Connect to Kindergarten, We Are Water Protectors + Resource Round-Up 4/22

Counselor Corner  /  News & Events bulletin board display of many lions drawn by students

I don’t know if you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of lion art happening at home, but this is the reason why! Everyone is drawing lions for our bulletin board – it fills my heart with joy every time I walk by. Our Connect to Kindergarten event is next week – if you, a relative or a neighbor has a child who will be 5 by the time school starts, please spread the word! (In other exciting news, our dual-language program will be expanding into kindergarten – it is going to be a lot of fun and I will need to really work on my Spanish over the summer – I can’t wait!) Speaking of kindergarten, since one of the highlights of our traditional in-person Connect to Kindergarten event is the bus ride, we made a virtual bus ride video. Now you, too, can ride the bus to school.

Today is Earth Day! (If you haven’t seen it already, check out Ms. Julia’s Garden Update) I actually bought this week’s story at just about this time last year, but with one thing and another, I’m just getting around to share it today. While I’ve been sitting on it like Horton the Elephant, it has continued to acquire well-deserved recognition, including this year’s Caldecott Medal. Michaela Goade’s gorgeous illustrations and Carole Lindstrom’s simple, powerful words weave together to create something majestic and empowering. How are you a water protector? How do you care for the Earth?

Resource Round-up 4/22

  • Virtual transition resource fair for students on the neurodiverse spectrum or may have multiple/complex needs and for the families that support them. On April 27th & 28th, 6-8 pm you will hear and obtain information and valuable resources from a variety of local PDX community agencies that provide support and services for your students while in high school and beyond.Sign Up Link for the fair: https://signup.com/go/PoZHFes (PDF: Somali, Vietnamese, Spanish).
  • Translated materials library that you can filter by language, type, topic, etc.¬†
  • Responding to questions about COVID-19 Vaccine post with FAQs and helpful information on how to talk to individuals and communities¬†
  • PSAs about COVID-19 and vaccine
  • Join a COVID-19/Coronavirus and vaccine awareness session for the Burmese Community-¬† Oregon Health Authority Senior Health Advisor¬† and a Burmese interpreter will provide information on vaccine safety¬† and availability. There will be time for questions and answers. Flyer: English, Burmese.
  • Albina Early Head Start and Head Start are accepting pre-applications for 2021-2022 services for Prenatal mothers, children 6 weeks-5 years old Preschool and Childcare.¬† www.albinahs.org¬†
  • Multnomah County libraries will start to open 5 branches June 1st for in-person services!
  • Remember that patients at Multnomah County Health Clinics can make and receive COVID-19 vaccination appointments at the clinics. Click here for more information.¬†
  • Free Wellness events in Beaverton
  • Beaverton Housing Community Events. Click here for more information.
  • Free Tax help from city of Beaverton and CASH Oregon. Click here.
  • PDX Metro Works is trying to connect job seekers with small businesses. (JPG attached with more information)
  • A couple of reminders and information about the EITC tax credit from Blumenauer’s office and from IRS