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February 6, 2014
Mentors from Literature

Books We Return To Again And Again (And Again)- Readers' Favorites

Christine : Making Peanut Allergies Less Dangerous

Common Core Facts and Opinions
Valentine Inspiration
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  Mentors from Literature

(Books/Movies/Products) PhantomTollbooth.jpgI listened to the interview of Ms. Mead who wrote a book about her favorite book, one that influenced her entire life.  The interviewer commented: "...the book that I turn to year after year is "The Phantom Tollbooth," Norton Juster's classic adventure in the Kingdom of Wisdom. Every time I drive through the tollbooth with Milo, I'm reminded of the joys of learning and the wonders of discovering new things.  Like "Middlemarch" for [Ms.] Mead, "The Phantom Tollbooth" is the gentle, guiding lens through which I can re-examine my own life and adventures, however normal they may sometimes seem."  Quote from Onpoint's The Repeat Reads You Love to Visit

Our children will be exposed to all manner of literature as they venture into the world beyond family. It will vary from excellent to mediocre to poor.  We need to be with our children, reading along with them at all ages, questioning, enjoying, disliking, sharing insights, helping them to develop discrimination.  We parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians have important roles to play as we guide the character development of our children.  How fortuitous that we have books to provide examples of the honorable and the less than honorable.  We've included a list of readers' favorites.  No doubt you have your own favorites.  Care to share?  Which books stay with you?  (Holidays) ValentineClayArt.jpgWhat did you learn from them?  For example, The Country Bunny and the Golden Shoes has inspiring characters and messages for both the children who listen to the story over and over and for the parent reading the story to the children.

Enjoy the preparations for Valentine's Day, a sweet holiday that offers us all an opportunity to connect with friends and loved ones, Parmalee

 

 

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  Books We Return To Again And Again (And Again)- Readers' Favorites
To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee The Plague” by Albert Camus
East of Eden” by John Steinbeck The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams
The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
From Sarajevo With Sorrow” by Goran Simic Travels With Charley” by John Steinbeck
How To Solve It” by George Pólya Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace
The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes The Four Cardinal Virtues” by Josef Pieper
“Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón The Book of Ebenezer Le Page” by Gerald Basil Edward
The Story of A Bad Boy” by Thomas Bailey Aldrich The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck
The Giver” by Lois Lowry Birds Without Wings” by Louis de Bernières
A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle The Power Of One” by Bryce Courtenay
Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley Fragile Things” by Neil Gaiman
Science and Sanity” by Alfred Korzybsk The Hidden Reality” by Brian Greene
Tik-Tok of Oz” by L. Frank Baum The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck
The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett All The King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren
Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier Anna Karenina” Leo Tolstoy
“Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice Nine Stories” by J.D. Salinger
Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez Earth Sea Trilogy” by Ursula K. Le Guin
Absalom, Absalom” by William Faulkner Fifth Chinese Daughter” by Jade Snow Wong
Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin The Shooting: A Memoir” by Kemp Powers
The Mayor of Casterbridge” by Thomas Hardy Catherine the Great” by Robert K. Massie
Geronimo Rex” by Barry Hannah Around The World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne
The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck Survivor” by Chuck Palahniuk

 

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  Christine : Making Peanut Allergies Less Dangerous

(Photos General) Food_peanuts.jpgA new study on peanut allergies was just completed by some researchers in Cambridge. They looked at kids from 7-16 years old. They were working with kids with immediate hypersensitivity - the most dangerous kind. Bottom line - 91% of these kids were able to tolerate small amounts of peanuts (5 nuts)  after treatment. This is truly a breakthrough.

The researchers used a standard desensitization technique - oral immunotherapy. They fed these kids controlled amounts of peanut flour. They started off small - only 2 milligrams of peanut flour mixed into food, and gradually increased the amount. All treatment was in a medical clinic, so allergy symptoms could be treated. Adrenaline injections were only required for 1 out of the 99 kids throughout the whole process.  Read more>>>

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

 
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Send us your name, phone and address no later than this weekend!

 

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  Common Core Facts and Opinions

(Graphics) CommonCore_Yes.jpgIs it simply resistance to something new or are there legitimate concerns with Common Core?  Googling the topic led to a range of conflicting opinions.  Interestingly there appears to be both support and resistance from a wide spectrum of political perspectives.  This is confusing.  What's a local school, a teacher in a classroom or parent to do?  If it's federally funded and mandated does that mean it's a one-size fits all or is there flexibility for local schools and teachers to work around/with/in-spite-of it especially if they believe their standards are higher or they are dealing with significantly different student populations within the same district?  Is there a need for entirely new curriculum materials and if so who will bear the cost of them?  Check out these links to articles.

Common Core Standards FAQ  http://www.corestandards.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions

English Language Arts Standards  http://www.corestandards.org/resources/key-points-in-english-language-arts

Mathematics Standards  http://www.corestandards.org/Math


Political Rivals Find Common Ground Over Common Core

Supporters of the new Common Core adopted by 45 states say the standards hold American students to much higher expectations, and move curriculum away from a bubble-test culture that encourages test preparation over deeper learning.But there's growing backlash to , and conservatives and liberals increasingly are voicing similar concerns: that the standards take a one-size-fits-all approach, create a de facto national curriculum, put on standardized tests and undermine teacher autonomy.    Read more>>>


Schools Look For Higher Bar With Common Core, But Are The Tests Too Hard?

Parents of school-aged children in more than 20 states have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is the new standardized test that's set to replace current state math and language arts tests. It's billed as the "next generation" of assessment - a test that hopes to capture students' abilities with more depth than traditional standardized tests. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jessica Robinson reports from Idaho that some critics say the new test runs into the same old problems.  Take the practice test.


Can A Test Measure Critical Thinking? Schools Hope To Find Out

Northwest parents of school-aged children have a new acronym to learn: The SBAC.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a new standardized test that's set to replace current state math and language arts tests in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. It's billed as the "next generation" of assessment -- a test that hopes to capture students' abilities with more depth than traditional standardized tests.  Read more>>>


Everything you need to know about Common Core

Diane Ravitch, Network for Public Education, the education historian who has become the leader of the movement against corporate-influenced school reform, gave this speech to the Modern Language Association on Jan. 11 about the past, present and future of the Common Core State Standards.   Read more>>>

  Valentine Inspiration

 

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School Corner

Mount Madonna PreK - 12, Winter Open House 2/8



Chartwell School K-12, February Open House 2/11



Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Meet & Greet 2/12



Spring Hill K-6, Open House 2/19

 

 

Pacific Collegiate 6-12, Information Meetings 2/8 & 20

 

 

Orchard School K-6, Auction 2/22

 

 

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Today, the Red Cross launched the Pet First Aid App for iPhone and Android users. It puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to know Pet First Aid.

  Download the app today!
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Renew your connection with nature.

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Visit a Park!

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 Connect with Nature Winter Series

(Special Event Images / Graphics) pogonip-kiln-230x300.jpgSanta Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: Every Sat (Feb 1-Feb 22) at 10:00am
Ages: 8 and up Admission Fees: Donation requested
Special Instructions: Saturdays, 10am | $8 Members | $10 General

Join these great programs that accompany our Crystals, Caves & Kilns exhibit:

Minerals, mines and money:  a mineralogy tour of California - February 8     California is truly the state founded by a mineral:  gold. UCSC Earth Sciences professor, Elise Knittle, will present an overview of basic mineralogy and use examples from the extensive range of California minerals to illustrate how mineralogy is the key for understanding the Earth's geologic history as well as the development of economic power.

A History of Santa Cruz Caving - February 15     Join Bruce Rogers, president of the Western Cave Conservancy, for stories from the local spelunkers. After the presentation, there is an optional field trip to a local limestone cave.

Fall Creek & the IXL Lime Company - February 22     Hike up Fall Creek to the historic lime kilns and quarry with local geologist and historian Frank Perry, co-author of Lime Kiln Legacies. We will learn about the history of the IXL Lime Company (founded in 1875) and the steps in making lime at this remote location.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Deborah at 420-6115 x12 or deborah@santacruzmuseum.org.

Location: 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz Map
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