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Getting Ready
October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat
Suki's Blog: The Right Preschool for the Right Price

This Week
Waiting for Superman Movie at the Rio
Costumes You Can Make
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Savvy parents become informed about educational options.  Two opportunities to gain information are imminent. The first is a viewing of the movie Waiting for Superman this Saturday.  See more information and a parent review below. 

If you have children about to enter middle or high school, save this date - October 27, 6:30pm. to attend the Central Coast Middle and High School FairIt's for parents and teens to meet with private, public and charter schools. 

I was musing on why Halloween is so popular.  I think it's partly the pleasure of becoming another character, the chance to try on a heroic or comic or mythical role, to entertain and be entertained. Combine it with the aura of nighttime spookiness and it's exciting!

We've included an array of children's homemade costumes for your inspiration.  When I look at these photos, I realize that it was the parents who had fun creating costumes for the very little ones.  As children get older they develop their own ideas and we get to facilitate their creativity.  I live on a street where the adults greet the children in costume.  Please, send us photos of your children in costume. We shall post them here.

If you are on the healthful foods path and want to maintain that through Halloween, we've found some alternative ideas for handouts.  Another option is to let the children collect all that candy so they can "sell" it -to you or a local dentist. 

In our parenting roles we find ourselves balancing the fun, the important and sometimes the serious, making decisions and often revising them as situations require.  Finding the right preschool and/or the right teacher in your price range for your child can be challenging.  Read Suki's blog for ideas!

Parmalee

  Trick or Treat

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Title_Halloween_Madness.jpgHalloween is just not a one-night affair; the celebrating begins weeks in advance!

The upside of this is getting more "bang for your buck" out of your costume. Kids will have opportunities to wear costumes throughout the month with great events every week... our calendar is packed with countless options from Fall Festivals, safe places to Trick or Treat, and even a car show!


Do you decorate for Halloween? This month, we want to highlight your home... click on FAMILY FAVORITES and share a photo of your house and tell us why you like Halloween. Feel free to share your address if you are open to families driving by for a peek.

Visit our EVENT CALENDAR to find out about events, safe trick or treating at local malls and more.

Our HALLOWEEN PAGE provides tips, activities and great neighborhoods for trick or treating.

Dr. Allison Jackson offers a CANDY BUY BACK after Halloween.

Before lighting the pumpkins, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the jack o lantern lids for a wonderful smell.
Keep pumpkins fresh by buffing on vaseline.

Halloween Safety and Security 

With Halloween approaching, it is important to remind ourselves of some basic safety and security measures we should use when going out for an evening of trick-or-treating.  These useful tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable night with your family.

Costume Safety, children should:

  • Wear bright, reflective and flame-retardant clothing; wear short clothing that prevents tripping.
  • Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.
  • Use face paint and avoid masks, especially if the eye holes obstruct the child's vision.
  • Not wear floppy hats or wigs that slide over the eyes or long, baggy, or loose costumes or shoes.
  • Avoid toy weapons - if desired, use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid.
  • Stay away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.

Pedestrian Safety, children should:

  • Stay within familiar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish a route for children.
  • Use flashlights and stay on sidewalks.
  • Cross the street at corners / crosswalks and not between parked cars.
  • Motorists should drive slowly and watch carefully for children.

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  • Never go into homes - stay on the porch or stoop when asking for treats.
  • Avoid homes that don't have their outside lights turned on.
  • Never talk to strangers or get into strangers' cars.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by parents or an adult chaperone.
  • Know their home phone number and their parents' cell phone numbers.
  • Have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.
  • Bring home treats before eating them. Parents should inspect all candy and other treats before they are eaten. Discard all unwrapped or loosely wrapped candy or fruit. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Parents and children should carve pumpkins on a stable, flat surface with good lighting. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, they can help by drawing faces with markers, while a parent does the cutting. Older children carving pumpkins should always be supervised.
  • Adults should keep porch lights on and their driveways illuminated.
  • Homeowners should ensure that their walkways are clear of debris trip hazards.
  Suki's Blog: The Right Preschool for the Right Price

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When my daughter was three, I was in big trouble. I'd found what I thought was the perfect school for my son, a parent participation charter school. But I had to take one morning out of my schedule to spend in my son's classroom, and I didn't know if I could do it.

My daughter was - as I'd heard another parent describe his daughter - a "force of nature." She was as impressive as a hurricane, strong as a redwood tree, relentless as the waves that hit the beach. It was exhausting, and the thought of spending one of the three mornings she was in a private preschool not by myself was killing me. Her three mornings at preschool were my lifeline to something close to sanity.

But there was a light on the horizon, and that light was named Teacher Debbie.  Read more!>>>

 
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Looking for middle and high school choices for your child?

Meet with students and representatives from many private, public and charter schools at a FREE informational event.

Come learn about the exceptional academic programs and the great variety of enrichment programs of our area schools. Get the information you need to make confident choices.

October 27, 2010 ~ More Information

  This Week

 

Halloween & Harvest
Events

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Below is only a partial listing of fun events.

Be certain to visit the Events Calendar

so you don't miss anything!

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School Corner

Gateway Open House 10/14

 

Mount Madonna Campus Tour 10/20

 

Talented Youth Search 10/25

 

CCISF Central Coast Middle and High School Fair 10/27

 

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

How can we afford a private school?...

and more articles on private schools...

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Advanced K - 8 Education

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

SpringHill.org

250 California St, Santa Cruz

427.2641

Save the date!

Saturday, October 23

Get out your

lederhosen & dirndls!


Oktoberfest

 

Tyrolean Inn

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2pm until midnight
3-6 Thirsty Nine German Band
4-7 Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
7-12 Zipper (rock-n-roll)

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond

336.5188

Perfect Meal
for fall evenings

 

Black Bean and Spinach Enchilada Casserole
with Cornbread and
Organic Spring Mix


Serves four
$27.95
($6.99 per serving)


Black beans, spinach, green onions and a bit of cream cheese are mixed to fill corn tortillas. Topped with our very popular green chile enchilada sauce.

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After School
Riding Program

with Riding Instructor
Brittany McMillen
588-5318

Homework in the Barn

with credentialed elementary, middle school & teacher, Michelle Deering, 419-0333

Call me for more information!
Riding Academy Administrator
Sherrie Chavez
761-8150

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Earth-Friendly
Autumn Clearance Sale!

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We're making room on the shelves for the upcoming Holiday season by slashing prices & moving some of our best products onto Clearance!

Browse through our Clearance page for 20% - 60% off of eco-friendly products you won't want to miss ~ because everybody loves saving money while saving the world.

Use Coupon Code ECO10 for
an additional 10% off your Order!

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Carving Tips

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 Waiting for Superman Movie at the Rio

(Products/Books) WaitingforSuperman_2.jpgWe are in the midst of a national conversation about public education. The film Waiting for Superman seeks to further the discussion and spark grassroots action through the compelling story of five young students. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation welcomes the opportunity to frame these issues in the context of our own community through a special showing of the film followed immediately by a panel discussion.

Our panel will be convened by Michael Watkins, County Superintendent of Schools and moderated by former Assemblymember John Laird. Panelists include George Martinez, Educator; Mary Gaukel Forster, Principal of Delta Charter School; and Ellen Moir, CEO of the New Teacher Center. The event is hosted by the Santa Cruz Education Foundation with the support of the County Office of Education.

Please join us on October 16 to view this film and engage in conversation about the successes, needs and challenges of our public schools. Seats are limited; please reserve your seats here by October 14; tickets purchased at the event.

Santa Cruz Education Foundation to host special screening of Waiting for Superman followed by panel discussion; Sponsored by the County Office of Education
Saturday, October 16, 11:30 a.m
Nickelodeon Theatre, 210 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz
Tickets $15 at the door.


Review by Rachael Steidl, parent

overview For parents, teachers, and concerned citizens, Waiting for "Superman" is an overview of the issues and challenges facing America's schools. This documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim explores the tragic ways in which the American public education system is failing our nation's children. The movie follows five American students as they navigate the public education system in their school districts, and then the charter schools they are hoping to attend based on the outcome of the lottery selection process. The movie reminds us that fifty years ago our schools were serving a purpose and were meeting the needs for the time. However as the times have changed, our schools have not.

critique This movie shows us why we need to invest in change in our public school system by stating the facts. It does not criticize teachers as a whole but rather the way in which our system is set up with unions. It talks about charter schools not because they are the only solution but because they are not stuck using our current system & can think outside the box to find more effective teaching methods.


Read some critics' provocative reviews of Waiting for Superman. 

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