Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup. Jan. 29
Kinder registration: Kindergarten and transitional-kindergarten information and registration nights are scheduled around the Sonoma Valley Unified School District beginning tonight, Jan. 29. This year, each site is hosting its own kinder/TK registration/information night. The complete list, including options for campus tours, is online at www.sonomaschools.org/domain/592.
Doodling contest: The Doodle for Google contest invites kids to submit a doodle with the theme of: “When I grow up, I hope…” Students K to 12 are eligible and submissions are due March 18. They can use any medium as long as it represents the Google logo. The rules and the entry forms are on the Doodle for Google website. There are a number of prizes available.
Theatre: Sonoma Valley High School will stage the musical “The Addams Family” on Feb. 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at Pharmaca and Readers Books. $5 for students, seniors and veterans.
Internship: Interested in the environment and working outdoors? The Sonoma Ecology Center is taking applications for its EnviroLeaders program. Teens can work Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings on environmental projects and get paid for it. Applications are due Feb. 10. sonomaecologycenter.org/enviroleaders.
Cornhusk dolls: At 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Sonoma Mission, kids can create their own dolls from cornhusks and dress them with fabric. Sessions last approximately 40 minutes and are held in the courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up. It is free to participate with paid admission to the park.
Support for boys: The Council for Boys & Young Men in Santa Rosa brings in professional therapists to meet with male youths in the community to provide positive and engaging support. The next group starts this month. Ages 9 to 11 meet Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m; ages 12 to 13 meet Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m; ages 14 to 17 meet Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. There is a one semester commitment. Cost $50. Learn more at guilfordfamilycounseling.com/council-teen-boys-support-groups/.
Parenting Advanced Learners Classes: Is your child insatiably curious, a quick learner, intense, sensitive, creative and perhaps idealistic and a divergent thinker? “Parenting Advanced Learners” is a six-session series that provides parents with strategies for nurturing these children, who are sometimes referred to as “gifted.” Two series of classes, mornings and evenings, will begin Feb. 5 in Santa Rosa. Scholarships are available. To register, go to calparents.org, and click “classes,” then click “February,” and scroll to your preferred section or call 585-6108, ext. 1220.
Teacher of the Month: Radio station KHits 104.9 seeks nominations for its (public or charter school) Teacher of the Month program. The teacher will receive a plaque and a $400 gift card for classroom supplies. https://tinyurl.com/yd7oof86.
2019 Young Writers Contest: Jack London State Historic Park’s annual Young Writers Contest this year is dedicated to Jack London “as an observer of humanity.” The writing prompt is for contestants to seek out a compelling true story by interviewing someone in their family, school or community - then write an engaging short story about it. The deadline for entries is Feb. 28. jacklondonpark.com/student-writing-2019.html.
Share your views: The final SVUSD Strategic Plan listening session is from 3:30 to 5:30 today, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the SVHS College and Career Center, 20000 Broadway.