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Finding Good Books
October 7, 2009
Highly Addictive and Good for Us
For Parents Thinking of Starting a Business
Seven Directions, Art Classes for Children
This Week
Help Our Librarians Think Out of the Box
Suki's Blog: Support your school, support everyone else's school!
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  Highly Addictive and Good for Us

(Site Photos) TheGreatGatsby.jpgI was up at 6am determined to work before reading email, but a subject caught my eye. Kim Komando recommended "Cool Site of the Day: It's time to get back to reading! At today's site, you'll find works by 3,500 famous writers. No e-book reader required!"   Hmmm... that site might be interesting and something I could share with our reading readers.

The big-font tagline was intriguing, "Free online books library for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiasts. Thousands of novels, poems, stories, Easy to read books online"

I paid no attention to the disclaimer: "WARNING - The surgeon general reports that having these many free books at your disposal can be highly addictive."

I scrolled down to see who's on their list of best books and most famous authors and clicked on one book I've never read --The Great Gatsby-- to see it was like.

Ten minutes later I had to force myself away from the first chapter. I had read enough to get hooked and so off to the library I shall go to get a copy of The Great Gatsby.  Yes, this could be addictive, but useful too.  Try saying to your teen, "I bet you can't read just one chapter!"

Parmalee

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  For Parents Thinking of Starting a Business

"Build a Powerful USP (Unique Selling Proposition)                             

                    ...and They Will Beat a Path to Your Business!"

A Marketing Bootcamp to Position and Promote Sustainable Business Growth... NOW

$ Craft your company's Unique Selling Proposition -- your promise to the marketplace -- what separates you from the competition;

$ Develop and articulate the story behind your USP worth tens of thousands of dollars of media coverage and credibility;

$ Discover how to use the power of your USP in social media, personal networking, PR, website, advertising, and presentations and write an effective elevator pitch.

Led by veteran marketing professionals Mark Oman of Detours to Success!, Patti Bond of Bond Marketing Communications, and Kathryn Gorges of Marketing Possibility.

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$79 (Includes lunch and all materials)

MORE INFO/REGISTRATION: MarketingBootcamp
Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 12.    Questions: call Patti Bond 464-7748

  Seven Directions, Art Classes for Children

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  This Week

Event CalendarBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything >>

Use the PARENT PLANNER to click on events and resources you are interested in and click PRINT MY PLANNER to print or email your list.

Class Calendar | School Schedules | Movie Showtimes

 

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10/10 Linscott & High Ground Organics Harvest Fair

10/13 GBK: Building a School in Tanzania: Slide Show and 2010 Trip Information

10/16 SC Gardens Harvest Festival

10/17 Good Shepherd Harvest Festival

10/21 Mount Madonna Campus Tour Day

10/24 Aptos Academy Harvest Carnival

 

Click on the jack o'lantern for a list of

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Harvest

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for you!

If we've missed your event let us know!

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"Artistically Undiscovered"

with Cheryl Trowbridge

credentialed art teacher

Collage Inspired

by Eric Cole

2 Tuesdays 10/20 & 27,

3:30-5pm

Ages 12 - Adult

$40 Tuition includes all materials

Learn basic art concepts and techniques while completing fun, can't fail projects.

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Palace Art & Office Supply

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Karate begins and ends with respect.

Rod Sanford's Traditional Martial Arts

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4626 Soquel Dr, Soquel
475-9676

 

Ben Jammin's Caroling Class & Holiday Comedy
Ages 6-16

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Holiday Harmony

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

334-2121
benjammin.org

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Enter to Win

4 Tickets to

Disney on Ice!

HP Pavilion / San Jose

October 21-25

Oracle Arena / Oakland

October 14-18

Hurry! Drawing for Winners will be held each week until tickets are all won!

Willow Pond Ranch

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Special Offer
for new clients

Mention Santa Cruz Parent to get a 2 for 1 riding lesson. Buy one at the regular price and get the second one free.

Text Us to win free riding lessons: send the text "Horsetime" to 59925.

Winners chosen every week.

WillowPondRanch.org

464.2276

 Help Our Librarians Think Out of the Box

Attend a Library Think Tank

Share your creative ideas.  Think out of the box.

The Santa Cruz Public Library System is developing a plan for the future. A series of Town Hall Meetings will be held throughout the county to gather ideas and input.  Attend one of the community meetings in your area, meet the new Library Director, and help build the future together!

6:30-7pm Meet Teresa Landers,

the new Library Director

7-9pm Town Hall Meeting

Wed, Oct. 7 Branciforte

Tue, Oct. 13 Capitola

Thu, Oct. 15 Boulder Creek

Wed, Oct. 21 Garfield Park

Thu, Oct. 22 Live Oak

Wed, Oct. 28 Felton

Thu, Oct. 29 Central Branch

Thu, Nov. 5 Aptos

Mon, Nov. 9 La Selva Beach

 

**CHILD CARE will be provided at the Boulder Creek, Live Oak, and Central Branch meetings.  Check www.santacruzpl.org or call 420.5600 for details.

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  Suki's Blog: Support your school, support everyone else's school!

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgSuki Wessling
suki@santacruzparent.com
10/05/09


Hi Friends. My "new" blog has been offline, so here I am posting to my "old" one. What's old becomes new. That sounds wise in some way!

Today I want to write about supporting a school that my kids don't go to. Huh? I'll tell you why: Like all schools, it's full of committed staff who are doing their best on an ever-shrinking budget. Like all schools, it's got great teachers who love kids and want to be the best teacher each child ever has. Like all schools, it is full of parents who love it and have devoted a lot of time, energy, and money to it.

The fact is, not all schools are right for all kids, or all families. But Linscott Charter School is very right for the families who have chosen it. It's a rare beast in its own neck of the woods: a parent participation school in Watsonville, a charter school with a lower income parent community. Linscott offers something to Pajaro Valley families that no neighborhood public school is able to: a school with a promise to focus on whole child education..

Everyone who has ever studied how kids learn knows that what our standard public schools are doing more and more of just doesn't work. Kids don't learn in isolation. They learn from the whole experience of their lives. Every study on the subject shows that kids who play music learn math better. Every study on the subject says that kids who do whole body physical education learn better in the classroom. Every study on earth says that kids who do art learn to think more deeply. There's no mystery here.

Some people believe that charter schools compete with neighborhood schools and thus make them weaker. Those of us who follow what charter schools are doing know that their existence makes neighborhood schools stronger. If parents have a choice, and one of their choices is a school that offers whole-child education, that raises the bar for neighborhood schools. Also, as I pointed out earlier, not every school fits every child. Linscott fits 200 kids pretty darn well, and most of those kids would not be better served if they were forced to go to another school.

If you care about test scores, I can point out that Linscott gets fabulous test scores. But what people who understand test scores know is that they only show how good that set of kids is at taking tests. What makes Linscott unique is that they refuse to give up all the stuff that schools around them can hardly remember: art, P.E., music, science, literature. Whatever other schools have cut, Linscott keeps fighting to keep.

But this comes at a cost. Charter schools are funded purely through ADA (Average Daily Attendance) funds. So they are poorer than the competing neighborhood school. This year's cuts to education have been devastating to your neighborhood school. What do you think they've been to charter schools?

Yet Linscott parents don't give up: they keep fighting. They followed the school auction fundraising model for a few years, but it was clear that this model doesn't fit a school that doesn't have a high-income parent base to draw from. This year they're trying something new, and it sounds really fun:

The High Ground Organics Harvest Fair is being held to support Linscott Charter School. It sounds like it's going to be fun for every family that shows up.

"This event is a great opportunity for families to come out and see a working organic farm and have some fun," says Jeanne Byrne of High Ground Organics. "There will be lots of hands on activities to keep children engaged. Whether they are looking for an organic pumpkin patch to get their Halloween pumpkins, want to pick strawberries in an organic berry patch, or are lured in by "farm" arts and crafts, the kids will have a good time."

I know that Linscott is probably not your school. 200 kids in a county of 100,000 people sounds pretty insignificant. But as every parent, every teacher, and every school administrator knows, each one of them is a precious resource that we need to invest in. Turn up Saturday not just to show your support for Linscott Charter School: do it to support your child, all children, and to have a really fun time!

 

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