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WEAVING CRAFT TUTORIAL AFTER SCHOOL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION HIKING WILDWOOD | AWESOME NW KID

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June 2013


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School’s out for the summer. If you’re anything like us, you’ve looked forward to longer days and warmer temperatures all winter long; dreaming about days spent in the swimming pool, Sunday Parkways, and a reason to eat handmade ice cream on a daily basis. You might also be thinking about how to make the most of summer while your kids take a break from structured learning in the classroom, and may have planned a few camp excursions where they can learn skills or spend time communing with nature in a way they can’t while they are in school. Or maybe, you just need to get the kiddos out of the house. We’ve got your number. Parlez-vous? Summer is also a great time to assess the educational goals you have for your kids. In this issue, we focus on bilingual education. If you’ve been considering enrolling your kids in a dual immersion program or are simply looking for opportunities where your kids can learn a second language, we have you covered. Be sure to check out the piece on after school bilingual programs and our expansive resource guide on the many bilingual education programs in the Portland area. If you’ve read the book Wildwood by Colin Meloy with illustrations by Carson Ellis, don’t miss the feature on how to hike Wildwood. And if you haven’t read the book, this summer might be a great time to pick it up and use this guide as a way of enhancing the reading experience. Summer in the Northwest is like no place on earth. We have it good here during these choice months, and we plan to take full advantage of spending time outside, digging in the dirt, cooing over baby-bikini bodies, BBQ’s, staying up late, and sleeping under the stars. Heck, we’ll even take on multiple meltdowns and sibling fighting for that perfect day (hour) on the beach. Oh summer, we love you so. See you outside, Kelley and Beth

Cover and Contents Photography by Christina elston marie-photo.com

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Contents june 2013

8 Weaving Craft Tutorial made by joel 10 Resource Guide: Bilingual Education 12 After School Language Programs 14 Found Around Town: Summer Gear 16 Dual Language Reads: Books from Around the World

here comes summer, here comes summer, chirping robin, budding rose. here comes summer, here comes summer, gentle showers, summer clothes. here comes summer, here comes summer whoosh-shiver-there it goes. - Shel Silverstein

18 A Family’s Guide to Hiking Wildwood 22 Immersion for Your Child: A Snapshot into the Adventures of Dual Language Programs 24 Calendar of Events 30 Awesome NW Kid

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Listings Amanda Arp.......................................................... 29 Barre3.......................................................................9 Bennett Suzuki Violin Studio................................ 31 Bernie Fagan Soccer Camp................................... 19 Cathedral Park Preschool...................................... 31 Coffee Kids............................................................ 29 Corbett Fun Fest.......................................................2 EZ Orchards........................................................... 31 French American International School................. 15 French Prairie Gardens.......................................... 31 German American School..................................... 15 Hope Chinese Charter School............................... 25 In Good Taste......................................................... 21 International Leadership Academy...................... 21 International School............................................. 23 K12........................................................................ 17 Kids Like Languages............................................. 15 Kids’ Backyard Store.................................................3 Kruger’s Farm........................................................ 31 KUIK Kid Fit!.......................................................... 29 Lake Oswego Hunt Riding Academy.................... 19 Laughing Planet.................................................... 29 Little Fruit Farm Montessori.....................................7 My Masterpiece Art Studio................................... 19 N Clackamas Aquatic Park.......................................7 Northwest Chinese Academy............................... 25 OHSU Adoption Health............................................9 Oregon Artist School............................................. 19 Oregon Coast Aquarium..........................................2 Oregon Garden...................................................... 31 Oregon Hope Chinese School............................... 25 Oregon Rail Heritage Center................................. 31 Petit Pois Daycare.................................................. 25 Portland Christian Center Young Champions....... 21 Portland Early Learning........................................ 23 Portland Language Arts....................................... 17 Portland Rock Gym............................................... 19 Portland Trampolines...............................................3 Scuola Italiana...................................................... 25 Simply Signing NW.............................................. 17 Sit Still Salon......................................................... 25 Soccer Shots.......................................................... 32 Spielwerk Toys..........................................................2 Summa Academy....................................................7 SW Community Center......................................... 19 Westside Montessori International.........................9 World of Smiles..................................................... 29 6 | NW Kids Magazine

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Weaving Tutorial for Kids with Cardboard and Yarn

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By Joel Henriques

 et a piece of cardboard for the “loom”. Any size will do, G but this one is 3×5 inches. Using scissors, make some cuts along two opposite edges, about a 1/2 inch apart.


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Take some yarn, and tape the end to the back of the cardboard, then fitting the yarn into the notches, wrap the yarn around the cardboard. To do this, you want to wrap around the cardboard tab, then go down the opposite side to make the long lines (see photo 3) where you will weave.


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This is what the front will look like.


Next, take a length of yarn and tape one end to the back of the cardboard loom. The other end will be threaded through the loom. I found that if you wrap a piece of tape around the end of the yarn, it’s much easier to thread it. I’ve also seen people use a large needle, but I like tape better for kids.

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Now start threading the yarn in an over under pattern, back and forth across the loom. (Note – if your child skips some threads or makes a mistake, it’s fine. I just like to let them roll with it and have fun.)


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When you run out of thread, you can continue with a different color. I tied the new color to the end of the old color, but I think you can just weave the “tails” in, if you’d like. Knots seemed to be easier for the kids.


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 fter the weaving is done, turn over the cardboard, and A take off the pieces of tape that are holding down the ends of the yarn.


Now peel off the loops of yarn over the tabs along one side of the weaving. Then slide the other side of the weaving off over the other tabs.
 This is what it will look like when you take it off the loom.


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Gently pull the loops of yarn that were on the tabs, one at a time, so you can tighten down the edges of the weaving.


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Now tie a knot around each of the four loose ends, then cut off the extra threads of yarn.

Finished!

Artist and designer, Joel Henriques, has devoted himself to making arts and crafts both accessible and meaningful. Made by Joel encourages everyone, regardless of economic means, skill level or age to participate in the collective, creative process. Learn about Joel and try more of his crafts at madebyjoel.com. 8 | NW Kids Magazine


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Resource Guide:

Bilingual Education

American Sign Language Kids Like Languages kidslikelanguages.com PDX Loves Signing pdxlovessigning.com Portland Early Learning Project portlandearlylearning.com Simply Signing Northwest simplysigningnw.com Tiny Talkers tinytalkersportland.com Washington School For The Deaf wsd.wa.gov/outreach/communityasl.aspx

French Atlas Immersion Academy Daycare & Preschool atlasimmersionacademy.wordpress.com Gilkey International Middle School (6-8, private) faispdx.org International Leadership Academy (p-6, private) ilapdx.org Le Monde Immersion School (K-2, PPS Charter)* lemondeimmersion.org L’Etoile French Immersion School (K-3, private)* letoilefrenchschool.com Petit Pois - Bilingual Daycare petitpoisdaycare.com 10 | NW Kids Magazine

After School/Weekend Programs Alliance Francaise de Portland afportland.org Culture Club cultureclubkids.com International Leadership Academy ilapdx.org kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com

German German American School of Portland (p-5, private) gspdx.org Gilkey International Middle School (6-8, private) faispdx.org After School/Weekend Programs The German Saturday School of Portland germanamerican.org kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com Sophie Scholl Schule sophieschollsschule.org

Hebrew Maimonides Jewish Day School (p-5, private) sites.google.com/site/mjdspdx Portland Jewish Academy (K-8, private) portlandjewishacademy.org


After School/Weekend Programs The Portland Center for Hebrew Immersion nevehshalom.org

Italian Scuola Italiana Di Portland Preschool scuola.us/preschool After School/Weekend Programs kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com Scuola Italiana di Portland scuola.us/childrens-classes

Japanese

Chinese Montessori Preschool portlandlanguagearts.com Gilkey International Middle School (6-8, private) faispdx.org Hope Chinese Charter School (K-2)* hopeccs.org Hosford Middle School Mandarin (6-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/hosford the International School (P-5, private) intlschool.org Northwest Chinese Academy (P-6, private) nwchineseacademy.org

the International School (p-5, private) intlschool.org

Oregon Hope Chinese School oregonhopechineseschool.org

Mt. Tabor Middle School (6-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor

Woodstock Mandarin Immersion (K-5, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/woodstock

Richmond Japanese Immersion (K-5, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/richmond After School/Weekend Programs Bodhi Tree center bodhitreechineseschool.org kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com

Mandarin Chinese Bodhi Tree center (P-K) bodhitreechineseschool.org Chinese American International School (P-K) caisoregon.org

After School/Weekend Programs Bodhi Tree Center bodhitreechineseschool.org Culture Club cultureclubkids.com kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com Oregon Hope Chinese School oregonhopechineseschool.org Spring Leaf Chinese School springleaf.org continued on p. 13

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Photographs by Portland Early learning

After School Language Programs By jana wingate

One of the many reasons I love Portland is because it is so culturally diverse. You can hear all sorts of different dialects from all over the world spoken here. Not only are so many languages spoken here, there are numerous ways to learn one as well. Of course it is harder for adults to learn, but our kids are little sponges, so why not invest in a little more learning and put your child in an after school bilingual program. Highlighted below are a few of the after school programs available for your budding bilinguist.

Culture Club teaches French by using

an in-home socialized method. They combine games to create a natural progression of learning with the goal of using common acts of speech. As they state, once a child deducts meaning and sees a grammar pattern for themselves, studying becomes obsolete. They strive to teach their classes as if your child is in an immersion school, yet taking private lessons. To learn more about this creative approach to learning visit, cultureclubkids.com

Portland Early Learning not only

wants your child to learn Spanish, they want to open their eyes to a whole new culture. Their goal is to allow your child to use functional phrases with proper pronunciation, while having fun and taking away a positive experience from learning a new language. Each class has one unit that lasts six weeks with focus on one subject to allow your child to learn naturally. To learn more about taking a trip around the world with the Spanish language visit, portlandearlylearning.com

Bodhi Tree Center is a Chinese Im-

mersion school geared toward children who go to school during the day, with or without Mandarin Chinese instruction.

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Children are introduced to a specific topic through activities such as singing, dancing, games, and arts and crafts, to slowly build their language development. As they state it, “they are having fun, being engaged, and it’s almost transparent to them that the instruction is in Mandarin.� To immerse your child in the Mandarin language that over 1.3 billion speak, please visit bodhitreechineseschool.org

The Italian School of Portland

provides a very flexible program tailored to fit the age and skill level of each student. Students build their skills through the introduction of vocabulary and grammar by working in small groups. Each group participates in a fluency-based activity allowing children to gain the necessary skills to communicate in a real-life context. Classes are provided from beginner to advanced building on reading, writing and conversation. To allow your child to explore the Italian language visit, scuola.us Jana is the Mother of 5-year-old Rowyn, and lives with her husband and daughter in North Portland. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a BA Degree in Journalism.


Russian Kelly Dual Russian Immersion (K-5, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/kelly

Spanish Ainsworth Spanish Immersion (K-5, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/ainsworth Amiguitos! Preschool (P-1) amiguitos.org Aprende Con Amigos Immersion Preschool Program aprendeconamigos.com Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School (1-6) arcoirisschool.wordpress.com Atkinson Spanish Immersion (K-5, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/atkinson Beach Spanish Immersion (K-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/beach Bridger Spanish Immersion K-8 (K-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/bridger Cesar Chavez Spanish Immersion (K-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/cesarchavez Community Montessori School Immersion Preschool Program communitymontessorischool.net East-West Sylvan Spanish Immersion (6-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/east-west-sylvan Escuela Viva - Bilingual Spanish Program (P-K) escuuela-viva.com

Resource Guide

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Gilkey International Middle School (6-8, private) faispdx.org the International School (p-5, private) intlschool.org The Language Academy (p-6, private in Vancouver, WA) languageacademyinc.com Lent Spanish Immersion (K-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/lent Linnton Bilingual Preschool & daycare linnton.com/childcare.asp Metzger Elementary Spanish Immersion (K-5) metzger.ttdschools.org Mi Escuela Spanish Preschool facebook.com/pages/hillside-community-center Mt. Tabor Middle School Spanish Immersion (6-8, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor Rigler Spanish Immersion (K-6, PPS) pps.k12.or.us/schools/rigler Wildwood Nature School Bilingual Preschool Program wildwoodnatureschool.com After School/Weekend Programs kids like languages kidslikelanguages.com Portland Early Learning Project portlandearlylearning.com The Tierra Educational Center tierracenter.com NW Kids Magazine | 13


Badger Anti-Bug Balm

2 oz. tin at Pharmaca, $8

Newport H2 by Keen

at The Keen Garage, $50

Butterfly Garden

at Learning Palace, $20

found

around Town

Kids Natural Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 by Goddess Garden

Yepp Maxi Rear Child Seat

at New Seasons Market, $22

at Clever Cycles, $230

Kindercone Sleeping Bag for Kids

at REI, $60

Wham-O Slip n’ Slide at Spielwerk Toys, $15

Blast Pad Junior by Marky Sparky

at Piccolo Mondo Toys, $20

The Trek Kickster

at Bike Gallery, $159

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books

from around the world

Summer 2013

By Elizabeth Pusack of Green Bean Books

Presiona Aquí by Hervé Tullet (HC $15.99) “Pressiona aquí ya da vuelta a la página! ¡Buenisimo!” One yellow dot becomes two. This playful Parisian illustrator has dared and delighted us with books like The Game of Finger Worms, The Game of Mix-and-Match, and myriad marvelous others. This time Tullet’s fresh-as-a-daisy primary-colored paint dolops offer you opportunities to interact and revamp your vocabulary in a whole new language, Spanish. Play-a-long, painterly, perfecto!

Colores Everywhere! (BB $7.95) “¿Es el cielo siempre azul?” “¿Qué alimentos de color verde te gusta comer?” A beautiful bilingual color concept and questions book, illustrated with real examples of international folk art from the San Antonio Museum of Art. Wonder a while and work on your words with Mexican painter Miguel Covarrubias’ Woman from Tehuantepec (1944) or Alfonso Suaraz’ Racing Car. We can’t get enough of these colores vivos, just in time for summer!


L’Abécédaire by Brian Wildsmith (BB $6.95) Aigle, belette, chien, dindon. If you and your little French learner don’t have alphabetical savoirfaire yet, you’ll be sans souci as soon as you stock your bookshelf with Brian Wildsmith’s classic ABC, now in board book form for baby francophiles! Wildsmith won the Kate Greenaway Medal (British Caldecott) and is one of England’s most treasured illustrators, one of Green Bean’s, too!

Summertime Rainbow by Belle Yang (BB $6.99) Baby bunnies hop around exploring a world abloom in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Suddenly the sky itself is blooming into a rainbow! Yang’s gouche illustrations are bright and beautiful as ever, and the book includes a Pinyin glossary and a guide to Chinese tones in the back. Summertime Rainbow is fascinating for bilingual tots, tots just curious about the way Chinese looks and sounds, and anybody who loves a cute story. 1600 NE Alberta Street 503-954-2354 greenbeanbookspdx.com

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A Family’s Guide to Hiking

Wildwood

by Katie Boehnlein

In fall 2011, Portland writer and musician, Colin Meloy, published the young adult novel Wildwood with his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis. Set in Portland, the story highlights the city’s 5,000-acre wilderness, Forest Park, transforming the forest into a world of magic and mystery. If you are looking for an activity bound to keep your family active all summer, it’s time to hit the books (and the trails)! I have compiled four adventures that you can take as you read Wildwood together. Because of the book’s length (560 pages) and the inexhaustibility of Portland’s natural areas, your exploration of Wildwood is only limited to your time and imagination. Excursion #1: St. Johns neighborhood

Formerly its own city, until it was annexed in 1915, St. Johns is a vibrant, historic neighborhood. Start your Wildwood tour by playing in St. Johns City Park, located on N Central Street. This is the infamous park where Prue’s baby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows in Wildwood. Your next stop is the St. Johns Library, located on N Charleston Avenue, where you can read up on local birds and plants. Next, take a walk down N Philadelphia Avenue and onto the picturesque St. Johns Bridge. The bridge itself is ½ mile across, so walk as much of it as you like. The views over the Willamette River are breathtaking but the sidewalk is quite narrow and the bridge is a regular thoroughfare for trucks, so be mindful of where you step! End your excursion with a picnic at waterfront Cathedral Park, located below the arched supports of the bridge.

Introduction to Wildwood

Photographs by Kate boehnlein

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Prue and Curtis’s first glimpse of Wildwood is one of disbelief. They can’t believe that such a magical place can exist inside their city. Washington Park is similar, a gem bursting with life on the cusp of downtown. Start your introduction to Wildwood at the Oregon continued on p. 20


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Zoo, where you can visit some of the animals of the Wood. The Oregon Zoo features American Beavers, American Black Bears, Golden Eagles and River Otters, among other Northwest species that Carson Ellis has drawn into Wildwood. After you’ve met enough animal friends for one day, walk 1-mile up the hill for a hike of your choice in the cool, quiet forest of the Hoyt Arboretum. The Arboretum has a delightful shelter near its Visitors’ Center, perfect for a picnic lunch and some play on a sloping lawn. You’ll soon find that the Impassible Wilderness has its hold on you. Watch out, or you’ll want to stay forever!

Excursion #2: Pittock Mansion Begin your adventure into Wildwood at the pullout parking area on W Burnside Street, just West of the road access to the Pittock Mansion (NW Barnes Road). Carefully cross the busy street (there’s a crosswalk) onto the Wildwood Trail. You’ll immediately feel the peace and quiet of the Wood, as the noise from Burnside fades away with every step. For a true immersion into Wildwood, stop to pick English Ivy you see along the trail and bedeck yourselves with ivy

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crowns, like true bandits. See how camouflaged you can be. After about 1 mile of uphill walking, you will reach the Pittock Mansion. From here, you can explore the mansion grounds and enjoy a breathtaking view of Portland before heading back down the trail to your car.

Excursion #3: The Avian Principality Unfortunately, you won’t get to ride in style into the Avian Principality in quite the same way as Prue does in Wildwood, but you can surely try. To reach the Avian Principality (also known as the Audubon Society of Portland) park at Lower MacLeay Park on NW 29th and Upshur. From here, you will enjoy walking the beautiful Lower Macleay Trail, which winds along Balch Creek for 1.4 miles to the Audubon Sanctuary. Enjoy the afternoon discovering the Sanctuary’s trails, exploring the Visitors’ Center, and meeting the educational birds living at the Wildlife Care Center. The Audubon Society is truly a magical and place always filled with the sound of our avian friends.

Excursion #4: North Wood The further North you get in Forest Park, the quieter and wilder the forest gets. There are many wonderful hikes in this half of the park, all of which can be found in Marcy Houle’s guidebook One City’s Wilderness. My favorite loop hike (at 3 miles round trip), starts at the parking area at NW Springville Road, just off Skyline Boulevard. Start by walking straight down Firelane 7 for .7 miles, taking a left onto the Ridge Trail. At the intersection of the Wildwood Trail, turn left and continue on it for about 1.5 miles. Keep your eye out for the Council Tree, as there are a number of beautiful old trees in this part of the Wood. Exercise your skills as a North Wood mystic-in-training by finding a large tree along the trail and sitting beside it, back against the trunk. Let your mind wander as you listen to the forest. Finish your loop by turning left onto Springville Road near Wildwood Trail mile marker 22.5. Take Springville Road back to the parking area.


Can’t get enough of Wildwood? Luckily, other Portlanders can’t either. The Audubon Society of Portland (audubonportland.org) is running a Wildwood summer camp at the Avian Principality from August 12-16th. Forest Park Conservancy (forestparkconservancy.org) regularly hosts ivy pulls for families and Discovery Hikes for Kids, one of which is based on Wildwood. Visit their websites for more information. Katie Boehnlein is a teacher and writer living in Portland, OR where you can find her exploring the beautiful natural areas of the Rose City by foot and by bike. She grew up exploring the parks and staircases of Southwest Portland, which fueled her passion for ecology and urban exploration. You can follow Katie’s adventures on her blog “In the Midst,” which can be found at kboehnlein. wordpress.com. Here, you can read about her own Wildwood adventures which have included chasing crows in St. Johns, wearing a bandit costume while riding public transit, and hiking all 30 miles of the Wildwood Trail with a group of 10-13 year olds! NW Kids Magazine | 21


Immersion for your child: A Snapshot into the Adventures of Dual Language Programs by Katie Dill Dual language immersion programs have become increasingly popular in the Portland area. There are a number of schools offering dual language in public, charter and private schools. The benefits of learning a second language have been well documented, but is dual language immersion the right fit for your child and family? There is a lot to consider when inviting a second language into your child’s education. Here are a few things to look for when researching a program to assess whether it is an appropriate match for your child and the goals you have for their education. Proficiency What are your expectations for your child as far as proficiency in both their native language and the second language he will be acquiring? Is it possible to become an expert in two languages both verbally and academically? You must establish your expectations of expertise in both the languages being taught in math, writing, reading, and conversation. Native Speakers Are the second language instructors native speakers? Does it matter? Some dual immersion programs are taught by native speakers, while others are taught by non native speakers. For example, the Spanish portion of a class may be taught by an instructor in which Spanish is his/her native tongue, while the English portion is taught by a native English speaker. There are also schools where the Spanish instructor has learned Spanish as a second language and English is actually his/ 22 | NW Kids Magazine

her native language. If this is significant for your goals in a dual language program, make sure you are aware of the background of the on staff instructors at the school you are interested in. Intact Group One quick tip to consider when researching immersion programs is the intact group. If you are interested in a particular program, take a look in the upper grades as well. For example, how many students are in the 5th grade class from the original program that started together in Kindergarten? This is known as the “intact group�. If 25 students began the immersion program together in Kindergarten and there are only 12 students left in the 5th grade then you may want to reconsider that particular program. Model What is the model in which the school is based upon? There are several dual language/ immersion models that are implemented throughout the Portland area and are changing regularly. Be mindful of the model in which the school you are interested in is executing and if it changes through grade levels. For example, there is a 90/10 model (90% of instruction is taught in the 2nd language while 10% is taught in English), or a 50/50 model (50% of instruction is taught in the 2nd language while 50% is taught in English). Which portion of the day is the 10%(or taught in English)? Is it during the specials? Is math, writing and reading all taught in both languages? Does it


change throughout the year? It may change per grade level as well, ie., Kindergarten could be 90/10 while 1st-5th grade may change to 50/50. There are also full immersion programs in which 100% of the instruction is conducted in the second language. Each school has their own culture and philosophy as far as delegation of languages and instruction throughout the school day. Make sure the school fits your goals and beliefs.

Katie Dill is a mother of four children 6-yearsold and under. She has a stellar husband that puts up with her obsession with organized chaos and the need to stay busy. Running half marathons in between pregnancies and fetching earthworms with her children in their fairy garden are all part of this beautiful adventure she calls life.

Embarking into the world of immersion is an exciting and challenging journey for your family. Make sure there is an established support system for both your child and yourself as parents to maximize your experiences in a dual language school. It is critical to engage in a community of learners that can offer support with culture, homework and conversational skills. Both you and your child will be relishing in this adventure together; make sure it’s the most appropriate program for your family and the goals in which you pursue.

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Monthly

Calendar

Performances Jun 1-2

Oregon Children’s Theatre A Year with Frog and Toad

Experience the seasons with best amphibian friends Frog and Toad in this variety-show style performance. $18-30, Sat 2pm & 5pm, Sun 2pm octc.org

Jun 9

Rose Festival Events

For more information and locations, visit rosefestival.org

Jun 1

Starlight Parade

A glowing, sparkling, blinking spectacular, with marching bands, floats, and more. 8:30pm.

Jun 1-2, 6-9 CityFair

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Finale!

Featuring the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Jazz Band I. $14-37, 7pm. playmys.org

A favorite Portland summer-is-coming tradition! Local beer and food, live animals, shopping, music, and, of course, carnival rides! Head down on Jun 7 for fireworks. $7 for ages 7 and up (free on Jun 6), Thurs-Fri 3-11pm, SatSun 11am-11pm.

Jun 15-16

Jun 5

Portland Festival Ballet Hansel and Gretel

Junior Parade

The fantasy fairy tale of two siblings comes to life in this sweet dance performance. $22-25, Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm. portlandfestivalballet.org

This one’s for the kids! Colorful mascots, including the Rose Festival Clown Prince, youth dance groups, baton twirlers, and musicians - even your own little ones can join the fun! 1pm.

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Jun 6

Mississippi Studios - Cat Doorman and The Good Ms. Padgett

A magical night of fun, family-friendly music! $8-10 (advanced tickets $6-8), kids 0-2 free, 4pm. catdoorman.com

Creative Youth Awards

Take in the best in youth a cappella and silent filmmaking. $8-10, 6:30pm.

Jun 8

Grand Floral Parade

Impressive all-floral floats, local marching bands, equestrian units, vintage vehicles, and more. Indoor and outdoor seating available, $15-30, 10am.

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June 2013 Jun 8-9

Dragon Boat Race

80 teams from all over the city, country, and world compete on the beautiful Willamette. Come cheer them on! 8am-4pm.

Jun 9

Milk Carton Boat Races

Human-powered boats and rafts, constructed only of recycled milk cartons and jugs; how much more Portland can you get? 11am.

Summer Festivals and Events Jun 8

Fort Vancouver National Get Outdoors Day

Get outdoors! With over 50 booths with interactive recreational activities like fishing, climbing, hiking - anything involving being active and getting a little dirty. Free, 10am3pm. nationalgetoutdoorsday.org

Jun 8-9, 15-16

French Prairie Gardens Berries, Brews, & BBQs

The name says it all! Head down for a free festival, including u-pick strawberries, farm animals, tasting competitions, rides, and more. Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. fpgardens.coim

Jun 15

Oaks Park - Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival 26 | NW Kids Magazine

Celebrate Summer Solstice with dancing, music, crafts, food, and the raising of the Maypole. $3-15, 11am-8pm. scanheritage.org

Jun 15-16

Kruger’s Farm Berry Jam Festival

It’s strawberry season! Gather at the farm for berry picking, jam-making, face painting, music, and sun. Load up on yummy strawberry shortcake! Free, 11am-4pm. krugersfarmmarket.com

Jun 21-23

Festival of Balloons

This 3-day, non-stop event is a can’t miss! Watch the hot air balloon launch at dawn, then stick around for vendor shopping, games, eating competitions, live music, and carnival fun. $7, 5:45am-dusk. tigardballoon.org

Jun 29-30

Esther Short Park Recycled Arts Festival

Summer, art, and the environment come together in this fun-filled weekend. Over 120 artists, jugglers, dances, crafts, and more. Free, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. recycledartsfestival.com

Jun 29-30

Riverfront Park 16th Annual World Beat Festival

Experience food, music, ideas, and performances from various cultures, with this year’s special focus on Japan. $5 suggested donation, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-6pm. worldbeatfestival.org


Events Weds in Jun

Cafe au Play Krafty Kids Art Classes

Age appropriate art and tactile play for little ones not yet in school, with a different theme every week. Free, 10:30-11:30am. cafeauplay.org

Thurs in Jun

St. Johns Swap n Play Playspace Open Play

Curious about the play space and the benefits of membership? Bring the kiddos to play and create for free. 10am-12pm. swapnplay.org

Fris-Suns in Jun

Blue Lake Natural Discovery Garden - Guided Activities

Spend sunny afternoons in the garden and surrounding park learning different ways to enjoy, preserve, and protect nature, with a different theme every week. Free with $5 parking, 1-5pm. oregonmetro.gov

Jun 5 & 19

Portland Children’s Museum Dino Excavation

For amateur archeologists! Use a paintbrush and other tools to “dig up” dinosaurs. $10, 10-11am. portlandcm.org

Jun 5

Mississippi Pizza - Mr. Hoo (and Friends) Performs

Fun, upbeat, original, quirky kids music (and

pizza) for the whole family! $5-10 suggested donation, 5-6pm. thealphabeticians.com

Jun 7

Portland Children’s Museum Free First Friday

Touch, play, and learn - for free! 4-8pm. portlandcm.org

Jun 8

Museum of Contemporary Craft Drop In and Make! Drop by the museum and make a unique keepsake, guided by a local artisan. $3, 1-3pm, museumofcontemporarycraft.org

Jun 9

Kidical Mass Laurelhurst a la Mode

A family-friendly bike ride just shy of 4 miles, open to kids who can ride in a straight line, stop at stop signs, and follow verbal directions. Treats involved! Free, 1-4pm. kidicalmasspdx.org

Jun 11

Oregon Zoo - Second Tuesday See the animals for just $4! 9am-6pm. oregonzoo.org

Jun 14

Fort Vancouver Flag Day at Fort Vancouver

Celebrate American pride at the parade ground bandstand with presentations from local schools, color guard, and music. Free, 3:30pm. fortvan.org

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Opening Jun 14

OMSI - Mummies of the World: The Exhibition

Mummies are more than just creepy movie villains; learn about the rich and varied history of this preservation practice through multimedia and interactive exhibits. Through Sept 8. $9-18, 9:30am-5:30pm (closed Mon). omsi.edu, mummiesoftheworld.com

Jun 15

Stub Stewart and Rooster Rock State Parks - OMSI Star Party

Jun 22

Smith and Bybee Wetlands Western Painted Turtle Walk

See these beautiful and majestic creatures up close and learn about them from an expert. Registration required - 503-220-2781. Ages 5 and up, $6-11, 1-2:30pm. oregonmetro.gov

Jun 23

Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland

Your chance to see the stars and other miracles of the universe with friends and family. Check website prior to heading out for possible weather-related cancellations. $5 parking, 8:30pm. omsi.edu/starparties

Ride around NE with the family and take in the weather, sights, music, food, and more. Free, 11am-4pm. portlandsundayparkways.org

Jun 19

JUN 23

Sellwood Community Center Komedy 4 da Kids

Angel Ocasio presents a Spanish and English performance of physical comedy, juggling, magic, and more. Free, 2:30-3:15pm. ocomedy.com

Jun 20

Cooper Mountain Nature Park Wild About Cooper Mountain: Wiggly Worms

Get up close and personal with earthworms and learn of their importance in your garden. Registration required - 503-629-6350. Ages 4-6, $14, 1-3pm. thprd.org

Green Bean Books Superhero Day

Celebrate Superhero Day with mask and cape making, kryptonite scavenger hunt, and super songs and stories. Call 503.954.2354 to register. $10 per child, 1pm. greenbeanbookspdx.com

Jun 25

Tryon Creek Park Family Campfire Adventure

Hike and learn how to track foxes and coyotes, play tracking games, and eat s’mores, of course! $6, 6:30-8:30pm. tryonfriends.org

Jun 21

Jun 26

Classic childhood characters, including Santa Claus, Jack Frost, and the Easter Bunny, team up to save the world. Free popcorn! 6:30pm. wccls.org/libraries/hillsboro

Make an outdoor abode for magical creatures. Free, 3-5pm. fvrl.org

Hillsboro Main Library Friday Family Flicks: Rise of the Guardians

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Vancouver Community Library - Gnomes Homes and Fairy Houses


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Awesome NW Kid

Style Society PDX founders, Ella & Amber

Meet Ella Timmons. She is a freshman at Grant High school and is the co-founder of Style Society PDX, a new fashion design summer camp in Portland. A fashion lover since she was a little kid, Ella has always loved putting together just the right pieces to make the perfect outfit. She speaks Japanese and has been a bilingual student for 10 years. When not thinking about fashion and design, Ella can be found dancing for the Grant dance team. She has future plans of working in the fashion industry in some capacity, but in the meantime will be sharpening her teaching skills at Style Society PDX. We had a chance talk to her and learn more about her exciting new venture. Here’s what she had to say.

Give us five words that describe you. Creative, energetic, kind, funny, enthusiastic. How did Style Society PDX come to be? My aunt, Amber, asked me to help her with a project that she had been dreaming of for a very long time.  I immediately fell in love with the idea of a fashion design summer camp and happily accepted to help her turn her dream into reality. What inspired you to start a fashion design summer camp? I wanted to be a part of this camp to help young boys and girls express themselves through fashion design and creativity. I also think that it will be a great way for me to develop teaching skills. What do you love about fashion design? That it lets you create something beautiful, completely unique and reflects your personality, and it helps you develop your own identity. When you start designing and creating clothes, you discover a lot about yourself because it is a unique idea that reflects who you are. What kinds of skills will Style Society PDX camps offer? Sewing basics, how to reconstruct old t-shirts, extreme costuming, and just overall improving your fashion design skills. 30 | NW Kids Magazine

Photography by Mary Zuleger

Who can attend Style Society PDX?  All kids and young adults interested in fashion design. We have a class called “Capes and masks” for ages 5+ and all the other classes are ages 10+. What do you like to do in your spare time?  I like to hang out with my friends and family and dance. I am on the dance team at  Grant High School, so a lot of my time spare time is spent at dance practice for most of the school year. What are your future plans/dreams?  To be a stylist, and style models for photo shoots or runway shows. My BIGGEST dream is to design my own clothing line. What do you like about living in Portland?  I like the people and how beautiful of a city it is. I also feel like I have a lot of opportunities to pursue my dreams without having to move to a big city like L.A or New York. What else do you want our readers to know about Style Society PDX? That we encourage anyone interested in fashion design to sign up for camps. We are open to new ideas and we are really excited to meet all of the awesome aspiring fashion designers this summer. To learn more visit, stylesocietypdx.com


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NW Kids Magazine June 2013