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LASD hosts kindergarten information nights

The Los Altos School District has scheduled kindergarten information nights at each of its seven elementary schools 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

Interested families are invited to attend the event at their home schools. Presentations are scheduled at Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak, Santa Rita and Springer schools.

Principals will explain how the district is revolutionizing learning for all students, provide information on the school programs and highlights and explain registration.

For more information, call the district office at 947-1150 or visit www.lasdschools.org/District/4309-Kindergarten-Registration.html.

K-Kids collect toiletries for CSA

The Loyola School K-Kids Club is collecting toiletries to donate to the Community Services Agency. Volunteers are accepting contributions of new toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, hand sanitizers and shampoos.

Place donations in the box at the Loyola School office at 770 Berry Ave. The drive will run through Dec. 14.

For more information, call 224-8472.

Living Classroom recruits volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

The program reaches all grade levels within the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies. A docent and often an assistant docent work with one or two volunteer parents to direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training and materials are provided.

For more information, call program director Mike Sanderson at 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local high schools seek college-prep mentors

MVLA Community Scholars is recruiting additional members for its College Prep Mentoring program. The program pairs AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) seniors at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools with mentors who shepherd them through the college application process.

AVID’s goal is to prepare students for college and success in their future. The students typically come from low-income, immigrant families and are the first in their families to attend college. There are currently 54 AVID students enrolled in the two high schools.

Mentors are asked to help one or two students develop a college list, complete college applications, edit college essays and apply for scholarships and financial aid.

Mentors meet with their students once a week throughout the school year during an AVID class period. The schools’ AVID teachers, College and Career counselors and the MVLA Scholars Program support the mentors throughout the process. Mentors must be committed for the entire school year.

Los Altos High mentors are scheduled to meet 8-9 a.m. Fridays. Mountain View High mentors meet 8:50-9:50 a.m. Wednesdays.

No prior experience is necessary. There will be training available throughout the year.

For more information or to sign up, email Dee Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Tornow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Local groups need volunteers

JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour a week to help middle and high school students with reading.

The program trains tutors, who work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.

JustMATH, a community-volunteer math tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.

The supervised programs are held at Graham and Crittenden middle schools in Mountain View.

For more information or to sign up for the next training class, email Tuti Werner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 691-0416 or visit www.justreadcenters.org.

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