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Class notes
June 25, 2013, 05:00 AM

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes will be providing instruction this summer at a Seasonal Learning Clinic in San Mateo. Summer instruction for children and adults will be available in both morning and afternoon sessions beginning July 1 through Aug. 23.

Lindamood-Bell instruction develops the cognitive processes that underlie reading, comprehension and math skills and can also provide solutions for individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. The one-to-one instruction develops an individual’s sensory connection to language, focusing on process-based, intensive instruction, rather than content-based (subject-specific) tutoring. The methods used change the way that one learns to read words and process information and can make a significant difference in a relatively short time period.

To reserve instruction space for summer, parents are encouraged to schedule their students for a learning ability evaluation. Appointments for testing will be available weekly now through July.

Individuals interested in summer instruction can call Sruti Raghavan at (800) 670-6056 or by emailing


Menlo School junior Kate Park placed first at the California State Championship for the 76th Annual Oratorical Contest sponsored by The American Legion. Her prepared oration at state finals revolved around the First Amendment and the obligation to speak up. Park will represent California at the National Finals in Indianapolis in April, where the top three winners will receive over $14,000 in scholarships.


In keeping with the Mercy mission, American Sign Language instructor, Alison Bell wanted the students to be involved in a service learning project. The girls have created sign books for the 3-year-old programs at the Honolulu School for the Deaf and Blind and St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Unfortunately, about 45 percent of children who are deaf, never reach above a fourth grade reading level; and there are not many books out there that provide basic signing stories for kids.  

The ASL 3 classes have created ABC books from scratch. These books include kid friendly words and pictures along with the girls’ pictures of the correct sign to use. Mercy’s ASL 4 class created their own story books.

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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