Community Briefings: Ladera Community Church Seeks Preschool Operators, Crèche School Wins Decathlon and More | Messages

The Catholic School of Nativity took first place in the regional Academic Junior High Decathlon for the Archdioceses of San Francisco and Oakland, according to a school news release on Saturday, March 5.

The Academic Junior High Decathlon is a one-day competition for Catholic school students in grades 6-8. Thirteen schools gathered at St. Charles School in San Carlos for the competition.

In addition to first place overall, the crèche team received first place in the Superquiz challenge of 50 multiple-choice questions across five broad academic topics, and second place in the Logic Test, a quiz of 20 rigorous brainteasers. The competition also includes eight individual subject tests.

Nursery students won five individual medals. Eighth grader Victoria Harding-Bradley took first place in social studies; Eighth-grader Matthew Koo took first place in math; Eighth grader Thomas Ryan placed third in science; eighth-grader Bridget Semler took first place in fine arts; and seventh-grader Caroline Zerella took first place in literature.

Next up will be the crèche school team and the winners of each subject test in the National Academic Junior High Decathlon, which will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26th.

Ladera Community Church is seeking a preschool operator to lease their existing preschool space at 3300 Alpine Road in the Portola Valley with hopes of welcoming students in the fall of 2022.

From 1966 to 2019, the Church operated the Ladera Community Church Preschool, licensed by the California Department of Social Services for 2- to 5-year-olds and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to Sue Bartalo via email at [email protected] or via Dropbox (Ladera Church RFP) by Tuesday, April 26, 5 p.m.

More information can be found here.

Coastal residents will have a chance to meet the four candidates — Steven Booker, Virginia Chang Kiraly, Laura Parmer-Lohan and Ray Mueller — who are vying in the June primaries to win current Board Representative Don Horsley at a candidates’ forum on June 20 Saturday, April 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the patio area of ​​La Honda Gardens, 8865 La Honda Road.

The event is sponsored by La Honda Indivisible and supported by the local League of Women Voters. If you have any questions about the event, text La Honda Indivisible at 650-399-6265 or email [email protected]

Spring Quarter community classes including kids hip-hop, aerobics, yoga and pickleball are now open in Portola Valley.

Register for courses here.

Bartlett Tree Experts has acquired SP McClenahan Company located at 1 Arastradero Road in Portola Valley.

“We are pleased to be working with SP McClenahan,” said Jim Ingram, Bartlett Tree Experts’ President and COO, in a statement. “I have known the McClenahan family for 40 years and like Bartlett Tree Experts they have worked hard to build their company an excellent reputation as an industry leader.”

Founded by Seymour P. McClenahan in 1911, SP McClenahan’s original office consisted of a desk in the Mercantile Exchange Building in San Francisco. According to a March 14 press release, the company has experienced steady growth, providing tree care services on the Peninsula over the years, with a number of operations between San Francisco and Morgan Hill. Headquarters moved from Palo Alto to Portola Valley in 1968.

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