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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County
Enjoy the Summer and Plan for Fall
August 4, 2011
The Duality of August
First Friday Art Tour - Free
Kids at Camp
Pam: So Many Ways to Garden, So Little Time!

Amy: Down the Rabbit Hole

Suki: Support Your Teacher, Support Your School
Viva: Downside to the Perfect Mom
This Week
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  The Duality of August

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August is summer in full swing with festivals, hiking, swimming, camps, campfires, vacations, long hours for reading. Some of us don't want to give it up.

Simultaneously the August back-to-school muse calls us with thoughts of new backpacks, school supplies, a new outfit and shoes, seeing old friends and making new ones, hoping for a really great teacher, a fresh start in a new class and getting back into a routine.


The Stuff the Bus campaign reminds us that while we're shopping for our children's school supplies, we also can donate supplies, money or even an already-stuffed backpack from Palace for children in need.


(Photos General) RebeccaCosta.jpgIf you care about the quality of education in our community, and have an open mind to fresh ideas,  listen to Rebecca Costa interviewing Michelle Rhee, one of our country's most innovative  figures in education.

(Photos General) MichelleRhee.jpg"Ms. Rhee is the CEO and Founder of StudentsFirst, a non-profit whose mission is to protect the interest of children in public education and to produce transformative reform in our public schools. She began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in Baltimore, and in 1997 founded The New Teacher Project, which recruits and trains teachers to work in urban schools. From 2007 to 2010, she served as Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools. Under her stewardship, D.C. schools experienced increases in student achievement, a rise in graduation rates and an upswing -- for the first time in decades -- in enrollment.

Should be interesting and provocative!

Friday, August 5, 2-4, 1080AM

Enjoy August! Parmalee

  First Friday Art Tour - Free

(Special Event Images / Graphics) JunkArtScrambleShow_SantaCruzParent.jpgThe First Friday Art Tour happens every month, rain or shine throughout Santa Cruz. Founded by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, and managed in conjunction with the participating Art venues, First Friday is a free event for enthusiastic Art Goers and an opportunity for our many talented Artists to exhibit and promote their work.  Visit FirstFridaySantaCruz for a complete list of galleries.

We suggest Art duJour for viewing the works of their recent "Junk Art Scramble" class: 1013 Cedar St. Take the children to this one!  Students show off their projects at the First Friday Art Walk. Bring your goggles and lawn chairs and watch the mayhem, fun and creativity.

Notorious Teaze has a special "Print a T-Shirt!" offer.

MAH is buzzing with energy. MAH (Museum of Art and History) - Lezin Gallery - Bryce Vinokurov,  Creativity Lounge - Lisa Hochstein, Solari Gallery - Studio Made,   Art Forum - Furniture Design * Downtown Library -

When you visit Central Library be sure to look for the Library Staff Art Show.

For the adults, this First Friday your favorite art venues are pairing up with the great wineries of the Santa Cruz mountain region for the First Friday August Wine Walk.

  Kids at Camp

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"When I was little, I started to playing soccer through Santa Cruz Soccer Camp. I immediately began to love the game. From then on I knew what I wanted to do...play soccer."-Kaleo Fernandez,(Graduate of Leadership Development)

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"Chilling... I love swimming at Adventure Sports."

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"Awesome horses and lots of fun at Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp! I learned to jump this summer."

 

  Pam: So Many Ways to Garden, So Little Time!

(Photos General) PamCarrico.jpgThere are a million excuses for not gardening. Lack of space, time, energy, knowledge. Living in an apartment or having a tiny yard. Lack of money to buy seeds, planters, etc...

(Photos General) PeacefulValleyFarm_DresserPlanter.jpgGardening has become very popular, even trendy, so lots of crafty people are finding ways to make it new, cheap, easy. Which means you are out of excuses! Here are a few of my favorites, some I've tried, some I've only seen or heard about. I think they are all worth a shot!

Straw bale gardening- I have done this and really liked it. Especially because I was enormously preggers so bending and stooping for long periods were not my friend. I like this for shorter crops, lettuce, squash, vines that can fall out and climb up behind. It's super easy and cheap. A bale of hay costs around 10 bucks and the soil, about $5. This is great for elderly (or pregnant) gardeners, or those with physical limitations. The site above has great pictures and directions.

Planters from recycled materials. As you know, I love recycling (or, upcycling as it is now called) as much as I love free stuff. These ideas cover all the bases! Look in the FREE section on Craigslist in your area. It's crazy the things people will give away!

 
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"Meet me at the Casablanca!"

Wednesday through Monday 11am -10pm
Reservations 831.426.9063 ~ Beach and Main, Santa Cruz

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  Amy: Down the Rabbit Hole

(Photos General) AmyWirth_SantaCruzParent.jpgWhen people find out that we homeschool, the number one thing they usually want to know is how much school we do everyday, or really "what the heck do you do all day". The short answer to that question is 2-3 hours of structured school work daily - give or take half an hour. Here's the long answer:

Four mornings a week, Bean (7) does RightStart Math Level D (Third Grade), and the literature and science/social studies portions of Moving Beyond the Page (Age 8-10). After lunch Bean does either Rosetta Stone Dutch, Rosetta Stone Chinese, or Handwriting Without Tears Cursive, alternating throughout the week. Each of these takes about 20 minutes.


Once the heavy lifting is done for the day, Bean either uses the computer or works on an art or building project. If she's not on the computer, I pull out various continued>>>>

 

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  Suki: Support Your Teacher, Support Your School

(Photos General) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI just read an interview with educator Alfie Kohn that I highly recommend. In one short interview, he clearly and logically explains the fundamental problems with the approach to public education taken not only by the Republican administration responsible for No Child Left Behind, but also continued by Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. If you care about your children's schools but haven't really paid much attention to what's happening, this interview lays it all out very clearly.

Yearly standardized testing is a waste of our money and a stress on our children. As Kohn explains, "any test that's standardized - one-size-fits-all, created and imposed by distant authorities - is inauthentic and is likely to measure what matters least."

Yearly standardized testing actually has the opposite of the intended effect: "The more you reward people for doing something... continued>>>

  Viva: Downside to the Perfect Mom

(Graphics) LemonGirl.jpgWouldn't it be great to be the perfect mom? We would bake cookies with our children, throw extravagant birthday parties for them every year, and to top it off, our children's dinners would be delightfully enticing: for the pirate enthusiast, vegetables cut out into the shapes of boats, swords, and pirate booty, pasta letters arranged to spell the name of their favorite pirate, and a little pyramid of miniature meatballs stacked like cannonballs. My mother-in-law likes to remind me that she always made sure to do those types of things for her children. I'm sure she means to be helpful when telling me that, right?

As a working mom, I often feel like I don't have time to do any of these things... continued>>>>

  This Week

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Below is only a partial list

of upcoming events and activities.

Click on our EVENT CALENDAR for more!

Submit your event!

Submit your fall class or sport.

 

 

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Rebecca Costa Interviews Michelle Rhee  8/5


Montessori Scotts Valley, Open House 8/7


Chartwell School, Informal Tour 8/13


El Jardin Preschool, Enroll by 8/11


The New High School Project Informal Tour 8/13


Stuff the Bus!

Great Art Classes

 

Art du Jour

Santa Cruz


Art Factory

Aptos


Drawn2Art

Scotts Valley


Mountain Arts Center

Ben Lomond


Studio Palette

Santa Cruz

Shop Locally

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Looking for Childcare...

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Angela's Home Daycare

Santa Cruz


Auntie Wendi's Daycare

DeLaveaga area


Casa de Kids

Watsonville


Free to Be Me Preschool & Daycare

Santa Cruz


Miss Jonnie's Aftercare

Santa Cruz


Golden Rule Afterschool Care

Santa Cruz

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