2013-08-07 / Front Page

Local schools, businesses ready for back to school

Camp Excel Camp Excel Camp Excel is renowned for its summer program that enriches and enhances the lives of children with social skill challenges. But the benefits of Camp Excel are not just limited to the summer months. Now children can Excel all year long! The three-hour program includes a social skills group with a master’s level therapist and an additional two hours of fun activities. An all-adult, trained staff provides guidance in using those skills throughout the day, giving children the opportunity to experience in-the-moment learning that stays with them. Social Skills Saturday programs are offered throughout the school year for children ages 5 to 17 with ADHD,Asperger’s and social skills challenges.Three nine-week sessions beginning in September, January, and March make Camp Excel available year-round (now enrolling for session beginning Sept. 28).Activities at Camp Excel’s Saturday program include group discussion, sports, art, special events, trips, interactive games and more.Transportation is available from central pick-up points at an additional fee. Group sessions may be covered by health insurance. For more information, visit www.CampExcel.com or call 877-865-9333.

Eagle’s Landing Day Camp Eagle’s Landing Day Camp Guess what I did this summer? I had fun in a cool place and made new friends. I learned how to swim and played lots of sports. I got to make rockets, take apart computers, edit digital photography, shoot a bow and arrow, play basketball, make ceramics and pick from tons of art choices. I went horseback riding and got to climb up the rock wall to zip. My group was small and my counselor knew each one of us and the stuff we liked to do. My counselor is really nice and says that camp is all about making friends and feeling good about yourself.

Eagle’s Landing Day Camp is so much better than my last camp! I even liked my bus ride to camp. The bus was air conditioned and the ride went fast because the counselor made up games and stuff the whole way. You should come to Eagle’s Landing Day Camp. My dad came to see how I learned to swim when he visited camp during the day! It was cool to see my dad at camp. He checked in at the front desk and then got to see me in action. My mom says it’s the safest and cleanest camp she’s ever seen! You should check it out. Eagle’s Landing Day Camp is located at 74 Davidson Mill Road, North Brunswick. For more information, call 732-821-9155.

Gan Yeladeem Learning Center Gan Yeladeem Learning Center Gan Yeladeem Learning Center serves children from 6 weeks to age 5. It is open all year to accommodate parents seeking Jewish childcare and preschool experience. They have a flexible schedule with full-time and part-time options.At the Gan they recognize the importance of early childhood education, and they give each child the opportunity to grow and discover.The program is one that integrates general and Jewish learning in an exciting way, combining the finest of early education approaches and Jewish values and ethics.With their experienced staff, your child will feel the energy and devotion. Gan Yeladeem curriculum will stimulate your child’s inquisitiveness.The center will provide your child with just the right combination of play-based and structured curriculum. Attending the Gan, your child will begin to identify with the Jewish community and to feel a pride of being Jewish. Gan Yeladeem Learning Center,The David H. Meyer Children’s Center, is located at 222 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. For more information, call 732-545-6555, e-mail gan@aemt.info, or visit www.ganataemt.com.

Hatikvah International Academy Charter School provides children with a high quality, individualized education in a Hatikvah International Academy Charter School safe, nurturing and friendly environment. Hatikvah, in the Hebrew language, means hope.The Hatikvah International Academy Charter School community believes that its students are the hope of the future; young people who will endeavor to relate and coexist peacefully and fruitfully in our global community. In order to develop knowledgeable and open-minded thinkers, children at Hatikvah receive the Columbia University’s Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshops, an inquiry-based approach to science and social studies, conceptual development of mathematics, the opportunity to think and communicate in a foreign language, Hebrew, physical education, art and music all from a very talented and caring faculty.The Hatikvah International Academy student population is reflective of the diverse local community, ensuring that students will develop lifelong friendships with a diverse student population. Students are encouraged to share each of their own unique experiences as they get to know each other.This year, Hatikvah has a few seats open for students in grades three through five. If you are looking for a positive change for your child, apply on the school’s website at hatikvahcharterschool.com. Inquiries should be sent to Dr. Marcia Grayson at mgrayson@hiacs.org.

Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio 
I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School I.L. Peretz Community Jewish School is a secular Jewish school and community in Central Jersey.The school for children in grades K-7 meets Sunday mornings, September through May.The curriculum emphasizes historical and cultural approaches to the study of Jewishness and a commitment to community, to Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repair the world,” and to make a shenere un bessere velt,Yiddish for “a more beautiful and better world.” Classes are directed toward understanding the people’s past and enriching present lives as Jews. The curriculum, led by a professional staff of teachers, includes the study of traditions, history, literature, music, dance and Hebrew. While the children are in class, adults meet over bagels and coffee for The community also offers programs on Friday evenings, retreats, book groups, holiday parties, a teen group, a community Passover Seder, and secular services for the high holy days. In this community, Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are as unique and individual as the students themselves and reflect their individual Jewish heritages. Community leaders are available to guide families through this special time. I.L. Peretz will hold an open house on Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rutgers Preparatory School, 1345 Easton Ave., Somerset. For more information, call 732-545- 9691 or visit www.ilperetz.org.

Temple Emanu-El Temple Emanu-El 
lustigdancetheatre (LDT) lustigdancetheatre (LDT) Kaye-Lynn Dance Studio is a well-established center for dance and its awardwinning Encore Ensemble Dance Company. Kaye-Lynn is celebrating 58 years and three generations of quality dance education. Original owner, Jackie Lynn, was a member of the Rockettes more than 50 years ago before opening the dance studio in 1955. Robin Kaye is the associate director and daughter of Jackie Lynn. Robin is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts and has been running both studios with her mother’s assistance for more than 15 years. Granddaughter Jasi-Lynn is following in her family’s footsteps and teaches at both studios. She is a graduate member of the award-winning Encore Ensemble Dance Company.At Kaye-Lynn your child will have fun while learning proper technique in all phases of dance. Kaye-Lynn is a non-recital studio; they offer an annual dance demonstration with no costumes, no expensive tickets and focus on learning dance throughout the year rather than focusing on one dance for a costly recital. This keeps dance fun and exciting throughout the year. Students can be viewed each week through the two-way windows.Training is provided from the basic creative dance for the preschooler through training for the most professional dancer. Great care and individual attention is given in nurturing the abilities of each student to their fullest potential. Classes are offered to toddlers through adult, and beginners through advanced, in jazz, gym/jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap, lyrical, Zumba (for children and adults), Movin’ with Mom, Bouncin’ Babies and boys hip hop. Kaye-Lynn offers to its serious and gifted students the Encore Ensemble Dance Company.This select group of motivated and talented dancers are given the opportunity to perform in community and social performances as well as dance competitions throughout the year. Kaye-Lynn also offers creative movement classes for children with special needs. Small classes, private lessons and buddy classes are also available. Kaye-Lynn currently has locations in Edison, Milltown and the new location in East Brunswick.The new location in East Brunswick offers gymnastics/acro classes back to back with dance classes. It is a location where dance and gymnastics come together as one. Open house dates are every Tuesday in August from 5-7 p.m.; Aug. 27 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; and Sept. 3 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. For more information, call the Milltown/East Brunswick location at 732-548-2333 or the Edison location at 732-548-8452, or visit www.kayelynndance.com.

lustigdancetheatre (LDT) was established in 2010 by internationally recognized choreographer and teacher Graham Lustig. Housed in the culturally vibrant city of New Brunswick, LDT’s Dance and Wellness Studio empowers the community with opportunities to experience the love and joy of movement. Students, regardless of level or aspiration, are given the opportunity to discover their passion for dance and wellness in a supportive and professional environment. Class offerings include all levels of ballet, hip hop, Pilates, creative dance, tap, contemporary jazz, DanzEnergy, a twoweek summer intensive, and much more. Students have the option to participate in a year-end performance and can audition for the LDT Ensemble, a performance group for dedicated students.The studio is also home to the critically acclaimed lustigdancetheatre professional dance company which performs at major venues statewide.There are often opportunities for students to perform alongside the professional company members. LDT’s Dance and Wellness Studio has two beautifully lit dance studios with sprung marley floors, a Wi-Fi enabled waiting area, and live piano accompanists for ballet classes. For more information, call 732-246- 7300 or visit www.lustigdancetheatre.org. Awaken your love of dance!

YMCA YMCA The Religious School curriculum at Temple Emanu-El of Edison was designed by the Union for Reform Judaism, to create a love of Judaism and provide skills to live as well-informed Jews.The school extends from kindergarten through 12th grade.The curriculum includes Hebrew, Bible, holidays, rituals and ethics, and the rich history of the culture. Students also learn to lead parts of the worship service, and the programs are further enhanced through music and art.They also offer special education classes. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Temple Emanu-El represents the attainment of a significant level of Jewish knowledge through individualized study. Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students continue their studies through Confirmation and high school, including the peer leadership program.Adults find many opportunities to continue Jewish learning with the “Lunch ’n’ Learn”Torah study, as well as many other courses.A course listing is available on the website. Packets are available for membership and Religious School registration. Note that K through second and eighth through 12th grades are open to non-temple members.Visit www.edisontemple.org, or call 732-549-4442. Temple Emanu-El is located at 100 James St., Edison.

Are you looking for an affordable preschool with caring teachers and flexible schedules? Then look no further than Wesley Preschool. In operation since 1985, Wesley Preschool is a state-certified, non-denominational preschool providing a nurturing environment ready to meet your family’s needs.The certified teachers and experienced aides can offer your child one-on-one attention and an atmosphere in which to grow and learn. Students’ days include individual and group learning, language arts, literacy, crafts, science projects, outside play, inside play and socialization.Wesley Preschool currently has half-day afternoon spots still available.The hours for the afternoon program are 12:30-3 p.m., and you can choose from two to five days per week.After care is also available until 6 p.m.To register or to schedule a tour of the preschool, call 732-738-0885 or email wesleypreschool1@verizon.net. For information, visit www.wesleypreschool.net.

At the YMCA they believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.That’s why, through the Y, millions of youth today are cultivating the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement. Y After School Care and Child Care programs provide a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn, grow and thrive. You can be confident that your child is in good hands at the Y. For more information on Y Child Care and After School Care Programs, including Extended Day Kindergarten, call or visit ymcaofmewsa.org. Metuchen Branch YMCA, serving Metuchen and south Edison schools, 732- 548-2044; Edison Branch YMCA, serving north Edison schools, 732-494-3232; South Amboy YMCA, 732-553-9622; Child Care Services Branch YMCA, serving Metuchen, Edison,Woodbridge, South Amboy and Perth Amboy, 732-516-9200, ext. 1109.

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