MDUSD kindergarten registration scheduled

Preregistration of children eligible for transitional and regular kindergarten in August 2014 will be conducted at all Mt. Diablo Unified School District elementary schools on a first-come basis for most schools from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 4.

Preregistration of children to attend kindergarten at Monte Gardens Elementary will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Only children from the waiting list who have received written confirmation will be registering on that day.

Sequoia Elementary will hold its kindergarten registration from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 28, in the school library.

Students will be called from the waiting list and given specific instructions about what will be needed.

Kindergarten registration for the Cornerstone Family School program will be 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 4, at Ygnacio Valley Elementary. Only children from the waiting list who have received phone confirmation may register on that day.

Children who will reach the age of 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2014 are eligible for kindergarten in August.

Children who will reach the age of 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2014, are eligible for transitional kindergarten in August.

Parents should bring the following documents with them: an original birth certificate or some other official documentary proof of the child's birth date; three original documents to verify where the child resides (one must be a photo I.D.); and a written immunization record from a health care provider indicating that all immunization requirements have been met.

For more information, go to www.mdusd.org.

Workshop for young writers planned Feb. 1

The Mt. Diablo Branch of the California Writers Club and the Contra Costa County libraries are sponsoring a free workshop for middle school students in preparation for the annual Young Writers Contest.

Contra Costa County students in grades 6-8 are invited to attend the free workshop from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway.

It will be led by children's authors Sarah Wilson and Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff. Visit them at www.sarahwilsonbooks.com and lizbooks@aol.com.

They will discuss "How You Can Write the Best Short Story or Personal Narrative Using Character and Plot."

To reserve a space at the workshop, contact the California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch at: http://cwcmtdiablowriters.wordpress.com/.

Donations to YVHS aid Renaissance class

Residents have the opportunity for donations to Ygnacio Valley High School's Renaissance leadership class doubled (up to $100) through Jan. 25.

Donations will be used to purchase materials to create visual celebrations, posters, signs and display boards throughout the campus to recognize Warriors of the Week, Staff of the Month, High Five awards for student achievement and more, said Kelly Cooper, Performing Arts Department chair.

For more information, visit http://www.donorschoose.org/project/celebrating-success-for-all-students/1169535/?rf=email_system_2014_01_teacherid_438508&challengeid=52966/

To have a donation matched dollar for dollar, enter the promo code INSPIRE on the payment screen.