Friday, November 20th: Moustache Day! Wear a moustache to your Morning Meeting 🥸
Wow, lions! It feels like it has been a month, rather than a week, since I was last here! I have really been enjoying the time I’ve been spending in kindergarten, second and third grade these last few weeks. Second graders have been talking about virtual friendships – I’ve learned quite a lot about Among Us/Roblox/Minecraft/Fortnite and many other games, video and messaging platforms, as well as some pretty fun distanced in-person activities😷. I’m amazed at the creativity and fun students are having! This week in third grade, we talked about Long Term Goals – and WOW – I’m feeling hopeful about the fate of the world with so many kids wanting to make a difference! Keep it up, lions!
This week’s story is The Bear and the Moon🎈 by Matthew Burgess and Catia Chien. Burgess’s tender story is illustrated by Chien’s luminous artwork and will touch the heart of readers, young and old, who have experienced a loss or needed to do a little self-forgiveness. (Or those like my niece, who love balloons and refuse to let me turn past the page where the bear first dances with the moon!) Do you have a memory you can hold in your heart and dance with in the light of the moon?
- Comprehensive Distance Learning has been extended to January 28th. See district communications for further information.
- David Douglas Family Support Groups (flyer) – see district communication for joining information or call
- Somali: 3rd Thursday, noon (Maryan Abdiyo (503) 256-6500 x8224)
- Latinx: 3rd Wednesday, 6 pm (Laura Gómez (503)261-8244)
- OHA Offers Safe Holiday Celebrations Resources. Click the link to access videos and social media cards about health and holiday safety in various languages: Safe Holiday Celebrations Resources.
- OHA Issues a Brief Guide to COVID-19 Testing. See attached flyer. See also OHA’s testing webpage to find a testing site in Oregon.
- Nine Counties on Two-week Pause Starting 11/11. After a significant spike in COVID-19 cases, nine Oregon counties, including Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington, will begin a two-week pause of social activities on Nov. 11. See Pause Guidance . New measures include:
- Urging all businesses to mandate work from home to the greatest extent possible.
- Pausing long-term care facility visits that take place indoors to protect staff and residents.
- Reducing maximum restaurant capacity to 50 people (including customers and staff) for indoor dining, with a maximum party size of six. Continuing to encourage outdoor dining and take out.
- Reducing the maximum capacity of other indoor activities to 50 people (includes gyms, fitness organizations/studios, bowling alleys, ice rinks, indoor sports, pools, and museums).
- Limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes those from outside your household, reducing the frequency of those social gatherings (significantly in a two-week period), and keeping the same six people in your social gathering circle.
- Information about Public Charge. There is a new federal rule that changes how people are found to be a “Public Charge.” It lets the federal immigration agency look at a longer list of public benefits, and more things like family income, when deciding whether a person is likely to become a Public Charge in the future. The rule does not apply to all immigrants and does not cover all public benefits. Understand whether the public charge test applies to you.There is no one right answer for everyone. See attached flyers in English and Spanish.
- Federal Stimulus Checks Still Available.Thousands of Oregonians still have not taken advantage of their federal stimulus checks. Check out this ODHS news release for information on how you can get your $1,200 ($2,400 for married couples). People with qualifying children under 17 at the end of 2019 can get an additional $500 for each qualifying child. Deadline to get your Economic Impact Payment is November 21, 2020 by 3 p.m. Visit the Non-Filers Payment Info Tool . Local help is available for free or low cost through MFS CASHOregon, 503-966-7942. The 211 Info hotline also can assist by phone, call 211; email: email@example.com; or text your ZIP code to 898211. Additional resources For more information on eligibility requirements, see the Economic Impact Payment .
- Reporting Hate Crimes. Hate crimes have increased since COVID-19 and during protests. Unite Oregon in partnership with Portland United Against Hate provides a form to report hate crimes anonymously . This information is included in reports that go to the city to demonstrate that hate crimes do happen here; the reports are intended to influence legislation/policy that might result in better support for community members. They are currently recruiting community folks to make informational videos on how to report hate crimes. Videos in Arabic, Thai, Somali, Vietnamese and Spanish will be available soon.
- Unite Oregon Community Asset Maps. On the Unite Oregon website are Community Asset Maps in English and Spanish providing information on East Portland neighborhood resources. They are in the process of developing a dashboard for community options in Arabic and Spanish.
- Esther’s Pantry Sponsors Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Focused Food Pantry Day. In 2018, Esther’s Pantry (a program of Our House) became the first LGBTQA+ Affirming Food Pantry in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. A couple years later and Esther’s Pantry is re-affirming its dedication to creating a safe and stigma-free space for all, by offering a transgender and gender-nonconforming focused food pantry day for the community on Friday, November 13th from 2pm-5pm at 10202 SE 32nd Ave., Suite 601 in Milwaukie.
- Free flu shots from Legacy Health (flyer)
- Multnomah County has newly translated flyers for where to get tested for COVID, plus other information
- Webinar from Switchboard about Refugees and Asylees and their right to work
- Washington State Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is having a virtual refugee symposium November 20th: Racial Justice, Immigrant and Refugee Communities, and Black Lives Matter. (PDF)
- A Refugee School Impact program in Texas has created many videos in different languages for parents and students about different topics related to distance learning.
- Multnomah County is hiring an Immigrant and Refugee Systems Strategist position. Pay Range: $34.79- $42.82 Hourly Closing Date: November 21, 2020 The Immigrant and Refugee Systems Strategist will manage and lead a program to facilitate connections between community and clinical sectors to directly improve the health of the Immigrant/ Refugee community. This position works collaboratively amongst public health, health care, and community non-health care sectors to enhance systems to produce better prevention and health promotion outcomes for chronic diseases. This position will sit with and work across the Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion unit, in collaboration with the REACH community-clinical linkages program to ensure the root causes and chronic disease disparities among African Immigrant and Refugee communities are redressed. Efforts and activities will support the Board of Health’s leading causes of preventable death, injury and illness priority areas. Here is the link to the live posting, for the full position description.
- Employment Related Daycare (ERDC) expansion: Eligibility criteria has been temporarily expanded to help more families access assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and family copays have been temporarily waived. In order to receive 12 months of ERDC with no copay, benefits must begin by December 31, 2020. Families enrolled after that will be subject to monthly copay requirements. If approved, you may receive benefits for up to 12 months, after which you will need to re-verify eligibility. Visit here or see flyers in English, Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese