Lafayette school district tackles strategic plan

Trustees of the Lafayette School District will discuss the first draft of the revised Strategic Plan at a special meeting April 11.

The governing board will meet at 6 p.m. in the library at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School St.

They will present proposed revisions to the plan and there will be an opportunity for community input.

Lafayette educators, support staff recognized

A number of administrators and support staff in the Lafayette Unified School District have been recognized for their achievements.

They include Marsha Dahl, office manager at Burton Valley Elementary School, who has been nominated for the California Department of Education Classified Employee of the Year; Kathleen Comstock, office manager at Happy Valley Elementary, nominated for the California Department of Education Classified Employee of the Year; Mette Thallaug, reading specialist at Burton Valley Elementary, identified as the Lafeyette Teacher of the Year and nominated as the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year; Rachel Zinn, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, nominated as Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators; and Jennifer Sabroe, executive assistant, who has been named by the Association of California School Administrators the Confidential Employee of the Year for California.

Orinda resident makes university dean's list

Garrett Haislet of Orinda has been named to the fall 2011 dean's list at the University of Alabama.

Haislet is a sophomore and is majoring in business.

He is a 2010 graduate of Campolindo High School and is the son of Scott and Pam Haislet of Orinda.

Lafayette Nursery to hold Science Day of Discovery

The Lafayette Nursery School will hold its annual Science Day of Discovery on May 5.

Aimed at children in preschool through third grade, the fair will feature activities for budding scientists such as a dinosaur dig and experiments, and exhibits including exploding volcanoes and bubble making.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 979 First St., Lafayette. The cost is $4 per child.

For information, call 925-284-2448 or visit www.lafayettenurseryschool.com.

Dinner to honor former teacher, principal Boyce

A gathering to honor Ted Boyce, a teacher and principal in Orinda schools over a 65-year time span, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 14, at the Orinda Country Club, in honor of his 90th birthday.

Boyce taught at the junior high level, and was principal of Pine Grove and Inland Valley Intermediate schools for many years. He was a regular substitute teacher in Orinda up until a few years ago.

Tickets are $85 per person, and include a buffet dinner, tip, tax and a gift.

The dinner will be hosted by the Friends of Ted Boyce (925-830-2789). For tickets and other information, contact Paula Marshall at paulalezlie@gmail.com.

Checks for tickets can be sent to Marshall at 2040 Camino Ramon Place, Danville, CA 94526.

All of Boyce's former students, and anyone else who knows him, are encouraged to attend.

Summer camp fair in Lafayette set for April 21

The East Bay Camp Fair will bring together under one roof representatives of as many as 20 area summer camps.

The camp fair is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road in Lafayette (parking behind church).

Camps feature various sports, music, nature, art, horses, canoeing, fishing, academics, therapeutic classes, computers, digital design, photography, leadership training and more.

Families with children from preschool through grade 12 can ask questions, pick up pamphlets and do comparison shopping.

The one-day event will be sponsored by Chapter OE, Concord, of PEO International. PEO International is a philanthropic, educational organization in which the advancement of women is promoted through education with PEO scholarships, grants and loans.

Proceeds from the fair will help establish a scholarship fund for women at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.

Learn more about PEO at www.peointernational.org. To learn more about the fair, go to www.ebsaf.com.

Students in high school can enter writing contest

High school students who reside or attend high school in Orinda are invited to enter the Poul Anderson Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library.

Categories include science fiction, essay/memoir, poetry and short story. Students may submit one entry in any of the four categories, but no more than three entries. The deadline is noon April 20.

Four winners will receive $250 at the end of the school year.

For information, e-mail Julie Rossiter at jjrossiter@me.com or visit www.friendsoftheorindalibrary.org.

Be host family for foreign exchange students

Host families are needed for incoming foreign exchange high school students. Students are 15-18 years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money and carry health insurance.

Families can consist of a single parent, a childless couple or a retired couple.

Host families are eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

Families interested in arranging for a meeting with a community representative can call Pacific Intercultural Exchange at 866-546-1402.

Families needed to host international students

The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is looking for local families to host international students on a temporary basis while they improve their English skills. All students speak basic English.

Long- or short-term placements are available.

Participating families are paid a monthly stipend of $750 per student. Requirements include providing two meals per day (three meals on weekends), a private bedroom for the student, be involved in the students's life and treat them as a family member.

All types of families are needed, including single adults with or without children, and couples with or without children. Families may also host multiple students, as long as they can provide the appropriate accommodations.

For information, contact Fia Parker, at 925-876-0080 or fparker@dvc.edu.

Send school news to Jennifer Modenessi at jmodenessi@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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