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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

November 2, 2012

Independent School Fair
How does Santa Cruz respond to the No Hungry Kids Act?
Springhill
Teaching Science is fun!
10 NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day
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This Week
Dia de Los Muertos at MAH
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It's our privilege, right, responsibility to vote.  Take the kids with you if possible. Model citizenship!

I love talk radio because I learn from others while driving or cooking or sewing or even working at the computer!  Recently I caught the tail end of a show in which the host was enumerating all the inventions that evolved from NASA's space program (see below).  This caught my attention because I recently attended a children's Invention Convention and saw some creative, whimsical and practical inventions.  Science classes in school can and should be fun, instructive and inspiring.  It takes a great teacher to make it so.  Is that happening in your children's school?  Are your children coming home excited about science?  If nurturing and growing next generations of scientists is important to us and it's not happening for our children, what can we do? 

(Graphics) FoodPie_DavidLorenzana.jpgWhat do we eat and what should we eat?  What should our children eat?  Who should decide who eats what?  If we want ourselves and our children to eat certain foods in preference to others, how do we accomplish our goals?  Do we force our children to eat certain foods, trick them into eating certain foods, model eating certain foods?  This Saturday at 9am tune into storyteller Michael Olson's Food Chain and listen to him interview two local guests, Chef Jamie Smith, Chef and Nutritionist Jill Troderman.

We've all read or heard about the 12 year old Pakistani girl who fought the Taliban for girls' rights to go to school and was shot by the Taliban for her efforts. She's recovering in Britain and vows to continue her campaign, as do many who support her.  How fortunate are we to not have that challenge in our country!  We have an amazing number of schooling choices.  If you could design the ideal education for your children what would it look like?  That actually is the motivation for many parents and educators in our nation who homeschool or start private schools.  Save the date, Tuesday, November 13, 6:30pm to see what highly motivated educators have to offer at the Independent School Fair.

Happy listening and learning, Parmalee

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  How does Santa Cruz respond to the No Hungry Kids Act?

 

Government's No Hungry Kids Act forces schools to feed children healthy lunches, which children throw into the garbage.  This leads us to ask...

Who can feed children healthful food?  

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Chef Jamie Smith and Nutritionist Jill Troderman for a conversation about how best to feed children.

Topics include why the No Hungry Kids Act is changing the school lunch; how children react to government's healthy lunches; and who can best feed children- government or parents?

Listen live or recorded on your radio, computer or mobile device: Food Chain Radio #796 KSCO 1080AM


(Photos General) JillTroderman.jpgJill Troderman is a certified Holistic Family Nutritionist and certified First Line Therapy Lifestyle Educator specializing in family and child nutrition. She works with people with a myriad of health concerns and conditions including digestive disorders, hormone imbalances, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, eating disorders, ADHD, autism, and chronic pain/fibromyalgia.

Jill also offers lectures and workshops on holistic nutrition and healthy cooking, and is the creator of The Food Tree Guide to Holistic Nutrition and the Food Tree Magnetic Board, designed to help kids and their families take charge of their nutritional needs.

Jill teaches The Food Tree curriculum in schools and gyms including Gualt Elementary School, Mountain Elementary School, New Brighton Middle School, as well as Toadal Fitness Gym. She also enjoys teaching Plant Propagation, Cooking, and Nutrition classes at the Santa Cruz Reskilling Expo, in Santa Cruz, Ca, which she has participated in for the last 5 years and is a past board member of.

Jill earned a B.A. in Psychology from ASU and graduated from Bauman College in 2006 as a Certified Nutrition Consultant. Over the past 20 years she has worked with people of all ages in clinical and educational settings, including Walden House, The Marin Homeless Shelter, and The Santa Cruz Montessori School.


(Photos General) ChefJamieSmith.jpg"I am all about cooking with kids and sharing my love of seasonal produce as the center of a healthy and balanced life.

Jamie Smith
joined the Santa Cruz City Schools as Senior Manager of Food Services and Nutrition in August 2009. Jamie's wealth of experience as a Chef of both Restaurant and Corporate/University Dining Facilities coupled with his commitment to local foods and seasonal, healthy cooking has invigorated the District's Food Service program with fresh new flavors and healthy, scratch cooked menu options.

In August of 2009, Jamie left this dream job to tackle the meal closest to his heart, the School Lunch. Jamie joined the Santa Cruz City Schools to turn around the archaic National School Lunch Program and incorporate seasonal, local produce into the breakfasts and lunches of schoolchildren; a daunting challenge that Jamie has met with his signature flair for creativity and cavalier tenacity. Jamie has forged partnerships with local farms to sell fruit and vegetables directly to the schools and created a curriculum Culinary Food Service Assistant class for Secondary students. Jamie has recreated the Mission and values of the District's Food Services and Wellness policies to include commitments to local foods and reduced environmental impact along with ambitious goals for scratch cooking and improved nutrition and healthy food in school meals."


(Photos General) MichaelonCycle.jpgHost Michael Olson asks "WHAT'S FOR SCHOOL LUNCH?"

It has been said, by those in the know, that one should "Never let a serious crisis go to waste!"

We do have a serious obesity crisis, in that some 17 percent of our children are obese and another 20 percent- or so- are overweight. To make certain this crisis does not go to waste, government has instituted the No Hungry Kids Act, which forces schools to feed children healthier and more nutritious lunches with less sodium, more whole grains, and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables.

In addition to what kinds of food government will allow children to eat, it has also placed restrictions on how much food children may eat, with children in kindergarten through fifth grade being allowed 650 calories, sixth through eighth graders 700 calories, and those in high-school 850 calories.

Having been led to government's healthy lunch, however, many school children are refusing to eat, and the nation's garbage cans are rapidly filling up with healthy school lunches. Furthermore, those children who take joy in burning calories by participating in sports and outdoor activities are running short of calories and going hungry.

All those school garbage cans filled with healthy food, and all those hungry kids pleading for more calories, lead one to ask...

Can one government program feed 36 kids the right food?

Why do children rebel against healthy school lunches?

Who can best feed children-government or parents?

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  Teaching Science is fun!

by Irvin Lindsey, Master Teacher
Outdoor Science Education and Classroom Science Fun

Teaching sciences is fun because kids are naturally so curious. Compared to most other subjects to be taught in schools science is a clear favorite. Kids need hands on and active learning for understanding and remembering.

The sit down, be quiet and open a book doesn't work. Even very advanced concepts, e.g. some high school chemistry for 5th graders, can be understood by translating them to the student's level with stories, explanations and the right class and take home materials. Subliminal learning allows understanding to progress without focusing on the learning, e.g. a concept's activity gets the kid's (Graphics) scienceisfun.jpgattention and without knowing it, the child is ready for the next step.

Wait time is respecting kid's thought processes. Every science can be easily defined in kid terms but the trick for us adults is to remember how little we know and to remember what we think we know we might not.  Kids are fascinated by such concepts and being reminded that we don't know what we don't know can get them to focus on learning itself. That is a universal value of real education.

To the question, what is physics? the study of motion. How do I introduce it? I balance simple note taking with positive reinforcement and fun hands on activities while paying close attention to their body language and words.

There are so many parents that want good science, and so many fantastic kids that like real science so much it is like they are being mentally "starved" of it. I've been to schools where kids break out in applause after my class, and all I did was teach. I like to remind them they're 10 times smarter than they think, and they have a forever homework assignment. It is to remember how wonderful they are.

Irvin Lindsey, Master Teacher and Director of the nonprofit Outdoor Science Exploration and its Classroom Science Fun   ~  info@osefun.com  ~   831-423-5925  ~  www.osefun.com

  10 NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day

Each year since 1976, NASA has published a list of every commercialized technology and product linked to its research. The NASA journal "Spinoff" highlights these products, which have included things like improved pacemakers, state of the art exercise machines and satellite radio. Each product was made possible thanks to a NASA idea or innovation.

Invisible Braces

Scratch-resistant Lenses

Memory Foam

Ear Thermometer

Shoe Insoles

Long-distance Telecommunications

Adjustable Smoke Detector

Safety Grooving

Cordless Tools

Water Filters

Read the details here.

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School Corner

 

The Tech Challenge, Will Your school enter?

 

Santa Cruz Gardens Fall Festival 11/3

 

Chartwell Open House 11/3


The New High School Project Open House 11/6


Gateway School K-8 Open House 11/12


Central Coast Independent School Fair PreK-12, 11/13


Community Workshop: Neuropsychological Model & Cognitive Diversity 11/14

 

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From Christine...

Fun Science for Parents to Share with children!

Teenage Brains - Changeable Stuff

Everybody - including teens - have read lots of stuff about physical and emotional changes during the teenage years. If the center of emotions is the brain, what is going on? It turns out - lots of stuff. Researchers are learning new things every day and throwing old ideas out the window.

Here's something - IQ can change dramatically during the teen years. Both up and down. Read more>>>>


Can We Read Minds?

There is lots of fiction about mind-reading people. Is there any science behind it? The concept of mind reading certainly has a scientific basis. The mind is a collection of areas with specific relevance. Information is passed through channels via movement of chemicals and electrical charges. If these areas can be monitored, read and interpreted, then mind reading is not only possible but inevitable. Here is some recent work.  Read more>>>


Linked Volcanoes

Sometimes I read something that is just neat. I found an article about linked volcanoes. I recently wrote about hot spots in our crust. Hawaii is above a hot spot and the islands are all volcanic. It turns out that two active volcanoes - Mauna Loa and Kilauea - are linked together.  When one erupts, the other is quiet. They appear to compete for the same lava. However, when both are quiet, they sometimes bulge at the same time. They are 22 miles apart. Read more >>>


Close Encounters with Scorpions

I learned something new today. From my 6 year-old son. I'm not sure I like that. I like him to think I am a goddess who knows everything. At least until he is a teenager. Anyways - he told me that scorpions are actually arachnids. For some reason I thought that arachnids only encompass spiders. Great - spiders and scorpions paired together. Just right for Halloween. Read more>>>

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 Dia de Los Muertos at MAH

(Special Event Images / Graphics) MAH_DiaDeLosMuertos.jpgMAH - Friday, November 2 ~ Dia de los Muertos Community Festival, 4pm - 9pm

Everything glowing with light! Bring the family early  Free


Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an evening of festive fun at the MAH. Bring your friends and family to craft calaveras (skull) masks with artist Noelle Correia, cut papeles picados (paper banners), groove to music by ZunZun, enjoy colorful dance performances by Grupo Los Mejicas, "It's a Dead Man's Party" visual presentation by artist Gregory Scott, food by Tía Beré of the Farmer's Market, crafting, facepainting, and much more. Bring a photo or memento to place on the community ofrendas in the MAH Atrium.

This year's community ofrendas were created collaboratively by Gateway School, Gault Elementary and Ann Soldo Elementary. Perfect for all ages.

This year's festival falls Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Free First Friday this year.


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