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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

October 19, 2012


Suki: Crisis Healthcare

Science Fun with Christine: Hot Spots on Our World

Parenting Tips and Treats for Halloween
Go Green! GreenCare for Children Workshop
This Week
Trash to Treasure at MAH
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(Graphics) Inventors.jpgMany of my friends are witty, funny, pleasantly wacky, wild, creative, high energy, brilliant characters who make me laugh, amaze me and spin circles around me with their activities.  Perhaps we are friends because I am a low key personality, though not without firm opinions, and provide them with an audience. 

Nor am I "left-brained" but I so enjoy what creative persons come up with when they turn to inventions.  Next week the children at Spring Hill School are having an Invention Convention and they want you to come see their inventions --October 23, 6pm, 250 California St, Santa Cruz.  They are hoping some "grownup inventors" will come see them!

A fun event for the family this weekend is the parade of 55 marching high school bands on Sunday near the Boardwalk.   Draft horses are magnificent creatures.  Take the family to Wilder Ranch for Harvest and Draft Horse Day.   Children and their families are gathering for a Harvest Carnival at Aptos Academy.  They've prepared fun activities for the community!

It's getting close to parent-teacher conference time.  Teachers prepare ahead.  Parents can too!  Make the conferences work well for your child and if changes need to be made, there may be homework in the wings for parents!  I'll stick out my neck and state that I hope your end of the day family life includes an appropriate amount of homework, not too much.  If not, communicate this tactfully.  I know teachers also want a family life at the end of the day.  Personally, and this comes from having been a teacher, administrator, parent and grandparent, I think the primary purpose of homework for young children should be to encourage the quality of responsibility.  As for older children, the questions to consider are: Is homework a meaningful reinforcement or extension of learning?  What if it is not?  How much is enough or too much?

Have a family weekend, Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Crisis Healthcare

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I'm getting to know our healthcare system a little more up close and personal than I'd like this week.

My brother got hit by a car when he was out bicycling and had to be helicoptered to a trauma care facility. He's doing better and may be moving out of the hospital and in with my parents tomorrow, but it was a week long lesson in how to get good healthcare in modern America.

For what you must know... Read more >>>

Read more of Suki's writing... >>>

 

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  Science Fun with Christine: Hot Spots on Our World

(Special Event Images / Graphics) HawaiiHotSpot.jpgGeologic hotspots are areas on our world that show volcanic activity that is believed to come from very hot places in the mantle. The best example is the Hawaiian Islands. Other areas include Yellowstone, Iceland and the Galapagos.

Our continents are drifting across the mantle. As our world spins, the outer part (where we are standing) moves at a different rate than the more central parts of the world. A hot spot is a place in the mantle where lava seems to flow on a very regular basis. These hot spots are not affiliated with the edges of tectonic plates (like most earthquakes) and tend to be low energy eruptions. By low energy I mean... Read more>>>

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

 

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  Parenting Tips and Treats for Halloween

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

(Holidays) Halloween_HotAirBalloon.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

Thinking 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_GhostDancers_SantaCruzParent.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.

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

  Go Green! GreenCare for Children Workshop

(Special Event Images / Graphics) GreenCareforChildren.jpgPhil Boise, author of Go Green Rating Scale for schools and founder of GreenCare for Children  based in Santa Barbara will be presenting a workshop on Saturday, October 27th, at Cabrillo's Horticulture Bldg. at 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos.

This 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. workshop is for center directors, teachers, in-home providers and parents who want to provide a safe and healthy environment for their children, network with others and learn about green resources in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch and materials; please register by Wednesday, October 24th.

Phil is the founder of GreenCare for Children and is based in Santa Barbara.
This first-time green workshop is sponsored by Child Care Ventures, Small Business Development Center, Child Development Resource Center (CDRC), Ecology Action, Business & Entrepreneurship Center and El Pajaro Community Development Corp. Spanish translation will be available.


For more information or to register, call CDRC at 831.466.5820 or Janine Canada at 831.359.5949.

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The Tech Challenge, Will Your school enter?

 

Aptos Academy Harvest Carnival 10/20

 

Free Sat Practice Test 10/20

 

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

 

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

 

Waldorf School, Halloween Enchantment 10/31


Chartwell Open House 11/3


The New High School Project Open House 11/6

If you are passionate about quality education,

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11th Annual Central Coast

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Preschool - Grade 12

Tuesday
November 13
6:30 - 8:30pm


3055 Porter Gulch Rd
at Soquel Dr, Aptos


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 Trash to Treasure at MAH

Trash to Treasure

(Graphics) TrashTreasure2.jpg10/19/2012 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
$5 General, $3 Students and Seniors, FREE for MAH members and children under 12

Turn trash into printmaking material, egg cartons into flowers, plastic bags into tote bags, bottle caps into mosaics, and corks into mini succulent pots. Learn how to compost, upcycle your thrift store clothes, turn used mailing envelopes into bookmarks and gift bags, and up cycle used furniture to donate to Habitat for Humanity Santa Cruz .


One man's trash is another man's treasure. Meet some of the collectors featured in our Santa Cruz Collects exhibition in person and share your own in our Collect Call Collection Story Recording Booth.


The MAH's Pop-Up Museum is back; bring your own collection and share your objects and stories with others (Please bring only what you can physically carry in!). Take a ride on the Happening Couch, Greg McPheeters's trash bound couch turned into a mobile treasure and listen to music by Mauro Di Nucci.


Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street , Santa Cruz Map
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Friday the 13th Flashlight Tours
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Winchester Mystery House
Date: The 13th of every month from 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Ages: Teens and up
Details: Tour the rambling, mysterious mansion at night with only the moonlight, a souvenir flashlight, and your imagination
Special Instructions: 13TH OF THE MONTH IF IT'S A FRIDAY!
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Thriller Dance Classes!
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  Thriller Dance Classes!
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Sep 17-Oct 22) at 10:00am
Details: Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on October 29th!
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Open Studios
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  Open Studios
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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Tours of the Reserve
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  Tours of the Reserve
Elkhorn Slough
Date: Every Su and Sa
Details: Great introduction to the Reserve
Special Instructions: 10am and 1pm
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Treasure? Trash?
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Ceramic Bird Workshop
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  Ceramic Bird Workshop
Santa Cruz MAH
Date: 05/25/2013
Details: Join us May 25th to make your very own ceramic bird with Susana.
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Teen Advisory Board @ Watsonville Public Library
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  Teen Advisory Board @ Watsonville Public Library
Watsonville Public Library
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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