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Published on March 18th, 2020
Voters prioritize schools; further cuts avoided with success of Measure L
No one was more pleased to cancel the March 4 school governing board meeting than the board members themselves. This was the meeting at which they were to have discussed cuts to school spending if Measure L - the parcel tax to secure additional funding for all district ...By Pippa Fisher

Published on March 4th, 2020
Careful reading of your financial aid award letters will pay off
College acceptance letters are often followed by more good news: financial aid award letters.
Ideally, your financial aid award letter should be organized so that you know:
By Elizabeth LaScala

Published on February 19th, 2020
What the fork? Campaign aims at getting rid of high school plastic utensils
Mabel Vo, president and founder of the Zero Waste Club at Campolindo High School, has collected about 500 metal forks to replace the plastic ones used on campus that wind up in the landfill. A similar plan last year was successful at Burton Valley Elementary School in ...By Sora O'Doherty

Amigos holiday fundraiser kicks off
Amigos de las Americas will hold its annual fundraising over the holiday season, selling Texas Ruby Red grapefruit ($30 a box), locally grown florist quality poinsettias ($15 each), and organic, fair-trade coffee from Latin America, whole bean or ground ($15 a pound). ...By John T. Miller

Fifth-grade students enjoy First Thanksgiving event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area
A part of the fifth-grade curriculum at Orinda elementary schools is a "First Thanksgiving" event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area. On different weeks, the students join naturalist Toris Jaeger in the event, during which they prepare a Thanksgiving feast, along with ...By Sora O'Doherty

When schools go dark during PG&E outages
The Acalanes Union High School District on Oct. 29 sent out a message to parents and students at Miramonte, Campolindo, and Acalanes high schools announcing that they had decided to keep schools open the following day despite power outages and poor air quality in the ...By Ania Keenan

Stanley Middle School's annual One Book-One School program reaches its 12th year
Each year Stanley Middle School's 1,300 students and staff come together to read a selected book for its One Book-One School program. This year's book is "Full Cicada Moon" by Marilyn Hilton. As part of the OBOS, every day for three weeks a staff member and a cross ...Submitted by Betsy Balmat

Find the perfect preschool for your children at upcoming Fair
It's a question that has likely plagued most parents at one time or another: how can I find the right child care for my family? There are so many options - and yet, for many parents, finding that perfect spot when you need it most can be daunting. (A quick internet ...By Diane Claytor

Signs of stress and its management for middle school students
According to a stress management forum conducted at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School by Paul Espinas, a practicing pediatrician at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Clinic in Hayward, there are many factors attributed to middle school stress.
By Vera Kochan

Imperfect produce put to good use
At the beginning of this summer harvest season, a local volunteer-run farm in Moraga was looking for channels for imperfect and ripe produce so the produce would not go to waste. Camino Pablo Elementary School second-grade teacher Margaret Coughlan, who was looking ...Submitted by Cathy Harrison

Trends for the Class of 2020 to consider
Understanding the reality of today's college application process is an important element in managing expectations. One trend that we advisors have observed has made an even greater impact on this past admission cycle. Great grades and top test scores will not guarantee ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.

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