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Crib notes: Democrat or Republican, teach kids what it means to be American

Julie Samrick

What should I have told my children before our city honored Staff Sgt. Sky Mote last month? What does one say about a young hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and made such a large impression in his too short 27 years? Many of us didn’t even know Mote, or his parents who are both […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ethos Soccer makes great strides

The Ethos U14 soccer team poses with exhchange players Dennis and David Wei, third and fourth from left in the front row. Next year temas plan to travel to China to visit schools and possibly complete a humanitarian project. Courtesy photo

One year ago they didn’t have practice fields or even entry into the area competitive league, but midway through Ethos soccer club’s inaugural season the approximately 100 kids that comprise eight competitive teams of U10- U14 players are shining in regional tournaments while living the organization’s creed of “character, commitment and community.” With a staff […]

1 Comment / August 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Kids need our guidance, not more legislation

Julie Samrick

As 12 people senselessly died and scores of others are wounded in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting, some say the lesson we should glean is to treasure every moment with our loved ones because this fragile life is fleeting.  Debates have, once again, surfaced about gun control.  Some wonder whether the gunman, 24-year-old […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Boys are now the ones slighted

Certain themes in education were trendy as I earned my teaching credential in the mid-1990s. Gender equity in the classroom was heating up as studies showed boys hogged all the attention in classrooms, while girls fell silently behind. Boys either had the confidence to speak up in class, or they subconsciously demanded attention by acting […]

Comments Off / July 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

50 shades of destruction to our kids

Julie Samrick

I can see why “50 Shades of Grey” has enamored grown women everywhere. The story of recent college graduate Anastasia Steele’s dark and sexually charged relationship with extremely wealthy, dashingly handsome Christian Grey has only one hitch — Grey’s kinky, S&M fetishes are non-negotiable if Ana wants to be his girlfriend.  Christian is as deviant […]

4 Comments / June 08, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Blue Oak students spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s

The Blue Oak spelling bee team includes, left to right: Kaira Bernaldez, Yush Kapoor, Dean Bernaldez, Dominic Benedetti, Coach Sandy Stoeber, Sarah Beckett and Madison Washburn. Photo by Julie Samrick

Having the best spelling command of words like g-r-u-e-s-o-m-e, b-o-u-q-u-e-t and n-o-u-r-i-s-h earned Blue Oak Elementary’s team of third and fourth graders the top spot in the 32nd annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee held in Pollock Pines on Friday. Also on the podium out of 20 participating schools were Jackson Elementary in second place […]

Comments Off / May 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: Too many activities drive us mad

Julie Samrick

My husband gave me a knowing look as other moms and I clamored at a school event to discuss day camps for our older children this summer. I’ve never been big on sending my kids to camp, but relish the freedom from constricted schedules that summer brings instead. Yet as my son is about to […]

Comments Off / May 04, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »