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    by Published on 09-27-2012 07:26 PM
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    A message from the Parenting Continuum:

    Fostering Empathy in Action –

    A Response to Bullying in Our Schools

    With Lisa Fraser, Principal, Fisher Middle School

    Wednesday, October 3rd

    7:00pm – 9:00pm

    Fisher Middle School Multi-purpose Room

    For parents of grades K-8

    ~ Admission is Free ~

    There are few who would argue that bullying behavior in our schools is incompatible with our mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for our youth, and that the consequences of bullying can be serious. Much has been said about the prevalence of bullying, and many can describe what they believe to be bullying behaviors.

    That being said, developing a true caring majority requires much more…namely, empathy in action. This evening will include information and candid discussion regarding the steps we have taken, and those we can take in the future, to promote respectful behavior in our schools and at home.

    Lisa Fraser, Principal of Fisher Middle School, has dedicated her educational career to enhancing
    by Published on 09-27-2012 06:40 PM
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    A press release from CASA:

    NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY: Saturday, September 29!

    Event Co-Sponsored by CASA-Community Against Substance Abuse, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Sereno Police Department, and West Valley Clean Water Program.

    Los Gatos’ long standing non-profit CASA-Community Against Substance Abuse and Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will host their fifth event to educate our community about the proper way to dispose of unused prescription drugs, this time partnering with the DEA’s National Take Back Day. Saturday’s Take Back day will allow the community the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

    Americans participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s previous Take Back Days turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds--almost 774 tons--of prescription drugs at over 5,500 sites nationwide. Last spring, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno disposed of 143 pounds, helping to combat the misuse of prescription drugs within our community.

    Published on 09-26-2012 02:00 PM
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    The mission of the Art Bridge is to develop a greater awareness of the heritage

    of the Town of Los Gatos.

    It is not simply an effort to recite the history of Town but to

    track and further illuminate the ongoing, living legacy of those

    who brought new life and vigor to Town

    in later half of the 20th Century

    In the wake of the massive Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, many buildings in Los Gatos, private and public, were cracked and broken and shaken from their foundations. A lot of rebuilding was going to take place.

    A generation earlier, in the 1960s, for economic reasons, the Town of Los Gatos was facing another, less dramatic, rebuilding. The agricultural economy, upon which the entire Santa Clara Valley made its living, was being phased out. A research and manufacturing economy was moving in, and it was moving in fast and furious. This industrialization was festering most substantially around the Naval Air Station at Moffet Field in the north end of the county. It was obvious that this area would surely develop into the center for this emerging technology based industry. Just as obvious, the far flung communities, at the foot of the mountains defining Santa Clara Valley, ...
    by Published on 09-25-2012 12:55 PM

    With all the back and forth between parents and LGUSD, I feel like we are leaving LGSJUHSD out of the loop. My kids are young and I readily admit that I don't pay much attention to the high school. We attend Football games and such but when it comes to the board meetings, I have no clue what's going on.

    Well, we've decided to turn over a new leaf on InsideLG. In the future, we're going to post information about
    LGSJUHSD issues and board meetings. Did you know that they video all of their meetings? This is such an accomplishment. With LGUSD, I thank my lucky stars that we have Joe Friday (a volunteer parent) to supply us with recordings. Why is LGUSD so behind LGSJUHSD -- maybe it's because they don't have as many letters in name! Writing LGSJUHSD over and over again is extremely tedious!

    The following is the September 11th board meeting from the
    LGSJUHSD website:
    by Published on 09-25-2012 12:05 PM

    The following agenda can be found on the Town of Los Gatos website.

    Due to the length of our agenda and in fairness to later items on the agenda, the audience is requested to make their comments as brief and precise as possible, and limit them to 3 minutes or less.


    110 E. MAIN STREET
    7:00 P.M.



    by Published on 09-24-2012 07:00 AM
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    Every Monday and Friday, InsideLG features StorySnoops, a Los Gatos based Company. To find out more information, please click HERE.

    We’ve said it before and we will say it again: at StorySnoops, one of the things we love about books is that they teach empathy. And one thing that every kid feels at one time or another is that he or she doesn’t fit in.

    In our book selection below, the characters in these books REALLY don’t fit in. It is not always easy to be different, especially when you are a child. However, the super characters in these books come to learn that it is their own distinctive qualities that eventually make them special – and eventually maybe even cool with the “in” crowd.
    by Published on 09-23-2012 05:55 PM
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    Within the past few weeks, I've had numerous residents contact me to complain about the traffic and roadwork around Los Gatos. I have to admit, I ride my bike most of the time and I don't pay attention to traffic; however, the other day I had a hair appointment at 2:30pm in downtown LG. It took me over 20 minutes to drive from Uptown to downtown. Ridiculous!

    by Published on 09-23-2012 03:53 PM
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    It's almost election time and Marcia Jensen and Barbara Spector have published their official ballot statements! No word yet on if a write-in candidate will step up; however, rumors are flying around town. Who knows, maybe Mickey Mouse will make an appearance?

    Back to being serious. I found the following information on the Smart Voter website after an informed reader told me to check it out. Again, a big thanks to our readers.

    Drum roll please...

    by Published on 09-23-2012 03:40 PM
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    ...And, no, I am not getting paid for this.

    Because I've had so much success with FitCamp, I thought I'd let everyone know that Laurel will start a new 6 week session tomorrow. The classes meet in Los Gatos in the wee hours of the morning. We have an amazing group of men and women who are constantly challenging each other; however, it's the laughter that keeps me going. I have attended FitCamp for over a year (5 days a week) and I still love it.
    Because we have so much fun, I look forward to seeing our group every morning. Yes - I have found that working out and having fun can go hand in hand.

    All ages and abilities are welcome - Laurel will customize any workout.

    If you're interested in joining FitCamp, the first week is free! Also, you can join anytime.

    Previous articles about my personal journey with FitCamp:

    FitCamp and Me

    FitCamp: Week Six -- I did it!
    FitCamp: Week Five

    FitCamp: Week Four

    FitCamp: Week Three

    FitCamp: Week Two

    FitCamp: Week One

    Kir's off to FitCamp with TotalFit Soultions

    TotalFit Solutions: An Answer

    by Published on 09-23-2012 03:25 PM
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    TeenForce is in the news! I received the following newsletter and I wanted to share it with you. Unfortunately, it won't fit into InsideLG's format. Please feel free to scroll left and right with the scroll bar at the bottom of the page.

    Congrats, TeenForce!

    by Published on 09-23-2012 09:19 AM

    The following comments are from the "What do you think?" article:

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    If kir really did intend on neutrality, 11:48 AM would have been promoted to a top layer post, as it clearly identifies the problem with the anti-Lex efforts.
    I can see why townies would be jealous, even just the Lex site appeals to a sense of nature and wonder. Stuff our kids into the downtown tombs of other schools? No way.

    Conflating problems with facilities, performance, and district management is just an attempt ata confusing the issue of the rebuild.

    Note also that the original responder claims new growth is coming and *still* advocates moving Lex students downtown. I guess they'll go to the new school the original poster is hoping will be built.... in Fairyland.
    So, here you go:

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Dear 8:45, a note of thanks. I'm the Unregistered poster who gave the examples of hyperbole in the original article. I stand by my description of those statements as hyperbole, and that's why I appreciate your comment providing substantiation. This 8:45 comment is more
    by Published on 09-22-2012 04:45 PM
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    ...I would buy the Cats Estate. No joke. It's an awesome property and has amazing history to boot. We all have dreams.

    Because I couldn't fit the advertisement into InsideLG's format, please feel free to scroll left and right by using the scroll bar at the bottom of the page.

    by Published on 09-21-2012 10:50 PM
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    I know most of InsideLG's readers are aware that I grew up in Los Gatos. As a teenager and young adult, I spent most of my time at the Bartlett household -- probably more than I spent in my own home.

    Mary Bartlett captured the following photo of the Endeavour from her porch and I thought I'd share it with you:

    by Published on 09-21-2012 04:43 PM
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    Every Monday and Friday, InsideLG features StorySnoops, a Los Gatos based Company. To find out more information, please click HERE.

    Boy do we love our animals at my house. It is such a rewarding part of growing up to have a special relationship with a pet–an experience I certainly had, and one that I hope my children will treasure as well.

    If you have an animal-lover in your house, you might want to take a look at the books on this list, which features animals portrayed in three ways. First, there are the obligatory books with the animals as adventure characters (they talk, experience the action, are the heroes etc.), then there are the books where the adventures involve animals or are motivated by them (think: must rescue dog from bad situation, adventure ensues…), and then my personal favorites are the books where there is a special relationship between human and animal (these are a tad more serious–no talking critters here!). Bottom line, whatever kind of animal story your young reader prefers, we’ve got a book for that. And never fear, we know that animal-lovers can be among our most sensitive readers, so we always try to indicate in our Scoop if there is something that might bring tears, just in case you want to be ready with a box of tissues, or a shoulder to cry on.
    Published on 09-21-2012 04:15 PM

    Joe Friday has done it again. Thank you, Joe! This is such an asset for those of us who can't regularly attend the School Board Meetings!

    From Joe:

    The agenda is linked from the LGUSD web site.


    2.1, 2.2 - Flag Salute, Approval/Amendment of Agenda (1:18)

    2.3 Teacher Recognition (7:35)

    2.4 Public Comment (7:23)

    2.5 Superintendent's Report (3:33)

    3.0 Consent Agenda (1:11)

    Published on 09-21-2012 04:00 PM

    Los Gatos Youth Park, Inc. announces the recipients of the “Youth Citizen of the Year” award. The awards are given to youth who have made significant contributions to their community and are considered roll models for other young people. The following four citizens will be awarded local and state commendations at a September 29, 2012 ceremony at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Youth Park, located behind Los Gatos High School, next to the tennis courts: Molly Ball, Thomas Culwell, Christian Gramling, and Tara Rezvani. In addition, the recipients will state the pledge of allegiance at the Los Gatos Town Council Meeting on October 1, 2012, will participate in the Los Gatos holiday tree lighting ceremony on November 30, 2012, and will start the Los Gatos Children’s Holiday parade with a whistle on December 1, 2012.

    On behalf of the Youth Park Board, please accept our invitation to join us at this event to honor the contributions of these five Los Gatos Youth Park Citizens of 2012!

    by Published on 09-21-2012 12:21 PM
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    Los Gatos High School Field Hockey

    Press Release - September 17, 2012
    Annual Fundraiser – Chicks with Sticks Steak Dinner on October 5, 2012

    On Friday, October 5, 2012 the LGHS Field Hockey team is holding its annual steak dinner fundraiser. It will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (before the varsity football game) in the patio area outside the Home Economics room in the Science building.

    Each year, this event brings over 700 community members together for a delicious meal. Tickets are $15 each, which includes a meal featuring Tri-tip steak from Los Gatos Meats, home-cooked ranch beans, salad, bread, drinks, and yummy desserts donated by Nothing Bundt Cakes, Los Gatos.

    It is recommended that tickets are purchased ahead, as this popular event typically sells out. Tickets can be purchased from any LGHS Field Hockey player, or by contacting Ticket Captain Suzie Nguyen at lgfh@gatosgirl.com.

    Please join neighbors and friends for an evening of spirited fun and fabulous food in support of this amazing
    Published on 09-18-2012 01:01 PM

    For those of you who don’t know us, Los Gatos Education Foundation or LGEF is a 30 year-old organization that was founded by parents in response to the passage of proposition 13. Over the years, LGEF has donated more than $10 million to the schools in the LGUSD – that’s Blossom Hill Elementary, Daves Avenue Elementary, Lexington Elementary, Van Meter Elementary, and Fisher Middle School.

    With only parent volunteers and 1 part time staff member, last year, LGEF raised almost $1.2 million for our schools! Thank you for your generosity!!

    In the past, LGEF has provided crucial funding to prevent teacher layoffs and retain programs like art, science and music. In Los Gatos, we’re lucky to have had the benefit of LGEF to maintain programs that other school districts have lost.

    Increased Enrollment + Decreased Property Tax Revenues = Fewer Dollars Per Student

    We’ve all heard the need for more funds for schools, but at LGEF we want to try to help quantify the situation. To understand our budget situation, you first need to understand how schools are funded in Los Gatos.

    Los Gatos is a Basic ...
    by Published on 09-18-2012 12:59 PM
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    I just received the following Press Release from the LG/MS Police Department:

    by Published on 09-17-2012 12:20 PM

    On InsideLG, I like to promote comments to articles.

    I'm promoting the following comment for discussion and I'm begging InsideLG's readers to be constructive as this is a sensitive issue. Please be aware that InsideLG is not taking a stance. It doesn't matter if I agree or not, I'm just curious what other residents think.

    Quote Originally Posted by DT Kids Matter2 View Post
    It is financially irresponsible for the BOT to use the $4.7 Special Reserve (Berry) fund to build a school for 5% of our students. We have other facilities needs in our district and to spend the last of our flexible spending on Lexington is a breach of discretion.

    This Board has approved the construction of Lexington with a wing and a prayer on how to pay for it. What was obvious to many of us was that they were going to try to abscond with the Berry fund and use the money for the Fisher, BH and DA improvements to get Lexington built.

    Please realize that when Lexington goes further over budget, which it will, then the downsizing (descoping … how I hate that word) will begin. I have seen this

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