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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz, CA

May 26, 2016
Remembering

Memorial Day at Evergreen Cemetery

Annie Murphy Paul: JUMP Math

Big Basin for the Kids

Sun and Protection

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  Remembering

(A May 2016) MemorialDayMom.jpgMemorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00pm local time.

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, 750,000.  WWI claimed 130,000 lives.  WWII claimed 405,399. These numbers astound and sadden me.  Whatever our individual perspectives are on war and peace, let us recognize that each of these persons gave their lives because they believed in the cause of maintaining freedom for their families, friends and communities.  We honor their sacrifices (source of figures: Wikipedia) and observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries, holding memorials, participating in parades and gathering together. Unofficially, at (A May 2016) Sunglasses2.jpgleast, it marks the beginning of summer. 

Just one more point on war, peace and memories.  We must assure ourselves that we and our children are exposed to history from more than one historian in order to arrive at true facts so that we can learn from history in order to make wise decisions.  Beware of bias.  Question sources.  Do original research. 

Whether you're going to the beach, mountains or local park, or simply the back yard it's likely to involve sun exposure, so we bring you some recommendations for healthful practices and sunscreens.

(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.

Have a great Memorial weekend with the family! Parmalee

 

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  Memorial Day at Evergreen Cemetery

Date: 5/30 at 11:00am
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Join the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History along with local military and veterans organizations to commemorate Santa Cruz's 149th Memorial Day.

 

The Observance is held in the quiet Grand Army of the Republic plot at Evergreen Cemetery. This traditional remembrance features musical and spoken tributes from local community leaders, veterans and military including Chuck Woodson and the Defense Language Institute Active Personnel and ACWA 2nd Wisconson Infantry, Co. "H" and SVR's 89th California Infantry Company C. The National Anthem will be sung.

This year's Keynote Speaker will be Dean Kaufman, Veteran Advocate for the County Veterans Services Office (VSO).  In his position at the VSO, Dean Kaufman has worked with hundreds of local veterans to connect them with the services they need.  He is a veteran himself from the first Gulf War and worked as a technician for many years after leaving the service in 1993.  He as been the Veteran Advocate for the VSO since July of 2010 and will talk about local veteran led initiatives and programs designed to help veterans in SC County and beyond.

(A May 2016) MemorialDay2.jpgBefore and after the Remembrance, we will have a Pop Up Museum that honors those who have served our country.  We encourage you to bring an object, memorabilia, or photograph to share with the public that honors your memory of a loved one, family member or friend who has served or is serving our country's armed forces.  We will ask you to write a brief label about the object and the person are honoring.

Pop Up Museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. It works by choosing a theme and location, and inviting people to bring something on topic to share. This Pop Up Museum invites you to share your story with others to connect, share and collectively honor Memorial Day. 

Thank you to all those who are part of this Remembrance Day: Chuck Woodson, Evergreen Cemetery Volunteers and Docents.

After the hour-long program, enjoy a BBQ luncheon at the Portuguese Hall hosted by Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 10110. Cost: $5/person.

Thank you Portugese Hall for donating your space for the BBQ. If you're interested in renting the Portuguese Hall space please go to their website here.


Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz Map
Phone: (831) 429-1964 •website Santa Cruz West Side

 

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  Annie Murphy Paul: JUMP Math

This morning I had the privilege of watching John Mighton teach math. If you haven't heard of John and his JUMP program, please do yourself a favor and read this excellent New York Times article, "A Better Way to Teach Math." I'll quote briefly from it here:

(A May 2016) JumpMathLogo.jpg"The experience of some educators in Canada and England, using a curriculum called Jump Math, suggests that we seriously underestimate the potential of most students and teachers. "Almost every kid-and I mean virtually every kid-can learn math at a very high level, to the point where they could do university level math courses,' explains John Mighton, the founder of Jump Math, a nonprofit organization whose curriculum is in use in classrooms serving 65,000 children from grades one through eight, and by 20,000 children at home. "If you ask why that's not happening, it's because very early in school many kids get the idea that they're not in the smart group, especially in math. We kind of force a choice on them: to decide that either they're dumb or math is dumb.'

"Children come into school with differences in background knowledge, confidence, ability to stay on task and, in the case of math, quickness. In school, those advantages can get multiplied rather than evened out. One reason, says Mighton, is that teaching methods are not aligned with what cognitive science tells us about the brain and how learning happens.

I'd read about John's program, I'd talked to him on the phone, and I knew that his JUMP program did, indeed, align with what we know from the research about how children learn. But today was the first time that I'd seen John in action-and it was amazing. I'm not exaggerating when I report that kids were jumping out of their seats to answer John's questions, were running up to the front of the classroom when called on to demonstrate a solution, and were begging John to leave his notations up on the whiteboard instead of erasing them when the class was over.

What is John's secret? Talking with him afterward, he made it sound very simple. I'll summarize the points he made here:

  • Math as it is conventionally taught throws too much information too quickly at students, without enough step-by-step explanation and practice. As a result, students' "cognitive load"-their brains' capacity to store and manipulate information-is exceeded, and they become confused and lost. JUMP Math, by contrast, breaks information down into small steps, even "micro-steps," and offers lots of opportunities to practice and master one step before moving on to the next.
  • Math as it is conventionally taught is explicitly hierarchical, with "faster" and "slower" students clearly identified and treated accordingly. JUMP Math, by contrast, "relentlessly eliminates hierarchy" by involving the whole class in figuring out solutions together. In John's words: "Kids are competing against the problem instead of each other."
  • Math as it is conventionally taught often comes across as a mystifying jumble of unconnected numbers and concepts. JUMP Math, by contrast, is all about identifying patterns and making connections.
  • Math as it is conventionally taught is experienced by students as a tiresome chore at best and, at worst, a humiliating exercise in failure. JUMP Math, by contrast, keeps students in an exciting, stimulating "zone" of learning and discovery by supporting students' growing competence while also "continually raising the bar"-leading to the palpable excitement and delight that I witnessed this morning.

Read more>>>

Visit JumpMath.com   Check out Jump Math books.

 

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  Big Basin for the Kids

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State Park Big Basin
Kids only! Discover secrets of the forest!
Date: Every day (May 28-May 30)
Ages: Kids 7-12 Admission Fees: $10 parking

(A May 2016) JuniorRangerKid2.jpgSaturday, May 28 at 3 pm
Sunday, May 29 at 3 pm
Monday, May 30 at 11 am

Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore and play games as you learn about plants, animals and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge 15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.

Big Basin Park Headquarters. 338-8883

 

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State Park Big Basin
Nature for the little ones
Date: Every day (May 28-May 30)
Big Basin Nature Club
Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 29 at 4:30 pm
Monday, May 30 at 10 am

This fun program is for children ages 3-6 and their whole families. Pretend, play, sing and explore! This half-hour program will introduce youngsters to the wonders of the redwood forest. Meet at the Nature Lodge.


Location: 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 , Boulder Creek Map
Boulder Creek

 

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  Sun and Protection

Before You Go Outside Sunscreen should be your last resort

Wear clothes Plan around the sun Don't get burned
Wear sunglasses Find shade Bring shade

(A May 2016) Sunglasses.jpgThe best and worst sunscreens of 2016 (In no particular order):

The Best Beach and Sport sunscreens

The organization rated sunscreens from 1 to 10 (products with 1's were excellent and ones with 10's were the worst). Just over 60 brands received a score of 1 or 2. These were designated "low hazard" for their ingredient list and because they had a good balance of SPF and UVA protection. Find the full list here.

  • All Good Sunscreen and Sunstick, SPF 30 and 50
  • All Terrain Aqua and TerraSport Sunscreens, SPF 30
  • Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Badger Sunscreen Cream and Lotion, SPF 25, 30, and 35
  • Bare Belly Organics, SPF 34
  • Beauty Without Cruelty, SPF 30
  • Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Nature's Gate Face Sunscreen, SPF 25
  • Tropical Sands Sunscreen and Facestick, SPF 30
  • Releve Organic Skincare, SPF 20
  • Star Naturals Sunscreen Stick, SPF 25

(A May 2016) Boy_Beach.jpgThe Best for Kids

  • Adorable Baby Sunscreen lotion, SPF 30
  • All Good Kid's Sunscreen, SPF 33
  • All Terrain KidSport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • ATTITUDE Little Ones 100% Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • BabyHampton Beach Bum Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • COOLA Suncare Baby Mineral Sunscreen, unscented moisturizer, SPF 50.
  • Belly Button & Babies Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30.
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, SPF 35.
  • BurnOut Kids Physical Sunscreen, SPF 35
  • California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Jersey Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
  • Kiss My Face Organics Kids Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
  • Nurture My Body Baby Organic Sunscreen, SPF 32
  • Substance Baby Natural Sun Care Creme, SPF 30
  • Sunology Natural Sunscreen, Kids, SPF 50
  • Sunumbra Sunkids Natural Sunscreen, SPF 40
  • Thinksport for Kids Sunscreen, SPF 50
  • TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen, SPF 30

The Worst for Kids

On the 1 to 10 scale, the below products scored a 7 or higher (with 10 being the worst) because they made high SPF claims or had higher amounts of the additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100**
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, Wacky Foam, and Sunscreen lotion, SPF 55
  • CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen and Spray, SPF 55
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray and Stick products, SPF 70
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

**This was the only product that got a 10.

Sources: Mother Jones and EWG (Environmental Working Group)

 

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Aptos Young People's Chess Tournament
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  Aptos Young People's Chess Tournament
Library Aptos
Date: 05/28/2016 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: 6-18 yrs
Details: Aptos Young People's Chess Tournament
City: Aptos Phone: (831)-427-7702 view all details >>
     
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For Mom: Feel Good Friday Radio
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Lorraine Pursell and Dee James
Date: Every Wed
Ages: All
Details: Weekly Mom Uplift: Ask Your Future Self
Phone: (808) 936-4370 view all details >>
     
Alice in Wonderland
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Los Gatos Ballet
Date: Every day (May 26-May 28)
Details: We are excited about our brand new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland, a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole to Wo
City: Saratoga Phone: 408.399.7577 view all details >>
     
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 >>
     
Mitchell vs. Steinbeck
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  Mitchell vs. Steinbeck
New Museum
Date: Every day (May 12-Oct 16)
Details: Ruth Comfort Mitchell and John Steinbeck shared a magnificent view
City: Los Gatos view all details >>
     
36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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  36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
Roaring Camp Railroads
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Details: Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
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Santa Cruz American Music Festival
Date: Every day (May 27-May 28)
Details: A mix of country, Americana and good ole rock 'n' roll,
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
Coffee, Books and Crafts
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State Park Big Basin
Date: 05/28/2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Drop by anytime between 1-3 and Docent Norm Beeson will help you find the perfect book for your family to enjoy, answer your que
Special Instructions: Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236
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Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
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  Storytellers' Showcase Campfire!
State Park Big Basin
Date: 07/29/2017 at 7:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us in our historic campfire center for a special storytelling evening
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Bonny Doon Craft Fair
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Date: 06/04/2016 from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Details: FREE Fun for the Entire Family!!
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