Read Across America Day, should you use your 529 plan to pay for private school tuition, Patterson High School has a new girls’ lax team, Bloom battles, and more. Check out this week’s round up of news and fun links, curated with Baltimore moms in mind.

In Case You Missed It: Curated with Baltimore Moms in Mind

In Case You Missed It: March 2, 2018

Today, March 2, is a great day to read to your kids. Well, honestly, any day is a great day but TODAY is the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. (Fun fact: he would have been 108 years old this year). If you have a real Dr. Seuss fanatic on your hands, be sure to check out Charles Village Pub’s Lunch with Dr. Seuss next weekend. 

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, DMG Foods is set to open next week at 400 E. 29th St. in Waverly as the first nonprofit market owned by the Salvation Army. The 7,000-square-foot store is a $2.2 million investment for the nonprofit and will be operated in partnership with the Maryland Food Bank. DMG stands for “Doing More Good,” the Salvation Army’s motto. The store is set to open on March 7th at 11 AM. Prices will be about 5 percent lower than traditional chain grocery stores, according to the BBJ article. This could be the beginning of a new national model and ability to bring healthy, affordable food to families already receiving SNAP benefits.

Under new federal law, starting with the 2018 tax year, you can withdraw $10,000 per student per year from a 529 plan to pay for primary or secondary education. Unlike funding for college, however, this money can be spent only on school tuition (not textbooks, computers, or other fees or activities). Since states administer the funds, not all have tweaked their rules to align with the new federal law; Maryland, however, has announced that they will go along with the federal change and consider K-12 withdrawals a qualified 529 expense. Even though you can use a 529 plan, should you? The Baltimore Sun provides their analysis

Congrats to the new Baltimore Weddings magazine! Baltimore Bride announced that they were rebranding as Baltimore Weddings in 2019. “We feel it better reflects all the couples we love highlighting and celebrating in our pages!” said magazine on Instagram. They’ll also use the rebranding as an opportunity to refresh their issue & completely overhaul their website.

Patterson High School in Baltimore City has never had a Girls’ Lacrosse team — until now! All of the girls on the team are brand new to the sport and are incredibly excited to learn from their new coach and first-year Baltimore City Public School biology teacher, Zoe Stukenberg. However, they need gear. According to their GoFundMe website, “Due to budgetary issues, the school is not able to fund gear for the girls, especially since it is a brand new program at PHS and we are nearing the end of the fiscal year.” Consider donating to their campaign. They are about $600 shy of their $3500 goal. 

Last week we shared The New York Times’ Guide to Being Happy. This week, take a look at NPR’s interview with author Bill Stixrud of The Self-Driven Child. Stixrud, a neuropsychologist, has spent the past 30 years helping parents and kids navigate life’s challenges and co-authored the book, which lays out a strategy for fostering a child’s agency. “Agency may be the one most important factor in human happiness and well-being.” A highlight from the interview: 

When my daughter was in high school, she came to a lecture I gave on the adolescent brain, in which I mentioned this low correlation between grades and success and how research on valedictorians suggests that they don’t do better than other college graduates once they’re in their mid-20s. Driving home, she said, “You know, I liked the lecture, but I don’t really believe that you believe that stuff about the grades.”

I told her, “I absolutely believe it.” In fact, I believed it enough that I offered her a hundred bucks to get a C on her next report card.

Have mad flower arranging skills? Check out Local Color Flowers’ upcoming Bloom Battle on Friday, April 6th! Design a floral arrangement at their studio (flowers and tools provided). Judging takes place the next day. Everyone keeps their arrangements after the contest and winners get prizes.

Movement Lab in Hampden has announced more Mom and Me Antigravity Adventures this spring — and even a new Mom & Me Bollywood class. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a little quality time with your little one, definitely check them out! (They’re also having a Hamilton Nia Class for adults. We might just have to check that one out…)

The most inspiring image we’ve seen this week? Ben Hines snapped this moment at the National Portrait Gallery yesterday and shared on his personal Facebook page. It’s been shared over 1,100 times. Pretty sure this was exactly the response artist Amy Sherald hoped for.


Lead image courtesy of Local Color Flowers’ Facebook Page.