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January 18, 2018
Cephalopod Love

Best Friends Kerfuffle

"...we like to be treated like normal people."

Danna Staaf, "Cephalopodiatrist" Extraordinaire
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  Cephalopod Love

(0 January 2018) LiliputOctopus.jpgSunday at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Danna Staaf talks about her love of cephalopods and her new book, Squid Empire, the Rise and Fall of Cephalopods. This should be delightful. In Danna's own words:

"I met my first cephalopod on a family road trip when I was ten years old. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, I stood mesmerized by the rippling skin, the undulating arms, and the intimate eyes of a giant Pacific octopus. Shortly after returning home, with my father's patient support, I procured a secondhand saltwater aquarium and became known at school as "the girl with the pet octopus."

I think "kerfuffle" (a fuss) describes the best friends debate quite well. Finding friends we really connect with is part of our human nature. Instead of banning best friends, parents and teachers are in a good position to demonstrate and guide children in the art of friendship. Nevertheless, I bring you differing perspectives. What do you think?

Please recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always the many fun events!

Enjoy the weekend with family!  Parmalee

 

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  Best Friends Kerfuffle

Schools are banning best friends to protect students' feelings

By Chris Weller

Members of the royal family aren't often told what they can and can't do. But just a few days into his first year of school, 4-year-old Prince George already faces a mandate: No best friends allowed.

Thomas's Battersea, the school George attends, bans kids from having best friends, Marie Claire reports. Instead, teachers encourage all students to form bonds with one another to avoid creating feelings of exclusions among those without best friends. Read more>>>

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Should Schools Ban Kids From Having Best Friends?

By Barbara Greenberg

There's a case to be made for having a small group of close friends instead. I am always fascinated by trends. And I am especially intrigued by the emerging trend among European schools, and now some American schools as well, to ban best friends. Read more>>>

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Schools Attempt to Ban Kids from Having "Best Friends' because It's Not Inclusive

By Katherine Timpf

Think about it: Even if a school forbids children from using the phrase "best friend," some kids will still have one person with whom they really connect, and it will be obvious to everyone that that two are closer to each other than to anyone else. Read more>>>

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"A tender tale of loneliness, belonging and how friendship transforms us"

 

 

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By Banning Best Friends, Schools are Crippling the Next Generation

Schools are stepping well beyond a reasonable line of control.

By Ryan Lau

If each of us was to look back upon our years in primary school, some things that may come to mind include gaining a little more independence from parents or guardians, learning to read and write, and meeting new friends, some of whom we may still be acquainted with. All absolute necessities in our modernized society, it is hard to argue that any of these aspects of elementary education should be drastically altered, but that hasn't stopped some British schools in the last several years. A number of institutions, including British private school Thomas's Battersea, where Prince George currently attends, have implemented a total ban on the concept of students having a best friend. Yes, you read that correctly. Essentially, these schools are robbing impressionable young minds of the chance to foster healthy relationship skills in order to prepare them for the real world, while failing to accomplish their alleged goal.

To fully recognize the dangers of this policy, it is first of all important to understand the well-intentioned motives behind it. Read more>>>

 

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  "...we like to be treated like normal people."

Students from Mount Madonna School entered a writing contest. Several won placements. One in particular caught my attention.  The assignment was "Think about someone in your school or community who is vulnerable and may need protection or support. This person may be a neighbor or a classmate-it may even be you. Are you willing and brave enough to stand up against injustice? Describe what you would do, and how your actions might make a difference."

Morgan Westbrook was a Powerful Voice semi-finalist in the high school category and an excerpt of his essay was chosen for publication as a Literary Gem. He wrote about racial stereotyping and his personal experiences coming from an interracial family.

"Being a darker skinned American is like being a peanut in a bag of trail mix. By most people, you are ignored unless you are freakishly huge or broken; by others, you are considered inferior, a worthless filler to an otherwise perfect bag of raisins and M&Ms. And the last type of people are the ones who seem to like you more than all the other things in the trail mix. No colored person likes the third type of person because we like to be treated like normal people.

I am the oldest of three; both of my sisters look white. My mom and dad are interracial. My dad is Irish and African American, but he looks black. My mom is English, Native American and African American, and she looks white with a mild tan. I am the only child of Paul and Jessica Westbrook who has dark skin. At home, my mom and dad explain the facts of racial injustice and I can witness them anytime my dad and I walk into a store that sells anything worth stealing."

Mount Madonna School is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society.

 

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  Danna Staaf, "Cephalopodiatrist" Extraordinaire

(0 January 2018) Danna_writing_Ursula.jpg"I write about science, with a particular penchant for marine biology and the intersection of art and science. I also write science fiction and fantasy. Sometimes I write for grown-ups and sometimes I write for kids. I also make art, including technical illustrations, comic strips, calligraphy, and origami.

My first book, SQUID EMPIRE: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, tells the true story of the ancient sea monsters that evolved into modern-day squid. It was published in October 2017 by ForeEdge, an imprint of the University Press of New England. Check the book page for updated information about author signings and other events.

For my PhD, I studied baby squid at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. Before that, I got a BA in Biology from the College of Creative Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Now I live in San Jose, California, with my husband, kids, cats, and plants.

The name "cephalopodiatrist" was coined by some friends of mine in high school to describe my lifelong obsession with octopus, squid, and all their relatives. My name can be tricky to pronounce. It rhymes with Banana Cough." http://www.cephalopodiatrist.com/p/home.html

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Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, A Walk Through the Grades 1/18

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 1/18

 

Gateway School K-8, K-8 Interactive Open House 1/20

 

Santa Cruz Waldorf Pre-8, Morning In the Kindergarten 1/20

 

San Lorenzo Valley High School, 8th Grade Parent Night 1/24

 

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INTO AFRICA

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A Benefit for

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  01/27/2018
All Ages
A New Presentation by Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom about the wonders of wild Africa

Santa Cruz 

831) 459-3800

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A Kerfuffle
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Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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Live Oak Grange
Date: The 3rd Fri of every month at 6:30pm
Details: Fun dances accessible to all comers. Live acoustic string music. All dances taught and prompted.
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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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Library Aptos
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: 6yrs & up
Details: Support your libraries by coming to the Aptos Book Sale and finding new life-changing books
City: Aptos Phone: (831)427-7717 view all details >>
     
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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SPIN
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Details: 'All Disabilities' Parent Support Group
City: Capitola Phone: 831.423-7713 view all details >>
     
A Kerfuffle
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Free Zoo Days for Children
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San Francisco Zoo
Date: Every day (Jan 8-Jan 31)
Ages: All
Details: FREE admission for all children age 14 and younger with adult paid admission
City: San Francisco Phone: (415) 753-7236 view all details >>
     
A Kerfuffle
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Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month (Jan 17-May 16) from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Details: Kids ages 6-10 are invited to craft with Anna and learn about the relationship between art and science.
City: Scotts Valley Phone: (831) 210-6551 view all details >>
     
Craft Sale in the Mountains
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Made in the Mountains
Date: The 3rd Sa of every month (Apr 21-Dec 15) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Details: Artists line the sidewalks showing of their amazing crafts.
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Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Tues from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: adults
Details: Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
     
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