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October Celebrations
October 6, 2010
Proactive Parenting
Suki's Blog: The Saddest Week

This Week
10-10-10! Seymour Center's 10th Anniversary
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(Products/Books) QueenBees.jpgSuki writes about the overwhelming sadness of the situation that led to a college student taking his own life. A local mom blogs about the bullying her 6th grade daughter is experiencing (by a girl) as a student in a new school --should she intervene or let her daughter handle it herself.  Together they are reading Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence By Rosalind Wiseman.

Perhaps the best way to teach tolerance and respect for differences is to model it for our children.  Does that mean we should be tolerant toward bullies who very likely are modeling behavior they have experienced in the home? What is the best way to  handle bullies on the playground and neighborhood, in the workplace, among nations?  Organizations like Kid Power exist to help us in situations involving personal safety.  A new documentary movie --suitable for middle and high schools-- on bullying, tolerance and respecting differences debuts this week and is available free to schools.

This is an area in which it pays to be proactive in our parenting.  We are responsible for giving our children the tools to handle bullies and the quality of respect for others.  Good parenting formulates a goal and an action  plan.  Since "one size does not fit all" it's often helpful to explore ideas with other parents and sometimes local professionals.  Check out the new parenting support group in Felton, M.O.M.S., Moms Offering Moms Support.  How do we get to a desired outcome and how do we accommodate our children's unique personalities? We can ask ourselves "What am I modeling that will be mirrored by my children?" 

This weekend model an adventurous, curious spirit!  The adventurous place to go? Seymour's 10th Anniversary CelebrationParmalee

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  Suki's Blog: The Saddest Week

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI realize that events happen randomly, but it seems that sometimes there's a spate of some type of event that really brings it into focus. Last week, it was the suicides of gay teens.

If you've missed the news, you can find it through Google. It's heartbreaking and also somehow unsurprising. The details are often uncannily similar: A young person becomes so distraught that he takes his life, and often his friends and family had no indication that such an act was imminent.

There are people, however, who know what's happening. They are the ones who are getting something - satisfaction? glee? power? status? - from torturing this person on the basis of his presumed sexual preference. With hardly an exception, they say that they didn't know it was so bad. And that's probably true. But yet, they did it, and unlike most of the not-so-nice things we may do in life, this one comes with rather final and unredeemable consequences.  Read more>>>

 
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Looking for middle and high school choices for your child?

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

Come 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.

Investment in education is the most powerful gift parents can give their child.

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Halloween
& Harvest
Events

 

 

Our Events Calendar is FULL! We scour the county for family-friendly events and add new posts daily!

You will find events for children, the entire family, mom only, dad only, date night activities, festivals, ongoing events, support groups, parenting classes, foodie celebrations, museum openings and special days, et.al.

You can spend a few minutes perusing an entire month of activities OR select specific dates OR select a category OR select a category and dates. Enjoy!

 


 

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School Corner

 

Seymour Center School Tours

 

Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 10/7

 

Chartwell School Informal Tour 10/12

 

The New High School Project Informal Tour 10/12

 

Gateway Open House 10/14

 

Mount Madonna Campus Tour 10/20

 

Monte Foundation Raise $ for your school

 

Talented Youth Search 10/25

 

CCISF Central Coast Middle and High School Fair 10/27

 

SPIN IEP Training 11/13

 

Ecology Action Bike to School 10/7

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Advanced K - 8 Education

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Spring Hill is a private school where the talents of bright, motivated and gifted children are recognized, nurtured and developed to their full potential.

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250 California St, Santa Cruz

427.2641

Fall in the

Parks

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After School
Riding Program

with Riding Instructor
Brittany McMillen
588-5318


Homework in the Barn

with credentialed elementary, middle school & teacher, Michelle Deering, 419-0333


Call me for more information!
Riding Academy Administrator
Sherrie Chavez
761-8150

 

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Go Green

for Halloween

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Bike2School!

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Don't miss out on the free breakfast and camaraderie of Bike to School

Thursday, 6:30-9:30am
at locations throughout the County!
Breakfast Sites

Raffle to support kids biking and walking to school!
Support a great cause and have a chance to win a Fox 32 F100 FIT remote lockout front fork! as well as Giro sunglasses and gloves.

Tickets on sale at only 3 BTW Breakfast sites:
• Jamba Juice downtown
• Whole Foods
• New Leaf Westside

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 10-10-10! Seymour Center's 10th Anniversary

(Site Photos) SeymourSummer.jpgSave the date for the Seymour Center's 10th Birthday Party! Come and celebrate ten years of sharing marine science with the world at this great community event. The day's activities feature additional tours of our research facilities, classroom demonstrations of our popular School Programs, special children's crafts, and the ribbon cutting for our new shark touch-pool!

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It's 10-10-10!
10/10/2010 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm


All ages welcome!  Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and free for members, UCSC undergraduates with valid student ID, and all 10-year-old children.

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The highlight of the event will be the opening of a new shark and ray pool inside the center!

This hands-on exhibit will give visitors a chance to see local sharks and rays up close and feel the "dermal teeth" that give shark skin its sandpaper texture. While getting to know these fascinating creatures, visitors will also learn about research and conservation efforts. Sharks are top ocean predators and play a vital role in marine ecosystems, but many species around the world are in trouble. Sharks grow slowly and produce relatively few offspring. Pressure from fishing and habitat loss have contributed to alarming declines in some populations.

Special demonstrations, raffles, and tours will also take place throughout the afternoon, and the Ocean Discovery Shop will offer a 10 percent discount on all items. The center's classrooms will be open for demonstrations and self-guided activities.

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center opened to the public in March 2000. More than 60,000 people visit the center every year. Throughout 2010, children turning 10 years old will receive free entry during their birthday month.

Overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Seymour Center is a "living classroom" featuring aquariums, exhibits, touch tanks, whale skeletons, full-scale elephant seal models, the Ocean Discovery Shop, and unsurpassed ocean vistas. The aquariums and exhibits feature the everyday tools of ocean exploration and focus on research conducted by scientists locally and around the world. Interactive stations provide hands-on learning experiences, and docents lead tours and bring marine science to life. The Seymour Center is located at the end of Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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Special Instructions: 10/25 - 10/28 at 7:30 pm and 10/29 at 3:00 pm
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