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earning a new language is hard. Trying to learn complicated math and science concepts in a new language is even harder. With almost five million English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools facing this near-impossible challenge, it is difficult to believe that bilingual STEM resources are still not readily available. The rate of high school graduation for ELLs is only 63 percent, almost 20 percent lower than the national average. These students often fall behind in basic subjects due to insufficient language accommodations. Wendi Pillars, an experienced ESL teacher from Chatham County Schools in North Carolina, says, “Teachers continue to report that they feel unprepared to work with students who are language learners… even though ELL enrollment continues to increase annually in most states.” This issue also causes educators to overlook ELLs who may be candidates for advancement, evidenced by the paltry two percent enrolled in gifted programs. Even as ESL, bilingual, and dual-language immersion schools become more popular, these programs almost universally face a lack of resources. This is particularly frustrating for Spanishspeaking ELLs, who make up a significant portion of this population. Spanish speakers comprise over half of all ELLs in the U.S., with more than 3.8 million students. In the U.S. today, one of every four public school students is Hispanic—and this number increases daily. In fact, the U.S. is now home to more Spanish speakers than Spain.

STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are vital to helping students succeed in school and in daily tasks like understanding mortgages and using electronics. The National Science Foundation stresses that “to succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.” Careers in STEM are growing quickly, and typically provide high salaries. It is more important than ever to ensure that all students are receiving quality STEM education, yet English Language Learners have notably few resources that deal with these subjects. Fortunately, educators and educational

The Need for Bilingual Education • Nearly 1 in 10 students in U.S. public schools are ELLs. • The U.S. is home to 52.6 million native or bilingual Spanishspeakers. • 70% of Hispanic students speak a language other than English at home. • Students in two-way dual language programs show higher reading and math scores. • Bilingual adults experience less cognitive decline as they age. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8




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publishers are beginning to address this problem. There is now a resource designed specifically to help Spanish-speaking ELLs learn STEM subjects. A set of middle-grade books offers literature-based science and math brainteasers in both English and Spanish, with easy side-by-side comparison that allows students to develop their language and STEM skills at the same time. Having a resource like this, which clearly explains science and math concepts in a fun, accessible way, can be gamechanging for ELLs. These books are part of the 5-book One Minute Mysteries series, written by father/ daughter team Eric and Natalie Yoder. They challenge kids to solve real-life brainteasers using their knowledge of STEM subjects. Previously only available in English, the bilingual edition of the science mysteries book was released last year, titled More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! • ¡Más Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Ciencias! The second bilingual book was just released in August, this time offering math mysteries, Short Mysteries You Solve With Math! • ¡Misterios Cortos que Resuelves con Matemáticas! Carmen M. Martinez-Roldan, Ph.D, from the Bilingual Education Program at Columbia University, writes of the book set, “Bilingual materials addressing STEM topics are long overdue. These books give kids

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the vocabulary and confidence they need to succeed in the classroom.” For more great bilingual resources, take a look at the websites listed in the sidebar. It’s important for these books and other bilingual resources to be easy enough to use at home as well as in the classroom. Bilingual resources are especially helpful for kids who speak English at school, but use only Spanish at home with their parents. The development of language skills should be encouraged beyond the school day, for both Spanish speakers learning English, and English speakers hoping to become bilingual. Bilingual education is not just for ELLs. Many English speakers are discovering the powerful positive impact that knowledge of a second language can have on academic and personal success. Reading and math scores of students in two-way dual language education are higher than those of monolingual students, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, proficiency in English, or special education skills. Bilingual children also demonstrate an increased sense of self-worth and identity, and tend to relate to others better than monolingual students. The handful of websites and books mentioned here fill only a small portion of the bilingual STEM resources that this country needs. That being said, it’s an important start. As educators and educational publishers become aware of the shortage, more bilingual STEM resources will become available and, more importantly, make their way into the hands of students who needs them. Hannah Thelen graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in Creative Writing. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she generally enjoys reading, writing articles or short stories, and drinking too much bubble tea. Contact her at Hannah@

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Story Times Springfield Public Library story times. Preschool Story time (ages 3-6) Weds 10:00am. Lap sit story time (ages 0-3) Weds 10am, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) every other Thurs. Ph 541.726.3766 Barnes & Noble weekly story time. Whimsical Weds 7:00pm. Toddler-Time, Weds 11:00am. Saturdays at 11:00am, Ph 541.687.0356 Downtown Public Library story times. Baby Story time (ages 0-1) Fridays @ 10:15 & 11:15am. Wonderful Ones Story time, 10:15 & 11am, Terrific Twos Story time, Tues @ 10:15 & 11:00, Preschool Story time (ages 3-6), Weds @ 10:15 & 11:00, Sensory Storytime (for kids with sensory integration issues or special needs) Weds @ 1:00pm. Pajama Story time every Tues of each month at 6:30pm. Features stories, rhymes, and songs for children 0-6. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Storytime, Mondays @ 3:30pm. Ph 541.682.8316 Family Story Time (all ages). Fridays at 10:15am @ Bethel Branch Library. Ph 541.682.8316

STEAM Storytime. For preschoolers and kindergarteners with their caregivers. Mondays, 3:30pm, Ph 541.682.8316, FREE! Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs. Pre-register starting one week in advance. Every Saturday through March, Downtown Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE!, Ph 541.682.8316

On-Going Events Saturday Kids Workshops at MECCA. From magnetic puzzles to robots to sock creatures. No need to pre-reg. All materials are included. Kids under 10 accompanied by an adult. Each week features a different creative reuse project. MECCA, 11am – 3pm, $3-5, Ph 541.302.1810 Play Date. Young kids and family - drop in on First Friday evenings for creative fun together. Downtown Library, 6pm, Ph 541.682.5000 Minecraft Mondays. Play together, share tips, and get creative with building challenges with Minecraft on Eugene Public Library’s computers, for ages 6 - 12. Due to limited space, Eugene

Eugene Public Library. Family Music Time, Downtown Library on Tues 6:30pm; Weds 10:15am; Thurs 10:15am; and Sat 10:15am. Bethel Branch, Family Music Time will be held on Fridays at 10:15 am and in Spanish on Saturdays, 11:15am. Sheldon Branch, 10:15am, Ph 541.682.8316 Saturday Market. The oldest, open-air market in the United States offers great food, local crafts and live entertainment. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 541.686.8885, FREE! Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Legos at the Library! Bring the kids to build, play, and explore with the Library’s big and varied collection of Legos. Grades K - 6. Downtown Library, every Wed at 4:00 pm/Sheldon every Sat at 10:15am/Bethel every Sat at 3pm. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 “2PM Talks.” A docent-led talk every Tues thru Sun at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, included with price of admission. Ph 541.346.3024 The Science Factory Children’s Museum. Our ever-changing array of exhibits features something for everyone! Explore science topics including astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. And don’t miss our Planetarium shows! See website for times. Ph 541.682.7888 Family STEAM. Enjoy hands-on fun and learning together! STEAM activities feature science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Sheldon Branch on Wed @ 4:00 or at Bethel Branch on Thurs @ 4:00. FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

2 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Come explore a new activity/theme each week. For teen ages 12+. Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Table Top Games for All Ages. A wide variety of games will be available for children, teens, and adults, ranging from Animal Upon Animal to Settlers of Catan to Scrabble. Bethel and Sheldon Branch of Eugene Library, 5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5450

3 WEDNESDAY Ideas on Tap: What’s for Dinner. Recent trends have people thinking about how our evolutionary background might relate to optimal diet choices today. Join us for an exploration of mammal diets through time—and learn what modern and fossil carnivores and omnivores can tell us about how their diets have evolved. Marketplace@Sprout! 6-8pm, Ph 541.346.3024, FREE!

4 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

5 FRIDAY Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month we’ll explore the World of Carnivores. Stories and fun activities about meat- Matt Hartner Memorial volleyball tournament


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eaters in the animal kingdom. Play a sorting game, track down carnivores in our exhibits, and make your own craft to take home! Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024 First Friday at the Museum. Investigate Oregon’s amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history. FREE! Museum of Natural History, 11am-5pm, Ph 541.346.3024 Tots Discovery Day. Planes, Trains, Cars, and Cranes. Kids test model airplane designs, use magnets to move cars and make tire-track paintings at Tot Discovery Day. Craft activities include making airplanes and trains. Limited to children ages five and younger accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Science Factory, 9am12pm, $0-5, Ph 541.682.7888 First Friday ArtWalk. The First Friday ArtWalk guided tour begins at 5:30pm at Vista Framing & Gallery, and more ending at 8:00pm. ArtWalk is from 5:30-8:00pm and always FREE! Ph 541.485.2278

6 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend with a different performer every week! This week, Anahid Bertrand, who is fluent in musical fun - and six languages. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541. 682.8316 Alternative Education Fair. A great opportunity for parents, teens, and kids to drop in and learn about local alternative education programs. Displays and representatives of more than a dozen local private schools, charter schools, Eugene District 4-J alternative programs, and home schooling organizations, plus educational resources are available through Eugene Library including online Homework Centers for children and for teens. Downtown Library, 1pm-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs. Pre-register starting one week in advance. Bethel and Sheldon Branch Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

7 SUNDAY Family Fun. Drop in for a new activity every week. This week, join in Chinese Story and Dance with Cindy Chan. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

9 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Come explore a new activity/ theme each week. For teen ages 12+. Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

10 WEDNESDAY Tesla: Light, Sound, Color Show. A mixed media, live 90-minute stage production with physics demonstrations, digital animation, an original string and electronic musical score and contemporary choreography. Hult Center, 8-9:3pm, $27-37.50, Ph 541.682.5000 Preschool Art & Science Storytime. Designed for precocious preschoolers to teach about science and art in harmony. Preschoolers will conduct experiments, read, learn, create, and talk about the world around them. Ages 0-6, Springfield Library Meeting Room. 10:30-11:15am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

11 THURSDAY Tesla: Light, Sound, Color Show. See the 10th

OMSI Science Pub. Rising Seas and Dissolving Coastlines: What Will Happen in the Pacific Northwest? Discussed in this talk and shown with examples from Oregon and Washington, until the next great earthquake, coastal uplift will minimize or even defeat global sea level rise, but after the earthquake local sea level on the NW coast will range between 1 to 3 feet higher than it is today. Whirled Pies, 6:3pm, FREE! Ph 503.797.4000

12 FRIDAY Lego Club. All bricks provided, including Dupelo. Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Humans vs Zombies. Two epic games, dodge ball and tag, get gruesome in a survivalist twist big on action, Nerf blasters and balled-up socks. The goal is survival against a growing zombie horde. When the going gets tough, the tough get pizza, salad, and other refreshments (no brains are on the menu). For kids grades 3-5. Bob Keefer Sports Center, 7-9pm, $15, Ph 541.736.4544 UofO Women’s Basketball. The Ducks take on Arizona. Go Ducks! Matt Knight Arena, 8pm,

13 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend with a different performer every week! This week, Bryan Reed makes learning rock! Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541. 682.8316 Dog Tale Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs. Pre-register starting one week in advance. Downtown Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: HAND ~ BIRD Band, Folk & Country. The Hanson Family,

U of O Physics SLAM! Saturday, January 13th Western Swing. 56 Pontiac, Traditional Country/ Rockabilly. Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter, Traditional & Original Instrumental Folk. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541.688.0937 FAFSA! Teens and parents: get step-by-step tips to apply for college financial aid by filing your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form. FREE! Downtown Library, 10am, Ph 541.682.8316 Emerald City Junior Derby Extravaganza. A unique and fun doubleheader. Emerald City Junior All Stars take on Los Anarchists. Stay and watch Los Anarchists take on Portland Junior Roller Derby. Live, flat track roller derby, food and music. All ages welcome. SkateWorld, 5pm-10pm, $10, Ph 541.746.8424 Hot Dogs and Grey Cats. Dog and Cat adoption event with Greenhill Humane Society and other local pet rescue agencies. Visit with the current selection of adoptable dogs, cats, and other creatures! Come on out and give a less than fortunate animal a new forever home. Food and wine available for purchase. Pfeiffer Winery, 12pm-3pm, FREE! Ph 541.998.2828 UofO Physics SLAM! Oregon physicists compete to bring you the clearest, freshest, and most entertaining explanation of a topic in physics. Each has only ten minutes to stir your curiosity and amazement. Straub Hall (UofO), 7:30-9:00pm, FREE!

14 SUNDAY Family Fun. Drop in for a new activity every week. This week, Akiko Colton performs and teaches Hawaiian Hula. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Mount Pisgah Bird Walk. Learn to use vocalizations, habitat and behavior clues for identification of the fall migrants and year-round feathery residents. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center rain or shine. Mt Pisgah, 8-11am, $5, Ph 541.747.3817

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Family Night. In January, the Family Night theme is Dinosaurs! Enjoy dino stories, crafts, and more together. Sheldon Branch library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

The Book of Mormon. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. This show contains explicit language. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $45-153, Ph 541.682.5000

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Tweens: LittleBits. Lights, sound, action! Create and explore with the easy electronic building blocks of LittleBits invention kits. Ages 8 – 12. No experience needed. All supplies provided. Downtown Library, 4:00pm, Free! Ph 541.682.8316 The Book of Mormon. See the 16th

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19 FRIDAY Good Earth Home and Garden Show. Explore seven Pavilions including home, garden, food, transportation, art, wellness and reuse. Enjoy national green building experts, sustainable living experts, NW Authors, live music, organic eats, 80 eco-friendly seminars, green neighbors, and the signature chickens over the aisles! Lane Events Center, 5-9pm, FREE with canned food, Ph 541.484.9247 The Book of Mormon. 7:00pm, See the 16th

20 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend with a different performer every week! This week Emily Fox plays lively banjo tunes. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541. 682.8316 The Book of Mormon. 2 & 8:00pm, See the 16th Gnome Roam Nature Quest. Go on a Gnome Roam with Nearby Nature in the Wildflower Hollow! Learn something new about the winter forest with each Gnome you discover on this family-friendly wander through the woods. Meet at the Nearby Nature Yurt in Alton Baker Park. FREE for members, $5/family non-members. Pre-reg at Ph 541.687.9699

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Ghost, the Musical. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Actors Cabaret, 7:30pm, (dinner and brunch available) $16-42, Ph 541.683.4368

UofO Women’s Basketball. The Ducks take on Oregon State. Go Ducks! Matt Knight Arena, 5pm,

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H2O TODAY Opening Weekend. Dive into the essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood. H20 Today blends interactive displays and digital media with scientific research. Come explore the new exhibit. and join us from 11:00-2:00pm for family-friendly science activities investigating the amazing world of water. Museum of Natural History, Ph 541.346.3024

21 SUNDAY Family Fun. Drop in for a new activity every week. This week, Create with Clay: make decorative magnets and pendants with Local Clay. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 The Book of Mormon. 1 & 6:30pm, See the 16th Life Among the Mosses Walk. This is our annual celebration of the little folks of the plant world. Botanist David Wagner will tell moss stories and weave lichen yarns to help us understand the elfin world of mosses, liverworts, and lichens. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center rain or shine. Mt Pisgah, 8-11am, $5, Ph 541.747.3817

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Ghost, the Musical. 2:30pm, see the 20th Good Earth Home and Garden Show. 10am-5pm, see the 19th

Family Night. In January, the Family Night theme is Dinosaurs! Enjoy dino stories, crafts, and more together. Bethel Branch library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Teens at 4:30. Come explore a new activity/ theme each week. For teen ages 12+. Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

25 THURSDAY Truffle Dog Championship. The only competition of its kind in North America, the Joriad™ is a one-day event offering spectators the opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at some of the world’s most talented truffle dogs as they compete in a qualifying trial to find truffle-scented targets. Lane Events Center, 9am-noon, $12-15, Ph 888.695.6659 Tween Scene. This month’s book is “The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis. In a novel both funny and serious, the Watson family travels south to visit Grandma - and then the local church is blown up. Ages 9-12, Downtown Library, 4pm, Ph 541.682.8316

26 FRIDAY Ghost, the Musical. 7:30pm, see the 20th

27 SATURDAY Family Music Time. Sing and dance your way into the weekend with a different performer every week! This week, Samuel Becerra with music of South America and Mexico. Downtown Library, 10:15am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Kids Adventure Club – Whale Watching and Marine Life. Joined by our friends from the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the American Cetacean Society we’ll learn all about whales and other marine life! Don’t miss crafts, hands-on learning experiences, raffle prizes, snacks and more! Eugene Cascades & Coast Visitor Center, 10am-2pm, FREE! Ph 541.484.5307 Teens: Video Game Tournament. Join in a head-to-head “Need for Speed” championship challenge. Downtown Library, 12pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Ghost, the Musical. 7:30pm, see the 20th

28 SUNDAY Family Fun. Kids and family: drop in for a new activity every week. This week, jump into Bollywood-style Bhangra Dance with Eugene Bhangra. Downtown Library, 2pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

31 WEDNESDAY Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party. In Eugene, the moon will start to enter the dark red part of the Earth’s shadow at 3:48am. The moon will be completely covered in the Earth’s red shadow from 4:51am - 6:07am. Telescopes will be available. Children must be supervised. The Science Factory, 3:45am-7am, FREE! Ph 541.682.7888

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GREAT ESCAPE Doing an escape room is a thrill you’ll never forget. Adrenaline takes over the moment you enter the room, the door shuts behind you and the clock starts ticking…


ou may be surprised to learn that there are a half a dozen “escape rooms” in Eugene-Springfield. To find out more about them, Travel Lane County staff headed over to Escape the Room Oregon where we tested our sleuthing skills in “The Study.” Before taking on the challenge, the seven of us gathered to strategize our approach. Over lunch we evaluated our strengths and weaknesses, choosing who would handle what tasks once we were locked in the room (we were relieved to learn that the door isn’t actually locked, you can leave at any time if needed). One of us likes to solve riddles, one friend chose puzzles, another is good at filling in missing pieces and so on. Inside the room, we would need to use our collective brain power quickly and efficiently to escape in time. Upon arrival we stowed our phones and personal items in lockers since they aren’t allowed in the rooms. After a set of ground rules and a brief video introduction to our mission, we entered “The Study.” I don’t want to give anything away about what the room

looks like or the kinds of puzzles you’ll need to solve, but the way the clues were concealed was impressive. Here we were standing in an ordinary office and yet…it was far from ordinary. Items you thought were sure to be clues turned out to be nothing at all and items

you passed over because you thought they didn’t mean anything turned out to be some of the biggest clues. It took all eight of us searching every inch of the room and multiple people working on the same clue to solve the mystery. Our intense

concentration was interspersed with fits of laughter, frantic discussion and surprised whoops of success. After using 53 of the allotted 60 minutes and taking advantage of all the available hints from the moderator, we finally found the missing artifact! I’m sure all of Springfield could hear our cheering and excitement as we completed the task and “escaped the room” – a feat we were very proud of because not all groups successfully complete the challenge. Escape rooms offer opportunities for your family, friends or co-workers to work together, learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and have fun as you solve the clues and escape the room! Throughout the year there are different themed rooms at Escape the Room Oregon, like the Nutcracker Room during the holiday season. Most of the rooms are suitable for families, but if you have a question about younger children, just chat with the staff at the room you’ll be visiting. Don’t let the gray, cold, wet days of winter get you down. Visit an escape room this winter! O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8


A Dad’s Eye View by Rick Epstein

Always Call Me at Work I

never turn off my phone’s ringer when I go into my boss’ office. If I get a call while I’m in there on a routine mission of dodging blame or stealing credit, it’s no problem. And when things take a really bad turn, a call can be a welcome interruption. While two burly thugs are stripping off my shirt for a flogging, a loud and jazzy electronic tune will blare from my pants pocket. “Excuse me; I’d better take this,” I say, stepping out into the corridor. Often as not, it’s my middle daughter Sally, calling from the University of Jabroo. Sometimes it’s only a simple re q u e s t fo r a fe w hundred bucks for a field trip or a book. But other times she’s got a few minutes to kill between classes and she wants her old man to help kill them. “Hi, Pop,” she’ll say and then tell me about her political activities, the antics of her friends or things she’s learning in school. Depending upon how old I feel, it can seem like she’s breezing into my room at The Home, plunking a bouquet into a vase, and giving me a brisk update on the world of the young and vibrant. But usually I feel fairly stout and have stories of my own to tell her. In either case, ever since she learned how to poke in a phone number with her itty-bitty fingers, the sound of Sally’s friendly voice has been the sweetest music ever heard by a man chained to a desk (or in a corridor readjusting his clothing). Sally was 5 when she started phoning me at work. Sometimes she’d


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have something nutty to tell me. Here’s one I wrote down: “Wouldn’t it be terrible if you were a BOY doctor helping someone have a baby, and it was a GIRL baby and you had to see her privacy?” I appreciated these calls, but the best ones concerned the bedtime stories I would tell her and her big sister. When a plot idea would pop into Sally’s little head, she would phone it in. In those days if Sally didn’t like a story, she would shut it down. For example, when Spike the Rat-boy, was trying to sabotage Emily the Pony’s birthday party, I was saying, “…so Spike sneaked into the kitchen and grabbed the birthday cake--” “NO HE DIDN’T!” Sally yelled. So then I tried to have Spike gnaw the wrapping paper off the pony-girl’s gifts. “NO HE DIDN’T!” Sally yelled. Finally I realized that birthday parties are sacred to Sally, and anything done to ruin them would be literally unspeakable. But any story idea she’d phoned in would guarantee her enjoyment. I’d be struggling at my desk with deadlines looming, supervisors snarling, co-workers jeering, in-box spilling onto my shoes, and time seemingly stuck at 3:45 p.m. The phone rings. I pick it up and groan, “What now?” “Daddy?” It’s my little boss. “Hi, dear,” I say. “How ‘bout if Spike pertends he had an operation on his tail?” Sally says. “Brilliant!” I say. “Thanks for the call.” Perspective returns and the evil spell of the workplace is broken. Although I was the center of my 5-yearold’s universe, in the office I wasn’t really important enough feel that much pressure. Before I knew it, it would be 3:46, which means it’ll be only a brisk crawl over hot coals to quitting time. I’d hardly notice my superiors jabbing me with their pitchforks as I finish up, and at 5:01 I’m out the door like I’ve just set the place on fire. Sally has continued to call me at work, her conversation becoming more and more mature. She’s 18 now, and I’m proud to hear her confident voice and her ambitious plans for summer internships and advanced courses. Sally loves higher education. I encourage her even though deep down I believe this schooling is superfluous. As far as I’m concerned, Sally was already the finished article at age 5 when she was calling up to say things like, “How ‘bout if Spike puts ink on Aliza the Alligator and she thinks she’s turning into a Dalmatian?” But people expect you to have a diploma. Rick can be reached at


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A Menu Approach to Pesky Resolutions by Jan Pierce


hen January 1st rolls around, most of us look for fresh starts. This year we’ll lose weight, quit smoking or drinking too much, get along with family members and….the list goes on. Check in with folks about January 20th and most have either given up on their resolutions already, or have forgotten what they were. Change doesn’t come easily. But what if we made some resolutions for 2018 that were things we really want to do, not just things we think we should do? What if we made a list of resolutions that we could actually look forward to trying? It might still take a bit of discipline, but it could be fun. Here are five categories most of us can identify with. Let’s make it simple— something we can accomplish without gritting out teeth. Before we know it, we’ll have incorporated good habits into our daily


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schedules and stand proud as we say, “I kept my New Year’s Resolution.” Choose one or two items from each checklist or write your own. Give yourself permission to change your goal as the year progresses. Keep the goals simple and measurable. Celebrate at the end of each month if you’ve accomplished them. Exercise o Spend fifteen minutes outside each day o Take the stairs and not the elevator o Monitor your daily step count. Set a goal and track your progress o Ride your bike x times per week o Take the dog for a walk x times per week o Make a home exercise workout and do it while watching a TV show

Giving o Volunteer once a week in your community o Donate money regularly to a legitimate cause o Send cards, letters or e-mails to loved ones o Spend time with friends o Pay it forward anonymously to those in need o Visit a shut-in or other lonely person o Clear out clutter and little-used items to local clearing houses Relationships o Take time for coffee or lunch dates o Listen to a friend’s problems o Do a kind deed for an acquaintance

Reduce Stress o Give yourself the gift of quiet each day o Listen to music o Limit television time o Plan a vacation to a place you’ve always wanted to go o Declutter your living space o Take a class—music, dance, art, cooking o List the things you love and include them in your daily life

If you’re a paper and pencil person, you might enjoy tracking the progress for the items you select. When you are ready for a new challenge, feel free to move on to new goals. Setting simple, doable goals and achieving them is a satisfying experience. You’ll find the resolutions aren’t so hard to keep when you enjoy doing them. Jan Pierce, M.Ed., is a freelance writer and the author of Homegrown Readers and Homegrown Family Fun. Find Jan at


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Movie Time by Bonnie L. Harris

That’s What Heroes Do Valkyrie decides to help Thor.

Walt Disney Studios Rated: PG-13


or a boisterous two hours and ten minutes, Thor: Ragnarok never slows down the fast-paced action nor holds back its selfconscious humor, which makes it one of the most entertaining superhero films to date. Even if you’re not up to speed with the Thor franchise, the God of Thunder’s perilous quest to save his home planet from ultimate doom is easily understandable. Director Taika Waititi, known for his saucy humor, infuses

every scene with unexpected hilarity and makes the most of his wonderfully memorable supporting characters. But only our hero, Thor, can prevent the prophesized destruction of his realm by outsmarting a fire demon and stealing his burnished crown. Thor succeeds, but when he returns home to Asgard with his trophy, he learns that his father is dying and his estranged older sister, Hela, plans to take the throne for herself. Thor

and his halfbro t he r, L ok i , confront Hela, but the battle ends badly and Thor finds himself imprisoned on a remote outpost. Although he’s forced to become a gladiator, Thor discovers two allies, the Hulk and a defiant Valkyrie warrior, who eventually help him return to Asgard. In Thor’s absence, Hela has ransacked the realm in her search for the magical sword that controls the portal to other worlds. With the population of Asgard at stake, Thor challenges Hela again so he can distract her

FOR THE PARENTS Facing Life Wonder Lionsgate, Rated: PG Now in theatres


lthough Wonder, the new family feature from Lionsgate, seems to be the feel-good movie of the year, it tries too hard to be a pintsized story of overcoming adversity. Sweet at times with an undercurrent of gentle humor, the movie follows ten-year-old Auggie Pullman when he leaves the safety of home schooling and mainstreams into a private middle school. A tough change for any kid, but Auggie has severe facial deformities that make fitting in extremely difficult. He endures overt bullying, a challenging


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curriculum, teenage drama, and the loss of his only friend as he navigates the academic year. As uplifting as Wonder hopes to be, Auggie’s struggle with who he is and our responsibility to be an inclusive society is sugar-coated by Auggie’s too-perfect parents, an overly understanding big sister, and teenage peers who suddenly accept him without question. Realistic moments of angst when Auggie looks inward are there, but they’re always sidetracked by wellmeaning adults telling him how to feel and acceptable ways

while his people evacuate the planet. Unfortunately, Thor’s plan goes awry and he decides to resurrect the fire demon and sacrifice Asgard in order to defeat Hela. Despite its allure and its cinematic strong points, parents should be aware that a significant portion of the film depicts violence, weaponr y, revenge, betrayal, and death. The characters are neither concerned nor remorseful about the alarming body count, which is a disturbing mindset of the superhero genre.

to behave. Seldom are the young characters unscripted by the dogmatic adults who surround them. Of course children should be guided, but genuine acceptance of others comes from sincere kindness and internal compassion.

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Curb Cell Phone Use

by Pilar Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates

I believe

the single factor that has most changed society during my two decades as a pediatrician is technology. More specifically: smartphones. As parents, we like the thought of being able to reach our kids at any time, but the net impact of children being “connected” 24/7 has created serious dangers that many parents, much less children, are prepared to handle. A growing body of research shows the increased use of smartphones and the popularity of social media directly parallels the increased rate of teen suicide. Unfortunately, bullying on social media is rampant and others can easily join in, subjecting kids to threats, embarrassment and ridicule. Too much internet access and lack of parental supervision has also lead to a rise in access to social media apps that allow children to be physically tracked, in addition to being emotionally attacked, and sexting (texting inappropriate photos or sexual material).

Too much time spent online can also lead to a loss of sleep, as well as a detachment from the world around them, in favor of spending time with their “friends in their phones.” The American Academy of Pediatrics has sounded an alarm, challenging families to develop a media plan. I personally encourage families in my practice to do the following in regards to cell phones: • Have all family members put their phones away during mealtimes. • Remove cell phones from kids’ rooms at bedtime. If your kids are using their phones as a wake-up call, have them use an alarm clock instead. • Share your concerns about excessive cell phone use with your entire family and engage your children in the discussion. • Discourage your kids from taking their cell phones into class, sports practices and other forums where they should be paying attention.

• Put cell phones away during homework time. • Use available technology to monitor your kids’ cell phone usage, check their phones often for evidence of inappropriate use. • Model responsible cell phone use; put your phone down when interacting with your kids. • Consider not giving your kids cell phones at all. Technology isn’t going away, so it’s crucial as parents that we help our kids understand that it’s more important to spend more time with each other and less time on our phones. Getting adequate sleep is critical to a child’s development and should never come at the expense of texting, Snapchat, Instagram or other forms of social media. Encourage your kids to put away their technology and focus on homework, sports, art or whatever inspires them. Their physical and mental health depends on it. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8


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Your Guide to Local Schools, Preschools & Educational Resources

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Application Deadline




Dancing Sol Nature Education Program



8:30 - 12:30, ext. care 8-3



web or call


Eugene Montessori School








Lane Child and Family Center






please call


Rainbow Garden Preschool and Childcare

1:3 / 1:6 / 1:10


M - F 6:30am - 6:30pm



please call


Willamalane Park and Recreation District



2:45 - 6pm M - F







varies from preschool to 8th grade



web or call




see website





Oak Hill School



8:00 - 3:15



please call


O’Hara Catholic School



8:05-3:05 ext. care 2:40 - 6:00



web or call


Saraha Children’s School



9:00 - 3:00





St. Paul Parish School





Roman Catholic

please call


Wellsprings Friends School



9:00 - 3:00





Ridgeline Montessori School



8:40 - 3:15

March 8th




The Village School




March 9th




Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)



see website

doesn’t apply




Lane Tutoring Service






please call


Museum of Natural and Cultural History



Tue-Sun, 11-5:00





National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics



9am-12:00pm / 2:30-8pm/ Sat 9-2





Nearby Nature



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Oregon Ballet Academy



Mon-Fri 3pm-7pm, Sat 9am-1pm





Oregon Children’s Choir








Oregon Tutor



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School Name Preschools

Private Schools Eugene Waldorf School Lifegate Christian School

Charter Schools

Educational Resources

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Dancing Sol Nature Education Program 896 Sundance Street Eugene, OR 97405 541-357-9559

Would you like your preschooler outside connecting with nature every single day? Dancing Sol supports the whole child in all areas of their development, and does this through teaching a comprehensive nature program. Contact us for a visit! (Summer nature camps for preschoolers are taught through our sister organization: Whole Earth Nature School.)

Eugene Montessori School 2255 Oakmont Way Eugene, OR 97401 541-345-7124

Lane Child and Family Center 4000 E 30th Ave Eugene, OR 97405 541-463-5517 (Please see our ad on page 22)

LCFC offers high quality, Reggio inspired education for the entire community. Parent participation is welcome and financial aid is available! Our curriculum focuses on purposeful play,

developing creativity, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. We provide opportunities for children to experiment with a variety of materials in a safe environment, along with natural, outdoor playscapes. Teachers respect children’s unique needs and allow development at their own pace.

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Eugene Montessori School offers a quality education for children age 2 1/2 - Kindergarten. The individual curriculum fosters the child’s natural curiosity and love of learning while building self-confidence and independence. In our multi-age classrooms, children work together as a community caring for each other and the environment. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 541-345-7124.

Rainbow Garden Preschool and Childcare 5310 Fox Hollow Rd. Eugene, OR 97405 541-302-1606

Serving ages 8 weeks to 12 years. Rainbow Garden School offers infant, toddler, preschool, and before and after school care to children in an intimate, enriching, loving, early education childcare facility located in the beautiful wooded natural environment of south Eugene, Oregon. We continued on next page…

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Quality, holistic, loving, educational child care facility serving families with children 8 weeks to 12 years. Infant and toddler preschool and after school programs available. Transportation to and from local schools and yummy meals included!

Call today to schedule a tour! 541-302-1606 • 5310 Fox Hollow Rd • Eugene, OR 97405

A quality Montessori education for children 2 1/2 through kindergarten. The individualized curriculum includes music, Spanish, P.E., snacks and a wholesome hot lunch.

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specialize in offering creative and expressive arts, organic gardening, multicultural programs, music, physical education, and outdoor programs as well. Our location near Spencer Butte, Raptor Center, Tamarack pool and the Ridgeline trail offers nature right out our front door and unique opportunities for a well balanced growing experience for the fundamental years of your child’s life.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District 250 S. 32nd St. Springfield, OR 97478 541-736-4544

Willamalane offers full-time and part-time options with flexible schedules. Kids learn through play in a structured, nurturing environment that prepares them for school success.

Serving preschool through grade 8 since 1980

Private Schools

cating children and creating a fulfilling community for parents since 1980.

Eugene Waldorf School

Lifegate Christian School

1350 McLean Blvd. Eugene, OR 97405 541-683-6951

21211 Coburg Road Harrisburg, OR 97446 541-689-5847

The Eugene Waldorf School educates students in a handson, enthusiastic, engaging way. Music, art, Spanish, handcrafts, woodworking, drama and movement are integrated with a strong academic and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Students’ social and emotional intelligence are nurtured and inspired for a lifelong love of learning and independent, critical thinking. See our website for adult tours while class is in session and open houses which include preschool and kindergarten play sessions. Eugene Waldorf School has been edu-

Lifegate is a fully accredited, inter-denominational Christian school for grades 6-12. Since 1993, we have assisted families in pursuing excellence in education, promoting citizenship, scholarship, faith, and community service. Lifegate teachers work through inspiration, small class sizes and they individualize instruction as needed. The school provides a safe and positive environment for our students. Tuition has been reduced. We offer outdoor school, college credit options, community service & more. Ask about next year’s elementary programs.

Baking and Open House Saturday, January 20 • 10 am - 12 pm

Reggio inspired, high quality preschool education for the entire community!

Adventure Ahead

Elementary Education Overview

Call us for a tour! 541-463-5517 LCC Main Campus Building #24

Wednesday, January 17 • 6 - 7:30 pm • 541-683-6951 1350 McLean Blvd.

Where Children Grow! Nationally accredited with the highest rating by Oregon’s Quality Rating Improvement System

Willamalane Preschools Preparing kids for success in kindergarten ... and beyond 250 S. 32nd St., Springfield • CALL TODAY: 541-736-4544


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O’Hara Catholic School

86397 Eldon Schafer Dr Eugene, OR 97405 541-744-0954

715 W. 18th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 541-485-5291

K-12 independent school focused on educating the whole student-- creating caring and responsible critical thinkers. Rigourous college preparatory program complimented by the visual, literary, musical and peforming arts. Foreign language programs include Mandarin, French, and Spanish. Collaborative learning environment that focuses on the individual student. Small class sizes, strong personal relationships and rapport between faculty, students, and parents. 100% of graduates admitted to four year colleges. 45% of high schoolers are National Honor Society members. Multiple AP exams offered.

O’Hara Catholic School serves students from Preschool through 8th grade in a nurturing, enriching environment. With an exceptional academic program and a strong focus on faith and values, students develop confidence, compassion, and a love of learning. Specialists teach music,choir, art, Spanish, reading, PE, Praise & Worship, and library. Founded in 1889. Fully accredited. Open House Sunday, January 28th from 1:00-3:00pm.

Saraha Children’s School 477 E. 40th Ave. Eugene, OR 97405 541-359-3585

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Come to our Open House! Sunday, January 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Oak Hill School

Lifegate Christian sChooL ACADEMICS • FAITH • SERVICE

• Small class sizes • Caring dedicated teachers • Individualized educational focus • Fully Accredited • Flexible Home School and Part-Time Options • Reduced tuition • Outdoor School

• Now enrolling High School and Middle School • College Credit Option Lifegate isn’t just a school, we’re family! Come see what we’re all about.

Call 541-689-5847 for a tour!

21211 Coburg Rd, Harrisburg OR • 541-689-5847 •

Is your child getting the best education available?

O’Hara Catholic School is dedicated to developing the whole child spiritually, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. O’Hara’s 128 year tradition of academic excellence fosters enthusiasm for discovery and knowledge, allowing children to develop into life-long learners.

Is your child getting the best education available?

In Pre-School through 8th grade, O’Hara students are given a solid foundation for learning and growing in a loving, faith-filled environment. From academics to values and community service, O’Hara prepares students for high school, college, life, and beyond.

Academic excellence and lifelong learning.

Accepting applications for Accepting applications for kindergarten kindergarten through through12th 12th.grade.

Call now nowto toschedule scheduleyour your Call personal tour: 541-744-0954 personal tour: 541-744-0954 Enter to learn. Go forth to serve. 715 W. 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402 | Ph: (541) 485-5291 |

Academic excellence and lifelong learning.

86397 Eldon Drive 86397 EldonSchafer Schafer Dr. Eugene, Oregon 97405 Eugene, Oregon 97405

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K-8, a multiple award-winning, Oregon state-registered private non-profit alternative education school. Employing small class size and project-based learning methods, Saraha integrates art, music, yoga, foreign languages and child-oriented Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, kindness and compassionate virtue within a full and rigorous academic curriculum.

● Fully

Accredited Diverse student iiibody and faculty ● Small class size ● Strong sense of iicommunity ● Frequent field trips ●

St. Paul Parish School 1201 Satre St. Eugene, OR 97401 541-344-1401

St. Paul Parish School is a fully accredited Preschool through 8th grade elementary program in the best tradition of Catholic education. Our mission is to provide a Catholic education fostering spiritual growth and academic excellence in a safe,

Wellsprings Friends School

Grades 9–12 Student centered iicurriculum ● Music & Art classes ● All learning styles iiwelcomed ● 501(c)(3) Non-profit ● ●

Academic Achievement ▪ Personal Growth ▪ Transformation Accepting enrollment applications year-round

3590 West 18th Avenue, Eugene OR 97402 (541) 686-1223

nurturing environment. Currently Accepting Applications for the 2016-17 School Year. Please contact the school for more information.

Wellsprings Friends School 3590 W. 18th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 541-686-1223

Wellsprings is an accredited, independent, non-profit highschool, founded in 1994. Offering small classes, a variety of learning/teaching styles, lots of personal attention, and a safe, nurturing environment, we provide an engaging high-school experience for teenagers whose needs are not met in other settings. Our teachers create supportive relationships that value each student’s individual emotional, social and academic needs.

Public/Charter Schools Ridgeline Montessori School 4500 W. Amazon Drive Eugene, OR 97405 541-681-9662

Ridgeline Montessori Public Charter School provides free public Montessori education to more than 250 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. We provide an academically rigorous Montessori education. Students balance their freedom to explore and think for themselves with their responsibility to work and learn within a community. Visit our website at for more information.


The Village School is a tuition-free public charter school serving children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Village School’s curriculum fully integrates academics with the arts, educating the whole child – head, heart and hands. Movement, handwork, music, Spanish language and gardening classes are an integral part of the student’s learning experience. Meals are cooked on-site with mostly local and organic ingredients. For More Information: - - 3411 Willamette St, Eugene 97405 - - 541-345-7285


Parent Information Meetings: Thurs. Feb 1st, 6pm & Sat, Feb 3rd, 10am.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Providing a quality Catholic education for students in preschool through 8th Grade for over 60 years. 1201 Satre Street Eugene, OR 97401 541-344-1401

• Challenging Curriculum • Self-Directed Learning • Multi-Age Classrooms • No Tuition Pre-Lottery tours and information: Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 am Tuesday, Mar. 1, 6:30 pm K-8 Fall 2018 Enrollment begins in February For Details Call 541-681-9662 or visit

3411 Willamette St Eugene, OR 97405 541-345-7285

The Village School is a tuition-free public charter school serving children in Kindergarten through Eighth grade. The Village School’s curriculum fully integrates academics with the arts, /educating the whole child – head, heart and hands. Movement, handwork, music, Spanish language and gardening classes are /an integral part of the student’s learning experience. Meals are cooked on-site with mostly local and organic ingredients.

Educational Resources Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) 1574 Coburg Rd. #120 Eugene, OR 97401 541-686-8686

The Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) is a 501c3 vegan education and outreach non-profit emphasizing compassion, non-violence, and sustainablity. Since 2005 EVEN has been serving as a vegan resource to individuals, families, students, organizations, and

the community. EVEN’s mission is to inform, educate, and encourage those interested in a whole-foods, plant-based diet. EVEN focuses on the interconnectedness of all life and how a vegan lifestyle positively benefits the earth, the animals, and all people.

Lane Tutoring Service 2141 Crest Drive Eugene, OR 97405 541-484-4133

Lane Tutoring Service is a oneon-one, in-home tutoring and college preparatory service serving student in grades K-12. Our professional teachers design programs that cater to each student’s unique strengths, needs and demeanor. We offer schoolyear support, focusing both on academic and study skills, as well as curriculum design for home-schoolers or summer skill-building. Our teachers are dynamic and engaging, and students enjoy working with us as they reach for greater success.


GIANTS at the museum Saturday, February 3 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Crafts • Snacks • Games • Science 1680 East 15th Avenue, Eugene • 541.346.3024

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All subjects, plus SAT/ACT and college admissions preparation. Serving Eugene/Springfield since 1990.

Museum of Natural and Cultural History 1680 E. 15th Ave. Eugene, OR 97403 541-346-1694

At the museum or in your classroom, your students will journey deep into Oregon history, archaeology, paleontology, and more. All of our K-12 programs meet national and Oregon standards in science or social studies. Visit our website to learn about our classroom outreach programs or the many learning adventures available at the museum. Scholarships are available on a first-come firstserved basis. continued on next page…

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The Village School

Joshua Hirschstein, Director



Friendly, Certified Teachers One-on-One All Subjects, K-12 SAT/ACT Preparation and College Admissions Experts

!! 541-484-4133 ! ! Trusted in-home tutors since 1990.

Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) A 501c3 vegan education and outreach nonprofit, serving as a vegan resource since 2005. Emphasizing non-violence, compassion, sustainability and the inter-connectedness of all life.

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National Academy of Artistic Gymnastics 1205 Oak Patch Rd. Eugene, OR 97402 541-344-2002

Nationally Renowned Program. Fun gymnastics and fitness programs for children 1-18 and Adults!  Increase physical ability and self-confidence in a fun and positive environment. Gymnastics, Movement, Trampoline/

tumbling, Cheerleading, Girls and Boy Teams, Open Gyms, Birthday Parties, No School Day Activities and Camps for Summer, Winter and Spring Break. Where Fitness is Fun and Confidence Grows.

Where Fitness is Fun and Confidence Grows!

Making a positive difference in the lives of Lane County’s youth for 44 years

OUR NATIONAL RENOWNED PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Preschool Gymnastics School Age Gymnastics Adult Gymnastics Ninja Classes Silks Classes Boys and Girls Teams Birthday Parties Parents Night Out Camps for No School Days

Try a FREE Class!

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We love what we do and you will too! Training for beginners to pre-professional Ballet technique classes for ages 3 and up Ballroom • Tap • Jazz/Hip Hop • Contemporary Bring in this ad for a $50 discount! (offer good for new students only)


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Nearby Nature P.O. Box 3678 Eugene, OR 97403 541-687-9699

Join us as we discover, learn, and grow in nature nearby! Based in Alton Baker Park, Nearby Nature leads spring and summer daycamps, field trips, class visits, costumed Kinder Critter presentations, Green Start Play Days, and no-school-day programs for preschool through 12th graders. We also host weekend Nature Quest adventures and special events for families. Scholar-

Scholarships & Volunteer Projects Available!

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ships, service learning projects, and volunteer opportunities are available. Discounts for members. Partner in the Network Charter School.

Oregon Ballet Academy 3400 West 11th Ave Eugene, OR 97405 541-338-7800

OBA is directed by John Grensback, formerly with the New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and principal dancer with the Houston Ballet. OBA offers pre-ballet, ballet, boy’s ballet, pointe, partnering, improvisation, Pilates, modern, tap, hip hop, jazz funk and ballroom. Our weekly tuition free all boys ballet class for ages 9-18 yrs serves as a model for dance organizations around the country and was written up in Time Magazine.  Sleeping Beauty Ballet will kick off our upcoming season this Fall.

Oregon Children’s Choir PO Box 11007 Eugene, OR 97440 458-215-0070

The Oregon Children’s Choir serves K-12th grades and provides advanced choral

Oregon Tutor 1144 Gateway Loop Springfield, OR 97477 541-733-1749

At Oregon Tutor, we believe oneon-one tutoring greatly enriches the lives of our students. We offer private tutoring to students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as adults. Our philosophy is to help students of

all ages achieve their academic goals by providing tutors of the highest quality while working at each student’s pace. We like to work in tandem with the school teacher and home, to ensure that we are working as a team towards common goals. Scholarships available.

interaction with adult experts and collaboration with peers for students in grades 6-10. TAG Programs: Provide engaging academic programming appropriate for talented and gifted youth, including those from tradition-

ally underserved groups. They allow exploration of interests not available in a regular school setting and connect TAG youth with adults who are enthusiastic about their field. They enable interaction with other participants with similar interests, and introduce possible career options. Visit for info. continued on next page…

OSU Summer TAG Programs OSU Campus Corvallis, OR 97331 541-737-2403

OSU Talented and Gifted (TAG) Youth Programs provide educationally challenging and dynamic environments enhanced by

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OSU Summer TAG Programs provide a variety of challenging, engaging courses designed specifically for gifted, talented, and high-ability 6th-10th graders. Participants discover new and exciting areas of study in a fastpaced learning environment.

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instructions in many styles of music, including Traditional, Contemporary, Broadway, World and A cappella. Choirs meet for rehearsals once a week at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St. Eugene, and perform in 4 concerts throughout the year. Several of our choirs take end-of-the-year singing trips including competitions for our high school a cappella groups. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available.

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SAC Academy Extending the knowledge and resources of the School of Arts & Communication to our community. Art classes, music lessons, music ensembles, summer camps and workshops 541. 737. 2623

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220 SW 26th Street (Fairbanks Hall) Corvallis OR 97331 541-737-2623 SACacademy

SAC Academy extends the knowledge, resources, and expertise of the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication beyond the traditional OSU campus population through adult certificate and professional development programs, trainings, coaching, workshops, ensembles, private lessons and pre-college programs in art and music.

Whole Earth Nature School PO Box 5223 Eugene, OR 97405 541-937-KIDS

Fostering Confidence, Resilience, and Kinship with Nature. Join us for amazing adventures and accidentally learn a bunch along the way! Our programs give kids an opportunity to connect with the natural world in a deep and meaningful way, all whilst playing games and practicing primitive skills. We track animals, move silently, become “lost-proof,” eat wild plants, build shelters, and expand our awareness of the world through exercising all of our senses. Scholarships available— see our website.

Online Resources LB iLearn Online

care. Open 365 days a year, LB iLearn enrolls students every Wednesday of the year. With no traditional term schedule, students can move as fast as they want through their selected program. Programs are perfect for working adults and those with life circumstances making on-campus classes difficult.

PandaTree Online Foreign Language for Kids 844-267-2632

Kids love learning Mandarin or Spanish with PandaTree’s live online video lessons. Carefully screened tutors engage kids 5 to 15 in one-on-one learning sessions, tailored to the each student. Interactive lessons get kids talking with stories, games, role plays, debates and virtual 3D tours. Parents love the convenience – no driving required. Visit New stu-

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Wordcrafters 438 Charnelton, Suite 102 Eugene, OR 97401

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Wordplay, workshops, writing camps, writing contests, and more for Young Writers! Wordcrafters helps youth find their voices and tell their stories through quality creative writing instruction by professional writers. Young writers hone their craft, explore their creativity, publish their work, and present their stories at public readings. Join Words & Worlds, our empowering Spring Break Camp for young women: Courage, Community, and Confidence through Creativity.

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Earthtalk from the Editors of “E” the Environmental Magazine

Dear Earthtalk: Do you have ideas on what I can do around the house to help my garden and yard flourish?


utumn provides ample brown material for composting, and turning food scraps into fertilizer gives you everything you need to get a jump start on soil enrichment before the frost sets in. Whether you are already skilled at composting and want to make the most of the nutrients you save or are just starting out, the results can make a major difference in the health of your lawn or garden. Fall and winter composting ensures that your garden is ready


to shine the next year, and it makes it simple to recycle and reuse organic material in an ecofriendly manner. Preparing the Soil If you already have a home composter setup or an outdoors composting bin, remember to keep the balance of green and brown materials — from the kitchen and the yard respectively — at about an even 50/50 blend. There are a few ways to speed up the composting process,

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from shredding and heating the materials to agitating regularly, but all fertilizer creation takes time, and it’s best to get an early start in the fall for plenty of prep time. As the compost matures, try using a garden tiller to aerate the soil and work the material into the ground. Adding nutrients during the fall months can promote faster and healthier growth in spring, but preparation should end before the first snows fall. Adding more nutrients during the cold winter months can actually promote mold and undesirable decomposition of roots or bulbs, making it a better idea to save compost for later use when the ground starts freezing. Planting Seeds Planting in autumn is only natural, as it is harvest season when the fruits drop and wildflowers spread seeds abundantly. Once your soil is ready, begin planting the seeds for next year ’s blossoming flowers. Annuals and perennials both benefit from early planting before the ground hardens. The natural hardening and packing of the soil during the winter months provides added protection against scavenging animals and freezing winds.

Protect the Ground It’s entirely likely that you’ll end up with far more brown matter during the fall season than your kitchen scraps, grasses and other green materials can match. Avoid adding too much brown material to your compost mix, and instead use these nature-made tools to keep the ground safe and ward off unwanted mold or mildew that can crop up when the ground freezes and materials break down on the frozen surface. Protect the ground in your planting beds as well as lawn areas with layers of mulched brown materials. Pine needles and similar yard waste provides ample protection against both frost and mildew throughout the winter months as the needles and bark do not break down easily. Winter and fall don’t necessarily mean an end to your efforts composting at home. The materials produced naturally during this time can help ensure the ground has all the nutrients and protection it needs to weather the snowy seasons and spring back when the warm weather returns. Taking the time to get the right mix of materials and focusing on composting early and protecting the ground as the seasons change can make a real difference the next year.


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