Sherman County eNews #355


  1. Updated Sherman County School Basketball Schedules

  2. Holiday Book Exchange, Dec. 14

  3. Listing Your Assets

  4. Dos and Don’ts for Year-End Appeals

  5. Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

 And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?
It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

1. Updated Sherman County School Basketball Schedules

Middle School Basketball

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 – Added a 5/6 and 7/8 boys game at St. Mary’s.  5/6 boys at 4:00 and 7/8 boys at 5:00, bus departs at 2:15, class dismissal at 2:05.


High School Basketball

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 – Added a JV boys game at Dufur starting at 5:00, bus departs at 3:15, class dismissal at 3:05.

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 – Changed the time of the JV and V boys game at Trinity Lutheran.  JV boys start at 4:30, and V boys start at 6:00, bus departs at 1:00, class dismissal at 12:50.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2017 – Changed departure time to 10:30, class dismissal at 10:20.

~Audrey Rooney, Registrar

Sherman High School

65912 High School Loop

Moro, OR 97039

PH: 541-565-3500 ~ Fax: 541-565-3319

2. Holiday Book Exchange, Dec. 14

Sherman County School Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a Holiday Book Exchange. Join in on the fun and bring a wrapped new or gently used book labeled with boy/girl and an age group.

When: Thursday, December 14th
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Sherman County School Cafeteria
Games, Storytime, Cookies and Hot Chocolate, Free Books!

3. Listing Your Assets

Do you realize just how much you have going for yourself?

You know, something you can do for children, grandchildren, parents and friends is remind them of how much they have going for themselves. Remind them of how much they are loved, how quickly they learn new things, how much fun they are to be around, how cooperative and helpful they are. Help them concentrate and focus on the plusses in their lives, because we know that is a very useful habit to have.

Here’s a question:  Have you thought about doing this, for yourself?  How long has it been since you have taken a few minutes to list your accomplishments, your “assets,” the things that bring you pleasure and make you happy?

You know, happiness is a here-and-now situation, and despite the sad and frustrating news coming at us, there are always plenty of reasons to feel good, if you stop to take a deeper look. Are you proud of your family? Are you managing to pay your bills, maybe even save a little? Are you reasonably healthy, with the use of all your senses? Do you have friendships you treasure, work you enjoy, and time to do things you like to do?

Take a moment and make a list of the plusses in your life and share them with someone close to you. Let yourself feel pride and pleasure in your accomplishments. Allow yourself to feel happy. And like the children’s song says, “If you’re happy and you know it, then your face is sure to show it!” Smile! You are alive and kicking! Enjoy yourself in the present, the only time frame you really have any control over.

And when we have an honest sense of what we have going for ourselves, we also have the strength – and maybe the courage – to tackle the challenges we face, every day. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Dos and Don’ts for Year-End Appeals

dollars.coinsIt’s that time of year that many of your organizations are appealing to members and donors for last minute donations before the tax year ends. This article provides some tips for what may help or hinder that process.

5. Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credit

dollars.coinsJust a reminder that those who donate to a qualifying nonprofit and then give a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust by Dec. 31 will qualify for the Cultural Trust tax credit. There are three steps:

  1. Total your donations to culture
  2. Give a matching amount to the Cultural Trust 3. Claim cultural tax credit on your state taxes

If you are unsure if you donated to a qualifying nonprofit or if the organization you work for is a qualifying nonprofit, visit here<>. Donations made to the Oregon Cultural Trust result in money going to cultural projects and organizations, including heritage organizations and projects, across the State of Oregon.

For more information on the tax credit visit

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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