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May 14, 2015

Teacher Interviews by Bob Edwards

Suki: A Good Word About Teenagers

Christine Group Think Is Here:
Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec Summer Programs!
Local Mom, Jenni Kaye, Writes "Mommy Is a Worrywart"

Featured Event
Book Sale
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(AAA_Feb 2015) TeenandDad2.jpgSuki's praise for teenagers resonates with me.  As my own children were evolving, naturally with a few glitches, they became more and more delightful, indeed more interesting with every passing year.  Enjoy them while they're around, for all too soon, they are off being adults, and that is yet another level of enjoyment. 

The Bob Edwards interviews of teachers so enchanted me that I share with you the books some of them have written.  What a wonderful gift one of these books would make for teachers.

Christine's article on leadership, followers and what happens in our brains when a leader possesses that certain ability to sway us is SCARY.  It makes me realize how very important it is that we encourage questioning, expose our children to opposing opinions and help them develop critical thinking skills --with finesse and consideration of course.  This is particularly critical in this era of too much information, disinformation and polarized opinions. 

Questioning children, teenagers, teachers, leadership and all ties together and it all begins within the family!

Please note the correct date, next Tuesday, May 19, for a tour of the beautiful campus at Mount Madonna School.

The Weekend  ~ Parenting Support ~ Parks ~ Museums ~ A-Z Camps

Thank you for your interest in our newsletter and for sending many new families our way. Please, drop us a line anytime and recommend us to a friend

Have a great weekend with family and friends, Parmalee


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  Teacher Interviews by Bob Edwards

Bob Edward's weekend interviews with teacher-authors was fascinating and inspiring.

"... Bob talks with Jason Kamras about being named the National Teacher of the Year in 2005 and we get an update on what he's been doing over the past decade.

We'll also hear from former teachers Ninive Clements Calegari and Daniel Moulthrop co-authors of a book titled Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers.    

(AAA_Feb 2015) Rafe-esquith-via-clarion-ledger.jpgBob talks with Rafe Esquith a fifth grade teacher at a public school in Los Angeles, the only teacher in history to receive the National Medal of the Arts. Esquith has written several books including Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire, Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World and a book of advice titled Real Talk for Real Teachers.

Bob talks with Irish writer Frank McCourt - who won the Pulitzer Prize for his first book, Angela's Ashes.  He died in 2009, but Bob spoke with McCourt about his memoir Teacher Man, which focuses on his three decades spent teaching English in New York City's public school system. 

Then, Bob talks with another former teacher.  Taylor Mali is now an advocate for teachers and a poet who defended his profession with the poem and the book titled What Teachers Make."

Rafe Esquith photo by Clarion Ledger


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  Suki: A Good Word About Teenagers

(AAA_Feb 2015) Suki2015.jpgI've got teenagers. One of them is official-16-and the other one is some months off from having "teen" in her age. From what some parents say, you might expect that my next words will be complaints.

Teenagers are great!

Ha, fooled you! Or did I? Because I know that a few silent parents out there are like me. We are having a fabulous time raising our teens, and we read all those horrid articles wondering if a) we have exceptionally wonderful teenagers (unlikely), or b) we're just incurably optimistic, sunny-faced people who don't notice that we're living with ogres.

(AAA_Feb 2015) SukiTeenagers_friendslucastsilva.jpgDespite the fact that a few people lately have described me as "generally cheerful" (huh?), I can assure you that (b) is also incorrect. I'm not happy about having teens in my house because I only look at the bright side of things, because I fail to see my kids' faults, or because I have a secret pill that I'm taking and that you want in on.

I'm happy with having my teens because teens are-this may shock you-so darn great to be around.

Why focus on the problems?

We all know about teens: They're self-absorbed, snotty, rude, untrustworthy, messy, disordered, willful, self-righteous, yadda yadda yadda.

It's all true, of course, with variation from individual to individual.

But what else is true about teens is much more worth discussing. Here are some true things about teens (both mine and the others I teach and know socially) that I value. >>>>>>>>>>>

Suki Wessling is a local parent who writes about reading, writing, parenting, education, and homeschooling.


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  Christine Group Think Is Here:

(AAA_Feb 2015) Genghis_Khan_in_Mongolia.jpgLeaders Synchronize Brains with Followers

Throughout history great leaders have been able to get the cooperation of large masses of people. People like Genghis Khan, Nelson Mandela and Adolph Hitler have been able to convince large groups of people to follow their lead.  Science has now allowed us to peer into the ability of these leaders.

Sometimes science scares me.

A recent paper published in the National Academy of Sciences looks at the mental process of leadership. They set up groups with three individuals to discuss areas of moral dilemmas. During these discussions a leader would arise. The researchers used  functional near-infrared spectroscopy to measure what was happening in the brain during this process. Prepared to be scared.

The scientists found that the left temporo-parietal junction of the brains of the followers would synchronize with the leaders' brain. Think about that. A leader would arise in a group, speak out about something and others in the group would follow to such an extent that their brains would synchronize.  

Chistine is a local mom and scientist who makes science easy to understand.  You can find her blog here.

  Santa Cruz County Parks & Rec Summer Programs!
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  Local Mom, Jenni Kaye, Writes "Mommy Is a Worrywart"

Mommy Is A Worrywart takes a humorous look at motherhood.

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"Does Mommy worry a bit too much? Little Hedge thinks Mommy is a worrywart. But does she really have anything to worry about? Other than sharks, strange creatures and space aliens, that is.... Mommy is a Worrywart explores the fears of parenthood through the eyes of a mischievous little child."

"When my daughter was 3, she wanted to walk on a seesaw," Kaye said.  "That's where the book began."

Local mom and author Jenni Kaye loves to write and it shows.  This book introduces a mischievous child protagonist of the hedgehog/panda family who gently pokes at her mother for being a worrywart.  Jenni Kaye promises us more adventures with this family.  Perhaps your young readers will want to meet Jenni Kaye at the Santa Cruz children's Museum of Discovery and chat about Little Hedge's future.

Learn more about Jenni Kaye at JenniKaye.comJenni Kaye can often be found at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery as can her newest book.


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  Featured Event

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in the Parks

A-Z Camps

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School Corner

Santa Cruz Montessori PreK-8, Yard Sale 5/16


Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk Through the Grades 5/20


Central, SV & Aptos Libraries Grades 5-8, Hands on Build Your Future 3/5 - 5/20


Mount Madonna PreK-12, Campus Tour 5/19


Santa Cruz Waldorf PreK-8, Mornings in the Kindergarten 5/15


Santa Cruz Montessori Pre-8, Open Visits M-F

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Monterey Bay

Youth Outdoor Day

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Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Saturday, May 16

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 Book Sale

Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Thousands of books will be available!
Saturday 5/16
Members 10:00am - 11:00am
Public 11:00am to 4:00pmAll ages

Books, CDs, books on tape and DVDs, OH MY! It's time to buy, at the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Spring Book Sale on Saturday, May 16th in the parking lot next to the downtown branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library. Open at 10 am for members and then 11 am to 4 pm for the public.

(AAA_Feb 2015) BookSalewithChild.jpgPick from many fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children's books. Thousands of books will be available! Most books will be priced between $1 and $3. Proceeds will be used to support the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. For more information go to, email or our Facebook page.

More information about the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries: The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries supports the Santa Cruz Public Libraries through fundraising and advocacy. In 2014 FSCPL gave nearly $100,000 to the libraries to support programming, purchase books and materials, and take care of the branches.

Location: Santa Cruz Public Library Downtown, 223 Church St, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 477-7707 •website Santa Cruz

Pottery & Glass Seconds Sale
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  Pottery & Glass Seconds Sale
Cabrillo College
Date: 05/01/2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Over 50 professional potters, glass artists, jewelers and other craftspeople from California's central coast sell seconds, exper
City: Aptos view all details >>
Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center
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  Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center
State Park Henry Cowell
Date: 04/01/2017 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Sandhills Mobile Visitor Center Come visit the Sandhills Mobile
Special Instructions: Vehicle day-use fee is $10
City: Felton Phone: (831) 335-7077 view all details >>
Davenport Jail Open for One Day!
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  Davenport Jail Open for One Day!
Date: 12/06/2015 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Hang out with some of the MAH's awesome historical docents in Santa Cruz County's smallest jail house with only two cells.
Special Instructions: Between Ocean and Davenport Streets on Cabrillo
City: Davenport Phone: 831.429.1964 view all details >>
Teenagers, Teachers, Leadership & Citizenship
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Santa Cruz Clay Show & Sale
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  Santa Cruz Clay Show & Sale
Santa Cruz Clay
Date: Every day (May 16-May 17) from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: See the wide array of wonderful clay work being created here, watch enthusiastic new potters demonstrating their skill
City: Soquel view all details >>
Spring Birding Walk
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  Spring Birding Walk
Elkhorn Slough
Date: 05/16/2015 from 7:30am to 11:30am
Details: Enjoy special nature activities at the Slough
Special Instructions: Check website for times
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 728-2822 view all details >>
Santa Cruz Montessori Announces Annual Spring Yard Sale
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  Santa Cruz Montessori Announces Annual Spring Yard Sale
Santa Cruz Montessori
Date: 05/16/2015 from 8:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Santa Crus Montessori Annual Gala Yard Sale
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 476-1646 view all details >>
Sequoia Trail Wildflower Walk
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  Sequoia Trail Wildflower Walk
State Park Big Basin
Date: 06/20/2015 at 10:00am
Ages: All
Details: Learn to identify many of Big Basin's species of native mosses, lichens, fungi, wildflowers and plants.
Special Instructions: Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236
City: Boulder Creek Phone: (831) 338-8861 view all details >>
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Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Every day (May 19-May 21)
Details: Enjoy authentic, handcrafted Greek Food and Desserts
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.429.6500 view all details >>
Liverworts, hornworts, and mosse...
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  Liverworts, hornworts, and mosse...
Arboretum at UC Santa Cruz
Date: 01/11/2016 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: They're all around us, in the woods and even in our streets. But have you ever taken a close look at a moss, a liverwort, or a h
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.2998 view all details >>
Spring Dog Festival
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  Spring Dog Festival
Coastal Dog Owner's Group
Date: 05/17/2015 from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all ages
Details: 14th Annual Spring Dog Festival
Special Instructions: Dogs must be leashed
City: Soquel Phone: (888)682-6972 view all details >>
Animation, Technology, Robotics Classes for Kids
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  Animation, Technology, Robotics Classes for Kids
Learn to Discover
Date: Every weekday from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Ages: 4 - 18
Details: Animation, Technology & Robotics Classes for Kids
City: Capitola Phone: (831)662-9700 view all details >>
Teenagers, Teachers, Leadership & Citizenship
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  Teenagers, Teachers, Leadership & Citizenship
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Family Game Night
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  Family Game Night
Discovery Learning Center
Date: Every Th at 6:30pm
Details: Family Game Night We're going to host a 6 week trial of Family Game
City: santa cruz Phone: (831) 531-7352 view all details >>
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