Registrations are being accepted in school districts across Southwest Washington for kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Classes (remote, in person or a combination of both) will begin in the fall.
Families with children who are 5 years old by Aug. 31, should register now by checking out the websites the following websites:
• Kalama — For a kindergarten registration packet, call 360-673-5207.
• Kelso — https://www.kelso.wednet.edu/o/ksd; online registration coming soon.
After visiting the websites, either contact the schools or complete an enrollment online, if available.
After children have been registered in their assigned school districts, most districts conduct school visits, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, the visits may be done virtually, according to information submitted to The Daily News. To find out the districts processes and protocols, people should contact the districts where they live.
Members of the Cowlitz County Washington State University Master Gardeners are offering free online workshops via Zoom.
The workshops are held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
On May 22, WSU Master Gardener Karen Adams will show children 6 to 16 years old how to make a butterfly puddler that will provide butterflies with water and needed nutrients.
May and June
• May 26: How Much to Fertilize Your Garden?
• June 2: Garden Pests.
• June 9: Picking Plants - Garden.
• June 16: Drip Irrigation.
• June 23: Building an Arbor.
• June 30: Summer Pruning.
For security reasons, connection information is sent out to people for each meeting. To be added to the mailing list to be notified of connection information on all the workshops, email Gary Fredricks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 360-577-3014, extension 3 for online connection information.
Parents Place offers classes
Parents Place has done a few video conferencing classes and have added another to their schedule.
A Love and Logic class takes place on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting May 27 and continuing through June 24.
According to a press release, this is not the new trauma informed curriculum.
Participants can use a phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computers. They must use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari browsers. The Microsoft Edge browser does not work, notes the press release.
Vonage video conferencing is used. The class is limited to 14 people.
People interested in attending the class or who have questions can call Parents Place at 360-414-9212 or send an email to Judy Potter at email@example.com.
Register for kindergarten
The Rainier School District is accepting registrations for new kindergarteners who will attend Hudson Park Elementary School in the fall.
The process can be done online at https://www.rainierk12.or.us/onlineregistration and clicking on the Hudson Park Registration Form in the lower right corner of the page.
Completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 503-556-8212.
Forms also may be picked up at the Rainier School District or Hudson Park Elementary School offices.
After the registrations are received, parents will be contacted by school staff to discuss start dates and answer questions.
The phone number for the district office is 503-556-3777. The phone number for office at Hudson Park Elementary is 503-556-0196.
Free plant and insect clinic
Although the Washington State University Cowlitz County Extension Master Gardeners are not in the office, they still are available to answer questions regarding gardening and insects.
People can call 360-577-3014, extension 8. Master Gardeners are remotely checking their phone messages and will get back to callers quickly, according to a press release. They note they will return calls from a different phone with a different area code.
People also can email questions and upload photos to the MG website https://www.cowlitzcomg.com/plant-and-insect-clinic. The Master Gardeners will work with people via email to answer their questions.
Alternately, people also can email questions to email@example.com.
Parkinson’s group offers newsletter
Members of the Parkinson's Disease Support Group have not been able to meet because of COVID-19 restrictions. Meetings will resume once the restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, Susan Watson is working on a newsletter with details that may help people with Parkinson's get information or help.
In an email sent to The Daily News, she notes if she has members' addresses and they have been attending meetings in the past six months, they should receive a newsletter in the next few weeks.
For details or to be included on the list, call her at 360-425-9634.
Join a virtual bridge club
The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and Bridge Base Online (BBO) have collaborated to create virtual bridge clubs.
The Longview Bridge Club is one of the participants.
The clubs offer sessions that allow players to earn master points to help the achieve higher ranks in their quests for Life Master or higher status, according to a newsletter from the Kelso Senior Center.
To find a schedule of virtual club sessions and how to play, visit the Longview Bridge Club web page at https://bit.ly/2VM9cfG.
CAN seeks host groups
Nonprofit agencies, schools, and faith-based and government entities are invited to apply to host a Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network member for 11 months during the 2020-2021 program year.
Members will serve with the focus of increasing the ability to support school staff with student's education and future goals; and to support nonprofit organizations, government entities and faith-based programs in order to increase their capacities to serve more clients, notes a press release submitted to The Daily News.
Each application must be accompanied by a complete position description offering member skill development and resume building opportunities.
Using AmeriCorps members to recruit community volunteers is encouraged, notes the release; and assigning members to office/clerical tasks is not permitted.
Applications may download an application packet by logging on to the Life Works website at lifeworkswa.org. Applications must be returned by Saturday, May 30.
The Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network program is sponsored by Life Works through a federal grant administered by Serve Washington.
AmeriCorps has been serving the local community for 20 years.
Host families being sought
The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for boys and girls 15 to 18 years old from all over the world such as Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and the Ukraine, who are coming to this area for the 2020-20201 academic school year.
They have received scholarships to study in the United States. They have pocket money for personal expenses along with health, accident and liability insurance. They are selected for participation based on their academics and good citizenship, according to a press release.
For details about becoming a host family or to become involved with ASSE, call ASSE at 800-733-2773 or visit www.host.asse.com.
Get a digital library card
Digital library cards are being offered by the Longview Public Library for Longview residents.
Residents can visit the library’s catalog at https://longcat.polarislibrary.com/, then click on “log in” in the upper right corner of the page, then follow the “register now” link and follow the prompts to fill in the following required information: name (first, last), address (residential, mailing address can be added later), email address, phone number (and carrier if text notifications are desired), a user name, a password (can be anything but is recommended using the last for digits of phone number as a pin. The library can reset passwords, but can’t remind residents what their passwords are.)
Once the info is provided, click “submit” to receive a temporary bar code. Residents can use the bar code or username to log into their library accounts, but will not yet have access to digital resources until after the library staff checks the applications and assigns permanent bar codes for full digital access. Residents will receive an email with their bar code that allows them full access to the online databases, downloadable books and the online Lynda.com site for learning.
When the library reopens, the digital cared can be converted to a full access card with photo identification and a signed application by visiting the library.
For details or questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online fundraiser benefits students
Members of the Rainier Junior/Senior High School chapter of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society have an online fundraiser set up to help raise money for the school chapter.
Magazines, gift cards, cookie dough, jewelry, decorations and more can be purchased and 40 percent of every purchase goes to the chapter.
To buy products, visit https://bit.ly/2CjiXKn.
LCSG announces its matching campaign
The Lower Columbia School Gardens’ spring matching campaign sponsored by The Health Care Foundation is taking place.
Money donated by the public will be matched dollar for dollar up to the LCSG goal of receiving $20,000. People can donate online at https://lcschoolgardens.givingfuel.com/website-donation-page.
In addition, people can register for recurring monthly donations by visiting the LCSG website at https://lcschoolgardens.org.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release notes that donations and support “means more than ever.”
The group’s team is working to bring fresh produce to community families and are practicing social distancing combining that with “lots of extra hand washing and sanitizing,” notes the release.
With schools not in session, LCSG has been delivering seeds and container gardens to students so they can learn about, grow and harvest produce.
LCSG members are planning new gardens at Wallace Elementary School and at the new Lexington Elementary School.
After-school garden clubs, harvest festivals, curriculum-based garden lessons and more will resume in the future.
In other LCSG news, the group will hold its annual plant sale this year, but will be selling the plants online.
Details about the sale will be announced soon, according to a press release.
For updates, visit the LCSG on Facebook at facebook.com/LCschoolgardens.org.
Counseling clinic accepting clients
Because of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, clients who could be in contact with their counselor by telephone or tele-counseling via Zoom are being accepted by the Lay Counseling Clinic located in Longview Community Church.
After the quarantine ends, clients will then be able to meet face to face with their counselors in the clinic.
Ten sessions are offered free and appointments are available for individual adults or couples.
For details, or to set up an appointment, call Elizabeth Jacobsen at 360-423-6380 or 360-577-1059.
— The Daily News
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