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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 25, 2017
In Flanders Fields
Look for the Good

A Worthy Project for Memorial Day Weekend

Suki Does Goal Setting

Library Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

Resilience in Children
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  In Flanders Fields

The World's Most Famous War Memorial Poem, In Flanders Field by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

(0 May 2017) MemorialDay_FlandersCrosses.jpgIn Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915 during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

On May 2, 1915, John McCrae's close friend and former student Alexis Helmer was killed by a German shell. That evening, in the absence of a Chaplain, John McCrae recited from memory a few passages from the Church of England's "Order of the Burial of the Dead". For security reasons Helmer's burial in Essex Farm Cemetery was performed in complete darkness.

(0 May 2017) MemorialDay_JohnMcCrae.jpgThe next day, May 3, 1915, Sergeant-Major Cyril Allinson was delivering mail. McCrae was sitting at the back of an ambulance parked near the dressing station beside the YserCanal, just a few hundred yards north of Ypres, Belgium.

As John McCrae was writing his In Flanders Fields poem, Allinson silently watched and later recalled, "His face was very tired but calm as he wrote. He looked around from time to time, his eyes straying to Helmer's grave."

Within moments, John McCrae had completed the "In Flanders Fields" poem and when he was done, without a word, McCrae took his mail and handed the poem to Allinson.

Allinson was deeply moved:

"The (Flanders Fields) poem was an exact description of the scene in front of us both. He used the word blow in that line because the poppies actually were being blown that morning by a gentle east wind. It never occurred to me at that time that it would ever be published. It seemed to me just an exact description of the scene."

Essay from Flanders Field Music

  Look for the Good

(0 May 2017) Kindness.jpgThis poster is from "We are teachers". I identified with its message of teaching children kindness.

A long time ago, in 5th grade, I was mean to another girl even while knowing I shouldn't be. A wise teacher quietly and privately appealed to my better self. Sorry and embarrassed, I apologized, but things were never the same after that, mostly because I felt so remorseful about my behavior. I have carried this little splinter within me, atoning for it with kindnesses to others when opportunities arose. I especially like the line, "Teach them to look for the good."  Let's model looking for good in others. The children are watching us and so are our friends, acquaintances, clerks and associates!

(0 May 2017) MemorialDay_poppy.jpgParents today can choose to be part of a very conscious, enlightened, parenting world with the backing of science and many support systems. The availability of helpful parenting philosophies and tips via social media is abundant. How fortunate we are. Here's a wonderful article, Parents Who Raise Good Kids.

Ask the children what Memorial Day means. And just in case they don't know the history of this special day, share the history with them and then have a happy memorial day with loved ones

You may be going to your favorite beach this weekend, of course with extra trash bags because unfortunately, some folks inexplicably walk away from their own litter. Keeping our beaches and oceans free from litter is an ongoing mission of Save Our Shores. We can join forces with them in a group cleanup Monday.

(2 Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease 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 beautiful Memorial Day weekend,  Parmalee

 

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  A Worthy Project for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend Pollution Prevention Outreach starts with you.

(0 May 2017) MemorialDay.jpgJoin us at the two most visited beaches in the Monterey Bay, Cowell/Main Beach and Del Monte Beach. By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly, Save Our Shores has seen a significant reduction in beach pollution. Last year, a team of 30 volunteers handed out more than 540 trash bags at the 2 hotspot beaches. In just four hours, the group spoke to thousands of beachgoers about the impact of beach pollution, as well as offered tips for a litter-free holiday. You can help!

Monday, MAY 29th


Cowell and Main Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Janet Schwind Stairs by the Cowell Beach bathrooms (near the Dream Inn) 12-4pm

GET A HEAD START

We recommend that you bring close-toed shoes, sun protection and a reusable water-bottle. All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, volunteers are required to sign a safety waiver. Please sign our safety waiver and bring it with you. SaveOurShores

 

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  Suki Does Goal Setting

(0 May 2017) Suki-pro.jpgGoal-Setting Parent Workshop

In this parent workshop, writer and teacher Suki Wessling will work with parents to plan a goal-setting system for their teens/pre-teens. We will assess the teens' academic and emotional/social developmental readiness, talk about adapting parenting to the teenage years and using collaborative problem-solving, learn about incorporating goal-setting language, and create plans for goal-setting in your household.

Why goal-setting? 

We all know that raising teens can be stressful. Academically, emotionally, and socially they are in a time of huge transition and growth. Parent/teen interactions can become minefields where teens inevitably feel that they are misunderstood, and parents find themselves pushing buttons they didn't know were there. Helping teens learn about goal-setting offers new vocabulary and strategies for avoiding or resolving these conflicts. This workshop will be geared to both homeschooling and schooling families.

Cost: $35. My book, Homeschool with Confidence, A Goal Setting Guide for Teens, will be available for $15 (cash/check).

Location: The Art Factory, Aptos http://artfactorystudios.com/

Date/time: June 5, 7-9pmRegistration: https://goo.gl/forms/21wjPsGuhYUMcPN63

Suki Wessling is a local parent of two who writes fiction and nonfiction about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling. More about Suki.

 

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  Library Summer Reading Program Begins June 1

FREE Programs @your library

(0 May 2017) Library_ReadingbyDesignEnglish.jpgREADING BY DESIGN features an extensive line-up of special events for people of all ages at branch library locations throughout the county. In 2016, over 8,000 participants attended more than 240 free programs at neighborhood libraries. Programs this year include a series of workshops by Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, film screenings, gardening workshops, Jungle James, magicians, crafts, a sand castle workshop, puppet theater, a visit with Oliver the Parrot, and more!

Festival of the Book: 

The annual Festival of the Book, celebrating reading for all in Santa Cruz, will feature Acrobatic Storytelling by Nikki Borodi, a Tales to Tails dog, face painting, crafts, and a Kids Only Book Sale. All children who participate in the Summer Reading Program receive a free book at the festival. This year, light snacks will be provided instead of a hot dog. Join us at Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St • Sun, July 30th • 1-4pm.

WHY do we do this?

(0 May 2017) summer-slide.jpgSummer reading programs help prevent learning loss. Reading for pleasure is essential for learners of all ages to become better readers, writers and critical thinkers. Reading just five books a summer can prevent "summer slide'.

More than 80% of parents surveyed in 2016 "strongly agreed" with the statement that they would recommend the summer reading program to others. One parent said, "I think it is a great incentive for those kids who don't choose to read on their own. My stepson isn't a reader, but this program helped to motivate him. He read Hatchet and really enjoyed the book. For him, filling in the reading program paper was a great way to acknowledge his hard work. My daughter, who loves reading, looks forward to the program every summer. It's a great reward for doing something she already loves to do!"

Take a look at our video PSA on Community Television at http://bit.ly/scpl-psa

All ages may register for the program starting June 1st at any one of our 10 branch libraries, the bookmobile, or online at bit.ly/SCPL-SummerReading.

 
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  Resilience in Children

Resilience in Children - 20 Practical, Powerful Building Strategies

(Backed by Science)

by Karen Young

All children are capable of extraordinary things. There is no happiness gene, no success gene, and no "doer of extraordinary things' gene. The potential for happiness and greatness lies in all of them, and will mean different things to different kids. We can't change that they will face challenges along the way. What we can do is give them the skills so these challenges are never able to break them. We can build their resilience. 

Resilience is being able to bounce back from stress, challenge, tragedy, trauma or adversity. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to extend their reach into the world. 

The great news is that resilience is something that can be nurtured in all children. 

Resilience and the brain. Here's what you need to know. 

During times of stress or adversity, the body goes through a number of changes designed to make us faster, stronger, more alert, more capable versions of ourselves. Our heart rate increases, blood pressure goes up, and adrenaline and cortisol (the stress hormone) surge through the body. In the short-term, this is brilliant, but the changes were only ever mean to be for the short-term. Here's what happens ...

The stress response is initiated by the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for our instinctive, impulsive responses. From there, messages are sent to the brain to release its chemical cocktail (including adrenaline and cortisol) to help the body deal with the stress. When the stress is ongoing, the physiological changes stay switched on. Over an extended period of time, they can weaken the immune system (which is why students often get sick during exams), the body and the brain.

Stress can also cause the prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain to temporarily shut down. The prefrontal cortex is the control tower of the brain. It is involved in attention, problem solving, impulse control, and regulating emotion. These are known as "executive functions'. Sometimes not having too much involvement from the pre-frontal cortex can be a good thing - there are times we just need to get the job done without pausing to reflect, plan or contemplate (such as crying out in pain to bring help fast, or powering through an all-nighter). Then there are the other times. 

Resilience is related to the capacity to activate the prefrontal cortex and calm the amygdala. When this happens, the physiological changes that are activated by stress start to reverse, expanding the capacity to recovering from, adapt to, or find a solution to stress, challenge or adversity. 

How does resilience affect behavior?

Children will have different levels of resilience and different ways of responding to and recovering from stressful times. They will also have different ways of showing when the demands that are being put upon them outweigh their capacity to cope. They might become emotional, they might withdraw, or they might become defiant, angry or resentful. Of course, even the most resilient of warriors have days where it all gets too much, but low resilience will likely drive certain patterns of behavior more often. 

Can resilience be changed?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Absolutely resilience can be changed. Resilience is not for the genetically blessed and can be strengthened at any age. One of the most exciting findings in the last decade or so is that we can change the wiring of the brain through the experiences we expose it to. The right experiences can shape the individual, intrinsic characteristics of a child in a way that will build their resilience. 

Now for the how....>>>>

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High School Art Show, 4/28-5/29

 

Mount Madonna PreK--12, 39th Annual Ramayana 6/9-11

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Science Saturday: Fossils
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  Science Saturday: Fossils
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Date: 08/26/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Decorate a fossil necklace, dig for real fossils, create casts, and more
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Felton Covered Bridge Festival
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Felton Business Assoc
Date: 05/27/2017
Details: A day of fun! Entertainment, food, parade, music, kids activities craft vendors
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What They Wore
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State Park Mission
Date: 10/07/2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: What the clothing meant to the people who wore it
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-5849 view all details >>
     
Spring Book Sale!
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Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Date: Every day (May 26-May 27)
Ages: All ages
Details: BIG Booksale!
Special Instructions: See varying times
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Details: A mix of country, Americana and good ole rock 'n' roll,
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PADRES BBQ Youth Fundraiser
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Corralitos Padres
Date: 10/07/2017 from 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Join us for bbq to support youth
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Alice in Wonderland
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Los Gatos Ballet
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)
Details: We are excited about our brand new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland, a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole to Wo
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