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Meet Bon Jr., the winner of the EDfair Cover Kid Search sponsored by Little Sunshine’s Preschool and Playhouse. See more cute faces on page 11. Photography by Jennifer Zaucha Photography www.Facebook.com/JenniferZauchaPhotography
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Love to Read
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Cover Kid Search Winner Healthy Snacks Get Kids to Be Good Brushers Creative Projects for Techy Kids
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41 EXHIBITS Enriching Exhibits
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We’ve got a few things to share this month. First, our EDfair Cover Kid Search winner. He was all smiles for Jennifer Zaucha Photography as we lucked out and missed the rain for this photo shoot in Folsom. Next, we’ve been talking about Babies and Bumps. It’s the 10th Anniversary of our biggest community event and we are changing it up. I mean, really changing it up...we’re changing the date. I know it’s going to be hard to wait, but it will be worth it! With plenty of time to plan ahead, please join us on November 10th, stay tuned for more details! Finally, we’re showing our love for public, charter and homeschool options in the area, it starts on page 27. There’s also plenty of great tips inside, from healthy snacks to creating great tooth care routines with your kiddos. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Love to Read Edited by Shannon Smith
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a book. These titles have one thing in common, love. And since we love to encourage reading, here is a round-up of books that just might be perfect for your little Valentine’s this month (courtesy of Penguin Young Readers). BUMBLEBEE BOY LOVES by David Soman and Jacky Davis; illustrated by David Soman The perfect companion to “Ladybug Girl Loves” and the rest of the “Ladybug Girl” series. This sweet, adventurous board book introduces the littlest readers (girls and boys) to the imagination of Bumblebee Boy. Adventure is never more than a blink away for Bumblebee Boy!
LOVE FROM THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle “You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” This special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special on Valentine’s Day—or any day.
LOVE FROM PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter Say "I love you" to that special somebunny in your life with Beatrix Potter’s timeless character, Peter Rabbit! Celebrate all things love with this charming little book featuring original artwork. With the classic Beatrix Potter artwork and characters, “Love from Peter Rabbit” is a perfect gift for fans of the original books or little newcomers.
LOVE by Matt de la Peña & Loren Long From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers.
ELVIS PRESLEY’S LOVE ME TENDER by Elvis Presley; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin The king of rock-and-roll's #1 hit song "Love Me Tender" is now an endearing picture book! Adapted from the unforgettable classic song, Elvis Presley's “Love Me Tender” is a heartwarming ode to the special bond between children and the adults who love and care for them—be they parents, grandparents, adoptive parents, aunts, uncles, or guardians.
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE by Burt Bacharach & Hal David; illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt This book is the perfect gift for anyone who needs to be reminded of the power of love! With its soothing lyrics and calming tones, "What the World Needs Now Is Love" has become a beloved song worldwide since its release in 1965. Now, for the first time ever, these captivating lyrics are in book form accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. Discover your next book at www.PenguinRandomHouse.com. sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018
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Meet the EDfair Cover Kid Search Winner, Bon, Jr. By Shannon Smith
This photogenic kiddo was all smiles at our EDfair Cover Kid Search, sponsored by Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool where he was selected to be on the cover of this month’s issue. Jennifer of Jennifer Zaucha Photography and I met up with Bon, Jr. and his family recently in Folsom and he was a natural in front of the camera. In addition to his great sense of style, we asked him to share some of his favorite things, and here is what he had to say:
What are some of your favorite things to do for fun? Playing with friends at the playground during recess, playing with my iPad, playing soccer and watching “Scooby Doo.”
What would you like to be when you grow up? I want to be a movie star like Superman, Spiderman or a WWE superstar.
What's one cool thing about being a kid? I can be whatever I want to be, I can play, dance, sing and do karate.
If you could be any animal, which would you be and why? A tiger because it can run so fast and is so strong.
What is your favorite food or restaurant? Bamboo Noodle House because I can eat noodles and Chinese donuts. I also like chicken and rice with cucumber.
Turn to page 13 to take a look at some more of our favorites from the event day!
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Saje loves to do anything that has to do with art. She thinks it would be fun to be an Explorer of Gems when she grows up. She also enjoys being a kid because she has fun in school and likes to get presents many times a year. She really likes macaroni and cheese and pasta with white sauce from the Olive Garden.
Jasmine enjoys singing , karate and hanging out with her friends. She even presented a karate demo with Kovar’s Satori Karate at EDfair. She hopes to teach karate in the future. She’s a dog lover and one of her favorite places to eat is at Pizza REV, but she also says that her mom makes fabulous green smoothies.
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Traditions, Memories and Happy Campers By Christa Melnyk Hines
Summer camp is a time-honored tradition, rich with activities, newfound friendships and a lifetime of memories. Explore a few ways to make your child's camp experience smooth sailing from start to finish. S'more Than Just Fun
school mates that might be in camp with him to help him be more comfortable," she says.
According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child's physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills, teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities. "I often hear from parents how amazed they are when their children return home after spending time at camp....about how they seem older and more mature," says Doug Berkel, a YMCA senior program director of Youth Development Services.
Avoid Camp Run Amok First, together with your child, decide what skills you want your child to gain and choose a camp that fits her needs and interests, as well as your family's values. Check out safety guidelines in the camp's parent handbook. Look for overnight camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). "ACA standards are the most universal and well-known standards adopted by most camps to ensure a quality and safe program," Berkel says.
Camp Ability Specialty camps center around one activity like music, art, sports or science. These camps provide children the space to further explore and develop a skill that interests them.
Day and specialty camps should carry a current state childcare license. Additionally, staff should be trained in emergency, communication and safety procedures, behavior management techniques (including handling the common bout of homesickness), and child abuse prevention.
Camp Sunshine Day camps are a practical way to introduce children, ages 5 to 12, to the camp experience. Most center on a theme, like sports, science, nature, technology and the arts. Ann Bowley says that when her stepson, Trevor, was younger, he enjoyed planning out the day camps he wanted to attend each summer. However, as her son got older he grew more apprehensive about starting over with a new group of kids each week. "We talked to him about it and he never changed his plans. We just looked for
"Specialty camps tend to run...partial days and could be a nice addition to regular day camps," Berkel says.
Camp Starlight Overnight camps, typically in an outdoor setting, can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and are generally offered for children ages 7 and up. If you aren't sure your child is ready, allow him to spend the night at friends' houses occasionally. Or, as Berkel suggests, take advantage of a weekend family camping opportunity, usually offered in the fall and spring to familiarize campers and their families with the facilities and staff.
Conquer Camp Blues Preparation and an awareness of what to expect can ease the transition from home to camp. Before your child departs, go over a list of everything she will need. Pack a physical connection to home like a favorite sleeping bag, stuffed animal or pillow. Happy Campers continued on page 17 sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018 15
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Also, mail a card ahead of time to ensure it arrives before the end of camp. Tell your child how you look forward to hearing her camp stories, but avoid saying how much you miss her which can trigger homesickness and worry. Fourteen-year veteran Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and father of eight, John Whiteside, is a camping pro. Over the years, he and his children have participated in multiple camps, including sports, band and weeklong scout camps. Initial nervousness isn't unusual. If your child asks to come home, Whiteside says to consider the situation, but to encourage him to discuss his anxieties with the camp counselor and take it one day at a time. "Tell him 'Yes, today was hard, but I think it will be better tomorrow' and usually tomorrow is better," he says. While your child may struggle at first, chances are he'll come home a happy camper with a heightened sense of self-confidence, memorable stories and a passel of new friends to boot. More than 10 million American children will participate in camp this summer. More than 95 percent of campers experience occasional homesickness. Nearly 75 percent of campers try new activities that they were initially afraid to do. Source: American Camp Association Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two boys who love choosing day camps each summer. She is the author of â€œHappy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.â€? sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018 17
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Busy Roseville Mama Shares Her Healthy & Simple Snacks By Sandeep Rehal When your kids are about five, six and so on, it’s fun to get them involved in the kitchen—with the vision of it looking like all of those commercials where the kids are helping mom make cupcakes and cookies—while the sticky mess they are making looks innocently beautiful, like it’s part of the decorum. In all seriousness, it really is a great learning and bonding experience. I can remember when my mom would let me help out: add toppings to the homemade pizza, put icing on the chocolate cake, lick the spoon, etc. But when you have an infant (like I do), I have to get as much done as possible while he is sleeping, or for as long as he is preoccupied with the piece of lint on the floor. Here are a few of my favorite and simple (well, my favorite because they are so simple) recipes that you can prepare ahead of time and make your life a little easier.
Awesome Applesauce My son loves applesauce and I feed it to him with a big smile because I know I have used a fresh organic apple to make it. Those fun looking tubes and organic labeled glass jars at the grocery store can look appealing and convenient, but who knows how long they have been sitting on that shelf. Applesauce— you can make it with your eyes closed, I promise. I like the applesauce to be as fresh as possible for my son, so I only use 1-2 apples at a time. In the winter, I love Cortland apples, the applesauce princess and Honeycrisp apples. Or mix and match. Peel and core the apple and loosely chop into chunks. Throw into a saucepan with water, I’ve never measured the water, just enough to cover all the pieces. Let boil for about 10 mins then drain.
Chill Chia Pudding Second, is chia pudding for mommy and daddy. With an infant and full time jobs we need the omega-3’s, protein and fiber. This superfood is my secret to being a supermom. Of course there are a ton of recipes for chia pudding (and apple sauce) on the internet. But here’s how the brain of a busy mom works: recipe—okay, da da da, tutu—okay, I got it. So as a result, I have come up with a perfect and fast ‘recipe’ of my own. Start with a large bowl Add a can of coconut milk (1.5 to 2 cups), 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/3 to 1/4 cup of honey (depends how much of a sweet tooth you have), and sprinkle some cinnamon powder (in the winter I like a little extra).
Use a potato masher for chunky applesauce. (Great for your toddler.) For an infant, use a two speed hand blender, gives you more of a puree.
Mix with a large spoon and pour evenly into cups or a mason jar. I don’t have time to count hours, so I just refrigerate overnight to let it gel.
On a chilly winter morning, Jai loves to be fed warm applesauce. In the afternoon on the go, chilled is just as tasty. You can keep it in the fridge for about a week.
Be creative, sometimes add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for chocolate flavor or another superfood Matcha Green Tea Powder.
For my ten-month-old, one large apple lasts two days. One day he has it for breakfast the other for lunch. So this is something I prepare every other day.
I make this mid-afternoon, pour into ready-to-serve cups and place them in the fridge. This way, my husband can reach-n’-grab, add some blueberries, almonds, banana and voila!—a hearty breakfast when you’re on the go.
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But hold on, after great research I have learned that chia pudding is equally beneficial for babies. As parents, we contemplate and ponder for a while before we introduce a new food to our child. Especially with an infant—they have such tiny bellies—I want to make sure I am giving him what he needs and what is easy to digest. My son eats many spoonfuls every morning. The coconut milk has fatty acids which have significant health benefits and are similar to the ones found in human breast milk. And I mean chia seeds—best invention ever—Omega-3s, magnesium, fiber, iron, potassium, protein, calcium and antioxidants. For your child under one substitute the honey with maple syrup. My son has no problem swallowing the chia seeds, but if the texture is bothersome for yours, then just blend them.
Try Something Different As my kid is nearly one—I want to introduce him to ‘regular’ milk. Good old Vitamin D cow’s milk, which most Americans drink, is fine. I grew up drinking it, I have it in my coffee, with a chocolate chip cookie and sometimes with dinner. But for my baby, I want more than just the most common milk. Goat milk is closer to breast milk—and like with breast milk—you are feeding the baby’s brain. It is more nutritious and less toxic than cows milk. Goat milk is easier to digest, boosts the immune system, it’s calcium rich, improves memory, and is high in the good fats… I mean, read up on it—the choice is obvious. (I will warn you though, it is potent.) So what I do is, pour a measured amount into a pot, let it come to a boil, cool to room temperature and transfer into a kettle. It’s good for several hours and my son drinks it throughout the day without a fuss. Bottle or cup.
Infused Warm Water I was completely unaware of these ingredients and their benefits until a relative visiting from Canada told me she had a couple of glasses every morning. The proof that it works was her glowing flawless skin. Boil a large pot of water with a handful of whole cloves and green cardamom—after complete boil just strain into a jug and enjoy all day. In fact drinking warm water has its own set of benefits. Whole cloves boost the body's ability to resist toxicity from environmental pollutants, working as an anti-inflammatory agent, and providing nutrients like antioxidant flavonoids, vitamin C, fiber, manganese, calcium, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. Green cardamom is related to ginger so it can help improve the digestive system, relieves acidity, fights weakness and anaemia and detoxifies the body.
Last, but not least. There are always new studies, trends and every few years debunking of them. And I pride myself in keeping up with all of it. Two words, Bone Broth. Someone very special recently said to me, “sometimes you need radical self care.” So I am taking better care of myself and not letting my well being slip to the bottom of the list, because as a mother it always does. Bone Broth is easy and delicious. I pick some up from the Farmer’s Market or grocery store- pour it in a saucepan and swirl around. Lukewarm for the child and morning coffee hot for mom. Instead of feeling the consequences of not taking care of yourself, let Bone Broth boost your immune system, support your joint health, help you sleep better, and oh the collagen which keeps you looking younger! Listen, life has become a race, a long to do list, a big group chat…As a mom you want to give your child good food, take them to library story time, sign them up for those coding classes. For your husband, you just do your best not to make him feel neglected or second in line. It’s about a mom/wife/work/life balance. Don’t be so focused on not falling off the balance beam, that you forget to enjoy the little things. Maybe these little tidbits can help you as much as they help me.
Sandeep is a Roseville based mother of one. Her resume includes—writing, advertising, marketing, teaching and fashion. She likes to talk all things woman, motherhood, family, food and style. She feels that being a mom is a beautiful responsibility and is proud that at 12 months, her son is kind and independent and loves to eat goji berries, blueberries and chia seeds.
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Tips to Help Kids Take Care of Their Teeth By Lucy Wyndham
Taking care of your kids’ teeth is important. It requires dentist visits, daily flossing, brushing, and trying not to shower them in sugar. It sounds simple, but getting your kiddo to be a good brusher is easier said than done. You’re not the only one who’s Googled “How do I get my kid to brush his teeth without screaming.” Kids tend to interpret bathroom time as a chore. Maybe it’s because they have to stop playing or simply because flossing isn’t fun (and they’re right). Most kids don’t jump for joy when it’s time to brush their teeth. Here are a few ways to help kids take care of their teeth without putting up a fight (mostly).
TELL THEM WHAT THE TOOTHBRUSH IS DOING Have you ever explained to your kids precisely why you make them stop having fun and stick a plastic brush and some kinda-gross-but-not-too-gross paste in their mouth twice a day? Well, they may want to know, and they’re likely to better understand why they’re brushing their teeth if you tell them. Understanding typically leads to willingness, unless they’re overtired (then, nothing leads to willingness). Try having a conversation with your kids about their teeth. Show them that brushing their teeth isn’t a weird, mean thing parents make them do because parents aren’t fun. Explain what their teeth do and how they need to be cleaned twice a day to be able to do all the work required of them. Then, remind them of why they’re doing what they’re doing while you’re brushing their teeth, too. “Our teeth are full of strawberries and ice cream and all the other yummy
food we had earlier. We have to scrub, scrub, scrub to make them clean again!” Show them how their teeth hold a place for their adult teeth.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH TOGETHER Make this part of the day a time you spend together. Brush your teeth at the same time as your kids to show them that everyone brushes their teeth–it’s not punishment. Don’t just stare into the mirror, though. Add some fun. Play monkey-see, monkey- do with them, hum a tune, or dance to show that it doesn’t have to be so boring. Remember, kids should be supervised while brushing their teeth until they’re around eight-years-old, so you should be nearby anyway.
CREATE A REWARD SYSTEM Rewards are excellent motivators for reinforcing good behavior and make establishing a routine of dental hygiene much easier. You’re also more likely to get the job done without tears if there’s something fun at the end. Setting up a rewards system means deciding between providing an instant or delayed reward. This is a personal decision, and the system that works best will depend on your child (and often your child’s age). Do they love working towards a big reward? Create a reward chart. Keep track of the number of days they brush their teeth without complaining or having a meltdown. Let them see you add a sticker to their chart when they’ve done well! Better yet, let them choose and add the sticker to their chart (a reward in itself).
When you reach a certain number of days or stickers, provide a big reward like a new toy, a trip to the zoo, more screen time, or whatever most interests them. As they get older, let them choose their own reward to work toward. Younger children often need instant rewards. Offer another bedtime story as a reward for their good behavior. Make sure they receive the reward right away, so they associate fun with good hygiene.
TAKE TIME TO CONNECT Time with parents is special for kids. Talk to them about what the morning has been like or what is ahead for the day while they’re brushing. Think of it as a few moments to bond with your child. It’s undoubtedly one you’ll miss once they get older!
A few more ideas: • Let them pick their toothbrush and toothpaste • Read stories or watch programs about tooth brushing • Set-up a routine and stick to it • Let them practice on a doll or stuffed animal (with a dedicated toothbrush, of course) • Tell a short story that is to be continued the next day • Use a timer Although it can be tough to convince your three-year-old that it’s time to stop what they’re doing and floss, learning to properly care for their teeth not only creates positive habits for adult teeth, but it can even keep them in school by preventing dental-related illnesses.
Lucy is a mother of two daughters who sometimes rebel when it comes time to brush their teeth. However, she shares these tips because she knows that dental illnesses cause students to lose around 51 million school hours each year in America alone, meaning that childhood tooth decay is already a real problem.
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Art Spots for Kids
There’s just one more month to experience Wingding, created by Sacramento artist Sonja White. It’s not every day that young museum-goers are able to touch and shape the art installations, much less climb on them, but that’s exactly what the Crocker Art Museum is doing with this art space. According to the Museum, “Wingding beckons children and their caregivers to step inside a giant, wooden, geometric landscape that encourages learning about the basic elements of art through play.” White took inspiration from nature and geometry as she created an installation that fills the Crocker’s light-filled Weborg gallery. Wingding also creates opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect in new and meaningful ways with their youngsters as they ask them questions, share, and wonder together. Like the Crocker’s other Art Spots, there are even elements for babies to enjoy. "Art museums are for everyone, and works of art like Wingding really help make this point,” says Crocker Art Museum Director of Education Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick. “This installation is engaging on so many levels and each visitor, child or adult, will see it differently because each person brings a different experience to it. That’s what’s wonderful about art!”
Another Crocker Art Spot, Tot Land, features the giant sculpture Dreamboat by Martin Webb and is currently open and ongoing. “The starting point for my idea was a carved wood piece in the Crocker's collection, a Papuan Spirit Canoe occupied by various human and animal figures. I knew that it would have intrigued the five-year old me,” says Webb. “I've built my own version: a life-size boat with its own ‘crew’ and surrounding environment. I hope that children feel drawn in and compelled to explore it and lose themselves in imaginative games of their own invention.” Webb’s design invites children to climb inside the raw, wooden boat and imagine glorious adventures on the high seas, as they are surrounded by friendly human figures, animal symbolism, geometric abstractions, and an earthy color scheme that is both mysterious and playful. Adults can join them, but the scale is child-sized so children can inhabit the space and be immersed in their own scenarios, narratives, and role play. Wingding will be open through March 4, 2018 and Tot Land is currently ongoing. Funded in part by in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and First 5 Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum’s experimental Art Spots program features four experiential, hands-on installations with the youngest art lovers in mind. Each Art Spot is created by a different artist or team who spent the last year working closely with the Crocker’s education team to gain a thorough understanding of children’s’ developmental needs and interests. For more information visit www.CrockerArt.org.
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8 uniquie, FREE public charter schools with 18 locations We have We have unique, free public charter schools with 18 locations serving serving all of ofSacramento, including Elk Grove and West Sacramento. ALL Sacramento, including Elk Grove, and West Sacramento. ContactUS us today today for for more CONTACT more info info or or to to register! register! (916) 286.5129 | www.GCCCharters.org 7HO 916-286-5129 www.GCCCharters.org Our schools that follow a traditional model
Community Outreach Academy (COA)
Grades Served: K - 8th grade McClellan and North Highlands 916-286-5199 www.outreachacademy.org Our program focuses on college preparation and career readiness for the 21st century in a world of cultural diversity and rapid technoĹŻĹ˝Ĺ?Ç‡Ä?ĹšÄ‚ĹśĹ?Äž. Futures High School Grades Served: 9 - 12th grade North Highlands 916-286-1902 www.fhscharter.org A brand new, state of the art campus is currently being built for Futures High School with a completion date in Fall 2018!
Our schools that have a Career & Technology Focus Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy (SAVA) Grades Served: 7th - 12th grade Locations in Sacramento and Elk Grove 916-387-8063 www.savacharterschool.org Our program is unique because we offer several options to accommodate our studentsâ€™ learning styles and needs. SAVAÎ–Ć?Charter SÄ?ĹšĹ˝Ĺ˝ĹŻstudents can complete their coursework through ĆšĹšÄž Independent StudyĆ‰ĆŒĹ˝Ĺ?ĆŒÄ‚Ĺľ, a ĆšÄžÄ?ĹšĹśĹ˝ĹŻĹ˝Ĺ?Ç‡Ä?Ä‚Ć?ÄžÄšÄ‚ĹśÄšdÍžÄ‚ĆŒÄžÄžĆŒ dÄžÄ?ĹšĹśĹ?Ä?Ä‚ĹŻÄšĆľÄ?Ä‚ĆšĹ?Ĺ˝ĹśÍżĆ‰ĆŒĹ˝Ĺ?ĆŒÄ‚Ĺľ. dĹšÄžĆ?ÄžĆ‰ĆŒĹ˝Ĺ?ĆŒÄ‚ĹľĆ?providÄž students the opportunity to work one-on-one with teachers and in small groups with other students. 26 FEBRUARY 2018 sacramentoparent.com
Our schools with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Focus Gateway International School (GIS)
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Empowering Possibilities International Charter (EPIC) Grades Served: TK - 8th grade West Sacramento 916-286-1960 www.epicib.org IB - Primary Years Programme Candidate School
Higher Learning Academy (HLA)
Grades Served: K - 8th grade Sacramento 916-286-5183 www.hlacharter.org A brand new, state of the art campus is currently being built for Higher Learning Academy with a completion date in Fall 2018!
Community Collaborative Charter School (CCCS) Grades Served: K - 12th grade McClellan, North Sacramento and West Sacramento 916-286-5161 www.cccs-sacramento.org Our blended-learning model provides one-on-one and small group learning opportunities. Each student receives individualized instruction and support from our teachers and staff. The personal attention and guidance is often the crucial ingredient to student success.
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California Montessori Project
CMP is a TK-8 public charter school network consisting of seven campuses (Sacramento, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Elk Grove and Shingle Springs). The Montessori approach focuses on the development of the whole child, while providing a rigorous academic program. Utilizing hands-on materials and experiential learning, CMP promotes a community where children are respectful of others, take responsibility for their actions, and develop a love of learning.
[Es una red de escuelas publicas charter TK-8 en Sacramento, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Elk Grove, Shingle Springs. Provee un programa academico rigoroso, una comunidad respetuosa, responsable con amor al aprendizaje.â€‹]
Choices Charter School Choices Charter School (CCS) is a tuition-free public charter school serving grades 6-12. We provide a choice of one-on-one teaching, virtual and classroom learning, and independent study programs. Our teachers are accredited, class sizes are small, with free tutoring available in all subjects 5 days/week. Flexible class schedules, arts and music programs, and much more. Attend an Information Session and ask about Student Shadowing.
Gateway Community Charter Schools GCC provides high quality public charter school options at 18 campuses throughout the Sacramento region. We serve over 4,500 students within 8 unique educational options including: a K-8th grade college preparation academy, a 9-12th grade high school, three K-8th grade schools with an International Baccalaureate (IB) focus, and 2 community based schools with a blended learning model serving K-12th and 7th-12th grade students for credit recovery, acceleration, vocational, and career/workforce development.
Golden Valley Charter School Golden Valley offers a unique and highly interdisciplinary curriculum based on a deep understanding of the developmental stages of childhood. Here, learning is embedded in storytelling, movement, arts, music and direct experience of natural phenomena. The goal is to help students develop to their highest potential so they will one day actively create and participate in a vibrant, healthy society that serves the good of all. K-8, Tuition-Free, Public, Waldorf Schools.
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TK-8 Tuition-Free Public Waldorf Schools
N OW E N RO L L I N G Learning is embedded in storytelling, movement, arts, music, and direct experience of natural phenomena. TAKE RSVP TO A PARENTTHE INFORMATION MEETING FIRST STEP (916) 987-6141 (916) 987-1490 9601 Lake Natoma Drive Orangevale, CA 95662
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GROWTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS (GPS) Innovative, Public, Tuition-Free, Elementary Charter School Currently enrolling Transitional Kinder, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade for the 2018-19 school year!
GPS Students • Learn to Do in a project based, hands-on learning environment • Learn to Learn through personalized plans • Learn to Be with a focus on social, emotional skills
Learn More and Sign-up for a School Tour www.growthps.org | email@example.com | 916.394.5007
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Growth Public Schools Growth Public Schools (GPS) is an innovative public tuition-free K-8 charter school located at 9320 Tech Center Drive in Sacramento, CA serving the Rosemont, La Riviera and Rancho Cordova communities. GPS is a small, safe school with 14:1 student to teacher ratio, currently enrolling students in grades TK-2 for the 2018-19 school year. GPS students experience a project based, hands-on learning environment with personalized plans. For more information or to complete an application visit www.growthps.org.
Horizon Charter Schools A free, public, K-12 charter school founded in 1993, we provide a variety of learning options, from home and independent study to virtual learning, plus enrichment classes including: karate, gymnastics, dance, acting, ceramics, horsemanship and more! We offer parent workshops and support and bring families together for meet-ups, study trips and other activities. Horizon provides more student funds than many local charter schools–up to $2800 per student. Enroll today!
Inspire Charter Schools Inspire Charter Schools provides a flexible personalized learning experience, empowering families to tailor a program designed around the specific needs of each student. We help develop the individual gifts of students to become critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and innovative leaders prepared for academic and real life success in the 21st century. Multiple locations.
K12 Tuition Free Online Public Schools In California, K12 powered schools offer an individualized tuition-free online public school education to students in grades K–12. K12’s award-winning curriculum and individualized online learning experience helps to make the most of your child’s potential by giving an academic advantage with instruction and support from state-credentialed teachers and guidance from counselors who will help your student set goals and chart a course for success after graduation.
Natomas Charter School (NCS) One of the oldest and most renowned charter schools in California, Natomas Charter School has provided students and parents with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities in the Sacramento region since 1993. NCS now serves over 1,800 students in five innovative and academically rigorous academies. Visit our website to learn more!
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Rocklin Academy Family of Schools Our charter public schools are continually among the top performing academic schools in the region! Our rigorous K-12 program includes the nationally-acclaimed Core Knowledge Curriculum in grades TK-8 and our college-preparatory Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum for all students in grades 9-12. We are public, tuition free and open to all students.
San Juan Unified School District Learn about our high-quality, innovative early childhood education and elementary offerings, including Artful Learning at Ottomon Elementary; science and engineering at Pasadena Avenue Elementary, Montessori at Cottage Elementary, dual immersion at Thomas Edison Language Institute and the International Baccalaureate Early Years Programme at Thomas Kelly Elementary. We’re lowering class sizes in grades K-6. Find out how we can best meet your child’s needs!
Visions In Education Visions In Education Charter School is a California public school, offering FREE Homeschool, Online High School and Independent Study Programs for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Visions combines personalized learning programs and a one-on-one relationship with a credentialed teacher. Visions provides standards-based curriculum, tutoring, lessons, field trips, computers and serves students in Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo counties. Space is limited, enroll today.
CORE Placer Charter School Parent Choice, Homeschool/Independent Study, WASC Accreditation, A-G/UCOP Approved Curriculum, Personalized Learning Teachers, Multiple Approved Vendors, Generous Funding, Resource Center, Lending Library, Field Trips, and more!
Harvest Ridge Placer Academy
Placer Academy is a K-8, public charter school that combines the Core Knowledge curriculum with project-based learning in Rocklin. Contact us today for a tour.
Rocklin Independent Charter Academy Rocklin Independent Charter Academy (RICA) is an accredited K-12 school that strives to meet the growing needs of students by offering a 3-Tier blended school model that keys into student’s individual passion in learning.
Sacramento Valley Charter
A charter school with strong community support and participation that provides a rigorous, standards-based curriculum and individualized support for all children.
St. Hope Public Schools St. HOPE (SHPS) Public Schools is a public charter school system providing students with a high-quality, rigorous college preparatory education. All three schools have one mission at its core: COLLEGE. www.StHope.org 916-649-7910 sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018 31
Now Enrolling for the 2018-2019 School Year in All Grades Go to www.natomascharter.org or call (916) 928-5353
WHY NATOMAS CHARTER SCHOOL?
PURPOSEFUL: Learning is driven by essential questions that inspire profound understanding and motivate students to find unique interests and uncover hidden talents.
A TUITION-FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL
RELEVANT: Learning builds towards student-created/studentdriven products that assist them to gain a sense of responsibility and experience satisfaction in their accomplishments.
ACTIVE: Hands-on, experimental learning is the best way for students to engage in their own growth, develop healthy relationships, and pursue education as a way of life.
Five Academies to Meet Your Learning Needs
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â€œNatomas Charter School teachers provide an emotionally safe and academically rigorous learning environment for all children. My son has shown amazing growth in the years he has been at NCS.â€? - NCS Parent
Digital Designers: Creative Ways Techy Kids Can Express Themselves By Christa Melnyk Hines Sick of the amount of time your kids are spending on video games this winter? When boredom strikes, and itâ€™s too wet and cold to play outside, give your digitally-charmed youngster a winter project that enhances their technical skills while also fostering their creativity. Write a digital storybook. Introduce your young storyteller to storybird.com which features illustrations that kids can use for story inspiration. They can write and design picture books, long form stories or write poetry. Subscription-based monthly writing challenges can help boost a child's literacy skills. Young authors can choose to keep their work private, publish it to Storybird's public library, share it on social media, email it to friends and family, or print off the books for special keepsakes or gifts. Other story sites include WeMakeStories.com and BookCreator.com. Draw comic strips. The StripDesigner app enables kids to take pictures of their artwork or upload photos to create their own comic strips using the site's comic book template. They can play with fonts and filters and write dialogue in speech balloons. Also check out the family friendly website MakeBeliefsComix.com created by Bill Zimmerman. The free site provides writing prompts for kids, comic strip templates and suggestions for family activities. Younger children might like Superhero Comic Book Maker and Princess Fairytale Maker available at duckduckmoose.com, which are designed for kids who aren't writing yet. When they're finished creating their story, they can record it and play it back. Create a digital photo book. Ask your kids for help in putting together a photo memory book of your family's vacation.
Or suggest they take photos throughout the summer and make photo books in August. Have them include captions of the places you visited, the things they learned, and short anecdotes. Walmart, Picaboo and Shutterfly are a few sites that offer templates for photo books. Play with music. From Garage Band on Mac for older kids to CreatingMusic.com for younger ones, turn kids on to playing around with pitch, tone and rhythm. Many teens love the musical.ly app which lets them lip sync to popular music, browse videos and share their videos. (Be aware that some song lyrics in musical.ly contain swearing and sexual content. The app can be adjusted to protect privacy and users don't have to share their videos.) Start a family newspaper. My 12-yearold son likes to write up short "ripped from the headlines" news briefs, family news and car advertisements. He also draws cartoons for a "funnies" section. My son prefers to use GoogleDocs so that he can easily email or print his paper, but Word or Pages (Mac) also offers templates for newsletters. Build a family webpage. Many kids love to play with coding, design, photography and writing. Help your child design a free family website using platforms like uKit, Wordpress, Weebly, Wix or Squarespace. Some of these sites are more user-friendly than others. Check around to see what would work best for your youngster. Direct a movie. Kids love to play with video. Show them applications like iMov-
ie (Mac), which gives them an opportunity to choose templates, edit, add audio and share their short films. Slo-mo and Timelapse are also fun video features on many smartphones. On Timelapse, my kids like to record themselves cleaning up their room. They get a kick out of going back and watching the process in fast-forward. (That's a win for parents too!) Record an interview. Interview a grandparent, parent, sibling or another relative using the audio record function on your phone, computer or iPad. Not sure what to ask? Check out StoryCorps.org, which offers an app with suggested interview questions. Create a digital slideshow. On your next family field trip or vacation, provide your child with an inexpensive digital camera if they don't have access to smartphone. Afterwards they can upload their photos to your computer and create a digital slideshow with music, transitions and creative fonts. Check out smilebox.com, iPhoto, or Movavi. Digital Designers continued on page 35 sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018 33
Sacramento Valley Charter School is a free public school open to students K-8th grade. The school offers a solid Common Core curriculum, taught by credentialed teachers. Students learn in a safe, gated community. Lunch is free to all students and transportation is offered from Elk Grove, Natomas, Antelope, and West Sacramento. SVCS provides small classes, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) lab instruction. Enrollment applications are accepted year-round. We welcome you to join one of the top ranked charter schools in the Sacramento area. Phone (916) 596-6422 • www.sacvalleycharter.org Fax (916) 372-7249 • firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCKLIN INDEPENDENT CHARTER ACADEMY K -12th Grade
Promoting a progressive, developmentally-based, student-centered community of learners.
How you learn is as important as What you learn.
3250 Victory Drive Rocklin, CA 96765
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NOW ENROLLING! Space is limited.
• K-8 Public Charter School • Small Class Sizes • Full-Day Kindergarten • Core Knowledge Curriculum • Project Based Learning
(916) 259-1688 2213 SUNSET BLVD ROCKLIN, CA 95765 www.placeracademy.org
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Start a blog. Help your budding artist, writer or photographer start a private family blog where they can share their work with family and friends. If your child likes to cook, suggest she take photos during each step of the cooking process and post her recipes onto the blog. For a group of friends who love to read, watch movies or play video games, suggest setting up a group blog that they can use to take turns posting book, movie or video game reviews. Snap a photo a day. Using apps like "Photo 365" or "Everyday app", have your child take a photo a day. Choose
a specific subject like a tree, a seed that they plant, their puppy or kitten, a sibling or take daily selfies. At the end of the summer, watch the subject in a quick time lapse. How does the subject matter change over the course of the season? Get curious. Check out a list of sites for kids featuring links to art, science, music, games, sports and more at www.KidSites.com. As always, ensure that your kids are taking appropriate personal safety precautions to protect their identity and location while online. Unsure about an app or online platform? Check out CommonSenseMedia.org.
As the mom of 10 and 12 year old boys, freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines is in thick of navigating technology use in her home. She is the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.
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Bird and Breakfast
Annual Family Birding Event Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
A delightful morning of birding with the Sacramento Audubon and a warm breakfast afterwards
Tickets: $10 per adult, $5 per child (discounts for members) Purchase tickets at www.SacNatureCenter.net or by calling (916) 489-4918
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Heart Tree Art By Lady DIY
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this month’s project makes a cute decoration, as well as a great keepsake! It’s fun and easy for all ages and it’s a great way to compare your child’s finger size year after year.
Supplies Needed: Canvas (available at craft supply stores, I used 9” x 12”) Acrylic paint in two shades of pink Black marker A piece of construction paper Paper plate Tape Scissors
Instructions: Step 1: Using the black marker, draw the tree trunk and branches on the canvas. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate tree–simple is better! Step 2: Make a template for the crown of the tree: cut a large heart out of construction paper. To keep things simple (and for a symmetrical heart shape), fold the construction paper in half lengthwise and cut out half a heart on the fold. Step 3: Place the template on the canvas. A little tape helps keep the paper in place for the next step. Step 4: Pour a small amount of the lighter color paint on the paper plate. Dip a finger into the paint and cover the canvas inside the heart template with fingerprints. Less is more with the paint–you don’t need very much! Cover most of the heart with the lighter color paint. Step 5: Repeat step 4, but this time using the darker color paint. Let dry and enjoy!
Lady DIY lives in Rocklin and stays home with her three boys. When she’s not too busy with DIY projects around the house, she enjoys gardening, fitness and living the glamorous life of a baseball/soccer/football mom.
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thursday Sometimes plans change, don’t forget to check the event’s website before you go!
This month spread the love with Valentine’s Day crafts, fun-runs and festivals! Be sure to head over to SacramentoParent.com to see more family-friendly events!
Magician Andy Amyx
4pm at Rio Linda Library
10:30am at Crocker Art Museum
20th Annual Sacramento Museum Day
Is it illusion? Is it magic? Join the library for this electrifying magic performance to find out. (All ages) www.SacLibrary.org
Toddlers (19 to 36 months-old) explore artmaking with different materials, from printmaking and color mixing to working with clay and sculpture. www.CrockerArt.org
All day at various museums in Sacramento
Music & Movement Class
8am at Howe Park
Storytime 11am at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Babies, toddlers and caretakers are invited to join the library for songs and rhymes. Arrive early for extra social time. www.SacLibrary.org
8 Storytime 11am at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Babies, toddlers and caretakers are invited to join the library for songs and rhymes. Arrive early for extra social time. www.SacLibrary.org
15 Science Wizard 3pm at North Natomas Library
Father Daughter Dance Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse Friday, February 2nd: 6:30-8:30pm Saturday, February 3rd: 3:30-5:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm
This year’s theme is Belles and Boots (Country/Western)! Refreshments, music, dance lessons and more. www.FORPD.org/250/ Father-Daughter-Dance
Join the Science Wizard for zany experiments and scientific fun. For kids ages 6 to 12. www.SacLibrary.org
22 Art/Play/Say 6pm at Crocker Art Museum
Enjoy games, coloring, pub trivia, singalongs, and a cash bar. In the gallery of the exhibition “E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit,” take inspiration from the California impressionist artist who made a singular life for herself against the odds, and share your own voice through poetry. www.CrockerArt.org Storytime 11am at Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Babies, toddlers and caretakers are invited to join the library for songs and rhymes. Arrive early for extra social time. www.SacLibrary.org
11am Sacramento Children’s Museum
“Music and Movement” is the perfect opportunity for children to get up and dance to music. www.SacKids.org Valentine’s Cards, Crafts, and Cookies 3:30pm at McKinley Library
Make your own Valentine’s Day cards and crafts with a variety of fun, decorative materials, then stay to decorate and enjoy a cookie! (School-age) www.SacLibrary.org
9 Parent’s Night Out, Kids Night In 6pm at Arts and Crafts Building
Fair Oaks parents, enjoy an evening out while the kids are entertained! A pizza dinner, crafts, games, and movie included. www.FORPD.org/290/ Parents-Night-Out-Kids-Night-In Valentine Card Making Workshop 5pm at Gifts From The Heart Elk Grove
Join the family-fun and get ready for a special Valentine’s Day! www.giftsfromtheheartofelkgrove. weebly.com
16 Doug Nolan and Rock Steady Juggling
Annual Trout Fishing Derby Fishing, fun, and prizes. The pond will be freshly stocked with trout. www.FECRPD.com/special-events/ fishing-derby
10 Africa to the Americas 2pm at Carmichael Library
Travel from Africa to the United States and to the Caribbean through interactive music, dance, and storytelling. www.SacLibrary.org Race for Justice Valentine Run/Walk 6:30am at Country Club Plaza
Kid-friendly, stroller-friendly, and canine-companion friendly! Wear hearts on your clothes to show your love. www.lsncrun.info Sacramento Carnaval 2018 6pm at CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts)
An authentic Brazilian party experience featuring delicious cuisine and more! www.BrazilianCenterSac.org/ carnaval-page.html
17 Celebrate Chinese New Year with Food Literacy Center 2pm at North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library
Doug shows off music, magic, juggling, plate-spinning and unicycling skills while sharing his passion for taking care of the earth. www.SacLibrary.org Family Karaoke
3pm at Sylvan Oaks Library
Kids and parents can blast out tunes or soulfully sing sad songs, it’s all good! www.SacLibrary.org Wii Gaming for Kids! 3pm at Sylvan Oaks Library
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Designed to encourage all members of the community to experience local museums at little or no cost. www.SacMuseums.org
Make a noodle salad and sprinkle red packets of good luck spice on it, learn new words in Chinese, use chopsticks, and listen to a reading of “The Nian Monster” by Andrea Wang while you eat. (Ages 5 to 12) www.SacLibrary.org
4pm at Rancho Cordova Library
23 Race for Justice, February 10th
Wii gaming fun for kids ages 3 to 10. Play “MarioKart,” “Wii Sports Resort,” “Just Dance” and more on the big screen, with big sound, and get some exercise too! www.SacLibrary.org
Geekology 10am at World of Wonders Science Museum
Areas dedicated to comic books, pinball machines, a gaming expo, board games, a virtual reality demo, hackerspace, arts & Minecrafts, 3D printing, and more. www.WowScienceMuseum.org
Fun Facts about Otters and Beavers
Full STEAM Ahead
1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
11am-6pm at Fountains in Roseville
3:30pm at Southgate Library
3:30pm at Elk Grove Library
Learn some fun facts about these creatures who roam our local waters. www.SacNatureCenter.net
Trains depart approximately every 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic and the voyage lasts approximately 7 to 9 minutes. www.FountainsAtRoseville.com
Critical thinking and hands-on activities, design, build, experiment, and maybe get a little messy! (Ages 6 to 12) www.SacLibrary.org
A fun afternoon of crafting and card making. (All ages) www.SacLibrary.org
Sacramento Bacon Fest (2/6-2/11)
10:30am at Crocker Art Museum
5pm in Downtown Sacramento
Kids & Company Gallery Adventure 10:30am at Crocker Art Museum
Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older. www.CrockerArt.org
11 Critter Corner 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Valentine’s Day Edition! Express your love for our animal residents as you construct handmade Valentines to be displayed on their enclosures. $1 suggested donation for each Valentine displayed. www.SacNatureCenter.net I Heart Sacramento Zoo 9am at Sacramento Zoo
Valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks and activity tables will be included with general admission. www.SacZoo.org
18 Black History Month Celebration: A Free Family Festival 12pm at Crocker Art Museum
Live performances, hands-on activities, and our community’s one-andonly Black and Beautiful Community Marketplace. Get ready to sing-along, call, respond, and most of all celebrate the amazing contributions of many African Americans. www.CrockerArt.org Sensational Senses 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Learn some fun facts about the function of your senses and compare them with the sensory ability of local wildlife. www.SacNatureCenter.net
25 Pipevine Preview 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Learn about this oddly beautiful California native that’s the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly. www.SacNatureCenter.net Sketch It 10:30am at Crocker Art Museum
Visitors ages 5 and older can sketch at their own pace while receiving drawing instruction. www.CrockerArt.org
3:30pm at BounceU of Roseville
Preschoolers, elementary kids, and tweens head over to Open Bounce for 1-1 ½ hours of good fun! Reservations are strongly recommended; walk-ins will not be accepted if the session is full. www.BounceU.com
12 Lincoln’s Birthday 10am at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town will be open on Lincoln’s Birthday, weather permitting. Holiday admission is $5.75 for adults and children ages 2 and older, free for members and children under 1. www.FairytaleTown.org
Everything bacon, the ubiquitous breakfast item that has become the focus of an entire bacon-enthusiast subculture. Throughout the weeklong celebration, revelers can take part in sampling bacon treats from over 100 local restaurants while enjoying craft beers and live music. www.Facebook.com/ SacramentoBaconFest Yoga Play 3:30pm at Sacramento Children’s Museum
Games, stories, and play to explore posture, balance, and breath. (Ages 4 and up) www.SacKids.org
Wee Wednesday Children (ages 3 to 5) enjoy story time and view artwork through hands-on experiences that encourage visual literacy, social confidence, and critical thinking. www.CrockerArt.org
14 Art Lab: Hearts and Crafts 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library
Delve into art at the library by painting and decorating hearts. Materials provided. (All ages) www.SacLibrary.org Chocolate Party 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library
Make delicious chocolate treats at the library for Valentine’s Day! (All ages) www.SacLibrary.org
10:30am at Maidu Library
Join in the fun with stories, songs and puppets to encourage early literacy skills in young children. Seating is limited, parent participation required. www.Roseville.ca.us
6pm at Carmichael Library
Valentine’s Day Crafts
Homeschool Day: Ceramic Love
After touring ceramic pieces, join together in the studio to make a pinch-pot heart, perfect for gifting to your favorite Valentine. www.CrockerArt.org
10am at Fairytale Town
Fairytale Town will be open on Lincoln’s Birthday, weather permitting. Holiday admission is $5.75 for adults and children ages 2 and older, free for members and children under 1. www.FairytaleTown.org Train Rides
Turn old, damaged books into works of art or poetry. The library supplies the books, you supply the creativity. www.SacLibrary.org 12pm at Crocker Art Museum
20 Baby Loves Art 10:30am at Crocker Art Museum
All Aboard The Fountains Train! The train runs Monday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm (weather permitting). Trains depart approximately every 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic and the voyage lasts approximately 7-9 minutes. www.FountainsAtRoseville.com
Engage babies (up to 18 months-old) in a visually stimulating gallery experience that gives parents and caregivers a fun opportunity to connect with their babies and each other. Baby noises are expected and welcome. Strollers are allowed, but please no backpacks. Meet at the admission desk. www.CrockerArt.org
11am-6pm at Fountains in Roseville
Open Bounce 3:30pm at BounceU of Roseville
Preschoolers, elementary kiddos, and tweens head over to Open Bounce for 1-1 ½ hours of good fun! Reservations are strongly recommended; walk-ins will not be accepted if the session is full. www.BounceU.com
Chess Club 4pm at Rancho Cordova Library
All ages (7 and up) drop by for free, informal fun chess playing. Some teaching available. Chess is often part of STEM training, it builds math literacy and problem-solving skills. www.SacLibrary.org
4pm at Carmichael Library
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun crafts for all ages; children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. www.SacLibrary.org
21 Food Truck Safari 5pm at Folsom Zoo Sanctuary
Enjoy some of the best Food Trucks in the region. Vendors Include: Smokin’ Hot Pizza; Chando’s Tacos; Honest Pie; Gameday Grill; Wandering Boba; Drewski’s Hot Rod; Sweet Spot; and Smoothie Patrol. www.FolsomZooFriends.org The Magic Forrest 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library
Magician Forrest Barnes introduces African American inventors who have changed lives with their remarkable inventions. This show is packed with magic, illusions, and surprises! (All ages) www.SacLibrary.org
28 Garden Fun for Kids 11am at Rancho Cordova Library
Get your hands dirty and have lots of fun in the garden! Learn about growing plants and join in harvesting. www.SacLibrary.org
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February 11 at Mondavi Center-Jackson Hall Theater and circus collide in “Saloon,” the newest acrobatic creation from contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize. Set to live folk and fiddle music, the story starts with a piano tuner setting his sights on the saloon’s beautiful Belle and ends with a chase worthy of the greatest action-packed Westerns of our time. www.MondaviArts.org
February 19-March 11 at B St. @ the Sofia A middle school boy in detention learns deeper values in life when forced to read about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. A delightful tale of awakening set to Hip Hop and Indian Classical music. A show for the whole family! www.BStreetTheatre.org
February 1-4 at California Musical Theatre A Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers “The Four Seasons.” This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide–all before they were 30! www.CaliforniaMusicalTheatre.com
Moscow Festival Ballet
Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart
February 15-19 at Golden 1 Center Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Pixar’s “Inside Out” as they work together to boost Riley’s spirits. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. www.Golden1Center.com
Dublin Irish Dance presents Steppin Out
February 28 at Harris Center for the Arts An all-star cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a gala celebration of Irish music and dance. www.HarrisCenter.net
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February 7-8 at Harris Center for the Arts Sergio Radchenko founded “Moscow Festival Ballet” in the late ’80s. Now a Folsom favorite, “Moscow Festival Ballet” brings its exquisite dancers back to Stage One for performances of “Swan Lake” and “Giselle.” www.HarrisCenter.net
Mummenschanz: You and Me
February 1 at Harris Center for the Arts Playful, inventive, compelling—Swiss-based theater troupe “Mummenschanz” has been thrilling audiences for 45 years with their unparalleled use of shadow, light, masks and objects. Visually stunning, they transcend cultural barriers and spark the imagination with acrobatics, deft satire and timeless insights into the human condition! www.HarrisCenter.net
The Secret Garden
February 10-24 at Chautauqua Children’s Theatre Adapted from the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden” tells the tale of young Mary Lennox, an orphan, who is sent to live with her conflicted uncle on his large estate. Finding the key to a secret gate, she strives to revive an overrun garden and bring joy and health to her invalid cousin. www.CPlayhouse.org
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It’s always a good idea to check the website before you head out! Maya Angelou. As in Angelou’s poem, we honor the strength and resiliency of African Americans, elevating their voices and highlighting their contributions to art and the Museum’s growing collection. www.CrockerArt.org
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Local Color: Studio Art Quilt Associates And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations February 6-May 27 at California Museum
A visual exploration of history from the 17th to 21st centuries, the exhibition reveals the triumph of the human spirit, inspiring visitors to reflect on 400 years of African American history to commemorate Black History Month at the California Museum. www.CaliforniaMuseum.org Black and White: An Exploration Through February 10 at Allied Ceramics Art Institute Studios & Gallery
This exhibit challenges artists to create an intelligent design that is striking, provocative, powerful, and in black and white. Enjoy works by 32 local artists using pottery, ink, encaustic, mixed media, oil, acrylic, ceramics, sculpture, and collage. www.AcaiStudios.com
• Balloon Twisting • Parties For All Ages
Through March 10 at Gallery at 48 Natoma
An outstanding exhibit of art quilts of the Studio Art Quilt Associates. This will be an exciting bi-coastal fiber exchange. SAQA is an international, worldwide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them. They are dedicated to bringing beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork to venues across the United States and around the world. www.Folsom.ca.us Power Up: Corita Kent’s Heavenly Pop February 25-May 13 at Crocker Art Museum
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Nun, printmaker, and activist, Corita Kent used a striking Pop sensibility in her religious art. The nearly 30 prints in this exhibition chronicle her most productive periods, including the mid- 1960s, when her forceful imagery and message—and her unexpected calling as a nun—led to her greatest popularity. www.CrockerArt.org Space and Place by Black Salt Collective Through March 18 at Verge Center for the Arts
This exhibit embodies cultural and contemporary narratives. The work is cultural, but not in the anthropological sense, as cultural art is often seen through a Western lens. Black Salt expresses contemporary non-linear identity in which experience results in atmosphere. www.VergeArt.com Faith Ringgold: An American Artist February 18-May 13 at Crocker Art Museum
Stop, Look and Listen: Youth Explore Their Community
Best known for her story quilts, Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, performance artist, author, teacher, and lecturer. This exhibition brings together more than 40 examples of her varied production. It includes story quilts, tankas, prints, oil paintings, drawings, masks, soft sculptures, and original illustrations. www.CrockerArt.org
January 11-February 25 at Crocker Art Museum
Hopes Springing High: Gifts of African American Art
Ongoing at Crocker Art Museum
February 18-June 24 at Crocker Art Museum
An exhibition of recent acquisitions and promised gifts of art by African American artists. The title of the exhibition takes its name from the poem “Still I Rise” by acclaimed poet and civil rights activist
Featuring artwork that explores cultural and social themes, this exhibition showcases work by Twin Rivers Unified School District students participating in the “Art For Education, Not Just Decoration program.” www.CrockerArt.org
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Story Trail The Crocker’s Story Trail is a delightful way for young children and adults to visit the Museum and talk about art. Pick up the original storybook “Birdy’s Museum Adventure” in English or Spanish, or the book and interactive quilt set “Birdy & Kid Play Hide & Seek,” for a delightful gallery adventure. www.CrockerArt.org sacramentoparent.com FEBRUARY 2018 41
Storytimes, Movies & Family Fun for Families with Special Needs As always, dates and times can change, so please double check before you go!
February 4th and 18th
ExplorABILITY 10am at Sacramento Children’s Museum A free bi-monthly play-based program for children on the autism spectrum, ages 3 to 10 years- old. This program offers opportunities for children to play in the Museum in a safe setting facilitated by a rotation of Sacramento area professionals from a variety of disciplines. This is an RSVP-only event as space is limited to 20 participants per event. 638-7225 x103 | www.SacKids.org
February 6 , 13 , 20 and 27
Special Needs Tuesday 3pm-6pm at Sky High Sports Special days for kids with special needs because Sky High believes in trampolines for everyone! The music is turned off and a special court is opened for a discounted rate for special needs jumpers, family and friends. 853-JUMP | Sac.SkyHighSports.com
Beary Special Play Date 5pm at Sacramento Children’s Museum Children with special needs, their families, and their friends are invited to a free evening of Museum Play! Snacks will be served! This program is sponsored by Sacramento Valley Ambulance. 638-7225 x103 | www.SacKids.org
FEBRUARY 8th and 22nd
Sensory Storytime 3:30pm at Rancho Cordova Library A special storytime for kids with autism or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem! Siblings are welcome. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org
CCHAT coordinates & refers as appropriate with physicians, other health professionals, school personnel and those involved in hearing aid fittings to ensure your infant’s total hearing healthcare needs are met. We inform referring physicians and professionals of audiologic evaluation results and recommendations a s well as coordinate professional services as required.
Make outpatient appointments by calling 916-361-7290 www.cchatsacramento.org
Hide-a-Critter Winner Did you spot the reading fox hidden in last month’s issue?
Eight-year-old Elizabeth did and she won W ord Autism-Friendly Family Movie 3:30pm at Southgate Library on The Street® Junior, Enjoy a family movie for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. Toddlers and pre-schoolers without autism are welcome too. Lights will be slightly up, sound will be slightly down, and kids an easy-to-learn, super don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. Movie to be announced. speedy game that 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org keeps kids in the fast lane to FEBRUARY 3rd vocabulary victory. FEBRUARY 9th
Sensory Storytime for Family (All Ages) 10:30am at Southgate Library An inclusive storytime developed for youth with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families/caregivers. It features songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials. The program is targeted for a developmental age of 2 to 6 years old.Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org
Sensory Storytime 10:30am at Sylvan Oaks Library A special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more! The presenter is the parent of a young man with autism and there will lots of time for parents to network with others. Noise and/or behaviors are never a problem! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org
Autism-Friendly Family Movie : "Frankenweenie" 10am Sylvan Oaks Library A special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. "Typical" toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too. Enjoy healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don't need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys. 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org
Sensory Storytime 10am at North Natomas Library This inclusive storytime was developed for kids with Autism and/or sensory disorders. It fea- tures songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials. It is targeted for a development- al age of 2 to 6 years-old. Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome! 264-2920 | www.SacLibrary.org 42 FEBRUARY 2018 sacramentoparent.com
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