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The superintendent says get outside this summer By Paul Cordeiro Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent “Put on your play clothes and go outside!” It’s a command we don’t often hear anymore. For those of us of a certain generation, summer and outside were virtually synonymous. “Outside” typically started with a list of chores (thanks, Dad!) followed by a rendezvous at a neighborhood park for a pickup baseball game and then a few hours at the local pool. Bikes were de rigueur. If that wasn’t enough, we’d go outside after dinner and play some more (tag, catch, hoops).

With so many calories burned, it really didn’t matter what we ate during the day, and I can say with confidence that a lot of it was pure junk. There was no Body Mass Index, because there was no alarm about obesity. We were all lean, some of us downright skinny. When it was finally dark, our family would sit in front of our sole (black and white) TV, watch the news, and then, together, read one of the three newspapers delivered to our home. There was a lot to discuss about the day’s events. We’d watch another 30 to 60 minutes of TV and then it was off to bed. Bedtime was 9 p.m. (8:30 during the school year) and we were asleep within minutes. All that play induces sleep quickly. That was summer. Can any of you relate? Very likely depends on your age. If you are currently a parent of school-age children, competing with “Go outside” are the sedentary temptations of social media, videogames and everything “on-demand.” New in the media world is the phrase “binge viewing,” as in hours watching every episode of the same show. Worse, it’s not just children who give in to these temptations; rather, the entire household is complicit. Throw in some junk food (and yes, portion sizes have ballooned) and a diminution of meaningful language exchanges (because everyone is so busy texting, posting and watching) and you now have a household of the “puffying” and “stupidizing” variety. Ergo all the 21st century concerns about obesity and low academic achievement. Apologies to those of you who take vigorous exception to this updated summer scenario. Happily, you would tell me that you limit time doing social media, video games and television, that you insist on daily “outside time” to burn calories and that you have daily interactions as a family (however you are comprised as a family) around some type of book or newspaper, two excellent sources for building reading comprehension and vocabulary. Also, if the food is going to be less than nutritious, you will tell me that very little is consumed. It’s all very simple, but it takes consistency and discipline, more so in households that predominate with multiple wage earners. At the moment it’s so easy to “rent a movie and order a pizza,” someone has to step up and follow the plan. Those who are the most consistent and disciplined, whether or not it’s summer, will realize the reward of healthier, smarter children ready to succeed in school.

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Azalea Swim Club 26 Years in Carpinteria

JUDY COOPER is a credentialed elementary school

teacher offering semi private swim lessons to kids 3 years and older.

JUDY’S METHODS involve educational games and exercises to make swimming FUN. 45 minute sessions include 30 minutes instruction/15 minutes free swim. EACH SESSION is 4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Our private pool is kept at 90 degrees. CLASS TIMES mornings are 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00 afternoons are 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45, 5:00, 5:45 PARENT AND ME classes for 12 to 35 month olds now open.

SPRING SESSIONS start the week of MAY 6, 13, 20, 27 SUMMER SESSIONS start the week of JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24 JULY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 AUGUST 5 RATES: $85 PER CHILD ADULT CLASSES TOO


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Surviving spring fever Some call it Spring Fever, others Meltdown May, but whatever you call it, the last stretch of school before summer break can be a big challenge, both for children and parents. So how can you cross that finish line without hitting the wall? How can you arrive at June 13 when there are still 44 days between then and now? CVN sought some advice from pros—as in the moms and dads and educators who’ve done this over and over again. You can put away your flack jacket and come out from under the covers; it’s going to be okay. We talk about finishing strong and finishing whatever you start in our family. It’s been a common theme throughout all my kids’ years, whether it’s school, a job or sports. It’s all the same and will continue to be as they get into adulthood. I think if this basic message is established young, it’s not quite as tough when they get to high school. It’s also nice (though could be considered bribery!) to plan a fun trip in the summer to give them something to look forward to. Or even on the last day of the school year to kick off summer. We used to do a big class party at Jelly Bowl with all the kids on the last day of school when they were in elementary school. It was so fun, and it’s a tradition they still remember. ––Schane Craddock, mother Have your child sit down with you and set some goals for herself. Prompt them if necessary. What are you strong in? What are the areas that challenge you? What are some steps we can take to improve in those challenging areas? Talk with your child’s teacher about what those goals might look like.

Encourage your child to keep a daily journal. Regularly engage your child in conversation about all aspects of their school day. What was your favorite thing you studied today? Can we research that topic further online? Should we look for books on that topic? How can we help you share your knowledge at the next family event? ––Jamie Persoon, Canalino School Principal Ask different questions. When you engage students about what is happening in school, focus on what is most important. Here are some questions to try in place of “How was school today?” 1) “What was the toughest thing you overcame today? How did you do it?” 2) “What was the most important thing you learned today?” 3) “How did you help someone else today?” 4) “Who helped you the most today?” Also, do not underestimate the power of normalizing their experience and appealing to their better selves. Try: “It is completely understandable that you feel like checking out or that you are feeling stressed. This is a great

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opportunity to take a deep breath and show yourself that you have the ability to get through any challenge.” ––David Mochel, father, former teacher, founder of Applied Attention Consulting Nothing helps denote the passage of time quite like the good old calendar page turning. I liked to “count down” by establishing a goal for each week— could be as simple as completion of a project, finishing a book or recognizing a teacher or aide for their extra help or attention—coupled with a fun reward or tangible validation of some kind. My kids loved “You and Me” days where they got to choose what we’d do. It’s also fun to get kids involved in the selection of summer enrichment opportunities when they are old enough to do the research around their preferred activities, such as days and time offered, location, cost, etc. and let them make the case. ––Marybeth Carty, mother Talk about students’ favorite activities this time of year, such as the school play at Summerland, swimming lessons for third-graders at Aliso, the Carnival at Aliso, Beach Day, Field Day—whatever it is. Toward the end of the year, some of the academic pressures start to lessen, so enjoy that release and treasure the time with your classmates, friends and teachers, and make lots of fun plans for the summer! ––Holly Minear, Aliso and Summerland schools Principal There is so much happening at the end of the year, especially for graduating seniors, it can be overwhelming. What worked for our family was to create a calendar page specifically for your student, along the lines of a spreadsheet. Make it big and post it in a common area. Break out the highlighters and color code each event by level of importance. Make sure to include scholarship deadlines, test dates, days to submit final paperwork, school events and such. Each day, make a little to-do list of things to bring or send, based on the calendar. Checking these things off gives the family a sense of order in the midst of chaos and reduces stress. There’s nothing worse than a student missing a golden opportunity because they missed the deadline. It’s also good training for what is to come in college. ––Kim Drain, mother The one thing that seems to help our girls (and me!) to cope during this hectic time is extra outdoor end-of-day activities, like a fun bike ride after dinner or an evening walk on the beach with our wild puppy or after school hike on the bluffs. Those fun activities help keep the kids active and remind us all that summer is so close. We are also trying yoga in the park on Saturday mornings, and both our girls enjoyed the class last weekend. ––Toni Thompson, mother Try making a chart to the end of the year, with the possibility to win prizes for accomplishments like homework, tests and paying attention! ––Kiona Gross, mother, Curious Cup Bookstore owner


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE B5 I have an analogy. In high school I used to be a distance runner. The most challenging part of the race is the final bend before the final straightaway—it’s that moment when you have to go to your reserve tank to see what you have left to finish the race. You can see the finish line, but you still have to tap into every last bit of strength you have to finish strong. Just on the other side of that line is rest—summer is coming! We can make it! If students aren’t familiar with the idea of this race analogy, perhaps parents can challenge them to a race around the track somewhere and then when the experience is fresh in their minds talk about how to finish strong for the school year. ––Angela White, mother, teacher

Four fun filled skills–based days learning football fundamentals with the importance of; sportsmanship, teamwork, fitness, discipline, and building character. Warrior Football Camp is a coed non-contact program directed by the CHS Warriors coaching staff. We welcome local Carpinteria boys and girls, including players from Santa Barbara to Ventura.

This isn’t always possible when both parents are working, but something I do to help fight spring fever is provide a morning snack for all the kids when I volunteer in the classroom. Every Wednesday they know they have a new fun snack to look forward to. I have also pre-arranged with the teacher to bring fruit popsicles several times, just for a quick fun break. ––Nikki Yamaoka, mother

Registration May 21 - July 15 at CHS Sports Office Camp Dates: July 14 - July 17 • Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 1pm Free lunch for all players • Ages 7 - 13 Cost: $65 • $120 (2) • $240.00 (4 or more) Add $10 per player over 4

For more Info CHS Coach Dan Cordero CHS Coach Henry Gonzales

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For my class, we have fun community based field trips scheduled for the rest of the year (one each week) to help enhance our community connections and academic knowledge. The students have

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earned these field trips, too, by hard work and behavior throughout the year. We also celebrate all the achievements our students have made throughout the year at Open House. The students bring their families to “show off” all the cool things they have done. I talk about these special events daily to make the next 33 days of school something to look forwards to! ––Andrea Edmondson, teacher We just try to be outside as much as we can and take advantage of where we live. We pick up food from Rudy’s on Taco Tuesday and then go down to the beach to eat, or we swim after dinner at the pool. These are some favorites of ours. Music can actually help kids learn, so you can take them to Lucky Llama and enjoy live music while doing homework and sipping on tea, or do your reading at the beach or under a tree at El Carro Park or at the library while your other kids are playing on the computers with headphones on. ––Sarah Smith, mother Every assignment has value, most importantly the ones that come at the end of the school year. This is a student’s opportunity to raise or lower a grade, which could mean the difference between a “B” or an “A,” but could also mean the difference between having to attend summer school or not. Finish strong, but don’t forget to take time to exercise and do the things that make you most happy. Parents should encourage their kids by facilitating their interests, but not with bribes. ––Peter Bonning, teacher

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expert tips for zeroing in on summer camp options First realize there are no perfect choices. When it comes to selecting the best place for your kids in the summer, options abound, and whatever your method for whittling them down—ven diagram, pros and cons charts—you’ve got to understand that while important, this decision probably isn’t the most momentous of the developmental years. Author Terri Fedonczak, a life coach and blogger at, recommends quelling your fear by being systematic about making the best choices for your family and situation. Follow her six steps: 1. First, calm yourselF: This decision produces fear, because there are so many options or your options are limited—both fear-inducing situations. When you feel the stress levels rising, take three deep belly breaths. Feel your pulse rate drop and your shoulders come out of your ears. Doesn’t that feel better? 2. treat the problem like a puzzle or a mystery with you as lead detective: We make much better decisions when we engage our creative mind to help us sort through options. When we are stressed out, we are in fight or flight mode. If you can treat this decision like a puzzle with a solution that you just can’t see yet, then you can get creative without feeling overwhelmed. 3. ask For help: This is where your friends and co-workers can step in to help. Ask them what they are doing with their kids this summer. Ask your boss about the possibility of summer hours; you will never know until you ask. Go in armed with a plan that benefits your boss as well, and then release the outcome. Your boss will be more open to options if you’re not needy and desperate when you ask. 4. use baby steps: This is a big decision, and it may seem overwhelming. Use baby steps to acquire the necessary information to make an informed choice. When any task feels too big, break it down into smaller steps. Set a timer for 5 minutes and research summer daycare and camp options until it goes off, and then take a breather. 5. you determine when it’s okay to leave your kids home alone: Just because the law says that your 11 year old can stay home alone doesn’t mean it’s the right decision for you. Every kid is different. If you’re leaving your kids at home, make sure you have a plan for checkin times as well as activities/chores for the day. Make the plan together so that they take ownership of the decision. This will teach them independence and accountability; two things all parents want for their children. 6. use your own Family values to guide you: Don’t feel pressure to be just like everyone else; do what feels right to you! If your family values are centered in creativity, sending your kid to a structured math camp is not the best choice for you, regardless of how prestigious it is. Figure out what’s important to your family values, and make a decision that feels right in your gut. Following these steps will help you make the right decision for you and your kids. Once you’ve arrived at a decision that feels right, accept it and move on. Waffling wastes energy. It won’t be perfect, because nothing ever is, but if it’s made from a calm loving place, then you and your kids will be just fine.

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MAVERICKS ATHLETICS sponsored by Redeemer Community Church

BASEBALL Camp session 1 • June 16-20 BASKETBALL Camp session 1 • June 23-27 BASEBALL Camp session 2 • August 11-15 BASKETBALL Camp session 2 • August 18-22

All camps held at Carpinteria facilities from 9am-12pm. $125 per week with an extended care option til 2pm for an additional $40 per week. Scholarships available. SUMMER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1 month of games in July! Check the website for more details!

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