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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 16, 2014
Experiencing History

Prehistoric Cave Art

Viva: Save Money with Cash Back Sites

Steve: Stories for Difficult Times

This Week
Super Kid Triathalon
Stories for Difficult Times cont.
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  Experiencing History

(Photos General) MountMadonna_CaveArt_6.jpgCave art in Santa Cruz area? Yes indeed. Read more about it right here!  Remember taking a history class that was all reading, memorizing dates and really hard to make meaning of when you were a teenager and could care less about world history?  There is a better way to learn history!

Who do you think said these words? "It's time to put the family first. It is our nation's most sacred institution and the foundation on which we learn trust, duty and obligation to others. ... the health of the family is indivisible from our economic prosperity as a nation.  The challenge to us today is to rethink the so-called "war on poverty" and bring into our economy and society the individuals, families, and communities that have been unfairly locked out." You might be surprised, and it really doesn't matter, if you agree with the concept, but if you really want to know, email me.

(Holidays) Halloween_SilhouetteOrangeOnblack.jpgHarvest and Halloween festivities abound.  How will you have fun and still handle the sugar onslaught?  Plan ahead.  I have been a sugarholic all my life and am now a recovering sugarholic.  This will be the first Halloween season in my entire life that I am NOT imbibing in a bag of corn candy.  I've  dropped 20+ pounds by giving up all sugar and white flour products. What was the trigger that finally worked for me?  Being accountable to myself daily.  I wear my Fitbit calculator, walk 10,000 steps/day (most days), eat 75% veggies and step on my Fitbit scale every morning. It sends my weight to the website and I log in to see my downward graph. If it goes up I immediately think about what I ate the day before and renew my promise to eat right.  BELIEVING I can do it made it possible to drive past the first 10 pound loss. I'm homing in on a total loss of 30 pounds soon and I know it's happening.  No doubt at all.

A good friend's dog suddenly died. We included her photo and a little tribute in our lower right corner.  The death of a beloved pet is a great loss.  How timely that Steve's column, Stories for Difficult Times, comes when needed.

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend.

Have a great weekend with families, Parmalee

 

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  Prehistoric Cave Art

(Photos General) MountMadonna_CaveArt33.jpgAt Mount Madonna School, 6th and 7th grade World History students and teacher Tiffany Wayne, recently studied prehistoric cave art.

As part of their inquiry into what clues historians and archaeologists can find about the past, students viewed images and videos of ancient art and artifacts and analyzed the meanings of different markings and symbols. 

Next, students borrowed some charcoal from the art classroom and were able to take advantage of the campus' outdoor environment to create their own authentic prehistoric art!  

 

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  Steve: Stories for Difficult Times

(Photos General) SteveSpitalny.jpg Story works to help us through challenging life situations. Stories can live in our soul and accompany us through the various ups and downs of our life. Stories speak to the heart, and eventually work their way to the head. 

Over the years I have been asked many times how to help young children either prepare for, or deal with, death and illness. Death is a subject our culture tries to avoid. We just don't want to talk about it. And yet, it is inevitable and simply a part of our life's cycle. My advice to parents is to speak about death openly when it comes up. Young children certainly do not need details of someone's illness or passing, but the acknowledgment of death and illness is important in helping the child begin to embrace these aspects of life. 


An effective tool for helping people of any age begin to move through grief and towards a grasp of death is story. For young children there are many wonderful stories depicting life endings and illness in imaginative ways. I think these stories can be read to children at any time, not only when there is a death in the family. That way the child is internalizing the picture or the idea of the cycle of our lives and more prepared when the inevitable occurs. And when there is a loss, these stories can support the grief process. Additionally, a story might offer a vocabulary that you can use with your young child when discussing death and illness - a vocabulary that allows them to live into the pictures rather than an intellectual explanation of what is occurring. Read the rest>>>>

Find Steve Spitalny here>>>>

 

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  This Week

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Events in the Parks

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Early Childhood Education Class

 

SSCDC Preschool Open Houses Tuesdays & Wednesdays

 

Ecology Action, Bike to Work/School Day 10/22

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Art & Play in Pre & K

 

LitWits Master Classes High School, The Hound of the Baskervilles Class 10/17+ 24

 

SC Montessori Preschool - 8, Primary School Open House 10/19

 

Mount Madonna, Campus Tour Day 10/22


Spring Hill School K-6, Invention Convention and Open House 10/16

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Open House 10/19

 

Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Lecture: Steven Hughes 10/22

 

Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 10/22

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour Day 10/22

 

Monte Vista Christian School 5-12, Open House & Curriculum Fair 10/26

 

Tara Redwood School Pre-5, Call for a Tour

 

CLUBS FOR KIDS!

 

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Workshops for  Parents with Babies to Teens

Goodbye Priya


Adventuring

Home Loving

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Tennis Ball Loser

Ocean Loving

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and Katie Dog's Good Friend

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 Super Kid Triathalon

Super Kid Triathalon - Only a few days left until SuperKid! Register Soon! Online registration will close at midnight on Thursday, October 16th.


Super Kid Triathalon
A great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy.
Date: 10/19/2014 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Ages: all ages Admission Fees: 6 and Under is $30 - $40 7 - 15 is $35 - $45 USAT sanction event fee is $10 per child, not included in registration if child is
Special Instructions: register with Finish Line Productions

SuperKidTriathlon

SuperKid is all about building strong bodies and healthy kids. This means getting them off the couch, away from the TV and Video Games, and outside for some healthy physical acitivity. It doesn't matter if your child is already an athlete or is just starting to engage in sports and outdoor activity. This is a great event for the whole family and gives your children the opportunity to be active and healthy. With a swim, bike and run course, real transition area, body markings and awards for all participants, you can help your child gain the self esteem that comes from doing their personal best.

Kids will swim in the Simpkins pool, bike and through the adjacent park on dirt roads and trails. Each child must wear an ANSI approved helmet on the bike.

THE BIKE COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR FAT TIRE, MOUNTAIN BIKES, AND CYCLECROSS BIKES. No road bikes or skinny tires!

Kids 6 and under may have assistance or floatation devices to get across the pool! We always have safety swimmers in the pool, but kickboards, noodles, and arm floaties are just fine too.

All kids who participate will receive a finisher's medal a t-shirt, swim cap, and other special sponsor gifts.
Location: Simpkin's Family Swim Center, 979 17th Ave, Live Oak Map
Phone: (831) 476-7946 •website Live Oak

Open Studios
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Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 24-Oct 16)
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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Put Family First
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Bay Area Science Festival
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  Bay Area Science Festival
Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day
Date: 11/01/2014 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Science shows throughout the day, with super-powered activities between shows.
Special Instructions: Rain or Shine!
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Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
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  Thomas and Percy's Halloween Party
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every Su and Sa (Oct 18-Nov 2)
Details: This year, for the first time ever, Percy will be joining Thomas the Tank Engine on the rails! Also...
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Mission Santa Cruz Summer Archaeology Project
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State Park Mission
Date: Every Mon (Jun 23-Aug 17) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Gain hands on experience in handling and identifying a variety of artifact types
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Baby Sign Language Introductory Class
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Touch Blue Sky Baby Sign Language
Date: 11/11/2014 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages: Birth to 18 months
Details: Baby Sign Language Introductory Class
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45th Annual Santa Cruz Band Review
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Beach Boardwalk
Date: 10/17/2015 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Great fun watching teen bands march and play!
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  Stories for Difficult Times cont.



There are tree stories that speak to this theme. Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel is the story of a beloved tree in the yard of one family that they name "Steve.' "Yes. right there in the center of our yard, this weird looking tree grew to become the center of our outdoor life." Steve participates in their family life over many years, gets ill and has a visit from the tree doctor and finally comes crashing down in a big storm. 

Gentle Willow by Joyce C. Mills tells the story of a tree that develops a sickness that even the Tree Wizards cannot cure. Beautifully done in language young children can digest, this is a must read for anyone wanting to find ways through the serious illness and dying of loved ones toward an embracing of life and love and change.


Another one is The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia. Freddie's questions and fears about dying are answered by his wise leaf friend Daniel until he eventually feels the peace of being part of nature's cycle of the seasons and life and death. At my local public library I found a wonderful book called Thank You Grandpa by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Jason Cockcroft. It tells the story of a girl and her grandfather who enjoy many walks in nature together over years as Grandpa and the girl get older. He teaches her about gratitude and accepting death as it comes to the creatures of nature. And when Grandpa dies, she walks alone in the forest and knows just how to be thankful for what she and her grandfather shared. This book has beautiful images of nature. It shows the joy grandfather and granddaughter share and their acceptance that death is part of the natural cycle of life. This one is a simple story, not too wordy, that is perfect for young children. 
Butterflies offer us a great opportunity for observing and experiencing transformation. Their life cycle is widely used to help develop a grasp of metamorphosis and renewal, probably because caterpillars are earthbound crawling things, and butterflies are beautiful flying creatures. The difference between the two stages is extreme.  Prince of Butterflies is written by Bruce Coville with amazing watercolor illustrations by John Clapp. This book seems made with slightly older young children in mind, perhaps 6-years-old and up. It tells the fictional and fantastic story of a boy who loves butterflies and grows up to be a scientist who tries to preserve their habitat. There is a wonderful scene when butterflies come en masse to the then elderly man and take him away on a flight. 
A wonderful tale of aging and dying is The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola. It is a retelling of the legend of a Renaissance era juggler who gets old and eventually gives one last performance - his best ever - and dies knowing the gift of his last performance had made a difference.

There are many more picture books that I think could be helpful on this theme. I'll just mention a few more:
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaolo Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
A great online resource is the Healing Story Alliance. HSA explores and promotes the use of storytelling in healing. Their goal is to build a resource for the use of story in the healing arts and professions. On their website is an article related to the theme of this post called Seeds, Mirrors, Hands and Keys: Stories to Support Mourning by Gail Rosen. Ms. Rosen takes us through the stages of grief accompanied by story suggestions. Read her article and remember to adapt her suggestions to the developmental level of your young children.
What other books are out there for young children to begin to grasp death and illness? Please comment with your suggestions. This can be so much help for families in need of support during times of grief.


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