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Everything You Need for Back to School
From Enrichment Programs and Clothing to "Teen Scenes" and More!
September, 2008 - Issue #47
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Academic, Social & Cultural Enrichment
Betty Ferguson Foundation's YWAV Available to girls ages fifth grade to 12th grade, Youth With A Voice Program's (YWAV) mission is to train, develop and empower girls to be a vital force in their community. The goal is to provide a safe place for girls to meet new friends, work on personal growth, learn leadership skills and give back to their community. Girls meet the fourth week of each month. They share dinner, talk about different issues they face and work on a curriculum project. Once a month, they meet in the community to provide volunteer service for local nonprofits. 702-8712 www.bettyfergusonfoundation.com

Math Support Services
Since 1993, Math Support Services has provided professional supplemental educational instruction to SCV junior and senior high school students. Math Support Services is number one in offering private instruction, transferable courses and group options including focus groups and study halls; all are a great way to help your child succeed in mathematics! MSS is fully accredited, providing transferable math courses using district math curriculum. Fun PSAT/ SAT and ACT preparation programs are also available. Math Support Services' instructors are dynamic teachers who make the process of learning math one that can finally be enjoyable. The staff inspires your child to believe in their own success. 255-1730

West Coast Music Academy
West Coast Music Academy gives students of all ages the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime. The school features state-of-the-art equipment, clean, comfortable lesson studios and a large performance hall for concerts and recitals. Private, one-on-one lessons are at the core of the program so that each teacher can give their students the personal attention they need. At WCMA, all teachers are graduates from some of the best college music programs in the country, like CalArts and Berklee. Their real-world performance experience, coupled with their passion for teaching, guarantees that you or your child will be getting a great musical education. Tours are gladly made available. 253-WCMA (9262) www.westcoastmusicacademy.com

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Small Paul hoodie, tank top, tee, skort, hat and purse; Geox Sport shoes; Enchanted Kids 250-3308
Fun and Movement Options
Fun & Fit Gymnastics
Happy kids having fun and getting fit - isn't that what parents want for their children? Since 1985, Fun & Fit Gymnastics, through their "personal best" non-competitive teaching philosophy and unique Curriculum Poster Reward System, has helped thousands of kids experience success. It's most clear in their mission statement: "To help children feel good about themselves. To raise the level of fitness and self-esteem in the students. To help children believe they can accomplish whatever they put their mind and effort to." Local and regional magazines have awarded them "Best Gym for Kids" and USA Gymnastics named Founder and President Jeff Lulla "Business Leader of the Year." Fun & Fit offers classes for kids 12 months to teens, day camps, cheer and tumbling, parties and field trips. Plus, they offer a one-month risk-free guarantee. 255-7244
www.funandfit.com

Shooting Stars Center
Visit and explore the great variety of programs Shooting Stars offers the whole family, from the popular preschool program and dance classes, to "mommy and me," adult fitness and birthday parties. The back-to-school dance studio and indoor playground schedules are packed full of fun and educational classes like Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop Star, Mighty Muscles and more. They keep class sizes small to ensure that each child gets personal attention. It's a great time for your dancer, first through sixth grade, to join their Performance Team. The indoor playground features a state-of-the-art cushioned floor system to ensure your child's safety, too. 291-1333 www.shootingstarscenter.com

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Diesel jeans and cap, Kingley tee; Diesel shorts and Diesel shoes; Enchanted Kids 250-3308
Wallers' GymJam Academy
Wallers' GymJam Academy is owned and directed by 1992 Olympian and 2004 Olympic coach Chris Waller. Although GymJam is known nationally for their competitive programs, locally they boast one of the best recreational (progressive non-competitive) programs as well. Children as young as 18 months can start learning the foundation for gymnastics and other sports. Wallers' GymJam Academy offers pre-school gymnastics and movement, recreational gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, competitive teams for girls, boys, and TnT (trampoline and tumbling), birthday parties, field trips, day camps, Open Gym, and more. See why people all over Southern California travel to Wallers' - and watch some of the best athletes in the country! 251-3390 www.gymjamacademy.com

Mountasia Fun Center and Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant
Mountasia Fun Center was voted "Best Place for Kids to Have Fun" and "Best Place to Throw a Party" for a reason! It is an awesome, seven-acre entertainment destination for kids of all ages. Plus, Mountasia is home to the only mainland Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant (It's just like you remember, with the Pig's Trough, The Zoo, and more). Mountasia's awesome attractions include two 18-hole miniature golf courses, go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, lazer tag and a 20-foot rock climbing wall, along with a huge video game arcade. 253-4FUN www.mountasiafuncenter.com

Alternatives to "Traditional" Public School
Chaminade College Preparatory
Chaminade College Preparatory is a private Catholic school in the Marianist tradition for grades sixth through 12th. Chaminade prepares college-bound students throughout their middle and high school years in a rigorous program of academic excellence. Students from diverse cultural, religious and economic backgrounds come together for an active and varied curricular and extracurricular program. Chaminade College Preparatory is a fully-accredited National Blue Ribbon school whose graduates continually move on to the nation's finest colleges and universities. The mission of Chaminade College Preparatory is to form morally aware and academically capable people to be outstanding contributors to the future. High School Campus
(818-347-8300) and Middle School Campus 818-363-8127

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Miss Me tunic; David & Goliath tee; Miss Me cropped denim pant, Threads 254-5544
AV Learning Academy
Most parents believe they have two choices in their student's education: traditional public school or expensive private schools. Not true! AV Learning Academy was created to give parents a choice. As a publicly-funded charter school, there is no cost to attend. The program combines the flexibility of Home Study with the option of the classroom environment. A growing number of families are choosing home study as the way to educate their children for a variety of reasons: the opportunity to provide personalized learning; to establish a closer bond with their child; for greater oversight of moral and ethical values; to promote high academic standards; the ability to learn at an appropriately-challenging pace. 952-6028 www.avlearning.org

College of the Canyons
Now operating as one college on two campuses and offering an extensive list of online classes, COC provides relevant academic education at the lower division level, workforce training for businesses and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Admired by the surrounding community for its high-quality academics, institutional effectiveness, student support services, top-notch facilities and forward-thinking faculty, COC has distinguished itself as one of the premier community colleges in California while continually exploring new ways to broaden student access to education. 259-7800 www.canyons.edu

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Tokyo Erasers $.99 to $6.99, Hello Kitty backpack, Pokemon backpack; Tokyo Japanese Lifestyle 296-8513
Preschool
Creative Years
Creative Years has been serving SCV families since 1979. They offer part-time (9 a.m. to 12 p.m./2 p.m.) and full-time (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) preschool for children ages 2 to 5. The unique daily curriculum plan is age appropriate and follows the State of California curriculum guidelines. Small classes (6-to-1 ratio in 2-year-old program and 10-to-1 in 3- and 4-year-old program) allow the professional teachers to give one-on-one attention to all children in their class. Creative planning, with hands-on activities, keeps the children learning while playing. Tours are happily provided. 254-0718 www.creativeyears.com
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