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Parenting is hard work, but it is also a special opportunity and an adventure. Let us be a part of your journey as we help you make parenting a pleasure.

 

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08 Jan 2019
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Calling all runners, walkers, and anyone interested in helping the community! The Polk County Family & Community Outreach Department is partnering with Dallas United Methodist Church and the community to bring you the Polk County Back to School Dash on Saturday, August 4thThe Back to School Dash is a 5K run/walk event that will support local backpack and school supply give-away events such as Dallas Family Night Out. 

The race will start at 9 am at Dallas United Methodist Church and follow the Rickreall Creek Trail System before ending up back at the church. The entire route is pet, stroller, wheelchair and kid friendly! Local food and drink vendors will be on site at the Dallas United Methodist Church parking lot during and after the race. 

Early registration is open until July 14th! Early registration includes a t-shirt and is priced at just $30 for adults 18 and older, $20 for students age 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under.  If you decide to register after July 14th registration is $35 for all ages without the guarantee of a t-shirt. 

Register now online at: http://www.eclecticedgeracing.com/back-to-school-dash.html

Interested in volunteering or have Questions? Email gilbert.stephanie@co.polk.or.us

Looking for a place to take the kids for free lunches during the summer months? The following is a list of sites serving free lunch to children and teens ages 1-18.

Dallas

Lyle Elementary
185 SW Levens St., Dallas
(503) 831-3947
Jun 18, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Woodbridge Meadow Apartments
228 SE Dimick St, Dallas
(503) 551-3482
Jun 18, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Whitworth Elementary School
1151 SW Miller, Dallas
(503) 831-3947
Jun 18, 2018 - Aug 22, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Monmouth/Independence

Ash Creek Elementary 
1360 16th St., Monmouth
(503) 606-2348
Jun 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Henry Hill 
750 South Fifth St., Independence
(503) 606-2348
Jun 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Breakfast: 12 P.M. – 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F
Dinner: 4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Independence Elementary
150 South 4th St., Independence
(503) 606-2348
Jun 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. - M, T, W, Th, F
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Monmouth Elementary
958 East Church St., Monmouth
(503) 606-2348
Jun 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Park West Apartments
1036 E. Street, Independence
(503) 606-2348
Jun 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. - 12:30 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

Falls City

Falls City Community Center
320 N Main St., Falls City
(503) 787-3521
​Jun 18, 2018 - Aug 23, 2018
Lunch: 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. - M, T, W, Th, F

*All sites closed July 4th.

For more information: http://www.summerfoodoregon.org/Text ‘food’ to 877-877 or call 2-1-1 for Oregon Summer Meals locations. 

Hand-in-Hand: Visiting your Child's Doctor

By Parenting Together 

What feelings come to mind when you think about taking your child to the doctor? It is a big responsibility, especially in the early years when doctors recommend multiple visits in a short amount of time.

 

Visiting the doctor with your child is very important and can set the foundation for how your child seeks medical care in the future. For older children and toddlers, visiting the doctor may bring up a range of emotions. It is important to be mindful of these emotions before the visit (as well as during and after) so that you can help your child process these big feelings in a healthy way.

 

In this month's Parent Together newsletter, parents can learn more about how to help our children feel more at ease when visiting the doctor's office. Click here to view the newsletter and read helpful tips.

¿Qué sentimientos vienen a la mente cuando usted piensa acerca de llevar a su hijo/a al médico? Es una gran responsabilidad, especialmente en los primeros años, cuando los médicos recomiendan varias visitas en un corto período de tiempo.

 

Visitar al médico con su hijo/a es muy importante y puede establecer las bases para que su hijo/a busque atención médica en el futuro. Para niños mayores y pequeños, visitar al doctor puede traer una variedad de sentimientos. Es importante ser consciente de estos sentimientos antes de la visita (así como durante y después) para que usted pueda ayudar a su hijo/a a comprender estos grandes sentimientos de una manera saludable.

 

Haca clic aqui para leer todo el boletín de Padres Juntos y aprender acerca de consejos para que su hijo/a no tema las visitas médicas. 

On Tuesday, March 27th, the Polk County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Polk County Family and Community Outreach Department’s program, Mid-Valley Parenting, plans on kicking off Child Abuse Prevention Month with two awareness walks. The first walk will take place on April 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm starting at the Polk County Courthouse. The second walk will be on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 am starting at Henry Hill in Independence. People are invited to wear blue and attend either walk to show their support.

Throughout the month of April Mid-Valley Parenting will be partnering with local agencies to provide multiple workshops, classes, and events promoting safe and healthy relationships with children in Polk and Yamhill Counties. The month will wrap up with the county wide kindergarten registration day for Polk County and the Fam Jam event on April 28, 2018 and a county wide kindergarten registration day for Yamhill County on April 17, 2018. 

 

Walks:

4/5: Memorial Walk and Dedication in honor of former McMinnville Superintendent Michael Brott. Meet at the McMinnville School District Administration Office at 3:30 PM.

4/5: Dallas Child Abuse Prevention Walk. We will gather at the Polk County Courthouse at noon. Please wear blue and join us for a short walk to kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month

4/11: Independence Child Abuse Prevention Walk. We will gather on the front steps of Henry Hill and join the Community Action Head Start and OCDC kids in a short walk to raise awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please wear blue. 

Workshops:

4/4: Craft with a Cop, part of Monmouth Library's Be Safe programming 2:30-4:00. Flyer Attached.

4/10: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Stewards of Children workshop presented in Spanish from 6-8pm. Flyer attached.

4/12: Dallas Library Cyber Safety workshop 6-7pm. Flyer Attached.

4/12: Monmouth Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop presented in Spanish 10:15am. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached.

4/13:  Monmouth Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop presented in English 10:15am. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached. 

4/17: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Stewards of Children workshop presented in English from 6-8pm. Flyer attached.

4/19: Monmouth Library- Cyber Safety workshop presented in Spanish 6:30pm. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached. 

4/24: Juliette's House, McMinnville- Safe Touch workshop presented in English from 6:30pm-7:30pm, flyer attached. Spanish workshop begins May 2nd from 6-7:30pm.

4/26: Dallas Library- Healthy Touch & Positive Discipline workshop 10:30-11:30am. Flyer Attached

4/26: Monmouth Library- Cyber Safety workshop presented in English 6:30pm. Part of Be Safe programming, flyer attached. 

Events:  

4/2: Childhood Health Associates of Salem presents ACE's: It's time to talk and take action. 12pm-1:15pm Salem Hospital Building A Room A71. Bring your own lunch. Register by calling Salem CHEC at 503-814-2432

4/12: A Family Place Relief Nursery- Champions for Children Luncheon. McMinnville Community Center. Doors open 11:30am. 

4/13: Strengthening our community Breakfast 7:30-8:30am-In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Dr. Dave Anderson founder of Safe Families for Children will share how this social movement is growing across the nation. RSVP to Esmeralda at 971-719-0569 or by email at esmeraldachantuyub@ccswv.org Flyer attached 

4/13: Chemeketa Vitaculture Center 2:30-4:30pm- Dr. Donna Beegle training on how the different life experiences of poverty impact children and families, tools for breaking poverty barriers, Donna's personal experiences and lessons she has learned. RSVP to Esmeralda at 971-719-0569 or by email at esmeraldachantuyub@ccswv.org

Fam Jam

Saturday, April 28th is county-wide Kindergarten registration day and Fam Jam. See attached flyers for specific details on registration locations and times for each district. 

After registering for kindergarten, families are invited to participate in Fam Jam. A family fun day celebrating the transition into the K-12 school system. Kids who attend Fam Jam will have the opportunity to win a FREE bike and Helmet! All kids who register for Kindergarten on this day and attend Fam Jam will receive a FREE backpack with school supplies and a special book. Health screenings including vision, dental, and hearing are available on site for any child in the county. 

In addition to the fun giveaways and health screenings there will be a number of really fun children's activities on site including: 

  • OMSI Science Fair- OMSI will be setting up 12 exhibits and hands on activities for kids to participate in all day long. 
  • AC Gilbert House- Kids will have the opportunity to learn about engineering while trying to build towers out of paper and tape  then testing their strength with weights.
  • Home Depot Kid Builders- Kids will have the opportunity to do a building project with the professionals. 
  • FFA Petting Zoo- Central FFA will be on site with a number of baby animals for kids to pet. 
  • Truck Expo- We will have fire trucks, police cars, and school buses for kids to climb into while learning about their roles in the community. 

Fam Jam 2018

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Fam Jam

Saturday, April 28th is county-wide Kindergarten registration day and Fam Jam. See attached flyers for specific details on registration locations and times for each district. 

 

After registering for kindergarten, families are invited to participate in Fam Jam. A family fun day celebrating the transition into the K-12 school system. Kids who attend Fam Jam will have the opportunity to win a FREE bike and Helmet! All kids who register for Kindergarten on this day and attend Fam Jam will receive a FREE backpack with school supplies and a special book. Health screenings including vision, dental, and hearing are available on site for any child in the county. 

In addition to the fun giveaways and health screenings there will be a number of really fun children's activities on site including: 

  • OMSI Science Fair- OMSI will be setting up 12 exhibits and hands on activities for kids to participate in all day long. 
  • AC Gilbert House- Kids will have the opportunity to learn about engineering while trying to build towers out of paper and tape  then testing their strength with weights.
  • Home Depot Kid Builders- Kids will have the opportunity to do a building project with the professionals. 
  • FFA Petting Zoo- Central FFA will be on site with a number of baby animals for kids to pet. 
  • Truck Expo- We will have fire trucks, police cars, and school buses for kids to climb into while learning about their roles in the community. 

Click here for more information!