Group French lessons (maximum five students) by a native French-speaking teacher from 7 to 9 p.m. at Linda Mar Starbucks. Cheap rates. Call Monique at 650-738-0377 for more information.
Monique says, "I do a variety of things: some grammar, discussion of French posters and train tickets, analysis of French ads versus American ones, discussion of paintings and songs, some literature, articles from French magazines (mainly from L'express), reading children's books (like storytelling), as well as spontaneous conversation."
Andrew Leone reports: "I was interviewed briefly on KPFA yesterday. They called me out of the blue. With no time to prepare, I tried to share some essential news. If you'd like to listen, the interview starts at about 02:38 on the media player (click link below):The most essential points I can think of right now to tell folks:
Looking for free, fun activities this summer? Look no farther than your local San Mateo County Library branch at Sharp Park and Sanchez here in Pacifica.
The annual summer reading program is under way. This year’s theme is “Reading Is So Delicious.” It encourages everyone to sign up at their local public library to participate in reading programs, celebrations, author events, book discussions, arts and crafts, music—it’s all free. See smcl.org.
Why do kids need to read over the summer? If they don’t, they may find themselves going down the “summer slide”: loss of reading and learning skills during the long summer break from school.
An effective way to combat “summer slide” is to read. Summer reading programs at your local library remind parents and caregivers that students need opportunities to learn and practice essential skills during summer.
Parents and caregivers can encourage their kids to read over the summer: Give kids the power of choice. Kids say they are more likely to finish a book they have picked out themselves. Whether kids read print books or ebooks, the more they read, the better readers they become and the more they enjoy it. Make books accessible. Having books available is key to helping kids love to read.
By Shawn Kann, Special to Riptide
San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) and sustainability? Fascinating. Sustainability of what?
Sustainably trying to destroy the historic half-century-old garden for a parking lot?
Sustainably removing more than 200 old-growth trees from the ridgeline and slopes of the College of San Mateo?
Sustainably chopping down additional mature trees to make way for a parking lot and an amphitheater with panoramic views of the bay after the recent court ruling, which stated that "SMCCCD failed to comply with CEQA when it failed to conduct mandated environmental review over 200 mature trees"?
Sustainably spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to fight two California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)-backed lawsuits filed by concerned community members and students?
Sustainably spending millions of dollars in false
advertising about how much the district cares about the residents and doing the Right Thing?
The only thing SMCCCD seems to be sustaining is the never-ending, relentless level of spending public money on artificial turf and private athletic-club locker rooms built relatively recently.
SMCCCD's Sustainability Initiative is pure fiction.
By Bill Collins, Riptide Correspondent
I was surprised when my swim coach told me that the College of San Mateo has a new Olympic-size swimming pool. Then he said it costs $20 per drop-in visit!
I searched the college's website, which says to call the private, for-profit company that manages the pool to find out the drop-in cost. I did find that college staff get free use of the pool, which may explain why it was built at district headquarters on the San Mateo campus instead of the other campuses (Skyline, Canada), which don't have swimming pools.
When the voters approved the prior college bond, the money was supposed to go for "constructing and modernizing classrooms ... and the replacement of aging ventilation systems, removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos, and installation of alternative-energy programs."
The voters weren't told the college district was going to build a big swimming pool, much less charge us taxpayers who paid for it the highest per-visit charge in the state for any community college swimming pool.
The next time the college asks us to raise taxes for academics, its argument will be undermined by how it handled the new swimming pool, paid for by taxpayers but run like a private club for the moneyed and district staff.
Robotics have long been the mainstay of factories and labs, but their surge in popularity is evident in our classrooms and homes, too. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire young people, is one reason for this popularity. FIRST brings together more than 65,000 high-school-age students annually to create local robotics teams. The teams build a robot – with the help of professional mentors – with the goal of competing at the FIRST Robotics Championship April 24-27.
Autodesk honors two 2013 FIRST teams: Team 6002 The Basilisks from Terra Nova High School in Pacifica, California; and Team 4488 Shockwave from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Oregon as its April Inventor of the Month. Both teams used Autodesk Inventor software to design their award-winning robots and successfully advance to the world championship.
The Basilisks, Shockwave, and hundreds of other FIRST Robotic teams receive free access to Autodesk software via the Autodesk Education Community, which provides students and educators with everything from personal design apps to professional-grade software. By leveraging the powerful modeling capabilities within Inventor, along with the knowledge of Autodesk employee mentors, both teams were able to finalize their robots while saving time and materials costs.
Photo above shows some members of Team 6002 The Basilisks and team mentor Kjersti Chippindale (far right).
Video animation of Team Basilisks robot (brilliant design, but the team could have used a little help with spelling of captions—a couple of glaring typos detract from the overall good impression):
Three Monday evenings in June/July; exact dates TBD, cost $150. The Internet and digital media bring organizations to life in unique ways: sharing stories about your work or engaging your stakeholders in campaigns to enhance your program/work. Digital media bring people closer while erasing boundaries of time and geography.
Week 1, Introduction: using Facebook and Twitter; Week 2, other social media tools: Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, what's next; Week 3, Bringing it all together.
Visit parade.com/homework for a list of apps to help organize school assignments, create flash cards, and the new feature called History: Maps of the World, which connects historical events to their geographic locations. These apps are free, and they work on iPhone and iPad.
You've got to be taught
To hate and fear
You've got to be taught
From year to year
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught
You've got to be taught
To be afraid
Of people whose eyes
Are oddly made
And people whose skin
Is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught
You've got to be taught
Before it's too late
Before you are 6 or 7 or 8
To hate all the people
Your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up with teen actress and recording artist Bella Thorne for the 5th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids in need (www.staplesforstudents.org). The drive encourages Pacifica and South San Francisco young people to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store through September 15. School supplies collected will benefit youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County to equip them with tools they need to achieve academic success in time for the new school year.
All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County to ensure they get into the hands of underserved youth just in time for the new school year. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Staples for Students school supply drive supports this mission by helping young people return to school prepared to learn and succeed, enabling them to achieve great futures.
The local Staples store for supply drop off is located at 470 Noor Avenue in South San Francisco.
“I’m excited to help motivate fellow teens to make a difference in their communities,” said Bella Thorne. “There are so many kids in America who return to school without basic school supplies, and I’m thrilled to team up with Staples and DoSomething.org to encourage teens to lend a hand.”
To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year. In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County students in need. Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $2 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country. Past celebrity influencers have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed and the cast of Pretty Little Liars.
“We are truly inspired by what teens and our customers across the country can accomplish for the millions of children unable to afford basic school supplies,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of retail marketing at Staples. “With help from celebrities like Bella Thorne and support from DoSomething.org, we can send kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.”
The Staples for Students campaign is offering easy, innovative and new ways for teens to get involved in this year’s programs. By visiting www.staplesforstudents.org, teens can get all the information they need to take action.
• Request an Action Kit: Whether it’s summer camp, summer sports leagues, or at neighborhood block parties, students can get tips, resources and flyers on running their own school supply drives in their neighborhoods.
• Text SUPPLIES to 38383: Students will receive more information on how to begin their own school supply drive or find their nearest Staples drop-off location (standard text messaging rates apply).
• Raise Your Hand: Starting July 1, teens can raise a virtual hand to the cause by uploading photos and videos or sharing details through social media. For every “hand” raised, $1 will be donated by Staples (up to $10,000) to the cause.
“Here at DoSomething.org we don’t just say, we do,” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. “Actions speak louder than words, and we are determined to speak volumes when we team up with Staples for the 5th year on a campaign that gives young people the power to rock social change, really make a difference among their peers and take action in their very own communities.”
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
Follow Staples on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County:
The Boys and Girls Club is a place where children and youth can come to discover their passions and pursue their dreams. For nearly 60 years, the Clubs have promoted the positive development of generations of young people in our community, and currently serve more than 2,500 youth ages 6 to 18 annually through five sites in South San Francisco and Pacifica. Youth who attend the Clubs benefit from a broad range of programs that inspire them to realize their full potential and contribute to their communities. Our core program areas include: education; health, fitness and nutrition; the arts; and leadership development. Our award-winning programs and dedicated staff help our members build strong character and skills that will last a lifetime. www.theclubs.org
Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County
201 West Orange Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Looking for something fun, educational, and free to do with the family? Have guests coming into town and want to show off the area’s cultural highlights? The San Mateo County Library (SMCL) announces Discover & Go, an exciting new service providing library cardholders with free passes to local museums and cultural institutions.
A first of its kind, Discover & Go provides access to passes that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the Library. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date – no returns required and no possibility of overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online at http://discover.smcl.org by date or by venue and conveniently print out a museum pass. Customers without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person. Library cardholders can reserve up to two passes at a time from a growing list of destinations, including:
· Aquarium of the Bay
· Asian Art Museum
· Bay Area Discovery Museum
· Cartoon Museum
· Lawrence Hall of Science
· Marine Mammal Center
· Museum of Craft and Folk Art
· Oakland Museum of California
· Oakland Zoo
· San Jose Art Museum
· Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Mateo County Library is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. For further information and a complete list of venues go to www.discover.smcl.org. Or visit us at www.smcl.org.