Changes are Fluid, How to Adjust Accordingly
Friday, August 6, 2020
What can you do without in-person school? We’re tracking options and sharing with you businesses that are moving their learning online.
Surviving Shelter-in-Place and Screen Time
Friday, July 24, 2020
If you’ve managed to survive this shelter-in-place without letting your kids have excessive screen time, we salute you. Parents used to call TV the “electronic babysitter,” but now it’s been replaced by tablets and desktops.
What is School Going to Look Like in the Fall
Friday, July 17, 2020
Freedom is taking on a whole new meaning in the wake of the coronavirus. Do we open schools? Do we open beaches? Do we wear masks? Things one would think aren’t debatable are suddenly becoming constitutional issues.
Special Solutions for Special Needs
Friday, July 10, 2020
July is our annual special needs issue and we salute the great things being done in Santa Cruz to help those who need it most. This month’s issue has a moving story about the Autism Family Network and its founders, motorcycling banker Stoney Godet and Gabby Johnson.
Teach Your Children Well
Friday, July 3, 2020
The biggest issues in Santa Cruz and the world right now are racism and the coronavirus, both deadly diseases. How do you raise kids not to be racist, when this virus has spread, with seemingly invisible symptoms, but has been rearing its ugly head a lot lately?
How to Deal with Grief
Friday, June 19, 2020
We watched the memorial service for Santa Cruz Sheriff Deputy Damon Gutzwiller, 38, and it was overwhelmingly sad. A white supremacist murdered the deputy in Ben Lomond, June 6. He had a 2-year-old son, Carter, and his wife, Faviola, has a baby due this month.
A New Normal
Friday, June 12, 2020
Some of the highlights include students and employees wearing masks and social distancing.
Finding Ways to Make a Difference
Monday, June 8, 2020
We saw an editorial cartoon that stands out and defines the times. There was a small grim reaper with coronavirus written on it. Behind it was a much larger grim reaper that said Climate Change. “Who’s your agent?” asked the bigger one. Just as many people ignored the virus and equal rights for all races, they have their heads in the sand about a considerable threat.
Let the Graduation Ceremonies Commence
Friday, June 5, 2020
Nothing feels quite normal, but schools are doing their best to make graduates feel special. Here’s what some of our local schools are doing:
Santa Cruz Leads the Way
Monday, June 1, 2020
Just as it started to feel like we could reach some kind of normal, parts of the country are now in flames. How do you explain it to your kids or do you shelter them from the storm?
Graduation, Beaches and Ice Cream!
Monday, May 27, 2020
Dive into May's Articles
Friday, May 15, 2020
The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter will host a Pet Food Pantry for pet owners in need. Free pet food can be picked up at the Shelter’s Education Center, 2260 7th Avenue in Santa Cruz on May 19 from 10 am to noon. During this time, the Shelter is also accepting pet food donations for these pets in need. You can drop off unopened pet food at the Shelter’s entrance (1001 Rodriguez St.) in Santa Cruz at the front door.
Taking Time Away from the Screen
Monday, May 11, 2020
Soquel High 16-year-old Jayden Gallegos found a new passion during the Stay In Place order (besides video games). He’s making planter boxes. SInce his mom posted about it on Facebook, the orders have been streaming in fast. At first the starting price was $12 for each box, but he raised it to a starting price of $16 for smaller ones of 24 X 10 X 8 inches
Find the Magic in Your Own Backyard
Monday, April 27, 2020
Another day when hard-working parents have to also be homeschool teachers, especially tough with toddlers.
What have we got the most of in our backyard? Nature. And we’re so lucky to have so many types of ecosystems right here.
Writer Sandi Schwartz, who writes the Happy Science Mom blog has these suggestions for what to do this week with your young ones.
Celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Fifty years ago much of the country shut down on a Wednesday for a new reason: they wanted to share their concerns for the state of the environment. The first Earth Day went nationwide, amazingly enough, organized by members of both parties, back when things happened like that.
Santa Cruz Gets an A for Sheltering in Place
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
County Health Chief Dr. Gail Newel announced that beaches and parks will reopen Thursday and will stay open unless people are seen to be violating social distancing. She said the county is looking at opening up more businesses by May 4, but couldn’t say for sure what will happen until that date. She said she expects future waves of the virus in the county, but suggested summer camps may be opened.
As reported in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, she said, “This would be over time that we would try various measures, and then perhaps also need to retract them as well,” Newel said. “We’re hoping that the public can get used to the idea of pivoting and needing to change direction at times to control the virus.”
How are things changing in your home?
Monday, April 13, 2020
We’ve got all the time in the world to study what we want or take on new at-home challenges. It’s easy to think that maybe this is a vacation, but it’s not. Students are still doing online classes and tons of homework (about which some parents are whining more than the kids. Are they getting too much or it is a necessary evil since they have no classes?)
Laughter and Dance Make the BEST Medicine
Monday, April 6, 2020
Looking for some fun things online for entertainment? How about comedy? DNA’s Comedy Lounge, hit hard after its pretty recent opening, is offering live comedy shows online. It’s a great way to have fun and help a local business.
Shelter in Place Building Stronger Community
Friday, April 3, 2020
Here’s the best laugh we’ve had all day. I bought Companion Bakery’s “Classic Shelter Box,” which includes a bag of granola, a loaf of picnic bread, a loaf of three-seed bread, six cookies, three buckwheat scones and three Galettes for $55.
Not only is it filled with day-brightening fresh treats, but we are doing everything we can to support local restaurants and businesses, buying at least one meal a day out of the house. But here was the laugh: when we opened the shelter box, on top of the bread was a roll of toilet paper. Well played, Companion!
No April Fools Here
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Like our readers, we are stuck at home too with, well a bunch of kids of all ages, trying to figure ways to keep them happy and us sane.
During the quarantine, which is now expected to last another month, at least, we will step up the number of newsletters we send out to keep you informed about all levels of the novel disease and its effect on our community.
*Gavin Newsom has announced distance learning will continue until the end of the academic school year for all schools.