Parents and Students:

I hope this finds you well. There have been some nasty flu bugs going around. With the holidays coming up, we all want to stay as healthy as possible.

Just a few things:

1. The office will be closed Nov 11th for Veterans' Day. It is a Friday, so it won't affect tutoring. I will respond to email in the morning, but I am going to take the rest of the day off.

2. We will be closed for the entire week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 21-25. Get cozy and curl up with a good book at a hot cocoa. Enjoy time with family and friends. Now, more than ever, it is good to be grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives.

3. We will be open Monday, Oct 31 for Halloween. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to tutoring, especially if they are going to a party or trick-or-treating afterward. We ask that during tutoring students set aside their masks, gloves, false teeth, or anything else that may get in the way of their learning.

4. Seniors: it is go time. UC and CSU applications are due Nov 30th. Check the Common App or college websites for other application deadlines. Tighten up those essays, recheck your grades and activities, and take a deep breath. Submit them and return your attention to your classes. These grades matter!

I feel incredibly blessed to have all of you in my life. Thank you for sharing your successes and your trials. Thank you for showing up, even when it is hard. Thank you for giving your best every day. I am grateful for you.


Parents and Students:

The end of the first grading period is behind us, and we are pressing forward into the school year.

Just a few things:

1. We will be closed October 10th. PCS is taking off the day, so we will take the long weekend as well. If you would like another session later in the week, please let us know.

2. Seniors: the UC and CSU applications open October 1st. If you need any help, please contact Christie asap. The application window closes Nov 30, but do not procrastinate.

3. We will increase our rates as of October 1st. Here are the new rates:

Shared sessions with staff $56/hr

Private or online sessions with staff $73/hr.

Shared sessions with Christie $70/hr

Private or online sessions with Christie $99/hr

Consultations $125/hr.

In addition, we will add a 4% surcharge for credit card payments. This charge will show on every invoice. If you pay by check or online bill pay, simply deduct the surcharge from the total.

I know an increase in rates is never easy. Inflation is wreaking havoc, and we are all still trying to make it through. The last three years have been one roller coaster after the next, but we keep going one day at a time.

When I do the invoices, it may pick up a September session and charge the new rate. I will go through and override these charges. Thanks for your patience.

Thank you for everything.



There's an exciting community update from the City of Petaluma:

The City of Petaluma's Climate Ready campaign and the Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) are seeking student artists and/or artist teams to create artwork for up to 6 existing bus shelters throughout the city. This project will transform bus shelters into canvases highlighting art that showcases the hope of what communities and cities could be like in a world where people live harmoniously with the environment.
In order for submitted artwork to be selected and featured, the piece must be climate-related or themed after the Climate Ready Campaign’s focus on active transportation (active transportation includes cycling, public transit, skateboarding, etc.). No professional artist experience is required for this project. This competition is open to artists from all Petaluma high schools and middle schools.
Each artist or team of artists will be paid $800 for their work on this project, thanks to a grant offered by the Petaluma Public Art Advisory Committee, and a materials reimbursement not to exceed $500 with the submission of a scope of work detailing the use of materials and receipts for materials. Petaluma Transit will be funding all materials for the bus shelter.
All high school and middle school students in Petaluma are encouraged to submit their work. Applications are due by Friday, October 14, 2022 by 5 PM. Applicants must provide a sketch or drawing of their proposed city bus shelter art and complete this Google Form: Bus Shelter Art Application.