Transitional 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 beginning Jan. 7 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 and Dec 2, 2013.

For more information, go to www.orindaschools.org

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.

Send school news to Jennifer Modenessi at jmodenessi@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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 fparker@dvc.edu.

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.

Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an awards ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    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.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

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