Education Roundup: Banners, grad events, self-defense classes and more

News, tips and resources for Sonoma Valley families and teachers.|

Drama students: Justin-Siena's theater program is presenting the play “Working,” based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers. The production paints “a portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few.” Tickets are online at or on the ShowTix4U app. The Sonoma Valley residents in the cast include Alexandra Antenen, Natalie Ervin, Lillian Kaer, Kane Williams. Crew members include Kaitlin O’Neill, Kiera Day, Hana Duhig and Ryan James.

Classes: The Sonoma School of Martial Arts is offering a new class focused on aerobic kicking and punching techniques for teens and adults. The class will cover all the basic kicks, punches and blocks that are at the base of all martial arts and self-defense training. The Monday 6 p.m. class begins May 17 at 577 Fifth St. W. in Sonoma (Yoga Community). The cost is $35/month.

Banners: Locals can show their Sonoma Valley High School Dragon Pride for 2021 grads by buying flags, lawn signs and car signs.

Senior event: The details are under wraps but the school district is planning an event for Sonoma Valley High School graduating seniors from 10 a.m. to noon on May 26. Commencement is still also in the planning stages. It is set for June 4.

Preschool signups: Registration for Sonoma Valley’s three district preschools is going on now. For Sassarini, call Lisa Bell at 935-6028; for El Verano, call Sonya Valiente at 608-8788; and for Prestwood, call Susan Janigan at 933-4050.

Virtual tour: Incoming and potential Sonoma Valley High School students can watch a virtual campus tour at

Homework help: Sonoma County Library provides SVUSD students with free online access to one-to-one, real-time tutoring available in English or Spanish in over 40 subjects. Students can log onto the service to sign up for a virtual tutoring session with either their Sonoma County Library card number and pin or SVUSD student ID number. Help is available daily from 1 to 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

Graduation gifts: Struggling to think of a good graduation gift? The website Grown and Flown has three dozen ideas from T-shirt quilts to pet pillows and more.

Power of Radical Self-Love: Santa Rosa Junior College is co-sponsoring a virtual visiting speaker event with Sonya Renee Taylor from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Taylor is the author of the book “The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love.” The virtual event includes a conversation and interview, followed by a question-and-answer period. The event is co-sponsored by CalWORKS, an assistance program for student-parents with children under the age of 18 at home. Learn more at Register at

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