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Students gather at MVHS to attempt Guinness World Record


Eric Soderberg/Special to the Town Crier
Local residents participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making the most friendship bracelets Nov. 9 at Mountain View High.

More than 300 local students gathered around tables in the Mountain View High School gym Nov. 9 to attempt a Guinness World Record with heart – tying colorful strings to form friendship bracelets.

Their goal to make more than 500 bracelets in four hours would not only set a new record, but also provide trinkets a local family could slip into their backpacks and hand deliver to orphans around the world.

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Waldorf sponsors annual Holiday Faire


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Children decorate cookies at Waldorf School of the Peninsula’s Holiday Faire last year.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has scheduled it 29th annual Holiday Faire 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at its Los Altos campus, 11311 Mora Drive.

The event will feature a variety of hands-on activities for the entire family, including dipping beeswax candles, making wreaths with fresh greenery and handcrafting small gifts and holiday decorations from natural materials. Returning this year is the Russian Tea Room, where guests can enjoy tea, treats and quiet music.

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St. Nicholas students collect pajamas


Courtesy of Julie Eng
St. Nicholas Catholic School sixth-graders, from left, Kate Forsman, Samantha Roos, Mia Puentes and Meghan Surdey advertise their pajama drive.

St. Nicholas Catholic School second- and sixth-graders paired up earlier this month to collect pajamas for those in need.

As families arrived at school for drop-off in the mornings, students waved signs advertising their efforts to collect the pajamas so that other children can stay warm during winter.

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Schools Brief

Foundations seek funds on Giving Tuesday

Local educational foundations are recognizing Giving Tuesday – a national campaign scheduled Tuesday – as an opportunity to raise funds for school programs.

Giving Tuesday is a movement that provides incentives to give in the wake of Black Friday and holiday consumerism. The campaign aims to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and give back to charities and causes they support.

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Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments with scientists each month in their own classrooms, with help from Science is Elementary, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve science education.

“Science education should not be something that we only give people who can pay,” said Tzipor Ulman, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Science is Elementary. “Science is part of our everyday life, so it needs to be part of our everyday education.”

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LASD Briefs

Facilities committee continues discussion

The Los Altos School District Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee continues to formulate plans for the $150 million Measure N bond, which passed by a narrow margin in the Nov. 4 election.

The committee met last week to discuss options moving forward. Committee member Vaishali Sirkay reported that the meeting began with a short introduction on the process of purchasing a new school site. Sirkay said the facilitator, Tom Hodges, explained that if the district were to purchase a new site with the approval of the California Department of Education (CDE), escrow could take up to one year. If the district were to purchase a new site, then seek CDE approval, escrow should take only approximately six months. Despite the shorter time frame, the latter option carries more risk.

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Schools Briefs

LAHS Marching Band schedules performance

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard are scheduled to perform their 2014 competition show, “House of Cards,” at their annual Fall Finale 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The Los Altos High Music Department joined a regional group to commission “House of Cards,” an original work written by composers and drill designers John Mapes and Ian Grom. The seven-minute show opens with a magic trick and moves on to depict different moods through marching and music using the metaphor of a deck of cards. The music features flute solos and percussion rhythms. Large props and colorful flags add visual interest.

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