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Student Success Starts with

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his fall, school districts across the state are ramping up effor ts to improve student attendance, pointing to the significant role it plays in long-term student success, even as early as preschool. Intuitively, the attendance-tosuccess connection makes sense: It doesn’t matter how superb the teaching is or how compelling the curriculum might be -- if a child isn’t in school, he or she is missing instruction time. Why Attendance Matters Missed days can be particularly destructive in the early years, when students are learning the fundamentals that will help them read at grade level by third grade. This achievement is more than an arbitrary measure; it’s at third grade that students begin to rely on books and other written curriculum. If they’re not reading at grade level by that point, school becomes much more difficult and the likelihood of academic challenges spikes. One in six Oregon children is chronically absent, one of the highest absenteeism rates in the nation. Those who are chronically absent are less likely to graduate on time. Statistically, students are considered chronically absent if they miss 10 percent of the school year – typically that’s 18 days of school, or just

by Tony Scurto, Lane ESD Superintendent

two school days a month. It doesn’t matter whether absences are excused or unexcused because missed days translate to missed instruction regardless of reason.

Beyond School Identifying and supporting students who are regularly missing school is likely to help address other challenges as well. That’s because chronic absenteeism can be an indicator of a larger issue such as housing instability,

bullying or emotional challenges, physical concerns, or difficulty with transportation. Identifying the reason behind the missed days and helping connect parents with resources will undoubtedly spill over to positive changes beyond attendance. Chronic absenteeism isn’t about ‘skipping school’ or the occasional sick day. There are many root causes, including physical and behavioral health issues, school climate, and housing and food insecurity. Children living in poverty are two to three times more likely to be chronically absent, and students from communities of color and students with disabilities are also disproportionately affected. The equity gap has elevated the state’s concern about chronic absenteeism because some of the students who have the most to gain from school are missing more school than their peers. Finding Solutions To reverse the pattern, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon legislature have made improving attendance a high priority, knowing that helping to identify and solve a student’s root causes for regularly missing school is key to Oregon’s larger effort to improve high school graduation. Simply raising awareness about the impact of missed days on a student’s future is part of the O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8


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state’s plan, and it will launch an “Every Day Matters” public awareness campaign this fall. Locally, Lane Education Service District and the county’s school districts are working to increase attendance through a combination of efforts. These include improving attendance data analysis so schools can identify students who are at risk of, or already chronically absent. From there, schools will work with students to develop attendance improvement plans. Each district is approaching the challenge differently in order to reflect localized issues. For example, transportation is a more significant challenge in rural areas than urban, as are health care issues. How to Help Because of the many practical issues that contribute to chronic absenteeism, schools are looking to their communities, non-profits, local government and families for help as they develop solutions for each child. These might include easier fixes such as carpooling, or more difficult challenges such as helping connect families with housing. More information will be available from ODE and directly from schools this fall. In the meantime, consider the following suggestions:

Plan Ahead Things don’t always go smoothly. Planning ahead can help you be ready for issues with: • Transportation (Explore carpool, bus, safe walk/bike options.) • After school pick-up and care (Have a back-up!) Ask for Help These are common reasons students miss school. Visit to learn about local community resources or ask your school for suggestions. - Shelter - Health issues - Acute or chronic illness - Mental health services - Social emotional supports - Behavioral support - Oral (mouth and teeth) health - Food - Clothing Build Relationships Students do best in a warm, safe and welcoming environment. Schools and families can help with this by:

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• Ensuring every student is connected with an adult within his or her school who can watch for issues and help with solutions. • Building relationships with classmates and peers. • Planning for success by having attendance goals and addressing possible obstacles in advance.

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Use Life Hacks Work on household routines to make it easier to get out the door. • Evening routines. Set out clothes and make lunches, put keys and bags by the door. Put permission slips, homework in backpacks, etc. • Homework help. Ask friends, neighbors and older kids for help with homework • Getting ready. Easier mornings make it easier to get out of bed and into class As always, feel free to ask your school for help. Together we can significantly improve school attendance – and our students’ futures.

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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

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

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. Preschool Story time (ages 3-6), Wed 10:15 and 11:00am. Baby Story time (ages 0-1) Fridays @ 10:15 & 11:15am. Talkers Story time, Tues @ 10:15 & 11:00. Walkers Storytime, Thurs 10:15 & 11:00am, for babies up on their feet. Pajama Story time every Tues of each month at 6:30pm. Features stories, rhymes, and songs for children 0-6. Family STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), Sheldon: Weds @ 4:00pm / Bethel: Thurs @ 4:00pm Ph 541.682.8316 Family Story Time (all ages). Fridays at 10:15am @ Bethel Branch Library. 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. Every Saturday Oct 6 – December 8, Downtown Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE!, Ph 541.682.8316

Public Skate @ The Ice Center. Call for skate times. Ph 541.682.3615 Saturday Market/Farmers Market. The oldest, open-air market in the US. Offers great food, local crafts, and live entertainment. Every Saturday, Park blocks, rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! “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 Eugene Science Center. Our ever-changing exhibits feature something for everyone! Explore science topics, astronomy, mechanics, optics, water quality, and nanotechnology. See website for features, admission, and times. Ph 541.682.7888

Family Sail Day. A public day of family fun at Eugene Yacht Club, with sailboat rides (with experience sailors), paddleboards, BBQ, snacks, ice cream, and live music. A benefit for Relief Nursery. Eugene Yacht Club, 2-6pm, $10adult/$6child, Ph 541.343.9706

3 MONDAY Oregon Rocks! With Museum of Natural History. Dig into rocks, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanoes through hands-on activities and rockin’ specimens, discovering the dynamic forces that have shaped Oregon’s landscape! Springfield Public Library, 6:30-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

4 TUESDAY Party in the Park. Party in the Parks are a fun blend of live music, good eats and activities including a bike helmet giveaway, bicycle traffic garden, learn-to-ride clinic, circus arts and more! Bethel Community Park, 5-7pm, FREE! KIDS: Oregon Rocks! go on a geology adventure and explore the ever-changing planet Earth! Led by UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, dig deep into rocks, fossils, earthquakes, and volcanos with hands-on activities and specimens. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

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6 THURSDAY Teens at 4:30. Tie Dying! Dress like a rocker, or at least a groupie. We’ll provide one t-shirt to each participant, but you can also bring your own white and light-colored clothing to tie dye! It’s FREE and all supplies will be provided. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Scandinavian Festival. Celebrate local Scandinavian heritage with food, crafts, and entertainment at Junction City’s 58th Scandinavian Festival. Thurs is Norwegian Day, Fri is Swedish Day, Sat is Danish Day, and Sun is Finnish Day. Junction City, 10am-10pm, FREE! Ph 541.998.9372 Kids Club, Summer Edition! Art ROCKS workshop with NY Artist Michael Albert, Springfield Library, ages 7-12, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766


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7 FRIDAY Lego Club. All bricks provided, including Dupelo. Springfield Public Library, 2-4pm, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766 Little Wonders: Stories and Activities for Pre-K. This month Habitats! Why do animals and plants live where they do? Explore different kinds of habitats through a story, crafts, games, and a museum scavenger hunt. Museum of Natural and Cultural History, ages 3-5, 10:30am – 11:30, $3-10, Ph 541.346.3024

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Nature Kids: Drawing Birds. Ages 6 to 12: learn how to draw colorful birds with Cynthia Black of Dragonfly Studio Art Classes. Downtown Library, 4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Farmers Markets Creswell Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday May through October. Farm fare ranges from local fruits and vegetables to home grown meats. 4pm - 6pm, First and Oregon, Ph 541.895.2096 Hideaway Bakery Farmers Market. Every Saturday 9am-3pm (per vendor availability), behind Mazzi’s Restaurant, Ph 541.868.1982 Amazon Farmers Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, and value added products in the heart of South Eugene! Amazon Community Center, Weekly on Thurs June 15th - Sept 28th. 12pm-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.5373 MarketPlace @ Sprout! Showcases the best of Lane County’s organic and locallygrown farm products. Farm fresh eggs, local meats and fish, plus produce, grains and artisan goodies. Music and activities vary week to week. Sprout! Every Friday, rain or shine, 3-7pm, FREE! Ph 541.345.7106 Lane County Farmers Market. Over 85 growers and producers, grown locally. Support your community and get the freshest goods, direct from the source! Every Sat 9am-3pm & Tuesday 10am3pm, April – Sept, 8th & Oak Blocks. Winter Farmers Market: Feb – March, park blocks. Holiday Farmers Market: Mid Nov – Mid Dec, Lane Events Center, Sat 10-5/Sun 11-5pm. FREE! Ph 541.431.4923 Winter Green Farmers Market. Emmaus Lutheran Church, Weds 2pm–6pm, June–Oct. Ph 541.743.3366 Saturday Farmers Market. Every Saturday, April-Nov, 8th & Oak St. Rain or shine. 10:00am – 5pm, Ph 686-8885, FREE! Veneta Farmers Market. Every Sat 10am–2pm, June–September, Luther Lane & Territorial, Ph 541.285.4376 Cottage Grove Market. 10th & Washington, Mon – Sat, 10am–6pm yearround, Ph 541.337.7684 Food for Lane County Youth Farmers Market. Thurs 2pm–6pm, June–October, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Ph 541.343.2822

Emerald Valley Opry Saturday, September 8th Eugene River Festival and Salmon Paddle Race. Paddle up the Alton Baker Canoe Canal then down the Willamette River in a friendly race against fellow community members. Course includes flatwater, portages, a small obstacle at Autzen Footbridge Rapids and a short run to the finish line. Youth races will be held on the pond. Alton Baker Park, 12-4pm, FREE!

Second Friday Art Walk. Starts at Springfield City Hall, 5:00pm, FREE! Cash & King: The Ultimate Celebration of the Legends. An evening of music celebration that will take you back to where it all began. Hult Center, 8pm, $38-43.25, Ph 54.682.5000 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 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

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Emerald Valley Opry. Featuring: Misty Mamas Bluegrass, Gospel, Country & Folk. Mike & Carleen McCornack - Folk. Dusty Herd - Country. Frank McCracken and the Firecrackers - Country. Front Row band - Rock/Blues/Pop. Powers Auditorium Willamette High School, doors open 5pm, concert 6:00-9:30pm, $3-$8/under 7 free, Ph 541.688.0937 Veneta Harvest Festival. Features 70+ vendors, a food court, kids zone, a pancake breakfast, a quilt show and live music. Downtown Veneta, FREE! Ph 541.935.4555

9 SUNDAY Coburg Antique & Vintage Fair. Shop for rare collectibles, beautiful heirlooms, and period pieces. Antiques to peruse and purchase from more than 300 dealers. Music and food available for purchase. Downtown Coburg, 8am-5pm, FREE! Ph 541.357.7055

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Pirate Ferret Agility Trials. Join the Lane Area Ferret Shelter and Rescue for a swashbuckling good time! Ferrets can enter the Ferret Games for a donation of $3. Tickets for carnival and kid’s games are 25 cents and come with the chance to win prizes. Emerald Park Community Center, 12-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.484.1090

10 MONDAY Dog Days Stories, Music & Art with Taylor. Springfield Public Library, 6:30-7:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

11 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Teen Flicks: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766 Party in the Park at WJ Skate Park. a fun blend of live music, good eats and activities. DJ Connah Jay, a founding member of the Bohemian Dub collective Medium Troy, will perform a live set. 5-7pm, FREE!

Family Day at the Farmers Market. Kids can explore what it means to be a superhero while creating their own identities through crafts and learning how to make a difference in Eugene and beyond. Park Blocks, 11am-1pm, FREE!

13 THURSDAY Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: Okaidja Afroso. Joyous, tragic, and uplifting. It embodies the vast perfect/imperfect human story. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE! Kids Club, Summer Edition! Movie Day: “My Little Pony: The Movie”, Springfield Library, ages 7-12, 1:30pm-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

14 FRIDAY Assassin’s Dinner Show. Combines Stephen Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Recommended for adults only. Actors Cabaret, 7:30pm (dinner seating 90 mins ahead), Ph 541.683.4368

15 SATURDAY Oregon Ducks vs. San Jose State, Autzen Stadium, 2pm, GODUCKS.COM Try It: Bloxels. Kids learn how to build a 2D video game with fun, user-friendly Bloxels. Bring a mobile device or use one of the Library’s. Ages 9 to 12. Downtown Library, 11am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Assassin’s Dinner Show. See the 14th

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R & B artist Miguel. On his tour for War & Leisure, his fourth studio album. Miguel is part of a new wave of R&B artists who incorporate funk, hip hop, and electronic styles to create a sound widely popular across a diverse audience. Cuthbert Amphitheater, 6:30pm, $45-150, Ph 541.726.8099

18 TUESDAY Teens at 4:30. Game Day. Virtual Reality, big screen video games, board games, and more! Come play a favorite or learn a new game. Teens! Come hangout, play a few games, eat a few snacks and have a bit of fun. Teen ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

Radio Redux presents Arsenic and Old Lace. Chuckle when a drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. Hult Center, 7:30pm, $22-25, Ph 541.682-5000

Party in the Park. Kudana Marimba perform their traditional Zimbabwean music using seven marimbas, singing, drums and other percussion. A fun blend of live music, good eats and activities! Arrowhead Park, 5-7pm, FREE!


Family Night. In August the theme is China. Enjoy stories and learn Chinese words and dance moves with guest presenter Cindy Chan. Sheldon Branch Library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

20 THURSDAY Kids Club, Summer Edition! Game Day: Play board games, enjoy some healthy snacks, and just generally hang out. Springfield Library, ages 7-12, 1:30pm-2:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766 Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: Mitsuki Dazai. Timeless, dynamic beauty of this living treasure of Japanese civilization. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE! Try It: Bloxels. 6:30pm, see the 15th Little Family Yoga with Brynne Blevins. Springfield Public Library, 10:30am, FREE! Ph 541-726-3766

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Arsenic and Old Lace. See the 21st Harvest Tea. These popular formal teas feature tea sandwiches, scone, savories, dessert and, of course, freshly brewed tea. Teas are not recommended for children under eight. Shelton McMurphey Johnson House, 1pm, $25-30, Ph 541.484.0808

23 SUNDAY Arsenic and Old Lace. 2pm, see the 21st Eugene Sunday Streets. Live music, fitness classes, dancing, yoga, slacklining and much more! West Eugene/Churchill, noon-4pm, FREE! Ph 541.501.0390 Sole Support for Parkinson’s Walk. Lace up your walking shoes and join Sole Support of the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon (PRO) for a 1K or 5K walk in Alton Baker Park to raise awareness and support for those living with Parkinson’s. Alton Baker Park, 1:30-3:00pm, FREE! Ph 888.426.6806

Preschool Art & Science Storytime. Designed for precocious preschoolers, this story time is designed to teach about science and art in harmony. Preschoolers will conduct experiments, read, learn, create, and talk about the amazing world around them. Springfield Library, 10:30-11:15am, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766


Teens at 4:30. Banned Books Week. Teens ages 12+ Springfield Public Library, 4:30-5:30pm, FREE and open to the public! Ph 541.726.3766

Wild Kratts LIVE! Join the Wild Kratts brothers, Martin and Chris from the hit TV series, for a live theatrical show that as they partner with audiences to help save the creatures of the animal world! Hult Center, 6pm, $45-51, Ph 541.683.7452

Family Night. In August the theme is China. Enjoy stories and learn Chinese words and dance moves with guest presenter Cindy Chan. Bethel Branch Library, 6:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

Gabriel Royal. Acclaimed emerging artist Gabriel Royal brings his R&B infused classical performance to Eugene. Hult Center, 8pm, $2528.50, Ph 541.682-5000




Kids Club, Fall Season. Black Out Poetry and Book Art. Today we are using discarded library books to create poetry and art. This is in celebration of Banned Books Week - a week which celebrates our freedom to read anything and everything we want! Springfield Library, 3:45-5pm, ages 7-12, FREE! Ph 541.726.3766

27 THURSDAY Hult Presents, Party on the Plaza: NANDA. A ninja theatre troupe pulling from classic vaudeville and circus traditions. Performances start at 5:30pm. FREE! Keith Urban Graffiti U Tour w/ Kelsea Ballerini. The four-time Grammy Award winner will perform songs from his new album Graffiti U, as well as many of his 23 #1 hit songs. Matt Knight Arena, 7pm, $39-95.50

Kids: Make a Reusable Lunch Bag. Learn basic sewing skills and how to use the Library’s computerized sewing machines to make a reusable lined lunch bag. Ages 9 - 12. No experience needed. Supplies provided. Due to limited space, pre-reg. is required. Downtown Library, 11am, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316 Dog Tale Story Time. Kids have fun and build skills in short one-on-one sessions reading to trained dogs and handlers’ courtesy of PAAWS. Pre-register starting one week in advance in person or by phone. Bethel and Sheldon Branch Library, 2-3:30pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.8316

30 SUNDAY Beats and BBQ. Brings the best grill masters and disc jockeys of Eugene to the Park Blocks for a competition. Awards for best barbecue and the area’s best DJ. Park Blocks, 2-6pm, FREE! Ph 541.682.6347

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Dad’s Phone-Pix Campaign O

ffices used to be noisy with the ringing of telephones, the bellowing of insensitive bosses and the clattering of typewriters. But on a recent afternoon, you could hear only the white noise of computers, the subdued warbling of desk phones, and the grim cursing of workers whose computers had just betrayed them. Suddenly the brooding quiet is cut by loud rap music: I like big butts and I can not lie. You other brothers can deny... It’s my cell! I fumble it out of my pocket as the rapper elaborates and a dozen coworkers stare. “Hello?” It’s my wife. It doesn’t take me long to figure out that our 15-yearold daughter Wendy had borrowed my phone, downloaded Sir Mixalot’s “Baby Got Back” as a ring tone and set it up to play whenever my wife calls. (For the record: My wife’s butt is only medium sized, and I’m not just saying that because she might read this. Ask anyone.) Because Wendy generally doesn’t give us the time of day, I was touched that she went out of her way to play her e-prank on me. So I kept that ring tone in place (as if I knew how to un-do it) and it makes me laugh every time. Even when my wife calls with grave news, the incongruous theme song has a cheering effect. But when I go into my boss’ office or meet with serious people, I try to remember to switch the phone to airplane mode.

Among the serious people I deal with is Roger, our Director of Artificial Intelligence. I’m the liaison between him and the office computers. With some justification, he regards me as a dull-witted technophobe. When I appear in his doorway, write him a note, or call him on the phone, he cannot conceal his contempt. Appearing in doorways was high-tech back when people first started living in caves, writing a note may have been edgy in 2000 BCE, and the telephone hasn’t been new since the 1890s. But when contacted by email, Roger is more sympathetic when he explains that the technical trouble dwells in the hardware or the software or the server or the stars – or whatever else he isn’t responsible for. This made me wonder if maybe Wendy and I could relate better if I communicate with her the way her friends do. They are forever sending texts or videos on their phones, and phoning selfies to each other. When I talk to Wendy, it’s like speaking bad high-school French to a Frenchman. There is little communication, and you get the feeling that the approach is inherently offensive. Did you ever attempt to mount a horse from its right-hand side? Try it, and you’ll see what trying to chat with Wendy is like. She’ll shy away or give you a hoof to the head (figuratively). Maybe it’s the sound of my voice. Anyhow, one evening when Wendy was off at a sleep-over, I used my phone to take a picture of a woman on TV sticking out her tongue and sent it to her. Not exactly a heart-to-heart dialogue on the meaning of life, but we could work up to that. The next morning I was at a garage sale and found a big, red, stuffed parrot that was actually a hat. It wasn’t the kind of thing you’d buy, but it was the kind of thing you’d put on your head, get a picture of, and phone-mail to your daughter (if you’re me). By noon I’d sent a couple more silly pictures and even a few textmessage words. T hese effor ts w e re co m i n g m o re e a s i l y and it was getting to be fun. I imagined her clicking open the pictures and making that sweet little “mmm” sound she makes that is not quite a laugh, but lets you know she’s delighted in a small way. Then my phone chirped and I received a text message: IF U SEND ONE MORE PIX I WILL BREAK UR PHONE Not the response I was looking for. After my feelings have had a chance to reboot, I’ll give the spoken word another try. Unless new media have been invented by then. Rick Epstein can be reached at But take it easy; he’s feeling a bit frail just now. O R E G O N F A M I L Y. C O M • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8


After School Activities


Signs Your Child is

Too Involved


by Rachael Moshman

ack to school means a return to extracurricular activities for many children. Some children are out of the house nearly every night of the week. I have worked with children and families as a resource coordinator and mentor for many years. When parents come to me with academic or behavioral concerns regarding their children, I quickly ask what they are involved in after school. If the list is long, my advice is usually to scale back and see if things turn around. Most schools and communities have an abundance of choices for children to be involved in after school. Football, cheer leading, dance, gymnastics, lacrosse, horseback riding, art, drama, Scouting, ecology


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clubs and language lessons are just a few of the options available to children in my small town. My daughter brings home a flier for a new activity every day. We all want our children to be well rounded, successful and enjoy their brief time as school children. Enrolling them in enrichment activities seems harmless – and it usually is. However, moderation is key. Children also need time to focus on their homework, socialize with friends informally, spend time with family and just relax. So how do you know if your child is doing too much? Here are five signs that it’s time to cut back on after school activities.


YOU SEE A CHANGE IN YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR OR EMOTIONS. Overwhelmed children often show they are stressed through their behavior. Is your usually compliant child suddenly defiant? Does your formerly happy-go-lucky child now burst into tears for seemingly no reason? Take a week off from activities and spend quiet evenings at home instead. Does the situation improve? If so, too many activities are probably the culprit.


THEY DON’T SEEM TO BE ENJOYING THE ACTIVITY. Kerrie’s eight-year-old daughter was rude and argumentative on the days she had dance lessons. She realized that her daughter didn’t enjoy the twice a week, two hour lessons and didn’t know how to tell her. She was relieved when Kerrie gave her permission to stop.


YOUR CHILD SEEMS EXHAUSTED. Signs that their activities are getting in the way of their rest include: • Falling asleep at mealtime • Difficulty waking up in the morning • Napping on the way to activities • Nodding off in class • General sluggishness • Their grades drop. I always advise parents to take a look at what has changed whenever grades plummet. An increase in after school activities is a frequent contributor. Sometimes a child simply needs time to figure out how to balance their new schedule. Don’t allow so much time that they get into a pit they can’t dig out of, though.


THEY ARE VISIBLY WORRIED. Stephanie’s son decided to play soccer in addition to participating in the marching band when he entered high school. He maintained his honor roll status, but he was always panicked about having enough time to study and do homework. The next school year, Stephanie told him he could do either band or soccer, but not both. He opted for band and was much more relaxed.

have more than one child. If you find yourself cranky and bitter that you never have time to accomplish tasks or spend quality time with your kids, reevaluate your family’s activities. Everyone needs to be comfortable with the schedule, including you. So what do you do if you determine your child is doing too much? Sit down with your child and prioritize their activities. I had to do this with my daughter. She was involved in gymnastics, Girl Scouts and guitar lessons. We were out of the house four evenings a week, plus Saturday morning. It was too much. I told her something

had to go. She was reluctant at first, but after a lengthy discussion she admitted that she didn’t really enjoy guitar lessons and found the social aspects of Girl Scouts to be overwhelming. She asked if she could drop both activities and add a second session of gymnastics instead. Now she has gymnastics one evening a week and on Saturday mornings. This schedule is much more relaxing and enjoyable for both of us. Rachael Moshman is a freelance writer, educator and family advocate. She loves watching her daughter twist and turn through the air in gymnastics lessons. Find her at

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Don’t Hesitate,


by Dr. Emily Dalton, M.D., F.A.A.P. Eugene Pediatric Associates


the new school year gets underway and kids settle into crowded classrooms, it’s important to ensure your child is up to date on all recommended vaccines, especially the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine. Cases of whooping cough have reached alarming numbers across the state—339 cases, so far this year, which is a 220 percent increase over this time last year, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Whooping cough is sneaky Whooping cough sneaks up on families, because it starts with cold-like symptoms, including runny nose and cough; and people who have it may not know they’re spreading


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it. This infection, caused by the Bordatella pertussis bacteria, induces coughing fits which are lengthy, intense and involve a noisy inspiratory “whoop.” The coughing spasms, which can last up to three months, make it hard to breath and can be severe enough to fracture ribs. Pertussis can affect people of all ages, but it is extremely serious, even deadly, for babies younger than one year.

vaccine exemptions and you get a mix of children attending school, many of whom are susceptible and potentially contagious. When adults and children are vaccinated, it not only protects them, it also helps protects infants who are most vulnerable. While no vaccine is 100 percent effective, the whooping cough vaccine is the best protection we’ve got—and it does makes a difference.

Vaccination is important Whooping cough continues to circulate, in part, because immunity wanes over time, so previously vaccinated older children and adults can catch and spread the disease easily if they do not receive a booster shot. Add to this the popularity of non-medical school

Testing is simple If your child has a persistent cough, your pediatrician can test for whooping cough with a simple nasal swab. Results are available within 1-2 days. Whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics, which can help reduce the spread of the disease.

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Help is on the Way A hack to help improve your child’s writing by Kathryn Streeter


y 9-year-old son was a great student— in presentations, he was fluent and eloquent when debating an issue. But his ease vanished when he had to write a short response to the material. As I wracked my brain, trying to think of a fresh, fun exercise he could do at home to improve his writing, I glanced over my shoulder into my husband’s home office where he sat, typing furiously--blogging! As editor of an online publication, he blogged, so it was a familiar concept around our home. My son’s eyes lit up when I suggested


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on a whim that he should try blogging, too. As I suspected, blogging, even long-hand on paper, conveyed fun while writing a short essay did not. Perhaps, your child will feel the same way. Guidelines for your young blogger 1. Choose your topic, something you absolutely love. The NFL, politics, cars and sneakers were my son’s topics of choice. Since I gave him control over the subject, he owned his work in a new way. He felt energized and motivated. It was still an

assignment, but it felt less like ‘school’ for him. 2. Mentally lay out your argument. What is it? Narrow your angle. Is it clear, rational? Psst, it’s not enough for your child to write about their love affair with fast cars. They’ll need to dive into why Lamborghinis are superior to Ferraris, for example. You want them to be invested in their opinion. They need to feel skin in the game. 3. Defend your argument. In the ‘body’ of this blog post (flanked by a miniintroduction and conclusion), your child

should state their case, using three main points to defend their view. 4. Focus on building a cohesive argument. Don’t worry about getting spelling, grammar and punctuation perfect. I told my son, “I’ll only pay attention to your argument and how effectively you state your case. I don’t care about spelling, grammar or punctuation in these blog post.” With this reassurance, my son’s shoulders relaxed. I could sense him exhaling the tension. Friction between us over writing abruptly came to a halt. I could breathe more easily, too. This exercise, after all, is about ideas, not mechanics. How writing comes to life over real issues My son’s weekly blog posts quickly became a hit because it released him to write freely without fear of messing up. As I did, you may also benefit from some surprising revelations, giving you a deeper window into your child. In my case, I recognized how my son’s quick and unwavering resolve on a host of subjects revealed raw leadership material. Unlike me, my son was endowed with decisive intuition. He didn’t waffle as he played judge over disparate

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controversies. He didn’t see both sides: with certitude, he declared a winner. Reflections on how writing energized my son When I look through this old file of my son’s blog posts handwritten in his laborious cursive, I’m struck with how these exercises helped teach him the art of developing an argument, whether for a paper or a speech (still his preference). Equally significant, he wrestled through issues he may not have confronted at all were it not for these blogging assignments. If you’ve successfully sold this writing hack to your child as a fun activity, you’ll also appreciate its liberating versatility. As parent, you can assign blog posts judiciously, on evenings when homework is light, over the weekend, when school’s out or even on family vacations since all that’s needed are pencil and paper. Blogging proved an effective writing hack back when I was groping for answers for my child. Turns out, it exceeded my expectations as I hope it will yours. Kathryn Streeter’s writing can be found in The Washington Post, The Week, Austin-American Statesman and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter, @streeterkathryn.

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Drac charms Captain Ericka.

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f you’ve never booked a visit at Hotel Transylvania, don’t worry. Although the franchise has released its latest animated installment, Hotel Transylvania 3 – Summer Vacation, you’ll quickly get up to speed on the zany Count Dracula, his kooky monster friends, and the story of a vampire who provides a safe Hotel haven for ghouls of all shapes and sizes. Writer-director Genndy Tartakovsky knows how

to entertain the younger crowd with an endless supply of puns, pratfalls, and silliness making Hotel Transylvania 3 an enjoyable popcorn movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and includes positive messages about love, family relationships, and tolerance. Despite his busy life, Count Dracula has a romantic problem that he’d rather keep secret from his nosy daughter, Mavis, and her human husband, Johnny. Mavis, however, understands her father’s loneliness and books

a surprise cruise vacation to the Bermuda Triangle for the whole family. Believing he can only fall in love once, Drac is surprised when he zings-gaga over the beautiful Captain Ericka. But their courtship must go undercover after Drac realizes that Mavis has doubts about Captain Ericka’s

motives. In the meantime, the family enjoys all the monsterstyle amenities from scuba diving at an undersea volcano

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Read & Play by Jennifer Galvin

Back to School! Gather your pencils, paper, and backpack, it’s almost time for school. While you are waiting, here are some fabulous books to read together!

READ… A great way to start the school year off with a wonderful positive message for everyone!

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Follow along with a group of children at a school where diversity is celebrated and everyone is always welcome! Rich, vibrant illustrations of children learning and playing fill this book where all are welcome.


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Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma It is Lena’s first day of kindergarten and as she gets ready, she is excited, but realizes her shoes are nervous. Her dad asks her to talk to them, but she tells him she can’t talk to them—they’re shoes! So, she gets her headband to talk to the shoes. Lila finally tells the shoes if they don’t get it together, she will wear her slippers, and the shoes decide to go to school. Other than going a little slow, they make it! A great back-to-school story full of bright, colorful illustrations!

science she is interested in and come up with a question to investigate, she can’t wait to begin! She and her friend Isaac team up and decide to investigate zoology and see if Cece’s dog, Einstein, will eat vegetables. Find out if CeCe and Isaac’s experiment is successful in this fun book about science experiments! Also features several of the harder words/ concepts explained at the end as well as project “worksheets” throughout! Delightful!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, ages 4-8 by Billy Aronson & Jennifer Oxley

Melia loves all things science and Jo loves all things art, can these two very different girls become friends? You better believe it! With Melia’s science skills and Jo’s art skills, the two can create even cooler stuff. A great STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) book full of engaging, vibrant illustrations that celebrates, friendship, science, and art!

Cece Loves Science Greenwillow Books, $17.99, ages 5-9 by Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes

Cece loves to ask questions, so when her teacher Ms. Curie tells her she needs to pick a

When evil genius, Doctor Glockenspiel, escapes and threatens to destroy all the worlds books by setting loose giant book eating moths, who will save the world? Why Lyric McKerrigan, of course! The comic art in this book is bold and colorful. Lyric shows up at just the right time, with just the right books to help capture Doctor Glocksenspiel. Will she be successful? Find out in this great comic adventure picture book!

The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $19.99, ages 8-12 by the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries

Full of helpful hints on how to use a dictionary, this is a great addition to any child’s library. Even though we’re in the digital age, it is nice to have an actual dictionary to look up words in for spelling tests and reports. Full of pictures and information—a great starting place for information! For another great resource, also try “The American Heritage Children’s Thesaurus” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99, ages 8-12).

... and PLAY! Make an alphabet and number mobile Materials: Construction paper, a chopstick, yarn, scissors, a pencil, and a hole punch. Directions: Draw three letter shapes and three number shapes on different colors of construction paper. Cut out the letters. Punch a hole in the top of each letter. Cut six pieces of yarn, each about 12 inches long. Tie one end of a piece of yarn to each letter. Tie the other end of each letter’s yarn to the chopstick. Cut another piece of yarn and tie it onto the ends of the chopstick to make a string to hang the mobile by. Hang up in your child’s room and talk about those letters and what sound they make. Then, when she has learned all the letters and sounds, make six new until she knows them all!

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Decorate a lunch bag with potato prints Materials: A potato, knife (for parent to use), paint or a stamp pad, a paper plate, markers, and a lunch bag. Directions: Cut the potato in half. Let your child draw a picture on the potato. Carefully carve away the potato around the outside of the shape. In order for the print to be successful, the picture should be fairly simple. Pour a very small amount of paint onto your paper plate. Dip the potato in the paint and then use it to decorate your bag. After the potato prints dry, your child can add their name to the bag with markers.

Make personalized book covers to protect your books Materials: Brown paper grocery bags, markers, scissors, and tape. Directions: Cut down the side of the grocery bag and around the bottom to make a flat piece of brown paper. Lay it so the writing on the bag is facing up. Place your book on the bag. Fold over the top and bottom edges of the bag so that it is the same size as the book you want to cover. Place the left side of the cover in the flaps created by folding over the top and bottom of the bag. Place the right side in the other end of the bag. If the book is fairly narrow, you may need to take the book out and trim some of the edge off, so the flaps on the inside of the book won’t be too big. Tape over the flap and onto the outside to secure the cover. Decorate with markers, stickers, and pictures cut out of magazines. Jennifer Galvin is never far from her children, a paintbrush, or a good book. You can find her on the web at



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by Haley Sharp, Planetarium Director at Eugene Science Center

different from other robotic Mars missions you may be familiar with. Curiosity and Opportunity are rover missions, meaning they landed on Mars and now drive around on its surface exploring different regions across Mars. MAVEN and Mars Odyssey are orbiting missions, meaning they never landed on Mars. Instead they are currently in orbit around Mars, flying high above the planet studying it from a distance. Landers like InSight land on Mars but don’t move after that. They always stay in the same spot where they land…

What exactly will this spacecraft do when it lands on Mars? The name of the mission reveals some clues; InSight stands for Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transfer. InSight will give us our first detailed look at what happens beneath the Martian surface. Mounted to the lander are a suite of scientific instruments that will gather valuable data about the interior of the red planet. In a sense, these instruments will give Mars a thorough check up, similar to one you may get when you visit your doctor: A seismometer will check the “pulse” of Mars, measuring marsquakes and other seismic activity. A heat probe will burrow several meters below the surface, checking the temperature of Mars at different depths. A radio science instrument will check the “reflexes” of Mars, tracking the slight wobble of the planet as it orbits the sun. Working together, these instruments will help us explore unanswered questions about the detailed structure of the interior of the planet, the formation and evolution of Mars, as well as the extent of tectonic activity on Mars today. Want to learn more about Mars and find out exactly where it will be in the skies tonight? Join us at the Eugene Science Center Planetarium for Stargazing Tonight, an interactive planetarium show that is presented live by our staff astronomy experts. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what’s up in the sky and to get your astronomy questions answered. The planetarium at Eugene Science Center is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. The planetarium was updated in August 2018 with a brand new state-of-the-art 4K projection system.

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eet Bam Bam. This is one sweet boy with lots of love to share. He’s still a young boy – just over a year old! So, he’ll need patience and exercise to burn off some of his enthusiastic energy. He loves being with his people and chasing tennis balls but is not so keen on bringing them back! This handsome 60 lb. pup has a big smile and an even bigger personality. If you’d like to meet Bam Bam or learn more about him from our expert adoption staff, please visit First Avenue Shelter today. First Avenue Shelter is open for adoptions and visits Tues. – Sat., 10am – 6 pm (closed Sun. & Mon.) at 3970 W. 1st Avenue in Eugene. For more information call (541) 844.1777 or visit


IKA is a black, s h o r t- h a i re d female about one year old. S he came to CRAN as a stray with a litter of newborn k i t te n s , a n d is ready now to find her a forever home of her own! Mika is very affectionate, and seeks out attention from everyone – kids and adults alike. She is sociable, outgoing, and friendly, and her FAVORITE place in the world is curled up in your lap! She is now learning how to play and chase things for fun. Mika could probably coexist OK with a friendly dog, but she does not get along with other cats. This sweet girl just wants a human she can bond with and cuddle with, and she will make an awesome feline companion for that special someone. Mika has been tested for feline leukemia and FIV (she is negative), spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, defleaed and dewormed, plus you get a free vet exam. Meet her at our partner Wags! Dog & Cat Emporium, 485 Coburg Rd #G, Eugene OR 97401. Her adoption fee is $100, which allows us to continue to help cats in need. Send an email to or call 541-225-4955 option 1 for more information.

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