Schools Briefs: Talking with teaens and more

Kiwanis Kids collect used eyeglasses

Loyola School’s K-Kids Club recently launched its annual Share Old Spectacles drive.

The K-Kids, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, collects used eyeglasses and donates them to Direct Relief International, which identifies the prescriptions, repairs them and distributes them around the world to those who can’t afford glasses.

Eyeglasses in good condition may be dropped off at the following locations.

• Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St.

• Heritage Bank of Commerce, 419 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

• Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

• Cafe Vitale, 987 Fremont Ave., Los Altos

• Green Bakery, 692 Fremont Ave., Rancho Shopping Center, Los Altos

• Loyola School Office, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos

• Mountain View Optometry, 495 Castro St., Mountain View

Expert gives tips on talking with teens

Michael Fitzgerald, executive director of behavioral health services at El Camino Hospital, is scheduled to discuss dialectical behavior therapy 7-9 p.m. today at Santa Rita School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos.

Sponsored by the Special Education Local Plan Area Community Advisory Committee, the presentation is designed to teach parents how to effectively communicate with their teenagers. Fitzgerald will explain how dialectical behavior therapy combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

“Teens crave acceptance,” he said. “Parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self-images. Both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”

Fitzgerald has 15 years of experience leading mental health and addiction services programs at El Camino Hospital. He has been a speaker at many state and national level conferences, in addition to working as a consultant, expert witness and occasionally as a nurse psychotherapist. In Santa Clara County, he leads a task force on hospital/psychiatric emergency medical services collaboration and works with county schools on mental health response. Fitzgerald received the first Mover and Shaker Award issued by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board.

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MVHS seeks volunteers for carbon-free event

The Mountain View High School PTSA seeks parent volunteers to help with the school’s upcoming Carbon-free Commute Day.

Volunteers are needed 7:40-8:15 a.m. Feb. 15 at the school’s bike racks to hand out Hershey’s Kisses to students who ride their bikes to campus.

The school’s other PTSA programs could use more parent volunteers as well, according to Marilyn Stanley of the PTSA.

“Often, parents don’t think there is a need for volunteers on campus when kids get older, as compared to the K through 8 grades,” she said. “But there still is a large need, and I think it’s important as a parent to have a good understanding of what goes on at school each day.”

Stanley noted that the PTSA has no less than six parent volunteers on campus to help with the pizza cart, snack bar and attendance filing. The pizza cart and snack bar offer quick lunch options, with proceeds supporting Senior Grad Night and scholarships.

To volunteer, email Stanley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harker School opens performing arts center

Harker School, which serves 92 families from Los Altos and 30 from Los Altos Hills, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for its new performing arts center.

The theater boasts a 34.5-foot-wide, 15-foot-high color LED display wall in the lobby that will showcase professional and student work, an orchestra pit lift that can be used as a stage extension and a state-of-art Yamaha QL5 mixing board.

LASD trustees hold office hours

Los Altos School District trustees Jessica Speiser and Bryan Johnson have scheduled office hours to answer questions and listen to parents’ concerns.

Speiser’s office hours are slated 9-11 a.m. Feb. 14, March 8 and April 4 at Starbucks at Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

Johnson’s office hours are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Room 2, Los Altos; and 9-11 a.m. March 13 and April 17 at Starbucks, 565 San Antonio Road, Suite 2, Mountain View.

School seeks volunteers for International Week

Santa Rita School seeks volunteers for its International Week events, scheduled March 21-23.

The PTA is recruiting volunteers to help organize the events.

Last year, the school added a silent auction, potluck and fashion show to the annual event,

To volunteer and for more information, email Alice Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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