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 sonomaschools.org.
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 atsvusdca.org, 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. saintfrancissolano.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Other camps available this week include half- and full-day camps at Sonoma Gymnastics from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5; sonomagymnasticsacademy.com/events/camps. 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 PayScale.com’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 buff.ly/2BR23Pl.
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.