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OCSD presents Family Focus Forum; Gladstone schools invite applicants for fall 2018

The Oregon City School District will host its 11th annual "Family Focus Forum: Growing Kindness" from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Oregon City High School.

"One of the best ways we can support student learning is by supporting families," says District Family Liaison Debbie Cole. "We've organized the Family Focus Forum so parents can get information, hear experts and swap strategies. We hope that parents leave the Family Focus Forum re-energized and with real tools they can use with their families."

The keynote speaker this year will be Kim DeMarchi, speaking on "Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child With Kindness and Understanding." In addition to providing workshops, classes and coaching families, DeMarchi also writes monthly articles for two local newspapers and is a monthly guest on KATU's "Afternoon Live" and an occasional guest on KATU's "AM Northwest" doing parenting segments.

Additional education and community leaders will present over 25 workshops on a variety of topics. See the complete list at familyfocusforum.org.

There is no cost to attend this event due to generous donations, including those from Oregon City Dutch Bros., Oregon City Optimists, MOMS Club of Oregon City/Beavercreek, the Susannah Lee Barlow Chapter — DAR, local school parent clubs and others.

Free child care is available for children ages 2-10 with preregistration. There is at least one workshop presented in Spanish during each session. A free lunch will be provided, through a donation from Sodexo Services. More than 20 booths will provide information on local resources for families, including government and social service agencies.

Gladstone schools invite applicants for fall 2018

PHOTO BY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Gladstone kindergarten students get acquainted with a boa constrictor during their weekly science lesson at the Gladstone Center for Children and Families. The school is focused on the unique needs of the districts youngest students, with on-site family services provided by 10 agencies.The Gladstone School District will admit students from outside district borders for the 2018-19 school year, opening spots for students in kindergarten to grade 10. Applications, due April 1, are available at gladstone.k12.or.us

"Gladstone schools are at the heart of our small, close-knit community," said Superintendent Bob Stewart. "We offer an innovative, whole-child education, supporting individual needs while providing a robust array of academic opportunities."

Unique programs in Gladstone Schools include:

? Kindergarten science, music, P.E. and art

? Elementary technology, music, library and P.E.

? Culture of Care and trauma-informed education

? Middle school AVID college readiness program

? Five-day Outdoor School for all sixth-graders

? 36 college-level high school courses including on-site career-technical programs

Each school will offer opportunities for tours or student shadow experiences starting in February. To arrange a tour, contact the school office. For more information, call Natalie Weninger at 503-496-3935.

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