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RED BANK “FUTURE BUCS” BIG ON MU CAMPUS

Future BucsPress release from Red Bank Charter School

This past week, the Monmouth University Womensʼ Basketball team hosted a group of 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from Red Bank Charter School and Red Bank Middle School, for a special tour of the Monmouth campus.

The “Future Bucs” from Red Bank were the guests of the basketball team members, for a guided tour of the dining hall, library, dorm area, academic area and, of course, the athletic area. Lamiyah, Laniyah, Tania, Ariel, Winnie, Mandy, Makayla, Joann, Mitzi, Jennifer and Joselin all took advantage of this wonderful opportunity. The event was chaperoned by Future Buc founders Enrico Ciabattoni and David Prown.

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RED BANK CHARTER HOSTS UGANDAN GUESTS

ChangeALifeUganda-RBCSVisitFather Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa (left) of the nonprofit Change a Life Uganda meets with Red Bank Charter School principal Meredith Pennotti (second from left), during his visit to the school on October 5.

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

On Monday, October 5, the students and staff of Red Bank Charter School welcomed a pair of special guest speakers, Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa and Jean Semler. Both guests were in Red Bank as representatives from Change a Life Uganda, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and disadvantaged children and their families in the Ugandan communities of Migyera and Nabbingo.

Addressing a classroom audience, Father Lawrence shared his personal history as a Ugandan child refugee during a civil war, as well as the impact that one family made on his life when they sponsored his education — an outreach that led in turn to his life-long mission to continue the gift of education to children of rural villages at the St. Lawrence School in Migyera.

With help from Semler and Dave Thelen, Change A Life Uganda was founded with the aim of allowing many more Ugandan children access to a school education.

The important visit coincided with the weeks-long planning of the annual RBCS International Day, to be held on October 22 — a special event designed to create awareness of global issues and conversations that shape understanding of our common global community.

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RED BANK CHARTER KIDS GO TO WASHINGTON

ChrisSmitthRed Bank Charter School students listen as U.S. Congressman Chris Smith addresses a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting, as part of a school trip to the nation’s capital.

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

On September 18, Red Bank Charter School was invited to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington D.C., the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community.

The theme of this year’s ALC presentation is, “Pushing the Limits: The Future of Consumer Electronics and the Journey to Mars and Beyond.” Serving as Honorary Host was Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, joined by Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who provided remarks on the importance of the initiative. A panel of engineers and strategists for NASA also presented discussions on the future of space travel.

RBCS students and staff participated in the Science and Technology Braintrust Sessions; held a special meeting with Congresswoman Johnson that included a guided tour of our nation’s Capital, and sat in on a House Foreign Affairs Committee discussion of U.S.-China relations. The meeting featured talks led by Congressman Chris Smith, senior Committee member and representative from New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District.

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SUMMER OF STEM AT RED BANK CHARTER

IMG_3263Press release from Red Bank Charter School

Red Bank Charter School has announced the availability of a new comprehensive STEM-based curriculum for their Summer Institute over five weeks, from July 6 to August 7. Summer Institute registration is now being accepted for current RBCS students, as well as non-students from Red Bank and surrounding communities.

RBCS Summer Institute fuses concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into real-world summer-learning activities. Students will explore alternative energy sources in a “Ride Like The Wind” engineering workshop by building a prototype wind turbine. They’ll don life-jackets as “River Rangers” in a week-long tour of our local waterways in student-built canoes. They’ll also develop teamwork skills in a canoeing competition with peers, culminating in a technology-driven storytelling activity using graphics, music and video.

Younger students will seine the Navesink “Down By the Sea” as budding Marine biologists. They’ll also experience “Life on a Farm” and learn about the importance of sustainable organic farming, and how to harvest nutritional snacks.

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RED BANK CHARTER TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE

NYBloodCenter-Assembly-3Press release from Red Bank Charter School

As part of an ongoing commitment to service learning, Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) will host a community blood drive on Friday, May 1. Scheduled for the hours of 2 pm to 6:30 pm, the effort is a partnership with the Little Doctors Program of the New York Blood Center, serving tri-state area hospitals.

RBCS Student Ambassadors will assist in the day, with a goal of collecting 30 pints, which can help as many as 90 patients. Fun and educational activities are planned for those who are too young to donate, and the Lakewood BlueClaws will honor RBCS at a spring home game for service learning activities and sponsorship of the blood drive.

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A DAY OF SERVICE AT RED BANK CHARTER

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At 7:30 am on any other national holiday, children are nestled under covers, and sleepy from a bit of extra play, TV or reading before bed the evening before. Working and stay-at-home parents in charge of their children on holidays or sick days might also be doing the same.

Monday, January 19 found the roads around Red Bank quiet, but the Red Bank Charter School in full swing. Cars lined up to drop off their back-packed and uniformed students as if it were any other brisk Monday in January. But every single RBCS student, staff, faculty member arrived knowing that this day was to be a day of service learning in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his sacrifice for equality.

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RBCS ANNOUNCES LOTTERY DEADLINE

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

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In a recent announcement, Red Bank Charter School (RBCS), a non-profit, non-partisan, K-8 public school, named 4 pm on January 13, 2015 as the deadline for Red Bank families to submit an application for the 2015-2016 school year.

The lottery is held every January, and is open to all children who are Red Bank residents.  Parents who wish to have their child(ren) entered into the admissions lottery must submit an application to the school. There are no other admission criteria other than residency. Siblings of RBCS students are automatically granted a spot for enrollment, but must also submit an application. Children whose numbers were not selected are invited to be placed on the student waiting list for admission to the school.

RBCS enrollment cannot exceed 200 students in Pre-K through grade 8 with 20 children in each class. There is one class for each grade level, taught by a teacher and adjunct team. All teachers and adjuncts at RBCS are certificated teachers.

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RED BANK OPENS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

bball_irThe Borough of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced a partnership with Jersey Fusion Basketball to present a Sports Performance Training (SPT) program for Red Bank boys and girls of high school and middle school ages. The free basketball training program offers an opportunity to sharpen and acquire new skills, in advance of the high school tryouts that begin November 24-26 this year.

The program is free to all Red Bank residents attending grades 7 to 12 at the following schools: Red Bank Regional High School, Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank Charter School, and St. James School. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Red Bank Regional this Friday, November 14, and again on Friday, November 21. Red Bank residents can register in advance by simply sending a reply email to MCrystian@redbanknj.org.

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RED BANK HUMANISTS HOST SANDY PANEL

sb elevation 5 060513Sea Bright homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy being elevated in 2013. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Humanists

On October 12, nearly two years since Superstorm Sandy wrought unprecedented devastation to the tri-state region, the Red Bank Humanists are sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Sandy Spotlight: Where Do We Go from Here?” The event, which will take place between 10:30 am and noon at Red Bank Charter School, is open to the public, and admission is free.

“Two years after Sandy, people are still displaced and suffering,” noted Trudy Lagan, organizer of the event and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the RBH. “We hope the discussion will spur more support for those who need it, as well as give a deeper understanding of the tough questions that arise when evaluating how to avoid or mitigate another disaster like Sandy in the future.”

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RED BANK REC GETS THE JUMP ON NEW SEASON

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David Prown of Prown’s Home Improvement will be providing free equipment for young Red Bank residents who take part in the spring season sports programs of Red Bank Parks and Recreation, every Sunday from this weekend through the end of May. Read on for details. (2011 file photo by Dustin Racioppi)

For school-age kids, saying there’s “nothing to do” is no longer an option — not with Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse, and Camp on the schedule for the coming months. And for those who say they’ve “got no gear” — well, it turns out that’s no longer an excuse either.

Even adults who are in need of working off some of that winter wonderweight will be hard pressed to find reasons why not, as Red Bank Recreation announces a full seasonal slate of programs for borough residents of all ages.

It’s a season that begins this weekend, with the March 29 start of Developmental Lacrosse League activities — to say nothing of the looming registration deadlines for several of the other programs and services offered. There’s still time for Red Bank boys and girls to join players from all local towns in a “Count Basix” Spring Lacrosse Clinic, designed for both beginners and more advanced players of one of America’s fastest growing youth sports. Coaches from United Lacrosse will be on hand at Count Basie Field on Henry Street for eight Saturday sessions that commence on Saturday morning and continue through May 24 — a “fun and energizing environment” that hosts sessions for players in grades 5 to 8 between 10 and 11:30 am, with grades K through 4 taking the field from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Participants can bring their own equipment (helmet, stick, gloves, shoulder pads, arm/elbow pads and mouthpiece for boys; protective eyewear, stick and mouthpiece for girls) or it can be provided by the program. Cost for the Count Basix lacrosse clinic is $45-$55 for Red Bank residents depending on age group, and $150-$200 for non-residents. Call (732)530-2783 to get in on the action this weekend — and click READ MORE for the rundown on all other seasonal programs from Red Bank Rec.

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WEEKEND: 60 MORE HOURS OF WINTER FUN

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Above: A cast of local high school students brings A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: AS YOU LIKE IT to young theatergoers at Two River…while below, Ms. Lauryn Hill appears to have cancelled her (already previously rescheduled) Homecoming appearance at the Count Basie. (cast photo by Ozzie Rodriguez)

laurynFriday, February 7:

RED BANK: If we’ve learned anything from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, it’s that springtime comes in turn to even the bleakest of wintry landscapes. So, with that warming thought in mind — well, that and the caveat that all events described herein are subject to change due to “no enemy but winter and rough weather” — we sally forth once more, where no groundhog dare tread.

While Two River Theater Company carries on with its vibrant and tuneful mainstage production of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy, a talented troupe of high school performers have put together an intriguing bonus feature inside TRTC’s “black box” Marion Huber space. Adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green, A Little Shakespeare: As You Like It is a 75-minute version of the play, aimed at audiences age 9 and up, and designed “to fulfill the not-so-secret grand ambition of Artistic Director John Dias: to have some Shakespeare resonating in every corner of our theater, and to get everyone in our community turned on to the thrill of his exquisite language.” Red Bank Regional students Alicia Moeller and Patrick Monaghan are the lovestruck leads Rosalind and Orlando — and they’re joined in the cast by fellow RBR actors Halle Butler, Raquel Diaz and Alyssa Rogers, plus Michaela Farrell of Red Bank Catholic, and student players from several other Monmouth County high schools. Public performances, for which the actors will also be performing a score of original music by Shanna Jones, are Friday at 7 pm, and Saturday at 12 and 4 pm. Take it here for tickets ($15) and bios of the cast members — or here for tickets to the grownup version of the show that continues this weekend through February 16. 

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RB CHARTER SCHOOL SUPPORTS A CNN HERO

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

In November, the students and faculty of the Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) participated in a clothing fundraiser to support the nonprofit One Simple Wish. The New Jersey-based organization, dedicated to providing help and support to foster children, made news recently when its founder and Executive Director Danielle Gletow was named one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year, for her efforts in granting “simple wishes” to these children.

“Education is more than just academics,” said RBCS Second Grade teacher Brenda Conni, who organized the collection of used clothing items at the school. “If we are to guide students towards global learning and productive citizenship we need to provide enriching learning experiences while incorporating lifelong values.”

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RED BANK: A ‘HEALTHY U’ AT CHARTER SCHOOL

RBCS CMYMCAStudents at Red Bank Charter School joined The Community YMCA to kick off a new Healthy U program to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

Press release from The Community YMCA

On Monday, November 11, the students of  Red Bank Charter School became part of a state-wide project called Healthy U — an effort designed to teach children ages 3 -13 how to be healthy for a lifetime.

A collaborative partnership between the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey with the goal of combating childhood obesity through nutrition education, physical education and family involvement,  Healthy U uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum to promote physical activity and good nutrition, while showing kids that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be fun.

RED BANK: KING DAY, IN SONG AND STRIDE

A commemoration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Pilgrim Baptist Church featured musical performances and readings by students from local schools. Below, Red Bank Charter School students went on a silent march downtown in honor of King’s message of peace.  (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Monday was a day of celebrations as students from Red Bank area schools offered tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 84th anniversary of his birth.

Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Avenue hosted a Community Commemorative Celebration with an open-ended an invitation extended to anyone wishing to join in the event.

Due to a large number of performances, “it was a little on the longer side” said Pastor Terrence Porter. “Because we wanted to make sure we included all the kids.” Read More »

STUDENTS GO OFF THE DEEP END AT THE Y

y-swimmers11Swimming lessons for borough third-graders were offered as part of a larger program to expand the Community YMCA’s public outreach. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Here’s a stat you might think unlikely for a riverside town like Red Bank, just a short drive from the beach: 95 percent of third-grade students in its charter and primary schools did not know how to swim, according to the Community YMCA.

That began to change over the past month.

On Thursday, the Y held the last of a series of free, month-long swimming lessons for all borough third-graders. And what a difference that month made.

“The first week, everybody was very tense. We had to hold some kids’ hands. A couple of the kids in level one would hold on for dear life,” said Rebecca Rivera, the Y’s safety coordinator. “And now they’re jumping right in.”

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