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Be a Builder
"We worked on perfecting excellence, and if you produce excellence, people will be drawn to you, and the integration should be a byproduct of the pursuit of excellence."
-Robert Woodson

Dear Parents,

This quote gives us an insight into one man's life work seeking a way to help people living in low-income, crime-ridden communities. Check out The Woodson Center.

Everyone I know is frustrated, saddened and angered by the chaos in our country. Ideas are being tossed forth, from radical to reasonable, and while it's good that we are talking about our challenges, these ideas --good, bad, ugly-- must be examined for their long-term value for all citizens. Proven, replicable programs at the local level which model success interest me.
In our community we are fortunate to have outstanding programs whose missions are to uplift and support neighbors, long-term. Watsonville PAL , our local Boys and Girls Clubs , Barrios Unidos , the Volunteer Center , our schools, libraries, camps, firemen, police men and women, community services, private non-profits, individuals who volunteer and many more abound in our county. The builders, the forces for good, are in place. We can support them with donations of volunteer hours, money and sharing news of their good works with neighbors.

Have a thoughtful weekend and venture forth in a way that suits your ability and style! Parmalee
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"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"
"A miniature revolutionary with his eyes on the stars, his heart on the ground, and his courage light years beyond of his era’s horizons stands up for the future with his only ally."

by Maria Popova

“Knowledge sets us free… A great library is freedom,” Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in contemplating the sacredness of public libraries . “Freedom is not something that anybody can be given; freedom is something people take and people are as free as they want to be,” her contemporary James Baldwin — who had read his way from the Harlem public library to the literary pantheon — insisted in his courageous and countercultural perspective on freedom .

Ronald McNair (October 21, 1950–January 28, 1986) was nine when he took his freedom into his own small hands."

Got grit? Rustle it up!
by Becky & Jenny, LitWits Founders

Grit is resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity–something we could all could use more of, right? Every day, in the news and in classrooms and in life, we see examples of people who just don’t have enough of it. As parents and teachers, we can help our kids tremendously by teaching them attitudes and coping skills to deal with setbacks and disappointments.

Around the nation, schools are beginning to see grit as key to students’ success — and just as important to teach as reading and math. – NPR
So how do we teach grit?

One way to make kids more tenacious . . . is to show them how grit has been important to the success of others, and how mistakes and failures are normal parts of learning — not reasons to quit. NPR

As literature teachers, we think great protagonists make great mentors for kids. So we introduce our students to them, and nurture the relationship.

Events from the Calendar
Kids Create: STEAM video series
June 12, 3:30 - 4:00 pm
Series of STEAM programs Fridays & Tuesdays through July for kids of all ages
Get free of thought-traps that cause reactions and mess up relationships! New Series to Get Out of Thought Traps! Why? Because I get stuck in spin out, thinking and analyzing my life instead of living it! It hurts my health and my relationships. There is a better way. Each Tu/Th 2pm we'll go through the main ones and learn exercises to practice getting out of these Thought Traps!
June 11 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Recurring Event Tuesdays & Thursdays (See all) Details
Triple P Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times (part 2)
June 12, 11am - 12:30pm
Triple P Workshop: Parenting in Uncertain Times, 4 Part Series Details
and (part 3)
June 19, 11am - 12:30pm
Attend Part 3 of this FREE virtual Triple P workshop to learn and share tips Details
Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market
June 13, 9am - 1pm
At the Scotts Valley Market over 30 growers and food artisans come out to set up each Saturday, 9a-1p.
June - August, An Events & Reading Program for Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, and Adults! Details
Summer Art Camp at The Art Factory, June 15, 8am - 5pm, Nature Journaling and/or Sea Creatures. Join us at The Art Factory for our 12th year of extraordinary art camp! Virtual this summer. Details
Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) Monday’s and Thursday’s 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!
Ocean Grove Charter School, TK-12th Tuition-Free Public Charter School, June 15 @ 7:00 pm. Learn more by attending one of our Virtual Information Sessions. Please sign up for one of our 30 minute virtual informational session. Details
Join SCPL for a weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Fridays, 1-4pm, Details
Are you new to homeschooling or interested in starting? Or have you been homeschooling for a few years and find yourself needing a fresh perspective? June 12, 7:00 pm Details
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Black Oak Wilderness School
Students will take on projects such as blacksmithing knives, making their own bows, and making traditional backpacks. Each month they will accompany a small team of instructors on camping trips where they will learn skills like knife safety, making fire by friction, archery, animal tracking, bird language, invisibility, awareness, shelter building, game processing (optional), hide tanning, and campfire cooking. Each student will be asked to act in the best interests of the group by contributing their effort towards helpfulness, respect, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
Positive Discipline Community Resources
The Positive Discipline Way: Connection Before Correction
At PDCR, we believe not only that positive relationships not only take precedence over behaviors, but influence behaviors. As such, we teach the importance of discovering the beliefs behind behaviors and using connection before correction! Read more
Frontier Ranch Day Camp
A Ministry of Mission Springs

You will not be bored during your week at Frontier Ranch. You get to fly down our 300+ foot zip line, ride our 50cc off-road motorcycles, learn to make amazing new crafts, and enjoy many more activities during your week at camp! Our skits and games will give you some great memories and make you laugh so hard your side will ache. Frontier Ranch
CDRC - Child Development Resource Center

Finding the right child care is one of the most important decisions your family may need to make. The early care and education specialists at CDRC can answer your questions—on the phone, or in person—to help you find child care that meets your needs.

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Family entertainment centers (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf
Restaurants/bars/wineries/brewpubs (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf
Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-zoos-museums.pdf
Gyms and fitness centers (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-fitness.pdf
Hotels (including travel and tourism) (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/…/guidance-hotels-lodging-rentals.pdf
Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation (Begins June 12) https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf