September 2018          
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Our 50th Anniversary Announcement
Henry Wilson Testimonial
Henry Wilson Testimonial

5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York
Top 3 Things To Know
#1 School Involvement That Counts
A child's greatest support is often found in their family. Yet finding the time and knowing how to participate in a child's education is frequently a challenge for busy parents. Researchers in the area of family-school engagement have found that there are attitudes and actions parents can take to have a meaningful impact on their child's school success. The good news is that the kinds of involvement that count don't depend on parents being available during school hours. The kinds of involvement that make a difference in children's learning and academic success are doable for all families. Below we share some attitudes and actions that all families can embrace to enhance their child's learning.
#2 Yelling at Children: Helpful or Harmful? 
Why You Should Stop Yelling at Your Kids
It doesn't make you look authoritative. It makes you look out of control to your kids. It makes you look weak.
The use of spanking to discipline children has been in decline for 50 years. But yelling? Almost everybody still yells at their kids sometimes, even the parents who know it doesn't work. Yelling may be the most widespread parental stupidity around today.

Households with regular shouting incidents tend to have children with lower self-esteem and higher rates of depression. A 2014 study in The Journal of Child Development demonstrated that yelling produces results similar to physical punishment in children: increased levels of anxiety, stress and depression along with an increase in behavioral problems.

How many times in your parenting life have you thought to yourself, after yelling at your kids, "Well, that was a good decision..."?

#3 20 Ways Parents Can Handle Their Kids' Allergies When They Start School
Allergies are becoming so common that it seems everyone either has an allergy or knows someone who does. And while dealing with allergies is never easy, the fact that so many kids have them means there's more awareness on the subject than ever. Still, parents are right to freak out a little when their children with allergies start school.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways parents can ease their minds when their children are about to go off to school (without mom as a backup). Whether it's a daycare school program or preschool or kindergarten, parents will need to prepare for their kids having more independence and responsibility than your average child. Of course, every parent hopes that their child's school will look out for them, but there are a few things parents can do to increase the odds that their child will get the help they need if they ever have an allergic reaction.

Despite the fact that food allergies, in particular, are so common, many schools simply aren't equipped to manage multiple children with allergies. But parents can help their kids and help the school at the same time. From prepping equipment and medications beforehand to making the right connections with peers and administrators, here are 20 ways parents can handle their kids' allergies when it's time to start school.
Children's Corner
It's Fall
Our world is changing. Fall is brilliant colors, crisp air, and many opportunities for children to explore their world and nature. Remember - there is not bad weather, just bad clothes. Here are some fun activities to do in fall.
  • Go outside! Fall is not paper leaf shapes hanging on a bulletin board. It is exciting and beautiful and to be experienced. Fall is bright colors, cool air, and changes. Go for walks and play in the leaves.
  • Bring fall inside - Let the children collect leaves, acorns, and drying flowers. Put them in the water table or large bin. The children will continue to explore what makes these things different.
  • Leaf Scramble - This scramble will have your little ones moving so fast in order to win that they won't even notice how much work they actually did!
    • WHAT YOU'LL NEED:  A tarp/garbage can/basket, leaves
    • WHAT TO DO:  Place a basket, garbage can, or tarp somewhere in your yard full of leaves. How many scoops of leaves can the children get into it only using their hands and arms? Have them try to fill up the basket or garbage can or see if they can get enough on the tarp to cover the whole thing. WARNING -  
      this activity may elicit spontaneous jumping into the pile of leaves. (
  • Paint with red and yellow and let the children make their own orange. Watch their reaction as the colors change. Give them this opportunity many times using many different ways to mix colors and paint.
  • Explore a pumpkin - Cut it open and let the children see and touch what is inside. Let them try to pull it out of the pumpkin themselves. Give every child some of the insides and encourage them to pick the seeds out of the "goo." Some children might be a little hesitant but with gentile encouragement may try it. Cook the pumpkin seeds to show the change from wet to dry. Pumpkin seeds can be a choking hazard so only preschoolers should eat them.
  • Animals in the fall - What changes can the children and you observe as animals get ready for winter? This is an opportunity for children to learn about what animals need and do. Do you hear the honking of the Canadian geese as they head south? Can you see them flying in a vee? Are the squirrels and chipmunks gathering acorns and other food? Do you see monarch butterflies as they fly to Mexico?
  • What do your senses tell you? - Go outside and sit together. Ask the children -
    • What do you see?
    • What do you hear?
    • What do you feel?
    • What do you smell?
  • Tasting Fall - Fall cooking projects are fun and delicious and teach children many things
    • Make applesauce (apples and a little water and no sugar) - Preschoolers can be supervised to cut up a larger piece of apple into smaller pieces using a plastic knife. Watch the transformation from apple chunks to apple sauce.
    • Make apple pie or apple cookies.
    • Make pumpkin pie.
    • Cook sweet potatoes. Even 1-year-olds can help mash them.
    • Cook acorn squash - What are all those seeds doing in there? Why is it called an acorn squash?
  • Mud and puddles - Put on raincoats and boots and out to stomp and squish. Fall weather is perfect for being outside and a little wet
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What's happening at the Council

5 0th Anniversary Party
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Elmsford, New York

Council Office Closings 
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Monday, October 8th 

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Friday, August 30th, 3pm

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Things To Do
The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
When : October
Where : Sleepy Hollow
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Parent Education
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What's Cooking
Veggie Quesadillas

  • 8 (34g packet) multigrain tortillas
  • 1/3 cup tomato salsa
  • 1 1/3 cups grated reduced fat cheese
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup (30g) baby spinach leaves
  • Olive Oil cooking spray
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 400g can no-added-salt red kidney beans, drained.


1. Lay 4 tortillas on a clean surface. Spread with tomato salsa and sprinkle with half the grated cheese.
2. Top each one evenly with kidney beans, grated carrot, and  spinach leaves. Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese. Cover with the remaining 4 tortillas.
3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and grease with cooking spray. Add one filled tortilla, cook over a medium heat for about 3 minutes or until golden underneath. Using an egg slide, carefully turn and cook other side until golden. Remove from pan.
4. Repeat step 3 with remaining filled tortillas to make 4 quesadillas. Cool then cut each into 6 wedges.
5. Mash avocado with lemon juice in a small bowl. Serve with quesadillas if desired. Recipe can be cooked a day ahead. Keep cooked quesadillas refrigerated in a container until required. 


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