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Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother of a toddler, and stepmother of an adolescent. The book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm in the Book Fare Cafe for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood, and what it means to be a mother. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home, but much of the selection may be geared toward issues that those moms face. We will read fiction, non-fiction, and parenting books. Sun, Nov 11, 2pm Author Clara Olink Kelly will attend this meeting! Flamboya Tree by Clara Kelly Fifty years after the end of World War II, Clara Olink Kelly sat down to write a memoir that is both a fierce and enduring testament to a mother’s courage and a poignant record of an often overlooked chapter of the war.
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Kids Need the Same Teacher For More Than One Year: The Most Powerful Innovation to Improve Education for Your Children informs parents how one simple yet profound structural change in their child's elementary and middle school can dramatically improve both the academic and the social quality of their child's schooling: keep your child with the same teacher for 2, 3, or even 4 years. A child who is known very well as a unique individual by the teacher, whose teacher has invested her/his own professional pride as well as her/his deep caring in helping that child to learn and succeed—that child will be more successful both academically and socially in school. David Marshak lives in Bellingham. He is a former teacher and school administrator, a professor emeritus at Seattle University, and an adjunct lecturer at WWU. He has explored and experienced multi-year classrooms for more than 25 years as a parent, school leader, researcher, and consultant to more than 160 teachers who created multi-year classrooms.