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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ice Cream Social 7-22-10

Thursday, July 22nd @ 7pm
Holy Apostles Church - Lyell Avenue
is hosting an ice cream social!
Bring the children by for a treat,
as well as games and fun!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

City pools, spray parks and recreation programs - Summer 2010

City pools, spray parks and recreation programs open this week
Bennett J. Loudon • Staff writer • June 27, 2010

Monday is the opening day for pools, spray parks and recreation programs throughout Rochester.

Recreation center pools open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Flint Street Recreation Center, 271 Flint St., open through Aug. 20, for information, (585) 428-7001.

Avenue D Recreation Center, 200 Avenue D, open though Aug. 20, (585) 428-7934

Open swimming at Flint Street and Avenue D is from: noon to 7 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays.

Free beginner swimming lessons available weekday mornings. Register for lessons at the pool, or call (585) 428-7888.

Adams Street Pool, 85 Adams St., open through Aug. 21. For open swimming times (585) 428-7456.

Free lessons for beginner and advanced swimmers available weekday mornings. Register for lessons at the pool, or call (585) 428-7888.

Spray parks open from dawn to dusk:

Manhattan Square Park, 353 Court St., in the play area, not the main fountain.

Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St., spray park will be open starting July 5.

North Street Community Center, 700 North St.

Humboldt Recreation Center, 1045 Atlantic Ave.

Fourth and Peck Park, Fourth and Peck streets.

Troup Street Park and playground, Troup Street.

Carter Street Recreation Center, 500 Carter St.

Five high school pools also will be open:

Benjamin Franklin High School, 950 Norton St.

Douglass Preparatory High School, 940 Fernwood Park.

James Monroe High School, 164 Alexander St.

John Marshall High School, 180 Ridgeway Ave.

Wilson Foundation Academy at Madison, 200 Genesee St.

Free swim lessons will be available 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. Advanced registration is required by calling (585) 428-7888.

Adult lap swimming is available noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. A parent and child swim also is held at the same time. One adult must accompany each child under 6.

Open swimming is from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Read to earn a FREE book! Whoo-hoo!!! =D

I swung by the Mall at Greece Ridge Center's B&N store, and brought the printed passports to the Lyell Branch Library.
Pick one up for each participating child.
After you read 8 books, turn in your completed passport at Barnes and Noble to receive a FREE BOOK! :)

1 Title/Author
Place(s) Visited

2 Title/Author
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3 Title/Author
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4 Title/Author
Place(s) Visited

5 Title/Author
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6 Title/Author
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7 Title/Author
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Choose your FREE BOOK from the list below
This offer is valid for one free book (from the list on this coupon) at all Barnes & Noble stores between 5/25/10 and 9/7/10 for a completed Reading Passport, only while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Book choice must be made from available stock. There is no guarantee that your book of choice will be available or in stock.

This offer does not apply to special orders. Limit of 1 free book per school-age child (Grades 1-6); completing multiple Reading Passports does not entitle the school-age child to more than 1 free book. Not valid at Barnes & Noble College bookstores, B. Dalton bookstores, or through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

This offer is not redeemable for cash, cash equivalents, Gift Cards, or online Gift Certificates, and is not valid on past purchases, nor will any returns of books provided pursuant to this offer be eligible for credit of any type. This offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice, however, we will honor all completed Reading Passports submitted to a Barnes & Noble store prior to such discontinuation or change. Offer is void where prohibited by law.

Title Author ISBN

GRADES 1 & 2
Abraham Lincoln: Justine Korman Fontes 9780756656898
Lawyer, Leader, Legend
Curious George Cleans Up / H. A. Rey 9780618896875
Jorge el curioso limpia el reguero
Frog and Toad Are Friends Arnold Lobel 9780064440202
Gorillas: Gentle Giants of the Forest Joyce Milton 9780679872849
Last One In is a Rotten Egg Leonard Kessler 9780064442626
My Trip to the Zoo Mercer Mayer 9781577688266
Thomas Jefferson’s Feast Frank Murphy 9780375822896

GRADES 3 & 4
The Cricket in Times Square George Selden 9780312380038
Half-Moon Investigations Eoin Colfer 9780786849604
The Hardy Boys: Trouble at the Arcade Franklin W. Dixon 9781416991649
January Joker Ron Roy 9780375856617
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Megan McDonald 9780763643515
Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
The Puppy Place: Goldie Ellen Miles 9780439793797
Ramona la chinche Beverly Cleary 9780688148881
Ramona’s World Beverly Cleary 9780380732722
Sophie the Awesome Lara Bergen 9780545146043

GRADES 5 & 6
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones Rick Riordan 9780545060394
The Calder Game Blue Balliett 9780439852081
El Soñador Pam Muñoz Ryan 9780545176002
Freckle Juice Judy Blume 9780440428138
Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture Kathryn Lasky 9780439405577
The Hero and the Crown Robin McKinley 9780141309811
Jim & Me Dan Gutman 9780060594961
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Robert C. O’Brien 9780689710681
My Last Best Friend Julie Bowe 9780152061975
No Talking Andrew Clements 9781416909842
The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery Sarah Masters Buckey 9781593690991
The Wonderful Story of Roald Dahl 9780141304700
Henry Sugar and Six More

Make A Splash - 2010 Summer Library Events


To find out what events are coming up at area libraries, click on:
Monroe County (NY) Library System - Events
or copy and paste:

To search library events happening TODAY, click:
or copy and paste that link's address in your browser.


Make A Splash- Read!

The Monroe County Library System’s summer reading programs are in full swing. The libraries are encouraging kids to keep up with their reading during summer break, while providing fun activities in air conditioned comfort. Check the "Events Calendar" on this website for summer reading programs at your local library.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. 1.5 million New York children and teens participated in the State Library-sponsored program in 2009.

The State Library www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/coordinates the program and works with the 23 library systems throughout the state providing a summer reading theme, promotional materials, a creative idea manual, and state-level support.

Studies show that library summer reading programs will raise student learning levels and help prevent learning losses during the summer months.

Summer Reading at the Monroe County Library System is always reaching out to include more children and families and Monroe County Executive, Maggie Brooks is also encouraging literacy with the county Summer Reading Program. Parents can register their young readers at the Seneca Park Zoo during the “Get Out to Read” events from 10 am to 1 pm, July 6 through July 23 and through the County’s website at http://www.MonroeCounty.gov/libra-SummerReadingRegistration.php. Students who sign up will receive a free bookmark and are eligible for one of thousands of prizes; which have been donated by more than 30 local businesses and not-for-profit agencies.

The Monroe County Summer Reading Program concludes with the second annual “Trivia Bowl” competition for middle school-age participants. The “Trivia Bowl” is scheduled for this fall and will be held in the Auditorium at the Monroe Community Hospital. Wegmans is sponsoring the event by providing refreshments for participants and their families.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Abraham Project - Building Stronger Families

The Abraham Project will be focused on building stronger families. The goal is to get more non-custodial involved in their children’s lives via paying child support and spending more time with them.

Eligibility Criteria:

* Active child support enforcement order
* In the process of having an order executed against you
* In the process of paternity identification
* 200% below the income poverty level
* Agreement to participate in parenting classes
* Agreement to participate in financial literacy education

Our focus:

* Reentry Non-Custodial parents
* Participants in our partnering agencies who could use the service
* Other Non-Custodial Parents

Services Offered:

The key elements of our proposed program include:
- Employment support, including job preparation workshops with training in resume preparation, job interview skills, computer training, and job-related skills such as neatness, promptness, politeness, and interpersonal relationships
- Job search and placement assistance, including matching of individual skill sets and openings, support during the interviewing and hiring process, and post-placement follow-up and troubleshooting
- Financial literacy training, including debt reduction, budgeting and saving, opening a checking account, managing credit, and with an emphasis on managing child support arrears situations and the NYS non-custodial parent earned income tax credit
- Legal assistance to address some modifications to child support requirements, custody, visitation agreements/enforcements, or other civil litigation issues
- Case management individually tailored to address the issues that are barriers to employment and a positive family relationship
- Parenting education and support

Expected enrollment is to begin in July.

If you have any immediate questions do not hesitate to contact
Donald Hardaway Jr. at 546-7220 x4504
or email:

Free Summer Meals Available For City Students

Date: June 30, 2010

Free Summer Meals Available to City Students

RCSD Program Will Keep Children Well Fed Over Summer

The Rochester City School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program to provide free, nutritious meals to students over the summer. The program is part of the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through which the district offers students free and reduced-price lunch throughout the school year; 84% of RCSD students participate in the school-year food program.
Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. It can also make children more prone to illness and other health issues. Many students rely on meals provided by the district as their main source of nutrition.
“The Summer Food Service Program ensures that no child has to go without a healthy meal during the months when school is out,” said Rochester Superintendent of Schools Jean-Claude Brizard. “Keeping students well fed means they will be ready for an active summer of fun and continued learning.”
Meals will be provided to all children age 18 and younger at no charge at the following times and locations:

Nathaniel Rochester Community School
85 Adams St.
Breakfast 7:15-7:30
Lunch 11:30-11:45

Roberto Clemente School No. 8
1180 St. Paul St.
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

James P.B. Duffy School No. 12
999 South Ave.
Breakfast 7:15-7:30
Lunch 11:30-11:45

Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19
465 Seward St.
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Henry Hudson School No. 28
450 Humboldt St
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29
88 Kirkland Road
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Audubon School No. 33
500 Webster Ave.
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Kodak Park School No. 41
279 Ridge Rd. W.
Breakfast 7:15-7:30
Lunch 11:30-11:45

Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45
1445 Clifford Ave.
Breakfast 7:15-7:30
Lunch 11:30-11:45

Dr. Freddie Thomas High School
625 Scio St.
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

East High School
1801 Main St. East
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

Edison Campus
655 Colfax St.
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

Family Learning Center
30 Hart Street
Breakfast 7:15-7:30
Lunch 11:30-11:45

Franklin Campus
950 Norton St.
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

John Marshall High School
180 Ridgeway Ave
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

In addition, meals will be provided to students who are enrolled in summer-school programs at the following sites (not open to non-enrolled students):

Children’s School of Rochester
494 Averill Ave.
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Pinnacle School No. 35
194 Field St.
Breakfast 8:30-8:45
Lunch 12:45-1:00

Thomas Jefferson High School
Edgerton Park
Breakfast 7:05-7:20
Lunch 12:15-12:45

World of Inquiry Summer Program at Strong Museum
One Manhattan Square
Breakfast 8:30-8:45

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, call the RCSD Office of School Food Service at 336-4118.

From the USDA:

Acceptance and participation requirements for the programs and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC, 20250-9410, (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


For more news from the Rochester City School District, visit www.rcsdk12.org.