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he sheer amount of options available to parents looking to send their children to a private school can be overwhelming, even before considering tuition costs. However, the benefits of attending private school are well worth the money, some say. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 5.7 million students enrolled in the nation’s 34,576 private schools. The enrollment numbers account for 10 percent of all students in the United States. Students who attended private high schools as ninth-graders were more likely to graduate from high school and attend college than ninth-graders in public high schools, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 tracked the same cohort of approximately 20,000 students as they progressed through high school, postsecondary education, and into the workforce. That study found that 95.8 percent of the students who graduated from a private school enrolled in college, compared to 70.9 percent of those from a public school. The following is an alphabetical list of private schools in South Valley and San Benito County to help guide parents in their search.

Calvary Christian School 1900 Highland Drive, Hollister. 831.637.2909, calvaryhollister. com The K-12 college preparatory school is Hollister’s only Christian high school. With a 10:1 ratio, small classes allow teachers to focus on students’ individual needs. As a member of the American Association of Christian Schools, Calvary Christian participates in the association’s annual Academic and Fine Arts Competition. Tuition: $3,900/year Enrollment: To begin the enrollment process, parents need to submit an Application for Enrollment form along with the registration fee.


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TECH LEARNING Mount Madonna School’s K-12 program includes technology labs.

Crossroads Christian School 145 Wright Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.8850, crossroadschristianschool.org Crossroads Christian School develops students who understand Christian values, and offers a range of co-curricular and extracurricular programs for students age 2.5 years to fifth grade. The specialized instruction in subjects such as music, technology and art is lead by trained professionals. Tuition: $8,310/year for K-5. Preschool tuition varies by frequency. Enrollment: Registration period opens in March.

Located in The Foothills Church, the preschool’s curriculum is designed to hone and develop academic skills with a biblical

Enrollment: Applications are accepted year-round.

Hollister Montessori School 2300 Southside Road, Hollister. 831.630.3038, hollistermontessori.com Hollister Montessori School offers a Primary Program for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years and an Elementary Program for children first through sixth grade. The school opened in 1998. Tuition: Primary: $6,500-$8,500/ year. Elementary: $7,500-$8,500/year Enrollment: Applications are accepted throughout the year, as space becomes available. An orientation meeting for parents interested in learning more about Hollister Montessori School is held at the school on the first Thursday of ➝6 each month from 7-8pm.

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8335 Church St., Gilroy. 408.842.7269, footstepspreschool.us

Tuition: $300-$950/month

LITTLE PERFORMERS Little Sonshine School in Morgan Hill

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Montessori Learning for Living Preschool and Kindergarten

400 Isabel Lane, Hollister. 831.637.5570, hollistersdaschool.org

16900 De Witt Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.6488, montessorimorganhill.com

The Bible is the foundation of the K-8 school, with students learning through a whole child approach–– nurturing their growth spiritually, academically, physically and socially.

Montessori provides a “prepared environment” where children experience freedom within the structure. The program of academic learning also provides an environment for social and emotional development where children learn at their own pace.

Tuition: Available by contacting school Enrollment: Applications are accepted year-round.

Little Sonshine School 16970 De Witt Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.6788, littlesonshine.com Little Sonshine School provides a Christian education for preschool, kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. The school also offers summer camp and summer academic programs. Tuition: Available by contacting school Enrollment: Registration for summer programs and school year program opens Feb. 1. Open house on Wednesdays between 9:30-11:30am.

Monte Vista Christian School

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2 School Way, Watsonville. 831-722-8178, mvcs.org

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Tuition: $400-$760/month Enrollment: Applications are available year-round.

Mount Madonna School 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. 408.847.2717, mountmadonnaschool.org Mount Madonna School strives to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. The CAIS and WASC-accredited program features a Pre/K through 12th grade program, 375acre campus, science and technology labs, life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, athletics, and visual and performing arts.

Since its founding in 1926, Monte Vista Christian School has served as a coeducational college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 6-12. The campus occupies almost 100 acres of rolling lawns, ponds, playing fields, equestrian facilities and more than 25 buildings.

Tuition: $11,545-$25,450/year

Tuition: Grades 6-8: $11,750/year. Grades 9-12: $14,110/year

Morgan Hill's independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Oakwood is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and

Enrollment: Applications for the following school year are now being accepted, and will continue to be considered until enrollment is full.

Enrollment: Enrollment opens in December for the following school year. Campus tour scheduled for Jan. 23.

Oakwood School 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill. 408.782.7177, oakwoodway.org

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Get crafty with the family and build a menorah Dec. 15 in Morgan Hill to prepare for Hanukkah.

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Children of all ages and their families are invited to build their own menorah at the Home Depot Chanukah Workshop, presented by Chabad of Morgan Hill. Guests can also enjoy music and refreshments, fill and decorate their own doughnut and get their own Home Depot craft apron. Please note that an RSVP is required for this free event. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am at Home Depot Morgan Hill, 860 E. Dunne Ave. For information, visit jewishmh.com/homedepot.

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Services presents its annual Winter Magic Holiday Boutique featuring more than 20 vendors, the best of Hazel’s Thrift Shop, holiday music, raffle drawings, Christmas greenery and more. Also enjoy lunch, available 11am-3pm, with a new menu including hot dogs and more. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-4pm at Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/ suvypel.

The public can adventure through Morgan Hill’s decorated neighborhoods at the Holiday Hustle 5k, 10k urban map tour hosted by The Running Shop and Hops and Bike Therapy. Participants will find holiday displays and answer questions at checkpoints along the course and will round out the evening with treats and an instant raffle at the finish line. Costumes are encouraged, as well as headlamps or flashlights. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30pm at 17540 Depot St. For information, visit terraloco.com.

South Valley Symphony will present Spirit of Music 2: Holiday. The program features seasonal favorites and classical sounds highlighting solo vocalists Sandra Marlowe and Ted Sanchez. The symphony will perform “Twas The Night Before Christmas” with Sanchez narrating, Leopold Mozart’s “Sleigh Ride” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian.” Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30pm at Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. For information, visit southvalleysymphony.org.

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6 South Valley for students in grades K-8. SMBS uses the A Beka Book curriculum, which allows teachers to instruct from a Christian perspective while taking a traditional approach to education. Tuition: $5,430-$7,000/year Enrollment: An application form must be submitted along with a $100 non-refundable application fee. New students will be required to take an entrance test to determine grade level entry.

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LEARNING TOGETHER Small, interactive classes are

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Colleges, which is considered the premier accreditation organization in the western United States. Oakwood School celebrated the opening of its Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center on Aug. 19. Tuition: Available by contacting school Enrollment: Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted at all grade levels. Open house scheduled for Jan. 25.

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Pacific Point provides Christian education for grades kindergarten through 12. Founded in 1995, it is accredited for by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Tuition: $6,300-$8,150/year Enrollment: In February, Pacific Point gives parents of current students and their siblings the opportunity to re-enroll first to secure class placement for the upcoming school year. After the re-enrollment period,

the enrollment applications for the next year are considered. Campus tours are offered by appointment during the enrollment season.

Sacred Heart Parish School 670 College St., Hollister. 831.637.4157, sacredheartschool.org Sacred Heart Parish School, in ministry with the parish, is committed to service, justice and compassion. Sacred Heart Parish School has been providing Catholic education for students in preschool through eighth grade for 128 years. Tuition: Preschool: $260.59$810.82/month. TK-8: $6,386/year Enrollment: Parents are asked to fill out an application form and pay a non-refundable $35 application fee.

17500 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.9950, stcatherinemh.org St. Catherine Catholic School, an educational ministry of St. Catherine Parish, was built by parishioners in 1963 and provides a Catholic education for grades K-8 grounded in Gospel values. Tuition: $8,530-$12,760/year Enrollment: Application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 20 for kindergarten and closes in March for grades first through eighth. Open house scheduled for Jan. 26.

St. Francis High School 2400 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. 831.724.5933, stfrancishigh.net St. Francis High School Salesian College Preparatory expresses the educational philosophy of reason, religion and kindness of the Salesians of St. John Bosco. St. Francis offers a comprehensive fouryear college preparatory program of study designed to meet all public and private university admissions requirements. Tuition: $13,850/year

Shadow Mountain Baptist School

Enrollment: Applications are due Jan. 31. Open house is scheduled for April 3.

17810 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408.782.7806, shadowmountainbaptistschool.com

St. Mary School

Shadow Mountain Baptist School is a private Christian school in the

7900 Church St., Gilroy. 408.842.2827, stmarygilroy.org St. Mary School is a Catholic school

educating children in TK and kindergarten programs through eighth grade. Established in 1871, the school is accredited by WASC and WCEA and follows the Diocese of San Jose and State of California education directives. Tuition: $8,500-$11,025/year Enrollment: Applications are available year-round, and the school starts accepting applications for the following school year in November. Open house scheduled for Jan. 28.

Stratford School 410 Llagas Road, Morgan Hill. 408.776.8801, stratfordschools.com The Stratford School curriculum focuses on core subjects and the development of 21st century learning skills to prepare students for success in high school, college and as future citizens of the 21st century. The Morgan Hill campus originally housed Morgan Hill Elementary School, which opened in 1923. At Stratford School, there is only one classroom per grade, kindergarten through fifth. Tuition: $4,070-$18,840/year Enrollment: Students are admitted to Stratford on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Priority enrollment consideration is given to: re-enrolling students, siblings who meet all admissions qualifications, and students transferring between Stratford campuses.

Vineyard Christian Preschool 1735 Hecker Pass Road, Gilroy. 408.847.8463, vineyardpreschool.com The Vineyard is a Christian preschool operated by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The preschool provides children with age-appropriate activities and experiences. Tuition: Available by contacting school


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The shortest day and longest night of the year will be celebrated in San Juan Bautista at the annual Winter Solstice Observation. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the Mission church at sunrise and witness the light of sunrise enter through the window, line up with the altar to illuminate it and its objects, then the aisle and end at the tabernacle. The free event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 6am at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St., San Juan Bautista. For information, visit sanjuanbautistaca.com.

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GILROY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Guests ages 3 and up are invited to bring their appetites and cameras to Gilroy Recreation’s

Breakfast with Santa event. The event includes breakfast, crafts geared toward children ages 3-12, visits with Santa and photo opportunities. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30am at Gilroy Senior Center,

7371 Hanna St. Pre-registration is required. Everyone attending must be a paid participant. Space is limited. $20 for residents and $25 for non residents. For information, visit tinyurl.com/vpcpqkb. MEET SANTA Santa Claus will visit First Street Coffee House for some holiday cheer. Everyone is invited to meet, take pictures, and share wishlists with Santa during his visit. Drop in Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-noon at First Street Coffee House, 1211 First St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/rz3vbbh. PRINCE TRIBUTE Fans of Prince’s music are invited to experience When Doves Cry: The Prince Tribute Show. The band will perform

Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11:30pm at The District Theater, 7430 Monterey St. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/yx8y6x42. HOLIDAY CRAFTS Get ready for the holidays at Holiday Crafts for Kids and Families at Gilroy Library. Families are invited to head to the library to make festive holiday crafts; all supplies will be provided. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-3pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit sccl.org or call 408.842.8207.

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Bike Therapy will host a Jingle Ride around Morgan Hill to experience the holiday lights and decorations. Riders of all ages are encouraged to decorate their bikes with holiday lights for this slow group ride that will take place on neighborhood streets as much as possible. The Jingle Ride will roll out at 7:30pm, and riders will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies upon their return. Friday, Dec. 20, 7-8:45pm at Bike Therapy, 17540 Depot St., Morgan Hill. Children are welcome. For information, visit tinyurl.com/wsk9e87.

Holiday Jazz Night with festive holiday music performed by local musicians. Monday, Dec. 16, 7-8pm at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For information, visit sccl.org.

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TOY DRIVE MBPhotography and Ohana Shave Ice are partnering for a holiday toy drive. Bring an unwrapped toy donation in exchange for a free professional photograph with Santa. Toy donations will be distributed to San Benito County Family Shelter and other housing programs. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-4pm at 738 San Benito St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/tmwg829. PERFORMING ARTS The 10th Annual Christmas Performing Arts Celebration benefits the

Acoustic duo Brooke and Emil present their first Christmas concert benefiting the Safe Park Program, a local charity in Morgan Hill working to provide homeless families with safe overnight parking, food, shelter and hygiene facilities. Guests will enjoy performances by Brooke and Emil as well as many other musicians and singers from the Bay Area. Sunday, Dec. 15, 6-8pm at Jubilee Bridge, 685 Jarvis Drive, Morgan Hill. For information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/rukdwza.

Community Food Bank of San Benito County. The 2019 performers will incorporate presentations of traditional Christmas music, including instrumental, vocals and dance. This event is sponsored by local volunteers in support of the Community Food Bank and guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to share. A cookie reception follows the concert. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-8:30pm at San Benito High School Auditorium, 1220 Monterey St. For information, including a full list of performers, visit tinyurl.com/u5anva9.

WATSONVILLE CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM The Agricultural History Project’s December Second Saturday on the Farm celebrates Christmas on the Farm. This free family event features traditional Christmas craft projects, holiday movies in the Owl Theater, visits with Santa and more. Attendees of all ages will experience the old days of life on the farm with activities including tractor driving, wooden cow milking, water pumps and visits with farm animals. This month attendees are invited to bring their teddy bear to enjoy a Teddy Bear Tea Party. Saturday, Dec. 14, ➝ 15

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WINTER CONCERTS San Benito Oriana Chorale and the Oriana Youth Chorus will present this year’s Winter Concert Series, “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students. Concerts will be presented at Christ Fellowship Church, 2066 San Benito St. on Friday, Dec.

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Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary More than 20 vendors!

Saturday, December 14 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Veteran’s Memorial Building Downtown Hollister

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13 Fortino wines. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 11am-5pm each day at Fortino Winery, 4525 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. For information, visit fortinowinery.com. BARN PARTY DreamPower will hold its annual holiday potluck dinner, Christmas Carols in the Barn. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share and spend the evening with the horses and friends. Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, plates, napkins and tableware will be provided. All ages and abilities are welcome; be sure to wear warm clothing as it gets cold when the sun goes down. Guests can also participate in Christmas wagon rides, weather permitting. Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6pm at DreamPower Horsemanship, 7460 Crews Road, Gilroy. For information, visit tinyurl.com/sqosjyo. File Art

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San Juan Bautista’s annual bonfire pays tribute to the Hayden Family who, during the Depression era, bought candies, toys and oranges for the community children. Townspeople came together around a bonfire and celebrated with games and songs while keeping warm. The bonfire will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm at the Community Hall, 10 San Jose St., San Juan Bautista. Free photos with Santa Claus follow his arrival on a firetruck. For information, visit tinyurl.com/vfc7ymu.

11am-3pm at Agricultural History Project, 2601 E. Lake Ave. For information, visit aghistoryproject. org or call 831.724.5898.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY Almaden Quicksilver Park’s Casa Grande and New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum present a Victorian Holiday for the whole family. Learn about the Victorian era while participating in activities from the 1880s with costumed

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Eat, shop, drink and be merry at Fortino Winery’s annual Holiday Boutique featuring two full days of shopping and sipping. The boutique features local artisans and vendors, crafts and

THE NUTCRACKER Ballet Academy of Silicon Valley presents this year’s production of The Nutcracker. This family-friendly ballet is billed as the perfect way to introduce young children to classical dance. Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm and Saturday, Dec. 21, 1pm at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/udtsb34. HOLIDAYS IN HOLLISTER B&R Farms invites holiday shoppers to skip the hectic malls as it brings together boutiques, vendors and shops for “Holidays in Hollister.” Refreshments include warm apricot cider, creamy apricot

UGLY SWEATER PARTY Catch the Moondance Band at Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Bash. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in their ugliest best and enjoy tributes to each decade of music from the ’50s to the 2000s including dance, country, classic rock and more. Saturday, Dec. 21, 9pm-midnight at Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort, 3800 Airline Highway, Hollister. Ages 21 and over only and no cover charge. For information, visit tinyurl.com/uukg3zy. CHANUKAH CELEBRATION The Morgan Hill Chanukah Celebration and Grand Public Menorah Lighting will feature an LED show, Hanukkah crafts for the children, music and traditional Hanukkah songs, a raffle and more. Also enjoy traditional latkes, doughnuts and chocolate coins. Admission is free and all are welcome. Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:306pm at the Morgan Hill Pop-Up Park, corner of Monterey Road and West Second Street, Morgan Hill. For information and to RSVP, visit jewishmh.com/chanukah. BOUTIQUE FUNDRAISER Live Oak Adult Day Services presents its Holiday Boutique, featuring home-baked goods, jewelry, holiday decor, ornaments, clothing and more. All items are offered at low prices, and proceeds will benefit Live Oak’s non-profit center. Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 23, 9am-3pm each weekday at 651 W. Sixth St., Suite 2, Gilroy. Attendees are encouraged to bring items from their own closets or garage that are no longer needed to be sold at the event. For information, call 408.847.5491.

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staff and docents. Attendees can also take part in demonstrations and crafts along with guided tours of the museum. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am-3pm at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose. For information, call 408.918.7770.

MOVIE NIGHT At Guglielmo’s free Winery Movie Night, guests are invited to bring along their favorite snack or enjoy refreshments available for purchase from Ricky’s Grill BBQ Food Truck while viewing. All ages are welcome, children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill. For information, visit guglielmowinery. com or call 408.779.2145.

freezes and more, as well as complimentary gift bags and cards. Attendees can shop for handcrafted goods, natural beauty products, decor, artisanal food and more. Ten percent of all proceeds to benefit community non-profits. Saturdays through Dec. 21, 10am-4pm at B&R Farms, 5280 Fairview Road. For information, visit brfarms. com/holidays-in-hollister.

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DIGITAL DAY There are pros and cons to teaching digitally.

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ecently my family was snowed in at a lodge in Tahoe. The roads were closed, and the news declared that students in their district would not take a snow day; they would observe a “Digital Day.” Any time I use something with an electronic screen in my classroom, the students practically wriggle with joy. It’s like they have been wrapped in a warm blanket, plopped on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate, and given a foot rub. It’s an audible sigh of psychic relief: Finally, we are comfortable! In fact, this year, I’ve discovered so many new features on the web that I believe I could probably carry off a “digital day” in my

classes. The kids might learn more of the curriculum from the syllabus than they can when they are in a room full of their friends. Isn’t that supposed to be my goal, delivery of the content on the syllabus, as approved by the school and the district and the state? Mount Madonna School was conceived of by a woman who wrote her PhD on something she called the “implicit curriculum.” That’s the framework schools provide so that students can learn to operate in a community together. It includes the golden rule, honoring differences, self-discipline, reaching goals, picking up after yourself and, hopefully, personal growth. One day in the summer, I visited campus, and a group offering

personal growth retreats had rented out our assembly room. There was a large sign at the turnaround in front of the school which read “Speaking from the Heart. Room A3.” Why isn’t that on our kids’ schedules? If a typical 11th-grader, one year from graduating to adulthood, is taking calculus, AP literature, Spanish 3, American history, physics and theater, could they not take “Logical Thinking, Looking Deeply, Honoring Differences, Knowing your Place in the Span of Humanity, Getting Comfortable with Complexity and Expressing Yourself in Your Community” instead? Wait. They are! I just renamed the classes. I’m not certain, however, that


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MODERN TEACHING Technology has opened up a world of possibilities for the classroom. immediately silenced me. “Sssshhh. We are learning the everyday pitch and tone of the kids’ voices so we will know right away when something goes wrong.” I looked around and all the teachers were doing the same thing. Listening. Sensing. Using intuition. Feeling the vibe. Yes, I went there. The vibe. Me, a quantitative and methodical math teacher. I can’t say there is not learning magic in technology. To be able to bring TED Talks into my classroom in the blink of an eye, or use an online discussion board to elicit deeper critical thinking, is a gift from the pixel universe. I’m glad that those billions of bits of information are floating in the air around us, ready to be summoned at the touch of a keystroke. I think my single favorite use of tech in the classroom is the giant panda cam, streaming pandas going about their day at the San Diego Zoo in real time. Their charisma draws out many an interesting conversation and story and piques curiosity about biology, geography, environmental science, and other topics. But “digital days?” Only during winter storms, please. Lisa Catterall teaches STEAM, math, science and art at Mount Madonna School and is a senior associate of the Centers for Research on Creativity. She lectures and trains teachers and administrators on innovation in education in Beijing, China.

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the second list of course titles could accurately name classes taught mostly through digital days. On a recent morning, two students burst into my classroom early, having a high-pitched conversation about being just “so done” with high school. That turned into a conversation with me about what it feels like to face a big life transition. Earlier, as we were learning about how cancer drugs are made, students shared their personal stories about cancer with one another. Conversations, and human faces with nothing but air between them, take us places beyond the curriculum, all the time, every day. Even teaching something from the content, something totally dry, is difficult for me to picture without seeing a student’s face. I completed a masters’ degree entirely online, and I learned an enormous amount about myself, my fellow students and the world. But I still cannot imagine what it might be like to teach an eighth-grader how to do algebra without watching their face comprehend each little idea, or seeing the order in which they write numbers down on a page. Can I Skype teach, then? I’d see the face, see the work going on… No. Eleven years ago I went to see a mentor teacher of mine, and found her standing in the middle of a playground with an intense look of focus on her face. I started to ask her a practical question and she

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Coping with failure for our children are unrealistic; we overlook their capabilities and unknowingly set the bar too high. We forget that we hated the comparison, peer pressure and constant nagging, but we still do it to our children. My question is, why? Please go back to your own transcripts, progress reports and analyze yourself. Did you ace all the exams? Were you the star sports player, musician, painter, genius, totally focused kid who never made mistakes? If yes, then you are exempted from reading further, but if you fall in the other category, then you should think hard before you show disappointment in your kid. Can we just tell our kids to try their best in whatever exam, test or quiz they are taking? Can we just say, “It’s OK if you fail because I failed too, many times.” Can we just set our expectations to be a little more realistic? I read somewhere that our children are not coloring books where you can fill in the colors. They need to pick and color their lives themselves. You can pick colors in your own coloring book. Will the colors go out of lines? Yes, absolutely! Will they learn from the mistakes? Maybe not at the pace you want them to. But trust me, they will learn.

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in the bud? Do we teach our kids how to react and accept failures? Are we not equally disappointed with that first “F” or missing that basket in the final game? We might pretend that it is all OK and we are doing a great job raising our children, but I am sorry to say, we are failing as parents and educators. Our expectations

Shubhra Jain is the center director at Mathnasium of Gilroy. Prior to working at Mathnasium, Jain worked as a mathematics teacher at East Side Union High School District, Basis Independent Silicon Valley and Harker private school. She has been in the education field for more than 25 years and has taught in India, Singapore and Indonesia prior to settling in America. She has a master’s degree in mathematics and is finishing another master’s degree in education.


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fact, they’ve been part of the lineup from the very beginning. They set the tone for the entire offering of wines from John and Carolyn, two of the loveliest people ever. The 2016 Hope Rhone blend is filled with cherry and baking spice, creating warmth and ending with a splash of coffee. While the 2016 Blessings is sold out, the 2016 Family Album Petite Sirah is dense, potent, gravelly and assertive with a presence of dark blackberry jam and chocolate lava cake. It’s for lovers of texture and heft, and specially priced for the holidays. Also, Martin Ranch Winery is open every day from noon to 4pm through Dec. 19 for holiday sipping/shopping. Merlot and syrah are on sale by the case.


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he sheer amount of options available to parents looking to send their children to a private school can be overwhelming, even before considering tuition costs. However, the benefits of attending private school are well worth the money, some say. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 5.7 million students enrolled in the nation’s 34,576 private schools. The enrollment numbers account for 10 percent of all students in the United States. Students who attended private high schools as ninth-graders were more likely to graduate from high school and attend college than ninth-graders in public high schools, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. The High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 tracked the same cohort of approximately 20,000 students as they progressed through high school, postsecondary education, and into the workforce. That study found that 95.8 percent of the students who graduated from a private school enrolled in college, compared to 70.9 percent of those from a public school. The following is an alphabetical list of private schools in South Valley and San Benito County to help guide parents in their search.

Calvary Christian School 1900 Highland Drive, Hollister. 831.637.2909, calvaryhollister. com The K-12 college preparatory school is Hollister’s only Christian high school. With a 10:1 ratio, small classes allow teachers to focus on students’ individual needs. As a member of the American Association of Christian Schools, Calvary Christian participates in the association’s annual Academic and Fine Arts Competition. Tuition: $3,900/year Enrollment: To begin the enrollment process, parents need to submit an Application for Enrollment form along with the registration fee.


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TECH LEARNING Mount Madonna School’s K-12 program includes technology labs.

Crossroads Christian School 145 Wright Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.8850, crossroadschristianschool.org Crossroads Christian School develops students who understand Christian values, and offers a range of co-curricular and extracurricular programs for students age 2.5 years to fifth grade. The specialized instruction in subjects such as music, technology and art is lead by trained professionals. Tuition: $8,310/year for K-5. Preschool tuition varies by frequency. Enrollment: Registration period opens in March.

Located in The Foothills Church, the preschool’s curriculum is designed to hone and develop academic skills with a biblical

Enrollment: Applications are accepted year-round.

Hollister Montessori School 2300 Southside Road, Hollister. 831.630.3038, hollistermontessori.com Hollister Montessori School offers a Primary Program for children between the ages of 3 to 6 years and an Elementary Program for children first through sixth grade. The school opened in 1998. Tuition: Primary: $6,500-$8,500/ year. Elementary: $7,500-$8,500/year Enrollment: Applications are accepted throughout the year, as space becomes available. An orientation meeting for parents interested in learning more about Hollister Montessori School is held at the school on the first Thursday of ➝6 each month from 7-8pm.

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16900 De Witt Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.6488, montessorimorganhill.com

The Bible is the foundation of the K-8 school, with students learning through a whole child approach–– nurturing their growth spiritually, academically, physically and socially.

Montessori provides a “prepared environment” where children experience freedom within the structure. The program of academic learning also provides an environment for social and emotional development where children learn at their own pace.

Tuition: Available by contacting school Enrollment: Applications are accepted year-round.

Little Sonshine School 16970 De Witt Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.6788, littlesonshine.com Little Sonshine School provides a Christian education for preschool, kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. The school also offers summer camp and summer academic programs.

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Tuition: $400-$760/month Enrollment: Applications are available year-round.

Mount Madonna School 491 Summit Road, Mount Madonna. 408.847.2717, mountmadonnaschool.org Mount Madonna School strives to prepare well-rounded human beings who not only get into and succeed in college, but learn to value collaboration, form meaningful relationships and engage with their local communities, nation and the world. The CAIS and WASC-accredited program features a Pre/K through 12th grade program, 375acre campus, science and technology labs, life skills, regional, national and international travel, mixed-grade buddy program, marine biology and oceanography on Catalina Island, athletics, and visual and performing arts.

Since its founding in 1926, Monte Vista Christian School has served as a coeducational college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 6-12. The campus occupies almost 100 acres of rolling lawns, ponds, playing fields, equestrian facilities and more than 25 buildings.

Tuition: $11,545-$25,450/year

Tuition: Grades 6-8: $11,750/year. Grades 9-12: $14,110/year

Morgan Hill's independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Oakwood is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and

Enrollment: Applications for the following school year are now being accepted, and will continue to be considered until enrollment is full.

Enrollment: Enrollment opens in December for the following school year. Campus tour scheduled for Jan. 23.

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Get crafty with the family and build a menorah Dec. 15 in Morgan Hill to prepare for Hanukkah.

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Children of all ages and their families are invited to build their own menorah at the Home Depot Chanukah Workshop, presented by Chabad of Morgan Hill. Guests can also enjoy music and refreshments, fill and decorate their own doughnut and get their own Home Depot craft apron. Please note that an RSVP is required for this free event. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am at Home Depot Morgan Hill, 860 E. Dunne Ave. For information, visit jewishmh.com/homedepot.

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Services presents its annual Winter Magic Holiday Boutique featuring more than 20 vendors, the best of Hazel’s Thrift Shop, holiday music, raffle drawings, Christmas greenery and more. Also enjoy lunch, available 11am-3pm, with a new menu including hot dogs and more. Saturday, Dec. 14, 9am-4pm at Veterans Memorial Building, 649 San Benito St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/ suvypel.

The public can adventure through Morgan Hill’s decorated neighborhoods at the Holiday Hustle 5k, 10k urban map tour hosted by The Running Shop and Hops and Bike Therapy. Participants will find holiday displays and answer questions at checkpoints along the course and will round out the evening with treats and an instant raffle at the finish line. Costumes are encouraged, as well as headlamps or flashlights. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30pm at 17540 Depot St. For information, visit terraloco.com.

South Valley Symphony will present Spirit of Music 2: Holiday. The program features seasonal favorites and classical sounds highlighting solo vocalists Sandra Marlowe and Ted Sanchez. The symphony will perform “Twas The Night Before Christmas” with Sanchez narrating, Leopold Mozart’s “Sleigh Ride” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 “Little Russian.” Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30pm at Gavilan College Theater, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. For information, visit southvalleysymphony.org.

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6 South Valley for students in grades K-8. SMBS uses the A Beka Book curriculum, which allows teachers to instruct from a Christian perspective while taking a traditional approach to education. Tuition: $5,430-$7,000/year Enrollment: An application form must be submitted along with a $100 non-refundable application fee. New students will be required to take an entrance test to determine grade level entry.

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LEARNING TOGETHER Small, interactive classes are

the heart of local private schools.

Colleges, which is considered the premier accreditation organization in the western United States. Oakwood School celebrated the opening of its Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center on Aug. 19. Tuition: Available by contacting school Enrollment: Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted at all grade levels. Open house scheduled for Jan. 25.

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Pacific Point provides Christian education for grades kindergarten through 12. Founded in 1995, it is accredited for by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Tuition: $6,300-$8,150/year Enrollment: In February, Pacific Point gives parents of current students and their siblings the opportunity to re-enroll first to secure class placement for the upcoming school year. After the re-enrollment period,

the enrollment applications for the next year are considered. Campus tours are offered by appointment during the enrollment season.

Sacred Heart Parish School 670 College St., Hollister. 831.637.4157, sacredheartschool.org Sacred Heart Parish School, in ministry with the parish, is committed to service, justice and compassion. Sacred Heart Parish School has been providing Catholic education for students in preschool through eighth grade for 128 years. Tuition: Preschool: $260.59$810.82/month. TK-8: $6,386/year Enrollment: Parents are asked to fill out an application form and pay a non-refundable $35 application fee.

17500 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill. 408.779.9950, stcatherinemh.org St. Catherine Catholic School, an educational ministry of St. Catherine Parish, was built by parishioners in 1963 and provides a Catholic education for grades K-8 grounded in Gospel values. Tuition: $8,530-$12,760/year Enrollment: Application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Dec. 20 for kindergarten and closes in March for grades first through eighth. Open house scheduled for Jan. 26.

St. Francis High School 2400 East Lake Ave., Watsonville. 831.724.5933, stfrancishigh.net St. Francis High School Salesian College Preparatory expresses the educational philosophy of reason, religion and kindness of the Salesians of St. John Bosco. St. Francis offers a comprehensive fouryear college preparatory program of study designed to meet all public and private university admissions requirements. Tuition: $13,850/year

Shadow Mountain Baptist School

Enrollment: Applications are due Jan. 31. Open house is scheduled for April 3.

17810 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408.782.7806, shadowmountainbaptistschool.com

St. Mary School

Shadow Mountain Baptist School is a private Christian school in the

7900 Church St., Gilroy. 408.842.2827, stmarygilroy.org St. Mary School is a Catholic school

educating children in TK and kindergarten programs through eighth grade. Established in 1871, the school is accredited by WASC and WCEA and follows the Diocese of San Jose and State of California education directives. Tuition: $8,500-$11,025/year Enrollment: Applications are available year-round, and the school starts accepting applications for the following school year in November. Open house scheduled for Jan. 28.

Stratford School 410 Llagas Road, Morgan Hill. 408.776.8801, stratfordschools.com The Stratford School curriculum focuses on core subjects and the development of 21st century learning skills to prepare students for success in high school, college and as future citizens of the 21st century. The Morgan Hill campus originally housed Morgan Hill Elementary School, which opened in 1923. At Stratford School, there is only one classroom per grade, kindergarten through fifth. Tuition: $4,070-$18,840/year Enrollment: Students are admitted to Stratford on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability. Priority enrollment consideration is given to: re-enrolling students, siblings who meet all admissions qualifications, and students transferring between Stratford campuses.

Vineyard Christian Preschool 1735 Hecker Pass Road, Gilroy. 408.847.8463, vineyardpreschool.com The Vineyard is a Christian preschool operated by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The preschool provides children with age-appropriate activities and experiences. Tuition: Available by contacting school


HOLIDAYS AT THE TECH INTERACTIVE! This holiday season, The Tech Interactive is the perfect stop for hands-on science and technology experiences. See an inspiring larger-than-life documentary in our IMAX Dome Theater and check out our award-winning exhibits. Plus, we’re planning some special events and bringing the holiday’s biggest movies to IMAX.

Now open: Climb the Cascade Build a launching device in our latest design challenge in The Tech Studio! This hands-on test of your creativity asks: How far can your device climb?

Dec. 14: Holiday Craft Day Don’t miss a special hands-on making activity!

Dec. 20: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in IMAX Dec. 21: Holiday Craft Day Don’t miss a special hands-on making activity!

Dec. 21 to Jan. 5: DIY Cookie Cutter Make your own cookie cutter to take home.

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The shortest day and longest night of the year will be celebrated in San Juan Bautista at the annual Winter Solstice Observation. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the Mission church at sunrise and witness the light of sunrise enter through the window, line up with the altar to illuminate it and its objects, then the aisle and end at the tabernacle. The free event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 6am at Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St., San Juan Bautista. For information, visit sanjuanbautistaca.com.

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GILROY BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Guests ages 3 and up are invited to bring their appetites and cameras to Gilroy Recreation’s

Breakfast with Santa event. The event includes breakfast, crafts geared toward children ages 3-12, visits with Santa and photo opportunities. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30am at Gilroy Senior Center,

7371 Hanna St. Pre-registration is required. Everyone attending must be a paid participant. Space is limited. $20 for residents and $25 for non residents. For information, visit tinyurl.com/vpcpqkb. MEET SANTA Santa Claus will visit First Street Coffee House for some holiday cheer. Everyone is invited to meet, take pictures, and share wishlists with Santa during his visit. Drop in Saturday, Dec. 14, 10am-noon at First Street Coffee House, 1211 First St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/rz3vbbh. PRINCE TRIBUTE Fans of Prince’s music are invited to experience When Doves Cry: The Prince Tribute Show. The band will perform

Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11:30pm at The District Theater, 7430 Monterey St. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/yx8y6x42. HOLIDAY CRAFTS Get ready for the holidays at Holiday Crafts for Kids and Families at Gilroy Library. Families are invited to head to the library to make festive holiday crafts; all supplies will be provided. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-3pm at Gilroy Library, 350 W. Sixth St. For information, visit sccl.org or call 408.842.8207.

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Bike Therapy will host a Jingle Ride around Morgan Hill to experience the holiday lights and decorations. Riders of all ages are encouraged to decorate their bikes with holiday lights for this slow group ride that will take place on neighborhood streets as much as possible. The Jingle Ride will roll out at 7:30pm, and riders will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies upon their return. Friday, Dec. 20, 7-8:45pm at Bike Therapy, 17540 Depot St., Morgan Hill. Children are welcome. For information, visit tinyurl.com/wsk9e87.

Holiday Jazz Night with festive holiday music performed by local musicians. Monday, Dec. 16, 7-8pm at Morgan Hill Library, 660 W. Main Ave. For information, visit sccl.org.

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TOY DRIVE MBPhotography and Ohana Shave Ice are partnering for a holiday toy drive. Bring an unwrapped toy donation in exchange for a free professional photograph with Santa. Toy donations will be distributed to San Benito County Family Shelter and other housing programs. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-4pm at 738 San Benito St. For information, visit tinyurl.com/tmwg829. PERFORMING ARTS The 10th Annual Christmas Performing Arts Celebration benefits the

Acoustic duo Brooke and Emil present their first Christmas concert benefiting the Safe Park Program, a local charity in Morgan Hill working to provide homeless families with safe overnight parking, food, shelter and hygiene facilities. Guests will enjoy performances by Brooke and Emil as well as many other musicians and singers from the Bay Area. Sunday, Dec. 15, 6-8pm at Jubilee Bridge, 685 Jarvis Drive, Morgan Hill. For information and to register, visit tinyurl.com/rukdwza.

Community Food Bank of San Benito County. The 2019 performers will incorporate presentations of traditional Christmas music, including instrumental, vocals and dance. This event is sponsored by local volunteers in support of the Community Food Bank and guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to share. A cookie reception follows the concert. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-8:30pm at San Benito High School Auditorium, 1220 Monterey St. For information, including a full list of performers, visit tinyurl.com/u5anva9.

WATSONVILLE CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM The Agricultural History Project’s December Second Saturday on the Farm celebrates Christmas on the Farm. This free family event features traditional Christmas craft projects, holiday movies in the Owl Theater, visits with Santa and more. Attendees of all ages will experience the old days of life on the farm with activities including tractor driving, wooden cow milking, water pumps and visits with farm animals. This month attendees are invited to bring their teddy bear to enjoy a Teddy Bear Tea Party. Saturday, Dec. 14, ➝ 15

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WINTER CONCERTS San Benito Oriana Chorale and the Oriana Youth Chorus will present this year’s Winter Concert Series, “Home for the Holidays.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students. Concerts will be presented at Christ Fellowship Church, 2066 San Benito St. on Friday, Dec.

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COMMUNITY BONFIRE

San Juan Bautista’s annual bonfire pays tribute to the Hayden Family who, during the Depression era, bought candies, toys and oranges for the community children. Townspeople came together around a bonfire and celebrated with games and songs while keeping warm. The bonfire will be held Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm at the Community Hall, 10 San Jose St., San Juan Bautista. Free photos with Santa Claus follow his arrival on a firetruck. For information, visit tinyurl.com/vfc7ymu.

11am-3pm at Agricultural History Project, 2601 E. Lake Ave. For information, visit aghistoryproject. org or call 831.724.5898.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY Almaden Quicksilver Park’s Casa Grande and New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum present a Victorian Holiday for the whole family. Learn about the Victorian era while participating in activities from the 1880s with costumed

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE Eat, shop, drink and be merry at Fortino Winery’s annual Holiday Boutique featuring two full days of shopping and sipping. The boutique features local artisans and vendors, crafts and

THE NUTCRACKER Ballet Academy of Silicon Valley presents this year’s production of The Nutcracker. This family-friendly ballet is billed as the perfect way to introduce young children to classical dance. Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm and Saturday, Dec. 21, 1pm at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, 17090 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit tinyurl.com/udtsb34. HOLIDAYS IN HOLLISTER B&R Farms invites holiday shoppers to skip the hectic malls as it brings together boutiques, vendors and shops for “Holidays in Hollister.” Refreshments include warm apricot cider, creamy apricot

UGLY SWEATER PARTY Catch the Moondance Band at Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Bash. Guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in their ugliest best and enjoy tributes to each decade of music from the ’50s to the 2000s including dance, country, classic rock and more. Saturday, Dec. 21, 9pm-midnight at Ridgemark Golf Club & Resort, 3800 Airline Highway, Hollister. Ages 21 and over only and no cover charge. For information, visit tinyurl.com/uukg3zy. CHANUKAH CELEBRATION The Morgan Hill Chanukah Celebration and Grand Public Menorah Lighting will feature an LED show, Hanukkah crafts for the children, music and traditional Hanukkah songs, a raffle and more. Also enjoy traditional latkes, doughnuts and chocolate coins. Admission is free and all are welcome. Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:306pm at the Morgan Hill Pop-Up Park, corner of Monterey Road and West Second Street, Morgan Hill. For information and to RSVP, visit jewishmh.com/chanukah. BOUTIQUE FUNDRAISER Live Oak Adult Day Services presents its Holiday Boutique, featuring home-baked goods, jewelry, holiday decor, ornaments, clothing and more. All items are offered at low prices, and proceeds will benefit Live Oak’s non-profit center. Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 23, 9am-3pm each weekday at 651 W. Sixth St., Suite 2, Gilroy. Attendees are encouraged to bring items from their own closets or garage that are no longer needed to be sold at the event. For information, call 408.847.5491.

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staff and docents. Attendees can also take part in demonstrations and crafts along with guided tours of the museum. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11am-3pm at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose. For information, call 408.918.7770.

MOVIE NIGHT At Guglielmo’s free Winery Movie Night, guests are invited to bring along their favorite snack or enjoy refreshments available for purchase from Ricky’s Grill BBQ Food Truck while viewing. All ages are welcome, children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, Dec. 20, 6pm at Guglielmo Winery, 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill. For information, visit guglielmowinery. com or call 408.779.2145.

freezes and more, as well as complimentary gift bags and cards. Attendees can shop for handcrafted goods, natural beauty products, decor, artisanal food and more. Ten percent of all proceeds to benefit community non-profits. Saturdays through Dec. 21, 10am-4pm at B&R Farms, 5280 Fairview Road. For information, visit brfarms. com/holidays-in-hollister.

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TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE

Observing a digital day

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DIGITAL DAY There are pros and cons to teaching digitally.

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Difficult to teach without being with students in person

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By LISA CATTERALL

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ecently my family was snowed in at a lodge in Tahoe. The roads were closed, and the news declared that students in their district would not take a snow day; they would observe a “Digital Day.” Any time I use something with an electronic screen in my classroom, the students practically wriggle with joy. It’s like they have been wrapped in a warm blanket, plopped on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate, and given a foot rub. It’s an audible sigh of psychic relief: Finally, we are comfortable! In fact, this year, I’ve discovered so many new features on the web that I believe I could probably carry off a “digital day” in my

classes. The kids might learn more of the curriculum from the syllabus than they can when they are in a room full of their friends. Isn’t that supposed to be my goal, delivery of the content on the syllabus, as approved by the school and the district and the state? Mount Madonna School was conceived of by a woman who wrote her PhD on something she called the “implicit curriculum.” That’s the framework schools provide so that students can learn to operate in a community together. It includes the golden rule, honoring differences, self-discipline, reaching goals, picking up after yourself and, hopefully, personal growth. One day in the summer, I visited campus, and a group offering

personal growth retreats had rented out our assembly room. There was a large sign at the turnaround in front of the school which read “Speaking from the Heart. Room A3.” Why isn’t that on our kids’ schedules? If a typical 11th-grader, one year from graduating to adulthood, is taking calculus, AP literature, Spanish 3, American history, physics and theater, could they not take “Logical Thinking, Looking Deeply, Honoring Differences, Knowing your Place in the Span of Humanity, Getting Comfortable with Complexity and Expressing Yourself in Your Community” instead? Wait. They are! I just renamed the classes. I’m not certain, however, that


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MODERN TEACHING Technology has opened up a world of possibilities for the classroom. immediately silenced me. “Sssshhh. We are learning the everyday pitch and tone of the kids’ voices so we will know right away when something goes wrong.” I looked around and all the teachers were doing the same thing. Listening. Sensing. Using intuition. Feeling the vibe. Yes, I went there. The vibe. Me, a quantitative and methodical math teacher. I can’t say there is not learning magic in technology. To be able to bring TED Talks into my classroom in the blink of an eye, or use an online discussion board to elicit deeper critical thinking, is a gift from the pixel universe. I’m glad that those billions of bits of information are floating in the air around us, ready to be summoned at the touch of a keystroke. I think my single favorite use of tech in the classroom is the giant panda cam, streaming pandas going about their day at the San Diego Zoo in real time. Their charisma draws out many an interesting conversation and story and piques curiosity about biology, geography, environmental science, and other topics. But “digital days?” Only during winter storms, please. Lisa Catterall teaches STEAM, math, science and art at Mount Madonna School and is a senior associate of the Centers for Research on Creativity. She lectures and trains teachers and administrators on innovation in education in Beijing, China.

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the second list of course titles could accurately name classes taught mostly through digital days. On a recent morning, two students burst into my classroom early, having a high-pitched conversation about being just “so done” with high school. That turned into a conversation with me about what it feels like to face a big life transition. Earlier, as we were learning about how cancer drugs are made, students shared their personal stories about cancer with one another. Conversations, and human faces with nothing but air between them, take us places beyond the curriculum, all the time, every day. Even teaching something from the content, something totally dry, is difficult for me to picture without seeing a student’s face. I completed a masters’ degree entirely online, and I learned an enormous amount about myself, my fellow students and the world. But I still cannot imagine what it might be like to teach an eighth-grader how to do algebra without watching their face comprehend each little idea, or seeing the order in which they write numbers down on a page. Can I Skype teach, then? I’d see the face, see the work going on… No. Eleven years ago I went to see a mentor teacher of mine, and found her standing in the middle of a playground with an intense look of focus on her face. I started to ask her a practical question and she

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Coping with failure for our children are unrealistic; we overlook their capabilities and unknowingly set the bar too high. We forget that we hated the comparison, peer pressure and constant nagging, but we still do it to our children. My question is, why? Please go back to your own transcripts, progress reports and analyze yourself. Did you ace all the exams? Were you the star sports player, musician, painter, genius, totally focused kid who never made mistakes? If yes, then you are exempted from reading further, but if you fall in the other category, then you should think hard before you show disappointment in your kid. Can we just tell our kids to try their best in whatever exam, test or quiz they are taking? Can we just say, “It’s OK if you fail because I failed too, many times.” Can we just set our expectations to be a little more realistic? I read somewhere that our children are not coloring books where you can fill in the colors. They need to pick and color their lives themselves. You can pick colors in your own coloring book. Will the colors go out of lines? Yes, absolutely! Will they learn from the mistakes? Maybe not at the pace you want them to. But trust me, they will learn.

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FAILURE IS PART OF LIFE Parents must learn to set realistic expectations for their children.

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Don’t set unrealistic expectations By SHUBHRA JAIN

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e see the disappointments, anger, hatred, depression and many more negative emotional outbursts that lead to senseless shootings. We all talk about gun laws and government bans. Should we not ponder about what we can do to nip the problem

in the bud? Do we teach our kids how to react and accept failures? Are we not equally disappointed with that first “F” or missing that basket in the final game? We might pretend that it is all OK and we are doing a great job raising our children, but I am sorry to say, we are failing as parents and educators. Our expectations

Shubhra Jain is the center director at Mathnasium of Gilroy. Prior to working at Mathnasium, Jain worked as a mathematics teacher at East Side Union High School District, Basis Independent Silicon Valley and Harker private school. She has been in the education field for more than 25 years and has taught in India, Singapore and Indonesia prior to settling in America. She has a master’s degree in mathematics and is finishing another master’s degree in education.


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ANCHOR WINES Aver Family Vineyards’ “Hope” and “Blessings”

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he holidays are a chance to make the world smaller as we open hearts and homes to family and friends and, hopefully, to perfect strangers as well. This Thanksgiving, I met cousins from Germany I didn’t even know I had, and unsurprisingly, we bonded over wine. It’s the universal language of celebration, of hope, of faith in humanity and gratitude for abundance. Wine always makes the perfect gift, except for maybe Two Buck Chuck, which one of my cousins served at a wedding, back when the stuff was actually decent. In the theme of gratitude, it’s hard to beat wines named “Hope” and “Blessings,” two of the anchor wines from the Aver Family portfolio. In

fact, they’ve been part of the lineup from the very beginning. They set the tone for the entire offering of wines from John and Carolyn, two of the loveliest people ever. The 2016 Hope Rhone blend is filled with cherry and baking spice, creating warmth and ending with a splash of coffee. While the 2016 Blessings is sold out, the 2016 Family Album Petite Sirah is dense, potent, gravelly and assertive with a presence of dark blackberry jam and chocolate lava cake. It’s for lovers of texture and heft, and specially priced for the holidays. Also, Martin Ranch Winery is open every day from noon to 4pm through Dec. 19 for holiday sipping/shopping. Merlot and syrah are on sale by the case.


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