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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

December 24, 2013


Christine Explains Winter Solstice (December 21)

Toy Trains at MAH

This Week
Tin Can Luminaria
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(Special Event Images / Graphics) Trains_Kid.jpgIt's big time family time this week.  It's up to us parents to make it special for the children and when we do that we are warmly rewarded.  Parks and museums have special programs.  Do go see the interactive train run by the Over the Hill Gang at MAH.  If you need to break up the vacation with a day camp for the children, check the camp offerings below!

Holidays can be joyous occasions or bring back sad memories,"  and if it's mostly sad memories, perhaps the greatest healer is to give  to others in greater need. The Santa Cruz Volunteer Center is ready to help you help!  Come to think of it, if you are full of joy, share it! 

Do you feel like your parenting skills could use a tuneup?  Triple P may have just the workshop that answers your needs!

The article on the joy and benefits of making things sparked a resounding positive response.  We parents seek balance for our children, "Read, be an information age kid, make things and go outside and play."  Today's article on Comprehension using Paper or Electronics causes us to think carefully about choices and  guidelines for when to encourage our children's use of electronics and when to put them on the shelf.  Are we teaching by example? 

Remember the elementary population decline in elementary schools in Santa Cruz City Schools and the ensuing controversy in 2005? Now in 2013-14 there's overcrowding and controversy over reopening an elementary school. (Books/Movies/Products) SantaMouseMeetsMarmaduke.jpgIt's a complex situation tied into state and federal budgeting, teacher union desires/demands and current parent desires/demands.  All over America we've gone away from local control of education.  School boards have to contend with rules, regulations and control of the purse strings on both state and federal levels; they are made up of individuals with varied areas of interests and differing levels of agendas, biases or open-mindedness.  Meanwhile individual students suffer while waiting for the slow processes of bureaucracies to manifest locally.  Read more details here.

Last week Marmaduke messed with the newsletter.  We usually get a laugh out of his antics, but not this time.  First time we ever missed a week in six years and he apologizes to you!

The calendar is full of fun events for you!  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hannukkah! Parmalee

 

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  Christine Explains Winter Solstice (December 21)

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Christine_Dec.jpgAn important astral event happened last Saturday - the Solstice. Peoples all over the world have marked this date with many kinds of ceremonies. Of course this is the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere. It is either the longest night or the longest day of the year. If you are living near one of the poles, it will mean no sun for the day or no dark for the night. Fun stuff.

Why does this happen? 

There is a short answer - the Earth is tilted. No more explanation needed :)

The earth is moving in multiple ways. It spins on it's axis like a top. It also rotates around the sun. The direction of the spin is tilted in regards to the sun. When the Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, we have longer days and our longest day is June 21. The sun reaches its most northern point when we view it in the sky. When the Southern Hemisphere is pointed towards the sun, they have their longer days and their longest day is December 21. It is now summer in Antarctica. The sun reaches its most southern point as we view it.


(Graphics) Christine_daylengthDec21.jpgYou can see this for yourself. I am in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun is very low in the sky, and never seems directly overhead. As a matter of fact, part of my house gets very little sun in the winter because the sun never gets above some trees around my house so we stay shaded. Whereas in summer we get sun early because the sun rises high above the trees.

Take a look around where you live. Where is the sun at midwinter versus midsummer? Try to remember to mark each place. Also mark the equinoxes. These are approximately March 21 and September 21. Equinoxes are when the sun is the same distance between North and South.

Wouldn't our years make a lot of sense if we started them on a solstice or equinox? These are meaningful dates. Oh, well.

Christine is a local mom and scientist.  You can read more of Christine's science explanations here!

 

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  Toy Trains at MAH

It's a happening place!  Come on down and try your hand at running the trains!

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  This Week

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Text_Calendar.jpgBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

 

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Montessori PreK-8, Cosmic Education 1/9

 

Spring Hill School K-6, Kindergarten Roundup 1/11

 

Discovery Learning Center, Exploring Homeschooling 1/11


Chartwell School K-12, Open House 1/14



Save the date!

Independent School Fair, 12/15

 

 

Chartwell School K-12, Dyslexia Workshop 1/15



Kirby School 6-12, Open House 1/16

Holiday Break Camps & Special Workshops

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West Performing Arts
Camps

 

The Art Factory
Holiday Gift Making
Winter Break Camps

 

Junebug's Gym
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz County 
Parks & Rec
Winter Camp

 

MakersFactory
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz Soccer 
Winter Camp

 

Santa Cruz Gymnastics


Catalyst Soccer
Futsol Fun Winter Camp

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 Tin Can Luminaria

(Photos General) Luminaria.jpgMission State Park
Learn to fashion your own luminaria
Date: 12/27/2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Enjoy an informal afternoon at this hidden jewel near downtown Santa Cruz. You can fashion a tin lantern in our garden courtyard. The event is FREE.  Rain Cancels.

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is located on School St. off of Mission and Emmet Street in Santa Cruz. Please call (831) 425-5849 for more information


Location: School St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 425-5849 •website Santa Cruz West Side

Big Time Family Time
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Ice Skating by the Bay
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  Ice Skating by the Bay
Ice Skating by the Bay
Date: Every day (Nov 19-Jan 8)
Ages: All
Details: Spend the dayice skating in a winter wonderland right by the Bay.
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Toy Trains 2014
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  Toy Trains 2014
MAH and The Over the Hill Gang
Date: Every day (Dec 19-Dec 28)
Ages: All
Details: What is Christmas without toy trains and this is an interactive display!
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Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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  Ice Skating at Circle of Palms
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Date: Every day (Nov 16-Jan 16)
Details: Skaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night
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