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March 15, 2013
Can literature cause a society to do a 180 turn?
Win tickets to Santa Cruz Ballet's Spring Concert March 23!

Suki: Can We Make Our Schools Safer?
Science with Christine: Most of the information on the net on eye-color is wrong.

Viva: Cloth Diapering 101: Types of Cloth Diapers

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Winter Wildflower Walk!
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  Can literature cause a society to do a 180 turn?

(Books/Products) Book_ToKillAMockingbird.jpgIn 1960 Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird burst upon the American literary world. It is a powerful a story about the culture of the era, about relations between races, growing up in a small town, family life and character, written deceptively simply in the voice of an adult remembering a period in her life as a child, yet destined to become one of the major influencers in our American experience of overcoming slavery, prejudice, discrimination on the basis of skin color, and the harm of this behavior to the lifestyle and souls of both the oppressed and the oppressors. Just think of the impact of To Kill A Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn and before that Uncle Tom's Cabin. Over a million of To Kill A Mockingbird are still being sold annually.

(Books/Products) Movie_ToKillAMockingbird.jpgThe answer to the question is "Yes! A story well told, universal in its message and truth, that goes directly to heart and mind both, can change the course of history!

The story America is an amazing 400 hundred years of struggling to do the right thing by and for our fellow humans, of righting wrongs like slavery, of governing by the people instead of by rulers. While we have strayed and stumbled from true "justice for all", we are indeed fortunate that our forefathers provided a constitutional framework for achieving the goals of our Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness...."

Would you like to learn about American History as you never did in all your years of schooling, unless of course you had some great history teachers along the way. I'm taking an online History  course, American Heritage 102, and have already picked up nuances and new knowledge and understanding of our history. It is helping me understand threads in today's culture that make more sense because of our history. For example, I'm from New England where a certain segment of society greatly admires European culture and politics and "going to Europe" is what one does. This is simplifying reality, nevertheless when I learned that the first wave of immigrants was the Puritans and the second wave was elite, educated Europeans I began to understand present day culture in a different light.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Keep reading classics with the children,  Parmalee

  Win tickets to Santa Cruz Ballet's Spring Concert March 23!

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre performs In Concert at Cabrillo College's Crocker Theater

March 23.

Contemporary ballet premieres in collaboration with Watsonville Taiko


and Swan Lake Act II, for classical enthusiasts

We have tickets for you (first four to email us) when you email us with names of two friends who want to receive our weekly newsletters!  Please include a phone number!

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  Suki: Can We Make Our Schools Safer?

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The other day I wrote about the question of school security. I argued that no reasonable person would want our kids to go to schools that were equipped to repel any possible invasion by a hostile adult.

But there are other ways to make ourselves more secure, and improve our schools at the same time.

A recent article in The New Yorker ("Adaptation," Jan. 7, 2013) brings together research that urban planners are using to make cities safer. The most shocking research was done in the aftermath of the 1995 Chicago heatwave that killed 739 people. When researchers compiled the data, they found that the deaths were largely concentrated in poorer neighborhoods, which was unsurprising. The surprising thing was how neighborhoods with very similar demographics fared so differently.

"Englewood and Auburn Gresham, two adjacent neighborhoods on the hyper-segregated South Side of Chicago, were both ninety-nine per cent African American, with similar proportions of elderly residents. Both had high rates of poverty, unemployment, and violent crime. Englewood proved to be one of the most perilous places during the disaster, with thirty-three deaths per hundred thousand residents. But Auburn Gresham's death rate was only three per hundred thousand, making it far safer than many of the most affluent neighborhoods."... Read on to find out why there were differences and how we can use this knowledge to make ourselves more secure and improve our schools .>>>>>

 

  Science with Christine: Most of the information on the net on eye-color is wrong.

(Photos General) EyeColor.jpgWhat about eye color? There are lots of browns, fewer blues, and then some hazel, green and other colors. How common are these colors and what is going on?

This is very cool. Apparently all humans have iris pigments ranging from black to light brown. This is the real eye color. All changes to these colors comes from light scattering in the stroma around the iris. So there is no blue or green pigment in our eyes, just changes in the light that returns to us from impinging on the eyes. Changes in light can change the color of these "colored" eyes. Read more about why your eyes are the color they are! >>>>>>

Click here for more science with scientist and mom, Christine Cockey.

 
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  Viva: Cloth Diapering 101: Types of Cloth Diapers

(Photos General) VivaGravatar.jpgThere's a renaissance in cloth diapering going on right now. Cloth diapering has always been the most frugal and environmentally-conscious choice for parents, but cloth diapers have also been 1) less convenient to use than their disposable counterparts and 2) yucky to clean, which is why they had been rapidly declining in popularity for the last 40 years. No so anymore- advances in technology have transformed the cloth diapering landscape.

(Photos General) ClothDiaper.jpgSoft, woven waterproof fabric has replaced vinyl diaper covers, Snappis have replaced diaper pins, and thank goodness diaper sprayers have replaced toilet dunking. Numerous companies have taken advantage of these new technologies to create cloth diapers that are convenient to use, easy to wash, and completely adorable.

If you're interested in using cloth diapers on your child, here's an overview of the different types of cloth diapers that are available. I've used links to Amazon product pages so that you can see pictures of the diapers I'm describing, as well as read reviews about them and find out pricing...  Lots of details>>>>>

 

 

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School Corner

 Chartwell & The New high School K-12, Open House 3/16

 

Santa Cruz Montessori School K-8, Morning In the Kindergarten 3/16

 

Orchard School K-6, Open House 3/19

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Campus Tour Day 3/20

 

Spring Hill School K-8, Kindergarten Tour 3/20

 

Waldorf School K-8, Open House, A Walk Through the Grades 3/20

 

El Jardin Preschool Open House 3/21

 

Aptos Academy K-8 Open House 3/21

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Summer Camp Guide is coming in April!  Email us for information!

Internship for Teens!

Summer Science Field Trip
Assistants

Help in a fun summer science program that teaches kids real physics and chemistry activities in the multi-sensory outdoors. Science knowledge is helpful but not necessary. Join some wonderful teaching assistants and kid helpers for science field trips.

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Check our website,

osefun.com

for activity summaries, locations and dates. June 10-July 12

I am a Master Teacher at the top of this field and Director of the nonprofit Outdoor Science Exploration & Classroom Science Fun. Our shared goal is to help the kids learn about science and themselves. I also have an extra goal of doing as much as possible to develop your chosen strengths and goals.

Irvin Lindsey
info@osefun.com
(831) 423-5925

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 Winter Wildflower Walk!

Winter Wildflower Walk!


State Park Big Basin
Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
Date: Every day (Mar 16-Mar 17) at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles Admission Fees: free

Flowers in the winter? Fall rains bring a whole new blooming season upon us-many plants survived through the long, hot, dry summer just waiting for the cooler, wetter months to return and refresh them. Lichens, mosses and many chaparral plants just begin blooming this time of year! Join docent Scott Peden and learn to identify these flowering plants. You'll also visit several historical spots within the park. Saturday's walk is a four-mile, four-hour walk that includes two chimney trees and a waterfall. Sunday's walk is a five-mile, five-hour walk that travels from creek side to ridge top.

 

Bring water and lunch. Meet at Park Headquarters.


Location: Rancho del Oso Gate, Wadell Creek Map
Phone: 427-2288 •website Boulder Creek

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