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November 2013

 Pinocchio Takes Center Stage at GPAC

11/13/13

Pinocchio Takes Center Stage at GPAC

The Canadian theater company, Tout a Trac, brings their colorful production of Pinocchio to the Germantown Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 22. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15+. We recently spoke with Hugo Belanger, the artistic director of the company, while he his troupe was performing in Nashville. The company is based in the city of Montreal, Canada. He wrote and directed the show. Your creation of Pinocchio is wonderfully developed and very dramatic, using actors who wear masks, an intricate set, songs, and hand-carved puppets. People are familiar with the Disney version of Pinocchio. How does your production differ? The story of Pinocchio was actually written by an Italian author, Carlo Collodi, in the 1880s, and the novel is not the same as...

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Santa Sightings Around Memphis

11/13/13

Santa Sightings Around Memphis

If you’ve got little ones at home who love seeing the Jolly Old Elf in person, here’s the last of the sightings around the city. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Gimme Some Holiday Fun Family Day at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Music, holiday-themed crafts for kids, cooking demonstrations, sing-alongs with Music for Aardvarks, and a visit from Santa himself. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Santa Listens to Children at The Knowledge Tree (2872 Wolfcreek Pkwy.) Wolf Chase Mall. From 10-noon. Also at 5000 Summer Ave. location from 2 to 4 p.m. Santa will hear from your child's wish list. Personal photos welcome, refreshments available. 382-3120. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 • Santa Arrives By Sleigh to participate in the annual the Germantown...

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Homework Help: Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Success

11/08/13

Homework Help: Monitoring Your Child’s Academic Success

Did you recently come away from a parent/teacher conference with unanswered questions? There are specific ways you can monitor your child’s progress in school. WHY MONITOR? Monitoring your child’s progress allows you to determine whether your child is at-risk for not meeting grade-level targets. It also helps you know whether he is responding to the how he’s being taught and whether he’ll need support to make satisfactory progress. Furthermore, the monitoring progress can (and should) roll over into the winter and summer break to help your child stay on track with the progress he has made. ASSESSING PROGRESS: STANDARDIZED TESTS Our school system uses curriculum-based monitoring in which standardized tests are used to present materials covered...

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