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October 22, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

Charlotte Country Day School

Come experience how Country Day can help prepare your child to succeed in a world none of us can yet imagine. Call our team, or visit during an Open House:
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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

From the Smarty Cooking School: Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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This weekend, we are in the throes of deciding on Halloween costumes. Typically, we attend a Halloween party that requires all of us to dress up. And our gracious hosts go all out. They LOVE Halloween. Their house is decorated from top to bottom. Their lawn is transformed into a spooky graveyard, their front porch is covered in cobwebs laced with creepy spiders. An animated witch stands guard at the door. As such, one cannot simply wrap themselves in a sheet and claim to be a ghost or a Grecian goddess. Much thought goes into our costumes and they sometimes require several weekends of planning and execution to complete.

Of course, our son chooses to be a character from his latest TV show or video game craze. This year it’s Minecraft.

As for my costume, I search Pinterest and pick something that requires minimal crafting abilities (I can bake, my friends, but gluing and sewing are another matter).

My husband always chooses something that will garner the most laughs. Last year, he put himself in a box. It was hilarious. This year – he proclaims – his costume is a surprise. I can hardly wait.

My daughter, on the other hand, wrestles with this decision every. single. year. She’s not much of a screen watcher, so she doesn’t get inspiration from a show or movie. When I suggest a literary character, she scoffs. I let her scour the (thousands) of magazines that arrive in the mail to get ideas. Nothing ever strikes her fancy. I call out every “standard” costume under the sun: a witch, a ghost, a pumpkin, a mummy, a piece of candy. “No!” is her response every time. Typically, on the morning of Halloween, she’ll decide on something we have on hand. Last year, she dressed as her mother. I’m not kidding.

Naturally, the stress of all this sends me to the kitchen. And because (despite the weather), I am in a Fall mood, I made these baked Apple Cider Donuts. They are so simple to make, they taste of the season and they are seriously good! They make me forget all about our costume woes! Read More →

From the Smarty Education Corner: More Than Just a School, We Are A Community: Get to Know The Fletcher Family

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by Maura Triebenbacher, M.A., Division Head of Middle and Upper School, The Fletcher School; parent of Liam (class of 2024) and Sean (class of 2026)

[Fletcher is the] “sweetest school, [with the] best teachers & staff. [Their educational pedagogy is] exactly how education should be for everyone everywhere: individual attention, accommodations for different learning styles, acceptance of child’s needs, and an intimate setting. [It] feels like a family. My son has loved learning because of the Fletcher School. Never once in 8 years there did he say that he ‘didn’t want to go to school!’”

This quote from a parent of a current Fletcher student highlights exactly what sets us apart. The Fletcher School is more than just a school, it’s a community, a family. Moreover, it’s a place of extraordinary potential—a joyful learning environment lit by the smiles of our students. 20171003mm_2891 (1)

You need only spend a few moments in our corridors or classrooms to hear, to see, and to understand what makes Fletcher so unique.

We are an independent, K-12 school offering a college preparatory curriculum for students with learning differences. Our comprehensive program is designed to build the academic, social, and emotional competence of our students. Fletcher Falcons are assured in their abilities and strengths, and stride forward with purpose on the path to fulfillment and life success! Read More →

October 21, 2017

Smarty Mom: Julie Jackson

I’m thrilled to introduce you to my friend Julie Jackson. It has been such a treat getting to know Julie and her terrific family over the past year, and I’m so grateful for her friendship. Like many moms, after several years of full-time mom duty she’s decided to ease back into the working world with a part-time job at The Produce Box. If you haven’t heard of The Produce Box, it’s a fantastic service that delivers local, in-season produce to your door. It’s like having the farmer’s market come to you! Since so many moms grapple with the issue of returning to work once kids head off to school, I knew that Julie would be the perfect person to chat with!IMG_0590

{CSP Team Note: Check out our awesome Smarty Steal from the Produce Box! Get FREE enrollment this month. Click here for more details.} Read More →

October 20, 2017

Fitness Friday: Celebrate Fall with Carolina Barre & Core

Happy fall, y’all, from the barre babes at Carolina Barre & Core!

Although it’s officially been fall for a month, it is just now beginning to feel like it!

We are loving the cooler temps and true fall air.

The Carolina Barre & Core gals have lots in store for you this fall!

>Save the date: The Holiday Barre Blast starts on November 24th and will run for 1 month through December 24. Details will be coming soon!

>Core Membership: You can still become a core member!  See details to the right.

>Think Pink:  Carolina Barre & Core honors breast cancer awareness… take 20% off anything PINK or with PINK in it all month.

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2901 Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: 980.207.1046

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8480 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone: 919.200.4241

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October 18, 2017

From the Smarty Health Corner and CEENTA: Is Vaping Harmless?

By Smarty Guest Blogger, Darrell Klotz, MD, Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. This was originally posted on their blog. We thank them for the opportunity to share with Smarty Charlotte!

You see it more and more these days: people inhaling vapor from a thin metal cylinder that emits a smoky mist. Shops with names like “Vapor Smoke Shop,” “Queens Crave Vapor,” and “Vaporium” seem to be springing up everywhere you turn. Vaping has seen an explosion in popularity in recent years. Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” are battery operated devices that heat a nicotine-laced liquid (in addition to a number of chemical additives – glycol, glycerin and usually some type of flavoring) into a vapor so that it may be inhaled like a cigarette, and “vaping” is the act of inhaling the flavored nicotine fog. Vaping has been marketed as a healthy alternative to smoking because it does not contain tobacco, but are e-cigarettes and vaping really harmless?CEENTA doctorwithecigaretteweb

Cigarettes vs. e-cigarettes

The danger in traditional cigarettes comes primarily from the tobacco as it burns, creating carcinogens (carbonyls) and particulates that cause well-established health issues such as head and neck cancer, lung cancer and chronic debilitating lung disease (e.g., COPD). Tobacco smoke is also an irritant to the breathing passages of the smoker and those around them (second-hand smoke), which can lead to a higher rate of respiratory illnesses, ear infections, asthma exacerbations, chronic sinus conditions and chronic hoarseness. However, vaping gives off less “second-hand” smoke and 1,000 times fewer toxic carbonyls than cigarettes, and in that way, may seem safer than normal cigarettes. Nonetheless, e-cigarette emissions still cause increased heart rate and blood pressure, atherosclerotic disease and insulin resistance. The chemical additives found in the e-liquid that is vaporized may have yet untold adverse effects on our breathing passages. In addition, the ratios of the glycol, glycerin and nicotine in these liquids vary widely, with the number of toxic byproducts also fluctuating. When combined with the ease of keeping one of these “smokeless” puffers in your hand most of the day, the amount of toxins to which one is exposed could be substantial. Read More →

Smarty Podcast: Technology and Early Education


Welcome back to the Charlotte Smarty Pants podcast series, which is powered by Charlotte Star Room, Charlotte’s premier boutique music development and corporate video production studio + the best Pop Star birthday parties in the QC, AND professional voice lessons in a studio.

Today we’re talking to educator Mary Yorke Oates, Admissions Director at Charlotte Latin School, about early education and technology. Mary Yorke has great insights into the positive and negatives roles technology can play in lives of young children. You’ll love her candor and enthusiasm for children!

You can join in on the conversation and meet educators from all over our city at our Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0. Click here to register for this FREE event. We hope to see you at Charlotte Latin School on October 29!

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Smarty Scoop On Weekend Events October 20-22

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14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC

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The Great Pumpkin Fest
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC

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Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC
October 7 – October 31, See website for schedule, Ages 12 and up, $25
Summary: On select October nights (highlighted in red on the right sidebar / schedule page) our 170 acre farm is transformed into the scariest haunted trail in the region. If you are looking for a new and out of the ordinary way to get your heart pumping and adrenaline rushing this October, Scarrigan Farms is the place for you. This is not a trail for kids. If you’re under 12 come back when you’re old enough. We’ll be waiting. Read More →

October 17, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and CJDS: Why CJDS?

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By Smarty Guest Blogger, Mariashi Groner, Director, Charlotte Jewish Day School

What skills do students need to navigate the 21st century, and how can the elementary school years best prepare them for success? The dual secular and Judaic curriculum at Charlotte Jewish Day School is the perfect formula for success in this ever-changing world. Rote memorization of facts, neat handwriting and mastering the Dewy Decimal System will not be indicators of success for our kids, when they now have ready information at their fingertips!

So what are the skills every 21st century student should possess?
1. A strong moral compass. Doing the right thing. Being a mensch (an overall good person.)
2. Believing in themselves. Having a strong identity.
3. Critical thinking skills. The ability to apply reasoning and logic to unfamiliar ideas and situations.
4. Multilingual skills. Children who speak more than one language have better problem-solving skills and think more creatively. Read More →

October 16, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner: PES Equestrian Program receives top distinction

PES student Caroline Breslin

PES student Caroline Breslin

Our Smarty friends over at Palisades Episcopal School (PES) just announced that its Equestrian Program has been added to the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s (USHJA) Recognized Riding Academy list.

For those who aren’t as familiar with the equestrian world, the USHJA’s Recognized Riding Academy program “promotes a safe, beginner-rider introduction for individuals seeking entry into the hunter/jumper disciplines. These academies demonstrate the value of equine education, promote safety of horse and rider, and offer hunter/jumper riding lessons taught by qualified instructors.” Programs approved for the Recognized Riding Academy list must demonstrate competency in operations and safety, as well as meet facility requirements.

What an honor for PES and all over their riders. Such an amazing opportunity to be a part of. A big Smarty hoof high five! Read More →

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