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October 11, 2012

Mount Madonna
Prepare for Earthquakes
What to Do During An Earthquake
What to Do After An Earthquake
Science Fun with Christine: Why is a Malaria Vaccine so Difficult?
Viva: Good Enough Can Be Good Enough
Gateway
Tips for Preparing for Halloween
Springhill School
This Week
Keen Eyes and Curious Minds Naturalist Exhibit
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(Logos Event Calendar) GreatCaliforniaShakeout.jpgOn October 18th there is a Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill.  At 10:18am we are being encouraged to "drop, cover and hold on.  We've included Red Cross Lists of what to do before, during and after an earthquake.  Here's their handy printable list of earthquake ready suggestions!    For more information, the U.S. Geological Survey has a great section called Earthquakes for Kids.

(Books/Products) Book_FromSchooltoHomeschool.jpgDo we all have a book in us?  Yes!  How many of us bring it forth? Few, although technology is very likely bringing more writers out of hiding.  Writing a book is work and re-work... Five years ago when I first began reading Suki's education journey on her blog, I said, "Suki, there's a book in here."  Sure enough there was: Suki's first book is out: From School to Homeschooling

It seems that most articles on bullying focus on what to do when you are being bullied.  But what if the school tells you that your own child is a bully and would you please do something about it because he/she is disrupting the classroom and tormenting other children on the playground.  We're going to bring you expert perspectives on this topic, but it occurs to us that parents who have experienced this side of the problem might like to share what has worked for them, anonymously of course.  Email us with your suggestions please!

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Disney_Nemo.jpgAmericans won Nobel prizes in Physics and Chemistry.  What is your school doing to help students who are interested in science?  Tell us!  We are focusing on science in an upcoming newsletter.  While I was on the Nobel website I found a very interesting section on What Nobel Laureates Read, and it wasn't all on science.  Imagine that! 

Win tickets for Disney on Ice October 24 or 25, 7:30pm!  Email us with the name and email address of a friend who wants to receive our newsletter.

Enjoy the weekend, Parmalee

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  Prepare for Earthquakes

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  • Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • Practice drop, cover and hold on in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person's bed.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.
  • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
  • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
  • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
  • Learn about your area's seismic building standards and land use codes before you begin new construction.
  • Keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit in an easy-to-access location.

    Printable Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklists

  What to Do During An Earthquake

If you are inside when the shaking starts ...

  • Drop, cover and hold on.Move as little as possible.
  • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
  • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
  • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an (Logos Business) RedCrossSC.jpgearthquake, even if there is no fire.

If you are outside when the shaking starts ...

  • Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
  • If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.

    Printable Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklists

  What to Do After An Earthquake

  • After an earthquake, the disaster may continue. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or even a tsunami. Tsunamis are often generated by earthquakes.
  • Each time you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on. Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
  • Check yourself for injuries and get first aid, if necessary, before helping injured or trapped persons.
  • Put on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect against injury from broken objects.
  • Look quickly for damage in and around your home and get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
  • Listen to a portable, battery-operated or hand-crank radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
  • Check the telephones in your home or workplace to see if you can get a dial tone. Make brief calls to report life-threatening emergencies.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Open closet and cabinet doors carefully as contents may have shifted.

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  • Help people who require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and stay out of damaged areas.
  • Keep animals under your direct control. _ Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • If you were away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so. Use extreme caution and examine walls, floors, doors, staircases and windows to check for damage.
  • Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.

    Printable Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklists

  Science Fun with Christine: Why is a Malaria Vaccine so Difficult?

(Graphics) MalariaLifeCycle.jpgMalaria is one of the most common diseases in the world. It kills 2000 children every day, and infects 300-500 million people every year.

It is caused by one of multiple parasites. It is generally transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.

No one has ever developed a vaccine against a parasitic disease, so we are still learning how to do it.

We have been working on cures and vaccines for many years. But malaria is very tricky stuff. First of all there are different parasites.

So a vaccine needs to know all the different parasites. Then, it sits in the bloodstream for just minutes and goes and hides in the... Read more>>>

More posts at Science Fun with Christine Cockey, local scientist and mom.

  Viva: Good Enough Can Be Good Enough

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpgMenu planning, by it's very nature, formalizes the meal planning process.  Rather than meals being thrown together last minute in a haphazard way, they are pondered, compared to each other, chosen, and written down days in advance.   Because you have to go through this process for each meal, it is easy to assume that the meal, in order to deserve that amount of thought and planning, must be a really good one.  Without meal planning, hot dogs chosen last-minute because you didn't know what else to make for dinner might seem perfectly acceptable to you, but when you're doing that fancy thing called meal planning, suddenly hot dogs might seem undeserving- shouldn't you be making Polish sausage paninis from Martha Stewart magazine?  Should you be trying that new recipe for roast chicken with Dijon mustard sauce?

Well, my answer is, "No!" Stick with the same food you usually cook.  Let go of the urge to make your planned meals fancier, or more sophisticated, or more inventive than they need to be.  Don't get me wrong, I'm all for trying new recipes, and I love making gourmet food.  But realistically, how many of us have the time and energy to be making fancy new dishes every week?  If you're trying to make your meal plan too good, you might end up getting frustrated that you can't live up to your high expectations, and give up the meal planning process altogether.   And that would be a shame, because the benefits to meal planning are huge (so huge, in fact, let's review them for a sec):

Benefits of Meal Planning... Read more!>>>

   .... Read more posts by Viva>>>>

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  Tips for Preparing for Halloween

-By Susan True, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County

(Special Event Images / Graphics) HalloweenJackOLanternStarsCat.jpgSummer is a distant memory. Kids are back to school and settling into their routines. As October begins, images of pumpkins, costumes...and candy...are popping up seemingly everywhere. It can mean only one thing. Halloween is upon us.

For parents, October typically means the addition of several Halloween-related activities, such as buying or making costumes, attending school and community events, shopping for candy and other treats, deciding which kid parties to attend, deciding how the night of Halloween will work, etc. Any one, or several, of these activities can push a child to his or her limit, causing over-stimulation, anxiety, meltdowns and tantrums. These "scary" behaviors can be stressful for the whole family and leave parents dreading the month of October. 

Here are a few strategies and tactics that can help families to manage-and even enjoy-holidays, such as Halloween, that are exciting for children.

Spend time with your child planning ahead

(Holidays) Halloween_SafeCostumes_SantaCruzParent.jpgThinking of costume ideas together well in advance of Halloween can help to alleviate last-minute stress. It's a great opportunity to encourage your child's creativity by brainstorming ideas for the costume, as well as a chance to do some "teaching in the moment" as you discuss whether the costume will be safe and comfortable. Talk with your child about how the costume will come together-can it be made at home with items you already have, or will it need to be purchased? Who will participate in making or buying the costume? Agree on a date that you and your child will make a final decision about the costume and when it will be ready. Set limits on how much money you're willing to spend or how much time is reasonable to make the costume.

Make a plan for Halloween night

(Holidays) Halloween_ScienceExperiment.jpgTalk to your child before going out on Halloween night about your expectations or family rules, including how many treats s/he can have, who he or she can go trick-or-treating with, what time is bedtime and what to do with the candy your child brings home. Children of all ages have great ideas, so try to involve your child in these discussions. In fact, you may be surprised with his or her level of thoughtfulness, creativity and responsibility! It is also a good idea for parents to set reasonable expectations for themselves in order to reduce stress and enjoy the evening. Even the best-laid plans may need to be flexible!

Connect and review the next day

Talk with your child about how the night went. Ask your child what was fun about preparing for or going out on Halloween - these things can become special memories or part of your family's annual traditions. Talk about what parts of the night went well and what parts could have gone better. Give positive feedback and acknowledge your child for following the plan you created together. 

It is very common for parenting challenges to occur around Halloween, holidays and other special events. When a child's routine is changed, or expectations and excitement are running high, it can be stressful for both the child and parent. Whether planning for Halloween, a birthday or another special holiday, following these practical tips can result in less stress for you, your child 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

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The Tech Challenge, Will Your school enter?

 

Los Gatos High School, Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser, 10/5-7

 

Chartwell School and The New High School Open Houses 10/13 & 16


Gateway School, Open House 10/17

 

Chartwell School & The New High School Project, College Planning for Students with LD 10/17

 

Aptos Academy Harvest Festival 10/20

 

Springhill School K-8, Invention Convention & All School Open House 10/23

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 10/24

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The focus will be warm comfort foods, from soup to deserts, utilizing the abundant fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest season.

 

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 Keen Eyes and Curious Minds Naturalist Exhibit

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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Local Naturalists Daniel Miller and Randall Morgan
Every Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sat beginning Oct 5, 10am - 5pm
Adults $4, Seniors $2, Children free

(Logos Business) MuseumofNaturalHistoryLogo2012.jpgWhat if nature was your classroom and animals were your textbooks? Explore what it means to be a naturalist at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! Our new exhibit highlights the lives and work of local naturalists, Daniel Miller and Randall Morgan.

Using their keen observation skills, these influential men catalogued hundreds of local species and helped establish protections for endangered lands. Come learn how everything from an Ohlone tiger beetle to a great white shark can teach us how to become naturalists and develop a greater sense of stewardship for our local lands.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural His, 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 420-6115 •website

Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
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Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Get some dazzling color for your home garden
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Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years!
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  Union Pacific - Building America for 150 Years!
California State Railroad Museum
Date: Every day (Sep 29-Aug 31) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: 150 years of railroading history!
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Open Studios
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Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 7-Oct 22) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: The Cultural Council's Open Studios Art Tour brings artists and art enthusiasts together--from the redwoods to the sea
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Harvest Festival
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Date: The 1st Tues of every 8 months (Oct 2-May 7) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Ages: 12-18
Details: Teens 6th-12th welcome to advise...Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
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The Tech Museum
Date: Every day (Oct 13-Jan 6)
Details: MythBusters, comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old fas
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