April Newsletter                                                     2010
In This Issue
Momversation Blog - RSVP or TTYN
Jewish Journal Article
NY Subway Etiquette
"Introductory Course" for Children
"Manners Camp"
"Let's Dance!" Cotillion Schedule 2010
"RSVP or TTYN" - Do We Pay A Social Price for Not Responding?
RSVP Blog 

Our latest blog for Momversation made it into RadarOnline's Daily Roundup. Woo hoo!!


  Check out the 411 as we lay down some hard and fast rules on how to properly RSVP!

"Embody the Mitzvah Through Manners"

Mitzvah Manners

The bar or bat mitzvah is a rite of passage into adulthood - a milestone event in the life of a young Jew and his or her family. Everything that happens during this time-honored celebration is a reflection on him or her, and it is the responsibility of the bar or bat mitzvah, as host, to set the tone and maintain decorum throughout - from the religious service to the reception afterward. 
Read our etiquette tips featured in last week's Jewish Journal.
BHM loves NYC!
Subway Etiquette 
We think this idea by brave artist, Jay Shells, is fabulous!  He was tired of the little irrations he experienced while riding Manhattan's subways and decided to take matters into his own hands by creating a "Subway Etiquette"  poster campaign.  After surveying 100 people he narrowed the posters down to the top 10 grievances.   
Manners Marathon

The Huffington Post featured an article written by Jodi R. R. Smith that I found interesting. She titled it "Manners Marathon" which was a metaphor for all the training, planning and preparation that is frequently involved with being well-mannered and behaving appropriately in the world.  This visual of the marathon resonated for me because I often share with clients that being well-mannered is sometimes hard work and takes practice. She lays out a few common scenarios that drive home the point that a small dose of decency and thoughtfulness can make a big difference in "winning the race". 

Table Setting

We are proud to announce our latest endeavor with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.  Beverly Hills Manners will be presenting a 6-week pilot program for the city's youth, ages 12 to 15.  The  series will consist of etiquette and manners training followed by a yearlong mentoring program including educational and cultural outings for the children to put into practice all they have learned.  We are grateful for this amazing opportunity and know it will be a rewarding experience.  
Last month marked the final session of the first season of our "Let's Dance!" Cotillion and it was truly a memorable evening.  The red carpet theme set the tone while the children received their Certificates of Completion and celebrated with family and friends.  Many of the boys and girls shared their positive experiences and were excited to return again in the Fall.  Now we are busy preparing for Cotillion 2010 with a newly revised curriculum, lineup of dances and special guests. Current registration is officially open.  Don't delay, reserve your space and receive a 10% early enrollment discount!
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we bring you our "From the Source" article from resident expert Rachel Sarnoff of EcoStiletto.com.  Rachel answers a few of our burning eco-manners questions, as well as enlightens us with great tips and advice for proper recycling.
Finally, April is a month for Spring cleaning and reorganization.  Take this time to add a little etiquette training into the agenda.  Enroll your children in one of our unique programs below or call us to inquire about private instruction.   
Happy Earth Day!
Lisa Gaché
Beverly Hills Manners
From The Source - Eco Manners & Recycling 
with Rachel Sarnoff, Founder of Ecostiletto.com

Rachel SarnoffBHM: What do you believe are the most important ways we can show good manners towards the environment?

ES: I think it's just a simple question of respect. If you respect something, you think about your impact. You consider your actions in a different way. We can't all be treehuggers all the time, but we can think about the choices we're making, and look for ways to act in more sustainable ways.  Click here to read more!

tea etiquette"Mother's Day Etiquette Tea"

Sunday, May 2, 2010
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Girls ages 8 and older

Celebrate Mother's Day early with a special mother and daughter tea in the library at the beautiful Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Join us for an afternoon of learning about the history and tradition of taking tea along with the various courtesies that are associated with any tea gathering.  A formal tea service will be served including a selection of tea sandwiches, pastries and scones as well as an assortment of the finest black, green and herbal teas.  Only a couple of spaces left. Sign up now!

"The Introductory Course"

Introductory Course Close UpSunday, May 16, 2010
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Children Ages 6 to 12
Our most popular class, the "Introductory Course" provides an overview into the world of manners and is full of interaction and practice for your child.  Children are instructed in all aspects of etiquette and protocol while developing fundamental character-building traits such as respect, compassion and common courtesies.  Sign up now!

"Manners Camp" is Back!!
Monday, June 28th - Thursday July 1st, 2010

Summer Camp11:00am to 2:00pm
Children ages 6 and up 
Welcome to
"Manners Camp" where children participate in a comprehensive and fun-filled program incorporating culture and etiquette.  Each camp session explores a particular comm theme and accompanying cultural activity introducing the children to new skills and techniques which assist them in becoming independent, well-rounded, and confident human beings.  In addition to the cultural component and etiquette lesson, each session will emphasize children's table and dining skills during a multi-course class lunch.  Sign up now!
"Let's Dance!" Cotillion 2010

Cotillion 2010Wednesday Evenings
9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 1/12, 2/23, 3/23
Grades 3 & 4 - 5pm to 6:30pm
Grades 5, 6 & 7 - 6:45pm to 8:15pm
Special Guests to Be Announced 
Beverly Hills Manners  is proud to present season two of our "Let's Dance!" Cotillion.  a modernized version of the traditional cotillion more aligned to meet the needs and desires of children today.  Our friendly, interactive and entertaining approach allows  them to absorb the material while recognizing the value and relevancy of these essential life tools. Limited space available. Sign up now!

Save 15%
Sign up early for "Manners Camp" and "Let's Dance!" Cotillion and receive an incredible 15% off of each program!  Enter the coupon code APRIL10 or attach this coupon to your enrollment form.  Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts! 
Offer Expires: April 30, 2010