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Evening Excitement! Cooking without Waste 101

September 11, at 7:30pm, Chef Alison Mountford will be at Recess to help us learn how to save time, money and the Planet by cooking without waste.

In the United States we waste 40% of the food we produce and the largest amount of waste comes from our own homes! That means, we’re buying food to just throw it away. Not only is this a waste of money, food in the landfill is a top driver of methane emissions and climate change. Even if you compost, the water, labor, gas, oil, and plastics used to produce it are wasted.

Chef Alison Mountford is a San Francisco based Chef and mom of two, who has been catering and cooking for families, celebrities, and businesses for 15 years. Her newest initiative is Ends+Stems a meal planning app that’s aimed at making your life easier while reducing food waste in one step.

In this class, she’ll share the secrets of meal planning, kitchen inventory, and how to get easy weeknight meals on the table. We’ll even dip into tips and tricks for setting up healthy eating and cooking habits for your kids.


We’ll be making 3 dishes with the produce stars of the fall and Back to School Season - apples.

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We’ll make apple cider vinegar from scraps, use the fruit in a cravable entree salad, and use the vinegar to make a marinade and dressing.


All participants will receive a $15 CREDIT to use with Ends + Stems!

Making Sense of the Preschool Search

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Your child is one or two and you’re starting to think about preschools. (Ack! But they were just a tiny infant!! )

While we can’t stop time, we can help you get started in the search to find a preschool that matches your priorities.

Here’s one way to get a handle on the options and develop your plan.

  1. Explore the app, Winnie.

  2. Go to Preschool Preview Night (9/19)

  3. Attend Starting the Preschool Search (an online workshop) (9/24)

  4. Revisit Winnie.

It’s worth taking a look at the app, Winnie, before you head to Preschool Preview Night, so you know which tables you’d like to visit at the event. Without a mental roadmap, the preschool preview night event can feel a little overwhelming.

Once you have your list of 5-10 schools, jot down the application process. Every school is different. Some require you to attend an overview, some ask for an interview first, and others lead group tours. Almost all of them start in September/October. Generally speaking, applications tend to be due in December/January and letters go out in April/May.

Best of luck!

Preschool Preview Night - Sept 19, 6:30pm

 

Attend Preschool Preview Night 2019, an all-in-one evening for parents of upcoming preschoolers and kindergarteners, hosted by Golden Gate Mothers Group.

  • Meet and talk with representatives from 70+ local preschools and kindergartens.

  • Get the answers you need to questions about philosophies, costs, schedules, pre-admissions visits and more.

  • Meet representatives from a diverse group of family-focused organizations and learn about their services, and products.

  • Babysitting available onsite! Babysitting will be limited to children who are walking AND at least 1 year old.

Starting The Preschool Search (online workshop) - Sept 24, 7:30pm

 

Got preschool on the brain? Many parents are baffled when faced with the search for the perfect preschool. Play based or academic? Montessori, Reggio, or Waldorf? Does getting into the "right" preschool really guarantee a spot in the "right" kindergarten, ensuring a straight path to an ivy league education? What's the difference between a preschool and a daycare and is one better than the other? Whoo! No pressure!

Join Aki Raymer, MA (www.parentingpaths.com) to explore all of these questions and more. Expect to walk away from the class with a clearer understanding of different educational philosophies, what to look for when touring schools, and what to expect once you begin the application process.

All proceeds go to support the Recess collective. Suggested donation $25-50. Add on any amount to the base rate below.

Use Winnie

 

Enter your zip code and watch the map populate with all of the preschools in your area. Once you narrow down your preschool criteria, you can use Winnie to identify the schools that match what you’re looking for. This app will allow you to search by philosophy, location, price, schedule and so much more. Visit the site.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, or if you’d like more info. hello@recesscollective.org

August Updates

We have lots of exciting programming slated for the coming months designed to support you & your family.

  • 8/18 CPR - infant, child & adult CPR plus choke saving. Join us Sunday morning to learn these life saving skills. 9:30 am.

  • 8/19 Ask the Lactation Consultant. Katie Howser will be our guest expert for Monday's New Parent Group (0-12mo) at Noon. Connect with other new parents and get a little support as you make your way through the first year with your little one.

  • 8/22 Baby Sign Language Playgroup 12:30pm. Learn to communicate with your child before they can verbalize.

  • 8/29 Meet the Doula 6:30pm. If you’re expecting, join us for an evening to learn more about the role of a doula, and meet some local doulas.


SEPT:

  • Closed 9/2 for Labor Day

  • 9/10 Introducing a New Sibling. If you're expecting, please join us to learn how to make the transition from 1 to 2 a smooth one.

  • 9/11 Cooking without Waste 101. In this fun, hands-on class, you'll learn how to make apple cider vinegar, salad dressing and a delicious salad as you also gain tips for reducing food waste (& saving money!) as you feed your family.

  • 9/14 10am. Infant Sleep Workshop with Dr. Angelique Millette at 10am. Angelique is a top notch expert in the field of sleep and child development, and an absolute wealth of information.

  • 9/15. Childbirth Preparation. If you're expecting, we hope you'll join the incredible Kelly Gray to gain information and confidence as you welcome your little one to the world.

  • 9/20. Estate Planning 101, at 11:30am. Learn what you should have in place, especially now that you're a parent.

  • 9/29. Yoga for Posture and Alignment for Dads. We hear a lot about self care for moms. Here's a workshop especially for the papas out there. Taking good care of your body will enable you to keep up with the little ones as they only get faster!

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if there's anything I can do to make Recess a supportive oasis for your family. Hope to see you soon, Lisa

Introducing a Partner: Book Tree

We’ve been working with Chad and Kathy, founders of Book Tree, for nearly 10 years. They created an incredible organization that brings unique, diverse, age-appropriate books to your family in monthly bags. As a gift to our community, they’re offering a free month trial to your family. Read on to check it out!

Try BookTree’s Curated Lending Program at Recess

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BookTree’s lending program is optimized to stimulate brain development and establish the foundation for reading, writing, and school success.

Try out a complimentary personalized tote of ten extraordinary, age-appropriate illustrated books, carefully curated for your child, delivered right to Recess!

Each monthly tote brims with outstanding artwork, rich vocabulary, a wealth of concepts, cultural diversity, and lifelong benefits. Supported enthusiastically by bay area school directors and educators, BookTree delivers the highest quality literature available for your child, infant to about 3rd grade for English, and one year old to about 5th grade for Spanish.

To receive your child’s complimentary tote of ten books with no contract or obligation to continue after the free month, visit www.booktree.us and click on “Start Your Free Trial Now”!