October 7, 2002

CO-OP IS THE WAY TO GO, especially if you are looking for a reasonably priced, conveniently located pre-school. Sunol Glen's Co-Op Pre-school Center opened its doors on Sept. 9 and there are still openings for your three and four-year-old kidlets. The low teacher-to-student ratio, well-stocked and super-cute facility, and dedicated staff are ready to give your children a jump-start on kindergarten.

Head Teacher Candace Harvey and teacher Sheena Fularczyk are both long-time Sunol residents; Sheena is even a Sunol Glen graduate. Eagle's Nest Acting Director Jan Cornish asked me to say a special thank you to Parent Coordinators Shawn Conner and Monica Miller, and to the community for all the wonderful donations of toys and supplies.

The Pre-school Center offers two 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. programs, one for three-year-olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other for four-year-olds Monday through Thursday. The costs are $150 per month for the three-day program and $200 per month for the four-day program. This is an exceptionally low rate for this area, even with the two-day-per-month parent volunteer requirement that makes our newest school a co-op. Longer hours, less volunteer time and rate changes are all under consideration, so weigh in on your needs and help the Center grow.

Enrollment packets can be picked up at the Sunol Glen School office, the Eagle's Nest before and after school center, or the pre-school center. Proof of all mandatory immunizations and a $100 registration fee per family (applied to tuition) are required. Please call the Eagle's Nest at 925-862-0525 or the school office at 925-862-2162 if you have questions.

NEW BROWNIE TROOP: Sunol Glen School is starting a Brownie troop for girls in first through third grades, which will be a sister troop to the fourth and fifth-grade Sunol Girl Scouts. Dinner and meetings will be every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Please call Linda Krikorian at 925-426-1474 for information.

AND ON TO THE "BIG KIDS": The Sunol Glen Student Council has elected its officers for the 2002-2003 school year. They are: Kai Nomellini, President; Griffin Beemiller, Vice President; Jordan Franco, Treasurer; Jessica Bruno, Secretary; Jamie Thurman, Office Liaison; Justin Mott and Scott Sweetnam, Dance Coordinators; and Kaylee Ballstadt and Jennifer Haggerty, Assembly Coordinators. Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful year of leadership.

OH, OKAY, HERE'S ONE FOR THE GROWN-UPS, TOO: Our school district is holding a sealed-bid auction for a fabulous 1969 Ford dump truck! Did I say grown-ups? Doesn't the idea of having your very own full-sized dump truck speak to the child in all of us? Sealed bids will be accepted in the school office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and all bids must be received by 2 p.m. on Oct. 22. The bids will be opened and the winning bidder announced at the Sunol Glen School Board Meeting that night at 7 p.m. How can you resist?

AND NOW A WORD FROM THE GRANDMAS: Since we're covering all our age groups this column, my final item is from the Grandmothers of the Most Beautiful Babies in the World Club. The Grandmas are offering beautiful, all-cotton, Jacquard woven coverlets depicting eight historic Sunol structures, including the Old Towne House (1906), the San Francisco Water Temple (1910), the Little Brown Church (1885), the Ellis Mansion (1886); a classic Kilkare Woods cabin (1926), the Southern Pacific Depot (1885), the Apperson Victorian (1880), and, of course, Sunol Glen School (1926).

This custom keepsake is available in Williamsburg blue, hunter green and cranberry red for only $50 each. The proceeds will be used to continue beautifying downtown with decorations and banners. Order yours now for holiday giving by sending your check payable to the Grandmothers Club, along with the number of coverlets and colors you want, and your name, address and phone number to: Grandmothers Club, P.O. Box 103, Sunol, CA 94586.

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