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Crib notes: The cruelest month

Julie Samrick

Dear Tracy, I am sorry I can’t make your bachelorette party later this month.  I would like nothing better than to kick up my heels with you and dance, to celebrate the next wonderful chapter of your life. But you see, it’s May. It was the writer T.S. Eliot who called April “the cruelest month,” […]

1 Comment / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: There shouldn’t be crying in baseball

Julie Samrick

As with many American households, spring means baseball at our house. My husband is coaching our older son’s team this time in the rotation and my younger son gets to be on the Cubs with a bunch of his first-grade buddies. And just as each new baseball season begins full of hope, when teams and […]

1 Comment / April 08, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Oak Meadow Elementary goes international

TILE PAINTING - Parent volunteer Jung Yang, 38, of El Dorado Hills instructs festival goers in the art of painting ceramic tiles at the Heritage Festival at Oak Ridge Elementary. Left to right are: Gaurav Turaga, 7, (parents Vish and Bhavana) of El Dorado Hills. Iris Howard, 6, with mom Olivia Howard, 34, dad Patrick Howard, 37, and brother Calvin, 5, of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It was sunny and warm inside Oak Meadow Elementary’s gymnasium Friday afternoon, despite the dismal weather outside, where 300 people packed the house for the first Heritage Festival. Event organizer and Oak Meadow parent Cigdem Askin envisioned holding such an event since her fifth-grader first started school back in kindergarten, but with three younger children […]

Comments Off / March 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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LUCKY LITTLE ONES — Kendra Tanner, 5, left, and Gracie Story, 4, of El Dorado Hills plan to look for shamrocks and rainbows after learning about St. Patrick’s Day at Miss Sue’s Little Lambs preschool.

Comments Off / March 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wenig says farewell

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“What are you learning today?” Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Terry Wenig said she will miss asking this question most after she retires this June. Twice a week Wenig visits the classrooms of the 5,200 students that make up Buckeye’s five elementary, two middle and two charter schools — a highlight of her job. Born […]

Comments Off / March 10, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: More bachelorettes should do the choosing

Julie Samrick

I’ve been a mostly consistent “The Bachelor” viewer during its 15 seasons. I was hooked when the second season couple, Aaron and Helene, got engaged during the finale. My romantic side bubbled as he swung her around in a tropical location after proposing to her and offering her the final rose. I sat in wonder, tuning […]

1 Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Crib notes: Expectations can never be too high

Julie Samrick

An audible gasp was heard on every playground across America as parents debated Yale Professor and self-professed “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua’s recent article “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” Chua described what recipe creates the stereotypically successful Asian child, and it’s diametrically opposed to what she calls the soft model of Western parenting. Where a Western […]

Comments Off / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »