Summer Opportunities

Summer opportunities in Gladstone:                                                 

Gladstone recreation guide offers summer fun

Sports camps? Robotics? Performing arts? Driver Education? Summer adventures await, thanks to a spectrum of classes and day camps available through Gladstone’s community education program.

Copies of the summer activities guide, filled with activities for children, teens, and adults, are available at www.gladstone.k12.or.us, or by calling 503-650-2570.

“Besides the opportunity to explore new interests and make new friends, day camps provide the opportunity to gain independence and confidence,” said Lennie Bjornsen, Gladstone Schools’ Director of Student and Family Support. “These experiences can help children learn new skills in fun ways.”

For families on a budget, the guide offers a list of free activities sponsored by the Gladstone Public Library, several bargain-priced activities in Patterson Park, and free lunch programs for youths at both Kraxberger Middle School and the Gladstone Center for Children and Families.

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 Gladstone Schools offer free summer lunch for kids 

Gladstone Schools will again sponsor a free summer lunch program for kids and teens.  Funded by the federal government, the program provides all youths with a nutritious lunch.Hot lunches will be provided at two locations, June 9 to August 1, on Mondays to Fridays (except July 4).

Gladstone Center for Children & Families
18905 Portland Avenue
11 a.m. to noon

Kraxberger Middle School
17777 Webster Road
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

This is a drop-in program, and all youths (age 1 to 18) are welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, income, or religion. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Free Robotics Workshop at Kraxberger Middle School

Kids entering grades 4 to 8 are invited to drop in for a free Robotics Workshop at Kraxberger Middle School, organized by the Gearheads Robotics Club.

The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon on these summer Thursdays:
June 12, 19 & 26 and July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. The group meets in the back portable classroom at Kraxberger Middle School, 177777 Webster Road, in Gladstone. Free lunch is available in the school cafeteria from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. on these days.

For more information, contact mentor Shawn Price at 503.723.5609.
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Introduction to Robotics class 

Kids entering grades 3 to 8 can learn how to build a robot out of Legos, add motors and sensors, and write programs to make it do tasks. Then build and program your own robot (value $100+), and compete in competitions. Students will gain practical knowledge of basic electronics and programming while learning problem-solving and critical thinking. The class is taught by Gladstone Robotics advisor James Ward and student mentors.

The class, at Gladstone High School, is scheduled for two weekends: July 18-19 and 25-26. The group meets Fridays from 2 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 4:30 p.m. The course costs $169. To register, call 503-650-2570.
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Kraxberger KAOS Summer Program offers fun for a bargain price

Gladstone students entering grades 5 to 8 are invited to a bargain-priced summer program that includes sports and activities, plus a free lunch and a healthy snack. The program cost is just $25.

Activities will vary daily, but may include soccer, kickball, basketball, dodge ball, crafts, art, knitting, robotics, ultimate Frisbee, hip hop dance, capture the flag, and more.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Thursdays, June 23 to July 17. To register, call 503-650-2570.
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Gladstone Public library offers free fun for kids and teens

Fizz • Boom • Read
Summer Reading Program for children 12 and under

Register starting June 7 for a program that will keep your kids reading all summer long. Track progress with a reading lab, and win prizes along the way.

Don’t miss our June 7 kick-off event from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Get your summer reading goodie bag, get your face painted, and participate in fun activities!

Don’t miss these Special Events!

The Knights of Veritas
Friday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m. @ the library
Be transported to ancient times where knights will teach you about medieval weapons, armor, combat and chivalry.

The Science of Music
Thursday, July 3rd at 2:00 p.m. @ the library
Explore the science of sound! Use songs and instruments to experiment with sound. Learn how you can create instruments with objects you find at home.

The Reptile Man
Thursday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. @ the Gladstone Center for Children and Families (18905 Portland Avenue) Learn about reptiles with a live demonstration sure to make you squirm! Come for free lunch from 11 to noon.

Weekly Science & Stories

Preschool Science & Stories
Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. at the Gladstone Public Library
Mondays @10:30[June 9 to July 28] at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families
Stay for free lunch at the GCCF from 11 a.m. to noon!

Lab Rats
Saturdays at 11 a.m. — Gladstone Public Library
Stories and science for elementary students.

Teen Summer Fun 
Teen summer reading program: Sign up starting June 7 for our teen reading program and earn admission to our video gaming tournament to win a gaming system. For information, ask at the front desk.

6 p.m. at Gladstone Public Library
1st Thursdays: Teen game night
2nd Thursdays: Anime Club
3rd Thursdays: Dr. Who Club
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Garage Sale to benefit Gladstone Schools

A community garage sale is planned, featuring zillions of bargains on household items, clothing, sports equipment, baby gear, books, furniture, office supplies, craft supplies, and collectibles. Sponsored by the Gladstone Education Foundation, all proceeds will benefit Gladstone Schools.

The garage sale will take place in the cafeteria at Gladstone High School from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 13 and14, and June 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gladstone High is located at 18800 Portland Avenue.

For donation pick up or to volunteer for event set-up, call Corinne at 503-722-2284 or Kathy at 971-227-2655. All donations are tax-deductible.
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Gladstone Clothes Closet, Food Pantry set summer hours

Between June 19 and July 31, the Gladstone Community Clothes Closet will shift to summer hours, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. The Food Pantry will be open this summer on the same schedule, providing food items to families in need.

Youths needing clothes are welcome to visit the Clothes Closet during open hours. Current donation needs are used or new shoes and new packages of youth socks, underwear, and diapers. [Please deliver donations only during operating hours.]

The new clothes closet on the Gladstone High campusprovides free clothing to youths from birth to age 21. It is located on the north side of the GHS campus, accessible from the fire lane off Nelson Lane. The Gladstone Food Pantry is located next door to the Clothes Closet.

For back-to-school clothing needs, regular Clothes Closet hours will resume August 7:  Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call LaRae Applebee at 503.758.4411.
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Register now for free summer friendship groups

Help your young child gain confidence in friendship skills through fun-filled friendship groups at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. Run by LifeWorks Northwest, the groups promote social and emotional skills for children to be successful at school and at home. Come at 11 a.m. for a free lunch!

Age 5 to 7: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 10 to July 31 from noon to 1 p.m.
Age 3 & 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 10 to July 31 from noon to 1 p.m.

Space is limited. To register or get more information, call Lifeworks Northwest at 503.496.5770.
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Story Town builds reading readiness

Family Stepping Stones presents a weekly summer story time, with crafts, snacks, games, and songs all tied to a classic children’s book.

The group meets Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Family Stepping Stones, 18907 Portland Avenue in Gladstone, part of the Gladstone Center for Children & Families. Story times are best for parents and caregivers with children from birth to 8. One adult must be present for every four children attending.

Space is limited. To register, call Chelsea Hamilton at 503.496.5764 or email ParentingNowFSS@gmail.com.
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Free Kindergarten Readiness Summer Program

Is your child starting kindergarten this fall? LifeWorks Northwest is offering a summer program of fun activities to help children build new skills and make new friends to prepare them for academic, social, and emotional success in modern-day kindergarten.

The class runs Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, June 9 to July 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Following the class, students are invited to stay for a free lunch.

Space is limited. For more information, and to register, call 503.496.5770.
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Free summer playgroup for age 5 and under

Parents with children from birth to age 5 are invited to a free summer playgroup in Gladstone. Join us for fun in our shady covered playground, complete with trike roadways, a play structure, and more. Please, no more than 3 children per adult, and no children over 5.

Playgroup will meet Thursdays from noon to 1:15 beginning June 12 through the summer at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families: 18905 Portland Ave. in Gladstone. Children are invited to come early for a free lunch served from 11 to noon.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Link your Fred Meyer card to benefit Gladstone Schools

Help Gladstone Schools earn donations when you shop at Fred Meyer with your rewards card. You still get your fuel points & rebates, and Gladstone Schools gets a community donation from Fred Meyer. So far, with just 19 people signed up, we have already raised over $300. Easy money!

Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer rewards card to Gladstone Schools at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Be sure to enter Gladstone Schools, #80945.

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Golf Tournament to raise funds for Gladstone Schools

Golfers, kick off your involvement in the Gladstone Cultural Festival at the golf tournament fundraiser organized by the Gladstone Education Foundation. All proceeds benefit Gladstone Schools.

The tournament is at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, August 1 at Stone Creek Golf Course. Participation is $125 per Golfer. Hole sponsorship is $1000 and includes golfing for 4. To sponsor a hole or to register your team, call Bill Kemnitzer at 503-522-2884 or email billkemnitzer@aol.com.

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Gladstone schools urge families to keep kids learning this summer

Over the long summer break, students risk losing some of the progress they made in school this year.  Finding opportunities for kids to practice their skills can prevent this.  That’s why Gladstone Schools is urging parents to keep their kids involved in reading, math, and science activities this summer.

“As we move forward with more challenging national standards, keeping students learning throughout the summer becomes more important than ever,” said John Wetten Principal Wendy Wilson.  “This can happen in many ways, from family excursions to the library, to encouraging children to be active scientific observers while camping or walking to the park.”

Turn math into a game:


Kids love computer games.  For each hour they spend playing a game of their choosing, challenge them to spend an hour playing a math game or watching math instruction videos on-line.  If you don’t have a computer at home, you can sign up to use one at the library at no cost.


Elementary & Middle School math:

http://pbskids.org/games/math.html
http://resources.oswego.org/games/
http://www.aplusmath.com/games/index.html
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm#earlymath
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/mathcode.htm

Middle School & High School math:

High School students can get a jump on next year’s math class, or review last year’s class on the Kahn Academy website:
http://www.khanacademy.org/

This site provides how-to videos on hundreds of topics, including arithmetic, decimals, fractions, algebra, geometry, statistics, pre-calculus, calculus, science, and much more.  It also includes do-it-yourself SAT test prep opportunities.  Best of all, it’s free!

Another source for practice problems is the free SAT Practice test available at http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test.  This includes practice in critical reading, writing, and math.  Practice tests in other subjects are also available.

Find hands-on science in your kitchen or back yard:
 


Science surrounds us in the natural world, and kids are fascinated by how things work.  Help your child learn to think like a scientist by helping them sort and categorize what they find at your neighborhood park.  Use a camera phone or a small digital camera to snap photos, and then sort them by type:  evergreen or deciduous trees; insects, reptiles, birds, or mammals. Start a rock collection and research the origins of different rock types.

Explore kitchen chemistry.  Bake bread, and learn about how yeast makes the dough rise.  Can pickles, and learn the science of preserving foods.  Use cornstarch and water to make your own non-Newtonian fluid.  Discover the different chemical forms of matter (solid, liquid, gas) by transforming ice to water to steam and back again.  Measure water evaporation. Plant a salad garden and track plant growth as seeds turn into vegetables.  Directions for each of these projects are easy to find on the Internet.

A visit to a science, art, or history museum is another way to continue student learning during the summer months.  Did you know that students who visit exhibits with an adult learn three times as much as youths who explore on their own?  Clearly, parent involvement makes a big difference!