Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 19

New Ready to Work classes starting soon.


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.

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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: The first home football game is this Friday, Sept. 22. For questions, email Cathy Barbagelata at

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. The family-friendly Vintage Festival 5K and 12K take place this Sunday, Sept. 24. Register at

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 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.

Intern wanted: The Sonoma Community Center is seeking a marketing, public relations and social media intern. The position is open to high school and college students with good writing skills and familiarity with social media. Graphic design and photography skills a plus. The time commitment is flexible. Stipend available at the successful completion of the internship, amount depends on hours worked and projects completed. Email resume and short cover letter to

Car wash: There will be a car wash supporting Sonoma Valley High School’s AVID program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Chevy Dealership in Sonoma. Stop by with your car to donate.

Lego fun: The Sonoma Valley library is hosting a Lego Club from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in its Forum Room. There are tons of Legos and tons of fun for kids ages 5 and up. Free and open to all.

Bilingual story hour: Sonoma Valley library is hosting a free bilingual family storytime for ages 0 to 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. A local storyteller, Veronica Dondero, will entertain with stories, songs, movement, and fun.

Bake sale: Crescent Montessori fifth grader Alegría Silvi and her classmates are supporting hurricane relief efforts with a bake sale on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 2:40 to 3:15 p.m. at the back patio of the Sonoma Community Center. All proceeds will be used for school supplies and donations for the Montessori schools in the Houston area.

Ready to Work classes: Sonoma Teen Services has spent the summer updating the curriculum and revamping the follow-up to its popular Ready to Work certification training program. Every teen who graduates will be assigned a volunteer coach to support them as they navigate the working world. The after-school program is open to all area students, even though it is held at SVHS. Classes start in October. Learn more at or email

Contest: The New York Times Learning Network hosts a series of student contests throughout the year. First up is an editorial cartoon contest that opens Sept. 14 and closes on Oct. 17. Submit an editorial cartoon on a topic you care about. See the details and list of the other contests at

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