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It is safe to say that I know nothing about pipes. I know a little about drywall, and some about framing; my husband has his general contractor’s license so I’ve picked up a few nuggets of knowledge over the years - albeit in conversation, not in practice.
ipes, however, are a complete mystery. I have family who live on the East Coast, where pipes seem to burst with some degree of frequency in the winter, but that is the extent of my experience via six degrees of separation. Since our family moved into our “new” home in San Juan Capistrano a few years ago, we have since become something of an expert on experts: those who do and don’t know anything about pipes. There are a bunch of things I can now catch you up on: leaks, sprinkler lines, lead testing. But truly, all you need to know is this: In many cases, ePIPE can have your pipes restored the same day without displacing you from your home. Topping my list of folks I’d call expert, ePIPE has been in business since 1999. With over 40 international and US-based patents, the company has contracts with the US Department of Defense, several counties across the States, schools, HOA’s, and thousands of individual homeowners nationwide. Jason Houck, National Sales Director notes “twenty years ago this process was developed to be more convenient, less destructive, longer lasting, and healthier. Now it’s a patented, proven process used around the globe.” Traditional systems wreak havoc on a home, tearing up floors, walls, and ceilings. To get to the pipe, you have to get everything else out of the way: and then to replace the pipe, you have to remove what is there. “Instead of re-piping, we restore pipes in place. Many homes can be completed in a day, with the water going back on in a number of hours.” 8 April 2020
Pool piping, fire sprinkler systems, water lines - ePIPE deals with it all. They’ll even test for lead and remediate as a LeadSmart® Service provider. Any number of factors can lead to corrosion in a system, often in as little as two years after installation. Any number of factors can lead to pinhole or slab leaks. So what happens next? If your pipes were simply failing due to changing water chemistry, perhaps you’re wondering if there is a better pipe? Turns out the restoration of your pressurized system can be as simple as drying, cleaning and applying ePIPE's patented epoxy coating. “The cleaning process prepares the internal pipe surface for proper bonding,” says Jason. “A bit like sanding before you paint.” In researching what ePIPE has to offer in terms of the process, I don’t see the word drilling, or destruction, or demolition anywhere. Taking care of
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et’s talk about reasons to install a new pool or update a tired and outdated backyard. I don’t just mean how incredible swimming pools are for increasing the value of your home or in the case of updating your pool, for energy and cost savings … I’m talking about a certain kind of admiration from your kids, grandkids and loved ones. I’m talking about a vanity-free, personalized outdoor entertainment space everyone will enjoy. Think of the unlimit12 April 2020
ed possibilities – all because you make the decision to turn your own backyard into the kind of relaxing resort that you may have only dreamed of. The fantasy is easy enough - but where do you begin? How do you know where to start? That’s where Rich Tonti, owner and founder of Pacific Paradise Pools, comes in. He’s been transforming people’s lives and backyards for over 35 years, right here in Or-
most professional, talented, experienced and polite staff in the pool and spa industry.” If you’ve got an existing swimming pool that has been neglected as much as our beach bodies seem to get, don’t worry, they also do major pool and spa renovations. Rich and the Pacific Paradise Pools Team strive very hard to go above and beyond to ensure their customers are satisfied at every turn. They have an in-house staff of designers and work with Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and other Trade Professionals to ensure you get the full HGTV effect.
occasions from industry associations and a variety of professional trade platforms. Pacific Paradise Pools won one of only four Pinnacle Awards from Luxury Pools and many other industry awards from their peers for design excellence. While they appreciate the accolades and feel the awards “validate our hard work and business strategy,” their team is even more grateful for “the referrals from loyal, happy customers that truly prove our clients endorse what we do.” The fact of the matter is, these projects don’t just provide you with beautiful backyard entertainment, they give you endless relaxing weekends and evenings after a long day at the office or after the kids and grandkids sports games.
Our mission is to help homeowners enjoy their pools, maximize their fun and create memories for a lifetime, while staying at home."
“We aim to please and make sure that we develop an outdoor living space that will complement your family’s lifestyle and home’s personality as well as provide years of outdoor enjoyment,” says Rich. They’re not the bragging type, but the truth is this Huntington Beach-founded business is an award - winning company and has been honored on numerous
Rich and their team may not be there to serve you drinks poolside, but then again, with their 5-star customer service, maybe you just need to ask(although, rumor has it they help you christen your pool with a bottle of Tonti Family Wine!). And, if you’re looking to sell soon, backyard entertainment areas are rated among the
ange County. His team does every pool style: clean-lines mid-century, formal elegant designs, tropical rockscapes and any other at-home resort. It almost makes you want to charge admission for your own family and friends to take a dip. “Our mission is to help homeowners enjoy their pools, maximize their fun in their backyard and create memories for a lifetime all while staying at home,” says Rich. “I am very proud to say that we also have some of the April 2020 13
top requested home upgrades you can showcase. Pacific Paradise Pools works its magic quickly and efficiently when executing a project, just let their team know how they can help you during this exciting process. We’d hate to make him blush, but we’ve got to get the word out about what Rich does when he isn’t creating backyard memories for his clients. Currently he volunteers an average of 10 or more hours a week on projects and spends a couple weeks every year volunteering overseas. Since 1994, he has been a part of “Men and Women of Action,” a volunteer construction and disaster relief organization. Traveling all over the world, he’s helped re-build homes, build schools, churches, orphanages and medical clinics on five of the seven continents. Hurricane relief in the South East, to Zambia, 14 April 2020
Brazil, Romania, Honduras, Nepal, Bulgaria, Ecuador, the Philippines, schools in Mozambique and homes in Mexico. A recent project in a in “The Bush,” outside Mozambique’s capitol city where “we are partnering to build a new community, with small homes, school classrooms and an afterschool mentor and feeding program, which ministers to 350 kids 5 days a week.” “This gives life meaning, and couples my skills as a builder and my passion to assist those in need of a helping hand,” says Rich, who recently completed a couple of projects a little closer to home: a multiple school building roof project in Fresno, a church hall in Bakersfield, a drywall project, in Simi Valley, for a senior citizen and a dozen homes in Tijuana, Mexico, with a Santa Ana based group named Corazon. There, the recipients of the homes are worthy candidates who have performed hundreds of hours communi-
ty service and are nominated by their neighbors to receive, their first home, using funds generated through donations here in the states. “Raised right here in Orange County, it’s always especially nice when we have the opportunity to give back in our own community as well.” Learn more about Men and Women of Action by visiting www.mwoa.ngo or Corazon at www.corazon.org
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loset organization is something of an oxymoron at my house. Same goes for my home office. I actually do know where everything is in the stacks of paper that perpetually reside atop my desk, but good luck having anyone else make rhyme or reason of my filing “system.”
a desire to have your mess aesthetically addressed, Classy Closets will customize your work/life space with made-toorder cabinetry and organization systems for your home office, garage, bedroom, laundry room, pantry, media centers, wallbeds and more.
I’m clearly a candidate for the handiwork of a company like Classy Closets – if it’s a matter of function or simply
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San Diego since 2003, offers organization options for virtually every budget – from basic white melanine to solid wood cabinetry. “Nothing we do is cookie cutter,” says Company CFO Gary Pavitt. “Although Classy Closets is a franchise, we’re not governed by the rules that typically dictate processes of typical franchise operations – particularly with regard to the materials and mounting systems we use. What works in terms of style and function at a home in Tucson, for instance, wouldn’t necessarily translate to a house in Huntington Beach. So we have the freedom to customize our work to our client’s specific needs and desires.” Another differentiator is that Gary and his team manufacture their products right here in Southern California, which affords them the ability to offer their clients a broader range of product options at a level of quality that is “second to none.” And because they are “hands-on” from design consultation to manufacture and installation, Gary and his staff pride themselves on providing unparalleled customer service. “What’s really fun is having the ability to create the products in-house,” says Gary. “I really enjoy introducing new ways to make things better, bringing in new products and keeping up with the latest trends in the industry. We go out of our way to keep our customers satisfied … that’s what makes it all worthwhile. As in any business, your customers are golden and we’ve been very fortunate that a large percentage of our business is in referrals.” Repeat customers Marta and Mike Fowler of San Diego say that Classy
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Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said “who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you’re saying.” Keeping this quote in mind has served me well over the years, particularly in choosing friends … and when seeking out the services of professionals. In my opinion, integrity isn’t a word heard often enough in the business world. Competitive, certainly.
ut unfortunately phrases like “bottom-line oriented,” “unscrupulous,” even “cutthroat” have cropped up in the vernacular when hearing home improvement gone wrong stories from fellow homeowners. That’s why it was so refreshing to come across Jeff McCabe and his Orange County-based One Way Painting. In business since 1976, Jeff and his team serve all of the OC and specialize in interior and exterior residential and commercial painting. They swear by the rules of professionalism: “no cutting corners. No cheap materials. We pay attention to every detail, and never call a job complete until the customer is completely satisfied.” Some might call it good Christian values. Others might say it’s simply good
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business. But for the last 42 years, working from the heart has earned One Way Painting such a respected reputation in the industry that the vast majority of their work comes through repeat customers or referrals from repeat customers. The company’s success isn’t merely rooted in customer service though. Boasting a superior knowledge of available product on the market and hiring the most professional crews in the business also goes a long way. “Our reputation speaks for itself; but if it didn’t, we have 16 satisfied employees on our permanent payroll who would put a hand
up in defense of the standards we set,” says Jeff. Standards which were born and bred through a commitment to ethical business practices and hard work. In 2001, Jeff teamed up with seasoned professional Ron Bartz as a journeyman, then took over the company when Ron retired, and has been growing it ever since. In 2009, Jeff took the pair of three-man crews and expanded the operation to encompass six crews, two office staff, and a project manager who oversees jobs, right alongside the man with the plan himself. “We currently have four trucks on the road and I’d like a full fleet someday. I’d like to leave a legacy for my daughters, and that means more than just cans of paint and a warehouse full of equipment and materials.” To Jeff, it means taking care of his employees, taking care of his family: taking care of business. The hope is that One Way Painting becomes a household
name, for its quality of work and quality of values. My husband and I can happily attest to both. When we moved into our home in San Juan Capistrano five years ago, we acquired quotes for exterior painting from several contractors, but were particularly impressed with Jeff and his crew. Prior to starting work at our home, Jeff came by in person to go over what the job would entail and answered all of our questions. His team showed up right on
time the first day - and each subsequent day - and at the end of each day everything was cleaned up before they left. “We pride ourselves on working with a team of long-term employees - we do not hire off the street,” says Jeff. “We guarantee our work and do not require payment till the job is completed and the customer is completely pleased with our work.”
Jeff and his crew delivered on these promises and more than exceeded our expectations BEFORE - the result was outstanding work, a job completed on time and on budget and defined by unparalleled customer service (Kelly in his office was hyper-responsive to our inquiries during the estimating process and followed up immediately upon completion of the job to ensure that we were satisfied with the results and our overall experience of working with One Way Painting). We were so pleased with the work that when we decided to update AFTER our kitchen by painting our cabinets and adding hardware (the job is scheduled to start two weeks from the date of this writing so look for a future testimonial feature), we were confident that One Way Painting would be the one and only call we would need to make.
Their attention to detail is found from start to finish. For exterior projects, they begin by power washing to clean and remove any loose paint, mildew or mold. Then the patching: with stucco, trenching around the foundations and priming with an acrylic. They’ll treat your wood siding, eaves, fascia, windows. Main doors, garage doors, trim. Even wrought iron, or other specialty surfaces like patio covers and fences. Most work depends on the client’s preference: semi-gloss, hi-gloss enamel, acrylic, or oil finish. Inside walls see flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi, or hi-gloss. If you have natural wood cabinets and they need refinishing, One Way’s crew will see to it that they look new again. Also licensed and bonded as commercial painters, Jeff’s crew has been making businesses and their buildings look new again for 42 years. With a free on-site estimate, your custom needs are sure to have a custom solution. No deposits required, and “no surprises along the way,” Jeff is quick to add. “I think at the end of the day what sets us apart is taking our time with each and every customer that comes our way,” says Jeff. “We run a business like every person we interact with is family.” They may not be the cheapest out there, but then that wouldn’t fly in Emerson’s eyes, and not in Jeff’s either. “Our business is based on the Christian ethic of treating every customer with honesty and integrity. Every job is done ‘as unto the Lord.’ Does this mean we’re perfect? No. It does mean that we strive to do the best painting job possible.”
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The recent economic challenges and governmental changes remind me why I have a practice that is centered on taxation, investments and financial well-being. Access to information is easily available…however, it takes a professional with experience to interpret, direct and provide perspective on these changes to provide clarity, calmness and a path to success. Hopefully, you find my articles of benefit. Here are some current thoughts on a variety of topics. 1. If you are a business owner or sole proprietor, you can apply for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan. Although the first pot of money has already been committed, I anticipate the SBA Loan Administration will provide future borrowing opportunities. We can prepare your loan applications and guide you through the constantly updated changes in this loan program. 2. Once you receive your PPP loan amount, pay careful attention to the eight weeks after receipt so you can take the necessary steps for your loan to be partially or fully tax-free and non-reimbursable. More guidance on how to do this will be forthcoming.
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he reason for this is simple; sound investment advice must be done with consideration of tax implications, as the cost of not doing so can be significant. Likewise, good tax planning often involves taking advantage of investment opportunities that become evident during the tax preparation process. Only the CPA Financial Advisor can ensure that these interdependent objectives are executed on successfully. According to a study involving 42,000 advisors by Envestnet, a leading investment platform provider, the “value added” of using a financial advisor is roughly 2% per year. The added value of a CPA/tax management is another 1% per year. The study breaks down the added value coming from 5 core areas:
The following highlights more tangibly describe how the value of a CPA financial advisor can enhance your financial plan.
Tax Savings = Enhanced Investment Returns When considering the financial plan for one’s entire life, one should make tax savings as much of a priority as the selection of investment and retirement products. Tax savings simply can have too tremendous a positive impact on maximizing your retirement nest egg to ignore. And its importance and value generally increases proportionally with your marginal tax rate. This is especially true today, given the generally rich valuations and low yields of most traditional investment options.
periodic updates. Long-term impacts of near-term events such as career, family and preference changes need to be incorporated into the plan when they occur. So, frequency of interaction is paramount to good maintenance. And here again, the tax professional is, unfortunately like taxes, with you year in and year out. Hence, maintenance of a financial plan by a CPA financial advisor is a natural fit.
Tax Management = Tax Savings As the value of your taxable investments grow, so does the importance of utilizing tax management to minimize taxes. Whereas many financial advisors may list these offerings, you can count on the CPA financial advisor to ensure that tax management is being performed.
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he programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. To keep up to date on when these programs become available, please stay in contact with your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, which you can locate here. 24 April 2020
Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need: Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you. A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant. To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help. Source: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees. Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease. Info: www.sba.gov
COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN
The SBAâ€™s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. Info: www.sba.gov
SBA DEBT RELIEF
The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Under this program: The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. The SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months. Info: www.sba.gov
SBA EXPRESS BRIDGE LOAN
Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. Contact your local SBA District Office.
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SBA Programs - Scams and Fraud Alerts Source: Office of the Inspector General
The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).
he Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.
SCAMS AND FRAUD SCHEMES Grants • SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud. Loans • If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan, but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud. • SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000. Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate. • If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800659-2955 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. • If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to answerdesk@sba. gov. 26 April 2020
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Phishing • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number. • Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII),to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer. • Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov. • The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA. Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www. sba.gov. Report Fraud Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at, https://www.sba.gov/ about-sba/oversight-advocacy/ office-inspector-general/officeinspector-general-hotline.
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By Stephanie Frisc
It’s disconcerting enough to be living in these uncertain times. Trying to understand Medicare if you’re needing to enroll now can be even more challenging; the Social Security office is closed to appointments, the community meetings that educate you about your Medicare options are postponed for now.
’m writing this article on April 2. I truly hope that by the time this goes to print the “shelter in place” order will be lifted. But if not, read on. First off, insurance is considered an “essential business.” My office is open for appointments. It’s just me, I take my temperature every day, wear gloves while pumping gas and going to the grocery store and follow all recommended precautions. While it’s not necessary to meet face to face for a Medicare appointment, it certainly makes explaining your options easier with visual aids and materials created by the insurance companies that I contract with. Phone appointments are on the uptick however, and I completely understand someone’s desire to stay home and try to navigate the waters of Medicare over the phone. It is necessary to have access to a computer to do a phone appointment successfully. My client worksheet that we normally review face to face is emailed to you for us to do over the phone. Once we narrow down what Medicare option is best for you, I email you those 28 April 2020
materials from the selected insurance provider and we review that over the phone. If you already have your Medicare ID number, I can then enroll you over the phone as well. If you don’t have your Medicare card yet, I can send you the information to enroll yourself into Medicare online, or, if you are past 65 and needing to go onto Medicare due to losing your group insurance (or simply deciding that Medicare is a better option for you than group insurance). If you are needing to activate your Medicare after your initial enrollment period for Medicare (cut off is the last day of the month 3 months after the month of your birthday) then there currently is a hiccup . There’s a form that needs to be signed off on by your group insur-
ance offering from your current/past employer in order to activate the Part B portion of Medicare to become full “Medicare beneficiary”. Typically, you would walk that form, along with another one that just you fill out, into the Social Security office nearest to you. The hiccup is that currently these offices are closed. So, that means snail mail is your option. This will add weeks to the activation process (and I’m trying to speculate positively). So, if this scenario applies to you, don’t delay, get the ball rolling to apply for Medicare today. I’m here to help, in person or over the phone. Also, I’m happy to answer any questions you have without scheduling any type of an appointment. Feel free to call me, 7 days a week.
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ook especially for change of any kind. Do not ignore a suspicious spot simply because it does not hurt. Skin cancers may be painless, but dangerous all the same. If you notice one or more of the warning signs, see a board-certified dermatologist right away, preferably one who specializes in diseases of the skin.
WHAT PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW 1. Everyone needs to perform a self-skin exam once a month.
An actinic keratosis (AK) is a crusty, scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. An AK is considered a precancer because if left alone, it could develop into a skin cancer. AKs are the product of a lifetime accumulation of UV damage and typically appear on areas most commonly exposed sun, such as the backs of the hands, forearms, face, neck, and scalp.
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most frequently occurring form of all cancers, with more than 4 million cases of diagnosed in the U.S. each year. BCCs may look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars. Any skin lesion that doesn’t heal, or bleeds with even gentle trauma, such as drying with a towel, is concerning for a BCC.
2. Melanoma can appear anywhere on the skin, including the palms/soles, under your nails, and places...for most, have never seen the light of day (genitalia). For this reason, it is important to look everywhere. Lock the bathroom door, get out a hand mirror, and check, it could save your life. 3. What to look for: ABCDEs, and an ugly duckling A - Asymmetry: If I draw a line down the middle, do the sides match? B - Border: Is there a nice crisp border, or does the mole melt into the surrounding skin? C - Color: Moles should be one color, one shade of brown. Is there a variety of shades or additional colors, such as black, red, white, or blue? D - Diameter: Any mole larger than 6mm, ie the head of a pencil eraser, has a higher risk of becoming melanoma.
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. SCCs often look like scaly red patches, crusty bumps, warts, or elevated growths with a central depression. SCCs may appear suddenly and some forms are tender to touch. They can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. More than 1 million cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the U.S., which translates to about 115 cases diagnosed every hour. Incidence has increased by 200 percent in the past three decades in the U.S., and more than 15,000 Americans die each year from this type of skin cancer.
Melanoma is a very dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. An estimated 178,560 cases of melanoma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and is fatal for an estimated 9,320 of these patients. Fortunately, if melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable.
E - Evolution: Has it changed? F - The Ugly Duckling Sign: Most people have a “signature mole,” their own personal mole appearance and architecture. Is there a mole that seems different from all the others? 4. Everyone needs a full body skin exam by a board-certified dermatologist once a year, more frequently if you have a family history of skin cancer, a personal history of skin cancer, or live in an area with substantial sunshine. April 2020 31
CARRYOUT GUIDE Local Restaurants that are OPEN for Curbside Pick-Up, Drive-Through or Delivery*
* Information accurate as of press-time. If your favorite establishment isn’t listed, please contact them directly for schedule and offerings.
DANA POINT/CAPISTRANO BEACH A’s Burgers 34344 Rte. 1 • (949) 496-4460 Agostino’s Ristorante 34700 Coast Hwy. • (949) 218-8266 Beach Harbor Pizza 34473 Golden Lantern • (949) 218-1920 Beach Hut Deli 2 Ritz Carlton Drive • (949) 542-3351 Bear Coast Coffee 34052 La Plaza #103 • (949) 388-1103 Bistro Provencia 34091 La Plaza • (949) 482-1011
Harbor House Cafe 34157 Hwy. 1 • (949) 496-9270 I Love Bagels 35245 Golden Lantern • (949) 443-3300 J.C. Beans Coffee 34114 PCH • (949) 496-4700 Jack’s Restaurant 24462 Del Prado Ave. • (949) 489-1903 Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern 25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr. • (949) 388-8900 Jon’s Seafood 34665 Golden Lantern • (949) 496-2807 Kamea Poke 34320 Hwy. 1 • (949) 443-5226
Blue Dolphin Restaurant 34130 Hwy. 1 • (949) 489-2936
Las Golondrinas 34069 Doheny Park Rd. • (949) 240-8659
Bonjour Cafe 24633 Del Prado Ave. 15% Off All To-Go Orders. (949)-6368
Little Kitchen Asian Cafe 24831 Del Prado Ave. • (949) 276-7799
Brio Tuscany Grille Dinner to Go. Family Meals to Go, Grocery to Go (food items are raw, ready to cook, individually vacuum packed). Take Out, Curbside Pickup and Delivery. 24050 Camino del Avion. (949) 443-1476. www.briorestaurant.com Casanova Ristorante Takeout, Curbside Pickup and Delivery. 33585 Del Obispo St. (949) 496-0992. www.casanovaristorante.com Coastal Kitchen Take Out, Curbside Pickup daily from 4 pm 8pm. 34091 PCH. (949) 449-2822 Coffee Importers 34531 Golden Lantern. • (949) 493-7773. Craft House Curbside Pickup. 34094 PCH. • (949) 481-7734 El Pollo Loco 35235 Golden Lantern St. • (949) 443-0506 El Torito 34521 Golden Lantern St. • (949) 496-6311 Frisby Cellars 34673 Golden Lantern • (949) 218-9440 Gemmell’s Restaurant 34471 Golden Lantern • (949) 234-0063 Glasspar Seafood Market. PickWeds. 2 pm - 6 pm; Sat. 12 pm - 5 pm. (949) 240-6243 Harbor Grill 34499 Golden Lantern • (949) 240-1416 32 April 2020
Subway (Lantern District) Buy two footlongs, get one free in-store Free Delivery with promo code SUBWAYNOW for Doordash, Postmates & UberEats • (949) 204-5423 Taco Surf 34195 Hwy. 1 • (949) 661-5754 Thai Dara 34255 Hwy 1 • (949) 661.1251 The Brig Restaurant 34461 Golden Lantern St. • (949) 496-9046 Tutor & Spunky’s Deli 34085 PCH • (949) 248-9008 Whitestone Restaurant & Bar 34212 Hwy. 1 • (949) 629-8649 Wind & Sea Restaurant 34699 Golden Lantern • (949) 496-6500
Longboard Rooftop Lounge 24312 Del Prado Ave. • (949) 661-1100
Zen Sushi 32545 Golden Lantern • (949) 488-0933
Luciana’s Ristorante 24312 Del Prado Ave. • (949) 661-6500
Luna Grill 32525 Golden Lantern • (949) 481-6800 Lupe’s Mexican Eatery 33621 Del Obispo • (949) 558-5431 Monarch Beach Market 24040 Camino Del Avion • (949) 429-8750 Parallel Pizzeria 34255 Hwy. 1 • (949) 441-7406 Peking Dragon 34171 Hwy. 1 • (949) 493-9499 Project Social 24040 Camino Del Avion • (949) 424-2313 Proud Mary’s 34689 Golden Lantern • (949) 493-5853 Raya at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel 1 Ritz Carlton Dr. • (949) 240-2000 Stacks Pancake House 34255 PCH • 429-2222 Subway (Del Obispo) Buy two footlongs, get one free in-store Free Delivery with promo code SUBWAYNOW for Doordash, Postmates & UberEats • (949) 4295581 Subway (Camino del Avion/Golden Lantern) Buy two footlongs, get one free in-store Free Delivery with promo code SUBWAYNOW for Doordash, Postmates & UberEats • (949) 248-3300
9 Style Sushi 102 Avenida Victoria, #E • (949) 366.3669 Active Culture – Natural Café & Yogurt 111 S. El Camino Real • (949) 276.4625 Aloha Acai Bowls & Coffee 111 W. Avenida Palizada, Ste. 306 • (949) 573.1129 Antoine’s Café 218 S. El Camino Real • 949.492.1763 Avila’s El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant 204 Ave. Del Mar • 949.498.5000 BallPark Pizza San Clemente 831 Via Suerte • 949.218.0991 Barnoa Wine Bar & Bistro 831 Via Suerte, #106 • 949.498.6604 Bella Collina San Clemente 200 Ave. La Pata • 949.388.4378 Billy’s Meat, Seafood & Deli 111 Ave. Del Mar, 1A • 949.498.5924 Blaze Pizza 225 W Avenida Vista Hermosa • 949.612.2748 Board & Brew 979 Avenida Pico, Ste C • 949.498.2739 Brick 216 North El Camino Real • 949.429.1199 Cafe Mimosa 243 Avenida Del Mar • 949.481.6780
Cafe Rio Mexican Grill 628 Camino de los Mares • 949.627.4811
Tamarindo 110 South El Camino Real • 714.640.9371
OC Pizza 32341 Camino Capistrano • 949.429.8888
Cassano’s Pizza 818 S. El Camino Real • 949.388.7611
Thai Palace 1021 Avenida Pico, A • 949.369.1819
Public 74 27211 Ortega Hwy • 949.481.2727
Caterina’s Est. 1990 614 Avenida Victoria, Ste C • 949.218.7085
Thai Paradise 3551 Camino Mira Costa, B • 949.489.9914
Dad’s Liquor & Deli 2421 S. El Camino Real • 949.492.8121
The Cellar 156 Ave. Del Mar • 949.492.3663
Rancho Capistrano Winery (wine purchases only) 26755 Verdugo St • 949.481.6682
El Jefe Café 106 E. Escalones • 949.492.4010 Fred’s Market Liquor 220 S. Ola Vista • 949.492.5465 H.H. Cotton’s American Bar & Grill 201 Avenida Del Mar • 949.940.6785 Italian Cravings 105 S. Ola Vista • 949.492.2777 Jimmy John’s Sandwiches 122 South El Camino Real • 949.481.6911 Juice My Heart 804 S. El Camino Real • 949.481.0700 Kelly’s Donuts Also breakfast burritos, burger and sandwiches. 430 Camino de Estrella • (949) 443-2862 La Colombiana 1640 N. El Camino Real, A • 949.441-7656
The Grill 202 N El Camino Real • 949.492.8450 The Lobster Shack 111 W. Avenida Palizada #104 • 949.503.1119 Wahoo’s Fish Taco 641 Camino de los Mares, #100 • 949.487.6995 Z Pizza 1021 Avenida Pico • 949.498.3505 Zebra House Coffee 1001 S. El Camino Real, A • 949.218.6976
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Bad to the Bone 31738 Rancho Viejo Rd • 949.218.0227 Basanti 27221 Ortega Hwy, Ste G • 949.481.6682
La Siesta Mexican Restaurant 920 N. El Camino Real • 949.498.3094
Ciao Pasta 31661 Camino Capistrano • 949.496.5002
Las Golondrinas Mexican Food 821 Via Suerte • 949.276.7464
Cedar Creek Inn 26860 Ortega Hwy • 949.240.2229
Left Coast Brewing Co. 1251 Puerta Del Sol • 949.276.2774
Crivello’s 31882 Del Obispo St. • 949.443.0423
Malulu Sushi 415 E. Avenida Pico • 949.498.5331
Délice Breton 31451 Rancho Viejo Rd, 103 • 949.503.1577
Mongkut Thai Restaurant 212 Ave. Del Mar • 949.492.3871
El Adobe 31891 Camino Capistrano • 949.493.1163
Moulin 120 W. Avenida Pico • 949.441.7040
El Campeon 31921 Camino Capistrano, #15 • 949.489.4078
OC Tavern 2369 S. El Camino Real • 949.542.8877
El Coyotito 32141 Alipaz St, Ste B • 949.496.9439
Panera Bread 101 W. Ave. Vista Hermosa • 949.498.2387
El Maquey 31481 Camino Capistrano • 949.493.8681
Peet’s Coffee & Tea 801 Ave. Talega, 2A-101 • 949.325.0487 Pick Up Stix 415 Avenida Pico • 949.492.1226 San Clemente Wine Company 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar • 949.429.7067 Shwack Cantina 1527 N. El Camino Real • 949.218.7182 Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta 429 N. El Camino Real • 949.498.2540 Subway (Camino de Los Mares) Buy two footlongs, get one free in-store Free Delivery with promo code SUBWAYNOW for Doordash, Postmates & UberEats • (949) 248-3300
Five Vines 31761 Camino Capistrano #11 • 949.800.9145 Flame Broiler 31878 Del Obispo St. • 949.429.7241 Jade China 31878 Del Obispo St. • 949.240.3888 Las Golandrinas 27124 Paseo Espada • 949.240.3440 L’Hirondelle 31631 Camino Capistrano • 949.661.0425 Marie Callender’s 31791 Del Obispo St • 949.661.5977 Mollie’s Famous Cafe 32033 Camino Capistrano • 949.240.9261
Sur Coffee 118 S. El Camino Real
NewStart Nutrition 32292 Camino Capistrano Ste B • 949.606.2981
Taka-O Japanese Restaurant 425 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.7111
NYC Café 31888 Plaza Dr, C-3 • 949.234.0071
Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria 31781 Camino Capistrano, #201 • 949.429.3599 The Brewhouse 31896 Plaza Dr, #D3 • 949.481.6181 The Olives Branch 31105 Rancho Viejo Rd • 949.373.5633 Wow Poki 32118 Paseo Adelanto • 949.661.3354
LAGUNA NIGUEL/LAGUNA HILLS Acai Republic 27020 Alicia Pkwy. • (949) 349-0895 Amber’s Cantina 31341 Niguel Rd. • (949) 488-2858 Asian Kitchen 30271 Golden Lantern • (949) 441-7138 Belgian Waffle House 28241 Crown Valley Pkwy. • (949) 215-2950 Bella Roma 28940 Golden Lantern • (949) 363-6995 Bricco Pizza 28083 Moulton Pkwy. • (949) 652-5211 Chico-Fil-A 28201 Crown Valley Pkwy. • (949) 448-8447 China Moon 30001 Golden Lantern • (949) 249-6868 Dickey’s BBQ 27931 La Paz Road • (949) 328-9890 East Coast Bagel 28971 Crown Valley Pkwy. • (949) 831-5381 Golden Dragon 27311 La Paz Road • (949) 362-4739 Good Choice Sushi 30251 Golden Lantern • (949) 363-8840 Jersey Mike’s 28051 Greenfield Dr. • (949) 446-6245 Jizake Sushi 30001 Crown Valley Pkwy. • (949) 363-9779 Mangia Bene Cucina 27281 La Paz Rd • (949) 831-0141 Nalu’s 27000 Alicia Pkwy • (949) 360-6258 Romeo Cucina Italiana 28241 Crown Valley Pkwy. • (949) 831-4131 Villa Roma Argentine-Italian Restaurant Pick Up. Online Ordering. FREE Delivery for orders over $75 and Seniors (call for delivery areas). Tues + Thurs: $1.25 Empanadas; Weds: 2-for-1 Pizza; Regular Menu & Wine: 20% OFF; Sangria-To-Go: $5. 25254 La Paz. 25254 La Paz Road. (949) 454-8585 April 2020 33
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FLUIDS AND MORE FLUIDS Staying well hydrated clearly benefits our skin, the largest organ of our immune system. The advice to stay adequately hydrated is even more important in the cold, dry months of winter.
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EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP Research continues to prove how vital this is to every part of our well-being. It affects everything from our ability to resist illness to managing weight.
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Getting the Best from Your Child with Special Needs by Anthony Cupo
Parents want what is best for their children. This is as true for parents of special needs children as it is for others.
art of wanting what’s best for your children is also wanting the best from them. You want them to behave appropriately in public and around family. You want them to express their emotions effectively and do their best in school. How do you go about getting the best from your child with special needs? Here are 7 tips and techniques to guide you.
1. UNDERSTAND “THE BEST” IS A CHANGING EXPECTATION We all have an expectation of what our children should ultimately achieve. Maybe you want them to be able to verbalize their anger, rather than acting out. Or perhaps you want them to use an “indoor voice” in public, rather than yelling. It’s important to understand that children may not immediately meet those goals — but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their best at the time. A child’s “best” is an ever-moving target. Today, their best may be to yell a little less loudly when they become irritated. A few months from now, their best may be to proclaim “I’m angry” rather than yelling. Shift your expectations and define “the best” as your child’s best effort right now.
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is worth persevering and getting that “official” diagnosis. It will open you up to more specific, effective strategies.
It is completely normal and natural to become frustrated as a parent. What you need to avoid is letting that frustration impact the way you deal with your child’s behaviors and emotions. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and regroup before addressing your child. Make sure you’re taking time out to care for yourself. This can help to preemptively reduce frustration.
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3. GET A CLEAR DIAGNOSIS Some parents are afraid to move forward with the diagnostic process because they do not want their child to be labeled or categorized. However, getting a clear diagnosis for your special needs child can make it so much easier to encourage them and help them grow. Once you understand your child’s diagnosis, you can research tactics and techniques that specifically work well for children with that diagnosis. For instance, for children diagnosed with ADD, strategies, like limiting distractions, regulating sleep patterns, and promoting waiting time, can help them develop and be their best. If you did not know your child’s diagnosis, you may not think to implement these effective and proven strategies. The process of getting a diagnosis can be long and a bit frustrating. You may need to see several doctors and specialists. Your child may need to undergo a variety of tests. However, it
As the parent of a special needs child, you are ultimately the one who makes decisions about treatment and care. But it is wise to trust the professionals. Therapists, pediatricians, and educators who have spent years in school and have experience working with special needs children can offer remarkable guidance. Trust these professionals. Remember they really do take your needs (and your child’s needs) to heart.
5. STRATEGIZE WITH OTHER ADULTS IN YOUR CHILD’S LIFE Does your child have another parent? Maybe an aunt or uncle who babysits, or perhaps an older cousin. Hold regular “meetings” with these influential adults in your child’s life. During these meetings, update them on your child’s progress, the latest tips and techniques you have learned from your therapist, and anything else important in your child’s life and development. Keeping all the adults on the same page will allow them to more effectively encourage and support your child. The more support your child has from loving adults, the greater success they will experience.
6. CELEBRATE SUCCESSES ALONG THE WAY Remember: Each step forward is an achievement. Celebrate these small steps, even if there is still quite a distance to go to meet your child’s goal.
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Some celebrations can be small. Serve a favorite dessert the night after your child finally bring home a report card with positive comments. Follow-up with ice cream after behaving quietly and with consideration in a store. Let family and friends participate in these celebrations, too. This shows your pride and others’ support.
7. MAKE A LIST OF CARE PRIORITIES AND STICK TO THEM You won’t perfectly adhere to every best practice and technique every day. For example, maybe you know sugar is not great, considering your child’s diagnosis, but occasionally allow a cookie. You know a good night’s sleep helps your child feel calmer the next day, but sometimes things get away from you and your child is up ’til midnight. Progress…not perfection. Stick to routines and care practices more often than not. One way to keep practices a priority is to make a list. Start by using red ink to list the tactics you absolutely must employ each day. This can include medication delivery and avoiding sugary foods. Then, in orange, list the tactics that are a little less vital, but still important. Follow those with blue tactics that are nice to employ, but not really essential. Each day work your way down your list. Make sure you check off each red tactic and as many orange tactics as possible. Challenge yourself to check off the blue tactics more often, too. This strategy helps ensure that “oops” moments with your child occur less frequently, and this will help them make continual progress toward their goals. As you employ these 7 tips and tactics, remember that each small step forward is a success. We want our children to achieve their best five or ten years from now. But we also want them to do their best every day. When you’re giving your best, it becomes a very realistic goal.
Anthony Cupo is a trained mindfulness facilitator (TMF) from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He is a co-owner of Stepping Forward Counseling Center, LLC and has been meditating for over 30 years.
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School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities remain physically closed through the month of May. However, students will be able to participate in FREE online classes. In partnership with ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School children and parents can tune into @ABTSchool on Instagram and the ABT YouTube channel for daily classes in ballet movement taught by former ABT dancers and school faculty.
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All the activities use common recyclable household goods and conform to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Projects are meant to foster creativity in the kids and are mostly self-directed. With schools and community events closed for the time being, “kids need creativity more than ever,” says Tracey Hill, chief executive office of Child Creativity Lab. Families can find STEAM challenges on YouTube or follow the Child Creativity Lab on Facebook and Instagram for more athome activities.
Capistrano Unified STEAM partners pivot to online learning with creative at-home projects for kids By Ryan Burris, Chief Communications Officer
s the COVID-19 pandemic deepens and home sheltering continues, children and parents are seeking educational and family activities in which to engage, which may lead to a brave new world of learning and enrichment. To that end, the Capistrano Unified School District reached out to its STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) partners to provide at-home programs for learning and fun. Laura Schmidl, educational director of the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, said we may be witnessing a sea change in the entire education system as organizations hustle to create new online learning opportunities.
CUSD partners - Child Creativity Lab, Crystal Cove, Inside the Outdoors and the Discovery Cube - have all created online experiences and education to replace what was once only offered on field trips, in innovation labs and at community events. Whether it’s Inside the Outdoors bringing the outdoors back indoors, or personalizing and digitizing presentations and projects, educators and educational groups are stepping into the virtual breach to provide free online enrichment and meet an entirely new need. The Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana launched videos on YouTube to engage students in activities they can do at home. Among the activities and projects are building your own robot, making a scale or card tower, and an egg drop. 50 April 2020
The Crystal Cove Conservancy, a nonprofit educational arm of Crystal Cove State Park, rallied from the closure of the park and beach and cancellation of on-site education programs with a distance learning program. Project Crystal Cove is a fifth-grade class offered via Google Classroom in which students learn and assist with actual ecological research being done at the beach and help compile data while learning about the local flora, water cycles and how to help seedlings grow. In partnership with California State Parks, a videoconferencing program called PORTS has live K-12 programs three days a week. Advance registration is required. For middle school and high school students, plans are underway to study engineering and design solutions for the beach. Administered by the Orange County Department of Education, Inside the Outdoors, which has been a staple of STEM education for 30 years throughout Orange County and with Capistrano Unified, has developed new content to support teachers with distance learning. Among its efforts are YouTube videos of popular programs such as Nature Scene Investigators, which kids and parents on “missions” which consist of clue-based backyard scavenger hunts.. Prompts enable kids to make observations of plants, bugs and birds that they can post online. “Our Virtual Resource Center enables people to find quality content,” says Schmidl. “Right now, a lot of lists are going around to families, but there’s no vetting or quality control. What we’re building is a rating and review platform.” DISCOVERY CUBE: oc.discoverycube.org CHILD CREATIVITY LAB: childcreativitylab.org CRYSTAL COVE CONSERVANCY: crystalcove.org INSIDE THE OUTDOORS: insidetheoutdoors.org CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Cusdinsider.org Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @capounified
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MAKE ART AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION PART OF DAILY LEARNING Creative expression and intentional movement not only make children feel better emotionally and physically, they also enhance the brain’s ability to learn. Take this opportunity to include art and physical education in daily learning plans and to integrate art and movement into core academic learning.
INCORPORATE FUN AND ENGAGING TEACHING MOMENTS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE Make a list of things that you and your child like to do, and then brainstorm ways to weave learning into those activities. Sprinkle in some math or chemistry while cooking together. Dig into botany or nutrition while planting a veggie garden. Explore history or architecture while taking a drive through town.
Distance Learning in this New Era: Advice from Stratford School With mandated school closures and shelter-in-place orders, parents have suddenly become their children’s teachers, guided from afar by their children’s educators. Many working parents, including educators, are now also both working at home and teaching their children at home. “It’s stretching and testing us—as educators, as parents, as families,” acknowledges Melissa Sidebotham, Stratford School Morgan Hill principal and mother of three. “But we’re coming together to make it work.” Sidebotham and three colleagues, all educators and working moms, offer these tips for successful distance learning. 52 April 2020
CREATE A LEARNINGFRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT Set up a dedicated space with a desk or table and the necessary books, writing materials, technology tools, and other learning supplies nearby. Choose an area of your home where your child can focus on assignments with minimal distractions and you can monitor them.
SET A DAILY SCHEDULE Create a list of activities for each day of the week, allotting time to both learning and life activities. Allow sufficient time for your child to complete assignments as well as to play and recharge. Schedule learning time for when you can be present and accessible.
TAP INTO TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES Many schools are utilizing technology—such as Zoom (live video-conferences), YouTube (prerecorded videos), and Facetime (tele-chat)—in their distance learning content. You can also find distance-learning ideas, games, materials, and programs online. For children who don’t have access to electronic devices and internet at home, educators are staying connected by phone and mail. You can also ask your child’s teacher for resources to facilitate your child’s distance-learning.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATORS One of the challenges and opportunities of distance learning is that it requires an open line of communication between parents and educators. Talk with your child’s teacher as often as needed. Share your concerns and ideas, and solicit theirs. Ask for help, and ask how you can help.
TEND TO YOUR CHILD’S EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS Many children are confused, lonely, and anxious because of the changes and restrictions in their lives. As parents, we need to be mindful of our children’s emotional and social well-being. If your child seems out of sorts, spend some down time together, comfort them, and address their concerns or complaints. If your child gets stumped or frustrated with an assignment, take a breather, talk with their teacher, and try a different approach later. Enable your child to interact remotely with friends, grandparents, and other important people in their lives—with tele-chats, online gaming, social media, or a phone call.
GUIDE YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE LEARNING PROCESS Provide a level of support appropriate to your child’s age and needs. Older, more self-directed children may need you to check in, answer questions, and help them work through challenges. Younger and less self-directed children may need more direction, supervision, and assistance. Your encouragement and involvement will also motivate and facilitate learning. Be gentle with your child and with yourself. You really can’t do this wrong. What your children will remember from this challenging time is not all the worksheets and videos you made them do and watch. They’ll remember the quiet moments of building a connection with one another and learning together. CONTRIBUTORS Melissa Sidebotham. Mother of three, Principal of Stratford School Morgan Hill, Educator, Cofounder of EDUtable, a resource where parents and educators collaborate for the betterment of the children. Michelle Argel. Mother of three, Director of Admissions at Stratford School Santa Clara Pomeroy, former teacher. Annissa Mason Doumitt. Mother of one, Regional Marketing Manager at Stratford School SoCal. Allison Wilson. Mother of two, Senior Director of Curriculum and Innovation at Stratford School.
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Still teacher-led, my daughter brings home “fridge-worthy masterpieces,” as Kristen likes to call them. But she honestly is able to get messy in a much more open way than other school-type programming I’ve seen. “Our teachers are committed to making sure that the primary focus is on the creative process: which builds a child’s self-esteem, confidence, and sense of accomplishment.” Also offering Summer Camps and homeschool topics, Kidcreate Studio is designed to encourage giggles and grins. Focusing on basic art principles, they introduce students to many different materials and modalities. Camps for kids used to introduce kids to a myriad of activities - now, many are based again around STEM principles, getting littles focused on maths, technology, biology, even mini engineering classrooms. But there is something to be said for (and I’ll fight for this one until I can’t write anymore) plain old exploration. “I think with the huge wave of screen time that washes over kids from a very young age,” Kristen notes, “it’s more important than ever that our kiddos have time to create with their hands. We believe art should be part of the education of every child.” I couldn’t agree more.
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