It is snowing as I write. Pretty exciting – and on such a celebratory weekend! I love when Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras align – so many of my favorite holidays, all in a row! (I relish any opportunity to bring light and life into the dark days of winter…) I hope you have a safe weekend, full of hope, love and snowy fun!
We’ve been learning about Lunar New Year in our classrooms this week. In kindergarten, we thought of ways to grow our Happiness Spot 😊 and drew pictures of our happiness plants. Moving into first grade, we got to know our Anger Spot and practiced a new calming strategy. Fourth graders are building community – this week we discussed ways to be an upstander 🦸. And upstander will be a buddy🧑🤝🧑, interrupt🚫, ask for help🙋, or speak out🗣️ when they notice bullying behavior, rather than stay a silent bystander👀.
Our story this week is Love by Sophia, by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail. I don’t know if you’ve met Sophia and Noodle yet – they’re becoming a favorite series! What does LOVE mean to you?
- Vaccine Clinics for BIPOC and immigrant elders, ages 70+ living in zip codes 97233, 97266, 97220, 97266, 97222. Proof of residence and email address needed to sign up.
- Two new workshops from the Swindells Center. The first is called “Sleep: What Works and What Doesn’t”, the second part is called “Headaches in Kids: When to Worry, What to Do”. More info/registration link in this flyer.
- Governor Kate Brown Announces 10 Counties Improve from Extreme Risk. Governor Brown has announced that, effective February 12, 10 counties will be updated from Extreme Risk to High Risk, including Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here. View the Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart.
- Oregon Drivers License Available Regardless of Immigration Status. Starting January 1, 2021 anyone in Oregon over the age of 18 can get a driver’s license regardless of immigration status. Come and learn about the new law and how to get a driver’s license. These virtual informational sessions are intended for community members who work with or are part of our immigrant, refugee, asylee and migrant communities. See flyer. To sign up for any session you can reach out to IRCOCommunityDevelopment@irco.org
- Faith Leaders COVID-19 Vaccine Workshop. Dr. Rima Chamie, a Family Medical Physician, will speak with faith leaders in the Portland metro region about the COVID-19 vaccine to support broader outreach and education within communities on February 12, 2021 11:00 AM. Register in advance for this webinar here . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
- Free Weatherization Kits for Cold Snap! The Community Energy Project is distributing weatherization kits to Multnomah County residents without the need to attend a workshop, in preparation for the upcoming cold snap.. Please see flyers in English and Spanish for more information and feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions! All information, including income, is self-reported and you are welcome to pick up as many kits as you have names and addresses for!
- Preschool Promise: tuition free preschool in the tri-county area (flyer)
- CSN has their next Social Service Fair on Friday February 19th at the Rosewood initiative.
- Video in many languages: “Why You Should Get The COVID-19 Vaccine”
- More/repeated eviction moratorium information. For more, see the County’s Eviction Moratorium Page again and links to the Declaration of Hardship Form which is required to be covered by the moratorium and renters are encouraged to submit ASAP. Links to translated forms and pages are at the top of the County’s page.
- Compassion Connect free health clinic 2/13/21. Emmanuel Church (1033 N. Sumner) 10-3, medical, dental, vision, chiropractic. No COVID-19 testing available.
- Luchando Contra Covid: Entendiendo la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en Español
- Miércoles – 10 de Febrero de 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
- registración a https://www.abicommunity.org/
- (Destinado a la comunidad hispana / latina que tiene seres queridos que experimentan discapacidades intelectuales y del desarrollo)
Vaccine info for older Oregonians
- Eligibility starts: >80 Feb 8, >75 Feb 15, >70 Feb 22, >65 Mar 1
- Vaccine sign-up is at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ – appointments opened at 9 am today, imagine that timeline will continue.
- New feature: at getvaccinated.oregon.gov people can sign up to get alerts when they become eligible and also for alerts when there is a vaccination event in their area (outside the mass sites like the convention center).
- FAQ for Older Oregonians
- 211: text ORCOVID to 898211 to get text/SMS updates about vaccination clinics (English/Spanish ) or email ORCOVID@211info.org. While text/email is preferred, you can call 211 or 1-866-698-6155, which is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including holidays. Long wait times, but the Oregon National Guard will help 211 answer phone calls, starting by the end of the day on February 8.