SCHOOL BUDGET WOES are slowly but surely
being edged out by the efforts and generosity of Sunol Glen
parents and other community volunteers. There were several major
fundraisers in the spring that helped bring the school's music,
drama, computer and library programs back from the brink.
In March, the Sunol Repertory Theatre production of "The
Vile Veterinarian" raised $7,000 earmarked for Sunol Glen
art and drama programs, the "Dollar a Day" fundraiser
has brought in over $8,000 so far, and the Spring Fling auction
at Little Valley Bistro made another $10,000.
Superintendent-Principal Diane Everett is also thrilled to
announce that there are already 212 students registered for
the fall, the highest enrollment in quite a few years. The increase
in Average Daily Attendance (ADA) from the state will be welcomed,
and may even support the hiring of another teacher. The music,
computer and art programs are in gear for next year, and with
the Giant Summer Flea Market coming up July 12, the librarian
should be back on board as well.
The "Dollar a Day" program asks Sunol Glen families
to donate $1 per school day for a total of $180 per child. Numerous
families have participated, some giving well over the requested
amount. Other donations were made by concerned citizens, organizations
and businesses. The school would like to thank the following
folks for their contributions:
Leonard Lloyd, Kris Everett, Lisa Arcieri, Barry and Shirley
Kaminski, William Keck, Tyler Ocon, Taylor King, Frank Fries,
Kelly Capdeville, Emily and Colby Jackson, Robb and Mary Marshall,
and the Eberle, Woods, Copeland, Brown-Morris, Reisenthal, Barnes,
Sutako, Krikorian and Bissinger families. Also, the Sunol Boy
Scouts, Baroody Pipes, and the Murphy-Hadlock, Heckman-Engelberts,
Jechart, Ciolono, Krikorian, Bettencourt, Perry, Scroggins and
TWO TOO TERRIFIC LADIES: At the Teacher Appreciation
Luncheon June 13, Diane Everett presented the Vivienne Scheib
award for outstanding service to Sunol Glen to first grade teacher
Nancy Chiprich and parent volunteer Lori Nielsen. Diane said,
"I could not run this school without Nancy. She is a very
supportive worker and her husband John does almost as much work
here as she does. They marketed the school for us and really
helped a lot with the Spring Fling."
Diane also had much to say about Lori. Yes, Lori - the very
lady I suggested must have cloned herself because she does so
many things here (See the next item for proof!). "Lori
is always doing everything for our school," Diane said.
"She works very quietly behind the scenes getting so much
done. Lori has always been involved with the flea markets and
has been a volunteer here for many years." Congrats to
two deserving, devoted members of the Sunol Glen family.
MYSTERY SOLVED: The Mystery Theatre Dinner at Little
Valley Bistro June 21 was a big success and quite a hoot. Bistro
owners Sandi Bohner and Bill Webster were so pleased, they are
hoping to do it again. Now that the who-done-it is done, we
can give the Bistro Players their due - all identities and plot
lines were kept top secret before the performance.
The actors included Klay Kunkel and Diane Tiessen, who also
served as co-directors. Other Sunolians portraying the table-roving
characters were Diane's husband Irvin, Stephan Doyle, Lori Nielsen
(yup, here she is again!), Derek Johnson, Lynn Kozma, Kelly
Sandlin, Paige Mendicino and Louise Throop. Pleasanton resident
Ted Tinges and San Ramonians Sue Marshall and Suzanne Diers
rounded out the cast.
As for the audience, they were kept pretty busy themselves
- in addition to enjoying a delicious meal and Little Valley
wines, each table had to come up with a little "audition"
piece as part of the play. Two versions of "Doggie in the
Window" and one of "Kitty in the Window" competed
with several jokes of a slightly bluish tinge for prizes ranging
from a bottle of wine to a deck of cards shaped like a dog biscuit.
And just before the final scene exposing the perpetrator of
the evening's "murder," each table wrote down who
they thought did the deed and answered several "investigative"
questions. Three tables walked away with prizes for guessing
correctly on all counts. And by all counts, a great time was
had by all.