CSULA PEEP Newsletter

Issue 19: Fall 2009 Quarter - October 2009

Hello from PEEP Virginia Mushkatblatt

This is my first newsletter. Please add my email (ygenchik@gmail.com) to your addressbook, so you will get the email notice with the link to each newsletter (and it won't get dumped into your spam box!) I would love some editorial help, if anyone has some time and talent to contribute. :) Virginia

EEP Names in the News

Welcome to our 2009 incoming freshmen!

Welcome new members of the EEP family: Victoria B (Agoura Hills), Aaron C (Rosemead), Alanna D (Canyon Country), Gennelle D (Canyon Country), Rowan E (Calabasas), Neil H (Culver City), Mohammed K-M (Riverside), Trenton L (Seal Beach), Yulan L (Arcadia), Caroline M (Altadena), Rena N (Los Angeles), Sai N (Sherman Oaks), Tiffany N (West Covina),Michael P (New Jersey/Los Angeles), Hataipreuk R (Alhambra), Giulio S (Los Angeles), Andrew S (Alhambra), Daanyaal S (Upland), Eric Y (San Diego/Los Angeles), and Jeffrey Z (Temple City). They joined the rest of the EEpsters in their annual trip to Catalina Island that took place September 10th through 13th, and it was celebratory 15th year to Catalina!

EEPsters in the News! Congrats to the following who are just a few of our amazing EEPsters. Please email Rich if your EEPster's accomplishment was overlooked, so it can be included in subsequent newsletters!

EEP is moving to King Hall. It's official; EEP will be getting a new-to-us and larger space on the bottom floor on the north end of King Hall. Expected moving date is over Winter Break. Your EEPster will keep you apprised of the up-to-date plans.

Medical Hours. A reminder to new parents, there are Medical, Counseling and Health Promotion Services available on campus Mon-Thurs, 8:30- noon and 1-6pm (Fridays 8:30-12:30pm only). For medical or counseling appointments, call 323-343-3302; visit the web at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/hl th_ctr/

Reminder: PEEP Website and Yahoo Group. The PEEP website has a new, easy-to-remember address (csulapeep.org), and is continuously updated with tons of useful links and information -- emergency procedures, summer internships, scholarships, medical services, news articles and more. Everything is linked from this one page, so please bookmark it! And our private Yahoo PEEP group contains a private PEEP roster with city and emails so PEEPs can set up carpools, or just get in touch with the parents of your EEPster's friends.

EEF Financial News

Annual Giving. It’s that time of the year again to be supportive of EEP! We especially need your help with all the items that will be needed for EEP’s upcoming move to King Hall. And the Foundation will also be writing grant proposals – a key component is the level of parental support we have, so please make a donation, whatever the amount, so we can show how much our families support the program. Donations to EEP are made to the Early Entrance Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. 100% of the donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of the money is donated to EEP. And if your company does matching grants, we can help with that too. Let’s make 2009-2010 a great success, even in these uncertain financial times… Keep a look out for a letter to be mailed home soon from Rich and the Foundation, and we accept online donations too! Just go to www.earlyentrancefoundation.org

Escrip. It's a wonderful program that allows us to contribute to the foundation while we shop and it DOES NOT COST a thing to us. All it takes is five minutes of your time to register the grocery club cards (not credit cards), just one time only, and then each time you shop and use your card, the stores contribute a percentage of what you spend directly to EEP. Check out online (http://csulapeep.org/escrip.html) how this has grown in just five years to over $1400! We need all new parents to join in!

Here's How It Works:
• You register your existing Club Card or register for a new one for use in the program.
• Each time you use your Club Card at checkout, the store will automatically give a percentage of that day's purchases to your designated charitable organization.
• These purchases are tracked with reports available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your child's behalf!

There are slight variations of this program for most major grocery chains.
1. Go to ralphs.com
2. Select Sign In/Register
3. Enter requested information
4. Click on Community contribution Program
5. For the organization use EARLY ENTRANCE FOUNDATION (#81251)

1. Go to escrip.com
2. Follow the 4 steps listed.
3. For the organization, search by group ID and use 155638773 or search by group name and use EARLY ENTRANCE FOUNDATION
4. Complete registration process

1. Go to http://albertsons.com/cp/
2. Login or register as directed.
3. Follow the directions.
4. For the organization use EARLY ENTRANCE FOUNDATION
5. Note: this site requires Internet Explorer and does not work with Firefox.

For questions email (jen.edge@gmail.com) or call Jennifer Edge at 818-591-2623

Upcoming Events for EEP Families

Fall Quarter 2009 Important Dates. Dates of interest for this quarter are:

Fall quarter started Thursday, Sep 24th
Fall Quarter Tuition due Wed., Oct 14th - click here for form - expected date
Priority registration for Spring Quarter - Monday, Oct 19th - expected date
Veterans' Day Holiday - Wednesday, November 11th - campus closed
SEAA Testing and EEP Open House: Sun, Dec 6th, 12-4pm
Fall Quarter Exams: Mon-Thur, Dec 7-10
Fall Break (three week) - Friday, Dec 11- Sunday, Jan 3
Winter Quarter begins Mon, Jan 4th

Volunteer Opportunities. Got time? Got talent? Get involved with PEEP! Volunteer to help with newsletter-writing, or website updates, or your own suggestion -- please email PEEP Ned Fenton at njfenton@msn.com for more information.

EEP events. Your EEPster will be emailed information on the myriad of EEP fun events each quarter -- like laser tag, bowling, museums, camping, Fright Night, etc. Note, Rich does request (brave) parent volunteers to serve as chaperones for the off-campus events.

EEΠX Store

Sweatshirts, T-shirts and More! We have it all! Just have your EEPster order one, and Rich will send home the item and a bill! With questions, email the EEP Club or call 323/343-5488 and leave a message.
• EEP smiley face Mug. It's in a bright yellow, of course! Only $5. Guaranteed to put a smile on everybody's face!
• T-shirts and Sweatshirts, etc. Your EEpster has a choice of two t- shirts, and two sweatshirts -- every EEP wardrobe requires at least one!
• License Plate Frames - a mere $5 pittance and you can playfully diss everyone ("we're better than you")! And as a special incentive, get one FREE with any order! It makes a cute picture frame too!

Upcoming CSULA Events of Interest for EEPsters and EEP Families

There are many events on campus not just for EEPsters but also for the whole family. For more details, visit the CSULA calendar at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/calendar/

Things of educational interest for EEPsters:
-- Career Center Services, Mon, Oct 12, 2-3pm at the Career Center
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue, Oct 12, noon, PS306
-- Make Career Fair Work for You, Mon, Oct 19, 10-11am, Career Center
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue, Oct 20, noon, PS306
-- Paper Fortunes, Economic theory presentation, Wed, Oct 21, 3:30pm, ENT631
-- Career/Job Fair, Thurs, Oct 22 10am-2pm, Main Walkway
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue, Oct 27, noon, PS306
-- Take Control of Your Interview, Wed Oct 28, 10-11am, Career Center
-- Fall 2009 Science Servies, Wed Oct 28, 8pm, PS158
-- Writing a Winning Resume, Mon Nov 2 2-3pm, Career Center
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue Nov 3, noon, PS306
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Thur Nov 5, noon, PS306
-- Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day, Tue Nov 10, 10am-2pm, Main Walkway
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue Nov 10, noon, PS306
-- Job Search Strategies, Thur Nov 12, 10-11am, Career Center
-- ECST Networking Seminar, Fri Nov 13, 9am, E&T
-- Leop Pape Lecture, Fri Nov 13, 2pm, PS158
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue Nov 17, noon, PS306
-- Take Control of Your Interview, Tue Nov 17, 3-4pm Career Center
-- How to Apply to Graduate School, Wed Nov 18, 3:15pm, U-SU LA room
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue Nov 24, noon, PS306
-- Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar, Tue Dec 1, noon, PS306
-- Fall 2009 Science Servies, Wed Dec 2, 8pm, PS158

Fun things for EEPsters:
-- CSULA Bingo, Mon, Oct 12, 3pm at The Pit
-- GAMES2U, Wed, Oct 14, noon at U-SU Plaza
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Oct 15, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Malku Noontime Tunes, Tues, Oct 20, USU Plaza
-- The Couples Game, Tues, Oct 20, The Pit
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Oct 22, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Table Tennis Tournament, Fri, Oct 23, 10am, The Pit
-- Midterm Madness Mon-Thur, Oct 26-29 at noon, U-SU plaza - Nachos!
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Oct 29, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Billiards Tournament, Fri, Oct 30 10am, The Pit
-- Origami Fun, Wed Nov 4 noon, U-SU Plaza
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Nov 5, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Infusoria Noontime Tunes, Tues, Oct 20, USU Plaza
-- Mystery Prize Bingo, Thu Nov 12, 3:15, The Pit
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Nov 12, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Let's Zumba! Thur, Nov 19, 6:30pm, U-SU
-- Jackpot Bingo, Tue Nov 24,3pm at the Pit.

Cultural events for the family:
-- The Art of Chess exhibit, JFK Library, May 10-Dec 12
-- Invisible Bodes; Conspicuous Mind, contemporary Romanian art at the Luckman Gallery, Sep 19-Nov 7
-- TEA: Five Japanese “war brides” reflections at the Intimate Theatre Fri-Sun, Oct 23-25, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
-- The Marine Band performs at the Luckman, Fri Oct 23, 7:30pm
-- EPIC Toy and Food Drive, Nov 1-Dec 3
-- Lizz Wright's Luckman Debut on Sat, Nov 7, 8pm
-- Evita at the State Playhose, Thu Nov 12-Sun Nov 15
-- Carmen Miranda film: Bananas is my Business, Thur Nov 12, 6:15 =pm U-SU Theater
-- North Chicago Dance Company at the Luckman, Sat Nov 14, 8pm
-- Latin American Poets at U-SU Theater, Wed Nov 18, 6pm
-- Evita at the State Playhose, Fri Nov 20-Sun Nov 22
-- Salsa Concert at Luckman Theatre, Sat Nov 21, 8pm
-- Latin Jazz Christmas at the Luckman, Sat Dec 5, 8pm
-- Grandesa Mexicana Folk Ballet at the Luckman, Sat Dec 19, 8pm

Other News and Events beyond the campus

Gifted Presentation. Dr. Webb, world-renowned speaker on the needs of gifted, father of four gifted children and author of five books on gifted children, will be presenting “Parenting Gifted Children” on October 26, 2009 at 7pm at:

Performing Arts Center
4640 Maine Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706

He is the founder of the SENG organization -- sengifted.org, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted. He is the president of Great Potential Press, which is a source for books and brochures relating to gifted education. To see the whole flyer, click here. Hope to see you there!

Suggested reading. I found this very interesting and inspiring article from LATimes: fox40.com/news/headlines/theissues/ktxl-news-issues-homelessharvard0624,0,491311.story From Virginia, The Newskeeper

Links of Interest, Past Issues, Contact Information

Please visit other pages of interest by clicking on the links of your choice:
Homepages for EEP, or EEPC (EEP Club), or EEPC blog, or CSULA, or PEEP
Current and past EEP newsletters: Fall'09, or Summer'09, or Spring'09, or Winter'09
Past PEEP newsletters: Summer '09, or Spring '09, or Winter '09
Articles of interest that Rich clipped throughout the years -- check out the article index
Other old favorites include: A Nation Deceived website, TIME's "Saving The Smart Kids",
MENSA article "My Son Is A High-School Dropout -- and Proud Of It",
and "High IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts" (Amazon link)
We have a private PEEP Yahoo Group, including a roster! Click here to join!

If you have any questions, comments or article submissions,
please email PEEP Virginia Mushkatblat

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