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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup Jan. 10

Documentary screening: Hanna Boys Center and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance are providing a free screening of James Redford’s film, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Hanna Boys Center. Register at hannacenter.org/forms/resilience-screening.aspx.

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Parental depression: A recent study in Developmental Psychology finds that maternal depression is actually most common among mothers of middle school children as they enter the tween years. Parenting a tween may even be harder than mothering an infant. The study authors surveyed more than 2,200 well-educated mothers about their personal well-being, including their mental health, parenting experiences and perceptions of their children’s behavior. They found that the years surrounding the onset of adolescence are among the most difficult times for mothers; and that during this period of transition, women can feel lonely and dissatisfied with their mothering roles. tinyurl.com/j3yw6fr

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Good news for soccer fans: A new National Premier Soccer League amateur men’s team will play its first games in Napa in March. The new Napa team will play in the division four Golden Gate Conference and its home games will be played at Napa High School’s Memorial Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,400. The Napa Valley team will be closely affiliated with the local youth soccer organization, Napa United. npsl.com

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Baby and mama sale: A pop-up thrift shop is coming to Buttrum Hall at 275 E. Spain St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. A dozen or so local moms will be selling their gently used baby and maternity clothes. Mothers who are interested in selling should contact Brigitte Cadigan at 799-3572 for more information. Save the date – the event will take place rain or shine.

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Insomnia: If your children (or you) have trouble sleeping, there are five house plants that you can put in the bedroom that might help. The 18 million people who saw this information on the same video I did can’t all be wrong. The plants each have either a scent that helps with sleep or oxygen generating/air quality improving attributes. They are lavender, aloe vera, English Ivy and white jasmine. Worth a try. facebook.com/ninachkahov/posts/10209581571270750

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UC app news: Across the UC system, Latinos made up the largest share of applicants for the 2017 fall semester by far. The nine undergraduate campuses saw a 6 percent growth in applications over last year, with UCLA drawing the most prospective students. Latinos represented 37.2 percent of applicants, while the proportion of applications from Asian-American and white students dropped slightly. While California Latinos have made up the largest percentage of applicants to UC schools in recent years, Asian-Americans represent the highest share of the system’s undergraduate student enrollment. For the fall term of 2016, 31.5 percent of new students were Asian-American; 24.9 percent were Latino; 23.6 were white. tinyurl.com/zcnq5ro

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Help for introverts: If you worry about the future success of your quiet child in a world that seems to favor and reward extroverts, you might enjoy the podcast by Susan Cain, the bestselling author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Cain hosts this 10-part weekly series on parenting and teaching introverted children. She discusses why quiet kids are unique and require different parenting and teaching methods from their extroverted peers. She and her guests discuss how parents and schools can help introverts thrive, how social media allows quiet children to express themselves in ways that were never possible before, the neuroscience of introversion and more. tinyurl.com/hhoc7bf

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Theater kids: Libby Oberlin’s Theater School has new classes and performances starting on Monday, Jan. 16. Options include “Creating Characters: Page to Stage” classes for ages 7 to 12, and “Styles of Acting” class for ages 13 to 18. Learn more at thetheaterschool.com.

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Bolstering confidence: Experts now believe that better than telling your kids how awesome they are and that they can do anything they set their mind to, we should teach them the three qualities of: practice, patience and perseverance.

1. Practice, because effort coupled with feedback is critical to developing mastery and achieving excellence.

2. Patience, because mastery and meaningful accomplishment happen over a long time frame.

3. Perseverance, because obstacles are likely and setbacks are common in any endeavor.

Particularly important, says “What Great Parents Do” author Erica Reischer, is that we emphasize to our kids that success is defined by effort and step-by-step progress, not by comparison with others. tinyurl.com/hr4z9j9

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Fake babies: According to new research from Australia, girls who take part in a fake infant virtual parenting programs are more likely to become pregnant than those who don’t take the course. The study authors say this method is not an efficient use of public funds in the effort to stop teen pregnancy. “It’s one thing to get results to say it doesn’t work, it’s another to get results that does the opposite,” study author Sally Brinkman told ABC News. RealityWorks, the largest fake baby company in the U.S. disputes the findings. tinyurl.com/h3mvm26

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Congratulations: A big congratulations to Julia Sangiacomo, 15, who as a sophomore at Justin-Siena High School was named the All-Napa County Volleyball Player of the Year. Sangiacomo, who is 6-foot-3 has been playing club volleyball for Absolute in San Rafael, one of the premier organizations in the Bay Area, for over three years as well as for Justin-Siena. Her coach is quoted in a terrific feature story in the Napa Register as saying that Sangiacomo’s work ethic brings out the best in her teammates, too. Sangiacomo is the middle child to parents Mike and Whitney Sangiacomo. Julia hopes a college volleyball career is in her future.

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Free bus rides: College students and veterans in Sonoma County will be able to ride buses free of charge for a third year. Santa Rosa Junior College students comprise the largest group using the free ride program.

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Mentoring: January is National Mentoring Month and Sonoma’s Mentoring Alliance is proudly flying banners at the Plaza celebrating 20 years of mentoring in the Valley. Currently almost 400 local students have a mentor but there are currently 125 students on a wait list. A new mentor information night will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and there is a new mentor training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. For more information or an application, go to sonomamentoring.org or call 938-1990.

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Sister Moon Series: There is a free parent information night from 7:45 to 8:45 pm. on Thursday, Jan. 12, to learn more about the six-week Sister Moon series workshops for girls. The classes are designed to “mentor girls into womanhood” according to instructor Bethany Gurrola. The classes are for ages 9 to 12 and run weekly from Feb. 12 to March 19. The information session is at en-er-gy fitness at 450 E. First St. To learn more, visit mandalamoonbirth.com.

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Changes at SVHS: There will be a public meeting on Thursday, January 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sonoma Valley High School library for any staff or stakeholders who would like more information or make comment on the changes planned to the drop off circle at Sonoma Valley High School, planned for summer 2017. The District will be removing some relatively young trees on campus and they want to be sure they are taking any concerns relating to this project into consideration.

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Holiday art camp: Art Escape Sonoma is offering an art camp on the school holiday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. Children (K-12) will have the opportunity to explore diverse art forms, experiencing positive values and the confidence that comes from trying new creative activities. Registration closes Thursday, Jan. 12. The cost is $20. Call 938-5551 to sign up or visit artscapesonoma.com.

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Nagging moms: Large scale research in England has found that parents’ super-high expectations for their teenage daughters – especially if they remind them constantly of those expectations – can influence whether young girls will grow up to become successful women. The researchers found that girls whose “main parent” – that’s usually the mother – consistently displayed high parental expectations were far less likely to fall into the traps that made the girls less likely to succeed in life. (tinyurl.com/z5y4as9) Specifically, these girls were:

• Less likely to become pregnant as teenagers.

• More likely to attend college.

• Less likely to get stuck in dead-end, low-wage jobs.

• Less likely to have prolonged periods of unemployment.

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