Friday, October 1, 2010

Internet Safety Seminar

Newberg Kiwanis and the Newberg-Dundee Police Department are teaming up for an Internet Safety Seminar for parents and adults.  Come learn about what kids are doing on the internet and how predators lure kids on the internet.  Come learn how to keep your kids or students safe!

Admission is FREE!

Tuesday, October 26
7:00 - 8:30pm
in Hoover Hall on the George Fox University Campus

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Adoptive parent Support Group

Who: Parents who have adopted a child or are in the process of adopting
Dates: Thursdays for 6 weeks, April 22 - May 27
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Where: 307 East Second Street, Suite 160 (Joshua Suites) in Newberg
Format: A mixture of support and education
The will be going through the book The Connected Child, by Karyn B, Purvis, Ph.D.  Participants need to buy the book on their own.  Reading/owning the book is optional.
Cost: FREE  (No childcare provided.)

Co-facilitated by Rhonda Andrews, LCSW and Susan Bos, MSW
         Rhonda has a counseling private practice in Newberg, specializing in adoption.
         Susan is an adoptive mother who also works in the adoption field.

Please contact Rhonda with any questions: 503-554-6655,

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Great Reminder for Everyone

I thought this was fantastic and a great reminder to everyone to wear your seatbelt.

Excellent Video

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Get Your Kids Reading

Here is a great videa made by a middle school in Florida about reading.  A great reminder to encourage your kids to read.  The best way to do this is to have a reading time when everyone (yes, everyone) in the house reads at the same time.  Having your kids see you reading is important.  It tells them that reading is important!

Check it out!

Reading Video

Monday, February 22, 2010

Parenting Class Offered

Parenting Class
For parents of children ages 2-10.
*Child care available (up to age 8)
8 Weeks
March 9, 2010 – April 27, 2010
The Incredible Years Parenting class is designed to assist parents with the challenges of parenting all children between the ages of 2–12*. This evidence based program builds on and increases parenting skills, with the goal being to increase positive behavior while
decreasing negative behavior in children.
TIME:  5:30-7:00 PM – Tuesdays
PLACE:  McMinnville Cooperative Ministries
          544 NE 2nd St
          McMinnville, OR 97128

Instructor: Erin Johnson, MSW

        Classes are free if your child is covered by OHP insurance.
Call for sliding fee for parents of children without OHP coverage.
You must pre-register before starting!
Pre-register in office with a copy of your child’s OHP card or payment, or you may call the office with you child’s OHP client ID number. This must be done prior to the first class!
(503) 472-4020
617 NE Davis St.
McMinnville, OR 97128 


Annual Kids Helping Kids Coin Drive Begins

The annual Kids Helping Kids coin drive begins today and goes until Friday, February 26.  This is your chance to help other kids in the community by bringing in your spare change. 

The money is collected by the Newberg Rotary and is used to help families pay for medical, dental and eye care.  This is a very important resource for the community and helps so many families each year.

Small plastic bags will be hended out today to all the students.  There will be competitions between lunches to see which lunch can bring in the most money.  The winning lunch will receive ice creams bars.

So save your change - or dollar bills, we aren't picky - and bring them in to help!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sometimes You Just Need to Laugh

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Think Before You "Send"

As technology advances and makes communicating so much easier, it also brings with it problems.  Teens are not realizing the impact a "simple" text can have.  One of the newest issues we are facing right now is "sexting".  Sexting is when one person shares sexually explicit text messages or photos or videos (of yourself or others) using a cell phone or the internet.  To teens, it may sound fun and harmless but it can cause serious problems.

Sexting is unsafe!  Once you post or send a "sext" you can no longer control it.  And information you post online can last forever!  It may be copied or re-posted or viewed for years to come. 

Sexting can:
* Change people's opinion of you. 
           You may end up with an unwanted reputation.  Or someone may expect more from you (sexually).
* Cause bullying. 
            A sext that gets into the wrong hands can clearly be embarrassing.  it can also lead to bullying, in person or online.
* Hurt your future.
            Schools and employers often search online for information about applicants.  A sext you thought was long gone could still be on the internet and cost you a big opportunity.
* Get you in serious trouble.
             For example, students caught sexting may be suspended or expelled, or have notes added tot heir school records.  Some have even faced serious legal charges.
* Attract sexual predators
             Think sexting someone you only know online is safe?  Not so!  With just a few details from your online profile, a predator may be able to find you in person.

Think before you share any messages or images!  Ask yourself: Would I want this posted on my school bulletin board?  Would I want my parents, teachers or coach to see this?  Or a future college or employer?  Would I feel comfortable saying or showing this in public or in person?

If you get a sext message from someone, don't respond!  And don't pass it on!  Tell a trusted adult (a teacher, parent, school counselor or coach) and they will help you.

And always remember... Think before you send!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

National School Counseling Week

January 26, 2010 - For Immediate Release

Congress Passes Sánchez Resolution: “National School Counseling Week”

Washington, DC – Today the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 1029, a resolution spearheaded by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), to honor the important role school counselors play in the lives of students across the country by declaring February 1-5, 2010, as “National School Counseling Week.”

Rep. Linda Sánchez urged her colleagues to join her in this important effort during a floor speech today, where she recognized two outstanding counselors from her district. “Angela Castellanos of Santa Fe High School in Whittier, Calif., and Alex Paredes of Southeast High School in South Gate, Calif., are just two examples of counselors who do exceptional work every single day to help our students reach their highest potential,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “It is because of the unending dedication of counselors like Angela and Alex that children across our country succeed in becoming engineers, doctors, and even members of Congress.”

Sánchez noted that California’s student-to-school-counselor ratio is a dismal 945 students to one school counselor – almost four times the recommended ratio of 250-to-one. School counselors play a vital role in the development of students on academic, social, and personal levels but unfortunately often find themselves the casualty of budget cuts.

“Our counselors do amazing, and often unrecognized, work,” continued Sánchez. “Our communities are strengthened by the students who are championed by their school counselors. I hope that National School Counseling Week has a greater impact than just the recognition of outstanding counselors – I hope that it helps policymakers recognize that, to do well inside the classroom, students often need extra assistance outside the classroom.”

View Rep. Sánchez’ entire speech at

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Annual Canned Food Drive Starts

MVMS's annual canned food drive starts on February 1st and goes until February 5th.  We are hoping this is going to be a big success this year!

Everyone gets 1 raffle ticket for bringing in an item. After that it's every 5 items = another raffle ticket

1 = 1 raffle ticket
5-9 = 2 raffle tickets
10-14 = 3 raffle tickets
15-19 = 4 raffle tickets

Prizes will include MV clothing, gift cards to Subway and much, much more.  The "grand" prize will be a one week pass to listen to an ipod during lunch!  There will also be a competition between grade levels.

So bring in your canned goods or boxed/dry goods.  We need your help!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Free Children's Development Screening

Do you have questions about your child's development?  If so, here's an amazing resource right here in Newberg.  Providence Newberg is providing free children's screenings for children ages 0 to 18.  They will check:
* gross motor skills (balance, coordination, walking, crawling, etc.)
* fine motor skills (grasping, handwriting, etc.)
* sensory integration
* speech and language (speech clarity, vocabulary, voice, social communication skills)
* feeding and nutrition

It is by appointment only so call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment: 503-537-3546

Providence Newberg Rehabilitation Services
310 Villa Road
Newberg, Oregon 97132

Friday, January 22, 2010

Changes Happening On Edline

As you all know (or hopefully know) edline is a fantastic resource the Newberg School District has to find out how your child is doing in school.  You can check grades, assignments (if they have been turned in or not), test scores, etc.  A new change to edline has recently started.  You can now access homework assignments.  This is a great new resource so your child can stay caught up in school despite being home sick.

If you have any questions about edline or are having trouble accessing your account, please call the main office at 503-554-4500.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New year

Can you believe it?!  The holidays are over.  We even had some snow over the break.  Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas and the 2 weeks off from school was filled with laughter, rest and good family time.

We're seeing a lot of sleepy looking students in class and in the halls.  Some things to help out with the transition back to school...
- get to bed early
- take a shower or a bath before bedtime.  It'll help relax you.
- don't eat too close to bedtime and avoid sweets
- turn off the TV in the bedroom.  Who's going to chose sleep over TV???
- eat a good breakfast

We know it's rough for the first couple of days but it'll get easier. Promise!

Welcome back!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Collaborative Problem Solving Parent Workshop

A Peer to Peer Parenting Group…

Collaborative Problem Solving:
The Explosive Child Book Club

A weekly group for parents and other
caregivers of children with challenging
behaviors: Understanding our children better
(reading the book is not required, but recommended)
Wednesdays January 27-April 7

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
@ First Federal Bank Community Room  
Space is limited. Please pre-register with Jan Urton, Yamhill County Family Support Partner 503-435-9107 or

Co-Sponsored by Family & Youth Programs &

Mid-Valley Region * 1-800-590-7599 * 1-541-513-2021 *

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dinner Help is Out There!

The Holidays are hard on so many families.  With the weather so cold adn everyone turning up their heat, bills go up but income doesn't.  There are churches around town that want to help families.

The following churches have free dinners for people.

Mondays - Zion Lutheran
301 S. River
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays - River Street Church of God
715 S. River
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays - Newberg Christian Church
2315 Villa Road
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Newberg Christian can deliver to homes if the families are more comfortable with that.  Just give them a  call 538-3104 and let them know.