March 2014 Archives
THE BOOK THIEF The Book Thief -- A young girl who is intrigued by "books" to escape the nightmare that surrounds her.
Recommended for families and especially teens! The Book Thief, an adaptation of the hugely popular book, is the story of a young German girl growing up during the Second World War. The girl, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), discovers a love of books thanks to the kindly Hans (Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech) who adopts her. Based on the beloved international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, an extraordinary and courageous young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. She learns to read with encouragement from her new family and Max, a Jewish refugee who they are hiding under the stairs. For Liesel and Max, the power of words and imagination become the only escape from the tumultuous events happening around them. This film is a life-affirming story of survival and of the resilience of the human spirit.
Starts Next Friday March 28 On Our Screen
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The Girls Leadership Institute will hold workshops for girls from second to fifth grades and their parents at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse on Middlesex Avenue, once a week for four weeks, starting April 22 for second- and third-graders and April 23 for third- and fourth-graders. Tuition is $200, and scholarships are available. MM discussed the organization and their objectives with Amie Herman, NJ Outreach Manager for the organization:
What is GLI?
Girls Leadership Institute teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world. We work with girls, parents and caregivers, and educators to ensure lasting impact.
The GLI organization made the decision to expand programming to NJ in 2012 and I joined the organization as the Outreach Manager for GLI in NJ in early 2012 to help raise awareness of what we do and bring programming to communities across the state. I believe in the importance of what GLI does, first hand, as I have two daughters who are 11 and 15.
What is the topic that most helps in the positive growth of a young girl? What does GLI provide that other organizations, like Girl Scouts, which also target young girls, cannot?
GLI's focus is on social emotional learning -- the importance of building authentic and healthy relationships using assertive communications skills (being able to say what you mean and ask for what you need) and understanding that there is such thing as constructive conflict in relationships and friendships, particularly between and amongst girls. GLI views these social emotional skills as critically important to becoming leaders. We see leadership not just as something you become, but something you demonstrate each day in choices you make, especially choices around friendships and challenges you may face.
The Metuchen Y is a great place enjoyed by the community. But one little girl used her birthday party there to raise a lot of money for a good cause.
In lieu of a regular party with presents all for her, Marcella Iversen from Edison chose to have a donation birthday party this year for the ASPCA. She created a web page on the ASPCA site and let friends and family know about her special day. "Instead of a gift for me, please help animals in need by donating to the ASPCA for my 9th birthday. I love animals so much it breaks my heart to see them abused or abandoned." Marcella gave them some information on the ASPCA to read about and asked them to help her reach her goal of $200.
Because of the generosity and kindness of so many friends and family, $900 was raised to help animals in need. Since the winter was so cold and snowy, we are all looking forward to some warmer weather, so she had a pool /gym party at the YMCA. Her party invitations featured animals in a pool to keep with the general theme.
She got the idea of a donation party by watching the Disney Channel where there is a segment called , "Disney Friends for Change". They highlight a child who does something to make a positive change in the world. Marcella was so impressed by these youngsters and their creativity, hard work and big hearts that she wanted to do something as well. So she decided to raise funds through her birthday for animals. This is the second year Marcella has had a donation birthday. Last year she raised $780 for St. Jude Children's hospital.
Marcella's mom Donna told MM, "Both years her young guests arrived with huge smiles and looked so proud to donate to others in need. A few parents have told us that their kids were very amazed and inspired by Marcella's idea and plan to do something of the same for causes near and dear to them. Pretty awesome! I believe it caused them to think and made some impact on these kids." Congratulations to Marcella for her selfless concern for animals and to her family for helping her make such a generous dream come true!
If you are interested in a birthday party at the Y, click through their ad on this page for more information.
Online registration for the Metuchen Municipal Pool will be available via CommunityPass starting on March 15, 2014. No more waiting on lines! No more missed deadlines. You can now securely register your entire family at one time from the comfort of your home or workplace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Be sure to create your CommunityPass account now by clicking on the CommunityPass link below: https://register.communitypass.net/Metuchen
Once your account is created, you will receive an email that contains your login information. Be sure to keep this email in a safe place so that you can continue to enjoy the convenience of online registration.
The option to pay by credit card will not be available at this time but should be available within the next few weeks. If you wish to pay by check please still register on line and mail the check to Metuchen Municipal Pool Commission, 500 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. The early resident deadline will be extended to April 30, 2014.
Questions? Please call 732-632-8503. You can register your family now and be already to submit your payment once the credit card option is available. The early resident deadline for the discounted price is April 30, 2014.
Pictured L to R: Julianna Margolin, Spanish Teacher Audra Smith, and Rebecca Margolin
The Friends of The Metuchen Library need your help. Donate your unwanted change to our coin collector. For the month of March, the coin collector will be at Haileyʼs Harp and Pub at 400 Main Street in Metuchen.
"Thanks to community partners like Haileyʼs Harp and Pub, we are all working to ensure our library provides a 21st century learning environment," says Sondra Flite, President of the Friends of the Metuchen Library. "The coin collector is just one example of an innovative way we raise funds for the library."
Chris Flynn, owner of Haileyʼs Harp and Pub notes, "Metuchen is a town with a strong cooperative spirt. We are pleased to host the coin collector and to do our part to help support the library."
Stop in at Haileyʼs Harp and Pub and help to feed a river of readers at the Metuchen Library. For more information, contact The Friends of The Metuchen Library at email@example.com. All funds raised support the Metuchen Library.
Saturday, March 15 (Dinner at 6:30p, Show at 7:30p)
First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen Social Center at 270 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen
The Indonesian Fellowship of the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen is hosting a fundraising dinner and variety show on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The goal is to raise money for the flood victims in Manado. Dinner will be prepared by the Indonesian Fellowship and will consist authentic Indonesian cuisine for all, including vegetarian options. Tickets for dinner are $10 for adults and $6 for children. A variety show will follow dinner, with a free-will offering being taken during the show.For more information, please contact the church office at (732) 491-2300.
The Princeton Learning Cooperative, a non-profit organization that provides a self-directed learning environment for teens, will host one in their series of "Outside the Box" events at Metuchen's Old Franklin School on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m.
The evening's theme is "Re-imagining School" and will feature two popular TED talks by Ken Robinson and Daniel Pink with a discussion to follow. The program is free and open to the public. The program on March 20th begins at 7:00 p.m. The old Franklin School is located at 491 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27) in Metuchen, next to the Metuchen Fire House. Parking is available across the street in the Borough Hall parking lot. For more information about the Princeton Learning Center visit their website at princetonlearningcoopertive or call 609-851-2522.
Community Nursery School loves to highlight teachers and their educational philosophies and experience. Here is a profile of Colleen Smith, a Metuchen native who teachers 4 and 5-year-olds at Community.
Mrs. Colleen Smith joined the Community Nursery School staff in September 2008 and is currently a teacher of 4 and 5-year-olds. She began her career teaching first grade in the Metuchen school district.
Administrator Audrey Kowalski explains, "Her classroom is a lively place. In addition to literacy and math activities, her lessons include science experiments and cooking activities. A firm believer in fitness, she and her assistant set up an obstacle course with balls and hoola-hoops when the children cannot play on the CNS playground due to weather conditions, or they dance to lively music to get the children in motion.
Opportunities for personal expression through art and music are also part of her plan. The rules of the classroom emphasize respect for one another and the children learn appropriate social behavior. Her students are excited about school and look forward to their busy day."
Mrs. Smith and her husband actively support their two sons in their athletic pursuits and her family enjoys vacationing together, bike riding and swimming. Community Nursery School is registering now for fall classes. Please see the ad on this page for further information.
The Metuchen Public Library will be hosting a Meet and Greet Event on March 8th at 2pm to welcome the new library director, Ms. Susanna Chan. Ms. Chan wants to meet the community and share her vision on where she wants to take the Metuchen Public Library into the future. It will be a great opportunity to get to meet her and let her know what the library means to you. Everyone is welcome as food and refreshments will be served. There will also be activities for the kids like origami, balloon animals, and face painting. Don't wait and mark this event on your calendar today. Registration is not required for this event. For more information please call the Metuchen Public Library at (732) 632-8526.
The Middlesex County School Boards Association, and the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators sponsored the annual event, recognizing "the unsung heroes who have not yet captured the headlines."
A variety of factors are used to select students for the award, including their ability to overcome significant academic or personal challenges, said Dr. Frank R. Alfano, President of the Middlesex County Association of School Administrators.
"There are many worthwhile events recognizing students who excel in academics, athletics, or community service activities," Dr. Alfano said. "But there is something special about the quiet strength demonstrated year after year on the part of these students," he added.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was Mark Finkelstein, Superintendent of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, who chaired the committee that founded the program in 1985, while serving on the New Brunswick Board of Education.
During his speech, Mr. Finkelstein praised the 65 Middlesex County student award recipients, noting: "Tonight is about recognizing you for your work ethic, your strength of character, your ability to respond to whatever obstacles life has thrown your way, and to find the strength to successfully meet those challenges head on."
MONDAY, MARCH 3rd
Metuchen Schools are operating on delayed open schedule!
Edgar: 9:35 a.m., MHS: 9:50 a.m., Campbell: 10 a.m., Moss AM Kindergarten: 10:05 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Moss PM Kindergarten: 12:40 p.m. - 2:25 p.m., MIPP/ELC AM 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MIPP/ELC PM 12:00 - 2:05 p.m.
John Schleck and Grace Schleck, both at 732-662-9080 and firstname.lastname@example.org;
Tommy Davis 848-219-4780;
Mindy Keller -- at email@example.com;
Maxx Adlerman at firstname.lastname@example.org;
Alex Brooks at (732)-910-6887 (off Woodbridge)
William Hoover at 732 995-6293 (Rose St area)
Christine Gerity at email@example.com
(St. Francis Church side of town)
Mindy Keller --at 940-399-8985 or firstname.lastname@example.org;