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Moms and dads from East Cobb talk about issues that are important to families. Family-friendly events are also featured. Join in and share.

Community Hanukkah Celebration coming December 22

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Join Jewish Federation, MJCCA, and Cobb and North Fulton County congregations for a Community Hanukkah Celebration on Monday, December 22. Festivities begin at 7pm at Congregation Etz Chaim located at 1190 Indian Hills Parkway, Marietta, Georgia 30068.

Celebrate the 7th night of Hanukkah with plenty of fun, including:

  • Lighting the menorah
  • Hanukkah Dancing
  • PJ Library storytelling and craft Homemade sufganiyot
  • And, much more!

Presented in partnership with Chabad of Cobb, Congregation Etz Chaim, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Temple Beth Tikvah,
Temple Kehillat Chaim and Temple Kol Emeth.

Bring a gently used costume to send to the Israeli partnership region of Yokneam-Megiddo for Purim. This event is free of charge and open to the community. RSVPs are appreciated; contact Stephanie Wyatt at swyatt@jfga.org or click here to register.

If you have any questions, contact Rabbi Paul Kerbel at (770) 977-0137 or Stephanie Wyatt at (404) 870-1625.

 

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EAST COBBER Gift Idea of the Day: Make their season Rock!

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This holiday season give the awesome gift of music with a GIFT CERTIFICATE for lessons, camps or birthday parties. Reserve a FREE Trial Lesson or stop by to tour the school, venue & studio. Find this great gift idea at:

School of Rock
2469 East Piedmont Road
Marietta 30062
770-579-0400
eastcobb.schoolofrock.com

 

Tis the shopping season! Save time and skip the mall with our 2014 Gift Guide. Select the perfect presents from local sources for everyone on your list. Click HERE to read the 2014 Gift Guide and get a handle on that holiday shopping list! With all the amazing merchants in East Cobb it’s easy to shop local and support small business.

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Ho ho ho….Holiday Happenings all around town!

Santa’s sleigh has arrived at Town Center Mall and all around East Cobb. Find out more in our 2014 Holiday Happenings Guide.

Metro Atlantans celebrate the holiday season by continuing old traditions, decorating public spaces and putting on plays. The EAST COBBER is happy to provide a sampling of those special events to help you get in the holiday spirit. For more great area events (both holiday and everyday) visit our online calendar.

 

 

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Experience Atlanta tallest LEGO Menorah on December 18

Experience Atlanta’s tallest LEGO Menorah on Thursday, December 18, 5:30pm. Enjoy live music, Chnukah treats and more. Admission is FREE and the community is invited.  Building the Menorah begins at 5:30pm, Menorah lighting at 6pm. East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta. For more information call  770-565-4012 x.300 or visit www.chanukahcobb.com.

 

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Club Scientific Winter Camp is December 29-31

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Kids can experience science and technology like never before at Club Scientific during Winter Break, December 29-31. EAST COBBER readers receive a $20 discount through January 4th with our advertisement on page 33 of the December issue.

Enroll online and check out the new Club Scientific website at www.ClubScientificAtlanta.com. Or call 678-493-5651 for more information.

 

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FREE Pictures with Santa this Sunday at Edward-Johns Jewelers

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Have your picture taken with Santa FREE this Sunday, December 14, from noon-4pm at Edward-Johns Jewelers in Woodlawn Square, 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 124.

Regular store hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.

For more information call 770-977-2026.

 
 

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Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Sacred Tapestry

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Have breakfast with Santa at Sacred Tapestry on Saturday, December 13, 9-10:30am. Cost is $15 for two people, $20 for three or more. 3000 Johnson Ferry Road, www.sacredtapestry.com

 

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Discount flu shots available through public health

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The easiest way to protect yourself and others against influenza is by getting a flu shot. National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 7-13 and to encourage everyone six months and older to get a flu shot, Cobb and Douglas Public Health staff is offering the vaccine for only $15.

“Preventative actions such as covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and frequently washing your hands can help guard you from the flu,” Karen Thomas, director of immunizations, said. “However the best way to protect against influenza is to receive an annual flu vaccine.”

Vaccines are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, at the Marietta, Acworth, east Cobb and Douglasville public health locations. No appointment is necessary. BlueCross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Meritain, TRICARE Standard, Humana, Coventry and First Health insurances can be billed with no co-pay. Cash, Visa and MasterCard will also be accepted. For more information, call 770-514-2300 or visitcobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.

 

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Family Engagement is Much More Than Just What Happens at Home

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Studies have shown a significant correlation between family involvement in schools and student success. When parents are engaged in schools students
are more likely to:

• Earn higher grades and pass their classes
• Achieve higher test scores
• Attend school regularly and enroll in higher-level classes
• Develop stronger social skills
• Graduate from high school
• Go on to post secondary education
• Secure productive work and rewarding careers

The National PTA recognizes this and developed the NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR FAMILY-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS, which are:
1. Welcoming all families;

2.Communicating effectively;

3. Supporting student success;

4. Speaking up for every child;

5. Sharing power; and

6.Collaborating with community.

These standards help to successfully engage families in school communities. In addition, the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has launched an “ I CAN Play A Role” campaign with Georgia’s First Lady, Sandra Deal. With the goal of improving academic achievement, this campaign offers excellent recommendations for parents to engage in their schools. Some of these are:

1. VOLUNTEER AT SCHOOL
Find out from your school or PTA about volunteer opportunities.

2. SHOW YOUR CHILD THAT YOU CARE ABOUT HOW THEY ARE DOING IN SCHOOL
Have conversations about school, homework, and classes regularly.

3. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE SCHOOL
Get to know teachers, principal and counselors.

4. EXPRESS HIGH EDUCATIONAL EXPECTATIONS
Encourage your child to do their personal best.

5. ATTEND SCHOOL MEETINGS, FUNCTIONS, AND EVENTS
Attend parent-teacher conferences, curriculum nights, award ceremonies and other school events. This matters.

6. SEEK OUT INFORMATION
Contact your child’s teacher with questions. Keep a friendly dialogue open.

7. BE AN ACTIVE PART OF DECISION MAKING COMMITTEES
Participate in the school council, PTA or other school organizations.

8. MAKE SCHOOL IMPORTANT
Talk positively about school. Make school a priority.

9. BE SEEN AT SCHOOL
Visit your child’s classroom. Have lunch with your child at school. Volunteer.

10. BE INFORMED AND RESPONSIVE
Stay current on school information (school policies, field trip information, etc.). Non-English speakers can ask schools for assistance.

11. VISIT YOUR SCHOOL’S WEBSITE
Access homework assignments, class schedules, grades, etc. on your school website.

12. PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS THAT ARE OFFERED
Attend workshops on child development, school standards, and other shared parent concerns.

13. PROVIDE A RICH LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT HOME
Encourage family dinners, games, reading, sports, and daily routines – for a supportive home environment.

14. DROP IN ON AFTER-SCHOOL OR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Drop-in early to after-school activities. Watch your child in action. Meet after-school teachers and coaches.

15. INVITE THE COMMUNITY TO PARTNER WITH THE SCHOOL
Encourage local businesses, churches, and civic organizations to support your school. Family engagement is much more that just what happens at home. Parent involvement in a child’s education has a real, lasting and meaningful impact.

(By Amoni Witcher, Family Engagement Chair, East Cobb County Council of PTAs)

Toys for Tots Seeks Donations

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As the holidays are upon us and planning for Christmas arrives, it’s also time to think about doing something special for children in need. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is again underway giving local residents an opportunity to purchase a toy for a boy and girl outside their family.

Toys for Tots started more than 60 years ago when Maj. Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and a group of Marine reservists in Los Angeles collected and  distributed more than 5,000 toys to needy children. Hendricks’ idea caught on and was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots the following year and expanded it into a nationwide program. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.

Today, Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ premier community action program and one of the nation’s flagship Christmas charitable causes. Toys for Tots is the only charitable endeavor within the Department of Defense which reaches outside the military establishment to give something back to the
communities. Toys for Tots has enjoyed over a half century of success because of the support of millions of caring Americans, local communities, and corporate America plus the dedication and hard work of thousands of U.S. Marines. Toys for Tots is a program which brings all elements of a community together in a common cause for three months each year. It is a program dedicated to helping in the development of our nation’s most valuable natural resource: our children.

The shiny new toy at Christmas lets these youngsters know that someone cares. Area Toys for Tots coordinator Gunnery A.T. Wilson is in charge of finding enough money and toys to fulfill the 900,000 toy requests for children in the 11 counties throughout Metro Atlanta. “Many people in Metro
Atlanta have been hit hard this year so we are asking for more donations and drop-off points,” says Mr. Wilson.

Toys for Tots collects only new toys. Organizers ask that toys brought to drop-off points be unwrapped so they can be sorted and given to the right child. Toys are to be appropriate for children from birth to 12 years. For a complete list of drop-off points, visit www.northatlanta.toysfortots.org.

 

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