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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

February 22, 2018
This should not have happened

One Parent's Long Term Solution

Pros & Cons on Cell Phones in Schools

Try Child Techniques with Adults

Fun Events!
Links to Articles About School Safety
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  This should not have happened

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This should not have happened. Our children should be safe in school but the world has changed and we have not caught up.

How to stop the murders of children in schools is a complex, multi-faceted problem. For every suggestion there are many facets. Pros and cons arise. Topics are privacy issues, background checks, mental health, gun types, gun control, the 2nd amendment; a myriad of federal, state and local gun control laws that are not always well enforced, concealed carry, metal detectors etc. It's hard for a citizen going about his/her daily life to know what's fact, fiction or a political agenda.

Following this latest school tragedy we've learned that there were many signals that the perpetrator was out of balance and desirous of becoming a "school shooter." Reported behaviors were missed or ignored by mental health authorities, police and the FBI. The school building was unlocked. Hello! We need to act locally, immediately to solve this problem.

We take this all in and try to imagine what we as individuals can do for our children in our community. While we can lobby, petition, vote for representatives who espouse our positions, write, etc. on a state and national level, on a local level there are many precautions we can take immediately to provide the very safest environments for our children. As parents, teachers, administrators, school boards, police, mental health persons, community leaders, faith organizations, et.al., we must arm ourselves with information, ie. read ALL positions, and provide the best possible preventative procedures. Some of this has been done locally. More may be needed.

Explore options. Examine pros and cons. Do the research. Ask questions. Contribute time and ideas.

One parent of a murdered child has come up with a long-term solution to include social-emotional growth in school curricula. This is great and many schools in our cmmunity include similar programs but in our current culture, we need to come at the problem with a sense of urgency from multiple approaches.

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

Have a safe and fun weekend with the family!  Parmalee

 

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  One Parent's Long Term Solution

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

(0 February 2018) ScarlettLewis.jpgby Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jessie Lewis. who was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School alongside 19 classmates and six educators.

Social and Emotional Learning is the SOLUTION. SEL is the most proactive and preventative mental health initiative there is AND the #1 way to cultivate a safe school environment.

Parents and educators let's continue implementing the solution. We offer a FREE comprehensive PreK-12th grade social and emotional learning program called the Choose Love Enrichment Program in our schools. Thank you for choosing love!!

I have dedicated my life to making sure that all children have access to SEL. We know through decades of scientific research that this is in our children's best interests AND the best interests of our society.

My heart goes out to the parents of the Parkland victims. I know the agony and despair well, having your precious child viciously massacred in what is supposed to be a safe haven. There are no words.

After every tragedy we react, argue, accuse, and become more fearful yet this has done NOTHIN(0 February 2018) JesseLewisChooseLoveFoundation.jpgG to prevent these shootings.

I've spent the last 5 years since my six year old was shot in his first grade classroom by a former student working on being part of the SOLUTION. I realized then, as I do now, that there is no-one 'out there' that is going 'fix' this. WE will have to mobilize and do it ourselves.

There is a SOLUTION that addresses the CAUSE of this devastation. There is no controversy or divisiveness about it because it makes so much sense, and has decades of scientific research backing it up, proving its effectiveness. It's called Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

Scientific research PROVES SEL increases academic performance while decreasing violence, substance abuse and incarceration.

IN FACT, SEL IS THE MOST PROACTIVE AND PREVENTATIVE MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE THERE IS. And the #1 way to cultivate a safe school environment.

There are external safety measures that need to be put in place now for our children's safety. A heartfelt THANK YOU to www.SafeandSoundSchools.org and Michele Gay and Alissa Parker, also parents of 6 year olds shot in their first grade classrooms, for providing this measure. Their efforts keep our kids safe externally. SEL keeps kids safe from the inside out by teaching them how to have positive and healthy relationships, meaningful connections, how to manage their emotions and feel kindness, caring and concern for themselves and others. Humans who feel love for one another will not want to harm one another. Period.

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ARE PREVENTABLE. And we know how to do it. We need to cultivate the courage to think proactively and preventively instead of reacting to our issues (bullying, suicide, substance abuse, etc.) and always being a step behind.

I am grateful for the thousands of people that have supported this effort including parents, educators, politicians and STUDENTS THEMSELVES who want to be PART OF THE SOLUTION!! This grassroots movement has spread throughout all 50 states and 45 countries BY WORD OF MOUTH because it WORKS. AND IT'S FREE.

I applaud the courageous educators leading this charge who are using the comprehensive PreK-12th grade Choose Love Enrichment program in their classrooms and ACTIVELY BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION.

Join us in this worldwide movement to Choose Love. We've positively impacted hundreds of thousands of students. THIS IS THE SOLUTION.

 

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  Pros & Cons on Cell Phones in Schools

Should The Parkland Shooting Change How We Think About Phones, Schools and Safety?

by Erin B. Logan & Erin B. Logan

While Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was on lockdown, with an active shooter in the building, students were on their phones. 

But do smartphones in students' hands really make schools safer? Or do they just make them feel safer? And could there be a cost to that feeling?

Ken Trump, the security expert, says phones can actually make us less safe in a crisis such as the one in Parkland. He ticks off several reasons....Continue>>>

 

7 adults went undercover as high-school students and found cell phones pose a much bigger problem than adults can imagine

by Mark Abadi

Seven young adults posed as high school students for a semester for the A&E documentary series "Undercover High."  They learned that social media is a bigger source of stress than teachers and parents were previously aware.  School staff often struggles to relate to the social media-related problems teenagers go through....Continue>>>

 

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  Try Child Techniques with Adults

The Hardest Thing to Remember When Your Child is Upset

by Janet Lansbury

I was running late for my parent-infant and toddler classes, and the only available parking spot required me to move a resident's trash bins a few inches. As I locked my car and started down the block, an elderly man suddenly appeared and confronted me. "Why did you move those?!" he growled, pointing toward the bins with his cane, his whole body vibrating with rage. He'd obviously seen me through his window.

I felt shame (a place I go easily), and that quickly turned to defensiveness and annoyance. He's seriously going to yell at me for moving his trash cans 3 inches? But I was well aware that arguing in confrontations like these doesn't get you anywhere. There's no point trying to reason with a dysregulated person, child or adult. Besides...Read more>>>>

 

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  Fun Events!
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Homeschool Day, 2/23

 

 

 

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ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

Explore the San Lorenzo River Series

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The River Through Time


Take a journey through time and learn how this waterway has shaped local communities, and how in turn, humans have affected the river.
 

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(831) 420-6115 

Every Saturday
2/3-4/21, 10 - noon

San Lorenzo River.
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Gene Dattel gives us an historical perspective, then answers hard hitting questions about government efforts to conquer the racial divide and gives surprising answers.

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Denali

A BIG dog who loves kittens and kids!

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Concert Two: 500th Birthday Celebration - Medici Codex
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Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
Date: 03/03/2018 at 7:30pm
Ages: All
Details: You will hear voices leaping in and out of one another, a big, moving sound, performed by four separate ensembles who have come
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
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UCSC Recreation
Date: 09/21/2018 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Ignite your passion for adventure, action & travel!
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Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
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  Maryjo Koch and the Art of Scientific Illustration
Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
Date: Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa (Jan 24-Mar 16) from 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Koch is one of the world's most accomplished naturalist painters around. Exquisite detail!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-459-2953 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Mar 25)
Ages: all
Details: Mozart and more!
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Exploring the San Lorenzo River - The River Through Time
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 02/23/2018 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Take a journey through time and learn how this waterway has shaped local communities, and how in turn, humans have affected the
Special Instructions: Registration required.
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Santa Cruz Symphony Children's and Family Concerts
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Santa Cruz County Symphony
Date: Every day (Mar 24-Mar 25)
Ages: all
Details: Mozart and more!
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Clam Chowder Cook-Off
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  Clam Chowder Cook-Off
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Feb 24-Feb 25)
Details: Join the fun and excitement as talented Chefs from throughout the West Coast compete for the glory of the BEST CLAM CHOWDER!
Special Instructions: Each Tasting Kit Includes 6 taste tickets, spoon, cup, and a People's Choice ballot.
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  Links to Articles About School Safety

(0 February 2018) SafeandSoundSchools_Logo.jpgWe've assembled this collection of recent articles on school safety in America to spark conversation and problem solving in your school community. Here, you can learn about current events in school safety and explore a wide range of opinions and ideas to share within your school community. As always, we encourage school communities to form their own opinions and customized approach to school safety. These articles may or may not express the views, opinions, or recommendations of Safe and Sound Schools.

Howard safety organization teaches community response to active assailant  Domestic terrorism is no longer limited to firearms, according to U.S. Secret Service employee Lois Blevins, so society must know how to respond quickly and appropriately in the event of an active assailant. Read the article: Howard safety organization teaches...

Sandy Hook's impact on school safety procedures in Central Virginia  Four years ago, 20 elementary school students and six teachers died as a result of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Read the article: Sandy Hook's impact on school safety procedures in Central.

After Howard death, panel calls for more school officers  A panel of state leaders has called upon Delaware to invest more in resource officers and other programs to halt violence in schools at a time when education advocates argue schools have never been safer. Read the article: After Howard death, panel calls for more...

Newtown Schools Implement NaviGate Prepared Cloud-Based Safety System  The cloud-based school safety system directly connects first responders with Newtown Public Schools' critical safety information. Read more: Newtown Schools Implement NaviGate Prepared Cloud-Based Safety...

Lockdown advice for Wythe parents  When a crisis strikes a community and schools go on lockdown it's probably every parent's worst nightmare. Parental instincts instruct parents to call schools and ensure their children are safe, but what some parents may not realize is that doing so could potentially...

A Physical Security Expert Gives Best Practices for Lockdowns and Door Locks  Campus Safety speaks with RETA Security President Paul Timm to get tips for upgrading door locks and executing effective lockdowns. Read the article: A Physical Security Expert Gives Best Practices for Lockdowns and Door...

Bastrop ISD's new police department to make campuses safer  People are pouring into Central Texas by the hundreds every day. And as the cities grow, so do the schools and concerns about safety. Read the article: Bastrop ISD's new police department to make campuses...

Fresno Unified invests $500,000 in gunshot-tracking technology  Police Chief Jerry Dyer introduces the Shotspotter Technology (SST) Flex Gunshot Detection System during a press conference at Fresno Police Headquarters in Fresno. Read the article: Fresno Unified invests $500,000 in gunshot-tracking...

Lockdowns save lives - Tuscarawas Valley educators learn at school safety summit  Lockdowns have saved the lives of many students and teachers, a nationally recognized expert on school safety told area educators and first responders at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Tuesday. Read the article: Lockdowns save lives - Tuscarawas Valley...

BUHS parents, students practice reunification drill  Next stage: Exercise guides students through evacuation process. Read the article: BUHS parents, students practice reunification drill 

Students Who Reported Ore. School Shooting Plot Praised  As the investigation reveals more information, it appears the brave students may have prevented a mass shooting. Read the article: Students Who Reported Ore. School Shooting Plot...

4 new ideas to protect New Jersey schools from mass shootings  State lawmakers could soon pass a package of bills designed to enhance security and better protect students, teachers and school employees from a wide range of threats, including an armed intruder entering the building. Read the article: 4 new ideas to protect New...

School Security: Just Smoke and Mirrors?  The Edvocate asks "how does school security really increase safety?" Read the article: School Security:  Just Smoke and...

Setting the Stage for a National Dialogue On School Shooting Prevention  An FBI report confirms that the incidence of mass shootings has been on the rise over the last decade, in workplaces and schools underscoring the need for prevention. Read the article: Setting the Stage for a National Dialogue On School Shooting...

Intruder Training in Schools  Schools conduct intruder training with local first responders, staff, and students. Read the article: Intruder Training in...

Is Concealed Carry Coming to a School Near You?  School districts consider "bold changes" to protect students and staff. Read the article: Is Concealed Carry Coming to a School Near You?

Satety Team Visits Columbine, Returns With Focus on Mental Health, Threat Assessment, Reunification  Missouri school sends delegation of school officials and law enforcement to Columbine to learn how to better prevent and prepare for emergencies. Read the article: Safety Team Visits Columbine, Returns With Focus on Mental Health, Threat Assessment,...

From Road Patrol to Hallways: Officer Bolsters School Security  Schools hire School Resource Officers to teach safety, build relationships, and better protect students in an emergency. Read the article: From Road Patrol to Hallways: Officer Bolsters School...

Virginia: State Pays for Security Upgrades  In Virginia, public schools receive state level support for safety upgrades. Read the article: Virginia: State Pays for Security Upgrades

SC School Safety Task Force: More Lockdown Drills and School Resource Officers  The South Carolina Safety Task Force reports its recommendations. Read the article: SC School Safety Task Force: More Lockdown Drills and School Resource...

Schools Install Visitor Management Systems to Verify Visitor Safety  Wichita KS school district completes installation of visitor security system. Read the article: Schools Install Visitor Management Systems to Verify Visitor Safety...

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