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January 22, 2015

NASA for Children and Teachers

Dads Making a Difference in Our Community

Suki: On Brain Understanding and Mental Health

Christine: A1100 - Artificial Intelligence and Us
This Week
Fun Musicals by Students this Weekend
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(Photos General) MartinLutherKing.jpgHe was standing outside a hotel on 5th Avenue, New York City, a lone silhouette, but clearly identifiable as Martin Luther King. I walked up to him.  We spoke briefly.  He very graciously thanked me for my support.  In retrospect and especially in these trying times I realize how very much we all still need to embrace his creed of non-violence.

There are a lot of Dads and Moms out there doing an exceptional parenting job.  To do this well requires profound awe of the responsibility and conscientious effort to be the parent we want our children to become.  We received a letter about a super awesome Dad --from his wife!  I hope you will enjoy this week's story about a dad who loves being a dad.  Please, send us your own stories!

We offer two different articles on "intelligence".  Enjoy!

This would be a good weekend to take in a play.  We offer two choices, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Footloose, each presented by professionals, All About Theatre and Mount Madonna School, who love working with children who want to sing, dance and act onstage.

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Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee


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  NASA for Children and Teachers

(Photos General) NASA_Clouds.jpgGet your students' heads in the clouds! Register your class for Student Cloud Observations On-Line, S'COOL, where students play the role of scientists studying the impact clouds have on our atmosphere. Students learn how to generate real-time data as cloud observers and report their observations on-line to assist NASA with validating the CERES satellite instrument. Teachers may request to participate in this special event by emailing Sarah Crecelius, Limited connections available. Learn more about S'COOL and how to register here.

(Photos General) NASA_EarthfromSpace.jpgLet's take a look at Earth! Learn all about how and why NASA studies our home planet through a series of satellite images and photos taken from the International Space Station. Hear about what we can learn about our atmosphere by looking at Earth from space using high-tech instruments, including SAGE III/ISS. Discuss what you can do to help understand and care for Earth's atmosphere. Teachers may request to participate in this special event by emailing Kristyn Damadeo,


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  Dads Making a Difference in Our Community

(Graphics) AwesomeDad.jpgTony Tapiz is a super awesome dad who makes a difference in our community. We have been married for 16 years and have three children. Two autistic boys, Anthony and Aiden and a daughter, Katie. We are also in the process of adopting our nephew.

Tony is always quick to identify and fill a need. Hardly ever putting himself first. He volunteers as a Watsonville Library board member. He is vice Chair of Community Advisory Committee (CAC in Watsonville) through SELPA/PVUSD. He works hard every day to inspire kids to be good citizens. He chaperones all of the school dances for our two older kids and often times he is the only guy there. He also helps our youngest boy, Aiden, train his service dog, LEGO.. With the help of Operation Freedom Paws. He often drives our daughter to Softball practices and tournaments. Lastly, he is always there! no matter what.

He always gives the kids solid advice. Helps them to reach their dreams...and protects them. All our kids friends respect him and talk to him about teen stuff. They are never afraid to talk or joke around with him either.

Tony is a super COOL dad. He even home schools Aiden. When we found out our nephew was in foster care at three months old, he quickly asked our opinions and as a family we decided that baby needed a home. So we applied and received our infant nephew and a year later we are in the process of adoption.

So much of life keeps breathing into our family. He is a leader by example. Our children see his hard work and accomplishments. His nurturing way and his parental voice. He is also a good cook.! (i can't leave that part out).

I hope you choose Tony as one of the dads in our community who makes a difference. He truly is a good person.

Sincerely, Michelle Tapiz


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  Suki: On Brain Understanding and Mental Health

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I recently had a conversation with two people, one adult and one teen, about intelligence. I pointed out that modern research is showing that to a certain extent "intelligence" (however we define it) is determined by our genes. Just like our height, the color of our hair, and other clearly physical characteristics, we're given a physical brain at birth that is all we have to work with for the rest of our life. Of course, raise a child with "tall genes" in poverty with an extremely restricted diet, and he's unlikely to achieve his full height. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have "tall genes" that his children, raised with a healthy diet, will be able to express.

When I pointed out this fact about intelligence, the adult responded that talking about intelligence, even in this way, sounds like bragging.

What is intelligence?

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Modern science shows us that brains are different, and we need to stop pretending that they aren't if we want all kids to be able to reach their potential and live fulfilling adult lives.

It's true: as a culture, we are very uncomfortable talking about intelligence as an attribute. First of all, we can't seem to come to a popular definition of intelligence. What the average person might view as intelligence is not necessarily what shows up on an IQ test. But even when we get past that, we react very differently to a mom talking about her child's sports prowess and a mom talking about her child's academic achievements.

So why talk about intelligence at all? If Gardner's theory is true, don't we all have multiple intelligences, and isn't this a good thing? Although brain research hasn't actually given any support to Gardner, I do like his approach in the sense of reminding everyone who works with children that all sorts of skills and interests are valuable in this world.

What I think is interesting and important about talking about intelligence, though, is ... >>>>>>

Suki Wessling writes about parenting, education, gifted children, and homeschooling at Avant Parenting.


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  Christine: A1100 - Artificial Intelligence and Us

(Photos General) Christine_Simon1_f.jpgPeople have been worried about Artificial Intelligence (AI) for many years. One of the most chilling scenes in any movie was when we watched the computer HAL go crazy during the movie 2001 A Space Odyssey. I always felt sorry for him.

A new longitudinal study has been started at Stanford called AI100 (the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence). Here is their mission statement:

"The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, or AI100, is a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play."

This group expects AI to completely infiltrate society. They will begin the study now, while we are just dipping our toes into the AI water. They will continue to study how society is affected by AI for the next 100 years. They will hope to be able to predict how people will react as well as document the reactions.

The best experts in the field of AI will...
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Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.  That's her happy son Greg several years ago!

  This Week

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January in the Parks


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School Corner

Learn to Discover, Electronics & Programming Classes


Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/22


Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/24


Good Shepherd School PreK-8, Open House 1/25


Mount Madonna PreK-12, "Footloose" 1/23-25

Chartwell School 1-12, Open House 1/27


Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Information Night 1/27


Spring Hill School K-8, Kindergarten Roundup 1/31


Gateway School K-8, Day Tour 2/3

Santa Cruz Waldorf School K - 8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 2/11


Santa Cruz Waldorf School K - 8, Early Childhood Education Class 2/5

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Date Nights

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Junebugs Gym
2nd Saturdays
5:45 - 8:45


Ohana Gym
3rd Saturday
5:30 - 8:30pm





Parenting is "thrilling, exhausting, hilarious, fun, frustrating, rewarding.... and requires constant vigilance..."

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Tune up Your Parenting Skills


Workshops for  Parents with Babies to Teens

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 Fun Musicals by Students this Weekend

"Footloose" onstage at Mount Madonna School

Mount Madonna School
High school production of "Footloose" at MMS
Date: Every day (Jan 23-Jan 25)
Ages: families w/ school-age children Admission Fees: $15 adults, $10 students (18 and under)

(Books/Movies/Products) Footloose_moviedance.jpgGet ready to dance! Mount Madonna School presents a high school production of FOOTLOOSE, a fast-paced Dance musical that celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

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Friday, January 23, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 24, 7:00pm
Sunday, January 25, 2:00pm

Location: Mount Madonna School, 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna Map
Phone: (408) 847-2717 •website Watsonville

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Thoroughly Modern Millie by All About Theatre

The roaring 1920's musical not to be missed!
Date: Every day (Jan 16-Jan 24) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Ages: suitable for all ages Admission Fees: $8-$20
Special Instructions: Tickets are available at the door or online in advance of the performance

(Special Event Images / Graphics) AAT_MillieCast.jpgAll About Theatre (AAT) is thrilled to present Thoroughly Modern Millie, at the Louden Nelson Theater this January! AAT's uniquely talented cast of characters, aged 8-13, will perform four performances of this production.

Set in 1922 New York City, Millie Dillmount and Miss Dorothy Brown are just two of the girls living at the Priscilla Hotel for Single Young Ladies run by Mrs. Meers. Orphaned, Miss Dorothy, just recently arrived, is a naive, old-fashioned girl from a seemingly privileged background who has aspirations to be a stage actress. (Special Event Images / Graphics) AAT_MILLIE.jpgFrom more modest means, Millie, in New York for three months, used to be old fashioned, but now has a new modern sensibility and look to match, complete with bobbed hair and dresses with hemlines above the knee. Included in this new modern sensibility is Millie's goal of getting a job as a stenographer, with a quick promotion to being her wealthy boss' "Mrs.". Read more>>>>

Thursday January 22nd at 9:30am & 12:30pm ** Discount shows **
Friday, January 23rd 7:00pm
Saturday, January 24th 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Tickets: available online at
$13 for Students/Seniors (Children six and under are free to sit on laps); $16 for General Admission; $20 for Reserved Seating; (AND $8 / $10 for the Thursday Jan. 22nd Discount Shows)
Location: Louden Nelson Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 345-6340 •website Santa Cruz

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  Guided Backpacking Adventures Summer 2018
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Date: 01/25/2018
Ages: adults 18 + and children ages 13
Details: Travel from spectacular ridgelines, through old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of naturalis
Special Instructions: Registration opens Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8am
City: Boulder Creek Phone: 831-335-7077 view all details >>
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Wate Bears!
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  Wate Bears!
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 10/16/2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: Ages 6 & up
Details: Learn about Water bears (also called moss piglets),find some and look at them under the microscope
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
"STEM" based workshops for Children
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  "STEM" based workshops for Children
Learn to Discover
Date: Every Su, Mon, Tues, Wed, Th, Fri and Sa from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ages: 4 and up
Details: Afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Digital Art Classes
City: Capitola Phone: (831) 662-9700 view all details >>
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Watsonville Wetlands Alive!
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  Watsonville Wetlands Alive!
Watsonville Wetlands
Date: The 4th Sa of every month from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Fun-filled day sprucing up the wetlands
City: Watsonville Phone: 831-345-1226 view all details >>
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