Education Roundup: Outdoor fun, preschool news, summer camp and more

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

Wing & Barrel summer camp: Sonoma Valley’s new Wing & Barrel Club is offering spots in its new summer camp to the public. The weeklong outdoor adventure day camp is a chance for children ages 10-15 to learn survival skills, catch fish, navigate rugged trails and explore wildlife. Participants will also do arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, marksmanship, shotgun and hunting craft, first aid, dog training, storytelling and more! Lunch and snacks are provided. Wing & Barrel Ranch is at 6600 Noble Road.

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.

Young Advisors: Young people aged 16 to 24 are invited to apply to become Young Advisors and participate in a new paid mental health advocacy program. The time commitment is 4-6 hours a month from May through December, with a $475 stipend paid. To learn more, visit

Career counseling: Wendy Swanson in the College & Career Center at SVHS is offering Wednesday Career Chats so that students can hear from professionals, learn about careers, find a job and explore career paths. On April 14, the topic is summer jobs. On April 21, there are panels on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 11 a.m. and Technology & Engineering at 1 p.m.; or workshops on Gaining a Competitive Advantage in the job market at noon or Creating a Positive Digital Footprint at 2 p.m. Register for the panels at On April 28, the Career Chat topic is Graphic Design/PR & Marketing.

Megan Rachelle Wong decorated her mortarboard before Sonoma State University's graduation ceremony in 2011.
Megan Rachelle Wong decorated her mortarboard before Sonoma State University's graduation ceremony in 2011.

Graduation plans: Sonoma State University has announced that its graduation for the classes of ’20 and ’21 will be done as a drive-through in mid-May. Sonoma Valley High is still considering its options, according to the SVHS newsletter.

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

Enrollment open now: Kenwood Elementary School in Kenwood has openings in kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. To learn more or arrange a tour, email Suzanne Bogert at or visit or call 833-2500.

Pride event: There will be a Bay Area Youth Pride Event by and for LGBTQ-plus middle and high schoolers on Friday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All submissions and auditions due on Friday, April 30. Learn more at

Language school: The new Cesar Chavez Language Academy Charter School in Santa Rosa is currently serving grades K-6 and will eventually serve grades K-8. It is seeking to expand its enrollment from 460 to 1,110 and is accepting applications for fall 2021 now. Learn more at

Spring workshop: Sonoma Valley Regional Park is offering a Nature Investigators program from 1:30 to 5 p.m. starting on May 5. Kids age 7-11 are invited to join a three-week science, literacy and art program designed to connect them to a local park. Practice being a scientist and discover the world around you. Each session will focus on a central theme. Learn through hands-on nature exploration, observation, measurement, journal exercises, craft projects and team-building games. You may participate in more than one session at the same location since themes change each month.

Volunteer opportunity: Sonoma Garden Park seeks volunteers to “help make Sonoma Garden Park the loveliest city-owned community park in all of Sonoma County.” All are welcome but a parent or guardian must supervise children under the age of 8. Ages 8 through 13 must have a parent or guardian on the park premises at all times. 19996 Seventh St. E.

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.

Reopened: Children’s Museum of Sonoma County will reopen to the general public on April 30.

Congratulations: The Lenaea High School Theatre Festival is an annual three-day educational event at which high school students come together to perform theatrical pieces, receive evaluation and feedback from theater professionals, and attend workshops on theater topics. This year, the three-day "virtual" Lenaea Festival drew 1,514 students from 70 high schools and featured 522 student performances of monologues, duo scenes, one-act plays and musical solos. Sonoma Academy senior Ana Harb of Sonoma won a gold medal in the category of monologues. Learn more at

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