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News

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Los Altos Parent Preschool celebrates 60 years


Town Crier File Photo
Los Altos Parent Preschool, a cooperative program founded in 1954, encourages parent participation in every aspect of its curriculum.

 

Los Altos Parent Preschool, a parent participation program under Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education, is scheduled to celebrate 60 years of educating children with a series of events this year, culminating in a communitywide gathering May 31.

A group of mothers who wanted a different approach to education, one that integrated parents into every aspect of the classroom and could meet the unique needs of families, founded the preschool in 1954.

“From increased enrollment to a new facility in 2011, it’s exciting to see the support of LAPP grow year after year,” said Lara Sandora, board president. “By involving the family, we are able to focus on the whole child, no matter where they are in their developmental phase.”

Parents who participate in the program assist a credentialed teacher approximately once a week and contribute to and share in running the school, from planning the curriculum to fundraising and maintenance.

“Co-op develops a common language between parents and children,” said parent Hera Hong-Lee. “LAPP is more than a preschool – it’s a community of special families.”

History

The founding parents aimed to form a cooperative preschool to serve the growing community. They wanted to share responsibility for administration, maintenance and the school’s program. They formed Los Altos Parent Preschool as a nonprofit corporation to furnish housing, equipment, supplies and a portion of teachers’ and directors’ salaries.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District agreed to supervise the program and share payment for staff salaries. As part of the district’s Adult Education Department, the preschool became the laboratory for a parent education class. Los Altos United Methodist Church granted the use of its facilities.

In 1998, the high school district leased land to the preschool at the west end of Los Altos High School. Through fundraising and community and member donations, the preschool purchased a portable classroom module and furnished the play yard.

In the summer of 2011, the membership and alumni of the preschool moved the program to its new home on the Covington School campus and began a partnership with the Los Altos School District.

Los Altos Parent Preschool remains part of the high school district’s Adult Education Program. California Adult Education standards and the cooperative preschool philosophy require the preschool’s parents to serve as members and staff assistants.

Upcoming events

Los Altos Parent Preschool encourages students and parents, past and present, to contribute memories of their time at the school. To share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An open house for prospective families is scheduled 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school, 201 Covington Road. Teachers and parents will be present to discuss the program and answer questions. No RSVP is required, and children are welcome. Los Altos Parent Preschool has a 1:3 ratio with three programs for ages ranging from 2.5 to 5. The school year runs from early fall to late spring.

For more information, visit lapp.coop or facebook.com/lappcoop.

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