E-News: Nov. 6, 2012

Celebrate America Today: Vote!
Whether you support Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, and whether you’re in favor of increasing taxes to support education, abolishing the death penalty or mandating labeling for genetically engineered foods, today is the day to have your say, Election Day 2012. Several New Haven schools are serving as official polling places, and students are participating in mock elections in many classrooms throughout the District.
 
Today’s election includes three seats on the New Haven Board of Education. The four candidates are incumbents Jonas Dino, Michelle Matthews and Michael Ritchie and challenger Nick Fresquez. Polls are open until 8 p.m.
 
Something for Everyone at CCHS Event
Find a holiday gift, check out some cool cars, enjoy ethnic foods and then work off the calories, all at the “Holiday Market” flea market and garage sale Saturday, Nov. 17, at Conley-Caraballo High School
 
Pupusas, tamales, churros/bunuelos, Columbian empanadas, barbecued meats and baked goods will be on sale, Principal Mireya Casarez reports. A car show is being organized, a Zumba demonstration and music are being scheduled. The market will open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
 
Selling spaces are $25 each, but the deadline is Friday (Nov. 9) and payments must be in cash. For more information, call the school (471-5126).
 
Deadline is Friday for Essay Challenge
The deadline is Friday (Nov. 9), for entries in the essay challenge sponsored by local real estate agents Sunil Sethi and Steven Fong, who spearhead the annual effort to provide dictionaries and thesauruses for all of the District’s third-graders. This year’s topic is “Healthy Eating.” Third-graders are invited to write about healthy eating habits and on eating habits they’d like to improve.
 
Each student who submits an essay will get a commemorative prize. A compilation of the essays will be available online (last year’s is at www.sunilsethi.com/Essay-Contest/2021-Essay-Contest-Book.pdf). More information is available on Facebook (www.facebook.com/essaycontest).
 
Partners on the dictionary/thesaurus project and the essay contest are Risha Kilaru of Prospect Mortgage,insurance agent Kristie Turner and County Supervisor Richard Valle.
 
Names ’n’ Notes
With two impressive victories last week, the James Logan High School girls’ water polo team has reached the semifinals of the North Coast Section playoffs. Sixth-seeded Logan beat Deer Valley, 11-4, in the opening round and upset No. 3 Clayton Valley, 8-7, in the quarterfinals to improve its season’s record to 17-9. The team next plays second-ranked Monte Vista at 6 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 7) at Miramonte High in Orinda. The winner will play for the NCS title Saturday against either Alhambra or top-ranked San Ramon Valley. … Logan’s football team opens the NCS playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday against Irvington at Tak Fudenna Stadium in Fremont. The Colts, who finished the regular season with a record of 9-1, are seeded third in NCS, behind perennial champion De La Salle of Concord and California of San Ramon. … The Logan drama department’s fall production is “Stage Door,” a romantic comedy about life in the theater. It runs 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Center for the Performing Arts. … Zumba enthusiasts are invited to Conley-Caraballo High 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. … 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). … Searles teacher Vince Rosato, who once again is offering to deliver Veterans Day cards to local VA facilities, is inviting teachers to ask their students to decorate cards with messages of thanks and respect and deliver them to Searles by Friday (Nov. 9). … 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).