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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 8, 2012

Gateway
Independent School Fair
Free Raffle for Educational Prizes
Gearing Up for the Holidays
Science Fun with Christine: Quetzalcoatlus - My Favorite Cretaceous Creature
Mount Madonna
Suki on Omega-3 Oils and Funding California Schools
Springhill
This Week
Grateful Kids/Grandkids Before Thanksgiving
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(Photos General) MakersCamp_Concentration.jpgScience is currently giving more weight to the power of genes over environment.  We see it in our children's unique personalities, gifts and talents.  We parents have the responsibility and fun of introducing them to as many options as possible, fostering their curiosity and encouraging them to try new interests.  I think it's more than fun to be unbalanced at varying times in ones' pursuits of knowledge and physical skills. It's a good way to find out where one's passion lies. Check out all the Classes for Kids offered by talented adults who enjoy sharing their gifts with children and while you're at it treat yourself to a new interest -Adult Classes.

(Photos General) LegoKids3.jpgCarole Asche wants to start a lego club.  Check out the information in our column to the right of newsletter events, below.

The Senior Citizens Alliance puts on a great monthly pancake breakfast.  You show up, pay a ridiculously low fee, sit down at community tables and get waited on.  The next one is this Sunday and we have all the information opposite the newsletter events!

The Events Calendar is filling with wonderful events for families.  We simply cannot include everything in the newsletters so please check it for more happenings!  If your organization has an upcoming event, check by date and if it's not posted, submit it now.

Have a great weekend with the family, Parmalee

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  Independent School Fair

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  Free Raffle for Educational Prizes
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At its free School Fair next Tuesday, Nov. 13, members of the Central Coast Independent Schools of California will be available to chat with parents and students about their programs. Every parent attending the fair will receive a free raffle ticket for educational prizes.

Free Raffle for Educational Prizes

  • a Gift Voucher/Certificate) for a student to attend a Chartwell Summer 2013 Program
  • a week at Gateway Summer Camp
  • season tickets to Kirby plays
  • tickets for Alice in Wonderland or Fiddler on the Roof at Mount Madonna
  • a gift certificate for a portion of summer camp at Santa Cruz Montessori
  • a week of day camp at Kennolyn Camp

    Wow! See you there!  Santa Cruz Parent is a sponsor of this event because we believe in educational choices.

    Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6:30pm, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd at Soquel Dr, Aptos, IndependentSchoolFair.com  359-5949
  Gearing Up for the Holidays

November is already here and the holidays are coming right up. The holidays provide special opportunities to enjoy quality family time, focus on traditions, help those less fortunate and teach children about showing kindness and generosity toward others.

However, the holidays also bring stress and pressure for many families. Holiday stress can be caused by many things, including hectic schedules, impossibly long to-do lists for parents, major changes to routines (especially for children during school vacations), feeling pressured to spend money and challenging dynamics with extended families, to name a few.

Despite the stresses, we all want the holidays to be meaningful and fun for our children. Here are a few positive parenting tips that can help families get the most enjoyment out of the special holidays they celebrate:

(Photos General) SharingChores.jpgSpend quality time with your children. The weeks leading up to the holidays are a wonderful time to connect with your child. Use this time as an opportunity to teach your child about the holidays you are celebrating. Find out what your child is looking forward to and ways in which they would like to help get ready for the holidays. For example, most children love to make gifts for family and friends. This presents an opportunity for your child to express their creativity. Let them help cook or pick a dish; let them decorate the house or wrap presents. Another way to connect with your child during this time is to tell them about your family's traditions when you were a kid.

Make a plan for the holidays. Planning ahead with your family can make all the difference in reducing stress levels. Whether it is a trip to go shopping, preparing a special meal or attending a get-together, build in plenty of time to prepare for each activity. Take time with your child to involve him or her in the planning process and to discuss the plan. For example, work with your child to help you create special holiday dishes or have your child come up with ideas for the shopping list before you arrive at the store. Find out your child's ideas for family gifts, set a budget and make plans for how shopping will happen.

Stick to your daily routine as much as possible. Children can easily become over-stimulated from all the activities and excitement surrounding the holidays - especially if there's a lack of sleep and a lot of sugar involved. Help your child learn how to manage the changes and excitement by sticking to his or her daily routine as much as possible. This consistency and predictability not only makes the special occasions more special, but also helps children feel safe and secure because they know what to expect. Plus, it will make the transition back to "regular" daily life easier once the holidays are over.

Have realistic expectations of yourself and your holiday plans. During the holidays, it is easy to over-extend yourself and try to be all things to all people. Keep in mind that stress levels can rise when we over-commit ourselves or feel that we must please everyone. Try to simplify a little this year. Start by resisting the temptation to do it "all." Talk with your family about what's really important to them about celebrating the holidays, and then focus on doing more of those things. Remember that there's no such thing as the perfect child, the perfect parent, the perfect gift or the perfect holiday - believing this can really give you the freedom to enjoy the holidays with your family! 

(Photos General) Reading_momdaughter.jpgRelax for a few minutes everyday. Take the time to breathe deeply, walk, listen to music or some other simple activity that is stress-free-even if it is just for a few minutes. It's easier to look after a child's needs if we also look after our own needs as parents. Set aside some "me" time to allow yourself to decompress.

This holiday season, give yourself an early gift-try using some of these parenting tips to reduce stress for you and your family. Even small changes can make a big difference.

These tips come from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County. Triple P is scientifically proven and is the world's leading positive parenting program. In addition to tips like these, Triple P also offers classes and one-on-one meetings to help parents handle everyday parenting challenges.

For more information about Triple P, visit triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or www.youtube.com/triplepsantacruzco. To find a Triple P class or practitioner, contact Stephanie Bluford at 831-465-2217 or sbluford@first5scc.org

  Science Fun with Christine: Quetzalcoatlus - My Favorite Cretaceous Creature

(Graphics) Quetzalcoatlus.jpgSince I have a 6-year-old boy I have been learning lots about dinosaurs and other creatures that inhabited that time.  My favorite creature is not a dinosaur. It is Quetzalcoatlus, which was a pterosaur. 

This was the largest flying creature that ever lived (at least as far as we know). There have been multiple sizes found. The largest is believed to have weighed about 200 lbs with a wingspan of over 30 feet. Most researchers believed that they glided, rather than flapped their winds. Of course these 'facts' change with every new discovery.

What did they eat? Find out here>>>>

  Mount Madonna

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  Suki on Omega-3 Oils and Funding California Schools

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgAbout Omega-3 Oils

This just in: A study has validated that a diet high in Omega-3 oils helps short-term memory. I'm not surprised. Anyone who has high-energy, brainy kids and has tried fish oil will attest to its amazing powers. Short-term memory isn't one of the things that parents tend to be interested in, but my non-scientific survey shows that parents see a variety of good effects from fish oil: Find out more>>>>


About Funding California Schools

It may be too little, too late, but I feel compelled to write about a pressing issue in California that very few parents seem to understand: The funding of our schools.

You may wonder: Why should I, a homeschooler, care about the public schools?

First of all, my kids are both enrolled in a wonderful public school program that allows us to homeschool while keeping our ties with public education and our community.

Secondly, I think all of us should care about our public schools, whether we're parents with kids in them, parents with kids in private or homeschool, adults who have never been parents, or adults whose kids are grown. Our public schools are an absolutely vital piece of our democracy that is being allowed to crumble. Yes, I'd love a world in which every family has the money, the education and the inclination to be homeschoolers, but that's not the case. We need an educated population in this country simply to understand our voter booklets, not to mention to do most of the jobs that we need done. We import more and more of our educated workers because we're doing a worse and worse job educating our own....  Read more about Suki's take on funding>>>

  Springhill

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  This Week

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Check the Events Calendar for More Fun!

 

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School Corner

 

The Tech Challenge, Will Your school enter?

 

Gateway School K-8 Open House 11/12


Central Coast Independent School Fair PreK-12, 11/13


Community Workshop: Neuropsychological Model & Cognitive Diversity 11/14

 

Mount Madonna Open House 11/17

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Come enjoy our wonderful monthly breakfast!

 

2nd Sunday of every month 8:30am to 12:00pm

 

Come enjoy our wonderful monthly breakfast!

 

The cooks, wait-staff and kitchen helpers are all part of our vibrant Senior community, and all proceeds go to the Center.

 

Adults: $5
Children under 10: $3

 

Market Street Senior Center
222 Market Street
Santa Cruz

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Hikes

Tours

Living History

Historic Crafts

Beginning Birding

Bug hunts

Campfires

CoffeeTalks

Have fun at

Local Parks!

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Home Schooling Support Group

New Lego Club

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Contact Carole Asche

We are looking for some kids 7 to 10 who would like start a lego club in Santa Cruz County. This would be a free club encouraging kids to work on problem solving, make new friends and be inspired by Lego building!


Please respond if you are interested in being a part of such a group,


I am envisioning one day a week at a local library, or community center.


Thanks! Carole

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 Grateful Kids/Grandkids Before Thanksgiving

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"You CAN Have Safe, Happy and Confident Kids, But NOT By Accident!"
Lorraine Pursell Parent Evolution
Nov 8
FREE TELECLASS

You will learn Lorraine's proven professional secrets from over 17 years of helping families help their kids to LOSE the ATTITUDE and UP the GRATITUDE.

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Thursday, Nov 8 ~
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Hosted by International Speaker and best selling author of Ask and You Will Succeed, Mr. Ken Foster. If you want JOYFUL kids and grandkids who live the lives of their DREAMS, you do NOT want to miss this call! 

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Christmas Goose Boutique
Date: Every day (Nov 9-Nov 12)
Details: Celebrating 36 years of holiday decorations and gifts
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Pancake Breakfast!
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Senior Citizen's Opportunities
Date: The 2nd Su of every month from 8:30am to 12:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Come enjoy our wonderful monthly breakfast! The cooks, wait-staff
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-6640 view all details >>
     
Living History Days
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San Juan Bautista State Park
Date: The 1st Sa of every month from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bring the family and enjoy our 1st Saturday Living History Days
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Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai's 2nd Annual Summer Bonsai Sale
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  Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai's 2nd Annual Summer Bonsai Sale
Santa Cruz Bonsai
Date: 08/17/2013 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Details: World renowned bonsai artists demonstrate their craft
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Four O'Clock Friday Yoga Classes for Kids and Adults!
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Luma Yoga and Family Center
Date: Every Fri from 4:00pm to 5:20pm
Ages: Kids (3 and up), Adults all ages
Details: Come enjoy Luma yoga classes for parents and children on Friday afternoon!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 325-2620 view all details >>
     
     
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