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Back to school social planned at Boones Ferry

Boones Ferry Primary School is hosting a back-to-school popsicle social on Aug. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is being held instead of the pancake breakfast, which was erroneously included last week in the Spokesman’s list of back-to-school events.

Art Tech schedules back-to-school events

Students at Arts and Technology High School and their families are invited to attend a back-to-school barbecue Aug. 29 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Join teachers, staff and community members for a casual and free meal on the lawn in front of the school.

The first day of school will be Sept. 3, when students will begin a two-day orientation. Students will review and renew their academic and personal goals for the school year and set a foundation of the expectations and support available at the school.

Orientation will take place at the school on both Sept. 3 and 4, and students should bring their own lunch.

A back-to-school orientation for parents and guardians will be offered on three dates: Sept. 10 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The orientation is for new and returning families; it is essential that parents and guardians attend to gather valuable information about the school program and structures.

Families should note that the daily scheudule at Art Tech has shifted. During the regular day schedule — on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday — the school day will end at 3:45 p.m. On Wednesdays, school will end at 1 p.m.

WHS seeks hosts for Japanese students

Wilsonville High School will host a delegation of 16 middle school and high school students from Wilsonville’s Japanese sister city, Kitakata, for approximately 10 days this fall. Local families are needed to serve as hosts for one or more of these students. The only requirement is a willingness to welcome the students and help them be a part of typical American life.

During their stay, the Japanese students will participate in group activities during the day and then spend the evenings with their hosts. Host families need not have students at home.

Contact Bev Schalk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or WHS Japanese teacher Joelle Scrbacic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sign up for YMP music classes

Youth Music Project has opened registration for the fall term, offering families the chance to harness the power of music and get their students jamming on guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, vocals and rock band lessons. Classes will begin Oct. 7, with no classes the week of Thanksgiving.

Interested families can learn more at YMP’s open house, scheduled for Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Students can meet YMP staff, register for classes and rent an instrument. YMP is located at 2015 Eighth Ave. in West Linn. Contact Cynthia O’Brien for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-616-5967.

CCC schedules new-student orientation

Students who are entering Clackamas Community College for the first time this fall are invited to the annual New Student Experience orientation on Sept. 20 at the Oregon City campus. NSE will begin at 8 a.m. in the Randall Gym and continue until 4 p.m. A pizza lunch is included for participating students.

NSE is a one-day class designed to help students get acquainted with campus, connect with faculty and current students, learn about academic programs and extracurricular activities and become familiar with the resources they will need to succeed. Students who participate in NSE can earn one free, transferable credit. Register online for CRN No. 243042 through myClackamas at www.clackamas.edu.

For more information, contact the admissions office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-594-3284.

Sign up for music classes

Willamette Valley Music Together is now accepting registrations for its fall semester of music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents.

Called Music Together, the classes will be offered at various times in Wilsonville at the Innovative Dance Studio, 30625 SW Boones Ferry Road, and at the Hubbard Chapel, 2934 H St. in Hubbard, beginning Sept. 17.

As a preview, interested families are invited to open houses at these locations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 13. At those times, free demonstration classes will be held. Call 971-678-6742 to schedule a demonstration.

According to center director Wendy Reznicsek, classes involve both children and parents or other caregivers in informal singing, chanting, moving, listening and instrument playing activities that are developmentally appropriate. A parent education evening is offered each semester.

The Music Together philosophy is based on the belief that all children are musical and that an environment of informal music activities should be made available to all children. According to Music Together, because today’s families tend to passively consume music through recordings and concerts rather than participate in music activities, many children are deprived of the opportunity to learn basic music skills the way they learn almost everything else: from the example of their primary caregivers.

Music Together stresses that parents do not have to be skilled musicians.

For more information, visit valleykidsmusic.com or call Willamette Valley Music Together at 971-678-6742.

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