Monday, December 16, 2013

College Prep Workshop - Tuesday December 17th at 7pm.

College Prep Workshop - Tuesday December 17th at 7pm. 
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
21 St. James Place on the corner of Lafayette & St. James (Hall street turns into St. James pl)
G train to Clinton Washington, 38 bus to Washington.

College questions answered.  Open to students and parents

  1. What kind of financial aid is offered?
  2. What the difference between early decision and early action?
  3. What kind of SAT scores make a difference?
  4. and more
For the answers to these and SO MANY MORE questions regarding the college application process please sign up for YLE College Prep w/April Gopie. This is the final call.  Remember this is for ALL high school students - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors!  Let's not miss this really fantastic opportunity.  

As an added bonus were raffling off a Regal Cinema and Game stop gift card. 

Please rsvp by sending an email to us at

Monday, November 25, 2013

BeTWIXT & BeTWEEN: Parenting Mindfully in the Modern Age

BeTWIXT & BeTWEEN: Parenting Mindfully in the Modern Age

We know you have questions about raising your tween…
What is “normal development?”
Who is this delightful but terrifying, demanding yet needy, loving but fiercely independent new person in our lives?
How do we prepare ourselves and our kids for what’s around the bend - adolescence?
Where can we connect with other parents in the same situation?
PSP [Park Slope Parents]  can help with ALL of these questions!
Join our PSP Tweens Advisory Board experts for a powerful workshop to learn science-based information about the physical, emotional and cognitive development of your tween.
Our experts will share insights and provide practical strategies to help you:
  • Support your child through this important transitional phase.
  • Create a lasting bond that will get you through the teenage years.
With less door slamming and shouting, our experts will help you deal with:
  • The dramatic external and internal changes going on inside your child right now.
  • The complex relationship navigation and heightened abstract thinking your child experiences every day.

Sandra Clifton, M.Ed., PCC (Clifton Corner),
TJ Gold, MD & Katie Malbon (Tribeca Pediatrics)

Kristian Orozco, certified parenting and family coach (The Boyhood Project)

When:  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013, 6:45 PM until 8:45 PM
Where:  Old Stone House 
                  336 3rd St

Payment:  Payment In Advance Only
Registrants & Fees:
Registrant Fee
PSP Member $ 10.00
PSP Member Guest $ 10.00
Non-Member $ 15.00

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cornell - Winter Classes open to Teens online!

Did you know that Cornell University Winter Session courses are open to high school students?
This winter, get a head start on college by taking an online course during Cornell University’s Winter Session. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for the program. Click here to see what subjects are offered and to learn how to apply. You will earn college credits and receive a Cornell transcript.

LISTEN: Free Drama Exchange Workshop for girls ages 8-14

LISTEN: Free Drama Exchange Workshop for girls ages 8-14

Join us on Saturday December 7th for a FREE workshop for girls!

An exploration of what it means to be a girl in our community.

It’s a place to express yourself, tell your story, play and have fun, and learn about girls across the globe.

Includes creative movement, playmaking, research, meaningful discussion, crafting, and cross-cultural communication with students at an all-girls school in rural India.

We finish with a performance written and performed by the girls in the class.

When: Saturday December 7th

Performance and party at 6pm

Performance is $10 suggested donation.

Includes snacks, raffle prizes, and artwork from participants in Brooklyn and India

All proceeds will be split between The Other Side for continued programming and Pardada-Pardadi Educational Soceity, empowering girls through education in rural India.

Where: Plymouth Church School, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Sign up today!
Email Melanie: theothersidenyc@gmail.comwith your name, your daughter's name, and her age.

There is a limit to 10 students- sign up is first come, first served!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Join Us for an Important Discussion on Bullying

Join Us for an Important Discussion on Bullying
181 Lincoln Place (Berkeley Carroll School)

From the Berkeley Carroll Website:

The author of Bully Nation, Susan Eva Porter, PhD, will bespeaking at Berkeley Carroll on November 18 at 7:30 pm. The philosophy she outlines in her book to approaching, dealing with, and countermanding bullying behavior in children is revolutionary and very, very smart. Please plan to join us on November 18 at 181 Lincoln Place when Dr.Porter discusses her anti-bullying approach

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary.

Journalist Request

Hello NY Parents of Teens,

We are a reporter and videographer team working with to expand our video coverage of parenting issues. Right now we’re seeking parents and teens who would be interested in talking on camera with reporter and parent Kelly Wallace about issues they face in a low impact environment. In particular we are seeking parents who would be interested in discussing the following topics: 
  •  Over-stressed teens and parents: the pressures on teens to perform academically and in sports and afterschool activities;
  •  Teen driving- the responsibilities of driving and mistakes we make while operating a vehicle;
  •  Healthy bodies: helping teens eat right and feel good about their bodies 
  •  Strong positive communication between parents and teens.

Please reach out to me if you feel you might be interested or have any questions at all!

Thanks so much!
Mimi Schiffman
Digital Content Producer/Editor
cell: 415.318.9729

Friday, November 8, 2013

College Admission Workshop -- Tuesday, Nov 12

College Admissions and Financial Aid 101: 
What you need to know about the college admissions and financial aid process including:

How should you create a balanced college list?
What really happens in the admissions office?
How can your son or daughter's application strength influence a grant award?
What are the steps involved in applying for financial aid?
What role does financial aid play in the admissions process?
Will we get more financial aid from some colleges than others?
How can I improve my family's position for financial aid?
I make too much to get financial aid, what are other ways to reduce the cost of college?

Deena Maerowitz, founder of LLC. Deena is a former Associate Director of Admissions from Columbia Business School, a lawyer and a social worker. She has worked with families for over 15 years on the college admissions process.

Maura Griffin, founder of Blue Spark Financial,
Maura is a certified college planning specialist, is mom to a 17-year-old senior. She has her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her MBA from Columbia.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm
Where: Old Stone House, 3rd Street Between 4th & 5th Avenue

This is a FREE event, but voluntary donations for the benefit of Old Stone House will be collected at the door for those who wish to contribute.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Support for Parenting Teenagers

Looking for support from other parents?  Need help negotiating the social, emotional and academic needs of your teen?  Sign up for the free Parents of NY Teens list-serve on YahooGroups.

Sign up directly at:

or send an email to:

Most recent discussions include how to rank your high school choices, transporation issues to/from middle school, Bard vs. Beacon Homework and much more.

Be sure to like us on Facebook too! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

American Museum of Natural History College Fair & Seminar on College App & Financial Aid Processes

The Museum invites all NYC high school students to its Annual College Fair.
This year's College Fair is on Friday, October 25th from 5:30 – 7:30
FREE! Open to the public.
This year we are excited to offer a free Kaplan seminar on the college application and financial aid processes with 
a Q & A session before the College Fair from 4:45-5:30pm located in the Kaufmann Theater.
Location: North Gallery, American Museum of Natural History, Enterthrough the 77th st entrance, which is located on 77th Street between and Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.
 No Registration Required!
Directions: To get to the Museum by subway take the B or C train to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th Street. To get to the Museum by bus take the M79 bus traveling east/west on West 79th Street across Central Park, with a stop next to the Museum on West 81st Street. Other buses also stop at or near the Museum, including the M7, M10, M11, M86 and M104 buses. Need a local map to the AMNH? Click hereEnter through the 77th st entrance, which is located on 77th Street between and Columbus Avenue and Central Park West


Bard College
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Bowdoin College
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Columbia University
Cornell University
CUNY Brooklyn College
CUNY Lehman
CUNY Sophie Davies
Ithaca College
Macualay Honors College
Mount Holyoke
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York University
NYU Poly
Northwestern University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Yale University
Youth Initiatives, AMNH

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


The guide includes information on financial aid,
the application process, how to get a head
start on the college process, as well as specific 
supports for parents and caregivers.

This guide if free of charge.
Iyou would like to order copies for your organization,

Brooklyn Museum of Art - First Saturday -- Jean Paul Gaultier

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Celebrate the intrigue and artistry of French haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier at Brooklyn Museum's November 2 Target First Saturday
November's Target First Saturday, inspired by the exhibition The Fashion World Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, explores and celebrates fashion and design. Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. November's highlights include:

5 p.m. Music: Brooklyn-based electro dream pop band Au Revoir Simone plays upbeat and danceable melodies paired with a smooth lo-fi sound.

6 p.m. Curator Talk: Lisa Small explores themes in The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier.

6-9 p.m. Museum Shop: This trunk show with Amber Royal of Royal Things vintage jewelry and accessories includes a mix of classic and vintage from the Edwardian to mid-century modern periods and contemporary design hand crafted from vintage elements.

*6:30 p.m. Film: The Day Before (Loic Prigent, 2009, 52 min.) This documentary follows Jean Paul Gaultier for 36 hours leading up to the debut of his 2010 autumn-winter collection at the Paris Haute Couture fashion show.

*6:30-8:30 Hands-On Art: Experiment and design an outfit inspired by Gaultier's haute couture.

7 p.m. Music: Brooklyn native Tamar-kali leads a five-piece band with her mesmerizing vocals, blending hardcore rock with a soulful edge.

*7:30 p.m. Discussion: Susan Scafidi, Fordham professor and author of Who Owns Culture?: Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law, leads a discussion about ethics and legal issues in fashion.

8-10 p.m. Interactive Space: Experience a Gaultier-inspired environment of beauty, fantasy, and surrealism made of music, performances, and costumed characters created by Shien Lee's Dances of Vice. Sip cocktails and sketch from live models with artist Molly Crabapple and Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School.

*8:30 p.m. Film: The Fifth Element (Luc Besson, 1997, 126 min). This French sci-fi film features costumes designed by Gaultier.
Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m.

Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to all galleries and events. Programs subject to change without notice. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. Lines for free tickets often form thirty minutes in advance. For more information, visit Parking is a flat rate of $5 from 5 to 11 p.m. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Borough High School Fairs -- Next Weekend!

Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

BronxTheodore Roosevelt Educational Campus500 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY  10458

Subway: 4, C, D followed by BX12
Bus: BX2, BX9, BX12, BX22, BX41
QueensFrancis Lewis High School58-20 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY  11365

Subway: 7 followed by Q17, F followed  by Q30 or Q31
Bus: Q17, Q30, Q31, Q88
BrooklynEdward R. Murrow High School1600 Avenue L
Brooklyn, NY  11230

Subway: Q to Avenue J
Bus: B6, B9, B49, B68
Staten IslandNew Dorp  High School465 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY  10306

Subway: SIRT
Bus: S76, S78, S79
ManhattanMartin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus122 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY  10023
Subway: 1 to 66th St; A, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle
Bus: M5, M7, M10, M11, M66, M104

Citywide & Borough High School Fairs Flyer
Borough High School Fairs Flyer: English

For additional High School Fair resources and handouts, visit here.

Dancing Through College & Beyond 2013 -- for High Schoolers

Dancing Through College & Beyond 2013

Join us for a one of a kind event for students, parents and teachers to explore dance opportunities beyond high school by interacting with over 25 college dance programs! 
Providing a much needed service to the greater dance community, Dancing Through College and Beyond is a unique conference where young dancers discover a variety of American collegiate choices for continued life enrichment through dance. Respected dance professionals, faculty, and choreographers guide hundreds of high school dancers to the next level of greatness, strengthening the connection between the leaders of this current dance generation and the next.  Participating colleges discuss how their departments interact with the greater dance community, their track record of alumni achievements, and how their departments help graduates transition to the job market.  
Preregistration: RSVP at

Events Include

  • One-on-one conversations with college dance representatives from aross the United States
  • Movement class for students taught by renowned college dance faculty
  • Panel discussions on applying and auditioning for college dance programs
  • Financial aid tutorials
  • Mentoring and networking
Hosted by:
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10021

Friday, October 4, 2013

District Middle School Fairs Begin Tuesday!

District Middle School Fairs Begin Tuesday!

The Department of Education will kick off the Middle School Admissions process with its annual District Middle School Fairs on October 8, 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At the Fair, you'll have the chance to speak with representatives from the schools to which you’re interested in applying, so be prepared to ask plenty of questions! Before you head to the Fair, take a look at the Fair Guide for tips on what to do at the Fair and how to make the best use of your time.

Fairs will be held in districts 1-23, 25, and 28-32, and families do not need to RSVP to attend. For a complete list of dates and locations, please visit our website.
Save the Date: Middle School Open HousesSchools will hold open houses for interested students in the weeks following the District Middle School Fairs. Families can contact schools directly for dates and times, or visit

Middle School Directories Are Now AvailableEach student will receive a copy of the Directory of NYC Middle Schools 2013-2014 from their elementary school. The Directories provide information about middle schools in each district so families can make informed choices when applying to middle school. English versions of the Directories are now available online. Translated versions of the directories will be available onlineon a rolling basis.

Middle School ApplicationsMiddle school applications will be distributed to families in November and are due back to guidance counselors in December. More information about Middle School Admissions, including a calendar of events, deadlines, and electronic copies of middle school publications, are available on the Department’s Web site at
We look forward to seeing you at one of the District Fairs!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Inside Schools Event - High School Hustle: How to Apply

High School Hustle: How to Apply
Confused about high school admissions? Have questions you need answered about particular schools, or how to fill out the 12-school application? can help!
Join Clara Hemphill, the staff of Insideschools.organd other experts with answers to your questions.
We will:
  • Reveal our new tool Insidestats: A new way to judge high schools
  • Explain what to look for in a high school
  • Discuss the various types of high schools
  • Provide generous time for Q & A
Admission is free but you must RSVP.
Insideschools is a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School and is supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as well as additional grants from the David L. Klein Jr. Foundation, the New York City Council and the New York Community Trust; reader donations, and advertising revenue.  

 insideschools forum
6 PM - 8 PM


Friday, September 27, 2013

CityWide High School Fair -- This weekend!

Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Brooklyn Technical High School29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY  11217

Subway: Q, R to DeKalb Avenue; C to Lafayette Avenue; G to Fulton Street; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins Street
Bus: B25, B26, B37, B38, B52

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Great Tech Programs in October with Pixel Academy

Chocolate Pop Workshop

  Saturday, October 12 at Noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  $35 (materials included)
Design and create your own chocolate lollipop mold!  Using 3D modeling and CAD software, kids will design their own unique 3D chocolate cold for making chocolate lollipops!
  • First they'll sketch what they want their chocolate pop to look like.  A monster face?  Someone's name?  Or maybe a pet?
  • Then they'll use CAD software to create a 3D model of the lollipop!
  • After a revision and perfection process they will 3D print the prototype and use it to make a food-safe, dishwasher safe silicone mold.
  • The mold can be used at home to make as many chocolate pops as you want. 
Kids will take home their 3D printed prototype, a food-safe silicone mold, and a bag of 6 lollipop sticks and 12 candy eyeballs.

Tickets available here
"It's 3-Delicious" - Dylan

Columbus Day:  Digital Costume Camp

  Monday, October 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your Halloween costume into the 21st Century by teching it out in our day-long Digital Costume Camp!  All day long we'll have workshops focused on teching out Halloween costumes:
  • Learn to use the Silhoutte Digital Cutter to cut out patterns
  • Use the Arduino lilypad to make costumes light up or play sounds(electronics components extra, see below)
  • Modify a trick or treat basket to light up when candy is put in
  • Make a spooky soundtrack
  • 3D print costume accessories
  • Use Google Maps to plan the optimal path for trick-or-treating
  • and much more including sewing lessons and fasion design!
  • We'll provide cardboard, paint, and extra materials
Please BYO fabric and costumes parts.  We'll try and help everyone with their own unique costume ideas but please note that we won't be able to help your child build a life-size working poké-ball or fire-breathing dragon.
Extended day and electronics components add-ons are available!

Tickets available here

Pumpkin Carving, the Pixel Way

  Saturday, October 19, Noon - 4 p.m.
  $35 and includes a pumpkin

Mix up some classic pumpkin carving with modern technology!
Pumpkins Included!
Get creative on a pumpkin with Pixel Academy technology.  We'll be modding Pumpkins by:
  • Sketching ideas on Wacom tablets
  • Printing and cutting templates with the Silhoutte digital cutter
  • Use the micro projector to project a design right onto the Pumpkin and trace it
  • Add 3D printed parts to the pumpkin "Mr. Potatohead" style
  • and of course.... actual supervised carving.
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Halloween cartoons
The pumpkin is yours to keep!

Get tickets here


Teen Night

  Friday, October 4th from 7 - 11 p.m.
  Free for members, their friends, and siblings
  13+ only!

Pizza.  Movie.  Video Games.  No Kids.


Click here to view ALL events and get tickets

Pixel in the Press

Mr. G talk to some Pixel Academy members in this fantastic piece that aired on PIX 11: