Montessori to hold open house
Common Threads Montessori will hold an open house for adults only at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 208 Rankin St., Santa Cruz.
Common Threads Montessori offers a unique blend of Montessori and open-ended classroom materials to support the whole child's social, emotional, and academic development.
The combined classroom is made up of children ages 3 to 6 years. To RSVP, call 831-427-1316. This is an adults-only event.
Spring Hill holds science fair
Spring Hill School is hosting its annual science fair and open house Tuesday at its campus at 250 California St. The doors open at 6 p.m. with a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Reservations are appreciated but not required.
For information, call 831-427-2641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's School hosts open house
The K-6 Santa Cruz Children's School, at 366 Gault St., is inviting parents to an Open House 4-5 p.m. Tuesday. The event provides parents the opportunity to meet the kindergarten teacher and tour the school.
Refreshments will be served. For information, call 831-429-8444 or go to http://www.scchildrensschool.com.
Gateway gears up for science night
This week is going to be a big week at Gateway School, at 126 Eucalyptus Ave.
Families looking for a K-8 school for their student can attend an open house at Gateway School 9-11 a.m. Tuesday. The "School Day Open House" allows families to tour the campus and meet current students, parents and staff. The application deadline is Feb. 23. Space in the kindergarten readiness assessment group is limited, so apply soon.
Wednesday is Family Science Night. From 5:30-8 p.m., families can participate in hands-on science activities geared toward children.
The activities will be offered in two sessions, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.
For information, call 831-423-0341, ext. 302. To reserve a spot at the open house or science night, email email@example.com.
Kindergarten registration opens
Registration for kindergarten-aged students in the Live Oak School District begins Wednesday for the 2013-14 school year.
Families who live in the district and have a child who will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1 can apply at their neighborhood school. The district also is offering transitional kindergarten for children who will be turning 5 years old from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2.
The elementary schools in the district are Del Mar Elementary School, at 1959 Merrill St., 831-477-2063; Green Acres Elementary School, at 966 Bostwick Lane, 831-475-0111; Live Oak Elementary School, at 1916 Capitola Road, 831-475-2000; and Ocean Alternative Education Center Home School Program, at 984-6 Bostwick Lane, 831-475-0767.
To learn about the registration process, including registering children at a school that is not in your neighborhood contact the Live Oak School District Child Development Program at 831-462-1116 or go to www.losd-ca.schoolloop.com/Child_Development.
Show, bake sale to benefit student
Live Oak Elementary School has got talent and it wants to show it off to the public 5-8 p.m. Friday.
The school, at 1916 Capitola Road, is putting on a talent show and bake sale to support Erick Rivas, an alumni and current sixth-grader at Shoreline Middle School, who is undergoing cancer treatments.
For information, call 831-475-2000.
College planning workshop Feb. 9
Families seeking knowledge about paying for college can attend a free college planning workshop hosted by Steve Shapiro, Jerilyn Kass and Maggie Paul.
The workshop is 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the Downtown Santa Cruz Public Library's upstairs meeting room.
Topics will range from standardized testing to essay writing tips to the ways school choice impacts financial aid. There will be plenty of time to take questions, as well.
For information and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waldorf School hosts open house
Parents of kindergarten- aged children are invited to give their 3- to 6-year-old child the chance to experience education at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, at 2190 Empire Grade, 9-10 a.m. Saturday.
The school offers a nurturing environment with play-based education, including using classroom materials, such as wood, seashells, beeswax and handcrafted dolls to create games and stories.
For information and to schedule reservations, call Amy Kopald, admissions manager at 831-425-0519, ext. 222.
Group offers scholarships
Scholarships from the Native Daughters of the Golden West College-bound students can apply for one of several scholarships worth $4,000 each from the Santa Cruz Parlor No. 26 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Applicants must be a high school senior currently enrolled in a Santa Cruz County school and plans to attend a four-year school. Cabrillo College graduates who plan to attend a four-year college also may apply.
Those who apply also must have a grade point average of at least 3.5. Applications have been placed at local schools.
For information, call at 831-426-7309.
Kirby choir performs
About two dozen students at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School recently sang in the CCS middle school and high school Honor choirs at Salinas High School.
The 23 Kirby high schoolers who participated made up more than 25 percent of an honor choir that represented the best choir students of the central coast from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay. Three Kirby middle school students participated in the middle school honor choir happening concurrently.
For information about Kirby's music department, headed by Drew Lewis, visit www.kirby.org/music or call 831-423-0658 ext. 226.
Youth council to meet Feb. 11
The Watsonville Youth City Council, chaired by Mayor Dulce Sixtos, will meet 5 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Watsonville City Hall Council Chambers.
Among the items the group will discuss is the "Homework Helper" project, which allows high school students to earn community service hours and raise test scores by working with elementary students. The youth city council also will discuss ways the police and youth can work together to make Watsonville a safer place to live.
For information, Lori Butterworth, the council's co-founder and organizer, at email@example.com.
'Talking to Teens' class Feb. 13
Parents who want help learning how to talk to their teens can attend a workshop on that very topic 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 131 Front St., across from the Warriors Arena.
The free event will be led by Lucie Hemmen, a clinical psychologist and local author who penned, "Parenting a Teen Girl: A Crash Course of Conflict, Communication & Connection with Your Teenage Daughter."
Topics to be discussed include moodiness and disrespect in teens, whether it is OK to read your teen's diary, differentiating between normal teen experimentation and dangerous behavior, as well as determining whether your teen is simply working hard or dangerously stressed out.
For information, email Maria Gaura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCS opens lottery applications
Lottery applications are now being accepted for grades 7-12 at Pacific Collegiate School, at 255 Swift St., for the 2013-14 school year. The application deadline is March 7 and the lottery will be 5 p.m. March 21.
To download an application, go to http://www.pacificcollegiate.com/forms/lottery_app/2013/v2/index.jsp.
After submitting an application, parents should plan to attend one of two upcoming informational meetings. The meetings are required for all first time lottery entrants and for families who haven't attended an informational meeting within the last year. The meetings help families determine if PCS is the right school for their student.
The meetings will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the school's main building and 9-11 a.m. March 2 in the school gym.
For information, call 831-479-7785.
Teacher group meets Wednesday
Assemblyman Luis Alejo is slated to speak before the California Retired Teachers Association of Santa Cruz at its meeting and luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Seascape Golf Club,610 Clubhouse Drive. Alejo chairs two committees concerning the Golden State's environmental health. Lunch costs $14. The public is welcome. Mail payments to G. Hastings, 6013 Thurber Lane, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
School day at Summit Store
Come Wednesday, the Summit store will donate 10 percent of its sales receipts to the Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District.
The store is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. For information, go to http://www.summitgrocerystore.com.
Theater puts on the 'Wiz'
CT English Middles School and Theatre in the Mountains is collaborating to present a funky musical twist to L. Frank Baum's classic Wizard of OZ tale, written by William Brown.
Under the direction of Jillian Cummings and the vocal leadership of Ian Leonard, 37 students will dazzle the crowd with music, comedy and tons of retro 70s fun for all ages.
The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Feb. 10.
Tickets ate available at the door, online at wizeventbrite.eventbrite.com or by phone at 408-353-9999.
In other news, Theatre in the Mountains is offering a couple of theater camps for children. In March and April, there will be after school classes and in July, there will be a summer theater camp.
To learn about the camps online, go to www.theatreinthemountains.org.
Aptos High plans 'Zumbathon'
Aptos High School's youth organizations and teams are about to get a boost in funding, thanks to the third annual "Zumbathon."
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the school's gymnasium, at 100 Mariner Way. The doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10 and promise to sell out fast.
Tickets are available at the door and online at www.aptoshs.net. Cash, check or credit card are accepted. Note there is a $1 fee for credit card users.
For information, contact Eileen Shea at 786-9115 or email@example.com
Bay Fed offers scholarships
Bay Federal Credit Union is offering three scholarships worth $1,000 in its "Be The Change" education scholarship contest to high school seniors and other individuals who plan to further their academic, professional or vocational studies in the fall of 2013.
Applicants must complete an online financial education class and submit a short essay or video explaining how they plan to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Applications are available online at www.bayfed.com and at all of the credit union's branches.
For information, call 479-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to apply is March 1.
Benefit for SPENS set for March 23
The Banana Slug String Band will put on a concert at 2:30 p.m. March 23 at Santa Cruz High School, 415 Walnut Ave., to benefit the Soquel Parent Education Nursery School.
The family-friendly performance will feature popular and inspiring songs promoting environmental awareness and stewardship.
There also will be a raffle and refreshments. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Kids younger than age two are free. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
For information, go to http://soquelpens.org/banana-slug-string-band-concert.
Omega Nu offers scholarships
Sigma Alpha of Omega Nu is offering $50,000 in new and renewal scholarships to high school seniors who are graduating from Aptos, Harbor, Santa Cruz, Soquel, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Pacific Collegiate, Delta, Cypress and SLVUSD Charter High Schools.
Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Current students of Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz who graduated from the above high schools and called Santa Cruz County Home of the past five years also may apply. A grade point average of 3.0 or better is required.
Students must plan to attend a public college or university in California to be eligible. Applications are available from local high school counseling and/or scholarship offices or by contacting Omega Nu Scholarship Chairperson Julie O'Brien at 438-5905 or email@example.com.
The deadline to apply is April 9.
School hosts peace activist
On Monday Mount Madonna School will host Nigerian educator and peace activist Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba.
Ivorgba is the founder of the Creative Minds International Academy in Jos, Nigeria and the Africa Program Director for the Project Happiness organization.
He is visiting the U.S. on a bi-coastal speaking tour in conjunction with screenings of the Project Happiness film, in which he is featured. His itinerary includes presentations at Rollins and Valencia Colleges, as well as Stanford University.
Mount Madonna has been involved in Project Happiness and the Creative Minds International Academy for years.
During his visit to the school, Ivorgba will meet with junior and senior students as part of their "Values in World Thought classes," before addressing the school's middle and high school students during an assembly.
Ivorgba will end his day at Mount Madonna with the preschool-kindergarten and elementary students.
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