Weekend Links: Outdoor Schools, Event Snaps and Praise for BTB

Thanks, Mommy Poppins!

We were very honored to learn that, Mommy Poppins, a national resource for fun, cool things to do with your kids, named Beyond The Brochure one of their favorite Los Angeles mom blogs! Here’s what they say:


Beyond the Brochure
“Christina Simon’s blog – and book – about private schools in LA have become the industry standard. Her guest post in our Schools Guide offers a taste of her expertise; the Beyond the Brochure blog takes readers far more in-depth on private school issues”.–Mommy Poppins

Thanks, Mommy Poppins. We’re thrilled! See the link here.


I went to my first clothing swap event, where one person’s trash is another’s treasure. It was crazy fun as we swapped clothes, sipped drinks and tried on everything. Literally.

At a super-fun clothing swap event with some of my favorite L.A. mom bloggers (Jill Simonian, Sarah James, Jennifer Brandt (host) and Diane Mizota. Event was sponsored by Glad. #Trashcrashers.
At a super-fun clothing swap event with some of my favorite L.A. mom bloggers (Jill Simonian, Sarah James, Jennifer Brandt (host) and Diane Mizota. Event was sponsored by Glad. #Trashcrashers.
The BEST party swag! Stuff moms can use from Glad. #TrashCrashers
The BEST party swag! Stuff moms can use from Glad. #TrashCrashers


Recently a friend told me about a forest preschool (and K) in Boston. Curious, I found an article about this interesting trend toward outdoor schooling…kids go to school in weather as cold as 15 degrees.  (Boston Globe)


Have a great weekend!–Christina

Wordless Weekend

With a group of very cool mom bloggers at UCLA Family Commons Mother's Week: (Lto R) Beverly Hills Mom, Santa Monica Macaroni Kid, Salt & Nectar, Mommy Poppins, Checklist Mommy, Me, Club Mom Me, Beyond The Brochure, LA Moms Dig, Momangeles
At Romp for private elementary school admissions event. L to R: Laura Gerson (Momangeles), Porcha Dodson (Beyond The Brochure), Christina Simon (Beyond The Brochure), Sandy Eiges (LA School Scout), Janis Adams (Academic Achievers-event sponsor)
A giant sunflower looms brightly over the Willows School garden
At Children's Book World for author Sarah Mazies' signing of her new kids book, "On My Way To The Bath" L to R: Rachel Pitzel (Club Mom Me), Christina Simon (Beyond The Brochure), Sarah Maizes (Mommyliteonline) and Linda Wolff (Carpool Goddess)
My precious girl just after her return from 5 days in Boston with Willows School


Get The Inside Scoop on LA Private Elementary School Admissions on Monday, June 4th!

Hi Friends!

Have you purchased your tickets yet for our event next Monday (June 4) at Romp in Hollywood. We have 8 spaces left! Porcha and I are excited to work with Sandy Eiges, a highly regarded educational consultant. We look forward to meeting you and having a great question/answer session!– Christina


Join Momangeles for an informative and fun evening at Romp, a fabulous kids play space in Hollywood as Christina Simon and Porcha Dodson co-authors of Beyond the Brochure,and Sandy Eiges of LA School Scout share their expertise about the private elementary school application process and answer your questions. Read Beyond The Brochure’s Q&A interview with Sandy Eiges here.


Monday, June 4, 2012. Discussion starts at 7:00 pm at Romp, 755 N. Highland, near Melrose.  Light appetizers served!

Topics will include:

– Selecting Which Schools To Visit

– The Parent Interview

– Your Child’s Visiting/Testing Day

– Letters of Recommendation

– When To Use The Phrase, “if accepted, we will enroll”

– What To Do If Your Child Is Wait-Listed

– Financial Aid 


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:


See what LA City Mom says about this event! She’s an LA private elementary school mom too.

The Willows School Back To School Night 2010

Willows Head Of School Lisa Rosenstein Phonics in 2nd Grade Classroom
and Christina

What “courage” means to my son On the 2nd Grade Classroom Wall

Courage Is The Willows School’s Theme For 2010
What does it mean to have courage? How have people shown courage throughout history? How can we demonstrate courage when things get tough?

These are just a few of the questions that Willows students will be addressing throughout the 2010-11 school year, as they consider our schoolwide theme of “Courage.” As in previous years, teachers will be working with their own students and across the grade levels to explore the idea of courage in a variety of contexts and disciplines, including art, mathematics, language arts, and science.