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Lori Getz, mother, educator and Internet Safety advocate talks to families about healthy relationships with technology! She recently had conversations with parents and teachers at Kirby School. I missed it, but Kirby has shared a link to several articles (by Lori) you might find interesting, including a printable technology use contract for use at home. http://www.lorigetz.com/articles Teaser:

"Researchers studied 4,500 9-and 10-year olds and found that many of those who spend more then 7 hours a day on screens —such as smartphones, tablets, and video games—showed premature thinning of the cortex which is the outermost layer of the brain."

Happy Birthday to all February 29th babies! It's your year!!

It's a treat! The Orchestra Sings - Family Concert, Santa Cruz Symphony, 3/1, 2-4:30pm, Civic Auditorium, Details

Have a great weekend, in this beautiful weather, with phones turned off, when talking, or walking, or listening to a singing orchestra, Parmalee
 Take this math story to class!
..., 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, ... etc

Leap Year
• A normal year has 365 days.
• A Leap Year has 366 days (the extra day is the 29th of February).

How to know if it is a Leap Year:
Leap Years are any year that can be exactly divided by 4 (such as 2016, 2020, 2024, etc)   except if it can be exactly divided by 100, then it isn't (such as 2100, 2200, etc)     except if it can be exactly divided by 400, then it is (such as 2000, 2400) Try it here:
Enter Year:

Why?
Because the Earth rotates about 365.242375 times a year ...
... but a normal year is 365 days, ...
... so something has to be done to "catch up" the extra 0.242375 days a year.

So every 4th year we add an extra day (the 29th of February), which makes 365.25 days a year. This is fairly close, but is wrong by about 1 day every 100 years.

So every 100 years we don't have a leap year, and that gets us 365.24 days per year (1 day less in 100 year = -0.01 days per year). Closer, but still not accurate enough!

So another rule says that every 400 years is a leap year again. This gets us 365.2425 days per year (1 day regained every 400 years = 0.0025 days per year), which is close enough to 365.242375 not to matter much.

So, Which Are and Which Aren't?
So 2000 and 2400 are leap years but 1800, 1900, 2100, 2200 and 2300 are not.

Apart from that, every year divisible by 4 (2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, etc.) is a leap year.

Thankyou to MATH IS FUN!

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Is your child ready to transition to Kindergarten? Thinking about your options? Come join us for this VERY informative, FREE evening event hosted by Soquel Parent Education Nursery School and get your questions answered! Thursday 2/27 from 6:30-8:30, no registration required. 397 Old San Jose Rd
Soquel,

Campus Tour Day, Mount Madonna School PreK-12, 2/28, 9:30-11:30am Details

School Day Tour, Gateway School, 3/3, 9-10am, Details

Art & Play in the PreK, Mount Madonna School, 3/11, 9:30am, Details

Shadow Day for Students , Kirby School 6-12, Mondays, Details

"Shadow-A-Ram" for a Day, Good Shepherd Catholic, Wednesdays, Details

AFE Info Evenings , Independent Home Study School Program K-12, Branciforte Small School Campus, 3/26, 6:30-8pm, Details
Poison oak can be picked up in all seasons. Be especially aware in winter when the branches are without leaves but the rash-inducing oils are still present.
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Local Moms' Remedies for the Dreaded Poison Oak
 It may sound silly but I swear by noxema cleansing cream for burns and rashes. It has a coolant and feels so good Vaseline. Vaseline. Vaseline. Hydrate the skin as much as possible to give it the best chance to heal itself. I usually dry it out with tea tree, then hydrate once the blistering starts to heal. What do you think about reaching out to Farmer Carin at Blossom's Farm. She makes bio-dynamic salves and skin creams. I bet she has something that's great for post-poison oak rash: http://www.blossomsfarm.com/. They sell at a few of the local farmer's markets in town. Jump in the ocean!!! Whatever is in that water dries it our instantly! The Beauty Counter baby rash has worked wonders for a few people I know! But jumping in the ocean helps as well! Haven’t used it for poison oak but for other rashes and skin problems: vitamin E. I would break open vitamin E gel caps and smear the contents straight onto the skin. I get terrible poison oak, aaaand I learned years after suffering loooong painful healing periods that what is actually going on is that I am acquiring a secondary infection—usually impetigo—that masquerades on top of the original rash and doubles the healing time. The solution is topical antibiotics. Muproxin, to be exact. I now use it preventively when I get a PO rash. I ended up bathing her in an Epsom salt bath with some ACV. I think that did help a lot. I also got some plantain oil which I was told is good for poison oak. It already looks better than it did this morning!
• My daughter is super sensitive and gets awful rashes if she even gets near it. We have tried EVERYTHING. The one thing that works every time is scrubbing with dish soap. Use tepid-cold water (as cold as she can handle) scrub with dish soap for a minimum of 30 seconds as hard as she can handle then rinse. Repeat for a total of 3 times. Works every time and better than anything even Zenfel which we paid \$50 for a tiny tube.
• I did that too! It did seem to help. I also bought the stupid zenfel but I got the CVS brand and used a coupon so I paid \$27. But still. Expensive!
• The pics on the box had me so convinced but it didn't do anything for us. If you did the dish soap it will clear up in a couple days. You can put on aloe vera to help sooth it.
• I was taught by a dear friend about green clay last summer when my daughter had a very bad episode of poison oak. You can buy in bulk at new leaf or whole foods. It helped a lot. You mix it with a little water and salt and put it on the area until it dries out and you can leave it on even longer.
• Calendula/comfrey salve to heal the scarring.
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