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a resource for families around the Cerritos, CA area, hopefully…

Day off #2: box wine

My kinda juice box!

Mister G Kids

Day off #2 box wine

Day off #1 is here.

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Preschool Fair

MOMS Club of Lakewood, CA (MOMS) is hosting its 2nd annual Preschool Fair on Saturday, May 30, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Youth Center at Del Valle park (4658 Woodruff Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713).

Free and open to the public, the fair is a community event that offers parents a forum to receive information about area preschools, ask questions of school representatives, and sign up for tours. Summer camps and educational programs also will be featured, along with various community services and vendors. Kids will enjoy entertainment and crafts, including parachute play sponsored by Gymboree of Long Beach.

MOMS Club of Lakewood recognizes that once you have decided your child is ready, choosing the right preschool can seem daunting. It is important to weigh each aspect of the preschool and make a decision that is good for you and your child. MOMS Club of Lakewood hopes that this fair will assist families in understanding their options, in what is known as the first step in a child’s academic journey.

Last year’s event on May 26, 2012 – the first preschool fair of its kind to be held in the Greater Lakewood Area — was hugely successful with 13 schools represented and more than 150 patrons. This year, the MOMS Club of Lakewood is expanding the event. We expect approximately 20 schools and 10 summer camps, educational programs, and community services to participate. Some of the many schools attending include: ABC Parent Participation Preschool/Adult Education, Bellflower United Methodist Preschool, Bethany Lutheran School, Edgewater Preschool, Gaines Head Start, Grace Christian Schools, Gymboree of Long Beach, KinderCare, Lakewood Christian Schools, Lakewood Village Community Church Nursery School, LBCC Child Development Center and Lab Schools, Long Beach Christian Day Care Center, New Life Preschool and Kindergarten, Parkcrest Early Childhood School, Preschoolers and Parents Learning Together and Practical Parent Talk, Tutor Time, and Valley Christian Schools. The following summer and educational programs also will be represented: Academic Learning and Languages, Averyboo, Challenger Sports, City of Bellflower, City of Lakewood, El Dorado Nature Center, Iacoboni and Nye Libraries, Kick It Up, and Readwrite Educational Solutions.

Event sponsorships are always needed and appreciated, given that MOMS Club of Lakewood is a local non-profit organization that serves mothers with little funding. Proceeds from vendors participating in this year’s event will be donated to Children Today (, a local charity that provides community-based services to children and families experiencing homelessness. Thank you to our current sponsors, Gymboree of Long Beach and We-Tee’s.

For more information about MOMS Club of Lakewood please visit

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ABC Unified Open Enrollment

Press release from ABCUSD website:

ABC Moves to New Online Enrollment Process For Schools of Choice

Beginning March 1, 2013, the ABC Unified School District is launching a new online application system for the School of Choice process. The new online system, that also includes families interested in applying for the Magnet Schools Programs, will improve the School of Choice process by making it more convenient for parents and families to enroll. According to Dr. Mary Sieu, Superintendent, it will also be more cost effective and time efficient for the school and District staff to implement each year.

The District staff is working with Smart Choice Technologies to design the new School of Choice/Magnet School application to ensure that all current ABCUSD Board policies and timeline are included. The Smart Choice Technologies application process will enable parents to apply online from home, the school site, or the District Office. Parents will also be able to check the status of their application(s) throughout the process, print a receipt of the time and date of their application and make multiple choices of schools for their child. Parents will be notified of the results of the lottery electronically and by mail.

The Smart Choice Technology website will be activated on March 1, 2013 at 8:00a.m. (PST) It will remain open until 4:30p.m. on April 1, 2013. The results of the lottery will be posted online on May 1, 2013.

For further information, please visit the Smart Choice Technologies website at: to view an informative video on how it will work. Tim Catlin, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance is coordinating the effort in the District and may be contacted at (562) 926-5566, 21105.

ABC Unified School District
16700 Norwalk Blvd.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone: (562) 926-5566
Fax: (562) 404-1092
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California Standardized Testing workshop

The ABC Unified School district puts on a monthly workshop addressing issues affecting our kids.  Tonight’s workshop will provide an overview of the California Standardized Testing program.  It will be held at the ABC Adult School Cuesta Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The workshop is free for all parents in the district, including adult school parent education students.  No pre-registration is required.  Contact Jennifer Hawver at (562) 926-6734 x25017 for more information.

Parent Leadership Academy

ABC Adult School 
12254 Cuesta Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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FREE classes at the SCE

What is the SCE you may ask?  No, it’s not Southern California Edison…well, it is, but they aren’t offering free classes.  The SCE I’m referring to is the School of Continuing Education for the North Orange County Community College District.  They have a site at Cypress Community College and they offer classes called “Joyful Parenting: Art/Music” depending on the age of your child.  The upcoming session starts on January 11 and they are all FREE!  If you end up joining any of these classes, please let me know if you enjoyed it.  I would love to hear any feedback.

SCE also offers classes through their Kids’ College program but there is a fee for those classes.

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Mommy-n-Me Preschool Spring registration

The ABC Adult School offers a parent education program, which is essentially a mommy-n-me preschool program.  I love this program not only because it develops our toddlers’ socialization skills but it also allows parents an opportunity to meet other parents with children of the same age.   The classes are broken up by age and held at different campuses throughout  the district.  For the youngest group, this class is very similar to Gymboree play and music classes. The pricing varies by class but it is so reasonable for the experience you & your child will be receiving.   For more information, here is a link to the website: ABC Adult School.

If you’re interested in enrolling in this program, spring registration online begins today on January 7, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. or you can enroll in person at the Cabrillo Lanes campus starting on January 18 at 8:00 a.m.  Spaces fill up fast so don’t wait!

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Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

As this year comes to a close, I would just like to thank everyone for continuing to read and support my blog. May the new year bring you all lots of joy and prosperity!

Happy New Year!


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Old McDonald for the iPhone and iPod touch is also free today.

Life at Warp Speed

Old MacDonald HD – by Duck Duck Moose for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Do not miss out of this fabulous award-winning book app (for iPad and iPhone) geared for toddler from one of my all-time favorite app developers, Duck Duck Moose. This is a highly interactive app with 3 dozen activities designed around this age-old favorite Old MacDonald. The app can be listened to in multiple languages and various musical instruments as well. You can even record your child’s voice. This app is normally $1.99 but is currently available for free download. Duck Duck Moose apps are rarely ever discounted or free.

Duck Duck Moose makes several apps that we really love: Fish School (ABCs, numbers, colors), Park Math (early math) and Word Wagon (early phonics and spelling) which are all well worth the $1.99 paid app price. I highly recommend any of these apps.

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Bullying and Cyberbullying workshop

The ABC Unified School district hosts monthly workshops addressing issues affecting our kids.  Tonight’s workshop will inform parents about bullying and how to help their children empower themselves.  It will be held at the ABC Adult School Cuesta Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The workshop is free for all parents in the district, including adult school parent education students.  No pre-registration is required.  Also, I’ve been told that free refreshments are provided.

ABC Adult School Cuesta Campus
12254 Cuesta Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
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Useful’s a good thing.

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