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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

April 16, 2015
Follow Your Bliss

Community Walk-a-thon and Artful Upcycling
Seymour
Teaching Students How to Talk Less and Think More

Guide to Being Awesome
Camps
Featured Event
A Stellar Experience
Talking Less and Thinking More continued
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  Follow Your Bliss

(ABC_Feb 2015) Girl_FollowYourBliss3.jpg"If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are - if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." -Joseph Campbell

Interesting how the profound is often simple, yet challenging to achieve.  What can we as parents take from this wisdom and apply to our own lives and our children's lives?  For some of us, identifying our own "bliss" has been a series of efforts.  This in itself is modeling for our children.  The challenge in guiding our children is to structure a family environment that nurtures, civilizes and allows for imaginations to soar.

The April calendar is full of family events.  We've included (below) some you may want to plan ahead for: Adventure Sports' Kelp Pickling class, an outdoor and cooking adventure and Makers Faire, full of awesome inventions to spark imaginations.  Should you be slightly unsure of what your own bliss truly is, tune in to TedX Radio talks for inspiration.  In fact, if you have tweens and teens, attend the TedX Santa Cruz "Radical Collaboration" April 24th!

Christy Starr, a graduate student at UCSC is doing a study on girls 6-9, parenting concerns, school, media, family life, and future goals.  Would you like to participate? Go here for more information.

The Weekend   ~ Parenting Support  ~  Parks  Museums 

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter and for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee

 

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  Community Walk-a-thon and Artful Upcycling

 Family Fun at Summit for the Planet

(ABC_Feb 2015) Summit_Group275.jpgPut aside the paint and brushes, sewing machines are the new "media" in the Mount Madonna School (MMS) art room this spring, as all middle school and some high school students are busy crafting stylish, reusable tote bags from favorite old t-shirts. Dubbed "Artful Upcycling" by art teacher and professional artist, Sandy Shaw, the finished bags will be on display - and possibly for sale - at the 9th annual Summit for the Planet on Saturday, April 25.

The "upcycling" doesn't stop there: the popular Trash Fashion show will again take center stage and an exhibition of students' recycled sculptures is also planned.

(ABC_Feb 2015) Summit_BoyGreenMustache.jpg"The kids are enjoying the hands-on 3-D design and construction aspect of the Upcycling and Trash Fashion project," commented Shaw. "We started with a class discussion about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling - and recreating to help inspire students and get their creative ideas flowing. I want all of them to be excited about participating. Middle school students will each create two Upcycle Bags, along with either a "Trash Fashion' garment or a sculpture. It's gratifying to see them move through the creative process of idea generation and having an abstract concept, to developing a 3-D physical piece of work!"

(ABC_Feb 2015) Summit_Snake2.jpgIn addition to the students' creations, an array of family-themed "green" activities will be showcased at the upcoming Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Celebration (SFP). Hosted by Mount Madonna School, this FREE public event combines a 5K fundraising walk-a-thon supporting local nonprofits with an eco-carnival, solar car races, music, wildlife, "green" shopping, learning expo and organic foods.

"Trash Fashion creativity is a sight to behold," adds Trash Fashion emcee and first grade teacher, Cassia Laffin. "We've had skirts made from paint sample cards and plastic bottle dresses. Every design is truly unique. Students, repurpose the most simple or exotic of household items or rescue items from your recycle bin that were destined for the landfill; create a fresh, new look, then, take the runway as you model your design!"

(ABC_Feb 2015) Summit_BoysRunning.jpgFestivities will begin at 9:00am with walk-a-thon registration; the walk begins at 10:00am. The celebration will get underway as the walkers return, and concludes at 1:30pm. 

Celebration participants will spotlight sustainable "eco-living' and education, and include a range of environmentally-focused businesses and nonprofits, including the Wildlife Education Rehabilitation Center (WERC), Allterra Solar, Bay Area Amphibian and Reptile Society (BAARS), Mt. Madonna Stables, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Uncie Ro's Pizza and The Penny Ice Creamery. Some 400 people of all ages, from across south Silicon Valley and the Monterey Bay areas are expected to attend.

Sponsors are essential for sustaining SFP and organizers are honored that numerous local businesses and organizations are participating, some of which include the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation, SunRidge Farms, First Class Fundraising, KAZU 90.3FM, the Register-Pajaronian, Morgan Hill Times, Gilroy Dispatch, Hollister Free Lance, SantaCruzParent.com and Out and About magazine..

(ABC_Feb 2015) Summit_TutuRunner.jpgLast year SFP raised $28,000. This funding augments a broad array of school programs and activities including performing and visual arts, athletics, science, technology, outdoor education, field trips, school assemblies and classroom materials. Why is the event so successful? All organizations have a choice when it comes to fundraising and what they choose to do is a reflection of who they are and what they value most.

"Summit for the Planet is a wonderful way for the Mount Madonna School community to come together and showcase our values," shared Prema Gammons, Summit for the Planet coordinator. "We encourage our students to be stewards of the earth and this event allows all ages to have fun while learning why caring for the planet is so important. One of the many wonderful attributes of MMS is its beautiful campus of 355 forest acres which walk-a-thon participants get to enjoy during this event."

Things to know when you go:
9th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Celebration, April 25 from 9:00am-1:30pm*. Hosted by Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. There is a $25 fee to walk and receive a t-shirt. The celebration is a FREE event. For more information or to sponsor a walker, visit: SummitforthePlanet.org and on Facebook at facebook.com/summitfortheplanet, or email Prema Gammons at prema.gammons@mountmadonna.org.

*Walk-a-thon participants must pre-register; registration begins at 9:00am; the walk begins at 10:00am.

Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.

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  Teaching Students How to Talk Less and Think More

 

This week's question comes from a discussion on my Facebook feed, in which Mark North, an instructor at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., asked for suggestions about how to manage students who monopolize class time with their comments. I often get the flip side of this question from parents who say their child's teacher calls on some students and not others, or from parents who are concerned that their quiet child gets overlooked in class.

Classroom management is a constant, and complex, balancing act. Teachers must weigh the needs of individual students against the progress of the class as a whole; supporting the enthusiasm of one without sacrificing the engagement of the rest. Nearly every teacher I know has been accused of...Find out!>>>>

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer and speaker. She writes about parenting and education for The New York Times, The Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio Her book, "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed," will be published by HarperCollins in 2015. Find her at JessicaLahey.com.

 
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Come to the Arboretum's Spring Plant Sale!
Saturday, April 18
Members: 10:00am-4:00pm  Public: noon-4:00pm
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  Guide to Being Awesome

(ABC_Feb 2015) Book_KidPresident.jpg"This is LIFE, people You've got air coming through your nose You've got a heartbeat That means it's time to do something " announces Kid President in his book, Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome. From YouTube sensation (75 million views and counting ) to Hub Network summer series star, Kid President--ten-year-old Robby Novak--and his videos have inspired millions to dance more, to celebrate life, and to throw spontaneous parades.

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyonce ), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer. Grab a corn dog and settle in to your favorite comfy chair. Pretend it's your birthday (In fact, treat everyone like it's THEIR birthday ) Kid President is here with a 240-page, full-color Guide to Being Awesome that'll spread love and inspire the world.

(ABC_Feb 2015) RobbyNovak.jpgRobby Novak is known to millions as Kid President. He is 11 years old. He loves corndogs and basketball and has kissed Beyonce. Together, he and his brother-in-law, Brad Montague, are on a mission to inspire kids and grown-ups to make the world more awesome. Robby has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a brittle bone condition that has resulted in his having more than 70 breaks since birth. His condition doesn't keep him from living large, busting out sweet dance moves on a daily basis, or honoring his presidential writing duties alongside Brad. This is their first book.

  Camps

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  Featured Event

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April

in the Parks

 

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School Corner

Soquel High School, About Engineering 4/16


Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings in the Kindergarten 4/18

 

Chartwell School & The New High School Project 1-12, Tuesday Open House 4/21

 

Spring Hill School K-8, Puttin' on the Ritz 4/21

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 4/22-29

 

Central, SV & Aptos Libraries Grades 5-8, Hands on Build Your Future 3/5 - 5/20

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Open Visits M-F

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MANGA MADNESS

for TEENS!

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Free Comics

Free Food

Raffle Prizes

May 7, 4-6pm


Watsonville Public Library

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April is Anniversary Month at Palace!

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2015 marks our 66th Anniversary and we're celebrating with some giveaways on our Facebook Page!

Be sure to Like Palace Art on Facebook and tune in on Thursdays in April at 11am! We'll be testing your knowledge on the history of Palace and giving away $50 gift certificates to spend in our stores to the first to answer our trivia questions correctly! Good luck!

 

FREE

ACTIVITIES

 

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 A Stellar Experience

Star Gazing at Quail Hollow Ranch

Learn about the stars and moon through telecsope viewing.
Friday, 4/17 from 8:00pm - midnight
Ages: All

Free

Have you ever wanted to get a good look at the nighttime sky but didn't have good enough equipment? Borrow the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club's amazing telescopes and enjoy breathtaking view of planets, stars, nebula and other celestial neighbors. You'll learn all about our stellar neighbors as club members explain what you're seeing through the eyepiece. Dress warmly.

Join the Santa Cruz Astronomy Club as they share their optical equipment and moon and star gazing know-how. Due to the moon phase being so close to a new moon, stars and planets should be fairly visible-especially out in the wilds of the Valley, where on many nights the Milky Way is visible.

Bundle up but don't worry about bringing a rain coat, as rain or clouds cancel the event. Call 831.335.9348 for more information.

Location: 800 Quail Hollow Rd., Felton Map Phone: 831.335.9348 •website Felton

Earth Day Santa Cruz
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  Earth Day Santa Cruz
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 04/22/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Activities for all ages, delicious food and live music!
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Prepare your Teen for their Future
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  Prepare your Teen for their Future
Cabrillo College and Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Sa (Apr 11-May 9) from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Details: 3 Session Positive Discipline Series for Parents of Teens
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 479-6331 view all details >>
     
Easter Egg Hunt
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  Easter Egg Hunt
Kennolyn Camp
Date: 04/15/2017 at 10:00am
Details: 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt FREE event for the entire family
City: Soquel view all details >>
     
Four O'Clock Friday Yoga Classes for Kids and Adults!
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  Four O'Clock Friday Yoga Classes for Kids and Adults!
Luma Yoga and Family Center
Date: Every Fri from 4:00pm to 5:20pm
Ages: Kids (3 and up), Adults all ages
Details: Come enjoy Luma yoga classes for parents and children on Friday afternoon!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 325-2620 view all details >>
     
Follow Your Bliss
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May Faire and Open House
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  May Faire and Open House
Orchard School
Date: 05/16/2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Enjoy live music, a May Pole dance at 1:30, face painting, kids' crafts & activities, local artisans, a big water slide (bring s
Special Instructions: 5. under 3 free
City: Soquel Phone: 831-464-5660 view all details >>
     
Follow Your Bliss
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SCPENS 2nd Annual Sip & Nibble Silent Auction and 40th Anniversa
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Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School - SCPENS
Date: 04/19/2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: Adults 21+
Details: SCPENS is proud to celebrate 40 years! Silent auction, local wine and beer, food, live music, and more.
Special Instructions: Get your tickets early! Limited tickets will be available at the door.
City: Soquel Phone: (831) 425-4495 view all details >>
     
Sequoia Trail Wildflower Walk
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  Sequoia Trail Wildflower Walk
State Park Big Basin
Date: 06/20/2015 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Details: Learn to identify many of Big Basin's species of native mosses, lichens, fungi, wildflowers and plants.
Special Instructions: Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8861 view all details >>
     
Follow Your Bliss
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Omega Nu's 25th Annual Ducky Derby
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  Omega Nu's 25th Annual Ducky Derby
Omega Nu of Santa Cruz
Date: 04/30/2016 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Ages: All
Details: 26th Annual Ducky Derby - Omega Nu
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 479-4070 view all details >>
     
Follow Your Bliss
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Tedx Santa Cruz 2015
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TedX Santa Cruz
Date: 04/24/2015 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
Details: Features riveting talks and performances from a diverse range of inspired, innovative and renowned speakers and artists.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Hides & Tallow
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  Hides & Tallow
State Park Mission
Date: 01/14/2017 at 1:00pm
Details: Learn about the major products of the mission especially leather and tallowl
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
     
Follow Your Bliss
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  Talking Less and Thinking More continued

...ignoring a particular student or of favoring one student - or class of students - over another. When this accusation is directed at me, I try to remind parents that in a class of 20 or 30 or more students, it can be a challenge to hear each child's voice in the crowd and take note of nonverbal engagement. Furthermore, a child may be painfully aware of the fact that she did not get called last Thursday, but fail to notice or remember that there were 20 other hands in the air at the same time as hers.

One suggestion, provided by JC Clapp, an English teacher at North Seattle Community College, also in Washington State, emerged as a favorite in the Facebook discussion thread:

I deal out playing cards and then students put their card on the table when they make a comment. That way, they can't comment again until everybody else has put their cards on the table. This encourages students to speak that don't usually, and it forces students who pipe up all of the time to choose their comments carefully.

Peter D. Ford III, a middle school math teacher in Inglewood, Calif. (Twitter bio: "my classroom is tough so the rest of your life won't be"), offered a twist on the Clapp technique in an email: "I keep cards with each student's name on them, then use them during instruction and class activities to elicit student responses, calling upon them randomly. I've never had students or parents complain about me calling on students unfairly."

For a big-picture perspective on classroom management and student engagement, I turned to Doug Lemov and his book, "Teach Like a Champion." The recently released 2.0 edition comes with a DVD that illustrates the teaching techniques that Mr. Lemov describes, so I spent one snowy weekend reading about and watching master teachers at work.

After my "Teach Like a Champion" binge weekend, I wrote Mr. Lemov to ask for his perspective on balancing class participation. He replied with a reminder: class participation doesn't have to be verbal to be valuable. Once you realize that, Mr. Lemov wrote, it's easy to make class participation fair and inclusive. His email continues:

I watched a video of a teacher named Maggie Johnson the other day - she was teaching "To Kill a Mockingbird." She asked a question and about three-quarters of the kids shot their hands into the air. When a kid thinks, "I never get called on" it's this kind of question they are thinking of, the one everyone wants to talk about. "I can't wait to talk about it with you," Maggie says, "but you've got to write about it first. Two minutes to answer in your packets. Go!" Those kids wrote, and she then could circulate and respond to their ideas. It was beautiful because she so clearly took their energy to talk and translated it into a more productive energy, the energy to write - which is not only more rigorous but everyone gets to do it.

Another important tool for classroom management is silence, or "wait time." Mr. Lemov advocates for this quiet time in "Teach Like a Champion" because, "The answers the teacher can expect to get after less than a second's reflection are unlikely to be the richest, the most reflective, or the most developed his students can generate."

The benefits that flow from a few seconds of silence between question and answer, are manifold, Mr. Lemov writes. In those seconds, students have time to develop richer, more thoughtful answers. Evidence has the opportunity to emerge from memory, and assemble in support of those answers. Knee-jerk "I don't know" responses can give way to more thoughtful contemplation. Best of all, those seconds are precious gifts to students with slower processing speeds and weaker working memory, students who would like to contribute to class discussion if only the runaway train of class discussion would slow down a bit.

We all feel rushed in today's classroom - to teach, to question, to respond - but increasingly, we need to teach children how to close their mouths and open their minds. Silence, whether packaged as a reflective writing period, a mandatory three-second waiting time on student responses, or simply as a moment of quiet reflection between subjects, is golden.

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