E-News: Oct. 23, 2012

Chris Ryan Memorial
“A Tribute to Chris Ryan,” a memorial gathering for the James Logan High School teacher who died earlier this month, is scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 25), starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
In honor of Mr. Ryan, students and staff are being asked to dress professionally when they come to school Thursday. “We think Chris would enjoy that,” Principal Amy McNamara said, noting that the teacher “always dressed beautifully.”
Also, the library will be open during both lunches Thursday and special stationery will be available for students and staff to write memories or tributes to Mr. Ryan. “Chris loved books; many, many people the past few weeks have spoken about his intellect and love of learning,” Ms., McNamara said. The writings will be presented to Mr. Ryan’s family following the ceremony.
Alvarado Elementary to Host Filipino-American Celebration
In celebration of Filipino-American History Month, the Pilipino-American Society for Education (PASE) is inviting the New Haven community to a potluck dinner Friday (Oct. 26) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alvarado Elementary School. There will be traditional dances, stories “and, of course, a little history lesson,” AES Principal and PASE member Tracie Noriega reports. The potluck will include an adobo cooking contest. To enter, contact Ms. Noriega (tnoriega@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 471-1039).
Ms. Noriega also reports that more than $1,000 was raised for college scholarships at the second annual “Zumba for Zoe” fund-raiser in memory of Zoe Inciong, a New Haven student who died in July from a rare form of bone cancer. The Zoe Inciong Memorial Scholarships, for scholar-athletes, will be among several scholarships awarded by PASE at the New Haven Schools Foundation’s annual scholarship luncheon next spring.
Halloween Fun 
You’ve only got a week to finalize your costume for the New Haven Boosters Association’s Halloween Eve Carnival, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, at James Logan High School. The celebration, on the outdoor basketball courts, will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
Ring toss, five-pin bowling, par-one golf, “Flip a Frog, “Tip the Clown” and 10-12 other carnival games will give kids of all ages a chance to test their skills and win prizes. A jump house will be set up for younger children, and there will be prizes for carnival-goers who come in the best costumes.  The Eastin Elementary School choir and the Logan High’s Show Choir both are scheduled to perform, and a DJ will provide additional music and entertainment.
Admission is free. Tickets for carnival games are priced at $1 each of six for $5.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Boosters, which for the second year in a row is helping the New Haven Schools Foundation meet its $100,000 pledge to help fund the District’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the carnival is invited to a final planning meeting tonight (Tuesday), starting at 6:30, at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. There’s more information on Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/423502194376942/). 
The carnival will be held in conjunction with the weekly “Logan High Street Eats” event in the Logan parking lot. Tonight and every Tuesday night, gourmet food trucks offer dinner and sweets from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The sponsoring New Haven Teachers Association donates its share of the proceeds to help support student activities.
Ticket Deadline Nears for Hall of Fame Banquet
The deadline is fast approaching to purchase tickets for James Logan High School’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.
Archie Gilbert and Monique Ambers, who went on to play professional baseball and basketball, respectively, are among seven individuals who will be inducted Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley. Tennis player Liz Marpuri, track and field stars Natasha Neal, Nkosinza Balumbu and Kevin Craddock and longtime athletic trainer Jorge Maldonado also will be honored, along with the 1996 girls’ track and field team that came within one point of the state championship. Football star Vince Amey, who also was to be inducted, is unable to attend and his induction has been postponed until 2013, Logan Athletic Director and banquet organizer Tom Rosenthal said.
Tickets, priced at $55 for individuals or $500 for a table of 10, are available only until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets can be purchased at the high school weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by mailing a check to JLHS Hall of Fame Banquet, 1800 H St., Union City, 94587. Mail orders should be sent by this Friday (Oct. 26). Tickets also can be purchased by contacting Sara Muse (471-2520, ext. 60118 or smuse@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
Superintendent to Host Q-and-A Sessions for Employees
Superintendent Kari McVeigh will host an informal question-and-answer session for employees at Alvarado Elementary School today (Tuesday), starting at 2:20 p.m. It will be the latest in a series of voluntary after-school meetings for teachers, classified employees and administrators at all New Haven schools. The remainder of the schedule (including two updates):
·         Tuesday, Oct. 30: Searles Elementary, 2:20 p.m. (rescheduled from Oct. 24)
·         Thursday, Nov. 1: Emanuele Elementary, 2:20 p.m.
·         Tuesday, Nov. 6: Kitayama Elementary, 2:20 p.m. (rescheduled from Oct. 25)
Names ’n’ Notes
Zumba enthusiasts are invited to Conley-Caraballo High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings to get a workout and help the school’s culinary arts program. The class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $3. CCHS also is planning a “Holiday Market” and garage sale Saturday, Nov. 17, Principal Mireya Casarez reports. The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Selling spaces are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the school (471-5126). … Searles Elementary, in partnership with the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, is hosting free Zumba classes in the school cafeteria from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To reserve a spot, call Luz Ponce at Searles (471-2772, ext. 61502) or Susan Pienado at the health center (471-5880, ext. 3119). … The James Logan High School Alumni Association is raising money for its scholarship fund by selling tickets to the Oakland Raiders’ games against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 6 and against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 16. Tickets cost from $40 to $60, depending on seating level, and $20 from each purchase will be donated back to the scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, download the form available on the Alumni Association’s website (http://www.jamesloganalumni.org/news-and-events.html ) or contact Matt Dutra (mattdutra74@gmail.com or 408-904-9181). … Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA) will celebrate Filipino-American History Month with a program Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Union City Library. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road.