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Showing posts with label Eventful. Show all posts

Monday, March 21

EVENTFUL: Top 5 OC Hangouts for Kids on Spring Break

Spring break is just around the corner! If you’re short on ideas to keep your kids engaged for a whole week, here are five top-notch activities for Orange County families!
  1. Visit the animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific! Take a quick trip to Long Beach to see the home of over 11,000 seas animals! Exhibits include the sea otter habitat, mesmerizing jellies, shark lagoon, penguin habitat, and more!
  1. Explore Catalina Island! A wealth of activities are just a ferry ride away, from ghost tours to parasailing! Adventures are endless on the island, where your family can hike, kayak, zipline, and so much more!

  1. Hang out with mummies at Bowers Museum! Check out the current exhibitions at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, as you explore temple murals, inspect mummy masks, observe the ancient arts of China, and learn California mission history!

  1. Take in a show at the Mission Tiki or Rubidoux Drive-In theater! Trek just outside of Orange County for the special experience of a drive-in movie! Cheap admission and the option for a double feature, lets you get the most bang for your buck while treating your kids to an unforgettable outing.

  1. Hike the Riley Wilderness Park! With five miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, embrace the great outdoors and wander through nature. Boasting a one-acre butterfly garden, the Riley Wilderness Park offers lots of opportunities for wildlife sightings, bug searching, and fossil hunting.

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Image by UNM Continuing Education

Wednesday, March 16

EVENTFUL: Who was Saint Patrick?

Every March 17th, Ireland, along with countries boasting large Irish immigrant populations - such as Australia, Canada, the United States, and the whole of Europe - gather together in a celebration of all things Irish. A display of traditional Irish culture and icons that have morphed their way into mainstream St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the 17th of March becomes a sea of bright green, complete with leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold. But that’s not the whole story.

Commemorating the feast day of Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, the origins of the celebration are rooted in 5th century Druid Ireland. Patricius, later Saint Patrick, was born around 387 A.D. in Roman Britain. Historians have been unable to pinpoint Saint Patrick’s birthplace but have narrowed it down to regions possibly in Brittany, Scotland, or Wales. Born into an aristocratic Christian family, Saint Patrick showed little interest in his family’s spiritual beliefs, thus historians have dubbed young Saint Patrick a modern day atheist.

At around sixteen years old, Saint Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders, thrown onto a ship, and sold to a chieftain after landing in Ireland. Enslaved for six years, Saint Patrick served as an isolated shepherd, tending flocks in the harsh island weather with little to no shelter or provisions. Removed from civilization, it was during this time of servitude that Saint Patrick began to rely on the God of his parents, resulting in his conversion to Christianity.

Six years after being taken captive, Saint Patrick received a message in a dream stating that his devotion would be rewarded and he would soon be going home. Immediately after, Saint Patrick set out for the sea, crossing 200 miles as a fugitive and boarding a ship for Britain. Returning home as a young man, Patrick remained devout and began to study at the local monastery where he later joined the clergy and was ordained a bishop of Auxerre.

During his study, Saint Patrick received another dream where he was urged to return to Ireland. He arrived on the Emerald Isle as a missionary around 432 A.D. and was not well received. The people of 5th Century Ireland were enduring harsh times enmeshed in tribalism, division, and violence, however Patrick gained credibility to a widely Pagan audience through his methods of teaching and explaining the tenets of Christianity. Due to his early capture, Saint Patrick was equipped with the cultural knowledge, language, and beliefs practiced by the Celts, helping to integrate Saint Patrick back into their society.

Though Saint Patrick was not the first missionary in Ireland, he was able to grow the small, already present Christian communities by establishing churches and schools, improving literacy, and providing educational resources to the people of Ireland. Saint Patrick served the Irish for almost thirty years before his death in 461 A.D. He is attributed with planting over 300 churches, promoting literacy and education, and acting as the catalyst that transformed Ireland into a Christian state. Though Saint Patrick was never formally canonized by the Catholic Church, his presence and message became immortalized during the early celebrations of his feast day.

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Images by Crisis Magazine

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Monday, February 29

EVENTFUL: What is Leap Year?

Every four years, the day of February 29th graces our calendars and gives us one extra day to the year. But why does this happen? It takes the Earth 365.25 days to fully orbit the sun. Since it’s difficult to have a one-quarter day, those .25 are saved up until they equal one day, then are acknowledged every fourth year on February 29th.
Before Julius Caesar came to power over the Roman Empire, people used a 355-day calendar that included an additional 22-day month every two years. However, due to the movement of the stars and the shifting of feast days as they fell into different seasons, Caesar’s astronomer, Sosigenes, was tasked with created a more simplistic solution. Sosigenes developed the 365-day calendar that would save each year’s extra hours until they created an extra day.
Like any mathematical equation, there are rules. Generally, every fourth year is a Leap Year. However, a potential Leap Year that is divisible by 100 does not qualify as a Leap Year unless it is divisible by 400. Since Earth’s orbit around the sun is slightly less than 365.25 - 365.2422 to be exact - Pope Gregory XIII’s astronomers established the Gregorian calendar in 1582, which loses three leap days every 400 years to remain mathematically sound and astrologically aligned.

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Image by Beachside LA

Wednesday, January 13

EVENTFUL: Transitioning from Junior High to High School

High school is an important time in a young person’s educational and social growth. Choosing a high school can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Fairmont Private Schools has taken the liberty of compiling an evaluation checklist for families looking for the best private school.

After curating a list of schools that interest you and your junior high student, set-up an appointment with a school's’ admissions director. An in-person meeting not only provides you with a friendly face to answer your questions, but also gives you and your student an opportunity to peruse the campus. Take in the physical attributes of campus, as well as the overall atmosphere. Be on the lookout for modern technologies included in classrooms, current and well-maintained textbooks, and that classrooms are welcoming and organized. Also, make sure that the facilities on campus are safe and sufficient for your student’s needs and interests.

While on campus or while researching a particular school, take some time to investigate the type of learning community. Are teachers well-qualified and engaging with students in the classroom? Were the administrators welcoming and knowledgeable during your campus visit? Did the students seem well-mannered and enthusiastic? Observe carefully the people associated with the school while touring, as well as any background information found on the school’s website or social media platforms. This will help you and your student determine whether a school’s social and learning environment is right for your incoming freshman.

One of the most important factors when choosing a high school is the quality of the education offered. Investigate and compare the rigor of curriculums and specialty or advanced courses offered. Does the school offer classes for college credit? Do they offer enough Advanced Placement courses for your student? Encourage your student to look over the course catalogue to see which school offers the most interesting electives and programs (e.g. foreign language, art, computer science, etc.). Decide on the importance of technology in the classroom and determine which schools are the most tech-savvy. Another large question to ask while talking with an admissions director is what percentage of graduates are accepted to the top 100 colleges and universities?

Extracurricular experiences help students grow and discover specific interests or talents. Compare and contrast extracurricular opportunities between schools. Determine your student’s social priorities (e.g. does he or she care most about athletics? Is he or she very service-oriented or interested in student government?, etc.) and let them see what most excites them.     

Remember to ask lots of questions when visiting a new school, and encourage your junior high student to do the same! But to take the guesswork out of searching for a premier southern California private high school, schedule a tour or attend an upcoming Open House event at Fairmont Preparatory Academy!

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools

Wednesday, December 30

EVENTFUL: Best of 2015

While waving goodbye to the year 2015, take a moment to look back on some of this year’s most beloved posts and online content. Ranked in order of audience reach and engagement, here are Fairmont’s top posts from 2015!

Top Blog Posts
The last day of school--students look forward to it throughout the school year (even if they secretly love to learn). Students, teachers, and parents yearn for the slightly less structured days of summer and look forward to a well-deserved break from tests and homework…

STEM is a new buzz word in the education field. But what exactly is it? Simply defined, STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM Education Coalition states that incorporating a STEM-based curriculum is critical…

An important lesson while growing up is learning to demonstrate gratitude and thankfulness. In a culture of instant gratification, it is important to foster an attitude of gratitude in your child. Studies show that children who engage in grateful behavior…

The new school year begins tomorrow at Fairmont Private Schools, and hopefully your student is ready to return to the classroom! Here’s a simple checklist to ensure that you and your child are prepared for the first day of school…

Top Tweets


Top YouTube Videos

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, December 14

EVENTFUL: Classic Christmas Movies

‘Tis the season for holiday movies! Suitable for the whole family, pop the popcorn and heat some hot chocolate to enjoy one of these great Christmas films!

A Charlie Brown Christmas (NR)
Nominated to direct the Christmas pageant, then bossed out of his job by Lucy, Charlie Brown is sent to buy an aluminum Christmas tree, but is instead drawn to a small, scraggly tree. As Linus gives a speech about the true meaning of Christmas, the Peanuts gang rallies around the pitiful tree and transforms it with beautiful decorations. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages three and up.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NR)
Based on Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, actor Boris Karloff narrates the Grinch’s scheme as he plots to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages three and up.

White Christmas (NR)
This old fashioned Christmas classic brings together musical stars like Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney who decide to bring New York show business to a struggling Vermont innkeeper. Organizing a televised Christmas Eve special, Crosby and Clooney sing and dance in hopes of drumming up a wave of customers for an old Army friend. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages 8 and up.
Miracle on 34th Street (NR)
When Susan’s mother hires Kris Kringle to play Santa Claus at Macy’s department store, Susan’s disbelief in Santa is quickly transformed. Kris’ insistence of his real identity as Santa leads some to question his sanity, however, Susan and her mother come to his defense and work to convince others of the real Santa. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages six and up.

It’s a Wonderful Life (NR)
A Christmas classic, Jimmy Stewart stars in this film about the complexities of the adult world and the importance of living with a full heart. Taking several cues from Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, the film’s George Bailey is visited by an angel who shows him what life would be like if he were never born. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages nine and up.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (G)
Based on Charles Dicken’s classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Muppets bring to life a cautionary tale of the results of selfishness. Michael Kane stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and is aided by beloved Muppets such as Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Gonzo, Rizzo, and Beaker. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages five and up.
The Polar Express (G)
Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, the Polar Express train transports children from around the world on a once in a lifetime adventure. A roller coaster ride to the North Pole, the children are taken to see Santa Claus and watch as the first gift of Christmas is received. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages six and up.
Elf (PG)
Buddy is a human raised among elves at the North Pole who soon realizes that he’s quite different from his elf family. At age thirty, Buddy decides to search for his real father who lives in New York. Traveling to a big city is certainly a shock for Buddy who has spent his years spreading Christmas cheer and building in Santa’s work shop. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages seven and up.
A Christmas Story (PG)
With adults muttering “You’ll shoot your eye out,” the incorrigible Ralphie spends his holiday attempting to convince his parents to give him the coveted Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas in 1930’s Indiana. Common Sense Media recommends this movie for ages eight and up.

Look for these films on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, at RedBox locations, or your local library! Use Yahoo Video Guide, Can I Stream It, or Go Watch It to view streaming options and availability!

Individual parental discretion will determine which films are suitable for a family’s child.

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
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Wednesday, December 9

EVENTFUL: Gift Exchange Games

Hosting a Christmas party this season? Keep your friends and family entertained by spicing up the gift-giving tradition with one of these fun variations

The perfect game for shamelessly re-gifting, the Yankee Swap Gift Exchange allows guests to select and swap each other's presents when a more appealing gift has been opened.

Read a Christmas-themed ‘right/left’ story to your guests as they stand in a circle holding a gift. Guests will pass gifts when they hear the words ‘left’ or ‘right’!

Similar to Musical Chairs, guests will be eager to have a gift in their hands when the Christmas carols stop! Pass around one gift per song. The person holding the gift when the music stops, opens their gift and steps out of the circle!

With a present attached to the end of different colors of yarn, weave a large web throughout an area of the house. Guests take the free end of the yarn and traverse a winding trail under tables, through rooms, and around banisters! For an added bonus, hide presents in drawers or cupboards.

Or, for a simple, old-fashioned gift exchange, check out Elfster or Secret Santa for automatic, name-shuffling gift exchange generators!

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Image by Goodlife Zen