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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.



Local student to represent Lamorinda in STEM competition
Campolindo High School freshman Isabelle Katz was recently selected as a Top 30 Broadcom Masters for the 2019 National Society for Science Competition, out of more than 2,300 entrants from all over the country. Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and ...By Jennifer Wake



Alleged theft of visiting football team's possessions under investigation
Upon returning to the visitor's locker rooms ...By Ania Keenan



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