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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 2, 2014
Happy New Year
Choose One Only!

Which School?

Christine : Science Story of the Year: 3-D Printing
Ask Nicole
This Week
Annual Holiday Lego Extravaganza
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  Happy New Year

(Holidays) NewYearTitleHNY.jpg How about exploring something new like the inspiring lego display at MOAH in Palo Alto, the tidepools at their current astounding lows, the toy trains at MAH.  If you missed one of the First Day Hikes, the trails are still there!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MOAH_legoTown.jpgHere we are with a new year, new beginnings and another week before school begins.  Seems like a good opportunity to reflect, share and plan, especially if you are feeling burned out from driving the kids "everywhere".

A friend told me that in her family each member writes  three resolutions, puts them into the hat, then they each draw three during their New Year's Day dinner.  Each person may then choose one of the three they draw to follow for the year or trade.  This could be fun!

This is the time of year when private schools are conducting tours, interviewing children and meeting with parents who are thinking about options for the 2014-15 school year.  They encourage you to visit while classes are in full learning stride.  A good way to begin this process is to attend the Independent School Fair on Wednesday, January 15, at the Holy Cross Parish Hall. 

Always check our newsletter School Corner for open houses.  All schools, public, parochial, private and home schooling programs are welcome to join Santa Cruz Parent and promote school events in our calendar and newsletters.

Thank you all for a lively 2013, your brief notes  and for sharing us with friends.  Make 2014 a good one for you and your families.

Parmalee

  Choose One Only!

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  • Choose one resolution and only one.
  • Tell friends and family about it.
  • Involve family and/or friends.
  • Keep resolution notes -write down goals, progress, slips, feelings, etc.
  • Plan ahead and set up reminders on your calendar/smart phone.
  • Reward yourself for good behavior.

Remember:

  • It takes 30 days to form a habit.
  • In choosing only one resolution and doing well with it, there will be surprising, collateral effects on "un-named" secondary resolutions.
  • When I stray, I can take a deep breath and step right back into the PLAN.
  • My friends/family are on call for me and I for them.
  • Growth is a lifelong process. Perfection is not the goal.
  • The reward of success is worth the extraordinary effort.
 

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  Which School?

(Graphics) SchoolHouseRed.jpg(Graphics) SchoolHouseYellow.jpgAre you feeling conflicted about whether private or public or parochial school or homeschooling is best for your child? Choosing an educational school/path for your child is a BIG deal, involving research, time, effort and finally a decision. Even with careful gathering of facts, it often comes down to a gut reaction, especially when you consider the fact that this decision can affect not only one school year, but your child's entire life.


It is normal for parents who are proactive about this process to feel stressed over making sure they select a school that meets their children's needs and aligns with family values and educational philosophy. A great way to gain clarity and relieve stress is to write for 15 minutes every day until you no longer need to write!


I recently came upon a "conversation" by Berkeley parents about their own processes for making choices. It's varied and interesting. Read through the discussions and make notes about the ideas that resonate with you.


Over the years I've visited many private, public and charter schools in the central coast area. I have been amazed at the unique character, philosophy and qualities of each. Certain ones were very appealing to me, yet I recognized that others would have more appeal for parents with values and goals different from my own. That is the beauty of having choices.

If reading these articles makes your head swim, visit our local Independent School Fair and ask questions that help you learn about each school represented.

Something to consider: scholarships are often available. Ask!

Parmalee

8 Reasons to Consider Private School for Your Children Nora Beane, Yahoo Contributor Network ~ emphasis on high schools

NAIS launches Inspiration Lab Inspiring real life ways that independent schools add value to students' lives

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Private School - A Look Beyond the Basic Reasons for Choosing a Private School By Robert Kennedy ~ basic reasons

The ABCs of Private Education Shannon Moneo ~ about Canadian schools, but contains some helpful considerations for parents

Why I Sent My Child to a Private School, by Janet Murray ~ When education journalist Janet Murray became a mother, her views on private schools changed. Here she explains why.

Financing a Private School Education by Amada Torres, NAIS

 

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  Christine : Science Story of the Year: 3-D Printing

(Photos General) Printer-3D.jpgThere has been a lot of science water under the bridge in 2013. What has been the story of the year? I think it is 3-D printing. This is the year when 3-D printing has become a mainstream creator in many areas.

Earlier this year I wrote about printing food. Printers are being tested right now that will give the perfect pizza shape and even layer of sauce for the home cook. NASA has put out a contract for a printer to make food for astronauts. It would be loaded with some basic food stuff (like algae) that flavorings could be added to and then print something edible. Noodles are being printed right now here at home.

Tissues to replace damaged body parts are being tested right now. Last year I wrote about printers to replace body parts. At that time better software was required. Well, time marches on. The company Organovo is ready to release a printer that can print liver tissue which can work for medical testing. New eye cells are now being printed.  Read more>>>

Christine is a local mom and scientist.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

  Ask Nicole

January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County, with a focus on teens

-By Nicole M. Young, MSW

This month I'm taking a pause from our regular question-and-answer format to recognize January as Positive Parenting Awareness Month in Santa Cruz County. Looking ahead to next month, if you have a parenting question, please email me at triplep@first5scc.org.

Parenting is very rewarding, and it can also be challenging and exhausting. Whether you're making New Year's resolutions or just getting ready for another busy year ahead, January is a great time to press the "restart" button and find ways to ease everyday stress and create more meaningful relationships in your family. Positive Parenting Awareness Month, as designated on behalf of the County by Supervisor Neal Coonerty, provides an opportunity to focus on small changes that can make a big difference.

(Photos General) Teen_andMom.jpgTo mark Awareness Month for 2014, the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is offering a new Pocket Guide for Parents of Teens. We are excited to offer this guide because parenting teens presents unique challenges. Teens can do many things for themselves and may not want their parents to be as involved in their daily lives.  Yet this is a critical time for parents to provide support and guidance that will help their teens grow into capable, responsible, independent adults. The new guide was developed to help parents gain confidence, prevent problems before they begin and strengthen relationships with their teens.

A variety of subjects are covered in the new guide. Here's a sample of what's covered:

  • Healthy Eating-A busy schedule, pressure from friends and teen-focused marketing of junk food can make it hard for teens to make healthy choices. Tips are provided to help your teen start a healthy habit.
  • Rudeness & Disrespect-There is a fine line between teenage "attitude" that is part of adolescence and disrespect that is hurtful to others or negatively impacts the family. Tips cover how to encourage your teen to be respectful.
  • Anxiety & Depression-Traditional teenage "angst" is common. But sometimes it can be more serious. Tips are included to help your teen deal with emotions.
  • Friends & Peer Relationships-For many teens, relationships with peers are extremely important, yet often complicated and drama-filled. The guide provides tips to help your teen develop healthy relationships with peers.

The new pocket guide complements our guide for parents with children 0-12 years old.  Both pocket guides are free and available at various locations throughout the county, including health clinics, pediatrician offices, schools and First 5 Santa Cruz County.

There are several parenting programs available throughout Santa Cruz County, which is a great thing. Triple P is among the leading programs in the county and is based on more than 30 years of research and development. The goals of the program, centered on positive parenting, are to provide families with tools to build warm and nurturing relationships with their children, develop good communication, encourage positive behaviors and handle challenging behaviors.

Through classes, workshops, one-on-one consultations and tips, the program reaches parents, grandparents and other caregivers with simple and practical strategies that can be easily integrated into daily life.

So if you've been thinking about how reduce family stress, want to get closer to your child or have specific challenges you're looking to address, January is a great month to make a positive change and take advantage of the great parenting resources available to us here in Santa Cruz County. Here's to a happy and healthy 2014!

 

Nicole Young manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, the world's leading positive parenting program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. For more information, including classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges, visit triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To get a copy of the Triple P Pocket Guide for Parents or find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

 

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Montessori PreK-8, Cosmic Education 1/9

 

Spring Hill School K-6, Kindergarten Roundup 1/11

 

Discovery Learning Center, Exploring Homeschooling 1/11

 

 

York School 8-12, All About York 1/12

 

 

Chartwell School K-12, Open House 1/14



Save the date!

Independent School Fair, 12/15

 

 

Chartwell School K-12, Dyslexia Workshop 1/15



Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/16

 

 

Santa Catalina Pre-12, Day of the Arts 1/19

 

 

Spring Hill K-6, Open House 1/22

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 Annual Holiday Lego Extravaganza

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Museum of American Heritage
Date: Every Fri, Sa and Su (Dec 13 - Jan 14)  11:00am to 4:00pm

The Museum of American Heritage (MOAH), the Bay Area LEGO User Group (BayLUG), and the Bay Area LEGO Train Club (BayLTC) are  co-hosting the Annual Holiday LEGO Extravaganza at MOAH.

Visitors will enjoy a variety of LEGO creations made by members of the club, featuring train layouts, Bay Area landmarks, castles, miniature cities, sculptures, portraits, and more!

The LEGO extravaganza is open to the public and club members will be present during weekend hours to answer questions about the displays. Admission is $2 per person, free for BayLUG and MOAH members.

Location: 351 Homer Ave, Palo Alto Map Phone: 650.321.1004 •website

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Date: The 1st Fri of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come and connect with our local natural history!
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MAH and The Over the Hill Gang
Date: Every day (Dec 19-Dec 28)
Ages: All
Details: What is Christmas without toy trains and this is an interactive display!
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Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 16)
Details: Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
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