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Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, May 29

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Fun run: The annual Hit the Road Jack race is back this Sunday, June 3. The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m.; the 10K and 3K at 8 a.m.; and the Kids Dash at 10 a.m. it is the same course as 2017. The packet pickup is from noon to 4 p.m. on June 2 at Sonoma Fit. The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters Association, which now organizes the race, is hosting an after-race festival with entertainment, food, beer and wine. You can skip the line and register in advance at hittheroadjack.org.

Senior schedule: Graduation at Sonoma Valley High School is on Friday, June 1. Grad night (where the students are locked in the gym, but entertained, pampered and plied with treats) follows that evening. The last day of school across the district is Thursday, May 31.

Cycling smarts: The City of Sonoma is hosting Smart Cycling Street Skills workshops. The free workshops at Sonoma Community Center are set for Wednesday, June 6 and June 16. sonomacommunitycenter.org

Charter news: The charter renewal of both Woodland Star and Sonoma Charter will be up for discussion at the Tuesday, June 5, SVUSD Board Meeting.

Hike: The Sonoma Parks are hosting a family friendly twilight hike at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8. No reservation necessary. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot. This is a slow one-mile hike.

Trapeze camp: There is an all-ages flying trapeze and circus arts camp weekly June 4 to 29 in Sonoma on a private ranch. Call 510-435-7359 or email summercamp@trapesepro.com for more information.

SVVGA Scholarships: The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Association awards some of the largest scholarships to SVHS students. In 2018, a total of $17,500 was awarded to five seniors, four of whom attend SVHS. The local recipients were Eliza Neeley, who is headed to Tulane University; Alyssa Schimm, who is headed to UCLA; Lauren Smith, who is headed to St. Mary’s College; and Francesca Pharo, who is headed to Colorado State.

Disney planning: If you’re contemplating a trip to a Disney park, you may be stressing out about the planning. How far in advance should you book? How does the FastPass work? Are restaurant reservations really necessary? A good resource for getting advice is the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The 40 panelists provide free answers to questions about Disney vacations (including parks, Disney Cruise Line, Disney resorts etc.). Emailed questions are answered in about a week. disneyparksmomspanel.disney.go.com.

Opioid suit: Almost three dozen counties in California, including Sonoma, are among more than 400 public entities across the country suing the makers of OxyContin, Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic, Nucynta, Nucynta ER, Opana/Opana ER, Percodan, Percocet, Zydone, Kadian and Norco — the drugs considered responsible for California’s opioid epidemic. The suit contends that the public health emergency is putting an unfair strain on taxpayers’ money and that the companies falsely marketed opioids to doctors, concealed associated overdose and addiction risks and failed to report suspicious sales as required by law. Read more at tinyurl.com/yc7kknnq.

School supplies: Almost all public school teachers – 94 percent – have spent their own money on school supplies without reimbursement, according to a broad new survey. On average, public school teachers spent $479 of their own money during two years. In schools where 75 percent or more of the students participated in free or reduced-price lunches, teachers were spending, on average, $554 on school supplies. Elementary school teachers were more likely than secondary school teachers to spend their own money, and more of it, the survey found. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/y6wn5w9o.

College and dementia: The greatest decline in dementia is among America’s most educated population. Education gives people an edge in their later years, helping them keep dementia at bay and their memories intact, a new USC-led study has found. The analysis was based on a sample of more than 20,000 subjects, ages 65 and older. There are than 70 researchers at USC focusing their research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which affect an estimated 5 million Americans. Learn more at news.usc.edu/141009/education-and-dementia-usc-study/.

Talking to your kids: The blog, “Her View from Home,” suggests 50 questions to spark conversation and positive attitudes with your child when they return home, instead of just asking, “How was your day?”

1. What was your favorite part about your day?

2. What was your least favorite part about your day?

3. How did you show kindness or love today?

Read the complete list at herviewfromhome.com.

Art teachers: Creative Sonoma is offering free teaching artist residencies for Sonoma County K-12 schools who have students, teachers or administrative staff affected by the fires, either directly or indirectly. Residencies are available in a variety of artistic disciplines, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis: creativesonoma.org/arts-education/atr/.

Emails news and events to ourschools@sonomanews.com.