Share your crayons and you’ll get into kindergarten: How New York kids are prepping for school interviews with $400-an-hour play-time ‘experts’

Assessing sociability: The monitored play dates usually involve small groups of four-year-olds, who practice sharing crayons and following directions with games such as Simon Says

According to the New York Post , Manhattan moms are hiring $400-an-hour recreation consultants to teach their children how to socialize – all in an effort to get the kindergarteners into New York’s top private schools. ‘Given that admission rates [to elite kindergartens] are so low, parents dont want to leave anything to chance,’ explained Suzanne Rheault, CEO of Aristotle Circle, a firm that organizing play dates. Play nice: Manhattan moms are hiring $400-an-hour recreation consultants to teach their children how to socialize – all in an effort to get the kindergarteners into New York’s top private schools Ms Rheault, who left a job on Wall Street in 2009 to start Aristotle Circle, charges $400 for a 45-minute observation and assessment. As Anna Chlumsky welcomes newborn Penelope, how the Greek word for ‘weaver’ became the new It baby name in Hollywood Bright Kids NYC, a similar company started four years ago by Bige Doruk, a mother-of-three, charges between $175 to $275 for sessions lasting between 45 and 75 minutes. ‘Some kids need a little bit more work,’ said Ms Rheault, 43. ‘Sometimes [parents] hear from our experts that there are some areas to improve.’ ‘You’re trying to be that peacock, to be noticed and it’s a lot of work and a lot of pressure’ The monitored play dates usually involve small groups of four-year-olds, who practice things like sharing crayons and following directions with games such as Simon Says. An assessment is then given to parents within a few days of the play-date, which offers recommendations on how they could improve. Suggested activities for a shy four-year-old might include asking them to place their own order at a restaurant, or handing money directly to a grocery store cashier to encourage natural interaction with adults.
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Synapse Films prepping restoration of horror classics Prom Night and Curtains

One of their ideas was to do a human time lapse — using time-lapse photography but on a person. When I wrote the song with Kelis, one of the first things that came up when we were working on it was the idea of cities sped up — like the cliche thing in movies when camera angles zoom through a city. The horror and alienation of it and, at the same time, the thrill and excitement of it. And so that fed into this maybe working with the idea me being above the city and life shooting by.” [Take a look at the accompanying video for the behind-the-scenes rundown.] The end result is at once cute and impressive, meaning that the intense amount of labor that went into creating it doesn’t overshadow the whimsical presentation of Black’s cheery tune. That doesn’t mean, however, that the hard work isn’t the point: “I love seeing things where you can feel them,” Black said.
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United prepping to retrofit Boeing 737s with split winglets

United Airlines this week said it has begun flight testing of a 737-800 from the Boeing Co. utilizing the new Split Scimitar winglet in an effort to maximize fuel efficiency.

The “loath” part is usually the bad news where we find out it was improperly stored, torn, shredded, faded or whatever… But, we’ll find out. Synapse will MAKE THIS WORK! 2K scan work commence! For those who have never seen it, CURTAINS is the story of six actresses called to an audition at a sinister and isolated mansion. Once there, they are picked off one-by-one at the hands of one of the genre’s creepiest masked slashers: the Hag. And if that news wasn’t cool enough, Synapse revealed that they are also working on a restoration of PROM NIGHT . Directed by Paul Lynch and starring Curtis along with Leslie Nielsen, this classic film spawned several lackluster sequels (in-name-only) and was later (poorly) remade in 2008, but has remained a classic of the genre for more than three decades.
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Dan Black On ‘Hearts,’ Finding ‘The Truth Of Me’ And Prepping An Album

The winglet is designed by Aviation Partners Boeing. Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) in Wichita builds about 70 percent of the 737 for Boeing (NYSE: BA). Unitedas full statement on its initial testing of the new winglet is available on its website .
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