IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE to report good news.
Sunol Glen School's family is growing at an enthusiastic pace,
with second semester new students raising enrollment to 182.
A recent school board meeting was notable for leaving the melodrama
to "The Vile Veterinarian." (No, this is not one of
my transparent segues into writing about the Sunol Repertory
Theatre - that'll come later!) We welcome the school's new arrivals
- drop me a line and introduce yourselves!
Kids helping kids is always good news. Sunol Glen grad Katie
Donovan is returning to her alma mater weekly to teach after-school
color guard classes. Katie is now an award-winning member of
Foothill High School's Color Guard - and she got her start right
here on the SGS playground. The classes began with a workshop
on March 4 and will continue with hour-long meetings for six
more weeks. The students will perform a routine for their classmates
at the end of the course.
Katie is volunteering her services to assist her school and
our community's children. I'll take a chance and guess that
her folks, Teresa and Terry, are mighty proud, as are we all.
THE BABYSITTERS CLUB: Sunol Glen is happy to announce
sign-ups for the awesome Bill Baker Babysitting Course. Students
12-years-old by April 14 can register until March 28 for this
great 8-hour course. Two intensive classes, on April 7 and 14
from 3 to 7 p.m., and each student will receive a first aid
kit, and certification in C.P.R. and basic first aid. Camps,
day care centers and most parents will pay a higher hourly rate
for those credentials. There is a $40 fee for the program, which
a busy babysitter can make back in a weekend or two
then, the sky's the limit.
Instructor Bill Baker is a veteran paramedic and has designed
a program that includes leadership skills, safety awareness
and knowledge, C.P.R., basic first aid and more. All classes
in this program are taught by professional Emergency Medical
Technicians, paramedics and nurses.
This is a serious course requiring a genuine commitment - you
have to attend all eight hours to receive the certifications
- partial hours don't count, and there are no refunds for failure
to come to classes. Caring for people's children is one of the
most important jobs there is, so nothing but full-tilt committed
responsibility will do. If you are a Sunol Glen parent or student,
you can find the registration form and commitment contract in
the school's weekly Eagle Flyer. For information or to obtain
a form, please call the Eagle's Nest at 925-862-0525.
AND NOW THAT THEATRE SEGUE: If you think SRT's shows
have, shall we say, unique names, how about "Revenge of
the Space Pandas?" That's the play Sunol Glen second-to-fifth
graders can put on their resumes by joining the After School
Theatre Clubs' spring session. Starting April 2, Dublin Theatre
Company will teach students about theater and the excitement
of performing in a real play. There will be drama games, instruction
in stage direction and a chance to take to the stage in "Space
Panda's," an imaginative children's tale.
The classes and rehearsals will take place after school Wednesdays
from April 2 to March 14 (no class April 23). All meetings will
be at Sunol Glen until the final week, when the group will convene
at the Dublin Theatre Company's playhouse (6620 Dublin Blvd.)
to prepare for the 7 p.m. performance for parents, neighbors
and friends. The cost of the course is $95, plus a $5 per ticket
charge for the performance. There's a registration form in the
Eagle Flyer, or call Eagle's Nest director Jan Cornish at 925-862-0525.
And, by the way, "The Vile Veterinarian" is absolutely
fabulous - Sunol Rep has achieved record sales, with a virtually
sold-out house for every performance. Way to go!
A MOMENT FOR DAD: Raise a glass of green beer or lime
soda today to my dad, Harold Kushel, who passed away on this
day in 1990. Every year on March 17, he joined in a green ale
toast at the Irish pub across the street from his pharmacy.
I'm sure he'd want me wish you all good fortune on St. Patrick's