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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

September 19, 2019
We like otters!

Your Children...

Our Constitution

Opinions on Senate Bill 419

Book: The Importance Of Being Little
Fun Events!
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  We like otters!

(0 A September 2019) SeaOtter.jpgNo doubt about it, kids like otters and a great place to learn about them is Seymour Marine Discovery Center! Be sure to visit during Shark Week. "Discover the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem during Sea Otter Awareness Week. Special pop-up exhibits will highlight sea otters' natural history, reveal conservation issues facing these marine mammals, and so much more. Sea Otter Awareness Week is September 24-29."

California Senate Bill 419 mandates that disruptive students be kept in the school. Read the articles to understand pros and cons. While I understand the motivation behind the bill, I believe this is overreach by the state and that local school districts are fully capable of making choices and provisions for their individual situations. What do you --parents, teachers, administrators, citizens, police-- think?

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Your Children...

"What does it mean to raise a child with the dignity of being an unrepeatable miracle of atoms that have never before constellated and will never again constellate in that exact way?" Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

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"Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."

Poetry by: Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher

Art by: Derek Dominic D'souza from Song of Two Worlds by physicist Alan Lightman

 

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  Our Constitution

Freedom is the genius of American civilization. Other great nations have been born in conquest. Ours began with the Declaration of Independence (and the Constitution), and the enshrining of the idea of the natural rights of man. It was founded, not on the power of the State, but on the liberty of the individual. That principle of individual liberty has had its good days and its bad days in the United States; it's been denied to many groups of people for far too long. But the ideal has always survived. It is our answer and our hope.  -Lew Rockwell

Tuesday, September 17 was Constitution Day. Every day we are fortunate to live in a country where we the people determine our destiny. Get some of the wonderful books, available at all levels, from the library and share with the children.

 

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  Opinions on Senate Bill 419

You have a seriously disruptive child in a class. How should the situation be handled? What is fair to the child? What is fair to the other children? What is fair to the teacher? What is good for our communities? Tools have been: parent conferences, removal to special support within the school, suspension, re-assigning to non-traditional schools, home schooling, family therapy, private schools with specific missions. Solutions depend on many factors: is it a one time situation or a pattern? Is it a child who has special needs; a child from a troubled home environment; a child from a dangerous home environment and/or a dangerous community environment.

California legislators have decided to require that disruptive students be kept in the school. Read the article to understand pros and cons. Personally I believe this is overreach by the state and that local school districts are fully capable of making choices for their individual situations.  Interestingly, the father of a child shot in the Florida school shooting has done research on what led up to the shooting and come up with a very different perspective on a related topic.

Read and think about this topic. Know what your school policies are. It's important!

Pro Bill 419: A new law signed by Gavin Newsom bans schools from suspending disruptive kids by Andrew Sheeler

It is will soon (July 2019) be illegal in California for both public and charter schools to suspend disruptive students from kindergarten through eighth grade

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 419, which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five. It also bans such suspensions in grades six through eight for five years. Read more>>>>

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Anti Bill 419: Navarrette: California bill fails students by suspending discipline

A bill heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom prohibits schools from suspending students who disrupt learning. California may be the most populous state in the country. But it is not always the sharpest knife in the drawer.

We can blame state lawmakers who are always hatching grand schemes about how to make the world better - when they ought to just concentrate on how to do their jobs better.

One of the latest legislative follies is a bill now making its way to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom that would prohibit public and charter schools in California from expelling, or even suspending, students who disrupt the learning process or defy the authority of teachers, administrators and other school officials.

Sure, that's a swell idea. Let students know they can't be punished for misbehavior. What could go wrong? Read more>>>>

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Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students

by Andrew Pollack

The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable have spread to your school.

"After my sister Meadow was murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the media obsessed for months about the tye of rifle the killer used. It was all clickbait and politics, not answers or justice. That wasn't good enough for us. My dad is a real tough guy, but Meadow had him wrapped around her little finger. He would do anything she wanted, and she would want him to find every answer so that this never happens again.

My dad teamed up with one of America's leading education experts to launch his own investigation. We found the answers to the questions the media refused to ask. Questions about school safety that go far beyond the national gun debate. And the answers to those questions matter for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren nationwide.If one single adult in the Broward County school district had made one responsible decision about the Parkland shooter, then my sister would still be alive. But every bad decision they made makes total sense once you understand the district's politically correct policies, which started here in Broward and have spread to thousands of schools across America." --Hunter Pollack, brother of Meadow

 
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  Book: The Importance Of Being Little

(0 A September 2019) Book-ImportanceofBeingLittle.jpgWhat Young People Really Need from Grownups

"To a four-year-old watching bulldozers at a construction site or chasing butterflies in flight, the world is awash with promise. Little children come into the world hardwired to learn in virtually any setting and about any matter. Yet in today's preschool and kindergarten classrooms, learning has been reduced to scripted lessons and suspect metrics that too often undervalue a child's intelligence while overtaxing the child's growing brain. These mismatched expectations wreak havoc on the family: parents fear that if they choose the "wrong" program, their child won't get into the "right" college. But Yale early childhood expert Erika Christakis says our fears are wildly misplaced. Our anxiety about preparing and safeguarding our children's future seems to have reached a fever pitch at a time when, ironically, science gives us more certainty than ever before that young children are exceptionally strong thinkers.

            In her pathbreaking book, Christakis explains what it's like to be a young child in America today, in a world designed by and for adults, where we have confused schooling with learning. She offers real-life solutions to real-life issues, with nuance and direction that takes us far beyond the usual prescriptions for fewer tests, more play. She looks at children's use of language, their artistic expressions, the way their imaginations grow, and how they build deep emotional bonds to stretch the boundaries of their small worlds. Rather than clutter their worlds with more and more stuff, sometimes the wisest course for us is to learn how to get out of their way.

            Christakis's message is energizing and reassuring: young children are inherently powerful, and they (and their parents) will flourish when we learn new ways of restoring the vital early learning environment to one that is best suited to the littlest learners. This bold and pragmatic challenge to the conventional wisdom peels back the mystery of childhood, revealing a place that's rich with possibility."

"Christakis . . . expertly weaves academic research, personal experience and anecdotal evidence into her book . . . a bracing and convincing case that early education has reached a point of crisis . . . her book is a rare thing: a serious work of research that also happens to be well-written and personal . . . engaging and important."
 --Washington Post

"What kids need from grown-ups (but aren't getting)...an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: play."
--NPR.org

  Fun Events!

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School Events

Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to stay an artist when you grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso ~

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Pumpkin Farms

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If you shop at Deluxe Foods in Aptos...

Every time you say, "Santa Cruz SPCA" at the Deluxe checkout, the SCSPCA gets a donation equivalent to 5% of the sale.

A very heartfelt thank you to Marc Monte and the Monte Foundation. Another big fat check delivered in person to the the Santa Cruz SPCA!

We get at least two whopper-checks a year! Thanks soooooo much Monte Foundation. Way to support your community!

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Falstaff
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Bayshore Lyric Opera
Date: Every day (Sep 21-Sep 22)
Details: Loveable, oafish Falstaff attempts to seduce two wealthy (and married) women-but they concoct their own scheme to expose him for
Special Instructions: Esplanade Park, Capitola, Saturday
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Renaissance Faire Weekends
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  Renaissance Faire Weekends
Northern California Renaissance Faire
Date: Every Su and Sa (Sep 14-Oct 20) from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Details: Pageantry, Revelry, Crafts and Romance
City: Hollister view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival
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  Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival
Santa Cruz Mountains Sol Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Sep 22)
Details: Music, fun, camp, ride the trains, explore the onsite vendors, enjoy local food and craft beer/wine.
City: Felton view all details >>
     
 Boardwalk Fiesta en la Playa
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  Boardwalk Fiesta en la Playa
Beach Boardwalk
Date: 09/21/2019
Details: Mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a free beach concert. Enjoy Boardwalk rides and games plus fun food and beverage specials thr
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Nutrition Talk with Rebecca Hazelton
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Library Scotts Valley
Date: 09/24/2019 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Nutrition Talk with Rebecca Hazelton
City: Scotts Valley view all details >>
     
MAMMA MIA
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  MAMMA MIA
Mountain Community Theater
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Oct 20)
Details: Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in in love with the characters, the story and the music
City: Ben Lomond Phone: (831) 336-4777 view all details >>
     
Family Day at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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  Family Day at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Date: 09/21/2019 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Get to know native avian wildlife for free at Monterey Bay Birding Festival on Family Day!
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Fish Tour: Seining in the San Lorenzo River
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  Fish Tour: Seining in the San Lorenzo River
Coastal Watershed
Date: 09/23/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Details: Observe how seining is conducted while learning about steelhead biology and lagoon dynamics.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Raising An Organized Child, Dr. Damon Korb
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  Raising An Organized Child, Dr. Damon Korb
Pacific Collegiate School
Date: 09/24/2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Details: Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, Promote Confidence
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 479-7785 view all details >>
     
Radical Reels and Adventure Night
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Rio Theater
Date: 09/20/2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Details: Ignite your passion for adventure, action, and travel!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Date: Every day (Sep 20-Sep 22) from 6:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Join one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America- the tenth annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Capitola Beach Festival
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  Capitola Beach Festival
Capitola Village
Date: Every day (Sep 28-Sep 29)
Details: 3-Miler Fun Run hosted by the Wharf to Wharf, a Horseshoe Tournament, the Lighted Nautical Parade, a Fishing Derby, a Sand Sculp
City: Capitola view all details >>
     
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
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  A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN
Jewell Theatre
Date: Every day (Sep 4-Sep 29)
Details: Will two lost souls find hope under a lover's moon?
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 425-7506 view all details >>
     
Earthquakes and the Adobe: Castro Adobe Open House
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  Earthquakes and the Adobe: Castro Adobe Open House
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Date: 10/19/2019 from 11:00am to 3:00pm
Ages: All
Details: Join us at Castro Adobe State Historic Park for an open house event, "Earthquakes and the Adobe."
City: Watsonville Phone: (831) 226-9669 view all details >>
     
Money Mondays
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  Money Mondays
Library Central
Date: The 4th Mon of every month (May 13-Nov 25) from 5:15pm to 6:30pm
Ages: Teens and Adults
Details: Learn how to make money work for you!
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
FreeCar Seat Checks
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Dominican Hospital
Date: 09/23/2019 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Details: Car seat checks and installation for patients and community members during our community events
Special Instructions: Corner Paul Sweet & Soquel
City: Santa Cruz Phone: 831.462.7266 view all details >>
     
California Coastal Cleanup Day
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  California Coastal Cleanup Day
Save Our Shores
Date: 09/21/2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Details: Save Our Shores invites residents and visitors to participate in beach cleanup activities
Special Instructions: See specific days & times
City: Santa Cruz County view all details >>
     
     
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