Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Aug. 21
Family fitness: Sonoma Regional Parks is running its annual trails challenge through Sept. 30. If you complete five hikes, you will receive a free T-shirt. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2nN51OQ.
Be a Booster: Sonoma Valley High School Boosters are in the midst of its big fall membership drive. Upon joining, members get a membership sticker and name on the donor banner. Depending on your donations, free tickets and logo wear are also offered. Join at sonomavalleyhigh.org.
BBK: BBK’s next production is “High School Musical.” The show is accepting kids in the cast from ages 4 to 18. In addition to dancing and singing, Sara Duran is bringing in a cheerleading coach to teach a cheer routine for the show. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings beginning Aug. 21 and the performances are Nov. 16 to 18 in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Scholarships are available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher housing: Sonoma County Office of Education is currently requesting bids from a housing authority to build and provide 30 to 35 townhouses on vacant land owned by SCOE at below market rates. Bids are due in late September 2018. If the project moves forward, housing will be available in the 2020-21 school year.
Resources: Sonoma County Office of Education has created an online site for all kinds of resources available to Sonoma Valley families, from alternative education options to English learner services. Check it out at tinyurl.com/y8mhgfzb.
Dual enrollment: The SRJC board of trustees has approved a dual enrollment agreement with Santa Rosa City Schools, allowing students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. This is an important national trend; now coming to Sonoma County, and hopefully one day soon to Sonoma Valley. Students who spend a year (or more) dual enrolled are more likely to go to college, more likely to finish college and less likely to be in debt after their education.
Immigration resource: The Child Parent Institute in Santa Rosa has released an immigration tipsheet for local families called Coping with Immigration & the Family. It can be found online at http://calparents.org/parent-support-services/coping-with-immigration.html and can be downloaded in English or Spanish. Printed tip sheets are also available, email email@example.com to request copies.
Mentor training: More than 100 more mentors are needed throughout Sonoma Valley. Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance is holding its next mentor training event from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. To learn more, visit www.sonomamentoring.org or call 938-1990.
Special ed resources: A special needs mom has developed a helpful website of resources. Visit wondermoms.org to see tips, stories and resources.
Importance of sleep: Sleep quantity and quality equal or outrank alcohol and drug use in predicting student grades and a student’s chances of graduating from college, according to recent studies. Read more at: www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/well/an-underappreciated-key-to-college-success-sleep.html
Trauma breakfast: The Hanna Institute’s next breakfast for educators is called “UnMasking: Healthy Connections With Complex Communities,” and it will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. The featured Speaker is Ashanti Branch, founder and director of the Ever Forward Club. Attendees will learn how to foster the best possible team environment.