- Visiting Hooves Shares Therapy Bunnies With Memory Care Residents
- THS Robotics Team At Hayez Dayez Robotics Competition In Camas Today
- A Teacher’s Perspective: Guns In Schools
- Today: Gallery 505 First Look, Thursday Market, Sports Sign Ups
- Friday: Youth Soccer Sign-Ups
- Saturday: FCCLA Breakfast, City Clean Up Day, Lions Garage Sale
- Health Corner: On Migraines
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Victoria Smith shared Tuesday: This was a different day; all 4 of the Visiting Hooves therapy bunnies went out on a visit together. We went to the memory care section of Patriots Landing, Dupont, WA. Rusty pigged out on cilantro, Topaz got loved on for a full hour by 2 ladies, and Sugar and Spice rode around in the blue shopping cart to get petted. It was a good way to show people how wonderful bunnies are.
Public Service Announcement - for immediate release
Hayez Dayez Robotics Competition May 31, 2018 at Hayes Freedom HS, Camas, WA
On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Toledo High School Robotics is competing against several other SW Washington schools at the Hayez Dayez Robotics Competition, held at Hayes Freedom High School in Camas. This is an event for SWIRL: Southwest Washington Interdependent Robotics League. SWIRL seeks to bring together schools in SW Washington for friendly, low-cost, fun, local competitions throughout the year. For more information about SWIRL, please contact Ron Wright from Wahkiakum 4H Robotics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robots will compete in three separate events, including Line Racer, Dragster, and Sumobot. Line Racer requires the robot to follow a black line around a course. Dragster requires the robot to go as fast as possible in a straight line and then stop after reaching the finish line. Sumobot requires two robots to battle each other until one pushes the other out of the ring. All events are run in Autonomous mode, which means that students had to program the robots ahead of time. They will not be driving the robots in competition. For more information about Hayez Dayez, please access https://sites.google.com/camas.wednet.edu/hayezdayez/anyone-tournament
The Toledo Indians team for this event consists of Nicholas Marty, Jonathan Cisneros, and Philip Deschene, with coach Jennifer Berry. The team has been working on their robots and programming in their spare time since April. Next year, THS plans on hosting a SWIRL competition for other schools.*
Jennifer A. Berry
Toledo High School
Annie Jones shared her Before & After garden pics, saying:
Severely neglected no-till garden before and after...
...feels oh so familiar: far from perfect but ready to grow!
World traveler Billie Washington shared a post:
With all of the talk about guns in schools, why it’s happening, and how to solve the issue let me offer a little different perspective. I’ve been teaching since 2003. This marks my 15th year in the classroom. Everybody always talks about how schools have changed, and it’s true, they have. Yes, there’s the “crazy new math” and “bring your own device” changes. However, there are some other changes that I think the general population is not aware of.
Every year for 15 years I have sent home the same assignment on the first day of school. I send a letter home asking parents to tell me about their child in a million words or less. I go on to explain that I want to learn the child’s hopes, dreams, fears, challenges, etc and jokingly ask parents to limit it to less than a million words since we all know we could talk forever about our children. I go on to say I’m not grading these, not looking at handwriting or grammar and don’t care if they send them back with their child, email them, drop them off at the office, etc. These letters have been so beneficial to me as a teacher and getting to know my students on a personal level. I have learned about eating disorders, seizures, jealousy issues between twins, depression, adoption, abuse...just to name a few things. These letters give me a huge head start on getting to truly know my students. I often pull them out when a child has a sudden change in behavior or issue that comes up. Just this week I had 2 students lose their mother unexpectedly. Brother and sister, I taught one last year and one this year. As I have done before, i immediately went to my folders to pull the letters that mom sent for her children. It’s a beautiful gift that I feel I can give students to get a glimpse into how much a parent loved and adored them. As I was putting the folders back in the file cabinet I noticed something. I know that the percentage of parents that complete this assignment each year has gotten lower and lower, but looking at the size of the folders shocked me. That first year I had 98% of the parents send back some type of letter on their child. This year... 22%. That’s a lot of opportunities lost for me to get to know students. Sadly, more parents have access to an electronic device that makes this task even easier and less time consuming.
On another note, this year’s average for homework turned in is riding at 67%. I’m talking a twice monthly 5 sentence summary of what the student is reading in their own time. I remind students daily, I send text messages through Remind, it’s on my website. The only other thing I could do is do it for them. Parents continue to let their child rack up zero after zero. But then again, that average used to be around 98% as well. It was rare for more than 1-2 students to not have their homework 15 years ago. Now, it’s just frustrating.
With all of our other responsibilities in our profession, how are we supposed to get to know students so that we can identify the ones with the mentality and disposition to become a school shooter if parents are checking out of the academic process? How are we supposed to educate children when their parents don’t require, expect and demand their child complete their homework?
Don’t wait until your child is the school shooter to let us know your child is struggling mentally. Don’t wait until your child is ineligible for sports or the day before report cards to check grades and question the teacher on why your child is failing.
Be a parent. Be involved in your child’s life so that you can help them through the issues with friends, the possible suicidal thoughts, and problems academically. I promise you, if parents spent more time with their children and got involved in their lives, we would see drastic improvements in our schools and our society.
As parents, our job is to grow the most amazing humans possible. It’s the most important job in the world. The education and emotional stability a parent provides is priceless.
Today: Toledo Senior Center Silent Auction wraps up 3 PM Thursday. Open 9 AM - 3 PM weekdays. Contact Diana, (360)864-2112.
You can also support Lewis County Seniors during their transition to independent non-profit entity by donating goods and shopping at A Second Time Around Thrift Store benefitting Lewis County Senior Centers. Watch for frequent sales and silent auction window.
Art Gallery 505 announced: Native American & Western Art will be displayed at Gallery 505 Artist Co-op during the month of June.
First Look will be from 1 PM Thursday 5/31...come in and meet several of the artists.
Toledo Thursday Market 3 - 7 PM weekly at the Boat Launch offering the best in home grown & hand crafted goods, produce and more. Special thanks to Boone Bergsma of Bossy Acres for always bringing cool stuff for the kids to do.
Last Day: May 29-31: Volleyball Camp Sign Ups @ TES & TMS (after school)
And: Katie Gale, Toledo Youth Football reminds:
Youth football camp is coming up ...(May 30th, 31st, and June 1st) for grades K-7. The kids can ride the bus to the high school from the elementary and middle schools. Camp gets over at 4:45. $35 per kid...get your sign up forms in ASAP. If you need a form, comment here and I’ll see if I can dig one up today. The boys had so much fun last year and I’m pretty sure the high school players love it as much as the younger ones.
Friday: Toledo Youth Soccer reminder:
Details at www.lcysa.net.
FCCLA will hold a breakfast fundraiser at Toledo High School 8 - 10 AM Saturday, June 2.
Rene’ Ketchum says:
You are invited to Breakfast: OMELETTES , BISCUITS AND GRAVY & ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES to SUPPORT Toledo High School FCCLA this Saturday June 2nd from 8:00am-10:00am. Help students to attend National FCCLA Leadership meeting in Georgia. Thanks
Toledo Lions Club joins Mayor Steve Dobosh & City of Toledo at the Boat Launch 9 AM Saturday for the Annual Clean Up Day. Some tasks have been designated, a few remain open. If you’re considering applying for the Seasonal Maintenance Worker position, here’s your chance to show your stuff.
Need more incentive? Lunch will be provided for all volunteers, thanks to Toledo Lions Club.
Toledo Lions Club announced:
Lions Club HUGE Garage Sale - all proceeds benefits our community.
9 AM - 5 PM Saturday, June 2, 2018
5519 Jackson Highway, Toledo, WA
Health Corner: On Migraines
Writes Dr Ilene Ruhoy, founder of Seattle’s Center For Healing Neurology: Did you know there are five different types of headaches?
In an article published Wednesday, she asserts migraines affect 40% of the population, describing her own experience with the onset of migraines at age 19 and listing eight ways she treats and prevents them including black coffee as part of her action plan when symptoms begin.*
Medical acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for treatment of headaches & migraines are outlined in her Facebook post May 24th.
Dr Helen Webberley wrote Everything You Need To Know About Migraines, listing triggers, treatment, medications, types & symptoms. She quotes the American Migraine Association citing migraines impact 12% of the population, some 36 million Americans. In her article, coffee is commonly a migraine trigger.
Both agree on some common techniques to reduce frequency & intensity:
- Adequate sleep
- Stress reduction
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoiding certain foods
- Regular exercise
Migraine Research Foundation reports dismal statistics, and plus some hope:
- In 2018, there are less than 500 certified headache specialists in the U.S. and 39 million sufferers.
- More than half of all migraine sufferers are never diagnosed.
- In 2015, NIH funding for migraine research was just $.50 per sufferer.
- The Migraine Research Foundation was founded in 2006 to address this lack of funding.
- Since 2006, MRF has awarded more than $3.75 million in research grants in such areas as basic science, genetics, childhood migraine, and studies investigating new treatments and therapies.
- 100% of all donations go to fund research and help sufferers as members of MRF’s Board of Directors cover all of the operating expenses.
The Lancet estimates 15% of people globally experience migraines (2010), and in a 26-year study titled Global Burden of Disease 2016 declared migraines as “one of (five) most common causes of disability.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a disability as “a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity.” Migraines are recognised as such under ADA guidelines.
However, Social Security Administration does not recognize migraines as severe enough to automatically warrant disability benefits; indeed, most claims are initially denied.
That said, to determine eligibility SSA will:
- Look at your daily limitations.
- Consider the frequency and severity of your headaches.
- Examine your employment options.
- And review your medical evidence.
Angie Glaser, a chronic migraine sufferer, described how she built her case for benefits in this blog post.
One point she made:
“Educate the evaluator. Assume the person evaluating your claim knows nothing about migraine genetics, symptoms, duration or progression…”
She added: "Focus on your disability, not your illness. Proving (your illness or pain)... is not enough… (establish that) your ability to perform daily tasks is impaired.”
*Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
NEW! Gracie The Pug Kicks Cancer Fundraiser for local celebrity mascot Gracie Whiteside
- May 29-31: Volleyball Camp Sign Ups @ TES & TMS
- May 31 & June 1: Toledo Youth Football Signups @ THS
- June 1: Toledo Youth Soccer Signups @ TES
- June 2: Toledo High School FCCLA ASB Breakfast Fundraiser
- June 2: Toledo Community Clean-Up Day
- June 7: Baccalaureate 7:00 pm @ Toledo First Baptist Church
- June 13: Culture Fair @ Toledo High School
- June 25-29: Vacation Bible School @ Toledo First Baptist
For The Summer: Seasonal Maintenance Worker 25-30 HRS/WK.
Morgan Arts Centre Summer Camps update: Picasso week #1 has filled, Picasso week #2 & the Children's Theater Workshop still have a few spots open.
For more information: www.morganartscentre.com
MAP Summer Camp Clubs update:
There’s still time to sign up! Registration for summer day camps closes June 1st so if you haven’t got yours in yet, it’s time! Contact me if you have any questions or concerns. All children are welcome. Scholarships available.
*please note, all camps run Monday-Thursday, including “Super Spy School” and “Secret Agents” camps (July 16-19, not 16-20, as there is a typo on the flyer)
June 29 - July 1: Resonance Restival @ Camp Singing Wind
August 25-26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 54th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee with Tractor Parade August 24.
September 22: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
Fundraiser: To help Toledo’s Neumann family with expenses not covered by insurance in the loss of their house, visit their GoFundMe page: contact person Jadee Landry.
Toledo Community Library offers free Ukulele lessons Thursdays beginning in April. Sign up in person.
LIBRARY HOURS: Wednesdays 10-7, Thursdays & Saturdays 10-5. Phone 360-864-4247.
For The Love Of Sports: Toledo School District ISO* an Event Manager for spring sports. Duties include setting up fields, scoreboards, public address systems and supporting visiting teams and officials. Hours are afternoons and some Saturdays. $14.19/hour. Contact Grady Fallon if interested.
Also: Have you ever wanted to be a sportscaster for ESPN? Well, we have the entry-level job that could start you on that path. TSD is looking for the Voice of Toledo Indian Fastpitch. If you have a love for this sport and Toledo Indians, this is your chance. Contact Grady Fallon for more information.
*ISO = In Search Of
For The Kids: Brooke Sellards Acosta asks “Does your business or family want to support Toledo Youth Baseball? There are a couple ways to show your pride. I have attached forms to become a signboard and/or team sponsor. Family signboards are $200 the first year and $100 each year after that to renew. Message me if you are interested.”
Signboard Form 2018.pdf
For The Future: TES PTO Kids Garden is looking for garden sponsors, which ensures the continuation and improvement of this awesome program. If your family or business is interested, the form is below.
* Garden Sponsor Form 2017-18.docx
For The Future: Toledo Middle School PTO's posted: If you would like to help support our efforts to bring more laptops to Toledo Middle School please read this and spread the word. You can donate here. Thank you for your support of our kids.
Full details posted in 02.23.2018 Friday Column.
Foundations: Steamboat Alley Paver Forms
Farmer’s Market: Toledo Thursday Market vendor forms available now.
Finally: Vision:TOLEDO announces Sign up forms for (2018) Cheese Days Parade and vendor booths. Full information about the parade can be found here:
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