Back to school cheat sheet... September 07 2015, 0 Comments



Hear that swoosh sound happening? That would be summer just passing us by. I am still in a bit of shock that we are in BTS mode despite writing about it for the last few weeks. Well need to fret as we have a cheat sheet of what (we hope) helps get you back on track and ready for that glorious first day back. We got this!

3 Tips to getting out the door fast:

1. Check the weather. We may be at  90 degrees currently which means cool clothes for the kids but before you know it fall will be official and a sudden rain or snowstorm can costs you precious time when unprepared.

2. This is easier said then done however putting aside the outfits you and your kids are going to wear the night before can save at the least 20 minutes. Get your bag, metro card -anything that will throw you off if your unable to find in the morning rush together the night before.

3. If you make your child's lunch try cutting up fruit, separating cold cuts and placing into easy to grab organizers on Sunday night. If you tend to skip breakfast because you feel hurried  in the AM (like most of us) try freezing fruits individually for morning smoothies.

Favorite links for BTS:

7 Tips For A Smooth Kid Routine via Lasso The Moon

How To Encourage Your Kids To Read More Books via  The Jenny Evolution

Our Fail-Proof 3 Step Plan for Saving Kid Art & School Projects via Modern Parents Messy Kids

Back to School-Chore Charts for Before and After School via JDaniel4's Mom

50 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas via Family Fresh Meals

A Year of Lunches via What Lisa Cooks

Ten Lunch Notes via Mama Miss

School Lunch Labels via Lia Griffith

Breakfast Cookies via My Domaine

Cool pdf illustration (below)  from John Gachot &NYT

After school/ classes for the Greenpoint/WBurg area

New Listing:

The Curious Child

Church of the Messiah - 129 Russell Street - across the park from P.S. 110.

PreK After School Class With Pick up from PS 110

2:30-6:00 Thursdays

Beginning 10.1.15
Click here for info
 Loose Parts Atelier
ArtBox Atelier

Pick up avail for St. Stans and PS 110.

Ages 4-10


Click here

Eckford Street Studio

PS 110 , Ps132 ( with fee) pick avail

Prek-5th grade

Monday Prek and K

Tuesday-Thursday k and 3rd grade

Friday 3rd -5th grade

More info here

NY Kids Club

Pick up in the surrounding neighborhood-call to see if your school qualifies for pick up.

Ages 3 ½-6 years

Monday –Friday (can register from 1 to 5 days)



Pick up avail PS132 Ps 84 Brooklyn Arbor

Half day for prek and K kids

Full day (for kids first grade and up)

5 days a week with 3 days maximum of after school care (basically you can have coverage for up to 3 days)

1-3 day options of coverage

More info and registration here

LDBA After school Arts Program

Pick PS 84. PS.110

Tuesday Prek-1st grade


Monday 1st &2nd grade

Wed 8-11 years

Thursday 1st &2nd grade

Click here

Kings Bay Y (only Pre-K with some classes offered for older grades)

Pick up PS .84 for Pre-K only

Monday-Friday 3-5pm


WBees Forest School

Pre k -Kindergarten

Pick Up PS31, PS 34, PS110

Monday- Friday 2:30-5:30pm


For the older kids:

The Kids Comedy Class at the Park Church Co-op at

Park Church Co-op at 129 Russell St in Greenpoint.

Ages 9-12

Day: Wednesday’s 3:30 -5:30

Session: Oct 7th-Dec16

Chelsea 646 945-7743

Email for more info or to register

Honorable mentions (not exactly in this hood but close and unique camps/classes):

Preschool of Rock Fall Fiesta ( Fort Greene Dumbo Session)  


* This will be an ongoing list through September- if you are an after school program and wish to be added to this list either comment on this post or email us at

Lastly! No BTS clothes....only bought the warm weather BTS clothes...clothes not fitting? Whatever the reason here are 5 type of items that can be bought now on sale.

1. Peasant tops  and colorful tees from summer will be on sale, these are pieces that can be layered come fall and winter with thermal long sleeves and still look stylish.

2. Jeans and leggings can always be found on sale however during this time you can usually find them at steep discounts.

3. The one thing I always regret is not buying the heavier coats earlier- although outerwear isn't going to be found at 70% off stores like The Children's Place will have this section at 30-50 %.

4. School supplies- if your late to tackling this list you honestly will save a ton of money as store such as Staples and Target are having great supply sales including backpacks. 

5. Electronics. If you need a new computer or tablet besides Black Friday you will find some nice sales targeted for BTS and college kids. 

Post By Donna