What’s new at the GCCF?

Join us for Harvest Festival this Thursday!
Dress like a farmer and bring your children six and under to the Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the GCCF. Fun includes pumpkin decorating, games, pizza and cookies. Admission is free, but donations of canned foods or new children’s socks & underwear are appreciated! Each family gets 1 free pumpkin. Extra pizza slices available for $1, and extra pumpkins available for purchase.

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.  starting in November.
Story Hour [1st Thursdays] Each child attending gets a free book!
Activity Hour [2nd Thursdays] Build social skills, language skills, and coordination!
STEAM Hour [3rd Thursdays] Explore Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Science Hour [4th Thursdays starting in January] Try hands-on science projects & make new friends!

College Savings information night

Whether your child goes to college or trade school, higher education will help them find success. To learn strategies to save for your child’s future, join us for an hour-long presentation by the Oregon College Savings Plan in the JWE cafeteria  with sessions starting at 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Kindergarten families who sign up will receive a $25 savings starter account for their child.  For more information, visit www.oregoncollegesavings.com/ 

Gladstone Education Foundation seeks new members
The Gladstone Education Foundation is seeking applicants to join its Board of Directors. Since 2000, the Foundation has raised private funding to promote academic achievement and enhanced learning opportunities for Gladstone students, educators, and youth organizations. More information here: www.gladstonefoundation.org. Applications are due October 31.

Sign up now for fall activities
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.

Water & radon testing in Gladstone schools
This summer the Gladstone School District hired an independent lab to systematically test school faucets and drinking fountains to ensure a safe water supply. More than 500 water samples from the district’s five buildings were analyzed for lead and copper. Complete test results are available here.

“Protecting the health of our students and staff is a top priority,” said Superintendent Bob Stewart. “We moved quickly to remedy each problem identified before school started.”