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  • Staten Island baseball team logo The FerryHawks: Staten Island’s New Baseball Team

    Ok Staten Island! You spoke, and your Staten Island baseball team listened. After an extensive community engagement and voting process, the Island’s new Atlantic League professional baseball team will be called the Staten Island FerryHawks! The FerryHawk name was selected from over 2,000 names submitted by fans as part of a contest launched earlier this year by Staten Island Entertainment , the owners of the team. The names were narrowed down to seven finalists for initial fan voting, and then ultimately three. The other two names in the finals were Dragon Slayers and Harbor Heroes. So, what is a FerryHawk? According to officials at SIE, a FerryHawk “is a fun-loving, baseball-playing superhero that combines the power, toughness and persistence of the Staten Island Ferry and the red-tailed and cooper’s hawks that are seen around Staten Island.” FUN FACT: A red-tailed hawk has great vision and can fly up to 120 miles per hour. (think Rickey Henderson base-stealing speed.). “Staten Island is a great borough, full of common sense and hard-working New Yorkers who love their community, love to have fun and deserve a world class year-round entertainment venue,” said SIE partner John Catsimatidis. “The symbols of Staten Island, the hawk, the Verrazano Bridge and the ferry, will last in people’s minds forever. Staten Island, get ready for some awesome promotions and entertainment.” The FerryHawks team is an endeavor of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and SIE. The team was officially announced in August, after last year’s cancellation of the Staten Island Yankees minor league baseball team. NYCEDC negotiated the deal with SIE, who signed a lease in July of 2021 to take over the closed Richmond County Ballpark stadium and organize and operate an Atlantic League franchise.  The team will be based at the Staten Island Ballpark, previously called the Richmond County Ballpark, in St. George.  Over the summer, baseball legend Dwight Gooden was on hand at the ballpark to help officials celebrate the return of professional baseball to the borough.  Eric Shuffler, SIE president, said the team will be looking to the community once again for input on a new mascot and other ballpark fun. “The fan input has been tremendous and decisive in this process. We are going to provide the community with more chances to help develop the FerryHawk brand,” Shuffler said in a press release. “Stay tuned for more community input around the mascot and ballpark amenities.”  According to SIE, the FerryHawks brand will be the anchor of a larger vision to turn the ballpark into a community-focused, year-round sports and entertainment arena offering baseball, youth and amateur sports, concerts, festivals and community activities.  The FerryHawks will begin playing in April 2022 in the Atlantic League, an official partner of Major League Baseball.  For more information, visit the team’s website at ferryhawls.com or follow them on Instagram.  FerryHawks logo by Skye Dillon

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  • Staten Island Hebrew Public Students Staten Island Hebrew Public: first Hebrew-immersion charter school opens in Staten Island 

    There are few dual-language elementary schools in New York—and even fewer with Hebrew as the foreign language. But beginning in fall 2022, Staten Island Hebrew Public will welcome students to its free public charter school that not only promotes proficiency in Modern Hebrew but teaches students of all backgrounds to be global citizens. What is Staten Island Hebrew Public? Staten Island Hebrew Public (SIHP) is the newest school in the Hebrew Public school network —a national movement of Hebrew language charter schools, with ten active campuses, including several in New York. The network—with more than 3,000 students—was started by philanthropic groups in 2009 to offer Modern Hebrew to diverse students in a public school setting. According to Lissette Roman, the founding Head of School, “We strive to create a culture of belonging through dedicated community-building opportunities daily, high expectations, and social-emotional support. Our commitment to creating an intentionally diverse by design community will allow students to learn about cultures outside of their own and build relationships across lines of difference.” Staten Island Hebrew Public will open in Midland Beach with kindergarten and first grade, and then add one grade per year. The school’s aim, according to Hebrew Public’s Chief External Officer, Valerie Khaytina, “is to provide a great education. Our academic program is rigorous and aims to meet every child’s educational needs.” She adds that Staten Island Hebrew Public “will provide differentiated instruction to connect with each student and teach a foreign language, which not too many schools do in general, and definitely not from kindergarten.” Do you have to be Jewish to attend Staten Island Hebrew Public? Students do not have to be Jewish or speak Hebrew to apply. “We are a public school, which means we are open to students from all backgrounds,” Khaytina says. Most of the students in Hebrew Public’s schools come from diverse backgrounds. During the 2019-20 school year, the enrollment of Harlem Hebrew Language Academy (another school in the Hebrew Public network) was 45% Black and 41% Hispanic or Latino, according to New York State data. At the Sela Public Charter School in Washington, DC, more than 70 percent of the students are Black, and about 16 percent are White, with most identifying as Jewish. “Research points to the fact that the more kids can interact with somebody who is not just like themselves, the more they benefit in life later on—being able to emphasize, accept and respect people who are different from them,” Roman says. Staten Island Hebrew Public’s random lottery on April 6 will decide enrollment for the fall. Acceptance at other Hebrew Public schools has been competitive, but Khaytina—who says applications for Staten Island Hebrew Public opened October 1—is confident that there will be a good chance of getting in, or at least on the waitlist. What is Staten Island Hebrew Public’s educational approach? Students at Staten Island Hebrew Public learn writing, reading, math, Modern Hebrew, science, social studies, physical education, music, and art. The average class size is 25 students. “We support our teachers so they can truly get to know each child and their individual academic needs,” Khaytina says, explaining that kids at different levels may receive different assignments based on an assessment to differentiate their learning. For example, In English Language Arts, students read grade-level texts, but are also introduced to books at their own reading level. (A third-grader reading at a fifth-grade level will be placed with other students at the same level.) The math program offers advanced studies for students who are ready for more challenging concepts. Hebrew instruction is conducted in small groups based on students’ needs, with advanced groups at each grade level. In eighth grade, all students are eligible to participate in a trip to Israel. After graduation, former students can take advantage of a robust alumni program with volunteer and internship opportunities in Israel, career events, and Hebrew lessons. In other words, Hebrew Public makes sure their kids continue learning and growing–even after they have left the school. Sponsored Content by Staten Island Hebrew Public Wanna learn about awesome family activities? Get our newsletters packed with ideas, events, and information for parents in Staten Island.

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  • green juice with napkin Health and Wellness Guide

    The fall 2021 issue of Staten Island Family Health Guide by Staten Island Parent features local health care providers for kids and families across Staten Island. Plus, did you know kids’ illnesses are on the rise after the COVID quarantine? This guide also has tips for boosting your children’s immunity through eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting active outside. And you can find even more great health advice and information on siparent.com. Family Health Guide, Fall 2021 Family Health Guide, Spring 2021 In the Spring 2021 Family Health Guide, you’ll find the same great resources, plus tips for keeping your blood pressure in check, foods to boost kids’ academic performance, and what you need to know about childhood anxiety.

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  • girl with special needs with another girl sitting in grass Read Staten Island Parent’s Special Needs Guide Today!

    Are you raising a child in Staten Island with autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, developmental disabilities, down syndrome or other diagnosis? The Staten Island Parent Special Needs Guide contains information and resources you need. From doctors and therapists to special needs lawyers and special education services, you’ll find the right resources for your child with special needs. Plus, inside you’ll find advice for helping kids with special needs be successful in the classroom, what documentation is needed for kids with special needs in school, and tips from one mom on how she manages IEP meetings. Read the Fall 2021 Special Needs Guide Read the Spring 2021 Special Needs Guide In the Spring 2021 Special Needs Guide, you’ll find a roundup of books starring protagonists with special needs, info about summer camps, online resources to help kids with ADHD, and more. Plus, the same great resources for raising a kid with special needs in Staten Island.

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  • fallen ice skater 10 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids During Winter Break in Staten Island

    We love all things holiday season, but when it comes to finding things to do during winter break in Staten Island, we can get a little holiday-ed out! And who can blame you? After all, Christmas decorations hit the stores before the kids are done trick-or-treating! So, to balance everything out, here’s our top list of family activities to keep your kids—and you!—having fun while school is closed for winter break (that’s Dec. 24-31 this year). None of these winter break activities are holiday-related, but if you’re looking for holiday fun, we’ve got you covered with holiday lights in our area, Christmas events in Manhattan, holiday train rides, and more. 10 Things to Do in for Winter Break in Staten Island 1. Go skating at an ice-skating rink in Staten Island. Nothing says winter fun like gliding freely on the ice! Excuse us while we live out our Winter Olympic dreams (in our heads, at least…). Staten Island Skating Pavilion (3080 Arthur Kill Road) offers public sessions and lessons on its indoor rink, while WWII Veterans War Memorial Ice Skating Rink in Clove Lakes Park offers outdoor public sessions. Or head to another ice-skating rink near Staten Island, like one of NYC’s iconic rinks. 2. Head to an observation deck to see the view of NYC from above. We live in the greatest city in the world, and NYC’s observation decks will remind you of that wonder when you feast your eyes on some amazing views. Old favorites are the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, but have you been to the Edge yet? Or NYC’s newest observation deck at Summit? It’s an experience you won’t believe until you see it.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by SUMMIT One Vanderbilt (@summitov) 3. Treat the kids to a family-friendly Broadway show! What’s more quintessential NYC than heading to Broadway?! There are so many shows that are great for families, including The Lion King, Wicked, Dear Evan Hanson, and Aladdin. What’s more? You can enter to win 4 tickets to a few shows in our Winner Wonderland giveaway, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Come From Away, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Enter today! 4. Get lost in a museum. Our area has such an abundance of museums that you’re 100-percent guaranteed to find a museum that your family loves. Whether it’s the Staten Island Children’s Museum, Snug Harbor, or one in the city, time spent at a museum is not wasted. Want something exciting to entice your kids with? The American Museum of Natural History (one of our absolute favorites!) has a new exhibit opening Dec. 15: Sharks. It will feature dozens of life-size shark models ranging from the enormous megalodon to the adorably tiny pocket shark that fits in the palm of your hand! 5. Spend an afternoon sledding. If there’s enough snow on the ground, of course! Bundle up, grab your sled, and head over to Clove Lakes Park for an afternoon of downhill fun! Want a little more thrill? Head to a nearby snow tubing park, like Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, NJ, or Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, NJ.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Mountain Creek (@mountaincreek) 6. Bowl a strike! Or spare, or just try to knock some pins down…whatever your score ends up being, your family is sure to have a blast! Rab’s Country Lanes, located at 1600 Hylan Blvd., is open Sunday-Thursday, 9am-12am and Friday-Saturday, 9am-2am. In addition to regular bowling throughout the day, it hosts Cosmic Bowling most Friday and Saturday evenings, birthday parties, bowling leagues, and more. 7. Have a movie marathon. Sometimes you just want to stay in your pajamas and lounge on the couch all day, especially when it’s freezing outside. And there’s nothing wrong with that! After all, Winter Break is the perfect time to slow down, spend uninterrupted time with your kids, and just relax. Let each member of the family pick out a movie or decide on a theme. The options are endless! Need some ideas? Check out these roundups: The Top 50 Movies Kids Should Watch Before They’re 12 45 of the Best-Reviewed Movies on Common Sense Media Best Halloween Movies for Kids (who says these movies can only be watched in October?!) Black History Movies for Kids 8. Explore the ocean at a nearby aquarium. Sure, it’s winter. But that doesn’t mean you can’t explore sea life (you’ll just have to do it at a nearby aquarium instead of the beach). Head to Coney Island’s New York Aquarium, where you can check out weird and wonderful invertebrates in the Spineless exhibit. Or plan a day trip to American Dream, where you can visit New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium, an NYC-themed experience.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by New Jersey SEA LIFE® Aquarium (@sealifenj) 9. Help your kids flex their DIY skills. Whether you pick up a craft kit at the store or find a cute and easy DIY on Pinterest, spending some time crafting is a joy! Bonus: Your kids will be so proud of what they made from scratch; it’ll make your heart smile. 10. Check out our online calendar for things happening during winter break on Staten Island. Seriously. We strive to have the most robust of things happening in Staten Island that are great for kids and the whole family. Whether you’re looking for a fun event at a library, a show, or something going on at one of our borough’s museums, you’ll find it in our calendar. Below, you’ll find a selection of what’s going on in Staten Island during winter break: FREE Winter Nature Sketching WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 26, 11am-12pm WHERE: Clove Lakes Park, 1150 Clove Road WHAT: Hike Clove Lakes Park as an inspiration while learning drawing techniques to create a seasonal scenic sketch drawing. WANT TO GO? 718-967-3542 FREE Little Movers Story Time WHEN: Monday, Dec. 27, 10:30-11am WHERE: Huguenot Park Library, [more…]

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  • 2021 winner wonderland Winner Wonderland Holiday Giveaway

    Here at Staten Island Parent, the holiday season hasn’t officially started until our annual Winner Wonderland giveaway kicks off. We’re feeling even more festive than usual this season, so we kicked our annual holiday sweepstakes up a notch. S.I. Parent has teamed up with our sister sites, NYMetroParents and Mommybites, in stacking up over $8,000 in prizes to give away to over 25 winners! That means your chances of winning are bigger than the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! Okay, maybe not THAT big, but still pretty huge. Scroll down to view the prizes and enter the Winner Wonderland Holiday Giveaway. Good luck! Jump Down to Entry Form Backyard Discovery Beacon Heights Playset backyarddiscovery.com • $899 This fun-filled elevated playhouse is perfect for any yard size due to its compact design, combining the highlights of a traditional playhouse with the advantages of elevated play and is sure to inspire entertainment for many seasons. Mountain Creek Family 4-Pack of GO Package Tickets mountaincreek.com • $400 The GO Package has everything you need for skiing or snowboarding, including a full mountain lift ticket, rental package, and access to self guided lessons. Ridge Hill Family Fun Pack ridgehill.com • $400 Ridge Hill is an open-air regional shopping center located in Yonkers, New York. The package includes: Monster Mini Golf basket with 4 passes, Showcase Cinemas family 4-pack of passes, $150 Public Pizza gift card, and 4 passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Baketivity 12-month Subscription baketivity.com • $350 Tasty recipes, fantastic learning experiences, and memories you’ll treasure—all in one easy-as-pie baking box, delivered to your doorstep every month. American Girl Dolls World by Us americangirl.com • $330 ($110 per doll) Meet Evette, Makena, and Maritza (pictured left to right), three friends who are finding their voices on important social issues that will make the world a better place. Three winners will each receive one of the 18-inch dolls and accompanying book.   YETI Bundle yeti.com • $300 YETI products perform when it matters most – whether that be an excursion into the remote Alaskan wilderness, chasing redfish on the Gulf coast, or just getting together with friends in the backyard. Package includes YETI Roadie 24 cooler, 2 10-ounce Rambler Tumbers, and 2 Rambler Jr Kids’ Bottles. Long Island Aquarium Family Membership longislandaquarium.com • $250 Visit Long Island Aquarium and the Butterfly exhibit and as often as you’d like during the year. Membership for up to four children. Lulu + Roo Harry Potter Hat & Scarf Set and $200 gift card luluandrooclothing.com • $250 Show off your Harry Potter house pride with this scarf and hat set emblazoned with the Gryffindor logo, then shop Lulu + Roo for some cozy additions to your child’s winter wardrobe. Kidstir 12-month Subscription kidstir.com • $240 Whether you want to share a love of cooking with your kids or build confidence in the kitchen together, Kidstir takes families on a new culinary journey each month. Tumble Town Foam Climbing Blocks for Toddlers by Radio Flyer​ radioflyer.com • $180 6-piece set includes 2 triangle blocks, 1 square block, 1 half-circle block, 1 rectangle block, and 1 cylinder block for endless configurations. Yoto Player and Cards us.yotoplay.com • $150 A carefully connected screen-free speaker made just for kids, the Yoto Player is controlled with physical cards and plays only the audio content you want them to listen to. Board Game Bundle #2 underdoggames.com • $150 Includes: Under Dog Family Game Pack:Trekking the National Parks (ages 10+); Trekking the World (ages 10+), and Coconuts (ages 7+).   Doodle Hog Craft Bundle doodlehog.com • $150 Includes: Tie Dye Party Kit, Unicorn Squishy Paint Kit, Watercolor Pens 48 pack, Watercolor Sketch Pad, 50 Silly Crafts Kit, Friendship Bracelet Kit and STEAM Boom Box. Allay Lamp allaylamp.com • $149 Allay was founded by a team of migraine researchers and entrepreneurs as a way to help those who suffer from light sensitivity and headaches. Rollplay Flex Kart rollplay.com • $120 The FLEX Kart is the first electric foldable car! Whether you are going to the park or riding around your neighborhood, you can easily take this lightweight motorized car anywhere or store it anywhere when its folded. Walton Wood Farm Just for Moms Package waltonwoodfarm.com • $116 Walton Wood Farm products are high quality and made with sustainable ingredients to protect the environment for future generations. Package includes: Dear Mom Bath Bombs, Me Time Sugar Scrub, and the Dear Mom Rescue Box. Manta Sleep Pack mantasleep.com • $104 The Manta Sleep Mask SILK is an anti-aging mask optimized for deep sleep, and the Manta Sleep Mask is an extremely comfortable, 100% blackout mask. Board Game Bundle #1 shop.ouisi.co, regal-games.com • $95 Includes: OuiSi (We See), a card game that fosters curiosity and “breaks the ice” across all ages; Regal Games Mega Game Pack containing ScorZo, The Goodge Rules, Banapples, Spoons and a Spork, Garbage, and Canasta (ages 8+); and Regal Games Deluxe Chess (ages 8+). Wilton 9-Piece Navy Baking Set wilton.com • $78.99 This bakeware is built to last with a durable non-stick coating and infused with diamonds and includes a large baking sheet, oblong pan with cover, muffin pan, two round pans, silicone spoon, spatula and slotted turner. Family 4-Pack of Show Tickets Come From Away on Broadway comefromaway.com • $150 per ticket ($600 total) This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Tina Turner the Musical on Broadway tinaonbroadway.com • $150 per ticket ($600 total) This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism to become the global Queen of Rock n’ Roll. Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com • $150 per ticket A hilarious and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, Mrs. Doubtfire is the musical comedy we need right now — one that proves we’re better together. A Sherlock Carol asherlockcarol.com • $150 [more…]

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