Transitional and regular kindergarten sign-ups -- Lafayette
Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registrations for the 2013-14 school year will be Jan. 22-23 at elementary schools in Lafayette.
Sign-ups will be offered both days at the following times and locations: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Burton Valley Elementary, 561 Merriewood Drive; 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Happy Valley Elementary, 3855 Happy Valley Road; 9 a.m.-noon Lafayette Elementary, 950 Moraga Road; 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Springhill Elementary, 3301 Springhill Road.
Registration packets can be obtained from schools but will not be accepted until Jan. 22, during registration times.
Kindergarten is open to children born on or before Oct. 1, 2008. Transitional kindergarten is an optional program open to children born between Oct. 2, 2008 and Dec. 2, 2008.
For information, visit www.lafsd.k12.ca.us.
Kindergarten sign-ups -- Orinda
Registration for kindergarten & transitional kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school yea, will be held at each of the elementary schools this year Monday, Feb. 4 through Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
A child must be at least 5 years of age on or before Oct 1, 2013 to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if their fifth birthday is between Oct 2
For more information, go to www.orindaschools.org
Campolindo music programs Feb. 21, 28
The Campolindo High School Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Johnny Johnson, will hold its Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga.
Special guest artists will be Mariya Borozina, violinist with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Pamela Freun-Stripen, violinist and artistic director of the Gold Coast Players. They will perform the Mozart Sinonia Concertante. Also featured are student chamber groups and Haydn's Symphony No. 82 in C Major.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The Campolindo Winter Band Concert will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Campolindo Performing Arts Center, 300 Moraga Road, Moraga. Special guest artist is Diane Maltester, playing the concertino for Clarinet and Band by Frank Bencriscutto as well as a full program by the Concert and Symphonic Bands. Admission is free and open to the public.
Bentley student earns spot in Grammy band
Francesca (Simone) Boszormenyi, a senior at the Bentley Upper School in Lafayette, recently was accepted into the Grammy Jazz Band as a guitarist, by the official GRAMMY foundation.
This band is comprised of the top young jazz musicians in the United States. The students will spend 10 days in Los Angeles rehearsing for the 55th Grammy Awards and a number of Grammy events occurring before and after the ceremony in February. In addition, Boszormenyi was placed in "The Combo," the smallest and most prestigious of the Grammy ensembles. This is a huge honor, and the audition process is very demanding.
Catholic Schools Week Mass and open house
St. Perpetua School in Lafayette will observe Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2) with Mass and open house on Sunday, Jan. 27, with Mass beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by open house at 10:30 a.m.
Also on jan. 27 will be a junior high informational meeting at noon for prospective and current families entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. Learn more about what it means to be a junior high student at St. Perpetua in regards to curriculum, work load, leadership opportunities, outreach, etc. All are invited.
And on Monday, Jan. 28, school tours will be given to anyone interested in joining the St. Perpetua School community; tours begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 925-284-1640.
Families sought to host exchange students
Host families are needed for incoming foreign exchange high school students. Students are 15-18 years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money and carry health insurance.
Families can consist of a single parent, a childless couple or a retired couple.
Host families are eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.
Families interested in learning more about the program or to arrange for a meeting with a community representative can call Pacific Intercultural Exchange at 866-546-1402.
DVC looks for hosts for international students
The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a temporary basis while they improve their English skills (all students already speak basic English).
Long- or short-term placements are available.
Host families are paid a monthly stipend of $825 per student.
Requirements include providing two meals per day (three meals on weekends) and a private bedroom for the student, being involved in the student's life and treating him/her as a family member.
Single adults and couples with or without children are welcome to participate.
Families may also host multiple students, as long as they can provide the appropriate accommodations.
For information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email email@example.com.
High school students can 'Direct Change'
Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.
The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.
These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.
Entry deadline is midnight March 1.
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