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Cobb County loses 1 in 4 teachers?
Posted by msollicito
What do you prefer East Cobb/ Cobb County?
Losing one in four teachers?
25 furlough days per year?
..Or making a call to Governor Deal?

http://mdjonline.com/view/ full_story/24254873/ article-Pressure-governor-to-fu nd-Cobb-schools?instance=secon dary_story_left_column

For those who cannot see the text at Marietta Daily Journal, here is the text: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a local School Board in possession of a huge budget shortfall will immediately plead for money from the State coffers.

However little known the facts and figures of the situation, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of some that they cannot see when the situation is truly dire and the local School Board really and truly does need money from the State.

In the current case of Cobb County schools, the situation could not be more serious. Even the Chairman of the School Board, Randy Scamihorn says that our school system is "broke", living paycheck to paycheck.

Having talked to countless parties involved in the situation (including many School Board members, the Teachersí Union, etc.) and having examined the facts in as much detail as possible, I am of the opinion that the answer has to lie with Governor Deal.

Already, CCSD School Board is, in my opinion, doing a near miraculous job with limited resources.

74.4% of the General Fund is spent directly on instruction (more than most school districts) and only 1.4% is spent on general administration (this is the lowest percentage in Metro Atlanta districts).

Property tax income has declined significantly as property values have fallen over recent years (the Cobb property tax digest fell by 17.8 percent between 2008 and 2012 due to the recession) and Senior exemptions have reduced income from Property taxes drastically (20% approx.).

Further, State school funding is down 16.9 percent in Cobb County since 2002 whereas Cobb student enrollment has risen by 11 percent in that time. Money Cobb is supposed to receive by State Law (the Quality Basic Education Act) from Georgia funds has not been paid due to the Governor inadequately funding the QBE formula / Austerity Cuts. For example, last year Cobb Schools had to contribute $131.5m but received nothing back (Equalization grants go to districts with lower property wealth per student) and in addition, were denied $66 million in QBE funds for FY 2014 they are entitled to by law, due to Austerity Cuts alone. Note again that Georgia is, in effect, breaking the law by not fully funding the QBE formula.
Last year, CCSD School Board had a shortfall of around $80m to grapple with and as a result, were forced to leave many teaching positions (182) unfilled (resulting in increased class sizes) and to implement five furlough days in an attempt to meet the budget. Even so, they were still forced to take money out of the Reserve fund ($41m in fact). Note that this is a "rainy day fund" which should only be utilized in an emergency situation -...Read More
Parent's Day Out!
Posted by Elba

Atlanta Trilingual Academy

English, Spanish and Chinese Immersion School

Presents†

Parent's Day Out!

Drop the kids off at Atlanta Trilingual Academy (ATA) for a good cause!

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013

Drop off: 10AM

Pick Up: 3PM

Location: 3885 Old Gordon Road, Atlanta, GA 30336

Admission:† $25 per child/$15 for sibling.

Ages: 12 months to 7 years old.

Activities: Outside play (weather permitting); games, arts & crafts

RSVP: chandracdavis@gmail.com or 404-647-4995

Includes: pizza, dry snack, drinks, water, and juice

Please bring your lunch if you have dietary restrictions

Proceeds benefit ATA PTO

Marietta Moms Playdate CANCELLED tonight
Posted by msollicito

Playdate tonight is cancelled.† Julia is sick with a cold and cough.

Anyone who is a member of the YMCA (McCleskey, E Piedmont Rd)†might want to go to their new kids†zumba class tonight instead, starting at 4:30pm

Cheap YMCA Membership
Posted by msollicito

For anyone looking to join the YMCA (you do NOT have to be a Marietta Moms member)

You can get the following reduced membership†rates†-†the member - referred rate* will be.

Young Adult:
Adult:
Two Adults:
Senior Adult:
Family:
Senior Family:
Teen:
$29
$44
$63
$41
$68
$58
$24

Just click here:

https://spiritonline.ymcaatlanta.org/SpiritWeb/WelcomeCampaign?CODE=12ASOMRW1&MID=197290&HHID=558153&NAME=Vincent%20Sollicito&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=%20&sid=558154&bid=55432&cid=558154&em=michelle.sollicito@gmail.com

NOTE the YMCA also offers reduced rates for those on Low Income - contact the YMCA direct for those rates.

YMCA Classes for Kids!
Posted by msollicito

FREE EXERCISE CLASSES FOR KIDS STARTING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4th . Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. Your YMCA is now offering exercise classes every day for kids. Just like the adult classes, no sign up is needed, just show up and be ready to move! FACILITY MEMBERS ONLY! As a benefit to your child, all children checked into the playcenters or after school programs will participate in these classes.
NORTHEAST COBB YMCA
For class descriptions and room locations, please check with the membership desk.
Monday
4:30 - 5 p.m.: Children's Yoga (Ages 5+)
5 - 5:30 p.m.: Tween/Teen Yoga (11+)

Tuesday
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.: Kilometer Kids (Ages 5-11)
5:15 - 6 p.m.: Kilometer Kids II (Ages 11+)

Wednesday
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Kid Fit (Ages 5+)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Tween/Teen Cycle (11+)

Thursday
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.: Kilometer Kids (Ages 5-11)
5:15 - 6:00 p.m.: Kilometer Kids II (Ages 11+)

Friday
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Healthy Eating (Ages 5+)
McCLESKEY-EAST COBB YMCA
For class descriptions and room locations, please check with the membership desk.
Monday
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Zumbatomic I (Ages 5-8)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Zumbatomic II (Ages 9+)
Tuesday
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Healthy Eating (Ages 5+)
Wednesday
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.: Children's Yoga (Ages 5+)
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Tween/Teen Yoga (11+)
Thursday
4:30 - 5 p.m.: Fit Kids (Ages 5+)
5 - 5:30 p.m.: Tween/Teen Cycle (Ages 11+)
Friday
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Family Dodgeball (Ages 5+)

Georgia Aquarium: Me and Mommy/Daddy Deal is back
Posted by msollicito

Georgia Aquarium

Me & Mommy / Day with Daddy Deal Is Back, Valid Monday Through Thursday

In correction to our prior email, the Me & Mommy Deal is back Monday through Thursday for moms, dads and caregivers to visit Georgia Aquarium with the little ones and experience all that we have to offer. For only $34.95 plus tax, you receive an adult Total Ticket, up to 4 children's Total Tickets for kids ages 5 and under, and parking in Georgia Aquarium 's parking deck only (a $10 value). Ticket must be purchased online and redeemed by March 21, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Inspire Me Naturally Chocolate Fondue, Your Skin & You!
Posted by msollicito

Chocolate Fondue, Your Skin & You! from InspireMe Naturally

YMCA Atlanta 20% discount!
Posted by msollicito

To join YMCA Atlanta for 20% less, use the following link:

https://spiritonline.ymcaatlanta.org/SpiritWeb/WelcomeCampaign?CODE=12ASOMRW1&MID=197290&HHID=558153&NAME=Vincent%20Sollicito&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=%20&sid=558154&bid=55432&cid=558154&em=michelle.sollicito@gmail.com

Rates:

Young Adult:
Adult:
Two Adults:
Senior Adult:
Family:
Senior Family:
Teen:
$29
$44
$63
$41
$68
$58
$24

This offer is valid for referred individuals who are new facility members of the Metro Atlanta YMCA or for previous Metro Atlanta Y members whose termination date either precedes the campaign start date or has lapsed by at least 90 days since the campaign start date. Member referral rates require annual or semi-annual paying members to switch to a continuous payment method. Rates of current financial assistance members will not be further lowered.

Julia's 6th birthday party at BounceU
Posted by msollicito

Julia's birthday party will be on Saturday 23rd Feb at 10am at BounceU http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

If your child would like to come email me so I know the numbers.. michelle.sollicito@yahoo.com or call and leave a message on 678 357 3661

Growing Happy Kids
Posted by msollicito

Hi. My name is Barbara Barr, and Iím the local community representative for Happy Family , the leading premium organic food brand delivering optimum nutrition for the entire family.

Launched on Motherís Day 2006, and owned and operated by moms, Happy Family offers a complete line of nourishment for babies, toddlersí and kidsí growing bodies. Our products are sold in Whole Foods Market, Target and Publix, Krogerís, BJís and BI-LOís and Wal-Mart.

As part of our commitment to providing parents with information and resources on nutrition, Happy Family, working with our nutrition advisor Amy Marlow, has created an educational presentation, Growing Happy Kids from Health Foods, to provide parents with information on basic feeding and nutrition principals which will ensure a healthy start for their children. The presentation covers a variety of topics including organic foods and why they are healthier, eight key food groups for optimal nutrition, and what foods and ingredients to avoid. Participants will also get a chance to sample Happy Familyís line of organic baby and childrenís food.

I would be glad to arrange a Happy Family Presentation & Tasting event for your members or friends. We help in Moms Groups, Nannies Groups and Grandparentís groups. So let me know if you would like to have fun and learn more about Happy Family Brands.

We also have coupons that we can provide to your members as well as donate a gift basket filled with sample products and coupons.

Just send me an e-mail: bbarr@happyfamilybrands.com or contact me at 678-462-5547 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 678-462-5547 end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

For more information about Happy Family and our products, you can visit our website at www.happyfamilybrands.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you soon. My territory is Roswell, Kennesaw, Cobb, Acworth, Alpharetta, Marietta and Woodstock.

All the best,

Barbara Barr

Happy Mama - Atlanta, GA

HAPPYFAMILY

(C) 678-462-5547 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 678-462-5547 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

bbarr@happyfamilybrands.com

www.happyfamilybrands.comHAPPY MAMA-ATLANTA

www.happyfamilybrands.com

For the latest HappyFamily news, events, and healthy recipe tips, join us on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/HAPPYFAMILY/43609808159

Twitter: http://twitter.com/happybabyfood

Corporate Office:

139 Fulton St., Suite 907 New York, NY 10038

Dream Board Day at Inspire Me
Posted by msollicito

Dream Board Day

Make your dreams for the coming year happen. Join us to discover your New Year goals. Come create a Vision Board to help you on your path for 2013!

††††††††††††

††††† When? January 20, 2013

†† †Where? Inspire Me Naturally

†† 134 Powers Ferry Rd. Suite 100

†††††††††††††††† Marietta, Ga 30067

†††††††††††††††† 678-819-2556

††††† How Much? $50 per person

Turkey Recipe
Posted by msollicito

After the food at the Holiday Party a number of you wanted my turkey recipe so here it is:

NOTE cooking times are based on a 14-16lb turkey (which is what I always get).

Make sure turkey is not only thawed but at room temperature before you cook it.

Turn the oven up high to 430F while you prepare the turkey.

Wash the turkey thoroughly.

Take out the giblets as you can use them later to make the gravy.

Into the holes where the giblets were, put some cut onion, peppers and apples.

Use a fork to poke holes all over the turkey as this allows the juices to run into the turkey.

Smear butter generously all over the turkey skin and season with salt and pepper.

Then stick slices of onion, apple and peppers to the outer skin using the butter.

Place slices of ham on top of the vegetables and fruits to help them stick on better.† Press the ham in to the butter to help it keep its place.

Make up some beef stock and chicken stock and mix the two together.† Pour both into the base of the roasting tin.†

Now put aluminium foil over the turkey loosely in both directions, leaving a kind of tent underneath them so that the juices can circulate all around the turkey.

Put the turkey in for 30-35 mins at this top temperature of 430F to get the turkey started.

Then reduce the heat and cook for around 3 hours at 325F.

Remove the turkey from the oven and take off the aluminium foil.† Turn the oven up to 400F

Baste the juices all over the turkey (you can poke some more holes in at this point too).† Take off the fruit and vegetables on top of the turkey (I usually put them down in the gravy to give the gravy a nice flavor).

Put the turkey back in the oven without cover, so that the outer skin can brown off for 40 minutes.† I usually put the roast potatoes in at this point too!

Test the turkey to be sure it is "done" by cutting with a knife deep into the turkey somewhere near the bottom under a leg.† If the juices are clear with no pink, then it is ready to eat.

Take the turkey out and put some new aluminium foil over it.† Leave it to rest for 40 mins before eating.

Holiday Party Delkwood Grill Karaoke and Dancing
Posted by msollicito

Come dance and sing with us on Friday.† Call me if you have questions 678 357 3661 or 770 956 0318

Partners are welcome..

Full details here..

http://mariettamoms.spruz.com/events.htm?a=&act=view-event&group_id=&id=A9617652-8007-4B45-823A-A90CBD793ED9

Get something nice for Christmas!
Posted by msollicito
http://www.stelladot.com/ sites/loristein Want something nice for yourself for Christmas? Send your husband this link - for every $50 spent, shoppers get a $25 card to redeem against a $50 purchase in January! A friend of mine runs this business from her home - please support self employed moms!
Childrens Museum of Atlanta - FREE!
Posted by msollicito

I just want you all to know how great The Childrens Museum of Atlanta is - especially for Kindergarteners - and also to let you know it is FREE on Tuesdays.

Every Tuesday AFTERNOON the museum has FREE ENTRY! See below..
http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/visitors/target_tuesday_faqs

Right now there is a great exhibit

teaching kids about the weather with the help of The Magic Schoolbus
http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/exhibits/the_magic_school_bustm_kicks_up_a_storm

From Dec 1 - 9 there is a special Holiday Trains exhibit as well!
http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/parents/events

December 8 Santa will be at the museum too if you want to go on a Saturday!

I think it would be nice to go as a group on Tuesday 4 December straight after school if anyone is interested?† It would be free at that time (we would arrive around 3pm, and could stay til 6:30pm or 7pm) and we would get to see the Magic School bus weather exhibition and the Holiday Trains exhibit.

Afterwards we could all go to the Centennial Park Holiday in Lights if we have the energy (free also)
http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/winter-events/hil

And if we still have the energy maybe go ice skating nearby there too!!
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