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October 1, 2010 > New Haven news update

New Haven news update

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Heroes and tailwinds:
During an address that was part of the District's Back-to-School celebration for employees, Superintendent Kari McVeigh talked about how ordinary folks sometimes become heroes and pointed out that heroes often benefit from others who provide a "tailwind" to push them along. The Superintendent invited employees to pass along stories of "heroes and tailwinds" that she could share with others. Among the first submissions was this one, from Cesar Chavez Middle School paraprofessional Carol Rego, who also has two children who attend CCMS:

"Today as my children and I were leaving school we were escorted across the crosswalk by (Principal Alberto) Solorzano. He was smiling to everyone, waving his free hand while his other held a stop sign. This isn't uncommon for Mr. Solorzano to do. In my two years at CCMS he has done this many times. After getting to my car I drove down the road stopping at the other crosswalk. There (were Assistant Principals Roxanna) Mohammad and (Marcus) Lam directing traffic, holding stop signs, and walking children across the street. They both had smiles as if they were enjoying every minute. It was a wonderful feeling to know this is where my children go to school. And I get to spend my days working with such amazing people."

Parents, employees and other community members are invited to share their stories of "heroes and tailwinds" by e-mailing Superintendent McVeigh (

Kidango plans one-day closure September 29:
Parents who have children in the Kidango pre-school program, which operates at most New Haven schools, are advised that Kidango has announced a one-day closure, Wednesday, September 29, as part of a statewide protest by childcare agencies against the budget impasse in Sacramento. Parents should make other arrangements for childcare that day.

Dining to save student activities:
Ready for a week away from the kitchen? Want to dine out and help New Haven students at the same time?

The New Haven Boosters Association has put together a "Dining to Save Student Activities" promotion October 4-7 at five Tri-City restaurants: Federicos, Fresh Choice and Pasta Pomodoro in the Union Landing shopping center; Chevy's, both at Union Landing and in Newark; and Claim Jumper at the Pacific Commons shopping center in Fremont. Eat at any of those restaurants on Monday through Thursday of that week, present the Boosters flier and 15 to 25 percent of sales will go toward the Boosters' efforts to assure the future of New Haven's co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The offer also is good on take-out orders.

For more information about the Boosters, e-mail Michael Ritchie ( or John Shockley (

"Mutt Strut" October 16:
The New Haven Schools Foundation's second annual "Mutt Strut," a fun run or walk with your pooch, is scheduled Saturday, October 16, on the grounds of the Masonic Home in Union City. The event is a fund-raiser for the Foundation, which runs the District's "Pathways to Success" college scholarship program and distributes both "Innovations in Education" mini-grants for special classroom projects and "Project Enrichment" grants for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Doggie games, awards and a post-event barbecue are planned from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the event) and includes a t-shirt, barbecue ticket and goodie bag. Additional lunch tickets are $5 each.

Register online at or with Foundation Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle at (510) 471-3850 or

Board of Education candidates' forum:
Four candidates are running for two spots on the Board of Education, and the New Haven community will have at least two chances to hear from the candidates before the Nov. 2 election.

Candidates Jerico Abanico, Linda Canlas, Sarabjit Cheema and incumbent Gwen Estes have been invited to a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday, October 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road. The candidates also have been invited to a forum Wednesday, October 13, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Paddy's Coffee, 3900 Smith St., in Old Alvarado.

Parent Project for Spanish speakers:
Searles Elementary School community liaison Luz Ponce will help lead a Spanish-language version of "Parent Project," a 13-week class to help parents of teenagers learn effective prevention and intervention techniques. The class is designed to help parents stop arguments and conflict at home, improve school attendance and performance, recognize and intervene in dangerous activities such as alcohol-drug use and gang involvement, address threats of violence and motivate and influence their teens.

The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting October 13, at the Fremont Resource Center, 39155 Liberty St., Fremont. Registration fee is $35, to cover materials, and a weekly fee is charged based on family income. Childcare may be available on request. Information: (510) 574-2149.

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