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El Rincon PTA hosts parenting workshop

Parents from all Culver City Unified School District schools are invited to attend an evening of Parenting Workshops & Expo presented by the El Rincon Elementary PTA from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at El Rincon.

Workshop topics will include tech safety at home, homework without screaming, coparenting from separate houses, building selfesteem at home, finding down time and more.

Local service providers at the Expo will include Leisure Activities, Computer Services, Home Repair and Help, Health and Wellness, Family Law Experts, After School/Tutoring Options, Insurances, Financial Planning, Healthcare Professionals and many more.

Food trucks will be on-site, and a limited number of childcare spots are available. To reserve a spot, people interested should contact: Purplelotusempowerment@gmail.com

Back to School Nights Set

Schools throughout the CCUSD will welcome back parents with Back to School Nights. These are a great opportunity to meet teachers, administrators and staff, while getting an early glimpse at a variety of student work. Be sure to stop by your child’s school and see what’s in store for the 2014-2015 school year.

Culver Park High School – Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

Office of Child Development – Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Culver City High School – Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.

Golf FORE Culver City Education Foundation

Join the Culver City Education Foundation and the Culver City Chamber of Commerce for their annual golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 20.

The event will begin with an 11:45 a.m. shotgun start at beautiful DeBell Golf Club in Burbank. A variety of contests will begin at 10 a.m., and the tournament will include box lunch, an awards reception and dinner.

Sponsored by Bunnin Chevrolet, Culver City Toyota and Culver City Volvo/Mazda, the event will help raise money for CCEF that will go back to the city’s schools.

CCEF secures grants for athletes and Youth Health Center programs

CCEF has obtained a renewal grant from Global Sports Development for $8,980. The grant will enable Culver City High School to continue its Athletic Academic Support Program during this school year.

Through the grant from Global Sports Development, students also participate in the Culture, Education, Sports and Ethics Program (CESEP), creating artworks on the topics of sportsmanship, fair play and competing drug-free. Shown is one of many wonderful pieces of artwork submitted by High School teacher Kristine Hatanaka’s class.

In addition, CCEF has secured a $5,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente that will support Adolescent Mental Health Services at the Sandy Segal Youth Health Center (SSYHC). These funds will enable SSYHC counselors to work with students on improving classroom behavior, impulse control, communication, family relationships, peer relationships and conflict resolution.

Those are just two of the many programs CCEF is bringing to CCUSD schools. Look around next time when visit one of the district’s campuses. Across the district, every third grader will be learning music using recorders provided by CCEF. Every elementary school will be participating in the Growing Great Garden and Nutrition Program made possible by CCEF funding and PTA volunteers.

Children from kindergarten through third grade will be exploring music with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra thanks to funding from CCEF and PTA. Middle and high school students will be using microscopes and computers provided by CCEF. Middle school and high school students whose parents never graduated from college will become college-ready with help from the Advancement Via Individualized Determination (AVID) Program.

From the Front & Center Theater Collaborative programs at every grade level to technology – one are sure to smile when watching students in action. How much broader your smile will be and how much richer you will feel if your support is helping to make such programs, equipment and technology possible?

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