Mark your calendar for these upcoming events in Livingston!
Annual Spring Marketplace: On Wednesday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., indoors at Temple B’nai Abraham, 300 E. Northfield Road in Livingston (entrance on East Cedar Street), you can do your Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation and birthday shopping at The Spring Annual Marketplace sponsored by TBA Early School Parents’ Council. Admission and parking are free, and the community is invited to attend. The Marketplace will feature unique and quality gift items for the entire family including, clothing, jewelry, crafts, accessories, handcrafted fashions, distinctive handbags, stationery, scarves, toys, decorative household items and much more. There also will be a Bake Sale taking place as well as light sandwiches and other food available for purchase. Credit cards are accepted.
The Early School is a child’s first formal learning experience involving progressive development in which each level has its own age-specific program and goals. Its overriding objective is to provide an educational and emotional foundation for success when entering kindergarten. The professional staff believes that children are unique individuals and by building on each child’s strengths and abilities, all children will be successful learners. Celebrating Jewish holidays and preparing for Shabbat; becoming familiar with Jewish symbols, reciting appropriate blessings over snack and teaching Jewish values in an age appropriate way are integral parts of our educational landscape. Their program provides a positive learning experience that promotes the development and enhancement of cognitive and emotional skills. This combination of enriched educational and relationship-building experiences prepares the children to successfully face challenges they will ultimately encounter during their lifetime.
Community Safety Day: Bring the family to the Livingston Mall on May 7 for an afternoon of fun activities and safety education, hosted by Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association. Activities include11:00 a.m. opening ceremony in center court; free children’s IDs; NJ State Police helicopter landing (12-12:30 p.m.); Simon Kidgits Club Bounce House; meet and greet with Batman & The Batmobile; musical entertainment; tours of the Saint Barnabas Fire Safety House; car seat installation check; mobile crime scene unit; driving simulator; police K-9’s; local, county, state, and federal vehicle and table displays; and tours of ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars. The Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association is a not-for-profit membership supported organization dedicated to educating law enforcement, public and private sector crime prevention partners. ECCPOA develops and advances a continuum of educational opportunities, resources and networking in an effort to prevent crime in Essex County.
Helping Children With Disabilities Find Social Success: This presentation on May 14th featuring Rick Lavioe will explore the relationship between disabilities and social skill challenges and will identify the specific causes for specific skill deficits. Parents, teachers, coaches and caregivers will learn field-tested strategies to assist students in gaining peer acceptance and developing age-appropriate social skills.
Rick Lavoie has served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs since 1972. He has appeared on CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News and Disney Channel Presents, and is a consultant on learning disabilities to PBS, The New York Times, The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Girl Scouts of America, Child Magazine and WETA. Rick is probably best known for his videos “How Difficult Can This Be?: The F.A.T. City Workshop” and “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities.” These award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message to countless thousands throughout the world.