Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Jan. 2

Crab feed (File photo)


New Year: Happy New Year! Students across the district return to school on Monday, Jan. 8.

Budget suggestions: The Sonoma Valley Unified School District is asking all parents to fill out a survey for their suggestions for reducing the district’s current budget obligations and what impact you believe that reduction would have on the district’s educational programs. See the form at

Budget talks: From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Altimira Middle School, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District will be hosting a Community Finance meeting. All are welcome.

Kinder registration: Kindergarten registration events for the 2018-2019 school year begin in January. An informational meeting is scheduled at Altimira Middle School at 17805 Arnold Drive from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The presentation will be in English and Spanish. For the first time, families will also be able to register their student online. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, parents can receive assistance in using the new online registration system at both Altimira and Adele Harrison middle schools. School staff will be available to help parents sign in, scan documents, and navigate the new system. Children must be 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2018. Registration packets will be available at the meetings, online, at the district office and elementary schools starting on Jan. 25.

Charter registration: Kinder registration at Sonoma Charter and Woodland Star is by lottery. Contact the school directly: Sonoma Charter, 935-4232, Woodland Star Charter, 996-3849.

Camp this week: Broadway Quilts is hosting a Kids Sewing Class this week from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 4. Sign up by calling 938-7312 or emailing Other camps available this week include half- and full-day camps at Sonoma Gymnastics from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5; Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma is also offering a winter break camp from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5. The camp runs mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm and afternoons from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Register at 763-5010. The Maxwell Clubhouse is also open for Boys & Girls Clubs members over the break from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Good news for CSUs: According to’s 2017 Best Value Colleges report, 12 CSU campuses are among the top 100 public universities in the nation when it comes to return on investment for in-state tuition. ​

The campuses include Cal Maritime (4), San Luis Obispo (11), San Jose (21), Pomona (31), East Bay (53), Chico (60), San Francisco (82), Sacramento (83), San Diego (89), Long Beach (90), Fresno (96), and Northridge (97). PayScale’s rankings are based on the net income a graduate will earn 20 years after graduation, after subtracting both what he or she would have earned as a high school graduate and the total cost of college attendance. Rankings also consider factors including financial aid and in- or out-of-state tuition. Read the complete article at

Parent classes: There is a new Parenting Through Positive Discipline class open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8 at the Sonoma Valley Library. Would you like to parent in a way that is kind and firm, encourages your child, and strengthens your relationship with them? Led by certified Positive Discipline parent educators, the class will explore different parenting styles, discuss parenting challenges, and learn tools to help overcome those challenges and encourage responsibility, connection and communication. To sign up, contact Clare O’Brien at 996-5217.

Homework help: Free, drop-in homework help resumes at the Sonoma Valley public library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. There is free homework assistance for grades K-12 thanks to trained volunteer homework coaches for all subjects. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Homework Helper in Sonoma, contact Clare O’Brien at 996-5217.

Basketball: Girls basketball for grades 3 to 9 is now open for registration at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. The season runs Feb. 12 through May 10. Sign-up today at

Hiring: The Sonoma Valley school district is hiring for 11 openings. The full- and part-time open spots include occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, vehicle repair workers, school community liaison, instructional assistant, noon duty supervisor, bus driver and more. Visit for more information.

Crab Feed: Tickets are on sale now for the Sonoma Valley High School Crab Feed and Dance at the Veterans Memorial Building on First Street West. The event, put on by the Boosters Club, is set for Saturday, Feb. 3, and it features cracked crab, pasta, salad, wine, dancing and a silent auction. VIP tickets are $85, general tickets are $65 and dance only tickets are $

Free books: The Sonoma County Free Bookmobile will be in the area on Saturday, Jan. 6. Stop by the Kenwood Market from noon to 1 p.m., the Glen Ellen Post Office from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or the Fiesta Center in Boyes Hot Springs from 3 to 5 p.m. You can take or donate books.

Health care career info: Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park will be hosting “My Future is in Healthcare Careers” full-day healthcare symposium and workshops for high school students from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19. Register at

Book sale: The Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library are hosting a “mini” book sale of fiction-only titles on Friday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 6. Students get their first book free, otherwise $2 for hardbacks; $1 for paperbacks.

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