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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 13, 2016
Marine Art

Christine: Solve A Problem - Hackaday

Where the Pumpkin Patches Are
Jack O'Lantern Inspiration

Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Scones

How Schools Can Soften the Blow of Sixth Grade

7 Ways to Fix Bad Behavior

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  Marine Art

For children living in our towns by the sea it's highly likely that fish and animals of the sea inhabit imaginations... AND become the object of the fanciful world of children's art. I find children's art to be wonderfully uninhibited!

(A A Oct 2016) Seymour_Squid.jpgFrom its inception Seymour Marine Center has supported marine art.  On the walls right now are "large black and white framed marine art from Peter Winch's upcoming illustrated coloring book for adults, The Giant Ocean Coloring Book. Peter Winch has worked as an education specialist at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary since 2006." 

(A A Oct 2016) Seymour_SeaTurtle_ErinChoi.jpgAlso on display at Seymour are paintings from the 2016 Coastal Commission's Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. All art and poetry submitted features a California coastal or California marine theme.  If you have a child who likes art and marine life, Santa Cruz County has wonderful art teachers who inspire and nurture children's artistic endeavors. (Sea Turtle by Erin Choi)

Visit Seymour to see unique marine art.  In fact, Friday is FREE DAY.  GO!!

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Thank a fireman and enjoy your weekend with the family! Parmalee



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  Christine: Solve A Problem - Hackaday

So you want to invent something that will help the world. There are many organizations that are trying to do this as well as many individuals. You can add my 9 year-old son to the mix. He is working very hard on inventions. An organization called "Hackaday" has set up a competition to encourage people to invent cool stuff.

They have categories that anyone can enter including Assistive Technology
and Automation. They also have an extremely broad category than is labeled "Anything Goes." It is too late for 2016 to enter anything but the Assistive Technology category, but inventions in this area could certainly help many people. You don't have to actually build something, just come up with an idea and do some work to see if it could work. They are giving prizes of money and the Grand Prize will give someone a chance to build their design.

This is a good place for inventors of all ages. My son will be looking to add his ideas.

Christine Cockey is a local mom and scientist who researches what's happening in the world of science and makes science easier to understand.  Keep up with her latest articles at


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  Where the Pumpkin Patches Are

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Crystal Bay Farm and special October Events, 40 Zills Rd, Watsonville

Arata Farm and Hay Bale Maze, 185 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay

Rodoni Farm and Corn Maze, 4444 Coast Rd. (Hwy 1, Santa Cruz

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Swank Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, 2600 San Felipe Rd, Hollister

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Floating Pumpkin Patch, Simpkins Swim Center, 17th St, Santa Cruz

  Jack O'Lantern Inspiration
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Scroll down for tips on making your creations last longer (unless you want to add to your compost)!


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  Perfectly Spiced Pumpkin Scones

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Print Prep time 30 minutes Cook time 15 minutes Total time 45 minutes   The inspiration for this pumpkin scones recipe was a popular treat from Starbucks! I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but trust us, the recipe is easy to make. There are two glazes shared below. The scones are delicious with both, but you could use one or leave the scones plain. We've had them all three ways and loved them all.

Created By: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Yield: 16 scones



You Will Need For the Pumpkin Scones:

  • 2 C  all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 C brown sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 t ground ginger
  • 3/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 8 T (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 T molasses
  • 3 T half and half or cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • For the Simple Sugar Glaze:

    • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 to 2 T half and half or cream

    For the Spiced Glaze:

    • 1 C powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 t pumpkin puree
    • 1/8 t cloves
    • 1/8 t ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 t ground ginger
    • 1/4 t ground cinnamon
    • 1 to 2 T half and half or cream

    Print Recipe     ~     Directions >>>>>


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      How Schools Can Soften the Blow of Sixth Grade

    by Kat Lonsdorf, NPR

    Middle school is tough. Bodies change. Hormones rage. Algebra becomes a reality. But there are things schools can do to make life easier for students - like this big study we wrote about showing that K-8 schools my be better for kids than traditional middle schools.

    But aside from re-configuring an entire school system, are there other ways to make the sixth-grade experience better?

    To answer that question, I called up Dru Tomlin, a director at the Association for Middle Level Education - an organization that's been researching best practices for middle grade students for decades. Tomlin knows middle school: He's been a middle school teacher, an administrator, and he's the parent of a seventh-grade student.

    Dru Tomlin, Ph.D. Director of Middle Level Services Association for Middle Level Education.

    Illustration by Lara Tomlin/Courtesy of Dru Tomlin

    What do you think about the idea of K-8 schools as opposed to the traditional 6-8 middle school set up?

    Our research shows that when the school is made to feel smaller, that's when young adolescents flourish more. With a K-8 school you have potentially more students in the school because you have all the way from 5-year-olds to 13- and 14-year-olds.

    An effective middle school, or middle grades, program needs to go beyond the grade configuration change. You can change the grade configuration of a school all day long. But you can also do some other things, and should do some things, that are developmentally responsive to young adolescents.

    Of course safety and security is paramount, so we want students to not feel like they're going to be bullied or picked on or harassed in a school setting. But if you just change it to a K-8 school from a 6-8 school it doesn't guarantee that there is going to be less bullying and less transition issues for kids. There need to be other characteristics in place.

    So how can we design middle schools to make the sixth-grade experience better?

    It starts with identifying what their unique characteristics are. Identifying that they are trying to achieve not just academically or cognitively, but they're achieving and really working on social, emotional, behavioral, psychological, ethical - all that stuff at one time in a rapid way. So, we start with that understanding, plus a shared vision of what type of programs and what type of people we need to have in our buildings to serve those kids, that's where it really begins.

    Without a common language, a common understanding and a common passion, then it's really not going to work as well as it should. It might function, but it won't help them flourish.

    You talk about keeping schools small - what does that look like?

    There are a couple of different structures that a middle grades program can put into place to make the learning community smaller. One of those key structures is called interdisciplinary teaming. It has both an academic focus as well as a social and emotional learning focus. Interdisciplinary in place of departments, because that's the junior high model, where you have separate departments that really never meet.

    Instead, you take a large student body and you create a smaller learning community through interdisciplinary teams. Those teams can be two people. So for instance on a sixth-grade team, you have two teachers: One teaches English, language arts, reading and social studies and the other teaches math and science. Then, they can just really focus on those kids.

    So how do you make a K-8 school feel small?

    What it takes to make that happen is a master bell schedule that provides common planning. Which sounds like a mundane logistical piece, but that's where really creative work happens in a middle grades program - to have a schedule where those grade level teachers can meet across the content areas.

    But the point is if it's just about the grade configuration but no attention is paid to interdisciplinary teaming or other developmentally responsive programs and initiatives, then you're really just putting more grades in the building.

    What are some other structures that would help?

    Another structure that is imperative, I think, is something called advisory or advisement. In the Utopian sense of it, it [a middle school] really should have a dedicated time during the day when students are meeting with an adult advocate in the building. That could be a teacher that they have or, it could be a teacher that they don't have that just meets with them. In these advisory periods, they work on social-emotional learning, behavioral issues, they work on skill development, they work on character education.

    That's the environment in which young adolescents flourish: When they feel like they have a personal connection and someone who really cares about them. It's that old adage of they don't care to learn, unless they learn that we care.

    When sixth-graders go to a new school they may not have those relationships that they had at their old elementary school. Is that part of the problem?

    It really depends on what they call the "feeder patterns" of the school, so how the elementary schools matriculate up to the middle school. I've been in a middle school where they had five elementary schools feed into the school. That can be an issue. So that means even more that there needs to be a dialogue between elementary and middle grades to make sure those transitions are smooth.

    Now in a K-8 structure, those conversations still need to happen, but the benefit of that is that everyone's in the same building. Transition conversations need to happen to ease the transition of sixth-grade students regardless of a 6-8 school or a K-8 school or whatever it is.

    Sixth grade can be a rough time. Is being a sixth-grade student just always hard?

    Well, they're a young adolescent first. So a young adolescent has unique characteristics that the school needs to recognize and respond to. For instance, they're undergoing the most rapid physical and cognitive change in their life in this grade. The only other time that it's this fast is birth to 3.

    So, having a difficult time as a sixth-grader is in some ways regardless of the grade configuration. They're going through a massive identity shift with friends, with family, with their relationship to academics, to other adults in their lives, to other kids in their lives, trying to figure it all out.

    Having difficulty in the sixth grade is part of that young adolescent journey. How we respond to and support them on that journey starts with an awareness that they're on it.

    Quite honestly, one of the first things that a middle grades program needs to do is just to remember that. Have the teachers and administrators and staff members in the school take those characteristics of young adolescents that they have and remember what they were like at this age too.


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      7 Ways to Fix Bad Behavior

    By Jacqueline Burt from Parents Magazine

    "Why does Julian have to be so annoying?" Usually, when my 9-year-old daughter, Charlotte, poses this question about her 4-year-old brother, my response is, "Don't call your brother annoying." But one rainy day, after spending hours listening to Julian's whining, I asked myself: "Why do kids have to be so annoying?"

    Charlotte Nothing drives me crazier than my son's high-pitched complaints, except Charlotte's tendency to pinch or smack her brother. Sometimes I wonder if my stress level is higher because I'm a single mom. Still, the married mothers I know say every child has a behavior that's like fingernails on a chalkboard. But we may be as much to blame as our kids. "If you focus on what a child is doing wrong, he'll naturally resist, which leads to arguments and worse conduct," explains Bernard Percy, a parenting consultant in Los Angeles.

    Percy is right: My kids' annoying tendencies tend to bring out the worst in me. "I can't take this for another minute!" I found myself yelling recently. Then I stopped to think. I couldn't expect my kids to change their negative habits instantly. So I asked experts for their top behavior-modifying tips and agreed to try a different one every day for one week.  Continue for 7 tips that work>>>>


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    Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 10/13


    Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 10/19


    Physics & Chemistry Fun with Irvin Live Oak 10/7 and Santa Cruz 10/5


    Bay Area Mathematics Adventures, Randomness in Prime Numbers 10/21


    Preserve a Jack O'Lantern for Weeks

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    After scooping and carving, dip into a large container of bleach and water (1t bleach to 1 gal water). This will help kill bacteria.

    Drain upside down.  When completely dry, add 2 T vinegar and 1 T lemon juice to 1 Quart water. 

    Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.



    Pumpkin Latte

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    2 T pumpkin puree

    1/2 t pumpkin pie spice

    1 T sugar

    1 T vanilla extract

    1 small whipped cream

    1/2 C coffee hot

    2 C milk

    Vegetarian, Gluten free

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    Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
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      Arboretum Fall Plant Sale
    Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
    Date: 10/14/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
    Details: Get some dazzling color for your home garden
    City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
    Open Studios
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    Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
    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
    City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
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    Date: Every day (Oct 30-Nov 3)
    Details: Join a Library IT expert in one of several cybersecurity workshops designed to help you connect online safely.
    City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
    Heritage Harvest Festival &  Rare Apple Tasting
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      Heritage Harvest Festival & Rare Apple Tasting
    State Park Wilder Ranch
    Date: 10/21/2017 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All
    Details: Celebrate! The harvest is in. See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and ...R
    Special Instructions: $10 parking
    City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.426-0505 view all details >>
    Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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      Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
    Roaring Camp Railroad
    Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 8-Oct 30)
    City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-4484 view all details >>
    Marine Art
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    Wate Bears!
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      Wate Bears!
    Quail Hollow Ranch
    Date: 10/16/2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Ages: Ages 6 & up
    Details: Learn about Water bears (also called moss piglets),find some and look at them under the microscope
    City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
    Marine Art
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    Girls Night Out
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    Art Factory
    Date: Every Fri from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Details: Treat yourself to some time with the girls, wine and cheese and a create evening. Call Yvette for schedule!
    City: Aptos Phone: 831-688-8862 view all details >>
     Christmas Eve Service
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      Christmas Eve Service
    Hope Church
    Date: 12/24/2017 at 5:00pm
    Details: Join us this Christmas Eve for a festive, fun-filled, candlelight, family service with live music, and an inspirational message
    City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
    Marine Art
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    Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
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      Animal Advocates Afterschool Club
    Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
    Date: Every day
    Details: Club offers opportunities for young animal lovers
    Special Instructions: Starts up in October
    City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831-454-7235 view all details >>
    Potluck & Dance
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    Pie Ranch
    Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    Details: Pie Ranch Community Work Day, potluck dinner, and rollicking barn dance in the roadside barn
    City: Pescadero Phone: (650) 879-0995 view all details >>
    World Pumpkin Celebrates The Great Gourd
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      World Pumpkin Celebrates The Great Gourd
    Half Moon Bay
    Date: Every day (Oct 7-Oct 16)
    Details: It's Pumpkin Time in Pumpkin Town! Get Your Orange On! Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival
    Special Instructions: Main Street (between Miramontes and Spruce Streets)
    City: Half Moon Bay Phone: 650-726-9652 view all details >>
    Fall Book Sale!
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      Fall Book Sale!
    Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
    Date: Every day (Nov 3-Nov 4) from 11:00am to 4:00pm
    Ages: All ages
    Details: Thousands of books will be available!
    Special Instructions:
    City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 477-7707 view all details >>
    Randomness in the Prime Numbers
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      Randomness in the Prime Numbers
    Bay Area Mathematical Adventures
    Date: 10/21/2016 at 7:30pm
    Ages: teens & parents
    Details: A Series of presentations on diverse topics by remarkable mathemeticians
    City: Santa Clara view all details >>
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