E-News: Dec. 4, 2012

In the Spirit of the Season
Conley-Caraballo High School students and staff are holding a holiday food drive, teacher Joshua Straley reports. Donations of non-perishable food items can be made to any room at CCHS, 541 Blanche St., Hayward, and the school will forward all donations to local food banks. For more information, contact Mr. Straley (jstraley@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
 
The Centralized Enrollment Center, which quietly has been stocking a food pantry for underprivileged New Haven families, also is collecting donations of non-perishable items. Monetary donations also are accepted, as well as donations of school supplies (paper, pens, colored pencils, crayons, folders, backpacks, etc.) and personal items (laundry supplies, shampoo, tooth brushes, etc.). The CEC is in the annex to the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. For more information, contact Blanca Snyder (bsnyder@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
 
49ers Honor Searles Teacher
Searles Elementary School teacher Annette Iwamoto will be honored as one of the San Francisco 49ers’ “Heroes in
the Classroom” Sunday (Dec. 9) when the Niners play the Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park, Principal Hui Stevens reports. Ms. Iwamoto was nominated by one of her student’s parents for the award, co-sponsored by Symetra in recognition of outstanding leadership and instructional skills. Wells Fargo donated $1,000 to Searles, and Office Max gave Ms. Iwamoto a $250 gift certificate.
 
Track and Field News
The Logan High cross country and track and field teams once again this year are selling tickets for a chance to win a Christmas tree. Tickets, priced at $1 each, are good for a chance to win one of 25 trees in the drawing, scheduled Friday (Dec. 7). For more information, contact Coach Lee Webb (lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 304-7172).
 
Logan Hall of Famer Nkosinza Balumbu, a two-time state triple jump champion who went on to win All-America honors at the University of Arkansas and has twice competed in the U.S. Olympic trials, will host a series of Saturday clinics at the high school Dec. 15 and 22 and Jan. 19. The clinics, open to athletes 10 and older, will cover the long jump and high jump as well as the triple jump. Cost is $20 per session of $50 for all three sessions. For more information, contact Coach Webb (see information above) or e-mail Coach Balumbu (nkosinza@yahoo.com).
 
A miniature golf tournament to raise funds for the track and field team is scheduled Saturday, Jan, 19, at Golfland in Milpitas, assistant coach Gary Muhammad reports. The four-person scramble starts at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15 per person, and there will be prizes for the top three teams. For more information, contact Mr. Muhammad (garympdx@gmail.com or 467-3059).
 
“Let the Good Times Roll”
"Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler" (“Let the Good Times Roll”) is the theme for the New Haven Schools Foundation’s second annual “Casino Night” Saturday, Feb. 2. Guests will “ride a Mississippi riverboat” on an evening of dining and “gambling” sponsored by the Foundation, which for the second successive year has pledged $100,000 to help fund New Haven co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
 
Tickets, priced at $100, include a gourmet southern buffet dinner and espresso cart, beverages and $1,000 in casino chips to play blackjack, roulette and other games. A separate Texas Hold 'Em tournament also is scheduled this year. VIP packages and sponsorship opportunities also are available.
 
The event, from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, will be at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church, 32975 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. For more information or to request an invitation, contact NHSF Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle (471-3850 or info@nhsfoundation.org).
 
Parents Sought to Host Superintendent Meetings
Superintendent Kari McVeigh, who last year met informally with parents at homes throughout the District, plans to do so again starting after the holidays. Several parents have offered to host meetings – which consist of informal conversations about school-related topics – and to invite other parents to participate. The Superintendent can make room in her schedule for a few more meetings, and interested parents are asked to e-mail the Public Information Office (rlaplante@nhusd.ki12.ca.us) this week.
 
Names ’n’ Notes

The Alameda County Firefighters are inviting New Haven families to “An Evening With Santa at the Fire House,” Sunday (Dec. 9). The event, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will include milk and cookies, holiday safety information and an appearance by the Logan High Jazz Choir, which will lead carol singing. Photos with Santa will be available for a $10 donation to the firefighters’ toy drive. The fire house is at 33942 7th St., Union City. More information is available online (www.acgov.org/fire). … New Haven families also are invited to a “Snow Day” sponsored by DeVry University on Saturday, Dec. 15. Snow will be brought in to cover the courtyard at the DeVry campus, 34793 Ardentech Ct., Fremont, and children also can visit Santa and his workshop. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.