We don't get to the movies very often, but when "Zootopia" hit theaters last week, my girls couldn't wait to cash in their Royal Theater gift certificates that they got for Christmas to see the newest animated Disney movie.
I don't normally do movie reviews because I don't pay enough attention to assess things like cinematography and soundtrack and direction and lighting and all of that stuff.
But "Zootopia" bills itself as a family movie, and we happened to see it during its opening weekend, so I thought parents might be interested to know whether or not it's appropriate for OUR KIDS.
(Don't worry, no spoilers here.)
One of the many things that I do in the community that involve OUR KIDS is substitute teach at Danville North Elementary and Danville South Elementary Schools (that's a range of kindergarten through 4th grade, for those who are unfamiliar).
I'm in my third year of substitute teaching, and I thoroughly enjoy it. I have subbed at the middle school and high school levels, too, but due to scheduling issues, the vast majority of my experience over the past couple of years has been at the elementary school level.
When people learn that I'm a substitute teacher, it's not uncommon for them to ask, "What's it like?"
Well, every day is an adventure. But it's an awesome adventure.
In its 10 years of existence, They're Our Kids has gone through several transformations in an attempt to make it easier for Villagers to find the information that they're looking for on the website.
I've collected information on so many resources available to Hendricks County parents over the years, however, that it's become pretty unwieldy and cumbersome to list them all in the way I've been listing them.
It's also incredibly difficult for me to keep all of the buttons on TOK up-to-date. Websites change, organizations come and go, and just as I get one page cleaned up on TOK, another one turns up several dead links.
So to solve the problems of Villagers having difficulty finding what they're looking for, as well as links going dead, They're Our Kids unveils its new membership program for businesses, organizations, sports leagues and other entities that serve the children of Hendricks County!
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The Hendricks County area is filled with talented kids who love to perform. The Biz Academy of Musical Theatre in Avon welcomes sixty children ages 6-12 from all over the area as they tell the tale of Pinocchio on stage February 26, 27, 28 and March 4 & 5.
In "Disney's My Son Pinocchio JR.," the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz.
This year, Easter falls on Sunday, March 27, 2016, and many organizations throughout Hendricks County offer Easter egg hunts and other activities for OUR KIDS during the month of March.
Here is a list of Easter egg hunts and activities that I know of that are taking place within Hendricks County for 2016.
As always, if I have overlooked an event that you know of, please contact me and let me know so that I can add it to the list!
It's closing in on that time of year when parents of preschoolers get a giant lump in their throats and prepare to sign their little ones up for kindergarten.
Hendricks County public schools are starting to announce their kindergarten roundup and registration dates for the 2016-17 school year, so if you have a kiddo headed for the bright lights of kindergarten -- or know someone who does -- here we go.
The 2016 Hendricks County Community Youth Fair that They're Our Kids cohosted with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks is in the books!
A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all 55 of our vendors and all 1,542 people who visited the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex to experience the Youth Fair yesterday! Meghan Stritar of Macaroni Kid - Hendricks and I had no way of predicting how many people would attend, and we are both thrilled by how many folks turned out, even in the frigid temperatures!
As with any event that I help plan and execute, I'm making notes on things that worked well and things that could use improvement for next year. (Without hesitation, Meghan and I agree that there will definitely be a next year!) But I need more feedback than what I experienced first-hand.
So here is a request for feedback -- in the form of two quick and easy polls and a request for a comment -- from all Villagers who attended the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair on Feb. 13.
Hopefully by now you've heard of the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair that They're Our Kids is co-hosting with Macaroni Kid - Hendricks this Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center in Danville.
Ever since last year's Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair that we hosted together at Danville Community High School was such a big success, we've been talking about hosting a bigger youth fair that encompasses all sorts of organizations, resources and opportunities for Hendricks County youth.
Meghan Stritar of Macaroni Kid - Hendricks was able to secure us the Exposition Hall at the Fairgrounds, and we've spent months since that time planning this event.
With the Hendricks County Community Youth Fair coming up this weekend, I want to let everyone know what we have on tap.
The Indiana Department of Education released its 2015 accountability grades for schools across the state, and Hendricks County schools performed exceptionally well.
The results were approved unanimously by the State Board of Education during its Jan. 26 board meeting.
“After more than 18 months spent advocating to hold our schools and teachers harmless for the transition to more rigorous college and career ready standards and the results of a more rigorous ISTEP+ assessment, I am pleased to release 2015 school accountability grades that do not penalize schools and communities for this transition," said Glenda Ritz, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a statement. "I want to thank Indiana’s students, educators, and families for their hard work and patience during this challenging school year."
Her statement continues, "While I appreciate the work of the legislature to hold schools harmless for the results of last year’s ISTEP+ assessment, Indiana should move away from labeling Hoosier schools, and in turn Hoosier students, based on the results of a lengthy, pass/fail, high-stakes assessment. I support accountability but I support accountability that makes sense. I look forward to implementing Indiana’s new Student-Centered Accountability System which more accurately reflects the great work happening in our schools and communities every day."
And with that, here are the results from Hendricks County schools:
Law enforcement officials from the FBI, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Indiana State Police, and the Plainfield Police Department joined the Superintendent of the Plainfield Community School Corporation on Jan. 19 to address the online threats that have been made against Hendricks County communities since mid-December.
A near-capacity crowd was on-hand in the auditorium of Plainfield High School for the forum as hundreds of parents sought information and reassurance regarding an issue that has gripped the community.
I was one of those in attendance, and I'll do my best to summarize the forum as objectively as possible.
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