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Haunted House for Charity
October 27, 2010

Marshmallows and Delayed Gratification
This Week
Scotts Valley Haunted House
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Haunted House - We would not ordinarily endorse a haunted house 'cause we're scairdy cats, but this one is special.  Hundreds of teens have been giving tons of hours toward its success and will be donating funds to a worthy cause.

"Last year's proceeds of $5,600 were donated to the American Cancer Society. This year's proceeds are being donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Scotts Valley High School student Erick Murai. Students have been constructing the haunted house throughout the school year, and hundreds of actors and dancers will help run the event under the direction of student leaders Jordan Rogers, Lizzie Zweng, Claudia Jacobsen, Betsy Howard, Kristen Snell and faculty adviser Erik Wyner."

If your children are 11 or older, this might be just the ticket for your family.

Sweet Lessons - With so much candy floating around, it's timely to look at an interesting 50 year study involving marshmallows, children and success in life.  I bet you have some ideas on this topic!

Middle and High School Fair - Tonight is the night for visiting, comparing, exploring educational options for your children in or about to enter Middle through High School.  If you find a private school to your liking but think you cannot afford it, don't give up.  There are many ways to achieve your goals and representatives are knowledgeable and skilled in helping you explore all your options.

Parmalee                                         

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TONIGHT!

Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm

Central Coast Middle and High School Fair

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

Holy Cross Parish Hall, 170 High St, Santa Cruz ~ More Information

  Marshmallows and Delayed Gratification

(Site Photos) MarshmallowBoy.jpgIs there value in learning to delay gratification and is the ability to delay gratification at a young age predictive of success in later stages of life?

I listened to a researcher discussing his hypothesis that four year olds are capable of delaying gratification. The genesis for this idea arose as he watched his own four year old daughter begin to grasp and apply the concept. He arranged the first experiment with the preschool friends of his daughter. One at a time the children were taken into a separate room in which there was one marshmallow and a plate of oreo cookies on the table. The children were told, "I have to leave for a moment. You may have one marshmallow right away or two when I come back." (No suggestions were given about the oreo cookies.)

(Site Photos) MarshmallowGirl.jpgApparently films of this experiment still exist and are quite amusing. One girl walked round and round the table, finally opting to turn her back on the marshmallows until he returned. A boy who was able to wait for two marshmallows managed by continuously kicking the table. One child chose to hide under the table, successfully avoiding visual contact and earning her two. Another boy selected an oreo cookie and was filmed opening it up and licking the crème filling with great enjoyment.

The study was expanded to include many more children. These children were followed through the years and in their senior year of high school, the researcher reviewed their SAT test scores. The scores of those who exhibited the ability to delay gratification at the age of 4 were 250+ points higher. Now in their 40's and measured by success in life, there is a similar gap in achievement. (Sorry I didn't catch the criterion for "success" although I might guess that it would involve levels of mental and physical health, satisfaction in a career & family paths and financial health.)

Clearly there is a correlation here. Some questions are "Can we teach the value of delaying gratification, and will that skill "stick" and help produce greater success at varying stages of life?" Will the experts please tell us!  Read more.

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Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

 

Resources for Parents!  | ALL HALLOWEEN EVENTS!

 

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School Corner

 

 

CCISF Central Coast Middle and High School Fair 10/27

 

Gault Parade & Carnival 10/30

 

Kirby & Gateway Schools: Keeping Up with Internet Safety 11/2

 

Gateway, Kirby, Mount Madonna, SC Montessori Race to Nowhere film 11/4

 

SCPENS (Preschool) Open House 11/6

 

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

 

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Santa Cruz
 Twins Club
Flea Market

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Saturday, November 6th
8am-1pm

 

Spaces AVAILABLE

to SELL your used clothing, equipment, toys, furniture,

crafts, art, anything!

 

Space Pricing:
$25/ Space
$30/ Space with Table OR Rack
$35/ Space with Table AND Rack
Space Size: 10' W by 15' L

 

This is going to be a fun,
fantastic and profitable
event for ALL!

 

If you would like to participate and sell with us at this huge event, please contact me, Heather,


588-9995

 

Regardless, PLAN on being there to SHOP!

 

The Circle Church
111 Errett Circle
Santa Cruz

Free Days

at Museums

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Museum of Art & History (MAH) - 1st Friday

 

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History - 1st Thursday

 

The Tech - 2nd Sunday

 

California Academy of Sciences - 3rd Wednesday

 

Exploratorium - 1st Wednesday

 

DeYoung - 1st Tuesday

 

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum - Always Free

 

Seymour Marine Discovery Center - 1st Tuesday every 3 months, next one is Dec. 7

It's back!


Just in time
for cooler weather


Homestyle

Chicken Pot Pie
with Dinner Rolls
and Organic Spring Mix

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A creamy sauce
with hearty vegetables
and tender chicken,
bakes up in a tender
and flaky crust.

"It's a Friday night

tradition in our family."
Olivia

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504 A Front St, SC

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 Scotts Valley Haunted House

 

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Brave members of the public are invited to Scotts Valley High School's Haunted House, so scary that it is not recommended for children under age 11.

Tickets are $8 per person and go on sale in front of the school's Student Union, 555 Glenwood Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Doors open at 7 p.m. The haunted house stays open several hours each night.

This year's theme is an open house for the historic, secluded "Arana Seda Mansion," built in 1865 and now for sale since its previous owners mysteriously disappeared. Real estate agents will be happy to guide visitors through the mansion's many rooms, including a laboratory, attic and beautifully preserved marionette dolls, so realistic that people swear they're real.

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Ages: All
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Special Instructions: Reservations required
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