Schools Briefs: Wildfire Aid, Principal retirement

courtesy of STefi Ganesan
Santa Rita School student Sofia Coburn makes a blanket for victims of the North Bay wildfires.

Santa Rita students help wildfire victims

Second- and fourth-graders at Santa Rita School made “bundles of joy” last week for North Bay children who lost their homes in October’s wildfires.

The school plans to deliver the bundles Monday to Hidden Valley Elementary School in Santa Rosa and the Anova campus for children with autism in Sonoma.

Local Hanukkah events offer young families an intro to tradition

Marcia Lepler/Special to the Town Crier
Young families will gather at Congregation Kol Emeth Sunday to light candles and learn songs for Hanukkah.

Candles were lit across Los Altos Tuesday night for the first evening of Hanukkah.

Some residents draw on generations of remembered tradition as they bring out their hanukiyot and stud them with candles, but others are starting fresh as they learn or invent personal traditions to fit their changing families.

MVLA superintendent proposes $292M budget for Facilities Master Plan

The median budget for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Facilities Master Plan has increased from $250 million to approximately $292 million, according to a new proposal Superintendent Jeff Harding presented at the Dec. 4 district board meeting.

A reassessment of future enrollment growth at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools prompted boosting the budget to build up to 20 more classrooms and a few more bathrooms than originally planned, modernize the gyms and improve athletic fields, including the addition of a soccer-sized synthetic turf field at each school.

This race is no turkey

Photos Courtesy of Corrine Palacios
Five-year-old Liesl Nelson, with her stuffed-animal goat, races in the Spartan Turkey Trot’s 60-yard dash on Thanksgiving morning at Mountain View High.

Record attendance at this year’s Spartan Turkey Trot led to record revenue, which means more money for Mountain View High athletics.

Organizer Corrine Palacios said 1,352 people registered for the eighth annual event, held Thanksgiving morning at the school and on surrounding streets. That brought in $34,555 in registration fees, she noted. Add $585 in donations and $1,000 in sponsorships, and the turkey trot generated a record $36,140 in gross revenue, according to Palacios. The net proceeds will go to the Mountain View High Sports Boosters, earmarked for team equipment and field/facility improvements.

Schools Briefs: Holiday crafts and living classroom

Egan Junior High hosts Holiday Craft Faire

Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual Holiday Craft Faire 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday at the school, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

More than 300 students will host 170 booths featuring original homemade crafts, gift items and food.

Los Altos music teacher Sherman makes album for kids and with kids

Courtesy of Kathy Sherman
Kathy Sherman, a longtime music teacher and musician from Los Altos, performs for a class. Sherman’s new album, “Let’s Sing,” features 16 kids as background singers.

The latest album by local music teacher and multi-instrumentalist Kathy Sherman isn’t just for kids – it features some of them as background singers as well.

“I have kids singing on it that I have been teaching for many years, and my hopes are that when a child listens to this album and hears the kids, they will be able to imagine themselves on there someday,” the Los Altos resident said.

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