A resource for families in Santa Cruz County
Happy Father's Day - We appreciate you!
Happy Fathers Day!

I like watching you running the wiggles out of the littles, tossing and catching them in the air, teaching your children how to throw and catch balls, sporting some deft soccer moves, spending time with your tweens and teens, taking mom out for a date night, mentoring respect, kindness, a work ethic, humor, integrity, humor, love. You inspire your family... and me!

When one considers the tremendous stress caused by coronavirus, SIP, distance learning, unemployment and a daily news barrage of strife in our country, it's no wonder we want to set it all aside and experience a joyful, peaceful time with loved ones. If we can be together, in person or virtually, to celebrate the dads, uncles and grandads in our families, let's treasure the day!

Have a wonderful weekend celebrating dads and venture forth in a way that suits your ability and style! Parmalee
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School Choices

Santa Cruz County is home to a wealth of educational choices. These include private and parochial schools, traditional neighborhood public schools , public charter schools, homeschooling and the various hybrid arrangements within these programs.
 
Parents, teachers and administrators are trying to plan for the 2020-21 school year. All are concerned with best practices for the benefit of the entire educational community and are faced with uncertainty about the future and the need to be flexible owing to external circumstances.
 
Parents and teachers have gained appreciation for each others’ roles in their children’s education. With the re-opening of schools coming up, parents are considering choices. As well as selecting the best educational environment for each of their children, parents need to factor in their own work requirements and health department regulations. For some families a vulnerable child or parent is a critical factor.
 
Teachers need to make plans for regular classroom, virtual or hybrid scenarios, not to mention following health department safe practice regulations. Teachers and families have learned new distant learning/teaching technologies, what worked well and what flopped, so are better prepared for new situations and potential fast pivots. Some teachers are questioning whether they can continue teaching in this uncertain environment.

There is a proliferation of outstanding courses offered online. These enable students, parents and teachers to learn about unique topics, from detailed to big picture presentations.
 
Ocean Grove Charter/Homeschool has a wait list of 1,000+ and is hiring teachers. Pacific School, which has traditional classrooms and a hybrid independent study program (part home/part classroom) has added a new homestudy program. Some parents are talking about forming small co-ops with 5-6 children in which they each contribute a skill or talent and also hire a teacher. Is there a growing homeschooling trend?
School Reopening Documents



CDE Reopening Schools Document: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp

CDPH Interim School Guidance: covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf

CDPH updated guidance for childcare programs and providers: covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare.pdf
Books for Families
Food from a variety of cultures is a great way to introduce children to different cultures. We all enjoy rice, and there are so many ways to prepare it! In one neighborhood, people from many ethnicities cook rice in many different ways. Recipes included!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!
It's your day to be celebrated for all you do for your family. Let the children challenge you to a little roughhousing! It's a Dad thing.

You will find this beautiful little book at the Museum of Natural History. It may just inspire you to journal your tidepool discoveries this summer. To purchase email: retail@santacruzmuseum.org

A Story for Foodies
The Pandemic Shows Us the Genius of Supermarkets
A short history of the stores that—even now—keep us supplied with an abundance of choices
"Over the past 90 years, the average American supermarket has swelled from 12,000 square feet to nearly 42,000—big enough to swallow the Lincoln Memorial, two basketball courts, and a couple of Starbucks and still be hungry for more. The typical supermarket layout has barely changed during that time and could be thought of as a reverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back."
Camps Open for You!
We asked, and these are the camps which responded "We're open!" Some welcome children at their physical location, some are virtual. Please visit their websites for details.
Family Events
Teacher to Teacher Talk with LitWits Founders, Becky & Jenny
June 26, 10am. Want to inspire kids to read great books? In this free get-together on Zoom, we'll share how we've been doing just that since 2010. Details
Kids Create: STEAM video series
Tuesdays , 3:30pm - 4pm & Fridays 10am through July. Series of STEAM programs through the summer for kids of all ages, Details
Minecraft Club at the Discovery Learning Center
Mondays , 3pm - 4:30pm, The DLC Minecraft Club is a club where we play and build things together in Minecraft, online. Details
Get free of thought-traps that cause reactions and mess up relationships! New Series to Get Out of Thought Traps!
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays (See all) Details
Triple P Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times (part 3)
June 19, 11am - 12:30pm
Attend Part 3 of this FREE virtual Triple P workshop to learn and share tips Details
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June 26, 11am - 12:30pm (part 4) Details
Lego Building Challenge
July 22, Join our 8 week summer Lego Building Challenge. Details
LIBRARIES 2020 SUMMER READING PROGRAM: IMAGINE YOUR STORY
June - August, An Events & Reading Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults! Details
Mike the Magician
June 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am; Wednesday, June 24, 11am-12pm; Tuesday, July 7, 1 – 2pm. You are invited to a virtual magic show with Mike the Magician Details
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) Monday’s and Thursdays 3-4:30pm, Rotating topics for all ages and parents. Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties welcome to join FREE! Details
Tales to Tails goes virtual!
Wednesdays, 10-11am, How will this work? Join us!
Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Fridays, 1-4pm, Details
Dig Deeper this Summer
June 22, Dig Deeper this Summer at the Watsonville Library and Read, Investigate, & Discover! Details
From the Sandhills to the Stars
June 20 @ 7:00 pm
Discover the hidden treasures of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, from the endemic animals and plants of the unique Sandhills habitat to the sparkling stars often not viewable in urban areas. Details
The calendar has more events!