Parents met with their kids’ mentors at our first parent planning meeting of the new year. This year’s book club selection, “El Tiempo De Las Mariposas” (“In the Time of the Butterflies,”) by Julia Alvarez, was chosen. We’ll be reading and discussing this book soon, as well as hosting Planned Parenthood for a discussion on ways for parents to talk to their kids about changes in their bodies as they mature. While parents and mentors introduced themselves to one another, children finished letters to their pen pals in Los Gatos, while younger kids experienced mindfulness practices with instructor Andrea Castillo. Parents got to experience this stress/pain reduction with Ms. Castillo as part of our winter-2013 program.