Lycée International De Los Angeles(LILA) (above) has a new Gardening Club on the Los Feliz campus, created by students, parents and staff. They were approved for a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation to keep their garden project going! (LILA news release).
Many of you know how much we love school gardens at Beyond The Brochure. According to a study by Cornell University, kids get more exercise if their school has a garden (Cornell University).
I posted the articles below on Beyond The Brochure’s Facebook Page. If you didn’t see them, check your “Pages Feed” on the left column of your Facebook Page. Facebook now only shows readers a small portion of what we post. The more “likes” and comments on the Facebook page, the better!
Dealing withprivate school rejection is hard. This mom puts it all in perspective. Rejected From Preschool, A Toddler Is Fine, Her Mother Is Getting There (NYT Motherlode).
My friend Tanya Anton is an expert on all things public schools. I love this piece about what to do if your child’s school isn’t the right fit. Tanya’s advice is spot on for private school parents too. (Go Mama Guide).
Recently, Beyond The Brochure was pleased to co-host a fun event with an education theme. At about 6:00 p.m. on a Tuesday evening, many of L.A.’s most savvy, influential mom bloggers gathered at my house for an evening of socializing, networking, cocktails and a program, “Education Resources Moms Can Use.” The women in the room were some of my favorite writers and bloggers. I know many of them, but I was thrilled to meet those I didn’t know. As we sipped wine and enjoyed delicious Skinnygirl Cocktails(the Sangria is amazing!) we got ready to hear from our event sponsors: Launch Education (now ArborBridge) Project Knapsack and L.A. Private School Guide. Our special guest for the evening was the multi-talented Actress/Mom, Robinne Lee.
As moms, we all ask each other for advice and recommendations for products and services. The message for our event was simple: the event co-sponsors are all mom-tested education resources we all can use–and trust.
The evening’s special guest, Robinne Lee, actress/mom/Yale grad, lawyer and producer, told the group about her experience applying to private elementary schools last year. Her son is now in kindergarten at a top Santa Monica K-12 school. Robinne is a talented actress (who is also incredibly nice and insanely beautiful). Standing in line at a book signing for fashion blogger, The Sartorialist, he asked to photographer her. She couldn’t say no. Robinne co-stars in three films due out this year: Miss Dial, The Under Shepherd and Divorce Invitation. You can also see her in this flat-out hilarious video, Sh*T Duran Duran Fans Say. Find her on Twitter: @robinnelee or Facebook.
Project Knapsack, a non-profit, founded by Porcha Dodson, Beyond The Brochure co-author, is getting ready for its ninth trip to Africa to deliver essential knapsacks filled with school supplies for African children who lack even basics like pencils. Parents and their kids are encouraged to volunteer with Project Knapsack’s pen pal program and help stuff backpacks at one of the organization’s many events. Supporters include Lisa Kudrow (Friends), Dwayne, “The Rock” Johnson, Kristen Cavalleri and Staples. My daughter has walked in two Project Knapsack charity fashion shows and stuff backpacks with other kids at California Pizza Kitchen. My son participated in the organization’s Hoop-A-Thon at with the men’s basketball team at Loyola Marymount University. Super fun!
LA Private School Guide is a booklet for families seeking private secondary schools, especially those who are moving from public to private schools. Mia Johnstone, the publisher, is a former admissions counselor. She understands the L.A. private secondary school process from the inside. And, she’s focused on schools east of the 10 freeway.
A huge thank you to our amazing event sponsors and the fabulous companies who generously donated drinks and food. Guests enjoyed delicious salads from Mendocino Farms. Incredible bite-sized brownies donated by Akasha Restaurant. Mini cupcakes donated by Magnolia Bakery. And, absolutely divine s’mores fromGotta Have S’More. A special thank you to BAO Style for gift bags filled with their beautiful petite accessories bags made from vintage silk kimonos. A big thank you toScott Stewart Photography for capturing the evening.