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January 11, 2018
Making Right Choices

Growing Concern Over Effects of Cell Phones on Youth

Positive Parenting Month

America's Growing Teacher Shortage

Fun Events!
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  Making Right Choices

(0 January 2018) Teens_HappyOutside.jpgWe parents and teachers have an awesome responsibility to make right choices on behalf of our children and to guide them in making right choices, including modeling healthful choices. Today's articles about cell phones illustrate that. One article identifies concerns; one offers school cell phone policies. A third offers a positive parenting approach which enlists teen cooperation. Take them to heart!

Way back when, we were friends with fellow students from all over the world, different shades, religions and cultures. It was exciting and natural. Then news of terrible tragedies in the south began reaching us. We became activists. My first teaching job was in a big city "ghetto" area. The faculty was an amazing mix of races. We worked together as professionals, (0 January 2018) MLKmarch.jpgbecame good friends, and helped a few children along the journey. We watched Martin Luther King became famous. We admired him for his powerful message of peace and righteousness. I still have friends of many backgrounds. Sometimes I wonder why we are still striving to overcome the same challenges today. Let's march, peacefully, the Martin Luther King way, on Saturday!

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! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy the weekend with family!  Parmalee

Photo:Rachel Mary Stafford, Hands Free Mama

 

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  Growing Concern Over Effects of Cell Phones on Youth

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

by Jean M. Twenge

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

"...Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It's not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones." Read more>>>

 

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"...recently, the uneasiness I've been feeling came to an all-time high and spurred me into action - a preventative action I'd not taken before." Read this helpful article>>>

 

France will ban cell phones in elementary schools

Starting September 2018, students under age 15 will not be allowed to use their phones at any point during the school day.

France's education minister has announced a mobile phone ban, taking effect in September 2018. The ban will apply to all primary, junior, and middle school students, up to the age of 15, and means that students will not be allowed to use their phones during breaks, lunch, or recess, in addition to class time, where they're already banned.

The minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, is calling it a "matter of public health." He's quoted in the Local, an English-language newspaper in France:

"These days the children don't play at break time anymore, they are just all in front of their smartphones and from an educational point of view that's a problem." Read more>>>>

 

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  Positive Parenting Month

First 5 Santa Cruz County, which manages the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, today announced that January 2018 has been proclaimed Positive Parenting Awareness Month by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Triple P offers proven strategies that strengthen relationships with children and prevent and/or manage a full range of parenting challenges.

This is the sixth annual Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County and highlights the importance for parents and caregivers to develop warm, nurturing relationships with their children and become more confident as parents

To highlight Positive Parenting Awareness Month, a new 8-minute video, produced by Triple P International (www.youtube.com/user/TriplePSantaCruzCo) is now available and illustrates the effectiveness in strengthening communication and relationships among families in Santa Cruz County by teaching practical, scientifically-proven parenting strategies. 

(0 January 2018) Teen_andMom23.jpg"Parents and caregivers have an incredibly important role in supporting the well-being of not just our children, but our entire community," said David Brody, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County. "The Triple P program has helped thousands of parents improve their parenting practices, reduce their stress and anxiety and, most importantly, build positive healthy relationships with their kids."

The Triple P video features interviews with Santa Cruz County Supervisor Bruce McPherson, Triple P program participants, clinical psychologists, Triple P program coordinator Nicole Young and Brody. 

Triple P has been available to families throughout the county since 2010, thanks to a partnership between First 5 Santa Cruz County, the county's Human Services Department, and the county's Health Services Agency. As the lead agency, First 5 partners with other nonprofits, public agencies, schools, and private providers to offer Triple P services to approximately 2,000 children and parents in Santa Cruz County each year. The positive outcomes for parents who participate are significant.

  • (0 January 2018) TeenandDad22.jpgThe majority of parents receiving in-depth support report improvements in their children's behaviors (80%), their parenting styles (77%), and their levels of stress (63%);
  • Improvements are even greater among parents who report more significant parenting challenges at the start of the Triple P program. By the end of the program, 92% of parents report improvements in their children's behaviors, 82% report improvements in their parenting styles and 90% report a decrease in their stress.
  • 95 percent of participants have reported they continue using Triple P parenting strategies after completing the program.

During Positive Parenting Awareness month in January 2018, Triple P partners will offer numerous parenting classes and events.

 

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  America's Growing Teacher Shortage

Teachers and Parents, Wednesday morning while you were at work, there was a robust discussion about teachers, education and our local (or not) roles, on NPR's On Point. It touched upon far more than teacher shortage. It's worth listening to!

"This morning millions of American students trooped into public schools from coast to coast to be taught by...not enough teachers. In districts across the country thousands of jobs are going unfilled. And in too many cases, teachers hired leave after just a few years. What drives the shortage? And what will it take to get more people to choose a career in education? And stay? This hour, On Point: What it takes to get an "A" in recruitment." --Ray Suarez

 

What California Must Do to Solve Our Teacher Shortage

By Michael Watkins

As the Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools, I have a front row view of California's growing teacher shortage. Last year, the shortage forced schools statewide to hire more than 10,000 underprepared teachers. Here in Santa Cruz County, we hired 46% more underprepared teachers than we had the previous year. Read more>>>

 

California's Teacher Shortage

Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

Education is the cornerstone of life's success. It starts with the benefit of having a teacher who provides you with mentoring and early guidance. California and the nation are facing a teaching shortage. How is that impacting Santa Cruz?

Santa Cruz County is filled with challenges because of the high cost of living in our region. Take a look at the recent news story about the teacher shortage in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). PVUSD needs Teachers is a critical conrcern facing mid and south county families as the new school years begins. Read more>>>

 

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  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Day 1/15


Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Art and Play in the Pre and K 1/11

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, A Walk Through the Grades 1/18

 

Gateway School K-8, K-8 Interactive Open House 1/20

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Morning In the Kindergarten 1/20

 

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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January 12-14

Reading...

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How to cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience in your child

 

Meet Daniel Siegel

1/15/18

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A story of a girl on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves

 

Meet Ann Martin

1/17/18

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Internet Skills
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  Internet Skills
Library Central
Date: Every Th (Jan 4-Jan 25) from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: Adult
Details: Visit the library for an adventure in learning -
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 427-7717 view all details >>
     
Triple P South County Open House - Hosted by Community Bridges -
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Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 01/18/2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Triple P South County Open House - Hosted by Community Bridges - La Manzana Community Resources
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Right Choices
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  Right Choices
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Teen Kitchen Project / MLK Day of Service
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  Teen Kitchen Project / MLK Day of Service
Open Farm Tours
Date: 01/15/2018 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Vlunteer to work along with their staff to help prepare meals for the following day.
City: Soquel Phone: 831-316-4540, x 707 view all details >>
     
The Yes Brain
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  The Yes Brain
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: 01/15/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-0900 view all details >>
     
ROSEMARY OPEN HOUSE
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  ROSEMARY OPEN HOUSE
College of Botanical Healing Arts
Date: 01/14/2018 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Rosemary Distillations & Infused Treats
Special Instructions: between Pacific and Cedar
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-462-1807 view all details >>
     
Right Choices
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  Right Choices
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Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
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  Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Parent Group
Date: Every Su from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Details: A forum for parents of gifted learners to share experiences and information.
City: Seaside view all details >>
     
Fungus Fair 2018
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  Fungus Fair 2018
Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Jan 12-Jan 14) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of local fungi on display in a re-created woodland habitat.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.684.2275 view all details >>
     
March For The Dream
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  March For The Dream
Santa Cruz Police
Date: 01/15/2018 from 10:00am to 12:30pm
Details: March for peace, justice and community
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Ann M. Martin - Rain Reign
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  Ann M. Martin - Rain Reign
Bookshop Santa Cruz
Date: 01/17/2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Newbery Honor author Ann M. Martin tells the story of Rose Howard, a girl on the autism spectrum, and the dog she loves.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-0900 view all details >>
     
Club Kanopy
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  Club Kanopy
Library Boulder Creek
Date: The 2nd Th of every month (Jan 14-Jun 14) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Details: Fun, thoughtful, dramatic, or important movie screenings with some discussion afterward
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
One-on-One Tech Tutoring
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  One-on-One Tech Tutoring
Library Aptos
Date: Every Wed from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Details: A tech savvy librarian will provide instruction in the use of a wide range of technology services
City: Aptos Phone: (831)427-7717 view all details >>
     
Robo Sumo
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  Robo Sumo
Library Garfield Park
Date: Every Tues from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Ages: 7 to 18
Details: Build and compete with Sumo wrestling robots
Special Instructions: Pre-registration required
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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  Second Saturday on the Farm
Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
     
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