Late summer camp: Extended by popular demand.. the Pets Lifeline Summer Camps for Sonoma’s littlest students (ages 4, 5 and 6) will run from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. Call the shelter asap to sign up. Each of these two added sessions will meet Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to noon. The camp will include creative art and theater games, as well as learning to care for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs. petslifeline.org
Sleeping in: California SB 328, which is still working its way through the Legislature, would require secondary schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. What do you think? The American Academy of Pediatrics supports the bill, citing research that has shown teens don’t get enough sleep, either because they’re up late studying or their “internal clock” won’t allow them to fall asleep as early as younger children. The state Senate approved SB 328 in May and the education committee passed it in July. Its next stop is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Interns wanted: Sonoma Ecology Center’s paid EnviroLeader internship program for fall 2017 is ramping up, with deadline to apply approaching on Sunday, Aug. 27. Details are available at sonomaecologycenter.org/enviroleaders/.
SVHS communications: On Friday, Sept. 1, Sonoma Valley High School will be having its first Coffee With the Principal, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the high school library. The topic has yet to be announced. Also, have you visited svhsparentconnection.com/ yet? The site aims to help improve communication between SVHS and parents and the community. You can sign on to receive updates. Save the date of Thursday, Sept. 14 for a Senior Project Parent Meeting at 6 p.m. and Senior College Night @ 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion. Have you joined SVHS Boosters? The next Boosters meeting is Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the library.
Tutors needed: Student tutors are needed at Altimira Middle School. Stop by the College & Career Center at SVHS to sign up for these paid after-school positions.
Less educated?: Around 18 million students enrolled in higher education nationally last semester, down 2.4 million compared with the fall of 2011, according to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse.
Art classes: Art Escape Sonoma has announced its fall classes and options include facepainting, hand-painted napkins, intro to gourd art, screenprinting, marbling magic, and more. Visit artescapesonoma.com. Registration is necessary as seating is limited.
Lazy teens: A significant majority of teenagers don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise per day, a new study has found. Data gathered at Johns Hopkins found that “activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” said researcher Vadim Zipunnikov. tinyurl.com/ycl88ehv
New app: LingoKids offers a library of digital activities to help kids learn English. The app download is free but unlocking most content and lessons has a fee. The site lets you track your kids’ progress and there is even unlimited live tutoring with native English speakers available through video conferencing. The app is meant to teach English to non-English speakers, but much of the content simply focuses on early literacy skills, so the program could work for native English speakers as well. lingokids.com