“Author Archive”
Stories written by Julie Samrick
Last Login:

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 »

Girls on the Run gain confidence

Led by coaches: Araba Pozos, Veronica Janecek, Rob & Mindy Spies, Sue Chima, and Charles Wright, the Oak Meadow team consists of (in no particular order): Karina Alvarado, Sadaf Dabiri, Nadia Theodore, Kaitlyn Shipley, Sophia Fu, Morgan Wright, Isabella Torrao, Naama Lila, Yashmita Malhotra, Shea Gehrke, Kiara Janecek, Austin Pozos, Alexa Songco, Amy Deng, Angelina Wu, Annabella Sarreshteh, Caroline Snyder, Elizabeth Rosendahl, Emma Webb, Grace Gibson, Grace Frost, Hailey Miller, Kaveen Chima, Nikki Spies, Paige Karpinen, Riley Russo and Sydnee Hustrei. Courtesy photo

When Oak Meadow fifth-grader Morgan Wright recently moved from Texas to El Dorado Hills she didn’t know anyone. By joining the after school program Girls on the Run this spring, she and 25 other Oak Meadow girls in third through fifth grade have made new friends and gained a whole lot more during the three-month […]

Comments Off / April 30, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rolling Hills goes international

Aylin Askin, 8, in her Turkish attire, helps her mother, event coordinator Cigdem Askin, "make sure everything is running smoothly," while also taking a break at the Mathnasium exhibit. Photo by Julie Samrick

The gym at Rolling Hills Middle School was transformed into a mecca of multiculturalism last Friday as more than 500 attendees came out for Buckeye Union School District’s second annual International Festival. Rolling Hills’ parent and event organizer Cigdem Askin led the charge once more, after first piloting the program at Oak Meadow Elementary last year. […]

Comments Off / April 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Girl Scout’s delicious dream doubled

Nicole Shedd shows off some of the 200 cupcakes she and her fellow Girl Scouts from Troop 10 baked for the father/daughter dance last week. Photo by Julie Samrick

Nicole Shedd, a Lake Forest Elementary fourth grader, thought it would be cool for her Girl Scout troop to have their own unique project. After all, her younger brother had just finished building a race car for his Cub Scout den’s Pinewood Derby. Nicole recruited the nine other girls in her El Dorado Hills’ Girl […]

Comments Off / April 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Steve Wallen Swim School dives into expansion

For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students how to swim. He's currently expanding his El Dorado Hills swim school. Courtesy photo

How do you get a reluctant child to put her face in the water to learn to swim? For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students, whether they’re 6 months or 82, new swimmers or triathletes wanting to perfect their strokes. Today Wallen is one of the […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »