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News From the New Haven Unified School District

Third-Graders to Receive Free Dictionaries
For the fourth consecutive year, a local real estate agent has made
certain that every New Haven Unified third-grader has a dictionary.
Realtor Sunil Sethi for the past three years partnered with other real
estate professionals to purchase and deliver the dictionaries. Last
year, the Fremont Elks Lodge also participated. This year, Mr. Sethi
and the Elks are partnering with Paddy Iyer of Paddy's Coffee in
Alvarado, loan officer Pia Barton of Bank of America and local dentist
Munira Lokhandwala.

KNTV (Channel 11) is planning to do a segment today on the project. The
dictionaries will be delivered Wednesday.

District Leaders to be Honored
Superintendent Kari McVeigh and former superintendent Guy Emanuele are
among "30 Influential Leaders" who will be honored Saturday (Dec. 5)
by Kidango, which provides pre-school services for New Haven and several
other East Bay and South Bay school districts. The event, "A Wishful
Winter's Night," celebrating Kidango's 30th anniversary, will be
at the Newark Hilton.

Services for Barbara Young
Services for retired Searles Elementary and Educational Services Center
secretary Barbara (Irons) Young, who died Saturday, only a couple of
weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, will be held at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, at Niles Church of Christ, 255 H St., Fremont. Her
husband asks that attendees bring a potluck item to share at the

Christmas Tree Fund-Raiser
The cross country and track and field teams at James Logan High School
have begun their annual holiday fund-raising campaign, selling tickets
for a chance to win a Christmas tree. Twenty trees in various sizes will
be awarded in a drawing at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, on the Logan
track. Tickets, priced at $1 apiece, can be purchased by contacting
Coach Lee Webb (304-7172 or lwebb@nhusd.k12.ca.us).

'Blanket Brigade'
Last February, E-News reported how members of the staff at Pioneer
Elementary School were making and donating blankets to a family homeless
shelter, Raphael House, in San Francisco. Now, teacher Adrienne
Alexander reports, a couple blankets have turned into more than 300.

"The `Blanket Lady' became the `Blanket Ladies' and now we are
the `Blanket Brigade!' " said Ms. Alexander, who took advantage of a
recent sale to stock up on fabric, using money donated from staff and a
$250 gift from a local womens' group.

"Seeing the blankets on a child's bed at the shelter truly touches
your heart," she added.

Music, for Music's Sake
Grammy Award nominee Red Grammer, former lead singer with the
Limelighters, will perform a benefit concert Saturday, Jan. 30, for
Music for Minors II, a non-profit organization that trains docents to
provide music education in classrooms. The program, which started in
Fremont Unified, has grown to include New Haven and several other

The concert, designed for families and featuring music for all ages,
will be at 2 p.m. at Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont.
Tickets, priced at $14, are available by mail (Music for Minors II,
37141 2nd St., Fremont, 94536), by e-mail
(Sharon.filippi@sbcglobal.net), by phone (733-1189) and by fax

Free Counseling Services Available
Free mental health services are available for Logan and
Conley-Caraballo students who are full-scope MediCal members. Counseling
sessions are held on campus through the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center,
Inc. Logan students can make an appointment at the Logan Health Center,
and Conley-Caraballo students can visit the counseling center at their
school. For more information, contact mental health worker Wajeeha Y.
Khan (862-4283 or wkhan@tvhc.org).

The Logan Health Center makes available nurse practitioners, health
educators and peer counselors to meet various student needs. For more
information, contact Supervisor Juan Taizan (471-2520, ext. 5011, or

Names 'n' Notes
Logan High students Sarah Perrin and Jose Baltazar qualified Sunday for
the USA Track & Field national cross country championships, to be held
Satruday, Dec. 12, in Reno, Nev. Also qualifying were Amihan Agustin of
Alvarado Middle School and Russell and Eva Agustin of Kitiyama
Elementary School, Logan Coach Lee Webb reports. … Young writers are
invited to "describe a teacher who has inspired you in school and how
they have impacted your life" in an essay contest sponsored by Olive
Garden restaurants. First- through 12th-graders are eligible for a grand
prize trip to New York and a $2,500 savings bond, and winners at each
grade level will receive a $500 savings bond. More information is
available on the Web

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community members in the New Haven Unified School District, part of the
District's effort to maintain effective internal and external
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content. Submit items for consideration to rlaplante@nhusd.k12.ca.us
Previous editions are available on the District website

Rick La Plante
Public Information Officer