Early Childhood Parenting Center 1440 Harvard St, Santa Monica, CA90404 The Early Childhood Parenting Center hosts weekly parenting groups for parents of infants and toddlers. These groups…More promote healthy child development through building strong social-emotional connections. Parents in these groups share experiences and learn about child development from child development experts. A high staff-to-participant ratio allows for individualized attention during these group meetings. These groups are set in an informal, nurturing environment for play and discussion.
Grant Elementary School teaches its students to become critical thinkers who learn how to educate themselves in a…More self-directed way. The school also instills in its students the importance of working collaboratively and being responsible citizens. Parents are encouraged to have a direct role in their child's education at Grant.
Grant classrooms are wireless. Classrooms for students in the second through the fifth grades have SMARTboards, LCD projectors, G4 iBook laptops and a wireless mobile computer lab. The school has a total of 30 computer mini-labs.
Programs include Cool Tools (a conflict-resolution program); Fifth Grade Outdoor Science School; Gifted and Talented in Education Program (GATE); Grant Homework Club; Intramural Sports Leagues; PTA After School Enrichment Program (chorus, cooking, magic, science, Spanish, sports and Wiggies—additional fee is required); the Quiet Center (lunch/recess alternative); Summer Adventure; Summer Reading; Team Gecko (Cool Tools and Character Counts!—a program adapted for 4th and 5th graders); and visual and performing arts Programs.
Students who excel are highlighted in a number of ways. Four times each year, students are recognized for their achievements in math, reading, thinking and other levels during the Grant Elementary School Awards Assemblies. The school's Caught Being Good program praises students who help their peers, voluntarily perform civic service, etc.
Each year, Grant coordinates more than 25 special events, including festivals and fund-raisers. The school also hosts community events including town hall meetings.
Beyond the Parent Teacher Association and Booster, Grant has four additional groups that involve parents: the African American Student-Parent Group; the English Language Advisory Council; the Green Geckos (eco-minded parents); and the Parent Learning Resource Network.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2303 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA90405 This Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is tucked away from downtown in a residential neighborhood.…More Some area residents attend this Mormon church. Sacrament meeting, or family worship, is held every Sunday and lasts approximatley one hour. There is a nursery available for parents during the sacrament and also a youth hour for ages 3 - 11. You are welcome to come as you are, although attendents dress formally.
St Peter & St Paul Coptic Orthodox Church 1245 4th St, Santa Monica, CA90401 Coptic Catholics are traditionally those with Egyptian heritages. This church on Fourth street has been in place since…More 1993, four years after the small congregation began searching for a meeting space other than a Santa Monica school hall. Since then the church and congragation have had a few specific goals and functions: youth ministry education for high school and junior college students, as well as new immigrants, outreach ministry, study and orientation for newlyweds, and catechumens for new members. A large focus is on the youth, with Vacation Bible Study for children, and a ministry of counseling with parents and teenagers. The majority of the clergy has background and education in the sciences, and the current hegomen is Fr. Paul Megally.
Next door to the Crossroads Elementary School campus, Memorial Park is distinguished for its skatepark, where at…More least a few kids are usually found doing ollies. It's also remarkable for the Memorial Park Gym, which features indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and the concession stand that serves the park's two baseball fields. Parents concerned about their kids' safety might find comfort in the Police Activities League building, which is located on park grounds; a children's playground is situated nearby. Other amenities include four tennis courts, all light-equipped; three softball infields; an adult baseball field; a soccer field; and an off-leash area for dogs. The park features community-meeting rooms and, perhaps most attractive of all, a free parking lot containing 63 spaces.
A new fitness room, situated adjacent to the park's gym, opened in September and started attracted a following in the ensuing months. The Annenberg Beach House has temporarily loaned a host of fitness equipment–most of it no more than two years old–to the park. In June, the equipment will be reclaimed, and the fitness room will close.
Memorial Park offers morning and evening circuit-training classes three days a week, with plans for more beginning in January 2011. With no membership required usage fees starting a $3 per day for Santa Monica residents and $4 per day for non-residents, it rivals the costs for national fitness chains without the large crowds.
Tony Carpowich is the Community Program Supervisor of Memorial Park.