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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

March 15, 2018
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love

Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively

Suki: This isn't what we meant when we said 'equal'

Beach Cleanup Fun!
Fun Events!
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  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

(0 March 2018) StPats_Maytheroad.jpgHappy St. Patrick's Day to ALL regardless of our ancestral heritages! The Irish are known for their easy banter, playful teasing, sometimes quick tempers, story-telling blarney and hard work. It's a joy to know a few friends. and relatives by marriage, with some of these infectious qualities!

Suki goes to the movies and concludes:"The reality is the women are not men, and that's good. Diversity makes us strong. Our value as human beings should not be measured on the basis of our physical strength alone. It's not progress to get more women in movies if they are simply acting in parts written for men."

"Finding a school your kids, and you, will love" has been easy in Santa Cruz County for many years. Ted Talk speaker and author Sir Ken Robinson has suggestions for going about the process. We have so many options: good public, private, charter schools and home schooling programs. I'm impressed with the variety and quality of choices. Locally our schools offer open houses, planned tours and individual visits. Our job as parents is to identify our criteria, then go school visiting.

(0 March 2018) StPats_leprechaun.jpgPlease 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 green weekend with the family and watch out for those impish little leprechauns!  Parmalee

 

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  How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love

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There's so much pressure for them to believe that a good school is defined by high test scores and high rates of entrance to college and university, but there's a lot more to education than that.

One of the things to look at is the balance of the curriculum - which in shorthand is what it is we want kids to learn, and learn from. You want to make sure that there is a real balance and dynamism in the school curriculum. Testing tends to focus schools, for understandable reasons, on the areas on which they themselves are going to be judged politically. So there's been a narrowing of the curriculum in many areas. We've seen a reduction in things like arts programs, in recess, in practical vocational programs, because they're not subject to these tests. The emphasis on STEM - science technology engineering and math - they're very important. But the arts, the humanities, physical education, are just as important. So that's the first thing. I always encourage parents to take a look at the curriculum.

Also look at the quality of teaching, that's the next thing. Assessment is important, it's a vital part of education and testing can have some constructive and important roles in it. It's about the balance. It's about asking what assessment's for, and it should ideally be there to support, encourage and inform children's development and achievement.

And then the other is the physical environment of the school. Look at what's on the walls. Is there kids' work on the walls? Exhibitions? That also taps into the overall culture - you know, what sort of values are school promoting and how closely does it work with parents and the broader community? I think these are all reasonable criteria for the health and vitality of a school.

Good interview writeup...read the rest>>>>

 

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  Being Busy Is Killing Our Ability to Think Creatively

(0 March 2018) Daydreaming2.jpgIf these quotes resonate with you, read the article by David Beres>>>>

"The idea is to balance linear thinking-which requires intense focus-with creative thinking, which is borne out of idleness. Switching between the two modes seems to be the optimal way to do good, inventive work." Emma Seppälä

"Artists recontextualize reality and offer visions that were previously invisible. Creativity engages the brain's daydreaming mode directly and stimulates the free flow and association of ideas, forging links between concepts and neural modes that might not otherwise be made." Daniel Levitin

"Perhaps we now need to engineer scarcity in our communications, in our interactions, and in the things we consume. Otherwise our lives become like a Morse code transmission that's lacking breaks-a swarm of noise blanketing the valuable data beneath." Michael Harris

"Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shallowness and you permanently reduce your capacity to perform deep work."  Cal Newport

 

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  Suki: This isn't what we meant when we said 'equal'

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I was inspired to muse on the changing way we depict women when my family went to see the most recent Star Wars film. The previews, of course, were geared toward audiences that might see a Star Wars film. Given the new emphasis in the Star Wars series on female characters, we got an ample preview of action movies featuring "strong" women.

Women shooting, women fighting, women yelling, women killing.

Now, please don't get me wrong: I love seeing physically strong, active women on screen. The days of helpless women being tied to train tracks and dancing on chairs in fear of a mouse are over, and good riddance. Women's bodies should be valued and celebrated as much as men's.

However, these suddenly ubiquitous depictions of "strong" women have a problem:

Women aren't the same as men. Read more>>>>

 

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  Beach Cleanup Fun!

Mar 18 Sun Clean Up Cowell Beach with Dream Inn

9:00 am

Join Dream Inn and spend your Sunday morning cleaning up one of our most visited beaches. MEET UP LOCATION Meet at the main entrance of Cowell Beach next to the public restrooms and the Dream[...] Cowell Beach

Mar 18 Sun Clean Up Sunny Cove Beach

9:00 am

We'd love to enlist your help in cleaning up Santa Cruz's beloved Sunny Cove Beach. MEET UP LOCATION Meet at the end of Johan's Beach Dr. next to the trash cans. There is a Port-A-Potty[...] Sunny Cove

 

Mar 23 Fri Pajaro River Paddle Cleanup

9:30 am

Have fun while making a difference on the Pajaro River! We need intermediate to advanced kayakers with their own gear for this event. MEET UP LOCATION Parking lot at the end of Rio Boca Rd[...] Parking lot at the end of Rio

 

 

  Fun Events!
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Kirby Prep School 5-8, But Why Bump Off Barnaby? 3/15-18

 

Gateway School K-8, School Day Tour 3/17

 

Mount Madonna School Pre-K-12, Campus Tour Day 3/14

 

ALL SCHOOL EVENTS

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Joy and Mischief


Dance a jig to live music
Create festive crafts
Enjoy snacks and refreshments


Louden Nelson
FREE tickets

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Paper & Stapler!

 

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Hummingbird Day March 17 @ UCSC Arboretum
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  Hummingbird Day March 17 @ UCSC Arboretum
Arboretum
Date: 03/17/2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All ages
Details: A Day of Natural Wonder and Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family
Special Instructions: Off Empire Grade, left side of campus
City: Santa cruz Phone: (831) 502-2998 view all details >>
     
"The Nature of Capitola"
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  "The Nature of Capitola"
Capitola Historical Museum
Date: 03/17/2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Explore the beauty and history of Capitola's natural features
City: Capitola Phone: 831-464-0322 view all details >>
     
Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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  Old-Time Family Barn Dance
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.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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  All Disabilities Parent Support Group
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 >>
     
But Why Bump Off Barnaby
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  But Why Bump Off Barnaby
Kirby School
Date: Every day (Mar 15-Mar 17) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Details: Come watch this comedic murder mystery and learn whodunit!
Special Instructions: Mar 15, 16 and 17, 7-9:30 & March 18, 2-3:30
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 423-0658 view all details >>
     
Book Sale at Aptos Library
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  Book Sale at Aptos Library
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 >>
     
Genealogy Research Group
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  Genealogy Research Group
Library La Selva Beach
Date: The 3rd Wed of every month from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Details: Interested in genealogy? At a dead-end? Have a new source to share? Join us
City: La Selva Beach Phone: 661-4771 view all details >>
     
Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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  Does your child enjoy art? Science?
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 >>
     
DATE NIGHT: Homebrewing
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  DATE NIGHT: Homebrewing
Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project
Date: 03/17/2018 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Get a chance to sample some more traditional beers and wines, as well as unique items like plum port, loquat amaretto, olalliebe
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831 763 4047 view all details >>
     
Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
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  Positive Discipline for Parents of Preschoolers (2-5 years)
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 >>
     
Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Sandhills and the San Lorenzo
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  Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Sandhills and the San Lorenzo
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 03/17/2018 from 1:15pm to 3:15pm
Ages: All ages
Details: Exploring the San Lorenzo River: Sandhills and the San Lorenzo
Special Instructions: Registration required.
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-5100 view all details >>
     
Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
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  Hidden Gems of Big Basin: Wildflowers and Other Beauties
State Park Big Basin
Date: 03/17/2018 at 10:00am
Ages: 5+ or able to hike 3 miles
Details: Yes! Wildflowers are still here!
City: Wadell Creek Phone: 427-2288 view all details >>
     
Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
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  Wool, Spinning, and Weaving
State Park Mission
Date: 04/21/2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Details: Follow the path of wool from the sheep to the shirt...spin your own wool
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.425-5849 view all details >>
     
Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
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  Triple P Workshop: Helping Teens Cope With Depression
Triple P, Positive Parenting Program
Date: 03/15/2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Details: What to do if you think your teen is depressed; Tips for helping teens develop healthy coping skills.
City: aptos view all details >>
     
     
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