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Orange is the New Tier
It's good news to be moving to the orange tier in this exciting week of Halloween festivities. Although this is a "positive," carry on as usual for your family's particular needs.

Elkhorn Slough is opening for exploration. This is a great place for the entire family!

For local information on COVID-19, visit www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus. Public and charter schools are planning for the next stage of opening with lots of caution.

I hope you enjoy the first of our Teachers Share blogs. We welcome contributions from teachers!

Check out MAH's new Educational Resources for our community.

Have a wonderful, scary, fun celebration on Friday, Parmalee
Teachers Share
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Poetry, Art and Monsters, Oh Yes!
Integrating seasonal elements –with generous measures
of creativity and imagination– into first grade curriculum
by Cassia Leffin

One delightful, learning-filled way to spark the engagement of young students includes incorporating a seasonal, monster-themed curriculum. In recent weeks, my Mount Madonna School first graders have written poems, created oil pastel monster drawings and begun to learn a choreographed dance. The students listened with rapt attention as I read monster story books aloud to further inspire their vibrant imaginations, individual creativity and to explore first hand some of the biological concepts being taught in the classroom. Link to Cassia's delightful description of the children's monster projects > > >
Thank you Santa Cruz MAH for sharing your interview with Middle School English Language Arts Teacher, Kenia Goicochea. Learn more about her experience as a first-year teacher and her transition to distance learning during times of pandemics and online learning
You finished your first year as a teacher and I am sure the end was not how you imagined it.
How was the transition to distance learning?

Kenia: This was most certainly not what I imagined my first year teaching to be, yet it turned out to be exactly what I needed. Although I will probably forever be mourning my unfulfilled end-of-year plans and celebrations with my first group of students, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to take a step back and embrace a more purposeful and meaningful approach to my teaching.

Feeling depleted after completing UCSC’s intensive 12-month MA in Education and Teaching Credential Program and not having the time to prepare curriculum prior to the start of the school year, I labored away and fell on my colleagues for support.

I felt as though I was on training wheels the entire time. It wasn’t until the pandemic hit that the training wheels were instantly and unexpectedly knocked off. Link to Kenia's story about her first year of teaching > >
MAH'S Educational Resources
"As we begin this new school year, the MAH is eager to continue to adapt and meet the needs of our future community builders, leaders, and social justice activists. For now, head over to our Educational Resources page to browse our current selection of free lesson plans. Then, be sure to stay tuned and sign up for email updates as we announce upcoming lesson plans on art and creativity, Dìa de Muertos, and more. And as always we are happy to collaborate with teachers and welcome feedback so please feel free to email me at oscar@santacruzmah.org so we can connect."
Last Weekend of October Fun!
Teachers Share:
and in first grade:

Where are the Little Free Libraries? Right here! Downloadable List for you!

Keep up with: Status of Schools
Also from the COE (County Office of Education) Learning pods for low income kids

Learn more about the largest genetic study of autism in the country and how your family can get involved.

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Elkhorn Slough Open, Oct 31 & Nov 1, 9am - 5pm -Wednesday, November 4, the Reserve will resume its regular public hours of Wednesday-Sunday between 9am -5pm Details
Sloth-0Ween, San Francisco Zoo, October 31+ 9:30am - 4pm - Join us through November 1 as we celebrate Sloth-oween! Details
Scotts Valley Haunted Loop, Oct. 29-31, Go here for tickets and times. We have collaborated with local authorities to create and enact a comprehensive safety plan based on state and local guidance as well as site-specific contexts. In addition, we have corraled our zombies to reduce the likelihood of a zombie apocolypse. Details
Outdoor Movie Night, October 30, 6pm, Free - Join us for an exciting outdoor movie night watching The Addams Family (2019) at Aptos Village Park on Friday, October 30th! This event is free, however, reservations are required. Details
Are you ready for an adventure? Using the FREE Agents of Discovery app (from your app store), you are invited to complete six different challenges at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park! Details
Día de Muertos A Month-Long Celebration, October 21+, Free
We invite you to join us in a month-long series of virtual programs and self-guided outdoor experiences to learn more about the history and traditions of Día de Muertos. Details
Halloween Storytime, October 30, 4pm, Free, Wear your costumes and join us for a special Halloween storytime with Librarian Jackie! Details
Navigating "these" School Years with Positive Discipline, Tuesdays 6pm, Nov. 3-24, This 4 week virtual support and learning group will bring you everything from how to address and mitigate distance learning challenges with kindness and firmness at the same time, gain encouragement strategies and learn how to win cooperation with your 6-12 year olds. Details
Positive Discipline - Family Support Sessions - Bilingual and Free, Tuesdays, 6 - 7pm - Positive Discipline family support sessions for families within Santa Cruz City School District. Details

All the County Farmers Markets! Details
One Silent Night Virtual Music Camp and Concert, Music Camp International, is offering a virtual Music Camp to U.S. teens. The camp, Nov. 2-8, will rehearse for a virtual concert at the end of the week. The U.S. teens will virtually join teens from Ukraine, Romania, Latvia, Kenya and India to perform the concert “One Silent Night”. Details
Workshop: Supporting Children with Special Needs in Distance Learning, October 27, 3-4:30pm, Free Details
Harvest Faire - Weekends Oct 3 -Nov 1, Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroads. Details
Halloween Bingo, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, October 22-31 - This nature themed scavenger hunt will have you noticing the mysterious and the spooky all around you. Details
Tales to Tails - Mondays 3:30-4pm, Register! Santa Cruz Public Libraries Details
If You’re A Monster, Watsonville Public Library, October 29+ - If you’re a monster and you know it, get this kit! Stomp around in your very own monster feet. ~ Kits are available for pickup during Curbside hours. Details
Parenting in Difficult Times- Holiday Season Hand in Hand Parenting Class - Sundays or Wednesdays, beginning November 1 with Shauna Casey. This class and support group will help you develop and deepen your parenting skills for navigating difficulties peacefully, even playfully, while staying calmer and better-connected during the holidays.