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THE CHALKBOARD: Aqus Café owner brings juggling to Spring Hill


The Spring Hill School middle school program was thrilled to welcome John Crowley to campus recently. Crowley is the owner of Aqus Café, explains school spokesperson Don Lewis. The collaboration between the school and community member is providing a program to help Spring Hill students develop a fun skill that not only teaches coordination and concentration but also helps with teamwork — juggling. Under Crowley’s guidance, students made their own set of four juggling balls and then practiced juggling with a partner. “Students had a wonderful time with basic juggling skills, and are excited for this ongoing program,” shares Lewis.

The Penngrove Panthers hit the pavement and kicked off their school Jog-a-Thon last Friday morning. Students battled the warm weather and showed perseverance as they tallied up laps as a school community. The campus was buzzing with parents and friends cheering on these amazing runners. It was a great day promoting Panther pride!

School supply donations collected at the Bank of Marin Shred Day event in partnership with the Petaluma Educational Foundation were distributed to Miwok Elementary, Valley Vista Elementary and McDowell Elementary. The new supplies included backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, binders, folders, glue, scissors and much more. This was the second year of the free program offered by the bank, where customers and community members could visit the Baywood Drive Branch on Aug. 17 and securely dispose of papers (up to five boxes) with on-site industrial shredding services when they donated new school supplies or cash supporting the mission of PEF.

Lights, camera, action … Meadow Elementary and Corona Creek Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Association invited their Waugh School District community to the Corona Creek campus after dark on Friday to enjoy a night under the stars. Movie night for students and families was a huge hit. They gathered with a spring in their step and song in their hearts — just like the characters in the hit film. Armed with their blankets and an appetite for homemade snacks, students and adults alike settled down to see the popular cinema creation, Trolls.

Students in Petaluma High School’s welding, engineering and design classes are working on Buddy Benches for local schools. This amazing collaborative project is going to result in customized benches for several elementary school campuses, initiating the program of “buddies not bullies” that has been a successful project nation-wide at the elementary-grade level. Kudos to these young adults for helping create an environment that fosters friendships among all students.

This weekend the return of the Egg Bowl takes place on Saturday at Casa Grande High School. JV and varsity teams will challenge each other to a football game that signifies community, school spirit and determination, as each team wants to claim the title of 2017 Egg Bowl Champion. There will be a pancake breakfast at Petaluma High and school logo gear and special commemorative game shirts will be on sale at the entrance to the game. The players have come together over the past month to participate in community activities as one team, building camaraderie and displaying a combined school spirit.

A sneak peek into the second grade at Harvest Christian where students are starting off the year with an instructional focus in science on the parts of a flower. These young researchers were able to plant seeds inside a man-made hot house right in the classroom. This week, they discovered a few of the seeds have sprouted. They will begin comparing how the seedlings grow with and without extra light. The students also will be planting in campus planter boxes located outside the school building. Mrs. Gorin is proud to see her students taking such pride in how the hands-on project is developing. Students celebrated with a special guest visit by “Gus” the praying mantis.

Harvest Christian School announced this week its spring musical performance title: Fiddler on the Roof. Previous years’ musical productions by Harvest Christian School included Music Man, Sound of Music, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Annie. The school’s theatrical studies program is a popular one, and involves students from all grade levels. The production is sure to be a highlight of the students’ year.

(Maureen Highland is a Petaluma mother and executive director for the Petaluma Educational Foundation. She can be reached at schools@arguscourier.com)