Wednesday, September 11

SNACK TIME do your kids need supplements?

Kids who eat balanced diets probably get all the vitamins and minerals they need from the foods they eat, so supplementation shouldn't be necessary. Some children, however, may benefit from taking kids' dietary supplements
Children Who Might Need Supplements?
Pediatricians may recommend a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement for:
  • Kids who aren't eating regular, well-balanced meals made from fresh, whole foods
  • Finicky eaters who simply aren't eating enough
  • Kids with chronic medical conditions or food allergies
  • Kids who eat mostly fast foods, convenience foods, and processed foods
  • Kids on a vegetarian diet (they may need an iron supplement), a dairy-free diet (they may need a calcium/magnesium supplement), or other restricted diet
  • Kids who drink a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach vitamins and minerals from their bodies
Protein Shakes and Smoothies
Kids who skip meals or super active kids who play physically demanding sports might benefit from the extra calories a sports drink, a protein-fortified smoothie, or extra snack has to offer.
Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps to promote bone and tooth formation and greatly assists the body to absorb calcium. Good sources include egg yolks, and vitamin D3 fortified milk and non-dairy products (such as soy, rice and almond “milk”). 
An increase in the frequency of severe vitamin D deficiency is being reported in the U.S. and other countries. According to the United States Bone and Joint Initiative, this severe deficiency can have a devastating impact on a child’s bone strength. A simple blood test can determine if a vitamin D deficiency is present.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Institute of Medicine recommend a daily intake of 600 IU for everyone over age 1. Parents should consult their primary care professional to determine the correct amount of vitamin D3 they should be taking to ensure optimal vitamin D levels.
Fish Oil/Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids meaning they are necessary for health but the body can’t make them -- you have to get them through the diet. They play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. Omega 3 fatty acids have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease in adults. 

Benefits for children are still being investigated. A small clinical study demonstrated that taking omega 3 fatty acids seemed to improve airflow, reduce cough, and lower the need for medications in some children with asthma.
There are no standard doses or official recommendations for omega-3 fatty acids. If your child doesn't eat fish and seafood, the body can convert some of the alpha-linoleic acids (ALA) found in pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, soy and walnuts into omega 3 fatty acids in the body.
Kids and Dietary Supplement Safety
Although most multivitamins and mineral supplements designed for children are generally safe, you should speak with your health care provider before giving your kids any kind of dietary supplement, especially those that contain iron or are formulated for adults.
Iron supplements can cause iron toxicity when taken in large amounts. Iron overdose is one of the leading causes of death caused by toxicological agents in children younger than 6 years. All dietary supplements that contain iron are required to be bottled with a child-proof lid—one that requires pushing down on the lid and squeezing to open.
Sage Advice
  • Don't automatically believe any label claims such as improves immune system function or increases brain function. These claims can be misleading.
  • Don't attempt to treat any specific health conditions with supplements without the guidance of your health care provider.
  • Keep adult vitamins out of the reach of toddlers and young children. Keep multivitamins out of your child's reach and make it clear that they aren't candy.
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Contributed by Leslie Kay-Getzinger, MS, RD
Regional Dietitian for Nutrition Management Services Company

Monday, September 9

HOW TO manage the after-school madness

It's 3pm and school is out--the time of day that strikes fear into the hearts of moms and dads. Sure, we're super excited to pick up our children and hear about their wonderful days at school, but in 3, 2, 1... we're off to soccer, ballet, scouts, you name it!  Dinner must be cooked, homework completed and doesn't someone have a special project due tomorrow?!  Add in the infamous So Cal traffic it's easy to see why 3pm 'til bedtime are some of the most challenging hours for busy families. Sometimes there's just no getting around the go, go, go, but we have a few tips to make it a little less stressful for parents and kids.

Create a home command center (see pic).  Getting organized can be next to impossible, but once you have a good system in place life becomes easier.  You'll need a place for kid stuff--back packs, lunchboxes, Friday folders, etc.--and a place for adult clutter--keys, cell phones, receipts, etc. Add a family calendar, a bulletin board and a white board to keep track of schedules and reminders.  For some inspiration, check out the back-to-school command centers at frugalistasdeals.
Plan for the craziness.  You know the routine, so outsmart Murphy and prepare for the worse. Problem: The kids are hungry, thirsty and tired after school but you have to run or you'll miss dance lessons. Solution: Pack healthy snacks and water bottles along for the ride and tuck favorite toys or books in the seat back pockets to entertain the kids.  Problem: You're getting home late every day this week and dread the question, "What's for supper?"  Prep and freeze meals on Sunday and rely on the slow cooker!
Take advantage of public spaces.
Libraries and parks are great stop-overs for families on the go.  You can check emails or answer voice mails while your children play or start on homework.  You may even be able to schedule a play date for little ones in between errands or appointments.
Prep fun activities in advance. (This great idea is borrowed from buggy and buddy) So you know it's going to be a super busy afternoon and you may not be 100% excited when you're kids say, "Let's paint!".  Set out activities in advance so that when they return from school they find art materials or a puzzle, and you won't have them reverting to TV or worse yet arguing as you prepare dinner.
Enlist help.  Carpooling can be a huge help when your schedules align with a friend or neighbor.  It's also reasonable to expect your children to pitch in.  Older kids can be responsible for packing their own lunches and snacks and making sure they have everything they need prepped and ready to go.  Children of all ages can help in keeping the car clean, tidying up living spaces and setting the table for dinner.

Image from frugalistasdeals
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Friday, September 6

FRIDAY FOLDER september 6

Friends enjoying recess at Anaheim Hills 

Miss Patterson's class leading Flag Salute at Historic Anaheim

North Tustin students working hard at Homework Club

Highlights From This Week
School Pictures
It's that time of year - time to say "cheese" for school photos! Please check your campus' eNewsletter for all the details regarding Picture Day. As a reminder, all students must wear their Formal Uniforms for their school pictures. 

Anaheim Hills Fall Festival - Friday, September 27 from 3pm-7pm
The Fall Festival is a very special school tradition at the Anaheim Hills campus! Our Parent Association works very hard planning this event for all of our families to enjoy. We will have carnival rides, game booths, food stations, and more--you won't want to miss it! 

Historic Anaheim Back to School Picnic - Friday, September 20 from 5pm-8pm
At Historic Anaheim, our Parent Association plans a Back to School Picnic each year for all of our families to attend. We are gearing up for our 2013 event on September 20, and we can't wait to see you there! 

North Tustin Back to School Picnic - Friday, September 27 from 4pm-7pm
The North Tustin Campus Parent Association (NTCPA) invites you to the North Tustin Campus Annual Back-to-School Picnic. Please join us for this annual tradition event featuring fabulous catered food, desserts, attractions, games and loads of fun in an Old West themed environment! This is a great opportunity to spend time with your kids and meet their friends and their families. Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, September 4

FAIRMONT FIVE celebrating grandparents day

Grandparent's Day is coming up this Sunday!  Don't let it pass by without giving your kids the opportunity to show their grandparents how much they love them. For a grandparent, just spending time with their grandchildren is special, but it never hurts to sweeten the deal a bit. Here are some of our suggestions for celebrating Grandparents Day.
  1. Create a family tree together. Have your child interview their grandparents about their siblings and parents. Use photos to make the tree come alive. 
  2. Compile a CD or playlist of songs from their youth. Add some of your child's favorite songs too and listen to them together.
  3. Plan a movie matinee to watch grandma or grandpa's favorite movie as a family. 
  4. Create a poster or giant card titled "Why We Love Grandma and Grandpa." Have the kids list reasons and include colorful illustrations.
  5. Make it a tradition. Even if it just means going out to dinner, having a game night, or visiting them at home, find some way to make the day something grandparents and kids look forward to year after year.
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Contributed by Darcy, Fairmont Private Schools

Monday, September 2

BOOK REPORT minimalist parenting

Ever wanted to slow down and smell the roses when it comes to your family life?  Modern parents are busier than ever balancing our own personal needs with the daily schedule of must-haves and must-dos when it comes to our children. Being the best you can be for yourself, your spouse, your can be exhausting, but according to Minimalist Parenting authors Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest it doesn't have to be this way.  It's possible to be human, do less, and enjoy the experience of parenthood without all of the craziness and guilt.  Turns out that kicking back a bit could actually be better for your kids in the long run.  Need proof?  Read all about it:

Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less
by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest 

We're in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment.  The result?  Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, over-parented kids. In Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background noise. 

In Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background “noise.” They show how to tune into your family’s unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life.

The book begins by showing the value of a minimalist approach, backed by the authors’ personal experience practicing it. It then leads parents through practical strategies for managing time, decluttering the home space, simplifying mealtimes, streamlining recreation, and prioritizing self-care. Filled with parents’ personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life.

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools

Friday, August 30


Historic Anaheim Junior High students loved their first lesson in the new Science Lab! 

Highlights From This Week
Mark Your Calendars for Parent Night! 
Parent Night, also known as "Back to School Night," is our first big event of the school year. We encourage all of our parents to mark their calendars and attend this special evening to meet their children's teachers and hear about their plans for the upcoming school year. You will also have an opportunity to visit your campus' specialty classrooms, including the computer lab, Spanish classroom, and library, to see what your children will learn this year. 

Parent Night Dates: 
Historic Anaheim Preschool - September 4
Anaheim Hills - September 6 
North Tustin - September 6 
Historic Anaheim Campus - September 11

Wednesday, August 28

SCHOOL NEWS prep student completes prestigious biomedical research internship

Medical magnet student and incoming Fairmont Preparatory Academy senior, Megan Reddy, has pretty impressive fodder for her "What I did this summer" back-to-school essay.  She recently completed a 10-week internship through City of Hope’s Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy, an inquiry-based biomedical research program for exceptionally gifted undergraduate and high school students.  

The Academy gives curious and hardworking students the opportunity to learn about science by actually doing it. Unlike traditional high school or college classes where the course of study is entirely determined by the instructor, City of Hope’s summer program students select their own research project according to their individual areas of interest. Selected participants then spend 10 weeks working full-time as a member of a biomedical research team, receiving a stipend of $4,000 for their work.

Megan's research project was entitled: The Activity of SGN-35 in Conjunction with SAHA on CD30+ Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Parental and Resistant Cell Lines.  Congratulations, Megan, for pursuing your passion for medicine and research this summer. We are looking forward to following your career as you complete our senior year and undoubtedly head off to an amazing university!

Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools