Houston Family Magazine October 2022 Issue

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 12

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ON THE COVER

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Students showing school spirit from Incarnate Word Academy in Downtown Houston

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BATTLING CHILDHOOD NIGHTMARES written by Sandi Schwartz

FIGHT SENIORITIS written by Katy M. Clark

CONSIDERING BOOT CAMP FOR TROUBLED TEEN written by Kimberly Blaker

STRESS MANAGEMENT EDUCATION written by UpBrainery

PREPARE FOR YOUR CHIELD IEP MEETING written by Sarah Lyons

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO USE written by Kimberly Blaker.

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CHILDHOOD DEPRESSION

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FALL CRAFTS FOR TWEENS

written by Jan Pierce

written by Jan Pierce

IN EVERY ISSUE 5 PUBLISHER'S NOTE

26 FAMILY FINDS

6 FAMILY FYI

18 EDUCATION DIRECTORY

Making Memories every day

Giving Back & Life Lessons

Must Haves for the Fall.

Find out more about these Top Rated Schools in Houston.

32 BOOK BITES

This month it's all about HALLOWEEN with these book picks from Valerie Kohler @ Blue Willow Bookshop.

36 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Find out all the great things to do with and without your kids in October.

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PUBLISHER'S NOTE

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I LOVE HALLOWEEN! Those of you who have followed the magazine or been a part of one of my Halloween parties can attest that I tend to go all out. It's one of those times of the year that adults can act like kids again and enjoy the time with your kids! Those of you who do not normally dress up, I highly recommend you give it a go! You will make memories your kids will always remember. Speaking of making memories, it's almost time for the kids report cards to come out. For some, this is a great memory - others not so much. If you find your child is struggling or maybe under challenged in his/her school, then make the change. It's never too late or too soon to start looking at options. Fortunately, we live in a city where the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to educating our children. Find the school that fits the needs of your family, not what your neighbor thinks you need to do, but actually what works for you.

FIND US ON FACEBOOK @houstonfamilymagazine FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @houstonfamilymagazine CONTACT US Let us know how we’re doing. kim@houstonfamilymagazine.com Houston Family is published monthly by Houston Family Magazine, LLC. Houston Family is distributed free of charge, one copy per reader. Only Houston Family authorized distributors may deliver or pick up the magazines. We reserve the right to edit, reject or comment editorially on all submitted material. We cannot be responsible for the return of any submitted material. Houston Family is ©2020 by Houston Family Magazine,LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express permission is prohibited.

Our world can be challenging and it moves ways too fast. Stay in tune with your kids by spending time with them (Fall Crafts for Tweens) and making sure you are talking to them. Really talking to them, not at them. Childhood Depression is real and can lead to some very scary outcomes. Take a moment to read this month's article if you have concerns about your child's mental well being. As we transition into fall, I hope you take the opportunity to get out & about with your family. Dewberry Farms, Kids Day and The Texas Ren Fest have all been traditions in our household since Bodhi was a babe. Even though he is almost old enough to drive now, we will still head out and enjoy the cooler weather, a turkey leg and a few laughs. See you there!

With hope,

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Kimberly Davis Guerra


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Note: The Plant Sale will be located just inside the Arboretum’s Entrance gatePavilion on the south side of the The Cynthia 610 Woods Mitchell is inviting area entrance road. (The Arboretum has two entrances – Loop residents, corporations, organizations and students 610 and Woodway Drive.) Shoppers are asked to park to sign up for a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience at along the 610 Parking Loop and then walk over to the sale. The Pavilion’s upcoming School Days field trips There will be a small pull-in area to load plant purchases. (November 9- 10) and Children’s Festival presented by Texas Children’s Hospital –– The Woodlands Admission to the Fall Plant Sale is free; all are welcome. (November 12-13) Plant prices are as follows:

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THE UPSIDES OF BATTLING

CHILDHOOD NIGHTMARES By Sandi Schwartz

It’s the middle of the night and you’re in a deep sleep. You hear a loud cry of “Mommy!” or feel a touch on your arm. At first you’re not sure if this is all part of your dream. Eventually, you wake up and realize your child is frightened and needs you. Then you stumble into her room in a total daze, faced with the challenge of needing to comfort your little one after she’s had a nightmare. Given this middle-of-the-night drama, it may be shocking to learn that nightmares in childhood are actually normal and play a positive role in kids’ emotional growth and coping skills. About half of all young children experience nightmares, especially two- to six-year-olds. Children are particularly prone at this age because this is when they’re developing fears and imagination, and trying to learn the difference between fantasy and reality. Nightmares tend to peak by 10 years of age, and then they usually decrease. Children’s nightmares stem from many different types of experiences that cause emotional responses, such as hearing a scary story, watching a frightening movie, worrying about school, struggling socially, or reacting to a family change or crisis like a new sibling or divorce. Facing new milestones – potty training, moving out of a crib, learning to ride a bike – can also cause bad dreams. Eating too close to bedtime, some medications,

and sleep problems can also lead to nightmares. What is also interesting is that experts have found that fear is not the only emotion that can trigger nightmares; confusion, guilt, disgust, and sadness are also culprits. Nightmares typically happen in the second half of the night during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Because of this timing, children usually can remember their dreams when they wake up. REM sleep stimulates the parts of the brain used in learning. Some scientists believe that dreams are the brain cortex’s effort to find meaning in the signals received during REM sleep. This process could be beneficial to our children even if they may be scared temporarily from a troubling dream. As a reaction to stress, nightmares help our children work through their emotions or traumatic events. They consolidate bad feelings into a concrete memory that can be more easily processed, filed away, and forgotten. Michael Nadorff, assistant professor of psychology and sleep behavior medicine specialist at Mississippi State University, equates nightmares to having our own exposure therapy to review and confront experiences so we can overcome our fears about them. A recent video published by New York Magazine effectively presents how nightmares transform fears into something positive.


In addition, when our children have bad dreams, we can gain insight into their deepest thoughts and concerns. Rosalind Cartwright, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at Rush University in Chicago, explained how nightmares are like having an internal therapist, helping surface one’s deep-rooted emotions and fears. It’s almost like revealing a secret emotional code that we may not be privy to during the day. By connecting with our children after a nightmare, we can help them work through their issues so that they feel better. Comforting our children in the moment is important so they can express how nightmares make them feel and realize that they’re okay. When they’re upset, go to their bedroom and give them physical contact like a hug or back rub until they calm down. Ask them to talk about the nightmare, but don’t push too hard if they don’t want to discuss it. Console them verbally by saying, “I understand your dream must have been scary, but it was not real. Mommy sometimes has bad dreams, too. You’re okay. I am here to comfort you. I love you and you are fine.” If they want to check under the bed or in the closet for monsters, go along with this exercise. Once they have calmed down, tuck them in with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal and reassure them that you will be down the hall if they need you again. If they argue with you about going back to sleep, explain that they need to get their rest so they can enjoy the next day. Provide an example of something fun for them to look forward to. You can continue to address the nightmare the next day by encouraging them to express themselves. Consider getting creative like drawing or painting pictures, journaling, reading stories and discussing them, or acting them out with puppets. Look for patterns in the themes of their nightmares to try to understand what the stressor may be. The most important thing is to encourage your children to talk it out so that they address what’s bothering them while they’re awake.

How do we know when nightmares become a problem? There are nightmares, and then there are chronic night terrors and Nightmare Disorder. Here are some signs to look out for to make sure your kids aren’t experiencing something more serious: · · · · ·

Are the nightmares significantly interfering with sleep? Are your kids avoiding bedtime because they are so worried that they will have a nightmare? Are the nightmares getting worse and occurring more frequently? Are they impacting your child’s school day and interaction with family and friends? Are they repeatedly waking up with detailed recollection of long, scary dreams that involve threats to their survival, security, and physical well-being?

If you notice these issues persisting, then it’s important to speak to your pediatrician about what is going on. It may be time to explore treatment options like therapy to address stress and anxiety, or a sleep study for a more detailed evaluation.


8 Ways To Fight Senioritis and Finish Senior Year Strong By Katy M. Clark

My teenage son has come down with a curious affliction this spring. His symptoms include increased indifference and frequent use of the snooze feature on his phone’s alarm clock. I believe he is suffering from Senioritis, a common condition that strikes most seventeen and eighteen year olds in the waning days of their senior year. I bet my son, like so many seniors, wonders what these last few weeks and months matter anyway. However, Senioritis can have real consequences for teens. They might see their grades plummet, which could affect merit aid or even an offer for admission at colleges that require a final transcript. Teens might stop preparing as well as they could for AP exams, which means they miss out on potential college credit. Not to mention that Seniors could lose out on overall learning and increase their odds of a challenging transition to college or the workforce after graduation.

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Maintain a routine. Teens should keep doing what they have been doing all year. Go to classes, virtual or inperson, and attend activities such as club meetings, team practices, and church or temple. Try to maintain a good sleep routine, too. Staying busy with day-today activities and getting enough sleep will combat the desire to check out.

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Stay organized. It is important for your Senior to keep track of test dates, meetings with a guidance counselor, and other events such as cap and gown fittings as they move towards graduation. Encourage them to use a planner, whether in hard copy form or through an app on their phone, to log deadlines and other important events. This practice will reap benefits in the future, too, as they attend college or start a new job. 12 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE October 2022

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Celebrate and enjoy this special time. Yup, having fun is a reward for hard work, provides something to look forward to, and can motivate teens to stay the course and finish strong. After all, life is not always serious. Maybe your senior can attend prom or host one last epic, COVID-safe get together with friends. Or you could plan a special family event, such as a weekend road trip or decadent dinner from your teen’s favorite restaurant to enjoy in person or at home.


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Focus on finalizing college, trade school or career plans. Most colleges require a decision on attendance (as well as a deposit) by May 1. And once your teen has decided which place of higher learning will be their new home, they will need to select housing, browse orientation dates, and contact an advisor for guidance on choosing freshman classes. For college-bound teens as well as those going to trade school or starting their careers, the simple act of focusing on their future plans, called future oriented thinking, has been shown by psychologists to predict better behavior in the present as well as increased success with future plans.

Rest and recharge. Senior year can present an exhaustive pace of school and year-end events and some teens might be suffering from Senioritis that stems from just being tired. Making time for self-care, such as journaling or creative activities like painting, will help your teen hit the reset button. Even as little time as a half hour or an hour a day to relax and unwind can leave your teen feeling refreshed.

Talk to someone. Some teens may realize that they are checking out and suffering from Senioritis. Talking with their guidance counselor, who has witnessed the effects of the Senior Slide of Senior Slump time and time again, can help your teen get back on track. Or there may be a best friend, favorite teacher, coach, or parent (ahem!) your teen can confide in to help them plug back in.

Stay physically healthy. Have your teen battle sluggishness with exercise, which releases endorphins and boosts energy. They can practice making healthy, fresh meals, too, especially since they are still under your roof and you’re footing the bill! Your teen will notice a positive difference in how they feel after eating well and also gain confidence in this life skill.

Finally, surround your teen with love. That could mean you spoil them with small gifts like gas cards or comfy socks or that you perform little actions like making their bed or their favorite breakfast, even though you know they are fully capable of doing those things themselves. Maybe you can’t stop staring at them with affection, soaking up this special time together before it changes. Teens will notice your love and the sense of security and specialness it generates. This will no doubt buoy them as graduation approaches.

Remember, if your teen can conquer Senioritis and stay engaged during the final weeks of senior year, then your teen will be one step closer to achieving their goals and dreams for the future, whether that includes college, trade school, the military or a new job.

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Considering Boot Camp for Your Troubled Teen? There May Be Safer, More Effective Options by Kimberly Blaker

The Trouble With Boot Camp

Being a parent isn't easy, especially during the teenage years. While some amount of attitude and rebellion is normal, a teen with at-risk behaviors who is spiraling out of control may need more help than you can provide. When supporting your teen surpasses your capabilities, you may be desperate to find solutions to help turn your adolescent's life around before it's too late. Boot camps and military school may be the first approach that comes to mind. These programs promise to straighten out difficult kids quickly by using military tactics. But they're not the healthiest option for helping your teen in the long term. Instead of looking at traditional programs promising to punish teens and stamp out bad behavior, consider alternatives that will support your teen through difficulties to turn around problematic habits naturally.

The concept behind boot camp is to mimic strict military programs where attendees will experience harsh discipline, extreme structure, and physical exercise or challenges to wear them down. These programs attempt to force teenagers to respect authority figures by taking a punitive approach with harsh consequences for not following directions.

In some cases, boot camp tactics have led to severe abuse and even the death of teens attending them.

Boot camps are often run by people without any counseling or psychology background. They use intimidation tactics to punish bad behavior rather than understanding how to support struggling teens effectively. When the focus is on training youth to fear and follow authority figures, this approach can be traumatic for teens whose behaviors stem from mental or emotional distress. Boot camps are also often not regulated. In some cases, boot camp tactics have led to severe abuse and even the death of teens attending them. Even if the boot camp is resultful in the context of the boot camps' environment, the changed behavior doesn't necessarily translate when teens return to real life. According to teenbootcamp.org, a website dedicated to educating parents about the risks of boot camps, the recidivism rate for some juvenile boot camps is 80%. Once adolescents go home, it isn't easy to replicate the extremely structured environment. Also, since the underlying issues causing the teen's bad behavior aren't addressed, young people who attend boot camps often fall back into the same patterns. Additionally, instead of automatically translating learned deference to a particular authority into respect for their parents, teens may feel resentful or further alienated from their parents.

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What are the alternatives? Fortunately, many evidence-based programs are available. In these, teens are surrounded by counselors and others who are trained to help young people heal and learn new, healthier patterns of behavior in a supportive environment.

Wilderness Treatment Programs Wilderness treatment programs are especially effective at helping teens turn their choices around. Wildnerness programs are short-term programs that use the mental health concepts of treatment centers in an outdoor environment. Wilderness programs offer many of the benefits of summer camp, but in a structured way similar to treatment centers to support and nurture teens who are struggling. Although your teen may still feel like being sent away is a punishment, the wilderness program environment itself is not punitive. Teens are out in nature, getting healthy physical exercise, and engaging in cooperative activities to learn to work with others and gain confidence in themselves. Just being exposed to the outdoors is proven to have a calming effect on anxiety and depression, which are common mental health issues that at-risk teens experience.

Short Term Treatment Centers

Short-term treatment centers are an option that removes your teen from a negative environment for more intensive care. Treatment This provides adolescents an opportunity to get out of centers seek to harmful patterns or away from unhealthy social groups understand and that may be contributing to your teen's unhealthy lifestyle. address the cause

of problematic

Treatment centers, as opposed to boot camps, use behaviors to enact a counseling approach where trained and certified lasting change. counselors and support specialists work with teens one-on-one and in groups. Treatment centers seek to understand and address the cause of problematic behaviors to enact lasting change. Teens may participate in cognitive behavioral therapy where they can talk about the issues they face and learn to recognize and change the resulting, harmful behaviors. Staff focuses on the well-being of the whole person and teaches teens how to take what they are learning and apply it in their daily lives at home. These centers often group teenagers who are facing the same problems or experiencing similar mental or emotional issues. This offers participants opportunities to share their feelings and experiences in a safe environment and with people who can relate. This can help teens to feel less isolated while providing them a community of peers with whom they can share successes. Teens sent to a treatment center are more likely to understand that their parents care for them and want to help them because the teens are in a nurturing environment. When the goal is to help young people instead of making them follow orders, they're more likely to be open to change and seeing its benefits. While boot camps may sometimes be effective at stopping bad choices, it often works only temporarily. It can also come at a high cost to adolescents' emotional and physical well-being. On the other hand, alternative options, such as wilderness treatment programs and short-term treatment centers, are available. These programs, particularly short-term treatment centers, aid your teen's personal growth and desire to become a healthy, mentally strong individual who contributes positively to society. The End

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Stress

Management

Education by UpBrainery

Living in a fast-paced demanding society, we forget that our kids have to handle excessive stress daily. Stress is a way of our body taking various kinds of stress and reacting to it emotionally, physically, or psychologically. It was only when I saw my kids go through educational stress, that I realized how intimidating and overwhelming it is for students. The looming idea of stress prevails as soon as a school year begins, leading to multiple cases of anxiety and depression in the student body. While we as parents continue to build pressure on our children to excel in life and meet our requirements, we forget the pressure it builds upon them. During this entire process, we don’t realize that our kids need to learn stress management from the root level. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association determined that teens have the same stress levels as adults. Not only are they unable to cope with this stress effectively but also get overwhelmed, depressed or sad because of it. Stress also leads to health issues including sleep disorders, poor diet, and little to no physical exercise. Stress management education must be taught in our education system to support our kids from the burdens of stress at an early stage. Taking teachers and school bodies onboard this agenda has become a necessity with an increasing number of students complaining about anxiety and depression. Stress management should also begin at home where children know they can rely on their parents. As parents, we need to ensure that we understand when our children are under stress and help them cope with it accordingly.

Stress management education should touch upon these topics:

I m p o r ta n c e o f Sleep: Stressed-out students are notorious for missing out on sleep especially when they have a pile of work to do. Lack of sleep is unhealthy and also has a direct effect on mood, studies, grades, and productivity. Schools should emphasize the necessity for at least 8 hours of sleep for students. At home, you can initiate a routine where your child is well-rested and gets the necessary sleep before heading off to school each morning.

Support Networks:

Regular Exercise:

A great stress buffer is a strong support system including family and friends. With life complications and transitions in relationships, it is necessary to enhance one’s support network. The building of reliable support networks should be focused upon since its one of the most effective ways for students to cooperate with their stress.

Blowing off steam through physical exertion is one of the best ways to cope with extra stress. Yoga, running, biking, and encouraging students to join extra sports classes should be recommended within classrooms. Research shows that students participating in some physical activity show lower stress levels than those who don’t.

While it can be difficult to maintain a support network within schools, institutions must understand the need for these networks for students. Having group-based discussions and projects can prove to be great destressors in children.

School institutions should encourage all students to sign up for physical activity during school hours. While having visible benefits, these classes will also promote mental wellness within the student body.

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H e a lt h y D i e t : We may not realize diet's role in stress management. Stress may lead you toward sugary snacks which only provide temporary relief. A healthy diet boosts the mood and overall performance of students. Tactics like keeping a water bottle handy, carrying healthy snacks like dry fruits and nuts, and reducing caffeine intake should be brought to students’ notice. Even though schools can’t possibly keep an eye out on every single student’s diet, they can encourage them to opt for healthier options. Health discussions within classrooms can be successful in deterring students from choosing unhealthy snacking options within school hours.

Kids shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help when they feel overwhelmed with stress and are unable to cope with it. We, as families and teachers, should provide them with a safety net to rely on. Stress isn’t the same for everyone and it takes time for someone to identify it. Parents and teachers must be capable of managing our kids' stress issues and helping them reduce those by becoming a part of their support network. Stress management has been swept under the rug for many years leaving students to suffer alone while dealing with their stress. We’ve been quite casual with the idea of our children coping with stress which has led to multiple problems. Including stress management education in their daily discourse will not only guide them but will also ease the stress we feel as parents. Let’s work together to provide our children with the toolkit they need to face stressful situations. Ghazal Qureshi is a (now) native Houstonian who came to Houston with her family from Pakistan in 12th grade. She is a Computer Scientist and has worked for over 20 years in the technology space. When she saw a lack of adaptive educational programs focused on developing critical thinking skills, she formed her first educational company in 2011, offering STEM afterschool programs. She grew from 1 location in Houston to over multiple countries. In early 2020, she was dissatisfied with the lack of innovation in education. For this reason, she exited her first company. She formed UpBrainery, as an Innovative and Immersive educational technology platform coupled with neuroscience research-based programs to provide adaptive learning and individualized pathways for students at home or in the classroom. UpBrainery takes advantage of the technological advances in AI, Machine Learning, and game-based education to provide an immersive and engaging educational experience. Since its inception, UpBrainery has won major accolades through Google for Startups, Forbes Next 1000, Houston Business Journal, and others. UpBrainery is also the exclusive K12 educational pathway provider for the US Congressional App Challenge. www.UpBrainery.com

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At its founding in 1991, The Regis School of the Sacred Heart became the first and only 3 Pre-K through eighth grade all-boys Sacred Heart school in the Houston area, fulfilling a need in the city’s Catholic community. The school’s founders—with the guidance of Archbishop Fiorenza—envisioned a unique educational environment for their sons, simultaneously grounded in rigorous academics and the Sacred Heart Goals of faith, intellect, service, community and maturity. The Sacred Heart Goals shape not only curriculum development, but also teaching practices, character education and—most importantly—spiritual development. Based upon the Sacred Heart Goals, Regis students move through a deliberate progression from a guided learner to an active participant to an effective contributor, and ultimately to become an engaged leader called The Regis Experience. Regis Quarter Page Ad (October).pdf

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At Our Savior, it is their mission to Serve Families for Jesus Christ. They provide a classical Lutheran education for the nearby areas of Inwood, Garden Oaks/Oak Forest, the Heights and Houston communities. As a classical Lutheran school, they provide an exceptional education for all children. Classical education is a beautiful, tried, and true teaching model that allows our teachers to instruct all children, regardless of their abilities. Our Savior does not exist to simply provide our young scholars with the skills they need for the next level, or the ability to score high on standardized tests. They provide an education that is centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and seek to cultivate wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on that which is true, good, and beautiful. They are teaching our scholars how to think and to express themselves eloquently. OSL is a loving community of families where our children grow and learn to live in the grace of Christ each day. Nurturing the faith of the children inside the school doors and outside on campus is their greatest joy and most important task. It is a privilege to serve each child and family. God has blessed them with a beautiful 60-acre campus which allows them to see the beauty of His creation on a daily basis. If you'd like to take a tour and see for yourself, please contact DGuevara@oslschool.org or visit their website at www.OSLSchool.org.

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The Honor Roll School has been proud to serve students in the Sugar Land area since 1991. Recent expansion of the Riverstone campus, serving students 2 years through Kindergarten opened in August 2022. Links to Learning preschool curriculum prepares children for kindergarten and beyond by developing important academic, social and emotional skills. In the elementary and middle school years, they combine a rigorous, standards-based curriculum with experiences that develop 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration and communication. Thus creating a safe, supportive learning environment in which teachers focus on the strengths and learning styles of each individual child. At The Honor Roll School they believe that learning and achievement go hand in hand, whether inside or outside the classroom, they have built programs that meet the highest academic and extracurricular standards. By providing an environment that challenges and nurtures each child’s development, their students are able to discover their strengths and respect each other’s differences through global and international awareness. They learn to work together, making the most of everyone’s talents. The international makeup of our student body lends itself to unique learning opportunities. The style of teaching builds on proven traditional methods by also incorporating newer developments in child psychology, technology, and science. Central to this is the promotion of academic excellence, responsible citizenship and international understanding, whereby students become critical, compassionate thinkers, and active, informed, life-long learners. The pursuit of excellence as a school depends on each student’s desire to pursue his or her talents in academics, athletics, the arts (fine and performing), leadership and service/citizenship. Likewise, they must do our part as a school community to provide the most opportunities possible for each child’s growth. As educators, they believe that this is best accomplished when an administration with vision, a committed faculty, supportive parents, and focused students work together.

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How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting by Sarah Lyons

An individualized education plan (IEP) is a key component of your child’s special education plan. By law, schools are required to provide services to kids who qualify. An IEP meeting is where goals will be set and which services will be provided are decided on by both educators and the child’s guardians. This can be very intimidating for parents. With preparation and research prior, parents will feel more informed and confident during the meeting. The time spent before will lead them to be better advocates for their child while developing a plan that will help the child have more success in school while keeping everyone happy. Below you will find 6 steps to help best prepare you for your child’s IEP meeting.

Talk to the teacher It is important to talk to your child’s teacher to determine how things are going at school. The teacher can help identify your child’s strengths and challenges and may suggest what services would be helpful to them. If possible, observe your child in the classroom to get a feel for how social interactions and classroom learning are going. Knowing this information, as well as their current math and reading levels, will help you assist in setting goals during the IEP meeting.

Read up The school should send home a notice of meeting that states who will attend the IEP meeting, the reason for meeting, and, if applicable, goals set in the previous IEP meetings. Carefully read the information sent home so you understand what to expect. You may also consider studying special education laws that pertain to your child’s needs so you know what services you can legally ask for. There are many websites and books available to help parents prepare for IEP meetings as well. The more knowledge you have, the more confident and comfortable you will feel during the meeting.

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Here are a few books to help you understand and prepare for your child’s IEP meeting.

The Art of Advocacy: A Parent’s Guide to a Collaborative IEP Process by Charmaine Thaner.

Set goals Prior to the meeting, write down questions you would like to ask at the meeting. This is also a great time to consider what visions and goals you have for your child and make note of them. Bring your notes with you to the meeting so you can refer to them throughout the process. Having a list of questions and an idea of goals you would like to see your child reach will help you make sure that you cover everything you had hoped even if the emotions of the meeting make it more difficult to remember your questions and concerns. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional services for your child. The school may not provide everything you had in mind but it never hurts to ask.

Better IEP Meetings Everyone Wins by Cynthia M. Herr and Barbara D. Bateman.

Wrightslaw: All About

IEPs by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright.

Get organized Collect any paperwork you need or would like to bring to the meeting and gather it in one place so it is neat and organized for the meeting. Bring your notes from your observation, your list of questions and goals you would like to set, and any medical paperwork that pertains to the IEP meeting. If you have had any private evaluations done, bring copies of those as well.

Bring an advocate Because IEP meetings can be intimidating, it can be helpful to bring an advocate to the meeting with you. This could be a lawyer or, simply, a spouse or co-parent. Having a person there both for support and to be another advocate for your child can be a good boost of confidence for the parent to help ensure you meet the goals you would like for your child. Be sure to let your school know, in advance, who will be attending the meeting with you.

Be confident You know your child best and are the best person to represent their needs, challenges, and successes. While it can be emotional and overwhelming to address issues your child is facing when it comes to learning, setting goals and ensuring the proper services are provided is the best thing you can do for your child’s success in school. Dress appropriately for the meeting, bring the documents and notes you prepared, and speak confidently and lovingly about your child. Your preparation and concerns will be apparent to everyone at the meeting and you will have the reassurance that you were prepared and did your best to help your child be successful in school. Books to Help Prepare forYour Child’s IEP Meeting

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Wrightslaw: From

Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide by Peter W.D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright.

Your Special Education Rights:

What Your School District Isn’t Telling You by Jennifer Laviano and Julia Swanson.

The IEP from A to Z:

How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives by Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett.


Fun Educational Websites You Won’t Want Your Kids to Miss:

Limiting the time kids spend on the computer can be a daunting task. But there are plenty of fun educational sites kids will love that make learning a blast and make their time spent plugged in healthier.

Websites That Take the Work out of Learning.

Alternate opening: Hey, kids! Are you on the scout for fun new websites? Wading through hundreds of search results is boring. So, check out these fun sites.

By Kimberly Blaker. Animals Abound Travel to faraway states and countries at National Geographic for Kids to discover all kinds of critters and cool places. In addition to freaky creatures, there are fun things you can make as well as photo tips with Hilary. You'll also discover lots of other weird stuff. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Space is a Blast At NASA’s Star Child, there's plenty to discover. Do fun activities, learn the orbit each planet belongs to, and match planets to their descriptions. You can even calculate your own weight and age on each planet. For teens, click on a link to NASA's teen site and explore web pages to solve problems.

Basics & Beyond FunBrain.com offers all levels of educational games in every subject. Play Grammar Gorillas, connect the dots by ones, fives, and even backward, or take the Brain Bowl quiz. There are even parentkid challenges and parent quizzes. Click 'search for games', and discover many more awesome activities.

Coding Fun At Code.org, kids can learn computer science by creating online projects. These free courses are really more like free fun. Pre-readers can watch videos and listen to audio recordings as they move through interactive learning segments. The courses progress according to age, all the way through the teen years.

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Make me a Genius Exercise the left side of your brain with this fun science and math site loaded with fun games, quizzes, jokes, and videos. http://www.starfall.com/

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ StarChild/StarChild.html

Keepin' It Green ClimateKids is another NASA site for kids. It answers kids' questions about weather and climate, the atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. After clicking to read lots of fascinating facts, kids can scroll to the bottom of the page for fun activities, videos, games, and more. http://www.kidsplanet.org/

Pop, Dong, Kerplunk This site will keep you busy for hours. Brain Pop is a fun site dedicated to health, science, and technology. Thrill at the awesome background sounds, and find experiments, activities, cartoons, quizzes, and animated movies.

Medicine Madness At PBS’s A Science Odyssey, take an interactive visit to the doctor, play a game show called “That’s My Theory,” read comic stories about scientists, and learn about the discovery of penicillin.

Keepin' It Green ClimateKids is another NASA site for kids. It answers kids' questions about weather and climate, the atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. After clicking to read lots of fascinating facts, kids can scroll to the bottom of the page for fun activities, videos, games, and more.

http://www.brainpop.com/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/

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Math, Money, & More Math has never been so cool as at Coolmath4Kids. com. Do brain benders, jigsaw puzzles, and play the lemon-aid stand game to improve your math and money skills.

Presidential Probe There’s plenty to learn at The American Presidency—even for parents. Do activities and read fun facts about the campaign trail, life in the White House, and assassinations. Then, take a poll and share your thoughts.

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http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/home.html

Forest Fire Facts Visit Smokey Bear and get the Bear Facts, learn fire safety, and help Smokey in one of several interactive games. http://www.smokeybear.com/

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Childhood Depression:

When is it More Than a Bad Day? by Jan Pierce

All children have tough days. They get into fights with siblings, have problems at school and need some extra hugs for bad dreams or fears. That’s normal. But a small percentage of children are dealing with a much bigger health concern: childhood depression. It’s hard to imagine that a child of five or six may be carrying the burden of depression, but health professionals agree: 2-6% of children and adolescents suffer from major depression. Of these, 70% will continue to struggle with depression into adulthood.

“A young person with depression may seem only irritable or moody.”

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One of the reasons health professionals have under-diagnosed childhood depression is the fact that it looks different in children. A young person with depression may only seem irritable or moody. He or she may complain of general aches and pains, focus on negative patterns of play, perform poorly in school and burst out in anger or frustration. He may be disruptive. She may fail to make friendships or feel inappropriately guilty. Children may not have the language to explain the severity of their feelings. Childhood depression negatively affects family relationships. The outbursts and lack of ability to enjoy life may be seen as behavioral issues needing firmer discipline. The cycle of failure and discipline can further damage the child’s self image and increase feelings of hopelessness. For unknown reasons more girls than boys suffer from depression. It can be triggered by stressors such as abuse or neglect, chronic illnesses, onset of puberty or losses such as a death in the family. Important studies on childhood depression began in the 1940’s when pediatrician Renee Spritz did clinical studies of institutionalized infants. The patterns of apathy, social withdrawal and “failure to brighten” when stimulated were the result of neglect. It was concluded that even babies can display depressed behaviors. It is believed that such early abuse and neglect can affect brain development. Early diagnosis of childhood depression is very important. The most common treatments are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and in some cases antidepressant medications.

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Risk Factors for Childhood Depression

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• Chronic illness

CBT focuses on educating both parents and children in healthier coping skills, positive problem-solving, conflict resolution, social and assertiveness skills and relaxation techniques. Parents are trained to have age-appropriate expectations for their children and are helped to develop nonjudgmental patterns of communication to support a better self-image. Other focuses may be on dealing with negative thought patterns, grief resolution and handling unsettling changes such as moves, loss of friendships, or divorces. One specific early intervention for parents and children is called Parent Child Interaction Therapy. In PCIT parents are trained in nurturing their children and in limit-setting to enhance emotional development.

• Female sex • Family history of depression • Hormonal changes at puberty • Neglect or abuse • Stressors such as poverty, death in the family, or divorce • Anxiety disorders or other conditions such as ADD/ADHD, autism, oppositional disorder

Symptoms of Adult Depression vs. Childhood Depression

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When parents have questions about their child’s social and emotional well-being, there are several ways to proceed. They can make an appointment with their family doctor and be referred to mental health professionals, preferably those with pediatric experience. Another starting point is with the child’s classroom teacher and the counselor at the local school. The sooner interventions are begun, the sooner negative patterns can be broken and the greater the likelihood that the child can move toward a happier daily life.

Adult: • Depressed moods most of the time • Feeling sad, moody, empty, hopeless • Reduced interest or pleasure in life • Weight loss or gain • Insomnia or hypersomnia • Agitation or lethargy • Fatigue, loss of energy

Child: • Depressed mood or irritability • Poor eye contact, sadness, “acting out” • Loss of interest in play settings • Failure to make expected weight • Similar to adult • Hyperactive • Disengagement from peers, frequent school absences

“It’s hard to imagine that a child of five or six may be carrying the burden of depression, but health professionals agree: 2-6% of children and adolescents suffer from major depression.”

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Spooky Witch’s Guessing Game

The Ghosts Went Floating

by Kim Norman (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)

The ghosts went floating, one by one, so why don't you come join the fun? Trickor-treat with ghosts, skeletons, witches, zombies, and all sorts of cute and creepy creatures in this fun-filled Halloween counting adventure.

by Edward Miller (Random House Books for Children)

In this shaped board book, Spooky Witch is thinking of something, and children are asked to guess what it is based on the clues that are provided in the text and illustrations. Each time, readers are presented with several choices--some of which are silly, and only one of which is correct. The next page mentions the correct item and continues the game.

Eek Halloween

Creepy Crayon

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by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

There's a big round moon in a dark, dark sky. The chickens are nervous. Witches, wizards, robots, and an alarmingly enormous mouse (eek!) are prowling around town tonight, and it's up to the chickens to get to the bottom of it -- that is, if they can uncover their eyes long enough!

Jasper Rabbit has a problem: he is NOT doing well in school. His spelling tests? Disasters. His math quizzes? Frightening to behold. But one day, he finds a crayon lying in the gutter. Purple. Pointy. Perfect. Somehow...it looked happy to see him. And it wants to help.At first, Jasper is excited. Everything is going great. His spelling is fantastic. His math is stupendous. And best of all, he doesn't have to do ANY work! But then the crayon starts acting weird. It's everywhere, and it wants to do everything. And Jasper must find a way to get rid of it before it takes over his life. The only problem? The creepy crayon will not leave.

Pig The Monster

by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Press)

Pig is the world's greediest pug, and on Halloween he is completely out of control, thinking up nasty tricks to play on people who do not give him the treats he thinks he deserves and never sharing with Trevor the sausage dog-until too much chocolate makes him really sick and he finally learns the error of his ways (again).

Tales To Keep You Up At Night

by Dan Poblocki (Penguin Workshop)

Ignoring a handwritten warning from her grandmother, Amelia reads an old book she finds in the attic, and as elements from the stories begin to come to life around her, she realizes that she may be in a spooky story of her own.

This Is The Way We Trick Or Treat

by Arlo Finsy (Random House Books for Children)

Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy singing along to the tune of 'Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush' as the characters put on costumes, trickor-treat, share candy with family, and much more.

If Animals Trick Or Treated

by Ann Whitford Paul (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)

If animals trick-or-treated . . .what would they do on Halloween night? Owlet and friends would knock-knock-knock at nests, outside dens, and under a rock, promising a trick if they didn't get treats.

Skeletina and The In Between World by Susie Jaramillo (Roaring Brook Press)

Welcome to the in-between world, where the living go when they are fast asleep and where ghosts stay when they have unfinished business. Skeletina and her friends help visitors confront their fears and worries or see a loved one they miss.

Amelia Bedelia Scared Silly

by Herman Parish (Greenwillow Books)

In this special Halloween edition, which includes a recipe and a craft project to make at home, Amelia Bedelia and her friends enjoy some scary (and sweet) fun! This item is Returnable.

The Agathas

by Kathleen Glasgow (Delacorte Press)

Two high schoolers team up to investigate a classmate's death and discover that their small California town is positively aboil with secrets. Seething at the oddly lackadaisical response of local police to the disappearance of her former BFF on Halloween, 17-year-old Agatha Christie fan Alice Ogilvie enlists Iris Adams, her peer tutor, to launch an inquiry that not only bears immediate fruit in the form of a battered corpse at the base of nearby seaside cliffs, but leads to a veritable flood of obvious but conflicting clues and revelations that point to, and away from, foul play.

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Halloween in the Hangar SATURDAY, OCT 22nd

IT’S A FRIGHT PLAN OF FUN FOR HALLOWEEN! Join us at the Lone Star Flight Museum for these Halloween hangar happenings:

Kids ages 12 and under in costumes get in FREE - ALL DAY! Trick or Treat in the Hangar 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join in a Scavenger Hunt through the hanger to win a prize Enter to win a free family membership All activities are included with your museum admission.

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Fall Crafts to Engage Those Tween-age Kids by Jan Pierce

It’s relatively easy to keep pre-school and elementary school age kids busy with simple art projects such as coloring and painting. But when your children reach the ages of 10-12, it becomes a greater challenge. After all, they’re older now. They want a craft project that produces a real product— one they’ll want to use as a gift or to decorate their room. They want something cool! Here’s a whole list of interesting, creative and even beautiful craft projects for those tweens. You might want to make up a sample before the craft session so they’ll feel motivated to follow your example. Remember to choose quality materials and offer several options to the project. Older kids like to feel a bit of freedom as they create.

Dreamcatchers: For a more complicated project using a paper plate with a circle cut into the center. www.dream-catchers.org. Search arts and crafts for kids.

Paper Plate Weaving

Circle Weaving: Using a sturdy paper plate, cut an uneven number of slits from the edge toward the center of the plate. (not all the way through) Begin weaving with brightly-colored pieces of yarn, changing colors as you wish. You can secure the end of the yarn to the back of the plate with tape. A more complicated design is created when you cut notches around the edge of the plate, again, an uneven number, and then string yarn around the plate in a sunflower pattern. Then your weaving is done on the yarn structure itself. The plate acts as a backdrop and a frame for hanging. www.lessonswithlaughter.com Search paper plate weaving. 34 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE October 2022


Make a Kaleidoscope:

Stringart:

This project takes a bit of care and precision, but is actually quite easy to do. You’ll want to look at the pictures and then proceed. https:// www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1008403/diykaleidoscope-craft-for-kids/ You’ll need a paper towel roll, some multi-colored plastic beads, a cereal box, some foil, a piece of scrapbook paper or other heavy paper, some clear plastic (a fruit box from the grocery store works well,) a ruler and a glue gun. Then:

Stringart is done with pins or nails placed into heavy cardboard. Then using string or yarn, beautiful patterns are created. Start with free patterns at www.stringartfun.com. to try your hand at this one, and then you and your kids might want to invest in some of the more intricate patterns. They’re quite stunning. www.stringartfun.com.

1. Cut two circles of plastic the size of the end of your paper towel tube. Glue one of them on one end of the tube. 2. Drop plastic colored beads to cover the bottom and then drop the second plastic piece on top of the beads. 3. Place a ruler inside the tube and measure the distance from the plastic to the edge of the roll. Make three pieces of cardboard that length, cover them in foil and glue them into a triangle. When dry, place the triangle inside the paper towel roll. You’re ready to hold the kaleidoscope up to the light and enjoy the show.

Japanese Paper Dolls: If your tween loves origami, this may be the next project for you. Elegant and delicate, these ningyogami dolls use wrapping paper and heavier cardboard for the heads. The finished product is something special. Find this craft at www.thissideoftheisland.blogspot.com. Search “ningyogami.”

Foil Drawings: This project creates a pretty spectacular end product. Using liquid glue, carbon paper, cardboard or a foam board, heavy foil and shoe polish, you’ll make a drawing that is transferred to the board. Then add lines of glue to create a 3-D effect. Later add the foil and highlight with the shoe polish. Find the directions you’ll need and helpful pictures at www.artclubblog.com/foil-drawings.

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Fall is an amazing season; the weather cools down and it’s a wonderful time to spend some time outdoors.

October 2022 SATURDAY 1 Texas-sized fun at Dewberry Farm! You’ll find old favorite attractions (the Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch!) and some delightful new ones — plus a whole lotta good things to eat and drink! dewberryfarm.com Dewberry Farm Every Day. All ages

Boo on the Boardwalk (thru October) Free events include creepy crafts, trick or treating, costume contests, special performances, and ghoulish fun on Freaky Fridays, Spooky Saturdays, & Scary Sundays. Galveston.com

Movie under the stars. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil This free Saengerfest Park event invites families to enjoy a series of beloved movies under the stars. https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ movie-nite-on-the-strand/ Saengerfest Park 8:30pm. All ages

Bollywood & Bhangra Dance (every Saturday) Enjoy a whole-body workout while dancing to the rhythm of joy with the powerful nature of Bollywood and Bhangra Music. Levyparkhouston.org Levy Park event pavilion 10am. Age: 15+

Kemah Boardwalk 5-10pm. All ages

Chalk on the block Enjoy the interactive 3D sidewalk chalk art that will make you feel as if you have stepped into another dimension. This month, artists’ designs will be inspired by the fall. https://midtownhouston.com/ events/2022-10/ Bagby Park 10am-noon. All ages.

Haunted Harbor Tours On this special 90-minute tour, onboard Galveston Historical Foundation's SEAGULL II, guests will hear the haunted history of Galveston's harborside. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ haunted-harbor-tours-haunted-historytickets-407002203547 Galveston tours Various times. All ages.

SUNDAY 2

TUESDAY 4 Martini Theater Halloween Series: the Witch Stake out your seats early because our most anticipated movie series of the year is, without a doubt, UN-dead. Noodle Ill'e'gal returns to satiate our hunger, and movie trivia champs will win FREE drinks from the happy hour menu. Live deliciously, y'all! https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ martini-theater-halloween-series/ Daiquiri Time Out 8pm. Age: 21+

Family Storytime & Craft Enjoy a literary experience! Spend the morning with a story followed by a craft that accompanies the reading. All craft supplies are included. Levyparkhouston.org

Japan Junction Experience the wonder of Japan. Enjoy expanding your cultural horizons through kamishibai “paper drama” storytelling and fun crafts that highlight Japanese traditions from origami to woodblock print making and more! Levyparkhouston.org Levy Park. 4:30pm. All ages

THURSDAY 6 Blue Willow Bookshop Storytime Bring your child to Blue Willow to enjoy stories, songs and an art activity every Thursday. www.bluewillowbookshop.com Blue Willow Bookshop 10am. All ages

Levy Park 10am. Age: 2-5

Botanic Garden Take the family on a stroll among beautiful plants and trees as you engage your senses while discovering the unexpected in Houston’s new living museum for plants and discover an oasis of learning.

WEDNESDAY 5

hbg.org Houston Botanic Garden 9am-5pm. All ages. Weekdays: $12.50 adults, $8 students & children Weekends: $15 adults, $10 students & children

MONDAY 3 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

Homestead Open House Enjoy a look around the park’s historically accurate 1830s Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa-Ishak Village. Learn about two very ways of life. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays. www.hcp4.net Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center 1-4pm. All ages

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FRIDAY 7 MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and head to Market Square Park for a free outdoor movie under the stars. https://marketsquarepark.com/calendar/ Market Square 7pm. All ages


SATURDAY 8 Bayou city art festival (October 8 - 9) You will have the chance to bid on art, shop and purchase art directly from our 300 artists, learn hands-on kids activities, watch art and food demonstrations while listening to your favorite festival performances. www.artcolonyassociation.org along Allen Parkway Downtown All day. All ages

Family Day: Sources of Energy In addition to petroleum, learn about nine other energy sources and how each one is important to you at any moment of every day. See if you can put together the energy puzzle and discover how renewable and non-renewable energy affects your life. oceanstaroec.com 11am-3pm. All ages

DaVinci Day 2022 It’s a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness featuring local builders, artists, educators, students, crafters, tinkerers, and hobbyists seeking to share their creations and ideas. https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ davinci-day-2022/ Lawn in front of the children’s museum Galveston All day. All ages

SUNDAY 9 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

MONDAY 10 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

TUESDAY 11

WEDNESDAY 12 Detective Days in the Gardens There’s mystery afoot take self-guided activity sheets that provide a focused activity, challenging a child’s observational skills and critical thinking. mfah.org Bayou Bend Gardens All day. All ages

TUESDAY 18

Samba Class Learn a popular Brazilian dance style during this exciting class. Samba is a partner dance from Rio de Janeiro that evolved as a ballroom dance to the Brazilian samba musical rhythms. Bringing a dance partner is not necessary to participate. The class is free and open to all skill levels. Instruction is provided by the Brazilian Cultural Institute. https://midtownhouston.com/ Midtown Park 7-9pm. Age: 16+

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Hocus Pocus: Houston Symphony Creepy costumes, monster mashes and a terrifying tent are the stuff Halloween legends are made of. As fall rolls in and the leaves start to change, Hocus Pocus Pops is the annual gathering of ghouls and gals that marks the start of every year’s spookiest season.

Daiquiri Time Out 8pm. Age: 21+

WEDNESDAY 19 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

https://houstonsymphony.org/tickets/ concerts/hocus-pocus-pops-cynthia-woodsmitchell-pavilion/ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands 7:30pm. All ages

THURSDAY 20 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

FRIDAY 14 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

SATURDAY 15 ItI’s Hangar Bash time! This year we are celebrating FIVE YEARS of Beer, Planes & BBQ. Same great food and drinks…just five times the fun.

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Bagby Park 5:30pm. Age: 21+

Lone star flight museum 5-10pm. Age: 18+

Daiquiri Time Out 8pm. Age: 21+

Martini Theater Halloween Series: What we do in the shadows Stake out your seats early because our most anticipated movie series of the year is, without a doubt, UN-dead. Noodle Ill'e'gal returns to satiate our hunger, and movie trivia champs will win FREE drinks from the happy hour menu. Live deliciously, y'all!

Join Twist Midtown for a fun, fall-inspired art piece. This event is limited to guests who are 21 years or older. Check-in time is at 5:15 pm.

https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ martini-theater-halloween-series/

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Hangar Bash

Stake out your seats early because our most anticipated movie series of the year is, without a doubt, UN-dead. Noodle Ill'e'gal returns to satiate our hunger, and movie trivia champs will win FREE drinks from the happy hour menu. Live deliciously, y'all!

Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

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SUNDAY 16

Galveston Ghost Stories The 1838 Menard House, serves as your host for a tour and talk of some of the island’s most haunted history. Complementary beer and wine will be served on the porch before the tour. Galveston.com 1838 Menard House 7pm. All ages

Family Capoeira class is a unique AfroBrazilian martial art that develops discipline, coordination, strength, and rhythm. Instruction is provided by the Brazilian Cultural Institute and is open to families of all sizes and skill levels. https://midtownhouston.com/

Have free family fun at the 14th annual KBR Kids Day at Tony Marron Park. Activity stations will include numerous hands-on activities from over 20 Houston partners, local entertainment, and performances on the stage, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock-climbing wall, and so much more! https://buffalobayou.org/event/2022-kbrkids-day/ Rock climbing 11am-3pm. All ages

Haunted Harbor Tours On this special 90-minute tour, onboard Galveston Historical Foundation's SEAGULL II, guests will hear the haunted history of Galveston's harborside. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ haunted-harbor-tours-haunted-historytickets-407002203547 Galveston tours Various times all ages.

SUNDAY 23 Moonlight Tour of the 1892 Bishop’s Palace The National Historic Landmark 1892 Bishop’s Palace takes on a new light with this special moonlight tour. Enjoy a guided tour of all floors, including the typically closed third floor. Complimentary beer and wine will be served on the porch before the tour. Galveston.com 1892 Bishop’s Palace 8:30pm. All ages

MONDAY 24 Celebrate Bats! Kick-off Bat Week with a family-friendly celebration of bats. Explore a replica of the oldest known bat fossil in the world, marvel at the intricacies of a real bat skeleton, listen to chirping bat echoes, take home bat-themed kids’ crafts, and more. Complete your morning with a walk through the gardens to find plants that are visited by bats in their native habitats. hcp4.net/parks/mercer

SATURDAY 22

Family Capoeira

Midtown Park 10am. All ages

FRIDAY 21

2022 KBR Kids Day

Buffalo Bayou Volunteer Day Get your gloves out to help maintain and revitalize Buffalo Bayou this summer while having fun. No tools necessary. www.buffalobayou.org The Water Works. 105 Sabine St., Houston. 8:30-11:30am Age: +10 Just sign up and complete the required online volunteer waiver

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Mercer Botanic Gardens. 9-11am. All ages

Pumpkin Patch Train Ride (October 24 & 25)

Children go in search of the perfect pumpkin and do a little trick or treating. Tiny boos and ghouls will enjoy trick-ortreating on our very own “Trick or Treat Street.” Each child receives one pumpkin to take home! texasstaterailroad.net/events/pumpkinpatch/ At the Rusk, TX Train Depot Trains will depart at 10:00am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm. All ages. Ticket prices vary


2nd Annual Fall Festival Trunk or Treat, Crafts, Games, Kids Situational Awareness Lesson "Tricky People". Fun Free Community Event for The Whole Family! facebook.com/events/295445518556367 32818 Tamina Rd., Magnolia 10am-2pm. All ages

Howl-O-Ween Dress your pups up in their cutest or spookiest costume to participate in a costume contest. Enjoy games and local vendors. cityofkaty.com Katy Dog Park 9-11am. All ages. Entry into the event is a donation of dog food OR a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Trick or Treat Trail Drive-Thru Event Enjoy a spook-tacular drive-thru version of the annual community-favorite Trick or Treat Trail! thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/ Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 8001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382 12-6pm. All ages

Tricks & Treats Among the Trees Learn about some of the different animals associated with Halloween. Programs will include Creepy Crawly Critters programs and evening Nature Hikes. Goodie bags will be provided for registered children. Call for times and more information. hcp4.net/jones Jesse h. Jones Park & Nature Center Throughout the day

Artful Anniversary: Performances by DACAMERA Grab your party hat, tune in to our website or visit the park on your own, and enjoy the music, dance and art along Houston’s 160-acre award-winning green space. All 5-Year Artful Anniversary programs are free and available online. buffalobayou.org Virtual 7pm. All ages

Saengerfest Park Mini-Monster Bash Families and children of all ages will be welcomed to take part in a variety of Halloween-themed events and activities. Galveston.com Saengerfest Park, Galveston 1pm. All ages

Bike Around the Bay (October 24 & 25) This two-day, 170-mile ride completes a full circle around scenic Galveston Bay and proceeds go towards protecting this vital natural resource. Galveston.com Galveston Bay, 717 Logistics Drive, Baytown All day. Age: 10+

Movie under the moon: How to Train Your Dragon Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the Plaza to enjoy a free Movie Under the Moon brought to you by our friends at First Colony Church of Christ! sugarlandtownsquare.com/events/ Sugarland Town Square 7:15pm. All ages

Movie night at the Menard House

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The oldest house in Galveston invites you to its spooktacular grounds for a showing of the classic movie, Beetlejuice. Guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs for the evening. Craft beer, wine, and water will be available for purchase.

Use fallen leaves and fabric paints to make an artistic autumn T-shirt. Participants bring a plain white T-shirt.

https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ movie-night-at-1838-menard-house/ The Menard House 6pm. All ages

TUESDAY 25 Martini Theater Halloween Series: The Shining Stake out your seats early because our most anticipated movie series of the year is, without a doubt, UN-dead. Noodle Ill'e'gal returns to satiate our hunger, and movie trivia champs will win FREE drinks from the happy hour menu. Live deliciously, y'all! https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ martini-theater-halloween-series/ Daiquiri Time Out 8pm. Age: 21+

SATURDAY 29 CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow (October 29-30) One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Houston event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation, and has supported a variety of local and national charities during its 35year history. wingsoverhouston.com Ellington Airport, Houston All day. All ages. Ticket prices vary.

Rock the Row - Fall Series

WEDNESDAY 26 Visit our many wonderful pumpkin patches and Fall festivals around town.

Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with live music Thursday evenings! Rock the Row features local and regional bands playing a variety of favorites from classic rock and pop to Motown. thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

THURSDAY 27 MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: THE DARK KNIGHT Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and head to Market Square Park for a free outdoor movie under the stars. https://marketsquarepark.com/calendar/ Market Square 7pm. All ages

Enjoy a curated selection of wines, enjoy the music of local Galvestonian talent. https://www.visitgalveston.com/events/ thursdays-at-the-bryan/ The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street, Galveston 4-7pm. All ages

FRIDAY 28 Waugh Bridge Bat Colony An estimated 300,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from the Waugh Bridge every evening at dusk to find food.

Waugh Bridge Dusk. All ages

SUNDAY 30 HMNS at the park: Venomous vs. poisonous Discover how amazing these special animals are, and find out how to stay safe if you spot one. Levyparkhsouston.org

Thursdays at The Bryan

Buffalobayou.org

Hughes Landing, The Woodlands 7:00pm. All ages

Levy Park 2-4pm. All ages

Halloween in the Hangar 2020 has been such a Fright! But Halloween in the Hangar will be Fun! This Halloween have a spooky good time among some incredible aircraft. lonestarflight.org/halloween-hangar-back Lone Star Flight Museum 11am-1pm. All ages. Kids under 12 get in free. All activities are free with general admission.

MONDAY 31 Monster Mash Trick-or-Treat Stop Celebrate Halloween! Trick or treating with dressed-up recreation staff, inflatables, games, crafts, costume contests and more! It will be a spooktacular time. hellowoodlands.com/calendar/ Rob Fleming Recreation Center, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77389

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hcp4.net/jones Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center 10am. All ages

Trick or Treat Family Event Bring your kids to this family friendly event! The shop owners will be passing out candy to our little trick or treaters! So get dressed up and get some extra use out of that costume right here in Old Town Spring! www.discoverspringtexas.com Old Town Spring 11am-4pm. All ages

Trick or Treat Trail Calling all ghosts and goblins! Trick-orTreaters of all ages are invited out. Local businesses and organizations will line the “trail” to pass out candy and other goodies. pearlandtx.gov Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway 5:30pm. All ages

1838 Menard House Trick or Treating Galveston’s oldest residence opens its gates for one night of ghostly fun. Bring your kids by for treats. Be sure to bring your ghost hunting equipment! www.galvestonhistory.org 1838 Menard House 5pm. All ages

Magic in the Plaza Houston’s most popular magical variety show featuring magic, juggling, illusions, balancing, singing, dancing, special effects, games, comedy & much, much more. sugarlandtownsquare.com Sugarland Town Square 7pm. All ages

Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivals Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo (thru November 1st) We’re inviting all little ghouls and goblins to celebrate fall festivities at the Houston Zoo for our month-long Zoo Boo presented by LyondellBasel! Costumes are strongly encouraged. Houstonzoo.org Houston Zoo All day. All ages

Dewberry Farm (thru October 31st) Enjoy the thrill of choosing the perfect pumpkin and delight in the acreage of kid activities and open space. dewberryfarm.com 7705 FM 362, Brookshire Every Day. All ages


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Pumpkin Patch Express (thru October 31st)

31st Annual St. Andrew’s Craft (thru October 31st)

Unleash the kids in a Pumpkin Patch full of games, hayrides and spooky tunes. Trick-or-treating on a “Trick or Treat Street” and pick out a pumpkin for jack-o-lantern.

Fair and Pumpkin Patch Get a jump start on holiday shopping with local vendors and artisans. Don’t forget to stop by the pumpkin patch.

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Through December 31, 2022

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2535 East Broadway, Pearland All ages

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival at Grace Methodist Church

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Texas State Railroad, Rusk depot to the Maydelle Turntable. 535 Park Rd 76, Rusk, TX 75785 9am. All ages 5-10pm. All ages

Nature Discovery Center’s Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival Plump pumpkins, family portraits, fun raffle items, and a festive pumpkin decorating contest will ensure your family can celebrate fall with typical Pumpkin Patch comforts, but without the crowds! naturediscoverycenter.org/event/ pumpkin-patch/ Russ Pitman Park All ages

The Great Pumpkin Hunt Come dressed in your Halloween best and hunt for toys, candy, & prize filled pumpkins! bellairetx.gov/901/The-Great-Pumpkin-Hunt Bellaire Great Lawn, 7008 S. Rice Ave. 4-5:30pm Age: 10 and under

Bring the kiddos for some traditional family fall fun. graceintheheights.org Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd Monday - Saturday 8am to 7pm Sunday 1 pm to 7 pm. All ages

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston www.mfah.org Tues.-Wed. 10am-5pm., Thurs. 10am-9pm., Fri.-Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. 12:15-7pm. $19 adult; $16 senior 65+, $12 children 13-18 and students (19+) (children 12 and under free). FREE every Thursday 10am-9pm

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The Sugar Shack Barnes painted two versions of The Sugar Shack, which depicts dynamic, elongated figures dancing in a crowded Black music hall in segregated mid-century North Carolina.

9am-5pm Mon-Sun $25 adult, $16 children 3-11, senior 62+ and college students FREE every Thursday 2-5pm

The Sugar Shack Transcending Audubon Rex Brasher’s Inspiration: Transcending Audubon features 29 framed works by artist Rex Brasher, a wildlife artist committed to painting all of the birds of North America in their natural habitat.

Through October 10, 2022 The Health Museum www.thehealthmuseum.org Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm., Thurs. 9am7pm., Sun. 12-5pm Admission: $10 adult, $8 senior 65+, free for children under 2 FREE on Thursdays 2-7pm


DeBakey Cell Lab Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations.

Holocaust Museum www.hmh.org Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm., Sat. 10am5pm., Sun. 12-5pm Admission: $22 adult, Seniors (age 65 and above) $16, $16 for active-duty military and AARP members. Free for children, students and college-level students with valid ID FREE admission on Sundays

Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre?

The Texas Aviation Heritage Gallery

Discover one of the most important and powerful achievements of the 20th century – the singular and complex artwork Life? Or Theatre? by German-Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon – which through imagery and text tell the slightly fictionalized and theatrically imagined story of Salomon’s family.

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Through December 4, 2022

Lone Star Flight Museum Visit the aerospace museum and its 25 aircrafts.

Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers The Gallery is personalized with testimony of Holocaust Survivors who later settled in the Houston area. These incredible individuals lived through a genocidal war that inflicted mass death on unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians.

CENTER STAGE Pride and Prejudice Filled with unforgettable characters including Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s sharp social satire has it all: wit, love and lots of dancing! http://www.thegrand.com/events/aquilatheatre-pride-prejudice/

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Aerospace Museum, Houston Hours: Tues.—Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 12-5pm Admission: $14 child, $18 adult

TROUBLE IN MIND Funny, moving, and ultimately a shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the highstakes world of New York theatre. mainstreettheater.com

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Discover one of the most important and On a visit to see his Nana, CJ is introduced to the people in her community, from those who ride the bus to people at the soup kitchen. https://mainstreettheater.com/last-stop-onmarket-street/ mainstreettheater.com

thru October 22, 2022

Miss Maude The inspirational true story of the relationship forged between renowned 1951 Life Magazine photographer Eugene Smith and South Carolina midwife, Maude Callen. Eugene is sent to do a story on Maude, but never expects the life-changing impact it will have on him. adplayers.org A.D Players at the George Theater

Thru October 23, 2022

Lend me a soprano The play is set in 1934, when the clever and combustible Lucille Wiley, Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome world-class soprano Elena Firenzi for her one-night-only starring role in Carmen. https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/ production-detail/lend-me-a-soprano

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Edward Albee’s Seascape With his signature wit, Albee introduces a middle-aged couple, Nancy and Charlie, taking a stroll on a deserted beach. Facing retirement, they argue with comfortable familiarity about how to spend the rest of their lives. https://www.alleytheatre.org/plays/ production-detail/seascape

thru November 13


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