What’s new at the GCCF?

School Board has 4 seats up for election
Four seats on the Gladstone School Board are up for election this spring: Position 1, Position 2, Position 6, and Position 7. The seven-member board makes policy and budget decisions that impact four schools and over 2,100 Gladstone students. Individuals who want to run for office must file for candidacy by March 16. Information is available at the Clackamas County Elections website:  http://www.clackamas.us/elections/20170516.html

Gladstone schools welcome non-resident students
Under Oregon law, students have the opportunity to attend a school outside their home district by applying for Open Enrollment. Gladstone is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year for grades K-10 through April 1. Find out more and apply today.

Tours for fall kindergarten students
Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? Parents and incoming kindergarten students should join us for March into Kindergarten, an orientation session for fall students and their parents. Children get to go on a school bus ride while parents receive their registration packet. The event is Tuesday, March 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families: 18905 Portland Ave. Please contact Heidi Smith at 503.496.3939 if you have questions.

Registration for fall kindergarten
If your child will begin kindergarten this fall, there are two days to drop off your registration packet: Monday, April 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or Wednesday, April 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families: 18905 Portland Ave. Please contact Heidi Smith at 503.496.3939 if you have questions.

Get cash for college!
The Oregon College Savings Plan invites kindergarten parents to receive $25 when they open a new Oregon College Savings Plan account or add to a pre-existing one for their kindergartner. Again, all you have to do as a kindergarten parent is go online to receive the $25 at http://www.becollegeready.net/account-funding.shtml. The deadline is February 28!

Sponsors support kindergarten enrichment and support to students
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who are supporting kindergarten classes with a generous donation of $250. The funds provide for students in need and classroom projects such as science lessons, art classes, and field trips.
• Bob and Melissa Everett
• Douglas Buchner
• Rich Vargo Insurance, Nationwide
• Tri-City Baptist Church
• Eye to Eye Clinic
• Gold Wrench Automotive
• Gladstone Kiwanis
• Fox Erosion Control & Landscape
• Edward Jones broker Brian Sutton

Thursday activities prepare children for kindergarten
To boost school-readiness skills, the Gladstone Center for Children & Families [GCCF} offers a series free events each Thursday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Each child gets a free book!
Story Hour [1st Thursdays] Share books and educational activities.
Activity Hour [2nd Thursdays] Build social skills, language skills, and coordination through games and fun!
STEAM Hour [3rd Thursdays] Explore Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Science Hour [4th Thursdays] Try hands-on science projects & make new friends!

Sign up now for winter activities
Want to learn something new in 2017? Gladstone’s Community Schools program offers classes and activities for adults and kids. From ukulele and Spanish to dance and sports, you will find fun, affordable courses for the whole family! Register now by clicking the Learning for Life button.