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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

October 20, 2011


Jane Nelsen on Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs

Homework Help

Amy Blogs: Historically Speaking

What are GMOs?contributec by New Leaf Community Markets

Suki Blogs: The Fourth Kitten
This Week
Visit the Elkhorn Slough in the Fall
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For children, playing is their "work".  We offer you two articles with different approaches to playing, one about playing chess and another about just plain free play. For some fortunate adults, working is playing.  Could it be that they experienced a lot of playing as children?

"My dream is to get in front of education decision makers and convince them to make chess part of the curriculum for K through second grade," said Susan Polgar, the star of the show. "That's when thinking patterns and habits are formed. It should be mandatory, like physical education." continued>>>>>

(Graphics) TreeClimbingPlay_AlltheWorld_MaraFrazee.jpg"What are your memories of playing as a child? Some of us will remember hide and seek, house, tag, and red rover red rover. Others may recall arguing about rules in kickball or stick ball or taking turns at jump rope, or creating imaginary worlds with our dolls, building forts, putting on plays, or dressing-up. From long summer days to a few precious after-school hours, kid-organized play may have filled much of your free time. But what about your children? Are their opportunities for play the same as yours were? Most likely not.

Play time is in short supply for children these days and the lifelong consequences for developing children can be more serious than many people realize." continued >>>>>>

 

Image: All the World by Marla Frazee

Have fun playing! Parmalee

 

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Fresh Prep's
Irresistible, Delicious
Chicken Pot Pie is Back!
Visit us at our new location!

1601 41st St, Capitola
(around the corner from OSH)
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  Jane Nelsen on Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs

(Logos Event Calendar) PositiveDisciplineAssoc.jpgPositive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR), in collaboration with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Special Parents Information Network (SPIN), and Bookshop Santa Cruz, is welcoming Jane Nelsen, renowned author and founder of Positive Discipline, back to Santa Cruz! She will be available to address the needs and concerns of all parents and will be joined by Steven Foster and Arlene Raphael, co-authors of the new book, Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs: Raising and Teaching All Children to Become Resilient, Responsible, and Respectful, for a series of public events.

Monday October 24, 4-8:30pm Workshop to help parents and teachers navigate the challenges of raising and teaching children with special needs.  New Brighton Middle School, 250 Washburn Ave., Capitola. Workshop and dinner $75.

Tuesday October 25, 5-7pm, Join Jane Nelsen and others to celebrate Positive Discipline and the release of the newest book at the Museum of Art & History, 705 Front St., Santa Cruz.  Reception, wine and hors-d'oeuvres, $40.

Tuesday October 25, 7:30-9:30pm
, Following the reception, Bookshop Santa Cruz will host a Community Book Event, at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Avenue, featuring Jane Nelsen and authors addressing general and specific issues parents have,  and book signing. Event $7. 
 
For information contact Positive Discipline Community Resources (831) 239-5543 or pdcrsantacruz.org

 
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If you are passionate about quality education,

you won't want to miss the

10th Annual Central Coast

Independent School Fair

 

Tuesday
November 8
6:30 - 8:30pm

3055 Porter Gulch Rd
at Soquel Dr, Aptos
IndependentSchoolFair.com
359.5949


  Homework Help

Free homework help at four branch libraries ~ Every Mon and Tues (Sep 3-Jun 15)

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries and the County Office of Education will be offering free homework assistance at four libraries - Live Oak, Branciforte, Garfield Park, and Boulder Creek.

Boulder Creek Garfield Park Branciforte Live Oak
Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday
2:00-4:00 3:30-5:30 3:30-5:30 3:00-5:00
Meeting Rm Group Study Rm YA/J area YA area

Each branch will be organized and supervised by a paid California- certified teacher. This person will be assisted by volunteer tutors who can meet the needs of the students. Tutors and students will have access to workstations or laptops; the internet; the online tutoring service, BrainFuse; library materials; and other homework related equipment and supplies.

 
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We are passionate about Quality Education. You are too!

We find and post interesting, informative and provocative articles from many perspectives, also local educational events on Facebook!

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  Amy Blogs: Historically Speaking

(Photos General) AmyWirth_SantaCruzParent.jpgEvery homeschool parent has a favorite subject or subjects, as well as those they would love to expunge from the lesson plan - whether they admit it or do their best to feign neutrality is another matter altogether. I feel pretty comfortable with most subjects (although science experiments are an albatross) but I like to have some kind of overall plan, a parent's guide, or at least a workbook for most subjects. I often get suggestions to play this game, or make up this worksheet, or do this exercise and usually I smile politely, say thank you, file it in an internal compartment for someday, and never think about it again.

History and geography are a whole other matter. (I refuse to use the so-vague-it's-utterly-useless term social studies. Even though I know my homeschool consultant has a little square on her matrix for it and has to combine everything vaguely related to culture, history, or geography, I stubbornly present her with Bean's work in the four distinct areas of US History, World History, Geography, and Foreign Language every month.) more please!>>>>>>

 
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Great Prizes
TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
for THE CHILDREN OF MAIN STREET SCHOOL

Enjoy a night out playing Texas Hold 'Em while raising funds for the Arts, Music, Technology and Education programs. Open to all!
First time players welcome. Training provided.
Friday, Oct. 21, Check-in 6-7pm, Cards fly 7pm sharp!
Registration/Donation $80 in advance (cash or check) or $100 day of event. Spectators welcome, $25 Donation.
Elks Lodge, 150 Jewel St, Santa Cruz

Register online: FriendsOfMainStreet.com

  What are GMOs?contributec by New Leaf Community Markets

contributed by New Leaf Markets

GMOs (or "genetically modified organisms") are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Which foods might be GMO? The following crops carry risk of being genetically modified, because GMO varieties are commercially produced in North America and certain other parts of the world, or because there are known instances of contamination: Alfalfa, Canola, Corn, Cotton, Flax, Papaya, Rice, Soy, Sugar, Beets, Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash.

Ingredients derived from these risk crops include (but are not limited to): Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (natural and artificial), Hydrolized Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Microbial growth media, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, and Yeast products.

How Common are GMOs?
According to the USDA, in 2009, 93% of soy, 93% of cotton, and 86% of corn grown in the U.S. were GMO. It is estimated that over 90% of canola grown is GMO.

The Non-GMO Project

What is the Non-GMO Project and what does it do?
The Non-GMO Project is an initiative of the North American organic and natural product industry to create a standardized definition of non-GMO and a 3rd party verification program to assess product compliance with this standard. The Project's Product Verification Program is entirely voluntary, and participants are companies who see the value of offering their customers a verified non-GMO choice.

(Logos Event Calendar) NewLeaf-Non-GMO2_SantaCruzParent.jpgTo help shop GMO-free, look for this seal from the Non-GMO Project. The seal verifies that a product has been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients. It is not a guarantee that the product is 100% GMO free but it does indicate that the ingredients are below 0.9% GMO.
Non-GMO Week @ New Leaf!

Friday, 10/21
GMOs: Impact they have on our health and environment with Jeffrey Smith, Author of "Seeds of Deception"
5pm-7pm, FREE, Louden Nelson Community Center ($5 suggested donation, proceeds go to the Non-GMO Project)

1. Buy Certified Organic. Buy food products that have the USDA Certified organic seal on their packaging. A food product can only bear the USDA Certified organic seal if it has been certified organic and contains at least 95% organically-produced ingredients. The remaining 5% of the product is specifically required to be non-GMO.

2. Look for Products with "Non-GMO Project Verified" symbol.

3. Avoid Brands Containing At-Risk Ingredients. Avoid foods that contain ingredients or derivatives from corn, soy, canola and cottonseed, which are the four most widely grown genetically modified crops. It can be particularly difficult to avoid cooking oils that contain GM ingredients, because most of them are blended with cottonseed or canola. Unless the label specifically indicates that the contents are non-GMO, it is highly likely that it contains GMO ingredients. Similarly, soy milk, tacos and corn chips are likely to contain GMOs unless labeled otherwise.

4. Shop Local Sources. Buy locally grown and produced food from your local small farmer. Currently, the genetic engineering of crops largely remains a technology for large-scale, corporate "factory farms."

5. Use the Non-GMO Project Shopping Guide. Available for free download as an iPhone application or find it online at: nongmoproject.org

 
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Great Prizes
TEXAS HOLD 'EM TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER
for THE CHILDREN OF MAIN STREET SCHOOL

Enjoy a night out playing Texas Hold 'Em while raising funds for the Arts, Music, Technology and Education programs. Open to all!
First time players welcome. Training provided.
Friday, Oct. 21, Check-in 6-7pm, Cards fly 7pm sharp!
Registration/Donation $80 in advance (cash or check) or $100 day of event. Spectators welcome, $25 Donation.
Elks Lodge, 150 Jewel St, Santa Cruz

Register online: FriendsOfMainStreet.com

  Suki Blogs: The Fourth Kitten

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It's the fourth cat that causes problems.

(Photos General) Suki_Sawadee.jpgNow somehow, we always managed multiple cats in my childhood home without too many fights. Only one or two of the cats would be "indoor cats" for a good part of the time - most of them just hung about the property. And it was pretty chaotic anyway, with a dog or two, five kids, a tank of unfortunate fish, and a bird that was about to die.

We like our house a bit more orderly, or at least we pretend we do, so when our daughter started asking for her own special pet, we kept putting her off. Then we started to weigh options. No fourth cat, I said. Too dangerous. We considered everything else. We're not dog people. Rats are bad for kids with asthma. She wanted something warm-blooded. Had to be easy to take care of.

And here we are, where I always said I'd never go: Four cats in one house... continue!>>>>>>

  This Week

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Below is only a partial list

of upcoming events and activities.

Click on our EVENT CALENDAR for more!

Submit your event!

 

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HARVEST EVENTS

 

 

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Main Street School K-5, Texas Hold 'Em Poker Fundraiser 10/21

 

Santa Cruz Gardens K-5, Harvest Festival, 10/28

 

Aptos Academy Pre-8, Halloween and Harvest Festival 10/29

 

SantaCruz Children's School K-6, Open House 11/1

 

Independent School Fair pre-12, 11/8, 6:30pm

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Read-n-Roll
Pre-school Classes!!

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Ages 3-5
Monday or Wednesday
9am-11am
with Teacher Miki


These classes teach letter, number, and color recognition along with gymnastics, circle, and table/center time


Contact Michelle to get started!
713-5954
SCSportsCentral.com
Gymnastics Learning Center
2608 Chanticleer

Santa Cruz

 

Win a Family entry
to Disney on Ice
"Treasure Trove"

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Email us with your request for vouchers for tickets!

 

Vouchers for tickets available for the following performances:

Thurs, Oct 20 7:30pm
Friday, Oct. 21 10:30am


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ALLPETS

for All Your Pets

 

Conventional, Alternative and Holistic

 

1226-B Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz
425-0945

 Visit the Elkhorn Slough in the Fall

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Volunteer-led tours of the Reserve are held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There is also an early birding walk the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

All tours meet at the Visitor Center, rain or shine. No notice or reservations are needed for groups of under six people. There is no additional fee for tours.

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First Friday: Plein Air Art in Action
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State Park Mission
Date: 08/07/2015 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Details: A live plein air event with sketching or watercolor stations for visitors
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Date: 10/22/2016 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Details: Taste and vote for your favorite chile
Special Instructions: $9 for a tasting kit
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Halloween at Swank Farms
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Date: Every day (Oct 1-Oct 31)
Details: "Spookley Maze" is popular with young children while the "Maniac Maze" offers a more challenging course
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