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201. Realistic family resolutions
There's nothing more hopeful than a clean slate. With the new year upon us, we can put our imperfections and mistakes behind us, and journey into 2014 sans last year's baggage. What are your parenting resolutions for 2014?
202. Family-friendly Milwaukee bucket list, 2014
I am looking forward to a year of beautiful memories with my growing family. Here is my attempt at creating the quintessential Milwaukee Bucket List for Families for 2014.
203. Wauwatosa girl's funny food resolution featured in Bon Appetit
Six year-old Lili Malone, of Wauwatosa, is one of 14 kids in's "Kids Share Their Funny New Year's Resolutions About Food" feature story that was posted today, December 30.
204. Keeping your kids' skin and lips safe in the winter snow and cold
Your kids love to play outside in the snow and cold, but how do you keep them not only safe but warm. Here are some tips for winter moisturizing and more.
205. MPS board votes on Dover sale this week
After a pair of public meetings about a plan to create housing for teachers at the former Dover Street School in Bay View, the school board will take up an administration recommendation at Thursday's meeting to move forward with the plan and sell the building for $350,000.
206. Miracle program awards $35,000 check to local runaway shelter
This afternoon, representatives of Potawatomi Bingo Casino presented an oversized - and a real-sized - check to The Walker's Point Youth & Family Center through the Miracle on Canal Street program. was a corporate sponsor of the Miracle program again this year and picked Walker's Point as its partner charity.
207. Help give the gift of education
Tis the season for opening your hearts and helping out around town. One way you can do that is to help a teacher in a classroom. I don't mean in person - though you can do that at many schools, of course. Instead, consider doing something like donating materials to a classroom at your child's school, your neighborhood school or a school to which you feel some sort of connection (you went there, your mom went there, etc.).
208. New MBA school leadership program coming to MSOE
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is starting a new MBA school leadership program through the Rader School of Business at MSOE. It marks one of the first such fellowship programs in the country, the other launching at the University of Indianapolis.
209. MHSA student named one of the best, brightest young artists in the nation
Shampriel Morrise, an 11th grade voice major student at Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA), was one of 700 young artists selected from more than 10,000 applicants across the nation to receive the YoungArts Merit Award.
210. Raising grateful kids
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and many of us are counting our blessings and pausing to appreciate what's really important in life. But are we raising our kids to be thankful, as well?
211. Teen Vogue celebrates MPS' Alliance School & other educators feted, too
I'm not one to put much faith in the endless lists in every imaginable category, but I know how hard Tina Owen and the rest of the team at Milwaukee Public Schools' Alliance School of Milwaukee, 850 W. Walnut St., so I can't help but be excited about this... In a story for Teen Vogue called "The Coolest High Schools Across the Country," writer Heather Schwedel toasts such renowned schools as New York's LaGuardia High and The Brooklyn Free School. But also on this very short list - just five schools - is Alliance!
212. Poop exhibit totally doesn't stink
Bobby Tanzilo was the first to get the scoop on poop - which is the name of the current special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum - but I went this weekend with my kids for a second take on this interactive show about number two.
213. Kids and technology: what's OK?
For all of the good things technology brings our kids, we fear the dangers, too.
214. KeyLime Cove never disappoints
Even though it's a simple set-up in some ways, Gurnee's KeyLime Cove has a slide for everyone from the wimp to the wild child. There's a nice-sized whirlpool and now a spa, too.
215. My, how bowling has changed!
When I brought my family to JB's on 41 on a recent Saturday evening, and was greeted by their retro, funky sign out front, I expected to leave wanting to immediately wash all of our clothes. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a bright, modern facility complete with leather seats and contemporary decor.
216. Voting open for contest rewarding financially-focused teachers
North Shore Bank announced that public online voting has begun in a contest designed to honor local teachers who focus on money management education.
217. Celebration of Teachers and Teaching on Oct. 17
The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM), a collective of deans from nine area higher education institutions, has partnered with MKEfoodies, a local food events organization, to create a celebration honoring the work of teachers in the Milwaukee area.
218. Bringing art and music back into the classroom
Lloyd Barbee Montessori school's compromised arts programming captured Lindsay Garric's attention earlier this year and she and her husband, along with friends, decided to do something to help.
219. Celebrate schools with Mayfair Mall and the National Family Partnership
Mayfair and the National Family Partnership announced two separate opportunities for kids and parents to have some fun and maybe raise some money for their schools in the process.
220. Our temporary kitten
My family is fostering a shelter kitten named Teddy. Talk about a win-win.
221. Report casts doubts on MMAC's recovery districts presentations
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce - which has in the past supported stripping the elected school board of its power and drawing away funding from Milwaukee Public Schools to pay for private and religious school vouchers - sponsored a pair of PowerPoint presentations on education that were shown to its members in August. These slideshows touted the so-called "recovery districts" in New Orleans and Memphis and suggest to me that rumors that the group is pushing the recovery district idea for Milwaukee are true.
222. The organic alternative to Wisconsin apple picking
Peck and Bushel Fruit Company in Colgate doesn't just offer an organic alternative to your favorite apple varieties. Wisconsin's only organic apple orchard also offers a return to the old-fashioned fruit-picking experience.
223. Meeting on Dover Street School's future set
MPS will hold a meeting so community members can share their ideas and opinions on the future of Dover Street School, Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bay View Middle and High School, 2751 S. Lenox St.
224. MPS teacher awarded prestigious national educator prize
At Ronald Reagan IB High School, where I teach Spanish, Wednesday was a different kind of day for one teacher who stood out among educators across the nation.
225. Area apple orchards offer very different experiences
Autumn glory is upon us, and it's time for the most family-friendly outing of them all - apple picking! Our area offers no shortage of apple orchards to enjoy, and they each offer something a little different.