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Flyer on registering children for Kindergarten in PPS.
If you live in Multnomah County, you can identify your school or district by texting "MYSCHOOL" or "MIESCUELA" to 898211. And you can find contact info for all the school districts on the Multnomah Education Service District website.

The following information is specific to the Portland Public School (PPS) District.

Kindergarten videos: Hear from families and school staff about how to register and get ready for school! Videos are posted on the Kindergarten tab of the Early Learners website and are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

Register for School by June 1: There are so many benefits to registering early such as families hearing from school staff about events, summer transition programs, and information about the start to school. Please register online or call the school for a registration packet. 

Early Kindergarten Transition Program Applications: Apply now to be eligible for this inclusive, family-centered bridge program, for children entering Kindergarten or first grade at an EKT school in the Fall. EKT schools include: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Faubion, Harrison Park, James John, Kelly, Lee, Lent, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vestal, and Woodmere. Applications and flyers are posted on the EKT website or call the school for paper applications. 

Pre-K Applications: PPS is currently accepting Pre-Kindergarten applications for the 2021/22 school year. Online applications are available and paper applications can be requested by emailing prekprograms@pps.net or leaving a message at (971) 501-0111. 

Ramp up to Kindergarten: This fall, every family will receive a relationship-based conversation with their Kindergarten teacher prior to the start of school. In addition, every child will receive a small group “warm-up” orientation to classroom and building routines prior to the official first day of Kindergarten. School staff will be communicating their specific schedules with incoming families. Finally, teachers will delay student assessments so families and school staff can focus on building relationships for a welcoming start to the school year. 

Finally, the PPS Early Learners Website includes an FAQ document that answers parent questions about Kindergarten. FAQs are available in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

Summer is almost here! Wondering what to do this summer? Here are some ideas!

First and foremost, sign up for Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading program! Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game and win prizes! In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16. And don’t worry, we have it for adults too

Other libraries in the area are offering summer reading as well, sign up for them all!:

Portland Parks and Recreation has a number of opportunities they are offering this summer:

  • Summer Free for All - Free Lunch + Play - Free lunch in the park, along with crafts, games, and activities.
  • Nature Day Camps - for ages 5–12, Nature Day Camps create ways for children to connect to nature through outdoor play and exploration. Camps take place every June, July, and August in various locations around the city. Nature-based camps offer ways for children to nurture their relationship to nature, peers, and trusted adults.
  • Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities, plus PP&R provides disability accommodations in any class or camp (aides, sign language interpreters, adaptive equipment, etc.).
  • Employment - for teens and adults, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is planning to hire over 1,800 summer staff!
  • No Ivy League - Wednesday and Saturday volunteer opportunities pulling ivy, planting natives, and learning about yourself. For all ages.
  • Other volunteer opportunities - for teens and adults. 

Summer camps for kids with disabilities:

  • The Autism Society of Oregon - a directory of resources that includes summer camps - sleepaway camp, day camps, and summer classes.
  • Blue Compass Camps - Adventurous camps for “high functioning autism, Asperger’s and ADHD” multiple programs in Oregon and Washington for ages 10-22.
  • Camp Yakety Yak - four week long camps July 12 to August 6 - Day camp focused on social-emotional education - 25% neurotypical children and 75% children with neurodevelopmental or physical disabilities.  Ages 5-11 camp program and a junior counselor program for ages 12-15.  
  • Hoop Camp - dates TBD -  Basketball skills day camp for people with disabilities.
  • Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp - multiple programs and dates all summer for campers with disabilities ages 12 and up.
  • Portland Parks & Recreation Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation - classes and events for those with disabilities.
  • Spectra Gymnastics - half-day camps this summer in their gym for children ages 4-7 and 6-12
  • UP Camp at Evans Creek Retreat - dates TBD - Christian recreational and educational camp experiences for people with special needs 9+.
  • Upward Bound - dates TBD -  Christian recreational and educational sleepaway camp for people with disabilities age 12+.

Other camps offered in the Multnomah area:

  • Girls Build - summer camps for ages 8-11 and 11-15 with generous scholarship possibilities.
  • Girls Count - offering camps for girls 11-14 focused on empowerment, STEAM, and community involvement.
  • PDX Education Collaborative - offering weekly, pod-based programming at a relatively low cost.  
  • PDX Parent Summer Camp listing - A list of camps offered in and around Portland, many are pricey.
  • Rose City Rollers Juniors summer camps - These camps are open to youth skaters, all genders and skill levels welcome. Rental skates and protective gear are included with registration. Limited scholarships are available.
  • Steve and Kate’s Camp - Pricey, but an amazing array of maker activities and tons of kid-led choice.
  • YMCA Camp Collins - classic summer camp experience at Oxbow Regional Park, ages 2-12.

And if you are concerned about overnight camps, the Oregonian published an article stating that Oregon will allow youth overnight camps to resume this summer.

Please email us if you know of other camps we should be listing. We’ll update as we learn more! 

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

Child using a watering can to water garden.
It feels so good to get outside when the weather is nice!

Children thrive in the natural setting. But exposure to nature is good for all ages! It not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. Gardening is a great way to get into nature. And if you don’t have a garden space, you can try square foot or container gardening. Or find a community garden nearby. 

It is said that there are seven wonders of the natural world, but for little ones there are seven million wonders in the world right outside their door! Everything is fresh and new. The young child’s work is to play and to make constant discoveries about their environment. 

Gardening is a perfect way for the smallest child to explore and honor the earth. Of course, children learn by using their whole body - and all their senses. Children are naturally curious little scientists and love to experience the sights, scents, sounds, and textures of the outdoors. As your little explorer follows you into the garden you can talk to them about what they are seeing.

Give them the names of familiar plants. Describe the squelch of mud between their toes. Notice the texture of the leaves and how they dance in the breeze. Point out the variety of seeds in the fruits and vegetables you share. Gradually, you can introduce the planting of seeds.

And for older kids and teens, the benefits of gardening are just as valuable. 

Here are some ideas.

Gardening Activities for Toddlers

Fun Garden Activities for Little Ones

  • Make a special fairy garden or dinosaur garden! Decorate with stones and flowers and twigs. 
  • Water plants. Or toes!
  • Paint stones. Toddlers are happy with a bucket of water and a paintbrush!
  • Make mud pies. It’s okay to get your hands dirty! Learning involves all the senses.

And below you will find a booklist with even more stories, projects and ideas. Happy gardening!

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, brought to you by Home Learning Support and available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

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MHCC Head Start and Early Head Start have over 900 openings for the 21/22 School Year!

They provide FREE services to pregnant women and families of children ages birth to 5 who reside in East Multnomah County, outside of Portland Public Schools.

Programs include:

Home Based Program:

  • For pregnant parents and children 0-5 years old
  • Provides weekly home visits with a childcare provider
  • Focuses on connecting with little ones and parenting skills

Preschool classes:

  • For Children 2-5 years old
  • Ranges from 3.5 – 7 hours per day, 2-5 days a week
  • Learn-by-playing approach builds social and emotional development

Full-Day Childcare*:

  • For children 6 months - 5 years old
  • Ranges from 8.5 -10 hours per day
  • Offers year-round coverage

Here are flyers in English, Spanish, ArabicSomali and Russian


Families who are eligible:

  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income, or
  • Are homeless, or
  • Have an income below the federal poverty guideline, or
  • Have a child in foster care

*Additional Eligibility Requirements for Full-Day Childcare:

  • Family must be working and receiving childcare subsidy, or
  • Be an MHCC Student taking 9 credits or more

Ready To Apply? Call the main office at: 503-491-6111 or click here.

As a parent of 3 children with dyslexia I have faced many of the challenges common to caregivers of a youth with dyslexia. 

One of the biggest challenges I faced was navigating school special education to provide access to a free education appropriate to my students’ learning style. All students have a right to Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through Federal Law.  My kids were not learning how to read in the classroom and the school didn’t seem to be doing anything. Oregon legislation has changed since my kids first started school and schools are required to do more to address dyslexia. But is it enough? You may have to advocate for the youth in your life. 

Things to consider...

Mental Health:

  • Research has shown that individuals with learning disabilities: 
    • may experience increased levels of anxiety.  
    • may be at greater risk for depression.  
    • experience higher levels of loneliness. 
    • may have a lower self-concept (self-esteem).  
    • are at greater risk for substance abuse. 
    • may be at greater risk for juvenile delinquency.
  • 20 percent of children with dyslexia also suffer from depression and another 20 percent suffer from an anxiety disorder.

Incarceration Rates: 

  • Percent of prisoners with dyslexia: 48% 
  • Percent of adolescents with learning disabilities that will be arrested three to five years out of high school: 31%

These facts are alarming. But there is good news… intervention helps! When modern, research based instruction is put into place in grades K-2, the reading disability rate drops.

Knowing where to go or who to talk to get an assessment for dyslexia can be difficult. Many states have passed legislation to identify dyslexia in children early on.  If you aren’t in school or you feel that your school is missing something, check out our Uncovering Dyslexia blog post which points to places in Multnomah County who will privately assess for dyslexia. 

Resources for families affected by Dyslexia: 

Looking for books to share with your family? Here are some fiction books for kids and teens featuring characters with dyslexia, and here are some non-fiction books on dyslexia written for kids. For more information on Dyslexia, including some book recommendations for caregivers, please see our previous post on Uncovering Dyslexia.

- Desiree, Rockwood Branch Library Makerspace Program Specialist
 

COVID-19 continues to limit our access to public spaces. Many of our everyday activities, like school, work, doctor’s visits and banking are now online. This makes personal information vulnerable to cybercriminals. Learn more about how to protect yourself online.

Protect your passwords!

One of the most common ways scammers can get at your data is by stealing passwords to important accounts. Making good passwords is one of the easiest and most useful ways to keep your data safe and sound.

Update often.

  • Update passwords often to protect from scammers, and make your accounts less open to large data leaks. Experts suggest updating passwords every 3 months.

Use long phrases instead of short words.

  • Try using famous quotes, common sayings, or even song lyrics for your passwords. Long phrases like “we all live in a yellow submarine” are easy to remember, and harder for a computer to guess.
  • Add numbers, capital letters and special characters to your passwords. (For example, P4$$w0rD.) This is an easy way to make your password more secure. Be careful not to make it too hard to remember.

Create unique passwords for each specific account.  

  • Reusing passwords between accounts puts many accounts at risk. If a scammer gets one password, they can open every account connected to that password.
  • Focus on making your most important accounts safe. Start with your banks, social media or health insurance.

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Recognize common scams

Internet scams are becoming more and more common. Cybercriminals make up new ways to get your data. Here are some of the most common scams.

Phishing scams

One of the most popular scams is Phishing. Phishing is when scammers pretend to be a reliable source — like a business, a government agency or even a relative, to get at your personal info. They send bogus emails, phone calls and text messages, trying to get a “bite” from victims. The most common phishing scam is an email with hyperlinks to fake websites that can steal passwords, or infect your computer with a virus.

Look for these signs to spot phishing emails:

  • Grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Strange/unfamiliar email addresses
  • Scary language, like threats of legal action, or demands for money
  • Offers too good to be true, like a big cash prize

Gift card scams

One popular scam is when a scammer tells you to buy a gift card to pay a fake bill or fee. There are many types of this scam, such as:

  • A problem with your Social Security account
  • A power company threatening to cut off your service
  • A message that you won a big cash prize, if you buy a card first
  • A grandchild or relative who suddenly asks for money with no warning

Coronavirus scams

With more business moving online because of COVID-19, scammers have created new scams that play on our fears of COVID-19, such as:

  • Unexpected texts/calls asking you to pay for a vaccine 
  • Scary warnings about new COVID cases in your area
  • Offers for fake COVID tests to steal your insurance info
  • Notes that a package you didn’t order is on its way, with a link to its “tracking number”

In short

While the internet can be a scary place, following just a few basic tips can help you stop cybercriminals and enjoy yourself online. Our three most important tips are:

  1. Take care to create strong passwords, and reuse them as little as possible.
  2. NEVER click on any links from an email you did not expect, or a phone number you do not know.
  3. If in doubt, remember that ANY request to pay a bill or fee with a gift card IS A SCAM.

If you see any of the scams listed here, you can call the AARP Fraud-Watch Helpline at 877-908-3360, or contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Find more password protection tips at the AARP fraud watch network.

Check out more info about coronavirus scams at Consumer Reports.

Want to learn more about internet scams?  Check out the Federal Trade Commission's glossary of common scams.
 

This is a long post showing meal resources in Multnomah County (and beyond). We start with school districts and then move to community orgranizations and restaurants we know of that are helping the community. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Multnomah County School Districts

Multnomah County school districts continue to provide meal assistance during comprehensive distance education. The SUN Service System also has information on accessing food during COVID-19 closures.

We have done our best to provide current information. Please confirm meal availability through the links shared below.

Centennial [updated 4/5/21]

The Centennial School District will distribute food on Mondays and Wednesdays (see below for times and locations). If there is no school on a Monday due to a holiday, food distribution will be held on Tuesday that week. 
 
Food distributions will continue throughout the time students are in Comprehensive Distance Learning. The walk up / drive up sites are:
  • Mondays
  • Butler Creek Elementary - 2789 SW Butler Rd., Gresham OR 97080 - 11am - 1pm
  • Meadows Elementary – 18009 SE Brooklyn St., Portland OR 97236 – 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Oliver Elementary - 15840 SE Taylor St., Portland OR 97233 - 11am - 1pm
  • Parklane Elementary – 15811 SE Main St., Portland OR 97233 –  11am - 1pm
  • Patrick Lynch Elementary – 1546 SE 169th Pl. – by kitchen door  Mondays 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Wednesdays
  • Centennial High School – 3505 SE 182nd Ave., Gresham OR 97030 – 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary - 17625 SE Foster Rd., Gresham OR 97080 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Powell Butte Elementary – 3615 SE 174th Ave., Portland OR 97236 – 11:30am - 1:30pm

Food for Families, a nonprofit  food pantry / mobile market created by Centennial High School  students, has distributions at Centennial High School, 4-6 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays. You will need to complete an authorization form prior to pick up. Schedule and forms are available on their website.

Corbett [updated 4/14/21]

For students on free and reduced lunch or if your family is in need during these trying times, lunch pick-up will be once a week to decrease the exposure of staff. Pick-up will be on Mondays from 9 am to 1 pm.  Meal bags will have snacks and lunches for a four-day school week for each student in your family. The Food Service Manager will be recording pickup information to comply with requirements of the Free & Reduced Lunch program. Students attending hybrid in-person classes will receive a daily sack lunch.

If you need lunches delivered, or if these times do not work for you, please email Seth Tucker at stucker@corbett.k12.or.us.

David Douglas [updated 4/19/21] 

To Go meal bags with breakfast and lunch are available Monday-Friday for families in distance learning.  Meal sites at bus stops are Fridays only, 11:50 am-12:50 pm. Students who attend hybrid in-school learning will receive two days of meals each day they attend. 
 
 To Go meals are available at the following locations. 8:00am to 8:30am Mondays through Thursdays; 12:00pm to 1:00 pm Fridays. More information available here.
  • Cherry Park Elementary - 1930 SE 104th Ave.
  • Earl Boyles Elementary - 10822 SE Bush St.
  • Gilbert Heights Elementary - 12839 SE Holgate Blvd.
  • Gilbert Park Elementary - 13132 SE Ramona St.
  • Lincoln Park Elementary - 13200 SE Lincoln St.
  • Menlo Park Elementary - 12900 NE Glisan St.
  • Mill Park Elementary - 1900 SE 117th Ave.
  • Ventura Park Elementary - 145 SE 117th Ave.
  • West Powellhurst Elementary - 2921 SE 116th Ave.
  • Alice Ott Middle School - 12500 SE Ramona St.
  • Floyd Light Middle School - 10800 SE Washington St.
  • Ron Russell Middle School - 3955 SE 112th Ave.
  • Fir Ridge Campus - 11215 SE Market St.
  • David Douglas High School (South) - 1500 SE 130th Ave. Note: no meal pickup Monday through Thursday. Fridays only, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

 

 

Gresham-Barlow [updated 4/12/21]

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Beginning April 7th, Meal Box Kits will be delivered by school bus and also be available for curbside pickup. 

Meal box kits will contain seven days' worth of meals.  An online form must be completed to participate. Meal Kit Boxes can be picked up once a week at the following schools on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
 
  • Gresham High School - 1200 N Main St., Gresham, OR 97030
  • Gordon Russell Middle School - 3625 SE Powell Valley Rd ., Gresham, OR 97080
  • East Gresham Elementary - 900 SE 5th St., Gresham, OR 97080
  • Hollydale Elementary - 505 SW Birdsdale Dr., Gresham, OR 97080
  • North Gresham Elementary - 1001 SE 217th Ave., Gresham, OR 97030

In addition to serving meals at the sites above, buses will be dropping off meals in neighborhoods and at various locations in the more rural part of our school district.

Parkrose [updated 4/22/21]

Grab & Go Meal Sites will be open on school days, 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Any child 18 or under may pick up breakfast and lunch at any one of the following sites:
  • Parkrose Middle School - 11800 NE Shaver St, Portland OR 97220
  • Prescott Elementary - 10410 NE Prescott St, Portland OR 97220
  • Russell Elementary - 2700 NE 127th Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Sacramento Elementary - 11400 NE Sacramento St, Portland OR 97220
  • Shaver Elementary - 3701 NE 131st Pl, Portland OR 97230

Students who are onsite for hybrid learning will receive an afterschool meal at the end of the school day. 

Portland [updated 4/5/21]

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Beginning March 29th, all school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals. Once a student returns to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at their school at the end of each of their in-person sessions. If a student is staying in distance learning -- or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun -- they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up meals. See this link for more information.
  • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.
  • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.
  • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.
  • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.
  • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.
  • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.
  • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
  • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.
  • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.
  • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.
  • Mt. Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.
  • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.
  • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.
  • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.
  • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.
 

Reynolds [updated 5/5/21]

 
 
Breakfast and lunch available for children up to age 18 and for curbside pickup (in cars or on foot) or in the parking lot. Mondays and Thursdays, except on holidays (please check the Reynolds website for dates).
 
Elementary Schools:  (11:30am–12:30pm)
  • Alder Elementary School - 17200 SE Alder St, Portland OR 97233
  • Davis Elementary School - 19501 NE Davis St, Portland OR 97230
  • Fairview Elementary School - 225 Main St, Fairview OR 97024
  • Glenfair Elementary School - 15300 NE Glisan St, Portland OR 97230
  • Hartley Elementary School - 701 NE 185th Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Margaret Scott Elementary School - 14700 NE Sacramento St, Portland OR 97230
  • Salish Ponds Elementary School - 1210 NE 201st Ave, Fairview OR 97024
  • Sweetbriar Elementary School - 501 SE Sweetbriar Ln, Troutdale OR 97060
  • Troutdale Elementary School - 648 SE Harlow Ave, Troutdale OR 97060
  • Wilkes Elementary School - 17020 NE Wilkes Rd, Portland OR 97230
  • Woodland Elementary School - 21607 NE Glisan St, Fairview OR 97024
Middle/High Schools:  (11:30am–1:00pm)
  • HB Lee Middle School - 1121 NE 172nd Ave, Portland OR 97230
  • Reynolds Middle School - 1200 NE 201st Ave, Fairview OR 97024
  • Reynolds High School - 1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale OR 97060
 
Public food pantries are being held at the locations listed below. It is recommended that you arrive early as supplies run out quickly.  Please check the website for closures during the holidays.
  • Glenfair Elementary School: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Reynolds High School: Last Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm
  • Alder Elementary School: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 pm
  • Reynolds Middle School: Fridays, 4:00-5:30 pm
  • Wilkes Elementary School: First Friday of the month, 3:00-4:30 pm
  • Davis Elementary School: Second Friday of the month, 3:30-5:00 pm
 
Agencies, Community Organizations and Restaurants

Information may change so please check their websites if a link is provided.

C3 Pantry (NE): Tuesdays and Saturday, doors open at 11:30am, shopping is 12-1pm.

Mainspring Food Pantry (NE) continues to operate as an open air, farmers market, self select, walk/roll-in food pantry, Tuesdays thru Thursdays 9:30am-12:ishpm. They make every effort to serve everyone in line. Please bring bags for your food if you have access to them since they have a limited supply. You may access the food pantry once a month. 
 

Meals 4 Kids: serves qualified children and families within the City of Portland. Please visit their website to complete a request form.

Northeast Emergency Food Program (NE): open Thursday and Saturday, 12-3 pm. Food boxes are prepared in advance for walk or drive up pick up.

Portland Adventist Community Services (NE): offering prepacked food boxes for pick up,  Monday – Friday 9am– 11am. They also provide a mobile food pantry service to some neighborhoods.

Sunshine Division (SE):  free emergency food boxes to pick up or be delivered. They are located at 12436 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233. For hours and more information, please visit sunshinedivision.org or call 503.609.0285.

William Temple House (NW): offering food boxes, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 am-2 pm.

Lift Urban Portland (SW):  Located at 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland 97201. Food pantry hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A random number lottery takes place 5 minutes before opening to determine your place in line.

Portland Open Bible food pantry (SE):  Located at 3223 SE 92nd Ave., Portland 97266. Hours of operation are Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information about access to food for families including the Oregon Food Bank, please call 211, or  text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877 for Meals locations. or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

Self Enhancement Inc also has a list of community food resources that includes sites in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washingon and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Vancouver, WA area schools.

Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon (SE)

Also see this food access resource guide compiled by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and his team.

Restaurants

There are many great local businesses stepping up to make sure students are fed. Please check their websites or call to confirm. Meals are available while supplies last and restaurants may also have limited hours or may close.

2305 SE 50th Ave.
Registration required. Food pickup is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 12-1 pm
 
1430 SE Water Street
Free lunches for children and families in need. Please call 503-234-7085
 

The Business Plan The first step in starting a small business is a business plan. Use Gale Business: Entrepreneurship for full access to the Business Plans Handbook. There you will find general templates as well as examples of plans for hundreds of specific businesses. As you create your business plan, other resources listed below may be helpful. The other sections below will help you build your business plan with library resources.

Industry Research 
ABI-INFORM will allow you to research key elements of an industry and find overviews, opportunities and trends to help determine your business strategies. Mergent Intellect and Mergent Online are databases with access to private and public U.S and international business data, facts and figures, and industry profiles. Business Collection is a place to find articles on management, finance and industry information.

Marketing
Use SimplyAnalytics to find out more about your consumers and your competition and create reports and maps to compare data and hone in on target areas. Linkedin Learning (formerly Lynda.com) can help you with courses on marketing and other business skills. ReferenceUSA is a resource for creating mailing lists and learning about businesses that already exist in a particular area. 

Facilities and Location
SimplyAnalytics can help you research locations for your business by showing you maps and reports with demographics of your customers and where your competition is.

Administration and Management
Use Business Source Premier and Business Collection to find articles about starting and managing a small business including management, finance and industry information. To learn skills to better manage your business, try Linkedin Learning and explore learning courses on topics like business, software, technology, and more. 

Personnel
Linkedin Learning  has courses to learn about Human Resources (HR) and other aspects of hiring and managing people. 

Financial Planning
Find video courses to learn about finance and accounting for your small business using Linkedin Learning . Research articles about finance in the Business Collection.

You may also find these local community services helpful:
Business Xpress Start up Toolkit and Starting a Business in Oregon - Basic steps and requirements from the State of Oregon.
Portland Small Business Administration - “provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise to entrepreneurs and small business developers”.
Portland SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) - Get connected with an experienced mentor at no cost. SCORE also has free workshops and other resources. 
 

‘Tis the season of flowers, showers and sun breaks. Spring has sprung.

Yet, Nicole Newsom, a program coordinator in Youth Services Outreach, is already thinking about summer. Her mind, though, is less on cloudless blue skies and warm weather, and more on books — as in how Multnomah County Library’s book distribution program for youth will unfold.

Library staff handing out books to mom and child

“Are the parks going to look like pre-COVID times or are they going to look like last summer?’’ Nicole wonders. “We kind of have to be prepared for both of those options.’’ 

The COVID-19 pandemic dictates as much, as it’s arrival in 2020 largely upended gatherings in parks and other lunch sites— places where the library distributes book bags in the summer to families, and readers and readers-to-be, from newborn to age 18.

“Normally, we would take Summer Reading game boards and books and prizes to those sites and meet kids where they were,’’ Nicole says. 

Library interactions in that way changed dramatically as the state limited large gatherings and introduced physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

And though logistically problematic, the situation was not viewed as a long-term inconvenience by Jennifer Studebaker, youth services manager for Multnomah County Library.

“We tried to approach this work from the yes-place,’’ she says. “We worked to find ways to get high-quality and culturally reflective materials into the hands of both partner organizations and youth and families directly.’’

For Nicole, it became the right project at the right time. In her regular work, Nicole routinely manages logistics, from working with volunteers to apply identification stickers on books, to organizing books in bags or boxes. So last summer, Nicole helped Youth Outreach Services redirect the book distribution program to meet the pandemic challenge.

“I was sort of in that position to take on whatever came up next,’’ she says. 

Nicole started her library career in 1991 as a clerk and has been in Youth Services Outreach since 2008. Over the past 10 months, she’s worked with more than 30 library colleagues, all pursuing a common goal and purpose.

Studebaker commends the group’s efforts and work — a combination of pain-staking attention to detail and heavy lifting. “Each item has to be selected, ordered, received, and processed,’’ she says.

“In normal times, the library has a large team of volunteers to help process these materials. During the pandemic, access services library staff have stepped up to the challenge and worked through a mountain of materials to ensure youth in our community have relevant books to take home with them.’’

Since last summer through February 2021, the program has delivered about 44,000 books in Multnomah County Library-branded bags to youth across the county through various summer lunch sites and housing communities. She says roughly 3,000-8,000 books have been distributed monthly since last summer.

The book distribution program accesses youth in housing communities through a Multnomah County Library partnership with Home Forward, a public corporation housing authority that serves Multnomah County, Portland, Gresham, and other communities in the county. Books are provided by publishers through Book Rich Environments, a program of the National Book Foundation.

The Library Foundation funds cultural and language books for non-English speaking communities, including African languages, and African-American Black cultural books. The funding allows the library to provide high-quality, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate books for targeted communities.

“We can give kids books that they can see themselves in,’’ Nicole says. “Without those additional funds, we would not be able to provide books in Arabic, Tigrinya, Oromo, Burmese, and many other languages.’’

book distribution van

Support from The Library Foundation also provides “the newest and best books by and about BIPOC people,’’ she says, referring to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.

In most instances, books delivered to housing communities will be distributed to children and families by a resident coordinator. But on occasion, the team makes deliveries directly to the youth from a Multnomah County Library van.

“We’re standing outside in the hot summer sun, and they sit down on the curb, and they immediately take out the books and start reading one,’’ Nicole says of an outing last summer. 

“I had a couple of kids tell me, ‘I haven’t had new books to read in four months, and I’m so excited to have some new books to read.’ ’’

For Nicole, this is an example of the work at its most rewarding. 

“We’ve seen appreciation and gratitude from people,’’ she says. “It’s been really fabulous.’’

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

May 1 - June 1, 2021

A fish seemingly riding a bicycle - Rainbow Trout by Nathan Monroe-Ramberg, 2020 winner

During May, Multnomah County Library is celebrating National Bike Month with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Enter for a chance to have your bike art placed on a Portland street! 

Pick up an entry form at a Multnomah County Library or download the form and create your design. 

Drop off your completed entry at your library or submit online by June 1.

Contest is open to children and teens in grades PreK-12.

Need inspiration? See the 2020 Bike to Books winners.

Other ways to celebrate National Bike Month during May:

#BikeToBooks | biketobooks.com
 

Many workplaces are managing this back-and-forth cycle of ups and downs during the year-long (and counting) COVID-19 pandemic.

Martha Lillie knows this all too well as a library assistant for Multnomah County Library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service, a service that brings age-appropriate, high-quality children’s books to child care centers, in-home child care providers and other organizations that work with children daily. 

Hits and misses. Fits and starts. Retreats and rallies.

Child and adult reading book

Through disruption and interruption of opening and closures due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the library’s Child Care Book Delivery Service pushed forward with an expanded, equity-centered focus while simultaneously broadening its overall reach to youth throughout the county.

During the first library closure last March, Martha brought home several crates of books to continue her work: “The first thing I started doing in those beginning months of the pandemic was a diversity audit of our collection,’’ Martha says.

In the months prior to the pandemic, staff had been evaluating the delivery service, with the aim of more directly addressing the library’s service commitment to historically marginalized communities. These include Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, as well as immigrant communities, and those who have lower incomes.

Martha says the diversity audit underscored the importance of including emergency child care providers, those state-approved providers offering childcare during COVID-19 under revised safety guidelines, as part of outreach to historically marginalized communities.

“It’s a complicated process trying to determine which of our sites are previous book delivery sites doing emergency childcare so that we continue to serve them,’’ she says.

“Which sites do we need to pick up the materials they had so we can quarantine them in order to share them with another child care site? In addition, which new emergency child care sites are interested and have the capacity to start something new like this?’’

Annie Lewis, Early Childhood Services Manager for three-plus years through January 2021, saw firsthand the evolution of the book delivery service reset during COVID-19.

"Martha worked closely with the book delivery staff team to analyze every detail to ensure the team could resume book delivery services,’’ Lewis says.

“From safety measures, to new delivery routes, to communicating with child care providers, the team worked hard to provide this critical service to children in care settings to ensure they had access to high-quality children's materials." 

Since resuming services in October 2020, through March 2021, the team has delivered 75,550 books to 206 emergency child care provider sites. The previous fiscal year, the team delivered nearly 40,000 books to 1,132 classrooms and childcare providers

“So far, I think we’ve probably added around 50 new sites,’’ she says, “in addition to the sites that we were serving that were also working as emergency child care providers.”

Given the many pandemic challenges facing library programs and staff, successfully delivering such high volumes of books is a victory of sorts.

“Our big thing has been just getting books into the hands of kids, particularly those who don’t have access and need the books,’’ Martha says. “That’s our passion: kids and books.”

This has been Martha’s mantra since joining the Child Care Book Delivery Service for what is now called the library’s Every Child Initiative in 1999. She began her Multnomah County Library career in 1988, as a page at Central Library, and in 1994 earned library media specialist certification.

In the past year, she says, she’s become more comfortable with Google Maps and other Google forms. And did so, along with many coworkers, while adjusting to teleworking at some point.

“I had to learn a lot of new skills,’’Martha says. “I used Google Maps to lay out all of the Emergency Child Care sites. And then we kind of had to figure out how we were going to make our way through the county with that process’’ to deliver books.

Martha says the restart of the Child Care Book Delivery Service in the COVID-19 era has been accomplished in great part through the efforts of Annie Lewis, and other library staff including, Eric Barker, Tony Hix, Gordon Long, Brendan McGovern, and Lauren Reese. She says Rachel Altmann assists from home with coordination and communication.

Their commitment inspires Stephanie Orellana, who oversees the program as Youth Services Outreach supervisor.

“They have shown up every day ready to get books into the hands of kids,’’ Orellana says. “It has been amazing to witness their dedication. They are all incredibly collaborative and great champions for equity.”

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Written by Wade Nkrumah

Attention, educators! Are you tired of using the same old books with your classes every year? Attend one of the library's summer educator workshops to learn about the latest and greatest books to use in the classroom. All workshops will be offered online this year.

 

Gotta Read This: New Books to Connect with Your Curriculum: This workshop highlights new books you might integrate into your language arts, social studies, math, science and arts curriculum. We have separate workshops for kindergarten to fifth-grade educators and sixth- to 12th-grade educators.

  • Kindergarten to fifth-grade educators: This is a two-part webinar, with part one (covering language arts and social studies) on August 2 from 2-3:15 pm, and part two (covering science, math, health and the arts) on August 4 from 2-3:15 pm. A list of the featured books will be available, and certificates of attendance will be provided for educator clock hours. Register now
  • Sixth- to 12th-grade educators: Sign up now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the online booklists are available.  

 

Novel-Ties (for fourth- to eighth-grade educators) self-paced online workshop: Hot, new fiction to use in book discussion groups and literature circles. Register now, and we’ll contact you to let you know when the workshop is available.  

 

Talking Equity and Social Justice: Free Booktalks for Educators and Parents: Are you looking for some new books to share with youth on topics like diversity, equity and social responsibility? School Corps librarians will share quick booktalks for educators and parents on titles that address these topics. Online booklists will be provided, and certificates of attendance are available for educator clock hours. Register now

 

Contact School Corps with questions.

Cada primavera, los estudiantes de 3.º a 12.º toman un examen estatal de matemáticas y artes de lenguaje en inglés para medir su aprendizaje y para guiar la enseñanza y ayuda de los maestros.

Si los estudiantes no pasan los exámenes en la primaria y secundaria, no impacta la decisión de promoverlos al siguiente grado; sin embargo, el pasar los exámenes estandarizados de Smarter Balanced es un requisito para graduarse de la escuela preparatoria y para seguir sus estudios universitarios.

Es muy probable que este año las escuelas no ofrezcan los exámenes Smarter Balanced debido al cierre de escuelas y aprendizaje a distancia. Sin embargo, sus estudiantes los pueden practicar en casa y asegurarse que están alcanzando los objetivos del año que cursan.

Otra razón por la que practicar y tomar los exámenes estandarizados es importante, es porque ayudan a preparar a los estudiantes para tomar los exámenes de admisión para la universidad como el SAT y el ACT.

Practiquen los exámenes en línea desde el kínder hasta la preparatoria. Estos son los pasos para practicar los exámenes estandarizados en línea:

  1. Entren a la página de práctica; haga clic aquí
  2. Hagan clic en el recuadro verde de abajo donde dice "Sign in" y siga las instrucciones.
  3. Seleccione el grado en que está el estudiante (kínder al 12). ¡Tendrá 99 oportunidades de práctica!
  4. Hagan clic en "Select", si no hacen cambios.
  5. Que su estudiante grabe su nombre con su voz y cheque que funcione el video. Esto es necesario para poder pasar a la siguiente página.
  6. Hagan clic en "Begin test now"
  7. Cuando complete la pregunta o cumpla el comando, haga clic en la flecha "Next" que aparece en la parte superior izquierda para continuar en la siguiente página.
  8. Completen el examen.
  9. ¡Diviértanse aprendiendo!

 

Si sus estudiantes tienen dudas o no pueden contestar las preguntas de los exámenes del grado que cursan, busquen ayuda de un tutor a través de los servicios de la biblioteca

Ayuda con tareas en vivo

Tutoria virtual 

LearningExpress Library

Otros recursos:

Lo que debe saber sobre los exámenes de práctica: Secundaria y preparatoria

Kínder a tercero

¿Qué es el Smarter Balanced y para qué sirve?

Guía para padres sobre la evaluación en Oregón

Es importante que los niños practiquen los exámenes, consideren NO firmar la forma de exclusión 

Muestra de la boleta de calificaciones. Ayudemos a nuestros estudiantes a que obtengan 3 y 4 de calificación


 

Escrito por Delia P.

Since 2015, Multnomah County Library has been soliciting submissions of self-published e-books from the community through the Library Writers Project; since then, the library has added over 100 titles to its collection. Unlike physical books, which an author could donate to the library, e-books have to be available in OverDrive, the library’s primary e-book vendor, to be eligible for the collection. The Library Writers Project offers a path for local authors to get their e-books in the library collection.

Library Writers Project 2021

To submit a title for consideration, an author publishes their work on one of the self-publishing platforms that contracts its content with OverDrive; then, they complete the library’s submission form. Each submission is reviewed by two library staff members and rated based on artistic merit, technical readability, and the likelihood of recommending it to patrons. The titles that receive the highest ratings are added to the library’s e-book collection in OverDrive and Libby.

In 2018, the library signed an agreement with Ooligan Press (based out of Portland State University) where Ooligan would publish in print one of the e-books and market and promote it like any of their other titles, and the library would also then carry the print copies. To date, Ooligan has published three Library Writers Project titles: The Gifts We Keep by Katie Grindeland, Iditarod Nights by Cindy Hiday (an Indies Award finalist!), and Finding the Vein by Jennifer Hanlon Wilde (pub. April 20, 2021); previously published as A Heritage of Death).

Authors are invited to submit their titles for the current submission period. The library has broadened the submission categories and is now accepting short stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and, for the first time, any genre in Spanish.

Read more details and submission requirements. The current submission period is open through May 14, 2021. 

Information written and gathered by Kady Ferris, Electronic Content Librarian

Más escuelas en el Condado de Multnomah están abriendo siguiendo la planificación del estado de Oregon

Hemos recopilado lo siguiente:

  • Enlaces sobre información acerca del aprendizaje según los diferentes distritos escolares
  • Consejos para familias - Ayudar a sus hijos a prepararse para el aprendizaje en casa y en la escuela
  • Una actividad para iniciar la conversación con sus hijos sobre el regreso a la escuela

 

Información del aprendizaje en casa y en la escuela de los diferentes distritos escolares

Los Centros de salud para estudiantes

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido.

Los Centros de salud para estudiantes están abiertos en las escuelas secundarias de Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Reynolds y Roosevelt. Cualquier joven en los grados K-12 que vaya a la escuela en el condado de Multnomah o viva en el condado puede venir a las clínicas. No es necesario que asistas a la escuela donde se encuentra el centro.

Ubicaciones y horarios

Los superintendentes de los distritos escolares de Gresham-Barlow, Centennial y Reynolds hablan de qué esperar de la reapertura de sus escuelas

B2S E Spanish

Centennial School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Translate” y busque su idioma preferido.

La actualización del superintendente (10 de marzo) - La información se presenta en inglés. Incluye el horario para los estudiantes del kinder al 6° grado. 

“Los planes de los grados 7 a 12 se compartirán en las próximas semanas. Afortunadamente, el verano pasado los administradores del Distrito Escolar de Centennial y el personal de las escuelas redactaron planes operacionales para el distrito y cada una de nuestras escuelas, basados en el Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE) - copias de los planes de cada escuela se pueden encontrar en: https://or50000628.schoolwires.net/domain/107” 

 

Corbett School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, haga clic en la esquina superior izquierda donde dice español.

Distrito escolar Corbett: Resumen del modelo de reapertura Febrero de 2021

Corbett boletín electrónico: Abril

 

David Douglas School District 

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, por favor haga clic en la esquina superior derecha debajo de donde dice “Translation by Google” y busque su idioma preferido. Si está en un dispositivo móvil, busque “Translation by Google” cerca del centro superior de la página.

Video - Protocolos de seguridad en persona

Horario de regreso a la escuela (17 de marzo)

 

Gresham-Barlow School District

Actualización GBSD: El Distrito Escolar de Gresham-Barlow reanudará la instrucción en persona a través de un modelo híbrido

Mensaje a la comunidad de GBSD (5 de marzo) - Incluye la línea de tiempo de implementación para el modelo de aprendizaje híbrido

 

Parkrose School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, descargue la página y haga clic en la esquina izquierda inferior donde dice “Select language.” Busque su idioma preferido.

Sobre la instrucción híbrida de Parkrose (16 de Marzo)

 

Portland Public Schools

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora o un dispositivo móvil, descargue la página y haga clic en el centro inferior donde dice “Select language.” Busque su idioma preferido.

¡La instrucción híbrida (en casa y la escuela) comienza esta semana! Información y actualizaciones importantes (29 de marzo)

Aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela) de PPS K-5: Preguntas y respuestas más frecuentes (15 de marzo)

El primer día para que los estudiantes comiencen el aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela):

  • Desde Pre-Kínder a 1º grado.: El jueves, 1º. de abril.
  • Desde 2º. a 5º grado.: El lunes 5 de abril.
  • Secundaria y preparatoria: La semana del 19 de abril.

(Nota: las fechas están pendientes según la aprobación por los miembros de la Asociación de Maestros de Portland y la Junta de Educación de PPS)

Servicios telefónicos multilingües | Español:  503-916-3582

 

Reynolds School District

Para ver la información de esa página en español u otro idioma en la computadora, haga clic en la esquina superior derecha donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido. Si está usando un dispositivo móvil, toque las tres líneas en la esquina superior izquierda al lado de donde dice “Reynolds.” En el menú que abre, toque donde dice “Select language” y busque su idioma preferido.

Actualización de la línea de tiempo para el modelo de aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en la escuela) (16 de Marzo)

Viajando el el autobús

Línea de asistencia de servicios lingüísticos: (503) 492-7268

 

Riverdale School District

La información de este sitio se presenta en inglés.

 

Consejos para familias - Ayudando a sus hijos a prepararse para el aprendizaje híbrido

Estos consejos fueron traducidos de las páginas de Anne Arundel County Public Schools: Helping Your Child Prepare for Hybrid y Reach Out Oregon: Ready or Not: We Can Do This! Tips for Navigating Our Kids’ Return to School

  • Cuídense ustedes mismos
    • Es más fácil ayudar a nuestras familias si nos estamos cuidando nosotros mismos.
  • Restablezcan rutinas predecibles a la hora de acostarse, de levantarse y de comer
    • Asegúrense de que sus hijos tengan tiempo y descanso suficiente para prepararse para la escuela.
    • Tengan en cuenta que la hora de inicio de la escuela cambiará cuando comience el aprendizaje híbrido (en casa y en persona). Revisen el horario híbrido específico de la escuela de sus hijos.
    • Consideren hacer un calendario familiar para revisión fácil.
  • Hablen con sus hijos sobre lo que pueden esperar
    • Hablen sobre cómo la escuela podría ser diferente en el modelo híbrido
    • Revisen los protocolos de seguridad actuales, como el uso de mascarillas, el lavado de manos y el distanciamiento social.
  • Asegúrense de que sus hijos tengan sus materiales para el modelo híbrido
    • Consideren hacer una lista de materiales que necesitarán llevar a la escuela cada día.
  • Practiquen la separación
    • Los niños pequeños, en particular, pueden experimentar ansiedad por la separación o timidez al principio.
    • Intenten no demorarse cuando dejen a sus hijos.
    • Dígales que los quiere, que pensará en ellos durante el día y que volverá para recogerlos.
    • Considere la posibilidad de enviar un objeto de transición (como una foto o un pequeño recordatorio) que ayude a sus hijos a sentirse conectados cuando estén separados.
  • Ayude a su hijo a prepararse emocionalmente para la vuelta a la escuela en persona
    • Tenga conversaciones abiertas y sinceras.
    • Puede ayudar a su hijo a sentirse más cómodo hablando abiertamente de sus preocupaciones, respondiendo a sus preguntas y haciéndole saber que está bien sentirse preocupado.
    • Permita que su hijo tome decisiones (por ejemplo, qué ropa ponerse, qué elegir para comer), es decir, cosas que le ayuden a sentirse en control. 
  • Concéntrese  en las cosas positivas
    • Dígale que es natural que esté nervioso, pero que se sentirá cómodo una vez que se haya familiarizado con las nuevas rutinas.
    • Enfatice aspectos positivos, como la posibilidad de ver a sus amigos y a su maestro.
    • Pregunte a su hijo, “¿Qué esperas de la escuela?”
    • Compruebe con su hijo lo que le va bien una vez que empiece el colegio.
  • Prepárese para los cambios de comportamiento
    • Muchos niños pueden mostrar dificultades con la separación de los padres, cierta timidez o preocupación por los horarios, las tareas escolares o los amigos. Esto es normal durante la transición del regreso a la escuela.
    • Continúe comunicándose con la escuela, ya que el retraimiento o las preocupaciones constantes pueden indicar un problema.
    • Si está preocupado por su hijo, póngase en contacto con el consejero de la escuela.
  • Manténgase informado y conectado
    • Siga de cerca la comunicación de la escuela de su hijo.
    • Consulte con la maestra de su hijo para saber cómo está afrontando la vuelta a la escuela y cómo puede apoyar a su hijo en casa.
  • Si su hijo tiene un IEP, póngase en contacto con su distrito escolar lo más pronto posible para hablar de cómo puede ser necesario ajustar el plan de su hijo 
  • Asegúrese de documentar sus preocupaciones con el mayor detalle posible en cartas para compartir con la administración de la escuela y/o el departamento de educación especial
    • Algunos de nuestros niños tienen necesidades emocionales o de comportamiento que no tenían la primavera pasada.
  • Comparta historias sociales para ayudar a los niños a visualizar su jornada escolar
    • Las historias muestran situaciones como las nuevas normas en el autobús escolar o "por qué mi profesor parece diferente".
  • Sea amable, tenga paciencia y conozca los signos de malestar mental en adolescentes y niños
    • Los adolescentes, especialmente los que ya viven con ansiedad y depresión, pueden tener dificultades con las nuevas presiones.

 

Una actividad para iniciar una conversación con sus hijos sobre el regreso a la escuela en persona

Traducido de la idea “future sketch” en el artículo ADDitude: How to Activate Your Child’s ADHD Brain for Distance Learning

Las preguntas guiadas resultan útiles para ayudar a nuestros hijos a anticiparse a las transiciones y cambios.

  1. Pídale a su hijo que dibuje o escriba algo que representa cómo imagina que serán sus días aprendiendo tanto en casa como en persona.
  2. Participe en la actividad dibujando o escribiendo también sus propias ideas.
  3. Compartan que dibujaron o escribieron. 
  4. Hablen de las similitudes y diferencias entre lo que dibujaron o escribieron.
  5. Hagan un plan de cómo hablar de cualquier desafío que pueda surgir.
  6. Señalan al menos una cosa que les haga ilusión.

 


 

Recopilado por Kimberly S.

En algún momento tuve un sueño de escribir y publicar un libro. Y me refiero a esta idea como un plan casi imposible porque en esos días ni siquiera imaginaba que alguien de mi pequeño pueblo podía poner sus ideas en un volumen.

woman standing

La realidad es que a medida que crecí y exploré un mundo de posibilidades, me di cuenta de que, después de todo, publicar un libro no era una idea tan loca. Aunque en realidad, reconozco que había muchas ideas en competencia en mi mente que el sueño de escribir un libro se desvaneció muy pronto.

Ahora, como adulta, me doy cuenta de la importancia de cultivar los sueños y ser la voz amiga si conoces a alguien que tiene ideas y planes, pero que no sabe cómo llegar a ellos. Y es por eso que me encanta lo que hago en la biblioteca del condado de Multnomah.

Como selectora de materiales en español hago mi trabajo pensando en libros que llegarán a las manos de personas que se preguntan cómo emprender un negocio, cómo cambiar hábitos o cómo mejorar publicar un libro entre muchos otros intereses. Me enorgullece pensar que alguien que busque esta información encontrará algunas de mis selecciones efectivas para sus proyectos.

Concluyó invitando a todos aquellos escritores que llevan años pensando en escribir o publicar su libro a que no tengan más dudas. ¡Hazlo! Este año la biblioteca ha abierto la convocatoria para todas las personas que escriban en español. Y me gustaría invitarlo a perseguir ese sueño de ver su libro en nuestra colección. Para más detalles: Proyecto de los Escritores de la Biblioteca

flyer

Boy in wheelchair talking to a woman in the kitchen

Change is always present in our lives, but this past year has been a little extra. And by a little extra, I mean A LOT EXTRA! All this change can be hard on our kids and on ourselves. And if you or your child is neurodiverse or has a history of trauma, that adds another layer that makes dealing with change even harder. So we have put together some information on how to talk with your kids about change, help you support them now and in the future with the change that is inevitable, and hopefully help yourself as well. 

Some things to talk to your kids about:

Talk about the change. Tell them what to expect, both good and bad, and what the change will mean for all of you. Answer as many of your kid’s questions as you can, and if you can’t, be honest with them about that. Tell them you’ll figure it out together!

And talk about it early, as soon as you know there might be a change coming. Time is your friend when processing a big change. Using visuals as you talk can be really helpful, even for children that are verbal. For children who are reading, this can be a list or chart. For big, complicated changes, have lots of conversations over time.

You can also bring up examples of changes that have happened in the past. Talk about what was good and not so good about it? What did your child learn from the experience? How did they get through it, and what coping skills did they learn? Let them know that every time they experience a change, they’ll become stronger and more prepared for the next one! 

Involve your child in decisions about the change. Children typically have no control over the major changes in their lives. By involving and including them in decisions, you help them feel more in control. This can happen in big and small ways, at any age. So give them choices and also ask for their help. Children like to contribute and feel valuable, responsible, and helpful.

Acknowledge your child’s worries and fears. While you’ll want to focus on any positives associated with the change, it’s important to allow your child to feel angry, sad, or scared. These feelings are normal and your child needs to be allowed to express them. 

If your child struggles to name what they are feeling, help them label the emotion (ie, anxious, sad, nervous, worried, scared, etc). Putting a name to a feeling makes it less overwhelming and easier to manage. And coaching children through their feelings is a vital learning experience. Talk about and practice emotional regulation strategies when a child is calm, so that the child can use one of those strategies when their emotions start to escalate. Remember that behavior is communication, and difficult behavior could be a way of saying "I'm having a hard time with change."  

Also be sure to let your child know that you take their concerns seriously. Like us adults, children simply want empathy, understanding and to be heard. 

Encourage your child to write (or draw!) about their feelings around change. Always be there for them to talk to, but sometimes kids need to process on their own. Giving them a journal to write or draw in, is a great way to give them that space.

Show your child the positive ways that you handle change. This can be harder than it sounds. I know I don’t usually react positively to change. But try and talk about how you feel during times of change and about what you do to cope. For example, I show my child the lists I make to help me stay organized and focused and feel more in control.

Keep the connection going. Make sure your child knows that no matter what else changes, you are there for them. If you can, set aside time each day to give your child your undivided attention - even 10 minutes is great. You can talk, play, share an activity. If your child is older, you can watch the same movie or play a video game. A little extra attention doing something you both enjoy reassures your child, making it much easier to cope with life’s changes. And I promise, it will help you as well. 

Beyond talking with your kids, here are some other tips for helping them (and you!) through change:

  • Keep family routines the same, if you can
  • Try to keep other changes in your lives to a minimum
  • Talk with your child’s teacher or child care provider to keep them in the loop and get support
  • Make sure your child eats well, gets plenty of exercise, and gets enough sleep (again, this can be easier said than done, but we can try)
  • If you can, give your family time to prepare for the change. And remember that kids who have had more trouble with change in the past, may need extra time and support in the future.
  • And of course, read books about big life changes (see below for help with that!)

We pulled these tips together from a variety of sources, including these articles:

And we also recommend checking out Purdue University’s page on Families Tackling Tough Times Together.

This post is part of our “Talking with kids” series, as featured in our monthly Family Newsletter.  Reach out to us at learning@multcolib.org if you have questions. We’re here for you!
 

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is April 22. It’s a day to celebrate and support environmental protection across the world. 

April 22, 2021 marks 51 years since the first Earth Day in 1970. The coordinated marches across the United States on that historic day remain the largest single day protest in human history. Today, Earthday.org coordinates global protests, actions, and summits each April 22 and throughout the year.    

One way to celebrate safely at home during the pandemic is through crafting and making art.

Use what you have!  
Whether that’s some digging out those aspirational craft supplies you bought last year and haven’t used yet or digging through this week’s recycling to find materials, reducing waste by using what you have helps protect the environment. Look for materials for crafts that might otherwise be thrown away. Try using household materials in unconventional ways, such as creating a seed painting with beans and seeds from the pantry, creating art with coffee filters, using vegetable ends as stamps, or painting with toy car wheels.

Take a nature walk to gather supplies.  
Environmental protection preserves and restores our natural spaces. Enjoy nature by walking in your nearest natural space or one that’s special to you. Look for a few materials such as sticks, stones, leaves, or moss that you can gather in a non-destructive way to use in craft projects or play.  

Ideas for eco-crafting with small children

  • Make toys from things that might otherwise be thrown out, such as a dollhouse from boxes or blocks from wood offcuts.
  • Make a fairy house from those natural materials you gathered.
  • Use anything blue and green (paint, markers, crayons, playdough, icing, paper collage, etc.) on anything round (paper plate, coffee filter, cupcake, balloon, etc.) to represent the planet Earth.
  • Bake or create a gift for a neighbor to intentionally build community.

Ideas for tweens and teens

  • Make your clothes special with creative mending.
  • Sew up some reusable produce or sandwich bags from old clothes or scraps.
  • Get involved in craftivism.
  • Make postcards. Send them to your state or national representative with a message of support for environmental legislation.  
  • Paint a protest sign. Google “climate protest art” for inspiration.  

Make it public. 
Decorate a public space you control such as your front yard or front door with a friendly, creative message of support for the environment, clean energy, climate justice, social justice, or any cause dear to your family.  

Collaborate.  
Individual actions are important, but real change happens when we act as a community. Invite passersby to interact with your art. Use your creativity to help your neighbors feel connected. They might participate by adding a message, taking something, or interacting with the art. See some of this sort of art in action.  

Read.
And of course, there are lots of books you can read to help you celebrate this important day. And why not check them out from one of the leaders in "recycling," your public library! You'll find a booklist below, or you can do a general search in the library's catalog for Earth Day or Environmentalism

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We’ve been reading a lot of memoirs around here lately.  There’s something magical about them, in how intimate and revealing they can be.  Writers of memoirs don’t always include the whole story, but there is an underlying assumption of honesty.  When we read memoirs, we can trust we're getting to know someone, and maybe even ourselves, a little bit better.    

The word “memoir” comes from the French word mémoire, which means “memory.”  It’s just you and the author’s voice, sharing impressions of their memories.  Suddenly, you’re in their world, going deeper with every page you turn.  Reading a memoir offers a unique opportunity to really connect with someone without having to talk to them.  Or, in the case of public figures, it offers an opportunity to learn more about someone you admire, but may never meet.  

Some of our favorite memoirs lately have been graphic memoirs, or autobiographical comics, combining words and visuals to reveal memories.  We enjoy finding diversity in experiences and perspectives in our favorite graphic memoirs.  Whether we’re reading about someone battling an eating disorder, or someone growing up in South Korea in the 1980s, we love getting to know fascinating people through these beautifully drawn and written graphic memoirs!

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Looking for more tips on what to read next?  Check out our My Librarian readers advisory service and contact us for more ideas!

two students sitting outside of school on steps, looking at schoolwork, with masks on

School is once again changing for many of our kids. Some will be returning to Modified In-Person Learning either part-time or full-time, while others will continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning that will most likely look different. We tried to pull together some resources to help families know what to expect with this new hybrid learning and help support you through this time. 

Here are some great general ideas for Helping Your Child Prepare for Hybrid put together by the Anne Arundel County Public School district in Annapolis, MD. They include things like:

  • Re-establish predictable bedtime and mealtime routines (because if your family is like mine, those have gone right out the window!)
  • Be ready for behavior changes (just like adults, changes cause stress and stress can lead to some not-so-flattering behavior)*
  • Focus on the positives (something we all can try and do!)

And the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds has put together ways to support kids and teens in “Returning to the Classroom During COVID-19,” including helping them with:

  • Fitting in at school after a year away
  • Health and safety for kids and teens who might be nervous about catching the virus
  • Catching up academically

Looking at things locally, Oregon Public Broascasting’s (OPB) Education Reporter Elizabeth Miller has written a number of articles about schools returning to in-person. Including this one titled, “Here’s how hybrid will look for Portland Public Schools students.”

Local station KGW has put together “Frequently asked questions amid plans for reopening Oregon schools” and made a video about what returning to school looks like in Portland. And here are all their recent stories regarding schools in Oregon. 

Multnomah County put together an extremely helpful COVID-19 Teen Guide To Returning To Class.

If you like Podcasts, we highly recommend checking out All in My Head Podcast 3. Online School: How are we coping? This episode features teens giving their take on online school and mental health. 

And we recommend this article for parents and caregivers on Managing Your Own Anxiety During School Reopening.

And here is specific information from all the school districts in Multnomah County (who knew we had so many?!):

And Student Health Centers are now open at Centennial, David Douglas, Parkrose, Roosevelt and Reynolds high schools, for kids 5-18. Student Health Centers are like doctor’s offices and offer comprehensive primary and mental health care services to all Multnomah County youth. There are no out-of-pocket costs.

If you have questions about finding the most up to date information regarding your child’s school we can help. Please contact the library for assistance.

*If you'd like to read more on change, and how to help support your family through change, please check out our article on "Talking with kids about change."

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