Search the Archive:

December 21, 2005

Back to the table of Contents Page


Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The blackboard The blackboard (December 21, 2005)

MUSIC MOTION . . . Children in the Duveneck Elementary School's Music in Motion Singers program will perform at 5 p.m. from now until Dec. 31 at Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane, located on the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street, between Embarcadero Road and Seale Avenue. Music in Motion is a choral program designed for young children who love to sing. The program has been so popular that it is expanding to other local elementary schools in the near future. The singers will also perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Women's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave. For more information e-mail the program's director, Joan Angelopoulos at

FIGHTING AIDS . . . Students, faculty and staff members of Menlo School participated in the first annual International ONE March this month to benefit children in Africa orphaned by the AIDS virus. The group walked the loop in front of the Atherton school 10 times, the equivalent of one mile, to show their support for the cause. The event was sponsored by the Q-Fund, a Palo Alto based non-profit that builds schools in Africa.

ATTENTION SWEETHEARTS . . . It's time for the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education's second annual Sweetheart Awards. The CAC and the Palo Alto school district are calling for nominations for people who have made a difference in the life of a child. It can be a teacher, bus driver, neighbor, therapist, or even another student. Those interested should write a paragraph about why the individual deserves a sweetheart award, as well as the person's contact information, and mail it to Tina Underwood at by Jan. 23.

KEHILLAH DEDICATION . . . Kehillah Jewish High School dedicated its new home this month with a community-wide event that included tours and a keynote address by Denise Clark Pope, a Stanford University lecturer and recognized expert on teen stress. Kehillah moved from San Jose to its new home in Palo Alto last July. The new campus includes 26 classrooms, physics, chemistry and biology labs, as well as music and art facilities. Kehillah combines the ethical teachings of Judaism with traditional academic disciplines.

BUILDING BRIDGES . . . Earlier this month, about 30 sixth-graders from Keys School in Palo Alto headed north to San Francisco to study the structural engineering of the Bay and Carquinez Straits bridges as part of the school's interdisciplinary bridges program. Students explored the geography, wind, temperature and traffic that challenge Bay Area bridge builders. The program involves problem solving investigation and combines science, math, social studies, language and visual arts.

SACRED HEARTS . . . Three women were honored this month with the 2005 St. Madeleine Sophie Award for their service to Sacred Heart School in Atherton. Sherlene Pjesky, Lori Pickett, and Vinette "Nettie" Ramsay have all made contributions to the school over a significant period of time. Pjesky served as the school's director of business from 1994 to 2005; Pickett has been in her post as director of nursing for the past 10 years; and Ramsay has been a parent volunteer since 1995.

Send notices of news and events related to schools, child care or youth activities to Alexandria Rocha, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, 94302, or The monthly school section runs the third Wednesday of each month. The deadline is the second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

E-mail a friend a link to this story.

Copyright © 2005 Embarcadero Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Reproduction or online links to anything other than the home page
without permission is strictly prohibited.