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News - September 23, 2022

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Silicon Valley International School hosts annual Moon Festival

Silicon Valley International School students stargazed, listened to stories, ate mooncakes and carried lanterns during the school's annual Moon Festival on Friday, Sept. 16, at its Willows neighborhood campus.

The autumn festival, which marks the fall harvest when it is believed the moon is at its fullest and brightest in the sky, brought about 300 to 400 people to the school. The school has been celebrating the event since 1996.

"The Moon Festival is an integral part of the international and multicultural education at INTL (Silicon Valley International School), as students benefit from Chinese (Mandarin), French, and German programs," according to a press release.

The school, also known as INTL, hosts preschool through 12th grade students on two campuses. It rents the Ravenswood City School District's former Willows Oak School in Menlo Park. Its main campus is in Palo Alto near the Baylands Nature Preserve.

The high school opened in 2021 and offers an international baccalaureate diploma program as well as learning opportunities in the three languages.

For more information on the school, go to its website

Portola Valley 'star party'

Portola Valley's Nature and Science Committee is hosting an evening of star watching on Friday, Sept. 30, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Town Center fields, 765 Portola Road.

You'll be able to view the moon and Saturn through telescopes and participate in other night sky activities.

Portola Valley neighborhood clean-up day is Oct. 1

Portola Valley will host a free neighborhood clean-up day on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Bring a copy of your GreenWaste garbage bill or the mailer insert as proof of residency.

For more information, go to the town's website,

Talk on helping kids develop emotional vocabulary

The Parent Venture and Sequoia Union High School District will host a talk on helping kids build a vocabulary around their feelings with Deborah Farmer Kris, an author and child developmental expert from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, online.

Register at

Woodside Elementary Garden Fest on Oct. 18

Woodside Elementary School will host its 2022 Garden Fest on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Proceeds from the annual PTA fundraiser will go toward new picnic tables in the school garden.

For more information to

—Angela Swartz


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