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June 2020

Getting Out ............................. 2

Library Voice ......................... 4

Wellness ..................................... 6

Fun & Games ......................... 8

Family Life ............................. 10

History ....................................... 12

Wordmonger ....................... 14

Calendar ................................... 17

Child Development ......... 18

Local Resources ............... 21

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Getting Out
illness. Viral load (cumulative

Keep Your extent of exposure) is also a factor

in transmission and severity.
Taking all this together, it’s safe to
say the riskiest thing you can do

Family Safe is to come into close contact with

sick people. That’s why the advice
to self-isolate as soon as you feel

ill is so important.
It’s clear that the virus transmits
most effectively indoors. Within
confined spaces, close contact

and inadequate ventilation are
more likely. The infection risk is
especially high among household
by Ryan Malosh, PhD Efficient transmission in crowded,
enclosed spaces also explains the
The Centers for Disease Control is up to us to assess and minimize high infection rates in nursing
COVID-19, is truly astonishing.
and Prevention has released new our own risk and the risk of all homes, processing plants,
But there are also times when
guidelines for businesses and members of our familes. In large prisons, and cruise ships. On the
the science and necessity of
schools that are starting to reopen. part, this is because there is flip side, the risk of transmission
the moment are in conflict; a
Following these guidelines should still so much that scientists and does seem to be lower outdoors.
prime example is the confusion
help, but it’s frustrating that clear, physicians don’t know about the about using face masks while a How Can We Minimize Risk?
communication about the new coronavirus. The pace of worldwide shortage of personal If the riskiest thing is to be indoors
risk of infection remains hard to new research on the virus, SARS- protective equipment exists. in a crowd with sick people, then
find. Without strict guidelines, it CoV-2, and the disease it causes,
The pattern of this disease is it follows the least risky behavior
extremely localized. Even within is to be in small trusted groups,
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each state, outbreaks are very or outdoors well-spaced from
distinct. As a research scientist, I others, and to avoid sick people.
study herd immunity and vaccine It may help to describe a simple
effectiveness. As we slowly begin model of infectious disease. The
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EDITOR Associate EDITORS If you are in a high-risk population, rate at which people contact each
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is still unfolding. It can certainly be Reducing the contact rate was
FEATURE & CONTRIBUTING WRITERS transmitted by large respiratory the goal of stay-at-home orders.
Jennifer Best, John J. Cannell, Guy Crabb, Kerrin Edmonds, droplets, like those produced By all accounts, this is still the
Stanley W. Horspool, Karyn Lutes, Rebecca Juretic, CS Perryess
when we cough or sneeze. most effective tool to prevent
Evidence also shows that smaller new infections. Other simple
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San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County.

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talking or breathing, can lead to and hand hygiene, reduce the
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Getting Out
So What Does It All Mean? following these common-sense
The only fail-safe means to avoid guidelines. Try to stay as far apart
infection is to live in complete from each other as you can. Keep
isolation from others. But that’s your mask on and hand sanitizer
Don’t share surfaces,
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not realistic. In the absence of stay-

at-home orders, all of us will have food, or drinks.
to decide for ourselves how much If anyone suspects symptoms
risk we are willing to tolerate.
Each one of us will need to
or has had recent contact
with someone who feels sick, Father’s Day!
consider our living arrangements,
age, medical history, and basic
they should skip the playdate
(this goes for adults and kids) We are reopening safely
needs. When not in isolation, we and immediately quarantine (following state guidelines)
can minimize risk by: staying 6-10 themselves for 14 days.
feet away from others, wearing
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If local authorities allow small and transmission of respiratory viruses, and
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with a few healthy friends who herd immunity, social determinants of
infectious diseases, vaccine uptake, and
haven’t been in contact with
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Library Voice
Check It Out:
June Happenings County of San Luis Obispo
by Rebecca Juretic
Public Libraries
Imagine Your Story with There will be prize raffles for
County of SLO Public Libraries kids, teens and adults. Kids can Summer Reading Program
Summer Reading 2020 win a bike, Lego sets and more. June 1 - July
Teen prizes include DIY maker
It’s time to read for fun! County kits, bikes, and coffee gift cards.
of SLO Public Libraries Summer Adults can win smart laptop bags
Reading for kids and adults is filled with literary goodies or a by naming your favorite reptile.
going online this year. Beanstack, Center for Food and Agriculture,
free one-year subscription to Watch fun videos to meet a and “The Food Activist Handbook:
found through your app store or Masterclass. new creature every week with
at, will Big and Small Things You Can Do
Brian Kusko from Roaming to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy
allow you to register and track Adults will earn tickets for every Reptiles:
your reading; no more paper logs Food for Your Community” by
two hours of reading they log and playlist?list=PLgbTGJ85BxlAYyjd-
to keep track of! Ali Berlow. You can check out
for writing book reviews.  Kids tpbnmPdJbJh9Iyod.
digital copies on CloudLibrary
earn tickets for reading and also
The program runs from June 1st  at – look for our
for participating in activities We will have online concerts
to July 31st.  All you have to do is Book to Action bookshelf, full of
or writing book reviews. San with the Super Stolie Guacamole
create a Beanstack account and informational and inspiring titles
Luis Obispo Public Libraries will bilingual music and dance show.
register anyone in your family who about food.
also be hosting great online Listen for secret code words that
wishes to participate. Everyone –
entertainment and programs, you can enter into Beanstack for a Each week, we will be sharing
including babies, teens and adults raffle ticket.
such as: challenges on Facebook and
– can join in.
Try Pyjama Drama on Tuesdays, Instagram, inspiring you to
You can then access your logs Roaming Reptiles will be discover and support our local
featuring online videos with their learn a new magic trick lesson
through the free Beanstalk app, every Wednesday with Chris food system. These challenges
available for both iOS and Android creature of the week, premiering are as simple as visiting a farmer’s
every Monday morning.  You can Lopez, and more fun every day
devices. Log your reading time to of the week on our YouTube market, and as inspiring as trying
earn badges and certificates. earn prize tickets on Beanstack a new recipe using seasonal, local
Other great summer reading
programs on our YouTube We will also get to know our Book
channel include Mindfulness to Action partners, which are:
videos, digital photography California Center for the Book,
instruction with Jamie Soja, craft SLO Food Bank, GleanSLO, One
videos, science videos, story Cool Earth, UC Master Gardeners
times, and much more, so be - San Luis Obispo, San Luis Coastal
sure to subscribe so you don't Unified School District (SLCUSD)
miss any of the fun! Follow us on Food Services, Food Not Bombs
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter SLO, Slow Money SLO, Talley
to learn about new activities and Farms Fresh Harvest, SLO County
fun summer challenges. Food System Coalition, and
Restorative Partners.
A Delicious Way to Take Action
California Center for the Book
Our Book to Action program is is a program of the California
off to a great start! Even though Library Association, supported
our in-person programming has in whole or in part by the U.S.
been postponed, we are starting Institute of Museum and Library
activities on Facebook and Services under the provisions
Instagram. This year’s theme is of the Library Services and
“Discover the SLO County Food Technology Act, and administered
System.” in California by the State Librarian.
We’re inviting you to read our Rebecca Juretic is a freelance writer and Public
Relations Consultant for the San Luis Obispo
two books: “Letters to a Young County Libraries. Rebecca can be reached at:
Farmer” from the Stone Barns

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Starting Tuesday, June 2, three Instructions will be posted for
County of San Luis Obispo library patrons who arrive to pick up
branches will begin offering ordered materials. Patrons may
curbside pickup services. San pick up materials from any of the
Luis Obispo, Atascadero, and three regional library branches. children in motion . Summer 2020
Arroyo Grande branches will offer
curbside pickup Tuesday through Materials can be returned at
Friday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and any of the County’s 14 branch
Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. locations, in book drop boxes,
or simply handed to staff during
“Some of our online services will the curbside service interaction.
continue as always, such as Learn more on the curbside page
e-books, audiobooks, movies, zip- at
books, and our online summer
reading program,” said County All County library buildings will
Libraries Director Christopher remain closed to the public until
Barnickel. “Library cardholders further guidance for opening is
can begin placing holds on items provided by the CA Department
in the catalog of Public Health.
on Monday, June 1 for pickups For updates on COVID-19 in SLO
starting on Tuesday, June 2. You County, visit or
can get text, email and phone call the recorded Public Health
notifications when your items are Information Line at (805) 788- Summer Preschool . CaliKids Fitness . Kidz Love Soccer
ready at your desired branch.” 2903. A staffed phone assistance Music Makers . Chinese Education Camp . Soccer Camp
Cardholders may check out up to center at (805) 543-2444 is Funtastic Science Camp . LEGO STEM Camp
10 items at a time, with a three- available Monday – Friday, from Basketball Camp . Party Pop Art Camp . Tennis Camp
week limit on keeping print items 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to assist with
and one week for other media. questions related to COVID-19.

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No Juice
and milk are preferred as primary Fruit Juice Recommendations
fluid sources for children after
weaning. Families of small Juice should not be introduced

children with dental caries should to infants before 1 year unless
have a discussion with their clinically indicated. Daily intake

pediatrician about the child’s should be limited to 4 ounces in
fruit juice intake and its possible toddlers ages 1-3 years, 4-6 ounces
contribution to the caries. for those 4-6 years. For those 7-18
years, limit juice intake to 8 ounces
AAP recommends eliminating or 1 cup of the recommended 2-2½
by Steven A. Abrams, M.D., FAAP 100% fruit juice from the diets of cups of fruit servings/day.
children with excessive weight
gain. In addition, the Academy Toddlers should not be given juice
According to the American receive any additional foods strongly recommends that whole from bottles or easily transportable
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or fluids (except for vitamin D fruit be provided and encouraged covered cups that make it easy
policy recommendations, children supplements) unless medically for children participating in the to consume throughout the day,
should be consuming less juice recommended. Special Supplemental Nutrition nor should they be given juice at
than had been previously advised. Program for Women, Infants bedtime.
The policy Fruit Juice in Infants, After the first 6 months and and Children. The policy also
Children and Adolescents: Current until the infant is 1 year old, discourages consumption of Children should be encouraged to
Recommendations advises that the AAP recommends that the unpasteurized juice. eat whole fruits and educated on
fruit juice should not be provided mother continue breastfeeding the benefit of fiber intake.
to children younger than 1 year of while gradually introducing These recommendations, all
age unless there is a strong clinical solid foods into the infant’s diet. taken together, represent a Families should be educated
basis for it in the management of The World Health Organization policy goal of decreasing juice that human milk and/or infant
constipation. For older children, recommends that infants be consumption, especially in small formula is sufficient to satisfy
maximum daily intakes of 100% exclusively breastfed for the first children, while ensuring an fluid requirements for infants, and
juice products should be 4 ounces 6 months of life, and then receive adequate intake of whole fruits. low-fat/nonfat milk and water are
for children ages 1-3 years, 4-6 complementary foods while The new policy balances the role sufficient for older children.
ounces for children ages 4-6 years breastfeeding continues for up to of a small amount of 100% fruit
and 8 ounces for those 7 and 2 years of age or beyond. juice in meeting these intake Consumption of unpasteurized
older. goals, while limiting the exposure juice products should be strongly
Further AAP recommendations to juice and emphasizing the discouraged.
AAP Dietary Recommendations emphasize the importance key roles of water and milk in a
of fresh fruit in children’s healthy diet. It recognizes that Grapefruit juice should be avoided
Infants should be fed breast milk diets. Fruit generally contains juice may provide some vitamins in those taking certain medications.
exclusively for the first 6 months additional fiber compared to — such as vitamin C in orange
of life. Exclusive breastfeeding juices. Consistent with recent juice and calcium and vitamin D When evaluating children with
means that the infant does not AAP recommendations, water in some fortified juice products malnutrition — as well as chronic
— but lacks the fiber and protein diarrhea, excessive flatulence,
critical for the growth of children. abdominal pain and bloating —
pediatricians should determine the
The policy clarifies that there is no amount of juice being consumed.

Listen role for juice during the first year

of life and that expensive juice In evaluating risk for dental caries,
products designed specifically discuss the relationship between
Speak Up! for infants are not of value. When fruit juice and dental decay, and
juice is served to older toddlers, it inquire about the amount and

Keep a Child Safe

is important that it not be sipped means of juice consumption.
throughout the day or used to calm
an upset child. Juice is not useful Routinely discuss the use of fruit

from Sexual Abuse for the management of diarrheal juice vs. fruit drinks, and educate
illnesses and may predispose older children and parents
infants or young children to the about the differences. For more
development of hyponatremia. information on diet and other
In summary, pediatricians should pediatric topics, go to www.
caution families that there is
minimal nutritional value to fruit
juice, and it should be limited Dr. Abrams is a co-author of the AAP policy
to small amounts and generally statement and incoming chair of the AAP Committee
on Nutrition. Reprinted with permission © 2019
avoided in infancy. American Academy of Pediatrics

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Fun & Games Jack’s Jokes
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
What did the buffalo say to his kid? Bye-son!
What do you call a bear without teeth? A gummy bear!


Fill empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number per cell).
A number should appear only once in each row, column, and region.

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Family Life
environments, and their cognitive awareness that racial identity
developmental stages. As these does not change, to help them
three factors interact, young understand they are part of a large
children progress through certain group with similar characteristics
stages of racial and cultural (not “different” from everyone
awareness. else) and to foster a desire to be
When does this start? The exactly who they are.”
foundation of self-awareness is KINDERGARTEN (age 5 and 6).
laid when children are infants and Kindergartners will continue to
toddlers. At these stages, children ask questions about physical
learn “what is me” and “what is differences, and they can begin
not me.” Toddlers are sensitive to understand the explanations
to the feelings of adults around for these differences. They can
them, and begin to mimic adult now make distinctions between
behavior. By age two, children members of the same racial
recognize and explore physical or cultural group. At this age,
Racial & Cultural Awareness differences. They are also learning children are developing social
the names of colors, and they skills and becoming more group-
by Barbara Biles begin to apply this to skin color. oriented. They enjoy exploring
This is a great time to appreciate to stay the same unless the child Natural curiosity will lead to the culture of their friends. By age
the accomplishments of African has a life-changing experience. questions about differences. six, most children understand the
Americans and teach children Before that, however, we have concept of fair and unfair, and
about diversity. After one of my a good chance to help children they often use these concepts as
and 4). Children of this age are
lectures on cultural awareness, develop positive feelings about they try to deal with issues.
better at noticing differences
I was asked, “Does this really their racial and cultural identity. among people. They have THE EARLY PRIMARY YEARS (age
matter? Will adding skin-tone We can also challenge the learned to classify, and they 7 and 8). At this age, children
crayons make a difference in immature thinking that is typical tend to sort based on color and acquire racial constancy. They
children’s lives?” “Yes!” I said, of very young children and can size. They can’t yet deal with now understand that a person’s
“Skin-tone crayons can help a eventually lead to prejudice. multiple classification, so they skin color will not wash off or
child become aware of who he is get confused about the names change, but will remain the
Children develop their identity and
and who others are.” of racial groups and the actual same as she grows up. At this
attitudes through experiences
After age 9, racial attitudes tend with their own bodies, social color of their skin. They wonder age, children can also consider
why two people with different multiple attributes at one time.
skin tones are considered part They can now understand how
of the same racial group. Many one person can be a member
preschool children will comment of several different groups. For
- in words or through actions - on example, a person can be part of
hair texture, eye shape, and other a family, a classroom, a culture,
physical characteristics. and a race.
Children at this age believe that Children can also understand
because other parts of their body feelings of shame and pride at this
grow and change, skin color age, and they are aware of racism
and other physical traits could against their own group. They are
also change. Some young black able to empathize, and they are
children prefer white dolls over interested in learning about the
black dolls. More often than white world. It’s the perfect time for
children, they may say that they giving them accurate information
don’t like their skin color, hair so they grow out of “preschool”
texture, or another physical trait. ways of thinking.
By age four, most children begin Now that you know how chidren
to prefer one race over others. develop their racial and cultural
At this age, children’s thinking awareness and identities, you can
is quite limited, distorted, and encourage them to accept and
inconsistent. For these reasons, celebrate differences. Education
it is easy for them to believe helps children develop a positive
stereotypes and form prejudices. self-concept, feel proud of who
In the Anti-Bias Curriculum, Louise they are, and respect others. If this
Derman-Sparks states, “The positive sense of self and others
goals are to facilitate children’s is allowed to flourish, today’s

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children can become adults who a photo of each child’s face
affirm differences, identify unfair and make a collage of different
situations, and strive for equity. hairstyles.
A first step in helping children feel Music and Dance - Teach children
positive about racial and cultural songs and dances from different
identity is reflecting diversity nations of the world. Children will
in their surroundings. Children begin to see that all people like to
notice when the only dolls to sing and dance, but every group
play with don’t look anything like has its own special ways of doing
them. Books and toys that reflect it. Talk with the children about
racial and cultural diversity serve how different music sounds: loud,
two purposes. They not only help soft, fast, or slow. Listen for the
children of color feel good about different instruments.
themselves, they help all children
feel positive about differences. Activities for School Children
Here are some ideas you can try in Alike and Different (Thumbprints)
your home and community. - Set out white 3” x 5” cards,
Remove materials and visuals that a black ink pad, a pen, and a
promote stereotypes. magnifying glass. Ask the children
Display images of all children and to make prints of their thumbs
families in your friendship group. by pressing them on the ink pad
and then on the cards. Label
If your social group is not diverse,
each print with the child’s name.
display images of diversity in your
Let children use the magnifying
community or in U.S. society.
glass to see how the prints are
Add toys and materials that reflect alike and different. Point out that
the cultural origins of children everyone has patterns on the skin
and families in your group. Then of their fingers and each person’s
expand to include materials that fingerprints are different from
mirror diversity in the world. anyone else’s.
Activities for Preschoolers Proverbs and Traditions - Talk
with children about sayings that celebrate summer!
Skin-Color Match-Ups - Set out are common in their family,
a number of nylon knee-high culture, or traditions. Choose
stockings in various shades, tan, one broad topic, such as love,
black, white, pink, yellow, and red. birthdays, or holidays, and
Encourage children to try them on explore how different cultures
their hands and arms or their legs express similar ideas. Children
and feet. Ask questions to help might be fascinated to compare
children increase their awareness the different names families
of skin color, for example, “Can use for grandparents around
you find a stocking that is the the world. Listen and watch for
same color as your skin?” Or ask children’s comments that can lead
children to “Try the __ stocking. to discoveries about each other.
Is it lighter or darker than your
skin?” Tell them no one’s skin Learn more at
color is really white, pink, yellow, and
or red. Emphasize that skin-color Aboud, F. Children and Prejudice. New York: Basil Blackwill. 2008.
differences are interesting. Derman-Sparks, L., and the ABC Task Force. Anti-Bias
Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children.
Hair - Use photographs of diverse Washington, DC: National Association for Education of
Young Children. 2009.
hairstyles and ethnic hair-care McCracken-Brown, J. Helping Children Love Themselves
products for the children to use, and Others: A Professional Handbook for Family Day Care.

explore, and talk about. Talk about

Washington, DC: The Children’s Foundation. 2009.
570 Higuera St . San Luis Obispo . The Creamery Marketplace
McCracken-Brown, J. Valuing Diversity: The Primary Years.
how hair has different textures,
805 439 . 3292
Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of
Young Children. 2013.
shapes, colors, and lengths. For York, S. Roots and Wings: Affirming Culture in Early
instance, some people have fine Childhood*. Minnesota: Redleaf Press. 2009. Saturday through Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
hair while others have coarse Reprinted with permission from the National Network for
Child Care - NNCC. Farm to Table + Takeout + Delivery + Haute Catering
hair. Some have straight hair, Barbara Biles, M.Ed. is a Training and Technical Specialist
and others have curly hair. Take in Early Childhood and Family Education.

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was once a man named John remains of the old Mission system, his way. Several hours into the from the tree with no mule in
Ross Browne who worked for the which had become hideouts for trip, he found himself very close sight, he set out on foot and
United States government. In roving bands of Sonorans and to a large band of Spanish cattle stumbled on to a camp. Browne
1849, he was assigned to conduct lawless native Californians. It roaming wild. A fierce looking knew that the odds of the camp
some business in San Luis Obispo was well known at the time that bull was leading the herd and it being occupied by bad guys were
and left his home in San Francisco several people that had started was well known that these cattle very high. But with no money,
to begin an incredible journey. from San Francisco to purchase would attack a person on foot or blankets, or gun (all on the mule),
cattle from cities to the south on horse. Suddenly, Browne’s he felt that he must take a chance.
Mr. Browne was an Irishman born were never heard from again mule appeared to become lame It was evening as he approached
in 1821, which made him about after they left San Francisco. It and started limping. Browne the camp with utmost caution.
28 years old when he set off for was documented in newspapers jumped off to inspect the possible Suddenly Browne heard, “Who’s
his adventure in 1849. He was that several men were found injury. As soon as he jumped off that? Answer quick, or you’re a
hired as an agent in the Revenue murdered and mutilated along his mule, the huge bull started dead man!” Brown answered,
Service on the Pacific Coast. the road between the two cities. charging toward Browne with “An American---a friend. Don’t
Upon his arrival in California from the band of cows stampeding shoot! It’s all right!”
Kentucky, Browne found out that Browne began his journey on a behind their leader. Browne
his specific job was Inspector mule that he had purchased for stared running to a nearby tree to Three men were at the camp,
of the Postal Service. He was the long ride to San Luis Obispo. climb out of harm’s way. Just as and all of them appeared to be
told to establish a string of post He would stay in any available he climbed about six feet up the dangerous: Jack, Griff, and their
offices on the inland route from room that he could find and if he tree, the wild cattle surrounded leader The Colonel (who looked
San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. could not find a room to rent for the tree and started pawing at like the most deadly one of all).
Browne wrote a book about his the night, he would sleep under the ground in a rage. Browne Browne sat at the campfire with
trip titled A Dangerous Journey. the stars on a blanket. On his realized that he was in for a long them. The conversation turned
It is a great history of San Luis fourth night, Browne found a stay in that tree. to murders and how dangerous
Obispo County, which was at one room at the United States Hotel this area was for a lone traveler.
near the ruins of Mission San As night began to fall, Brown Browne knew that he must try
time one of the most dangerous
Juan Bautista. The owner was a noticed that a young bull was to leave as soon as possible, or
places in the west.
slender woman who seemed to making his way through the his death would be certain. The
always have an unpleasant look bushes to a water hole. Suddenly, Colonel gave Griff an order, then
on her face, and he also noticed the bull was attacked by a grizzly he started to leave the camp. As
that her teeth were unusually bear that had been sleeping in the he passed Browne, he whispered,
pointed. At dinner that evening, brush. After a few minutes, the
“Stay where you are. Don’t
a hotel worker told Browne bull broke away from the bushes
attempt to escape yet. Depend
that the woman was a member with blood covering its face and
upon me—I’ll stand by you!”
of the Donner Party that had large chunks of flesh ripped from
survived a deadly winter storm its body. The bull stood there Look for more of my two or three-
while crossing Donner Pass. This staring at the bushes, when the part story about the adventures
woman had survived by the most huge bear rushed out to resume of J. R. Browne in the July issue.
gruesome method. For weeks the attack. Browne was stunned Does a cliffhanger drive you crazy?
after, the woman’s face would by what he was witnessing. Don’t fret, loyal readers. I promise
haunt Browne in his dreams. The details in the book are too to tell you if our hero survives this
graphic to retell, but both animals bloodthirsty trio.
Mr. Browne journey then took ultimately died and the cattle that
him to Mission Soledad, where he chased Brown up the tree ran to
found that the land and weather the open plains of the valley. Guy Crabb retired after teaching for over
was almost unbearably harsh 32 years, most recently at Charles E. Teach
for any common person. After The danger was certainly not Elementary School in San Luis Obispo. He was
selected as San Luis Coastal Unified School
spending the evening, he awoke over for Browne on this particular District Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007.
the next morning and started on evening. After climbing down Reach him at

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disagree. Though nobody’s really trifling, appeared in English in 1812.
certain, shenanigans appears to It came from the 1640s noun tom-
have come from a Spanish word, fool, meaning buffoon or clown.
charranada, which means trick or
Since the 1580s, English speakers
deceit. A small dissenting group of
have been using the word frolic,
etymologists suggest shenanigans
originally meaning making merry.
may have come from a German
The verb frolic came from an older
word, schenigelei, a word referring
adjective meaning joyous or full
to the peddler’s craft. And an even
of mirth, also spelled frolic, which
smaller group of much-maligned
comes from a Proto-Indo-European
etymologists suggest the word may
word meaning to hop.
have come from the Irish word for
CHILL, DUDE! start from scratch came from the fox, sionnach. Hmm. Also in the 1580s, the noun
world of sport. In a race, a starting horseplay was born, meaning
Over the course of the years, there’s
line was scratched into the soil. A Another word referring to a rogue’s overly rough play. The term doesn’t
been a lot of chilling going on.
competitor starting the race with deeds or actions is knavery, a noun actually refer to creatures of the
The word chill came from the Old no handicap started on that line, that appeared in the 1580s based equine variety, but refers instead
English word ciele, which meant from scratch. on the much older word knave.
to a secondary meaning of horse,
cold, coolness, frost, or to freeze. Knave’s root, from Old English, is
Another scratch “we” started with the noun cnafa, originally meaning strong or coarse. Horseplay gave
Ciele’s source was the Proto-Indo- birth to a related term in 1793,
is gerbh-, a Proto-Indo-European a boy or male servant. By 1200,
European word gel-, which gave horsing (to play excessive jokes on),
root meaning to claw or scratch. though, knave/cnafa picked up the
birth to heaps of modern English and another, horsing around (to
words. Back in the day, gerbh- was employed negative connotation, rogue or join in boisterous play), in 1928.
when people wrote or drew by rascal. The word knavery was born
Given what liquids do when they In the 1590s, the verb caper was
scratching on clay tablets. Eventually, of that connotation.
cool down, it’s not much of a born. It originally meant a playful
this gave birth to the Greek word An 1841 word that originally meant
stretch to see how a word meaning leap or jump. By 1600, one could
graphein, to write. We see graphein trickery is hanky-panky. Though it’s
to freeze could be the parent of gel, cut capers, or dance in a frolicsome
today in tons of words: graph, not quite nailed down, it’s likely
gelatin and Jello. Gelatin, meaning a manner. Caper added the meaning
photograph, biography, graffiti, and hanky-panky evolved from hoky-
clear, jelly-like substance, appeared prank in 1840 and the meaning
on and on. After a century or three, poky, which evolved from hocus-
in 1713 after spending a couple of crime in 1926. It appears caper
we graduated from scratching pocus. And a century after hanky-
centuries in France as gélatine. came to English from the Italian
things into clay and wrote or drew panky was first put to paper, about
Gel, an abbreviated form of gelatin word capriolare, to jump in the air.
using the graphite in pencils. 1939, hanky-panky picked up the
showed up in English in 1899, Another way to say prank or caper
meaning a semi-solid substance. Artful scratching (originally upon meaning sexual dalliance.
is the American-born noun, dido. It
Jelly’s parent-word also spent time those clay tablets) gave us the word Knavery, shenanigans and hanky- generally appears in the idiom to
in France (as gelee) before moving carve. And gerbh- was also applied panky can also be referred to with cut didoes.
across the channel to, well, jell intoto the walking motion of some the somewhat less loaded word
the word we know. In 1900, Genesee crustaceans, giving us crawdad, In 1709, the verb romp, meaning
antics, which came to English
Pure Food Company started selling crab, and crayfish. Their method to play, sport, or frolic appeared.
in 1520 and meant grotesque or
a product called Jello. of locomotion, to claw one’s way, By 1734, the noun romp showed
comical gesture. Its root is the word
became the word crawl. And the up, meaning piece of lively play.
A Latin step-child of gel- also antico, which originally referred to
word scrawl, to write untidily, may In 1909, romp transformed to a
made its way into France, then to ancient, unearthed Roman murals,
have also come from that idea of word meaning small children’s
England in 1650 as glacial. And by seen to be strange and bizarre, thus
scratching provided by gerbh-. overalls – rompers. Those readers
1744, the noun glacier was born. labeled antico, a word that has since
of a particular age will recall the
What happened to gel- on its way Even telegram, monogram and morphed to mean antique. The
children’s TV show, Romper Room,
through German and Old English? It hologram can be traced back to 1809 verb skylark means to frolic or
which first aired in 1953.
became both cool and cold. this idea of scratching and the root play. Skylarking was originally used
gerbh-. And because folks creating to refer to the antics of exuberant
Because water expands upon sailors playing in the rigging. Thanks to sources: Etymonline, Merriam-Webster,
rules and such had to scratch them
freezing, gel- is the parent-word
out in writing, we have grammar. The idiom monkey business was
for gelb-, to swell, and because a
Even more unlikely, because born in 1883 to refer to questionable
cow swells prior to giving birth,
magical spells had to be written shenanigans. Monkey business
gelb- is the parent-word of calf. If
out, even the word glamour comes may reflect the word monkey’s
you, like me, consider yourself a
from this root. history, as monkey came through
junior etymologist, here’s some
180-degree irony. The term calving SHENANIGANS Old French from the Arabic word
of a glacier came from the above maimun, which meant both monkey
word-child meaning to swell, while We English speakers have lots of and auspicious; the sighting of an
that sense of the word came from ways to suggest someone is up to no ape was perceived to be unlucky
the previous one meaning cold. good. A nefarious (or in some cases – almost as unlucky as being the
fun-loving) individual might engage victim of monkey business.
START FROM SCRATCH in shenanigans. This word showed
The idiom start from scratch first up in 1855 in California. My ear CS Perryess writes for teens, narrates audio
books, and ponders the wonder of words in a
appeared in 1918. Though we use tells me shenanigans is likely a slur The following words may chronicle
foggy little town on California’s central coast.
the idiom today to refer to food against the Irish (like so many other shenanigans of a kinder and goofier Find more at,
preparation or a rags-to-riches life, words), but most etymologists nature. Tomfoolery, meaning foolish or reach him at

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June 2020 S pecial Family Days
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
June is:
Birthstone: Pearl 1st US D-Day
Great Outdoors Month Spacewalk richard
scarry’s (WWII Normandy Invasion 1944)
Potty Training Awareness Month (by Ed White in 1965)
National Adopt-A-Cat Month (Born in 1919)
National Drive Safe Month Flower: Rose world Yo-yo
National Fresh Fruit & Cheese day environment day day
Vegetable Month FULL MOON
National Rose Month birthday
National Tennis Month (Born in 620 BC)

7 8 9 10 11 12 13
magic day
race unity iceD
day weed your
frank lloyd tea red rose day garden day
(Architect born in 1867)

chocolate ice national
cream day corn on the cob Anne Frank’s
day birthday (Born in 1929)

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

eat your juneteenth

world (End of slavery in 1865)
juggling day

flag day kite day

power of a international bald eagle

smile day picnic day day

21 22 23 24 25 26 27
first day
of summer

father’s day Eric Carle’s Forgiveness

birthday Day

helen keller’s
united nations toothbrush birthday (Born in 1880)
NEW MOON public service invented
day (in 1498)

28 29 30 1 2 3 4

bunyan day

meteor day

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Child Development
The A number of studies suggest
they also are more sociable and
popular with other children

Importance throughout early childhood.

The way fathers play with their

of children also has an important

impact on a child’s emotional and
social development. According to

Fathers research, fathers spend a much

higher percentage of their one-
on-one interaction with infants
and preschoolers in stimulating,
playful activity than do mothers.
In short, fathers can have a
From these paternal interactions
Even from birth, children who Infants who receive high levels of powerful and positive impact
and activities, children learn
have an involved father are affection from their fathers (e.g., upon the long term development
how to regulate their feelings
more likely to be emotionally babies whose fathers respond and overall health of children.
and behavior. Rough-housing
secure, be confident to explore quickly to their cries and who with dad, for example, can teach
their surroundings, and, as they play together) are more securely By far, one of the most significant
children how to deal with and
grow older, have better social attached; that is, they can explore influences a father can have
regulate aggressive impulses and
connections with peers. These their environment comfortably on his child is indirect—fathers
physical contact without losing
children also are less likely to get when a parent is nearby and can influence their children in large
control of their emotions.
in trouble at home, school, or in readily accept comfort from their part through the quality of their
the neighborhood. parent after a brief separation. Generally speaking, fathers tend relationship with the mother of
their children.
to promote independence and an
orientation to the outside world.
A father who maintains a good
Fathers often push achievement
relationship with the mother of
while mothers stress nurturing,
their children is more likely to
both of which are important
be involved and to spend time
to healthy development. As a
with their children and to have
result, children who grow up
children who are psychologically
with involved fathers are more
and emotionally healthier.
comfortable exploring the world
around them and more likely to
Similarly, a mother who feels
exhibit self-control and pro-social
affirmed by her children’s father
and who enjoys the benefits of
a happy primary relationship is
One study of school-aged children
more likely to be a better mother.
found that children with good
Indeed, the quality of the
relationships with their fathers
relationship affects the parenting
were less likely to experience
behavior of both parents. They
depression, to exhibit disruptive
are more responsive, affectionate,
behavior, or to lie and were
and confident with their infants;
more likely to exhibit pro-social
more positive and self-controlled
behavior. This same study found
in dealing with defiant toddlers;
that boys with involved fathers
and better guides and confidants
had fewer school behavior
for teenagers seeking advice and
problems and that girls had
emotional support.
stronger self-esteem.

In addition, numerous studies M. E. Lamb (Ed.), The role of fathers in child

development (3rd ed., pp. 49-65, 318-325).
have found that children who New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons; Lamb, M.
live with their fathers are more E. (2017).
likely to have good physical and
Gable, S., Crnic, K., & Belsky, J. (2014).
emotional health, to achieve Coparenting within the family system:
progress academically, and to Influences on children’s development.
Family Relations, 43(4), 380-386.
avoid depression, drugs, violence,
and delinquent behavior. Excerpted with permission:

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Each of these testing locations are open to those with or without symptoms.
The pop-up testing sites will be moving around frequently.
County of San Luis Obispo Government will keep updated
with current dates and locations.
Advanced registration is required at each of these locations.
Insurance will be billed if it is available, but no copays will be charged.

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Local Resources
2nd FRI every month at 3:00 pm: PAWS TO am: Santa Maria Parks & Rec Dept offers free Helping Hand at Pat’s Place in Nipomo
READ at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades docent-led nature walks in Los Flores Ranch, Recreation Community Rm, 671 W Tefft St,
Ave. Come share your stories with an adoring 6271 Dominion Rd, Santa Maria. Cost: free. Ste 2, Nipomo.  Toys for kids with all types
listener. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. Contact: 925-0951. of disabilities to check out. In-home appts
Feeling hopeless, desperate, or alone? avail. Cost-free! Contact: 547-1914 or www.
Every WED 3:00-4:00 pm: PAWS TO READ at 2nd MON every month 6:30-8:00 pm:
Concerned for someone you care about?
Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades Ave. Read to Caregiver Support Group at Cayucos
a dog who loves to listen to children. Cost: Community Church, Ocean Ave & S 3rd St. Every TUE 5:30-6:30 pm: Citizenship Classes
free. Contact: 528-1862. Free support for caregivers helping with at SLO County Library, 995 Palm St, SLO.
long-term illness, memory loss, dementia, All classes are bilingual, with all materials
Every SUN 12:00-4:00 pm: Family Funday at
and Alzheimer’s. Contact: 458-7484. covered in 8 classes. No registration required.
Bang the Drum Brewery, 950 Orcutt Rd, San
Suicide Prevention Cost: free. Contact: or 781-4187.
Luis Obispo. Enjoy the patio to play family- Every MON 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Remain
Mental Health and friendly games and drums! Cost: free. Food Independent Despite Vision Loss at Santa Every FRI at 7:00 pm: Senior Ballroom
Emotional Support and craft beer available for sale. Contact: Maria Terrace, 1405 E Main St. New ways of Dancing at Madonna Inn. Look left of the
Free or 242-8372. doing daily tasks are taught by the Braille bandstand for sign: Dancers. Dance, chat and
Confidential Institute, such as home management, listen to good music. No fees; no dues; just
24 hours of every day
Every FRI 6:00 am-4:00 pm: Early Bird Flea
traveling, and using talking library books. fun! Contact: 489-5481 or
Market at Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S
A program of Transitions Mental Health Association
Contact: 462-1225.
Thornburg St. Browse vendors with antiques, Literacy Council for San Luis Obispo County
fruits, vegetables, new and used items, and 2nd & 4th MON every month at 6:30 pm: MOPS has an ongoing and urgent need for volunteer
2nd & 4th SAT every month 12:00-4:00 more! Cost: free. Contact: 258-1765. (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet at Pacific tutors and offers free training in SLO. Contact:
pm: Railway Historical Museum at Santa Christian Church, 3435 Santa Maria Way, 541-4219 or
Every FRI 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Zen Doodle
Maria Transit Center, 400 E Boone St, Santa Santa Maria. Childcare is provided.  Contact:
Adult Coloring Book Group at Art Center 1st THU every month at 6:15 pm: Commission
Maria. This bimonthly opening features 934-3491 or
Morro Bay, 835 Main St.  Relax and unwind on the Status of Women meets at Coast
a locomotive, boxcar, caboose, railroad
with the new adult coloring books. Cost: free. Every TUE 3:00-6:00 pm & FRI 3:00-5:30 pm: National Bank, 500 Marsh St, SLO. This
artifacts, interpretive exhibits, vintage rolling
Contact: or 772-2504. Teen Wellness Program at Arroyo Grande advisory group to SLO County Board of
stock, and a diorama to explore. Cost: free.
EOC Health Services Clinic, 1152 E Grand Supervisors identifies issues of concern to
Contact: 714-4927. Every MON 2:00-5:00 pm: Historic Tour of
Ave. Health services, including reproductive women not the focus of other advocacy or
Architecture at Monday Club, 1815 Monterey
Every TUE & THU: Youth Aikido Classes at health, in a safe environment to screen, advisory organizations. Contact: 788-3406.
St, SLO. Cost: free. Contact: themondayclub
Budo Ryu, 3536 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo. assess, and provide intervention. Appts or 541-0594. Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
Kids have fun, stay fit, make friends, gain life preferred. Contact: 489-4026.
Adventures With Nature & Mind Walks
skills, and learn to deal with bullies without Every THU at 10:15 am: Tiny Tunes Music &
1st WED every month at 9:00 am: Senior schedule is at:
becoming one. Aiki-Mites (age 4-6) class Movement at Music Motive, 3440 S Higuera
Health Screening at First United Methodist
is 3:00 pm TUE. Aiki-Kids (age 7-12) TUE & St #130, SLO. This parent participation Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens
Church, 275 N Halcyon Rd, Arroyo Grande.
THU at 4:00 pm. Pre-registration only. Cost: program for ages 1-5 includes activities based offers free services: Senior Connection to
Free and low-cost services for ages 50
$50-75/mo. Contact: 544-8866 or www. on music psychology and child development. connect callers with local resources; one on
and older: blood pressure, pulse, weight, Cost: $80 per mo. Contact: 543-0377. one Medicare help, referrals for long term
cholesterol, screening for anemia and
care, and help with billing and appeals; Vial
Every WED 10:00-11:00 am: Growing With 2nd FRI every month at 1:00 pm: Book Group diabetes, nutritional counseling, and medical
of Life kits with medical info for emergency
Baby Class at 1230 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo. at Cayucos Library, 310 B St. Join other referrals. Contact: 481-2692 or 788-0827.
responders; a Senior Resource Directory for
Pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation readers to discuss whatever you’re reading
1st WED every month at 12:00 pm: Disabled SLO and SB counties, and more. Contact: 925-
consultant Andrea Herron answers questions and to discover, ponder, and share insights
American Veterans luncheon at Veterans 9554 or
about feeding, crying, and sleep for babies about what others are reading. Cost: free.
Memorial Bldg, 313 W Tunnell St, Santa Maria.
0-10 months. Dads are always welcome! Call Contact: 995-3846. Hospice of SLO County provides free grief
Contact: 345-0402.
to reserve a spot. Contact: 543-6988. counseling, individual and family support,
Every THU 6:30-9:30 pm: SLO Chess Club
Every WED 5:30-7:00 pm: Widowed Support counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness
Every TUE 7:00-9:00 pm & SAT 2:00-4:00 pm: meets at Carl’s Jr on Santa Rosa St, 1 block
Group at New Life Church, 990 James Way, education to those with a life-limiting illness,
Basic Safety Class at SLO MakerSpace, 81 S W of Foothill, across from Cal-Poly. All ages.
Rm 14, Pismo Beach. Offered by Hospice of their families, and the bereaved in SLO and
Higuera St, Ste 160 & 180, San Luis Obispo. Get Cost: free. Contact: 441-7210 or
SLO Co. Contact: 544-2266 or Paso. Contact: 544-2266.
acquainted with the space and equipment Every SAT 10:00 am-2:00 pm: SLO Chess
before using the facility. See website for Every TUE at 7:00 pm: Al-Anon Family Volunteer as a Good Neighbor!  Make a
Club meets at the big board on Morro Bay
dates and classes. Cost: free for Members Support Group at Luis OASIS Senior Center, difference in the life of an older or disabled
Embarcadero at west end of Morro Bay Blvd
and all SLO County Library cardholders. 420 Soares Ave, Orcutt. Contact: 937-9750. adult. Training is monthly at Wilshire
(down the stairs). Cost: free. Contact: 441-
Contact: 439-2727 or Community Services, 285 South St, Ste J, SLO.
7210 or 3rd WED every month at 7:00 pm: How to
Contact: 547-7025 x 17.
Every THU 10:00-11:00 am: La Leche League Survive Divorce seminar at SLO Women’s
3rd WED of every month at 6:30 pm:
Mother Support Meetings in North Co, SLO, Community Center, 1124 Nipomo St #D, SLO. Volunteer at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art!
Prepared & Natural Childbirth Classes at Twin
AG and SM. Breastfeeding and parenting Tips for handling family law issues. Cost: $10. Stop by at 1010 Broad St (Mission Plaza) or
Cities Community Hospital, 1220 Las Tablas
support and information offered. Cost: free. Contact: 544-9313 to register. email for information
Rd, Templeton. This six-series class includes
Contact: 242-2294 or about multiple volunteer opportunities.
lecture, hands-on demos, and technique RISE offers: weekly drop-In support groups
MON-THU 8:30-11:30 am: Walk-In Legal Clinic practice. Cost: free. Contact: 434-4654. for sexual assault survivors; 24 hour crisis San Luis Obispo Senior Center offers health
in 3rd Floor Atrium of Courthouse Annex, line; advocacy; peer counseling; prevention, screening, legal services, meals, exercise,
2nd THU of every month at 6:30 pm:
1035 Palm St, San Luis Obispo and Paso empowerment and education. Contact: 545- bridge, and bingo at 1445 Santa Rosa St.
Breastfeeding Basics at Twin Cities
Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St, Rm 112. Get 8888 or Contact: 781-7306.
Community Hospital, 1100 Las Tablas Rd,
help with divorce, child and spousal support, Templeton. Learn about practical aspects Every SAT 11:00 am-3:00 pm: ADOPT A PET at Central Coast Astronomical Society sponsors
domestic violence, guardianship, civil of feeding your newborn from a Lactation Petco, 2051 Theater Dr, in Paso Robles. Cats a Dark Sky Star Party every month at sunset.
harassment, and name or gender change. Consultant. Cost: free. Contact: 239-4443. from NCHS and dogs from Short n’ Sweet CCAS sponsors guest speakers and public
Every TUE & THU at 1:30 pm: Divorce & Child Dog Rescue. Contact: 466-5403. education programs. Find the CCAS event
Every THU-FRI 12:00-5:00 pm & SAT 11:00
Support Workshops at SLO Court Support calendar, location and weather condition
am-5:00 pm: Exploration Station Interactive Every MON 2:00-4:00 pm & WED 3:00-5:00 pm:
Services, 1120 Mill St, Ste A, San Luis Obispo updates, and local resources at: www.
Science Center welcomes families at 867 Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library-Jack’s
and Paso Robles Courthouse, 901 Park St,
Ramona Ave, Grover Beach. Cost: $2-3. Helping Hand at Central Coast Gymnastics, 21
Paso Robles. Help for divorce, child support, Contact: 473-1421 or Zaca Lane, #100, San Luis Obispo. Traditional San Luis Coastal Adult School’s Parent
custody and visitation orders. Overview of and adaptive toys for children with all types Participation Program offers Core Parenting
legal process followed by form prep and 2nd THU of every month 6:00-7:00 pm: Grief
of disabilities to check out. In-home appts and Enrichment classes at centers in San Luis
questions. Cost: free. Contact: 788-3418. Support Group at Central Coast Hospice, 253
available. Cost: free! Contact: 547-1914 or Obispo, Morro Bay, and Los Osos. Parent and
Granada Dr, Ste D, San Luis Obispo. Free for
1st & 3rd SAT every month at 2:00 pm: FAMILY child activity classes, individual peer support,
anyone suffering the loss of a loved one who
MOVIE at Los Osos Library, 2075 Palisades and education for parents and caregivers.
is in need of support. Contact: 540-6020. Every TUE 2:00-5:00 pm & FRI 4:00-7:00 pm:
Ave. Enjoy popcorn and a G/PG movie. Call for Contact: 549-1222 or
Jacks’ Adaptive Toy Lending Library - Jack’s
title. Cost: free. Contact: 528-1862. 2nd SAT of every month FEB-NOV at 9:00

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Local Resources
options are Tuesday/ Thursday or Accredited high school program at

Alternative Education
Monday/ Wednesday with a Friday Santa Maria Public Library. Interactive
enrichment day. Contact: 548-8700 student-parent-teacher partnerships
or provide educational resources, a
mentor teacher, and eligibilty for
Wishing Well School offers non-
sports, clubs, and activities. Students

on the
profit holistic Waldorf education
may qualify to enroll in community
in Los Osos with part or full-time
college as well as secondary classes.
preschool, and full-time kindergarten-
Contact: 937-2051 x 2761 or x 2762.
7th grade, and 1st-7th two-day

Central Coast home school enrichment. Contact: Templeton Independent Study or 235-4401.
Children’s House Montessori
High School. WASC accredited.
Weekly meeting with teacher.
Opportunity for early graduation
School in Atascadero strives to help
and concurrent Cuesta College
each child reach his/her greatest
enrollment. In Templeton and SLO
potential, by embracing learning
at Los Ranchos Elementary School.
and appreciating and respecting
Contact 434-5833 or tae.tusd.
the world. Contact: 466-5068 or
Central Coast families are fortunate to have a wide variety of quality Trivium Charter Schools in Lompoc,
Montessori Children’s School in San
choices for their children’s education. Following are some options for Luis Obispo seeks to inspire a passion
Santa Maria, and Arroyo Grande
those seeking secular alternative education in our region. offer a hybrid program of classical
for excellence, to nurture curiosity,
project-based classes 2 days per
creativity and imagination, and to
For more information about local private, independent, nature based, awaken the human spirit of every
week and homeschool 3 days
and religious schools, visit: per week. Contact: 489-7474 or
child. Ages 3-12. Contact: 544-6691
Parent Participation of San Luis grades K-8. Contact: 938-8934 or West Mall Alternative School.
Coastal Adult School offers core Central Coast Montessori School in
Independent Study Home School
classes to enhance parenting Morro Bay offers a rich, individualized
Summit Academy charter school in Atascadero. Contact: 462-4238
skills, meet other families, and academic environment to promote
serves K-12 grades, and provides or
allow children to play with peers. independence and optimum scholastic
personalized home-based learning Alternative.
Also enrichment classes such as achievement. Contact: 772-9317 or
that fosters investigation, skill Paso Robles Joint Unified School
Spanish, Cooking, and Gardening,
development and creativity, and District Home School & Independent
and a Cooperative Preschool at Heritage Montessori Preschool
lifelong curiosity. Contact: (818) 450- Study Program serves K-8th grade.
CL Smith. Contact: 549-1222 or in San Luis Obispo provides an
9810 or Students and parents work one-on- enriching and loving environment in
Nature Based Schools one with teachers, receive lesson
Charter Schools a beautiful country setting. Waldorf
plans, textbooks, and teachers’
Outside Now provides summer, after- and Montessori based for ages 2.5-5
editions for all subjects. Classes,
CAVA – California Virtual Academies school, and private nature-based years. Contact: 235-5589.
enrichment activities, and field trips
and K¹² give kids the chance to education in San Luis Obispo County. Academics and More is a Homeschool are also offered. Contact: 769-1675.
learn at their own pace. Online Contact: 541-9900 or Helper class for 7th-8th grade at
schooling is aligned with California Homeschool Organizations
Delphinus School of Natural History Ludwick Community Center in SLO.
state standards. Teacher support as Offered in partnership with City of Homeschool Association of California
needed, meetings and work samples is a unique, regional, outdoor science
program in San Luis Obispo, for SLO, this class includes a convenient is an inclusive organization offering
required quarterly. Contact: (866) cost-effective way for students to campouts, conferences, statewide
339-6790,, or elementary through middle school
students. Programs are engaging, gain access to a tutor, community support, a website with excerpts
Family Partnership is a tuition- interactive, student driven, and involvement, assistance with their from education code books, and
free K-12 independent study public designed to foster self-expression school work, time management and links. Contact:
school serving Santa Barbara, San and environmental stewardship. organization skills, and more. Contact:
California Homeschool Network is
Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties Contact:
a grassroots organization to protect
with home study schools in San Luis Public Schools the right of parents to educate their
Obispo (1981 Vicente Dr), Morro Bay, Independent Schools
children. Website offers current state
Solvang, Santa Maria, and Cambria. Clarity Steiner School in Nipomo Montessori Resource Center is a and federal laws. Contact: (800) 327-
Meet with teachers weekly and turn offers Waldorf education for first tuition-free public school in Morro 5339 or
in work samples. Contact: 348-3333 and second graders. Class meets four Bay for K-5th grades through
or days per week. Contact: 929-6878. Family Partnership Charter School. Homeschoolers of the Central Coast
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Olive Grove is an independent study Santa Lucia School on 5 acres in org.
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Obispo (165 Grand Ave), Santa Maria, education for over 25 years. Parkfield Elementary School is
Lompoc, Los Olivos, and Santa Integrated curriculum founded on a one-room school in San Miguel Santa Maria Inclusive Learners.
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Orcutt Academy Independent Study encouraged. Contact: 434.2217 or speakers focus on the inner Templeton Unified School District development of each child. K-8 Home Schooling program.
is affiliated with Orcutt Academy
Contact: 463-2331 or rskepins@
Charter School at 500 Dyer St. This SLO Classical Academy. is a private
free program offers home study and school offering part time or full time Please submit updates, corrections, or news
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