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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Help is Out There to Stay Warm

By KATU News

PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite clear skies and roads free of ice and snow in the Portland area, the current cold snap can pose a problem for those having a tough time keeping the heat on.

KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky said he does not expect the temperature to get above freezing on Monday and colder temperatures are on the way for Tuesday.

Several chimney and flue fires have hit homes in the Portland area in the last few days as people use fireplaces and wood stoves to keep warm.

Others are keeping thermostats turned down in fear of the bill they may get for heating oil or natural gas.
Portland General Electric (PGE) has several ways customers can get assistance paying for heating costs, including payment plans. Get more information here.

Northwest Natural, the main local natural gas provider, also has plans available for paying the gas bill. Get more information about their program here.

If you would like to donate money to a program that assists low-income persons with paying their Northwest Natural gas bill, you can do that here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the counseling office!

Toy and Joy Applications

Just a reminder that Toy and Joy applications are dur this Friday (December 9th).  Bring them into the counseling office.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shouldn't Life Be Fun?!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Resources Can Help Students be Better Writers

Janea Green, the district’s writing teacher-on-special-assignment, reminds us that there are many reasons why every student should write frequently. Not only is writing an important way to communicate, but writing improves reading comprehension and performance in other academic areas such as social studies, science and math.

The Writing Site
Parent resources for writing for primary, intermediate, and secondary grades.

Brightly animated and highly interactive, Seussville entertains children as they complete word puzzles, matching games, and other activities based on the books of Dr. Seuss. Kids can also write a story and bring it to life with fanciful characters, music, and scenery.

Poetry Teachers
The site provides ideas for poetry lessons, contests, and activities. It also links to Giggle Poetry , a fun site for students reading, rating, and writing poems.

Make Beliefs Comix
Students can create their own comic strips on this site that offers animal and human characters with different moods, thought and talk balloons to fill in with words in English or Spanish, and story prompts. After creating their comic strips, students can print them or email them to friends or family.

Kids Can Publish University
Student authors, journalists, poets, artists, and photographers can submit their finished products for a chance to be the monthly featured writer on this site.

American Library Association: Great
This ALA website, collected by the Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, offers links to a variety of Web resources organized by subject, including a Literature and Languages section.

Fun Brain
This site by the Family Education Network provides free educational games and quizzes in math, grammar, science, spelling, and history. It also provides excellent resources for teachers and parents.

The Lost Generation