New school year: Here are some tips for starting the new school year strong.
1. Set up a regular time with your child to talk each week about assignments, what’s going on in class, upcoming tests, and any concerns. Leave it open for them to discuss how they’re feeling and what they would like to do better.
2. Set up a homework routine – a regular start time, which could be right after school, after a 30 minute break, before dinner, after dinner, right before bedtime.
3. Get everything ready the night before, homework, lunch and outfit. Rather than having a stressful morning getting organized, a truly productive morning starts the night before.
4. Have your student try organizing notebooks and binders by color (e.g. math is green, science is red, etc.), or even go as far as using specific colored pens and pencils for either different types of assignments or different subjects. Color coding can help with visual memory.
Read the complete list at ectutoring.com/school-organizing-tips.
Next SVHS play: Sonoma Valley High School students selected “Murder on the Nile” by Agatha Christie as the 2017-18 school production. Auditions, which are open to all SVHS students, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Little Theatre. The performances will be on Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.
Volunteers needed: SVHS needs help with its concession stand at all the home football games. Can you help? Sign up for a spot today at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The first home football game is this Friday, Sept. 22. For questions, email Cathy Barbagelata at email@example.com.
Grape Stomp: This weekend’s Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is a lot of fun for kids, particularly the grape stomp. If your student hasn’t done it before, consider signing up for a children’s or family team. It’s an experience they will remember forever. valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com/events/grape-stomp/family-grape-stomp-3/. The family-friendly Vintage Festival 5K and 12K take place this Sunday, Sept. 24. Register at valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com.
STEM speakers: SVHS senior Alyssa Schimm is looking for community members to participate in her senior project. She is running a Girls in STEM club at Adele Harrison Middle School and as part of the project, she would like to host guest speakers for the girls. She is specifically looking for women who work in any STEM field who can share their story and help inspire these young ladies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LGBT youth group: A new LGBTQ youth program is being launched in Sonoma Valley at the Club in Maxwell Village. The first get together is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Anyone who identifies in or supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning community is invited. There will be a pizza lunch and information about programs and services. All ages are invited.
Mattress sale: Sonoma Valley High School Band Program is having a mattress fundraiser in the high school Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. There will be 25 different mattress sets on display such as Simmons Beautyrest and Englander priced up to 50 percent off. Profits go directly to the SVHS band program.