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Celebrate Moms and Teachers
May 4, 2011

Getting Ready for Summer
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This Week
May Fair at Waldorf, Saturday, May 7
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I started reading Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina and had to put it down for a bit because a wave of wishing I could have had this information assaulted me. Today my children are grown and out in the world leading productive lives and I think I did pretty well in the mom department, not perfect, but my best. Back then we moms were operating on mom and mother-in-law role models, Dr. Spock and baby sitting experience. I also had 5 years teaching experience. Today's parents have support groups, parenting classes and Brain Rules for Baby! It brings scientific information to the game. Do read it. It will give you insight and strength in your parenting roles, even your aunt, uncle and grandparent roles!

(Holidays) MothersDay1.jpgSunday, May 8th is Mother's Day.  If you have expectations of how you want this day to go, let your family know what you would like to do --or not do-- or you may find yourself disappointed and that is no way to feel on Mother's Day! We encourage you to drop subtle and not so subtle hints starting TODAY so that everyone is on the same page once Sunday arrives.

Save May 26th for a great MOMS NIGHT OUT. It's to be glamorous, social and will raise funds for children's cancer research. Cara Pearson and Michelle Riddle have put together a fabulous evening for you. Go here to learn more about it. Print a flyer to share with others.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 to May 6. This is a perfect time to take a moment to show our appreciation to teachers for all the effort they put in each day to teach our children. Be sure to say thank you to your child's teacher this week!

Enjoy the warm weather, Parmalee

  Getting Ready for Summer

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Beach_Palmtree.jpgWith the temperature acting like it's summer today, we thought of planning ahead for Summer and collected these tips from a mom of four, then added resources from our local scene!

1. Register for activities and camps  If there are any sports, activities or camps that you haven't yet registered for, now's a great time to get that crossed off your to-do list. You don't want to wait too long, as a lot of places have higher fees the longer you wait and you risk not even getting a spot. For a list of resources, check out our Summer Camp Guide.  For descriptions of camps and classes, go to the Camp/Class Calendar.

2. Fill in the summer calendar  Sit down with your calendar and add all of the camps, sports, vacations and activities you've planned for your family this summer (not to mention weddings and graduation parties you might have been invited to!). As more activities and summer fun opportunities come up, you'll be able to quickly refer to your calendar to see what dates will work and which are already booked. Be sure to visit our Attractions resource page where you will find a Festivals section, Museums, and much more.

3. Arrange for summer childcare.  If you work or have other commitments during the week, now is a good time to start thinking about summer child care.  Interview babysitters or child care providers. Santa Cruz Nannies can save you lots of time and give you peace of mind by doing all the research for you.

4. Pack a summer outing bag.  Having a bag packed and ready to go with necessary summer items will make your daily routine easier because you won't have to worry about finding those items scattered around the house. Your bag might contain sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bathing suits, handheld fans, water bottles, snacks or whatever else your family needs for a typical outing.

5. Prepare activities for days at home.  Make an arts and crafts box. Go to Palace Arts for inspiration and every supply your heart desires! Gather board games and plan other activities that you can pull out each week for kids to choose from (beware of giving younger kids free access to the box and activities, as they'll likely play with everything for a few minutes and quickly tire of it all!). Another way to fight boredom is with a Boredom Buster Jar, which you can fill with activity ideas that serve as prompts when the kids are having trouble thinking of something on their own.

6. Rotate seasonal wardrobes  If you're in a colder area and haven't yet rotated your winter clothes out and summer clothes in, set a time to do that so that you don't waste any more time looking for the right clothing!  The gently loved stores --Childish, Jelli Beanz, Little People's Soquel and Little People's Scotts Valley--are stocked with your summer needs.

7. Clean up and repair outdoor toys.  Take time to pull out all of the outdoor toys and inflate tires and balls, clean off ride-on toys and sand boxes and check for missing or broken parts. Check bicycle helmets to be sure they fit properly, and add any parts or replacements you need to your master shopping list.

8. Prepare medical release forms  If your children will be traveling without you - or if you'll be taking a kid-free vacation - be sure to prepare a medical form so that each of their caregivers will be able to make medical decisions in an emergency. To find one that fits your needs, Google "medical authorization release form" for a variety of customizable templates.

9. Make a shopping list of items you'll need to get ready for summer. Here are some ideas of what to include: toys, umbrellas, beach chairs, swimsuits and towels for the pool or beach ~ supplies and lunch box food for camp ~ educational workbooks and activities ~ gifts for weddings or parties you'll be attending ~ gifts for the host (if you will be staying with friends or family on summer trips).

A little planning can go a long way to making the summer more fun and less stressful for everyone!

Mandi Ehman is a wife and homeschooling mom of four spunky girls. She's also the founder of Life...Your Way, where she helps her readers sort through all of the information and opinions that are thrown at them each day to make the best decisions for their families on everything from organizing and decorating to success and motherhood.

  Suki Blogs from down south

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgMy son won first place in his division in the county science fair this year, and it caught us a bit by surprise that since he's in middle school, that meant he was moving on to the state science fair. So here we are in LA, mom and son out on the town. Well, OK. Mom and son holed up in a hotel room working on a video project for school. But when we're not holed up working, we've been partaking of a few of the wonderful offerings of LA: the Natural History Museum (excellent), the badly named ScienCenter (really cool except for the name), and great Mexican food.

Today was the opening ceremony for the science fair. The speaker, Dr. Gary Michelson, was someone I had no prior knowledge of, so I prepared for a snooze. But I found his talk engaging, funny, and wise. At one point he said that he'd gotten the advice that every speech you give should contain something you can't find on Google, so his offering was a list of the most important aspects of being a scientist. If I publish this tonight, he'll no longer be able to use this list! But it's a good one, worth publishing: read on >>>>>

 

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  Viva Blogs: Working Moms Can't Do It All

(Icons/Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgI've come to the conclusion that working moms (and dads) shouldn't aspire to "do it all" (i.e., be the perfect parent and perfect employee) because in fact they can't do it all. AND THAT'S OK- let's try to find peace with the sacrifices we need to make. Currently, I see four basic approaches by working parents:

1. Trying to be the perfect parent/employee and becoming depressed/upset that they can't pull it off
2. Trying to be the perfect parent/employee and being in denial that they aren't pulling it off
3. Being at peace with the their choice to work as well as parent because they believe it results some greater good for their family
4. Those who give up working so that they can try to be the best parent they can be

Hopefully most of us can redirect ourselves to #3 or #4, so that we're not berating ourselves for not being perfect, and we're not in denial about how our decisions affect our family. My own experience is that in the four years since my daughter was born I've... continued>>>>

  This Week

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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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Chartwell School and The New high School, Open house, 5/10

 

Waldorf, May Fair 5/7


San Lorenzo Valley, Benefit Dinner & Auction 5/13


Orchard School, Mayfair & Open House 5/15

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 Classes! Camps!

Find them all in our

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Art, Archery, Horsemanship, Aerial Dancing, Theatre, Swimming, Gymnastics, Pottery, Silk Screening, Backpacking, Cooking, Soccer, Hiking, Seafood Foraging, Family Kayaking, Climbing, Sailing, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Robotiics, Hip Hop Dance, Cartooning, Guitar, Chess, Gardening, Martial Arts, Magic, Music, Farming, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Sewing, Birding, Paper Mache, Carpentry, Fun Academics, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese

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Mother's Day
Brunch Buffet
Tyrolean Inn


Sunday, May 8, 10-2

The bounce house will be up for the kids and patio seating is available, weather permitting.
Reservations  suggested.


Dinner from our regular menu, beginning at 4pm.

 

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

336.5188

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 Maifest! 

Tyrolean Inn

Saturday, May 21, 2-10pm


The first festival of the year features Hofbrau Haus Maibock beer!

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Gate opens at 2pm.
Gruber Family Band 3-8pm


Reservations taken for large groups.


EINS, ZWEI, DREI, G'SUFFA!

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336.5188

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 May Fair at Waldorf, Saturday, May 7

(Special Event Page Graphics) MaypoleDance_old.jpgWith Waldorf Schools' roots in Rudolf Steiner's Germany, it's not surprising to find the celebration of Mayfair and children dancing around the maypole being maintained as a tradition.

Dancing around a maypole is a centuries old tradition from England, Germany, indeed all central Europe and naturally it is part of American culture also. There are all sorts of variations. The notion of young girls dancing around the maypole seems to be an English tradition. In Germany, there's a different maypole tradition. The young men of a village treat maypoles as totems to be defended, and different villages strive to steal each others' poles. In America today, the maypole dance is an occasion for a Mayfair including the dance. The dancers take long ribbons and weave them into a braid on a pole. Often the dance costumes evoke the notion of faeries, elves, and wood nymphs. That leaves the door open for a lot of creativity.

(Special Event Page Graphics) MaypoleDance_contemporary.jpgCelebrate the return of spring at Santa Cruz Walforf's annual May Fair. Enjoy performances, activities, and crafts, including student-made flower garlands and a traditional May Pole dance at noon. Saturday, May 7, 11am to 4pm.

Free parking at Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 High Street and ride the free & fun shuttle to the fair. Shuttles leave every half hour. Campus parking extremely limited, $10 fee. 2190 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz.

Saturday, May 7 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Free!  Call 831.425.0519 x222 for more information. scwaldorf.org

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