Friday, January 10, 2014

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network And RIOC Work Together To Continue Mommy & Me Swim Classes At Sportspark In 2014 - Classes Start This Sunday

The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network (RIPN) together with the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee persuaded the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) to continue the Mommy & Me Baby/Toddler Swim Classes at Sportspark starting in January 2014.

RIPN Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

We are happy to announce  that swim classes at Sportspark for children 6 months to 3 years old start again this Sunday January 12 with two classes beginning at 11 and 11:30 AM.

You can register for the entire 8 week program or drop-in for any single class.

The formerly held 10:30 and 11AM Wednesday classes may continue as well if there is enough interest. If you would like to participate in either of the classes, please email me for further information:

We would like to thank RIOC for continuing these popular and much needed classes for the community as well as RIRA President Ellen Polivy and Island Services Committee  Chair Aaron Hamburger for their support.

RIOC adds:
Mommy & Me water safety classes at Sportspark will be continuing during January and February. Sunday classes will be taking place at 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM beginning January 12, 2014 and ending March 2, 2014. For residents who pre-pay for the session, the fee will remain $5 per class (a total of $40). Payment can be made by check, cash or money order at Sportspark (250 Main St.) on or before January 12, 2014. Families who are interested can contact Eddie Perez (
The rates are as follows:

Resident Fee: $40/session (at $5/class), $7/drop-in
Non-Resident Fee: $80/session (at $10/class), $12/drop-in


rilander said...

And the tram elevator????

Bill Blass said...

My kids are always crying that they are not as smart as the other kids in the class.I tell them that if they got problems keeping up the the kids in the class now. When to the Chinese get here.then you really will have a problem

Bill Blass said...

People living in southtown and octagon making 5000.000 a year will pay 37.000 a year in local taxes .interesting

Bill Blass said...

I will be running for city the very near future.I will put a tax on people making over 5000.000 who live on Roosevelt island.this will only be a island tax it will not go to the state or city. Vote for me

KTG said...

Huh? Do you mean 500,0.00.00 and 37,000.00?

KTG said...

sorry Do you mean 500,000.00 and 37,000.00

Bill Blass said...

I mean an income of 500k.they pay 37k in taxes. Local when I am on the city council.I will put forward a RooSevelt island tax of maybe 10 percent. I think that is very fair.

CheshireKitty said...

A tax on the wealthy in NYC may very well be approved by Albany. It would be used to finance universal pre-K and after-school programs. This tax on the wealthy (those making >500K/yr) was a popular item of Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign. If the tax is OK'd in Albany, then you will see pre-K and after-school programs implemented/expanded at PS 217.

CheshireKitty said...

The wealthy will need to pay an additional tax - but the benefits will accrue to everyone, since the kids, having the benefits of pre-K and after-school programs, will be that much more likely to stay in school, graduate, gets jobs, maybe become innovators, start businesses etc. I'm sure the wealthy see the logic in the specifically targeted tax increase.

CheshireKitty said...

There's nothing wrong with trying to make a contribution to society. it's a myth that Asians are "smarter" in some way. Remember that the population pool of Asians is huge - thus, there's a greater likelihood of a talented person being of Asian extraction, since the numbers work in favor of that group. Status in some Asian countries is conferred by scholarly achievement - that has been part of the tradition in Asia since time immemorial. Some Asians come to the US to pursue studies, just as people from all over the world come here for the same reason, because the US does have a good reputation for schools. There are also good schools in Europe and in Asia. If those that come from anywhere overseas decide to stay after completing their studies, then we gain. Not all of them stay.

The one piece of advice I would give to your kids is to tell them that no-one is necessarily smarter than them, but there are families where study is the number 1 priority. You can interpret that any way you like: After-school programs, hitting the books, you do not get to party as much or hang out, or watch TV constantly or be on your device or the phone. Not doing a lot of what kids feel they should be able to do, may seem unnecessary or even a bit cruel, especially if it keeps them from constantly socializing. But, this is the only way they are ever going to become proficient in different subjects. They will not be able to look up answers if they are taking standardized tests. And so, if they haven't learned or, put another way, memorized, the material, they will fail. They may have had a good time playing with their friends or hanging out online on social networks, but their failing grade means they will not have much of a career. Unless they make it in business - since in business, you often do not need a formal education. Of course, they could also go into a trade. But if not, then there's not much of a future for them. So, the "problem" if there is one, isn't with your kids - it's really you telling your kids that they are smart but that they have to take their schoolwork seriously and give up most of the "fun" things they were previously so happy to do around the clock. If you can "enforce" that system - of being learning-oriented and shunning play - then you might see them pass the standardized test and advance one day.

bakgwailo said...

Billy, your kids are slow? Never would have thought that, what with such a great and well written role model such as yourself. BTW, love your overt disdain for anyone of Chinese descent and your innate ability to push forward stereotypes.