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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

January 21, 2016
Will you be dancing?

Teaching Honesty

Caldecott Winners 2016
SSSSSSSSolstice Fest at the Arboretum
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  Will you be dancing?

(A Jan_16) ContraDancing11.jpgIs this the weekend that your family will dance together on Friday night, contra dance style? Say "Yes" because I guarantee you will have fun, laughing and dancing your way to a relaxed state and stress-free weekend.  If you've never done contra dancing, take the introductory class at 6:40pm at Live Oak Grange. Come dressed casually, ready for action, jeans will do, but if you're inspired, break out that old hippy swirly skirt.

If you're watching our political antics, you are probably trying to figure out who's truthful and who's not.  Now, if it's our own children, most of the time we can separate the wheat from the chaff.  Of course we want our children to be or become honest. When/if this is a challenge, how do we teach honesty? Author Anirudh Anupama offers a unique approach, which boils down to rewarding honesty.  What do you think?

(A Jan_16) Mindfulness_MissionBe.jpg"Mindfulness" is a trend that has begun to reach mainstream attention (google "studies of mindfulness in schools").  Locally at least three  schools practice mindfulness (Gateway, Tara Redwood and Santa Cruz Children's School).  Here's a link to mindfulness practices in Santa Cruz County alternative schools.  If you are excited about introducing mindfulness into your classroom, check out this course for educators being offered locally by Mission BeThey are offering a six week teacher training at Luma Yoga studio beginning January 28th and continuing on Thursday evenings from 7-9:30pm.

(A Buttons) Button_Weekend.jpgPlease recommend our newsletter to new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events! We cannot fit them all into this newsletter.  There are more on the online calendar.

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  Teaching Honesty

How My Father Used 'Gulliver's Travels' And $1.50 To Teach Me About Honesty

By Anirudh Anupama

(A Jan_16) gullivers-travels.jpgWhen I was 10, my father gave me a book to read - Gulliver's Travels. He said that towards the end of the book, I would be rewarded. I thought he was talking about the lesson in it.

I started reading the story with my natural speed, in no great rush to get to the end. Just before 10 pages at the end, I found a Rs. 100 note [ about $1.50]. I was baffled at the sight. Since I was a kid, it was really a very huge amount for me. I didn't know what to do with the sum. Moreover, I was too much into the story, and really wanted to explore what happens with Gulliver, the story's brave hero.

I just slid the note at the other side of the table and continued reading. When I completed reading the book, I returned it to my father and notified him about the money I had found in it. I told him that I don't know what to do with it and since he was an adult, he would know how to deal with it.

My father wanted to check how I would handle the situation and he was pleased to see that I didn't cheat.

He sat me down and explained it to me, "Look Beta, as you did, one must be prompt about returning stuff which doesn't belong to them. This will keep your Karma clean and you will be rewarded. It doesn't matter what the form of the reward is, but it does matter that you have a clean conscience at the end of the day when you go to bed. Never lie or cheat in life, no matter what the situation is. You will be successful. Now go and buy yourself a kite."

I clearly remember the incident, as it was before he left us, and it is one of the very few memories I have of him. I try my best to abide by this teaching of his. It surely has helped me to have a guilt-free conscience everyday

Anirudh Anupama is a PhD Research Scholar, IIT Indore, and enjoys writing about parenting, literature, and storytelling. This article was syndicated from Quora for The Fatherly Forum, a community of parents and influencers with insights about work, family, and life. 

 

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  Caldecott Winners 2016

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The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 


2016 Medal Winner

Book Cover: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous BearFinding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by  Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, an division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.   Finding Winnie is an incredible account of the friendship and love shared between a soldier and the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Blackall beautifully interprets this multi-dimensional family story through her distinctive Chinese ink and watercolor art, capturing intimate and historical details perfect for a child's eye.    "Children will be enchanted by Winnie's journey from the forests of Canada to the pages of the Hundred Acre Wood. Blackall offers a tour-de-force of visual storytelling," said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Rachel G. Payne.

2016 Honor Books

Book Cover: Trombone ShortyTrombone Shorty, pictures by Bryan Collier and words by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.    In this autobiography, Trombone Shorty reminisces about his early life in the jazz music scene of his beloved hometown of New Orleans. Through Collier's paintings and collage illustrations, the story's authentic, heartfelt tone is masterfully realized. 


  Book Cover: WaitingWaiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.    Waiting delivers an intimate story of five figurines, each anticipating the wonder of everyday moments. Using rich brown lines and a soft pastel palette, Henkes invites young readers to slow down and explore a range of emotions in a world on a windowsill. 


  Book Cover: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou HamerVoice of Freedom:  Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press.   In this biography in verse, Ekua Holmes' illustrations provide children with an intensely visual encounter with Civil Rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. The repetition of colors and motifs within the richly layered collage create complex images that capture Hamer's power and bravery.


  Book Cover: Last Stop on Market StreetLast Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.  

Readers are transported, along with a young boy and his grandmother, on a journey through the city. Robinson's illustrations, a colorful mix of acrylic paint and collage, feel both vintage and fresh. The diversity, vibrancy, and beauty of the urban setting are celebrated as CJ and Nana share meaningful moments together.

Click here for Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938-Present

  SSSSSSSSolstice Fest at the Arboretum

Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
A family oriented event with music, stories, and hands on learning
Date: 01/23/2016 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: all

Admission Fees: Event is free with admission to the Arboretum

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Like the Arboretum's popular annual Hummingbird Days event, the SSSSSSSSolstice Fest is a family oriented event with music, stories, and hands on learning.

The session is designed to enable children (and adults) to explore the natural world and become more connected with the land, themselves, and each other. It is free with Arboretum admission.

This event will be led by the Reikes Center and will be held in sinnikmatak, which means The Place of the Children, at the Arboretum. The Center has held Nature Awareness events at the Arboretum since 2011.

Event is free with admission to the Arboretum.

Location: Reikes Center, High St. and Western Drive , Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 427-2998  Santa Cruz West Side

 

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Gateway School K-8, Middle School Information Night 1/21 & Open House 1/23

 

Pioneer Middle School 6-8, Open House 1/21

 

How to Raise An Adult 1/28

 

Kirby School 5-12, Open House 1/30

 

Gateway K-8, School Day Tour 2/2

 

Coastal Community Preschool, Kindergarten Readiness Program 2/4

 

Gateway, Mount Madonna, York & Cabrillo, "Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools" 2/9

 

Mount Madonna PreK-12, Open House featuring Hands-on Science and Conversation Cafe 2/20

 

All School Events

Ongoing Library Events for All Ages

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Honesty
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Safely Home Car Seat Fitting Stations
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  Safely Home Car Seat Fitting Stations
Dominican Hospital
Date: 01/23/2016 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Details: Car Seat Fitting Station ~ Did you know that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly?
Special Instructions: Corner of Soquel Drive & Paul Sweet Road
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 462-7266 view all details >>
     
Wednesday Night Cinema Society
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  Wednesday Night Cinema Society
UCSC Astronomy & Physics
Date: Every Wed (Jan 6-Mar 9) at 7:00pm
Details: Fascinating film series, Theme: The Urban Landscape
Special Instructions: Communications Building
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Fourth Friday Family Music Jam
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MusicalMe, Inc
Date: The 4th Fri of every month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Ages: birth - preschool with caregiver
Details: Your children want from you, more than anything, to sing & dance & play - with you and their loved ones!
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 438-3514 view all details >>
     
The Crooked Road Ceili Band - Stompin' Irish Contra Dance
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  The Crooked Road Ceili Band - Stompin' Irish Contra Dance
Santa Cruz Dance
Date: 01/22/2016 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Ages: 7+
Details: Contra couples dancing for families -beginners and experienced dancers welcome
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
Honesty
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San Lorenzo River Lighting Ceremony
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San Lorenzo River Alliance
Date: 01/22/2016 from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Details: Celebrate positive changes happening along the San Lorenzo River
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Beginning Bird Walk
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  Beginning Bird Walk
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 07/23/2017 from 8:00am to 10:00am
Details: A Walk in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with a Park Naturalist
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Whalefest Monterey
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  Whalefest Monterey
Old Fisherman's Wharf
Date: Every day (Jan 23-Jan 24) from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Fun and educational, interactive family event for all ages celebrates the migration of the gray whales!
Special Instructions: Near Custom House
City: Monterey view all details >>
     
Victorian Tea Party
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Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 01/31/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 5 and up
Details: Come to a tea party the old-fashioned way!
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
     
History Hike - A Walk Through Time
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  History Hike - A Walk Through Time
Quail Hollow Ranch
Date: 01/24/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Take a walk through time at Quail Hollow Ranch!
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-9348 view all details >>
     
     
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