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Signing Santa: City of Cupertino hosts Christmas event allowing deaf and hard of hearing children to interact with Santa

Signing Santa: City of Cupertino hosts Christmas event allowing deaf and hard of hearing children to interact with Santa

Brian Xu

January 10, 2020

Christmas trees sparkling with red, green and blue lights surround the Quinlan Community Center’s Cupertino Room. Onstage, red and gold poinsettias adorn a cozy living-room scene: three large christmas trees, decorated with ornaments, next to a fireplace lined with green and red stockings. In the cente...

50 Questions with Bonnie Belshe

50 Questions with Bonnie Belshe

Hannah Lee and Shuvi Jha

January 7, 2020

nspired by Vogue’s video series ‘73 Questions,’ El Estoque sits down with U.S. History teacher Bonnie Belshe to ask her 50 questions. Belshe describes what she loves most about the holiday season, how she snorkels with her family on Christmas and explains her most treasured festival traditions...

Giving back: Key Club’s Christmas carol

Giving back: Key Club’s Christmas carol

Tina Low

December 25, 2019

During the first week of December, members of Homestead HS’s Key Club went around local neighborhoods to distribute bags that offered the opportunity for residents to donate canned food. On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of Division 34 South, which includes Key Clubs from other high schools like MVHS, g...

A White Christmas

A White Christmas

Annie Zhang and Ishani Singh

December 18, 2018

rouched into place, sophomore Katrina Poulter and her sister wait in anticipation for their father to exit the library. With their noses frozen red, the sisters prepare for an ambush, armed with 50 delicately molded snowballs. As the door of the library opens, Poulter and her sister attack, pelting th...

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Cherishing Christmas: Comparing holiday traditions now to those of previous years

Emily Xia

December 17, 2018

here’s no holiday like Christmas. Sure, Halloween, Thanksgiving and New Year’s all have their perks, but Christmas holds a special place in my heart. As a young child, as soon as December came around, I would be prancing in my living room listening to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph t...

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa Claus comes to town

Alyssa Hui and Tabitha Mendez

December 16, 2018

Children and staff attend a holiday celebration with Santa and his elves

Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

Holiday cheer: DIY Christmas ornaments

Ayah Ali-Ahmad and Emily Xia

December 9, 2018

As the weather grows colder and the year comes to a close, grocery stores line their shelves with peppermint-flavored treats, and craft stores overflow with an abundance of Christmas-themed products. To many, buying a fresh, rustic Christmas tree brightens up a room and serves as a yearly holiday trad...

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony

City of Cupertino holds 2018 tree lighting ceremony

Charlotte Chui

December 5, 2018

 n Friday, Nov. 30, the City of Cupertino held the 2018 tree lighting ceremony at the Quinlan Community Center. At 6 p.m., the a cappella group Business Casual, national champions of the 2018 Harmony Sweepstakes, began their performance. As community members started to gather around the unlit Christmas tree...

Mint for the holidays

Mint for the holidays

Charlotte Chui

December 12, 2017

Along with the end of the year comes gifting presents, Christmas caroling and of course, peppermint. Here are four DIY projects to try with this quintessential holiday favorite. 1. Peppermint lotion bars: Chilly weather taking a toll? Moisturize dry skin with these mint scented lotion bars. Ing...