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August 5, 2010
The Duality of August
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Books About School for the Little Ones
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  The Duality of August

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

Simultaneously the 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.


Suki raves about the opportunities offered to us by the Cabrillo Music Festival. Schools may have to tighten budgets, yet we have many enrichment opportunities in our community. Don't miss this one!


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.

Enjoy August! Parmalee

  You are going, right!?

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgI was inspired to write more on a topic from last week's Santa Cruz Parent newsletter (if you're in Santa Cruz, you're a parent, and you don't get it, you should - sign up here). It was a small feature about the Cabrillo Music Festival, which is a great local gem. I am a big fan, not only because I am actually into New Music (What's that??) year-round, but because it's such a great event for families.

As the article said, the Festival is an unusual event: All orchestral music, all by composers of our time, most of it never heard before, much of it by really truly young composers.

But that's not why my kids care about it. They just think it's fun!

First of all, there's the street fair. This is an easy part of the festival to enjoy. You come to downtown Santa Cruz on a Saturday or Sunday, enjoy the open air music, the variety of food, the crafts, and the kids' art area. The music, the crafts, and the art are free; the rest will empty your pocketbook if you don't watch out. If you're on a budget, bring a picnic! We always try to make sure we see Zunzun and Watsonville Taiko, and there are always other great musicians on the schedule.

(Special Event Page Graphics) CabrilloMusicFestivalFamilyConcert.jpgSecond, families are invited to the free family performance on Sunday, which is a real treat. (To go, you need to have a ticket, which is free. Either you can order tickets to paid performances and get tickets for the family concert sent as well, or you can walk up to the box office at the Civic Auditorium and get them free of charge. But do it before the day of the concert, because it pretty much always "sells out"!) This concert is truly geared toward kids, with a "petting zoo" of instruments (don't think you're just going to be sitting there - this is an interactive event), exciting musical selections that are short and dazzling, and usually a young conductor or composer in residence to make sure your kids know that classical music isn't only fit for grey-hairs. Director Marin Alsop, a mom herself, makes this a really special event.

Third, and probably least well-known, are the open rehearsals. I take my kids every year. If you have a child who can refrain from screaming, you're probably OK to go to the rehearsals. They're pretty busy, with people going in and out, musicians playing, arriving, and leaving. The orchestra and Alsop are amazingly focused, running through bits of music and also entire pieces without much of a nod toward the audience. It's a great learning experience for kids, whether they are studying an instrument or not. It's such a revelation that huge groups of people can all work really hard on their own, then come together for a few weeks a year to do something amazingly complex and exciting.

If you have a teen, there's another free event I'd recommend: The free "In the Works" concert on August 4 [make a note for next year!] features music by young composers with young conductors leading the music. My almost-teen is interested in music composition, so of course we'll be there, but even if your teen isn't interested in composition, per se, it's a great lesson in what can be done by young people who set their mind to something.

My blog's name was influenced by my love of avant garde music, and I am thrilled to be in one of the centers of it, even though at the moment I am too busy with parenting to even think about writing music. (OK, I do still think about it, but composing requires long periods of silence, which I never get!) But even if you aren't into New Music at all, this festival offers so much to entertain, dazzle, and excite the neurons in those little growing brains in your household.

Suki blogs!

  Back to School

(Icons/Graphics) BacktoSchoolBanner.jpgWe learned from Nohemi Macias, Write-Start Project Coordinator with the County Office of Education that "Stuff the Bus is one of our most popular programs and we're hoping for a great response from the community this year." 

What an opportunity to involve our children in generosity and charity.  While selecting their own backpacks and supplies, let's encourage them to help provide for a child in need.

We also learned that Stuff the Bus is only one part of the Write-Start program. They provide a variety of services to approximately 3200 homeless children and 17,000 children from low income families: advocacy for homeless children rights to an education, tutoring services, help with bus passes, shoes, school uniforms, homeless awareness training and more.

The number of homeless children amazed me -3200! "Where do they live?" I asked. Nohemi responded,  "Cars, shelters, some are couch surfing, doubled up with another family or temporarily in motels."

This year United Way of Santa Cruz County is partnering with the Santa Cruz Office of Education and the Write Start Backpack project.  In 2009, the first year of Stuff the Bus, the community donated enough materials for backpacks for 60 students. This year the goal is 10x that - 600!!!  Costco donated 4,000 backpacks last year.  What can we do!?

VOLUNTEER.  HELP US "STUFF THE BUS"

(Site Photos) Backpack4Kids.jpgJoin us August 14th, 2010 at the Palace Art & Office Supply Parking Lot, 41st Avenue, Capitola (near Orchard Supply and 41st Ave Cinema) as we stuff the bus with school supplies for our county's neediest students. We need volunteers from 9:30AM-1:00PM and from 12:30PM-4:00PM on Saturday August 14th.

You can help us sort school supplies collected from organizations and individuals and then stuff backpacks for elementary, middle school and high school students.

For more information about the event, click here. To find out more about volunteering or to sign up for the project, please email Stuff the Bus.

  Books About School for the Little Ones

(Products/Books) NeverSpitonYourShoes.jpgMiss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Joseph Slate - A teacher and children are getting ready for school

Froggy Goes to School, Jonathan London - Daunting but rewarding first day at school

Never Spit on Your Shoes, Denys Cazet - What really happens at school

Franklin Goes to School, Paulett Bourgeois - Humorous perspective on how children understand school rules

My Teacher Sleeps in School, Leatie Weiss - Yes, teachers are real people

Annabelle Swift, Amy Schwartz - Kindergartner Making mistakes and overcoming them..

Owen, Kevin Henkes - Finding a solution to attachment to a "blankey" and going to school without it

Back to School for Rotten Ralph, Jack Gantos - Loving a friend who's both loving and mischievous

(Products/Books) BillyandtheBigNewSchool.jpgWill I Have a Friend?, Michael Cohen - About finding a friend...

Nobody's Mother Is In Second Grade, Robin Pulver - Charming, humorous tale of a mother who wishes she could go back to school, and does so as a plant

Billy and the Big New School, Lawrence and Catherine Anholt - Explores feelings about facing a new situation, school

(Products/Books) Cleversticks.jpgSheila Rae the Brave, Kevin Henkes - Getting lost on the way home from school and finding help

Cleversticks, Bernard Ashley - About learning to appreciate differences and share unique cultural customs

Clifford's First School Day, Norman Bridwell - Sharing misadventures with Clifford at school

Starting School, Janet and Allan Ahlberg - What happens at school during the year

  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!

 

 

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Montessori Scotts Valley, Open House 8/7

Chartwell School, Informal Tour 8/10

El Jardin Preschool, Enroll by 8/11

The New High School Project Informal Tour 8/10

Stuff the Bus!

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Shopping list for

Stuff the Bus

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* Large heavy duty backpacks for high school students
* Smaller backpacks for elementary and kinder students
* 3 ring binders (1 1/2 or 2 inch size)
* Spiral bound notebooks
* Rulers
* Pens (blue and black ink)
* Color crayons
* Colored pencils
* Color markers
* Calculators
* Glue sticks
* Gift certificates for shoes
* Gift certificates for clothing
* Santa Cruz Metro bus passes

 

With the exception of crayons, color pencils and markers, no blue or red items can be accepted.

 

Bring your school supplies to our STUFF THE BUS event August 14, 10am-4pm Palace Art & Office Supply parking lot, 41st Ave, Capitola


OR


Drop them off before August 14
United Way, 1220 41st Ave, Capitola

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 Kids Get in Free San Francisco Zoo

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Because kids rule the Zoo, they get in free during the month of August.

Children 14 and under receive free admission all month long with a paying adult. Limit four children per one paying adult. Offer valid August 1-31.

A free activity book filled with fun facts, games and more includes a scavenger hunt to find interactive signs throughout the Zoo where kids will discover more about amazing animals and even get to act like them!

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