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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup May 16


4H breakfast: Sonoma Valley 4-H is hosting its 10th annual Flapjack Feed, Sunday, May 21 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Schell-Vista Fire Station. Flapjacks, sausage, fruit, milk, juice, and coffee will be served. The price is $8 and free for kids under 3. There will be a silent auction with items donated and created by the 4-H members, as well as items from local businesses. This is the club’s only fundraiser. For more information, call 529-6085.

Podcast for kids: NPR Is launching its first podcast for kids ages 5 to 12. The show will focus on science, technology, discovery and inventions. Search for “Wow in the World.”

Free lunch: Free nutritional lunches will be served at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library from noon to 12:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, beginning June 5, and ending on Friday, Aug. 4. All children and teens ages 18 and under are eligible with no paperwork or registration required.

Tribute to Brandon Barmore: At noon on Saturday, May 20, at the Sebastiani Theatre, the Witchie Poo Players and Performing Arts Campers will pay tribute to Brandon Barmore, the SVHS senior who passed away in March. Everyone is welcome. Email diana@rhotenproductions.com or call 484-7759 for more information. In other news... According to SVHS junior Jenna Ebert, who will be traveling to Nicaragua with Seeds of Learning this summer, her SOL group will be working on the learning center that Brandon’s group worked on in March, and it will be dedicated to him, and will be named “Brandon.”

Grad ads: The Index-Tribune will be publishing the annual Salute to Sonoma Valley Grads section on Friday, June 2. Parents wishing to post messages to their grads are invited to participate. Contact Robert Lee 933-2749 or Robert.lee@sonomanews.com. Final deadline to participate is Friday, May 19.

LCAP review: Sonoma Valley Unified School district is hosting a public review of its Local Control Accountability Plan Draft Review for the 2017-2018 school year at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 22, at the district office at 17850 Railroad Ave.

New math: After much analysis and discussion, the school district has selected a new math curriculum for students in grades K-5. The curriculum is called “Bridges in Mathematics.” You can learn more at mathlearningcenter.org/bridges. There are also new math textbooks in almost all courses at SVHS. In other math news, the high school will change the name of Math 4 back to precalculus “because competition to get into colleges is fierce and… the name Math 4 does not reflect the academic rigor of the course.” The content of the course will not change, just the name.

Input wanted: A public forum about SVUSD’s goals for student achievement will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22, in the district’s board room on Raildroad Avenue. This is the final opportunity for community input before the LCAP document is brought to the school board in June.

Kinders: Families are urged to register now for preschool and expanded transitional kindergarten classes. There are options available for any child who will turn 5 years old during the 2017-2018 school year. All students turning 5 during the 2017-2018 school year should register at their home school as soon as possible. Older students will automatically be accepted into Transitional Kindergarten classrooms, younger students will be accepted beginning with December 2016 birthdays and continue in calendar order. Registration packets will be available at all elementary school sites.

Concert: There is a free SVHS Band and Choir Concert in the Little Theatre on Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Inexpensive band camp: There is a surprisingly affordable Chamber Music camp at Humboldt State University, the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop. The program runs June 18 to 24. Tuition is $435, room/board is $415. They are offering a free tuition scholarship to participants who play cello, viola, and bassoon. Sequoia accepts 55 to 65 intermediate to advanced students with good sight-reading abilities, ages 12 to 20. Instruments include all strings and woodwinds, plus French horn and piano. The program includes individual coaching for each instrument. Seesequoiachambermusic.org

Spring concert: Valley Vibes Orchestras is having a free Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 23 at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium. Valley Vibes Orchestras is a youth development program that uses music to help create skilled, community-oriented, and healthy youth.

Free tennis with pro: Famed tennis coach Nick Bollettieri is coming to Sonoma on Saturday, June 3, to coach a clinic for students and parents who might otherwise not be able to afford tennis lessons. The adult clinic is at 9 a.m. and the kids’ clinics are at 1 and 2 p.m. Register at usta.norcal.com/register (keyword search Juniors 1194, juniors 1195 or adults 1196). Sponsors are sought to join forces with USTA and the Sonoma Valley Tennis Assoc. in making the event possible. Donors will receive a group, semi-private or private lesson with Bollettieri on the morning of June 4. Email pro Felipe Monroy at tenniscalifornia@icloud.com or call 916-879-0212 for more information.

Clean berries: Did you know that vegetables bought in bunches, and fruits such as apples and berries, should be rinsed under cold water only just before you intend to eat them? Doing so in advance accelerates spoilage and mold.

Outdoor fun: The annual Plowing Play Day on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jack London State Historic Park. This family event features historic farming practices that include plowing and mowing demonstrations as well as free wagon rides around the historic ranch buildings. Enjoy learning about mules along with Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire, and Belgian draft horses. Demonstrations include blacksmithing, horseshoeing,, early day gas engines and more. The park entry fee of $10 per vehicle includes all activities.

Book sale: The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library spring book sale is coming up May 17 to 20. The first book is free to all students throughout the sale. Books are free to schools, local nonprofits and neighborhood libraries all day Saturday.

Springs Festival: Save the date for the family–friendly Springs Festival which will take place on Saturday, June 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Larson Park.

Alcohol panel: If you missed R.I.S.K. Sonoma’s recent panel on teen alcohol abuse, you can watch it on You Tube (with your teen) anytime at youtu.be/TXd9G0YNp7M.

Broken bike?: Operation Bicycle will once again be offering its tuneup and parking services at the Tuesday Night Farmers Market in the Plaza, every Tuesday evening May through September.

Language learning: NBC Learn Languages is a new subscription-based desktop and mobile app that helps students of all ages learn English on any device. The app uses videos from programs such as “Today” and “NBC Nightly News” to help learners improve their ability to speak and understand English. nbclearnlanguages.com. Currently available for Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, German and Portuguese. Cost $9-29 monthly.

Congratulations to: SVHS sophomore Maddie Welsome for receiving honorable mention in the national Jack London Foundation essay writing contest.

Regina Joan Mellinger, SVHS ’13, has graduated summa cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi from St. Mary’s College with a bachelor’s degree in justice, community and leadership. Mellinger has enrolled in St. Mary’s School of Education and will be working toward her teaching credential and master’s in education.

U.S. Air Force Airman Avigail Anaya (SVHS ’16) has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio. She completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Correction: The local middle school students who attended the ocean pollution summit earlier this month all attended Adele Harrison Middle School.

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