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ABCs of Summer: K

Jul 26th, 2017

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1. Kayak – This popular activity in our area is fun for all ages. Here’s a resource to help choose where to go:

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ABCs of Summer: J

Jul 24th, 2017

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Joy – Find joy today!

What brings you joy? This photo reminds me of one thing that causes joy to bubble up in my heart: when my kids are happily playing and having fun together. I

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ABCs of Summer: I

Jul 21st, 2017

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Ice cream is a MUST for summer, but beyond that:

1. Indoor Breakfast Picnic – Why not? (It doesn't have to be fancy...)

2. Ice

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ABCs of Summer: H

Jul 19th, 2017

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1. Hikes –  According to the Tribune, here’s all you need to know about the best hikes in SLO

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ABCs of Summer: G

Jul 17th, 2017

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1. Games – Play a game with your kids today, indoors or outdoors. Maybe it’s time for a family game night. Invite

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ABCs of Summer: F

Jul 14th, 2017

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1. Float - In a pool, or treat everyone to root beer floats, or try one of our family’s favorites – an affogato

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ABCs of Summer: E

Jul 12th, 2017

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1. Eat outdoors – Picnic, backyard BBQ, food truck…

2. Earn money this summer – Enterprising youngsters and teens

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ABCs of Summer: D

Jul 10th, 2017

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1. Donuts – Indulge a little, whether at a hip local donut shop, or make your own.

2. Doorbell ditch – But leave a

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ABCs of Summer: C

Jul 7th, 2017

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1. Campfire – Even if you aren’t going camping, enjoy a campfire in your backyard or at the beach.Read More

ABCs of Summer: B

Jul 5th, 2017

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1. Beaches – Duh. But here’s a list of local beaches you can try out this summer. Find a new

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ABCs of Summer: A

Jul 3rd, 2017

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Welcome to our first blog of Summer 2017! We are bringing back an oldie but goodie: the ABCs of Summer. We did this series 5 summers ago and now it’s time for a fresh take on this simple

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Bring On Summer! (But First…)

Jun 16th, 2017

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“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

~ Charles Bowden

Hooray for Summer! 

Down Home will be taking the next two weeks off to declutter and reorganize, any

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SLOCA Graduate Now a College Graduate!

Jun 15th, 2017

It’s here! The official last last day of school – Track A was yesterday, Track B is today – so, applause, applause! We did it! 

As we think of our students who are promoting from 8th grade, and

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Wednesday Wonders: Latin Comes in Handy

Jun 14th, 2017

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First, Happy Flag Day! What is this holiday all about, you ask? Well, SLOCA parents, if you downloaded the Flag Day Holiday Resource packet that was in last week's

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Save the Date for a Tuscan Inspired Event!

Jun 13th, 2017

Here’s something lovely to get excited about this summer – our Development Director Cozy Faber shares a sneak peek at this spectacular event coming this fall! 


Save the date: October 28, 2017

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Monday Mix-Ins: The Wright Brothers

Jun 12th, 2017

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It’s our last week of Monday Mix-Ins for this school year! We know that you aren’t doing a lot of homeschooling this week, but we

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Civil War Picnic and Ball Today!

Jun 9th, 2017

from our Civil War Picnic and Ball in 2013

“True belonging is born of relationships not only to one another but to a place of shared responsibilities and benefits. We love not so much what we have

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Summer Read-Aloud Resolutions 2017

Jun 8th, 2017

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Earlier this week we shared some inspiration and resources for reading aloud. So today, instead of a regular “Reading Resolutions” post with books that SLOCA parents are

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Wednesday Wonders: Hanging Lantern Review Spring Reading

Jun 7th, 2017

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Two weeks ago a community of young writers, along with friends and family, gathered at the charming Dallidet Adobe in San Luis Obispo to commemorate the launch of

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Reading Aloud to Kids Who Can Read

Jun 6th, 2017

“Children become readers on the laps of their parents.”

~ Emilie Buchwald

We know that the above quote is true, but why do we want to keep reading to kids once they become readers? And especially

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