Archive of Chrisie Wendin

Peninsula-born Chrisie Wendin discovered Menlo Park some 20 years ago through a fortuitous house-sitting gig on Oak Grove. Once married, she settled down to raise her family in the Willows. Chrisie is an award-winning editor who’s been covering business and technology for the last two decades, having “been there” during the heady days of many now-defunct magazines. Currently working at a professional services firm on a custom business publication, Chrisie sees contributing to InMenlo as pure fun.

Chrisie has written 60 article(s) for InMenlo.

Despite the towering pile of toys taking over Dana Shields’s living room, there’s still a need for hundreds more to ensure that every child in the Ravenswood City School District receives a gift at Saturday’s holiday party.

As she has done for the past few years, Dana, a Design and STEAM teacher for the District (and a Willows neighborhood resident) has spearheaded the drive. And this year the need is greater than ever: More than 3,000 toys for children preschool to 8th grade. See below for suggested gift items that were popular last year.

New, unwrapped toys are needed by Friday, Dec. 15, at 3:00 pm. Drop them off at The Yogurt Stop (401 El Camino Real, Menlo Park) or in the Willows at 1231 Woodland Avenue.

All ages: soccer ball backpacks, warm blankets, cute pillows, warm hats, and stuffed animals

Preschool to 2nd grade: dolls, cars, Legos, stuffed animals, puzzles, slime/putty for age 3+

3rd to 5th grades: Legos, toy slime, stuffed animals, bracelets kits, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs.

6th to 8th grades: soccer balls, slime/putty, colored pencils with sketch pad, fun stress balls, $10 gift cards @ Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Target, iTunes

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Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation grants $3.6 million to school district

At Tuesday night’s board meeting of the Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD), excited students from Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview presented a symbolic $3.6 million check to the school board, which passed a resolution to accept the grant. The grant from the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) will become a crucial part of […]

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Shop the MPAEF Chic Boutique at Allied Arts on Friday to support local schools

Tonight kicked off the MPAEF’s annual holiday boutique, this year appropriately dubbed the Chic Boutique with its smart and stylish gifts for all ages and budgets. Twenty local vendors including many InMenlo favorites are featured at the boutique, which continues until 2:30 pm tomorrow and is free and open to the community. The fourth annual […]

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MPAEF Chic Boutique at Allied Arts on Nov. 21 and 22 benefits local schools

The community is invited to attend the fourth annual MPAEF Chic Boutique, a local tradition at Allied Arts, which raises funds for the schools in the Menlo Park City School District. The Boutique will feature a wide array of local vendors, offering gifts and treasures that span Holiday Sparkle, Delicious Delicacies, Home, Decor & More, […]

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MPAEF grants record $3.6 million to Menlo Park City School District

This week’s MPCSD School Board meeting had a full agenda, but one of the highlights was surely the presentation of a giant check—both in size and dollar amount—from smiling students. The kids delivered the check to the School Board and Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on behalf of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). The grant has […]

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Laurel students create outdoor art with polka dots, paint, and inspiration from local artist Dana Shields

Second-grade students in Ms. Cressey’s and Ms. Warren’s classes had plenty to smile about last week when they put the finishing touches on a large-scale outdoor project, which was the brainchild of class parent and artist Dana Shields. The spectacular project transformed a grove of on-campus trees into a vibrant, polka dot–covered work of art […]

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Schools earn $50,000 from MPAEF’s Participation Challenge grant with 83% of families contributing

After a month of tireless activity by parents, teachers, principals, and students, the good news came this morning: Menlo Park’s schools would receive a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous, local donor. The Participation Challenge sought to increase the number of families in the Menlo Park City School District that supported its four schools through […]

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Get a head start on shopping at the MPAEF Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts in Menlo Park

Two dozen local vendors, including Menlo Park’s Wrap It Up, which sells holiday aprons and other handcrafted wares, are taking part in the MPAEF Holiday Boutique, which continues until 2:30 pm today at Allied Arts and is free and open to the community. (Pictured above is Wrap It Up owner Kim Salkind and daughter Hannah […]

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It’s the animals turn to get blessed at Trinity Church

Dozens of dogs, stuffed animals, and a few birds went to church this morning, as part of Trinity Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals. Children and their families say the outdoor service is one of the highlights of the year, and today’s beautiful, sunny morning made it all that much better. Earlier in the week, […]

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Are You In? day at local schools celebrates community support for public education

Forget the blue and green. Yesterday, everyone’s school color at Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview was orange—and more orange!  The occasion? The Menlo Park City School District’s (MPCSD) annual Are You In? Day. Students, like those at Oak Knoll (above), reminded everyone how vital it is for parents and the broader community to support […]

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New banner asks community: “Are You In” for Menlo Park’s public schools?

Driving down Santa Cruz Ave. near El Camino, it’s hard not to miss the eye-catching, orange banner that went up today. It’s all part of the joint fundraising campaign by the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) from Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF). The effort — known as […]

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