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September 2017

It’s Only Natural

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:59 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:06 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

First the “Great American Eclipse” brought the nation together as people from all walks of life gazed skyward, united in awe as the shadow of our moon briefly obscured the light of our sun. We were captivated and inspired by a natural phenomenon that reminded us of our identities as planetary citizens.

Next came Hurricane Harvey, battering the Gulf Coast with torrential rains and flooding that devastated one of America’s largest cities. Once again a natural event altered the lives of millions, this time nurturing seeds of compassion within the hearts of those who flocked to aid the frightened, hungry, and homeless, huddling on rooftops or stranded in shelters.

San Juan Ridge’s Pleasant Fire ignited without warning, gobbling up trees, grasses, and brush as he made his way northeast, voraciously feeding on everything in his path. Ground and air crews were dispatched, homes were evacuated, and the battle between firefighters and their nemesis ensued. Although the Pleasant Fire consumed almost 400 acres, evacuees have been able to return to their homes and resume their lives, thanks to the efforts of brave firefighters who race to a fire rather than away from it, placing themselves on the line between fire’s devastating impacts and their community’s safety. 

All occurring within a span of only nine days, these three events have something to teach us about ourselves. The solar eclipse, flood, and wildfire were unusual natural phenomena that had a profound, far reaching effect, often bringing out the best in people.  Humans were inspired as planetary citizens, as compassionate helpers, and as grateful survivors.

Although we are surrounded by wondrously beautiful natural phenomena, suffering multitudes, and heroic champions, it took a set of dramatic circumstances to inspire wonder, compassion, and gratitude within us. One doesn’t need special glasses to behold the vibrant beauty of the natural world that continually surrounds us. All one need do is open one’s eyes. Every day people suffer loss, and hunger for the simplest kindness. A warm smile, a helping hand, and a reassuring presence go a long way to help alleviate sadness and pain. This world is a dangerous place and we are fragile creatures, yet we continue to survive to pursue our passions and pleasures. We are normally safe and sheltered, taking the safety of our homes and loved ones for granted, rarely appreciating what we have until it is on the verge of dissolution. Sometimes it takes something BIG to jolt us from our reverie, to shift our perspective, to awaken our wonder, compassion, and gratitude. Life can be so much richer when we embrace those qualities every day. 





Family Resource Center Needs Your Help!

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:54 PM by Kristin Snell

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Your Family Resource Center is seeking volunteers to:

· Rake leaves from around buildings

· Weedeat dried grass

· Pick up trash along Oak Tree Road

· Haul trash & recycling to NSJ Transfer Station

If you can volunteer to do any (or all) of these tasks please call us at 292.3174 or just come by.


Back to School at Grizzly Hill

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:52 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:07 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Although the sweltering heat would lead us to believe otherwise, summer has come to an end for many. Camps and day-long excursions to the Yuba are now fond memories as boys and girls are back in school. Returning to their classrooms in mid-August, students are already settling into a routine that will dominate the lives of families for the next nine months. We wish all students, their families, and teachers the very best school year ever!

“I like being back in school. We do lunch, then recess, then library. That’s pretty much what I like to do. I’m good at playing hide-and-seek and spider tag at recess time and I made two new friends. I need to learn to make a map of where I live.”

Jimmy Buckans

1st Grade


“It feels good to be back in school. I like to go to the computer lab. This year we get to play on the big playground, not just the tiny playground that the kindergartners play on. The math isn’t as easy this year and I like that. I want to learn math. I already know most of the math but I want to know more.

Ivy Wayman

1st Grade


“School is good. I like it. It’s fun and easier than first grade. When the timer goes off on one choice there’s the next choice and we switch games. We get to play Bingo in the computer lab. I want to learn to be a better speller this year.”

River Zen Schiro Savage

 2nd Grade


It feels a little different to be back in school this year because I have a different teacher, but I like it.  What I like best is art and that the art teacher is actually helping me learn how to draw. I like math and reading too. My goal in school is to do a good job.”

                                                 Annika Sauer

                                                 3rd Grade

“It’s a little bit tiring to be back in school because I was used to summer break; but it’s also fun because I get to see all my friends. Getting to see Mrs. Romney and my friends are the best things about being back. I really like art class. Right now we’re doing clay. Tomorrow we’re making pinch pots with tops.”

Alia Wayman

4th Grade



“It’s good to be back in school. I get to see all my friends again. I haven’t seen them for a long time. This year we get to read more in class. I love reading! Right now I’m reading “The Island of Aunts.” I also love Art. We’re making leather pouches in art class. I hope to do better in math this year because I’m not very good at math.”

                                                                     Sakara Heinz

                                                                           6th Grade



Sports & Games with John Hughes at the FRC

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:48 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:08 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

What’s there to do on those long, long Wednesdays when school ends right after lunch and kids have a whole afternoon of free time? How about taking the Grizzly Hill School bus to the Oak Tree campus and spending a few hours with old and new friends playing sports and games with Coach John Hughes? Back by popular demand, SPORTS CAMP Coach John will be leading sports and active play at the FRC on Wednesdays, beginning on September 13th and continuing through December 13th. As always, the rules are simple: BE KIND. BE SAFE. HAVE FUN! Students in 2nd-8th grade from all schools are welcome to enroll.

Sports & Games Schedule:

Wednesdays 1-4:30 pm

Sept 13, 20 & 27, Oct 4, 11 & 25, Nov  1, 8 ,15 & 29, Dec 6 & 13

All players must be pre-enrolled, with a signed permission slip, emergency and media release forms on file at the FRC.  Cost for the twelve week series is $60 per participant, or $50 if paid by September 28th.  No one turned away for lack of funds.  If financial assistance would make it possible for your children to attend, please let us know.  For more information, or to enroll, either drop by or call San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center at 292.3174.




Celebrate the Seasons through Art

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:47 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

by Kristin Snell, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

As one season comes to a close and the next arrives, there are remarkable changes to notice. The Family Resource Center is pleased to announce an opportunity for youth to slow down, observe and respond creatively to these changes through a series of seasonal art classes. Led by artist and educator Pascale Berardi, projects will include painting and other forms of visual art.

Students in grades three through eight from all schools are welcome to attend. Cost is $15 per participant for each three-week session. No one turned away for lack of funds. If financial assistance would make it possible for your children to attend, please let us know.

Autumn session: 3:45-4:45 pm on Thursdays September 28th, October 5th & October 12th

Winter session: 3:45-4:45 pm on Thursdays November 30th, December 7th & December 14th

For more information or to enroll your young artist, please call the San Juan Ridge Family     Resource Center at 292.3174.



Community Legal Offers Monthly Clinic on the Ridge

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:46 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:09 PM ]

by Erin Noel, Community Legal

FREE legal advice and  referrals from lawyers.  Donations welcome.  Date for September TBA.  At the SJR Family Resource Center—18847 Oak Tree Road.

You must make an appointment to be seen.  Please contact Community Legal at 265.3425 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  This clinic is staffed by volunteers, and is not affiliated with PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Twin Ridges Elementary School District, or Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.


Childcare on the Ridge—Meet Miss Laura

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:45 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 4:10 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Opening on the San Juan Ridge on September 18th, Miss Laura’s Waldorf Inspired Childcare will be providing “a preschool style environment in which children will experience the connection between the Earth, the seasons, and each other through cooperative play and outdoor explorations. Weekly activities will include: seasonal nature-based crafts, song circles, baking in the earthen oven, caring for and harvesting from the garden, and walks down to the creek.”

When asked what inspired her to become a Waldorf-inspired child care provider, Laura replied, “I’ve worked with kids ever since I was 19. When I went from working in the public school system to my son’s Waldorf preschool, I fell in love with the Waldorf philosophy and with how connected the children were to the Earth, the way they experienced all the seasons through crafts and festivals. The teachers connected with the children on more than an intellectual level.” In addition to working at a Waldorf preschool, Miss Laura has been a child development assistant in the San Juan Unified School District, as well as a nanny and childcare provider. She is also the mother of two young children and has assisted with young children’s activities at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.

For more information, call Miss Laura at 292.3215 or 916.604.0056 or email her at

North San Juan Community Church News

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:44 PM by Kristin Snell

by Rev. Pinkie Varner, NSJ Community Church

What a wonderful month it has been! August was so fruitful and so full of blessings! One blessing in particular was when we got a phone call from Bud Browning of a church in Roseville called The Rock. He said he had been traveling Hwy 49 looking for someone who may be in need of backpacks for kids. He had stopped in at the NSJ Community Center with his grand daughters and while the girls were playing on the playground he read our bulletin board. He noticed one flyer that stood out to him. Operation Number 2,0 Pencil to raise supplies for local school children. Bud called and let me know that he had extra backpacks with supplies in them to donate and would we like to have them for our efforts? Would we? So we rushed on down to Auburn to meet him and he donated 46 backpacks! Camptoville School said they only needed a few so the rest went to Grizzly Hill. James Berardi, principal at Grizzly Hill looked at me kinda funny and said”Pinkie.....” I said, “It wasn't me – I'm only the delivery person!” In the photo is the first family to get backpacks, Cody, Jessica & kids with Pastor Pinkie. Blessings and opportunities at every turn. What will September bring – who knows? We'll be ready! North San Juan Community Church – The World is our community! More info at 415.9705


Tip of the Month

posted Sep 7, 2017, 3:42 PM by Kristin Snell

by Ned Russell, Drug Free Nevada County

Tip – Assets #24 - Child bonding to school.

When children have a sense of belonging at school, they are happier to be there and more eager to learn.  Attend PTC meetings, volunteer at school events, make goodies for bake sales with your children’s help.  If your budget allows, buy pencils or other items with school logos.  Make school special and something you and your children do together.

To learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets (Got40?), call 271.5617 or email or


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