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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

October 24, 2013


Suki: On Finding and Forgetting

Christine: The Wallace Line
Halloween Fire Safety Tips - Be Halloween Safe
How to Carve a Pumpkin
This Week
Halloween Ball for All Ages
Tips for Parent Teacher Meetings
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(Holidays) Halloween_CarvedPumpkin_Beautiful.jpgAnyone can cut out a basic jack o'lantern with a triangle nose, round eyes, toothy smile and half moon ears but have you tried to create an artful pumpkin sculpture? Let your imagination run wild!  It's fun and we include a list of helpful hints.

(Holidays) Halloween_CarvedPumpkin_TeddyBear.jpgWe think we have gathered together in one location the most complete collection of Harvest and Halloween events for your enjoyment.  Most of them are family friendly but a few are date night categories.  This year with the actual night falling in the middle of the week, it seems there are events all weekend long and into the week.

At the Boardwalk, the new ride, called The Undertow, opens this weekend.  I do not do roller coasters, but any of you 50" or more tall are welcome to try it; I even got dizzy just reading about it.  "The fun begins with the first drop as riders scream downhill in a disorienting sideways position at speeds of up to 40 mph.  In the Immelmann Turn, the track takes a sharp 80° bank as you find yourself staring straight up at the sky or straight down at the ground depending on your position in the car at any given moment.  A 360° carousel spin, a slalom section, and plenty of sharp curves will keep you wondering which way is up."

See if there is anything kicking around your basement... or that you think would be fun to shop for because MAH has a wish list and we have included it below.  This could be a win-win!

It's that time of year when the first report cards come out and we parents get to talk with our childrens' teachers.  Of course conscientious parents know how they are doing, but it's a good chance to open lines of communication, to ask questions and share information.  Read our Tips for Parent Teacher Meetings at the end of this newsletter.

Enjoy dressing up and having fun with the children.  Here's a link to the entire weekend.  Enjoy! Parmalee

 

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  Suki: On Finding and Forgetting

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When my children can't find something of theirs, I always remind them of my method:

"If you always put it away in the same place, you'll always know where to find it."

Given that I tend to be forgetful, this is a rule I live by. If I set down my keys on my desk "for just a second" while I grab something I need for a meeting, those keys will sit on that desk until I'm frantic and late. I will search every place that I "know" they could be and the desk will not be one of those places. I will curse myself and promise never to do it again.

Having done this approximately 2365 times-in the last ten years-I have mostly learned my lesson.

Occasionally, I do mess up. Usually it's with something I don't have a routine for. One day I set my tea on top of a bookshelf "for just a sec" while I got my other stuff ready to go. When I returned home, there it was...still slightly warm.

And then there's the case of the Perfect Hiding Place. This is my biggest foible in terms of losing things: I realize I need to put something out of sight for one reason or another and I think of such a brilliant place! That's a perfect place and it's so perfect I'll definitely remember it!

Ha.  ... Read more >>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.

 
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  Christine: The Wallace Line

(Graphics) Christine_WallaceLine.jpgI was recently reading a piece on early humans. Some scientists were all excited because it looked like the Denisovans crossed the Wallace Line.Who is Wallace and what is his line?

Alfred Russel Wallace was a biologist at the same time as Charles Darwin. He also came up with the idea of evolution. Due to his many travels, Wallace is considered one of the fathers of Biogeography. Yeah, I hadn't heard of it either.

Biogeography is the study of living things sorted by their geographical location. It turns out that there are distinct geographical lines that many creatures don't cross. Some of these lines date back to when all the continents were one large chunk of land. Some lines are obvious, like a high mountain range. The Andes mountains in South America is a distinct dividing line. Many lines follow the geologic plates. But there are more subtle lines. The Wallace Line is one of these.   Read more>>>

Christine is a scientist and a mom living with her family in Santa Cruz.  Visit her website, Science Fun.

  Halloween Fire Safety Tips - Be Halloween Safe

(Holidays) Halloween_WatsonvilleFireDept.jpgHalloween is a fun, and spooky, time of year for kids.  Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips.

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric.
  • If you are making your own costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at a others' homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

Did you know?
Decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year.

Source: NFPA Public Education Division

  How to Carve a Pumpkin

(Holidays) Halloween_CarvedPumpkin_Kitty.jpgHave on hand Washable marker, carving tool(s), pumpkins in interesting shapes and varying sizes

Choose Select a variety of pumpkin shapes, sizes, and colors. For added personality, select ones with unique stems.

Plan Before carving, group pumpkins in desired location and map out each one's design.

Design Trace real leaves onto paper, or use patterns from botanical "clip art" books (available at bookstores and art-supply stores). Experiment with leaf size and arrangement.

Hollow With a saber saw or pumpkin-carving tool, cut out the top of each pumpkin. Scoop out seeds and strings with a sturdy metal spoon. Then use a pottery tool called a loup, a small metal ladle, or (Holidays) Halloween_CarvedPumpkin_Leaves.jpga melon baller to scrape out as much of the interior as possible, especially where you plan to carve (this will make carving easier and allow for better illumination).

Transfer Before copying a design onto a pumpkin, clean the entire surface with a damp towel, then wipe with another towel until exterior is completely dry. Secure paper to pumpkin with masking tape or pushpins. Use a pushpin, embroidery needle, or metal skewer to prick your design onto the pumpkin.

(Holidays) Halloween_CarvedPumpkin_Spiders.jpgCarve Cut along transferred design lines using a saber saw, pumpkin-carving tool, small paring knife, or linoleum-cutting tool (similar to a box cutter). Shorter blades allow more control. Carve into design about ¼

Preserve To keep your designs looking fresh, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to the pumpkin's carved crevices.

Light To get the right amount of glow in a pumpkin lit by candles, use multiple tea lights or battery operated candles.

Thanks to Sunset Magazine!

  This Week

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THE WEEKEND

 

Free Events Parks A-Z Classes for Kids
Family Events Museums Library Ongoing
Parenting Workshops School Events Support Groups

 

School Corner

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Springhill School K-6, Open House 11/6

 

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Autism Spectrum Disorders,  Parent Education Program, Navigating Social Services 11/9

 

Kennolyn Camps, Free Fundraising Collaboration 10/29

 

Chartwell School K-12, Open House, 11/2 & 5

 

Chartwell School K-12, Free Workshop: Neuroscience in the Classroom 11/6

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MAH'S Wishlist

You can help support the MAH by donating a Wishlist item. These are items we need to make MAH exhibitions and programs even better. Thank you, and remember: all donations are tax deductible.

Museum-wide Needs:

  • kid-sized furniture for a family craft nook
  • flat screen computer monitors
  • office chairs
  • small desk
  • folding chairs

Community Program and Education Needs:

  • Letter press
  • Sewing Machine
  • Portable Projection Screen
  • A new sink in the classroom
  • Flat File cabinet for paper
  • Large pieces of plain colored fabric
  • Red wagons
  • 3 prong extension cords
  • Gaff tape
  • button makers
  • rolling tables
  • blacklights
  • Projectors
  • Spray Paint
  • Neon Paper
  • Poster Paper
  • Foam Core
  • Mat Board
  • iPod
  • plastic storage containers
  • sponsorship for programs
  • food donations for artists and volunteers at events
  • Digital SLR camera
  • Photo Studio Lights (flash)

Exhibition Needs:

  • vinyl cutter
  • small projector
  • digital picture frames
  • Hand Tools in good working order (such as screw drives, pliers, vice grips, hammers)
  • Working iPads, iPhones, iTouches, iPods (with their power cords if possible)

Please contact info@santacruzmah.org for more information or to make a donation. Thank you!

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 Halloween Ball for All Ages

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Come one, come all to the Halloween Ball!


Friday, 10/25 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Admission Fees: Public: $6 adults, $4 kids. Members: $4 adults, $3 kids. Children 3 and under FREE.
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.

(Holidays) Halloween_FishCostumes.jpgKids dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, a shipwreck story, costume parade, music, and more. Held each year in October.

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Location: Seymour Marine Discovery Center, 100 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 459-3800 •website Santa Cruz West Side

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Date: Every Th (Sep 7-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
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Date: 10/28/2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
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  Tips for Parent Teacher Meetings

It is extremely important to have good communication with your teachers. It is imperative for both parties to know and share the same goals for your child. Teachers really do care about your child and want to see him or her prosper and enjoy school. It is a two way street though. You, the parent must take an active role in your child's education. Talking to your the teacher and attending these conferences are a great way to stay connected and help the teacher help your child.

Here are some quick tips on making the most of the Parent / Teacher meeting:

  1. Before the meeting, get yourself prepared. Make a list of concerns, questions or information worth sharing. Ask your child if he has anything he would like to share. If appropriate, have your child join you in the meeting. This can be appropriate at any grade level. A child feels secure knowing that his parents know what is going on with them at school. Whether your child shows it or not, they like it when mom and dad are in communication with the teachers.
  2. Be on time. The first reason is of respect for the teacher. The second reason is that you want to get the most out of the meeting as possible. Conferences are usually on a 15 minute, possibly 30 minute block of time, so be organized.
  3. During the session, don't be shy. Ask the teacher questions like "What are my child's best and worst subjects", "Does my child get along well with others", "What are my child strengths and what can we do about her weaknesses", "How does he relate to the teacher", "Is my child involved and engaged in the work and activities".
  4. This also a great time to address any issues that your child may have with the teacher. Let's face it, not every child is going to like him or her. It is important to find out how your child feels about her teacher and vice - versa. Your child will enjoy school and learn more if there is a mutual fondness between them. More than likely the teacher will not address this, and often the child will not have the skills or feel secure about opening up his true feelings. This position lands on the parent.
  5. If your child has a diagnosed learning disability, it is always the parent's and student's prerogative to meet with the principal, special education director and teacher to evaluation or revise your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  6. Always express appreciation for the teacher(s). Teachers are people too. Notice and appreciate their teaching style, their classroom, their time spent with you, and their commitment to your child.
  7. On your drive home, think about your home environment. Could poor grades be due to too much chaos? Too many extra-curricular activities? Unlearned study habits? Are they getting enough sleep and eating well? Are they shutting down because they feel they can't meet your expectations (which may be too high)? Are they getting enough support and encouragement?

A parent teacher conference should be a happy occurrence. I think we can all agree that education is extremely important. Use this forum, of many, to stay connected. A parent's relationship with her child's teachers has been proven to be a strong indicator of that student's success. Don't wait for the phone call or note sent home to meet with the teacher. It's perfectly appropriate to schedule a status check meeting at any time. The relationship between school and parent will illustrate brightly through your child. 

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