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Previous Newsletters

November 19  Without Poetry We Lose Our Way; Stressed? Find Serenity with Animals; The Real News to Cook A Turkey; Seriously, Closing Schools; Book Banning, Racism, Antiracism; FYI Links; Family Events   VIEW

November 12  Clutter-free Gifts; Volunteer if you can.. Ask if you need help; Colds May Keep Kids Covid-free; SIP Weight Gain; What to Do with Political Yard Signs; Family Events   VIEW

November 5  What is the Status of Santa Cruz County Schools? We Can Make Halloween As Special As Ever; October! Course on the Constitution; Family Events   VIEW

October 29  Orange is the New Tier; Teachers Share; FYI Links; Family Events   VIEW

October 22  Families Create Halloween Fun; Foundations of US Government; The Wienermobile’s Coming;  Family Events   VIEW

October 15  What is the Status of Santa Cruz County Schools? We Can Make Halloween As Special As Ever; October! Course on the Constitution; Family Events   VIEW

October 8   Welcome October! The Room of Ancient Keys; Jack o’Lanterns; October Chile; Suki: What is “learning through success”? Family Events; Vote!   VIEW

October 1  Read Inspiring Literature! Pumpkin Patches; Halloween; Jack o”lanterns; Take A Child Outside week; Mudslide Preparation; Family Events;  Ask Nicole – Tips for Supporting Distance Learning  VIEW

September 24  What will you do next Tuesday, Whitney? Who is Fred? Presidential Debates; Family Events  VIEW

September 17  Constitution Day; Books for Constitution Day; Why Stretching Is (Still) Important for Weight Loss and Exercise; Family Events    VIEW

September 10  Grandma Moses: She Nurtured her Creativity; Mamas Find Solutions Listening to Podcasts; Mamas Outsmart Picky Eaters; Family Events; Schooling Choice  VIEW

September 3 The Power of Touch; Schooling Choice; Volunteers – Responding to Disaster; Supporting People and Parks; Family Events  VIEW

August 27, 2020  Patience, Schooling, Joy! New Friends; Back to School Stress Relief, Family Events VIEW

August 20, 2020  “Shall I Compare thee to a summer’s day?” The Benefits of Cursive; Calling home school pods fundamentally racist won’t help education equality; Family Events; School Re-opening Information VIEW

August 13, 2020  Inspiration from Owls; Ingenuity; Family Events; School Re-opening Information;  VIEW

August 6, 2020  Improve your relationships with advice from counter-terrorism experts; The 9 Most Important Things I Learned in Cooking School; Pick up from Libraries; Ask Nicole: Returning to School During Covid-19; Family Events; Independent Study programs In or Serving Santa Cruz County  VIEW

July 30, 2020  Begin with the Arts; Playing the Violin Increases Academic Performance; Terrific Day Trips; Family Events; Support for Parents  VIEW

July 23, 2020  Let’s Enjoy Summer! Thought Provoking Nutrition; Family Events; The Life-changing Habit of Journaling; Support for Parents VIEW

July 16, 2020  Education in the Spotlight; Zucchini Time; Welcome Violin4Kids & Little Trends Boutique; Family Events; Health Services Statistics; School Re-opening Plans; Why Outdoor Learning? VIEW

July 9, 2020  Amazing Times; Floral ShortbreadCookies; Family Events; Health Services Statistics; School Re-opening Plans; In Defense of Absurdly Early Bedtimes; The Science of Reading Before Bed; Suki Interviews Blake Boles VIEW

July 1, 2020  A Backyard 4th; Family Events; Health Services Statistics; CA School Legislation; Suki: Humans need meaningful work; Ask Nicole: Anti-racism Resources for Parents  VIEW

June 25, 2020   “What, you want me to explain?” Suki:The Future of Education; Navigating the Future of Learning; Netflix’s Billionaire Founder is Secretly Building a Luxury Retreat for Teachers in Rural Colorado; 5 Trends in Education to Watch out for in 2020; School Re-opening Plans; Family Events; Voices  VIEW

June 18, 2020  Happy Fathers Day; School Choices; SchoolRe-opening Plans; Books for Families; A Story for Foodies; Camps Open for You; Family Events  VIEW

June 11, 2020  Be a Builder; “Ronald McNair’s Civil Disobedience: The Illustrated Story of How a Little Boy Who Grew Up to Be a Trailblazing Astronaut Fought Segregation at the Public Library;” Got Grit? RustleIt Up!  Family Events; Welcome Black Oak & Positive Discipline Resource Center; County Health Department News VIEW

June 4, 2020  Library Summer Reading Program; Taking Flight; Ask Nicole: Parenting Teens During Uncertain Times; Welcome Frontier Ranch Daycamp; Family Events; The Canary in the Coal Mine of Kids’ Character The Canary in the Coal Mine of Kids’ Character; America’s Fatherless Ache Exposed by Humble YouTube Dad; Advice from My Father; 7 Dale Carnegie principles for dealing with the coronavirus VIEW

May 28, 2020  Moving forward! Read J.K. Rowling’s “The Ickabog”  SC Museum of Natural History recommends: Create Your Own Wheel! Events from the Calendar; From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities; Topics for the Times  VIEW

May 21, 2020  Going Forward after an Explosion; Parents Blog on SCP; More Blogs about Family Life; Virtual Events; Prepare to be Flexible; Topics for the Times  VIEW

May 14, 2020  Between the Lines; Virtual, Classrooms, or a Combo? Suki: Fall 2020 education; Virtual Events; Be Kind; Topics for the Times  VIEW

May 7, 2020  Mixed Summer Camp News; Ask Nicole: Positive Parenting During a Pandemic; 2 Virtual Parenting Workshops; Santa Cruz County Health Order; Topics for the Times  VIEW

April 30, 2020  Crazy Days!, Suki shares: 3 things you can do to help your child with Covid-19 anxiety; Welcome to our Directory!; Trade arable land for vegetables! 4 Virtual Parenting Workshops; The Elephant in the Room! Topics for the Times  VIEW

April 23, 2020  A renewed interest in the nature and future of education; Setting Aside Biases; Food for Thinking; Monterey Bay Backyard Bioblitz; Happy 50th Earth Day! Free Books from Live Like Coco  VIEW

April 16, 2020  Just for fun! The 7-Year Old Helping Seniors;  Growing for Good Program;  Stuck at Home! How to Volunteer Virtually! Families may differ, but they share common values on parenting  VIEW

April 9, 2020  Welcome new website; How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them;  Free Harry Potter Reading and Activities;  She likes good writing and fantasy/adventure books. Any suggestions? Virtual Line Dancing for Beginners  VIEW

April 2, 2020  Making this work for another month!  Building Resiliency during COVID-19:  Self‐care for You and Your Teen;  Building Resiliency During COVID-19:  Self‐care for You and Your Baby /Toddler;  Keeping Calm and Centered During Uncertain Times – For parents of preschool and elementary school aged kids;  Helping Kids with Special Needs Cope with Anxiety around COVID-19;   Dave Ramsey: Get on The Debt Snowball Plan;  30 Ways to Save Money on Groceries;  Ask Nicole: Small Steps, Big Changes  VIEW

March 26, 2020 Looking forward! Re-evaluating Our Family Lifestyles; Let’s Support the Virtual Locals; Quick Info on Zoom; Virtual Spring Camps VIEW

March 19, 2020 We’re All In a New Paradigm; Re-Evaluating Our Family Lifestyles; Local Heroes; Zoom Info; Suki: Temporary Homeschooling Tips from the World’s Most Reluctant Homeschooler; Homeschool Mama to Temporary Homeschooler; Spring Camps; Explore Private and Parochial Schools VIEW

March 12, 2020 Find the Pony! It’s a Famliar Old Message: “Wash Your Hands;” How Giving Up Sugar Super Charged My Brain; Spring Camps; Kid Power: Stay Safe in Your Imagination; How to Decode Your Aloof Teen Boy; 10 Nonfiction Books that Humanize Mathematics; Family Events; VIEW

March 5, 2020 Kindergarten – This September or Next; Ask Nicole: Kids Need Opportunities, Skills and Recognition; Movies, Music and Art; Fun Events VIEW

February 27, 2020 Gadgets! Family and Gadgets; Take this Math Story to Class; Local Moms’ Remedies for the Dreaded Poison Oak; Family Events VIEW

February 20, 2020 Feeling A Little Lonely? Loneliness/Hands Connection; Anti-Depressant Microbes in Soil; How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy; The First List of Anti-Depressant Foods Restructures the “Standard” American Diet; The Art and Benefits of Hand Embroidery; Family Events; The Lunatic Farmer: Loneliness VIEW

February 13, 2020 The Most Loved Word; Sweet Thoughts on Love! A Foodie Love Story; Family Events; Seniors on the Brink of Adulthood VIEW

February 6, 2020 Celebrate Migration; Family Events; A Very Little Love Story; It Begins At Home; Drug Prevention is a Family Affair; Ask Nicole: Raising Children with Special Needs; VIEW

January 30, 2020 “If School Could Be Like Camp;” Cardboard Re-imagined; Family Events; In the Heights VIEW

January 23, 2020 Kids, Our Pathway to New Friends; Questions Work; We’re All in the Same Boat Now; Family Events; Learning to Read Is Easy, or SHOULD Be; Family Opera, Massenet’s “Cinderella” VIEW

January 16, 2020 Have a Good Story? Please Share Your Stories; A Renewed Romance; Family Events; How Will New Laws Affect You? The Most Powerful Family Ritual… The Bedtime Story; Moms Recommend Board Games for 3 Year Olds VIEW

January 9, 2020 What’s the BIG Parenting Plan? Family Events; Bike Theft; NAMI: Ending the Silence; A Silent Tragedy; Message from a Teacher VIEW

January 2, 2020 Forget All Those Resolutions; Choose One! Ask Nicole: January Is Positive Parenting Month; Running with Sherman, A Donkey with the Heart of a Hero; Parent Workshops VIEW

December 26, 2019 New Year, Craving Tamales, Elephant Seal Walks, Wreaths for the Birds, Winter Day Camps, Fun Events, VIEW

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