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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 7, 2017
Beach, Seymour & The Fair!
Fair Previews!

STEM, STEAM, STREAM

Book: The Formative Five

Ask Nicole: Taking the Hassle Out of Homework
Fun Events!
Nicole Offers Advice
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  Beach, Seymour & The Fair!

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center has some amazing sea creatures for you to see. Save your September Thursdays for a free visit!

We found some interesting articles for parents, teachers and principals. We might all agree that the primary purpose of schools is to impart a minimum of basic skills.  Yet certainly along the way we parents, teachers and principals are also striving to inculcate grit, empathy, self-control and integrity in or children.  The question is how! Educator Thomas Hoerr has some suggestions for us.

(0 Sept 2017) FairPigs.jpgWhere but the annual Santa Cruz County Fair can you see Mom and baby pigs, monster trucks, watch turkey and pig races, be amazed by frisbee dogs, see displays of all manner of local hobbies, watch equestrians perform with their horses, eat great food, be entertained day and night,  and even buy a tractor!  There's more! You have to go to see it all.

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy our September beach weather and the slightly warmer water!  Parmalee

  Fair Previews!


sneak peek

Michael Mezmer

michael mezmerMichael is known as the "Phenomenist" who combines his talents as one of the world's top performing stage hypnotists with his award winning skills in the field of organic magic phenomena to create amazing performances. Michael's TranceNosis Comedy Hypnosis Show and BrainStorm Phenomena Shows have been seen at major casinos, amusement parks, cruise ships, fairs and festivals throughout the world.

Wild West Turkey Stampede

turkey races....If you are within the sound of my voice... you are just seconds away from the funniest show in America... It is time for the Wild West Turkey Stampeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeede! These turkeys will keep you cheering and laughing all "race" long.


All Alaskan Racing Pigs

pig racesThe Famous All-Alaskan Racing Pigs are a team of the fastest and funniest athletes to serve up entertainment anywhere! Flat-track racing and hurdling are their specialties, but a good gag is always on the menu. If you are looking for entertainment don't miss these Racing Pigs.

Frisbee Dogs (K-9 Comets)

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Once again the Fair will feature "K-9 Comets Frisbee Dog Stars" a great show for the whole family. Rocket Hoskins has the title of World Frisbee Champion and is a six-time National Frisbee Champion (in people Frisbee), as well as being the original California State Frisbee Golf Champion, among his many credentials. He is the expert trainer of Rocket's K-9 Comets Frisbee Dog Stars. See their shows daily in the ballpark.

2017 Fair Schedule at a Glance

2017 Fair Entertainment Page

 

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  STEM, STEAM, STREAM

The History of STEM vs. STEAM Education (and the Rise of STREAM)

One K-12 educator offers an example of truly cross-curricular education. by Amy Pietrowski 

As a technology educator with a K-8 undergraduate degree, creation with technology has always been at the heart of my assignments. Students in my technology classes have often infused what they have learned in class into the projects I assigned.  

I haven't always taught technology though. While teaching middle school language arts, I was asked to add math into lessons. For my students, process writing was a great way to reinforce what they were learning in pre-algebra, and reading mathematical fiction such as Chasing Vermeer allowed students to see how math mysteries could be solved. But how does one combine several subjects, such as in STEM, STEAM, and STREAM? Let's first examine the difference in these acronyms. 

(0 Sept 2017) STEM-STEAM-STREAM-Education.jpgWhat is a STEM Education? Just integrating the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) may seem daunting, but at least they're congruent. It is not hard for our brains to make the leap between the knowledge needed to teach in these areas.

What is a STEAM Education? But, what happens when you add in the A for art? You have STEAM, which gives STEM a whole new look and feel. Suddenly, a hands-on activity includes artistic ventures. This can allow students who don't feel scientifically or mathematically inclined to feel more comfortable representing their knowledge.

What is a STREAM Education? Add in the R for reading and now you have STREAM, a multidiscipline approach that starts to look like good, cross-curricular teaching.

How can one teacher create these lessons and implement them with fidelity? The answer is easier than you think. Read on>>>

Amy Pietrowski a K-8 educator with a Master's degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. She's also one of EdTech's Must-Read Bloggers.

 

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  Book: The Formative Five

The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs

(0 Sept 2017) Book_TheFormativeFive.jpg"For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests; those goals should form the floor, not the ceiling, of their education. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren't typically measured on standardized tests. In this lively, engaging book by veteran school leader Thomas R. Hoerr, educators [and parents] will learn how to foster the "Formative Five" success skills that today's students need, including

  • Empathy: learning to see the world through others' perspectives.
  • Self-control: cultivating the abilities to focus and delay self-gratification.
  • Integrity: recognizing right from wrong and practicing ethical behavior.
  • Embracing diversity: recognizing and appreciating human differences.
  • Grit: persevering in the face of challenge.

When educators engage students in understanding and developing these five skills, they change mindsets and raise expectations for student learning. As an added benefit, they see significant improvements in school and classroom culture. With specific suggestions and strategies, The Formative Five will help teachers, principals, and anyone else who has a stake in education prepare their students-and themselves-for a future in which the only constant will be change."

See the book's table of contents and read excerpts>>>

Thomas R. Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the Emeritus Head of School. He teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Hoerr has written four books-Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School (2000), The Art of School Leadership (2005), School Leadership for the Future (2009), and Fostering Grit (2013)-and more than 100 articles, including "The Principal Connection" column in Educational Leadership. Hoerr is an enthusiastic but poor basketball player.

 

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  Ask Nicole: Taking the Hassle Out of Homework

By Nicole M. Young, MSW


(02 Aug 2017) NicoleYoung.jpgMany parents, including myself, have "homework battle scars." I still cringe when I remember the endless hours, late nights, and tense "discussions" (arguments) when my kids were working on mission projects, science fair projects and other homework. I'll admit that homework hassles have tested my patience and parenting skills, and I haven't always been successful at staying calm. But as my kids have gotten older and learned to manage their time and study habits, the light at the end of the tunnel has grown brighter. My kids have learned they're responsible for completing and turning in their homework, and I've learned to trust that they will get the work done. It hasn't been easy, but it's nice to see all of our efforts are finally paying off. Read Nicole's suggestions for easing the homework hassle>>>

  Fun Events!
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Ohlone Day
State Park Henry Cowell


Ohlone people will share their traditional basketry, songs, stories, tools, musical instruments, dance, and their history


Sat 9/9, 10am - 4pm

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525 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton

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Find me!

Hint: Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Mole & Mariachi Festival 2017

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Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks

Sat 9/9, 11am-5pm
Free

Competing chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There will be a raffle, live music, dance, activities for kids, craft vendors and more.

Learn more online

Santa Cruz Mission, 144 School Street, Santa Cruz

 

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Teacher/Tutor Training For Dyslexia and Literacy
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  Teacher/Tutor Training For Dyslexia and Literacy
Chartwell School
Date: Every Fri and Sa (Sep 8-Sep 23)
Details: Teacher/Tutor Training for Dyslexia and Literacy
City: Seaside Phone: (831) 394-3468 view all details >>
     
FREE Music Together Watsonville Demos
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  FREE Music Together Watsonville Demos
MusicalMe, Inc.
Date: 09/08/2017 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Ages: 0-6 with parent/cargiver
Details: Free demo! Come enjoy The Joy of Family Music
Special Instructions: Schedule online www.musicalme.com or call 831 438 3514
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
Seymour Locals Free Days
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  Seymour Locals Free Days
Seymour Marine Discovery Center (at Long Marine Lab)
Date: Every Th (Sep 7-Sep 28) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Free Locals Days in September...Come visit us!
Special Instructions: We are located at the end of Delaware Avenue.
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 459-3800 view all details >>
     
Second Saturday on the Farm
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  Second Saturday on the Farm
Ag History Project
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us for demonstrations using antique farm equipment, crafts, farm animals, wooden cow milking, water pumps, learning to driv
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-728-5898 view all details >>
     
Historical Aircraft Display
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  Historical Aircraft Display
Young Eagles
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Everyone is welcome to show and admire these historical aircraft
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-768-3575 view all details >>
     
Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
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  Dinosaurs in the Redwoods?
State Park Big Basin
Date: 09/09/2017 at 1:00pm
Details: Forests, flowers and...dinosaurs?
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-338-8860 view all details >>
     
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
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  Capitola Art & Wine Festival
Capitola Chamber
Date: Every day (Sep 9-Sep 10)
Details: 23 Wineries, gourmet food, fine art, entertainment, children's art area. Admission free.
City: Capitola Village Phone: (831) 475 6522 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Greek Festival
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  Santa Cruz Greek Festival
Prophet Elias Greek Church
Date: Every day (Sep 8-Sep 10)
Ages: All Ages
Details: Come and enjoy this showcase authentic Greek food and pastries, spirits, live music, and dancing.
Special Instructions: 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-6500 view all details >>
     
Thriller Dance Classes!
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  Thriller Dance Classes!
City of Santa Cruz
Date: Every day (Sep 16-Oct 21) at 10:00am
Details: Classes on Saturdays so you can Dance the Thriller on Halloween
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Dr.Barnard's Brain Food for HEALTHY AGING
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  Dr.Barnard's Brain Food for HEALTHY AGING
Library Central
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: A Protection Plan for your Mind and a means of Strengthening Memory, adding years to your life and LIFE to your years!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 210-6551 view all details >>
     
2017 Garden Tour
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  2017 Garden Tour
UC Master Gardeners of Monterey & Santa Cruz
Date: 09/07/2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: This tour offers access to hidden gardens large and small in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Skypark Music Festival
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  Skypark Music Festival
Scotts Valley Kiwanis
Date: 09/14/2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: Free music in the park -supports music in schools
City: Scotts Valley Phone: 831-438-4506 view all details >>
     
GROW: Celebrating Five Years and 100,000 Meals with Teen Kitchen
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  GROW: Celebrating Five Years and 100,000 Meals with Teen Kitchen
Everett Family Farm
Date: 09/10/2017 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm
Details: Celebrate, and support, this great organization with a delicious 3-course family style dinner.
City: Soquel view all details >>
     
Contra Dancing
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  Contra Dancing
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: The 2nd Fri of every month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for beginners and experienced dancers - Make dance magic happen on the dance floor!
Special Instructions: Beginner's lesson at 5:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
     
  Nicole Offers Advice

Dear Nicole, Help! School just started and I'm already having problems getting my 6- and 10-year old kids to do their homework. They tease each other, go to the bathroom a million times, and find any excuse to wander around the house. Then they throw a fit at night when it's time to go to bed and they haven't finished their homework. How can I get them to do their homework without yelling - or doing it for them? - Desiree


Dear Desiree, Homework is a challenge in many families! It's often difficult for kids to focus on homework because they're physically, mentally and emotionally tired after school. Or kids are ready to do homework, but find the assignments are too hard, tedious or overwhelming. They may need help or encouragement, but it's hard for parents to be present and patient when they're also exhausted at the end of the day. Here are some tips to try:

Help your children make the transition from school to home. Let them have free time when they get home so they can relax, have a healthy snack, or get their extra energy out. This also gives you a chance to spend quality time with them and find out how their day went. Agree on the amount of free time they can have, and then give them a 10-minute "warning" before free time is over so they can start the transition to homework time.
Establish a homework routine. Set a time for doing homework that works with your family's schedule. Although the specific time might vary each day depending on other family activities such as work, after-school care, or extracurricular activities, having a regular "homework time"
will help children learn that it's part of their daily routine, just like eating, getting dressed, and going to school. Arrange a space for each child to do their homework that's comfortable, has enough room for them to work, and minimizes distractions as much as possible. Set a few simple ground rules that focus on what you want them to do instead of what not to do - e.g. Get all your books and supplies ready before starting homework. Finish homework before screen time.

Offer "just enough" help and encouragement. Stay near your children and check on their progress, but do not do their homework for them. Give descriptive praise to acknowledge their efforts and progress - "You've finished five questions already. Keep up the good work!" If they want your help, ask questions that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving, such as "What do you think that means?" or "Where could you find the answer?" If they have difficulty finding an answer after 1-2 prompts, then provide or guide them to the solution so that they stay engaged in the learning process instead of giving up.

If they are overwhelmed by the amount of homework they have, help them break it down into smaller segments that feel more manageable. Let them have a small reward after finishing each segment of homework, such as taking a stretch break or listening to a song. When your children have finished all their homework, let them choose a special activity or game as a reward for completing their homework routine.

FINAL THOUGHTS: A few positive parenting strategies can help take the hassle out of homework for everyone. If the problems continue, ask your children's teachers about other school-based assistance or resources that could help determine whether there's a learning disability or challenge that requires a different solution.

This monthly column provides tips for anyone who is raising children, based on the world-renowned Triple P - Positive Parenting Program, available to families in Santa Cruz County. If you have a question or idea for a future column, please email Nicole at triplep@first5scc.org

Nicole Young, the mother of two children, ages 13 and 17, manages Santa Cruz County's Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. Scientifically proven, Triple P is made available locally by First 5 Santa Cruz County, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (Mental Health Services Act) and the Santa Cruz County Human Services Department. To find a Triple P parenting class or practitioner, visit http://triplep.first5scc.org, www.facebook.com/triplepscc or contact First 5 Santa Cruz County at 465-2217 or triplep@first5scc.org.

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