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Tax Time! 

(Icons/Graphics) 1040TaxForm.jpg     It's that time of the year...April 15th is quickly approaching and that means - TAX TIME. For a few of us it's a wonderful occasion, while the rest of us dread the annual hours fraught with anxiety and the guilt of procrastination.  One way to make tax time easier to swallow is to be organized throughout the year, collecting documentation in category files.

    Once the big event is over, what do I REALLY need to keep?  Here's the answer thanks to a wonderful, book, The 10 Minute Tidy  by Shannon McGinnis, CPO.


Save It or Shred It? 

Tips from Shannon McGinness' 10 Minute Tidy


Keep for 1 month:

All receipts for potential returning of items

Withdrawal and deposit slips (shred after reconciling monthly bank statement)


Keep for 1 year:

Paycheck stubs

Monthly bank, credit card, brokerage, mutual fund, and retirement account statements


Keep for 7 years:

Tax returns, W-2's, 1099's etc.

Any tax-supporting or related documents]Year-end credit card statements, brokerage and mutual fund summaries.


Keep indefinitely:

Receipts for major purchases

Real estate records

Wills and Trusts


Read With Your Children and Win a Prize! 


    My neighbor got tired of nagging her son to turn off the video games. As a young child he had always been read to and in third grade he had caught the reading bug with the first Harry Potter book, but of late was spending all his "spare" time playing video games, neglecting chores and even acting grouchy (yes, he's 14).  She picked up the tv, put it in the back of her car and now only brings it forth when the family is watching a movie.  Happy ending!  He's reading again, and he's "nicer."

    Reading is Fundamental and US Airways have joined forces to help children discover the joy of reading.  (BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Books4.jpgYou are invited to participate in the Read with Kids Challenge, a nationwide effort to log 1 million minutes spent reading with children by May 31, 2008Join the challenge today for a chance to win a vacation to a Walt Disney World Resort and many more great prizes!


Cell Phones and Texting ! 


    How did we ever get along without cell phones, and now texting? (Site Photos) TeenTexting.jpg Do you and your teens text? Are you fast enough to enter a local Olympics Texting Contest?!  During Spring Break in Santa Cruz, there will be a texting contest at the Boardwalk.  This 13 year old girl recently won $25,000 in a texting contest.


    A friend has supplied us with a 12 page list of acronyms for texting. Better download this list so you can keep up with your teens and tweens!  It's the shorthand of the 21st century!  Here are a few.


POS Parents over shoulder    MLOS Mom looking over shoulder

H&K Hugs & kisses                PLZ Please

PCM Please call me                TTYL Talk to you later


10 Commandments of Kids Online 


    Internet safety is a hot topic for parents, and we have some tips from Kim Komando, our favorite digital goddess.  Kim promotes active parental involvement in  children's  lives!  Go here to get a printable copy of Kim's 10 Commandments Of Kids Online Agreement. We like this approach because it includes responsibility, privileges and consequences.

AATK* & SETE*, Brownie                        

The Internet can be an unsafe place. I am making this agreement with my parents to help keep me,
my family and my friends safe.

1. My parents and I will decide when I am allowed to use the computer and the Internet. I promise not to ask or fight for more computer time. I will only do things and visit places that they say I can.

2. I will never tell anyone online or post online that I am home alone. I won’t give out my last name, my home address or telephone number, the name of my school or teachers, where my parents work or their telephone numbers without getting my parents' permission. I will never give out my friends’ screen names, e-mail addresses, names, addresses and telephone numbers, and I will remind them to keep mine a secret.

3. If anyone online does anything that bothers me, I will tell my parents. I will never use bad language, say bad things about other people, or send mean messages in an e-mail, text or instant message, chat room, blog, or on a Web site. I will tell my parents if someone does that to me. If I use “secret” or “code” words online, I will tell my parents what they mean.

4. When I use instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms, or Web sites where people put information about themselves, I will never send or post a picture of my family or me. If I set up a blog or an online profile, I will tell my parents where it is and how they can read it.


6. If my parents ask me for my password, I will give it to them. I will NEVER give out my passwords or any of our family’s passwords to anyone, not even my friends or other family members.

7. If I want to download any games, movies, music, or programs, I will ask for permission. I know I must pay for most of these things. If I take them, that is stealing.

8. I will not try to win free things or buy things on the Internet without my parents’ permission. If I get a message that I won something, I will show it to my parents. If I get an e-mail asking for passwords or other secret stuff, I will ask my parents.

9. I will not open any of my parents' files. I will not change any settings or install any new software without my parents' permission.

10. I give my parents permission to look on the computer to see where I have gone on the Internet, the e-mail and text messages I have sent and received, or what I do in a chat room. If my parents installed programs that track what I do on the computer or limit where I go online, I promise not to turn those programs off.


Child's signature_______________ I have read the above and agree to follow these rules. If I don't, my parents can take away the privilege of using the Internet.


Parent's signature_______________ I agree to let my child use the Internet so long as these rules are followed.


    We'd  like to know what you think about kids, cell phones and the internet - email us or post your thoughts in Parent Chat.  


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Spring Break at the Boardwalk!


Boomerang characters roam the Boardwalk - Look for Scooby-Doo and Ben 10! 3/26-28


Style Network's Fashion Makeovers on the Boardwalk! 3/26-28


Discovery Health's Nathan Lyon with a fresh and organic cooking demonstration on the Main Stage!  3/27


Kids Dance Party on front of Main Stage with characters and special guest Sherman Hemsley! 3/27


Bayonics - 10 piece live hip hop group spiced with Latin flavor, funk and reggae! Come join in the fun in the sun! 3/28


Metro PCS Texting Olympics on the Main Stage! 3/28 12-1


Central Coast Home and Garden Expo 3/29 & 30


Singin' In the Rain, Louden Nelson 3/21 - 4/6

Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a show-stopping title song dance number make this a fun experience for the whole family!


Special Needs Law Presentation 3/27

Wide-ranging information for parents of special needs children from volunteer attorneys.


Broom Bash, Quail Hollow ranch 3/29

Your help with eradicating French & Scotch Broom will improve the natural system of the park as well as its beauty.


Whatever Happened to Childhood? SC High Auditorium 3/29

Julie OlsenEdwards examines the terrible pressures on schools to meet test scores, the pressure on families to hold down two or three or four jobs, and the loss for children of playfulness, imagination, connection to nature, and meaningful interaction with adults.


Acryllic Paints Demo, Lenz Arts 3/29

Artist Nina Deckert will show you how you can use Golden's fluid acrylics with different Golden acrylic mediums to achieve watercolor painting effects. 


Coffee Talk, Cowell Park 3/29

Drink free coffee or hot chocolate in front of a blazing fire while Norm Beeson, a Big Basin docent, suggest activities and helps get you going on the right trail.


Worm Composting, Santa Cruz County 3/30

Interested in learning how worms can eat your food scraps and make beautiful vermicompost for your garden?  Come to a Wormshop, where you will learn everything you need to know to set up your own worm bin.


Electronic Waste Recycling

Capitola Mall or Shoreline School 4/5 & 6 

Drop off of your e-waste.  It's FREE.  Items accepted include tv's, monitors, computers, and more - with no limit!

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Gateway K-8
4/10 9:30-11:30am
Aptos Academy PreK-8
4/10, 2-5pm
Waldorf 9-12
4/17 8am
Carden 4Yr-8th Grade
4/17, 5:30-7:30pm 
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(Site Photos) CardenJrKGirl2.jpgAre you looking for a quality program for your 4 Year Old that nurtures your child's tremendous desire to learn?  Carden School of Santa Cruz is opening a class for the 4 Year Old, September 2008.  When you visit, ask about the "Language of the Blocks." 

319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, across from Harbor High

Call 460-2600 to arrange for a campus visit. 

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