Grants: The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is now accepting classroom grant applications. The grants provide educator support for innovative projects and supplies that would not otherwise be funded. Visit svgreatschools.org/classroom-grants.
Free tutoring: Sonoma County Library provides card holders with free online access to Tutor.com’s 3,600-plus tutors for one-to-one, real-time tutoring in over 40 subjects and test preparation areas. Use your Sonoma County Library card number to log in. Live one-to-one help is available 3 to 10 p.m. from Sunday to Saturday. The site’s SkillsCenter Resource Library includes thousands of fully-vetted online resources (websites, instructional videos, learning games, customizable flash cards, practice tests, and more) with educational information that both the student and tutor can use to complement a lesson.
Spanish Tutors: Tutor.com also offers Spanish-speaking support for students seeking live help for most math, science and social studies subjects. A single click toggles the entry page interface and pre- session survey between English and Spanish for Spanish-speakers. Tutor.com takes the extra step to translate the pre-session submission form into Spanish for those selecting this language option. Subjects, grade levels and form instructions are all translated for an easy connection to bilingual, subject-matter expert tutors.
Morning after pill: Stanford University is the latest college to offer students a vending machine stocked with the morning-after pill, following the lead of UCs Santa Barbara and Davis. My Way, a generic version of the Plan B pill, is available at all-hours machines for $25. The vending machines are important, say students, because the health center isn’t open on weekends, when the medication would likely be the most in demand.
Science fun: The free North Bay Science Discovery Day will be happening on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Visit NorthBayScience.org for details.
Bilingual TV: There are several cool bilingual TV shows for preschoolers that can help teach both English and Spanish, Common Sense Media recommends Dora The Explorer, Go Diego Go, Handy Manny, Nina’s World and Pocoyo.
School ratings: California’s school are getting more robust ratings information from GreatSchools, an Oakland-based nonprofit. The improved ratings now include course access, student progress and equity — which are intended to help parents choose schools, advocate to improve them and support their children’s education. Also helpful is the California School Dashboard, which the state unveiled earlier this year, including standardized test scores and race and ethnicity data. greatschools.org.
Ice cream museum: The highly anticipated Museum of Ice Cream has opened at 1 Grant Ave. in San Francisco and tickets ($38 per person) are a hot commodity. Most of the art is interactive and edible and early reviews have been raves. The museum will only be around for about five months, however. Call 855-258-0719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org about tickets.
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