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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 14, 2017
Kudos to History Detectives

Begin Citizenship with a Knowledge of Our Constitution
230 Years Ago

Christine: Mathematics & Art

The Arts in Schools
Fun Events!
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  Kudos to History Detectives

(0 Sept 2017) FairPigs.jpgLet's go to The Fair! Meet your neighbors.  See what they've been up to with crafts, hobbies and critters.  Enjoy the animal races. Listen to musicians. Watch exceptional entertainers.Taste delicious food, savory, sweet or both!

There's a movement afoot to stop our 4th grade program of studying the history of our California missions because of the "mistreatment of the indigenous natives."  How insulting to our teachers who are quite capable of engaging our children in discovering all historical facts and equally insulting to our local mission and our community's museums. Burying any part of history can lead to narrowing perspectives and ignorance. It's a good thing many modern history detectives continue to uncover new facets of history (DNA proves women were Viking warriors) and expand, not shrink, our knowledge.

(0 Sept 2017) Book_TheVoiceRevolutionandKey.jpgIf Jenny Cotes, author of history books for children, had not already asked this question, I would have... "Families, how hard would it be to talk a little history at the dinner table or while driving in the car? Or to go visit a historic site or museum? Or to watch a historical film? Or to read some fun history books together?"

Please 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! Check the online calendar.

Enjoy the weekend with family!  Parmalee

 

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  Begin Citizenship with a Knowledge of Our Constitution

(0 Sept 2017) constitutiondaypic-300x225.jpgConstitution Day, September 17, will be observed Monday September 18.

"September 17 marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the American Constitution. Compared to other nations, the United States is young. But at 230 years, our Constitution is by far the longest lasting constitution in human history. More importantly, it is responsible for our nation becoming the freest and most prosperous nation in human history." Larry Arn, Hillsdale College

If you find your knowledge of the constitution needing a refresher, or if you were never exposed to its amazing history and contents and if your children are in the same boat, there are a number of excellent resources both online and in old fashioned books!  For teens, begin with the great, free, online course Constitution 101.  If you're in the library ask a librarian for help finding books appropriate to your children's age levels. History.com offers lots of information.

Free Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Books on the Constitution for Kids AND Parents and Teachers!

The Best Books for Children

Very Well, Books About the Constitution for Kids

Good Reads - Books for Constitution Day

  230 Years Ago

Constitution at 230: Separation of Powers Prevents a Democratic Tyranny

"The Framers recognized both the benefits and the dangers of an efficient national government. To mitigate the danger, they divvied up power among three branches of government, the principle we call separation of powers.

It was genius-and the arrangement they came up with remains the gold standard for how governing should occur.

Having just fought a long war against what they considered a tyrannical government, the men at the Constitutional Convention were keen to prevent the establishment of what they termed "a democratic tyranny." Continue reading>>>>

 

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  Christine: Mathematics & Art

(0 Sept 2017) fractal.jpgMath and art go together. One of the most famous intersections is the fractal. However, many people play in both sandboxes. The American Mathematical Society has a page devoted to math artists. They also have a Mathematical Art Exhibition

I am just pointing to these web sites. Please just rummage around. There are some amazing art pieces to see.
http://www.ams.org/mathimagery/
http://www.ams.org/mathimagery/thumbnails.php?album=46

Christine Cokey is a local mom and scientist.  She's a great detective chasing down factual, authentic scientific truths, including amazing surprises.  Visit her website, Science Fun.

 

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  The Arts in Schools

A music teacher at Louisville Leopard Percussionists, a musical nonprofit for kids ages 7 to 12, is achieving some delightful results.  Enjoy their talent and joy>>>>>

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Food Truck Friday returns to Skypark in Scotts Valley on Friday, September 15, 5-8pm, showcasing three local bands: Analogue Spirit, Crispy Bits and Generation Hopeless. These young professionals have all graduated from the ROP (Regional Occupational Program) at Scotts Valley High School and the performances tie into National Arts In Education Week, September 10-16, a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Details>>>>

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Murals in Santa Cruz County Schools - There are many examples of public art created by Santa Cruz students with the help of art teachers and professional artists. (0 Sept 2017) Mural_NearysLagoon.jpgThis mural shows Neary's Lagoon over 200 years ago, inhabited by Ohlone Indians and teeming with wildlife. It was designed by Lynn Guenther, painted by Lynn, Sandra Cherk and a group of students ranging from 7-10 years old. The mural was funded by a SPECTRA grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz. More murals>>>>

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Art Classes      Music Classes      Dance Classes      Theater Classes

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West Marine Grants

 

To help kids learn about and enjoy water activities, Watsonville-based West Marine is awarding BlueFuture grants of $1,500 to community organizations with good ideas. Past grants have taught kids to fish and to build boats. The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

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Find me!

Hint: Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Book Sale at Aptos Library
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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
Special Instructions: January-July and September-October
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Renaissance Faire Weekends
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Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 15-Oct 21) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
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'Best of Broadway'
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Santa Cruz Follies
Date: Every day (Sep 13-Sep 16)
Details: Dubbed the "Best Kept Secret in Santa Cruz," the Follies features some of the most talented 50-plus performers in town.
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DROP IN FAMILY CRAFT- Paper Roses
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State Park Mission
Date: 12/09/2017 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Details: Drop-In Family Craft - Paper Roses Sunday, December 9 from
Special Instructions: at the end of School Street off the Santa Cruz Mission Plaza
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Pie Contest
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  Pie Contest
Live Oak Grange
Date: 09/16/2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Details: Come on down to the Live Oak Grange to eat delicious pie, play pie games and help raise funds for our Grange Hall Renovation!
Special Instructions: Pie eaters - 3 slices for $10
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Julia Robinson Math Festival
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X Academy
Date: 09/23/2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: Open to kids grades 5-8
Details: Explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors
Special Instructions: Note times carefully
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