WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003. Please enjoy and please share. My business grows by word-of-mouth from people like YOU!
Many students are being tested this week and throughout the year and I must say that I do not like “teaching to the test.” I have a feeling I’m not alone in that sentiment, so if you want to take action and make change about this issue, check out Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment. I especially like the “meaningful student assessment” part! They don’t have any events scheduled right now, but you can “like” them on Facebook and stay tuned that way. Speaking of schools, it’s that time of year when many of us are running around researching schools for the next school year. If you are looking for a good choice for your math- or science-oriented ninth grader, check out the Academy for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Details are below. It’s a brand new small school that is perfect for kids wanting to be engineers, architects, mathematicians and more. The small setting ensures that learning will be focused and all graduates will receive college credits.
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center is in full swing with their annual “Jewish Book and Arts Fair” and they have some special treats just for families. First up is skinned-knee guru, Dr. Wendy Mogel, who will be presenting a talk entitled “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessings of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers” next Tuesday, October 30 at 8pm. Her latest focus is teens – she compares their journey to the biblical one from Egypt to the Promised Land (makes sense, doesn’t it?!). See the next paragraph for deets about how to win free tickets to that event -- and for discounted tickets ($7 off!), be sure to go to the bottom of this event page and type in “gishpicks” as the discount code. The Fair is also bringing the very fun Mama Doni Band as part of their “Oliver Lapin Family Day” next Sunday, November 4. Mark your calendars now!
Congrats to new GISH PICKS Facebook page LIKE-er Brenda Boekman, who won passes for dance classes at Planet Funk Academy, which offers a lively Saturday morning’s kids’ Hip Hop class as well as a slew of other funky dance ed. As a special promo with the Jewish Book and Arts Fair, I’m giving away tickets to Wendy Mogel’s talk so get going! It’s super easy: head to Facebook land, find GISH PICKS, and hit LIKE. I’ll pick winners from my new fans so good luck! (P.S. While you’re in Facebook land, please like my page for THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. Many thanks!).
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.