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April 13, 2017

Because of you, libraries transform

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By our Smarty friends at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Libraries are more about doing than borrowing – more about connecting than simply plugging in – and your local librarian is your expert guide. Whether you want to get involved in your community, find a job, get smart about money, or build your digital literacy skills, your library is the key to your transformation.

National Library Week is celebrated nationally April 9-15, but we’re celebrating all month long with hundreds of free programs and a special book drive for kids in partnership with WAXN-TV.

Experience the transformative power of libraries. Then share your story with us.

1. Find your FUN-spiration!

Science is all around us—and it’s so much fun! Join us now through April 23 for special programs that are part of this year’s official NC Science Festival, a statewide two-week celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participate in events for children, teens and adults, such as Legos, plant and sea life, coding, The Great Egg Drop Challenge, robotics, Rookie Science, technology and more! Read More →

April 12, 2017

Smarty Giveaway: Win a Family 4-Pack to CC&Co.’s Star Gazer!

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*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. OUR WINNER IS MELISSA COLE*****

Smarties, we introduced you to the amazing Caroline Calouche of Caroline Calouche & Co.(CC&Co.) this past weekend. Caroline and her team at CC&Co. are working around the clock to get their spring production ready: Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space. This spectacular show is next weekend, April 21-23 at Booth Playhouse. In typical Smarty style, we have a giveaway for you so that you and your family can enjoy an evening of fun – perfect to wrap up your #SpringBreak2017!

Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space combines dance and circus arts with powerful visual projections of planets, comets and asteroids to fly you through our solar system. Stella is a young and curious girl who gazes out her bedroom window one night at the stars and the moon wondering what it would be like to visit the other planets. This simple notion leads to a spectacular, often thrilling, performance by the southeast’s premier dance and circus arts company, Caroline Calouche & Co., April 21 – 23 at the Booth Playhouse. Read More →

April 8, 2017

Smarty Spotlight: Caroline Calouche

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Aerial dance is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring styles to watch as it is truly an artistic interpretation of grace, strength and gravity-defying creativity. We are so lucky to have an amazing artist on the pulse of the aerial dance scene here in Charlotte, Caroline Calouche.

Caroline founded Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school, Caroline Calouche & Co (CC&Co.), a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education. Her vision is to create educational opportunities for people to experience the world from a unique and artistic perspective, which will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.

Straight from her bio because this is just beyond impressive:
Caroline Calouche has taught contemporary dance, Pilates, Gyrokinesis and ballet at UNC Charlotte, Winthrop University, The Belmont School of Ballet, Gaston Dance Theatre and The School of North Carolina Dance Theatre. Her dance and fitness teaching background has allowed her to become a sought after aerial dance instructor. Not only has Caroline developed a safe method and syllabus of teaching Aerial Silk, Sling, Trapeze, Lyra, Corde Lisse and Spanish Web, she is able to teach students how to incorporate floor work with their apparatus to seamlessly move from the ground up and back again.

I’m excited for Smarty Charlotte to get to know Caroline through her productions, her camps, her summer intensives and also her super fun recos of her favorite things all over Charlotte.

Meet the one and only, Caroline Calouche! Read More →

April 7, 2017

Register NOW for the 22nd Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run on April 22nd!

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Saturday, April 22nd, will mark the 22nd Annual CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run, benefiting student scholarships and other urgent student needs of the college. 1,000-plus runners are expected to attend this family fun event. The Skyline Run will feature four components: a 5K Run, a 5K Walk for Health, a Family Fun Run (1 mile), and a 5K Baby Jogger Championship, hosted by CSP! Cash prizes are awarded for the top overall male and female 5K finishers. Children and families will enjoy the Family Fun Run and spending time in the Kids Zone. Additional exciting prizes such as a baby stroller, spa sessions, restaurant gift certificates, tickets to great area events, and more will be given to age group winners.

Registration is $25 until April 16th and up to $35 on race day, so register now to get your discount! More information here.

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April 3, 2017

From the Smarty Education Corner and Providence Day School: Homework

By Julie Hill, Middle School Learning Specialist, Providence Day School

In my role as a middle school learning specialist, parents often ask me for tips on how to streamline the homework process in their household. First and foremost, I think it’s important for parents to ponder what homework and grades represent in their family. PDS 3.31.1

For example, my parents’ expectation was that I treated school as my job therefore giving consistent and honest effort. Communicating about academic expectations provides boundaries and structure within the family unit and serves as a foundation for future conversations.

After the hard thinking takes place, I consider the following aspects of the homework process.

1. Space. Think about where you do your best work. Does subject matter, time of day, or mood influence this answer? Traditionally, sitting at a desk in a room by yourself was seen as best practice. While that still may be the case for some people, my students have found success: stretching on a mat while reviewing vocabulary words, walking with a parent to discuss the topic of a paper, and sitting at the kitchen table doing math problems (amid the chaos) wearing noise-cancelling headphones. Read More →

March 30, 2017

Join us for the first ever Town Hall on Social Media Parenting

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Do you feel like keeping up with your kids’ social media is a full time job? You’re not alone. Parents today have it hard. We’re all playing catch up with the social media world and often feel overwhelmed by how to parent through it. We’re excited to host the first ever Town Hall on Social Media Parenting where parents and experts in our community can come together to discuss kids and social media.

Charlotte Smarty Pants is partnering with Providence Day School on April 30th at Providence Day School for this event. All parents from any school are welcome to join in on the conversation. Our goal is to bring knowledge, relief, and empowerment to navigate the iGeneration. And guest what? It’s FREE.

Our panel discussion will start with experts from schools from all over the city to speak on what’s really trending in our schools. Because let’s face it: what happens in my kid’s school affects what happens in yours thanks to social media. Our healthcare experts will address the affects social media has on our children’s health.

We’ll end the afternoon with a social Q&A with sweet treats provided by the delicious Sunflour Baking Company.

Event Details:
When?
Sunday, April 30 from 2-4pm

Where?
Providence Day School
Dickson-Hemby Technology Center
5800 Sardis Road, Charlotte, NC 28270

Register here now. Spots are limited. Hope to see you there! Read More →

March 26, 2017

Smarty Alert: This Week’s School Open Houses

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Don’t miss this week’s School Open Houses we’ve listed below. This is NOT the full Open House listing for each school or school system – it’s just this week’s. For our full listing of open houses, please see our 2016 Smarty School Open House Guide.

March 31 – Palisades Episcopal School – Bring A Friend Day. Students are invited to spend the day at PES with their friends and learn more about our school. You do not need to know a current student to attend our Bring A Friend Days. For more information, please contact Monique Gilbert at mgilbert@pescharlotte.org or 704.583.1825.

March 23, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp 2017: Providence Day School – Accio Fun!

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By Diane Sutton, Director of Summer Programs, Providence Day School

My daughter is part of the “Harry Potter generation,” and she absolutely devoured the books throughout her school years. Attending her first Harry Potter camp through Providence Day’s Summer Programs was truly magical for her. Fifteen years later, she still recalls the experience with delight. The next generation of Muggles can also enjoy the magic and wonder of Hogwarts as Providence Day continues to bring the world of Harry, Ron and Hermione to life as part of a summer’s worth of fun and adventure!

Not a Potter fan? There are so many other wonderful ways your children can spend their summer at PD. Miss Ava the Science Lady will have your budding scientist getting messy with Ooze, Glop, & Slime…..or creating beautiful artwork as they learn about light and color in Nature’s Art. Your young animal-lover can get close to real wild animals in Wildlife Wonders, or learn about the differences between domestic and farm animals in Pet Pals. Gamers can create their own Minecraft® server or design their own 3D game. Techies can take home their own drone in Miss Ava’s Innovators and Inventors.

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March 21, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp 2017: Palisades Episcopal Summer Camp

By Smarty Guest Blogger Amie Berryhill, Palisades Episcopal School Summer Camp Director

Palisades Episcopal School Summer Programs are all about nurturing the mind, body and spirit of our campers!

Our staff of trained teachers will build up their minds and help children avoid the “summer slide” through daily math games, reading time and educational field trips. Campers will visit the public library each week to check out books related to the camp themes. We will travel to a variety of museums and planetariums! Older campers will learn the importance of strategy and financial responsibility through Connect Four and Monopoly tournaments!

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March 17, 2017

Smarty Summer Day Camp 2017: Charlotte Country Day

Are you ready for a GREAT summer? Sign up for Summer Programs at Country Day! With more than 200 creative classes and challenging sports camps, our Summer Programs are designed for children as young as three-years-old to those who will be seniors in high school. Whether you’re looking to expand your skills or make new friends, Country Day has the camp for you!

5 things we love about Country Day’s Summer Programs

1. There is something for everyone! 200 different themed camps offered for ages 3–18. There is a wide variety of traditional and specialized camps, such as art, drama, cooking, video game development, robotics, science, and more.CCDS Summer Camp 2016 - 159 Final

2. They fit your schedule! Half-day and full-day, morning, and afternoon camp options from 7 am to 6 pm all summer long.

3. Teachers and staff who care! Wonderful teachers and staff who have expertise and passion in their camp areas.

4. Hone your academic skills! We’re excited to introduce the Summer Institute, which offers high school students a variety of unique, weeklong academic enrichment experiences in support of specific skill development and student curiosity. Best of all, each weeklong institute is thoughtfully designed and taught by some of the most beloved Country Day teachers. Read More →


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