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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 21, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving

Sit With Us

Suki: Read the book first!

Instagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story.
Fun Events!
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  Happy Thanksgiving

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For the Historians Among Us - "On October 3, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the third Thursday in November a "day of thanksgiving and praise." Inspired by the campaign and letters of Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey's Ladies Book, to declare a national Thanksgiving holiday, Lincoln chose to issue his proclamation during, as he called it, "the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity." For Lincoln, the Thanksgiving holiday was about bringing Americans together around their shared ideals." Smithsonian>>>

(0 Nov 2017) SitWithUs2.jpgSit With Us - The story of the teen, Natalie, who founded the Sit With Us app is powerful.  Who among us does not recall those tender tween and teen years, when we found ourselves in a new situation without friends, new to a school, or perhaps being one of the "cool" kids who callously or naively ignored someone "outside" our circle.  As adults, we can change that dynamic. We can model reaching out to others, like the act that changed Natalie's life. Thanksgiving is a mighty fine time to invite someone new into our circle, a neighbor who lives alone, a new family who just moved into our neighborhood, a co-worker, anyone we know far from "home". 

In her Kids Learn Blog, Suki wrote, "Why you should always read the book before watching the movie," for teens and tweens, but it's good advice for all of us.

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 a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Sit With Us

(0 Nov 2017) SitWithUs_Natalie3.jpg"After two years of hell at school and four separate physical attacks, Natalie Hampton finally escaped the school where no one defended her. Today, she's a vibrant, happy senior in high school. She has lots of friends, and she looks forward to graduation. Her transformation began on her first day of high school, when, just like before, Natalie didn't know anyone. This time, however, another student, seeing that she looked lost, befriended her. "It saved my life," Natalie reveals in her TEDx Teen talk

All it took was one person. With one friend, she was no longer untouchable. She could make other friends--and she did. For two years, Natalie Hampton had eaten lunch alone. So after she changed schools, whenever she saw someone eating lunch alone, she would invite them to join her friends at their table. She knew that by saying "sit with us," she protected other children from becoming untouchable. "Each time, the person's face would light up, and the look of relief would wash over [it]," she says. "Some of those people have become some of my closest friends." Natalie was willing to give up her social capital, but she discovered that when a person has friends, spending social capital by befriending those without it lifts people up without bringing anyone down. If "sit with us" became the ethos in middle school, bullying would be a thing of the past.

Read more about Natalie's story: Meet the Teen Who Discovered the Secret of Social Capital>>>

-- Natalie Hampton, Founder/CEO of Sit With Us, Inc.

 

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  Suki: Read the book first!

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgYou've probably heard this advice before. But do you understand it? As a teacher of literature, I find this a very important subject!

What happens when you read

When you read text on a page or on a screen, your brain translates the marks into words. If you're reading English, your brain translates familiar words directly into their meaning in your head. If it's an unfamiliar word, or if you're a slower reader, you might need to sound it out first, then find the meaning in your head. Read the rest>>>

Suki Wessling is a local mom, blogger,author, teacher, musician.... Find out more at Kids Learn and About Suki.

 
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There's sure to be something for everyone in our medley of holiday events from November through December.

We've scoured our sources to bring you choices.  If you don't see your event please let us know!

  Instagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story.

(0 Nov 2017) EveryAdventure.jpgInstagram Contest - Every Adventure has a Story ~ November 24 through November 26

To encourage people to connect with the outdoors, California State Parks is hosting an Instagram contest Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-26. The most creative stories will be chosen as the six grand prizewinners. For more information, please visit parks.ca.gov/inventyouradventure.

How It Works:

  1. (0 Nov 2017) EveryAdventure2.jpgVisit your favorite park or one that you go to frequently.
  2. Create a post on Instagram that tells us personal story of why that park is important to you. The post can either be a 60 second video telling the story or a photo with the story in the caption. Only one entry per user.
  3. Follow @CAStateParks on Instagram and use the hashtags #InventYourAdventure #CAStateParks #EagleCreek
  4. The Califonia State Parks #InventYourAdventure team will then pick the six most creative stories throughout California.
  5. The winner will win an Eagle Creek travel backpack worth over $200.00!, courtesy of Eagle Creek.

Please click here to read full contest rules and Terms and Conditions

  Fun Events!
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Kirby School 6-12, Shadow Day 11/27

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 12/8

 

Gateway Santa Cruz K-8, School Day Tour 12/5 & Middle School Info Night 12/7

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Winterfaire 12/9 & Morning In the Preschool 12/16

Books

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Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal celebrates rich ecosystems hidden just out of sight. With charming, brilliant illustrations and a wonderful message about conservation, this book is perfect for budding readers and park enthusiasts. Available at the Seacliff and Natural Bridges ParkStores.

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FREE PUPPY KISSES
FOR A GOOD CAUSE

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Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
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  Elephant Seal Walks Start Dec 15
State Park Ano Nuevo
Date: Every day (Oct 20-Mar 31)
Ages: All: (Lots of walking)
Details: 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain to see thousands of elephant seals, including newborn pups, their mothers, and bulls
Special Instructions: Dec 15 - Mar 31
City: Pescadero Phone: (650) 879-2025 view all details >>
     
Holiday Ice Skating
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  Holiday Ice Skating
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Nov 11-Jan 7)
Details: Ice skate by the beach, on real ice!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Santa Comes to Town + Tree Lighting Ceremony
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  Santa Comes to Town + Tree Lighting Ceremony
Boulder Creek Business Association
Date: 11/24/2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Details: Welcome Santa and await with a hush the lighting of the town tree
City: Boulder Creek view all details >>
     
Mountain Makers Market
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  Mountain Makers Market
SCM Makers Market
Date: 11/25/2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Come out and join us as fellow makers of the mountains and as customers who support the hidden artistry in our community! Suppor
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Surfin' Santa
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  Surfin' Santa
Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce and Capitola Village
Date: 11/25/2017 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Surfin' Santa Arrives on the Shores of Capitola Beach
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 475-6522 view all details >>
     
Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
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  Tree Lighting & Santa in Felton
Felton Business Association
Date: 11/25/2017 at 6:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Cookies, hot chocolate,hot cider, carols, Santa Claus and tree lighting!
Special Instructions: Felton's Heritage Tree is located at the deck in the middle of Felton.
City: Felton view all details >>
     
A Christmas Carol
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  A Christmas Carol
Christian Youth Theater
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Nov 17-Nov 26)
Details: Christian Youth Theater presents this Broadway adaptation of the favorite Dickens classic with anew spin.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Curious Contraptions
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  Curious Contraptions
Exploratorium
Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: A temporary exhibition of the charming, often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata
Special Instructions: Pier 15, which is on the Embarcadero at Green Street
City: San Francisco view all details >>
     
Thanksgiving in the Parks!
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  Thanksgiving in the Parks!
State Parks Nearby
Date: Every day (Nov 23-Nov 26)
Details: Turn Black Friday green! This Thanksgiving weekend, Friday November 24 through Sunday November 26, California State Parks i
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
Holiday Tree Walk
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  Holiday Tree Walk
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every Su, Fri and Sa (Nov 24-Dec 10)
Details: Delight in the tree-lined walk of festive holiday trees displayed atop Bear Mountain
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
     
Write A Letter to Those Who Serve
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  Write A Letter to Those Who Serve
Libraries - All
Date: Every day (Nov 15-Dec 31)
Details: It's easy to participate and your letter and/or artwork will make some one very happy. Kids are especially encouraged to write.
City: SantaCruz County view all details >>
     
The Ultimate Christmas Show
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  The Ultimate Christmas Show
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 17)
Ages: 12+
Details: The fruitcakes of Mountain Community Theater invite you to take an irreverent, comedic, yet heartwarming trip through the holida
Special Instructions: Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun2pm
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Holiday Train Rides
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  Holiday Train Rides
Beach Boardwalk
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Dec 23)
Details: Celebrate the Holiday Season with a ride on one of three festive trains!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
JOY!
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  JOY!
Tandy Beal & Company
Date: Every day (Nov 24-Nov 26)
Details: Dazzling extravaganza for the whole family, JOY!, A Holiday Show with Circus, Dance, and Live Music
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
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