwear needs,” assures Harold. Harold and Marsha are extremely confident that after your first visit to Jay’s Shoe Box you will be sure to return.“When you come to our store, if we do not win you over with our enormous selection of shoes we surely will with our friendly customer service, kid-friendliness, expert fitting and calm atmosphere! Our goal is to be your only shoe store.” Jay’s Shoe Box is located at Cambridge Square, 280 Route 9 north, Morganville. Call 732-972- 4700 or visit www.jaysshoeboxforkids.com.

Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio is a well-established center for dance and its award-winning Encore Ensemble Dance Company. Kaye-Lynn is celebrating 57 years and three generations of quality dance education. Original owner, Jackie Lynn, was a member of the Rockettes more than 50 years ago before opening the dance studio in 1955. Robin Kaye is the associate director and daughter of Jackie Lynn. Robin is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been running both studios with her mother’s assistance for more than 15 years. Granddaughter Jasi-Lynn is following in her family’s footsteps and teaches at both studios. She is a graduate member of the award-winning Encore Ensemble Dance Company.At Kaye-Lynn’s your child will have fun while learning proper technique in all phases of dance. Kaye-Lynn is a non-recital studio; they offer an annual dance demonstration with no costumes, no expensive tickets and focus on learning dance throughout the year rather than focusing on one dance for a costly recital. This keeps dance fun and exciting throughout the year. Students can be viewed each week through the two-way windows.Training is provided from the basic creative dance for the preschooler through training for the most professional dancer. Great care and individual attention is given in nurturing the abilities of each student to their fullest potential. Classes are offered to toddlers through adult, and beginners through advanced, in jazz, gym/jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, Zumba (for children and adults), Movin’ with Mom, Bouncin’ Babies and Boys Hip Hop. Kaye-Lynn offers to its serious and gifted students the Encore Ensemble Dance Company. This select group of motivated and talented dancers are given the opportunity to perform in community and social performances as well as dance competitions throughout the year. Kaye- Lynn also offers creative movement classes for children with special needs. Small classes, private lessons and buddy classes are also available. Kaye-Lynn currently has locations in Edison, Milltown and the new location in East Brunswick. The new location in East Brunswick offers gymnastics/ acro classes back to back with dance classes. It is a location where dance and gymnastics come together as one. For more information, call the Milltown/East Brunswick location at 732-548-2333 or the Edison location at 732-548- 8452, or visit www.kayelynndance.com.

Kinder Kastle Childcare/Learning Center aims to prepare your child for the future. Not only do they concentrate on child care and education, but they strive to provide an environment in which your child can learn good traits and mannerisms.Your child will become a wellrounded individual ready to play their part in society. In the current competitive world, the future “grown up” will need to be multi-skilled. Kinder Kastle strongly believes that children need to be exposed to various skills at very early stages. Kinder Kastle’s philosophy is developed with the child’s future in utmost regard. In addition to providing a loving and nurturing environment for your child, their state-of-the-art security system will ensure your child’s safety while left in their care.The center is set up with age-spe- cific classrooms with separate eating and learning areas. Kinder Kastle offers specialized programs for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. The certified teachers use an advanced curriculum that is specialized for each age group. Every classroom is designed to give your child the opportunity and freedom to explore in a variety of learning areas. Creative, hands-on activities encourage children to learn through experimentation and exploration. Call the South River location at 732-651-0002, the Metuchen location at 732-321-5558, and the South Brunswick location at 732-297-8400. For more information, visit www.kinderkastle.com.

Founded in 1973, The Lewis School and Clinic are among the earliest groups of educators in the country to innovate, develop and implement an arts-integrated multisensory education curriculum-wide, neuroscience-based student assessments and neuroscience-based teacher training within a structured and nurturing traditional school environment.The school’s philosophy is best described by its founder, Marsha Lewis:“Our students’ gifts and promise are as important to us as are their needs to repair scholastically.At The Lewis School, learning problems are understood, not as disabilities, but as differences: the expression of remarkable and diverse capacities of human thinking and perceptions. The purpose of a Lewis School education is to prepare students, who may struggle with language-based learning difficulties related to dyslexia, attention and auditory processing, to thrive academically, as they learn to restore the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve their scholastic and personal best.”With 190 students enrolled at The Lewis School, the daily curriculum is dynamic, challenging, competitive and completely multisensory.Whether the student is a first-grader learning the basics of sound-symbol association, or a teenager ready to take on advanced calculus at a college preparatory level, The Lewis School curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each individual student.The Lewis School is located at 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton. For more information, visit www.lewisschool.org. lustigdancetheatre (LDT) was established in 2010 by internationally recognized choreographer and teacher Graham Lustig. Housed in the culturally vibrant city of New Brunswick, LDT’s Dance and Wellness Studio empowers the community with opportunities to experience the love and joy of movement. Students, regardless of level or aspiration, are given the opportunity to discover their passion for dance and wellness in a supportive and professional environment. Class offerings include all levels of ballet, hip hop, Pilates, creative dance, tap, contemporary jazz, DanzEnergy, a two-week summer intensive, and much more. Students have the option to participate in a year-end performance and can audition for the LDT Ensemble, a performance group for dedicated students.The studio is also home to the critically acclaimed lustigdancetheatre professional dance company which performs at major venues statewide.There are often opportunities for students to perform alongside the professional company members. LDT’s Dance and Wellness Studio has two beautifully lit dance studios with sprung marley floors, a Wi-Fi enabled waiting area, and live piano accompanists for ballet classes. For more information, call 732-246- 7300 or visit www.lustigdancetheatre.org. Awaken your love of dance!

The Mason Gross Extension Division has partnered with the acclaimed American Ballet Theatre to open a satellite branch of their Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School Children’s Division on campus in New Brunswick. Barbara Bashaw, graduate director of the EdM program in dance education at Mason Gross, says the JKO school not only provides rigorous training, it exposes young dancers “to a vast repertoire of classics, internationally acclaimed performers as role models, and the opportunity to become a part of ballet culture, not just ballet classes.” Ideally, says Christopher Kenniff, director of the Extension Division,“The classes initiate a lifelong relationship with the art form. Success, ultimately, is about immersing in the whole art form as opposed to merely mastering the craft.”And in the end, the classes can offer children a means of expression and a vehicle for their imaginations.“Many children are content to read the storybook classics; others prefer to live inside them,” Bashaw says.“ABT allows them to do just that.” For more information, call 732-932- 8618, e-mail extension@masongross.rutgers.edu, or visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu/abt.

Does your child have what it takes to make it big in TV and modeling? Model Team LLC of Ocean Grove would like to know. In fact, the 21- year-old agency featured on ABC-TV would like to see you and your child (ages 5-12 and 13-25) on Aug. 17 at their office for a free evaluation. That’s how many Model Team success stories started.“We’re very proud of our models,” says Model Team LLC owner John Merriman,“not only because they’re successful, but also because they have the confidence to do anything in life.” Madison, 9, and her parents came from Belmar to audition, and after developing with Model Team she now shoots ads for J. Crew in France and Iceland. The cover girl has also worked for many other clients such as Calvin Klein,The Children’s Place, New York runway shows and ABC’s Nightline, o name a few. Molly from Wall came to Model Team at age 5 to learn modeling and to make friends. Now 17 years later, she has booked everything from Ralph Lauren to Vogue, and has made lifelong friends along the way. Matt, 21, from Robbinsville, has booked many worldwide ads for clients such as Nikon,Verizon and Converse; Model Team has gotten fashion contracts for him 12 countries.Trey, a CNN Man of the Year, is now the expert dentist on Good Morning America, and Model Team has been working closely with a production company to develop a reality show about his amazing work in Kenya, Haiti and the United States.“I can’t thank John and Model Team enough,”Trey says. Model Team is looking for others with amazing stories to tell.“With the state of the world now, it’s important for kids and teens to find their selfworth in a fun, stress-free place,” says Merriman, a former child actor himself.“That fun place is definitely Model Team. For a free evaluation, call Model Team at 732-988-3648.

Celebrating 70 years of academic excellence, Our Lady of Lourdes School is a prekindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school located in Milltown, convenient to North Brunswick, East Brunswick and New Brunswick. Middle States accredited, OLOL offers full- and half-day programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, full-day kindergarten, after-school and lunch programs, and a variety of enrichment clubs, sports and activities in its well-maintained facility.The school’s diocesan-approved curriculum, which adopts the state’s core curriculum, includes art, music, physical education, world languages, and computer science with in-class laptop and SMARTBoard integration.Their motto,“Knowledge, Values, Discipline,” represents their deep commitment to providing a superior academic program and nurturing the growth of each child’s intellectual and spiritual gifts.The religious and lay faculty and staff believe that challenging students to develop their individual talents will prepare them for life’s demands and create leaders in family, community and business. Busing or transportation reimbursement may be available from neighboring towns.To learn more, come to the Open House on Aug. 19 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., visit www.ololschoolnj.org, or schedule a tour by calling 732-828-1951.

Founded in 1954 by Audrée Estey, Princeton Ballet School is one of the nation’s finest nonprofit dance schools. Many things set Princeton Ballet School apart from other dance schools, most importantly: its philosophy; faculty; affiliation with the professional company, American Repertory Ballet; dedication to live music in the classroom, and beautiful facilities.The school is committed to nurturing and training its students in a safe, developmentally appropriate way. Princeton Ballet School’s syllabus allows younger students more time for movement exploration and provides advanced students with the tools to become professional dancers, if they so choose.Through classical ballet technique, Princeton Ballet School’s faculty instill discipline in their students while also inspiring them, allowing them to develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level — powerful edges in any future endeavor. Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty have attained graduate degrees in dance education, have won major teaching awards, and have danced professionally with companies such as American Ballet Theatre,The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet.With locations in Princeton, Cranbury and New Brunswick, all featuring spacious studios and sprung marley floors, Princeton Ballet School is a welcoming environment for developing creativity and dance excellence in Central New Jersey. For more information, visit www.arballet.org/PBS. Princeton Ballet School has three locations: Princeton Ballet School Business Office and Studios, 301 N. Harrison St., Princeton, 609-921-7758; New Brunswick Studio and American Repertory Ballet Administrative Offices, 7 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, 732-249-1254; and Cranbury Studios, 29 N. Main St., Cranbury.

Registration is now open for the 2012-2013 school year.The Raritan Valley YMCA, located at 144 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, is accepting registrations for all of its childcare programs and the remaining weeks of summer day camp. Programs include infant, toddler, preschool and day care. Part time preschool education classes are now enrolling for fall. The Y also offers a vibrant after-school child care program with bus pick up from South River, Milltown and East Brunswick schools. Wrap-around kindergarten and prekindergarten education programs are available for those in half-day kindergarten or for those missing the kindergarten age cut off of Oct. 1.The YMCA Kids Club school-age program offers an after-school program for grades K-5. The YMCA provides transportation for all Kid’s Club students from schools in South River, Milltown and East Brunswick to the YMCA.The new YMCA affords children indoor gym space, outdoor playgrounds, athletic field, fitness centers, dance studio and classroom settings. Students enjoy a program providing social, recreational and academic growth in an environment of games, fitness, crafts, special events, and activities as well as homework help and special project periods on all school days and half days. Special optional Vacation Care Days are conducted on most public school holidays.“We designed this program with working parents in mind,” said Leon Pogach, the YMCA’s senior program director. “It is a safe and convenient learning environment, overseen by certified teachers, where parents can be assured that their child will learn and grow.We want parents to feel that the YMCA is their child’s home away from home.” The YMCA’s Happy Learning Center full-day program offers3-5-year-oldsa7a.m.to7p.m.curriculum of language arts, premath skills, art, music, games, and many other age-appropriate readiness areas. Infant and toddler programs provide children a nurturing program stimulating healthy growth and development.“We take our responsibility of caring for other people’s children seriously. Our staff is comprised of caring and trained professional adults who have passed background checks and fingerprint tests.All of our day care programs are licensed by the state of New Jersey.We are enrolled in the National Activate America campaign, ensuring that all children are engaged in daily physical fitness and exercise programs.And, we regularly provide healthy snacks including fruits and vegetables,” states the YMCA’s executive director, Gina Stravic.YMCA day camp,“Camp Yomeca,” runs through Aug. 31, so families who need late summer care or just summer fun for their children can still sign up. Registration is in one-week sessions and the camp day runs from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Camp includes swimming and trips.Visit www.raritanvalleyymca.org for details or call the YMCA at 732-257-4114 for registration and additional information concerning child care, summer day camp, youth programs and all the YMCA’s family programming.

Saint John Vianney High School’s motto of “Knowledge, Commitment, Involvement” is a combination of ideals that guide the school every day.The students who enter as freshmen and leave as graduates are given knowledge, asked for commitment, and expected to be involved in school activities and community organizations. The curriculum at SJVHS was designed to provide preparation for college with honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment course options. Currently, SJVHS operates on a block schedule with a one-to-one tablet PC program. SJVHS is the only high school in New Jersey with school-wide Blackboard, a learning management system.A new weight room, music room and athletic bubble were completed this summer and students have the opportunity to compete in 33 varsity sports and participate in more than 40 clubs and activities.The Catholic education nurtures spirituality and encourages Christian service. Students at SJVHS provide more than 8,000 hours of service to local agencies and organizations per year. Established in 1969, Saint John Vianney High School (www.sjvhs.com) is a co-ed, Catholic high school operated by the diocese of Trenton. It is located on 38 acres of property in Holmdel. Students attend SJVHS from 40 sending schools throughout New Jersey. For more information, contact Kristy Geoghan, director of advancement, at 732-739-0800, ext. 144 or e-mail geoghan@sjvhs.com.

Shalom Torah Academy of Western Monmouth County prides itself on providing an excellent education in a warm supportive environment.

Their small class sizes and commitment to individualized education allows for every child to attain his or her highest academic potential. Beginning with preschool, the children are engaged in activities to stimulate growth in all of the three major developmental areas. In an atmosphere of literacy, pre-math, scientific experimentation, open-ended art, music, and dramatic play, the children develop academic and life skills while enjoying themselves all through the day.The elementary and middle school curricula emphasize creativity, critical thinking and self-directed learning across all the disciplines. Learning takes place in the classrooms, the media center and the science lab at all grade levels.The school’s philosophy calls for hands-on learning that is exciting and relevant to the children.To that end, the students are involved in making choices about their learning, selecting different roles in collaborative work and finding original ways for applying their knowledge.The result is a student body that loves to learn and has the tools to do just that. The General Studies program is complemented by a full Judaic Studies program which emphasizes Hebrew language, textual skills and strong appreciation for the holidays and traditions. Jewish values permeate the school creating an inviting, happy atmosphere in which the children thrive. For more information, call Mrs. Gold at 732-536-0911, ext. 23. For information on the East Windsor campus, call 609-443-4877.

Temple B’nai Shalom in East Brunswick welcomes students who wish to enroll in its nursery school and/or kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year, its 36th year in the community. Temple membership is not required.The program provides a quality secular and Jewish education in a caring and loving environment. Small, nurturing classes are taught by certified teachers, which provide an opportunity for children to develop self-confidence and a love of learning. Programs include full and half days starting at age 2 1/2, full-day kindergarten, kindergarten enrichment, gymnastics, music and a summer program.After-school electives include art, cooking and drama. Extended days are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information about B’Nai Shalom’s renowned Early Childhood Learning Center (nursery school and kindergarten), contact director Ilayne Feld at 732-251- 4300, ext. 230 or visit www.earlychildhoodlearningcenter.com.Temple B’Nai Shalom is a traditional reform congregation.

Temple B’nai Shalom, a traditional reform congregation in East Brunswick, welcomes students who wish to enroll in its Religious School programs for grades K-12 for the 2012-13 school year, its 40th year in the community.Temple membership is not required for grades K-2.The extensive curriculum includes Hebrew, Judaic studies and family education. Students also enjoy field trips and experience Jewish learning through music, art, film and drama. Free tutoring, resource room, and skills evaluation for students are available. Classes for grades K-2 are held on Sunday mornings; classes for grades 3-6 meet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. There are Tuesday evening Confirmation classes available for grades 7-10 with a focus on Judaic studies and timely Jewish topics, in addition to electives including cooking, art and Modern Hebrew, plus an optional dinner program. In the spring, students in grades 11-12 can participate in a Tuesday evening mentoring training course, designed to provide unique opportunities to lead discussions with students in grades 7-9 about various social action and justice issues. For more information, contact educational director Aaron Nayer at 732-251-4300, ext. 221 or religiousschool@bnaishalom.com.

The Unitarian Montessori School is located on Tices Lane between Route 18 and Ryders Lane, and within two miles of Route 1 and New Jersey Turnpike Exit 9. For 26 years the school has provided the community with an individualized educational experience using proven Montessori methods and materials. When you visit UMS, you will observe supportive and loving staff.The school has a proven track record for preparing children for the future. Comments in the 2010 survey to parents of alumni included: My child is:

— independent, confident, well-prepared, loves to learn

— excels in math and has been writing stories since kindergarten

— curious, interested in books and research

— compassionate; accepting of differences; socially well adjusted

— able to resolve conflicts with others and articulate feelings;

— has been chosen to be part of the Peer Mediator program at their school

The school is housed in the new wing of The Unitarian Society and is surrounded by woods and gardens, which the children help to plant and experience the miracle of gardening.The shaded playground makes use of the natural environment. For information, visit http://www.unimont.org. or call 732-246-0606.

Yellow Duck Preparatory opened its doors more than 40 years ago with owner/director Joan Klein. It has been voted the best preschool and kindergarten year after year, as Klein still runs this excellent private school with her daughter,Anne.Well-known for its academic excellence and exciting hands-on learning,Yellow Duck has always been ahead in their teaching techniques and curriculum. SMART Whiteboards are used in the classroom.These large-screen, state-of-the-art interactive systems allow students touch screen and writing capabilities on interactive whiteboards. From the 2- and 3-year-olds to the 4- and 5-year-olds, every age experiences a dynamic year: science experiments with units on electricity and polymers and weather cycles; geography with rainforest centers; 3D Math using manipulatives and “real world” problem solving.Yellow Duck students have 100 percent retention because every concept is brought to life, from the students even putting together a 6- foot wooden dinosaur to the aquarium penguin coming to their classroom.The teachers are top in their field and bring learning to life.The preschoolers and kindergarteners graduate testing significantly above grade level. Changes and development in early learning have been astounding in the past 15 years and Yellow Duck has led the way. Call Yellow Duck Preparatory at 732-446-4700 for a personal tour.

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