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January 11, 2018

Smarty Review and Giveaway: ‘The Queen of Hearts’

** This giveaway is closed! Winner is Sara Mayse**

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for MONTHS! Our very own Kimmery Martin is releasing her debut novel, The Queen of Hearts, and I am one of the lucky ones to have received an advanced copy with a chance to review the book. And, of course, most of our Smarty reviews include a giveaway, and this one is no different. One lucky Smarty will win her very own copy of “The Queen of Hearts” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Keep reading to find out more. Queen of Hearts cover jpg

Kimmery’s name might sound familiar to you because she’s been our Smarty Book Review blogger for the last couple of years. She writes, hands-down, the best book reviews (which makes this post a little nerve wracking – my apologies in advance, Kimmery :-)!), and we’ve been so lucky to have her as a CSP contributor. She’s about to hit the big time with this impressive debut from Penguin Random House. Before I get into the nitty gritty, here are two reasons why I fell in love with this book right out of the gate:

1. I know the author. There is nothing more amazing than reading a book when you know the person behind the words. Kimmery is one of us (well, a super brilliant one-of-us) – she’s a mom-of-three, a physician, a wife, friend, daughter, sister – which makes the fact that she’s written such a superb book even cooler.

2. The book is set in two of my favorite cities: Charlotte and Louisville, KY. Charlotte is my hometown and obviously my favorite city on the planet. My sister lives in Louisville, and I’ve come to love that city like a second home. Knowing both cities so well made the book almost like reality TV – but better – and made each city like another character in the book.

So, that being said, “Queen of Hearts” is a smart, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking page-turner of two best friends and doctors, cardiologist Zadie and trauma surgeon Emma. The two met in summer camp and survived med school together in Louisville, and are now settled in as moms, wives, and doctors in Charlotte. When chief resident, Nick Xenokostas (“Dr. X.”), Zadie’s med school bad-boy boyfriend, shows up in Charlotte right as some professional crises shock both women, Zadie and Emma are forced to revisit their past and take a hard look at their current friendship. There are twists, turns, lies, betrayals, revelations, humor, and a li’l bit of sex mixed in with just the right amount of mommyhood. Read More →

January 9, 2018

Smarty Podcast: To TK or K?

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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.

We are SO excited to announce that you can now find the Smarty podcast series on iTunes! So, please subscribe and share!

Today Smarties Jen P. and Cheryl are talking to educator Mary Yorke Oates, Admissions Director at Charlotte Latin School, about a question on a lot of minds of Smarty moms with preschoolers whose birthdays are close to the cut-off: whether to TK your child or send them on to kindergarten. It’s a question not to be taken lightly, and Mary Yorke has great insights in this one.

Click to listen to the podcast. Read More →

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: Fill up your new device for FREE at the Library

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Did you receive a new device this holiday season? You’ve probably been busy adding apps and e-books and music to it from the moment you unboxed it. Well we’ve got great news for you! Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers many resources to fill up your new device – for free!

If you have a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card or ONE Access account, you have access to all of this and more!

E-books and e-audiobooks

OverDrive has an extensive collection of e-books, e-audiobooks and read-alongs, with kid- and teen-friendly content in special reading rooms. You can check out up to 10 items per month with a 21-day loan period, and can download titles to your computer, tablet (including Kindle!) or mobile device. Or you can read or listen to them online. New users should check out OverDrive’s new Libby app, but the classic OverDrive app is also available. OverDrive also powers NC Kids Digital Library, which offers e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming videos and read-alongs specifically designed for youth in pre-K through fourth grade. Read More →

January 8, 2018

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 2017-18 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Charlotte Preparatory School

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Pre-Kindergarten-8th Grade

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. Read More →

January 7, 2018

ADHD, Mindfulness, and More: 7 Winter Workshops on Learning Differences and the Skills to Help You Best Serve Your Child

By our Smarty friends at The Fletcher School

Since 1982, The Fletcher School (K-12) has been a leader in serving children with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and ADHD. Through their outreach arm, The Rankin Institute, they educate and empower community members like you by providing the resources and knowledge you need to best serve children with learning differences — be it in school or at home. IMG_9954

This winter, The Rankin Institute is offering several workshops and trainings to educate teachers, parents, and professionals on the various types of SLDs and techniques to help children with learning differences reach their full potential. Explore their programs and join the community of dedicated parents and professionals striving to best serve and support those who learn differently!

Upcoming Rankin Institute Workshops:

“MY CHILD HAS WHAT?” WORKSHOP SERIES

This series provides information and strategies on specific disorders and diagnoses such as attention deficits, reading and math disorders, auditory processing deficits, anxiety, and related medications. Workshops are taught by professionals in the field related to the topic.

Gimme Just a Little More Time: Auditory Processing Disorder
Tuesday, January 9, 7:00pm – 9:00pm ($10)

This workshop will examine the impact of auditory processing disorders and offer strategies for
improving performance. Presenter: Barrie Morganstein, Ph.D. of Southeast Psychological Services. Both parents and professionals are invited to participate. Register. Read More →

December 31, 2017

Smarty Open House Alert: Palisades Episcopal School

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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 2017-18 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Palisades Episcopal School

Palisades Episcopal School

Bring a Friend Days
Students are invited to spend the day at PES and learn more about our school. You do not need to know a current student to attend our Bring A Friend Days.

Friday, January 5, 2018 Read More →

December 17, 2017

Smarty Podcast: Resources for kids with learning differences

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.

We are SO excited to announce that you can now find the Smarty podcast series on iTunes! So, please subscribe and share!

Today Smarties Jen P. and Cheryl are talking to Michelle Toler, Director of Student and Academic Affairs at the Fletcher School. Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has worked with students who learn differently for over twenty years. She was the founding Head of School at Epiphany, a school in Charlotte for students with Asperger’s. In her current role at Fletcher, Michelle is responsible for all aspects of student life, from admissions through graduation.

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Michelle Toler, The Fletcher School

Click here to listen to the podcast. Read More →

December 9, 2017

Smarty Mom: Dr. Ana Maria Temple

Welcome Home Dr. Temple!

I can’t exactly remember how many years ago it was, let’s say more than 5 less than 12, but I will never forget the conversation between my neighbor’s husband and mine. Our children were little which meant, we all “lived” at the pediatrician’s office with some sort of funk. Upon my neighbors return from the Saturday Sick Clinic one day he eagerly explained to my husband that, “Salma Hayek was our doctor!” If having “Salma” as your doctor meant you were going to take the kids to the doctor, go, please, go take them! I’ll be at home sitting on the couch binge watching HGTV. I immediately knew who he was referring to and was hopeful that my husband would want to jump on the “Salma” bandwagon and take the kids to the Saturday sick clinic as needed. Who was I to explain that “Salma” is not there every Saturday, it was just her on call weekend, let the boys take their chances.IMG_6484

Fast forward to my oldest was in 7th grade a few years ago and she came home to tell me she has been invited to, “Jake’s house for a pool party”. I had never heard of Jake, but I was learning fast that after your children have exited elementary school, you learn a new classmate’s name here and there, if you’re lucky. Our conversation went something like this:
“Jake who?”

“Jake Temple, Mom. He’s a kid at my school, gosh.”

“Where does he live? Will his parents be there? What other girls are going? What times? Is it his birthday, do we need to buy him a present? Who is this kid, you have never mentioned him before?”

Her answers were filled with sighs and much eye rolling and when she said, “Mom, stop being so overprotective, like his mom is a doctor or something, so I’m sure it will be fine.”

Ta Da! Yes, my darling, his mom is a “doctor or something”, a pediatrician to be exact, and she has helped you and your sister out in the past. You go and have fun, but I’m still walking you to the door.

Y’all, when I met Jake, I told Molly later that he looked like a young Keanu Reeves, she had to google Keanu…. and I got some more eye rolls.

The Temple family is beautiful on the inside and out. Enjoy getting to know Ana Maria Temple and the adventure the Temple family has been living the past 14 months. Read More →

December 5, 2017

From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: We love book clubs, yes we do!

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Book clubs offer a great outlet for family and friends to spend time together, have deep conversations about important topics, laugh, cry and best of all to read! Whether you are part of an already established book club, would like to join one or are interested in starting a club of your own, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is here to help!

Find your book club’s next great read at the Library

Did you know that the Library offers book club kits? Part of the Library’s mission is to provide opportunities for personal success in reading and learning to everyone. Enter book club kits.

Each kit includes 10 copies of a book for use by your book club, biographical notes on the author, sample discussion questions, read-alike lists and tips for a successful book discussion. Kits can be checked out for 6 weeks to ensure your club has plenty of time to read and discuss. There are no renewals and customers may only have one kit checked out at a time. Librarian tip: if you are part of a book club that meets monthly, have two members work in tandem to place holds for book club kits; this way, you can discuss your current book while handing out the title for next month. Read More →

December 3, 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 2017 Smarty School Open House Guide.

Palisades Episcopal School

Palisades Episcopal School

Experiential Information Sessions
Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 10 a.m.

Tours
Every day is an Open House at PES – tours scheduled at your convenience.

Register for any of these events at www.pescharlotte.org/upcoming-events

For more information, please contact Monique Gilbert at mgilbert@pescharlotte.org or 704.583.1825.

Palisades Episcopal SchoolPES Logo
13120 Grand Palisades Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28278
704.583.1825
www.pescharlotte.org
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