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November 5, 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.

Charlotte Christian School

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Why Charlotte Christian? Click here to learn more.

Charlotte Christian 2017 Fall Open Houses

JK-Grade 5
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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November 3, 2017

Smarty Book Review: ‘Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom’

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Okay, first of all, for those of you who don’t know, Molly Grantham is an Emmy award winning anchor and investigative reporter who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Charlotte’s top “40 under 40” and one of Mecklenburg County’s “50 Most Influential Women.” If all that isn’t enough, she’s now written a book based on a popular series of personal Facebook posts, Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom, in which she chronicles the first few years of her children’s lives.

It seems a little unfair that a person so genetically gifted with talent and beauty and wit is also able to write, but after having read her debut book, I have to admit she is, in fact, a terrific writer. By now you might be thinking Molly is one of those people overly burdened with accomplishments. You’re right. However, she balances all this achievement with a personality so genuinely nice and goofy it’s hard not to think of her as regular person. She’s like the best friend who tries to comfort you after a bad breakup by bringing over a bottle of wine and spilling it all over both of you, or the room mom who accidentally sends multiple emails to the entire class in which the teacher’s name has auto-corrected to Mrs. Salivate. (Oh wait, that last one is me.)Molly 1

But you get my point. Molly is real. And her authenticity as a mom and a fallible human being shines through every one of her pages in this compelling collection of parenting essays. She takes no special measures to burnish her telegenic image or promote the seeming perfection of her life. Instead, the stuff she writes is raw and honest. Sure, most of it is funny-honest, or lovable-honest, but some of it is straight-up embarrassing-honest. Take this passage, for instance:

Hutch added a new food group to his diet this week: sand. Read More →

November 1, 2017

Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0 Parent Resources

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Thank you so much for coming to the Smarty Town Hall on Social Media Parenting 2.0. And a HUGE thanks to Charlotte Latin School for hosting such an amazing event. The following is a list of resources parents and educators can use to further educate themselves on social media parenting. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Social Media Parenting Resources

HANDS-ON SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP:

Should you post that? Sharenting

Common Sense Family Media Agreement K-5

Family Device Contracts

What you need to know about SnapChat

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October 29, 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.

Charlotte Christian School

CCS front entrance

Why Charlotte Christian? Click here to learn more.

Charlotte Christian 2017 Fall Open Houses

JK-Grade 5
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Grades 6-8
Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.

Grades 9-12
Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Read More →

October 24, 2017

Smarty Event: Head up to YMCA’s Camp Harrison this Sunday for Fall Family Fun Day!

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Peep this, Smarties! Our friends at YMCA’s Camp Harrison are hosting a fall day of pure family F-U-N this Sunday! Bring friends and family to the “Ridge” for an afternoon of hay rides, activities and s’mores. Take a tour and imagine your child at camp next summer – once you sign them up, they’ll be hooked for life! The amazing day will commence with a Harrison style supper and a family square dance to help “Send a Kid to Camp.”

Camp Harrison is a very special place for all of our ‘lil Smarties on Team Smarty Pants. Collectively, we have over 20 Smarty kids and counting who have grown up going to Camp Harrison every summer. They are creating bonds with kids from all over that will last a lifetime. CSP {hearts} Camp Harrison! Read More →

Announcing the 2017 Smarty Award WINNERS

Smarties, the results are in, and, just like in years past, the competition was fierce!CSP-SmartyAward2017

We asked you, Smarty Charlotte, to give us your input on your favorite digs all around Charlotte.

The votes are in! We’ve tallied all entries and here are the results.

Let the tweeting, facebooking and instagramming begin…

Best Maternity Boutique

One Hott Mama

Best Place to Find a Baby Shower Gift

Shower Me With Love

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Leroy Fox

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October 22, 2017

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 →

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.

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:
October 24 (JK-4)

CharlotteCountryDay.org/Admissions

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Charlotte Country Day School
1440 Carmel Road
Charlotte, NC 28226
704-943-4500
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October 18, 2017

Smarty Podcast: Technology and Early Education

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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.

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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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 →


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