Archives for February 2018

compass charter schools

Compass Charter Schools Scholar Secures Debut Role in New Nickelodeon Comedy Series

Today, Compass Charter Schools (CCS) announced entertainment news courtesy of one of its own. Lilimar Hernandez Ruiz, a high school senior from North Hollywood, made her television debut on Nickelodeon’s new comedy "Knight Squad." CCS is a virtual independent study charter school serving grades TK-12 with enrollment of more than 1,000. CCS is dedicated to offering scholars like Ruiz access to quality online and homeschool educational programs to meet their unique needs. "CCS has definitely helped me continue to expand my knowledge while being extremely flexible with my filming schedule," said Ruiz. "I enjoy being able to go at a...

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A Unique Academy Helps Kids on the Spectrum Transition to Adulthood

When you imagine the future for your child on the autism spectrum, do you imagine her or him using computer guided tools to create precision metal parts for aerospace companies? Maybe you should. In 2013, an organization called the Uniquely Abled Project sought to find out what people with developmental disabilities were good at. How are these folks “uniquely abled”? The answer they found was that many were good at repetitive work with clear instructions, work that couldn’t be done solely by a machine, where they are mostly working as an individual. They began asking aerospace and defense companies whether...

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Support Your Child’s Development With Sensory Play

From birth all the way through childhood, children use their senses to build nerve connections and make sense of the world around them. Sensory input provides children with the necessary brain feedback to develop their gross motor, fine motor, language, social emotional and even cognitive skills. Because of its important role in development, sensory play is vital for every child. Unfortunately, with the increase in technology usage and our busy L.A. schedules, children have less opportunity to naturally explore their sensory systems. We need to build it into their play routine. The earlier you can expose your child to sensory...

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Parents Caring for Special Kids Should Take Special Care of Themselves

You need to make the gluten-free, casein-free lunches for your kids’ nut-free campus and get your pet to the vet. You really should reply to those emails from last week and finish the paperwork to approve your son’s speech therapy before you take his sister to gymnastics class. Did you even remember to tell your husband to get dinner? The demands of family life make it hard to juggle everything and still have time left for ourselves – especially for parents of children with disabilities. But self-care for special parents is not a luxury. Taking care of yourself has to...

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Kids in Los Angeles

Early Easter Egg-citement for Kids in Los Angeles

With Easter arriving April 1 this year, the Easter Bunny and the egg hunts will be showing up in March. We’ve put together a sampling of great Easter-inspired events happening this month.   Kidspace Children’s Museum ( will devote two days to egg hunts this year. On March 24 and 31, children can search for candy-filled eggs in the museum’s Arroyo Adventure at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. They can also meet real rabbits, learn the bunny hop and create spring-themed art. Museum admission is $14, and egg hunts cost $6 extra per participant. Online pre-registration...

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L.A. museums

King Tut vs. Genghis Khan at L.A. Museums

Two historical figures of mythic proportions are visiting Southern California, and you can visit them at L.A. museums.   Find out what’s up with King Tut at the California Science Center ( when the “KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibit opens March 24. This massive new exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6, presents 150 real artifacts from King Tut’s tomb. This represents the largest assembly ever on public display outside of Egypt, and 40 percent of these antiquities will be traveling outside Egypt for the first time. Museum-goers will learn about King Tut’s life and death, as well as...

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st. patrick's day in Los Angeles

Four Ways to Feel Irish for St. Patrick’s Day

There is more to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day than dressing in green and looking for shamrocks, and luckily we have four family-friendly events where you can get into the St. Paddy’s spirit.  On March 16, you can find Lucky the Leprechaun in Malibu Bluffs Park and join him in his search for his pot of gold. Leprechaun Gold Hunts will happen at 10 and 11:15 a.m., with sign-ups available at the check-in booth starting at 9:45 a.m. Kids can also do an art project, hear a story time and enjoy a snack (will it be something green?). Admission is free,...

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john august

L.A. Parent Chat Room: Meet Screenwriter and Author John August

You may know L.A. local John August from his screenwriting credits, which include “Big Fish,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” But, now he’s notched up a new credit: middle-grade novelist. “Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire,” an engaging and exciting blend of magic, mayhem and mystery, introduces readers to 12-year-old Arlo, a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Col. Arlo soon makes friends and is invited to join the Rangers, a scouting troop where conventional and unconventional scouting skills are taught. Arlo learns, after several close calls, that there are magical things going on in the nearby woods...

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summer camp in Los Angeles

#CampReady: What You Really Want in a Summer Camp

On a Saturday morning in early February, hundreds of families flooded the campus of Westridge School in Pasadena. Some drove from as far away as Santa Clarita, while others walked just a few blocks from home (a good idea, because parking was at a premium).  The draw? The Westridge Summer Opportunities Fair, where 117 organizations set up tables in the gym and around campus to show families what they’ll have in store for kids once school is out.   With 27 years under its belt, Westridge is the granddaddy of SoCal camp fairs. It’s the first in the annual string of...

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Calling All Sporty Moms in Los Angeles

As a child, I took to sports with enthusiasm and fortitude. While I was never the strongest member of my teams and I was usually the shortest, the one thing I had on my side was speed. My pint-size demeanor combined with a lifetime of walking twice as fast to keep up with the longer legs in my life to create an all-star soccer and softball player.   But that was in the 1980s and ’90s, before I became more concerned with the perfect position of my ponytail than a perfect performance as shortstop. In my evolution through adolescence, my athleticism...

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