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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

November 12, 2015
Artists and Leaders

Fun Coloring Pages

A Path to Leadership

Tall Ship in "Pirates" Movie Visiting Moss Landing

Holiday Camps
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  Artists and Leaders

(A Nov) ElaineAtEasel.jpgIn my travels I've met people with all manner of occupations, but one I've particularly sought out has been that of artist.  I find practicing artists in small galleries, their studios, art fairs, scenic meadows and fairly often at the water's edge.  One night I was attending a friend's bluegrass cd release event and just happened to sit next to the mandolin player's wife.  Elaine's an artist!  In addition to that she's gifted at teaching and helping us lesser would-be artists find our own creative spark.  For fun she recently created a series of coloring pages for adults, although I'm certain children would like them too, so I'll share them with you.  They're great for a rainy day!  Promise me you'll sit with your children and color along with them. You will need colored pencils or markers or both.  Relax and let go of all the "to-do's"! And while you're coloring together, you might find the conversation flows a little more fluidly.

We're beginning a series on leadership, specifically leadership in local schools.  I hope you'll enjoy these and think about how they might influence your parenting.  Zachary Robert's path to leadership as Head of Gateway School began with three pivotal moments in his formative years within his family.  We gain from reading and reflecting upon his childhood experiences and take what we need for helping ourselves to parent wisely and lead our children to grow into their potential. The entire essay is a must read. Enjoy!

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Have a fine, colorful fall weekend with your family, Parmalee

 

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  Fun Coloring Pages

(A Nov) Elaine_Balloon.jpgAward winning artist Elaine Allen recently created intricate coloring pages for adults and children. With, hopefully, many rainy days coming, coloring can provide hours of fun, relaxing, creative pleasure for your family. The PDF versions are sharp.

(If making your own coloring pages intrigues you and your children and you want to brush up on your drawing skills, check out all the classes available at The Art Factory)

(A Nov) Elaine_Winter.jpgYou can purchase a package of Elaine's coloring pages, print as many as you need, and choose any kind of  paper you want.  Some of them are 8.5 x 11 landscapes; some are printable cards; and amazingly the PDF designs can be printed with the design zoomed in or out making an intricate design easier to color or a larger design more intricate - whatever suits your coloring pleasure.  Choose colored pencils or markers and select your paper accordingly (slightly heavier for the markers).

Go here to see all Elaine's coloring pages and cards. And go here to see ColorMonthly.com.

 

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  A Path to Leadership

by Zachary Roberts, Ed.D
Head, Gateway School

(A Nov) ZacharyRoberts_HeadGateway.jpgWhen I first learned about that I would have a welcome convocation as the Head of Gateway School last year, I jokingly called it my "coronation". That slight-of-word joke was funny to me both because I knew it was the opposite of what that lovely evening was meant to be, and because my vision of leadership is closer to service than to kingship.

Many of the foundations that make me who I am as a leader, and what I believe is important in leading schools in our test-crazy, market-driven, global economic context,  can be traced back to experiences I had as a child, where I was giving the chance to discover motivation and passion, where my voice was listened to and accommodated, and where the arc of my development was attended to and respected. What follows are a few stories that illustrate the critical moments in my life where these ideas gave me the opportunity to become my future self.

Story #1: As a child I had what's called a lateral lisp, in which the air blew out the sides of my mouth as I spoke. My speech was comprehensible, but unusual. In third grade I began taking speech therapy, which continued for the next seven years. Twice a week I headed down to the resource room, where I attempted to make my Js, CHs, and SHs  properly. I was treated with respect, and I never felt the need to hide the fact that I received this special instruction. Sadly, my regular out-and-about speaking grew no clearer. I worked diligently, did all I was asked, and occasionally I even thought about the techniques for tongue position and airflow when I was out in the world -- but truly, there was little carryover into my daily life.

My transformative experience came in eighth grade. I was working on a project with a friend to describe the major moments of the French Revolution, and we decided that our vehicle would be a series of humorous skits presented as a video. We wrote the script with great relish, cracking ourselves up at our less-than-respectful portrayal of Robespierre and other historical figures; gathered and created the necessary props and costumes; and recruited some help to run the camera while we acted all the parts. And then, we entered the editing room, and I heard (and saw) myself speaking on video. Now it's pretty common for people, when hearing their own voices, to say "I sound like that?" with some disbelief, because how we sound in our heads is different than how we sound to others. In that moment, at the editing station, what I finally and truly heard was not the tonal qualities of my voice, but the sounds of the sounds that I spoke.

Needless to say, I didn't think it was so funny at that moment. In the pangs of my early adolescence, I was, in fact, devastated by how I sounded....And so, when I returned to the resource room later that week, I approached my speech therapy with a critical new ingredient I had not had before; motivation. I had known that I sounded wrong, but I hadn't truly understood what I did sound like; I had known I should work hard, but all those years of speech therapy I had been working for someone else, not for myself. That all changed in an event that neuroscientists call a spike of gamma rays followed by the forging of a new neural pathway, and what the rest of us might call an "aha moment". In the course of the next 15 months after the video project, my brain made countless more new synaptic connections, and I learned how to make 32 different sounds properly. By the middle of my sophomore year of high school, my speech therapy was over and my file was closed.

The educational field is rife with dialogue about how to preserve and grow students' motivation, because the research is clear that when children feel intrinsic motivation, they respond with intellectual engagement and emotional resiliency that can never be achieved by gold stars, high grades, and other external reinforcements. Finding ways to motivate a child to tackle an area of great challenge -- not just pursue an area of interest -- remains one of the outstanding opportunities that needs more research, but from my own experience, it's clear that a child must be cognitively and developmentally ready to embrace the struggle as his or her own, not because the surrounding adults have said to do so.  As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink... Read on for more insight into the making of a leader>>>>>

 

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  Tall Ship in "Pirates" Movie Visiting Moss Landing

The Curse of the Black Pearl

Lady Washington
Tall Ship in "Pirates’ Movie to Visit Moss Landing
Nov 10-Nov 30

(A Oct) CurseoftheBlackPearl.jpgThe tall ship that starred in the 2003 Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl has scheduled a three-week visit to Moss Landing Marina. The ship is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 10 and offer public tours, sailing excursions, and educational programs through November 30. The ship is the official ship of the state of Washington, and it is a U.S. Coast Guard-inspected passenger vessel.

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  • Veterans Day Adventure Sail, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 11. $47 adults, $39 children 12/under.
  • Weekend Adventure Sails, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (times vary), $47 adults, $39 children 12/under.
  • Public walk-on tours Tuesday to Friday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 a.m. to noon 11/14-15), $3 donation.(A Nov) LadyWashingtonKids.jpg  Adventure Sails are family-oriented experiences featuring opportunities for guests to help raise a sail, learn a sea shanty, and take the helm of a real tall ship, conditions permitting. Tickets for all sails are available online or by calling 800-200-5239. Excursion are $47 adults, $39 children 12 and under.

Self-guided walk-on tours are a chance to visit the ship and speak to the crews, who will be in period costume. No reservations are required. A $3 donation per person is requested. The ship will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Lady Washington is taking reservations from public and private schools, home-school groups, and service organizations for weekday educational programs. The programs feature three learning stations: "Life of a Sailor," "Navigation," and "Early Trade." Each station focuses on the early exploration of the west coast by the original Lady Washington and similar vessels. For details and pricing, call 800-200-5239 or visit the Education Programs page.

Launched in 1989 for Washington State's centennial, Lady Washington is a replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged ships to visit the west coast of North America. In 1787, the original Lady Washington sailed from Boston around Cape Horn to the coast of what was later named Vancouver Island to trade for furs with First Nation's tribes. The modern Lady Washington specializes in hands-on education programs, and she's available for special events, weddings, and film productions.


Phone: 800-200-5239 •website Moss Landing

 

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  Holiday Camps

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Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Visit Day 11/14

 

Santa Catalina 9-12,  Open House 11/15

 

Waldorf K-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 11/18

 

All School Events

Recent polling shows that only one third of Americans can name the three branches of government.

 

Ask your children to name them.

 

If they cannot, head for the LIBRARY!

You CAN draw!

 

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The Art Factory

Aptos

 

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 Are you Prepared?

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Boulder Creek Fire Department

 

City of Santa Cruz

 

County of Santa Cruz

 

City of Watsonville

 

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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 >>
     
The Art of Coloring
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  The Art of Coloring
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Girls Night Out
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  Girls Night Out
Art Factory
Date: Every Fri (Oct 14-Dec 16) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening
City: Aptos Phone: 831-688-8862 view all details >>
     
The Art of Coloring
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  The Art of Coloring
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Strike Out Hunger
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  Strike Out Hunger
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Dec 1-Jan 1) from 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: Bowl for Free at the Boardwalk Bowl, up through Dec.31. before 8:00 pm
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.423-5590 view all details >>
     
Tour of Heart of Soquel Park Garden
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  Tour of Heart of Soquel Park Garden
Coastal Watershed Council
Date: 11/14/2015 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Learn about low impact development landscaping systems that not only save water, but improve water quality
City: Soquel view all details >>
     
Parent's Night Out
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  Parent's Night Out
Junebug's Gym
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month
Ages: 3+
Details: Safe and fun place for the children while parents "go out"
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-464-2847 view all details >>
     
December at The Farm
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  December at The Farm
The Farm
Date: Every day (Dec 2-Dec 23)
Details: Carols, cookies, hot apple cider and moonlit hayrides. 6-9pm. Weather permitting!
Special Instructions: Spreckles Boulevard West at Highway 68
City: Spreckels Phone: (831) 455-2575 view all details >>
     
Sprout Up Rad Carnival
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  Sprout Up Rad Carnival
Sprout Up
Date: 11/14/2015 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Bounce house, face painting, local music, raffle drawings, healthy snacks, environmental games and activities
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
The Art of Coloring
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  The Art of Coloring
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Telluride Mountain Film
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  Telluride Mountain Film
Mountainfilm on Tour
Date: 11/13/2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: About culture, environment and adventure
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Annual Fall Rummage Sale
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  Annual Fall Rummage Sale
Santa Cruz Parent Education Nursery School
Date: 11/14/2015 from 8:00am to 2:30pm
Ages: Adults 21 years and up
Details: Awesome selection of gently used kids and adult clothing, toys, household items
City: Soquel Phone: (831) 479-9777 view all details >>
     
Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
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  Birding for Beginners in Waddell Valley
State Park Rancho del Oso
Date: 01/14/2017 at 8:00am
Details: Bring binoculars, bird guides and readiness for silent observation as we witness wildlife awakening on a crisp autumn day
Special Instructions: 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1
City: Davenport Phone: (831) 427-2288 view all details >>
     
     
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