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Food & Wine

Roundup: Follow your local farmers as the season changes

Roundup: Follow your local farmers as the season changes


Eliza Ridgeway/Town Crier
Todd Miner pulls pumpkin pies hot from his traveling oven at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market – and will keep baking at Mountain View’s Sunday market when the Los Altos market season ends Sept. 29.

Only two weeks remain to...

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Your Health

LAHS student launches international website on mental health

LAHS student launches international website on mental health


Photos courtesy of nadia ghaffari
Months after founding the website TeenzTalk, Ghaffari, second from left, spoke with international teens at the Yale program about methods to overcome stress.

When Nadia Ghaffari went to Yale University this summer ...

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Your Home

Permanent pop-ups: Prefabricated homes hit the local remodel market

Permanent pop-ups: Prefabricated homes hit the local remodel market


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Krivokon family of Mountain View observes the installation of a prefabricated home on Pilgrim Avenue.

Pop-up houses are sprouting like mushrooms around Los Altos and Mountain View, but unlike other pop-up structur...

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On The Road

Exploring the Presidio: In and around town in two hybrids

Exploring the Presidio: In and around town in two hybrids


Photos Courtesy of Gary Anderson
Despite the price difference between the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid, above, and the Hyundai Sonata the two cars share a number of features.

 

The Presidio of San Francisco has existed as a settlement and milita...

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Senior Lifestyles

Expert offers strategies for seniors intimidated by the gym

Expert offers strategies for seniors intimidated by the gym


Courtesy of Brandpoint
To ward off “gym-timidation,” fitness expert Brian Zehetner encourages seniors to find a workout buddy and start slowly.

No one really relishes the idea of growing older and experiencing the health issues that can accompan...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accuratel...

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Beating back-to-school jitters: Tips from Los Altos teachers


Photo by Monique Schoenfeld, Town Crier

New teachers, new classmates, new course work - all ingredients that can make the first days of school overwhelming for students.

With many schools in full swing this week - today is the first day of school for the Los Altos School District - Los Altos teachers offered the following tips to parents to help their children beat the back-to-school jitters:

Start off with a positive attitude. Carol Raymond, fourth-grade teacher at Springer School, described what many students feel the first days of school as "good jitters." She said parents should make sure their children keep a "positive attitude and a smile."

Gloria Hardwick, a sixth-grade teacher at Loyola School said "don't panic" if things don't fall into place the first day. "It takes about a month for a class to gel," she said.

Nisa Leone, fourth-grade teacher at Almond School, said the first weeks of school can be difficult at any age because each grade level presents change and a new environment.

"Parents should plan quiet, calm activities the first few days of school," she said. Leone suggested having a relaxing dinner and getting children to bed early.

"If parents are calm, kids pick up on that and it makes for a smooth transition," said Mary Ellen Lynch, third-grade teacher at Almond School.

Familiarize children with school, new challenges. Jennifer Fink, first-grade teacher at Loyola School, said the start of school can be an especially "anxiety-ridden" occasion for first graders since it's the first time most of them will be attending a full day of classes.

"It's nice if parents can come to the school and familiarize them with the playground and the school to ease some of their anxieties," she said.

Fink said parents should talk about school with their children. "Build school up as something exciting and wonderful," she said.

Fink suggested getting children together outside of school.

Establish a study routine. Hardwick said efficient time management is key.

She said parents should establish a regular study routine for their children, but they "should try not to over-program the child after school with too many scheduled activities." Keep school a priority, she said.

Get organized. Jean Golden, sixth-grade teacher at Oak School said organization is essential.

"Morning can be a scramble," she said. "Make sure everything is in its backpack the night before. They'll be less likely to leave their math on the kitchen table or a book under the bed," she said.

Georgette Oppezzo, sixth-grade teacher at Oak School, said parents should buy school supplies from the teacher's list of required class materials in order to ensure their children have the correct items.

Golden offered a final tip. "Get them to bed early and feed them a good breakfast, and we'll do the rest," she said.

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