Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pray for Brandon

My other blog, tarted as a way to share our National Park trips with friends and family. These trips are taken with the Williams family. They are more than travel buddies, they are our neighbors, friends, Berry alums, and educators. Their children have spent many hours with our kids.  We share holidays together, dinner, dessert, a hike or bike ride at Berry. 
Waiting for  the bus in Boston
Brandon is 16 years old, and has endured years of  medical procedures. I call him a human pin cushion.  Without going through his whole medical history, the last 18 months have been especially trying for his family as he has dealt with intestinal issues.  Next week he will go to Scottish Rite to have a colectomy with an ileoanal j pouch.  Basically he will have a his large intestine removed, and have a temporary bag, which the j pouch will replace once that part of the surgery heals. The surgery will take place on Wednesday February 1. Please pray for Brandon, his doctors, nurses and his parents, Stephen & Beth.  
Brandon loves to play video games, and Aaron is always happy to  join him.  This is Brandon at age 10.

Brandon with the weasel the kids found in a house  in New Hampshire during our New England trip.  There is a story here, and no one tells a story quite like Brandon!

Beth, Brandon, Emily & Stephen in Boston

Brandon & Mom on the Golden Gate bridge
Brandon has a loving, supportive family, friends and church family.  He has a terrific outlook on the situation, but he would rather be fishing, kayaking, or watching NASCAR!  I look forward to Brandon getting to resume the activities he loves!

Colorado is calling Nobles/Williams travel crew in May, and we need Brandon ready to skip some rocks!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Checking Out Schools, part 1

Kindermusik of Berry College serves families all over Rome, Floyd County and other neighboring counties.  Our families are often looking for the best school for their child.  Rome is fortunate to have many great choices for families to consider.  This series of posts will highlight the plethora of schools in the area. 

Saint Mary's School was founded in 1945, and continues a tradition of academic excellence.  This Parochial school is hosting an open house on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 pm and another on Sunday, February 12 at 2 pm. 

Here are some fast facts about St. Mary's taken from their web page.

We Are:
  • Pre-K through 8th grade with two classes per grade level
  • 55% Catholic and 45% Protestant
  • Members and Parishioners from over 30 local area churches
  • A parochial school with an average class size of 18 students
  • A Christian ministry where 30% of students receive tuition assistance
Why Families Choose Us:
  • An intimate family atmosphere committed to involvement, support, and service
  • Reputation of academic excellence since 1945
  • Commitment to Christian values, principles, and teachings
  • Fully certified faculty, half of whom hold Masters Degrees or higher
  • SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Accredited since 1981
  • Balanced program of academics, social development and Christian formation
  • Emphasis on developing values, self-discipline, and work ethic
  • Record of alumni success both at public and private college prep programs
  • Safe learning environment
For more information contact Christa Jackson at 706-234-4953 ext. 15 or

NEXT POST: Berry College Child Development Center

Friday, January 13, 2012

What about???

Spring semester is underway for Kindermusik of Berry College, and you may have some questions or some "what if's?"

Is there Kindermusik of Martin Luther King Day?  NO, the college is closed. No classes will meet on Monday, January 16.

What if we have inclement weather, how will I know if Kindermusik classes are meeting?  Typically,  if the Floyd County schools are closed due to weather conditions, then Kindermusik will not meet.  There will be announcement on Kindermusik of Berry's Facebook page, here on the blog, and on the office phone (706-233-4091).  Sometimes the schools delay opening or they get out early because of weather conditions, in those cases make sure you call or check an online source.  You can also check for an announcement.

What if I miss a class because my child is sick or we are out of town?  Can I come to a different day/time? Yes!  You may want to email to make sure that the class is meeting that week, as occasionally a teacher is out of town.

Where can I see a schedule of classes? Click here to find the schedule! 

Can relatives visit the class, i.e, grandma and grandpa?   Music making is a family affair, so we love it when they visit!

Is there a handicap access to the Ford buildings?  Yes.  Park in the small parking lot, and follow the sidewalk toward the reflection pools.  Look for the handicap ramp and side entrance.   This will take you to the first floor, turn left to get to the elevator.  It's a long haul, but you don't have to maneuver any steps.  If you still have questions, ask a teacher to help you!

When does the semester end?  Unless we have weather issues (and last year we did!), classes end the of April. Teachers will announce spring break dates which are typically in March.

More "what if's" next time!  Stay warm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Spring Classes begin January 9

Happy New Year!

Kindermusik of Berry  College resumes on Monday January 9.  The college students return to classes the same day! Be early to get a good parking space, look out for student drivers, and be prepared for strange looks from students not familiar with Kindermusik.

If you haven't enrolled for the new semester your choices are limited for the Our Time classes (ages 18 months - 3 years).  You can choose Monday at 5:45 p.m. or Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  There is one space in the Tuesday 9:30 a.m. class.

The Village classes (newborn - 18 months) have plenty of availability on Tuesday 10:15 a.m. and Thursday 9:30 a.m., Wednesday 9:15 has 2 spaces available and the Monday evening, 6:30 class is FULL.   

Classes for Imagine That (ages 3.5 -  5 years) is full on Monday afternoon, but there is space on Thursday 11 a.m. and one space on Friday at 10:15 a.m.

Email before you send your registration to check on the latest availability.

Also, remember that your balance is due at the first class unless you have made other arrangements for payment.  Does that interest you?  Then send me an email, and let's make it work!