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Owl vision is amazing. "The field of view for an owl is about 110 degrees, with about 70 degrees being binocular vision. An owl cannot "roll" or move its eyes - that is, it can only look straight ahead! The owl more than makes up for this by being able to turn its head up to 270 degrees left or right from the forward facing position, and almost upside down." (Owl Pages)
American ingenuity is amazing. I figured it wouldn't be long before technical innovations to enhance distance learning & working would surface. Imagine this: teacher in classroom, "owl" on table, teacher able to move around the classroom for different purposes, perhaps all the children at home, or eight of them in the classroom and the rest at home. The owl tracks the speaker orally and visually (360 degrees). The technology equips students at home to interact with classroom students aurally and visually. "Any classroom becomes a hybrid classroom with the Meeting Owl, the smart conference camera that captures 360° video and audio for engaging distance learning."
"The Perseid meteor shower will put on its best show August 11-13, late night – early morning. With a clear view of the sky you could see upwards of 50 meteors per hour at its peak! For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the showers will begin in the late evening and pick up after midnight. So find a spot of relative darkness, let your eyes adjust, gaze towards the Perseus constellation, and enjoy the show!" Thanks for the reminder to Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Make the night special. Wake the little ones up! Let the big kids stay up late!

Have a fine weekend, Parmalee
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Family Events
Where Do Sandwiches Come From? August 14,10 - 11am, Dig into an imaginary lunch as we trace it back to the beginning of the universe! August Junior Ranger Programs here at Big Basin every Friday Details
Keeping Grounded when the Financial World is Shaking, August 13, 12pm
Keeping Grounded when the Financial World is Shaking - Get expert insight into how you can respond to the volatile financial landscape. Grab your lunch and join us for a free webinar. Details
Blacksmith Hammer-In at Roaring Camp
August 14 - 16, @ 8am - 5pm, Roaring Camp is open for daily operations, from 9am to 5pm, reservations only. Book online. Details
All the Farmers Markets!
Just picked, fresh from the farms to you, and often musical entertainment and special, delectable eats for foodies! Details
Homeschooling 101, August 18, 6:30 - 8pm
A FREE Introduction to Homeschooling Workshop, presented by the Homeschool Association of California Details
Winchester Walk with Spirits Tour
Evenings Weds - Sun, 8pm, Winchester Mystery House launches a new outdoor evening experience that explores the legendary estate’s supernatural lore. Details
Stopping the Covid Slide: How to Help Your Kids Stay at Grade Level During School Closures and Modified Schedule (3rd – 8th grade) August 13, 6 - 7:30pm SPIN (Special Parents Information Network) offers a discussion presented by Michelle Mason, Ph.D., Founder and Director of Mason Educational Mentoring. Zoom, Free Details
Triple P 8-week Virtual Group: for families with children 2 – 12 years old - Fridays @ 3pm - 4:30 pm, Check Details
Food Trucks & Pop-Up Kitchens at the Grange, Thursdays 4 - 7pm
Come out and support a sustainable food economy! Food truck and pop-up kitchens at the Live Oak Grange source ingredients from Monterey Bay Area organic farmers and ranchers. Details
Nature Journaling Workshop for Teachers and Parent-Teachers - Wednesdays 12-1:30pm beginning August 19 - Learn how to teach Nature Journaling! Join our weekly discussion and idea-sharing for teachers, home school parents, and other educators interested in teaching nature journaling skills. Details
We are launching The Museum At Your Side — a collection of hands-on activities, informative articles, and engaging videos to connect you with nature and science wherever you are! Posts will be added regularly so be sure to check the link and follow our social media to engage with our virtual museum. Details
Join us at The Art Factory Aug 17- 21 for Jungle Week or Pen and Plant Illustration with Yvette Contois! Details.

Fall online class registration begins NOW! Details
Blacksmith Hammer-In at Roaring Camp, August 14-16 @ 8am - 5pm - The California Blacksmith Association Presents – The 5th Annual Hammer-IN at Roaring Camp Railroads. Watch demonstrators push the boundaries of hot metal, bring ancient techniques to life... Reservations required. Verify! Details
Tales to Tails will be Mondays 3:30-4pm, Register! Santa Cruz Public Libraries Details
Redwood Forest Steam Train, Roaring Camp, Daily 11 am, 12:30pm, 2pm, masks required. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. Details
West Cliff Food Truck Summer, August 14 @ 3- 8pm.
West Cliff Food Truck Summer The local food trucks combine with local bands to make it a great night out for the whole family. Details
Independent Study programs In or Serving Santa Cruz County
School Re-Opening Information
Distance Learning Only for K-12 Schools for 2020-2021 School Year, County Guidance Read the entire letter> > >

View the Full (66 pages) Reopening Framework for Santa Cruz County Schools here > > >

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Diverse Opinions, Ideas, Choices
COVID CARE: A Way Forward to Opening Up Social Circles
by Evelyn Dacker, M.D.

We are starting to enter into a new normal. Restrictions are being lifted and we are beginning to decrease social distance, yet we must continue to work together to reduce the risk of viral transmission. Until accurate testing is available and herd immunity is achieved, this can be achieved through self-awareness and communication. Covid CARE calls in four specific elements to consider and discuss with others as you start broadening your social circles: Read this thoughtful article > > >

Deciding on Distance Learning vs. Homeschooling? Where to Start
by Barbara Matessa, mother of two, former public school teacher, and homeschooling parent
Reflect on your own education. What lessons do you remember? What teachers were most influential, and why? How do you learn best? Audio, visual, kinesthetic? Now think of each of your children. How do they learn best? What could be the best possible outcome for them in these crazy, chaotic times? Read more, get help clarifying our family's choices > >

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Schools
By Megan Mann, NAIS Legal Counsel
Last updated: August 12, 2020
This situation is evolving by the hour. Every school is struggling with what decisions are the “right” ones to make and, in many instances, we may not know what is “right” until we have the benefit of hindsight. Even then, we may not know. With that in mind, the “right” decision is one that considers public health guidance, the law, your school’s mission and culture, and your community’s safety. What is “right” for one school may not be right for another. Please keep this in mind as you review feedback about what other schools are doing. Continue reading information contributed by many independent schools > > >

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online
by Catlin Tucker, teacher, author, coach
A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. Read on for practical tips > > >

Polls Suggest Coronavirus Shutdowns Could Mean Millions More Homeschoolers
by Michael Donnelly
There are about 2.5 million homeschooling children in the United States today, but what if 8 million more kids start homeschooling in the fall? There is reason to believe this could happen. An EdChoice public opinion poll suggests that more than half of parents with school-age kids have a more favorable view of homeschooling after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. An unofficial Reason Foundation Facebook poll conducted by Corey DeAngelis suggests that about 15 percent of children could be making the switch to homeschooling in the fall. A May 14, 2020 Real Clear Opinion poll of more than 2,000 registered voters found that as many as 41 percent of parents are more likely to homeschool this fall. Continue >