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Introducing a new #FabULyssfind HudsonWay Immersion School 12/19/2018



Introducing a new #FabULyssfind HudsonWay Immersion Schoowww.hwis.org. Located on the Upper West Side and expanding and relocating to 525 W. 52nd St in time for September 2019.  Nursery – Grade 8 Immersion now in both Mandarin and Spanish!


Q: Please tell our readers about the mission of the new Upper West Side HudsonWay Immersion School…

A:  With this move we are able to increase our capacity for preschool enrollment, expand to grades 6-8 and add a Spanish track alongside our Mandarin track.  Our students consistently outperform, outscore and outsmart monolingual students at every grade level while developing bilingual and bi-literacy skills. Our students also develop critical thinking, cultural competency, and enhanced social skills. We strongly believe that “bilingual students become brilliant adults”.

Q:  What makes this new school different from other immersion schools in NYC?

A: We are a full immersion school where starting from as early as age 2, children are immersed in a 100% Mandarin or Spanish environment.   Our 3 and 4 year old students are in an environment where 90% of the instruction is being delivered in Mandarin or Spanish.  This develops the brain resulting in superior cognitive skills and sets them up to learn academic content in kindergarten-grade 6 in two languages.  As a result our students are highly proficient in both languages and also outscore independent school norms in all subjects tested in English.

Q: Please tell our readers about the curriculum for preschool as well as elementary school… What grade does the school start at and at what grade does it end? What is your ex-missions program like? Getting kids into schools after they have graduated from the school. Please elaborate.

A:  In preschool we use Creative Curriculum as a framework for a theme-based program.  Each theme lasts about 6 weeks for in depth discovery.  We observe children in 8 developmental areas- social-emotional development, cognition, language, literacy, math, science and technology, art, and physical using a framework of 38 developmentally appropriate objectives. For elementary school, we select “best of breed” curriculum in the content areas of Mandarin or Spanish Language Arts, English Language Arts, math, science and social studies.  We provide a 1:1 chrome books for all students in kindergarten and above.  Beginning in K, students are assessed every 6-8 weeks and placed in flexible groups.  This challenges each student to his/her potential, individualizes the learning and maximizes the learning opportunity. Beginning in September 2019 we are adding Grade 6 and continuing growth through Grade 8.   If students do choose to leave they are accepted at the most highly competitive schools.

Q: What are the hours for preschool and elementary school? What is a typical day look like for each

A: For preschool 2’s and 3’s we offer either half day (8:30am-12pm) or full day (8:30am-3:30pm).  Our pre-K 4’s and K-Grade 6 are full day at 8:30am-3:30pm.  A typical preschool day consists of center activities followed by morning meeting, bathroom and snacks time, playground, art, music or PE, and  read aloud.  Elementary students will start with a morning meeting, follow by Mandarin or Spanish Language Arts, specials (arts, PE and music), lunch, English Language Arts classes, math, science and social studies.

Q: How many kids are in a classroom? What is the teacher/child ratio?

A: In preschool, our ratio is 1:4 for 2’s, 1:7 for 3’s and 1:8 for pre-K.  In elementary, the ratio is around 1:15.

Q: You now have two campuses one on the Upper West Side and one in New Jersey. What are the main differences besides the location between the two schools if any?

A: The programs use the same curriculum, and are overseen by the same leadership team.  Now with offering Spanish in NY starting September 2019, the programs will be the same.

Q: Are the families very involved with the school and the community? How do you engage parents to get more involved?

A: Because we have such a unique program and mission our parents are extremely committed and supportive.   The HudsonWay Immersion School Parent Association (HWISPA) promotes a sense of community among the families and administration, support the school in creating an outstanding learning environment for the students, and enrich the student experience through organizing school-wide events and activities and fundraising.

Q: Will you be having any open houses in January? If  so can you please elaborate on who can attend (parents and kids or just parents)? Do you know when they will be?

A: We’ll have general information sessions on January 10 and February 7 at 9 am, however we welcome all those who cannot attend one of these sessions to contact us for a private tour.

Q: What is the best way to set up a time to visit the school.. email, phone number, contact via the website? Please provide

A: Parents can feel free to join any of our information session by signing up on our website, www.hwis.org,  or contacting our Admissions Manager Nicole Liu at nliu@hwis.org to arrange a private tour.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers about the HudsonWay Immersion School?

A: We want to quote from one of our parents: ” My child loves coming to school everyday….she’s upset on the weekends when there’s no school. Her  love of learning is what we value most.  Our 5 year old daughter learned the anatomy of an ear in Mandarin and because neither my husband nor I speak Mandarin she translated it all in English to us.  We were floored”.




5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons- June 7th, 2018

A new #fabULyssfamilyfind for you in the #hamptons


5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons

Jennie Magaro

The Hamptons are world renowned for the beautiful beaches, celebrities, and gala fundraising events.  But what can you do when vacationing in the Hamptons with your kids?  As a local mom, and co-founder of Hamptons Family Concierge, I am willing to share a few secret spots that I’m sure your whole family will love.


1) Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Preserve – Sag Harbor

All year round, Morton’s is a wonderful outing for all ages.  The most important thing to remember – bring birdseed!  During most of our visits (time of year and time of day vary), the chickadees and other birds will come and eat out of your hand.(even my 4 year old!)  There are also turkeys, chipmunks, and other local wildlife, that you may observe as you walk through a scenic, shaded wood.  One trail leads you to a lovely bay beach where you can take a break and have a picnic!  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)


2) Free concerts in the Park – Sag Harbor, Southampton, Easthampton, Montauk

During the summer months, each of the above towns has a weekly outdoor concert in their park.  It is perfect to bring a picnic or pizza, and let the kids play and dance while enjoying various types of music.  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)


3) Seven Ponds Farm – Southampton

This Farm is not as well known as some of the other Hamptons farms, but it is my favorite.  In the summer, my kids pick raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, while in the fall you can pick your own apples and pumpkins.  There are also other vegetables you can pick yourself, as well as gorgeous flowers.  There is a playground for the kids, hay rides, and a small corn maze in the fall.  The farm stand is fantastic.  After we gather all that fruit, if we have the energy, we go home and make a pie!


4) Whale’s Tale Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor – Shelter Island

It is a nice day trip to hop on the Shelter Island Ferry and spend the afternoon.  There are several wonderful family friendly restaurants, and then after lunch, you can go play mini golf.  It is an old fashioned place, but the kids love it, and they love the ice cream afterwards even more.  This is only open seasonally.


5) Blockspot – SYS, Southampton

This creative, fun filled center is brand new, and has a variety of classes, and activities for age 2-10 years.  Blocks and building materials of all shapes and sizes abound.  View the schedule to see when you would like to drop in.  Great for birthday parties as well.


There are so many factors involved when planning your weekend or vacation activites: the season, the weather, your children’s ages and interests, your location, and so on.  Hamptons Family Concierge was developed to assist families in creating the perfect Hamptons experience.  We can customize itineraries, plan amazing events, schedule quality services and activities (even at your home), so you can relax and enjoy your trip.


Hamptons Family Concierge




The Kent- #fabULyssfamilyfriendly New Condo- May 16th, 2018

The Kent

 We have a new #fabULyssfamilyfriendly find just for you!

Q: Please tell our readers about Extell’s new “#FabULyss” Art Deco Upper East Side condo, The Kent? What made the Art Deco architecture an inspiration for this beautiful building?


A: Designed by award-winning architect Beyer Blinder Belle, The Kent is a modern take on the classic pre-war building. Paying homage to the history of the Upper East Side, The Kent’s architectural vocabulary expresses a harmonious relationship with the classic brick buildings along Park and Fifth Avenues, accented by metal panels, crown lanterns, oversized loft-style windows, and a limestone clad base. Saluting classic Art Deco structures of the 1920s, the building’s silhouette is shaped by a series of graceful setbacks, chamfered corners and careful articulation of the facade that culminates in a decorative metal, glass and masonry crown at the top of the building.


Q: Where exactly is the building located? What makes this location so great for NYC families that want to live on the Upper East Side?


A: The Kent is located at 200 East 95th Street, at the corner of 95th Street and Third Avenue. The building is adjacent to the new Second Avenue subway and in close proximity to some of the best schools and parks in the City, as well as fine dining and cultural institutions. Adding to the allure is the convenience of a bus stop at 93rd Street and 3rd Avenue that transports children to popular summer camps and extracurricular activities.

Q: How big are the apartments? What are some of the favorite features of the apartments?


A:  The Kent offers a collection of 83 grand condominium residences that showcase elegant and intelligent living spaces. Curated by celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud, the interiors have been crafted for the modern family lifestyle.  They include large kitchens and living spaces while incorporating the charm and allure of a classic pre-war aesthetic. The two-to-five-bedroom homes – a select few with large private terraces – range in size from 1,285 to more than 4,500-square-feet. The residences boast 10-to-15-foot ceilings and large windows that highlight the multiple exposures and views of Midtown, Central Park and the East River.


Q: What schools, parks and restaurants are most coveted in the area?


A: The Kent is perfectly situated between Central Park and Carl Schurz Park, offering residents access to some of the best parks and playgrounds on the Upper East Side. Prestigious public and private schools, including The Spence School, The Dalton School and The Winward School, are all within walking distance of the building. The Kent will also be in close proximity to the stylish boutiques on Madison Avenue such as Blue Tree, Alice + Olivia and cultural institutions along Museum Mile, including The Frick Collection, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Breuer.

Residents who live in this coveted enclave of the Upper East Side enjoy sought-after neighborhood amenities such as a Whole Foods Market, and some of the best restaurants in the city including Sfoglia, The Writing Room and Sarabeth’s.

 Q: For a family looking to find out more information and take a tour of the building, who should they contact? Please provide email, phone number.


A: The building has recently debuted its on-site sales center and unveiled its first model residence. Prices start at $2,450,000. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the sales team at 212-922-9595 or visit www.TheKentNYC.com.


Q: What makes this building so unique?


A:  The Kent is a new tradition on the Upper East Side, making the coveted lifestyle of the area accessible to more buyers. The Kent will deliver the same high-quality luxury and design found in classic pre-war buildings – with the added luxuries of more living space and amenities, making this the perfect residence for today’s modern family. The Kent also offers the 20-year tax abatement, which will help lower monthly carrying costs for residents.


Q: Please tell us about the amenities of the building….


A: The Kent will offer a full-service lifestyle with three levels of curated indoor and outdoor amenities. Residents will enjoy the beautiful drawing room adjacent to the lobby, featuring a fireplace and marble-top bar. The third-floor Garden Salon will include a billiards table and full catering kitchen all overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard designed by internationally acclaimed West8 Landscape Architects. Those looking for health and wellness facilities will be pleased to discover the heated indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center with men’s and women’s changing rooms and infrared sauna.

A one-of-a-kind amenity offered at The Kent is “The Sound Lounge”, designed by Lenny Kravitz’s eponymous Kravitz Design firm. The lounge is the perfect harmony between a state-of-the-art recreational space and a refined rehearsal studio. Professional quality amplifiers, guitars, drum set, and piano give residents a rare opportunity to play and practice music in their own building. The space also functions as a screening room and includes multiple gaming consoles.

The Kent will even offer its younger residents a full-service lifestyle with their own array of amenities, including Camp Kent – an interactive play space adjacent to the outdoor playground also designed by West8. Added conveniences for the whole family include a dog wash station and stroller valet.


Q: Is the amazing penthouse still available? If so please share with us what makes this penthouse so incredible…


A: The full floor penthouse at The Kent is located on the top floor of the 30-story tower. The home spans 5,188-square-feet and features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. The master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets and all bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms. This grand home provides 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Central Park. Standout features include an expansive great room and modern kitchen, window-lined dining room, corner living room with a fireplace, as well as a private 1,466-square-foot wraparound terrace.


Q: What makes this building so kid/family friendly? 


A: In addition to the building’s amazing location, the residences at The Kent have been designed for a modern family lifestyle.  They offer generous layouts with three, four and five bedrooms as well as large kitchens and living spaces.  The amenities have been designed with all residents in mind, and feature amenities for children of every age, including Camp Kent, the outdoor children’s play area, The Sound Lounge by Kravitz Design, and a stroller valet.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about The Kent?


A: Move-ins begin this summer!




Do You Know Romio?! A new #fabuLyssfind- May 14th, 2018

We have a new #fabULyssfind to hep you find the best experts…





 Romio is a mobile platform where consumers can search, discover and book local services through a trusted network of friends and experts.


Please tell our #divamom readers what makes the mobile platform Romio so unique.


Romio is the only platform with experts — a trust shield that lets users have peace of mind they are booking services from top-rated providers. Our experts are industry renown authorities in their respective fields, and they vet everyone on Romio. You can’t get listed otherwise.


How can busy moms use the app to book services?


Very easily — download the app and find a service you need, including babysitters, dog walkers, plumbers — we have everything a busy mom needs. Parenting is a full-time job in itself and people are pressed for time. With Romio, you have everything at your fingertips. You can discover, book, and pay a service provider in just minutes. And, because all of our providers are pre-recommended, you don’t have to worry about reviews.


What is the recommended time in advance to book a service?


Every service is different, we have some available immediately, and others you can book a week in advance or longer.


Does the app cost money to download? How does it work? What are the costs associated with using the app?


Romio is available for free on iOS and Google Play. We charge a 15% booking fee, so we don’t make money unless our services are booked.


Will moms that live outside of NYC be able to use the app?


Yes, soon. Right now, we are hyper-focused in New York, but as more people outside the city download and sign-up for Romio, we’ll begin to unlock other markets.


What do you think the most popular services will be on the app?


We’ve been called the “Uber for everything else,” but we have more categories — parenting, pets, home, fitness, lifestyle — that tend to get greater attention.


Please tell our #divamom readers what sets apart the ROMIO app from other service apps out there.


Simple: Experts. We have them, our competitors don’t. Also, at the core of Romio is a sense of community and trust. We are giving providers a chance to work for themselves and develop their own business. We are enabling experts to make money from their recommendations. And, we are giving users access to the best services. There are opportunities for everyone.


How many services will the app have to pick from?


We have more than 1,200 unique services and 3,800 pre-screened providers.


What if you a #divamom wants to become an expert herself, how does she sign up to become one?


We are very selective when it comes to experts. You need to be an established voice in your profession, and you need to come with a network of people just as qualified.


Anything else you would like to add about the fabulous (fabULyss) new app?


Yes, download ROMIO today! 

#FabULyssfamily Restaurant Johnny Utah’s-March 12th, 2018

I always love finding new #FabULyssfamilyfriendly Restaurants

I would love to introduce you to Johnny Utah’s located in Rockefeller Center



Q: Please tell our Divamoms about the only mechanical bull in NYC… How old do children need to be to ride the mechanical bull?


A: Johnny Utah’s mechanical bull is free to ride for all our guests. Our mechanical bull is operated by a trained staff member who can adjust the speeds accordingly for all ages. There is no age requirement to ride the mechanical bull. All riders under the age of 18 must have a consent form filled out by a parent or guardian to ride.

Q: How did you redefine the urban cowboy experience? 

A:  Johnny Utah’s is New York City’s original line-dancin’, mechanical bull-ridin’ entertainment venue that’s a little bit country, a little bit Rock-n-Roll and a whole lot of unique FUN.  Our versatile space, relaxed atmosphere and promiscuous promotions have redefined guests’ views of “What is Country”

Q: What are some of the most #delysscious dishes on the menu for parents and children?

A: Our menu boasts an authentic, made in-house BBQ and Southwestern menu.  Parents love our health-conscious menu options, like our Southwest Cobb Salad and Pan Seared Salmon.  Kids love our Mac n’ Cheese bites and Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich! 😊 Our menu is diverse, and offers some tempting new twists on traditional Tex-Mex.  We cater to picky eaters and all dietary restrictions.  Our full-service kitchen is willing and able to customize a menu specific to your party’s needs 😊

Q: Can you rent out the restaurant for Birthday parties? Do you take care of everything for the parties? What about Bar and Bat Mitzvahs?

A: Absolutely- private parties are our specialty!  Our in-house event coordinating team will work alongside you every step of the way.  Whether you’re looking to host a small gathering with friends and family, or a complete venue buyout, we have you covered.  Our packages are customizable and we work with preferred vendors– including face painters, balloon contortionists, DJs, musical entertainment, kosher caterers, photographers, customized merchandiser, party decorations and more,  to make every event unique 😊

Q: Who is the best person to contact when inquiring about a private party and or dinner? Please include name, email and phone number.

A: Christina Cairns is our in-house event planner extraordinaire 😉 She will be your personal host and ensure that your party goes off without a hitch!  She can be reached at ccairns@johnnyutahs.com or by phone at 212.265.8824

Q: What makes the restaurant so unique? What will surprise families most?

A: Johnny Utah’s is the most reasonably priced restaurant located in the heart of Midtown, steps away from Rockefeller Center, Radio City & all of the action. We pride ourselves on the guest’s experience. Our major focus is the quality of food and service.

Q: Tell us about your incredible dj…

A: Johnny Utah’s has multiple DJ’s with incredible experience. Our DJ’s are highly trained. They have spun for multiple venues and events including weddings, birthdays and bar/bat mitzvahs. We are proud to say some of our resident DJs have had the pleasure of opening for and working with famous artists such as Flo Rider, Pitbull and many more.  Not only do we have wonderful DJs, but we also have amazing acoustic performers.

Q: For the parents (tell them about your amazing cocktail menu)… What are some of the best drinks?

A: Our delicious cocktails come in festive mason jars or our novelty boots which guests can take home with them. We have unique cocktails to suit all tastes. Some of our best sellers are the Texan Mule and our Southwest Sangria.

Q: Anything additional you want our #divamomblog readers to know about the restaurant?

A: All our events are completely customizable to suit all tastes and budgets. We are dedicated to making your event planning experience as stress-free as possible. Tell us your wants and needs, we will do all the work!

Kid’s Birthday Extravaganza

Join Us For Our Birthday Showcase

March 24, 2018

Looking for a fun and unique place to host your child’s birthday party? Look no further! Johnny Utah’s has everything you need: Great food, great staff, and the ONLY mechanical bull in NYC. Join us Saturday March 24th to see what all the talk is about! We will be hosting a Birthday Extravaganza from 12pm-6pm. RSVP to join the event. Enjoy complimentary food and cocktail tastings, meet our wonderful staff and vendors. Last, but not least, Grab The Bull By The Horns! Our event manager Christina will be able to answer any and all questions. We will be offering a one time 10% discount off of your entire party if you book your child’s birthday during our event on March 24th.


RSVP on the link below


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