I haven't actually made it to this store because I've been unable to get any help when calling for an inventory check. It's 20 miles drive, so I would like to know if they carry the car booster I'm looking for.
1. Transferred to Baby Gear, asked for product, put on hold, then disconnected.
2. Transferred to Baby Gear but never connected.
3. Voice Mail Loop "thank you for calling...." "thank you for calling..."
4. Repeat of #3.
5. Busy signal
No idea if this is a good shop or not, but don't bother calling on the phone.
The Costco at Lawrence Station in Sunnyvale has a friendly staff (especially if customers are friendly to them!) and the people at the door often draw smiley faces for children on the receipts.
They have a package of "cocktail" (mini) croissants that don't have transfats (unlike the bakery ones), and I have not found these mini ones at the Mountain View store. They have lots of organic produce. Check those dates, though! The 2 lb spinach date was today! Well, I don't think anyone could eat 2 lbs of organic spinach in one day. The non-organic version had a date 10 days later.
When you order a pizza at the cash register, you might think the order goes right into the concession stand, but I don't think so! I went to "check in" and they said, "Oh! It will be 15 minutes!" which is just what they'll tell you if you order a whole pizza from the concession line. It took more like 25 minutes of constantly asking them to check on it. It is a great value, for $9.99, though!
For those who learn by doing, who make sense of information by having it relate to something they already know, for parents who want to know more than a letter grade about how their child is doing: PACT School. It's an alternative public K-5 school that focuses on teaching the whole child.
Housed at Castro Elementary School, PACT School is independently run by teachers who love integrating subject matter into hands-on learning experiences. "Little Red Hen" is a project for Kindergarten-1st graders, and a great example. First, a costumed Hen comes visiting, telling the students about how she wants to plant some seeds and needs help. The students enthusiastically go to the school garden and plant with her. Later, she returns to reap, and finally grind and bake the seeds into bread. The students learn so many subjects (interpersonal skills, sharing, helping, math, science, cooking, language arts, social studies, probably much more) and it really sticks - it was not done via worksheets or text books, it was done via their own hands.
Check this school out if you are tired of the over-focus on academics and the neglect of all other aspects of your child's education. And in case you're wondering, PACT has the second highest API score in the district!
McAuliffe school is a public alternative K-8 school in the Cupertino Union School District. Learning takes place at the student's developmental level rather than age/grade alone. Parent participation makes small learning groups possible.
Parent participation also enables incredibly well-thought-out field trips such as the third grade trip to Elkus Ranch. Three days long, this trip sets students in the pioneer era. Students arrive in "families" with a unique surname (created by the students, often after the vocation they've chosen), and in character (as the role they've selected, such as "mother" Ellen, age 29). They apply for land, plan their livelihood, and live as pioneers. They plan and execute the whole trip, learning math, social studies, science, economics, interpersonal skills, and probably much more along the way.
Similarly, the 8th grade goes on a week long field trip each year. They plan it entirely, including choosing the destination (two years ago, they went to New Orleans and helped with the disaster recovery there).
You'll never see a teacher "teach to the test" here. You'll never find students learning a skill in isolation of other skills. You'll always find children who take responsibility for their own learning, and are being taught in ways that make sense.
It's rare to find a school like this in the public school system. A gem!
Our third grade had a field trip to the Palo Alto Art Center's Project LOOK last week. The exhibit running is Asian Theatre. We saw masks and costumes from Japanese and Javanese theatre, a marionette of Marie Antoinette, and realistic puppets.
Then we made our own stick puppets out of paper, cloth, sticks. They are really impressive, if hard to describe, and everyone's was unique and lovely. Everyone enjoyed the trip and learned a lot.
This is a church where sincere people from all walks of life can impact our community and society positively. There is no "Creed" or statement of faith to belong here. There are many profound opportunities to affect social change, defend and spread social justice, and build a supportive family for yourself.
The Children's Religious Education is excellent. Programs for Preschool - 12th grade offer Cool Deeds days (where the whole program, all ages, do good deeds around the community together), semester-units on the wisdom of the world's religions, and of course, the Unitarian Universalist principles:
To affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Check it out. Visitors are always welcomed and no pressure is ever put on anyone.
The multi-age classes enable students to learn from their older classmates, and then become the mentor to younger ones. The philosophy pushes learning through play, in a respectful and child-empowered environment. Children learn to negotiate their conflicts, build friendships that last, and treat others with respect.
The director Dalia Brown cares deeply for each family. She gives encouragement and feedback to help your child develop. She is an ally for all of us families.
I've spent several evenings at this new Peet's Tea & Coffee shop and had good coffee both times. The desserts are not worth the money, though, so skip it and sip a second cup instead. No wi-fi, unfortunately, and the sit-down area is rather small. I'm just happy to have a Peet's in town!
I bring my two daughters shopping at this TJ's because we love the variety of healthful foods and the reasonable prices. Where else can you get Thai Red Curry sauce so delicious and inexpensive (jars are in the canned food section)! Puffins for 40% less than other stores, and a great selection of creamy goat cheeses. We do love this store!
We miss the train, and the pirate in his crow's nest. Mostly, though, we wish we could maneuver the aisles without constantly excusing ourselves as we narrowly scrape by the other shoppers. The layout isn't cart-friendly! That will not stop us from shopping, though, but wouldn't it be nice...