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FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Schools

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need


Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Community

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Comment

Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dimens...

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Business

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

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People

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

ERNEST TRAUGOTT

Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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Simplify the back-to-school experience


Courtesy of Ana Homayoun
Streamlining supplies while back-to-school shopping and developing strategies for success are key to heading off potential problems in the classroom.

Every fall, usually in October, parents call my office because their children are struggling with organization, time management or specific school subjects.

These children often start the school year off with grand plans, shiny pencils and multiple Trapper Keepers (they’re back!), but somewhere within the first six weeks of school, the best-laid plans go awry. It could start off with a missing homework assignment or a forgotten test or quiz, and suddenly, people start to panic – and by people, I mean both parents and children.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Following are some simple strategies for back-to-school shopping and preparation that can contribute to a successful school year.

• Streamline supplies. Many students buy too many school supplies without really thinking about how they will be used on a day-to-day basis. Ideally, students should keep all of the needed supplies for each class in one place. We find the most success with simple hardback binders, five tab dividers and reinforced binder paper. Accordion folders offer too much opportunity for things to get lost by being placed in the wrong compartment, and bulky multiple subject binders promote co-mingling, with the English homework ending up in the History section, causing unnecessary scrambling.

• Tracking all activities is essential. How is your child going to keep track of homework, tests, long-term assignments, sports practice, music lessons and family commitments? Figuring out a way to keep track of everything reduces stress and increases productivity. We’ve found that many of the online apps and options for managing homework aren’t effective in helping students remember all of their different activities and assignments. Typically we suggest written planners, even for students who attend schools that have tablet or laptop programs.

• Develop a routine and track progress on a regular basis. Taking even 30 minutes as a family to think through daily routines around homework, socializing and chores once school starts can be a helpful way for everyone to listen to one another’s goals, hopes and plans. Every week, devote a few minutes to helping children look at what worked well over the past week and what they would like to do differently in the upcoming week. Tracking progress on a weekly basis allows enough room for growth and improvement without too much time passing by if a problem needs addressing.

• Create space for success. Where is your child doing his or her homework? For many students, it is helpful to get out of their bedrooms and do the work in a public living space. This is particularly true for students who primarily use a tablet or computer – they can also be their biggest distraction.

• Focus on wellness. It is easy for children to become overscheduled, but they are still growing and need time to rest, relax, be bored and chill out. Sleep and food choices affect every aspect of their school experience, and they must be prioritized in back-to-school planning. What will lunches look like? What is the sleep routine?

• Seek support if needed. If your child needs outside support to find and achieve his or her own version of success, don’t let too much time pass before identifying potential resources.

Ana Homayoun is founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, 302 Main St., Suite 201, Los Altos. For more information, visit greenivyed.com or anahomayoun.com.

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