Archive for the ‘Development/Education’ Category

St. Andrew’s School in Savannah named one of the top challenging U.S. high schools

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Private schools in Savannah

St. Andrew’s School - a private school on Wilmington Is. in Savannah – recently received recognition as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation. This marks the third year in a row for the Savannah private school to receive the honor.

From the over 2,000 public and private schools ranked, St. Andrew’s placed 18th overall and received the highest ranking of any private school nationwide. The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country for over 15 years.

“I’m thrilled that St. Andrew’s is again being recognized for one of our distinguishing characteristics–that we provide a challenging curriculum to all of our students while giving them the individual attention and supportive environment they need to help them meet that challenge,” said Sara Rubinstein, Upper School Head. “The honor speaks to our providing a meaningful and rigorous college prep curriculum to 100% of our students through our open access International Baccalaureate Program.”

View the Post’s challenging list by clicking here.

Savannah Arts Academy was also included on the list & ranked at No. 268.

St. Andrew’s School St. Andrew’s is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School in Savannah, Georgia. For more information on the private Pre-K through Grade 12 school, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com  St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: Candidates’ Forum for Savannah-Chatham School Board President, May 7

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

school board election Vote May 20 for Savannah-Chatham School Board President

Be a savvy parent. Know your candidates.
The PTAs for Garrison Elementary, Jacob G. Smith Elementary, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy & Heard Elementary along with SouthernMamas.com are sponsoring a non-partisan candidates’ forum.

Come & hear where the candidates stand on issues that directly affect our children’s lives.  Chances are this school board will be responsible for appointing our next superintendent.

Candidates’ Forum
Forum moderator: WSAV Coastal Sunrise morning anchor Dave Kartunen
JEA
5111 Abercorn St.
Savannah, Ga. 31405
Wed. May 7, 6:30-8 PM
FREE Childcare will be available with RSVP by Monday, May 5th to Jennifer Rich at
912-355-8111 or programming@savj.org

FREE & open to the public

The May 20 Savannah-Chatham School Board President election is especially important because the contract for Superintendent Dr. Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr. will be up for a board vote in 2016. So the new school board may pick his successor, which will set the direction for the school system for years to come. The president is the only position that will change. Everyone else is running uncontested to keep their seats. The current president, Joe Buck, is term limited out so the president seat is open.

This election can directly affect the lives of our children.

Know your candidates

All 5 candidates (Sadie C. Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester A. Ellis, George Seaborough & David Simons) plan to attend this May 7 non-partisan candidates forum at the JEA.

Julie Wade – Board of Education Representative, District One at Savannah-Chatham County Public School System – will give a brief introduction about some important issues that the board will be dealing with and talk about some ways parents can get involved in school governance.  The candidates will introduce themselves and then answer questions submitted by the public.

FREE Childcare will be available with RSVP by Monday, May 5th to Jennifer Rich at 912-355-8111 or programming@savj.org

Test prep books, flashcards available @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Barnett test prep books, products Savannah

It’s hard to just have one, but Barnett Educational Supplies staff in Savannah narrowed down their list of must-haves to share with you! Stop in they’ll show you why these products are number one on their list.

Test prep Barnett Savannah Test Prep Math Word Problem flash cards, $2.99

test practice books Barnett Savannah Test Practice books available in grades 1-8, $15.99

Test prep flashcards Barnett Savannah Test Prep flash cards available in grades 2-6, $12.99

Shop Local, Shop Barnett!

Store Hours:
M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sun Closed during April, May and June

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Video clips of eagles hatching at Berry College, Rome, Ga.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Berry College Eagles cameras in Rome Ga. have been monitoring an eagle nest.

This past weekend Feb. 22 & 23 2014, the eggs began to hatch! Check out these video clips of an egg hatching & one of the mommy eagle interacting with her eaglet. (Please subscribe to our new SouthernMamas.com YouTube page here.)

Savannah mom is the only candidate in the race for Savannah-Chatham School Board President with a student in the public school system

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Jolene Byrne for Savannah Chatham School Board PresidentWe’re thrilled that a Savannah mom whose child attends Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools is running for Savannah Chatham County school board president.

Jolene Byrne is a mother, an educator and the only parent in this race with a child in public school.  Jolene Byrne is the candidate you’ll want to support if your children will eventually attend or are already attending public schools.

Learn more about Jolene Byrne by liking her Jolene Byrne For School Board President Facebook page here & visiting her campaign Web site here.

Jolene Byrne for Savannah Chatham School Board President Byrne, 34, divides her time between teaching sociology at Armstrong Atlantic State University and directing the religious education program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah. She previously taught sociology at Savannah State University.

Byrne is active in our community. She has tutored students at the West Broad YMCA as a volunteer for the Junior League, helped to organize children’s health awareness events, and regularly volunteers at the Inner City Night Shelter. Jolene is passionate about the power of public education to lift up individuals, families and entire communities.

Just a snippet from Byrne:

“I am running because I believe in the power of public education to lift up children, families, and entire communities. It is fundamentally wrong that any child should be denied an excellent education just because they don’t live in a particular zip code or don’t win a lottery. While some schools are failing our children, others are models of success. I believe we should be replicating these models so more children have the opportunity to attend schools that work…”

Read more about Byrne here.

Byrne is running in the non-partisan race to replace Dr. Joe Buck as President of the Savannah-Chatham County School Board. Buck cannot run again because of term limits.  The election is May 20, 2014.

Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler: Tips for Parenting a Child with Behavior & Communication Challenges, Savannah

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Savannah parent skill building workshop

Children with disruptive behaviors and/or communication challenges can be much more difficult to parent.

Over time you may feel that your current parenting style has become less effective and feel unable to manage your child’s behavior. Kids react to parents, parents react to kids, and over time both create more coercive behaviors toward each other. Because of the continuing struggle, as a parent you may lower your expectations and/or stop paying attention.

Parent training available in Pooler works to make corrections now. It helps to stabilize the home situation and prepares your child for a successful peer interactions too. This training provides proactive strategies that you can take home and use immediately as well as provide a better understanding as to why these power struggles occur.

With training, you will learn how to interact with your children without power struggles. Learn how to reward appropriate behaviors, and create expectations that shift the pattern.

Please click here to register for the Parent Skill-Building Workshop in Pooler.

Register now by clicking here.
$10 per person
$20 per couple

Your workshop leader is Jennifer McGee, Ed.D, LPC. Jennifer has more than 15 years experience working in the special needs community and working with children who experience behavior, communication and anxiety challenges.

Dr. Jennifer McGee provides individual and family counseling for children and adults; she also provides social skill group therapies.

If you have questions about the workshop or would like to schedule for individual counseling or social skills groups, please contact the office by phone or email.
Contact: Jennifer Ranicki
The Mindspring Center
jennifer@mindspringcenter.com
912-748-6463

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: info@RanickiChiropractic.com , www.RanickiChiropractic.com  Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Advertise your child-related business at Maggie’s Morning School Read-a-Thon Fundraiser, Savannah

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

free state-funded pre-K in Savannah for 2014-15 Maggie's Morning School

Calling all alumni, great readers and “kid- friendly” businesses!

Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah is holding their 1st Annual Read-a-Thon Fundraiser Feb. 26 and 27th!

Maggie’s is encouraging alumni, interested community members and those in child related businesses to come and read a book or two!

Feel free to dress up, wear a hat, bring a puppet or a prop! Advertise your company to over 150 school and staff families and at the same time help our preschool reach their reading and pledge goals. As a 501c3 non-profit preschool, Maggie’s Morning School depends on donations and help from the community. Financial donation receipts will be provided for tax purposes.

Funds raised will be used for playground improvements.

Call the school at 352-8404 if you would like to participate.

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah private schools: Veritas Academy Open House (Feb. 18)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Savannah Private Schools Veritas AcademyWhat is the plan for your child’s education this Fall? Do you have a child entering preschool this year? Or perhaps you have an older child and are thinking about a change?

Consider Veritas Academy! Veritas Academy is a family oriented Classical and Christian school located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district.

Veritas is a unique school where a gracious environment and joyful learning are combined with high standards and challenging academics; teaching students to think, speak, and write with excellence. As Veritas administrators say “We seek to honor Christ in all we do.”

Come and visit Veritas for their Open House on Tuesday, February 18 at 9 am.

For an address and details, please visit veritassavannah.org or call 238-1222.

Stay connected with Veritas Academy by liking their page on Facebook here. On Twitter @VeritasGryphons.

Veritas Academy , Pre-K through 12th grade, located at the Independent Presbyterian Church, 207 Bull St., Savannah 31401, 912-238-1222, www.VeritasSavannah.org Veritas Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Open Registration for 2014-15 School Year at St. James Catholic School, Savannah (Feb. 18)

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

St. James Catholic School Savannah

For parents who want their children to attend  St. James Catholic School in Savannah: Open Registration is 9-11 AM Tues. Feb. 18. Come reserve your spot for next year.

Stay connected & informed about St. James Catholic School by liking them on Facebook here.
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Open Registration Tues Feb. 18 2014 9-11 AM
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St. James Catholic School, 8412 Whitfield Ave., Savannah, Georgia 31406, www.sjcs-savannahga.org, (912) 355-3132, email christinawi@sjcs-savannahga.org  St. James is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

You’re invited: Open House at Savannah Honor Academy, a new private, independent K-5 school

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Savannah private schools Savannah Honor Academy You’re invited to an open house at Savannah Honor Academy, which will be a new independent K-5 school in midtown Savannah. Please click here for more information.

Open House
Sunday March 2
2 pm at 22 E. 38th Street ((the yellow house on the corner of 38th & Drayton). Reservations are required. RSVP to MarlaCocalis@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

Refreshments & childcare will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.

Savannah Honor Academy, email marlacocalis@yahoo.com,  www.SavannahHonorAcademy.com, Savannah Honor Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Savannah preschools: JEA Preschool Savannah is accepting enrollment for 2014-15

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Best Savannah PreschoolsDynamic new Savannah preschool, located at the Jewish Educational Alliance, is accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.

JEA Preschool Savannah , located at the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, serves children ages 16 months through 4 years. JEA Preschool Savannah is open to both JEA members and non members.

Please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 215) or email preschool@savj.org for more information.

JEA Preschool Savannah was created to provide for the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The age-appropriate curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, focuses on literacy, writing, math, science, music, art and movement all within newly renovated facilities at the JEA.

The dynamic preschool includes spacious classrooms and an innovative outdoor space where children can explore, interact with and connect to the environment. The children also have the opportunity for extracurricular activities which include swimming, Crossfit for Kids, and outdoor exploration. The school is centrally located with easy parking and affordable tuition.

The preschool’s core curriculum is Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children have the option of attending two, three or five days per week. Extended hours are available daily from as early as 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. to serve the needs of working families. JEA Preschool Savannah is open to both JEA members and non members.

About JEA Preschool Savannah
JEA Preschool Savannah, located in the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, opened its doors in August 2013. The school, which serves the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, is Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended hours are available daily, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 215), email preschool@savj.org or click here .

JEA Preschool Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Applications available March 19 2014 for FREE pre-K lottery for Savannah-Chatham public schools

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

pre-K lottery savannah public schoolsLet the anxiety begin.

Applications for the 2014-2015 school year for state-funded FREE Pre-K at Savannah-Chatham public schools will be available online and at the Pre-K school sites on March 19, 2014. The deadline to submit the application is April 4, 2014.The Lottery will be held electronically on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

The FREE Georgia pre-k program is a full-day program available at some public and private schools. Some of the programs don’t have enough spaces for all those who want to attend.

To participate in the Pre-K Program at Savannah-Chatham public schools, children must be four years of age* on or before September 1, 2014, and must be a resident of Chatham County.

In order to apply for the lottery, parents must provide the following documentation to the school prior to the April 4, 2014 deadline:

Proof of Residence (current gas, water, electric bill, or lease)
Certified Birth Certificate

*Five-year-old children who have not previously attended the Pre-K program and who have developmental delays that impact their readiness for school may also enroll at the request of their parents.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOL PRE-K APPLICATION, LOTTERY & REGISTRATION, CLICK HERE.

(Some private childcare facilities also offer the free, state-funded pre-K program including Maggies’ Morning School, Savannah Youth University, Candler’s The Children’s House, and YMCA Childcare Plus: but have a different application process. If you’re interested in a private child care that has it, call the school to find out when their applications are due. Many are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration for pre-K at Maggie’s Morning School started Feb. 3. Details here.  )

ArchaeoBus with archaeology hands-on activities & Digging Savannah walking tours return to Savannah

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Digging Savannah ArchaeobusThe ArchaeoBus will return to Savannah this month!

On Feb. 28, Abby the ArchaeoBus will be on the Armstrong campus. Armstrong students and home school students are particularly encouraged to attend from noon-5 PM (field trips will be attending between 9 AM-noon).

Armstrong location

Armstrong archaeobus location

Then on March 1, the ArchaeoBus will be in the Savannah Mall from 10am – 5pm.

Abby the Archaeobus, a creation of the Society for Georgia Archaeology, is a former bookmobile retrofitted with archaeology hands-on activities. Abby travels throughout the state, visiting school groups, giving presentations, and even touring the State Fair! To learn more about the bus please visit http://thesga.org/category/archaeobus/

Savannah Mall location

Savannah Mall Archeobus

In addition to the bus, the Armstrong Anthropology Club will have tables set up for educational crafts for all ages! These include Buddhist Mandala sand painting, Alutiiq animal mask making and rock art designing, and Native American beaded jewelry creating.

This educational event is free and open to the public. The goal is to reach out to the community to acquire a larger audience interested in historic preservation.

Digging Savannah Walking Tours

February 22 and April  5- Skidaway Island Guided Hike

Spanning more than 5,000 years of history and prehistory, the park’s archaeology sites give us the opportunity to trace Skidaway Island’s past from Native Americans to moonshiners. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the hike, which starts at the Big Ferry Trail head.

The hike is $10 per person (this includes your park pass) or free for Friends of Georgia State Parks members. Buy tickets here.

March 15- Walking Tour of Downtown Savannah

Savannah is famous for its beautiful historic downtown, but the ground beneath your feet is just as historic. Learn about the unseen and forgotten archaeology sites. AASU archaeologist Laura Seifert will lead the tour, which starts at the flagpole at Battlefield Park (next the railroad museum) at 2pm. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to diggingsavannah@gmail.com  or via the Facebook event site.

For more information, please visit http://diggingsavannah.wordpress.com/  or www.facebook.com/DiggingSavannah

For specific concerns, email diggingsavannah@gmail.com

Registration for FREE State-Funded Pre-K for 2014-15 starts Mon. Feb. 3 @ Maggie’s Morning School, Savannah

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

free state-funded pre-K in Savannah for 2014-15 Maggie's Morning SchoolMaggie’s Morning School in Savannah will begin open registration for the 2014-2015 school year on February 3rd, 2014.

Maggie’s Morning School will NOT have a weekend open house for the BFTS (lottery state funded) Pre-K program as in the past. Instead, parents may register any time beginning on Monday February 3rd. Please note, this is popular preschool and registration is taken on a first come first served basis. So if you want your child to attend, register as early as possible.

Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the Pre-K. Required documents include proof of birth and proof of residence; registrations will not be accepted without both documents.

Maggie’s Morning School is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K. Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org, On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Girls Engineer It Day for students in grades 6-12, teachers & parents, Savannah (Feb. 1)

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Girls Engineer It Day in Savannah 2014Attention parents of future women engineers!

Don’t miss this Saturday’s Girls Engineer It! Day in Savannah, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Open to sixth- to 12th-grade students, as well as teachers & parents, Girls Engineer It! is focused on teaching hands-on STEM activities to introduce students to an Engineering/STEM career path.

Girls Engineer It Day
1-5:30PM Sat. February 1, 2014
at Woodville Tompkins Career High School, 151 Coach Joe Turner St, Garden City, Ga 31408.
To register and for more information, go to the SWE Facebook Page by clicking here.

Engineering is fun. Let these engineers prove it to your kids!

Students will go through 3 activities focused on different kinds of engineering taught by local technologists. The day starts with a STEM Expo which are small activities provided by local companies, surrounding universities and professional organizations. Then they will break the students into groups to begin the 3 (1 hr a piece) activities.

While the students are learning, there will be a separate event for the adults. Organizers will educate adults on everything they might need to keep the students interested in STEM, college prep, financial aid, and even community opportunities for internships. Adults will also learn their own STEM activity that they will be able to take home to teach the students what they learned.

Cost of $5 a student. The event is limited to 200 students (100 middle and 100 high school). THIS EVENT SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR. Questions? Email geid@swe.org . More info here.

Daily Kids’ Programs @ Savannah Children’s Museum

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Kids spots in Savannah: Savannah children's Museum

Looking for a fun place to play & learn with the kids this week?

Check out Savannah Children’s Museum, next to Georgia State Railroad Museum. The museum offers daily kids’ activities Tuesdays-Sundays, weather permitting.

Savannah Children’s Museum is opening in 2 phases. Exploration Station is phase 1 and is a unique 1 acre, 2 level outdoor exhibit area set in the ruins of a Central of Georgia Railroad building.

SCHOOL YEAR HOURS:
From August 31st, 2013 until June 1 2014, Savannah Children’s Museum will be open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays. SCM will be open on most “Holiday Mondays” including (Feb. 17 2014) when Savannah Chatham County Schools are not in session. Summer hours start in June.

ADMISSION COST:
$7.50 per person ages
1 and older or
Take the Leap and purchase a 1 year Family Membership! Membership info here.

Daily programming subject to change.

Friday 1/31 (Open 10-4)
12:30 PM: Story Time: (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Saturday 2/1 programs (Open 10-4)
11 AM: Family Fitness (Brings the whole family together to learn about nutrition, health, and fitness in a fun and engaging way. This program is designed for children and adults to be participating together for maximum FUN and learning)
1 PM: Super Science (This is an experiment based science program that will introduce children to interesting science concepts through REALLY COOL investigations! This program is generally appropriate for ages 4-12.)
2 PM: Awesome Art (This goes beyond crafts to teach about different medias, artists, and techniques in a child friendly way. This program is generally appropriate for ages 4-12.)
3 PM: Story Time (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Sunday 2/2 programs (Open 11-4)
1 PM Wild about Reading! (a literacy based program that will include a read-aloud along with book based activities such as crafts, puppets, children’s theater, early reading skills, early writing skills etc. On Sundays, this program is for school age (ages 5-10).
3 PM Wonderful World of Recycling (introduces children to eco-friendly ideas and practices as well as nature-based education. This program is generally appropriate for ages 4-12)

Tuesday 2/4 programs (Open 10-4)
12:30 PM Story Time (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Wednesday 2/5 programs (Open 10-4)
2 PM Story Time (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Thursday 2/6 programs (Open 10-4)
11 AM Toddler Art ( program specifically geared to introduce toddler age children to new art-focused experiences that are highly sensory. This program is generally appropriate for ages 2-4.)

Friday 2/7 programs (Open 10-4)
12:30 PM Story Time (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Saturday 2/8 programs (Open 10-4)
11 AM: Family Fitness (Brings the whole family together to learn about nutrition, health, and fitness in a fun and engaging way. This program is designed for children and adults to be participating together for maximum FUN and learning)
1 PM: Super Science (This is an experiment based science program that will introduce children to interesting science concepts through REALLY COOL investigations! This program is generally appropriate for ages 4-12.)
2 PM: Awesome Art (This goes beyond crafts to teach about different medias, artists, and techniques in a child friendly way. This program is generally appropriate for ages 4-12.)
3 PM: Story Time (a classic read-aloud program for children of all ages. The books read during each story time will be chosen based on the ages of children participating)

Sunday 2/9 Super Museum Sunday FREE ADMISSION
There will be no regularly scheduled daily programming on February 9 at Savannah Children’s Museum, as it is Super Museum Sunday. Admission is free to all of the CHS sites. If you choose to come to Savannah Children’s Museum on Super Museum Sunday, you will be given a (first come, first served) 30 minute window of play and exploration in order to accomodate all of guests.

Stay connected with Savannah Children’s Museum by liking their Facebook page here.

Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, 31401, (912) 651-4292, email info@savannahchildrensmuseum.org, www.savannahchildrensmuseum.org Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Registration for FREE State-Funded Pre-K for 2014-15 starts Feb. 3 @ Maggie’s Morning School, Savannah

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

free state-funded pre-K in Savannah for 2014-15 Maggie's Morning SchoolMaggie’s Morning School in Savannah will begin open registration for the 2014-2015 school year on February 3rd, 2014.

Maggie’s Morning School will NOT have a weekend open house for the BFTS (lottery state funded) Pre-K program as in the past. Instead, parents may register any time beginning on Monday February 3rd. Please note, this is popular preschool and registration is taken on a first come first served basis. So if you want your child to attend, register as early as possible.

Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the Pre-K. Required documents include proof of birth and proof of residence; registrations will not be accepted without both documents.

Maggie’s Morning School is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K. Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them SouthernMamas.com sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405, www.maggiesmorningschool.org,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

You’re invited: Open House at St. Andrew’s School, Wilmington Island (Jan. 26)

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

St. Andrew's only Savannah private school named one of most challenging schools in the U.S.

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island invites you to their ONLY All-School Open House event of the 2014-2015 application year at 1:30 PM Jan. 26.

St. Andrew’s is Savannah’s only independent, college-preparatory school with Apple Distinguished School status for three years running; partnered with Thrive Cafe, Savannah’s only green-certified restaurant for healthy lunches; and recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School for focus on global competency.

Here are some other features to consider:
> As one of the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools, students have early placements this year to University of Georgia, Yale, Colorado, and the United States Naval Academy.
> There are no more than two classrooms per grade in lower school with a 9:1 student to teacher ratio, and fifth graders are part of the middle school program.
> The three year old and four year old kindergartens have a curriculum that includes a literacy specialist, mathematics and science specialist, art specialist, music specialist, and physical education specialist. World language in the form of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are also part of lower school.
> A community garden managed by lower schoolers is integrated into the curriculum and supplies food for the dining hall this year in the innovative Farm to Table philosophy.
> Bussing from Southbridge communities and Skidaway communities through both downtown and Isle of Hope provide access for families to the “only independent school on the islands!”
> A robust scholarship and financial aid program makes the experience available to countless mission-appropriate families seeking the best for their child.

The school is intentionally sized at no more than 500 students. As other schools in the region grow for growth’s sake, St. Andrew’s remains committed to the most important factor in education–the relationship between the teacher and student. School administrators pledge to be an environment where every child is known and valued–a personalized educational experience.

Come to the open house Sunday to hear St. Andrew’s parents, teachers, and students share their stories.

For admission information, visit www.saintschool.net/admissions . For academic information, visit www.saintschool.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Kindergarten Online Application for Savannah-Chatham Public School Specialty Programs for 2014-15 School Year

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

speciality program open houses at Savannah Chatham public schools for 2014-15If you are interested in applying to the various specialty programs including kindergartens offered by Savannah-Chatham public schools, online application is available now and open house dates are set! (These public schools such as Garrison Elementary, J.G. Smith Elementary, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy etc. either don’t have an attendance zone/neighborhood district or they also accept children outside of their attendance zone/neighborhood district).

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System offers 23 Specialty Programs throughout the district from elementary through high school including kindergarten.

Specialty Application Timeline Specialty Applications is available beginning Jan. 8 2014.

  • Specialty Program Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available online and at the school sites.
  • The Specialty Lottery will be held electronically. At its conclusion, an email will be sent to parents with a status update for their child.
  • Each Specialty Program has entrance requirements, please click here for Specialty Program Entrance Criteria.

Parents may select up to three choice programs.

Important Dates
Applications Released January 8, 2014
Deadline for Application and Required Documents February 7, 2014
Lottery Date February 26, 2014
Registration Begins February 27, 2014
Registration Deadline March 14, 2014
Wait List Callouts March 18, 2014

To view the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Specialty Programs 2014-13 Open House Schedule, click here. Contact information for each school can be found under the Site List tab here.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

The Pre-K Lottery for Savannah-Chatham public schools is different & will be at a later date.

Questions? There is going to be a representative from the Savannah-Chatham public school system at the Pooler MOPS preschool/school fair Wed. Jan. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Pooler. The school fair is open to the public. You do not have to be a MOPS member to attend. Details here.

FREE Home Depot workshops for kids, Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is./Bluffton

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Free Kids' Home Depot Workshops in Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head The Home Depot Kids Workshop is a free class for kids held the 1st Saturday of every month at The Home Depot stores between 9 AM-Noon. More info here.

When a child goes to the Home Depot Kids Workshop, they’ll get a free project kit they can complete and take home during they workshop. They’ll also get a free kid sized orange apron and an achievement pin for a job well done.

The Home Depot Kids Workshop is similar to the Lowe’s free Build and Grow Clinics for kids held on weekends at Lowe’s stores. For info on the Lowe’s Build and Grow free workshops, click here.

Home Depot Kids Workshop Schedule May 2014

Build a flower planter: Come learn how to build a flower planter. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this planter makes a great gift.

  • Build a FLOWER PLANTER just in time for Mother’s Day: 9 AM-Noon Sat. May 3.
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12.
  • Offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

 

The free kids’ workshops are available at Home Depot stores in Savannah, East Savannah, Hilton Head Is/Bluffton, & Pooler. More info here.

You’re invited: 2014 Annual Pre-school/School/Homeschooling Fair, Pooler

Monday, January 13th, 2014

MOPS in Pooler, SavannahThe Pooler MOPS will be hosting their Annual Pre-school/School/Homeschooling Fair on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Pooler.

If a family is looking for education options for their little ones in the Savannah/Pooler/Rincon area, this is the event to attend. The following schools/organizations have confirmed plans to attend: Veritas Academy, The Habersham School, First Steps in Rincon, Risen Savior, Savannah Classical Academy, The Learning Treehouse in Rincon, a public school representative for answering questions about the lottery and the public school options, Jewish Educational Alliance, Babies Can’t Wait(Early Intervention program), Teach Right, Calvary, Scottish Rite Center at Armstrong, Classical Conversations homeschool group and more! There is going to be a representative from the Savannah-Chatham public school system.

This school fair is open to the public. You do not have to be a MOPS member to attend.

For more information about the Pooler MOPS Fair, check the Pooler MOPS Facebook page by clicking here or contact Christine Darulla at poolermops@gmail.com .

The Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment will include a life-size replica of the H.L. Hunley

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Battle of Pocotaligo Yemassee S.C. 2014Bring the family to the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment at Frampton Plantation, January 25-26, 2014.

This living history program in nearby Yemassee, S.C. will include battles, artillery and period demonstrations, a Civil War encampment with Sutler Row and a life-size replica of the H.L. Hunley.

Confederate and Federal forces will clash once again when the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment returns to Frampton Plantation, January 25-26. Taking place on the actual 1862 battle site in Point South, this second annual living history event is hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Colonel Charles Jones Colcock Camp #2100, the South Carolina Palmetto Battalion and the Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission.

In addition to the afternoon battles, visitors are welcome to explore a Civil War encampment complete with Sutler Row and period demonstrations, as well as tour a life-size replica of the CSS H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to successfully sink an enemy warship.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with battle reenactments at 2 p.m. Daily tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children; and free for ages 8 and under. Admission into the Frampton Plantation House/Visitor Center & Gift Shop and the Hunley Traveling Exhibit are free. For additional information on the Battle of Pocotaligo, please visit www.battleofpocotaligo.com . To learn more about Frampton Plantation and the Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission, call (843) 717-3090 or visit www.southcarolinalowcountry.com .

History:

On October 21, 1862, a Union Force of 4,200 men under the command of General John M. Brannan sailed up the Broad River from Hilton Head Island and Beaufort and then marched on the village of Pocotaligo. Warned by Confederate pickets of this attempt to destroy the Charleston to Savannah Railroad and hinder a major supply line, Colonel W.S. Walker of Georgia telegraphed General Beauregard in Charleston. “I am holding & intend to hold my position at Old Pocotaligo,” read his urgent telegram. “Hurry up the reinforcements for Gods sake.”

Thanks in large part to a series of earthwork trenches General Robert E. Lee had ordered dug throughout the Lowcountry, a Confederate force of fewer than 450 men, including eight Confederate artillery pieces, two cavalry companies, three companies of the 11th South Carolina Volunteers and the First South Carolina Sharpshooters, managed to stall the Federal advance. Today, a portion of these earthworks are still visible behind the Frampton Plantation House.

Free admission to many Savannah museums on Super Museum Sunday Feb. 9, 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Be sure to take advantage of the 2014 Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday.

Various Savannah-area museums will be FREE Sunday, Feb 9, 2014. Click here for a list of this year’s participating sites.

Experience our area’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

From Statesboro to Darien, over 40 cultural institutions throughout coastal Georgia participate in this popular annual Georgia Historical Society family event including. Participating sites include: Georgia State Railroad Museum & Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 West Louisville Rd.;  Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd.; Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd.; Fort Pulaski National Monument, U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah; Pin Point Heritage Museum, 9924 Pin Point Ave.

Free and open to the public.

Click here for a list of this year’s participating sites.

You’re invited: Open House at Savannah Honor Academy, a new independent K-5 school

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Savannah private school open housesYou’re invited to an open house at Savannah Honor Academy, which will be a new independent K-5 school in midtown Savannah. Please click here for more information.

Open House
Jan. 28th
5:30pm at 22 E. 38th Street (corner of 38th and Drayton). Reservations are required. RSVP to MarlaCocalis@yahoo.com .

Click here for more information.

Connect with Savannah Honor Academy on Facebook here.

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JEA Preschool Savannah to Host Open House, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:30am

Monday, January 6th, 2014

JEA preschool open house Savannah preschools Dynamic new Savannah preschool, located at the Jewish Educational Alliance, is accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year.

JEA Preschool Savannah will host an Open House for prospective and enrolled parents and caregivers on Wednesday, January 15 beginning at 9:30am.The new preschool, located at the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, serves children ages 16 months through 4 years.

During the event, parents will have an opportunity to meet preschool director Jodi Sadler and the faculty, as well see the classrooms in session. Please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 215) or email preschool@savj.org  for more information.

JEA Preschool Savannah was created to provide for the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The age-appropriate curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, focuses on literacy, writing, math, science, music, art and movement all within newly renovated facilities at the JEA.

“I am truly excited about the success of our program and its future,” said Sadler, director of JEA Preschool Savannah. “When parents and children walk into the school, I believe they see and feel two things: love and security. I know that the quality of the program, excellence of the facilities, and perfect location makes this one of the most attractive and vibrant programs in the area.”

The dynamic preschool includes spacious classrooms and an innovative outdoor space where children can explore, interact with and connect to the environment. The children also have the opportunity for extracurricular activities which include swimming, Crossfit for Kids, and outdoor exploration. The school is centrally located with easy parking and affordable tuition.

The preschool’s core curriculum is Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children have the option of attending two, three or five days per week. Extended hours are available daily from as early as 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. to serve the needs of working families. JEA Preschool Savannah is open to both JEA members and non members.

About JEA Preschool Savannah
JEA Preschool Savannah, located in the Jewish Educational Alliance community center at 5111 Abercorn Street, opened its doors in August 2013. The school, which serves the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum, led by qualified and experienced teachers, is Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Extended hours are available daily, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 215), email preschool@savj.org  or visit www.savannahjea.org .

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Looking for a private school offering a classical education? Visit Veritas Academy in Savannah

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Savannah Private Schools Veritas Academy Veritas Academy, meeting in the heart of the Savannah historic district, is committed to providing a Christ-centered, classical and covenantal Pre-K through 12th grade education. “That in everything Christ might be preeminent.” (Colossians 1:18) –Even, and especially, in the hearts and minds of our children.

Mission: The mission of Veritas Academy is to assist parents in teaching their children to think, speak, and act Christianly, and to seek, discern, and apply Truth all their lives by providing an education of excellence that is Christ-centered, classical, and covenantal.

Veritas Visits: Please drop by to observe classrooms, meet teachers, review curriculum, ask questions and get answers! For more information please contact Veritas Academy at 912-238-1222 or visit www.VeritasSavannah.org .

Veritas Visits

9:00-10:00 am

Tuesdays, January 7 & 21, 2014

Stay connected with Veritas Academy by liking their page on Facebook here. On Twitter @VeritasGryphons.

Veritas Academy , Pre-K through 12th grade, located at the Independent Presbyterian Church, 207 Bull St., Savannah 31401, 912-238-1222, www.VeritasSavannah.org Veritas Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Kindergarten Online Application Savannah-Chatham Public School Specialty Programs for 2014-15 School Year

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

speciality program open houses at Savannah Chatham public schools for 2014-15If you are interested in checking out the various specialty programs including kindergartens offered by Savannah-Chatham public schools, online application is available now and open house dates are set!  (These public schools such as Garrison Elementary, J.G. Smith Elementary, Charles Ellis etc either don’t have an attendance zone/neighborhood district or they also accept children outside of their attendance zone/neighborhood district).

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System offers 23 Specialty Programs throughout the district from elementary through high school including kindergarten.

Specialty Application Timeline Specialty Applications is available beginning Jan. 8 2014.

  • Specialty Program Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available online and at the school sites.
  • The Specialty Lottery will be held electronically.  At its conclusion, an email will be sent to parents with a status update for their child.
  • Each Specialty Program has entrance requirements, please click here for Specialty Program Entrance Criteria.

Parents may select up to three choice programs.

Important Dates
Applications Released January 8, 2014
Deadline for Application and Required Documents February 7, 2014
Lottery Date February 26, 2014
Registration Begins February 27, 2014
Registration Deadline March 14, 2014
Wait List Callouts March 18, 2014

To view the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Specialty Programs 2014-13 Open House Schedule, click here.  Contact information for each  school can be found under the Site List tab here.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE. Deadline to do so is Feb. 7 2014.

The Pre-K Lottery for Savannah-Chatham public schools is different & will be at a later date.

Questions? There is going to be a representative from the Savannah-Chatham public school system at the Pooler MOPS preschool/school fair Wed. Jan. 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Pooler. The school fair is open to the public. You do not have to be a MOPS member to attend. Details here.

You’re invited: Savannah Classical Academy Open House for the 2014-15 school year, 12/10

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Savannah Classical Academy Open House December 2013

Looking for a private school offering a classical education? Visit Veritas Academy in Savannah

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Savannah Private Schools Veritas Academy Veritas Academy, meeting in the heart of the Savannah historic district, is committed to providing a Christ-centered, classical and covenantal Pre-K through 12th grade education. “That in everything Christ might be preeminent.” (Colossians 1:18) –Even, and especially, in the hearts and minds of our children.

Mission: The mission of Veritas Academy is to assist parents in teaching their children to think, speak, and act Christianly, and to seek, discern, and apply Truth all their lives by providing an education of excellence that is Christ-centered, classical, and covenantal.

Veritas Visits: Please drop by to observe classrooms, meet teachers, review curriculum, ask questions and get answers! For more information please contact Veritas Academy at 912-238-1222 or visit www.VeritasSavannah.org .

Veritas Visits

9:00-10:00 am

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesdays, January 7 & 21, 2014

Stay connected with Veritas Academy by liking their page on Facebook here.  On Twitter @VeritasGryphons.

Veritas Academy , Pre-K through 12th grade, located at the Independent Presbyterian Church, 207 Bull St., Savannah 31401, 912-238-1222, www.VeritasSavannah.org Veritas Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Guide for Savannah Parents: What to Buy & What Not to Buy for Child Safety

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahYou’re invited to a FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Presentation for Parents at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island.

7 PM Thurs. Dec. 12 Bell Hall Media Center at St. Andrew’s School
Parent Presentation on Best Technologies for Families
Free of Charge & Open to the Public
897.4941

National technology expert, Katie Koestner, is “coming to town” and you can be sure that good boys and girls will delight and benefit from what she has to teach us. Bring your gift ideas and technology questions, and get ready add to your list.

Update your knowledge on what’s developmentally appropriate for children of all ages when it comes to iPads, iPhones and Internet access.

Meet the Presenter: Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and is the subject of an HBO Movie. She has lectured at over 2500 institutions throughout North America, including Harvard, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, the Pentagon, Phillips Academy, Vanguard, the Girl Scouts of America, and the US Departments of Justice, Defense and Education. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, as well as dozens of other national news programs. She is the author of over 100 books, articles, blogs, and chapters on internet safety and healthy relationship issues. Katie is the architect of federal student safety legislation. On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced programs are packed with all the essentials. Katie’s humor and stories keep her audiences engaged. Her clear instruction distills complicated information into manageable morsels.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, www.saintschool.com St. Andrew’s School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

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