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Calling all 3rd to 5th grade students in Montgomery County schools! In celebration of Arbor Day, Montgomery Parks invites you to participate in an Arbor Day Video Contest for a chance to host an Arbor Day Celebration at your school this April. It’s a great opportunity to exercise creativity, highlight local nature, and have fun!
Create a short video expressing why “We Love Trees in Montgomery County.” Submissions must be received by March 30, 2017 and submitted with the Arbor Day Video Contest Submission Form. The winning student or classroom will be selected March 31, 2017, and the winning school will be notified by April 03, 2017. The school with the winning entry will host Montgomery Parks’ Arbor Day Celebration!
For more information, contest rules, and to submit entries, visit the Arbor Day Celebration web page. Now, go get your cameras rolling and get your videos in!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote programs and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Monday – Let little ones burn some energy during an open gym session at Sport Bounce of Loundon, where a massive roomful of giant inflatables is a blast for kids. Open gym time is 10-11:30am on Mondays, and admission is $10/ages 2 and up, $6/18-23 months. And while open gym occurs every weekday, the time varies, so be sure to check the schedule if you go a different day.
Tuesday – Go over the rainbow and beyond at Watkins Regional Park. The adorable Wizard of Oz themed playground will keep kids frolicking for hours. While you’re there, stop by Old Maryland Farm to visit the animals and the Watkins Nature Center to view some cool creatures and birds. Park hours are dawn to dusk, 9am – 4pm at the Farm, and 10am – 5:30pm at the Nature Center. Admission is free.
Wednesday – Head to the National Museum of American History for opening day of Muppets & Puppets, a showcase of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry. Included in the display will be an Italian Prince and Princess marionette from 1900, an elf marrionette used at the 1963 World’s Fair, the first Kermit Jim Henson created for the television program, “Sam & Friends,” and two popular Muppets, Fozzie Bear, and Swedish Chef. Museum hours are 10am – 5:30pm. Admission is free.
Thursday – Enjoy some pre- or post feast fun — find a bunch of ideas here for activities on the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday – Take a cue from REI and #OptOutside on Black Friday. The compilation of The Best Places in the DC Area to Enjoy a Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids easily has you covered on this one.
Time to put your game face on! Parents, teachers, and administrators — you understand the fight to raise money for your school. Well, PTO Playoffs is the ultimate way! Raise thousands of dollars. Get dirty. Run a relay. Test your wits. Unleash your inner athlete. Walk (or limp) away with money to support your school!
Public, private, and charter school parent teacher organizations and associations (PTOs and PTAs) will compete in a series of outdoor games & challenges for a grand prize of $10,000. In addition to the opportunity to win a large cash prize, teams can raise money for their schools through individual donations and corporate sponsorship. So every school wins!
The mission of PTO Playoffs is to:
* Provide a spirited way for schools to raise funds to support programming needs
* Model teamwork and positive play for students
* Promote exercise and interactive play
* Build camaraderie among parent teacher organizations and associations
PTO Playoffs will take place May 20, 2017 at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC. PTOs and PTAs interested in signing up to compete must complete the short questionnaire ASAP and submit a pitch video by November 12, 2016, like the one below from Anne Beers Elementary School. Schools selected to participate will be notified by December 1, 2016.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PTO Playoffs, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.
Herndon Children’s Center (HCC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and they want to share their dedicated approach to childcare with families in the community! The non-profit, Parent/Board of Directors-run center provides full-day childcare and education for infant, toddlers, twos, preschool, and pre-K children. And after a transition from a federal to private center, along with a name change, HCC is flying a bit under the radar, and they currently have available slots in all programs.
HCC is NAEYC accredited and offers small class sizes with student-teacher ratios lower than state standards. The broad curriculum is based on learning by discovery, with a focus on art, music, science, dramatic play, language, and physical education. All teachers have a BA degree in early childhood education or a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Many teachers and staff are long tenured, 20% of them having being there for 15 years.
Out of the norm, HCC provides baby food and formula for the infant classrooms. They also offer many engaging enrichment activities, including field trips, on-site shows, splash days, gardening, and activities such as dance (read: the dance teacher visits HCC during the week!). They maintain an ECO-friendly certification and provide healthy homemade-style lunches (with vegetarian options!) as part of tuition.
This all takes place in a safe, fun, and stimulating environment in which children can socialize, learn, and play. HCC is truly a community in action, where children are appreciated for the individuals they are.
Herndon Children’s Center is located at 530 Huntmar Park Dr in Herndon, VA. More information about their programs is available on their website and Facebook page. You can also call 703.707.3737 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and schedule a visit.