Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Aug. 21

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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 bbkinfo@aol.com.

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 merediths@calparents.org 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.

Help needed: Sonoma County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers are needed. If you can commit to spending two to four hours a week offering advocacy, friendship and emotional support to a child or young adult in foster care, the CASA program needs you. They currently have 65 children on a wait-list to be matched with their CASA volunteer. The next training begins Thursday, Sept. 6.

Save the date: Sonoma Valley High School’s 10th annual Sonoma Agriculture Dinner and Auction will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. at private vineyard estate. Live music by local band Train Wreck Junction. For tickets, email sonomaagriculture@gmail.com.

Music lessons: Cannon Music School offers private music instruction in most instruments (guitar, piano, drums, bass, sax, voice, and more) along with theory, composition, ensemble and performance activities. It also offers music and band camps where students of similar skills are grouped together to form a band ensemble. New this fall is a weekly ukulele class. To learn more, call 721-4333 or email cannonmusicschedule@gmail.com.

Community partner: Sonoma Fit hosted Sonoma Valley High School’s Varsity and JV Cheer for two weeks for free so that the squad could do preseason conditioning. Coach Maci Church invites the community to come to a home football game to check out her squad in action.

Napa Grizzlies: Napa High had to choose a new mascot after the school district vowed to end the use of Native American names and imagery for school mascots. Students narrowed the choices to Grizzly and Husky (eliminating Bold, Lion, Mountain Lion, Pride, Stars and Thunder.) Grizzly ended up the winner.

Email news, tips and comments to ouschools@sonomanews.com.

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