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St. Andrew’s School receives highest ranking in Savannah as one of the most challenging U.S. high schools

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Congratulations to St. Andrew’s School – the Pre-K 3 through 12th grade independent private school on Wilmington Island – for receiving recognition as one of the most challenging U.S. high schools.

For the first time, the Washington Post’s education columnist Jay Mathews included private schools on his annual list of most challenging high schools. St. Andrew’s received the following rankings:
• 8th in Georgia
• 16th for all private schools in the nation
• 249th out of 1,926 public and private schools in America

Read the list of most challenging high schools by clicking here.

“We know that our students benefit from a challenging program that encourages them to fulfill their academic,” said Sara Rubinstein, Upper School Head. “Whereas some schools only believe in letting a small percentage of their students into IB or AP courses, we believe any student admitted to St Andrew’s should have the opportunity to pursue their ambitions in the classroom.”

St. Andrew’s is the only Savannah school to be recognized in the top ten for the state of Georgia and the highest ranked public or private school in the region.

The Challenge Index is determined by dividing the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year by the number of seniors graduating in the spring.

Mathews noted in his article that private schools are not as forthcoming with releasing this type of information. He applauds those private schools that are willing to share the data and open themselves up to comparison.

Kudos also to Savannah Arts Academy, a public school which ranked 29th in Georgia & 604th out of 1,926 public and private schools in America.

Puppet People Summer 2012 Savannah Shows (& ticket discounts for SouthernMamas readers)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Public “J-Low & Friends” Shows!

During the Summer of 2012, Angela Beasley’s Puppet People will be hosting several showings of “J-Low & Friends” that will be open to the public!
-Think Juliette Gordon Low is “just the Girl Scout Lady?” Well, think again! Join the Puppet People for the completely true, totally not made up life story of Savannah’s own J-Low: an Artist, a Feminist, a Teacher, a Traveler, a LEADER!
Her life was so BIG, we needed a whole crew of local musicians, artists, writers, sculptures, storytellers and singers to tell it. We crammed as much adventure, laughs, heartbreak and impossible stories in to a 45 minute show as “puppetly possible!”
– June 30th — 11:00 AM
– July 5th — 2:00 PM
– August 18th — 11:00 AM
– September 1st — 10:00 AM
* Dates subject to change and addition.*Place:The Puppet Place
3119 Furber Ave.
Savannah, GA 31404*** Mention this code: “SM006” and get 10% OFF tickets for “J-Low & Friends”***

Summer Friday Shows are BACK!

Every Friday during the Summer of 2012 Angela Beasley’s Puppet People will be preforming a puppet show, open to the public. Shows will include Back Stage Pass Tour and a Puppet Craft. Call for Reservations. Puppet shows and Puppet crafts may vary.
Fridays June 1 – August 31
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Puppet Place
3119 Furber Ave.
Savannah, GA 31404
Cost: $10 Per Person; $7 for parents
*** Mention this code: “SM006” and get $1.00 OFF each ticket for the “Summer Friday Shows”***

“Puppet Peeps Club Card”
This summer Puppet People will be introducing our “Puppet Peeps Club Card!”
Just ask for this FREE card when you come to one of the Friday show and make sure to get it stamped. After you get 5 stamps for seeing 5 shows you will be able to see the 6th for FREE! This is great for Puppet People’s regular crowd!

Angela Beasley’s Puppet People “The Puppet Place” in Thunderbolt, 3119 Furber Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405, 912-355-3366, The Puppet Place is also an ideal spot to host children’s birthday parties! Puppet People is a advertiser.

Heroes on Horseback for children with disabilities & their neurotypical siblings, Savannah/Bluffton

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Attention parents of children with autism and other disabilities: Heroes on Horseback – a therapeutic riding center located just over Savannah’s Talmadge Bridge in South Carolina – offers equine assisted activities that enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities in the Lowcountry.

HEROES ON HORSEBACK Summer Empowerment Session consists of equestrian instruction, ground lessons and time spent learning about the environment.

The riding, combined with other characteristics of the weekly session, will develop balance and coordination while building mental concentration, self-esteem and social skills.

As part of the SUMMER RESPITE PROGRAM, neurotypical siblings will be allowed to attend with the Special Needs riders, in order to give the caregiver a true RESPITE. Ask for details.

The Heroes’ instructors and volunteers are very excited because we are looking forward to a wonderful summer filled with these week-long sessions sharing fun, knowledge, and empowerment.
Weekly Empowerment Sessions available June 18th through July 20th, 2012.

For information & registration please visit  and go to the Participant Forms section. If you are currently registered with HOH, please fill out the Continuing Registration form.

Heroes on Horseback, Bluffton S.C. (843) 757-5606,


50% Discount for SouthernMamas readers on 1st mosquito yard treatment with The Mosquito Authority

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

After Beryl is gone the Mosquitoes are going to be awful. Get your yard back & start your mosquito-free outdoor living with The Mosquito Authority in Coastal Georgia . We’re thrilled that The Mosquito Authority in Coastal Georgia is offering all our readers a 50% discount on your first treatment.

To get your discount (and start your mosquito-free outdoor living) go to by clicking here.  Use offer code “MAMA” (all caps) at checkout for either one time or recurring service and get a 50% discount on the first treatment at checkout.

The Mosquito Authority in Coastal Georgia Service is guaranteed.
The Mosquito Authority’s barrier spray treatment makes a tremendous difference in your quality of life in the yard, and they do it in a safe and effective way. Learn more about the service by clicking here.

Questions? Call The Mosquito Authority at 912-414-2681.

Also, over Mother’s Day Weekend, The Mosquito Authority raised over $500 for Mom’s Lemonade Fund, which supports Ovarian Cancer awareness.

The Mosquito Authority, serving Coastal Georgia and The South Carolina Lowcountry
PO Box 2153, Savannah, 31402, email , 912-414-2681, The Mosquito Authority is a advertiser.

New summer parent-and-me tots classes at Ms. Amy’s School of Music, Savannah

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The ever-popular Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah is adding two more parent-and-me group classes for Summer 2012!

Toddler Tunes new classes for students from 18 mos. – 3 years are Tuesdays from 11:00-11:45 starting June 5 2012. Mixed Music Makers for students from 3 – 5 years is on Fridays from 10-10:45 AM starting on June 8 2012! These new classes are in addition to the kids’ parent-and-me classes offered on Wednesdays & Saturdays throughout the year. See the schedule below.

Email or 912.659.0993.

You can start your session any week including this one! Think of it as a punch card that you can use any time classes are held. For details, click here. Please say sent you!

Parent-and-me group music classes for Summer 2012 at Ms. Amy’s School of Music

Tuesdays (starting June 5)
11-11:45 AM (Toddler Tunes for students from 18 mos. – 3 years.)

Wednesdays (ongoing)
10-10:45 AM (Class for ages 18 months – 3 years)
11-11:45 AM (Class for ages 3-5 years)

Fridays (starting June 8)
10-10:45 AM (Mixed Music Makers for students from 3 – 5 years. )

Saturdays (ongoing)
10-10:45 AM (Class for ages 6 months – 5 years)

Ms. Amy also offers other types of music lessons: private and group music instrument lessons for piano, woodwinds, brass, voice, music discovery, and beginner guitar. Ms. Amy is currently unable to accept new students for instrument lessons as her schedule is full. If you would like to schedule a trial lesson and reserve a spot on the waiting list, please contact

Connect with Ms. Amy’s School of Music on Facebook here. For more info, visit, email , 912.659.0993, 1 ½ blocks from Daffin Park at 2421 Waters Ave. Ms. Amy’s School of Music is a advertiser.

Plan now for a Disney trip this Halloween 2012 with Mouse Tales Travel

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Photo by Disney

Where can you trick-or-treat with Alice and the White Rabbit, meet the ghosts from Haunted Mansion, and dance the night away with Woody & Bullseye? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, of course!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights in September and October (and one night in November) at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and you must purchase a separate party ticket to attend. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into happy haunted hollows with special music, lighting, and more. And since it’s “not-so-scary” it’s perfect for children of all ages.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is truly the best opportunity to see the Disney Villains – from meet ‘n greets, to the parade, to the Disney Villains Mix ‘n Mingle show, you’ll see more Villains at the Halloween party than any other time of the year. In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, you’ll be invited to trick-or-treat throughout the park and the party is filled with lots of special entertainment including:
–         Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade – including Disney Characters and the Stars from the Haunted Mansion attraction. You’ll even see the Headless Horseman riding the parade route.
–         Happy HalloWishes – a spectacular fireworks show
–         Characters, and more characters – You’ll have a chance to meet your favorite Disney characters, some in costume, and opportunities to meet all sorts of characters that aren’t usually out and about in the parks.

For more information on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or would like a Disney vacation quote contact Tara McCoy at Mouse Tales Travel. 803.816.0686 or email. Become a Facebook fan at Sign up receive the latest Disney news & deals here. Tara McCoy at Mouse Tales Travel is a advertiser.

Kids’ Crafts with Scribble Art Studio at La’Berry for Broughton Street’s First Friday celebration

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Join the amazing Scribble Art Studio at La’ Berry for Broughton Street’s First Friday celebration on June 1 2012 in downtown Savannah!

Student work will be on display for viewing while you enjoy your frozen treat and take part in a fun kids’ craft!

Scribble Art Studio artists can’t wait to see you there!

What is First Friday on Broughton? With more vendors participating and many musical acts performing, this event is sure to fill the air with festive spirits. Broughton Street vendors will remain open after hours, from 6–9 p.m., and many will have live music by local musicians. In addition to entertainment, shoppers will enjoy great deals, discounts, specials, and raffles on everything Broughton Street has to offer.

La’ Berry Frozen Yogurt Cafe, 225 W. Broughton St., Savannah 31401, For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at 912-323-0123 or email . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser.

Scribble Art Studio Mini-Camp for ages 4 & older, June 4-8, Savannah

Monday, May 28th, 2012
















For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at 912-323-0123 or email . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser.

Children’s Birthday Ideas: Bopping Heads of Savannah

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Only 3 days left to take advantage of this great opportunity! Bopping Heads Dance & Entertainment Videos – a new type of entertainment for children’s birthdays in Savannah – is offering a May 2012 special: any party booked in the month of May will get 15% off their booking and 10% will get donated to Hope for Savannah, which provides hope and comfort to cancer patients and their families.

Bopping Heads uses “Green Screen” technology to superimpose the participants heads onto professional dancing bodies, up to four people at a time sit infront of the camera as they “Bop” their heads to hundreds of available songs!

The exclusive Bopping Heads Digital system can also capture the performance, which is then transferred to a DVD instantly with NO wait time ! Bopping Heads Videos are a Great Party Favor and the Birthday Girl/Boy gets a master DVD with all their friends videos included!

Bopping Heads s local and are proud to serve Southeast Georgia and the Lowcountry!

Mention SouthernMamas at the time of booking and 10% of your party booking will be donated to Hope for Savannah!

Having a FUNDRAISER? Give Bopping Heads a call! 912-704-7803 or email

Bopping Heads looks forward to making your next Party Super Fun with Non-Stop Laughter Guaranteed! Please “Like” Bopping heads on Facebook here to stay connected & updated about birthday deals, Bopping Heads is a advertiser

FREE Big Dreams & Moon Beams Puppet Show, Wilmington Island

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

“Big Dreams and Moon Beams” Puppet Show
3 p.m.
Ages 3+
Islands Library

Savannah Summer Camps 2012: Digital Filmmaking at Nobis Project Digital Media Institute, Savannah

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Don’t miss this hands-on opportunity for rising 6th-10th graders to explore your future as a digital filmmaker at Nobis Project Digital Media Institute!

Learn the ins and outs of digital media while exploring social issues that affect our community. July 9-13 or July 16-20 Click here for more information.

Nobis is offering a 10 percent discount to all readers. Be sure to mention that you read about Nobis on to receive your discount.

Nobis Project Digital Media Institute, 912.220.4652, email:,, Nobis Project Digital Media Institute is a advertiser.

Cloth diapers now available at Savannah Baby Co.

Sunday, May 27th, 2012


Savannah Baby Co. is now carrying cloth diapers! Their 1st shipment of bumGenius and Flip Cloth diapers just arrived!

Savannah Baby Co. also has the cute new Flip training pants, too.

With Flip diapers, you have the choice of three different inserts (organic, disposable and stay-dry) that lay inside the cover and you’re able to toss out the used insert and reuse the cover. Bum genius diapers are all-in-one with no covers and the inserts go in a pocket area on the inside of the diaper.

Savannah Baby Company, 5301 Paulsen at the corner of Paulsen St and 69th in the Medical Arts neighborhood,  912-480-0212,, Savannah Baby Company is a advertiser

Free registration, free placement test @ Kumon Math & Reading Center, Savannah

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

  1. Kumon Math and Reading Center of Savannah, , open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-7 PM, 10010 Abercorn Ave. in Savannah. For more information or to schedule a complimentary placement test, call owner and instructor, Janese Cooper at (912) 920-8899. Kumon of Savannah is a advertiser.

FREE admission at Oatland Is. Wildlife Center & Coastal Wetlands Day activities, Savannah

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Offers FREE Admission for Coastal Wetlands Day
10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 2, 2012

Oatland Island Wildlife Center will have free admission for “Coastal Wetlands Day” to be held on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This day will offer visitors fun and educational opportunities to learn about Georgia’s coastal resources with a special emphasis on coastal wetlands. The “Coastal Ark” from Georgia’s Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources will be on hand and open for exploration. Oatland’s Marine Monitoring Lab and Ledbetter Pond Learning Station will have activities that teach about fresh and salt water wetlands and their inhabitants. Visitors can get free installation of turtle excluder devices on their crab traps so that they can help protect the Diamondback Terrapin — our only native brackish water turtle, while fishing for blue crabs this season. There will also be lessons on throwing a cast net and fishing for blue crab among other activities. For more information call 912.395.1500.

FREE Hilton Head Art Festival, Shelter Cove Harbour

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Saturday and Sunday Free Art Festival Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Is.  Meet artists from all around the country, at this great family event.

Free parking & dune buggy transportation is available 10am-5pm from parking: the adjacent lot behind HS1 building & the chamber lot behind the arts center to the show site at Neptune Circle.

Park Pavillion with restrooms coming soon to Mother Mathilda Beasley playground, Savannah

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Mother Mathilda Beasley playground, Savannah


new playground pavillion under construction

We can’t wait until the spiffy park pavillion at Mother Mathilda Beasley Community playground opens in downtown Savannah!

The playground – which is actually two playgrounds (one for the little tots & one for older kids) – is an often overlooked Savannah gem.  But the main thing the East Broad Street playground is lacking are restrooms.

When the park pavillion  – pictured here currently under construction – opens in an estimated 60 days, the playground will be a convenient spot to visit this summer when you’re in downtown Savannah – especially in early morning or evening hours when the sun-exposed playground equipment isn’t too hot.

The playground includes climbing walls & bars, baby & regular swings, a see-saw, slides, shaded picnic tables & more.

Next to the playground is a field, multi-purpose paved track and dog exercise area with dog station

Mother Mathilda Beasley Community Park, 500 E. Broad Street Savannah, 31401 For info on more local playgrounds, click here.