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FREE ACT Practice Test for College Bound 11th Graders!

Help us spread the word, moms!  College Nannies & Tutors of Overland Park invites college-bound 11th graders to take a practice ACT test to gauge their current achievement level and readiness for college entrance exams.

Most colleges require every candidate to provide, along with an extensive application, results either on the ACT or SAT test.  The ACT is designed to provide college admissions officers with two things: an evaluation of readiness for academic success in college, and a common yardstick to use in comparing students from a wide range of educational backgrounds.

“Putting time into preparation for the ACT is valuable because it builds confidence, reduces test anxiety, and reveals the student’s strengths and areas of improvement from each practice test to the next,” says Heather Abello, Franchise Support Specialist with College Nannies & Tutors Development.  “College admissions tests should be taken seriously by students because they can bolster a college application.  In some cases, schools will offer scholarships for scores that are in the top five to ten percentile.”

The Free Practice ACT will be given November 20, 2010 and January 29, 2011 at the College Tutor’s Overland Park Learning Center, beginning at 8:45am.  The tests will start at 9am; the ACT will conclude at 12:15pm.  The College Tutors Overland Park Learning Center mimics the setting and timing of the actual ACT test.  Students will grade their own test immediately upon completion and will leave with their results.  Suggestions for study plans will also be provided to students interested in increasing their scores.  Parents are required to attend a 15-minute informational session, while their student grades their test, at 12:30pm.

“The value of knowing your benchmark score on an ACT– without having to take it under real testing conditions – is that it is a more accurate predictor of a student’s capability on this test than the PLAN,” says Heather.  The PLAN is a preliminary ACT given in the fall of 10th grade.

To register, please contact College Nannies & Tutors at the Overland Park Learning Center at (913)754-3633, or send an email to overlandparkks@collegetutors.com.  Registration closes by 3pm the Friday before each test.

Danger in a Spray Bottle


As a parent, we all know that we are encouraged to store toxic household cleaner in locked cabinets, out of the sight and out reach of children. This is of course good advice and while this advice may have helped considerably, with injury from cleaning products in children declining 46 percent since 1990, a new study by The Center for Injury Research and Policy published by the American Academy of Pediatrics demonstrates that children under age 6 are still at high risk of poisoning and other injuries from cleaning products in the home. Spray bottles are the most common source of injury, especially those containing bleach-based products.  Despite our best efforts to keep these and other products locked away, US poison control centers still receive hundreds of thousands of calls each year because of unintentional poisonings from cleaning products. Each call is more than just a number; it can be a very scary moment in the life of a family.  Nearly 12,000 children

were sick enough to be treated in US hospital emergency departments in 2006 alone.

Is the old childproofing strategy out of date?   The answer to this question is yes. We haven’t seen much improvement in overall injury rates since 1996, and injuries from cleaners in spray bottles have actually increased.   With more effective non-toxic cleaning products now available that also get the job done, when it comes to childproofing, expectant mothers and parents of young children should also replace their toxic household cleaning products with non-toxic ones.  This not only reduces the risk of immediate injury and the exposure of ongoing toxins for children in the home but also for mothers who are using these toxic products.

Who is at risk?

The Center for Injury Research and Policy reviewed 17 years of emergency room data for children under age 6 to analyze the injuries from household cleaners:

· More than 80 percent of poisonings occur while at home

· Children age 1 to 3 account for 72 percent of injuries

· Boys (59 percent) are more likely affected than girls (41 percent)

· One-year-olds account for 46 percent of injuries

How are they injured?

· Poisoning is the most common (68 percent), followed by

chemical burns (16 percent), and other injuries to the skin or eyes

(10 percent)

· Spray bottles are the most common source (40 percent), followed

by regular containers (30 percent), kitchenware (14 percent), and

recently cleaned items (8 percent)

· Bleach is the most common product ingredient (37 percent),

followed by acids/alkalis, detergents, and


What’s the Solution?

An easy one: Effective, non-toxic cleaners are available for every common household cleaning job so it just makes sense to replace your toxic cleaners with those that are non-toxic.  Something to think about: You make sure your child is buckled up in the safest car seat on the market right?  So why not make the same choice to have a safer, toxin-free home.

We shop from a company that manufactures all household/personal care products that are safe and healthy.  I’d be happy to share the information with you.

Submitted by Gina Neef,

Preschool Indoor Playground Tomorrow – Thur Nov 4th!

Thursday, November 04, 2010
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Organization: Merriam Park & Recreation
Event Name: Preschool Indoor Playground
Location: Irene B. French Community Center
Event Price: $2.50 per child/per day
Details: Toddlers can ride, slide and climb on our indoor per-school playground every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:30am-11:30am. Inflatable bouncers, Little Tykes riding toys and MORE will entertain your little ball of energy. Parents must supervise their own children during this special play group.
Contact: Dave Smothers
Phone: 913-322-5550
Email: daves@merriam.org