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Inside t his issue: Connecting: Learning the ins and out of having a child with Autism 6

Learning: News and information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools 8 Feature-A-Teacher: Andover Middle School Teacher Stacey Ryan turning learning math into fun for students 10 Family Product Picks for the Halloween season 11 Wichita Families On the Move October Calendar of Events 12 Childcare/Classified Directory


Cover and this page photo provided by Gina Dreher, Gina Dreher Photography. On the cover, 18-month old Wyatt Harvey sits with Diesel. Costumes, provided by Animal Planet. Animal Planet ( has costumes for kids and pets! Costumes are available locally at Party City and check out our giveaway in this issue to winner a super-cute Animal Planet costume of your own! |



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For the Families, LLC 316.295.8465 Publishers Eric and Christy Clark Editor Jessica Lindsey


ur youngest child, Breegan, is Autistic and our family is trying so hard to find the best opportunities for her. We have been blessed with professionals who are more than perfect for her at WSU’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, teachers and therapists in USD 259 who are loving and experienced, nursery workers at church who are willing to love her through her fear and occasional meltdowns, doctors who are patient and thorough. We had a new experience this month that I was slightly (okay, extremely) anxious about: her first dentist appointment. My older kids have been going to the dentist every six months since they were little, but this was Breegan’s first cleaning. I was nervous about how Breegan would respond, I was nervous that she would be scared and she wasn’t able to communicate her feelings. My older two kiddos were awesome, they always have a good time at the dentist, weird as that sounds. Breegan cried, but the cleaning was accomplished and I actually left there feeling really, really good about our time at Dr. Michael Iseman’s (Wichita Pediatric Dentistry) office. Our hygienists, Tiffany and Sarah, were nothing short of perfect and Dr. Mike was calm and friendly despite a worked-up child. My kids are treated with respect, they are well taken care of and every person who works there is a ton of fun and very friendly. What more could I ask for? Yes, there are televisions that the kids can watch while in the chair, balloons and prizes, a game room, coffee machine, etc., but that isn’t what makes it a good practice. It’s the people and the pride they take in their work, which shows up in how they treat their patients. This isn’t just about bragging on our dentist, this is an example of what would make a great story for our magazine. Is there a teacher, doctor, dentist, friend, business owner, organization, activity, event, ANYTHING or ANYONE that has made an impact on you or your children? The possibilities are endless. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to thank them by letting Wichita Family Magazine consider sharing the story with other local families? Next time there is a person or event that makes an impact on your life, shoot me an email letting me know about it. I would love to consider your story for a feature in our magazine! Jessica@ is the best way to get in contact with me. Have a great October! SEND US YOUR PICTURES!

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Learning News and information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools

Northwest’s anti-cyberbullying campaign goes nationwide

Mueller students earn chances to eat in lunch cockpit


ueller Engineering and Aerospace Discovery Magnet, along with Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and representatives from the Aviation Industry Community Partners, kicked off National Aerospace Week with a special surprise for students. During two assemblies, the school unveiled their lunch cockpit, which is a large display board with a view of downtown Wichita from the cockpit of a plane.

From left: America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, Northwest DECA students Maddie Bazzelle, Alex Wespi and Broc Cramer and Northwest DECA teacher Jeff Darr.


orthwest DECA members Alex Wespi, Broc Cramer and Maddie Bazzelle have received national attention for their public relations campaign to prevent cyberbullying, including attention from John Walsh, host of America’s Most Wanted. The students’ campaign will be used this year by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, with Walsh being the spokesperson. During the 2010-11 school year, the students created the anti-cyberbullying campaign, which earned them first place in the Kansas DECA Career Development Conference in Kansas City and qualified them to present at the International DECA Competition in Orlando, Florida. They received a fifth-place medal at the international 8 | Wichita Family

competition. Wespi, Cramer and Bazzelle, along with their teacher, Jeff Darr, were invited to attend lunch on September 1 at Cox Communications to meet John Walsh during his Wichita visit. The students were asked to present their anti-cyberbullying campaign during lunch. “John was so impressed with the students that he asked them to do their public relations campaign this year on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” Darr said. The students and Darr were also invited to Walsh’s studio in Washington, DC to film their television commercial and produce their radio commercial. He also offered to be the spokesperson for both.

Students who follow the school’s CHAMPS expectations are given a Boarding Pass. A Boarding Pass from each class is chosen on Fridays and the students and one of their friends can eat at a special table that has the lunch cockpit surrounding the table. CHAMPS is a proactive and positive approach to classroom management. “This is a great gift to our school,” said principal Jaime Hutchinson. “The students are really excited about it and it’s a great way to reinforce the importance of positive behavior.” Several of the school’s business partners were present in the unveiling, including Exploration Place and members from the Aviation Industry Community Partners, comprised of Spirit Aerosystems, Boeing, Cessna and Airbus.

PVE student has surprise homecoming in class


Pleasant Valley Elementary student Joshua Clark hugs his dad who surprised him in class.


oshua Clark, second-grade student at Pleasant Valley Elementary, received a special surprise in school for his birthday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his father. Army Sergeant Joshua Clark, returned from serving in Afghanistan a couple of days early to surprise his son for his eighth birthday. The class was in the middle of a lesson about the U.S. Constitution, the American Flag, and citizenship. The students were told they would have a special guest when Sgt. Clark walked in the room.




â&#x20AC;&#x153;Daddy!â&#x20AC;? Joshua exclaimed as he ran and hugged his father. Sgt. Clark has been serving in Afghanistan for the past four months, which is his second deployment away from his family. He is home for a couple of weeks before going back to finish his tour of duty. Joshua said having his father home is exactly what he wanted for his birthday.

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eature a Teacher: A Wichita Family series that introduces readers to area teachers who are making a difference. If you would like to submit a teacher’s name for Wichita Family to consider for a future Feature a Teacher article, email

As a middle school math teacher, Stacey Ryan knows she has an important and sometimes difficult job of making sure that sixth-graders not only survive, but enjoy math. But she’s taken on the role with a force that is making a difference at Andover Middle School where she just began her 11th year and serves as the Math Department Chair, a Student Council advisor and as one of the WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Leader Coordinator. “As WEB Leader Coordinator, I help train outstanding eighth grade leaders to serve as mentors and peer buddies to our sixth-grade students,” explained Ryan.

Stacey Ryan

Andover Middle School Teacher

Another important position that Ryan holds is the Mentoring Program Coordinator, a program that matches community members with middle school students. The adults serve as mentors for the students throughout the year. “I have always loved working with kids,” said Ryan. “As a student of the Andover School District myself, I was blessed with several amazing mentors and role models who encouraged me to pursue my interest in teaching and who gave me opportunities during high school and college to work with students through volunteerism.” Ryan has always wanted to be a teacher and her passion is that her students have a positive math experience. “One rough year can really damage a student’s perspective and self-esteem in math.” she said. “I have always wanted to be a teacher who motivates my students, helps them to believe in themselves and their abilities, to show students that math is fun and that they can be successful.” Ryan is a mother of 2-year-old Lily and has been married for 10 years to Aaron. “He is a kind, funny and supportive man who helps brighten every day,” said Ryan of her husband. “Our daughter Lily is 2 years old and is our sun, moon, and stars! I have a very close family; my parents, brother, sister, and nephews have even been a part of the Mentoring Program at AMS or have helped by volunteering in some way.” Ryan looks at every day as a new beginning and an opportunity to impact a student’s life. 10 | Wichita Family

“I love to hear positive feedback from students and parents, but more importantly, I love to look at the faces I teach each day and imagine the possibilities these kids have in front of them,” said Ryan. “I tell students every year that I want them to learn math from me, and to learn that math can be fun, but above all else, I hope my students leave the year believing in themselves, choosing kindness and choosing to have a positive outlook every day.”


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alloween is synonymous with candy and all things junk-food but one way parents can help fight the fright of rotten teeth is giving them something to put in their mouths that will actually improve oral health. SparX are tiny bite-size fruit-flavored candies that are sugar free and sweetened exclusively with all natural xylitol. SparX Candy is made by Xlear, Inc. (pronounced “clear,” the leading manufacturer of xylitol based products in the United States, and is the perfect option for health conscious parents. In addition to being a sweet treat that kids will actually eat, SparX Candy has benefits that will win over any parent. “When exposed to as little as 15 grams of xylitol a day, the bacteria in the mouth lose their ability to stick to teeth and form plaque,” said Heather Aponte, representative for SparX Candy. “Studies have proven that when combined with regular dental hygiene, regular use of xylitol gums, mints and candy can reduce dental cavities by as much as 80%. While all of these benefits are great, the fact is, kids and adults will not be able to tell the difference between SparX Candy and sugar-sweetened candy!” SparX Candy retails for $1.49 per tube and are available for purchase online at, in stores at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe and other select retailers nationwide.

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re you looking for a high-quality, super cute costume for your little kiddo or pet? Well look no further than Animal Planet costumes, available at Party City, Costume Craze and many other locations. The unique costumes will transform your pet or baby and turn them into the talk of any Halloween party! A cuddly chimpanzee, love bird, scary raptor, cute little butterfly and more are available. Check out our photos on the cover to see a couple of the costumes in action. Who wouldn’t love an adorable little animal costume for Halloween? These super-soft, lush costumes are the best of the best. Enter to win a 12-24 month size costume of a Panda Bear (as seen on the cover) or a Love Bird! Have a pet you want to dress up? Enter to win an Elephant costume for a small-medium size dog or a Turtle outfit for a medium-size dog!

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elebrating its 25th Anniversary, Pumpkin Masters has exciting new products along with the always popular favorites. Available at all major retailers, Pumpkin Masters products include: Reflective Stickers to use as a way to personalize your costume or dress up your pumpkin; Flickering Mayhem Light to add spooky effects to carved pumpkins; All-in-One Carving Kit that features 12 patterns, 12 foam stickers, eight eye inserts, carving tools and more; traditional carving kits and pumpkin lights; a carving kit specifically designed for kids to use; and Kids Monster Pieces which offer a safe and mess-free way to get youngsters into the decorating.

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WICHITA FAMILIES ON THE MOVE | October Calendar of Events

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Flicktober Fest @ Sedgwick County Zoo; Gates open at 6:00 p.m. & show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Wee Wigglers “Bat” @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 10 & 11 a.m. Repeats Thursday, October 6.

Happy Birthday Kansas! Kansas 150 festival & parade in downtown Wichita. “Kansas: Home on the Range” concert @ Century II.

October 6

Harvest of Progress: A County Fair & Kansas State Vintage Baseball Tournament @ Cowtown; 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Big Read Kick-Off @ Wichita Art Museum; 2 p.m. 2011 Holiday Galleria presented by Junior League of Wichita @ Century II Expo Hall through October 2.

“Chicks and Salsa” Puppet Show @ Central Library; 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.

Joyful Noise; a Music and Prairie Family Camp @ YMCA’s Camp Wood; 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Bethel College Fall Festival @ Bethel College through October 9.

Woofstock @ Sedgwick County Park; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October 7

Teen Speed Dating for Books @ Central Library; 2:30 p.m.

Harvest of Progress Education Day @ Cowtown; 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Native American Skies @ Lake Afton Public Observatory; 8 – 10 p.m.

“Cinderella” presented by Music Theatre for Young People @ Century II through October 9. Visit for times and tickets.

October 3 Creatures of the Abyss Traveling Exhibit Opens @ Exploration Place.

Art on the Trail @ Great Plains Nature Center; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Great Plains Fall Renaissance Festival @ Sedgwick County Park; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through October 9. Pajama Party “Teeth” @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Repeats Friday, October 14. Wichita Prairie Fire Marathon. Full, half, 5K & Fun Run/Walk events. Visit http:// for more information and registration.

October 11 g2g Outside Play Events @ Sedgwick County Park; 6-7:30 p.m. Find and Catch insects with the Bug Lady, bugladykansas. com for more details on this event and many others, go to Garden Sprouts “Goofy Gourds” @ Botanica; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Ewe & Me Ewe @ Sedgwick County Zoo 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Repeats Wednesday, October 12. Sunset Safari “Bat” @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

October 14 27th Annual Haysville Fall Festival @ Riggs Park through October 16.

October 15 BOOtanica @ Botanica; 2 p.m. 1st Annual Monkey Butt Poker Run @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ZOOper Kids Wonders Down Under @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Great Plains Flat Track Series @ Jeeps Motorcycle Club, Inc. in Parks City; Practice: 6 p.m., Gates open: 4 p.m., Race: 7:30 p.m. Repeats October 16. 12 | Wichita Family

October 19 Owlet “Bat” @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 10:00 a.m., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Homeschool Expeditions Nocturnal Safari @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Wheeling Wild Club @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

October 20 So You Want to Be a Zookeeper “Rhino” @ Sedgwick County Zoo; 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. “The Foolish Giant” Puppet Show @ Westlink Library; 7 p.m.

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