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Building Readers: October 2019 / Desarrollando la Lectura: Octubre 2019

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Engage your child in frequent conversations to build vocabulary
  • Suggest fun ways to read
  • Encourage your child to write to music

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

October 2019
Octubre 2019

Building Readers: September 2019

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Make library trips an enriching part of your family’s school year routine
  • Decode unfamiliar words like a detective
  • Spend quality time reading together

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

September 2019
Septiembre 2019

Things to do this summer

Day camps around the Greater Portland–Vancouver metro area

Day camps offer students a chance to expand their horizons, meet new friends and try fun activities.

There are a number of day camp options in the Portland–Vancouver metro area.

Photo: Super sleuths day camp at the Jim Parsley Community Center

Register for summer day camps at the Jim Parsley Community Center.

Through the Foundation for VPS, the Jewish Business Network is supporting summer camps with scholarship vouchers to attend Boys and Girls summer programs or a camp offered at the Jim Parsley Community Center. Students 14 years of age or younger may apply.

More events

On June 8, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will host free National Get Outdoors Day and Brigade Encampment events.


Library rewards summer reading

Sign up for the summer reading program in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. The library also offers activities and special events.

Little kids, children, teens and adults can earn rewards while keeping their reading skills sharp with the free program.


Water Resources Center

The center offers several free educational activities, including Second Saturdays, Reading in the Wild and Science in the Park.


Intake center at Boys an Girls Club

All new Vancouver Public Schools students who are learning English as a second language may register for school at the intake center at Boys and Girls Club, 4040 Plomondon St., 98661.

The center will be open on the following dates:

  • Aug. 19, 21 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Aug. 20 and 22 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

Interpreters will be available to help complete paperwork. Bring proof of immunization, proof of each child’s date of birth, proof of current address and emergency contact numbers and public assistance case number (if applicable).

Boys and Girls Clubs

Several clubs offer summer activities, but space is limited. Visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington’s website for more information.


early entrance

Kindergarten Jump Start

Kindergarten Jump Start offers academic and developmental opportunities that build learning skills in incoming kindergarten students and familiarize them with their schools. This summer, the program will be offered on weekdays Aug. 5 through Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Truman, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools. Jump Start will be offered from Aug. 12–16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Hough, Lake Shore, Sacajawea and Salmon Creek elementary schools.

There is no cost to participate. Transportation is not provided. Sign up in school offices before June 20 or on the first day of Jump Start at one of the above schools. Note: You must also register your child for kindergarten at this time. Please bring the required documentation.


Summer Meals

Graphic: School's Out! Power Up for Summer Fun!

The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years old and under. Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.

Boys and Girls clubs also provide summer meals. Membership in the clubs is not required for meals.

Kids ages birth to 18 also can get free meals during the summer thanks to Share


Cascadia Tech Academy

The Cascadia Tech Academy (formerly known as the Clark County Skills Center) is offering summer school classes to students who have completed eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th grade this school year. Students who have completed eighth, ninth, 10th or 11th grade during the 2018-19 school year can earn a 0.5 elective credit and, in some cases, academic credit. Get more information.

Photo: Kids swimming at the Jim Parsley Community Center

Swimming

Jump in! The pools at the Jim Parsley Community Center and Propstra Aquatic Center are open for fun and lessons. Check the links above for schedules and fees, or call JPCC at 360-313-1060 or Propstra at 360-313-3625.


go ready, fcrc, back to school

Go Ready! Back-to-School-Readiness Festival

The first day of school is coming. Will you be ready? Gear up for the first day by attending Go Ready!, a free back-to-school-readiness festival for VPS students and their parents. The event will be held Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.


Free sports physicals

Physicals are required for middle and high school students who plan on participating in intramural sports, band or cheer. Free sports physicals for Vancouver students will be held at two locations:


Non-district events and activities are not sponsored or endorsed by Vancouver Public Schools.

2019 summer arts workshops

This summer, students may participate in a variety of activities, including dance, acting, music and the visual arts.

Location: Fruit Valley Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in third through sixth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: Students will learn the basics of comedic theatre and practice thinking on their feet and teamwork skills.

Location: Lincoln Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in fourth through eighth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: Students will have the opportunity to explore color through pastel, paint and photography! Students will learn to mix their own unique colors, learn about artists and explore painting techniques.

Location: Lake Shore Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in second through eighth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: Students will increase their piano skills, learn the basics of composition and create songs of their own. Created songs will be put on a CD.

Location:
Lincoln Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in third through sixth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: A variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern and jazz, will be explored in this workshop. Students will work individually and in partners to strengthen their dance technique and choreographic skills.

Location:
Eisenhower Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in fourth through eighth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: Students will learn sheet music reading skills, harmonization, dynamics and choral singing techniques as they join together to form a choir.

Location:
Eisenhower Elementary

Dates and times:
July 8–12
9 a.m. to noon

Grade levels: Students in second through sixth grades during the 2018-19 school year

Course description: Students will use yarn, string and thread to create 2D images on paper. Students will learn weaving patterns and techniques to create balance.

Summer arts workshops are offered free to students currently enrolled in Vancouver Public Schools.

To register for these free opportunities:

Questions? Please email Ann Medellin.

Building Readers: April 2019

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Independent reading has a positive effect on your child’s school success
  • Build your child’s vocabulary with crossword puzzles
  • Talk about different types of nouns

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

April 2019
Abril 2019

2019-20 Orchestra and band class opportunities

We are excited to announce an instrumental program for next year’s 5th-grade students! All currently enrolled 4th-grade students can apply now to participate in free band or orchestra classes next year. These introductory classes are an expansion of our popular summer program to share musical opportunities with all VPS 5th-graders.

Registration information is linked below. The deadline to register is April 26.

  • All VPS current 4th-grade students are invited to participate in band or orchestra next year as 5th-graders (2019-20).
  • This yearlong instrumental program is offered free of charge to VPS students.
  • Students can choose from band (trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute) or orchestra (violin, viola, cello).
  • Classes, taught by VPS teachers, will be held twice a week from 7:10 until 8 a.m., beginning in mid-September through the end of June.
  • Class locations are Alki, Discovery, Gaiser, Jason Lee, McLoughlin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools.
  • Transportation will be provided to the middle school class locations. After class, all students will be transported to their elementary schools before school starts.
  • Interested students and parents must apply by April 26, 2019, using the form linked below.
  • Students will have the opportunity to select the instrument of their choice at the September meeting, however, it is important to remember that a balance of all instruments is necessary for a true band/orchestra experience.

Registration:

  • Fill out the class request and completed and signed medical release and consent form. Return the forms by April 26, 2019, to your fourth-grade teacher or mail to Ann Medellin/Barb Nelson, Visual and Performing Arts at JPC, 2901 Falk Rd., Vancouver, WA 98661.
  • Attend an important parent/student information meeting on Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Royal Durst Auditorium, 3101 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Students will be contacted by the site instructor in late August or early September about enrollment.
  • A second meeting in September with site instructors will cover instruments, method books, accessories and expectations of the program. The date of the meeting will be set by the site instructor and emailed to registered students/parents.

Questions? Please email Ann Medellin.

Important dates

Building Readers: March 2019

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Build your child’s vocabulary with crossword puzzles
  • Break up compound words
  • Questions stimulate critical thinking

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

March 2019
Marzo 2019

Building readers: February 2019

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Everyday activities can strengthen your child’s critical thinking skills
  • Write a special Valentine poem together
  • Explore a variety of reading materials with you child

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

February 2019
Febrero 2019

Building readers: December 2018

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Help your child get the most benefits from digital reading
  • Read up on the weather
  • Practice reading directions

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

December 2018
Diciembre 2018

Building readers: November 2018

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently.

In this issue:

  • Build your child’s vocabulary by teaching new words naturally
  • Ask questions to get your child thinking
  • Show your child strategies for reading different types of material

This monthly newsletter is available in English and in Spanish.

November 2018
Noviembre 2018