Sonoma parent Leslie Nicholson has launched RISK (Resources, Information, Support and Knowledge) – a support group for parents of teens and children in Sonoma. The first meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at EA Crossfit 19698 Eighth Street East. The first speaker, among many planned, is Jennifer Blackwood, a Sonoma parent and local Kidpower instructor, who will be talking about cyber-bullying. There are many parents, educators, professionals and grandparents who are concerned about our children and what is influencing their lives. This group’s purpose is to empower parents in dealing with issues and to bring the community together to keep kids safe. If you are interested in attending or learning more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you are frustrated by your middle schooler’s obsession with computer games, here are five games that a panel of educational experts think have the most potential to educate, engage and empower students: DragonBox, Scribblenauts, Portal 2, Gamestar Mechanic, Minecraft. You can read about these games and others at the great nonprofit Institute of Play website at instituteofplay.org.
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The next Sonoma Valley Library book sale is shaping up to be enormous. Save the dates of Nov. 13 to 16 to shop the sale and while you are there, consider becoming a “friend” of the library. You will be the first to hear about library events. While the donated books are a bargain (with no items over $2), the library still manages to make more than $10,000 at each sale to help support the great programs they provide free of charge to area residents of all ages. Don’t forget that all students can choose one free book every sale.
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In honor of Digital Citizenship Week, here is a helpful visual for students to keep in mind regarding their digital profile (on Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc.). Think …
T – is it true
H – is it helpful
I – is it inspiring
N – is it necessary
K – is it kind.
Hmm, not bad tips for grown-ups, too. My least favorite of the new social media site might just be ask.fm. This digital question-and-answer site is a haven for bullies who can post anonymously. Ask your teen about it.
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The skeleton art pieces created by El Verano students last spring will be on display as part of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. A public reception, great for all ages and free, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.
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Because it is that time of year, I’m putting forth yet another college ranking – this one focused on affordability, future earnings, diversity and student activities. Kudos to California for snagging five spots in the top 15. There are a few names that will surprise you. From number 1 to 15: Yale University, MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Williams College, U of Virginia, U of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, Rice University, Cal Tech, Pomona College and UCLA. The list goes to 200 here: tinyurl.com/mgdkvzc.