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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

August 15, 2019
They're Back!
Great books that teach character and coping skills

Messages from Teachers

Sign Seen Outside School Entry

50 Questions To Ask Your Kids
Fun Events!
Save these conversation prompts!
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  They're Back!

(0 A August 2019) LitWitsWhoWeAreBeckyandJenny.jpgJust in time for the school year, Becky and Jenny are back with a list of 100+ great books that teach character and coping skills!

Thanks Becky and Jenny for recommending Francisco Jimenez' The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child. I couldn't put it down. Jimenez writes beautifully and simply from the perspective of a child about his family's journey to (0 A August 2019) Book_TheCircuit.jpgseek a better life. We gain a glimpse into a patriarchal family held together with the father's powerful work ethic, the mother's equally strong, softening influence, and their values of respect, honesty and responsibility. As well as a testament to the importance of family and mentors in our schools in the growth of children, what's exceptional about this autobiographical story is the message that ANYONE in America, can persevere to achieve desired goals. This is a book to read aloud with the family. Happily, there are several in the series.

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

  Great books that teach character and coping skills

100+ great books that teach character and coping skills from the famous LitWit ladies! Learn more at LitWits.com. Here are a few!

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Imagine your children/students happily engaging with great books- and learning strong character traits, coping skills, and academic lessons!" Learn how Becky and Jenny inspire young readers...>>>>>>

 

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  Messages from Teachers

by Anonymous (Thank you Shari!)

When I look around my classroom I can't tell you
Who Crawled first
Who walked before one
Who spoke in sentences by 15 months
If parents breast fed or bottle fed
If they still wear pullups at night
If they potty trained at 18 months or 4 years old
If their mom ever left them to cry it out for a few minutes
If they strapped them to their bodies 24/7...

I can tell
Which families value kindness and manners in their homes
When a child feels loved and secure at home (and at school)
Who has pizza and movie Friday Family nights
Which moms & dads read in different voices for bedtimes

I see
How kids handle scary situations like thunderstorms
Who has chores and responsibilities

(0 A August 2019) SchoolMomDaughter.jpgI can hear... How you speak to your children by the way they speak to others

When I look at my little friends I don't see their milestones; I see who they are: their heart, their actions, their inner voices, their struggles and triumphs, and I see you and all the love you pour into them.

We are always supposed to talk about testing and benchmarks and data during parent teacher conferences .  Last year a mom looked at me and said "I don't worry about all the reading and math...she will get there. I want to know... how is she as a person? Is she kind? Does she include others?

That took my breath away. Go easy mamas, just love your little ones. It's all they need.

 

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  Sign Seen Outside School Entry

(0 A August 2019) Schoolkinder.jpgDear Parents,

We would like to remind you that magic words such as "Hello," "Please," "I'm sorry," "Thank you," and "You're welcome" all begin to be learned AT HOME.

It's also AT HOME that children learn to be honest, on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, show respect for their elders and teachers.

HOME is also where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.

HOME is where they learn to be organized, to take care of their belongings, and that it's not okay to poke at others.

HERE AT SCHOOL, on the other hand, we teach language, penmanship, literature, mathematics, history, geography, physics, sciences, physical education, music, drama and art. We continue reinforcing the social and life-skills education children receive AT HOME from their parents.

 
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  50 Questions To Ask Your Kids

...Instead Of Asking "How Was Your Day"

by Leslie Means, Her View From Home

We asked our Her View From Home writers to share some of their favorite conversation starters with their kids. These are especially great after a long school day when your babies don't want to chat.

Here are some of their favorites! 

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed? 
  3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
  4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
  5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
  6. What's the word of the week?
  7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
  8. Did anyone cry?
  9. What did you do that was creative?
  10. What is the most popular game at recess?  all 50...>>>>>>
  Fun Events!

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1st Days are imminent!

And then, God looked down and saw the frazzled momma.

He saw how she was worn from playing referee.


From breaking up fights, and enforcing discipline, and hushing shouts.
He saw how she was tired from long days.

Days entertaining.
Days splashing in the pool. And playing at the park.  Hot, hot, exhausting summer days.

 

He looked down and saw her work.  The way the laundry never ended-the towels and swimsuits.


And the dirty dishes that didn't stop.
And the messes-all the many many messes.

 

God looked down and He saw her there, never finding a moment of silence.
Chaos abounding. No sense of a schedule to be found.

 

He saw her-the way she felt like she might lose her ever-loving mind from it all.


Maybe it was heat exhaustion?
Or brain overload?
Or the mass amounts of shouting and screaming?

 

Either way, God looked down at the frazzled momma.
Seeing how she loved her babies so, but how she felt as if the babies must go.


And so, God gave something to that momma . . .

We call it back-to-school.

Sarah Lango

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Pet Portrait

by a 9 year old

Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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  Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Roaring Camp
Date: 08/17/2019 at 6:00pm
Details: Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Special Instructions: July 20, August 17, September 14, October 5
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
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  Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival
City of Santa Cruz
Date: 08/18/2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing, taste of the tropics- fresh flower leis, Hawaiian shaved ice, Maori face pain
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-420-5273 view all details >>
     
Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
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  Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Roaring Camp
Date: 08/17/2019 at 6:00pm
Details: Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
Special Instructions: July 20, August 17, September 14, October 5
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Natural History Ink Journaling Workshop on the California Scrub
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  Natural History Ink Journaling Workshop on the California Scrub
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 08/15/2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Details: Learn to illustrate the California scrub jay in ink with artist Hajra Meeks at SCMNH!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 420-6115 view all details >>
     
Build Character and Coping Skills
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  Build Character and Coping Skills
Date:
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Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
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  Skill and Luck: Games of the Mission
State Park Mission
Date: 08/17/2019 at 1:00pm
Details: Gather round the table and play a board game set in the 18th century
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
Free Family Movie Night
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Santa Cruz County Parks
Date: 08/16/2019 from 8:45pm to 11:45pm
Details: A series of free outdoor movie events Incredibles 2
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Build Character and Coping Skills
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  Build Character and Coping Skills
Date:
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Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
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  Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival
Chamber of Commerce Scotts Valley
Date: Every day (Aug 17-Aug 18) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Come enjoy fine art, wine & beer tasting, great food, and live entertainment in an open park setting
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Friday Night Bands at the Beach
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  Friday Night Bands at the Beach
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every Fri (Jun 14-Aug 30)
Details: Bring the family and your blanket or low back chair and join us for these classic bands!
Special Instructions:
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Pride and Prejudice
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  Pride and Prejudice
Santa Cruz Shakespeare
Date: Every day (Jul 9-Aug 31)
Details: Fast-paced, off-beat, and irreverent!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket
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  SPECIAL GUEST CAMPFIRE: Nature's Supermarket
State Park Big Basin
Date: Every Su (Jul 11-Aug 25) at 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: How would you make dinner if you lived in Big Basin 500 years ago?
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8883 view all details >>
     
Food Truck Summer Series
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  Food Truck Summer Series
Brothers Promotions
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month (Jun 21-Aug 17) at 5:30pm
Ages: All
Details: Each month will showcase local artisans, dance troupes, local bands and musicians. This will be a family friendly event with fun
Special Instructions: North end of Pacific Avenue between Locust and Water
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
Live Oak Grange
Date: The 4th Fri of every month at 7:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Come dance with us! Live music * easy to learn * high energy * great community!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Music at Sky Park
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  Music at Sky Park
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: The last Su of every month (Jul 28-Sep 29) from 2:30pm to 6:00pm
Details: GREAT Lineup for our 2019 CONCERTs and they're FREE!
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
Back to School Camp
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Watsonville PAL
Date: Every day (Aug 16-Aug 18)
Ages: 6th - 10th grade
Details: PAL has partnered with Camp Hammer to offer this FREE retreat, which is designed to encourage youth to stay focused on the new s
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-763-4147 view all details >>
     
     
  Save these conversation prompts!

Make a list. Highlight, copy and paste.

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed? 
  3. Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
  4. Does everyone have a friend at recess?
  5. What was the book about that your teacher read?
  6. What's the word of the week?
  7. Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
  8. Did anyone cry?
  9. What did you do that was creative?
  10. What is the most popular game at recess?
  11. What was the best thing that happened today?
  12. Did you help anyone today?
  13. Did you tell anyone "thank you?"
  14. Who did you sit with at lunch?
  15. What made you laugh?
  16. Did you learn something you didn't understand?
  17. Who inspired you today?
  18. What was the peak and the pit?
  19. What was your least favorite part of the day?
  20. Was anyone in your class gone today?
  21. Did you ever feel unsafe?
  22. What is something you heard that surprised you?
  23. What is something you saw that made you think?
  24. Who did you play with today?
  25. Tell me something you know today that you didn't know yesterday.
  26. What is something that challenged you?
  27. How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
  28. Did you like your lunch?
  29. Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
  30. Did anyone get in trouble today?
  31. How were you brave today?
  32. What questions did you ask at school today?
  33. Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!). 
  34. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  35. What are you reading?
  36. What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  37. Teach me something I don't know.
  38. If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  39. (For older kids):  Do you feel prepared for your history test?" or, "Is there anything on your mind that you'd like to talk about?" (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
  40. Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
  41. What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
  42. What kind of person were you today?
  43. What made you feel happy? 
  44. What made you feel proud?
  45. What made you feel loved?
  46. Did you learn any new words today?
  47. What do you hope to do before school is out for the year?
  48. If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
  49. What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
  50. If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
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