Cultural Competency: Preparing Today’s Children for Success in a Global Society

The Hudson County Alliance of Independent Schools

Dr. Derrick Gay
January 24, 2017 at 7 PM

Cultural Competency: Preparing Today’s Children for Success in a Global Society

In the 21st century, successful citizens will need to cultivate knowledge, competencies and habits of mind to communicate effectively across difference with respect and compassion. Today’s children will necessarily navigate an increasingly multicultural and international collegiate experience, professional world and global society. Research consistently finds that the work of developing open-mindedness and embracing differences as a source of strength begins in Early Childhood and Lower School.

In this workshop, internationally renowned educational consultant Dr. Derrick Gay will share re-search-based strategies to enrich parenting of intelligent, informed, successful and compassionate 21st century students.

Location: Mustard Seed School,
Our Lady of Grace Social Hall
422 Willow Avenue, Hoboken

Please RSVP to
Parents and Guest Welcome!

ShopRite of Hoboken, NJ In-store Events Calendar

January 15th Protes & Dip
1-3PM: Stop by the Dietitian’s Corner to try this delicious protein packed chip and better for you dip, a great addition for all your game day snacking!

January 16th ShopRite Kids’ Culinary Workshop
4:30-6:30PM: Little chefs will love this fun cooking class with Elisabeth and Chef Denise. This month’s theme is Funky Food Science! Sign up at Customer Service. *Cost is $20 for 1 child (with an adult) + $10 for each additional child.

January 22nd Meal of the Week
1-3PM: Stumped on what to cook for dinner? The Meal of the Week Station in Aisle 1 has you covered. Pick up a recipe as well as the ingredients you need to create a complete meal! Stop by Aisle 1 to sample this delicious and simple meal.

January 23rd FREE Kids’ Snacking Class
3:30-4:30PM & 5:30-6:30PM: Playing with your food is encouraged in this FREE cooking class! Kids will make tasty snacks and try something new and healthy! For children ages 4-12. *Sign up at customer service, hurry space is limited.

TRUE Mentors turns 6!, Anniversary Party January 28th

TRUE Mentors invites the Hoboken community to join them in turning 6

6th Anniversary party on January 28, 2017, 4-7PM
at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club

TRUE Mentors is hosting its six-year anniversary party at the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club on January 28th between 4-7PM. The event is open to all members of the existing TRUE Mentors family, including mentors, mentees, teen interns and enrichment club volunteers – as well as anyone interested in volunteering with the program in and around Hoboken.

“We are proud and excited to get together and celebrate our sixth year of changing kids’ lives in Hoboken,” says TRUE Mentors Executive Director, Katie Eades. “We are always looking for new volunteers who are interested in mentoring, or giving back to the community in some way. Marketing has become one of our biggest business development initiatives for 2017, so in addition to mentors we are seeking volunteers to help build awareness for our program throughout Hoboken. We’re hoping to recruit some great new friends during the celebration.”

Anyone interested in joining TRUE Mentors for their anniversary party, or simply making a donation to help them continue unearthing excellence in the children of Hoboken, can visit for more information.

About TRUE Mentors
TRUE Mentors is Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program matching children ages 7 – 17 with adult mentors in the same community. TRUE Mentors’ mission is to unearth the potential of both children and mentors through relationships. Our mentors become trusted friends and champions to our children. In addition to mentoring, TRUE Mentors offers weekly classes during the school year and a teen internship program to unearth potential in group and workplace settings.

For more ways to get involved or volunteer with TRUE Mentors, visit or follow us on:
Instagram: @true_mentors
Twitter: @TRUEMentors
#itsforthekids #mentorsmatter #truementorshoboken

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Mile Square Theatre

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Based on the comic strip Peanuts®
by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Directed by Mary Kate Burke
February 3-26

Friday @ 7pm, Saturday @ 2pm and 6pm
and Sunday at 11am and 3pm
1400 Clinton • Hoboken

Tickets: $30 • Seniors/Students: $15
or call 201-683-7014 for reservations

Mile Square Theatre opens its 2017 season with a treat for the entire family, the hit musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

This comic musical includes the whole game from the beloved comic strip Peanuts:bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day.

This professional production is sure to live up to Mile Square Theatre’s standard for Theatre for Young Audiences.

Recommended for audiences 5 and up.

Toy & Pajama Drive 2016 Thank You

The Hoboken Family Alliance (HFA) would like to thank the community for helping our local families in need this holiday season. What an amazing neighborhood with much generosity!

We are very grateful for the support and dedication of our community partners – Apple Montessori, Big Fun Toys, Diamond Gymnastics, Little City Books, New York Sports Club North, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts.  Through everyone’s support, we were able to provide hundreds of toys and pajamas to children who would not have received gifts otherwise.

Of special note:

  • Kathleen & Victor at Big Fun Toys were integral in promoting and partnering with HFA for the 5th Annual Big Fun/ HFA Toy Drive Kickoff Party and continued the Drive throughout the holiday season.
  • ran another corporate Toy & Pajama drive – we were overwhelmed by the generosity of your team!
  • Noellery Jewelry Store, who ran their “Operation Christmas” program, which supported our drive by taking a percentage of their sales and utilizing it to donate lots of beautiful jewelry and accessories for our teenage girls in need.
  • Hudson School for providing many gifts and pajamas for our drive.
  • Brandon Youngstrom Foundation focused on our teens in need and went on a shopping spree and donating 10 bags of toys, warm clothing and sports gear.
  • We also received a very generous $1000 donation from an anonymous donor!

As part of this program, The Hoboken Family Alliance also donated $1500 each to both the Toy drive and Pajama drive. All toys and pajamas we gathered have been donated to local families, including In Jesus’ Name Charities, York Street Project and NJ Child Protection and Permanency (former know as DYFS). We would like to express our appreciation and thank each and every one in the community who have made our toy and pajama drive a success! Thanks to all of your donations, underprivileged children all over Hudson County had a wonderful holiday season!

Best wishes for a Happy & Wonderful New Year!

Hoboken Children’s Theater: James and the Giant Peach

January 20 – 22
Hoboken Children’s Theater
1400 Clinton Street
Hoboken, NJ
Tickets $15


HOBOKEN CHILDREN’S THEATER presents James and the Giant Peach

Hoboken Children’s Theater Junior Company is thrilled to bring you, James and the Giant Peach, a musical for the whole family to enjoy!

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach  among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities  but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building in this delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure.
Running Time:  Approx. 70 minutes

Deerkill Day Camp Open Houses

UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES: 1/8, 1/16, 2/5, 2/12, 2/25, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/6, 5/14 – Please email or call us at 845-354-1466 to reserve a spot!

Deerkill Day Camp is a very popular camp option among Hoboken families. This third-generation family business, celebrating its 60th season, is located on a wooded 15-acre site and brings a community feel to the summer camp experience for campers age 3 through 15.

Deerkill offers children a chance to pick up a new sport or hobby, learn to swim and form lifelong friendships this summer. The diverse program includes professional swim instruction in large heated pools, an array of athletics on fields sized for younger and older children, creative and performing arts such as arts and crafts, ceramics, woodworking, dance, theater, music and digital photography, and specialties such as archery and nature, among other activities. A new 28-foot climbing tower and 250-foot zipline were also recently added to the program.

Deerkill offers daily transportation on mini air-conditioned buses, staffed with professional drivers and bus counselors. The Directors are on the camp grounds every day and accessible by phone by day and night; there is no large administrative staff and all the individual group leaders are adults, many of whom are teachers.

2017 Session (July 3 to August 25)
All campers may register for 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 weeks. New campers may also register for 2 weeks for their first summer. For those campers registered for 5, 6, or 7 weeks, parents may choose any weeks throughout the summer.

There are no extra charges at Deerkill. They do not allow tipping, a large expense at many camps, and tuition includes the following:

  • Family weekend pool club at no additional cost. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 plus Tuesday July 4th. Open Saturday July 1 to Sunday August 20
  • Door-to-door transportation by air-conditioned mini-buses supervised by bus counselors
  • Hot lunches prepared daily in our own modern kitchen
  • Field trips and all camp supplies
  • Ice cream and Ices for afternoon snack
  • Daily towel service
  • Group photo, camp shirt, backpack, DVD yearbook, Fall Festival, winter reunions

Tuition varies by camper age and pick-up and session length. You may go to their website and enter your child’s information to see rates for the 2017 summer and request a brochure. For more information call 1-845-354-1466, email or log onto

Hoboken Museum Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Caroling

The Museum will host its annual Holiday Crafts Fair this weekend,
December 17 – 18, from noon to 5 pm, inside the Museum and out in the walkway, weather permitting. Come by for jewelry, household items, knitwear, bow ties, baked goods, artwork, and more! On offer are handmade items by local artists and artisans, including the Museum’s own Bill Curran, who will offer original paintings and gift cards, and Jen Place (pictured above), who makes her own glass beads for jewelry and ornaments. And don’t forget our many Hoboken-themed items, such as tee shirts, mugs, magnets and books!

The Museum is keeping the tradition of Christmas Caroling in the Neighborhood alive! On Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 pm, anyone interested in joining us should gather at the Museum for a quick warm-up rehearsal, and at 7 pm, we will set out on a winding route through the neighborhood, stopping to sing favorite carols at the stoops of friends. Call the Museum at 201-656-2240 if you’re interested in having the group stop by (warm beverages appreciated!).

My Gym Winter Camp

Gymnastics, arts & crafts, music, and fun!

What is My Gym Camp?
A half-day or full day of gymnastics, sports, games, relays, songs, dances, story time, music and much more. My Gym Camp is designed to enhance physical growth and a sense of individual success. Our number one goal is your child’s enjoyment!  Get out of the house and keep them active and happy at My Gym!

What age child will benefit?
Our camp program is designed for potty trained children  2½ yrs and older that able to separate. To challenge the children accordingly, children will be divided into age-appropriate groups.
A HEALTHY SNACK is provided in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Winter Camp Schedule & Themes:
Dec 26th – Winter Wonderland
Dec 27th – Let’s get moving!
Dec 28th – Amazing Animals
Dec 29th – World Wonders
Dec 30th – New Year’s Eve

AM session: 9am to 12pm
Lunch Hour – 12pm to 1pm
PM session: 1pm to 4pm

Camp Fees:
$40 per session, $20 additional sibling
$10 It’s bring your own lunch and story time

$50 per session, $25 additional sibling
$10 it’s bring your own lunch and story time


My Gym Hoboken – FREE PARKING
720 Monroe Street, 3rd Fl, suite E 312. Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tel: 201-758-8390

9th Annual HFA Book, Toy & Pajama Drive for Local Children until Thursday, Dec 22

The HOBOKEN FAMILY ALLIANCE (HFA) is launching a major book, toy and pajama drive for local children in need, within the ages of newborn to  17 years in the Hoboken / Hudson County area.

All donations large and small are appreciated. To fulfill HFA mission, we hope to provide a nurturing environment to these children to help them be comforted and feel loved.

Recipients will include children in local organizations: Division of Youth & Family Services (DYFS), In Jesus’ Name Charities and York Street Project.

If you’d like to contribute, we have a number of ways to do so:

1) Pajama and Book Program
HFA is collecting new pajamas and new books for disadvantaged children. By providing pajamas and books, we are helping to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable children and young adults living under difficult circumstances.

Many of these youngsters have been abused or abandoned and in many cases have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a loving mother or father tuck them in at bedtime. We hope to contribute to a warmer, more loving environment for these children.

Pajamas must be new and unused for all sizes, infant to age 17. Larger sizes are preferred, but all are appreciated!

2) Toy Drive
HFA hopes this event to bring something special to the children (ages infant – 17) and requests all donated gifts be new and unwrapped please.

Any donation of any size brings holiday cheer for a child who may otherwise not have received any gifts. The items are given to families who cannot afford to buy presents, so the children can open a gift that is given to them by a loved one, not a charity.

3) Tax Deductible Monetary Donation to Pajama & Toy Drive
If you wish to make a financial donation, Click the DONATE button below.
100% of donation will be used towards a tax-free purchase of a toy or a pajama. A tax deductible receipt will be generated to you.

How to Donate in Person: Both book & pajama and toy drives will run concurrently and have the same drop off locations:

When: Sunday Nov 29 – Tuesday, December 22 (unless date update below)
Where to Donate- 6 Locations:

  • Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street (Mon-Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-6) – Drive will end at Big Fun on Dec 23 – Drive will end at Big Fun on Dec 23 *
  • Little City Books 100 Bloomfield Street (Tues – Sat 10 to 8, Sun 10 – 6, Mon 10 – 7)
  • Apple Montessori,1055 Maxwell Lane (M-F 7am-7pm)- Drive ends here on Dec 21
  • New York Sports Club NORTH, 210 14 St (7:00am-7pm Daily)
  • PilsenerHaus & Biergarten, 1422 Grand St (Tues – Fri 4pm-2 am, Sat & Sun Noon to 2 am)
  • Diamond Gymnastics, 738 Willow Ave (M & T 3-7pm, W -F 9:45-7pm,Sat 9-12, Sun- closed)
  • Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts 84 Washington St. (M- Fri 2-10pm, Sat. 9-3)

If your company would like to do a corporate drive, please contact us!
Any questions? – contact

HFA truly appreciates your generosity!

The HFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.